Championship fixtures 2011-12

17 June 2011 10:23
ShareSam Allardyce will start his career as West Ham manager with a tasty-looking npower Championship opener at home to Cardiff on August 6.

Tasked with leading the Hammers back to the Premier League following their relegation last month, the former Bolton boss would have hoped for an easier first opponent than the play-off semi-finalists, who are still hunting for a manager themselves after parting company with Dave Jones.

Allardyce has already stated his intent with the signing of long-term foot soldier Kevin Nolan from Newcastle, and following the clash with the Bluebirds, he will take his men into away games with Doncaster and Watford.

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Former England manager Steve McClaren's first game in charge of Nottingham Forest is a slightly easier-looking encounter at home to Barnsley, while Ian Holloway's Blackpool, who offered so much to the Premier League during their brief stay, start life back in the Championship away to Hull.

The third side relegated from the top flight, Birmingham, will start their campaign at Derby, while League One champions Brighton will celebrate the opening of their new stadium with a home clash against Doncaster.

Third-tier runners-up Southampton face last season`s nearly men Leeds at St Mary`s while Peterborough, who beat Huddersfield in the play-offs to clinch the division`s final place, start at home to Crystal Palace.

Play-off final losers Reading will look to pick themselves up at home to Millwall, while Middlesbrough, who finished last season so strongly under new boss Tony Mowbray, will kick-off at home to Portsmouth.

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The remaining opening-day fixtures pit Bristol City against Ipswich and Burnley against Watford, while there will be a midlands derby as Coventry face Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester.

Allardyce and McClaren, who have both managed with distinction in the Premier League, will be hoping their returns to the big time will have been secured by the time the season draws to a close on April 28.

West Ham end the campaign at home to Hull, while Forest will face Portsmouth at the City Ground.

Hammers co-owner David Gold is pleased to have landed the Bluebirds first up as he feels they will provide a good test for his newly-relegated side.

'We have to face the fact that we are inthe Championship now,' he told Sky Sports News. 'We have a fantastic challenge ahead and I'm quite pleased at having Cardiff. They were one of the big sides last year and we'll get a good idea of how we're going to do from that game.

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'I'm pleased to have avoided the promoted clubs, including my friend Barry Fry at Peterborough. Those teams tend to over-perform in the early part of the season.'

The Hammers also face Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth inside the opening six games of the season and Gold admits that sequence could determine how good a squad Allardyce has assembled.

'We know we have a lot of work to do,' he added. 'We knew it would be tough and you get a good feeling for where you are in the first three of four games. Have you brought in the right sort of players?

'Sam has a tough job bringing together a team that is going to challenge in the division.'

Leeds start their campaign against League One runners-up Southampton and manager Simon Grayson expects Nigel Adkins' side to provide them with stiff opposition. 

'Southampton have just come up and they will have momentum with them,' he said. 'They will be looking to make an impression on the division.  

'Then we have two local-ish derby matches with Middlesbrough and Hull. They are two sides who will be looking to go a stage better this season.'


Brighton v Doncaster Bristol City v Ipswich Burnley v Watford Coventry v Leicester Derby v Birmingham Hull v Blackpool Middlesbrough v Portsmouth Nottm Forest v Barnsley Peterborough v Crystal Palace Reading v Millwall Southampton v Leeds West Ham v Cardiff


Barnsley v Southampton Birmingham v Coventry Blackpool v Peterborough Cardiff v Bristol City Crystal Palace v Burnley Doncaster v West Ham Ipswich v Hull Leeds v Middlesbrough Leicester v Reading Millwall v Nottm Forest Portsmouth v Brighton Watford v Derby


Barnsley v Middlesbrough Birmingham v Burnley Blackpool v Derby Cardiff v Brighton Crystal Palace v Coventry Doncaster v Nottm Forest Ipswich v Southampton Leeds v Hull Leicester v Bristol City Millwall v Peterborough Portsmouth v Reading Watford v West Ham


Brighton v Blackpool Bristol City v Portsmouth Burnley v Cardiff Coventry v Watford Derby v Doncaster Hull v Crystal Palace Middlesbrough v Birmingham Nottm Forest v Leicester Peterborough v Ipswich Reading v Barnsley Southampton v Millwall West Ham v Leeds


