There's a showpiece start to Jonathan Woodgate's time as Boro's head coach as we travel to newly-promoted Luton Town on Friday August 2 in an evening kick-off (7.45pm), live on Sky Sports.

It's our first match at Kenilworth Road since 1994 and our first meeting with The Hatters since the last-ever game at Ayresome Park.

Our home campaign kicks off the following Saturday, with Brentford coming to the Riverside. The third fixture in Boro's calendar will be filled in tonight, with the Round One draw of the Carabao Cup made at 7pm.

After that, Woodgate is set to come up against his former Boro boss and another Teesside-born former defender as we tackle an away trip to Tony Mowbray's Blackburn Rovers on August 17. Wigan are at the Riverside the following Tuesday in our first home midweek fixture of the league campaign.

Jumping ahead to October, Boro look set for a challenging group of games following the season's second international break. Matches against newly-relegated duo Huddersfield Town (A) and Fulham (H) are sandwiched between fixtures with two of last year's beaten Play-Off sides, West Bromwich Albion (H) and Derby County (A).

We're up against the third of the league's losing Play-Off teams the following month as one of Woodgate's former clubs Leeds United host us at Elland Road on Saturday November 30. The following week, Woodgate's one-time Leeds teammate Lee Bowyer brings his Charlton Athletic side up to the north east. 

Another of Woody's former clubs, Stoke City, come to the Riverside on Saturday December 21 as the festive fixtures start to unfold. Huddersfield are our guests on Boxing Day, before away games at West Bromwich (December 29) and Preston North End (January 1).

No fewer than seven league fixtures are coming our way in a packed February, including our home game with Leeds United under the lights on Wednesday February 26.

We're in the capital to play Millwall on Good Friday, April 10, and at home to Bristol City on Easter Monday, April 13, both 3pm kick-offs.

Boro's Riverside curtain call is a match against Cardiff City on Saturday April 25.

The season draws to a close the following weekend, Saturday May 2, as we head to Sheffield Wednesday in a 12.30pm kick-off.

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