Bolton begin at local rivals Burnley

Bolton manager Owen Coyle will return to Turf Moor when the relegated Wanderers begin life back in the second tier after the 2012-13 Championship fixtures were released.

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Coyle guided the Clarets, now managed by Eddie Howe, to the Premier League for one season during his three years in charge.

And after a heartbreaking relegation on a pulsating final day of the top flight in May, the Scot must now begin his mission to promote Bolton at the first attempt with an opening-day visit to his old stomping ground on the weekend of August 18.

Fellow relegated sides Blackburn Rovers and Wolves also begin their Championship seasons on the road with trips to Ipswich and Leeds United respectively.

Charlton Athletic, League One champions with a monster final points tally of 101 points, begin their return to the second division after a three-year absence away to Birmingham City, who missed out on promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last term.

And the two teams who joined the Addicks in escaping the third tier, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town, also start with away fixtures: the Owls head to Derby County while Town will be in Wales to play Cardiff City.

Blackpool, who fell at the final promotion hurdle at Wembley against West Ham United, begin with a trip to the capital to face Millwall, whose late surge of form helped fight off relegation last season.

OPENING DAY FIXTURES IN FULL:

Saturday 18 August

Barnsley v Middlesbrough

Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic

Burnley v Bolton Wanderers

Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town

Crystal Palace v Watford

Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday

Hull City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Leicester City v Peterborough United

Millwall v Blackpool

Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

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