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Special fixture to mark 125th Football League anniversary

Derby County's Shaun Barker wearing a 19th century replica Rams shirt

Three Midlands’ clubs will each start next season with a special fixture to mark the 125th anniversary of the Football League. Derby, Wolves and Notts County all played in the League’s first season in 1988/89.

Derby, who were champions in 1972 and 1975, will host Blackburn Rovers. In League 1, Wolves will play Preston at Deepdale, which has hosted more League matches than any other ground with 2,342.

Notts County, who are the oldest Football League club in the world, will play at the world’s oldest professional football ground when they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

All matches will take place on Saturday August 3rd 2013.

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."

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