Anniversary fixtures announced

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

Last Updated: 18/06/13 at 14:49 Post Comment

Turf Moor: One of the grounds used in the original season

Turf Moor: One of the grounds used in the original season

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

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 on Wednesday.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have both signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Lyon president rules out N'Jie to Spurs

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has dismissed the prospect of Clinton N'Jie leaving the club this summer amid reports of a bid from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company