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Carrick Rangers boss Stephen Small takes his side to Solitude on the opening day of the new season (Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com)

2011/12 CARLING PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES RELEASED

CARRICK Rangers boss Stevie Small couldn't have wished for a more fitting start to the new Carling Premiership season as senior football revisits the East Antrim town after a gap of 16 years.

Small's recently promoted all-conquering side begin the new campaign at the scene of his greatest triumph as a player, Solitude. A member of Cliftonville's historic title-winning squad of 1997/98, Small returns with his Rangers team on August 6th in what is one of the stand out clashes of the opening round of fixtures.

Also coming up against his old team will be Paul Leeman. The 33-year-old stalwart of almost 600 Glentoran appearances moved from The Oval to Crusaders earlier this month and, in an ironic twist, faces his former team-mates when they visit Seaview to kick off their campaign.

Elsewhere, champions Linfield travel to Mourneview Park to begin their defence at Marty Quinn's Glenavon while there are home starts for Donegal Celtic, Dungannon Swifts and Lisburn Distillery against Portadown, Coleraine and Ballymena United respectively.

The full fixture list reads:-

Saturday, 6th August, 2011
Cliftonville v. Carrick Rangers
Crusaders v. Glentoran
Donegal Celtic v. Portadown
Dungannon Swifts v. Coleraine
Glenavon v. Linfield
Lisburn Distillery v. Ballymena United

Saturday, 13th August, 2011
Ballymena United v. Glenavon
Carrick Rangers    v. Crusaders
Coleraine v. Cliftonville
Glentoran v. Dungannon Swifts
Linfield v. Donegal Celtic
Portadown v. Lisburn Distillery

Saturday, 20th August, 2011
Ballymena United v. Crusaders
Cliftonville v. Portadown
Coleraine v. Lisburn Distillery
Dungannon Swifts v. Linfield
Glenavon v. Carrick Rangers
Glentoran v. Donegal Celtic

Saturday, 27th August, 2011
Carrick Rangers    v. Dungannon Swifts
Crusaders v. Coleraine
Donegal Celtic v. Ballymena United
Linfield v. Glentoran
Lisburn Distillery v. Cliftonville
Portadown v. Glenavon

Tuesday, 30th August, 2011
Ballymena United v. Carrick Rangers
Cliftonville v. Glenavon
Crusaders v. Donegal Celtic
Glentoran v. Coleraine
Lisburn Distillery v. Linfield
Portadown v. Dungannon Swifts

Saturday, 3rd September, 2011

Ballymena United v. Linfield
Carrick Rangers v. Lisburn Distillery
Coleraine v. Portadown
Dungannon Swifts v. Crusaders
Glenavon v. Donegal Celtic
Glentoran v. Cliftonville

Saturday, 10th September, 2011
Cliftonville v. Ballymena United
Coleraine v. Carrick Rangers
Donegal Celtic v. Dungannon Swifts
Linfield v. Crusaders
Lisburn Distillery v. Glenavon
Portadown v. Glentoran

Saturday, 17th September, 2011
Ballymena United v. Coleraine
Crusaders v. Cliftonville
Donegal Celtic v. Lisburn Distillery
Dungannon Swifts v. Glenavon
Glentoran v. Carrick Rangers
Portadown v. Linfield

Saturday, 24th September, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Linfield
Cliftonville v. Donegal Celtic
Crusaders v. Portadown
Dungannon Swifts v. Lisburn Distillery
Glenavon v. Coleraine
Glentoran v. Ballymena United

Saturday, 1st October, 2011
Ballymena United v. Dungannon Swifts
Coleraine v. Donegal Celtic
Glenavon v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Cliftonville
Lisburn Distillery v. Crusaders
Portadown v. Carrick Rangers

Saturday, 8th October, 2011
Ballymena United v. Portadown
Cliftonville v. Dungannon Swifts
Coleraine v. Linfield
Crusaders v. Glenavon
Donegal Celtic v. Carrick Rangers
Lisburn Distillery v. Glentoran

Saturday, 15th October, 2011

Carrick Rangers v. Cliftonville
Crusaders v. Ballymena United
Dungannon Swifts v. Donegal Celtic
Glenavon v. Lisburn Distillery
Glentoran v. Linfield
Portadown v. Coleraine

Saturday, 22nd October, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Ballymena United
Cliftonville v. Crusaders
Donegal Celtic v. Glenavon
Dungannon Swifts v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Portadown
Lisburn Distillery v. Coleraine

Saturday, 29th October, 2011
Ballymena United v. Lisburn Distillery
Coleraine v. Glenavon
Crusaders v. Carrick Rangers
Donegal Celtic v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Dungannon Swifts
Portadown v. Cliftonville

Saturday, 5th November, 2011

Cliftonville v. Linfield
Coleraine v. Ballymena United
Dungannon Swifts v. Carrick Rangers
Glenavon v. Portadown
Glentoran v. Crusaders
Lisburn Distillery v. Donegal Celtic

Saturday, 12th November, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Glentoran
Donegal Celtic v. Crusaders
Glenavon v. Cliftonville
Linfield v. Coleraine
Lisburn Distillery v. Dungannon Swifts
Portadown v. Ballymena United

