Fixture list: Newcastle gone, our nearest to a derby, Middlesbrough, comes early

Jake: 'Ha'way Lads. Get stuck in for a brighter start'
Jake: ‘Ha’way Lads. Get stuck in for a brighter start’

Pete Sixsmith, quick off the mark, has already booked one must-do trip of recent seasons – if I say the last but one was a match of eight goals and we scored none of them, you’ll get the drift – and is raring to go. Here he casts an eye over the fixtures for 2016-17 (listed in full, though subject to changes, at https://safc.blog/2016/06/talk-about-tough-manchester-city-away-to-start-chelsea-away-to-finish/. Not a bad opening sequence, he reckons, though we’ve got to break with another recent tradition and get early points on the board …

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Jake: all smiles by next May?
Jake: all smiles by next May?

Once again, the fixtures list is not particularly kind to Sunderland.

Very well, we all hope we won’t need points for anything other than European qualification at the end of the season, but Chelsea isn’t a great place to have to go if anything does depend on the outcome. And Man City away for the opening game sounds like a home banker unless Big Sam gets his squad fired up to pull off a surprise.

Here is the list, proivisional of course given the greed needs of broadcasters. Sixer will take a more detailed look …

Sat Aug 13 Manchester City A 3pm

Sat Aug 20 Middlesbrough H 3pm

Wed Aug 24 EFL Cup 2

Sat Aug 27 Southampton A 3pm

Sat Sep 10 Everton H 3pm

Sat Sep 17 Tottenham Hotspur A 3pm

Wed Sep 21 EFL Cup 3

Sat Sep 24 Crystal Palace H 3pm

Sat Oct 1 West Bromwich Albion H 3pm

Sat Oct 15 Stoke City A 3pm

Sat Oct 22 West Ham United A 3pm

Wed Oct 26 EFL Cup 4

Sat Oct 29 Arsenal H 3pm

Sat Nov 5 A.F.C. Bournemouth A 3pm

Sat Nov 19 Hull City H 3pm

Sat Nov 26 Liverpool A 3pm

Wed Nov 30 EFL Cup 5

Sat Dec 3 Leicester City H 3pm

Sat Dec 10 Swansea City A 3pm

Tue Dec 13 Chelsea H 7.45pm

Sat Dec 17 Watford H 3pm

Mon Dec 26 Manchester United A 3pm

Sat Dec 31 Burnley A 3pm

Mon Jan 2 Liverpool H 3pm

Sat Jan 7 Emirates F.A. Cup 3

Wed Jan 11 EFL Cup Semi-Final (1)

Sat Jan 14 Stoke City H 3pm

Sat Jan 21 West Bromwich Albion A 3pm

Wed Jan 25 EFL Cup Semi-Final (2)

Sat Jan 28 Emirates F.A. Cup 4

Tue Jan 31 Tottenham Hotspur H 7.45pm

Sat Feb 4 Crystal Palace A 3pm

Sat Feb 11 Southampton H 3pm

Sat Feb 18 Emirates F.A. Cup 5

Sat Feb 25 Everton A 3pm

Sun Feb 26 EFL Cup Final

Sat Mar 4 Manchester City H 3pm

Sat Mar 11 Middlesbrough A 3pm (Emirates F.A. Cup 6)

Sat Mar 18 Burnley H 3pm

Sat Apr 1 Watford A 3pm

Tue Apr 4 Leicester City A 3pm

Sat Apr 8 Manchester United H 3pm

Sat Apr 15 West Ham United H 3pm

Sat Apr 22 Arsenal A 3pm (Emirates F.A. Cup Semi-Final)

Sat Apr 29 A.F.C. Bournemouth H 3pm

Sat May 6 Hull City A 3pm

Sat May 13 Swansea City H 3pm

Sun May 21 Chelsea A 3pm

Sat May 27 Emirates FA Cup Final

M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake
M Salut, drawn by Matt, colouring by Jake