Norwich City Championship fixtures 2017-18: Canaries start with trip to Fulham
PUBLISHED: 12:25 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 21 June 2017
Norwich City will start their 2017-18 Championship campaign away at Fulham on Saturday, August 5.
The full Sky Bet EFL fixtures have been released this morning, with City’s trip to Fulham being followed by a first home league game against Sunderland on Saturday, August 12 and a home clash with QPR on Tuesday, August 15.
The Canaries will follow their opening league fixture at Fulham with the visit of Swindon Town to Carrow Road in the first round of the Carabao Cup, on Tuesday, August 8.
Sky Sports have also confirmed their games chosen for live broadcast on the opening weekend at the same time, with details of further televised fixtures for matches in August and September due to be confirmed in July.
That sees Sunderland host Derby in the opening fixture on Friday, August 4 (7.45pm), Hull go to Aston Villa the following day (5.30pm) and newly promoted Bolton welcoming Leeds to the Macron Stadium on Sunday, August 6 (4.30pm).
In the last 10 campaigns City have won just one of their opening day fixtures, winning 4-1 at Blackburn last season, and just four of them have been at home.
In total in those 10 seasons the Canaries have lost six, drawn three and won just that one game – with awful memories of a 5-0 defeat at Fulham in 2012 and the famous 7-1 thrashing handed out by Colchester in League One in 2009.
Norwich have not won at Craven Cottage in their last 10 attempts, a record that stretches back to New Year’s Day 1986, losing eight of those – including a horrendous 6-0 defeat on the final day of the 2004-05 season – and drawing the other two.
They were close to breaking that hex last season when leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to two Graham Dorrans penalties, to sit at the top of the Championship table, only to throw that away and draw 2-2 – the start of a wretched run of two wins in 12 matches which eventually cost Alex Neil his job.
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FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Sat 5 – Fulham A
Tues 8 – Swindon Town H (Carabao Cup, kick-off TBC)
Sat 12 – Sunderland H
Tues 15 – QPR H (7.45pm)
Sat 19 – Aston Villa A
Sat 26 – Millwall A
Sat 9 – Birmingham H
Tues 12 – Burton H (7.45pm)
Sat 16 – Sheffield Utd A
Sat 23 – Bristol City H
Tues 26 – Middlesbrough A (7.45pm)
Sat 30 – Reading A
Sat 14 – Hull City H
Sat 21 – Ipswich Town A
Sat 28 – Derby County H
Tues 31 – Wolverhampton Wanderers H (7.45pm)
Sat 4 – Bolton Wanderers A
Sat 18 – Barnsley H
Tues 21 – Nottingham Forest A (7.45pm)
Sat 25 – Preston North End H
Sat 2 – Cardiff City A
Sat 9 – Sheffield Wednesday H
Sat 16 – Leeds United A
Sat 23 – Brentford H
Tues 26 – Birmingham City A
Sat 30 – Burton Albion A
Mon 1 – Millwall H
Sat 13 – Bristol City A
Sat 20 – Sheffield United H
Sat 27 – Brentford A
Sat 3 – Middlesbrough H
Sat 10 – Derby County A
Sat 17 – Ipswich Town H
Tues 20 – Wolverhampton Wanderers A (7.45pm)
Sat 24 – Bolton Wanderers H
Sat 3 – Barnsley A
Tues 6 – Nottingham Forest H (7.45pm)
Sat 10 – Hull City A
Sat 17 – Reading H
Sat 31 – Fulham H
Mon 2 – QPR A
Sat 7 – Aston Villa H
Tues 10 – Sunderland A (7.45pm)
Sat 14 – Cardiff City H
Sat 21 – Preston North End A
Sat 28 – Leeds United H
Sun 6 – Sheffield Wednesday A (12.30pm)