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By Caroline Cheese

1936: I'm off now, but I'll see you tomorrow for the Community Shield ya? Don't forget: the very first Football League Show at 2345 BST tonight on BBC1. However, if you do forget, you can watch it on the Red Button until midday tomorrow or on iPlayer for the rest of the week. I guess what I'm saying is: don't worry if you forget. Byeee.

1933: Now for the real action: Total Wipeout. Only three wins/defeats in the Champ so far and eight draws. Still Coventry v Roy Keane's Ipswich to come tomorrow.

1930: Krul and the gang... Lineker's pun, not mine.

1928: Newcastle will be happy with a point I reckon. And relieved they have a very talented keeper in reserve.

1927: FULL-TIME West Brom 1-1 Newcastle

1925: Jonas Gutierrez is penalised as the ball bounces up and hits his arm. Jonas Olsson heads in the free-kick for West Brom - but Mike Dean has whistled. Offside? Pushing? One of the two - or maybe even both.

1923: Here's a name for you: Nile Ranger. The England Under-19 international replaces Shola Ameobi for Newcastle. Two minutes of added time to be played.

1921: Minute of the 90 remaining and it's all West Brom. Luke Moore tries to set up Simon Cox, but Ryan Taylor is there with the clearance.

1920: Puff of the cheeks from Tim Krul. The keeper's poor punch sets up Graham Dorrans, but Krul recovers to get a vital touch on the sub's fierce shot and divert it over the bar.

1918: Newcastle looking a bit tired now, and West Brom's patient passing in midfield won't be helping.

Yellow card
1917: Kevin Nolan clips Marek Cech from behind and he's the second name in the book. Five minutes remaining, still 1-1.

1914: Newcastle were also apparently interested in Cox, who scored 32 goals including three hat-tricks for Swindon last season. "They had no manager, so why would I go there?" said Cox, not unreasonably.

1912: Chris Wood, the 17-year-old from New Zealand, is replaced by Simon Cox, the £1.5m summer signing from Swindon. That's the first new player on the pitch for either side.

1910: Joey Barton lofts a decent free-kick into the box and Kevin Nolan easily escapes his marker, but his looping header drops wide. Head in hands for Nolan. About 11 minutes remaining and it's still 1-1.

1907: Heeeeeeeere's Joey. Barton is predictably booed as he jogs on to replace Andy Carroll.

1904: Luke Moore beats Fabricio Coloccini and tries to squeeze a shot in at the near post - but Tim Krul is there again, saving with his foot this time. And now here's the change: Dorrens replaces Koren, but Newcastle decide to wait to bring on Barton.

1902: Rob Koren tries to thread a pass through for Luke Moore but Jose Enrique sticks out a leg to make a vital clearance. Graham Dorrens about to come on for the Baggies. Ball refusing to go out of play at the moment.

1900: Joey Barton ready to come on. West Brom fans clearing their throats.

1856: Damien Duff starting to come into the game more now. He wins a corner. Ryan Taylor takes it - but it clears everyone. Poor.

1855: Former defender Mark Lawrenson is enraged as Fabricio Coloccini tries some fancy stuff at the back. All a bit unnecessary from the Argentine.

1849: West Brom almost back in front immediately. Tim Krul sticks an arm up to beat away Rob Koren's shot, before Chris Wood slices the rebound high and wide.

Slick move, lovely finish. Shola Ameobi passes to Kevin Nolan, who turns and provides a beautifully weighted pass for the overlapping Damien Duff. The winger strokes the finish low into the far corner. A rare touch of Premier League class from the Magpies.

1846: GOAL West Brom 1-1 Newcastle (Duff)

1842: Tim Krul made a spectacular Newcastle debut as an 18-year-old in a 1-0 win away to Palermo in the Uefa Cup. He has had loan spells at Carlisle and Falkirk since then.

1839: Rob Koren latches onto a poor defensive header from Jose Enrique but Tim Krul pulls off a magnificent save, diving low to his right. But the keeper is in trouble from the corner, coming a long way for a punch and failing to really connect. Shola Ameobi scrambles clear.

