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21 June 2016

We continue our look at Town's Championship opponents for the upcoming campaign, ahead of tomorrow's fixture release

Bristol City

After securing their Championship status for another season last term, the Robins head into this campaign full of optimism under talented young boss, Lee Johnson. With financial backing, the Ashton Gate side are expected to make major moves in the transfer market this summer.


Nickname – The Robins
Ground – Ashton Gate
Manager – Lee Johnson
Key Player – Jonathan Kodjia
Town Link – Midfielder Cole Skuse made over 270 appearances for The Robins, his hometown team, before switching to Portman Road on a free transfer in 2013.

Burton Albion

Preparing for their first season in the second tier in the club’s 66-year history, Burton will be looking to establish themselves as a Championship side following promotion from League One under Nigel Clough, who took over from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink mid-season.


Nickname – The Brewers
Ground – The Pirelli Stadium
Manager – Nigel Clough
Key Player – Stuart Beavon
Town Link – Town have never played Burton before in any competition.

Cardiff City

Finishing one place behind Town last season, Cardiff head into this campaign eyeing up a Play-Off push under new boss, Paul Trollope. Promotion would see them compete in only their second ever Premier League season.


Nickname – The Bluebirds
Ground – Cardiff City Stadium
Manager - Paul Trollope
Key Player – Anthony Pilkington
Town Link – U21’s Manager Mark Kennedy made over 50 appearances for Cardiff before joining the ranks in Suffolk.

Derby County

Recovering from a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Hull, The Rams will again be expected to challenge. New boss Nigel Pearson has won the Championship before, whilst in charge at Leicester.  


Nickname – The Rams
Ground – The iPro Stadium
Manager – Nigel Pearson
Key Player – Chris Martin
Town Link – Academy product Darren Bent signed for The Rams from Aston Villa in 2015.

Fulham

After two disappointing bottom-half finishes following their relegation from the Premier League, Fulham head into the new campaign looking to push at the right end of the table under manager Slaviša Jokanović.


Nickname – The Cottagers
Ground – Craven Cottage
Manager - Slaviša Jokanović
Key Player – Ross McCormack
Town Link – Ex-Town loanee’s Richard Stearman and Ryan Tunnicliffe have established themselves into Fulham’s first team.

Huddersfield Town

Now an established Championship team, Huddersfield are entering their fifth consecutive season in the second tier. Finishing 19th last term, a top-half finish could be on the cards for The Terriers, with manager David Wagner recently signing a new contract.


Nickname – The Terriers
Ground – The John Smith’s Stadium
Manager – David Wagner
Key Player – Nahki Wells
Town Link –Marcus Stewart joined the Blues from Huddersfield in 2000 and his goals helped secure promotion to the Premier League.


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