First Saturday of the Football League season as it happenedLive

Live text coverage of the first Saturday of the new Football League season, with Ipswich defeating Fulham in the last game.

9 August 2014

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  1. 19:19: 

    That's a wrap then - all done for the day. We shall see you all tomorrow for the Charity Shield and Wolves v Norwich...

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    Graham Last: Not getting carried away or anything... But Watford will be in the Champions League in 5 years.

    Are you sure you're not getting carried away Graham?

  3. 19:11: 
    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    That's still just five wins in 2014 for Fulham then. Much improvement needed if they are to bounce back into the top flight at the first attempt.

  4. 19:07: 
    FULL-TIME- Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    It's all over. The new-look Fulham end their first game back in the second division for 13 years pointless, but there were plenty of seeds of encouragement in the display of those youngsters. The Championship is a physical division to go with that many kids but Felix Magath was bold with his selection.

    Ipswich's front two just had enough to make the difference.

  5. 19:05: 
    INJURY TIME- Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Four minutes added on...

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    Shady Dealer: #LUFC a shadow of its former self some 12+ years ago. Season after season we've been consistently poor at the back. #clueless

  7. 19:02: 
    Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Patrick Roberts is in again, he fires in a low shot which Tommy Smith just about blocks. That goal has given Fulham plenty of confidence. Can they nick a point now?

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    Robert Hagan: Fulham need to learn to produce chances and then finish them.

    Gumble Jam: Lets take deflections, reflections, refractions anything that changes this loss into something positive! #coyw

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    "Fulham have got a bit of luck, I don't know if they deserved that goal. Tim Hoogland has cut in and swung his foot at it, but it has hit Tommy Smith and gone in. Fulham have five minutes left to snatch a point and that would be harsh on Ipswich."

  10. 19:00: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham

    Almost the equaliser! Fulham counter smartly again, Scott Parker leading the troops forwards, the ball comes to Patrick Roberts, who loses his man with a neat turn and fires just wide from 20 yards.

    THREE MINUTES left...

  11. 18:58: 
    GOAL- Ipswich Town 2-1 Fulham - Tim Hoogland (86 mins)

    Out of nothing, Fulham have a lifeline! Right-back Tim Hoogland continues to bomb on, he cuts inside and hits a left-footed shot which spins off the shoulder of Tommy Smith and into the net. A debut goal!

  12. 18:56: 
    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Fulham win a free-kick which is whipped in by Kostas Stafylidis, but the big men in the middle can't convert. Much promise about the Fulham showing today, but they have rarely troubled Dean Gerken in the Ipswich goal.

    We have seven minutes left.

  13. 18:52: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Lovely stuff! David McGoldrick spreads the ball out wide to Luke Chambers, he skins his man and stands up a cross for Anthony Wordworth to attack, but he fluffs his lines and heads over the top. The move deserved better.

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    "I don't think Mick McCarthy will have a more comfortable victory than this all season. I'm not sure what shape Fulham are playing and they are very narrow.

    "They don't look like they have any pace in the team at all."

  15. 18:47: 
    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Patrick Roberts is the jewel in the crown of the Fulham academy, with some suggestions that teams of the ilk of Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on him. I'm sure their scouts will be watching this one on a Saturday tea-time. Maybe just catch up on the DVDs.

    Fulham have a shot but it's a horror from Moussa Dembele, high, wide and not too handsome. Into the last 15...

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    Sion Edmonds: To do well in the Championship you need experience. Fulham are clearly lacking in that department with such a young squad.

    Francinee: David McGoldrick is back! Best bit of news any town fan could have! GOALLLLL

  17. 18:46: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Cole Skuse is replaced by Anthony Wordsworth for Ipswich, while Fulham send on another from their conveyor belt in the guise of Patrick Roberts. He replaces Shaun Hutchinson, who has not had a debut to remember.

  18. 18:42: 
    Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    Before today Fulham were unbeaten in their last five opening day matches, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion (W3 D2), while Ipswich have scored in each of their last 12 fixtures on the opening day of the season, winning six (D2 L4).

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    Stavros Makrozacho: Fulham to be promoted? With that team, I won't be surprised if they do a Wolves and are relegated again.


    Opta Joe: 4 - David McGoldrick has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Ipswich Town. Return.

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham

    "It is a long way back for Fulham and that was an awful goal to concede. It has been a horrible afternoon for Fulham and the way they have tried to play has been too intricate, through the middle, but that has played straight into Ipswich's hands. There has been no movement from the front two. Ipswich have out-worked Fulham today."

  22. 18:37: 
    TRANSFER NEWS- Vermaelen joins Barcelona

    Confirmed - Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined Barcelona. Not a bad move.

    Full story to follow on the BBC Sport website...

  23. 18:33: 
    GOAL- Ipswich Town 2-0 Fulham - David McGoldrick (61 mins)

    What a return! His first appearance for six months and David McGoldrick is on the scoresheet again! Fulham centre-back Shaun Hutchinson is bullied off the ball by Daryl Murphy for the second time, and it leads to a second goal. Murphy shrugs off the defender and puts in a low cross, it's half cleared to McGoldrick, who puts his foot through it and fires in with a slight deflection.

  24. 18:31: 
    On the move- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    While this game has been going on Fulham have jettisoned another player, as Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Monaco on loan for the season. Expect a few more to leave before the end of August. Bryan Ruiz?

    The current crop have half an hour to salvage something from this one.

  25. 18:29: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Another change for Fulham as Ross McCormack is replaced by another youngster, Cauley Woodrow.

  26. 18:29: 
    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Thomas Eisfeld - a summer signing from Arsenal - has made a difference to Fulham's play. He has added some real drive and purpose right through the middle and always wants the ball.

  27. 18:23: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Good stuff from Fulham. Thomas Eisfeld drives through the middle and finds Ross McCormack on the left, his cross is half cleared and Kostas Stafylidis absolutely smashes in a shot from 25 yards which fizzes over the crossbar.

  28. 18:20: 
    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Ipswich fans will be keen to see David McGoldrick back in action this afternoon, he was instrumental to their fortunes before a serious knee injury last February ended his season. The striker almost gets in behind the Fulham defence but is understandably rusty and loses out.

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    Gumble Jam: I'm up late in Thailand trying to find ways to watch or listen to the game and it doesn't seem like I should bother. #COYW

    Ed Fairhead: Ipswich are now a classic Mick McCarthy side: good at the back, not very pleasing on the eye, and tall

    Joe Walkley: Seeing Fulham in the Championship isn't right and may take time to get used to...oops, 1-0 Ipswich :\

  30. 18:18: 
    KICK-OFF- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    And we are back under way at Portman Road.

  31. 18:17: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham make a change at the break, as Thomas Eisfeld replaces Chris David.

  32. 18:13: 
    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham's last game in the second division was a 1-0 defeat at Grimsby. That shows you how long the Cottagers survived in the Premier League...

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Millwall 2-0 Leeds
    Ian Holloway

    Millwall boss Ian Holloway speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after his side beat Leeds 2-0: "We had double their shots on target and we have done that to Leeds United and I am really pleased for my team.

    "People win 6-0 and 8-0 on the opening day and go on to have bad seasons so I just want to be consistent for my lads, if I was allowed a bet I would, because our odds to get relegated are a disgrace.

    "I just want people to show me and my team some respect. Van Gogh is a decent painter now isn't he but when he was alive he was just a bloke with half an ear."

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    "We have hardly seen Fulham's front two of Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele. The only chance they have had was when Dean Gerken spilled the ball and Dembele followed in, but it was saved.

    "If McCormack does not improve I would take him off and bring on Cauley Woodrow. McCormack has been starved of the ball and has had to come deep to get the ball, but you don't want to see him in deep positions."

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday after seeing his side lose 2-0 at Millwall: "I wasn't happy with our performance in the first half, we didn't get up to the pace and they looked hungrier. Second half we made a game of it and had chances we really should be hitting the net.

    "There is lots to work on but I have learned a lot about the players because we were playing in a cauldron here and some coped better than others.

    "This is what I am used too [Championship football], this is where I think I belong and tactically I think we got it right.

    "I am in charge, I am the head man and I will take responsibility."

  36. 18:02: 
    HALF-TIME- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Fulham's youngsters started well but one slip let in Daryl Murphy and Ipswich now look on song.

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about striker Kiki, who scored on his debut: "Kiki (Enrique Garcia) I know him well. He will score goals for us for sure but the most important thing is the team and that they play in the way we want to play."

  38. 17:59: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    An early change for Ipswich as striker Balint Bajner is replaced by David McGoldrick, who makes his first appearance since February.

  39. 17:58: 
    Breaking transfer news- Gary Medel joins Inter

    Some expected transfer news just in - Cardiff's Chilean defender/midfielder Gary Medel has joined Internazionale. Medel was not involved in Cardiff's 1-1 draw with Blackburn last night.

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool
    Jose Riga

    Blackpool boss Jose Riga speaking to BBC Radio 5 live following his side's 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest: "What they did in the second half was good. We have only played one friendly game and some players only arrived yesterday so they have done well.

    "This morning the situation [unregistered players] was even worse because we only had nine players qualified, but during the day we managed to get more. There were two 17-year-olds on the bench who were scholars.

    "It was a difficult situation so I am happy that the players have not had any physical problems after only playing once in pre season.

    "I think that compared to all the other teams I am the only one to have this preparation. The Championship is a tough league and I knew we could not be ready for today but I am hoping we can be ready soon and add more players."

  41. 17:56: 
    Blackpool Rocked

    There was a lot of chat this afternoon that Blackpool had not managed to register all of their players on time. Here's some clarity...

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "In many senses it was the perfect away performance because we scored the goals at key times. We were professional in our approach and saw the game out.

    "Callum Wilson took his goals very well. He showed his strength and pace and movement, so a great debut for him. The two goals will do his confidence the world of good."

