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Wanderers Host Derby in Season Opener

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Wanderers face a tough start to the new season with the opening five games drawing us against Derby, Middlesbrough, Forest, Blackburn and newly promoted MK Dons.

Paul Clement, right, starts life as a manager with a trip to the Macron on 8th August
Paul Clement, right, starts life as a manager with a trip to the Macron on 8th August
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Bolton Wanderers, the bookmakers' second favourites for relegation from The Championship, will begin the 2015/16 campaign with a home fixture against one of the league's promotion favourites Derby County on Saturday 8th August. Derby will be raring to go coming into the new season under the leadership of new manager Paul Clement, the former assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.

The first five fixtures pose a tough ask of Bolton's currently beleaguered squad, with a trip to Middlesbrough a week later, followed by a trip to newly promoted MK Dons on Tuesday 18th August

The fixture computer then threw up a couple of tasty clashes for Wanderers' next two games, with a Macron return for Dougie Freedman - unless he's already been sacked by Nottingham Forest - on Saturday 22nd August, followed by a trip to neighbours Blackburn Rovers on the following Saturday.

Notable dates for the diary include a trip to relegated Burnley on Saturday 17th October, an away day at newly promoted neighbours Preston on Saturday 31st October, a trip to Dougie's Forest on Saturday 16th January and the home fixture against Burnley on Saturday 27th February.

The much anticipated Christmas fixtures see Wanderers travel to Rotherham on Boxing Day, then host rivals Blackburn on Monday 28th December and Huddersfield on Saturday 2nd January,

Wanderers season comes to a finale with an away day in South London as the Whites travel to Fulham on Saturday 7th May, while the obligatory end of season fixture at home to Birmingham is this year held seven months early on Tuesday 20th October.

Which fixtures are you most looking forward to next season? Let us know in the comments section below.