Sky announce the first live Football League fixtures for 2013-14
Subscribers in Ireland can look forward to a feast of football action over the coming months on Sky’s dedicated sports channels.
Beginning with the season’s first Football League fixture, Sheffield United v Notts County on August 2nd, there are then five matches due to be screened live on consecutive days.
These include matches from all three divisions of the Football League, as well as coverage of the early stages of the Capital One Cup.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the Football League all eight of the founding members, that are still in the League, will be featured in the first five matches.
Among the clubs featured will be the Championship games involving Burnley v Bolton Wanderers and Derby County v Blackburn Rovers. The Capital One Cup ties will feature founding members Wolves against Morecambe, and the first winners of the Football League, Preston North End, against West Lancashire rivals Blackpool.
At least 90 live Football League matches will be aired by Sky in 2013-14 in both standard and high definition. In addition to the regular season, play-offs from all the three divisions will be televised.
Managing Director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis, claimed that 2013-14 would be “Sky’s biggest ever season of football”.
He added that Sky were “honoured” to be part of the Football League’s 125th anniversary, and viewed the Cola Cup with keen anticipation after Bradford’s incredible exploits last season.
Mr. Francis concluded that the amount of quality live matches proved that football “has never been stronger” on Sky Sports.
As well as live on TV, Sky Sports subscribers in Ireland will be able to watch games, via Sky Go, on mobile devices and online.