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Colour Coded Fixture List 2021/22

Before the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons disappeared into the pandemic, the Trust ran a popular colour coded fixture list system that aimed to help supporters decide the risk of fixtures being moved for TV broadcast or other reasons. This isn’t an exact science, and relies heavily on limited information from the EFL and Sky, coupled with a detailed look at how TV slots have been filled with games from various leagues and also an eye on activities at the other teams in the borough.

When do broadcasters announce TV picks?

In previous seasons, the broadcasters provided a list of indicative dates by when each month’s TV fixture picks would be published, together with a “minimum notice commitment” that fixtures would not be moved inside a five week window. This notice period then dropped to a four week rolling notice period from March and three weeks for the penultimate weekend, the final weekend being fixed even without TV picks. These notice periods still seem to apply this season, but no indicative announcement dates have been provided.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that just because Sky makes its annoucement of “this month’s TV fixtures” it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t add more at a later date, although hopefully still adhering to the five week commitment.

Which TV slots do Sky use?

According to the EFL web site, the main TV slots used by Sky for EFL matches are

  • Friday evenings at 7.45pm or 8.00pm
  • Saturdays at 12.30pm
  • Sundays at 12 noon

One key way to assess whether a fixture could still be at risk of moving is to check these slots to find out whether Sky has already made picks from the Championship or the Premier League or Scottish Premiership.

However, there is an all-important extra clause which says “within the Sky contract there are other kick-off times that are available to the broadcaster” so there is always a chance of different time slots being used, for example Saturday evening which we have already seen in the early part of the season.

What else can impact fixtures?

Other than TV, we have to be aware of fixture clashes with our nearest neighbours, particularly those organised by UEFA which take precedence. Later in the season, a run in the domestic Cups, either for Fulham or our Championship rivals, can also have an impact on domestic fixtures. We’ll keep an eye on this too.

Colour coding the fixture list

We have put together a simplified fixture list below based on an announcments so far and our assessment of the other factors discussed above. We classify fixtures as follows

  • green – game should no longer be at risk of change *
  • amber – be careful, game date could still be changed
  • red – game date has changed
  • grey – game completed.

The fixture list also explains the reason for the colour code of each match.

We will update this fixture list throughout the season and have also included useful information identifying international breaks and Cup weekends which could impact our fixtures even if we are out of the Cup.

* Please also do your own research, especially if you are committing to any expense, and let us know if you have any further insights.

Recent updates

This is a list of the most recent colour status changes. Please scroll down for the full colour coded fixture list.

Last update made Monday 6th September 2021

All October League fixtures now confirmed as moved either for broadcast or as a knock-on consequence of other fixtures being moved for TV

League fixtures up to 25 September (Bristol City away) now within 5 week window

Fixture list uploaded

Opponent Where Scheduled Revised Comment
Middlesbrough Home Sat 7 Aug 2021 3:00 pm Sun 8 Aug 2021 1:30 pm Sky Sports Football & Main Event
Huddersfield Town Away Sat 14 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Millwall Away Tue 17 Aug 2021 7:45 pm Sky Sports Football
Hull City Home Sat 21 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
Birmingham City (Carabao Cup 2nd Round) Away Tue 24 Aug 2021 7:45 pm
Stoke City Home Sat 28 Aug 2021 3:00 pm
INTERNATIONAL BREAK Sat 4 Sep 2021 30 August - 8 September
Blackpool Away Sat 11 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Birmingham City Away Wed 15 Sep 2021 7:45 pm Sky Sports Red Button
Reading Home Sat 18 Sep 2021 3:00 pm
Leeds United (Carabao Cup 3rd round) Home Tue 21 Sep 2021 7:45 pm Date confirmed
Bristol City Away Sat 25 Sep 2021 3:00 pm Within 5 weeks and main TV slots filled
Swansea City Home Wed 29 Sep 2021 7:45 pm Sky Sports Football
Coventry City Away Sat 2 Oct 2021 3:00 pm Sat 2 Oct 2021 12:30 pm Sky Sports Football
INTERNATIONAL BREAK Sat 9 Oct 2021 4 October - 12 October
QPR Home Sat 16 Oct 2021 3:00 pm Sat 16 Oct 2021 12:30 pm Sky Sports Football
Cardiff City Home Tue 19 Oct 2021 7:45 pm Wed 20 Oct 2021 7:45 pm Cardiff's Saturday match now on Sunday Sky Sports Red Button
Nottingham Forest Away Sat 23 Oct 2021 3:00 pm Sun 24 Oct 2021 3:00 pm Moved due to Notts Co fixture clash
CARABAO CUP 4TH ROUND w/c: 25 Oct 2021
West Bromwich Albion Home Sat 30 Oct 2021 3:00 pm Sat 30 Oct 2021 12:30 pm Sky Sports Football
Blackburn Rovers Away Wed 3 Nov 2021 7:45 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Peterborough United Away Sat 6 Nov 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
INTERNATIONAL BREAK Sat 13 Nov 2021 8 November - 16 November
Barnsley Home Sat 20 Nov 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Derby County Home Tue 23 Nov 2021 7:45 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Preston North End Away Sat 27 Nov 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
AFC Bournemouth Home Sat 4 Dec 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Luton Town Away Sat 11 Dec 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Sheffield United Home Sat 18 Dec 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
CARABAO CUP QF w/c: 20 Dec 2021
Birmingham City Home Sun 26 Dec 2021 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Reading Away Wed 29 Dec 2021 8:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Swansea City Away Sat 1 Jan 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
CARABAO CUP SF 1ST LEG w/c: 3 Jan 2022
FA CUP 3RD ROUND Sat 8 Jan 2022 3:00 pm
CARABAO CUP SF 2ND LEG w/c: 10 Jan 2022
Bristol City Home Sat 15 Jan 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Stoke City Away Sat 22 Jan 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Blackpool Home Sat 29 Jan 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Middlesbrough Away Sat 5 Feb 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
FA CUP 4TH ROUND Sat 5 Feb 2022
Millwall Home Tue 8 Feb 2022 7:45 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Hull City Away Sat 12 Feb 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Huddersfield Town Home Sat 19 Feb 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Peterborough Utd Home Wed 23 Feb 2022 7:45 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Cardiff City Away Sat 26 Feb 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
CARABAO CUP FINAL Sun 27 Feb 2022
FA CUP 5TH ROUND Wed 2 Mar 2022
Blackburn Rovers Home Sat 5 Mar 2022 3:00 pm No announcements yet and outside 5 weeks
Barnsley Away Sat 12 Mar 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 12 February
West Bromwich Albion Away Tue 15 Mar 2022 8:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 15 February
Nottingham Forest Home Sat 19 Mar 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 19 February
FA CUP QF Sat 19 Mar 2022
INTERNATIONAL BREAK Sat 26 Mar 2022 22 March - 30 March
QPR Away Sat 2 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 5 March
Coventry City Home Sat 9 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 12 March
Derby County Away Fri 15 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 18 March
FA CUP SF Sat 16 Apr 2022
Preston North End Home Mon 18 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 21 March
AFC Bournemouth Away Sat 23 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Four week rolling notice by 26 March
Luton Town Home Sat 30 Apr 2022 3:00 pm Three week rolling notice by 9 April
Sheffield United Away Sat 7 May 2022 12:30 pm Final league match will not move
FA CUP FINAL Sat 14 May 2022
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF SF 1ST LEG Sat 14 May 2022 Approx date based on previous years
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF SF 2ND LEG Tue 17 May 2022 Approx date based on previous years
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF FINAL Sun 29 May 2022
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