Sheffield Eagles have been granted their wish for a trip back in time when they kick-off at Owlerton Stadium next season.
They will play Rochdale Hornets, who the Eagles beat 29-10 in their first ever game at the greyhound track in September 1984.
Coach Mark Aston says the nostalgic opening day fixture on Sunday 16 February was just what the club wanted.
“We asked the Rugby Football League for Rochdale and we’re delighted,” he added.
“It’s a great way to mark our return to Owlerton where it all began 30 years ago. It’ll be a great occasion and hopefully we will have plenty of people there and getting behind us.”
The fixtures published this week confirm that the Eagles will kick-off their home games at the earlier time of 2pm.
Club captain Mitch Stringer says the players are looking forward to the kick-off at Owlerton and are focused on claiming a hat-trick of Championship titles: “The important thing was that we could stay in the city and the fans seem to back the move to Owlerton,” he said.
“The small pitch will suit us.”