Fixtures mark anniversary

The Football League has announced six special league fixtures to be played on the opening weekend of next season to mark its 125th anniversary.

Last Updated: 18/06/13 at 14:41 Post Comment

Turf Moor: WIll host Burnley v Bolton on opening day

Turf Moor: WIll host Burnley v Bolton on opening day

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

The six matches - two in each division - will feature some of the founder members of the world's first league football competition.

In the Championship, four founder members will go head-to-head.

Lancashire rivals Burnley and Bolton will face each other at Turf Moor, one of only three grounds used in the 1888/89 league season that is still in use today, while Derby will take on Blackburn.

Another of the original grounds, Deepdale, will host the meeting of founder members Preston and Wolves in League One.

Also in League One, the oldest Football League club Notts County will be the visitors at the world's oldest professional football ground - Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United.

In League Two, Accrington Stanley will visit the Football League's newest ground and newest member - Rodney Parade the home of the re-formed Newport County. Hartlepool will visit Rochdale in the 137th encounter between the two clubs - the most played Football League match between current members.

Football League chairman Greg Clarke said: "For 125 years, Football League clubs have delivered a compelling spectacle, week after week. In the process, attracting a total audience of more than 2.2 billion people and building indelible relationships with their local communities.

"Our clubs and their supporters are the heartbeat of the domestic game, giving English league football a breadth and popularity that is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

"We look forward to celebrating 125 years of incredible matches, unforgettable moments and intense footballing rivalry."

All other 2013/14 Football League and Premier League fixtures will be announced at 9am tomorrow.

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Pulis hails Crystal Palace after win over Everton

Tony Pulis hailed his Crystal Palace players after they beat Everton to reach 40 points in the Premier League.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to fight despite Sunderland draw

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the loss to Liverpool was still on Manchester City's minds as they drew with Sunderland.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property