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Villa start season with away clash at Stoke

Aston Villa will begin the 2014-15 season with an away fixture at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday 18th August.

The first game of the season at Villa Park will be against Newcastle United the following weekend.

The derby days against West Brom are at The Hawthorns on Saturday 13th December and at home on Tuesday 3rd March. The final game of the season will be at home to Burnley on 24th May. See full list of Villa fixtures here.

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Birmingham City fixtures list revealed

Blues face Wolves in the Championship derby first leg on 1st November Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham City will begin the 2014-15 season in the Championship with a trip to Middlesbrough.

The Molineux derby against Wolves is on November 1st, with the St Andrew's return on April 11st.

On Boxing Day, Blues host Derby County followed by Nottingham Forest two days later.

Alan Irvine unveiled on fixtures day as West Brom coach

Alan Irvine takes over at West Bromwich Albion Credit: PA

New West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Irvine is to face the media for the first time in his new role on fixtures day.

This morning, it has been announced that his side will open their Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland.

Albion will take on Aston Villa on 13th December and this season's boxing day fixture is at home to Manchester City.

The last game of the season will be away at Arsenal.

Wolves host Norwich City in Championship opener

Wolves lifted the League 1 trophy in 2014 Credit: EMPICS Sport

Wolves will host Norwich City in their first season back in the Championship on the 9th August.

The fixtures for the new season have been released this morning.

The derby games against Birmingham City will take place at Molineux on 1st November and at St Andrews 11th April.

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Leicester City host Everton in first Premier League game

Leicester City celebrate winning Championship season Credit: Tom Yates/PA Wire

Leicester City will host Everton at the King Power Stadium to start their Premier League campaign on August 16th.

The fixtures lists for next season have been released this morning.

The Foxes also will face Chelsea and Arsenal before the end of August.

See the full fixtures list for Leicester's first season back in the Premier League here.

Futacs leaves Leicester

Futacs has become a free agent with immediate effect Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Leicester have announced striker Marko Futacs has left the club after it was mutually agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract.

The Hungarian, who has been capped three times by his country, made just a handful of appearances for the Foxes during his two-year stint at the club and spent most of last season on loan at Diosgyori VTK, having previously been loaned to Blackpool.

It has been decided by both parties that he is surplus to requirements at the King Power Stadium and he becomes a free agent with immediate effect.

Aston Villa sign midfielder Joe Cole on two-year-deal

Joe Cole in action for West Ham United last season Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the free transfer signing of Joe Cole on a two-year deal.

The 32-year-old midfielder, who has won 56 England Caps, was released by West Ham United in May. He's also played for Chelsea, Liverpool, and went on loan to French side Lille.

Derby players express disappointment after defeat

Derby County players Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment after their 90th minute play-off defeat to QPR yesterday.

The Rams had managed to avoid a shot on target for the entire game, until Bobby Zamora popped up with the winner at the death.

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