  43. 17:54: 
    YELLOW CARD- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    Ipswich now looking the better side, that goal has shaken the Fulham youngsters. That has also shaken a Fulham youngster, as Luke Hyam slams into the ankles of Moussa Dembele and is shown a yellow card.

    Into the last five minutes of the first half.

    Manager reaction- Millwall 2-0 Leeds
    Dave Hockaday

    Leeds head coach David Hockaday: "We did not start well in the first half. We lacked intensity and purpose to our play. I was delighted to get in at 1-0 to be perfectly honest. We had chances though to get something out of the game, we had them on their heels later in the second half.

    "It is one game. We are looking to improve. Millwall have beaten us 2-0. It is all about moments and we did not have moments. We had a go and certainly had the chances to equalise in the second half.

    "He (club owner Massimo Cellino) came with us on the coach and he is coming at the end. We will talk tomorrow, have a chat and see how we can strengthen."

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    "The goal came against the run of play and it was great play from Luke Hyam to rob Scott Parker. But Shaun Hutchinson will be very disappointed as Daryl Murphy is not the quickest but has got away from him.

    "Ipswich will be absolutely delighted and the game needed a goal as it had gone a bit stale. But the goal has given Ipswich a massive lift."

  46. 17:50: 
    Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham

    "One nil to the Tractor Boys" is the chant at Portman Road, followed up by a query as to whether the supporters of rivals Norwich City are aware of the current score.

    The first East Anglian derby of the season is on 23rd August by the way. Fierce? Just a bit.

  47. 17:47: 
    GOAL- Ipswich Town 1-0 Fulham - Daryl Murphy (32 mins)

    Fulham have been slick so far but the kids are blown away by one positive move from Ipswich. Scott Parker has the ball taken off his toes by Luke Hyam, who drives forward and finds Daryl Murphy 25 yards out. Murphy squares up Shaun Hutchinson, who gets in a horrible position and Murphy skins him before slamming past Jesse Joronen at his near post.

  48. 17:46: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich Town 0-0 Fulham

    Cole Skuse loves a long-ranger. The Ipswich midfielder unleashes a dig again from 25 yards and the ball skims the far corner.

    James Scowcroft, Ex-Ipswich & Leicester striker on BBC London 94.9Ipswich Town 0-0 Fulham

    "Scott Parker has been the best player on the pitch so far. You can see the class and quality he has had throughout his career. He is good on the ball and always knows what's going on around him.

    "But we have not seen much of Ross McCormack yet, he hasn't really got involved."

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    Dave Fordon: So far this season I've achieved 3 points and #lufc haven't! #speeding

    Tony Lea Stewart: I can't remember the last time we have seemed half comfortable with the ball, Fulham playing well here

  51. 17:40: 
    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    The bad - and then the very good from Dean Gerken! The Ipswich keeper spills Chris David's low shot but recovers brilliantly to shut out Moussa Dembele's follow up. A great second save.

    To eradicate any confusion Moussa Dembele (plural s) is Fulham's 18-year-old striker of French descent. Mousa Dembele (single s) is Tottenham's 27-year-old ex-Fulham midfielder of Belgian descent.

    There's only two Mous(s)a Dembeles...

  52. 17:36: 
    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Good goalkeeping from Dean Gerken, leaping high and proud of the huddle of bodies in front of him to fist Chris David's cross away. Fulham looking slick still, but £11m striker Ross McCormack has been quiet.

  53. 17:36: 
    Friendlies round-up

    The Football League may have returned to business but some Premier League sides were also in action as they continued their preparations for the new season.

    Premier League new boys Burnley secured a morale-boosting 3-1 win against Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona. Matthew Taylor, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Ross Wallace with the goals for the Clarets.

    Leicester, who won the Championship last season, also secured a victory, Wes Morgan's header proving enough to beat Werder Bremen 1-0.

    In other games, West Ham edged Sampdoria 3-2, Everton lost 3-1 to SC Paderborn, QPR were beaten 1-0 by PAOK, Swansea suffered a 3-0 defeat to Villarreal while Aston Villa and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Parma and Augsburg respectively.

  54. 17:31: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Fulham absolutely bossing possession at the moment, Scott Parker conducting the play, grateful for the acres of young legs around him in midfield. If the youngsters' quality matches their energy Felix Magath may be on to something with this selection.

    Ipswich don't see much of the ball but go close with a lovely effort from Cole Skuse, hitting a dipping strike over the top from 20 yards.

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    Nick van Staveren: Good start, hopefully few new signings on the way so things should only get better!! #swfc #massive

    Jamie Mulholland: It looks like Blackpool are starting this season as they finished the last! Cheers Oystons!

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Derby 1-0 Rotherham

    Derby manager Steve McClaren on BBC Radio 5 live, after his side beat Rotherham 1-0: "The result is very important, we always look for a performance but there was enough good play that shows we will get better and grow from this.

    "We started unbelievably well but then we started to force it, we didn't use the width enough but there were a lot of good things and it was nice to get the three points.

    "Rotherham were excellent, they were very disciplined and worked hard and they made it very difficult for us. If they keep playing like that they will have no problems."

  57. 17:26: 
    CLOSE!- Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    The Craven Cottage Kids have started well, breaking with real pace whenever Ipswich lose the ball. One rapid counter down the right ends with Chris David dragging his low shot wide from 25 yards. Fulham boss Felix Magath will be happy enough with this start.

    BBC Radio 5 liveManager reaction- Carlisle 0-1 Luton Town

    Luton Town boss John Still on BBC Radio 5 live, following his side's winning return to the Football League: "I am delighted to have won and the travelling support was absolutely brilliant, we have been waiting a long time for this game.

    "The players handled the game well, there was a lot of media attention on them but they coped well with it. It was a very tough game but we got the win.

    "I think we got in a winning habit last year and it's important that we try to get back into that habit again this season."

  59. 17:24: 
    Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    Rookie Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen has made one good save early on but he looks a bit shaky with the ball at his feet, twice scuffing the ball out of play under pressure from the Ipswich frontline.

    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Reaction- Millwall 2-0 Leeds

    "Millwall looked solid and like they could really compete this season, but Leeds on the other hand did not really play as a unit.

    "They had nothing up front and didn't test the Millwall goalkeeper once. Millwall away is never an easy game but Leeds don't look like they have the quality to make a push for the championship this season. I was disappointed by their midfield and territorially Millwall controlled things for around 70 minutes of the play."

  61. 17:21: 
    Scottish football latest

    It was a good start in the Scottish Premiership for Inverness CT and Motherwell, who beat relegation favourites Hamilton 2-0, and 10-man St Mirren 1-0 respectively. Dundee and Kilmarnock shared the spoils in the day's other match, drawing 1-1 at Dens Park. However, perhaps the biggest news of the day came in the Championship, where Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored with an almighty thump up the park.

  62. 17:18: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    In superhero movie style, it's very much a reboot for Fulham this afternoon. New faces playing familiar roles.

    Cameron Burgess has shown some neat touches in the centre of midfield, with full-backs Nikolay Bodurov and Kostas Stafylidis providing the width.

    But it's Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen who makes the first save of the game, tipping over Christophe Berra's header.

    Manager reaction- Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce, following his side's 2-0 win over Blackpool: "All things considered I think it was a good result and we will build on that. We play Tranmere on Tuesday, I have seen them play in pre-season and I know it will be a very tough game but hopefully we can build on today's performance.

    "I thought we played very well in the first half but we tailed off in the second half, which disappointed me. I want my players to know we have to set our stall out, but there were mitigating circumstances today."

  64. 17:17: 
    Perfect return for Pearce- Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool
    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce, who made 401 appearances for Nottingham Forest before taking temporary charge in 1996, could hardly have asked for a better result on his return to the City Ground.

    Forest ran out comfortable winners against a Blackpool side who, admittedly, were out of sorts given their struggles to put together a matchday squad.

  65. 17:16: 
    KICK-OFF- Ipswich 0-0 Fulham

    We are under way at Portman Road, with Fulham's new-look back four making a shaky start and conceding a corner inside 20 seconds...

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    Roy Hodgson

    Luke Bidwell: Naturally, Roy Hodgson was in attendance for Brentford vs Charlton

  67. 17:14: 
    Team News- Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Some non-too familiar names in the Fulham line-up this afternoon, with eight debutants.

    Jesse Joronen, a 21-year-old Finn, is in goal, Tim Hoogland, Kostas Stafylidis, Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov make up a brand new back four, while Felix Magath has raided the youth team for Cameron Burgess and Emerson Hyndman.

    To top it all off, £11m man Ross McCormack starts up front.

  68. 17:10:  
    BBC Final ScoreDerby 1-0 Rotherham

    Former Burnley manager Owen Coyle: "Derby are very strong contenders, not only for promotion but also to win the league. They have a young team, one that is going to continue to get better and they have a fantastic manager too."

  69. 17:06: 
    FULL-TIME- League Two

    Accrington 0-1 Southend

    Wimbledon 2-2 Shrewsbury

    Bury 0-1 Cheltenham

    Cambridge 1-0 Plymouth

    Carlisle 0-1 Luton

    Dag & Red 0-3 Morecambe

    Exeter 1-1 Portsmouth

    Newport 0-2 Wycombe

    Northampton 1-0 Mansfield

    Oxford Utd 0-1 Burton

    Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool

    Tranmere 1-1 York

  70. 17:05: 
    FULL-TIME- League One

    Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City

    Barnsley 0-1 Crawley

    Bradford 3-2 Coventry

    Colchester 2-2 Oldham

    Fleetwood 2-1 Crewe

    Leyton Orient 1-2 Chesterfield

    MK Dons 4-2 Gillingham

    Port Vale 1-1 Walsall

    Preston 1-1 Notts County

    Rochdale 0-1 Peterborough

    Swindon 3-1 Scunthorpe

    Yeovil 0-3 Doncaster

  71. 17:00: 
    LINE-UPS- Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Mings, Hewitt, Hyam, Skuse, Tabb, Bajner, Murphy. Subs: McGoldrick, Bru, Wordsworth, Henshall, Bialkowski, Marriott, Nouble.

