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Ipswich Town's fixtures for the forthcoming League One season have been released - and they may make for intriguing viewing.

Buoyant with hope and expectation, Kieran McKenna's side face Bolton Wanderers at home on the opening day of the season.

But what are the key dates that you should put in your diary?

Kieran McKenna will begin his first full season in charge of Ipswich Town at home to Bolton. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kieran McKenna will begin his first full season in charge of Ipswich Town at home to Bolton. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Season opener

Town will begin their season at home to Bolton Wanderers on July 30.

It is the third season in a row Ipswich have started their campaign at home. Last season saw the Blues - then managed by Paul Cook - require a late equaliser against Morecambe, while in 2020 Town picked up an early three points against Wigan Athletic.

Town will Colchester United in the FA Cup week commencing Monday, August 8. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Town will Colchester United in the FA Cup week commencing Monday, August 8. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Summer transfer window closes

The summer transfer window will 'slam shut' at 11pm on September 1.

Kieran McKenna has already made four additions to his squad, but deadline day is always unpredictable.

Last summer saw Bersant Celina and Sam Morsy make the switch to Portman Road on the final day business could be done, while Armando Dobra headed for the exit.

A full capacity crowd is almost certain for the Boxing Day clash against Oxford. Picture: Barry Goodwin
A full capacity crowd is almost certain for the Boxing Day clash against Oxford. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Carabao Cup, Papa John's Trophy and FA Cup

Cup competitions for Town will begin week commencing Monday, August 8 with the Carabao Cup.

Ipswich have been drawn at home to Colchester United, with dates pencilled in for fixtures on August 9 and August 10.

Should they progress, second round ties will take place the week of August 22.

Meanwhile, group games for the Papa John's Trophy are pencilled in for August 31, September 21 and October 19.

If Town go further in the competition, the second round is scheduled for November 30, while the third round is set for December 14.

Depending on how far Ipswich make it, quarter-final and semi-final dates are set for January 11 and February 1 respectively, before the final at Wembley on March 19.

The first round of the FA Cup is scheduled for the weekend of November 4 to November 7, with the second round pencilled in for the weekend of November 26.

Town will be hoping to make it to the third round of the FA Cup, due to be played on weekend of January 6, for the first time since they were relegated in 2019.

Boxing Day

Town fans should be able to watch the Blues in action on Boxing Day for the first time since 2019 this season.

Covid-enforced postponements have seen games against Gillingham and Northampton Town on December 26 called off in the last two years.

Ipswich are without a win on Boxing Day since 2015, but Kieran McKenna will be hoping to change that at home to Oxford this season.

New Year's Day

A trip to Lincolnshire on New Year's Day awaits Town this season.

Spirits of the 5-3 defeat to Lincoln City during the 2019 Christmas period will be evoked as Town travel to LNER Stadium for the opening game of 2023.

The Blues were due to face the Imps on New Year's Day earlier this year as part of the #PackOutPR campaign, but Covid cases in the opposition squad forced the game to be postponed to March.

Due to fixture scheduling and Covid-19 delays, Town have not won on New Year's Day since the 2007-08 season, when they beat West Brom 2-0.

Final Day

Town are faced with a long away trip on the final day of the season as they head to Fleetwood on May 6, 2023.

World Cup

Wedged in the middle of this season is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Although League One and League Two will continue throughout the month-long tournament, knockout fixtures may clash with Town games, depending on how far England make it into the competition.