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Newcastle begin against West Brom

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West Brom host Newcastle in the battle of two relegated teams

Newcastle begin life in the Championship with a trip to West Brom on the first day of the 2009-10 season.

Middlesbrough have been handed a tricky opener at home to Sheffield United and Leicester mark their return to the second tier by hosting Swansea.

Newly-promoted Peterborough travel to Derby and Scunthorpe are at Cardiff, while Reading face Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile, new Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will travel to one of his old clubs, Queens Park Rangers.

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Preston host Bristol City, Coventry play Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday face Barnsley while Watford welcome Doncaster and Plymouth visit Crystal Palace.

Full Championship fixtures English club-by-club fixtures

Opening weekend fixtures - Saturday, 8 August
Cardiff v Scunthorpe
Coventry v Ipswich
Crystal Palace v Plymouth
Derby v Peterborough
Leicester v Swansea
Middlesbrough v Sheff Utd
Preston v Bristol City
QPR v Blackpool
Reading v Nottm Forest
Sheff Wed v Barnsley
Watford v Doncaster
West Brom v Newcastle

Saturday, 15 August
Barnsley v Coventry
Blackpool v Cardiff
Bristol City v Crystal Palace
Doncaster v Preston
Ipswich v Leicester
Newcastle v Reading
Nottm Forest v West Brom
Peterborough v Sheff Wed
Plymouth v QPR
Scunthorpe v Derby
Sheff Utd v Watford
Swansea v Middlesbrough

Video highlights of every game in the Football League and SPL next season will be available on the BBC Sport website, for UK users.

BBC TV will show highlights from the Football League throughout the season, plus 10 live Championship games, the Carling Cup final and one leg of each Carling Cup semi-final.

All fixtures are subject to change. The BBC is not responsible for any changes that may be made.

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see also
English club-by-club fixtures
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Clubs discover Carling Cup fate
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Rangers to open against Falkirk
17 Jun 09 |  Scottish Premier
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