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  1. The first Saturday of the new Football League season
  2. Stuart Pearce's Forest defeat Blackpool 2-0
  3. Dave Hockaday's Leeds lose at Millwall
  4. Luton & Cambridge win on League return

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's a wrap then - all done for the day. We shall see you all tomorrow for the Charity Shield and Wolves v Norwich...

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Graham Last: Not getting carried away or anything... But Watford will be in the Champions League in 5 years.

    Are you sure you're not getting carried away Graham?

  3. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    That's still just five wins in 2014 for Fulham then. Much improvement needed if they are to bounce back into the top flight at the first attempt.


    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    It's all over. The new-look Fulham end their first game back in the second division for 13 years pointless, but there were plenty of seeds of encouragement in the display of those youngsters. The Championship is a physical division to go with that many kids but Felix Magath was bold with his selection.

    Ipswich's front two just had enough to make the difference.


    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Four minutes added on...

  6. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Shady Dealer: #LUFC a shadow of its former self some 12+ years ago. Season after season we've been consistently poor at the back. #clueless

  7. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Patrick Roberts is in again, he fires in a low shot which Tommy Smith just about blocks. That goal has given Fulham plenty of confidence. Can they nick a point now?

  8. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Robert Hagan: Fulham need to learn to produce chances and then finish them.

    Gumble Jam: Lets take deflections, reflections, refractions anything that changes this loss into something positive! #coyw

  9. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "Fulham have got a bit of luck, I don't know if they deserved that goal. Tim Hoogland has cut in and swung his foot at it, but it has hit Tommy Smith and gone in. Fulham have five minutes left to snatch a point and that would be harsh on Ipswich."

  10. CLOSE!

    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Almost the equaliser! Fulham counter smartly again, Scott Parker leading the troops forwards, the ball comes to Patrick Roberts, who loses his man with a neat turn and fires just wide from 20 yards.

    THREE MINUTES left...

  11. GOAL

    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham - Tim Hoogland (86 mins)

    Out of nothing, Fulham have a lifeline! Right-back Tim Hoogland continues to bomb on, he cuts inside and hits a left-footed shot which spins off the shoulder of Tommy Smith and into the net. A debut goal!

  12. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Fulham win a free-kick which is whipped in by Kostas Stafylidis, but the big men in the middle can't convert. Much promise about the Fulham showing today, but they have rarely troubled Dean Gerken in the Ipswich goal.

    We have seven minutes left.

  13. CLOSE!

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Lovely stuff! David McGoldrick spreads the ball out wide to Luke Chambers, he skins his man and stands up a cross for Anthony Wordworth to attack, but he fluffs his lines and heads over the top. The move deserved better.

  14. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "I don't think Mick McCarthy will have a more comfortable victory than this all season. I'm not sure what shape Fulham are playing and they are very narrow.

    "They don't look like they have any pace in the team at all."

  15. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Patrick Roberts is the jewel in the crown of the Fulham academy, with some suggestions that teams of the ilk of Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on him. I'm sure their scouts will be watching this one on a Saturday tea-time. Maybe just catch up on the DVDs.

    Fulham have a shot but it's a horror from Moussa Dembele, high, wide and not too handsome. Into the last 15...

  16. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sion Edmonds: To do well in the Championship you need experience. Fulham are clearly lacking in that department with such a young squad.

    Francinee: David McGoldrick is back! Best bit of news any town fan could have! GOALLLLL


    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Cole Skuse is replaced by Anthony Wordsworth for Ipswich, while Fulham send on another from their conveyor belt in the guise of Patrick Roberts. He replaces Shaun Hutchinson, who has not had a debut to remember.

  18. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Before today Fulham were unbeaten in their last five opening day matches, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion (W3 D2), while Ipswich have scored in each of their last 12 fixtures on the opening day of the season, winning six (D2 L4).

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stavros Makrozacho: Fulham to be promoted? With that team, I won't be surprised if they do a Wolves and are relegated again.

  20. Post update

    Opta Joe: 4 - David McGoldrick has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Ipswich Town. Return.

  21. Post update

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "It is a long way back for Fulham and that was an awful goal to concede. It has been a horrible afternoon for Fulham and the way they have tried to play has been too intricate, through the middle, but that has played straight into Ipswich's hands. There has been no movement from the front two. Ipswich have out-worked Fulham today."

  22. BreakingTRANSFER NEWS

    Vermaelen joins Barcelona

    Confirmed - Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined Barcelona. Not a bad move.

    Full story to follow on the BBC Sport website...

  23. GOAL

    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham - David McGoldrick (61 mins)

    What a return! His first appearance for six months and David McGoldrick is on the scoresheet again! Fulham centre-back Shaun Hutchinson is bullied off the ball by Daryl Murphy for the second time, and it leads to a second goal. Murphy shrugs off the defender and puts in a low cross, it's half cleared to McGoldrick, who puts his foot through it and fires in with a slight deflection.

  24. On the move

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    While this game has been going on Fulham have jettisoned another player, as Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Monaco on loan for the season. Expect a few more to leave before the end of August. Bryan Ruiz?

    The current crop have half an hour to salvage something from this one.


    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Another change for Fulham as Ross McCormack is replaced by another youngster, Cauley Woodrow.

  26. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Thomas Eisfeld - a summer signing from Arsenal - has made a difference to Fulham's play. He has added some real drive and purpose right through the middle and always wants the ball.

  27. CLOSE!

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Good stuff from Fulham. Thomas Eisfeld drives through the middle and finds Ross McCormack on the left, his cross is half cleared and Kostas Stafylidis absolutely smashes in a shot from 25 yards which fizzes over the crossbar.

  28. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Ipswich fans will be keen to see David McGoldrick back in action this afternoon, he was instrumental to their fortunes before a serious knee injury last February ended his season. The striker almost gets in behind the Fulham defence but is understandably rusty and loses out.

  29. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gumble Jam: I'm up late in Thailand trying to find ways to watch or listen to the game and it doesn't seem like I should bother. #COYW

    Ed Fairhead: Ipswich are now a classic Mick McCarthy side: good at the back, not very pleasing on the eye, and tall

    Joe Walkley: Seeing Fulham in the Championship isn't right and may take time to get used to...oops, 1-0 Ipswich :\

  30. KICK-OFF

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    And we are back under way at Portman Road.


