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Town at Burton on Opening Day, Sunderland First Visitors to Portman Road
Thursday, 20th Jun 2019 09:00

Town will travel to Burton Albion on the opening day of their first third tier season in 62 years with League One favourites Sunderland 2019/20’s first visitors to Portman Road the following week.

Paul Lambert’s men will get their season up and running against the Brewers, ninth in the League One in 2018/19, on Saturday 3rd August with the Black Cats, fifth last season and beaten in the play-off final, in Suffolk on Saturday 10th August.

The Blues and Burton last met in the Championship in 2017/18 when Town won 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium - continuing their 100 per cent record - before a 0-0 draw at Portman Road.

Town, second favourites to win the division with the bookies behind Sunderland, most recently met the Wearsiders during the same season, winning 5-2 at home and 2-0 away.

The first round of the Carabao Cup, which is drawn at 7pm this evening, follows that match prior to the Blues making the trip to Peterborough United on Saturday 17th August.

Three days later, the Blues host AFC Wimbledon in their first ever game against the new version of the Dons, before a trip to Bolton Wanderers and a home game against Shrewsbury complete the season’s opening month.

September gets under way with a trip to Rochdale, the first time the sides have ever met, Doncaster’s visit to Portman Road, a midweek game at the MK Dons, a trip to keeper Tomas Holy’s former club Gillingham and then striker James Norwood’s old side Tranmere’s long trip to East Anglia.

October begins with the Blues’ first ever game against Fleetwood Town at their home, Highbury.

The Christmas/New Year period sees the Blues at Portsmouth, the division’s third-favourites, on Saturday 21st December, then at home to the Gills on Boxing Day, followed by a trip to newly-promoted Lincoln City on Sunday 29th December.

Town travel to Wycombe Wanderers for the first competitive game between the teams on New Year’s Day.

The Blues host Bolton on Good Friday, then are at Shrewsbury on Easter Monday.

The run-in continues with Town welcoming Rochdale to Portman Road for the first time, then making the trip to Doncaster before the MK Dons are in Suffolk on the final day, Sunday 3rd May, a game which has a midday kick-off.

The games with Southend, the nearest thing to a derby in the season ahead, are on Saturday 26th October at Roots Hall and Saturday 4th April at Portman Road.

In addition to the early season Tuesday trip to the MK Dons, Town have midweek away games at Rotherham, Tuesday 28th January, and AFC Wimbledon, Tuesday 11th February.

Matches which could be subject to moves due to international call-ups are the matches at Rochdale on Saturday 7th September, at home to Wycombe on Saturday 12th October, at Oxford on Saturday 16th November and away at Bury on Saturday 28th March.

Town can call for a postponement if they have three or more players selected for international duty, something which seems likely with Alan Judge a regular in the Republic of Ireland squad, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes probables for the England U21s, Idris El Mizouni recently winning his first full Tunisia cap and having appeared for their U23s, Emyr Huws and Gwion Edwards having been called up by Wales, Corrie Ndaba, Barry Cotter and Aaron Drinan members of the Irish U21s squad and new keeper Adam Przybek having recently been on standby for the Wales U21s.

Town’s first FA Cup first round tie since the 1956/57 season will be played over the weekend of Saturday 9th November with the second round on the weekend of November 30th. If they reach the third round that will as usual be played over the first weekend of January.

The Blues’ first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign gets under way in the week commencing September 2nd with the games streamed by the EFL.

The draw for the regionalised groups, which will include one Premier League U21 side but almost certainly not Norwich with the authorities preventing “high-profile clashes” with local rivals at that stage of the competition, will be made in July.

A full list of Town’s 2019/20 fixtures can be found here.

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Bluebell added 09:02 - Jun 20
I love that as the first game of the season. Burton is one of my favourite grounds. Love the old fashioned stands.

We will be there!
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ruds added 09:02 - Jun 20
...and I was looking forwards to an easy start to the season!

