Sheffield Wednesday started their npower League One campaign with a 2-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.
An own goal from defender Scott Doe gave Wednesday a 14th minute lead after he deflected Gilles Coke’s shot into the Daggers’ net
Two minutes later Coke’s fellow debutant Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison pounced from close range to double the lead.
Luke Summerfield bagged a second-half winner to get Peter Reid‘s Plymouth reign off to a victorious start with a 1-0 victory at Southampton.
The midfielder struck in the 47th minute with a clinical right-foot finish from close range after Rory Fallon and Steve MacLean combined to tee him up.
Peterborough breezed to a 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers to get their bid for an instant return to the Championship off to the perfect start.
George Boyd broke the deadlock in the 57th minute with a low shot past Rovers keeper Mikkel Andersen.
Aaron Mclean bagged number two and skipper Grant McCann tucked away a classy free-kick.
Akpo Sodje’s goal ensured 10-man Charlton launched the new season with 1-0 victory against Bournemouth at The Valley.
The Addicks surged ahead in the 22nd minute when Kyel Reid’s low cross was fired past Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal by Sodje from six yards.
But Jose Semedo blotted his copybook with a red card for raising his studs on Michael Symes.
Anthony Pilkington struck twice as Huddersfield cruised to a 3-0 victory at Notts County.
Pilkington rifled a shot into the top corner from an acute angle before Jordan Rhodes doubled Town’s advantage when he tucked away Joe Garner’s pass.
Pilkington’s sweetly-struck shot from the edge of the area completed the scoring late on.
Gary Madine and former Republic of Ireland defender Ian Harte ensured a miserable start to the season for weary Brentford as Carlisle coasted to a 2-0 victory.
The west Londoners made the 600-mile round trip for the second successive opening day but could not repeat last term’s victory.
Madine fired the hosts ahead from Sean McDaid’s cross before Harte crashed in a penalty.
Richard Logan’s late strike secured a point for Exeter after three goals in the first 11 minutes lit up a 2-2 draw with Colchester.
Daniel Nardiello won a penalty for Exeter which Ryan Harley tucked away, but Anthony Wordsworth levelled with a header and then smacked home a stunning free-kick.
However, sub Logan’s instinctive finish ensured honours ended even.
Rochdale had to settle for a point on their long-awaited return to the third tier after being held to a goalless draw by Hartlepool.
Matt Sparrow scored twice on his debut to make it a happy return to Swindon for Brighton manager Gus Poyet, who oversaw a 2-1 win against the club where he was assistant manager four years ago.
Sparrow struck from 20 yards in the 18th minute and rounded goalkeeper Phil Smith in the 74th minute before Swindon hit back through Charlie Austin.
Paul Dickov enjoyed a winning start in management as a brace from midfielder Dale Stephens secured Oldham a 2-1 victory at Tranmere.
Stephens wrong-footed Rovers keeper Gunnar Nielson with a free-kick in the first half and doubled their lead after the break from 20 yards. Ian Thomas-Moore headed a consolation for Tranmere.
Rookie MK Dons boss Karl Robinson saw his managerial career get off to a flyer as goals from Sam Baldock and Danny Woodards sunk poor Walsall.
Luke Chadwick squared for Baldock to flick home before Manny Smith headed Walsall level.
But the Dons claimed the points on the hour courtesy of Woodards’ stooping header.
Russell Slade endured a rotten return to Yeovil as Leyton Orient crashed to a 2-1 defeat.
The former Glovers boss saw his side battle back from Dean Bowditch’s early strike to level through new signing Alex Revell.
But Town secured the points when Orient keeper Jamie Jones fumbled and Luke Freeman scrambled a winner.