A beautiful sunny day greeted the first Saturday of the English Football League season, just 68 days after the 2015-16 campaign came to a close with the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
Relegated Norwich City recorded an emphatic 4-1 win at Blackburn to go top of the Championship, while Millwall and Luton rose to the summit of the fledgling League One and League Two tables respectively.
Here, BBC Sport rounds up five pieces of action you may have missed from the first round of EFL fixtures.
Midas goalscoring touch
Every player dreams of netting on their debut – but Ipswich Town’s Grant Ward must be pinching himself following his first appearance for the Tractor Boys.
Kayden Jackson put the hosts ahead early on and a free-kick from Ben Davies doubled their lead. Not even a red card for Josh Gowling with 19 minutes left could spoil their day in front of over 6,000 supporters in Cleethorpes.
Getting to know you
The transfer window proves to be a hive of activity for clubs in League One and League Two, but nobody has topped Crawley Town for signings this summer.
The Reds have brought in 17 new players since the end of last season, and included eight debutants in their starting XI for their League Two opener against Wycombe Wanderers.
It did not seem to affect the West Sussex club though, as skipper Jimmy Smith struck the only goal to give Dermot Drummy a first win as Crawley head coach.
Drummy handed two other players their debuts from the bench late on, while new Chairboys striker Adebayo Akinfenwa was unable make an impact as a substitute.
Fitting tribute to Dolan
Reading staged a tribute to former academy coach Eamonn Dolan ahead of their Championship match against Preston.