Birmingham City will find out next week who they will face in next season’s championship campaign.
The first major date of summer for second division clubs is the release of the championship games, and Blues fans will be excited to see who their team will face on opening day, whether they’re home on Boxing Day and New Year’s games, and who their opponents will be on the last day of the season, when Lee Bowyer and Co. could still have all possible possibilities.
There will be an added thrill for them too, as fans should be allowed back into St. Andrew’s at the start of the new season after the Covid pandemic meant that all 2020/21 games were played in empty stadiums.
The big date for Birmingham and its fans is Thursday June 24th, with the fixtures being released at 9am.
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The Blues ended the 2020/21 season strong, despite losing their last two games and conceding nine goals.
They secured 18th place and were nine points ahead of relegation zone, not least thanks to Bowyer’s appointment in mid-March. The former Blues midfielder distracted the club from the bottom three and won six of their last ten games.
Bowyer will have a job this summer to strengthen his squad, with Birmingham laying off 13 players at the end of the month. In addition, four borrowed people also return to their home clubs.
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The 44-year-old apparently sees Fenerbahce central defender Mathias Jorgensen as a defensive option. The Danish defender, who will represent his country at Euro 2020, still has a one-year contract with the Turkish team.
Blues could potentially face the newly promoted Hull City, Peterborough United or Blackpool on the opening day of the new campaign, with Midlands rivals West Brom and Coventry City also having options.