    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham make a change at the break, as Thomas Eisfeld replaces Chris David.

  32. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham's last game in the second division was a 1-0 defeat at Grimsby. That shows you how long the Cottagers survived in the Premier League...

  33. Manager reaction

    Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Holloway

    Millwall boss Ian Holloway speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after his side beat Leeds 2-0: "We had double their shots on target and we have done that to Leeds United and I am really pleased for my team.

    "People win 6-0 and 8-0 on the opening day and go on to have bad seasons so I just want to be consistent for my lads, if I was allowed a bet I would, because our odds to get relegated are a disgrace.

    "I just want people to show me and my team some respect. Van Gogh is a decent painter now isn't he but when he was alive he was just a bloke with half an ear."

  34. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "We have hardly seen Fulham's front two of Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele. The only chance they have had was when Dean Gerken spilled the ball and Dembele followed in, but it was saved.

    "If McCormack does not improve I would take him off and bring on Cauley Woodrow. McCormack has been starved of the ball and has had to come deep to get the ball, but you don't want to see him in deep positions."

  35. Manager reaction

    Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday after seeing his side lose 2-0 at Millwall: "I wasn't happy with our performance in the first half, we didn't get up to the pace and they looked hungrier. Second half we made a game of it and had chances we really should be hitting the net.

    "There is lots to work on but I have learned a lot about the players because we were playing in a cauldron here and some coped better than others.

    "This is what I am used too [Championship football], this is where I think I belong and tactically I think we got it right.

    "I am in charge, I am the head man and I will take responsibility."


    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham's youngsters started well but one slip let in Daryl Murphy and Ipswich now look on song.

  37. Manager reaction

    Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about striker Kiki, who scored on his debut: "Kiki (Enrique Garcia) I know him well. He will score goals for us for sure but the most important thing is the team and that they play in the way we want to play."


    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    An early change for Ipswich as striker Balint Bajner is replaced by David McGoldrick, who makes his first appearance since February.

  39. Breaking transfer news

    Gary Medel joins Inter

    Some expected transfer news just in - Cardiff's Chilean defender/midfielder Gary Medel has joined Internazionale. Medel was not involved in Cardiff's 1-1 draw with Blackburn last night.

  40. Manager reaction

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jose Riga

    Blackpool boss Jose Riga speaking to BBC Radio 5 live following his side's 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest: "What they did in the second half was good. We have only played one friendly game and some players only arrived yesterday so they have done well.

    "This morning the situation [unregistered players] was even worse because we only had nine players qualified, but during the day we managed to get more. There were two 17-year-olds on the bench who were scholars.

    "It was a difficult situation so I am happy that the players have not had any physical problems after only playing once in pre season.

    "I think that compared to all the other teams I am the only one to have this preparation. The Championship is a tough league and I knew we could not be ready for today but I am hoping we can be ready soon and add more players."

  41. Blackpool Rocked

    There was a lot of chat this afternoon that Blackpool had not managed to register all of their players on time. Here's some clarity...

  42. Manager reaction

    Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "In many senses it was the perfect away performance because we scored the goals at key times. We were professional in our approach and saw the game out.

    "Callum Wilson took his goals very well. He showed his strength and pace and movement, so a great debut for him. The two goals will do his confidence the world of good."


    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Ipswich now looking the better side, that goal has shaken the Fulham youngsters. That has also shaken a Fulham youngster, as Luke Hyam slams into the ankles of Moussa Dembele and is shown a yellow card.

    Into the last five minutes of the first half.

  44. Manager reaction

    Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    Dave Hockaday

    Leeds head coach David Hockaday: "We did not start well in the first half. We lacked intensity and purpose to our play. I was delighted to get in at 1-0 to be perfectly honest. We had chances though to get something out of the game, we had them on their heels later in the second half.

    "It is one game. We are looking to improve. Millwall have beaten us 2-0. It is all about moments and we did not have moments. We had a go and certainly had the chances to equalise in the second half.

    "He (club owner Massimo Cellino) came with us on the coach and he is coming at the end. We will talk tomorrow, have a chat and see how we can strengthen."

  45. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "The goal came against the run of play and it was great play from Luke Hyam to rob Scott Parker. But Shaun Hutchinson will be very disappointed as Daryl Murphy is not the quickest but has got away from him.

    "Ipswich will be absolutely delighted and the game needed a goal as it had gone a bit stale. But the goal has given Ipswich a massive lift."

  46. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    "One nil to the Tractor Boys" is the chant at Portman Road, followed up by a query as to whether the supporters of rivals Norwich City are aware of the current score.

    The first East Anglian derby of the season is on 23rd August by the way. Fierce? Just a bit.

  47. GOAL

    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham - Daryl Murphy (32 mins)

    Fulham have been slick so far but the kids are blown away by one positive move from Ipswich. Scott Parker has the ball taken off his toes by Luke Hyam, who drives forward and finds Daryl Murphy 25 yards out. Murphy squares up Shaun Hutchinson, who gets in a horrible position and Murphy skins him before slamming past Jesse Joronen at his near post.

  48. CLOSE!

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Fulham

    Cole Skuse loves a long-ranger. The Ipswich midfielder unleashes a dig again from 25 yards and the ball skims the far corner.

  49. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Fulham

    James Scowcroft

    Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9

    "Scott Parker has been the best player on the pitch so far. You can see the class and quality he has had throughout his career. He is good on the ball and always knows what's going on around him.

    "But we have not seen much of Ross McCormack yet, he hasn't really got involved."

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dave Fordon: So far this season I've achieved 3 points and #lufc haven't! #speeding

    Tony Lea Stewart: I can't remember the last time we have seemed half comfortable with the ball, Fulham playing well here

  51. Post update

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    The bad - and then the very good from Dean Gerken! The Ipswich keeper spills Chris David's low shot but recovers brilliantly to shut out Moussa Dembele's follow up. A great second save.

    To eradicate any confusion Moussa Dembele (plural s) is Fulham's 18-year-old striker of French descent. Mousa Dembele (single s) is Tottenham's 27-year-old ex-Fulham midfielder of Belgian descent.

    There's only two Mous(s)a Dembeles...

  52. Post update

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Good goalkeeping from Dean Gerken, leaping high and proud of the huddle of bodies in front of him to fist Chris David's cross away. Fulham looking slick still, but £11m striker Ross McCormack has been quiet.