    Fulham: Joronen, Hoogland, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Burgess, Stafylidis, David, Parker, Hyndman, Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Fotheringham, Eisfeld, Roberts, Woodrow, Rodallega, Burn, Bettinelli.

    Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

  72. 16:58: 
    Team News- Ipswich v Fulham (17:15 BST)

    Ipswich hand a full debut to 6ft 5in Hungarian striker Balint Bajner, who joined Mick McCarthy's team from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

    Fulham spent £11m to sign Ross McCormack from Leeds and the Scottish striker starts up front for the London club. Felix Magath also includes ex-England midfielder Scott Parker in his side, while new signings Tim Hoogland and Kostas Stafylidis also start.

  73. 16:57: 

    Bournemouth top the embryonic Championship table then, with Huddersfield propping it up.

    Still one game to come this afternoon...

  74. 16:57: 
    League Two update

    BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne: "'We're Cambridge United, we're Football League,' is the song booming around the Abbey. Richard Money's side have just beaten a good Plymouth team 2-0. The last time Cambridge scored and won in League Two was in April 2005 - against Rushden & Diamonds. How things change."

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 LiveNottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool
    Stuart Pearce

    "It was a good win for Nottingham Forest but they have not been put under too much pressure because Blackpool are still finding their feet. But I think there is some encouragement for Blackpool, they have competed and have not been outclassed at all."

  76. 16:57: 
    FULL-TIME- Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
  77. 16:56: 
    FULL-TIME- Brentford 1-1 Charlton
  78. 16:56: 
    FULL-TIME- Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth
  79. 16:55: 
    FULL-TIME- Millwall 2-0 Leeds
  80. 16:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Watford 3-0 Bolton
  81. 16:54: 
    FULL-TIME- Brighton 0-1 Sheff Wed
    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 LiveNottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    "It's obviously not an ideal situation. The Oystons have been at the helm for a long time but it's getting to a point where it is getting beyond ridiculous that they couldn't even get a squad out for the first game of the season."

  83. 16:53: 
    FULL-TIME- Derby 1-0 Rotherham
  84. 16:53: 
    CLOSE!- Derby 1-0 Rotherham

    Paul Green is so close to grabbing an equaliser for Rotherham as his header is superbly denied on the line by Derby full-back Craig Forsyth. Surely the last chance for Rotherham?

  85. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Wigan 2-2 Reading
  86. 16:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Nottingham Forest 2-0 Blackpool
  87. 16:50: 
    GOAL- Wigan 2-2 Reading - James McArthur (89 mins)

    Last-gasp equaliser for Wigan, who hadn't looked like scoring at all, as James McArthur nods home from close range!

  88. 16:48: 
    GOAL- Millwall 2-0 Leeds - Shaun Williams (Pen 88 mins)

    And Shaun Williams hammers home the spot-kick. Dave Hockaday starts with a defeat.

  89. 16:47: 
    PENALTY TO MILLWALL- Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Lee Gregory is brought down...

  90. 16:47: 
    GOAL- Brentford 1-1 Charlton - Tommy Smith (85 mins)

    Soon after Charlton almost double their lead, Brentford equalise as Tommy Smith, who signed on a free in the summer, cuts inside and sees his deflected shot wrong-foot the Charlton keeper to creep in.


    Opta Joe: 4 - Bournemouth have scored four goals in an opening day Football League match for the first time since 1932 (5-1 v Swindon). Soar.

  92. 16:46: 
    League One update

    Izale McLeod puts Crawley ahead at 10-man Barnsley. It's looking like it will be a frustrating start to life in League One for Danny Wilson's side.

    Hold on, late drama at Orient. Darius Henderson has just given the hosts Leyton Orient some hope with a goal from close range with minutes left. They now trail Chesterfield 2-1.

  93. 16:45: 

    Any late drama still to come?

  94. 16:43: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

    Callum Wilson is denied the chance to seal a debut hat-trick as his weak penalty is saved by Alex Smithies. Something has gone right for Huddersfield at least.

  95. 16:43: 
    Scottish football latest

    St Mirren's player/coach Jim Goodwin becomes the first red card of the Scottish Premiership season as he is shown a second yellow, for dissent - Goodwin has now been shown 50 yellow cards and four reds in four seasons at the club. St Mirren are also 1-0 down at Motherwell, Dundee and Kilmarnock are still one apiece and Hamilton, tipped for relegation, look to be finishing the day bottom of the table as they continue to trail Inverness CT 2-0.

  96. 16:42: 
    League One latest

    Eoin Doyle makes the game safe with a lob as Chesterfield go 2-0 up against last season's losing play-off finalists - Leyton Orient.

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    Seb Allum: Just found wifi in the Orkneys on holiday to find out the Leeds Utd score! Wish I hadn't now...... #Ignoranceisbliss

  98. 16:40: 
    GOAL- Derby 1-0 Rotherham - Jeff Hendrick (82 mins)

    Derby, who lost to QPR in the Championship play-off final last season, look to have snatched victory as Jeff Hendrick fires into the roof of the net from Cyrus Christie's pass.

  99. 16:40: 
    GOAL- Watford 3-0 Bolton - Fernando Forestieri (80 mins)

    Another cracking goal for Watford as Fernando Forestieri tames a long ball forward with a neat touch before toeing the ball under the goalkeeper. The Hornets are packing some goal threat this season.

  100. 16:40: 
    League Two latest

    Last year's top scorer Jed Wallace makes Portsmouth's pressure pay as his deflected shot puts them level with Exeter - that makes it 1-1.

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    Bobby: Blackpool can't be that upset when they see a full squad over at Huddersfield got smacked more than they did!

    Dayman: There's always one club that gets thumped at home on the opening day. Huddersfield keeping the tradition


    Opta Joe: 4 - @MKDonsFC have scored four goals on the opening day for the first time in their Football League history. Comeback.

  103. 16:34: 
    League Two latest

    You can tell the Football League is back in Cambridge. The ground is twice as full. The press box is twice as cramped. And the football is twice as good. Josh Coulson has spent his whole career at Cambridge United and until today had never played a game in the Football League. He's just scored Cambridge's first League Two goal in nine years. You'd be right to assume that the Abbey has gone bonkers.

    But relegated Tranmere are not having a happy start to life in League Two as Keith Lowe's header puts York 1-0 ahead.

  104. 16:34: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-2 Reading - Sean Morrison (77 mins)

    What a turnaround from Reading! They take the lead with a neat free-kick, as Danny Guthrie's delivery is headed back across goal by Alex Pearce and Sean Morrison is there to slam home.

  105. 16:34: 
    League One latest

    Dale Jennings has been sent off on the first day of the season for the second year in a row. He received a red card for his reaction to a bad challenge and Barnsley fans are not happy with the referee. It remains 0-0.

    Doncaster are slotting back into life in League One rather nicely - they're now 2-0 up against former Championship rivals Yeovil.

    Chris Weale comes rushing out to try and stop Harry Forrester but the tricky midfielder rounds the Glovers keeper and easily slots home. Yeovil finished bottom of the second tier last term and haven't won a game since 5 April.

  106. 16:33: 
    Final Score

    Final Score is on BBC One and online now. Tune in and join Jason Mohammad, Kevin Kilbane and Owen Coyle to catch all the late goals as they go in around the Football League.

    The show is also on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC One Scotland will show Sportscene instead.

    Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

    Yorkshire CCC captain Andrew Gale: Never left a Town match after 50 mins!! #horrorshow

  108. 16:29: 
    GOAL- Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham - Enrique Garcia (66 mins)

    Debut delight for Enrique Garcia as Lee Tomlin's shot deflects into the path of the Spanish striker and he fires home from 10 yards.

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    Gareth Whalley: Following the days games from Windhoek in Namibia. Great to see Luton back in the football league and playing well

    Irshaad Mukaddam: Can the League to vote to relegate #Blackpool today and just save them them the embarrassment. It is still Sir Stanley's Club

    MW Eastwood: 4 on the bench? We have 21 players. Disgraceful management of a once great club. OYSTON OUT

  110. 16:27: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-1 Reading - Shaun Cummings (71 mins)

    Reading have been looking dangerous, and they equalise through right-back Shaun Cummings' first goal in 119 appearances! The defence stand off and allow Cummings to fire in from 25 yards. A low, skiddy shot.

  111. 16:26: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth - Callum Wilson (64 mins)

    It is a dream debut for Callum Wilson, but a nightmare start to the season for Huddersfield. Matt Ritchie provides the ammunition for Bournemouth's fourth, sending a fine cross into the area and Wilson provides the crucial touch to get the ball beyond goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

  112. 16:25: 
    GOAL- Brentford 0-1 Charlton - Igor Vetokele (64 mins)

    Charlton take the lead and it comes from Angolan Igor Vetokele, who bundles in from close range.

    Neil Lennon, Former Celtic manager on BBC Radio 5 LiveNottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    "Blackpool have just started to creep into this game. They have been passing the ball round well and been a bit more adventurous. I thought Andrea Orlandi might have done better than that."

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    Shabbir from Harrow, via text: The only hope left for Blackpool is to check the eligibility of Forest players aka midweek Celtic game.

  115. 16:21: 
    CLOSE!- Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Blackpool's best moment of the day, and it's very nearly a response. Andrea Orlandi, once of Swansea, shoots from 25 yards and curls his left-footed effort just past the far post. Lovely effort.

  116. 16:21: 
    Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham are trying to respond but are struggling to create many clear-cut openings. Wes Thomas manages to work some space for himself but slices his effort into the Middlesbrough goalkeeper's hands.

