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Sky Bet League 1: Match Round 1 preview

7 August 2015

Sky Bet League 1 gets under way on Saturday, with all 24 teams kicking off their campaigns at 3pm.

It will give fans the long-awaited chance to see their sides in action again, as competitive football commences for the next nine months.

Match Round 1 fixtures

Here are the fixtures for Match Round 1 of Sky Bet League 1:

Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield v Barnsley
Colchester United v Blackpool   
Coventry City v Wigan Athletic
Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale
Doncaster Rovers v Bury
Fleetwood Town v Southend United
Gillingham v Sheffield United
Rochdale v Peterborough United
Shrewsbury Town v Millwall
Swindon Town v Bradford City
Walsall v Oldham Athletic 

Last season’s Sky Bet League 2 champions Burton Albion will host Scunthorpe United, with both teams having been particularly active in the transfer window over the summer. The two sides have made a combined 21 additions, and supporters will be eager to see what the new arrivals can bring.

Shrewsbury Town joined the Brewers in earning promotion from the fourth tier last term, and they will meet Millwall in their first game in the division. The Lions were plying their trade two divisions above Micky Mellon’s side in 2014/15, but they will clash as equals this weekend.

Read more: Sky Bet League 1 season preview.

Also promoted from League 2 last season were Bury, and they face a trip to Doncaster Rovers, while Play-Off Final winners Southend United visit Fleetwood Town.

Read more: Bury in sight of history ahead of opening fixture with Doncaster Rovers.

Last campaign’s relegated Championship clubs Wigan Athletic and Blackpool are both on the road on opening day, with the former playing Coventry City and the latter taking on Colchester United, in what will be Neil McDonald’s first game in charge of the Tangerines.

Elsewhere, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale meet in a local derby match at Alexandra Stadium. Last season the Valiants were defeated in both fixtures between the sides, something manager Rob Page will be looking to put right in his first full season at the helm. 

Dugout debuts

Blackpool’s McDonald is not the only boss looking taking charge in the dugout for the first time this weekend.

Darren Kelly takes his Oldham Athletic side to Walsall, as he looks to get his managerial career off to the perfect start. Dean Saunders will also be in charge of Chesterfield for the first time, overseeing the visit of Barnsley.

Read more: A look at the men in the dugout ahead of the 2015/16 Football League season.

Match official appointments

The officials appointed to Football League games in Match Round 1 of the 2015/16 have been announced.

Click here to see what officials are where in Match Round 1 of Sky Bet League 1.

Don’t miss it!

We’ll be providing live match updates from all of the games in Match Round 1 of Sky Bet League 1 on Twitter, via @SkyBetLeague1.

Channel 5 is the new home for The Football League’s weekly highlights show, Football League Tonight. The show will be screened live in a primetime slot of 9pm on every Saturday of the new season, starting this weekend.

Read more: Channel 5's Football League Tonight to broadcast highlights at primetime.

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