  53. Friendlies round-up

    The Football League may have returned to business but some Premier League sides were also in action as they continued their preparations for the new season.

    Premier League new boys Burnley secured a morale-boosting 3-1 win against Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona. Matthew Taylor, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ross Wallace with the goals for the Clarets.

    Leicester, who won the Championship last season, also secured a victory, Wes Morgan's header proving enough to beat Werder Bremen 1-0.

    In other games, West Ham edged Sampdoria 3-2, Everton lost 3-1 to SC Paderborn, QPR were beaten 1-0 by PAOK, Swansea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Villarreal while Aston Villa and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Parma and Augsburg respectively.

  54. CLOSE!

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham absolutely bossing possession at the moment, Scott Parker conducting the play, grateful for the acres of young legs around him in midfield. If the youngsters' quality matches their energy Felix Magath may be on to something with this selection.

    Ipswich don't see much of the ball but go close with a lovely effort from Cole Skuse, hitting a dipping strike over the top from 20 yards.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick van Staveren: Good start, hopefully few new signings on the way so things should only get better!! #swfc #massive

    Jamie Mulholland: It looks like Blackpool are starting this season as they finished the last! Cheers Oystons!

  56. Manager reaction

    Derby 1-0 Rotherham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Derby manager Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live, after his side beat Rotherham 1-0: "The result is very important, we always look for a performance but there was enough good play that shows we will get better and grow from this.

    "We started unbelievably well but then we started to force it, we didn't use the width enough but there were a lot of good things and it was nice to get the three points.

    "Rotherham were excellent, they were very disciplined and worked hard and they made it very difficult for us. If they keep playing like that they will have no problems."

  57. CLOSE!

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    The Craven Cottage Kids have started well, breaking with real pace whenever Ipswich lose the ball. One rapid counter down the right ends with Chris David dragging his low shot wide from 25 yards. Fulham boss Felix Magath will be happy enough with this start.

  58. Manager reaction

    Carlisle 0-1 Luton Town

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Luton Town boss John Still on BBC Radio 5 live, following his side's winning return to the Football League: "I am delighted to have won and the travelling support was absolutely brilliant, we have been waiting a long time for this game.

    "The players handled the game well, there was a lot of media attention on them but they coped well with it. It was a very tough game but we got the win.

    "I think we got in a winning habit last year and it's important that we try to get back into that habit again this season."

  59. Post update

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Rookie Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen has made one good save early on but he looks a bit shaky with the ball at his feet, twice scuffing the ball out of play under pressure from the Ipswich frontline.

  60. Reaction

    Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    David Pleat

    Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Millwall looked solid and like they could really compete this season, but Leeds on the other hand did not really play as a unit.

    "They had nothing up front and didn't test the Millwall goalkeeper once. Millwall away is never an easy game but Leeds don't look like they have the quality to make a push for the championship this season. I was disappointed by their midfield and territorially Millwall controlled things for around 70 minutes of the play."

  61. Post update

    Scottish football latest

    It was a good start in the Scottish Premiership for Inverness CT and Motherwell, who beat relegation favourites Hamilton 2-0, and 10-man St Mirren 1-0 respectively. Dundee and Kilmarnock shared the spoils in the day's other match, drawing 1-1 at Dens Park. However, perhaps the biggest news of the day came in the Championship, where Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored with an almighty thump up the park.


    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    In superhero movie style, it's very much a reboot for Fulham this afternoon. New faces playing familiar roles.

    Cameron Burgess has shown some neat touches in the centre of midfield, with full-backs Nikolay Bodurov and Kostas Stafylidis providing the width.

    But it's Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen who makes the first save of the game, tipping over Christophe Berra's header.

  63. Manager reaction

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce, following his side's 2-0 win over Blackpool: "All things considered I think it was a good result and we will build on that. We play Tranmere on Tuesday, I have seen them play in pre-season and I know it will be a very tough game but hopefully we can build on today's performance.

    "I thought we played very well in the first half but we tailed off in the second half, which disappointed me. I want my players to know we have to set our stall out, but there were mitigating circumstances today."

  64. Perfect return for Pearce

    Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce, who made 401 appearances for Nottingham Forest before taking temporary charge in 1996, could hardly have asked for a better result on his return to the City Ground.

    Forest ran out comfortable winners against a Blackpool side who, admittedly, were out of sorts given their struggles to put together a matchday squad.

  65. KICK-OFF

    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    We are under way at Portman Road, with Fulham's new-look back four making a shaky start and conceding a corner inside 20 seconds...

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Roy Hodgson

    Luke Bidwell: Naturally, Roy Hodgson was in attendance for Brentford vs Charlton

  67. Team News

    Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Some non-too familiar names in the Fulham line-up this afternoon, with eight debutants.

    Jesse Joronen, a 21-year-old Finn, is in goal, Tim Hoogland, Kostas Stafylidis, Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov make up a brand new back four, while Felix Magath has raided the youth team for Cameron Burgess and Emerson Hyndman.

    To top it all off, £11m man Ross McCormack starts up front.

  68. Post update

    Derby 1-0 Rotherham

    BBC Final Score

    Former Burnley manager Owen Coyle: "Derby are very strong contenders, not only for promotion but also to win the league. They have a young team, one that is going to continue to get better and they have a fantastic manager too."


    League Two

    Accrington 0-1 Southend

    Wimbledon 2-2 Shrewsbury

    Bury 0-1 Cheltenham

    Cambridge 1-0 Plymouth

    Carlisle 0-1 Luton

    Dag & Red 0-3 Morecambe

    Exeter 1-1 Portsmouth

    Newport 0-2 Wycombe

    Northampton 1-0 Mansfield

    Oxford Utd 0-1 Burton

    Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool

    Tranmere 1-1 York


    League One

    Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City

    Barnsley 0-1 Crawley

    Bradford 3-2 Coventry

    Colchester 2-2 Oldham

    Fleetwood 2-1 Crewe

    Leyton Orient 1-2 Chesterfield

    MK Dons 4-2 Gillingham

    Port Vale 1-1 Walsall

    Preston 1-1 Notts County

    Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough

    Swindon 3-1 Scunthorpe

    Yeovil 0-3 Doncaster

  71. LINE-UPS

    Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Mings, Hewitt, Hyam, Skuse, Tabb, Bajner, Murphy. Subs: McGoldrick, Bru, Wordsworth, Henshall, Bialkowski, Marriott, Nouble.