    You can listen to full match commentary of the game on BBC WM 95.6.

  117. 16:20: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Still no real impact from Leeds, and Millwall want a penalty when Martyn Woolford goes down under pressure from Luke Murphy but it's not given.

    Can Dave Hockaday's side find a way back?

    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    "Millwall have moved the ball with much more purpose than Leeds and remain in command."

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "Forest are now piling forward in search of a third goal after a gentle reminder from Stuart Pearce to up the tempo after a sluggish first couple of minutes in the second period.

    Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce

    "Pearce is patrolling his dug-out and obviously eager not to let the game begin to drift and let the visitors get an unlikely way back into it. And the chances are beginning to come."

  120. 16:15: 
    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Wave upon wave of attacks from Nottingham Forest, who could really pile on the pain for Blackpool in the final half hour. Stuart Pearce makes his first change as goalscorer Michail Antonio is replaced by Stephen McLaughlin.


    Opta Joe: 1 - Cambridge United were awarded the first penalty of the 2014-15 @football_league campaign, though it was missed. Blunder.

  122. 16:14: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 0-3 Bournemouth - Yann Kermorgant (50 mins)

    Bournemouth surely put this game beyond Huddersfield as Yann Kermorgant adds a third for the visitors. Marc Pugh's header from Simon Francis' cross is saved by Alex Smithies, but Kermorgant is on hand to fire home.

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    Elliot Williams: Absolutely buzzing following Millwall from the banks of the source of the river Nile in one likes us we don't care! #

    Matt Evans: Moved to Orlando but missing the Footy back in England, lucky I can get the BBC vidiprinter. Blackpool have a long season ahead.

  124. 16:11: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Watford 2-0 Bolton

    Winger Juan Carlos Paredes is so close to a dream debut goal for Watford as he smashes the bar with a stinging right-foot effort. Still, Watford are in control against Bolton.

  125. 16:09: 
    RED CARD- Brighton 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Andrew Crofts

    Brighton's afternoon goes from bad to worse as former Wales international Andrew Crofts is shown a straight red card for a clattering challenge through the back of Giles Coke. Ouch.

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    We asked how your team has been getting on - understandably responses have been mixed to say the least.

    Peter Annandale: afc Bournemouth great stuff so far. We were top of the league after 1min!

    Jack Drain: Cambridge United, missed a penalty, need to play more aggressive in the 2nd #COYU

    Matt Scratchley: Once Conference Exeter beating once Premier League Portsmouth. Fantastic :)

  127. 16:07: 
    Wigan 1-0 Reading

    Reading start the second period very well with Michael Hector skidding a shot wide.

  128. 16:07: 
    Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth

    Half-time change for Huddersfield as they look to claw themselves back into this game against a rampant Bournemouth. Adam Hammill goes off with another winger Sean Scannell taking his place.

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    Andy Wynne: Can we blame the administrators for tea in the cricket coinciding with half-time in the football? Bored.

  130. 16:04: 

    Away we go...

  131. 16:03: 

    Here we come, players emerging back out onto the field at the City Ground and others. A penny for Jose Riga's thoughts...

  132. 16:03: 
    Pre-season friendlies

    Quite a lot of goalless draws at half-time in friendlies involving Premier League sides this afternoon, but Leicester are leading German side Werder Bremen 1-0, Wes Morgan thumping in an early header.

    Meanwhile, Everton are drawing 1-1 with another German side, SC Paderborn. Toffees' 19-year-old forward Chris Long with the Everton goal.

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    David Edwards: Keeping up to date with the football whilst in Prague. Hoping for a Shrews away win

    Ben Hall: Poor first half for Blackpool. Good job we have plenty of options on the bench. Wait, no.

    Tim Coleman: Do any Leeds fans have a clue about this season? Defo not me

  134. 15:57: 
    Half-time scores- League Two

    Accrington 0-0 Southend

    Wimbledon 1-1 Shrewsbury

    Bury 0-1 Cheltenham

    Cambridge 0-0 Plymouth

    Carlisle 0-1 Luton

    Dag & Red 0-0 Morecambe

    Exeter 1-0 Portsmouth

    Newport 0-2 Wycombe

    Northampton 1-0 Mansfield

    Oxford United 0-1 Burton

    Stevenage 0-0 Hartlepool

    Tranmere 0-0 York

  135. 15:55: 
    League Two latest

    It's looking like it will be a happy opening day for Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, whose side are leading 2-0 at the break against Newport. Wanderers only avoided dropping out the league last season on the final day.

  136. 15:55: 
    Scottish football latest

    Inverness CT top the Scottish Premiership table at half-time courtesy of a 2-0 lead at newly-promoted Hamilton, the goals coming from Billy McKay and Ryan Christie. Elsewhere, Dundee went ahead through a Gary Harkins penalty, but were pegged back by Killie midfielder Craig Slater and Motherwell are drawing 0-0 with St Mirren at Fir Park.

  137. 15:54: 
    Half-time scores- League One

    Barnsley 0-0 Crawley

    Bradford 1-1 Coventry

    Colchester 1-2 Oldham

    Fleetwood 0-0 Crewe

    Leyton Orient 0-1 Chesterfield

    MK Dons 1-2 Gillingham

    Port Vale 1-0 Walsall

    Preston 0-0 Notts County

    Rochdale 0-0 Peterborough

    Swindon 3-1 Scunthorpe

    Yeovil 0-1 Doncaster

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool
    Stuart Pearce

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "One. Way. Traffic. It's been poor from Blackpool - as you would expect - and Forest have taken full advantage with Andy Reid's class in midfield the key factor.

    "Not oodles of chances, but enough. And surely more will come in the second half on a sunny, energy-sapping day at the City Ground. Stuart Pearce's homecoming has started pretty well."

  139. 15:51: 

    I used to occasionally work at Blenheim Palace during the summer George. I once got to share a dressing room with Katie Melua. There are worse ways to pay off your overdraft.

  140. 15:51: 
    League Two update

    It could be an unhappy debut for Oxford United boss Michael Appleton, who go behind to Burton thanks to Lucas Akins's goal just before half-time.

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    George Fisher: Stuck at work at Blenheim Palace today, cheering on the Chairboys!!! Come on Wycombe!

    DMc: Stuck in Saint Tropez following Blackpool's touring circus, hope our comical preparations win us a Bafta if not a game.

    Nottingham Forest celebrate scoring against Blackpool

    Brentford 0-0 Charlton

    Brighton 0-1 Sheff Weds

    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham

    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    Watford 2-0 Bolton

    Wigan 1-0 Reading

  143. 15:48: 

    Half-time whistles are being blown around the grounds. Much to ponder for new Blackpool boss Jose Riga...

  144. 15:44: 
    League Two latest

    Veteran Jason Koumas comes closest to breaking the deadlock for relegated Tranmere against York but former Rovers keeper Jason Mooney saves his low 25-yard shot. And despite manager Paul Tisdale having to name himself as a substitute for today's game, Tom Nichols' strike sees Exeter go ahead against League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth.

  145. 15:42: 
    GOAL- Brighton 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Giles Coke (41 mins)

    Stunned faces around the Amex as Sheffield Wednesday take the lead against the run of play. Jacques Maghoma rolls the ball into the path of Giles Coke, who sweeps home. Advantage Owls.

  146. 15:41: 
    Millwall 1-0 Leeds

    It's not been a happy first half in charge for Dave Hockaday, with Milwall well on top. Leeds have not threatened at all as of yet.

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    Paul Wharmby: Blackpool were up against it a long time before that goal went in - about 15 years longer.

    Bryan Cooper: Very much enjoying the opening day of the Football League season mainly due to the home defeat for Sheff Utd.

  148. 15:39: 
    League One Latest

    In League One's battle of the relegated sides, Curtis Main's early goal has put Doncaster 1-0 up at Yeovil.

  149. 15:38: 
    Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "You feel for the Blackpool fans. It's looking like a long, long afternoon. It's all Forest and the second goal prompts Stuart Pearce to turn to the crowd and applaud their support with his hands over his head. They respond with "Pyscho is back", followed by "Give us a wave". Pearce wants to move on from his playing nickname. No chance."

  150. 15:36: 
    GOAL- Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham - Daniel Ayala (33 mins)

    Despite that 100% pre-season record, Birmingham are behind. It's a simple goal, Grant Leadbitter's corner headed home by ex-Liverpool centre-half Dani Ayala.

    Middlesbrough celebrate scoring
  151. 15:36: 
    Brighton 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    We've seen this from Brighton before. The Seagulls are having all of the play but are not creating much with it. How big a loss will Leo Ulloa be?

  152. 15:35: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 0-2 Bournemouth - Callum Wilson (32 mins)

    It goes from bad to worse for Huddersfield as Bournemouth extend their lead. This time debutant Callum Wilson steals the ball from defender Joel Lynch to race through on goal and he makes no mistake. Boos and jeers already from the home crowd at the John Smith's Stadium.

  153. 15:35: 
    Brentford 0-0 Charlton

    A closely fought London derby at Griffin Park but both teams will be wondering why they have not scored.

    After Alex Pritchard, on loan from Tottenham, fires wide from 20 yards for the hosts, Bees keeper David Button rescues his side with a fine save to deny George Tucudean from giving Charlton the lead.

  154. 15:33: 
    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Decent game at Pride Park. Chance for Rotherham now as Kari Arnason's header is cleared off the line. The Championship new boys holding their own.

  155. 15:32: 
    League 1 & 2 update

    Promoted Chesterfield are 1-0 up at League One play-off finalists Leyton Orient, thanks to a goal new signing Romuald Boco.

    Swindon came flying out of the traps as they raced into a 2-0 lead, but Scunthorpe have responded through Paddy Madden to make it 2-1.