Saturday, 19th November, 2011
Ballymena United v. Cliftonville
Carrick Rangers v. Coleraine
Crusaders v. Lisburn Distillery
Donegal Celtic v. Linfield
Dungannon Swifts v. Portadown
Glentoran v. Glenavon

Saturday, 26th November, 2011
Ballymena United v. Donegal Celtic
Cliftonville v. Glentoran
Coleraine v. Crusaders
Glenavon v. Dungannon Swifts
Linfield v. Carrick Rangers
Lisburn Distillery v. Portadown

Saturday, 3rd December, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Glenavon
Donegal Celtic v. Coleraine
Dungannon Swifts v. Cliftonville
Glentoran v. Lisburn Distillery
Linfield v. Ballymena United
Portadown v. Crusaders

Saturday, 10th December, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Donegal Celtic
Cliftonville v. Lisburn Distillery
Coleraine v. Dungannon Swifts
Crusaders v. Linfield
Glenavon v. Ballymena United
Glentoran v. Portadown

Saturday, 17th December, 2011
Ballymena United v. Glentoran
Cliftonville v. Coleraine
Crusaders v. Dungannon Swifts
Linfield v. Glenavon
Lisburn Distillery v. Carrick Rangers
Portadown v. Donegal Celtic

Tuesday, 20th December, 2011

Carrick Rangers v. Portadown
Coleraine v. Glentoran
Donegal Celtic v. Cliftonville
Dungannon Swifts v. Ballymena United
Glenavon v. Crusaders
Linfield v. Lisburn Distillery

Monday, 26th December, 2011
Carrick Rangers v. Dungannon Swifts
Coleraine v. Ballymena United
Crusaders v. Cliftonville
Donegal Celtic v. Lisburn Distillery
Glenavon v. Portadown
Glentoran v. Linfield

Monday, 2nd January, 2012
Ballymena United v. Donegal Celtic
Cliftonville v. Coleraine
Dungannon Swifts v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Glenavon
Lisburn Distillery v. Carrick Rangers
Portadown v. Crusaders

Saturday, 7th January, 2012
Ballymena United v. Linfield
Carrick Rangers v. Coleraine
Cliftonville v. Dungannon Swifts
Donegal Celtic v. Crusaders
Glenavon v. Lisburn Distillery
Glentoran v. Portadown

Saturday, 21st January, 2012
Carrick Rangers    v. Glentoran
Coleraine v. Glenavon
Crusaders v. Ballymena United
Linfield v. Dungannon Swifts
Lisburn Distillery v. Cliftonville
Portadown v. Donegal Celtic

Saturday, 28th January, 2012
Ballymena United v. Portadown
Cliftonville v. Carrick Rangers
Coleraine v. Linfield
Donegal Celtic v. Glenavon
Dungannon Swifts v. Crusaders
Glentoran v. Lisburn Distillery

Saturday, 4th February, 2012
Ballymena United v. Cliftonville
Donegal Celtic v. Glentoran
Dungannon Swifts v. Coleraine
Glenavon v. Carrick Rangers
Linfield v. Crusaders
Lisburn Distillery v. Portadown

Saturday, 18th February, 2012
Carrick Rangers v. Ballymena United
Coleraine v. Donegal Celtic
Crusaders v. Glenavon
Glentoran v. Cliftonville
Lisburn Distillery v. Dungannon Swifts
Portadown v. Linfield

Saturday, 25th February, 2012
Carrick Rangers v. Donegal Celtic
Cliftonville v. Linfield
Crusaders v. Lisburn Distillery
Dungannon Swifts v. Portadown
Glenavon v. Ballymena United
Glentoran v. Coleraine

Saturday, 10th March, 2012
Ballymena United v. Lisburn Distillery
Coleraine v. Crusaders
Donegal Celtic v. Dungannon Swifts
Glenavon v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Carrick Rangers
Portadown v. Cliftonville

Saturday, 17th March, 2012
Ballymena United v. Dungannon Swifts
Carrick Rangers v. Portadown
Cliftonville v. Glenavon
Crusaders v. Glentoran
Linfield v. Donegal Celtic
Lisburn Distillery v. Coleraine

Saturday, 24th March, 2012
Crusaders v. Carrick Rangers
Donegal Celtic v. Cliftonville
Dungannon Swifts v. Glenavon
Glentoran v. Ballymena United
Lisburn Distillery v. Linfield
Portadown v. Coleraine

Saturday, 7th April, 2012
(Section A)
1 v. 2
3 v. 4
5 v. 6

(Section B)
7 v. 8
9 v. 10
11 v. 12

Tuesday, 10th April, 2012 (Easter Tuesday)
(Section A)
1 v. 3
2 v. 5
4 v. 6

(Section B)
7 v. 9
8 v. 11
10 v. 12

Saturday, 14th April, 2012
(Section A)
1 v. 4
2 v. 6
3 v. 5

(Section B)
7 v. 10
8 v. 12
9 v. 11

Saturday, 21st April, 2012
(Section A)
1 v. 5
2 v. 4
3 v. 6

(Section B)
7 v. 11
8 v. 10
9 v. 12

Saturday, 28th April, 2012

(Section A)
1 v. 6
2 v. 3
4 v. 5

(Section B)
7 v. 12
8 v. 9
10 v. 11

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