Cardiff City might have been opening their £56m stadium at Leckwith as a Premier League club but for Roy Keane's arrival at Ipswich, yet their fans were able to put a bitter finale at Ninian Park behind them as their side started the Championship campaign with a 4-0 rout of Scunthorpe.
Keane's first game as Ipswich manager stirred a team playing out the season in mid-table to a 3-0 win, which inflicted grave damage to Cardiff's play-off prospects. Watched by 22,264, their biggest opening-day crowd since 1971, the distinction of scoring the first goal of Welsh football's brave new, blue world fell to Keane's former Sunderland striker Michael Chopra, who also scored their third.
Cardiff fans' satisfaction was compounded by defeat for Swansea, who had looked to launch Paulo Sousa's reign with victory at Leicester when Ashley Williams scored but the League One champions struck twice in three minutes through Martyn Waghorn and Dany N'Guessan.
Sousa's successor at Queen's Park Rangers, Jim Magilton, needed a late equaliser to deny another ex-Rangers manager, Ian Holloway, an away victory on his debut in charge of Blackpool.
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