    Out of the three goals we've seen in League Two so far, one has gone to Conference champions Luton, who lead 1-0 at relegated Carlisle in their first Football League game for five seasons.

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    Will: Very much enjoying the opening day of the Football League season despite a home defeat for Sheff Utd.

    Heavy_Mentalist: Watford can win as many games as they can, before selling Troy Deeney

    Mike Hall: The biggest shock at Nottingham Forest being how long they took to score against this joke of a Blackpool squad!


    Opta Joe: 10 - Watford's Troy Deeney has scored 10 goals in his last 10 league appearances at Vicarage Road. Sting.

  158. 15:31: 
    Scottish football latest

    It's the first day of the league season and we've already got the goal of the season sown up, as new Hibs keeper Mark Oxley launches a huge kick upfield which flummoxes Livingston counterpart Darren Jamieson and bounces into the net.

    You can follow updates on our Scottish live text.

  159. 15:30: 
    Middlesbrough 0-0 Birmingham

    Chances for both sides in the opening half hour. Birmingham's Demarai Gray clips a 30-yard free-kick narrowly over before Enrique Garcia spurns a glorious chance to mark his Middlesbrough debut with a goal after being teed-up by Lee Tomlin.

  160. 15:30: 
    GOAL- Nottm Forest 2-0 Blackpool - Chris Burke (30 mins)

    The Stuart Pearce era is up and running. Chris Burke cracks home left-footed from 20 yards, a real netbuster! No challenge from a man in a Blackpool shirt though. All too easy.

  161. 15:28: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Two great saves in quick succession from Rotherham keeper Adam Collin keep Derby out. First he saves Simon Dawkins' long-ranger, and then keeps out Johnny Russell's header!

  162. 15:26: 
    GOAL- Watford 2-0 Bolton - Matej Vydra (23 mins)

    Matej Vydra was an absolute menace for Watford two seasons ago - and normal service has been resumed upon his return. Great pace from the striker takes him away from Tim Ream, he cuts back onto his left foot and fires into the back of the net.

  163. 15:26: 
    GOAL- Wigan 1-0 Reading - Callum McManaman (25 mins)

    Perfect start to the season for Wigan as Callum McManaman, a reported target for Celtic, opens the scoring. The ball deflects kindly for the forward and he dinks home.

  164. 15:24: 
    GOAL- Nottm Forest 1-0 Blackpool - Michail Antonio (25 mins)

    Pick that one out! Andy Reid cannons a shot against the post, and when the rebound comes out debutant Michail Antonio is there to sweep into the back of the net. It had been coming and now Blackpool are up against it.

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "It didn't take long for the old Stuart Peace to turn up. He couldn't help but turn to the home fans and give a familiar fist-pump in celebration of Michail Antonio's lovely cool finish. Maybe not quite Pyscho but certainly animated."

  165. 15:24: 
    Huddersfield 0-1 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth's fullbacks have been causing Huddersfield all sorts of bother but the home side finally muster an effort on goal as tricky winger Adam Hammill cuts inside, but his weak effort is easy pickings for goalkeeper Lee Camp.

  166. 15:23: 
    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Temper temper! Paul Green and Richard Keogh have a pushing and slanging match after a challenge in midfield but it's all calmed down in the end.

    Derby remain on top but there have been no real clear-cut chances as of yet.

  167. 15:21: 
    Nottm Forest 0-0 Blackpool

    Blackpool have been under the cosh but they have a decent chance, Nathan Delfouneso meeting a free-kick with a looping header which drifts past the far post.

  168. 15:20: 
    GOAL- Watford 1-0 Bolton - Troy Deeney (16 mins)

    Stunning finish by Troy Deeney to give Watford a deserved lead. A ball is played over the defence and Deeney is away to race on to it before superbly firing into the back of the net. The Hornets will do well to hang on to the striker before the transfer window shuts. Great player.

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    Chris Kenward: Brilliant start for the Cherries #wearegoingup! #wearetopoftheleague


    Former England cricketer and Scunthorpe footballer Ian Botham: Come on the Iron.....!!

    They are currently enduring a difficult return to League One, trailing Swindon 2-0 already.

  171. 15:16: 
    Derby 0-0 Rotherham

    Rotherham will be pleased with their opening 15 minutes, they've stifled last year's play-off finalists Derby so far. A tough first encounter back in the second tier for the Millers.

  172. 15:12: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Wigan 0-0 Reading

    New Wigan striker Oriol Riera almost makes an early impact, turning a Reading corner against his own post! Close. Very close...

  173. 15:10: 
    Nottm Forest 0-0 Blackpool

    Forest's record signing Britt Assombalonga has his first sight of goal, waltzing through Blackpool's defence of strangers to open up a shooting chance but he can't get the ball out of his feet. The £5.5m man looking dangerous though.

  174. 15:09: 
    GOAL- Millwall 1-0 Leeds - Mark Beevers (8 mins)

    Always a feisty one this and it is Millwall who take the lead as Mark Beevers slides the ball into the back of the net. A short corner is worked back to Lee Martin on the right and he picks out Beevers.

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    Sarah in Wakefield, via text: As a Leeds fan I have absolutely no idea what's going to happen this season. I guess my feelings could be described as naively optimistic but that could change in the next few hours!

  176. 15:06: 
    Middlesbrough 0-0 Birmingham

    Bad start for Middlesbrough as defender Ben Gibson is forced off injured after 30 seconds. That has to be the first injury of the season surely...?

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    Ben Hall: Just hoping Blackpool can keep the defeat to single figures. This could be a cricket score.

    Matt Rhodes: Blackpool have done well just to field a team in time. Surely the worst pre-season preparations of all time

    Viva La Berto: 28-year-old Matt Derbyshire starting for Rotherham! Now that's a player who failed to live up to early promise!

  178. 15:04: 
    GOAL- Huddersfield 0-1 Bournemouth - Marc Pugh (1 min)

    Any early optimism among the home fans is wiped out after 26 seconds as Bournemouth's Marc Pugh puts the visitors ahead with their first attack at Huddersfield. The winger breaks away and slots home.

  179. 15:03: 
    Bristol Rovers 0-0 Grimsby

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "After a dull first half, heavy rain and heavy tackles livened up the Memorial Stadium and Bristol Rovers will count themselves unlucky to not come away with the win.

    "New boys Matty Taylor and Jake Gosling should have done better in front of goal, while at the other end, Lendell John-Lewis poked agonisingly wide for the Mariners.

    "Bristol Rovers look like a decent prospect but they may have to join the queue of former League clubs waiting to get out of the Conference. Grimsby have been in line since 2010...."

  180. 15:02: 

    Just to clarify, Sir Alex is at Spotland to watch son Darren's Peterborough side.

    Sir Alex Ferguson

    BBC Radio Manchester: Sir Alex Ferguson taking his seat at Rochdale #bbcrmsport

  182. 15:00: 

    We are under way around the land. Hopes and dreams are on the line...

  183. 14:57: 
    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Handshakes all round at the City Ground, the Blackpool players shaking each other's hands as they are introduced for the first time. Plenty of 'yes mate, I'm free!' going on in the midfield no doubt.

  184. 14:54: 

    Looks like a lovely day around most of the land as we approach kick-off time. It's the way it should be. Here we go then...

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    Will Granger: Blackpool are so good they don't even need to take a full squad to their game!

  186. 14:54: 
    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "There has been no sign of the new Nottingham Forest manager in the build-up so far. He's been keen to leave the attention on his players. But Forest fans are singing Stuart Pearce's name constantly and the place will no doubt erupt when he walks out just before kick off.

    "It's fair to say the Blackpool supporters who have made their way down are subdued. The expectations levels could hardly have been any more contrasting. Listening in on some pre-match chat among away fans on the walk to the City Ground, they were just hoping to avoid a thumping."

  187. 14:48: 

    Just over 10 minutes to go until the first 15:00 kick-offs of the new season then. Are we all set?

  188. 14:45: 
    Cambridge v Plymouth (15:00 BST)

    Apparently Cambridge's stadium announcer mistakenly called Plymouth Portsmouth. That's what you get when you don't employ Luther Blissett...

  189. 14:43: 
    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Philiips at the City Ground: "Off-pitch issues and the ongoing unrest over Karl Oyston's ownership have taken some of the focus away from the turmoil on the pitch. But such is the mess at Blackpool that manager Jose Riga can only name four players on the bench for the season opener.

    "That's progress though, because with less than two weeks to go before the new season, they only had eight players on their books and were missing a goalkeeper. The summer shake-up their sees nine new faces start. How they gel is anybody's guess."

  190. 14:41: 
    Team News- Wigan v Reading (15:00 BST)

    Wigan boss Uwe Rosler begins his first full season in charge of the Latics by giving debuts to four of his seven new players in this afternoon's encounter with Reading. Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws starts, along with Andrew Taylor, Don Cowie and Spanish striker Oriol Riera.

    Like Wigan, Reading failed to secure a Premier League return at the first attempt following their relegation in 2013. Nigel Adkins gives a first appearance to Ryan Edwards, who spent last season on loan at Perth Glory. But new arrival Simon Cox only makes the bench following his arrival from Nottingham Forest on Friday whilst Jamie Mackie, who has joined on loan, is not included at all.

  191. 14:37: 
    On the run

    Jog on! Schalke are in London for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham and the German club have tweeted a picture of their players pounding the streets of the capital accompanied by a police escort ahead of the match at White Hart Lane (17:30 BST kick-off).

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    What do you make of this then Blackpool fans? You were promised a full team and you've nearly got one...

    Tweet and let us know.

    Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Blackpool Gazette reporter Will Watt: "Just four players on the bench confirmed, including two of the club's youth team. 23 travelled."

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    Sam from Barnstaple, via text: This is the year of youth! It seems they are all we have now at St James Park, come on little old Exeter!

    Matt U in Oxford, via text: The anticipation of waiting to watch the football league's sleeping giants 'Oxford United' is killing me! New season, new owners, new manager, new players! This season will spark the years of past alight again!

    Tom, via text: Portsmouth fan Looking forward to a stress free season at Fratton Park! And the fans have just raised £250,000 for a new academy! Only good times ahead! #playuppompey

  195. 14:28: 
    Team News- Huddersfield v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

    Lee Peltier makes his first start for Huddersfield since 2011 after returning to the club in the summer, and Radoslaw Majewski plays after joining on loan from Nottingham Forest, while centre-half Matt Crooks makes his full debut.

    But there is no place for midfielder Adam Clayton, who has been linked with a move to either Middlesbrough or Brighton, and striker James Vaughan misses out because of a calf injury.

    Bournemouth, who finished 10th in the Championship last season, hand a full debut to Callum Wilson after his summer transfer from Coventry. Goalkeeper Lee Camp has recovered from a thigh injury to start for the Cherries, with new signings Junior Stanislas and Dan Gosling among the substitutes.

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    Tim Arstall: Surprised about how little has been made of Birmingham's 100% pre-season record, really think we could step up this season.

    Shez Khan: 45mins till k/o. Think the commentators on @bbc5live said it right. 'It's the day all teams believe they can go up.' #newseason

  197. 14:24:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveNottingham Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I hope the fans will be looking forward to watching the team play. We have done a lot of rebuilding here, a lot of players have left and we have bought in eight players. The chairman has backed me every time I have asked him to spend money.

    "Today is an exciting day to be coming back here and managing this club but I want the fans to go away being pleased with firstly hopefully a win and secondly the performance."

    On the reports about his relationship with chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi: "We have never not been friends, I couldn't hide my disappointment [on the sales] but I think it has made us stronger. It has made me and the chairman stronger and the club as a whole because the one thing we both want is the success of the club."

  198. 14:21: 
    Team News- Nottingham Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the City Ground: "Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has been quick to put the onus back on his players after what he politely described as a "difficult week" with the sale of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles and a very public disagreement with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi.

    "Darlow starts in Pearce's first game after being loaned back from Newcastle (Lascelles is injured) - as do the two players who helped placate the new boss by signing late this week, record buy Britt Assombalonga and winger Michail Antonio. Fellow new boys Michael Mancienne, Chris Burke and Matt Fryatt also make their debuts and Chris Cohen is back after injury."

  199. 14:20: 
    Team News- Derby v Rotherham (15:00 BST)

    Steve McClaren names eight members of his starting line-up from last season's Championship play-off final defeat to QPR for Derby's opening game against newly-promoted Rotherham.

    Cyrus Christie is handed his debut, with Craig Bryson and Simon Dawkins replacing George Thorne, Andre Wisdom and Jamie Ward. McClaren, who signed a three-year contract extension during the week, has new signings Leon Best and Omar Mascarelli on the bench.

    Matt Derbyshire is handed his Rotherham debut by manager Steve Evans at Derby this afternoon. The much-travelled 28-year-old is now onto his ninth club and is joined in the Millers' line-up by fellow new-boys Kirk Broadfoot and Paul Green.

  200. 14:20: 

    Is there a better-named chairman in the Football League than Dave Doggett? I'd like to hear it.

    BBC Radio 5 liveBack in the Football League- Cambridge v Plymouth (15:00 BST)

    Cambridge United chairman Dave Doggett, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "It's an absolute privilege to be here, as Chairman I just see myself as a custodian for the next few years and I just want to leave them stronger than they were when I took over.

    "There has been a lot of hard work from fans' groups, and people at the club to get the club here. There are always pressures and we work together and I have worked hard to unify the team, whether you are a player, staff or a supporter.

    "Last season we probably had a budget for the top eight but we got in the play-offs and then won promotion and this time time our budget is nowhere near what some of the others are, but I think we can compete."

  202. 14:15: 
    Team News- Brighton v Sheff Weds (15:00 BST)

    Four debuts for Sami Hyypia's first game in charge of Brighton. David Stockdale, Chris O'Grady and Aaron Hughes are all new to the club, whilst 20-year-old forward Shamir Fenelon (formerly Goodwin) is rewarded for some impressive pre-season form with his debut. Fenelon made 12 appearances on loan with Torquay last season.

    After losing in the play-off semi-final, Brighton have entrusted Hyypia with the task of guiding the Seagulls back into the top flight. The Finn is chiefly remembered in England for an impressive 10-year stint at Liverpool, where he made 464 appearances - putting him 20th on the Reds all-time list. His most recent experience of English opposition was not great though, his Bayer Leverkusen side was beaten 5-0 at home in the Champions League by Manchester United in November.

    Scottish latest

    The league campaign gets underway in Scotland this afternoon and there are three matches in the Premiership. Newly-promoted Hamilton and Dundee begin their top-flight adventures at home to Inverness CT and Kilmarnock respectively, and in the other match, Motherwell, who finished second last season, host St Mirren.

    You can follow all the action on our very own Scottish live text.

  204. 14:12: 
    FULL-TIME- Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City

    Bristol City are the first winners of the Football League season then. Wade Elliott hits the winner with a cracking low drive.

    "Yoooooooou are top of the league, say you are top of the league..."

    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC Coverage

    As you would expect, the BBC has plenty of football action for you to enjoy today, on your TV, radio, mobile, tablet, desktop, laptop or RM Nimbus.

    Final Score is back from 14:30 BST on the BBC Red Button, before dropping onto BBC One at 16:30 (16:30-17:00 BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC One Scotland will show Sportscene instead).

    BBC Radio 5 live kicked off its football coverage at midday with build-up to the day's calendar, before full live commentary of Nottingham Forest v Blackpool at 15:00.

    'Der-der de-duh der-der de-duh, der-der-de de-duh de duh!' Sports Report is back at 17:00, followed by 6-0-6 at 18:06.

    You can then see all of the goals on the Football League Show at 23:30-00:50 on BBC One (00:00-01:20, BBC One Wales).

  206. 14:05: 
    Watford v Bolton (15:00 BST)

    It is a new season and a new role for former England and Watford striker Luther Blissett, reports the Watford Observer.

    He'll be taking up the mic at Vicarage Road this season to read out the teams 15 minutes before kick-off, having been confirmed as the Hornet's new Public Announcer.

    Blissett gets stuck into his new job straightaway, with Watford hosting Bolton this afternoon.

    John Barnes is selling programmes and Graham Taylor is a ballboy...

  207. 14:01: 
    Brentford v Charlton (15:00 BST)

    This is Brentford's first appearance in the second-tier since 1992-93 and the Bees will be hoping winger Moses Odubajo, a club record £1m signing from Leyton Orient, can deliver as they open the campaign with a home London derby against Charlton.

    It's a case of new season, new manager for the Addicks. Former Millwall forward Bob Peeters, 40, is the man at the helm. The Belgian has wasted no time in the transfer market, ex-Chelsea and Manchester City defender Tal Ben Haim, 32, among the summer arrivals.

  208. 13:58: 
    Can you play in a cravat?
    Paul Tisdale

    Great scenes down at Exeter where the Football League's longest serving manager - the dapper Paul Tisdale - has registered himself as a player because of a sickness bug that has blighted the camp.

    The 41-year-old has made one league appearance since February 1998 - and that was as a last-minute sub in 2011 to mark his official retirement. Could he really play against Portsmouth today?

    He told BBC Sport: "It's always a difficulty when you've got players who are ill.

    "You never quite know if they're going to be 100% or not when it comes to the full-blown match tempo on a Saturday afternoon.

    "Hopefully I won't have to put my boots on, but we'll have to see how many people are available."

    I wonder what the best-dressed manager in the league would have as boots? Moleskin? Suede?

  209. 13:57: 
    Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City

    Has to be! No!

    What a chance for the hosts! Michael Higdon gets a shot away, Frank Fielding gets a big hand to it, the ball bounces against the base of the post and somehow stays out. So close for the Blades.

  210. 13:54: 
    YELLOW CARD- Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City

    Big shout! Sheffield United want a penalty in front of the Kop as Ben Davies hits the deck but referee Paul Tierney is all over it, instantly booking the former Derby midfielder for diving. Good call too on reflection. Nailed it.

    United have 12 minutes to save the day.

    BBC Radio 5 liveNottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Fawaz Al-Hasawi on the recent reports of discontent between himself and Stuart Pearce: "It was OK from the beginning, it was just a misunderstanding. Things are good between us, I speak to him from time from time and I wish him all the best."

    When asked whether Pearce has to get Forest promoted this season he replied: "In the end it's football, we are going to try hard, if we go to the Premier League it will be good, if we don't then we don't know."

    And on BBC Radio Nottingham: "There is a bit of a misunderstanding. He was not happy about the price (of Lascelles and Darlow). But we are supporting the manager and we will support the manager with any players he wants now and in January.

    "My hope is to go the Premier. Last season we had many injuries and went out of the top six after February.

    "We are close with a chief executive. We are negotiating with a number of people. Maybe within weeks. We are close - not more than a month."

    Carlisle v Luton

    BBC Cumbria Sport: And we're here at Brunton Park for Carlisle United v Luton Town

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    Chris from Burton, via text: Will be hoping for a decent win for the Rams today to open another successful season. Having to keep track via my phone as I'm camping in Dartmouth! COYR!!!

    Al in Scunthorpe, via text: A new chairman not afraid to spend money, new ground on the way, cracking manager and team in Wilcox et al, mighty Iron on the rise!

  214. 13:48: 
    GOAL- Sheff Utd 1-2 Bristol City - Wade Elliott (72 mins)

    Bristol City do have the lead again, and it's a fine goal too! Aaron Wilbraham turns provider to flick the ball into the run of experienced Wade Elliott, who shows admirable technique to crack in a low strike on the bounce.

    Elliott scored the winner in the Championship play-off final against the Blades a few years back. Nemesis.

