League One - Sheffield United involved in anniversary celebrations

Sheffield United will open their 2013/14 League One campaign with a special fixture against Notts County at Bramall Lane to help mark the 125th anniversary of the Football League's first season in 1888/89.

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League One - Sheffield United involved in anniversary celebrations

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Sheffield United Bramall Lane

The Football League is to celebrate the occasion with a six-match programme of special anniversary league fixtures to be played on the opening weekend of the new season.

Notts County, the world's oldeset Football League club, will be the visitors at the world's oldest professional football ground - Bramall Lane.

The six matches - two in each division - will feature a number of the founder members of the world's original league football competition, as well as other pairings of historical significance.

In the Championship, four founder members will go head-to-head with Derby, League champions in 1972 and 1975 hosting Blackburn, champions of England in 1912, 1914 and 1995.

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. The two clubs have met each other in league football on 114 occasions.

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

Since hosting its first league match on the opening day of the very first season, Deepdale has staged 2,342 Football League matches, more than any other stadium.

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