With the fixtures for the upcoming League One season having been released yesterday evening, we look at the opening weekend and other big games throughout the season.
With only 11 teams enter League One this season, and no news on Keighley Cougars, every week, one team will receive a bye. Unfortunately for Hunslet fans, this first bye of the seasons falls to you.
Newcastle vs Doncaster kicks off the weekend with the opening match of a double-header at Kingston Park which sees the Toronto Wolfpack face the Widnes Vikings directly afterwards.
Two of last season’s promotion chasing sides also face-off on the opening weekend as fourth-placed Workington travel to fifth-placed Oldham in what should be a clash of the titans.
However, this may not be the only big game of the year as West Wales Raiders will be looking to spring a surprise over Coventry Bears, as both teams look to improve on last season.
Whitehaven welcome Keighley Cougars and London Skolars play host to the North Wales Crusaders. The Skolars vs Crusaders game will not take place until the 11th of May though due to currently unknown circumstances.
Hunslet’s first game of the season comes in round two, as they travel to Doncaster on Sunday Febraury 24th.
The first All-Welsh derby comes to us in round seven when the Raiders visit the Crusaders with the repeat fixture coming in round 20.
With Hemel Stags removing themselves from the league over the autumn, the local derby for London Skolars is now against the Coventry Bears. These fixtures take place at Butts Park Arena in round seven and then the return in round 15.
Workington versus Whitehaven takes place in round seven also, on Good Friday, with Haven having to travel the other way in round 18.
The final round of the season sees North Wales Crusaders face London Skolars, Hunslet versus Oldham, Keighley Cougars welcoming Newcastle, Coventry travelling to Whitehaven, and Workington taking on Doncaster.
In Betfred League 1, the team finishing top of the table after 20 rounds will win automatic promotion to the Championship, with a second promotion place determined by another five-team Play-Off series, for the teams finishing second to sixth – and the bottom two teams in the Championship relegated.
Another feature of the fixture lists for the Betfred Championship and League 1 is confirmation of the details of the 1895 Cup – the new competition offering a second opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium on Challenge Cup Final day, August 24, for the RFL member clubs outside the Super League.
Four League One clubs will earn the right to join the 12 English Championship clubs in the second round of the 1895 Cup in the week starting June 3 – following the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup, which are scheduled for the weekend of June 1-2.
The 1895 Cup quarter finals will be played in the week starting June 26, with the semi finals to be played as a double-header on the same weekend as the semi finals of the Challenge Cup – July 27-28.
Only eight League One clubs will be taking part in the preliminary round of the 1895 cup but the teams and dates are still to be arranged.
Toronto and Toulouse will not play in the 1895 Cup.
All of the 2019 Championship fixtures can be found here.
Please let us know, with all the fixtures now released, tell us who you support and what game you are most looking forward to this season.