1837: Steve Harper won't be able to continue after that kick in the head from team-mate Shola Ameobi. Tim Krul takes his place in the Newcastle goal - and the second half is under way.

1835: Alan Shearer reveals that he had a list of "seven or eight players" he wanted to bring to St James' Park for the new season. "They've all moved elsewhere now," laughs Shearer, before adding grimly: "I don't know why I'm laughing."

West Brom fan Frank Skinner on BBC1: "I believe I own part of Newcastle's shirt sponsors Northern Rock. I'd have liked to have a say in that away strip. I wouldn't have picked yellow and yellow."

1831: If you can't stay up - or in - for the Football League Show tonight, it will be repeated on the Red Button until tomorrow at midday, and on iPlayer all week.

1829: Worth tuning in for the Football League Show on BBC1 at 2345 BST - if only to see Lee Hughes' comical celebrations of his goals for Notts County. The first is an imaginary tennis serve. For the third, he is tripped up by his team-mate just as he is mid-milking the crowd. Magic.

1822: BBC commentator Guy Mowbray just announced the scoreline as West Brom 1, Troubled Newcastle United nil. As if that's their actual name. That's how bad it's got.

1821: HALF-TIME West Brom 1-0 Newcastle

Yellow card
1819: Fabricio Coloccini is in the book now after shoving Chris Wood out of the way with his arm. Silly boy. Two minutes of added time remaining.

1815: Harper needs a few minutes' treatment but he's OK to continue for now. Fabricio Coloccini is a bit fortunate to escape a yellow for a cynical foul in midfield.

Damien Duff gives away the free-kick on the left. Steve Harper comes through a crowd to punch clear but can't get much purchase on it. Bit of a bundle and Shelton Martis pounces on the loose ball to put the Baggies ahead. Shola Ameobi is the nearest Newcastle player, but he succeeds only in kicking Steve Harper in the head. Double ouch.

1812: GOAL West Brom 1-0 Newcastle (Martis)

1809: Andy Carroll's tireless work up front is winning him a lot of fans among the away support. But suddenly West Brom are on the break. Rob Koren drives forward but delays the pass too long and is crowded out.

1807: For the umpteenth time, Jonas Gutierrez is in a good position on the left but can't get the cross in. Just seen an ultra-slow-mo shot of Alan Smith shouting at a team-mate. He would look frightening - but he's dressed as a banana so...

From ivorytree on 606: "I'm an interior designer, and a lifelong Newcastle fan. In colour theory, yellow is supposed to make people think positive. It has been used heavily to make people aware of big change for the positive - it's the same colour Michelle Obama wore for the presidential inauguration for example. So, lets just hope that it does the same for us."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting at the Hawthorns: "Looking and and listening to the Newcastle fans I would say their aversion to sitting is equal to their loathing of Mike Ashley."

Someone has struck the woodwork
1800: There we go! Gianni Zuiverloon gives away a free-kick - and Ryan Taylor fancies it... Thunderous strike from about 35 yards, but it fizzes just past the angle of post and bar - brushing the woodwork as it flies past.

1756: Jonas Gutierrez has time to measure his cross from the left - and boots it straight at a defender. I would like a goal now. Or a card. Or something. The 2009/10 graphics need an outing...

1752: Big shout for a penalty from the home fans as Luke Moore goes down under Steven Taylor's challenge. None of the players join the appeal though. Moore appeared to just stumble into the defender.

From HugoScheckter on Twitter: "A shout out for former league club Boston United, now in the Unibond because of finances, thrashed Spalding 11-0!!"

1746: Andy Carroll flicks the ball on and here's a chance for Shola Ameobi... Oh, he's half-volleyed it into the stands. Difficult chance, to be fair.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting at the Hawthorns: "The Newcastle fans start chanting 'Shearer' over and over and over again. Can you take a hint Mike Ashley?"

1744: Pace has slowed to about 98mph. Jose Enrique puts the ball behind for a corner as Gianni Zuiverloon storms forward on the overlap. Chris Brunt's delivery is poor though.

