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All the Championship derby fixture dates for the 2015/2016 season

It's the day that football fans everywhere have been counting down to: the unveiling of the fixture list for the coming season.

Yes, the games aren't even starting for another seven weeks, but we can all start getting excited about the action returning after a long, hard summer without a major football tournament.

And, of course, the matches that fans look forward to most are the derbies; those games against local rivals which are sure to be described as 'full-blooded', 'committed' and 'probably going to end up in a fight'. The Championship even saw a derby in one of its play-off semi-finals last season, as Norwich beat Ipswich in the 'Old Farm' games to reach Wembley and eventually win a place in the Premier League - which sadly leaves poor old Ipswich (along with Hull, Middlesborough and MK Dons) without any real derbies to look forward to. Never mind, maybe the season after?

We've picked out all the big derby games for you to get in the diary; in particular, 5 March should be an unmissable weekend, with four crunch derbies taking place at the business end of the season.

August

Sat 8th Aug
Charlton v QPR

22nd Aug
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday

29th Aug
Blackburn v Bolton
Brentford v Reading (just about)

September

19th September
Huddersfield v Bolton (just about)

26th September
Fulham v QPR

October

3rd October
Charlton v Fulham

17th October
Burnley v Bolton

24th October
Blackburn v Burnley
Cardiff v Bristol City
Charlton v Brentford

31st October
Birmingham v Wolves
Brentford v QPR
Preston v Bolton

November

7th November
Huddersfield v Leeds
Nottingham Forest v Derby

21st November
Leeds v Rotherham
Preston v Blackburn
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield (just about)

December

5th December
Burnley v Preston
Reading v QPR (just about)

12th December
Fulham v Brentford

15th December
Huddersfield v Rotherham

28th December
Bolton v Blackburn
Reading v Brentford (just about)

January

16th January
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds

February

13th February
QPR v Fulham

20th February
Fulham v Charlton

27th February
Bolton v Burnley

March

5th March
Brentford v Charlton
Bristol City v Cardiff
Burnley v Blackburn
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham

12th March
Bolton v Preston
QPR v Brentford
Wolves v Birmingham

19th March
Derby v Nottingham Forest
Leeds v Huddersfield

April

2nd April
Blackburn v Preston
Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday (just about)
Rotherham v Leeds

9th April
QPR v Charlton

19th April
Rotherham v Huddersfield

23rd April
Preston v Burnley
QPR v Reading (just about)

30th April
Brentford v Fulham

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