Championship fixtures: West Ham to start against Cardiff

West Ham's Scott Parker
West Ham were relegated after they lost at Wigan last season

West Ham start life in the Championship with a tough home fixture against last season's play-off semi-finalists Cardiff on Saturday, 6 August.

Blackpool will travel to Hull, while Birmingham, the third club to be relegated from the Premier League, start their campaign at Derby.

Steve McClaren's first game in charge of Nottingham Forest will be a home encounter against Barnsley.

Promoted Brighton begin life in their new stadium against Doncaster.

Southampton, who finished second to Brighton in League One last season, start with a home match against Leeds while play-off winners Peterborough host Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

Elsewhere, defeated play-off finalists Reading play Millwall, Middlesbrough host Portsmouth, Bristol City take on Ipswich, Burnley face Watford while there will be a midlands derby as Coventry face Sven-Goran Eriksson's Leicester.

West Ham, who now have former Bolton and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce as their new manager, have away matches against Doncaster and Watford after their Cardiff opener.

They close their campaign with a home game against Hull.

You can read all the Championship fixtures here, or fixtures for each English club here.

SELECTED NEW SEASON FIXTURES

Opening day - Saturday, 6 August
Brighton v Doncaster
Bristol City v Ipswich
Burnley v Watford
Coventry v Leicester
Derby v Birmingham
Hull v Blackpool
Middlesbrough v Portsmouth
Nottingham Forest v Barnsley
Peterborough v Crystal Palace
Reading v Millwall
Southampton v Leeds
West Ham v Cardiff
Saturday, 13 August
Barnsley v Southampton
Birmingham v Coventry
Blackpool v Peterborough
Cardiff v Bristol City
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Doncaster v West Ham
Ipswich v Hull
Leeds v Middlesbrough
Leicester v Reading
Millwall v Nottingham Forest
Portsmouth v Brighton
Watford v Derby
Tuesday, 16 August
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Birmingham v Burnley
Blackpool v Derby
Cardiff v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Coventry
Doncaster v Nottm Forest
Ipswich v Southampton
Leeds v Hull
Leicester v Bristol City
Millwall v Peterborough
Portsmouth v Reading
Watford v West Ham

All fixtures and kick-off times are subject to change. The BBC is not responsible for any changes that may be made.

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