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Home start again for Rovers

17 June 2015

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Rovers will kick-off the new Championship season at home to Wolves.

Kenny Jackett’s side, who did the double over Rovers last season and just missed out on a place in the play-offs, will provide stern opening day opposition when they visit Ewood Park on Saturday August 8th.

It is the third time in recent years that Rovers have started the season at home to Wolves. Rovers kicked off the 2011-12 Premier League season with a 2-1 defeat to Wolves, despite taking a 1-0 lead through Mauro Formica, whilst fans will have fonder memories of the opening day of the 2003-04 season, when Graeme Souness' side romped to a 5-1 win thanks to goals from Lorenzo Amoruso, David Thompson, Brett Emerton and a late brace from substitute Andy Cole.  

Rovers will also be at home on the final day of the 2015-16 Championship season, with Reading the visitors to Ewood Park on Saturday May 7th (kick-off 12.30pm).

With a home tie against Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup already confirmed for the opening week of the season, Rovers’ first away trip will be to Huddersfield Town on Saturday August 15th.

Gary Bowyer’s side round off August with a local derby at home to Bolton Wanderers (on Saturday August 29th) and will travel to both QPR and Hull City before the end of September. 

However, it is the games against the other relegated Premier League side that all Rovers fans will be eager to discover the dates for.

The first East Lancashire derby against Burnley will take place at Ewood Park on Saturday October 24th, with the return fixture at Turf Moor scheduled for Saturday March 5th.

Rovers are away to all three promoted clubs during the first half of the season, playing MK Dons in a league fixture for the first time on Saturday October 17th, Preston North End at Deepdale – the scene of Rovers’ promotion triumph in May 2001 the last time the two teams met – on Saturday November 21st and League One champions Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday December 5th. 

Rovers’ festive fixtures have a familiar look to them, with Middlesbrough the visitors to Ewood Park on Boxing Day, before a short trip to Bolton's Macron Stadium on Monday December 28th.

Bowyer’s charges will kick-off the New Year away to Cardiff City on Saturday January 2nd, with the FA Cup third round fixtures set to take place the following weekend.

There will be no Championship fixtures over Easter weekend due to an international break, with Preston visiting Ewood Park on Saturday April 2nd.

A trip to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium will be Rovers’ final away match of the season on Saturday April 30th, before the curtain comes down on the 2015-16 campaign against Reading on Saturday May 7th.     

As always, the draft fixture list is subject to change due to the requirements of television broadcasters, the police or any mutual agreement with one of our opponents. Any amendments made will be advised as and when such are agreed.

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