sheffield Wednesday got off to a winning start with victory over Rochdale at Hillsborough.
They took the lead through a header from captain Rob Jones on 16 minutes and the victory was sealed in great fashion with a superb left foot volley by Prutton after 73 minutes, and this without the injured Jermaine Johnson
At Boundary Park Sheffield United made it a winning start for new manager Danny Wilson. His appointment had led to protests at the Lane but what a start for him against Oldham. Defender Harry Maguire set United on the way with a powerful header early in the second half, and on 55 minutes Cresswell made it two nil, and game, set and match.
Doncaster Rovers were opening day guests at Brighton’s new ground and looked like they would spoil the South Coast party when Billy Sharp gave them the lead six minutes before half-time. But then the script changed for Sharp and Rovers. He was stretched off, then Buckley equalised for Gus Poyet’s side, then Hayter became the second Rovers player to be stretchered off and that man Buckley popped up again to score the winner and leave Rovers defeated.
At the City Ground Barnsley took plaudits with a point under new boss Keith Hill against Nottingham Forest.
Newly-promoted Chesterfield took on Tranmere away but fell to a second half goal, with Weir on 74 minutes who took advantage of a quick throw in.
Over at Don Valley Rotherham United faced Oxford and emerged with the points, thanks to Lewis Grabban who grabbed the spoils with his winner o 48 minutes. His excellent finish meant some of the pre-match attention on Adam Le Fondre went to him.
Full reports on all these games, plus pictures, in the Green’Un.
Plus club-by-club previews for the season for Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield and Rotherham United.