Football League mark 125th anniversary with replica fixtures

Championship sides Blackburn, Burnley, Bolton and Derby and League One clubs Wolves and Prestion will all face each other on the opening day of the season

The Football League will mark the 125th anniversary of its founding with a round of replica fixtures for the opening round of games next season.

Six founding members still reside in the three divisions below the Premier League; Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bolton and Derby County in the Championship and Preston North End and Wolves in League One.

Derby will host Blackburn on the weekend of August 3 and 4, while Bolton will travel to Burnley.

Wolves, who were relegated to the third tier of English football last season, will make the trip to Deepdale to face Preston - the 2,343rd league match to be held at the stadium, the most of any other ground.

Also of note, Notts County - the oldest Football League club - will travel to Bramall Lane - the oldest football ground in the world - to face Sheffield United.

The Football League chairman, Greg Clarke, told reporters: "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.

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