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Football thread 2013/14 season

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Well, the new fixtures are out today and the transfer rumours are in full swing so its time for a new thread. 2013/14 marks the 125th anniversary of league football in England. Preston North End won't be winning it this time though.

Some key dates (all subject to change due to TV coverage):

August 3rd: opening weekend of Football League fixtures and Scottish Premier League fixtures.

August 14th: England vs Scotland (to mark the 150th anniversary of The FA)

August 17th: opening weekend of Premier League fixtures.

August 30th: UEFA Super Cup (Bayern Munich vs Chelsea, in Prague)

September 6th: Ukraine vs England, world cup qualifier.

September 10th: England vs Moldova, world cup qualifier.

September 17th/18th: Champions League group stages begin.

September 19th: Europa League group stages begin.

October 11th: England vs Moldova, world cup qualifier.

October 15th: England vs Poland, world cup qualifier.

November 15th & 19th: World Cup qualification playoffs over two legs. Draw is seeded according to FIFA world ranking for October 2013.

December 11th-21st: FIFA club world cup (Morocco)

January 4th: FA Cup 3rd round weekend.

February 18th/19th: Champions League knockout stage begins.

February 20th: Europa League knockout stage begins.

February 23rd: Euro 2016 (France) qualifying draw takes place in Nice.

March 2nd: League Cup final.

May 3rd: Final day of Football League season.

May 11th: Final day of Premier League season.

May 14th: UEFA Europa League final (Turin, Italy)

May 17th: FA Cup final.

May 24th: UEFA Champions League final (Lisbon, Portugal)

May 24th, 25th & 26th: divisional playoff finals.

June 12th: Opening ceremony of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

July 13th: World Cup Final.

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They have tried to get the founder members of the league to meet each other.

Burnley v Bolton, Derby v Blackburn, Preston v Wolves and Sheffield United v Notts County are all games between teams who played on the opening weekend of league football in 1888.
Newport v Accrington is a bit of a cheat, Accrington did have a team in 1888/89, but they are not the current club. I guess the league wanted an old historic name against a club playing their first ever league fixture.
Rochdale v Hartlepool is the most played game between two teams currently in the football league (136 meetings to date) but of course, Aston Villa vs Everton is the most played league fixture in English football (196 meetings to date, which I think is almost as many times as Real Madrid played Barcelona last season) but those two clubs are now in the Premier League. It would be good if the Premier League could make that fixture happen on the opening day though. :)

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Saturday, 17 August 2013 - Barclays Premier League

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Chelsea v Hull

Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Liverpool v Stoke

Man City v Newcastle

Norwich v Everton

Sunderland v Fulham

Swansea v Man Utd

West Brom v Southampton

West Ham v Cardiff

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We start with a trip to Norwich then. I guess it could have been worse. The fixtures seem to have been quite kind to us though, looking through them it doesn't look like we've got too many tough runs!

It should be an interesting season though, with all the management changes.

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So Derek Lambezee has resigned then.

LOLcastle.

It's a strong start from Newcastle to claim the Prem Clowns award this season. Liverpool have sorted themselves out under Rodgers and QPR are relegated, so it's there for the taking.

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It's a strong start from Newcastle to claim the Prem Clowns award this season. Liverpool have sorted themselves out under Rodgers and QPR are relegated, so it's there for the taking.

Yeah but for us it depends if Suarez stays and does something dastardly again. My money's on him kicking a baby.

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New Thread Rule Request: People stating which team they support when they say 'we'. Especially if you're posting once a month to only talk about back-room staff.

I don't have the time to go hunting through the fixtures when the only clue to your team is that you're 'Playing Southampton in a couple of weeks".

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I like how the opening post begins by acknowledging the existence of Scotland, maintains the pretence for their game against England, and then neglects all future events concerning them or their teams in any way.

Sniff. It's what Alan Hansen would have wanted.

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You never know, Southampton might just pop up and make tits of themselves as well! ;)

I hope it's all out of our system, what with the out of the blue sacking last season.

Never say never though, 'we' are the team that gave a debut to a Ali Dia after all so it's in our DNA ;)

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Norwich look like the big losers from next seasons fixtures

Last 5 games;

Fulham A (doesn't look the hardest but Norwich lost 5-0 last season)

Liverpool H

Utd A

Chelsea A

Arsenal H

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When they are playing Hull or Cardiff at home, some other team will be getting dicked by Man City.

I dunno if it's better to play against teams at the top whose places are already sorted out (possibly) or against teams in and around your position where you know they'll be fighting tooth and nail.

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Every team plays the same games throughout the season of course, but you wouldn't really fancy that run in if you needed a few points from the last few games to stay up.

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Why is Robbie Savage still alive? As much as I hate Lawrenson, at least his drawl tends to wash over me. Savage is offensive in every way.

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Japan 2 - 0 against Italy after 33 minutes!

first was never a pen, Second was a great finish. but they have been much the better team.

At least the ref has given Italy an even more absurd penalty now

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