1740: Jonas Gutierrez creates more havoc down the left for Newcastle and his cross is laid off by Andy Carroll to Damien Duff on the edge of the box - but he shoots wide.

1738: Baggies defender Shelton Martis is left unmarked by the Newcastle defence but volleys over. The offside flag is up to spare his blushes.

1737: West Brom come right back though, and now they're piling the pressure on at the other end.

1734: The Magpies make a 100mph start, Jonas Gutierrez threatening down the left. Damien Duff on the other wing. Like I say, it's potentially a very good Championship outfit.

1732: Such is the noise that you can only just hear ref Mike Dean's whistle to end the minute's applause. The visiting fans keep up the chanting throughout. Will their team be inspired? We shall see... they're off.

1730: "One Bobby Robson" is the chant at the Hawthorns and the players now gather in the centre circle for a minute's applause for the great man.

1727: As the teams arrive in the tunnel, Alan Shearer is at pains to point out that he had nothing to do with picking Newcastle's new orangey-yellow, stripy away strip.

Lee Dixon on West Brom: "They're favourites. Very much so. They played some excellent football last season. They'll hit the ground running here I think."

Alan Shearer speaking on BBC1: "I would dearly love chance to finish what I started at Newcastle. The situation is that at the end of last season, I was asked to draw up a list of players to bring in and a list of players that need to go. I presented it to the owner and the board. Everything seemed fine. Mike Ashley then decided to put the club up for sale. That's all I know. I've spoken to one or two consortiums since. But as it is now, the club is still up for sale and no one wants it."

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher tweeting at the Hawthorns: "Lawro delighted with Preston's late comeback. Shearer here but not as manager as most fans want. Chiles completes the likely suspects.

1720: If you haven't already, manually refresh this page for live coverage of West Brom v Newcastle.

1719: That Newcastle line-up is a good Championship team... on paper. Mind you, so is West Brom's - and they are not in a complete shambles.

1716: Stephen Fry's Twitter feed makes for interesting reading this afternoon. He's a big cricket fan and a Norwich supporter.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher on Twitter: "Newcastle fans singing tributes to Sir Bobby Robson as they wait for the match to start. They seem in very high spirits considering..."

1711: For those of you interested in league tables after one game of the season, Cardiff are sitting in pretty at the top of the Championship after their four goals against Scunthorpe. Colchester's humiliation of Norwich earns them top billing in League One, while none other than Notts County lead the way in League Two after a 5-0 win over poor old Bradford.

1708: TEAMS West Brom v Newcastle
West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Martis, Cech, Koren, Mulumbu, Greening, Brunt, Moore, Wood. Subs: Kiely, Barnett, Beattie, Dorrans, Reid, Teixeira, Cox.
Newcastle: Harper, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Gutierrez, Smith, Nolan, Duff, Ameobi, Carroll. Subs: Krul, Barton, Xisco, Geremi, LuaLua, Kadar, Ranger.

1703: Don't go anywhere. Coming up, live on this website (in the UK), West Brom v Newcastle. Yes, live on this website. Or BBC1, if you're old school.

1659: Trailing the Robins 2-0 with eight minutes remaining, Preston somehow snatch a point. Jon Parkin started the comeback and Callum Davidson's penalty makes it 2-2 seconds before the final whistle.

1659: Preston have pulled one back against Bristol City, and now they have a penalty...

1657: Cardiff wrap up a crushing 4-0 win over Scunthorpe, who many are tipping to struggle this season. Peter Whittingham's late penalty makes it a perfect start to life in their new stadium.

1654: It is 7 (seven). Sorry Norwich. Colchester lead 7-1 at Carrow Road. Result from the Mad Stad and the galacticos of Nottingham Forest can't find a way past Reading, it's 0-0. Derby win 2-1 against Peterborough.

1652: Heartbreak for Exeter but sweet relief for Leeds fans as Jermaine Beckford's header makes it 2-1 with a minute remaining.

1650: BBC 5 live report that Joey Barton had had a "bust-up" with Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton and will start on the bench against West Brom in the late kick-off. Plus ca change...