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    Matt from Cambridge, via text: We are back baby!! League football back in Cambridge and it feels good!! Can't wait for the season!!

    Woonbee on my way to Griffin Par, via text: The Championship is the big time for us Bees. Over 20 years scrapping around leagues 1 & 2 means it feels like Christmas has come very early this year! Go Brentford!

    Steve in Tunbridge Wells, via text: How about Charlton as this season's Burnley? Billionaire owner with a Euro wide network and a few mill spent on some young attacking pedigree.

  216. 13:47: 
    Middlesbrough v Birmingham (15:00 BST)

    Can Aitor Karanka end Middlesbrough's six-season exile from the Premier League? The Spaniard has gone back to his homeland to bolster his squad with the capture of goalkeeper Tomas Mejias, forward Enrique Garcia and winger Emilio Nsue.

    'Boro, who won six of their final eight league games last season, start at home to Birmingham, who narrowly avoided relegation. Boss Lee Clark has drafted in a host of signings, including Tottenham defender Grant Hall on loan, to avoid a repeat of last season when Blues won just two out of 23 at home.


    Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby: Can't beat the first day of a new season for fans and players, so much anticipation and expectation, ups and downs start now #FootballisBack

  218. 13:42: 

    There's a lot of Middlesbrough fans getting in touch this afternoon. Optimism rife at the Riverside?

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    Tom in Market Harborough. via text: Fulham, Norwich, Cardiff, welcome back to the most unpredictable, frustrating but exciting league in the world. This is real football.

    Stuart in Paisley, via text: Cautiously optimistic about Middlesbrough's chances this season. Hope I feel the same at 5 o'clock today.

    BBC Radio 5 liveNottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live: "I am really happy to be here, I hope we are ready for the game today, it's very important to get off to a good start.

    "I hope that this season will be different than last season but I am sure with Stuart Pearce we will do something this season.

    "Stuart is the man who is in charge and the players we have signed are the players who he wanted and we have brought them in for him."

  221. 13:39: 
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Sam Baldock goes close for Bristol City again, almost scoring with a tackle this time, the ball flying away off his shins and just wide of the top corner. Into the last half hour at Bramall Lane. Can we get our first three points of the Football League season?

  222. 13:36: 
    HALF-TIME- Bristol Rovers 0-0 Grimsby (12:45 BST)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "Goalless here in an unremarkable first half.

    "Bristol Rovers have dominated possession but their brand new forward line is taking a while to gel.

    "Same goes for Grimsby, although you'd forgive striker Alan Connell being a little rusty, bearing in mind he only signed for the Mariners yesterday.

    "The home fans are bound to breathe a sigh of relief when their first Conference goal does eventually come. And they'll be hoping it's sooner rather than later."

  223. 13:35: 
    League Two preview

    Luton and Cambridge are back in the Football League, following their promotion in May. The Hatters travel to Carlisle, who were relegated from League One, while Cambridge host Plymouth. Doing nothing for global warming those journeys...

    Tranmere, Shrewsbury and Stevenage were relegated along with the Cumbrians and face York, Wimbledon and Hartlepool respectively.

  224. 13:30: 
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Bristol City have made a strong start to the second half, with Sam Baldock forcing United keeper Mark Howard into a diving save to his left. Plenty of power in it, not enough accuracy.

  225. 13:27: 
    League One preview

    Fleetwood play their first ever game in the third tier of English football, following their promotion via the play-offs in May, Graham Alexander's side host Crewe, while the League Two champions Chesterfield travel to last season's beaten Play-Off finalists Leyton Orient.

    Two of the sides relegated from the Championship last season meet at Huish Park, where Yeovil host Doncaster, while Barnsley, who came down with them host Crawley.

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    David Wood: When you're out & about, your phone beeps & 1st thought is 'I hope my team have scored' #FootballsBack #BristolCityFC

    Ben Thapa: As a lifelong Cambridge fan, thrilled to see us back. Every chance today against a Plymouth side who've had a tough few yrs

  227. 13:23: 
    Goal alerts for your team- Sign him up!

    It is the start of the new season and what better way to ensure you are across all the action by downloading the BBC Sport App, because Android (phones and tablets) and iOS (iPhone and iPad) app users can sign up to receive alerts for more than 150 teams.

    You can receive alerts for kick-off, goals, half-time scores and results, and you can can sign up to any number of teams, not just your own club.

    The latest versions of the Android and iOS apps are available in the app stores and to sign up for alerts, click on the "My Alerts" link in the app menu (below "LIVE Radio"). Then select the team and alerts you want to receive.

  228. 13:22: 
    KICK-OFF- Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Back in play at Bramall Lane, where 19,889 have packed in to get their summer of boredom out of their systems.

  229. 13:17: 
    Problems here...
    Carlisle fans

    Replica Carlisle shirts haven't arrived in time so the club give out 3,000 blue T-shirts to supporters instead ahead of their season opener against Luton Town.

    It's near enough.

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    Alan Ashcroft: Gotta love new season optimism, still I think we can do it this year. Up the Boro! Karanka is the man to do it finally :-)

    Anthony Russello: Ollie did it with Blackpool and Palace. Can he do it with my Millwall now?!?!?!

  231. 13:15: 
    Educating Lita

    Barnsley have completed the signing of experienced striker Leroy Lita, 29, on a one-year deal. It looks like the former England Under-21 international has joined too late to make his debut in today's League One opener against Crawley.

    Nothing says 'you're our number one target' like signing two hours before the big kick-off...

  232. 13:12: 
    Rebuilding Blackpool- Nottm Forest v Blackpool (15:00 BST)

    It sounds like a challenge mode on a football manager game.

    Thirteen days before their opening game of the season, Blackpool had a sparse squad of just eight players. They must have been getting in made-up players on trial, whose attributes are all greyed out.

    But a late flurry of free transfers has seen new manager Jose Riga assemble a team of sorts, and his band of merry men go up against Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

    The club's two boardroom powers - chairman Karl Oyston and Latvian shareholder Valeri Belokon - have barely uttered a word in anger to each other in the last three years, instead preferring to form dialogue through 'open' messages on the club website.

    Supporters are disillusioned after seeing no investment - in playing staff or infrastructure - since returning from the Premier League with £80m extra in the bank account. Players are bemused by dilapidated training facilities.

    "Some fans always cry for change and I think they should be careful what they cry for," says Oyston. "The alternative is not always as attractive as what they think."

  233. 13:07: 
    Bristol Rovers 0-0 Grimsby (12:45 BST)

    It's goalless in fact in the early Conference game. Both of these sides will be desperate to get back in the big time.

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    Daniel Neary: Bristol Rovers are definitely winning this match. Mariners tend not to do too well when they run into Pirates.

  235. 13:05: 
    HALF-TIME- Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Honours even at Bramall Lane. Who will be top of the shops in League One in an hour's time?

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    Anonymous via text: Lots of positivity around the Riverside Stadium. Can Boro live up to the hype! Hope so......come on Boro!

    Kabir, via text: "Hoping Middlesbrough can challenge for play-offs under Karanka. My Saturdays will become complete again. UTB.

    James in London, via text: Excited about using my Brentford season ticket to view a Championship game for the first time! Let's hope it will be more successful than the 90s stint my dad moans about!

    I forgot to say but please put your name on those texts. Thanking you.

  237. 13:01: 
    INJURY TIME- Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    There are five minutes added on at Bramall Lane thanks to the injury to Bob Harris. Both sides have had threatening spells but a draw is about right so far.

  238. 12:58: 
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Bob Harris is back on his feet after that lengthy stoppage and he is up and playing again. United do have Neill Collins ready to replace him if needed.

  239. 12:57: 
    Concussion rules

    A first head injury of the season, and a reminder that the Premier League is to introduce new rules on how to deal with head injuries from the start of the new season.

    A player suffering a head injury must now leave the pitch and the club doctor must decide if a player is capable of continuing, not the team management.

    Home teams also have to have a third "tunnel" doctor on match-days.

  240. 12:55: 
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    An injury stoppage at the Lane as United left-back Bob Harris runs into Mark Little's elbow. here was no real swing in anger from Little, he was trying to protect the ball, but Harris is in some distress and needs lengthy treatment.

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    Bradford Jay, via text: Nothing quite like that feeling on a Saturday morning when you know football is back! Come on you Bantams, let's rock VP.

    Clare, Boro till I die, via text: I'd tip Posh for about 7th or 8th place this season, at best; with Britt gone, who's going to score? Not Pint Size Erhun Oztumer.

  242. 12:52: 
    Scenes in Scotland

    The Scottish Professional Football League season begins on Saturday with three Premiership ties and 14 other matches in the lower divisions.

    First division champions Dundee host Kilmarnock and play-off winners Hamilton Academical welcome Inverness, while St Mirren travel to Motherwell.

    Hibernian begin their Championship campaign at home to Livingston - one of four games in the second tier.

    And there is a full card in both Leagues One and Two.

    On Sunday, promoted Rangers host relegated Hearts in the Championship before two more Premiership encounters complete the weekend's action.

    Dundee United travel to take on Aberdeen while St Johnstone welcome Ross County.

    Top-flight champions Celtic, whose ground was used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, do not play their first league match until Wednesday, when they face St Johnstone.

  243. 12:49: 
    Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City

    Close again! It's all Sheffield United and Stefan Scougall should put them ahead with a free header but he puts it over the top. Very decent game at Bramall Lane.

  244. 12:46: 
    GOAL- Sheff Utd 1-1 Bristol City - Michael Higdon (32 mins)

    There it is! It had been coming, and Sheffield United captain Michael Higdon equalises with a debut goal. It's a free-kick out wide, whipped in with pace and Higdon flicks in the header from six yards out.

