Thursday, June 24, 1999 Published at 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
United kick off at Everton
Manchester United face a testing trip to Mersyside on day one
Manchester United will kick off their defence of the Premiership title with a visit to north-west neighbours Everton.
Newly-promoted Sunderland have been handed an intriguing away game with big-spending London side Chelsea.
Bradford will start their first top-flight season since World War II with a trip to Middlesbrough, while First Division play-off victors Watford host Wimbledon.
The Everton game is just the start of a testing first month for United.
Their first home game, against Sheffield Wednesday, is followed by the visit of David O'Leary's upwardly-mobile Leeds on August 14 and a daunting trip to last season's title rivals Arsenal the next week.
The Gunners, who finished second after winning the Premiership in 1997-98, start their campaign at home, against Martin O'Neill's Leicester.
Relegated Blackburn, who were playing in Europe last season, begin their First Division campaign with a visit from Port Vale.
Charlton host another side with recent Premiership experience, Barnsley, and Nottingham Forest travel to play-off losers Ipswich.
First day fixtures, August 7:
FA Carling Premiership
Nationwide League Division One
Nationwide League Division Two
Nationwide League Division Three