1648: Nottingham Forest lose Luke Chambers to his second bookable offence - still 0-0 at Reading. Peter Ramage scores an 86th-minute leveller for QPR against Blackpool.

1647: ...and Derby are back in front. Joe Lewis comes through a crowd of players to punch a corner but doesn't get enough on it. It's headed towards goal, headed out again from under the bar, but Gary Teale smashes in the rebound.

1646: You know how I said Southend were bossing it against Huddersfield in League One (see 1622)? Not anymore. Two goals in nine minutes and the Terriers are level. Goal at Pride Park coming up...

1643: ... and it goes to Peterborough. Derby keeper Stephen Bywater carelessly brings down Shaun Batt down on the edge of the box and George Boyd tucks away the penalty to make it 1-1. Good recovery from Darren Ferguson's side, who were second best in the first half.

1640: Colchester now within one of the magic 7 (seven). Cody McDonald pulled one back for Norwich but David Perkins restores the U's five-goal lead. Goal at Pride Park coming up...

1638: What a few minutes this is. Jon Macken has levelled it at Hillsborough and it's Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Barnsley in the south Yorks derby.

1635: And another! Corner from the left, nodded down by Steve Howard and Dany N'Guessan volleys in to make it Leicester 2-1 Swansea. Quite literally a turnaround. And hear this: 10-man Exeter have equalised against Leeds.

1635: The grey-suited Paulo Sousa now has his arms folded as Martyn Waghorn taps in for Leicester to make it 1-1 against Swansea.

1632: Torquay's return to league football isn't going badly at all. Lee Mansell's 71st-minute goal makes it 2-0 against Chesterfield.

1628: All square at Selhurst Park, Alan Lee converting Victor Moses's cross for Crystal Palace against Plymouth. A deserved equaliser by all accounts.

1625: Exeter, looking for their third promotion in a row this season, trail Leeds 1-0 in League One and now have 10 men after Barry Corr picks up a second yellow. Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez makes his first appearance in a Manchester City shirt in a friendly against Celtic. He gets a standing ovation.

From Blythy_vxR on 606: "Darren Bent has scored on his Sunderland debut if anyone cares."

1622: Southend - who made a late, but ultimately too late, League One play-off charge last season - are bossing it against Huddersfield, Franck Moussa making it 2-0. David Clarkson shoots through the legs of the keeper to give Bristol City a 2-0 lead at Preston. Barnsley have pulled one back and now trail Sheff Wed 2-1.

From anon via text on 81111: "Re 1612: Paul Hartley. THE free transfer of the summer. Well done Sir Gary Johnson. Again."

1616: But Steve Howard's effort is well saved by Swans keeper Dorus De Vries. Swansea still lead 1-0. Lee Hughes does convert from the spot to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-0 for Notts County against Bradford.

1615: Penalty for Leicester against Swansea...

1612: Deadlock broken at Deepdale... Nicky Maynard wins the penalty and Paul Hartley converts to put Bristol City ahead against Preston. Charlton now lead 3-1 at home to Wycombe in League One, Bournemouth's march continues as they get their third against Bury.

From BBC Sport's Andy May at Selhurst Park: "A terrible debut for Crystal Palace's Stern John, who's suffered a suspected broken arm. The striker went up for a ball with Plymouth keeper Romain Larrieu. John lasted just half an hour!"

1608: What I love about that last comment is that Eddie Howe is "leading a charge to League One" - after 45 minutes of the season. Love it. Great start for Brentford in League One, Myles Weston's second goal making it 2-1 at Carlisle. Looks like being worth the trip for the Bees.

From BigGiantHead on 606: "What about some mention of the mighty Cherries? Eddie Howe's only 31 and he got us to safety with a -17 last year, now 2-0 up away from home and leading a charge to League One. Going up with the Sven."

1604: Now then, before we get going again, just a small reminder to stick around for West Brom v Newcastle later. It's going to be live on this website. I'm not even joking. Unless you don't live in the UK, in which case I am joking. You'll still have me though eh? Eh?!

