The first day of the season is supposed to be a time of cheery optimism. Just try telling that to Coventry City fans. They have known nothing but misery over the past few months, watching helplessly as they have been forced to endure indignity after indignity, and on Saturday they made their feelings known during the League One match at Crawley Town.
With the club under a transfer embargo, given permission to play their home matches in Northampton, deducted 10 points and facing liquidation, a handful of the 1,080-strong travelling contingent caused a three-minute stoppage during the first half when they ran on to the pitch to aim protests towards the directors' box. To make matters worse, Steven Pressley's side were then beaten 3-2 by Crawley, conceding an 84th-minute winner by Michael Jones after they had fought back from two goals down.
After two successive relegations, Wolverhampton Wanderers will take anything they can get and although a 0-0 draw at Preston North End, for whom Kevin Davies made his debut, was an underwhelming start to life in the third tier, their manager, Kenny Jackett, could at least take heart from a solid defensive display. However, the former Millwall manager admitted he wanted to see more conviction in the final third. "We got in good positions down the field but didn't let our quality show," he said.
Unlike Wolves, Leyton Orient had no problems in front of goal, Russell Slade's side underlining their promotion credentials with a thumping 5-1 win at Carlisle United, while last season's beaten play-off finalists, Brentford, had to settle for a point after letting a 1-0 lead slip at Port Vale.
In League Two, Newport County enjoyed a joyous return to the Football League with a 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley, whose new manager, James Beattie, was shown how tough being the main man can be. "We've made a bit of history," Chris Zebroski, who scored twice on his Newport debut, said.
Portsmouth have been heavily tipped to win the title but they were given a reality check at a packed Fratton Park, collapsing to a 4-1 defeat by Oxford United, while Phil Brown's Southend United triumphed 1-0 over Plymouth Argyle at Roots Hall.