The computer at the heart of the arduous task of compiling the football fixtures always seems to throw up the odd irony or two.
And the programme dished out to Wolves was no exception.
Other than a possible first day clash with Dave Jones' Cardiff, there was probably only one other fixture which might have carried a similar sense of 'would you believe it'.
So it was that Wolves were landed an opening day clash - TV permitting --with Glenn Hoddle's former employers Southampton, now managed by a former-Wolves managerial target Harry Redknapp.
With Wolves' first home game coming the following Tuesday against Crystal Palace, and with trips to Leeds and Jones' Cardiff also in the mix for August, it adds up to a tough first month which will offer a stern test of the Molineux men's promotion credentials.
"It's ironic to say the least that the opening game is at Southampton," said Hoddle.
"But it's not about individuals, it's about taking a team there to get a result. "The stadium is fantastic and the pitch will be in fantastic nick.
"It's a tough start against two teams who - along with ourselves and Norwich - are favourites to win promotion.
"But I'm sure Southampton and Palace will be thinking the same knowing they have to play us early on."
Wolves are top and tailing their programme with fixtures against possible promotion rivals, as they round off their programme on April 30 with a visit to Norwich.