    Fulham: Joronen, Hoogland, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Burgess, Stafylidis, David, Parker, Hyndman, Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Fotheringham, Eisfeld, Roberts, Woodrow, Rodallega, Burn, Bettinelli.

    Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

  72. Team News

    Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Ipswich hand a full debut to 6ft 5in Hungarian striker Balint Bajner, who joined Mick McCarthy's team from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

    Fulham spent £11m to sign Ross McCormack from Leeds and the Scottish striker starts up front for the London club. Felix Magath also includes ex-England midfielder Scott Parker in his side, while new signings Tim Hoogland and Kostas Stafylidis also start.

  73. Post update

    Bournemouth top the embryonic Championship table then, with Huddersfield propping it up.

    Still one game to come this afternoon...

  74. League Two update

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne: "'We're Cambridge United, we're Football League,' is the song booming around the Abbey. Richard Money's side have just beaten a good Plymouth team 2-0. The last time Cambridge scored and won in League Two was in April 2005 - against Rushden & Diamonds. How things change."

  75. Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Stuart Pearce

    "It was a good win for Nottingham Forest but they have not been put under too much pressure because Blackpool are still finding their feet. But I think there is some encouragement for Blackpool, they have competed and have not been outclassed at all."


    Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham


    Brentford 1-1 Charlton


    Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth


    Millwall 2-0 Leeds


    Watford 3-0 Bolton


    Brighton 0-1 Sheff Wed

  82. Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 Live

    "It's obviously not an ideal situation. The Oystons have been at the helm for a long time but it's getting to a point where it is getting beyond ridiculous that they couldn't even get a squad out for the first game of the season."


    Derby 1-0 Rotherham

  84. CLOSE!

    Derby 1-0 Rotherham

    Paul Green is so close to grabbing an equaliser for Rotherham as his header is superbly denied on the line by Derby full-back Craig Forsyth. Surely the last chance for Rotherham?


    Wigan 2-2 Reading


    Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool

  87. GOAL

    Wigan 2-2 Reading - James McArthur (89 mins)

    Last-gasp equaliser for Wigan, who hadn't looked like scoring at all, as James McArthur nods home from close range!

  88. GOAL

    Millwall 2-0 Leeds - Shaun Williams (Pen 88 mins)

    And Shaun Williams hammers home the spot-kick. Dave Hockaday starts with a defeat.


    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Lee Gregory is brought down...

  90. GOAL

    Brentford 1-1 Charlton - Tommy Smith (85 mins)

    Soon after Charlton almost double their lead, Brentford equalise as Tommy Smith, who signed on a free in the summer, cuts inside and sees his deflected shot wrong-foot the Charlton keeper to creep in.

  91. Post update

    Opta Joe: 4 - Bournemouth have scored four goals in an opening day Football League match for the first time since 1932 (5-1 v Swindon). Soar.

  92. Post update

    League One update

    Izale McLeod puts Crawley ahead at 10-man Barnsley. It's looking like it will be a frustrating start to life in League One for Danny Wilson's side.

    Hold on, late drama at Orient. Darius Henderson has just given the hosts Leyton Orient some hope with a goal from close range with minutes left. They now trail Chesterfield 2-1.


    Any late drama still to come?


    Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

    Callum Wilson is denied the chance to seal a debut hat-trick as his weak penalty is saved by Alex Smithies. Something has gone right for Huddersfield at least.

  95. Post update

    Scottish football latest

    St Mirren's player/coach Jim Goodwin becomes the first red card of the Scottish Premiership season as he is shown a second yellow, for dissent - Goodwin has now been shown 50 yellow cards and four reds in four seasons at the club. St Mirren are also 1-0 down at Motherwell, Dundee and Kilmarnock are still one apiece and Hamilton, tipped for relegation, look to be finishing the day bottom of the table as they continue to trail Inverness CT 2-0.

  96. Post update

    League One latest

    Eoin Doyle makes the game safe with a lob as Chesterfield go 2-0 up against last season's losing play-off finalists - Leyton Orient.

  97. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Seb Allum: Just found wifi in the Orkneys on holiday to find out the Leeds Utd score! Wish I hadn't now...... #Ignoranceisbliss

  98. GOAL

    Derby 1-0 Rotherham - Jeff Hendrick (82 mins)

    Derby, who lost to QPR in the Championship play-off final last season, look to have snatched victory as Jeff Hendrick fires into the roof of the net from Cyrus Christie's pass.

  99. GOAL

    Watford 3-0 Bolton - Fernando Forestieri (80 mins)

    Another cracking goal for Watford as Fernando Forestieri tames a long ball forward with a neat touch before toeing the ball under the goalkeeper. The Hornets are packing some goal threat this season.

  100. Post update

    League Two latest

    Last year's top scorer Jed Wallace makes Portsmouth's pressure pay as his deflected shot puts them level with Exeter - that makes it 1-1.

  101. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Bobby: Blackpool can't be that upset when they see a full squad over at Huddersfield got smacked more than they did!

    Dayman: There's always one club that gets thumped at home on the opening day. Huddersfield keeping the tradition

  102. Post update

    Opta Joe: 4 - @MKDonsFC have scored four goals on the opening day for the first time in their Football League history. Comeback.

  103. Post update

    League Two latest

    You can tell the Football League is back in Cambridge. The ground is twice as full. The press box is twice as cramped. And the football is twice as good. Josh Coulson has spent his whole career at Cambridge United and until today had never played a game in the Football League. He's just scored Cambridge's first League Two goal in nine years. You'd be right to assume that the Abbey has gone bonkers.

    But relegated Tranmere are not having a happy start to life in League Two as Keith Lowe's header puts York 1-0 ahead.

  104. GOAL

    Wigan 1-2 Reading - Sean Morrison (77 mins)

    What a turnaround from Reading! They take the lead with a neat free-kick, as Danny Guthrie's delivery is headed back across goal by Alex Pearce and Sean Morrison is there to slam home.

  105. Post update

    League One latest

    Dale Jennings has been sent off on the first day of the season for the second year in a row. He received a red card for his reaction to a bad challenge and Barnsley fans are not happy with the referee. It remains 0-0.

    Doncaster are slotting back into life in League One rather nicely - they're now 2-0 up against former Championship rivals Yeovil.

