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Key Dates for your 17/18 football diary

21 June 2017

The Bees now know their schedule for the next Sky Bet Championship campaign, Brentford's fourth in succession at this level, and here is a guide to some of the key dates to look out for this term.

Friday 7 July - Aldershot Town (A)

Brentford's first friendly of the 2017/18 season, a 7.30pm kick-off at the EBB Stadium. Scottish midfielder Lewis Macleod scored a header in the equivalent fixture last time round. The Senior squad will be heading off for a training camp in France the next day, while the B Team go to Hungary.

Saturday 5 August - Sheffield United (A)

The league campaign begins at Bramall Lane, Championship newcomers The Blades looking to continue their momentum from last season. Sheffield defender Jack O'Connell looks set to play his former Club, while goalkeeper Simon Moore could also face his former employers.

Tuesday 8 August - AFC Wimbledon (A)

Opening night for The Bees' Carabao Cup run is at Kingsmeadow, home of The Wombles. The Cherry Red Records Stadium is just half an hour down the road from Griffin Park and will play host to Dean Smith and his team for the first time ever.

Saturday 12 August - Nottingham Forest (H)

The first competitive football of the 2017/18 campaign at home sees Nottingham Forest come to West London. The Reds avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, and will arrive with a point to prove under former Bees boss Mark Warburton.

Saturday 25 November - Queens Park Rangers (A)

The first West London derby of the season is closely followed by one with Fulham just a week later. Superb goals from Romaine Sawyers and Josh Clarke saw off the R's in front of the Sky Sports cameras when the two sides last met at Loftus Road.

Boxing Day - Aston Villa (H)

A game that shocked the claret and blues last time round, with Brentford running out 3-0 winners thanks to Lasse Vibe (2) and Nico Yennaris. This one promises to bring in a bumper Christmas crowd as Dean Smith looks to continue where the squad left off.

Saturday 17 February - Sunderland (A)

What will be Brentford's first trip to play Sunderland at home since 1992, when The Bees managed a 3-1 win at their old Roker Park ground. Despite the positive result that day, it was the home side that would escape relegation by just a single point above The Bees, who were sent back to the third tier.

Saturday 14 April - Fulham (A)

When The Bees were promoted from League One in 2014, they completed the task with three games remaining after defeating Preston North End on gameday 43. If that is to be the case again four years later, Fulham will need to be put to the sword in this loaded encounter at Craven Cottage.

Sunday 6 May - Hull City (H)

The final day has been confirmed as a 12.30pm kick-off as the curtain closes on the EFL for another year. With League One and League Two finishing the day before, all eyes will be on England's second tier as the final standings are locked into history. Will we see as dramatic a final day as last year?

Take a look at the full fixture list here, and secure your place at Griffin Park this year with a Season Ticket - available now, here.

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