As time steadily marches on, we're going to get more and more reminders that we are actually going to the Championship. On August 18th, the biggest reminder of them all, Bolton Wanderers will start their Championship season, of all places, at Turf Moor against Owen Coyle's old club Burnley. But before I get too far into this, go have a read through all of the fixtures. I'll wait here.
Even 2 and a half years after the event, the Burnley ghost still haunts Coyle, and it seems obvious that Bolton should start the season at Turf Moor. Burnley went on to be relegated in the first season in the Premiership after OC left them for Bolton in January of 2010, but have been doing quite well in the Championship, finishing 8th their first season back, and comfortably mid-table at 13th last year.
In stark contrast to last season, Bolton appear to have a relatively gentle start, playing mostly mid and lower table teams, with the exception of Birmingham, for August and September. Bolton's first midweek game, as well as the first home game, comes just 3 days after the start of the season, hosting Derby at the Reebok. One of the biggest changes this season will be the abundance of midweek games, due to the fact that we will now be playing 46 league games a season rather than 38.
November, December, and April will be our busiest months, with 6 fixtures a piece. Our Boxing Day fixture is at the Reebok, against Sheffield Wednesday, and the last match of the season is on May 4th against fellow Lancastrians Blackpool, once again at home.
So, what do you reckon about Bolton's new fixtures?