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Eagles fixtures for 2019 Championship season announced

25th November 2018, 17:58

Eagles fixtures for 2019 Championship season announced

Sheffield Eagles will take on Swinton Lions at the Olympic Legacy Park in their opening fixture of the 2019 Betfred Championship, it has been revealed this evening. 

The Eagles' recent history against the Lions has been enthralling with close games aplenty and Mark Aston's men will welcome Swinton to the OLP on Sunday 3 February.  

Championship newbies Widnes Vikings and York City Knights will meet Sheffield relatively early in the year, with games at Halton Stadium and Bootham Crescent on 24 February (round four) and 24 March (round eight) respectively whilst the Bulls return to the Championship with a round three trip to the Steel City. 

Friday Nights also return under the lights at the Olympic Legacy Park along with a host of Sunday afternoon matches.

Talks are continuing with the RFL & Toronto regarding the location of the Eagles' away match against the Wolfpack with the option of taking the game to Serbia in collaboration with Red Star Belgrade being explored.

Eagles General Manager Liam Claffey said: "With an increase to 14 sides with Bradford & York being promoted and Widnes joining the division, 2019 has all the hallmarks of being a great, competitive and exciting season,"

"It's our first season in six years that we are playing at the same venue for a second consecutive year and that can't be underestimated.

"Our life after Don Valley closed is well documented so we will look at the positives of being at the Olympic Legacy Park for a second season.

"While there is a tremendous amount of work to be done between now and the start of the season, it pales in comparison to the work undertaken this time last year to get the ground ready for Championship action and time will also be spent promoting matches and providing a better match day experience overall.

"Yes, it will be a temporary setup next season but the build of the new stadium will hopefully commence early next year and will be fantastic for everyone to see this progress throughout the year."

Full details below of the Eagles' fixture list for the upcoming campaign.

2019 Eagles Fixture List

  • Round 1: Swinton Lions (H) - Sunday 3rd February, 3pm
  • Round 2: Barrow Raiders (A) - Sunday 10th February, 3pm 
  • Round 3: Bradford Bulls (H) - Friday 15th February, 7:45pm
  • Round 4: Widnes Vikings (A) - Sunday 24th February, 3pm 
  • Round 5: Batley Bulldogs (H) - Friday 1st March, 7:45pm 
  • Round 6: Featherstone Rovers (A) - Sunday 10th March, 3pm 
  • Round 7: Dewsbury Rams (A) - Sunday 17th March, 3pm
  • Round 8: York City Knights (A) - Sunday 24th March, 3pm
  • Round 9: Toronto Wolfpack (A), TBC, TBC
  • Round 10: Toulouse Olympique (H), Friday 19th April, 3pm
  • Round 11: Rochdale Hornets (A), Monday 22nd April, 3pm
  • Round 12: Halifax (H), Sunday 28th April, 3pm
  • Round 13: Leigh Centurions (A), Sunday 5th May, 3pm
  • Round 14: Barrow Raiders (N), Sunday 19th May, TBC
  • Round 15: Toronto Wolfpack (H), Friday 24th May, 7:45pm 
  • Round 16: Featherstone Rovers (H), Fri/Sun, TBC
  • Round 17: Batley Bulldogs (A), Sunday 16th June, 3pm
  • Round 18: Rochdale Hornets (H), Friday 21st June, 7:45pm 
  • Round 19: Leigh Centurions (H), Sunday 30th June, 3pm
  • Round 20: York City Knights (H), Friday 5th July, 7:45pm
  • Round 21: Dewsbury Rams (H), Friday 12th July, 7:45pm
  • Round 22: Toulouse Olympique (A), Saturday 20th July, 3pm
  • Round 23: Widnes Vikings (H), Friday 2nd August, 7:45pm
  • Round 24: Halifax (A), Sunday 11th August, 3pm
  • Round 25: Barrow Raiders (H), Sunday 18th August, 3pm 
  • Round 26: Bradford Bulls (A), Sunday 1st September, 3pm
  • Round 27: Swinton Lions (A), Sunday 8th September, 3pm

The top five teams will qualify for the Play-Offs, which will begin on the weekend of September 14-15 – with the winners of the Championship Play-Off Final on the first weekend of October securing promotion to the 2020 Super League.

Another feature of the fixture lists for the Betfred Championship and League One is confirmation of the details of the 1895 Cup. Four League One clubs will earn the right to join the 12 English Championship clubs in the second round of the 1895 Cup with a place at Wembley up for grabs. 

Challenge Cup & 1985 Cup Dates:

Challenge Cup

  • Championship clubs enter Round 4, March 30-31.
  • Round 5, April 13-14; Round 6, May 11-12; Quarter Finals, June 1-2.
  • Semi Finals, July 27-28.
  • Final (Wembley Stadium connected by EE) – Saturday August 24.

1895 Cup

  • Round Two – June 5, Championship Clubs enter (midweek games).
  • Round Three (quarter finals) – June 26 (midweek games).
  • Semi Finals – July 27/28 (weekend games).
  • Final (Wembley Stadium connected by EE) – Saturday August 24.

Watch the Eagles in action at the Olympic Legacy Park with a 2019 Membership.

Memberships during the Early Bird period - ending on November 29th at 5pm - are priced at £179 for Adults, £149 for Concessions and just £2 for Children.

Memberships can be made even more affordable with our new direct debit option, splitting payments over four monthly instalments.

Go to http://www.sheffieldeagles.com/tickets/2019_memberships for more information and to purchase your membership!

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By Dan Fowler