Brighton v Peterborough Crystal Palace v Blackpool Derby v Burnley Doncaster v Bristol City Hull v Reading Ipswich v Leeds Leicester v Southampton Middlesbrough v Coventry Millwall v Barnsley Nottm Forest v West Ham Portsmouth v Cardiff Watford v Birmingham


Barnsley v Leicester Birmingham v Millwall Blackpool v Ipswich Bristol City v Brighton Burnley v Middlesbrough Cardiff v Doncaster Coventry v Derby Leeds v Crystal Palace Peterborough v Hull Reading v Watford Southampton v Nottm Forest West Ham v Portsmouth


Barnsley v Watford Blackpool v Cardiff Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough Hull v Portsmouth Ipswich v Coventry Leeds v Bristol City Leicester v Brighton Millwall v West Ham Nottm Forest v Derby Peterborough v Burnley Reading v Doncaster Southampton v Birmingham


Birmingham v Barnsley Brighton v Leeds Bristol City v Hull Burnley v Southampton Cardiff v Leicester Coventry v Reading Derby v Millwall Doncaster v Crystal Palace Middlesbrough v Ipswich Portsmouth v Blackpool Watford v Nottm Forest West Ham v Peterborough


Birmingham v Leeds Brighton v Crystal Palace Bristol City v Reading Burnley v Nottm Forest Cardiff v Southampton Coventry v Blackpool Derby v Barnsley Doncaster v Hull Middlesbrough v Leicester Portsmouth v Peterborough Watford v Millwall West Ham v Ipswich


Barnsley v Coventry Blackpool v Bristol City Crystal Palace v West Ham Hull v Cardiff Ipswich v Brighton Leeds v Portsmouth Leicester v Derby Millwall v Burnley Nottm Forest v Birmingham Peterborough v Doncaster Reading v Middlesbrough Southampton v Watford


Birmingham v Leicester Brighton v Hull Bristol City v Peterborough Burnley v Reading Cardiff v Ipswich Coventry v Nottm Forest Derby v Southampton Doncaster v Leeds Middlesbrough v Millwall Portsmouth v Barnsley Watford v Crystal Palace West Ham v Blackpool


Barnsley v Burnley Blackpool v Doncaster Crystal Palace v Bristol City Hull v Birmingham Ipswich v Portsmouth Leeds v Coventry Leicester v Watford Millwall v Brighton Nottm Forest v Middlesbrough Peterborough v Cardiff Reading v Derby Southampton v West Ham


Blackpool v Nottm Forest Brighton v West Ham Bristol City v Birmingham Cardiff v Barnsley Coventry v Burnley Hull v Watford Ipswich v Crystal Palace Leicester v Millwall Middlesbrough v Derby Peterborough v Leeds Portsmouth v Doncaster Reading v Southampton


Barnsley v Bristol City Birmingham v Brighton Burnley v Blackpool Crystal Palace v Reading Derby v Portsmouth Doncaster v Coventry Leeds v Cardiff Millwall v Ipswich Nottm Forest v Hull Southampton v Middlesbrough Watford v Peterborough West Ham v Leicester


Barnsley v Hull Birmingham v Ipswich Burnley v Leicester Crystal Palace v Portsmouth Derby v Cardiff Doncaster v Middlesbrough Leeds v Blackpool Millwall v Coventry Nottm Forest v Reading Southampton v Peterborough Watford v Brighton West Ham v Bristol City


Blackpool v Millwall Brighton v Barnsley Bristol City v Burnley Cardiff v Crystal Palace Coventry v Southampton Hull v West Ham Ipswich v Doncaster Leicester v Leeds Middlesbrough v Watford Peterborough v Derby Portsmouth v Nottm Forest Reading v Birmingham


Barnsley v Doncaster Birmingham v Peterborough Burnley v Leeds Coventry v West Ham Derby v Hull Leicester v Crystal Palace Middlesbrough v Blackpool Millwall v Bristol City Nottm Forest v Ipswich Reading v Cardiff Southampton v Brighton Watford v Portsmouth


Blackpool v Birmingham Brighton v Coventry Bristol City v Southampton Cardiff v Nottm Forest Crystal Palace v Millwall Doncaster v Watford Hull v Burnley Ipswich v Reading Leeds v Barnsley Peterborough v Middlesbrough Portsmouth v Leicester West Ham v Derby


