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FIVE TO WATCH - TOWN'S KEY FIXTURES

22 June 2016

With the 2016/17 fixtures announced, we take a closer look at some of Town's key matches...

Barnsley – Home – August 6th

The Blues will host Championship newcomers Barnsley on the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign in the first meeting between the two sides since the Tykes’ relegation to League One in 2014.

Now under the stewardship of Paul Heckingbottom, following their Play-Off success last season, Barnsley will be looking to end a run of seven matches without a win against Town, stretching back to 2010, although five of those have ended in draws.

Mick McCarthy will welcome his home-town side to Portman Road, to add more fuel to the fire, as he hopes to get his side off to a winning start in the new campaign.

Norwich – Home – August 20th – Away – February 25th

The fixture that needs no introduction to fans of both sides – the East Anglian Derby will return in August following the Canaries’ relegation from the Premier League last season.

Alex Neil’s side will first visit Portman Road in the fourth game of the campaign before the reverse fixture takes place after the New Year.

Local bragging rights and, of course, three points will be the prize on offer when the two face off with a return to England’s top flight on the agenda for both come May.

Fulham – Home – Boxing Day

The festive period is always a crucial time for clubs in the EFL, and this season looks to be no different for Town with six fixtures crammed in to December alone.

One of those six will be the welcoming of Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham to Suffolk on Boxing Day, as the Cottagers hope to break a 53-year long winless run against the Blues, dating back to a 10-1 thrashing back in 1963 at Craven Cottage.

Consequently, 1963 was also the time Town last failed to beat Fulham at home, until April’s 1-1 draw between the two sides, having previously recorded six straight victories.

Newcastle – Home – April 17th

Easter Monday is the date in which the Toon Army will descend upon Portman Road in the Blues’ penultimate home fixture of the campaign.

With just three more games following this fixture, it is likely to be a key period as the season draws to a close with both sides looking to end with a strong run of form.

A Marcus Stewart penalty was the difference when Town last defeated Newcastle in 2001, although a late Jonathan Walters salvaged a point at St. James’ Park in the most recent meeting, scoring a late goal in 2010 against the eventual Championship winners.

The meeting will also mark a reunion of two clubs managed by the late Sir Bobby Robson. He spent 13 years at Town, winning the UEFA Cup and the FA Cup before he ended his managerial career with Newcastle in 2004.

Nottingham Forest – Away – May 7th

Promotions, Play-Off places and relegations have often been decided on the final day of the season, and this term will see McCarthy’s side travel to the Midlands, namely the City Ground, on May 7th.

It will almost mirror the last fixture of the 2015/16 campaign as Forest’s fierce rivals Derby were the opponents, and Town will hope to replicate the result from that afternoon in what could be a vital day in the EFL Championship.

It will bring an end to a season which is poised to contain ample twists and turns as the Blues look to build on last season’s seventh placed finish.

 


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