The joys of a Tuesday night in Scunthorpe...
Perhaps the Football League just wanted to break us in gently by handing us a game at West Brom and getting us off to life in the Championship in Premier League surroundings then?
Or at least that is one way of looking at the new Coca-Cola Championship fixture list.
The other is that Newcastle United have been handed a start that could well bring them crashing down to earth with an almighty bump - especially given the current climate of no manager, the club up for sale and a clueless duo in Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias who are worryingly left holding the future of this once great club in incapable hands.
After West Brom, comes Reading at home, then Sheff Wed before a trip to Crystal Palace and then a home clash with Leicester City.
If anybody was expecting a nice easy leg loosener against newly promoted Scunthorpe or even a nice home game with Doncaster Rovers, they will have to wait until later in the campaign for such "comforts".
And if you want evidence that we really have landed in a lower league just wait until you get to Glanford Park on a chilly Tuesday night where even Whitley Bay's floodlights rival those of the Iron in terms of height.
But while the surroundings at Scunny may well be humbling for Newcastle United, the challenge on the pitch won't be with every team geared up to beat the Geordies next term.
A trip to Blackpool in September might also have been a small crumb of comfort for the Toon Army, hoping for a big weekend, but that game will now played on a Tuesday night!!!
Some long haul trips to Swansea, Bristol City, Plymouth and Cardiff City are also likely to mean a tough schedule while TV demands will also play havoc.
Indeed with Sky and BBC battling for the live games United will face more upset with 5.15pm kick offs and 12.45pm starts soon to become the norm.
It's going to be a long season...but from Barrack Road to the Hoe in Plymouth (where serial Toon hater Mick Dennis says there is a nice Chinese Restaurant), Blog on the Tyne will be there giving you the lowdown on c*** pies to restricted views!