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OPENING DAY CRACKERS

15 June 2016

Ahead of the fixture release next week, we dig through our archives to look back at some classic opening day meetings

With the new EFL 2016/17 Championship fixtures set to be announced in a week's time, we take a look back at some classic opening day encounters involving the Blues in recent years...

Town kicked off their 2014/15 campaign with three points and a strong performance against recently relegated Fulham. Daryl Murphy got the ball rolling for Mick McCarthy’s side, before David McGoldrick added a second after the break. The west Londoners hit back later on but it wasn’t enough as the Blues took all three points live on Sky Sports.


The 2011/12 Championship campaign saw Town kick-off with a comfortable 3-0 win over Keith Millen’s Bristol City. A brace from summer signing Michael Chopra either side of a Lee Martin strike saw Paul Jewell’s men secure a perfect start to the new term.


The opening weekend of the 2012/13 Championship season saw Town hold recently relegated Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw at Portman Road. An early goal for the visitors was not enough, as Town secured a share of the spoils courtesy of a late equaliser thanks to Jason Lowe’s own goal.


Town secured an impressive win away at title favourites Middlesbrough to kick off their 2010/11 campaign. Coming back from behind, Roy Keane’s men hit back with a quick fire double from Tommy Smith and Tamas Priskin, with substitute John Stead securing the 3 points on the 75th minute. Luke Hyam was handed his first-team debut in midfield.


The start of the 2015/16 season saw Town play away against previous season’s Play-Off semi-finalists Brentford. Goals from midfielders Kévin Bru and debutant Ryan Fraser either side of half-time saw Town take a comfortable lead. However, Mick McCarthy’s side suffered stoppage time heartache as the Bees struck twice in injury time to claim a share of the spoils.



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