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Live Reporting

By Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for your contributions and company this morning!

    See you all in the new season.

  2. All you need to know

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    As much as you all clearly love my top-class live texting skills, our time together has come to an end.

    Here's all you need to know before we go our separate ways:

    Portsmouth Football Club
  3. Post update

    A reminder that the 2019-20 EFL season begins on Friday 2 August as Luton Tow take on Middlesbrough in the Championship, and concludes on Sunday 3 May 2020 with the final day of League One.

  4. Luton start 'very exciting', says Jones

    Some reaction from new Luton boss Graeme Jones, whose side start life in the Championship at home to Jonathan Woodgate's Middlesbrough:

    "First game of the season, live on TV, Friday night – it’s all very, very exciting and I’m sure that’s what the Luton Town supporters were looking for when we were promoted to the Championship.

    “I started my coaching career at Middlesbrough in 2003. I was there for four years and have really fond memories of the club.

    “My wife Debbie is from the area as well, from Stockton-on-Tees, so I think we’ll be having lots of requests for tickets! But the most important thing for us is it’s a home game under the floodlights at Kenilworth Road.”

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    SMS Message: As a Birmingham fan it's interesting now the fixtures are released to work out when the board will sack our next manager...I reckon end of August? from Pail Compton
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    Ben: Bristol away on a Sunday...looking like a very sore head for work Monday morning.

  6. Ipswich Town visit Burton Albion in first game

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    Ipswich Town's first season in the third tier for 62 years will begin with a trip to Burton on Saturday, 3 August.

    The Tractor Boys were relegated to League One along with Rotherham, who visit AFC Wimbledon on the opening day, and Bolton, who travel to Wycombe.

    Phil Parkinson's side are set to start the campaign with a 12-point deduction after going into administration in May.

    Coventry - who will groundshare at Birmingham City's St Andrew's next term - start at "home" against Southend.

    Lincoln host Accrington in their first game, while newly promoted duo Bury and MK Dons will meet at Gigg Lane.

    Play-off final losers Sunderland open their second League One campaign at home to Oxford United.

    Ipswich Town
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    Nathan Burn: Three out of four relegated league one teams in first 7 games doesn't fill me with hope. It'll be a huge test of where out season could be heading. Tough end too. #NTFC#bbcefl

  8. Swansea City & Cardiff City renew rivalry in October

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    Swansea City and Cardiff City will meet for the first time in five years in the first Welsh derby of the Championship season on Saturday, 26 October.

    The return fixture in Cardiff is on Saturday, 11 January although dates of both games are subject to change.

    Steve Cooper's Swans host Hull City on the opening weekend of the season before travelling to Derby in their second game on 10 August.

    Cardiff, relegated from the Premier League, begin at Wigan on 3 August.

    Neil Warnock's side host newly promoted Luton Town in their first home game a week later.

    Millwall will be the visitors to Cardiff on Boxing Day with away games at Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers over the Christmas and New Year period.

    The Bluebirds end the season at home to Hull City on Saturday, 2 May.

    Swansea City are at Brentford on Boxing Day before back to back home games against Barnsley (29 December) and promoted Charlton Athletic (1 January) and end the regular season at Reading.

    Steve Cooper's Swansea
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    David Coles: Tough opening month for Ipswich. Burton, Sunderland and Peterborough as the first three games. Vital we have a good start or we could continue to freefall.

  10. Salford set for EFL debut

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    Ambitious Salford, co-owned by six former Manchester United players, have won four promotions in five seasons to reach the EFL for the first time in their history.

    They will be involved in the early kick-off on the first Saturday of the campaign when they host Stevenage, before a trip to Crawley on 10 August and a home fixture against Port Vale seven days later.

    The Ammies will also be included in the Carabao Cup for the first time this season and they will find out their first-round opponents later today when the draw is made at 19:00 BST.

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    SMS Message: It's going to be a very tough championship this year. More than half the sides will fancy there chances of promotion. As long as the baggies make it up. from Warren, Kidderminster
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    SMS Message: You can't win the Championship on Match Day 1 but Bristol City vs Leeds United: whoever wins will be Champions and whoever loses will stay down. from Em, Bristol
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  12. Emotional opening for Leyton Orient

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    Leyton Orient's opening League Two match against Cheltenham Town is sure to be an emotional occasion for all at the club following the death of their popular manager Justin Edinburgh, who passed away on 8 June aged 49 after a cardiac arrest.

    Former Tottenham full-back Edinburgh led Orient to the National League title last season, ending their two-year absence from the EFL, while they were also beaten in the final of the FA Trophy.#

    On Sunday, Orient chairman Nigel Travis said several tributes were being considered to honour Edinburgh - among the ideas put forward by supporters was to rename a stand at their stadium.

    Ross Embleton, who was Edinburgh's assistant, was named interim head coach on Wednesday.

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  14. Bolton & Bury hoping for stability in League One

    2019-20 English Football League fixtures

    Two of League One's financially stricken clubs, Bolton Wanderers and Bury, face each other in a local derby on 7 September.

    Bury are up for sale and currently without a manager after Ryan Lowe left to join Plymouth Argyle, but sealed an immediate return to the third tier after he led them to automatic promotion from League Two in 2018-19.

    On Wednesday, the Shakers had a High Court appearance over a winding-up petition for an unpaid tax bill adjourned for six weeks on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, Bolton endured a traumatic campaign both on and off the pitch with financial issues plaguing their season, ending in them being unable to fulfil their final home game of the season against Brentford.

    Wanderers have not yet been penalised for that, having already been deducted 12 points for going into administration in May.

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    Matthew Bolton: What a relief Luton have been drawn at home on the Friday for opening weekend! Girlfriend big Luton fan and we have a family event on 3rd we thought she might have to miss. That would have been awkward. #bbcefl