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Fixture Release Day: the key headlines

24 June 2021

The countdown to the 2021/22 Sky Bet EFL campaign has officially begun, following the release of the fixtures at 9am this morning.

Here are just a few of the key dates and matches to look out for...


Last season's promoted trio of Hull City, Peterborough United and Blackpool all begin their campaigns on the road, against Preston North End, Luton Town and Bristol City respectively. 

Having suffered relegation from the Premier League in 2020/21, Sheffield United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham take on Birmingham City (home), AFC Bournemouth (away) and Middlesbrough (home) respectively.

Elsewhere, last season's Play-Off Finalists, Swansea City, face an opening-day trip to Blackburn Rovers, while Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will welcome his hometown club, Barnsley, to South Wales.

Boxing Day brings up a midlands clash between Derby County and West Brom, while New Year's Day sees Swansea City take on Fulham, in what promises to be a match to remember between two sides hopeful of promotion.

The final day of the Championship season pits West Brom against Barnsley, as well as Sheffield United against Fulham, in what could be a crucial fixture in the fight for promotion back to the Premier League. 




Competing in the division for the first time in their history, Morecambe's opening game of the 2021/22 campaign is an away trip to Ipswich Town, while last season's League Two champions, Cheltenham Town, travel to Crewe Alexandra.

Cambridge United and Bolton Wanderers, who achieved automatic promotion last term, start with home games against Oxford United and MK Dons respectively.

Having suffered relegation from the Championship in 2020/21, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers face Charlton Athletic (away), Plymouth Argyle (home) and Accrington Stanley (home) respectively.

Boxing Day sees last season's Play-Off Finalists Lincoln City travel to MK Dons, while New Year's Day sees Wigan Athletic take on Accrington Stanley, with Sheffield Wednesday taking on Shrewsbury Town. 

The final day of the League One season pits Ipswich against Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday against Portsmouth and Oxford against Doncaster Rovers, in what will no doubt prove to be a another dramatic final day of football. 



In League Two, Sutton United's first-ever EFL fixture is an away trip to last season's Play-Off Semi-Finalists Forest Green Rovers, while Hartlepool United begin life back in the League by welcoming Crawley Town to the North East. 

Elsewhere, Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Northampton Town and Rochdale - who were all relegated from League One last season - take on Mansfield Town (away), Scunthorpe United (away), Port Vale (home) and Harrogate Town (away). 

Boxing Day serves up a derby-day clash between Bradford City and Harrogate Town, while New Year's Day sees Swindon take on Northampton and Forest Green take on Stevenage. 

The final day of the League Two season sees Tranmere Rovers travel to Leyton Orient, Colchester United head north to Hartlepool and last year's Play-Off Finalists Newport County take on Rochdale. 

Sync the fixtures to your calendar here.


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