Jonathan Woodgate's managerial debut will be the first match of the 2019-20 EFL season.

Middlesbrough installed the 39-year-old former England international defender as their new manager last week on a three-year contract.

And Boro's first Sky Bet Championship match, away to League One champions Luton, will be the match which gets the campaign under way on Friday, August 2.

Former Ireland international and current Irish coach Robbie Keane will also be in the dugout for that game, after he was appointed at Woodgate's head coach.

Huddersfield, who finished bottom of the Premier League last season, start their quest to return to the top flight at home to beaten play-off finalists Derby on Monday, August 5.

Leeds, who lost to Frank Lampard's Rams in the play-off semi-finals, start at Bristol City the previous day.
The remaining Championship matches all take place on Saturday, August 3.

Relegated Cardiff kick off at Wigan, while the other team who lost their top-flight status - Fulham - open at Barnsley, who were promoted from League One last month.

New Swansea boss Steve Cooper is handed a home opener, against Hull, while West Brom - who chose Slaven Bilic as their new manager last week - begin at Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham, currently managerless following the sacking of Garry Monk, start at Brentford, while League One play-off winners Charlton open at Blackburn.

Reading host Sheffield Wednesday, Preston are at Millwall and QPR travel to Stoke in the other opening-day matches.

The three teams who dropped out of the Championship last season are all away on the opening day in League One.

Bolton, who will start the campaign with a 12-point deduction as a result of going into administration, open at Wycombe. Rotherham and Ipswich, who also dropped down, are respectively at AFC Wimbledon and Burton.

In contrast, three of the four teams promoted from League Two start at home. Champions Lincoln host Accrington, play-off winners Tranmere face Rochdale and Bury play the other team who came up, MK Dons.

Beaten play-off finalists Sunderland begin at home to Oxford, who current owner Stewart Donald is a fan of and once owned a 10 per cent stake in.

Five Champions games to watch out for 

Leeds v Derby, September 21
After spygate and last season's play-off clash, fans of both teams do not have too long to wait for the latest instalment.

Derby completed their play-off success with victory in West Yorkshire on May 15, although they lost in the final at Wembley to Aston Villa - and it is Elland Road which will host the first meeting between the two.

Whether Rams boss Frank Lampard is there is another matter, the former Chelsea midfielder has emerged as the favourite for the vacant job of manager at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea v Cardiff, October 26
It was 2014 when these two last met, in the Premier League, so the derby will be keenly anticipated in south Wales.

Swansea won that one 3-0, but the last time the pair clashed in the Championship at the Liberty Stadium, Craig Bellamy won it for Cardiff, three years previously. Neil Warnock and the Bluebirds supporters will be hoping for another away win in October.

Huddersfield v Leeds, December 7
It looked like these two would be going in opposite directions last season. The Terriers were relegated from the Premier League with just 16 points and Leeds looked to be heading in the other direction, until a loss of form towards the end of the regular season was followed by play-off failure.

The Terriers did the double over their West Yorkshire rivals on their way to promotion in 2017 and they have home advantage in the first meeting.

Middlesbrough v Charlton, December 7
Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer were Leeds team-mates, England training partners and even shared the same dock during a court case in 2001. Six months ago it would have been hard to see both being in charge of Championship sides next season, but that is where they are.

Woodgate was appointed by the Teessiders last week, while Bowyer is upwardly mobile having impressively led the Addicks to promotion at Wembley in the League One play-off final. In a twist of fate, Charlton's final fixture is at Elland Road.

QPR v Millwall. April 25
If you're looking for late drama, Loftus Road could have it when west and south-east London collide on April 25. Neither of these teams had strong campaigns last time around and the bookmakers do not see it being a different story in 2019-20.

Points could well be at a premium when these two meet in the penultimate round of Championship action