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Staggered finish for 2014-15 season

14 November 2014

Final weekend set to provide thrilling end to 2014-15 campaign

The Football League has announced that all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League will conclude at different times across the final weekend (May 2nd/3rd) of the 2014-15 season giving each competition its own share of the footballing spotlight.

The final weekend will begin with the climax of the Sky Bet Championship season at 12.15pm on Saturday May 2nd and is followed later that day by the end of the Sky Bet League 2 season at 3pm.  

The last day of the Sky Bet League 1 season will take place the following day, Sunday May 3rd, with matches kicking off at 12.15pm.

This means that Rovers' final fixture of the 2014-15 season, at home to Ipswich Town, will now kick-off at 12.15pm and not 3pm as originally scheduled.

The Football League’s primary broadcast partner, Sky Sports, will follow the action in all three divisions every step of the way. 

Final weekend fixtures:

• May 2nd (k/o 12.15pm) - Sky Bet Championship
• May 2nd (k/o 3pm) - Sky Bet League 2
• May 3rd (k/o 12.15pm) - Sky Bet League 1

Looking ahead, the 2015-16 Sky Bet Football League season will kick-off on the weekend of August 8th/9th and conclude on the weekend of May 7th/8th, with the play-off finals taking place over the traditional May Bank Holiday weekend. 

2015-16 season key dates:

• August 8th/9th – Sky Bet Football League season kicks-off
• w/c August 10th – Capital One Cup round 1
• w/c August 31st – Football League Trophy round 1
• December 26th, 28th and January 2nd – Festive fixture programme
• February 28th – Capital One Cup final
• April 3rd – Football League Trophy final
• May 7th/8th – Sky Bet Football League season concludes
• May 28th – Sky Bet Championship play-off final
• May 29th – Sky Bet League 1 play-off final
• May 30th – Sky Bet League 2 play-off final

Additionally, The Football League is to introduce the use of ‘vanishing spray’ by referees into its competitions from January 1st 2015 following a successful trial in the early rounds of this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy.  

Having received positive feedback from clubs, referees and supporters, the League has instructed the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to begin using the product in all matches played in the Sky Bet Football League, Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy from the mid-point of the current campaign.

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