1558: More injury news from the Prem: Kolo Toure limps off for Man City against Celtic. Over at the cricket, England have skittled out the Aussies for, er, 445 - a lead of 343. Stick with me...

1553: Goalless between Reading and Forest at the Mad Stad. I saw the Royals being tipped to finish 19th in one of the papers this morning. Really?

1549: Clough's Derby go in at half-time with a 1-0 lead over Fergie's Peterborough. Could have been more. Posh struggling to adapt to the step-up at the moment. And what was that about new stadium syndrome? Cardiff now 3-0 up over Scunthorpe as they enjoy a very successful house-warming party.

1546: Donny have equalised at Watford. Notts County now 3-0 up. Still Norwich 0-5 Colchester, so the Canaries have stemmed the flow at least...

1543: Not even sure Bryan Gunn is going to make it to the end of this game, let alone the end of the season. Norwich 0-5 Colchester (Lisbie 38)

1540: Michael Gray makes it 2-0 for Sheffield Wednesday against Barnsley. And here's a first goal for Ian Holloway's Blackpool against QPR - Ben Burgess scoring massively against the run of play by all accounts. And Sven... sorry, Notts County lead 2-0 against Bradford after Lee Hughes's goal.

1538: Quick bit of news from a pre-season friendly. Liverpool trail Atletico Madrid 2-0 - but more importantly, Jamie Carragher has limped off with an ankle injury apparently.

1533: Watford's new signing Danny Graham gets off the mark from close range, and they lead 1-0 against Doncaster. The Hornets learned this week that they could end up paying half a million for the ex-Carlisle striker following a tribunal decision. That might ease the pain a bit.

1529: Peter Whittingham's shot deflects off the heel of Michael Chopra and into the net for 1-0 to Cardiff against Scunthorpe. The first competitive goal at the imaginatively named Cardiff City Stadium.

1527: John Barnes is back in club management at Tranmere, nine years after his last game in charge of Celtic. His side are losing at Yeovil. Charlton now leading 2-0 - Norwich are 4-0 down!

1525: Crisis club Norwich are 3-0 down after 19 minutes. I'm telling you: never appoint a club hero as your manager. Christian Dailly gives Charlton a 1-0 lead over Wycombe.

1521: New Swansea boss Paulo Sousa, wearing a very un-Championship light grey suit, claps calmly after Ashley Williams heads his side into the lead at Leicester.

1520: Sven already working his magic Meadow Lane where Ben Davies makes it 1-0 for Notts County against Bradford.

1518: Uh-oh, Norwich now 2-0 down... No such problems for Leeds. Jermaine Beckford - who scored 34 goals last season - has put them ahead against Exeter.

1515: One of those 'big four' League One clubs is already in trouble. Kevin Lisbie gives Colchester the lead against Norwich. Will be interesting to see how Bryan Gunn gets on this season... Brave move, appointing a club legend as your manager.

1511: Jermaine Johnson gives Sheffield Wednesday the lead against south Yorkshire rivals Barnsley - who flirted outrageously with relegation last season. Bad start for league debutants Burton. They trail against Shrewsbury already.

1505: What a start for... Derby. Miles Addison nods Nigel Clough's side into the lead at home to Champ new boys Peterborough. Addison collides with keeper Joe Lewis after connecting with the ball and now needs treatment. And Plymouth lead at Crystal Palace thanks to Krisztian Timar.

From JonRidge on Twitter: "So Southampton only nine points from getting out of the relegation zone! Well, it's a start..."

1501: Calm, stokeymad, you don't have to wait any longer. We're off.

From stokeymad on 606 "I CANT WAIT ANY LONGER....."

1458: We'll have a minute's applause at every ground to honour Sir Bobby Robson. Three of his old clubs are in action this weekend: Ipswich, West Brom and Newcastle.

1457: Just time to mention League Two where Sven is the talk of the town. Let's give some love to Burton Albion though: they make their league debut today.

1456: Four minutes to go...

From syph0 on Twitter: "Getting married at 3 tomorrow, so a Real Forest win today would start the "wedding weekend" off nicely!"

