Fixture Release 2015/16
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Fixture Release 2015/16

    Shame that some of the best away games are mid-week. Mad rush to Fulham, Bristol C, MK Dons and Leeds.
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    Wolves will kick off the new 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship season with a trip to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers.
    It is the second time in recent history that Wolves have travelled to face Rovers on the opening day, losing 5-1 in the Barclays Premier League back in 2003 but enjoying a happier trip when winning 2-1 on the opening weekend of the 2011/12 campaign.
    And Wolves will be keen to continue their recent good form at Blackburn having won on each their last three visits.
    That precedes three home games in a week with which to welcome back the new campaign, Newport County AFC in the Capital One Cup followed by the visit of two teams relegated from the Barclays Premier League – Hull City on August 15th and QPR on August 18th.
    Wolves will welcome the other team relegated from the Premier League – Burnley – to Molineux on Saturday, November 7th.
    The Christmas period sees Wolves welcome Reading on Boxing Day followed by trips to Charlton on Monday, December 28th and Brighton on Saturday, January 2nd.
    There are no Championship fixtures over the Easter weekend of March 26-28 as it falls within an international break.
    And Wolves will finish the season with a trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, April 30th followed by a home game with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, May 7th.
    The derby games with Birmingham City will take place at St Andrew’s on Saturday, October 31st and then back at Molineux on Saturday, March 12th.
    Many fans were looking out for the trip to MK Dons after Wolves took almost 9,000 fans during the title-winning Sky Bet League One season.
    That is one of the midweek fixtures – on Tuesday, April 5th – with Wolves also scheduled for Tuesday night trips to Fulham (September 15th), Bristol City (November 3rd) Brentford (February 23rd) and Leeds (April 19th).
    All fixtures remain subject to change – for the full list see
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    Samuel Ricketts will depart from Wolves with nothing but fond memories having admitted it has been “an honour” to captain the side during his two years at Molineux.
    Ricketts was Head Coach Kenny Jackett’s first signing when taking the helm two years ago, renewing a working relationship first forged at Swansea, and played a key role on and off the pitch as Wolves responded to back-to-back relegations by storming to the Sky Bet League One title.
    The Welsh international defender found first team opportunities harder to come by last season, and had been helping out with the first team squad on the coaching side before spending the latter stages of the campaign on loan with Swindon, who were beaten in the League One play-off final.
    “It was an honour for me to come in and be captain of Wolves and I have had a really enjoyable two years,” said Ricketts.
    “To captain the side to a record-breaking title success is one of the highlights of my career and is something I will always remember.
    “I was proud to be able to play a part in what everyone achieved in taking the club one step back towards where they really belong.
    “It would have been nice to stay here and carry on at Wolves but that is how things can happen in football and I will move on with happy memories of my time at Molineux.
    “I’ve played alongside some really good players here, and the fans have been fantastic.
    “I want to think Kenny for giving me the opportunity to sign for the club, and also the Chairman, Jez and Kevin Thelwell, and wish them all the best for the future.
    “I will certainly be keeping a close eye on how Wolves do in the future and will hopefully get back and watch some games when I can.
    “And who knows? Maybe one day in the future I might be able to come back in a coaching capacity.”
    Ricketts, who made 51 appearances for Wolves in total, scoring three goals, is now assessing options as he looks to his next step in a career which has seen him play in all four divisions and pick up 52 caps for Wales to date.
    “I’m now ready and waiting to take on the next challenge of my career,” he said.
    “I still feel I have plenty left to offer and will hopefully be able to take on something that will provide a good opportunity either on the playing or coaching side.”
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    Wolves have today confirmed that Samuel Ricketts will not be offered a new contract and the experienced defender is to leave the club.
    The 33-year-old Welsh international will become a free agent at the end of the month, leaving Wolves after making 51 appearances in two seasons at Molineux, scoring three goals.
    Ricketts was the first signing at Wolves for Head Coach Kenny Jackett two years ago, once again linking up with the man who had given him his first chance in senior football by signing him for Swansea from Telford almost a decade earlier.
    Jackett also made Ricketts his captain, the defender providing the on-pitch calmness and leadership to help Wolves respond from back-to-back relegations with a record-breaking Sky Bet League One title success.
    Last season Ricketts found his first team opportunities more limited, the emergence of young talents Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause joining an already competitive defensive department from which Richard Stearman emerged as double-winning Player of the Season.
    Jackett utilised Ricketts’ off-field qualities by using him in a coaching capacity particularly with those young defenders, before the opportunity arose to move on loan to Swindon.
    Ricketts made 12 appearances for the Robins, helping them to the play-offs where they were beaten by Preston in a Wembley final.
    Jackett was full of praise for the impact of the player he has twice signed, and has wished him well for the future.
    “Sam found his first team opportunities limited last season, but maintained a highly professional attitude both on and off the pitch,” said the Head Coach.
    “Prior to moving on loan to Swindon, he was also assisting us on the coaching side particularly working closely with the defence.
    “In his first season here as captain, he was a major influence and helped the team enjoy some great success with the League One title.
    “We would all like to thank him for his contribution during his two years at Molineux, and wish him all the best in his future career.”
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    Evening all. This blog should be updated tomorrow morning to bring details around the fixtures for 2015/16. The home page of the website should have the full list at 9am but here you will be able to add your thoughts and we'll assess all the reaction.
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    and here is a selection of pictures from last season's opening day -

    Picture Gallery: Wolves V Norwich City

    Pictures from Wolves' 1-0 opening day Sky Bet Championship victory over Norwich City.
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    Last season's opening day fixture was at Molineux against Norwich City
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    Check back here at 9am on Wednesday 17/06/15 to find out who Wolves will be facing on the opening day of the 2015/16 season
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