Fixtures AnnouncedCharlie Mills Thursday, June 21, 2001 19:58 GMT
New boss Glenn Roeder faces a baptism of fire to his managerial career in the Premiership, after West Ham were handed a tough away trip to treble Cup winners Liverpool on Saturday, August 18 - the opening day of the new 2001-02 season.
And it doesn't get any easier after that, as the Hammers open their home campaign with a London derby against Chelsea on Wednesday, August 22 and follow that up with another Upton Park clash three days later against Leeds United.
The clash at Anfield will provide Roeder with the chance to become the first Hammers boss to win there since Ron Greenwood's side snatched a 2-1 victory back in September 1963, while recently-departed midfielder Frank Lampard will make an early return to Upton Park with his new Chelsea team-mates, and another ex-Hammer, Rio Ferdinand, will be back with David O'Leary's men.
The Hammers then face two consecutive away games at Derby County on September 8 and Middlesbrough on September 15, before home matches against Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Our first London derby away from home is against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, November 17, while Tottenham Hotspur visit Upton Park a week later.
Derby are the visitors on Boxing Day, while New Year's Day provides - as with last season - a long trip up north, this time to face Leeds United.
The Easter weekend sees Ipswich Town visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday March 30 and a short trip to Fulham on the Monday.
The Hammers will finish the season at home, with Bolton Wanderers the opponents on Saturday, May 11 - again a week after the FA Cup Final.