Knights ready for Wolfpack return in huge home opener!
York City Knights are once again gearing up for another sensational season opener when they open their 2019 Betfred Championship campaign on Sunday 3rd February against hot competition favourites – Toronto Wolfpack.
Knights fans will fondly remember when James Ford’s men shocked the rugby league world by becoming the first team to defeat the star-studded Transatlantic team in league competition, when they won 26-16 in front of 2,602 ecstatic fans at Bootham Crescent.
Knights Head Coach James Ford said: “The fixtures certainly will provide our supporters lots of excitement.
“We are huge underdogs in our opener against Toronto and we will need a huge crowd behind us. Their squad is the most eye catching squad I’ve seen outside Super League capped off by one of the most decorated coaches in English rugby, but as we showed the last time Toronto visited York – anything can happen…”
Knights fans can look forward to a trip to Canada for the return fixture on Saturday, 10th August.
York face an early season trip to Odsal Stadium in round 4 to renew our rivalry with Bradford Bulls, and face a tough Easter schedule when they visit Featherstone Rovers on Good Friday, before returning to Bootham Crescent on Easter Monday to take on for Super League side Widnes Vikings. They follow that up with a trip to the south of France to face Toulouse Olympique – another of the division’s fancied full-time teams.
As revealed at Midday today, the Summer Bash returns to Blackpool, and the Knights are third on the bill when they make their first appearance at the event as a Championship team and take on Featherstone.
Ford said: “I’m pleased with our summer bash draw and can’t wait to be involved in that concept. It’s a fantastic line-up of games and the fans will enjoy a real spectacle of a weekend.”
Another game to look forward to keenly is the Knights official home opener in the brand new Community Stadium in Huntington, and it is set to be a huge occasion as close rivals Bradford Bulls. With a Saturday evening kick off (6pm) on 20th July, the Knights are hoping to kick off an exciting new era at the club with a bang in the stadium’s first ever competitive fixture.
Ford added: “It is fantastic that we get to play our first game in our new stadium against our rivals Bradford. The public across North Yorkshire need to rally and ensure they out number the away support for that one in the Summer. It is sure to be a special event.”
The Knights final home game will be against Featherstone Rovers, and will visit Halifax in the last round of the season on Sunday, 8th September.