    Chris Weale comes rushing out to try and stop Harry Forrester but the tricky midfielder rounds the Glovers keeper and easily slots home. Yeovil finished bottom of the second tier last term and haven't won a game since 5 April.

  106. Final Score

    Final Score is on BBC One and online now. Tune in and join Jason Mohammad, Kevin Kilbane and Owen Coyle to catch all the late goals as they go in around the Football League.

    The show is also on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC One Scotland will show Sportscene instead.

  107. GOAL

    Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham - Enrique Garcia (66 mins)

    Debut delight for Enrique Garcia as Lee Tomlin's shot deflects into the path of the Spanish striker and he fires home from 10 yards.

  108. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Gareth Whalley: Following the days games from Windhoek in Namibia. Great to see Luton back in the football league and playing well

    Irshaad Mukaddam: Can the League to vote to relegate #Blackpool today and just save them them the embarrassment. It is still Sir Stanley's Club

    MW Eastwood: 4 on the bench? We have 21 players. Disgraceful management of a once great club. OYSTON OUT

  109. GOAL

    Wigan 1-1 Reading - Shaun Cummings (71 mins)

    Reading have been looking dangerous, and they equalise through right-back Shaun Cummings' first goal in 119 appearances! The defence stand off and allow Cummings to fire in from 25 yards. A low, skiddy shot.

  110. GOAL

    Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth - Callum Wilson (64 mins)

    It is a dream debut for Callum Wilson, but a nightmare start to the season for Huddersfield. Matt Ritchie provides the ammunition for Bournemouth's fourth, sending a fine cross into the area and Wilson provides the crucial touch to get the ball beyond goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

  111. GOAL

    Brentford 0-1 Charlton - Igor Vetokele (64 mins)

    Charlton take the lead and it comes from Angolan Igor Vetokele, who bundles in from close range.

  112. Post update

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Neil Lennon

    Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 Live

    "Blackpool have just started to creep into this game. They have been passing the ball round well and been a bit more adventurous. I thought Andrea Orlandi might have done better than that."

  113. Text us on 81111

    Shabbir from Harrow, via text: The only hope left for Blackpool is to check the eligibility of Forest players aka midweek Celtic game.

  114. CLOSE!

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Blackpool's best moment of the day, and it's very nearly a response. Andrea Orlandi, once of Swansea, shoots from 25 yards and curls his left-footed effort just past the far post. Lovely effort.

  115. Post update

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham are trying to respond but are struggling to create many clear-cut openings. Wes Thomas manages to work some space for himself but slices his effort into the Middlesbrough goalkeeper's hands.

    You can listen to full match commentary of the game on BBC WM 95.6.


    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Still no real impact from Leeds, and Millwall want a penalty when Martyn Woolford goes down under pressure from Luke Murphy but it's not given.

    Can Dave Hockaday's side find a way back?

  117. Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    David Pleat

    Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Millwall have moved the ball with much more purpose than Leeds and remain in command."

  118. Post update

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "Forest are now piling forward in search of a third goal after a gentle reminder from Stuart Pearce to up the tempo after a sluggish first couple of minutes in the second period.

    Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce

    "Pearce is patrolling his dug-out and obviously eager not to let the game begin to drift and let the visitors get an unlikely way back into it. And the chances are beginning to come."

  119. Post update

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Wave upon wave of attacks from Nottingham Forest, who could really pile on the pain for Blackpool in the final half hour. Stuart Pearce makes his first change as goalscorer Michail Antonio is replaced by Stephen McLaughlin.

  120. Post update

    Opta Joe: 1 - Cambridge United were awarded the first penalty of the 2014-15 @football_league campaign, though it was missed. Blunder.

  121. GOAL

    Huddersfield 0-3 Bournemouth - Yann Kermorgant (50 mins)

    Bournemouth surely put this game beyond Huddersfield as Yann Kermorgant adds a third for the visitors. Marc Pugh's header from Simon Francis' cross is saved by Alex Smithies, but Kermorgant is on hand to fire home.

  122. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Elliot Williams: Absolutely buzzing following Millwall from the banks of the source of the river Nile in one likes us we don't care! #

    Matt Evans: Moved to Orlando but missing the Footy back in England, lucky I can get the BBC vidiprinter. Blackpool have a long season ahead.


    Watford 2-0 Bolton

    Winger Juan Carlos Paredes is so close to a dream debut goal for Watford as he smashes the bar with a stinging right-foot effort. Still, Watford are in control against Bolton.

  124. RED CARD

    Brighton 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Andrew Crofts

    Brighton's afternoon goes from bad to worse as former Wales international Andrew Crofts is shown a straight red card for a clattering challenge through the back of Giles Coke. Ouch.

  125. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We asked how your team has been getting on - understandably responses have been mixed to say the least.

    Peter Annandale: afc Bournemouth great stuff so far. We were top of the league after 1min!

    Jack Drain: Cambridge United, missed a penalty, need to play more aggressive in the 2nd #COYU

    Matt Scratchley: Once Conference Exeter beating once Premier League Portsmouth. Fantastic :)

  126. Post update

    Wigan 1-0 Reading

    Reading start the second period very well with Michael Hector skidding a shot wide.

  127. Post update

    Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth

    Half-time change for Huddersfield as they look to claw themselves back into this game against a rampant Bournemouth. Adam Hammill goes off with another winger Sean Scannell taking his place.

  128. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andy Wynne: Can we blame the administrators for tea in the cricket coinciding with half-time in the football? Bored.

  129. KICK-OFF

    Away we go...

  130. Post update

    Here we come, players emerging back out onto the field at the City Ground and others. A penny for Jose Riga's thoughts...

  131. Pre-season friendlies

    Quite a lot of goalless draws at half-time in friendlies involving Premier League sides this afternoon, but Leicester are leading German side Werder Bremen 1-0, Wes Morgan thumping in an early header.

    Meanwhile, Everton are drawing 1-1 with another German side, SC Paderborn. Toffees' 19-year-old forward Chris Long with the Everton goal.

  132. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    David Edwards: Keeping up to date with the football whilst in Prague. Hoping for a Shrews away win

    Ben Hall: Poor first half for Blackpool. Good job we have plenty of options on the bench. Wait, no.

