The fixtures for the 2012/13 Football League season have been released and, as ever, there are some cracking games to look forward to. Here, we take a look at the stand-out games of the opening weekend of the season, which kicks-off on Saturday August 18th 2012.
All of the three sides relegated into the npower Championship will start life in The Football League away from home. Bolton Wanderers travel to Burnley in a match that will see Owen Coyle visit his old club; Blackburn Rovers take on Ipswich Town, whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers, who finished bottom of the pile in the Premier League last term, visit Leeds United.
Elsewhere, beaten Play-Off finalists Blackpool will also start on the road, with a trip to Millwall.
The three sides coming up from npower League 1 also begin away from home. Charlton Athletic visit Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday meet Derby County, whilst Huddersfield Town, who won promotion after a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Sheffield United in the Play-Off Final, travel to Cardiff City.
The pick of the opening day fixtures in the npower Championship, though, arguably comes at Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace will entertain old foes Watford.
The remaining games in the npower Championship see Barnsley host Middlesbrough, Hull City take on Brighton and Hove Albion, Peterborough United visit Leicester City and, finally, Nottingham Forest play Bristol City.
There are also some eye-catching games to look forward to in npower League 1.
The most intriguing match is on the south coast where Bournemouth will visit Fratton Park to play Portsmouth for the first time since 1991. Pompey will be hopeful of a more successful season after relegation from the npower Championship last term, while Bournemouth may have promotion ambitions after an 11th-placed finish last time around.
The two other sides relegated from the npower Championship, Doncaster Rovers and Coventry City, will start their respective npower League 1 campaigns away from home. Dean Saunders' Rovers begin with a visit to Walsall, while Andy Thorn and his Sky Blues side will make the trip to Somerset to face Yeovil Town.
Coming in the opposite direction are Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town and Swindon Town, who all won promotion from npower League 2.
Crawley, who are playing in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history, host Scunthorpe United; Crewe take on Notts County, Swindon will make a long trip north to play Hartlepool United whilst the Shrews will visit last season's beaten Play-Off finalists Sheffield United.
Elsewhere in npower League 1 on the opening day, Bury take on Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons face Oldham Athletic, Preston North End host Colchester United, Carlisle United visit Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers meet Leyton Orient.
Fleetwood Town will begin their first ever season in The Football League will a home match against last season's beaten Play-Off semi-finalists Torquay United.
The Cod Army will be hoping to emulate what Stevenage and Crawley both did in their maiden seasons in npower League 2 by securing another promotion. However, Martin Ling and his Torquay side will be hoping to bounce back from their Play-Off disappointment last term.
The other side coming up from the Blue Square Bet Premier is York City. The Minstermen ended their eight-year exile from The Football League with a 2-1 Play-Off Final victory over Luton Town at Wembley and they will begin their life back in The League with a home game against Wycombe Wanderers, who were relegated from League 1.
Chesterfield, Exeter City and Rochdale were the other three sides to be relegated from League 1 last term. The Spireites will start their campaign on the road against AFC Wimbledon, whilst the Grecians and the Dale both begin at home. Paul Tisdale's Exeter host Jim Bentley's Morecambe, whilst John Coleman's Rochdale welcome Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton Town to Spotland on the opening day.
Elsewhere, beaten Play-Off finalists Cheltenham Town start at home against Dagenham and Redbridge, whilst Barnet, who narrowly avoided the drop out of The Football League, travel to Port Vale.
Rotherham United will begin their life in the New York Stadium with a match against Burton Albion. The Millers have seen a total transformation of their side over recent months with the appointment of Steve Evans, along with a string of new signings, and they will be hopeful of a successful campaign in League 2.
The remaining fixtures see Bristol Rovers host Oxford United, Gillingham meet Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle take on Aldershot Town and Accrington Stanley visit Southend United.