A handful of Football League teams took on Premier League sides over the course of this week, with varying success across the matches.
Ipswich Town hosted West Ham United, marking a return to Portman Road for 24-year-old Aaron Cresswell who left the Tractor Boys for the Hammers this summer. It was the left-back who had the best chance, seeing his effort crash off the face of the crossbar in a 0-0 draw.
Sky Bet League 1 scored a victory over the Premier League with Oldham Athletic seeing off Newcastle United 2-1. Just under 3,000 spectators, including 852 from Newcastle, witnessed the Magpies take the lead at Boundary Park through a venomous effort from Siem De Jong, captaining the side on his first appearance. But the Latics humbled their top-flight opponents in the second half; Timothy Dieng and Willy Gros making it 2-1 at full-time.
Shrewsbury Town, of Sky Bet League 2, were narrowly beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion with Victor Anichebe and Youssouf Mulumbu scoring either side of Scott Vernon's 30th-minute goal.
Shrewsbury's league opponents next season, Wycombe Wanderers, were eased off by Chelsea. John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Patrick Bamford all celebrated goals in a comfortable 5-0 win for Jose Mourinho's side.
Against non-league opposition, a handful of Football League clubs experienced a positive midweek of pre-season action, with victories for four Sky Bet Championship teams.
Norwich City comprehensively beat Essex outfit Braintree Town 6-1. Ricky van Wolfswinkel led the way with two goals, adding to efforts from Andrew Surman, Bradley Johnson, Kyle Lafferty and Nathan Redmond. Sean Marks grabbed the consolation for the Iron.
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth also registered an expected victory, at Eastleigh. Brett Pitman, Simon Francis, Marc Pugh and Shaun MacDonald were the men to find the back of the net in a 4-0 success.
It wasn't quite so comfortable for other Sky Bet Championship teams, though, with Millwall and Birmingham City both squeezing past Conference Premier clubs 1-0. The Lions beat Dartford thanks to a sole Jermaine Easter goal in front of almost 2,500 spectators and Birmingham were winners over Forest Green Rovers with Clayton Donaldson netting for his new club.
Chesterfield, promoted to Sky Bet League 1 last season, comfortably saw off Alfreton Town by 5-1 while Danny Kedwell and Brennan Dickinson ensured Gillingham were 2-0 victors at Bromley.
Conference North new boys Chorley were looking likely to pull off the shock of the week, leading last season's beaten Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Semi-Finalists Preston North End 2-0. However, Josh Hine and Darren Stephenson's goals were cancelled out by Scott Laird's 30-yard finish before the club's top scorer last season Joe Garner restored parity. New signing Andy Little then grabbed Preston's third in a 3-2 win.
There was a non-league triumph against third tier opponents though in the form of FC Halifax's 2-1 result at home to Rochdale. Danny Schofield and Scott Boden netted for the Shaymen, and despite Callum Gamps' late effort for Dale they couldn't muster an equaliser.
Yeovil Town, relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season, were held to a 2-2 draw by South West rivals Torquay United, who will compete in the Conference Premier next season following their 24th-placed finish in Sky Bet League 2 during 2013/14.
Bristol Rovers were the other team to drop out of The League, and they were marginally beaten by Sky Bet League 2's Cheltenham Town. Goalless until the 74th minute, Byron Harrison's top-corner finish was enough to separate the sides.
Another non-league versus Sky Bet League 2 match-up also finished 1-0 to the higher-placed team, in an Oxford derby between City and United. A crowd of just under 1,000 fans watched Tyrone Marsh's 69th-minute spot-kick decide the matters, handing United a 1-0 win and mild retribution for City's 5-1 win 12 months ago.
Cambridge United ran riot at neighbours St Neots Town, coasting to an 8-0 victory. Tom Elliott, Delano Sam-Yorke and Nathan Arnold all grabbed a brace with Ryan Donaldson and Harrison Dunk also getting involved.
Finally, against foreign sides, Bolton Wanderers lost 3-2 to Swedish side Mjallby, but Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered no such setback, coming from behind to win 4-1 at Shamrock Rovers.