Hammers’ Allardyce at home in Championship opener

Sam Allardyce begins his campaign to get West Ham United back in the top-flight with a tricky home game against Cardiff City on August 6.In a showpiece match to kick off the 2011/12 Championship season, the relegated Hammers face a tough task against Cardiff, who made it to the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs last time out.

The match will be Hammers’ fans first glimpse at football under Allardyce, who was sacked in December by Blackburn, as well as new addition Kevin Nolan following his move from Newcastle United.

Away games against Doncaster and Watford will follow for West Ham as they attempt to win promotion at the first attempt.

Blackpool, who were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the 2010/11 season, readjust to life in the Championship with a first-up trip to Hull City on opening day.

Birmingham City start their campaign at Derby County.

Leeds United take the long journey to St Mary’s to face Southampton, while play-off finalists Reading host Millwall.

Former England boss Steve McLaren will ring in his first managerial stint in his homeland in nearly four years when Nottingham Forest host Barnsley.

League One champions Brighton will officially open their new stadium with a visit from Doncaster Rovers, while Peterborough United also start at home to Crystal Palace.

In other opening day fixtures, Bristol City host Ipswich Town, Burnley face Watford at home, Coventry City and Leicester City square off in a Midlands derby and Middlesbrough welcome Portsmouth.