Date: 7th August 2016 at 11:43am
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Barnsley’s Championship season got underway with a defeat against Ipswich at Portman Road on Saturday.

The return to the second tier of English Football ended in disappointment for Barnsley after a second half that witnessed six-goals went the way of Ipswich, the Tractor Boys running out four-two winners in the end.

Debutant Grant Ward, signed from Spurs, made his mark with his first touch for Ipswich 39-seconds after coming off the bench at half time with Conor Hourihane soon equalising for Barnsley.

Ipswich scored twice in three-minutes just past the hour through Ward and David McGoldrick penalty to open up a three-two lead.

Barnsley pulled one back when Marley Watkins scored but it was game over when Ward claimed the match ball with six-minutes to play.

Here’s a round up of the Championship action from the other matches played, with some still to take place.


Fri 5 Aug 2016 – Championship
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle 19:45

Sat 6 Aug 2016 – Championship
Birmingham 0-0 Cardiff 15:00
Blackburn 1-4 Norwich 15:00
Bristol City 2-1 Wigan 15:00
Derby 0-0 Brighton 15:00
Huddersfield 2-1 Brentford 15:00
Ipswich 4-2 Barnsley 15:00
Nottm Forest 4-3 Burton 15:00
Reading 1-0 Preston 15:00
Rotherham 2-2 Wolves 15:00

To be played

Sun 7 Aug 2016 – Championship
QPR v Leeds 12:00
Sheff Wed v Aston Villa 16:30

The 2017-16 season is now underway….

Friday was the beginning with the overwhelming favourites for the Championship title Newcastle suffering a surprise one-nil defeat at Fulham, which wouldn’t have been in the script for many at Craven Cottage?

Well Fulham fans aside!

Norwich, like Newcastle, dropped out of the Premier League last season but they collected an emphatic win at Blackburn (four-one) to get off to a flying start at Ewood Park.

Those coming into the Championship from League 1 were all beaten!

Wigan (two-one) were beaten at the newly refurbished Ashton Gate by Lee Johnson’s Bristol City with Barnsley beaten four-two at Ipswich with the Tractor Boys getting off to the winning start at Portman Road. A seven-goal thriller saw Nottingham Forest’s off to a winning start (four-three) under Philippe Montanier against former Forest favourite Nigel Clough’s Burton.

Beaten play-off semi-finals last season Derby and Brighton (nil-nil) shared the points in a goalless draw at the iPro Stadium with Wolves (two-two), who some will now be expecting to seriously challenge following the newly found investment at Molineux, played out a draw with Rotherham.

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