Star opinion: New hope for a new season

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It has hardly been a drought of football between the end of last season and the beginning of this but it is still good to see the new campaign getting under way today.

A World Cup, while interesting for the football purist, can never fill the Saturday afternoon void – especially once England have been knocked out.

Sheffield United are our first team in action with a lunchtime kick-off against Bristol City.

The Blades will be hoping to finally make it out of League One at the fourth time of asking.

In the Championship Sheffield Wednesday make the long journey to the south coast to meet Brighton. It has been a summer of uncertainty at Hillsborough so the players will be glad for the serious action to start.

Rotherham begin life in the second tier at promotion hopefuls Derby County. The Millers have won back-to-back promotions themselves. A third can’t happen... Can it?

Doncaster Rovers face fellow relegated club Yeovil Town in Somerset.

Barnsley take on Crawley at Oakwell and newly promoted Chesterfield look to have a tough task at Leyton Orient.

We wish all our teams well with the only guarantee being that there will be plenty of ups and downs.