Derby County have announced their 2021/22 Championship fixture list, which has caused a stir among the Pride Park faithful.
The start of the new EFL season is now just six weeks away and moved a major step closer today as the fixture lists were announced for all three divisions.
That includes Derby, who are scheduled to begin their season by hosting Huddersfield Town on Saturday the 7th of August.
The Rams will face East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at home on Saturday the 28th of August before travelling to the City Ground for the return fixture on Saturday the 22nd of January, while they’re set to finish their campaign against Cardiff City at Pride Park on Saturday the 7th of May.
Our 2021/22 @SkyBetChamp fixtures have been revealed 👇
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) June 24, 2021
However, the announcement has been overshadowed by a statement that emerged last night, which revealed that an independent disciplinary commission had fined the Rams £100,000 for irregularities in accounting.
It clarified that both the EFL and Derby having a chance to appeal the decision, meaning the threat of relegation still looms over the club.
In fact, the EFL has confirmed that it has drawn up “an interchangeable fixture list” for both the Rams and Wycombe Wanderers, who would find themselves replacing Derby in the Championship should a retrospective points deduction be handed out.
The Pride Park outfit must file now restated accounts for the 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18 financial years, while we await any further rulings.
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That means Wayne Rooney’s side could face Accrington Stanley at home on the opening weekend instead, with the Rams noting in their announcement today that “these fixtures are subject to change and at this stage the fixture list is regarded as a DRAFT”.
The fixture reveal has caused quite a stir among the Pride Park faithful, with many Rams fans taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts…
— Dean Anthony 🏴 (@deanorams6388) June 24, 2021
Bold move. https://t.co/OYaQnFdSuv
— Lou (@LP__92) June 24, 2021
What about the league 1 version?
— Rob (@robtoone) June 24, 2021
— Mitch🐏⚫⚪ (@mitchtheram7) June 24, 2021
Wrong league boys
— Craig Nicoll (@CraigNicoll9) June 24, 2021
Also got the league one fixtures??
— Did Derby Win (@HicklinFrazer) June 24, 2021
Where the League one fixture?
— Casey (@KingOfAlpacass) June 24, 2021
Great communication as ever 👏🏻
— ECT (@_ECT_07) June 24, 2021