Scunthorpe United fixtures kick off with trip to Crawley (updated)
Scunthorpe United will begin the new League One season with a trip to promoted side Crawley Town.
The Iron will travel to the 5,000 capacity Broadfield Stadium on Saturday, August 18, writes CHRIS SUMPTER.
The Red Devils were promoted to League One at the end of last term, having finished in third place in League Two in what was their debut season in the Football League.
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll was appointed as Crawley's new boss at the beginning of the summer, so the Iron's visit to West Sussex will be his first home game in charge.
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It will be the seventh time in the past eight years United have begun their season away from home.
Three days after that match, Scunthorpe play their first match of the season at Glanford Park – against another promoted side.
Crewe Alexandra, who beat Cheltenham Town in the league Two-play-off final three weeks ago, travel to United on Tuesday, August 21 – four days before the Iron play a second home match, against Yeovil Town.
Other notable dates include the home game with Sheffield United on Saturday, September 8. Scunthorpe travel to Bramall Lane for the return fixture on Boxing Day.
On New Year's Day, United are at home to Oldham Athletic.
During the Easter weekend – Saturday, March 31 and Monday, April 1 – the Iron host Leyton Orient and travel to AFC Bournemouth respectively.
They renew acquaintances with Doncaster Rovers on November 24, when they travel to the Keepmoat Stadium, before hosting relegated Rovers on March 23.
Coventry City and Portsmouth are the other two teams to drop into League One from the Championship.
United are at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, November 10 and make the long journey to Fratton Park at the end of September.
The campaign ends with a home game against Swindon Town.
The start of the league season has been delayed a week this summer because of the Olympics.
That means United's first match of the campaign is in the newly-named Capital One Cup, when they travel to Championship side Derby County.
18 Crawley Town (A)
21 Crewe (H)
25 Yeovil (H)
1 Hartlepool (A)
8 Sheff Utd (H)
15 Shrewsbury (A)
18 Oldham (A)
22 Colchester (H)
29 Portsmouth (A)
2 Tranmere (H)
6 Stevenage (A)
13 Brentford (H)
20 Swindon (A)
23 Preston (H)
27 Milton Keynes Dons (H)
6 Walsall (A)
10 Coventry (A)
17 Notts County (H)
20 Bury (H)
24 Doncaster (A)
8 Bournemouth (H)
15 Leyton Orient (A)
22 Carlisle (H)
26 Sheff Utd (A)
29 Tranmere (A)
1 Oldham (H)
5 Shrewsbury (H)
12 Colchester (A)
19 Portsmouth (H)
26 Carlisle (A)
2 Crewe (A)
9 Crawley Town (H)
16 Yeovil (A)
23 Hartlepool (H)
26 Stevenage (H)
2 Brentford (A)
9 Coventry (H)
12 Bury (A)
16 Notts County (A)
23 Doncaster (H)
30 Leyton Orient (H)
1 Bournemouth (A)
6 Preston (A)
13 Walsall (H)
20 Milton Keynes Dons (A)
27 Swindon (H)
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Manchester City will take on newly promoted Southampton - managed by former Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins - in a bid to defend their Premier League title when battle commences on August 18.
Runners-up Manchester United will go head to head with Everton the same day, while Chelsea will play Wigan Athletic. Throughout the season United will also take on the likes of Fulham, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic.
And between August and May Chelsea will play, among others, Newcastle United, Reading, Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur.
The opening day – August 18 - will also see newly promoted West Ham United tackle Aston Villa, and recently bumped up Reading tackle Stoke City.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will battle it out with Sunderland, before taking on the likes of Stoke City, Liverpool, Southampton and Queens Park Rangers later in the season.
The penultimate match of the season – on Sunday May 12, 2013 – will see Arsenal go head to head with Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa v Chelsea, Fulham v Liverpool, Manchester United v Swansea City, and Reading v Manchester City. Battle will also commence between West Ham United and Everton.
The grand finale – on Sunday May 19 – will see Chelsea take on Everton, Liverpool rival Queens Park Rangers, Southampton v Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United and West Ham United v Reading.