Barnsley v Crystal Palace Birmingham v Portsmouth Burnley v Ipswich Coventry v Cardiff Derby v Brighton Leicester v Blackpool Middlesbrough v West Ham Millwall v Doncaster Nottm Forest v Leeds Reading v Peterborough Southampton v Hull Watford v Bristol City


Blackpool v Reading Brighton v Nottm Forest Bristol City v Middlesbrough Cardiff v Birmingham Crystal Palace v Derby Doncaster v Southampton Hull v Leicester Ipswich v Watford Leeds v Millwall Peterborough v Barnsley Portsmouth v Coventry West Ham v Burnley


Barnsley v Ipswich Birmingham v Doncaster Burnley v Portsmouth Coventry v Hull Derby v Bristol City Leicester v Peterborough Middlesbrough v Brighton Millwall v Cardiff Nottm Forest v Crystal Palace Reading v West Ham Southampton v Blackpool Watford v Leeds


Blackpool v Watford Brighton v Burnley Bristol City v Nottm Forest Cardiff v Middlesbrough Crystal Palace v Birmingham Doncaster v Leicester Hull v Millwall Ipswich v Derby Leeds v Reading Peterborough v Coventry Portsmouth v Southampton West Ham v Barnsley


Barnsley v Blackpool Birmingham v West Ham Burnley v Doncaster Coventry v Bristol City Derby v Leeds Leicester v Ipswich Middlesbrough v Hull Millwall v Portsmouth Nottm Forest v Peterborough Reading v Brighton Southampton v Crystal Palace Watford v Cardiff


Barnsley v Leeds Birmingham v BlackpoolBurnley v Hull Coventry v Brighton Derby v West Ham Leicester v Portsmouth Middlesbrough v Peterborough Millwall v Crystal Palace Nottm Forest v Cardiff Reading v Ipswich Southampton v Bristol City Watford v Doncaster


Blackpool v Middlesbrough Brighton v Southampton Bristol City v Millwall Cardiff v Reading Crystal Palace v Leicester Doncaster v Barnsley Hull v Derby Ipswich v Nottm Forest Leeds v Burnley Peterborough v Birmingham Portsmouth v Watford West Ham v Coventry


Brighton v Bristol City Crystal Palace v Leeds Derby v Coventry Doncaster v Cardiff Hull v Peterborough Ipswich v Blackpool Leicester v Barnsley Middlesbrough v Burnley Millwall v Birmingham Nottm Forest v Southampton Portsmouth v West Ham Watford v Reading


Barnsley v Millwall Birmingham v Watford Blackpool v Crystal Palace Bristol City v Doncaster Burnley v Derby Cardiff v Portsmouth Coventry v MiddlesbroughLeeds v IpswichPeterborough v Brighton Reading v Hull Southampton v Leicester West Ham v Nottm Forest


Barnsley v Derby Blackpool v Coventry Crystal Palace v Brighton Hull v Doncaster Ipswich v West Ham Leeds v Birmingham Leicester v Middlesbrough Millwall v Watford Nottm Forest v Burnley Peterborough v Portsmouth Reading v Bristol City Southampton v Cardiff


Birmingham v Southampton Brighton v Leicester Bristol City v Leeds Burnley v Peterborough Cardiff v Blackpool Coventry v Ipswich Derby v Nottm Forest Doncaster v Reading Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace Portsmouth v Hull Watford v Barnsley West Ham v Millwall


Barnsley v Birmingham Blackpool v Portsmouth Crystal Palace v Doncaster Hull v Bristol City Ipswich v Middlesbrough Leeds v Brighton Leicester v Cardiff Millwall v Derby Nottm Forest v Watford Peterborough v West Ham Reading v Coventry Southampton v Burnley


Birmingham v Hull Brighton v Millwall Bristol City v Crystal Palace Burnley v Barnsley Cardiff v Peterborough Coventry v Leeds Derby v Reading Doncaster v Blackpool Middlesbrough v Nottm Forest Portsmouth v Ipswich Watford v Leicester West Ham v Southampton


Barnsley v Portsmouth Blackpool v West Ham Crystal Palace v Watford Hull v Brighton Ipswich v Cardiff Leeds v Doncaster Leicester v Birmingham Millwall v Middlesbrough Nottm Forest v Coventry Peterborough v Bristol City Reading v Burnley Southampton v Derby