  245. 12:45: 
    Sheff Utd 0-1 Bristol City

    Another one off the line as the Blades turn the screw. This time Jamie Murphy guides an effort back across goal but man mountain Aden Flint is in the right place to hack it away. Goal on the cards for the hosts?

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    Fergus Brady in Staines, via text: Real play-off push for Bournemouth this year, with the best manager in the league and playing beautiful football, come on you Cherries!!!

    Charlie in West London, via text: There's a different type of excitement for me when I wake up on the opening Saturday of the Football League season. The consistent unpredictability of The Championship provides that little bit of magic to the competition.

  247. 12:42: 
    Sheff Utd 0-1 Bristol City

    After a scrappy start Sheffield United are beginning to really threaten. First, Stefan Scougall has a shot blocked on the line after Frank Fielding flapped at a cross, before Fielding is in much better form to tip over a header from Michael Higdon.

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    Lenny Green: Excited about the coming season!!! Now that is finally here, let's revel in it.

    Justin Regent: Wanted to watch the game today so bad, but nobody would cover my shift. Why did I take overtime on matchday?

    Schoolboy error Justin.

    Bristol Rovers v Grimsby (12:45 BST)

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at the Memorial Stadium: "The last time Bristol Rovers ran out at the Memorial Stadium, it ended in tears.

    "After losing 1-0 to Mansfield on the final day of the 2013-14 season, Rovers were relegated from the Football League, on goal difference, for the first time in 94 years.

    "They now have the mammoth task of getting out of the Conference. It sounds easy, it's not. Just ask Luton Town.

    "But with a brand new squad and non-league specialist Darrell Clarke in charge, there's a tentative sense of optimism that they could break tradition and do it at the first time of asking.

    "First up: Grimsby - last year's play-off semi-finalists."

  250. 12:38: 
    Conference Premier preview

    Bristol Rovers kick off the Conference Premier season in their early kick off at home to Grimsby. A 12:45 kick-off there.

    The Gasmen lost their Football League status in May, along with Torquay United, who travel to Gateshead. Chester host Barnet after the received a reprieve over the summer and were reinstated along with Dartford despite both clubs being relegated. Hereford and Salisbury City were both expelled due to financial problems.

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    From Jenni in Newtownards: The football season is finally here! Bring on the goals, the drama, the joy and the pain. Let the madness begin!

    Chris: This "favourites" tag that Derby have round their necks this year is making me stressed before a ball has been kicked. Let's start with a big win against Rotherham today!

  252. 12:35: 
    GOAL- Sheff Utd 0-1 Bristol City - Aaron Wilbraham (20 mins)

    League One has its first goal of the season, as Bristol City take the lead. Classic play down the right from Mark Little, beating two men for pace before picking out fellow debutant Aaron Wilbraham, who crashes in a header from 10 yards. His first league goal in over two years.

    Fomer Wigan winger Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The Championship is getting stronger and stronger ever season. It's a totally different game than it was, you see from Fulham spending £11m they are showing a real commitment but promotion is not guaranteed. Burnley went up having not really spent much money and I think there will be another surprise package this season.

    "I fancy Wigan this season, they had a great season last season but I think they just ran out of steam because they had so many games. Derby were also strong and only just missed out on promotion.

    "There are a lot of teams in that mix, there are about 10-15 teams who could be in with a chance of getting those top six places."

  254. 12:30: 
    The £11m man- Who's new?
    Ross McCormack

    The chequebooks have been out this summer as squads up and down the land rebuild, re-sign and renew their squads.

    Ross McCormack's switch from Leeds to Fulham for a reported £11m has been the most expensive Football League move of the summer so far, while Nottingham Forest this week broke their transfer record to sign Peterborough's Britt Assombalonga for £5.5m.

    McCormack will get his first chance to open his account at Ipswich in the late kick-off, while Assombalonga could line-up against Blackpool.

    League One team Crawley Town have been the busiest club in the transfer market so far with 17 new signings, one more than League Two's Shrewsbury Town.

    Players such as Ryan Lowe of Bury, Matej Vydra of Watford and Andy Drury of Luton have all returned for a second spell at their respective clubs having been successful first time around. Never go back? We shall see...

  255. 12:29: 
    Sheff Utd 0-0 Bristol City
    Brian Tinnion

    As Paul says there, Bristol City have revived this fetching look to mark 20 years since they pulled off a famous FA Cup win at Anfield. It may be a classic, but it's still an eyesore.

    Wet Wet Wet were at number one for 15 weeks in 1994. Doesn't mean they are due a comeback...

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    Paul, Bristol, via text: The purple grape look might not to be everyone's taste but for us City fans memories are rekindled of 1994 and Brian Tinnion's wand of a left foot knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup.


    Opta Joe: 1 - Sheffield Utd have lost just one of their last 11 games on the opening weekend (W4 D6), winning the last three. Prepared.

  258. 12:21: 
    Who's new?

    The 2014-15 season sees eight new managers take the helm in the Football League while, of the 72 in charge before the first game of the 2013-14 season, 42 remain for the start of this campaign.

    The new men in the Championship include former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce, who begins his reign at Nottingham Forest, where he spent 12 years as a player, after being appointed in April.

    Dave Hockaday was a surprise appointment as head coach of Leeds after previously being in charge of Conference side Forest Green Rovers. You know, Dave Hockaday? Hockers? Ex-Shrewsbury right-back?

    And former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is the new manager of Brighton after being sacked by Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in April.

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    Jake Poskett: Thank you football gods. Being dragged shopping by the girlfriend but now I have football to pass the time again! Phew!

    Adrian Bennion: Looking forward to hopefully a successful season for Fulham, getting back to winning ways. Putting trust in youth, can't wait!

    Dave Gillet: I'm so excited, the football season is back! #footballleague #bbcfootball #mcfc #CommunityShield

  260. 12:19: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Sheff Utd 0-0 Bristol City

    Very early shout for a penalty at Bramall Lane as Bristol City defender Luke Ayling takes a tumble in the penalty area - no dice from referee Paul Tierney.

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    Are you on your way to a game this afternoon? Why not send us a picture of your travels. Full kit? Face paint? New signing's name on your new shirt?

    Send them in. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcfootball, drop us a line on Facebook or network on our Google+ page.

  262. 12:15: 
    KICK-OFF- Sheff Utd 0-0 Bristol City

    Game on! League One is go for another year. Bristol City mark the occasion with a horrible kit of soft drink purple with green shorts...

  263. 12:10: 
    League One about to kick-off

    Our early game comes at Bramall Lane this afternoon, where Sheffield United face Bristol City. The players are in the tunnel, we are about to get under way...

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    M A Bennett: Dear footballing gods: wins for #PNEFC today & @AVLFCOfficial tomorrow please. Appropriate sacrifice in the post #FootballIsBack

    Adam Tungatt: Football season starts today and I'll be following all the way from Greece!! #Pompey #buzzing

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    Are you on your way to a game this afternoon? How excited are you for the return of football? What exactly have you been doing with your Saturday afternoons for the last few months?

    Let us know your plans. You can text us on 81111 (UK Only), tweet us at #bbcfootball, drop us a line on Facebook or network on our Google+ page.

  266. 12:09: 

    Over the next few hours on this page we shall bring you every goal in the Championship, regular updates from Leagues One and Two, the odd round-up in the Conference and just to keep fans of Premier League sides happy, an occasional sprinkling of news from pre-season friendlies.

    Are we happy enough with that?

  267. 12:05: 

    Of course, the season is already up and running.

    Last night saw the 2014-15 campaign get under way at Ewood Park, with Blackburn and freshly relegated Cardiff sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

    Game two of the season comes at Bramall Lane in our early kick-off, as Sheffield United face Bristol City at 12:15 BST.

    The Conference season gets going at 12:45 when Bristol Rovers take on Grimsby, before the rest of the sides kick-off at the traditional 15:00.

  268. 12:00: 
    It's back...
    Football fans

    The first Saturday of the Football League season.

    For some - the non-football loving minority, the football widows and widowers, fans of garden centre visits, DIY marathons and family days out - this is a dark day.

    A day greeted with the same feeling of 'it can't be here already, surely?' that befalls me when I first see Ant & Dec in the jungle, or first see a Christmas advert.

    Burton Albion

    A day which signals the start of a nine-month sporting marathon of ups and downs, of highs and lows, of spirit-soaring wins at Leyton Orient and morale-sapping hammerings at home to Wigan.

    Northampton fans

    Nowhere else in the world does 'lower league' football quite like us. Yes, on paper it may be totally illogical to take on a 450-mile round trip and spend £100 to watch Hartlepool play at Stevenage, but where's the fun in logic?

    The couple of hundred or so fans who are on that journey have been waiting for this day since the fixtures came out in mid June. We salute you all...

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 09 Aug 2014 UK

Sky Bet Championship summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
Moving up 1 Bournemouth 1 4 3
Moving up 2 Watford 1 3 3
Moving up 3 Middlesbrough 1 2 3
Moving up 4 Millwall 1 2 3
Moving up 5 Nottm Forest 1 2 3
Moving up 6 Ipswich 1 1 3
Moving up 7 Derby 1 1 3
Moving up 8 Sheff Wed 1 1 3
Moving up 9 Reading 1 0 1
Moving up 10 Wigan 1 0 1
Moving down 11 Blackburn 1 0 1
Moving down 12 Brentford 1 0 1
Moving down 13 Cardiff 1 0 1
Moving down 14 Charlton 1 0 1
Moving up 15 Norwich 0 0 0
Moving up 16 Wolves 0 0 0
Moving down 17 Fulham 1 -1 0
Moving down 18 Brighton 1 -1 0
Moving up 19 Rotherham 1 -1 0
Moving down 20 Birmingham 1 -2 0
Moving down 21 Blackpool 1 -2 0
Moving down 22 Leeds 1 -2 0
Moving down 23 Bolton 1 -3 0
Moving down 24 Huddersfield 1 -4 0

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