Boro's season will start by the Thames when we take on Fulham at Craven Cottage. For the second season on a row we start away at a newly relegated side. Neil Warnock will be hoping that is a better omen for us rather than our opponents for last season when Watford recorded a winning start to their promotion trail.

That first game away at Craven Cottage is scheduled for Saturday 7th August but just as in the game at Vicarage Road could easily be brought forward (or flipped back a day) for tv. That is something to be remembered when looking over the fixtures they are all subject to change. Also, let us hope we are able to travel and watch that game and all the other awaydays for next season.

First home game is Nigel Pearson's Bristol City on 14th August. Will we all be able to enjoy that game with a non restricted post COVID capacity at the Riverside?

With Leeds promoted and Sunderland remaining one division down (control the laughter) there are no real derby games next term. As far as big away days go, fans will be looking at the trip to promoted Hull City (Sat Oct 2nd) and Blackburn but Jan 22nd will not be a popular date for that normally well attended away to Tony Mowbray's team.

If Boro are struggling to be among the front runners then Neil Warnock and the team will have to run the gauntlet at Oakwell on Feb 26th.

Other games that leap out are a Boxing Day home game against Nottingham Forest and away at Blackpool on the Wednesday (29th) between Christmas and New Year is bound to be a popular travel destination. Sheffield United and Bramall Lane will be our bleary eyed New Year destination.

Neil Warnock is hoping this will be a famous final season in management if so he will already be eyeing up the final full month of fixtures that include Boro having to overcome promoted Hull City, as well as play off losers Bournemouth and Swansea City.

Could we be celebrating at Deepdale next May away at Preston North End. I can picture the A59 rammed with Boro cars and the chip shops and pubs of Skipton doing a roaring trade on the way back.

Full fixtures can be synced to your online calendar on the Boro website -