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A Mouth-Watering Return

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10:30 18th June 2014

Skipper Samuel Ricketts today welcomed Wolves' 2014-15 newly-published fixture list as a mouth-watering return to the Sky Bet Championship.

The programme, announced early this morning, gives the runaway League One champions an exacting start, with all three of the relegated Premier League clubs to be faced in the first four matches.
The curtain goes up with a home game against Norwich - a clash that has already been switched to Sunday, August 10 (4pm) for live TV coverage - and continues the other side of the Capital One home tie against Northampton with a trip to League One play-off final winners Rotherham.
Wolves then go to Fulham four days later before welcoming Cardiff and Blackburn to Molineux on successive Saturdays.

"It's a testing start but looking forward to these games now reminds us why we were so keen to get back to this division," Samuel said today.
"No doubt the relegated clubs will be among those well fancied for promotion, so it will be a good early yardstick for us.
"We started last season really well after drawing at Preston on the opening day and this will give us a quick indication of how good we are.
"It would be great to have a bumper crowd here in front of the cameras for the Norwich game - as a player, you want to be facing these big teams and there are so many of them on this fixture list.
"It's a tough start and we can see that there aren't going to be any easy games. But it's very much a challenge to be relished, not frightened of."

The popular skipper's last Championship game was a draw between Bolton and Blackpool that left the division's other Wanderers just short of a place in the play-offs.
He doesn't have to look far into autumn to see when Bolton are here in the coming season - their September 20 visit coming a month and a half before Wolves embark on a sequence dominated by games against Midlands rivals.
A home game against Birmingham on Saturday, November 1, is followed by a midweek trek to Ipswich and then games at Derby and at home to Nottingham Forest in consecutive weekends. 

Wolves, who last faced Norwich on opening day when Robbie Keane's memorable brace on debut inspired a 2-0 win at Carrow Road in 1997-98, face the Canaries, Rotherham, Fulham and Cardiff in successive games again from Saturday, February 14 - FA Cup fifth-round day.
Head coach Kenny Jackett will quickly have noted that his former club Millwall provide the Molineux opposition on the last day of the regular season, Saturday, May 2. Wolves visit The New Den on October 18.
Our Boxing Day assignment is a trip to Watford, with League One runners-up Brentford here two days later. An attractive Easter programme takes the side to Forest on April 4, two days before a Molineux meeting with Leeds.

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