Premiership fixtures announced

The fixtures for the new Premiership season were announced today and see Liverpool travelling to the Riverside Stadium for an opening-day clash with Middlesborough. The season is set to kick off on Saturday August 13th. Liverpool’s first home game of the season takes place the following weekend when they host another North East side – newly promoted Sunderland.

All the fixtures announced today do not take into account which games will be moved for TV coverage and so there may be slight differences before the season kicks off. There’s further possibilities of change to come with Liverpool’s participation in the UEFA Super Cup Final in August and the FIFA World Club Championship in December.

The Goodison derby is to be played over the Christmas period this season. Something else to argue about over Christmas. That match is played on Wednesday 28th of December, with the Anfield return taking place on March 25th.

Another fixture to be aware of is the Liverpool game away to Blackburn Rovers. This match will be taking place on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, on Saturday April 15th next year. The official Liverpool FC web-site says that officials at Anfield did try to get the fixture moved but due to fixture congestion this just wasn’t possible. Their request for an away fixture was agreed though. The anniversary actually falls over the Easter weekend this year – the day after Good Friday – and Liverpool are scheduled to be playing at home to Fulham on Monday the 17th, Easter Monday.

Full fixtures below, which don’t include European dates.
August 2005
Sat, Aug 13 Middlesbrough (A)
Sat, Aug 20 Sunderland (H)
Tue, Aug 23 Charlton Athletic (A)
Friday, Aug 26 CSKA Moscow Super Cup, Monaco
Sat, Aug 27 Arsenal (H)
Sat, Sep 10 Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Sat, Sep 17 Manchester United (H)
Sat, Sep 24 Birmingham City (A)
Sat, Oct 1 Chelsea (H)
Sat, Oct 15 Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sat, Oct 22 Fulham (A)
Tue/Wed, Oct 25/26 Carling Cup 3rd round
Sat, Oct 29 West Ham United (H)
Sat, Nov 5 Aston Villa (A)
Sat, Nov 19 Portsmouth (H)
Sat, Nov 26 Manchester City (A)
Tue/Wed, Nov 29/30 Carling Cup 4th round
Sat, Dec 3 Wigan Athletic (H)
Sat, Dec 10 Middlesbrough (H)
Sat, Dec 17 Sunderland (A)
Tue/Wed, Dec 20/21 Carling Cup 5th round
Mon, Dec 26 Newcastle United (H)
Wed, Dec 28 Everton (A)
Sat, Dec 31 West Bromwich Albion (H)
January 2006
Mon, Jan 2 Bolton Wanderers (A)
Sat, Jan 7 FA Cup 3rd round
Tue/Wed, Jan 10/11 Carling Cup Semi-Final 1st leg
Sat, Jan 14 Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Sat, Jan 21 Manchester United (A)
Tue/Wed, Jan 24/25 Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd leg
Sat, Jan 28 FA Cup 4th round
Tue, Jan 31 Birmingham City (H)
Sat, Feb 4 Chelsea (A)
Sat, Feb 11 Wigan Athletic (A)
Sat, Feb 18 FA Cup 5th round
Sat, Feb 25 Manchester City (H)
Sun, Feb 26 Carling Cup Final in Cardiff
Sat, Mar 4 Charlton Athletic (H)
Sat, Mar 11 Arsenal (A)
Sat, Mar 18 Newcastle United (A)
Wed, Mar 22 FA Cup quarter-finals
Sat, Mar 25 Everton (H)
Sat, Apr 1 West Bromwich Albion (A)
Sat, Apr 8 Bolton Wanderers (H)
Sat, Apr 15 Blackburn Rovers (A)
Mon, Apr 17 Fulham (H)
Sat, Apr 22 West Ham United (A) Also FA Cup semi-final date
Sat, Apr 29 Aston Villa (H)

Sun, May 7 Portsmouth (A)
Sat, May 13 FA Cup Final