    Tim Coleman: Do any Leeds fans have a clue about this season? Defo not me

  133. Half-time scores

    League Two

    Accrington 0-0 Southend

    Wimbledon 1-1 Shrewsbury

    Bury 0-1 Cheltenham

    Cambridge 0-0 Plymouth

    Carlisle 0-1 Luton

    Dag & Red 0-0 Morecambe

    Exeter 1-0 Portsmouth

    Newport 0-2 Wycombe

    Northampton 1-0 Mansfield

    Oxford United 0-1 Burton

    Stevenage 0-0 Hartlepool

    Tranmere 0-0 York

  134. Post update

    League Two latest

    It's looking like it will be a happy opening day for Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, whose side are leading 2-0 at the break against Newport. Wanderers only avoided dropping out the league last season on the final day.

  135. Post update

    Scottish football latest

    Inverness CT top the Scottish Premiership table at half-time courtesy of a 2-0 lead at newly-promoted Hamilton, the goals coming from Billy McKay and Ryan Christie. Elsewhere, Dundee went ahead through a Gary Harkins penalty, but were pegged back by Killie midfielder Craig Slater and Motherwell are drawing 0-0 with St Mirren at Fir Park.

  136. Half-time scores

    League One

    Barnsley 0-0 Crawley

    Bradford 1-1 Coventry

    Colchester 1-2 Oldham

    Fleetwood 0-0 Crewe

    Leyton Orient 0-1 Chesterfield

    MK Dons 1-2 Gillingham

    Port Vale 1-0 Walsall

    Preston 0-0 Notts County

    Rochdale 0-0 Peterborough

    Swindon 3-1 Scunthorpe

    Yeovil 0-1 Doncaster

  137. Post update

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Stuart Pearce

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "One. Way. Traffic. It's been poor from Blackpool - as you would expect - and Forest have taken full advantage with Andy Reid's class in midfield the key factor.

    "Not oodles of chances, but enough. And surely more will come in the second half on a sunny, energy-sapping day at the City Ground. Stuart Pearce's homecoming has started pretty well."

  138. Post update

    I used to occasionally work at Blenheim Palace during the summer George. I once got to share a dressing room with Katie Melua. There are worse ways to pay off your overdraft.

  139. League Two update

    It could be an unhappy debut for Oxford United boss Michael Appleton, who go behind to Burton thanks to Lucas Akins's goal just before half-time.

  140. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    George Fisher: Stuck at work at Blenheim Palace today, cheering on the Chairboys!!! Come on Wycombe!

    DMc: Stuck in Saint Tropez following Blackpool's touring circus, hope our comical preparations win us a Bafta if not a game.

    Nottingham Forest celebrate scoring against Blackpool

    Brentford 0-0 Charlton

    Brighton 0-1 Sheff Weds

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham

    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Watford 2-0 Bolton

    Wigan 1-0 Reading

  142. HALF-TIME

    Half-time whistles are being blown around the grounds. Much to ponder for new Blackpool boss Jose Riga...

  143. League Two latest

    Veteran Jason Koumas comes closest to breaking the deadlock for relegated Tranmere against York but former Rovers keeper Jason Mooney saves his low 25-yard shot. And despite manager Paul Tisdale having to name himself as a substitute for today's game, Tom Nichols' strike sees Exeter go ahead against League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth.

  144. GOAL

    Brighton 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Giles Coke (41 mins)

    Stunned faces around the Amex as Sheffield Wednesday take the lead against the run of play. Jacques Maghoma rolls the ball into the path of Giles Coke, who sweeps home. Advantage Owls.

  145. Post update

    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    It's not been a happy first half in charge for Dave Hockaday, with Milwall well on top. Leeds have not threatened at all as of yet.

  146. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul Wharmby: Blackpool were up against it a long time before that goal went in - about 15 years longer.

    Bryan Cooper: Very much enjoying the opening day of the Football League season mainly due to the home defeat for Sheff Utd.

  147. Post update

    League One Latest

    In League One's battle of the relegated sides, Curtis Main's early goal has put Doncaster 1-0 up at Yeovil.

  148. Post update

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "You feel for the Blackpool fans. It's looking like a long, long afternoon. It's all Forest and the second goal prompts Stuart Pearce to turn to the crowd and applaud their support with his hands over his head. They respond with "Pyscho is back", followed by "Give us a wave". Pearce wants to move on from his playing nickname. No chance."

  149. GOAL

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham - Daniel Ayala (33 mins)

    Despite that 100% pre-season record, Birmingham are behind. It's a simple goal, Grant Leadbitter's corner headed home by ex-Liverpool centre-half Dani Ayala.

    Middlesbrough celebrate scoring
  150. Post update

    Brighton 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    We've seen this from Brighton before. The Seagulls are having all of the play but are not creating much with it. How big a loss will Leo Ulloa be?

  151. GOAL

    Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth - Callum Wilson (32 mins)

    It goes from bad to worse for Huddersfield as Bournemouth extend their lead. This time debutant Callum Wilson steals the ball from defender Joel Lynch to race through on goal and he makes no mistake. Boos and jeers already from the home crowd at the John Smith's Stadium.

  152. Brentford 0-0 Charlton

    A closely fought London derby at Griffin Park but both teams will be wondering why they have not scored.

    After Alex Pritchard, on loan from Tottenham, fires wide from 20 yards for the hosts, Bees keeper David Button rescues his side with a fine save to deny George Tucudean from giving Charlton the lead.

  153. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Decent game at Pride Park. Chance for Rotherham now as Kari Arnason's header is cleared off the line. The Championship new boys holding their own.

  154. League 1 & 2 update

    Promoted Chesterfield are 1-0 up at League One play-off finalists Leyton Orient, thanks to a goal new signing Romuald Boco.

    Swindon came flying out of the traps as they raced into a 2-0 lead, but Scunthorpe have responded through Paddy Madden to make it 2-1.

    Out of the three goals we've seen in League Two so far, one has gone to Conference champions Luton, who lead 1-0 at relegated Carlisle in their first Football League game for five seasons.

  155. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Will: Very much enjoying the opening day of the Football League season despite a home defeat for Sheff Utd.

    Heavy_Mentalist: Watford can win as many games as they can, before selling Troy Deeney

    Mike Hall: The biggest shock at Nottingham Forest being how long they took to score against this joke of a Blackpool squad!

  156. Post update

    Opta Joe: 10 - Watford's Troy Deeney has scored 10 goals in his last 10 league appearances at Vicarage Road. Sting.

