Sky Sports Football League expert Ian Holloway has called for fans around the country to get behind their local clubs this Christmas, as The Football League begin preparations for the start of the festive period, where a massive 192 Football League games will be played.
More than two million supporters are expected to attend Football League fixtures between December 11 and January 2, with many heading home to re-unite with friends, family and their local football clubs.
Those that do will have the opportunity to take in the magic of Christmas in the stands, with 17,000-plus hours of football set to light up the festive period.
Fans can find out when their local clubs are playing and purchase tickets by visiting comehomeforfootball.com, making it easier than ever for supporters to be in the thick of the action during what is traditionally one of the most exciting periods of the season.
Fans that head to comehomeforfootball.com will also have the chance to win a pair of tickets to their club’s final home game of 2015 and an official Mitre Delta Hyperseam club-branded football signed by the squad.
The competition is being run in association with Mitre, the official ball supplier to The Football League.
Speaking about the bumper Christmas schedule, Shaun Harvey, chief Executive of The Football League, said: “Christmas and New Year has always been a special time for fans and with more than 180 Football League fixtures scheduled, we’re all in for another treat this season.
“More than two million people will experience the excitement of Football League matches first-hand over the festive period.
“We’re encouraging as many people as possible to come home for football and join them at a game this Christmas.”
The festivities kick off on Sky Sports, who will be showing 10 live matches from the Sky Bet Football League in 10 consecutive days this December, in what is a first for The Football League. A full list of the live games can be found here.
Starting with Nottingham Forest’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday, December 11, Sky Sports’ ‘10 in 10’ is the perfect option for those who can’t get to their local club in person across Christmas, but don’t want to miss out on the fantastic entertainment on offer.
Ian Holloway, who will be a studio guest for all 10 matches on Sky Sports, added: “Christmas has come early! It’s been a brilliant start to the season and what better way to celebrate the festive season than by showing 10 matches in 10 days from the most exciting league in football.
“I’m delighted that fans will get the chance to enjoy nearly two weeks of non-stop Football League action exclusively live on Sky Sports.”
The full list of matches to be shown live for 10 in 10 is:
Fri, Dec 11: Wolves v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1&5)
Sat, Dec 12: MK Dons v Ipswich (12.30pm, Sky Sports 1)
Sun, Dec 13: Sheffield United v Coventry (12pm, Sky Sports 2)
Mon, Dec 14: Blackburn v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm, Sky Sports 2)
Tue, Dec 15: QPR v Brighton (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1&5)
Wed, Dec 16: Hull v Reading (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1&5)
Thy, Dec 17: Wolves v Leeds (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)
Fri, Dec 18: Birmingham v Cardiff (7.45pm, Sky Sports 1)
Sat, Dec 19: Brighton v Middlesbrough (12.30pm, Sky Sports 1)
Sun, Dec 20: Walsall v Port Vale (12pm, Sky Sports 2)
Football League 10 in 10 is part of Sky Sports’ biggest ever Football League season, which includes live coverage of 127 live fixtures from the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet Leagues One and Two, including the play-off semi-finals and all three finals from Wembley.