Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough managerial career will kick-off with a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday August 5 when the new Sky Bet Championship season gets underway.
The first home game for our new manager comes the weekend after when newly-promoted Sheffield United head for the Riverside.
There are five games in the first phase of the season before the September international break brings proceedings to a temporary halt.
We resume with back-to-back away trips Bolton (Sat Sept 9) and Aston Villa (Tues Sept 12) and also face our old play-offs Norwich City and Brentford in back-to-back home games later that month.
The end of October sees the start a potentially mouth-watering run of fixtures with trips to beaten play-off finalists Reading followed by a midweek game at Hull City. Sunderland are the visitors to the Riverside four days later, on Saturday November 4, for the first Tees-Wear derby of the season.
An international break over the weekend of November 11 again brings things to a halt, but we resume with a trip to Monk’s former club Leeds United on Saturday November 18 and follow that with home games against Birmingham City and Derby County.
The Christmas period appears more challenging than recent seasons with four games in the space of eight days. We start at Sheffield Wednesday on December 23, follow that with Bolton at the Riverside on Boxing Day and welcome Aston Villa on December 30. The hectic schedule is completed at Preston on New Year’s Day.
2018 sees trips to Norwich City and Sunderland in February while Leeds head up the A19 on the first weekend in March. The final Saturday in March (31) marks the start of an Easter weekend that has Wolves visiting the Riverside before we head for Burton on the Monday.
As the season heads towards a conclusion, we travel to Derby County in our penultimate away game on Saturday April 21 and take on Millwall the following weekend in our final home game of the season.
The curtain closes at Ipswich Town on Sunday May 6.