The club is excited to announce the 2024 Betfred Championship fixtures. With a total of 10 weekend fixtures and 3 Friday night games in what promises to be an exhilarating season.
The campaign will kick off with a bang on Friday the 15th March with a spectacular pyrotechnic and light show to officially open the new Neil Fox East stand and begin the new era under Daryl Powell.
Matt Ellis says; “Our priority was to get as many Sunday fixtures as possible into the list as the club felt that this was the most popular fixture day. We have received numerous requests from supporters who cannot make Sunday fixtures due to work or other commitments.
We hope to have catered for these supporters with two further Friday night fixtures being added to the list throughout the campaign. The final league fixture of the season has been selected for a Saturday evening game.
Should we achieve all we are hoping for in the coming season this game could well be played with a party atmosphere where we can all celebrate a successful season achieved with perhaps the odd drink consumed.
We hope we have catered for all with the fixture list and we can make this season an epic one for everyone involved at Wakefield Trinity.”
Official Betfred Championship 2024 Statement
Fixtures for the entire 2024 Betfred Championship and League One seasons are today revealed ahead of the season’s start in March 2024. The opening round of the Betfred Championship will be spread across three days – Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March – kicking off with the big West Yorkshire derby between Wakefield Trinity and Bradford Bulls at the Be Well Stadium (KO 8pm).
Both sides will begin the campaign with new coaches at the helm, who will doubtless be looking to make an immediate impact. The following day (Saturday 18 March, KO 6pm) sees Sheffield Eagles host Toulouse Olympique who, having suffered heartbreak in last season’s Betfred Championship Grand Final, face a testing start to their 2024 campaign. And there’s a super Sunday of action on 17 March, with the remaining five opening round fixtures all kicking off at 3pm.
Dewsbury Rams, who surged to promotion from Betfred League One in 2023, face a reunion with former head coach Liam Finn when they take on Halifax Panthers at the FLAIR Stadium. Also promoted from League One were Doncaster – and they return to the Championship for the first time since 2015 against York Knights at the Eco-Power Stadium. Widnes Vikings versus Barrow Raiders, Whitehaven against Swinton Lions and Batley Bulldogs versus Featherstone Rovers are the other opening round fixtures.
The Betfred Championship remains a 14-team competition in 2024, with the top six teams qualifying for a play-off series which culminates in a Grand Final on the weekend of 19/20 October at the home ground of the team ranked highest during the regular season.
Betfred League One also gets underway on Sunday 17 March, with the nine-team competition featuring Newcastle Thunder who face Hunslet at home in their opening fixture. Keighley Cougars have also been handed a home fixture against Cornwall after their relegation from the Championship, while elsewhere Rochdale Hornets will travel to the Alexander Stadium to face Midlands Hurricanes and Workington Town will take on Oldham at Derwent Park.
In Betfred League One, each side will play 20 matches – 10 at home, and 10 away. This will involve four loop fixtures for each team, determined by seedings based on 2023 finishing positions. The League One Grand Final will be played on Sunday 6 October at the home ground of the team ranked highest during the regular season. Complete 2024 fixtures for both the Betfred Championship and Betfred League One are available online at rugby-league.com