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Life under Coyle to begin at Barnsley

By Football News



FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic will open their Championship campaign with a trip to Barnsley while QPR will host Sheffield Wednesday.

Wigan, who play Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 11 in the third competitive match of their season, will start their first season in the second tier since 2004-05 with a visit to Barnsley's Oakwell on August 3.

It will be new manager Owen Coyle's first match in charge of Wigan, after former boss Roberto Martinez left for Everton.

Harry Redknapp's QPR will start their attempt to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt with a home clash against Wednesday at Loftus Road, while Reading host Ipswich Town.

League One champions Doncaster Rovers begin life in the Championship with a home clash against Blackpool, while Yeovil Town's first ever match in the second tier sees them on the road to face Millwall at the New Den.

Bournemouth, who also won promotion from League One last term, are set to battle Charlton Athletic at the Goldsands Stadium on the first weekend of the season.

As was announced on Tuesday, Wolves will open their League One season at Preston North End in one of six clashes designed to mark the 125th anniversary of the Football League.

Peterborough United and Bristol City were also relegated to the Championship and host Swindon Town and newly promoted Bradford City respectively.

Bradford, who reached the League Cup final and won the League Two play-offs last season, have not been involved in League One since 2006-07.

Also winning a place in League One this season were League Two champions Gillingham, who host Colchester United in their first clash.

Other promotion winners, Rotherham United and Port Vale, visit Crewe Alexandra and host Brentford respectively.

Mansfield Town's return to the Football League will begin at relegated Scunthorpe United in League Two while Colin Cooper's first match in charge of Hartlepool United comes at Rochdale.

Portsmouth's first season in the fourth tier for 33 years will see them start with a match against Oxford United at Fratton Park while Newport County begin life in the League after a 25-year absence with a home clash against Accrington Stanley, which was announced on Tuesday.