Birmingham v Nottm Forest Brighton v Ipswich Bristol City v Blackpool Burnley v Millwall Cardiff v Hull Coventry v Barnsley Derby v Leicester Doncaster v Peterborough Middlesbrough v Reading Portsmouth v Leeds Watford v Southampton West Ham v Crystal Palace


Barnsley v Nottm Forest Birmingham v Derby Blackpool v Hull Cardiff v West Ham Crystal Palace v Peterborough Doncaster v Brighton Ipswich v Bristol City Leeds v Southampton Leicester v Coventry Millwall v Reading Portsmouth v Middlesbrough Watford v Burnley


Brighton v Cardiff Bristol City v Leicester Burnley v Birmingham Coventry v Crystal Palace Derby v Blackpool Hull v Leeds Middlesbrough v Barnsley Nottm Forest v Doncaster Peterborough v Millwall Reading v Portsmouth Southampton v Ipswich West Ham v Watford


Brighton v Portsmouth Bristol City v Cardiff Burnley v Crystal Palace Coventry v Birmingham Derby v Watford Hull v Ipswich Middlesbrough v Leeds Nottm Forest v Millwall Peterborough v Blackpool Reading v Leicester Southampton v Barnsley West Ham v Doncaster


Barnsley v Reading Birmingham v Middlesbrough Blackpool v Brighton Cardiff v Burnley Crystal Palace v Hull Doncaster v Derby Ipswich v Peterborough Leeds v West Ham Leicester v Nottm Forest Millwall v Southampton Portsmouth v Bristol City Watford v Coventry


Blackpool v Leicester Brighton v Derby Bristol City v Watford Cardiff v Coventry Crystal Palace v Barnsley Doncaster v Millwall Hull v Southampton Ipswich v Burnley Leeds v Nottm Forest Peterborough v Reading Portsmouth v Birmingham West Ham v Middlesbrough


Barnsley v Peterborough Birmingham v Cardiff Burnley v West Ham Coventry v Portsmouth Derby v Crystal Palace Leicester v Hull Middlesbrough v Bristol City Millwall v Leeds Nottm Forest v Brighton Reading v Blackpool Southampton v Doncaster Watford v Ipswich


Blackpool v Southampton Brighton v Middlesbrough Bristol City v Derby Cardiff v Millwall Crystal Palace v Nottm Forest Doncaster v Birmingham Hull v Coventry Ipswich v Barnsley Leeds v Watford Peterborough v Leicester Portsmouth v Burnley West Ham v Reading


Barnsley v West Ham Birmingham v Crystal Palace Burnley v Brighton Coventry v Peterborough Derby v Ipswich Leicester v Doncaster Middlesbrough v Cardiff Millwall v Hull Nottm Forest v Bristol City Reading v Leeds Southampton v Portsmouth Watford v Blackpool


Blackpool v Barnsley Brighton v Reading Bristol City v Coventry Cardiff v Watford Crystal Palace v Southampton Doncaster v Burnley Hull v Middlesbrough Ipswich v Leicester Leeds v Derby Peterborough v Nottm Forest Portsmouth v Millwall West Ham v Birmingham


Barnsley v Cardiff Birmingham v Bristol City Burnley v Coventry Crystal Palace v Ipswich Derby v Middlesbrough Doncaster v Portsmouth Leeds v Peterborough Millwall v Leicester Nottm Forest v Blackpool Southampton v Reading Watford v Hull West Ham v Brighton


Blackpool v Leeds Brighton v Watford Bristol City v West Ham Cardiff v Derby Coventry v Millwall Hull v Barnsley Ipswich v Birmingham Leicester v Burnley Middlesbrough v Doncaster Peterborough v Southampton Portsmouth v Crystal Palace Reading v Nottm Forest


Blackpool v Burnley Brighton v Birmingham Bristol City v Barnsley Cardiff v Leeds Coventry v Doncaster Hull v Nottm Forest Ipswich v Millwall Leicester v West Ham Middlesbrough v Southampton Peterborough v Watford Portsmouth v Derby Reading v Crystal Palace


Barnsley v Brighton Birmingham v Reading Burnley v Bristol City Crystal Palace v Cardiff Derby v Peterborough Doncaster v Ipswich Leeds v Leicester Millwall v Blackpool Nottm Forest v Portsmouth Southampton v Coventry Watford v Middlesbrough West Ham v Hull

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