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Douglas on hand to help open new EFL home

27 July 2017

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Rovers great Bryan Douglas was one of star guests as the new home of the English Football League - EFL House - was officially opened on Wednesday.

The EFL moved into their new Operations Centre last November but with the assistance of Lord Shuttleworth, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan conducted the ceremony in front of 100 guests.

As one of the League's founding members, Douglas was invited along to represent the club at the ceremony, whilst Rovers' League Cup trophy from the 2002 victory over Tottenham Hotspur added to the memorabilia on show.

The English Football League was founded at the Royal Hotel in Manchester, becoming the first national football league in the world. Twelve teams started into the first season on September 8 1888.

EFL Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “The EFL is proud to be the world’s original league football competition, with a unique history and heritage but innovation sits at the heart of the EFL and it is therefore fitting that our new home, EFL House, matches and supports a bright future for the organisation at a hugely exciting and significant time.”

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