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25 November 2018

The new season is almost upon us! The RFL have announced the fixture list for the 2019 Betfred Championship.

The 2019 Betfred Championship fixtures have been announced by the Rugby Football League for the forthcoming season. 

Following the confirmation of the new league structure in September, the Championship will in 2019 be contested by 14 teams – up from 12 previously.

Swinton Lions cemented their place in rugby league’s second tier following victory in a playoff game against League 1 outfit Workington Town last October. Reward for their success sees Stuart Littler’s men open and end the new campaign against Sheffield Eagles, kicking off the season at the The Olympic Legacy Park on 3 February followed by the season closer at Heywood Road on 8 September.

The loyal Lions fanbase have been heralded for their good spirit and support on the road and can look forward to aways days to Toulouse on 6 June and Toronto (April date to be confirmed). The return legs at the Lions’ Den taking place on 24 February and 9 June respectively.

Please note: the date and venue for the away game at Toronto Wolfpack remains unconfirmed. All Swinton fans are urged not to book packages to Canada until the matter is resolved – hopefully within the next two weeks. As soon as we have any further information it will be announced via our official channels.

Local rivals Rochdale provide opposition on three occasions in 2019 with a few new signings set to face their former club. Swinton play host on 19 April before facing off again at the Summer Bash in Blackpool just under a month later on 18 May. The third and final clash against the Hornets takes place at the Crown Oil Arena on 30 June.

Fresh to this year’s competition, York City Knights will welcome the Lions on 7 April and can look forward to a trip to Heywood Road on 23 June. Bradford Bulls also make a return to the second tier next year, travelling to the Lions in Round 2 on 10 February, followed by the clash at Odsal on 14 July. Recently relegated Widnes Vikings provide stiff competition on 5 May and in the penultimate Championship fixture on 1 October.

Outside of league action in the Championship, the three-time Challenge Cup winners will start their campaign in the famous competition at the fourth-round stage on 31 March and make their bow in the inaugural 1895 Cup in the first-round on 6 June.

Familiar opposition for the Lions will also come in the form of Batley Bulldogs, Barrow Raiders, Dewsbury Rams, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh Centurions and Sheffield Eagles. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a full list of fixtures.

Can’t wait for next season? Why not get prepared for the new Betfred Championship season with the Lions by purchasing your 2019 Season Ticket NOW.


Season Tickets will be valid for all 13 regular home league fixtures, which in 2019 will include games against former Super League giants Widnes Vikings and Bradford Bulls. Further attractive visitors will be the revitalised York City Knights. The Lions will also renew acquaintance with Rochdale Hornets and Leigh Centurions in big local derbies, as well as welcoming international visitors in the shape of Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique.

Early Bird Season Ticket prices, applicable to 1st December 2018, guarantee the equivalent of two complimentary games:


Adults: £195

Concessions: £145 (over 65s and students)

Juniors: £22

We are also offering an Executive Season Ticket, which will enable supporters to enjoy the whole season in style. This premier ticket entitles the holder to enjoy a corporate pre-match meal in the sponsors’ lounge at every game, as well as receive onsite parking and a complimentary match programme.


Adults: £545

Concessions: £495


BY BACS – please email [email protected] for payment information.

BY CHEQUE – payable to “Swinton Lions RLFC” – to 9 Worsley Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 5WN

BY CASH – at 9 Worsley Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 5WN

ONLINE – You can purchase online by visiting the Swinton Lions online shop here



3 Sheffield Eagles (A)
10 Bradford Bulls (H)
17 Dewsbury Rams (A)
23 Toulouse Olympique (H)

3 Halifax (A)
10 Leigh Centurions (H)
17 Featherstone Rovers (H)
24 Barrow Raiders (A)
31 Challenge Cup, Round 4

7 York City Knights (A)
19 Rochdale Hornets (H)
22 Batley Bulldogs (A)
TBC, Toronto Wolfpack (TBC)

5 Widnes Vikings (H)
18 Rochdale Hornets, SummerBash (N)
26 Dewsbury Rams (H)

5 1895 Cup, Round 1
9 Toronto Wolfpack (H)
15 Toulouse Olympique (A)
23 York City Knights (H)
30 Rochdale Hornets (A)

Batley Bulldogs (H)
14 Bradford Bulls (A)
21 Barrow Raiders (H)

Leigh Centurions (A)
11 Featherstone Rovers (A)
18 Halifax (H)

Widnes Vikings (A)
Sheffield Eagles (H)


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