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Five of the best EFL openers

Looking back at some Football League classics.

The EFL fixtures were announced on Thursday morning, giving fans plenty to look forward to when the 2018-19 season starts in August.

Previous years have thrown up some memorable openers and Press Association Sport’s Sam Constance looks at five of them here.

Middlesbrough 9 Brighton 0 (August 23, 1958)

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Brian Clough was in fine form for Middlesbrough in 1958 (Howard Talbot/EMPICS).

Brian Clough starred in this Division Two goalfest at Ayresome Park. Then 23, Clough scored five goals in a one-sided contest. Bill Harris added two penalties and Alan Peacock netted a brace in what remains the Teesside club’s record league victory.

Barnet 4 Crewe 7 (August 17, 1991)

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Barry Fry’s Barnet were entertaining in 1991 (Graham Chadwick/PA).

Barnet went down heavily in their first match in Division Four – having scored 103 goals in winning the Conference to take their place among the 92. Their next two games under Barry Fry ended 5-5 and 6-3  and they went on to finish seventh, one place and one point behind Crewe. Goals were in the air on this day – Exeter also lost 6-3 at West Brom in Division Three.

Luton 8 Yeovil 2 (August 5, 2017)

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James Collins scored three on the opening day last season (Joe Giddens/PA).

League Two Luton began their promotion-winning campaign with a thumping victory over Yeovil, who led early on thanks to an Otis Khan free-kick. Striker James Collins led the way with a debut hat-trick and Isaac Vassell (2), Oliver Lee, Elliot Lee and Alan McCormack were also on target. Francois Zoko got Yeovi’s second goal midway through the second half – when they trailed 7-1.

MK Dons 4 Gillingham 2 (August 9, 2014)

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Will Grigg was on target for MK Dons in the thriller against Gillingham (Mike Egerton/PA).

Gillingham led this League One contest 2-0 thanks to efforts inside the first half hour from Cody McDonald and Danny Kedwell (penalty) – but an own goal from Kourtney Hause just before half-time sparked a turnaround. Will Grigg and Kyle McFadzean had the hosts ahead midway through the second half and Leon Legge’s 73rd minute own goal capped a burst of three goals in five minutes which ended the Gills’ challenge.

Stevenage 3 Oldham 4 (August 6, 2013)

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Oldham’s Jose Baxter was among the goals in the comeback win at Stevenage (Dave Howarth/EMPICS).

Four second-half goals enabled the Latics to come from behind and start the 2013-14 season with a win in League One. Darius Charles had the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time but current England international James Tarkowski levelled. The visitors scored three of the five goals netted in the final quarter to take the points. Jose Baxter scored twice, one a penalty, and Christian Montano got the others for Oldham, with Greg Tansey and Filipe Morais replying for the hosts.

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