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Just in case you hadn’t noticed over the weekend, Football is back. The Football League season kicked off on Friday evening with a 2-1 victory for Sheffield United over Notts County in a League One encounter. At the time of writing there is one match left to be played on opening weekend (Derby v Blackburn) however it has proved to be an entertaining start to proceedings.

A quick run down of some stats, in the 35 games played a total of 100 goals were scored, averaging out at 2.857 goals per game, imagine working out the goal difference on that! For the goal hungry fan then Stevenage’s League One clash with Oldham was the game to be at as the Latics ran out 4-3 winners in a seven goal thriller.

With only two goalless games in the shape of Preston v Wolves and Shrewsbury v MK Dons, both in League One, most fans saw the net bulge over the weekend, not necessarily at the right end of the ground for some of course.

Performances of note in the Championship came from Wigan and Yeovil respectively, both new boys to the division this season. FA Cup holders Wigan hit four past Barnsley somewhat surprisingly as they look to bounce straight back from relegation out of the Premier League. Yeovil on the other hand announced their arrival as a Championship club with a 1-0 victory over Millwall at the Den just 10 years after stepping into the Football League, an impressive rise.

In League One there can only be one winner, Leyton Orient’s thumping of Carlisle on away turf. The O’s ran out 5-1 victors to steal an early march in the table. It is early doors of course but we will soon find out if Orient were that good, Carlisle were that bad or a culmination of the two.

As in the Championship, League Two saw a newly promoted and newly relegated team at the centre of things, both involved in five goal thrillers. Portsmouth’s fall from greatness continued at pace, humbled 4-1 by Oxford United at Fratton Park. Times are still tough for Pompey and there is the real possibility they could be plying their trade in non-league this time next year. A side hoping they won’t be doing just that are Newport County who are in their first season in the Football League. If their first performance is anything to go by then they will have no worries this season after downing Accrington 4-1 in front of their home fans.

If every weekend lives up to opening weekend then we are in for a footballing treat in 2013-14, it’s good to be back!

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