League One fixtures: Swindon head to Hartlepool first

Paolo Di Canio's Swindon will start life back in League One after promotion with a trip to Hartlepool on 18 August.

Newly relegated from the Championship, Portsmouth host fellow south-coast side Bournemouth, Coventry travel to Yeovil, and Doncaster visit Walsall.

Losing play-off finalists Sheffield United begin the season at home to League Two runners-up Shrewsbury.

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  • Coventry City have not played in the third tier of English football since 1964, when Jimmy Hill managed them to promotion as champions from the old Division Three

Both the other promoted teams are at home - Crawley host Scunthorpe, while Crewe entertain Notts County.

Also on the opening day, London clubs Brentford and Leyton Orient head to the north-west for games at Bury and Tranmere respectively.

Colchester travel to Preston, while Milton Keynes Dons entertain Oldham.

The new season's fixtures are preceded by the first round of the League Cup, which was drawn last week and will take place in the week beginning 13 August.

SELECTED NEW SEASON FIXTURES

Opening day - Saturday 18 August

Bury v Brentford

Crawley Town v Scunthorpe United

Crewe Alexandra v Notts County

Hartlepool United v Swindon Town

Milton Keynes Dons v Oldham Athletic

Portsmouth v Bournemouth

Preston North End v Colchester United

Sheffield United v Shrewsbury Town

Stevenage v Carlisle United

Tranmere Rovers v Leyton Orient

Walsall v Doncaster Rovers

Yeovil Town v Coventry City

Tuesday, 21 August

Bournemouth v Milton Keynes Dons

Brentford v Yeovil Town

Carlisle United v Tranmere Rovers

Colchester United v Portsmouth

Coventry City v Sheffield United

Doncaster Rovers v Bury

Leyton Orient v Stevenage

Notts County v Hartlepool United

Oldham Athletic v Walsall

Scunthorpe United v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Preston North End

Swindon Town v Crawley Town

Boxing Day - Wednesday 26 December

Bournemouth v Yeovil Town

Carlisle United v Hartlepool United

Colchester United v Brentford

Leyton Orient v Swindon Town

Milton Keynes Dons v Walsall

Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers

Portsmouth v Crawley Town

Preston North End v Bury

Sheffield United v Scunthorpe United

Shrewsbury Town v Notts County

Stevenage v Coventry City

Tranmere Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

Final day of season - Saturday 27 April

Brentford v Doncaster Rovers

Bury v Yeovil Town

Carlisle United v Colchester United

Crawley Town v Hartlepool United

Crewe Alexandra v Walsall

Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic

Notts County v Coventry City

Scunthorpe United v Swindon Town

Sheffield United v Preston North End

Shrewsbury Town v Portsmouth

Stevenage v Milton Keynes Dons

Tranmere Rovers v Bournemouth

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