A tough year just got a bit trickier. =^>
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midastouch added 09:02 - Jun 20
We'll do very well to have 9 points from 9 after those first 3 fixtures. Was hoping for a slightly easier start.
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Jewell_in_the_Town added 09:04 - Jun 20
Relatively speaking, a tough start
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jdtractor96 added 09:07 - Jun 20
Agree that's a tough start. I'd happily take 4 points from those first 3 games.
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Westy added 09:19 - Jun 20
Surely the Ipswich and Norwich home games need to be on alternate Saturdays - generally is the case but have noticed a couple that clash, e.g. 21st March.
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PositivelyPortman added 09:23 - Jun 20
“New version of the Dons”?
Keep up Phil!! 😂😂😂😂😂
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Gilesy added 09:25 - Jun 20
A great start to the season - if we don't get maximum points, we can say they're tough fixtures. If we do well, we'll be world beaters. Anyone want to guess the crowd for the Sunderland match? I'm going for 22000.
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runningout added 09:29 - Jun 20
Your very naive if you think things will be easy at any stage v anyone
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Guthrum added 09:37 - Jun 20
It's not that tough. Burton finished upper mid table last season, Sunderland underperformed and Wimbledon have only just been promoted. We're W5 D1 L0 from the six matches last time Burton and Sunderland were in the same division as us (just two and three years ago).

A lot depends on our team and setup come August, but we have an advantage both in terms of finance and quality of players carried forward from last season over the majority of the division.
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JoHnNnY added 09:38 - Jun 20
Last season there was a CAL file created to add the fixtures automatically to phone calendars, can’t remember if it was on the official site of on here?

Any ideas?
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Blue_Moses added 09:45 - Jun 20
These have fallen terribly for me, had ear-marked 11-12 away games and due to other commitments or games being midweek I can only do 2-3
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Bluearmy_81 added 09:47 - Jun 20
"we have an advantage both in terms of finance..."
Comedy gold 😂🤣😂
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ashp19 added 09:51 - Jun 20
we really have gone for a Burton!
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Kirbmeister added 09:52 - Jun 20
How on earth are we second favourites? Also can’t see what difference it makes if Norwich and Town are at home together bearing in mind which leagues we are in. Also some are getting carried away already. There won’t be any easy games in this league. Mid table finish for me.
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dirtydingusmagee added 09:55 - Jun 20
LOL. A few weeks ago a lot of people were saying we will ''rip up'' Lge 1. Fixtures announce and the jitters are already setting in........ ,.Reality , it aint gonna be no walk in the park, and bums will start sqeaking .To get promoted we will need to play in a way that would have kept us up, that never happened and never looked like happening, I like Paul Lambert, but he really is going to have to get the results now, and he will be under a lot of pressure to prove himself .It will be his team his style of play, no excuses, nowhere to hide .
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Guthrum added 09:57 - Jun 20
Bluearmy 81 - We do have an advantage. Newly relegated teams face less stringent FFP limits on spending, so we can afford higher wages, even if unlikely to lash out on transfer fees. Even with the latter, most L1 teams spend no more than us.

Either way, it makes Town more attractive to prospective recruits. Plus we are now a big fish, not a lower-level perennial struggler in our current division.
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cat added 09:59 - Jun 20
Tough start and a good test to see where we’re at. Pick up point from these games and it could shape our season, failure to do so and it could go tits.
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StringerBell added 10:00 - Jun 20
For the first time in my life the day the fixtures are released are no longer a source for excitement but one of embarassment at how far we've fallen. Burton away when those sh!tes up the road have Liverpool away on their first day just hammers home what that cretin Evans has done to our club.
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GatesPerm added 10:07 - Jun 20
I am expecting a sell out for Shrewsbury on Easter Monday. For the last few games of the season, the whole of the North Stand seemed intent on travelling to Shrewsbury!
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Guthrum added 10:10 - Jun 20
Correction to my first comment - of course it was MK Dons who were promoted from L2. AFC Wimbledon finished 20th, only just avoiding relegation.
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warksonwater added 10:26 - Jun 20
Tough first two matches, if ever there was a reminder this League ain't gonna be a cakewalk. Six points would be a brilliant start and would lay down a marker, but four points would still be a very decent return.
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Westy added 10:27 - Jun 20
Police work at both grounds and can't be in two places at once. Fans will mingle at Diss, Stowmarket and other stations too and don't like each other much.
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paul160267 added 10:29 - Jun 20
Tough start so need to get points on the board early. Last season started promising but the lack of points put the pressure on and we never recovered. Here's hoping for a good atmosphere points and the feel good factor. Another defender needed.

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SouperJim added 10:44 - Jun 20
1st team fixtures calendar for android/apple etc here:- https://bit.ly/2WUZyt7
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