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Football League fixture release day: The new clubs

12 June 2014

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With the 2014/15 Football League fixture release day just around the corner - on Wednesday 18th June - we've taken a quick look at the new clubs in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2, and selected some matches they may be looking forward to.

Sky Bet Championship

Norwich City were the final team to be relegated from the Premier League during the 2013/14 season, meaning they'll clash with East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town in the upcoming campaign.

They last met in the 2010/11 Championship season when the Canaries well and truly won the bragging rights, triumphing 4-1 at home and 5-1 away.

Fulham were also relegated from the top flight, combining with Brentford's promotion from Sky Bet League 1, to set-up a West London derby and a first meeting between the clubs since April 1998. The Bees haven't overcome Fulham in over 22 years.

With local derbies for both of those relegated sides, Cardiff now have no natural rivals in their league having enjoyed encounters with South Wales neighbours Swansea City last season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers - winners of Sky Bet League 1 - will be keeping an eye on their fixture against West Midlands rivals Birmingham City, who escaped relegation on the final day of the last campaign.

Promoted alongside Wolves and Brentford was Rotherham United, who beat Leyton Orient 2-1 in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. That victory guaranteed the Millers clashes against three other Yorkshire teams in 2014/15; Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town.

Sky Bet League 1

Two teams from Yorkshire that Rotherham won't be facing in 2014/15 are Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley, who were both relegated from the Sky Bet Championship.

As well as keeping an eye out for each other on fixture release day, Doncaster and Barnsley will also keep tabs on when they will be playing matches against Sheffield United and Bradford City.

Joining them in Sky Bet League 1 is Yeovil Town, who made an immediate return to the division after one season in the Sky Bet Championship. With just over 40 miles between Huish Park and Ashton Gate, Bristol City will be the closest trip for the Glovers.

On a personal level, Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will be keeping a close eye on their fixtures against Oldham Athletic, who are managed by his son Lee. The father-son combination have once before pitted their wits against each other, with Lee's Oldham winning 1-0 in April 2013.

Making the move upwards to Sky Bet League 1 is Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale and Fleetwood Town.

The Cod Army will be relishing pitting their wits against fellow Lancashire side, and manager Graham Alexander's previous club from his playing days, Preston North End. The two teams have never played each other before.

Having left rivals Mansfield Town behind in Sky Bet League 2, title-winners Chesterfield have traded that in for a derby against Sheffield United.

Scunthorpe - across the county border in North Lincolnshire - will also be looking out for the Yorkshire match-ups, particularly their two encounters with Doncaster Rovers.

Rochdale, who finished in the third and final Sky Bet League 2 automatic promotion place, will be anticipating a Greater Manchester derby against Oldham Athletic, having faced rivals Bury in League 2 last term.

Sky Bet League 2

With Luton Town and Cambridge United joining The Football League after earning promotion from the Conference Premier last term, there's a host of clubs within a short distance of each other in Sky Bet League 2.

As well as keeping an eye out for their fixtures against each other, the Hatters and the U's will also be looking forward to trips to Northampton Town, Oxford United and Stevenage - the latter being one of four teams coming down from Sky Bet League 1.

Carlisle United were another relegated club and they will have lengthy trips to Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City this term, but will keep an eye out for their visit to the north east to face Hartlepool United.

Having had a host of fairly short trips during 2013/14, Shrewsbury Town have waved goodbye to Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Wolves and Walsall after their relegation, but they will have relatively short journeys to Burton Albion and fellow relegated club Tranmere Rovers in the upcoming season.

In their first League 2 campaign since 1988/89, Rob Edwards' Rovers will most likely look out for their trip to Bury, which is only 40 miles away, and Exeter, who the 41-year-old (pictured above during his playing days) left to take over the managerial post at Prenton Park.

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