  157. Post update

    Scottish football latest

    It's the first day of the league season and we've already got the goal of the season sown up, as new Hibs keeper Mark Oxley launches a huge kick upfield which flummoxes Livingston counterpart Darren Jamieson and bounces into the net.

    You can follow updates on our Scottish live text.

  158. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Birmingham

    Chances for both sides in the opening half hour. Birmingham's Demarai Gray clips a 30-yard free-kick narrowly over before Enrique Garcia spurns a glorious chance to mark his Middlesbrough debut with a goal after being teed-up by Lee Tomlin.

  159. GOAL

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool - Chris Burke (30 mins)

    The Stuart Pearce era is up and running. Chris Burke cracks home left-footed from 20 yards, a real netbuster! No challenge from a man in a Blackpool shirt though. All too easy.

  160. GREAT SAVE!

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Two great saves in quick succession from Rotherham keeper Adam Collin keep Derby out. First he saves Simon Dawkins' long-ranger, and then keeps out Johnny Russell's header!

  161. GOAL

    Watford 2-0 Bolton - Matej Vydra (23 mins)

    Matej Vydra was an absolute menace for Watford two seasons ago - and normal service has been resumed upon his return. Great pace from the striker takes him away from Tim Ream, he cuts back onto his left foot and fires into the back of the net.

  162. GOAL

    Wigan 1-0 Reading - Callum McManaman (25 mins)

    Perfect start to the season for Wigan as Callum McManaman, a reported target for Celtic, opens the scoring. The ball deflects kindly for the forward and he dinks home.

  163. GOAL

    Nottm Forest 1-0 Blackpool - Michail Antonio (25 mins)

    Pick that one out! Andy Reid cannons a shot against the post, and when the rebound comes out debutant Michail Antonio is there to sweep into the back of the net. It had been coming and now Blackpool are up against it.

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "It didn't take long for the old Stuart Peace to turn up. He couldn't help but turn to the home fans and give a familiar fist-pump in celebration of Michail Antonio's lovely cool finish. Maybe not quite Pyscho but certainly animated."

  164. Post update

    Huddersfield 0-1 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth's fullbacks have been causing Huddersfield all sorts of bother but the home side finally muster an effort on goal as tricky winger Adam Hammill cuts inside, but his weak effort is easy pickings for goalkeeper Lee Camp.

  165. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Temper temper! Paul Green and Richard Keogh have a pushing and slanging match after a challenge in midfield but it's all calmed down in the end.

    Derby remain on top but there have been no real clear-cut chances as of yet.

  166. Post update

    Nottm Forest 0-0 Blackpool

    Blackpool have been under the cosh but they have a decent chance, Nathan Delfouneso meeting a free-kick with a looping header which drifts past the far post.

  167. GOAL

    Watford 1-0 Bolton - Troy Deeney (16 mins)

    Stunning finish by Troy Deeney to give Watford a deserved lead. A ball is played over the defence and Deeney is away to race on to it before superbly firing into the back of the net. The Hornets will do well to hang on to the striker before the transfer window shuts. Great player.

  168. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris Kenward: Brilliant start for the Cherries #wearegoingup! #wearetopoftheleague

  169. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Rotherham will be pleased with their opening 15 minutes, they've stifled last year's play-off finalists Derby so far. A tough first encounter back in the second tier for the Millers.


    Wigan 0-0 Reading

    New Wigan striker Oriol Riera almost makes an early impact, turning a Reading corner against his own post! Close. Very close...

  171. Post update

    Nottm Forest 0-0 Blackpool

    Forest's record signing Britt Assombalonga has his first sight of goal, waltzing through Blackpool's defence of strangers to open up a shooting chance but he can't get the ball out of his feet. The £5.5m man looking dangerous though.

  172. GOAL

    Millwall 1-0 Leeds - Mark Beevers (8 mins)

    Always a feisty one this and it is Millwall who take the lead as Mark Beevers slides the ball into the back of the net. A short corner is worked back to Lee Martin on the right and he picks out Beevers.

  173. Text us on 81111

    Sarah in Wakefield, via text: As a Leeds fan I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen this season. I guess my feelings could be described as naively optimistic but that could change in the next few hours!

  174. Post update

    Middlesbrough 0-0 Birmingham

    Bad start for Middlesbrough as defender Ben Gibson is forced off injured after 30 seconds. That has to be the first injury of the season surely...?

  175. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ben Hall: Just hoping Blackpool can keep the defeat to single figures. This could be a cricket score.

    Matt Rhodes: Blackpool have done well just to field a team in time. Surely the worst pre-season preparations of all time

    Viva La Berto: 28-year-old Matt Derbyshire starting for Rotherham! Now that's a player who failed to live up to early promise!

  176. GOAL

    Huddersfield 0-1 Bournemouth - Marc Pugh (1 min)

    Any early optimism among the home fans is wiped out after 26 seconds as Bournemouth's Marc Pugh puts the visitors ahead with their first attack at Huddersfield. The winger breaks away and slots home.

  177. Post update

    Bristol Rovers 0-0 Grimsby

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "After a dull first half, heavy rain and heavy tackles livened up the Memorial Stadium and Bristol Rovers will count themselves unlucky to not come away with the win.

    "New boys Matty Taylor and Jake Gosling should have done better in front of goal, while at the other end, Lendell John-Lewis poked agonisingly wide for the Mariners.

    "Bristol Rovers look like a decent prospect but they may have to join the queue of former League clubs waiting to get out of the Conference. Grimsby have been in line since 2010...."

  178. Post update

    Just to clarify, Sir Alex is at Spotland to watch son Darren's Peterborough side.

  179. Post update

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    BBC Radio Manchester: Sir Alex Ferguson taking his seat at Rochdale #bbcrmsport

  180. KICK-OFF

    We are under way around the land. Hopes and dreams are on the line...

  181. Post update

    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Handshakes all round at the City Ground, the Blackpool players shaking each other's hands as they are introduced for the first time. Plenty of 'yes mate, I'm free!' going on in the midfield no doubt.

  182. Post update

    Looks like a lovely day around most of the land as we approach kick-off time. It's the way it should be. Here we go then...

  183. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Will Granger: Blackpool are so good they don't even need to take a full squad to their game!

