The first televised matches of the 2013/14 season have been revealed and three of the six special anniversary fixtures have been selected by Sky Sports to launch its biggest ever season of live football.
First up, Sheffield United and Notts County will get the new campaign under way at Bramall Lane at 7.45pm on Friday 2nd August. The game will see the world's oldest Football League club visit the world's oldest professional football ground with the hosts, Sheffield United, under the watchful eye of one The League's newest managers, David Weir.
At lunchtime on Saturday 3rd August, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers will meet each other for a 12.15pm kick-off. The game at Turf Moor, one of only three grounds that were used in 1888/89 season that are still in use today, will see two of The Football League's founder members start campaigns that they hope will be an improvement on their respective 11th and seventh placed finishes last season.
On Sunday at 4pm it is then the turn of fellow Football League founders Derby County to welcome Blackburn Rovers to Pride Park for their opening Championship fixture.
If three days of consecutive League football isn't enough for you after the summer break, then fear not because on Monday and Tuesday night attentions will turn to the Capital One Cup.
Getting the 2013/14 competition started will be Preston North End, the undefeated League champions of the inaugural season in 1888/89, and Blackpool.
The Tangerines went out at the first hurdle last season after losing at home to Morecambe so they will be keen to progress further in another opening-round Lancashire derby. Preston knocked out Championship sides Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace last time around, before bowing out to Middlesbrough in the third round.
It is then the turn of Morecambe themselves to appear in front of the cameras on Tuesday night. They host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Globe Arena for a 7.45pm kick-off.
The Shrimps were defeated by Sunderland in the second round last season, while Wolves progressed past Aldershot Town and Northampton Town, before their interest in the competition was emphatically ended by a 6-0 defeat at Chelsea in the third round.
After a few nights break, the Sky cameras will be broadcasting their first League 2 fixture of the new campaign when Portsmouth, back at that level for the first time since 1980, make the long trip to Accrington Stanley for a 12.15pm kick-off on Saturday 10th August.
Championship Play-Off semi-finalists Leicester City provide the venue on Sunday for their 4.30pm match against Leeds United. The Whites finished last season in 13th spot, seven points and six places behind their opponents and this match against the Foxes will provide a good early marker for Brian McDermott's side.
These matches will mark the start of Sky Sports biggest ever season of live football with coverage, featuring all eight founding clubs still in The League.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "The new season kicks off here on Sky Sports with a feast of live football for our viewers. Seven live matches in 10 days is the perfect start for our biggest ever season of football.
"We're honoured to be part of the celebrations for The Football League's 125th anniversary. We also can't wait to see if anyone can emulate Bradford City's stunning achievements in last season's Capital One Cup, too.
"With fixtures from all three divisions and some intriguing cup ties, these opening live matches again show why football on Sky Sports has never been stronger."
The fixtures announced today will be the first of up to 90 live Football League games to be shown on Sky Sports HD this season including the Play-Offs and all three Play-Off Finals from Wembley in May 2014.
Sky customers can enjoy live matches across TV, online and mobile devices thanks to Sky Go as well as a wealth of support programming including Soccer AM and Soccer Saturday.
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