Sunday, 19 May 2013

Who is everyone else playing pre-season?

If you thought that most of the other Championship teams would be as early as AFCB in declaring their pre-season fixture lists think again. There are only a few mentions that I have come across in the Championship gossip but here is what I did find.

Charlton Athletic are keen to take a page out of AFCB's book because they are lined up to play Pompey but this time at Fratton Park. Not wanting to travel to far the Addicks will also play AFC Wimbledon at their ground. This will be followed up be a trip to Dagenham and Redbridge, while Charlton always start their pre-season with a game against Welling United.

Ipswich Town had high ambitions of travelling up to St Mirren, but the fixture has been cancelled. Surprise, surprise they will go to Colchester to play a game.

Bolton Wanderers will play Chester FC and Welsh side Rhyl FC of the Cymru Alliance League.

Nottingham Forest are to play Ilkeston FC and Walsall away.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday are playing the Tigers. No not Hull City, Worksop Town of the Evo-Stick Premier League.

Hull City of the Premiership though are going to play one of Steve Bruce's former teams - Birmingham City of the Championship at St Andrews.

Mark Robins Huddersfield will take on Chesterfield and York City away and also have visits to newly-promoted Rotherham and League One's Oldham. Huddersfield clearly don't like playing at home.

Middlesbrough also want to be among the first to test out Rotherham's New York stadium.

So perhaps AFCB's friendly fixtures look a bit more glamorous now. 

Other news from the Championship wire says Alan Judge has agreed a deal to join Blackburn Rovers now that his contract with Notts County is up, so sorry to any of those who thought he could have been a target for the Cherries. Ipswich are said to be in talks with St Johnson's midfielder Murray Davidson. Bolton are said to be talking to Jermain Beckford of Leicester as they seek to get back to the Premiership.

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