Championship football returns in just 24 hours and excitement is really building ahead of the new campaign. With newly-promoted Rotherham United up first at Griffin Park this Saturday, here are five reasons not to miss our Sky Bet Championship opener
Seasons ending in nine
Tottenham Hotspur may have their superstitions about years ending in one but we’ve had some memorable seasons ending in nine in recent years. Our two most recent title successes came in 1998/99 and 2008/09 while the 1988/89 campaign was memorable for our incredible run to the FA Cup Quarter-Finals. What does 2019 have in store?
New arrivals at GP
Saturday’s game could be a first chance to see our summer arrivals in competitive action on home soil. Ezri Konsa and Saïd Benrahma have both impressed in pre-season while Julian Jeanvier arrived to much fanfare earlier this week. Throw in some familiar faces and there’s plenty to be excited about ahead of the new season
Five unbeaten at home and unbeaten at home on the opening day since 1993
Griffin Park has never been an easy place for visiting teams to come to and the numbers back that up. Dean Smith’s men finished last season with a five-game unbeaten run on home soil and you have to go all the way back to 1993 to find the last time that we were beaten at home on the opening day.
Hopes and expectations
Across the EFL, 72 teams go into this weekend’s action full of hopes and dreams for the season ahead, and we are no different. After four straight top ten finishes in the second tier, could this be the year that we go one better and bring top flight football back to TW8 for the first time in more than 70 years.
You can come and watch Saturday’s game from just £23 for adults while Under-18’s tickets are just £6, which includes a free Junior Membership too. There’s still time to give Dean and the boys your backing for the campaign ahead with Season Tickets starting at just £18 a game for adults and £5 a game for Under-18s.