From BBC Sport's Andy May at Selhurst Park: "Crystal Palace fans in sunny Croydon can't wait to see West Ham's on loan youngster Freddie Sears and Alassane N'Diaye line up against Plymouth. N'Diaye' s been described by Palace assistant manager Mick Jones as 'the new Patrick Vieira'!"

1446: My Bristol Rovers supporting colleague was earlier celebrating the fact that his team appears to have been promoted to the 1991 First Division. Leeds, Southampton and Norwich are all in League One, along with Charlton. Saints have begun with a draw. Leeds host newly-promoted Exeter, Norwich face Colchester at Carrow Road and Charlton are at home to Wycombe.

From ThisColdBlack on Twitter: "Hopefully I'll become the first live text 'twitterer'. Good luck Watford today, under new manager Malky Mackay!"

From Jez in London via text on 81111: "Good luck to everyone. I'm hoping "Roy Keane's Ipswich Town" (as seems to be our new name) will be in the promotion mix come May! C'mon the Town!"

1439: Full time at St Mary's and it's Saints 1-1 Millwall.

From Chris in Basingstoke via text on 81111: "Saturdays sitting at work haven't been the same since football ended. Instead of sitting doing nothing watching the footy scores come in, I've been sitting doing nothing, watching cars go by... back to sanity again today."

1431: Six - yes six - Championship managers will be taking charge of their first match for their new club today. Among those: Brendan Rodgers, whose Reading side host Real Nottingham Forest. Forest are the Champ's big spenders this season, lavishing more than £6m on new players, seven of whom make their debuts today.

From GoOnYouRzzz on 606: "So excited, COME ON YOU Rs!"

1421: Of course, the season is already up and running. After a bore draw between Boro and Sheff U last night, Gillingham's Mark Bentley had the honour of scoring the first goal of the season and the Gills now lead 5-0 against Swindon after a Simeon Jackson hat-trick. Southampton and Millwall are level at 1-1.

1417: So here we are then. Everyone had a good summer holiday I trust? We did. Largely because we're all just a bit excited about our new Football League stuff. When I say all, I'm obviously not including the little guy who works on Ceefax who famously hates football. But the main thing is: you like it. I'm sure you'll have the decency to say if you don't. Main headlines: we'll have highlights from every game in the Football League, Carling Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy on this website for UK users, there'll be a highlights show on BBC1 every Saturday night (and available on iPlayer) and 10 live games on telly and online. That's alongside the usual 5 live coverage. What more could you want? (do not answer that question. It literally could not be more rhetorical.)

1412: Now, before we crack on, some things I need you to know: this isn't going to work like a normal Saturday 'live text' with goalflashes from every 3pm game. Not because I'm lazy, you understand, no no, but because I only have two eyes and 10 fingers and there are an awful lot of games on. I will of course keep you updated on the key scorelines, but I'm also relying on you to keep us entertained and informed as we go. So say stuff on 606 or via text on 81111. Or get me on Twitter if you don't think Twitter is for tw… idiots.

1407: Absurd amount of exclamation marks in that first entry, but I refuse to apologise - because words alone can never do justice to the start of the football season. No words that I know anyway. And to celebrate its return, we offer you this gift: live text with not a Premier League team in sight.

1400: Football!!! You're back!!!!!!! If I promise not to flirt with cricket, tennis, F1 and, er, swimming, will you promise never to leave me again?

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Championship results

8 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 4-0 Scunthorpe R
Crystal Palace 1-1 Plymouth R
Derby 2-1 Peterborough R
Leicester 2-1 Swansea R
Preston 2-2 Bristol City R
QPR 1-1 Blackpool R
Reading 0-0 Nottm Forest R
Sheff Wed 2-2 Barnsley R
Watford 1-1 Doncaster R
West Brom 1-1 Newcastle R

see also
Championship club-by-club guide
06 Aug 09 |  Championship
League One club-by-club guide
04 Aug 09 |  League One
League Two club-by-club guide
04 Aug 09 |  League Two
Football on the BBC
11 Aug 10 |  Football

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