  184. Post update

    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "There has been no sign of the new Nottingham Forest manager in the build-up so far. He's been keen to leave the attention on his players. But Forest fans are singing Stuart Pearce's name constantly and the place will no doubt erupt when he walks out just before kick off.

    "It's fair to say the Blackpool supporters who have made their way down are subdued. The expectations levels could hardly have been any more contrasting. Listening in on some pre-match chat among away fans on the walk to the City Ground, they were just hoping to avoid a thumping."

  185. Post update

    Just over 10 minutes to go until the first 15:00 kick-offs of the new season then. Are we all set?

  186. Post update

    Cambridge v Plymouth (15:00 BST)

    Apparently Cambridge's stadium announcer mistakenly called Plymouth Portsmouth. That's what you get when you don't employ Luther Blissett...

  187. Post update

    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Philiips at the City Ground: "Off-pitch issues and the ongoing unrest over Karl Oyston's ownership have taken some of the focus away from the turmoil on the pitch. But such is the mess at Blackpool that manager Jose Riga can only name four players on the bench for the season opener.

    "That's progress though, because with less than two weeks to go before the new season, they only had eight players on their books and were missing a goalkeeper. The summer shake-up their sees nine new faces start. How they gel is anybody's guess."

  188. Team News

    Wigan v Reading (15:00 BST)

    Wigan boss Uwe Rosler begins his first full season in charge of the Latics by giving debuts to four of his seven new players in this afternoon's encounter with Reading. Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws starts, along with Andrew Taylor, Don Cowie and Spanish striker Oriol Riera.

    Like Wigan, Reading failed to secure a Premier League return at the first attempt following their relegation in 2013. Nigel Adkins gives a first appearance to Ryan Edwards, who spent last season on loan at Perth Glory. But new arrival Simon Cox only makes the bench following his arrival from Nottingham Forest on Friday whilst Jamie Mackie, who has joined on loan, is not included at all.

  189. On the run


    Jog on! Schalke are in London for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham and the German club have tweeted a picture of their players pounding the streets of the capital accompanied by a police escort ahead of the match at White Hart Lane (17:30 BST kick-off).

  190. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    What do you make of this then Blackpool fans? You were promised a full team and you've nearly got one...

    Tweet and let us know.

  191. Post update

    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)


    Blackpool Gazette reporter Will Watt: "Just four players on the bench confirmed, including two of the club's youth team. 23 travelled."

  192. Text us on 81111

    Sam from Barnstaple, via text: This is the year of youth! It seems they are all we have now at St James Park, come on little old Exeter!

    Matt U in Oxford, via text: The anticipation of waiting to watch the football league's sleeping giants 'Oxford United' is killing me! New season, new owners, new manager, new players! This season will spark the years of past alight again!

    Tom, via text: Portsmouth fan Looking forward to a stress free season at Fratton Park! And the fans have just raised £250,000 for a new academy! Only good times ahead! #playuppompey

  193. Team News

    Huddersfield v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

    Lee Peltier makes his first start for Huddersfield since 2011 after returning to the club in the summer, and Radoslaw Majewski plays after joining on loan from Nottingham Forest, while centre-half Matt Crooks makes his full debut.

    But there is no place for midfielder Adam Clayton, who has been linked with a move to either Middlesbrough or Brighton, and striker James Vaughan misses out because of a calf injury.

    Bournemouth, who finished 10th in the Championship last season, hand a full debut to Callum Wilson after his summer transfer from Coventry. Goalkeeper Lee Camp has recovered from a thigh injury to start for the Cherries, with new signings Junior Stanislas and Dan Gosling among the substitutes.

  194. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Arstall: Surprised about how little has been made of Birmingham's 100% pre-season record, really think we could step up this season.

    Shez Khan: 45mins till k/o. Think the commentators on @bbc5live said it right. 'It's the day all teams believe they can go up.' #newseason

  195. Post update

    Nottingham Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I hope the fans will be looking forward to watching the team play. We have done a lot of rebuilding here, a lot of players have left and we have bought in eight players. The chairman has backed me every time I have asked him to spend money.

    "Today is an exciting day to be coming back here and managing this club but I want the fans to go away being pleased with firstly hopefully a win and secondly the performance."

    On the reports about his relationship with chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi: "We have never not been friends, I couldn't hide my disappointment [on the sales] but I think it has made us stronger. It has made me and the chairman stronger and the club as a whole because the one thing we both want is the success of the club."

  196. Team News

    Nottingham Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has been quick to put the onus back on his players after what he politely described as a "difficult week" with the sale of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles and a very public disagreement with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.

    "Darlow starts in Pearce's first game after being loaned back from Newcastle (Lascelles is injured) - as do the two players who helped placate the new boss by signing late this week, record buy Britt Assombalonga and winger Michail Antonio. Fellow new boys Michael Mancienne, Chris Burke and Matt Fryatt also make their debuts and Chris Cohen is back after injury."

  197. Team News

    Derby v Rotherham (15:00 BST)

    Steve McClaren names eight members of his starting line-up from last season's Championship play-off final defeat to QPR for Derby's opening game against newly-promoted Rotherham.

    Cyrus Christie is handed his debut, with Craig Bryson and Simon Dawkins replacing George Thorne, Andre Wisdom and Jamie Ward. McClaren, who signed a three-year contract extension during the week, has new signings Leon Best and Omar Mascarelli on the bench.

    Matt Derbyshire is handed his Rotherham debut by manager Steve Evans at Derby this afternoon. The much-travelled 28-year-old is now onto his ninth club and is joined in the Millers' line-up by fellow new-boys Kirk Broadfoot and Paul Green.

  198. Post update

    Is there a better-named chairman in the Football League than Dave Doggett? I'd like to hear it.

  199. Back in the Football League

    Cambridge v Plymouth (15:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Cambridge United chairman Dave Doggett, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It's an absolute privilege to be here, as Chairman I just see myself as a custodian for the next few years and I just want to leave them stronger than they were when I took over.

    "There has been a lot of hard work from fans' groups, and people at the club to get the club here. There are always pressures and we work together and I have worked hard to unify the team, whether you are a player, staff or a supporter.

    "Last season we probably had a budget for the top eight but we got in the play-offs and then won promotion and this time time our budget is nowhere near what some of the others are, but I think we can compete."

  200. Team News

    Brighton v Sheff Weds (15:00 BST)