13 images from the Championship's opening weekend

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

A collection of images from the Championship's opening weekend.

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

This weekend saw the Championship finally get underway giving fans their first taste of football following the long summer break.

This season is expected to be an exciting one to say the least, given the teams currently in the division.

The opening weekend certainly hinted at much to come with the 12 games producing 34 goals, 46 yellow cards and the solitary red for Dominic Iorfa.

Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Norwich City will all be looking to make an instant return to the Premier League after relegation last season.

They face competition though, as the likes of Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and QPR also eye a place in the top flight.

Things did not get off to a good start for the Magpies or Villa as they suffered defeat, although Norwich made their return with bang, beating Blackburn Rovers 4-1.

Elsewhere, Leeds United were battered 3-0 by QPR while Derby and Brighton played out a boring 0-0 draw.

It was not a good weekend for the promoted teams, with Wigan beaten by Bristol City, Burton losing to Nottingham Forest and Barnsley falling to Ipswich.

Here is a collection of some of the best images that the Championship’s opening weekend had to offer.

Fulham's Matt Smith scores their first goalFulham's Matt Smith scores their first goal against Newcastle 

Fulham's Matt Smith celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesFulham's Matt Smith celebrates scoring their first goal against Newcastle with teammates

Reading's manager Jaap StamNew Reading manager Jaap Stam 

Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke celebrates scoring their third goalNottingham Forest's Oliver Burke celebrates scoring their third goal

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe MontanierNew Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

Derby County's Darren Bent has an attempt on goalDerby County's Darren Bent has an attempt on goal

Derby's manager Nigel PearsonNew Derby County manager Nigel Pearson

Steven Naismith of Norwich City celebrates scoring their fourth goalSteven Naismith of Norwich City celebrates scoring their fourth goal against Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen CoyleNew Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle

QPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalQPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal against Leeds United

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of matchLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of the loss to QPR

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal and Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo (R) before the gameSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal with new Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo (R)

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalSheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates with team mates after scoring against Aston Villa

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch