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2018/19 Season: Key dates, player returns, transfer info and kit details

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2018/19 Season: Key dates, player returns, transfer info and kit details

The new season is less than six weeks away!

And there's already a host of details that we can reveal ahead of it – from fixtures and kit info to Season Tickets and pitch overhauls at Villa Park. 

Here's a bitesize guide to what we know already ahead of the 2018/19 season...

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When does the season start?

The new Sky Bet Championship season gets going between Friday 3rd and Tuesday 7th August 2018.

Who do we play first?

We're up against Hull City, on Monday 6th August.

What's our first home game?

We'll play Wigan Athletic in our maiden home match the following Saturday.

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When is Round One of the Carabao Cup?

That'll be the week commencing Monday 13th August. We travel away to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 14th in a 7.45pm kick-off.

When do the players return?

Villa players will be back at the Recon Training Complex on Wednesday 4th July 2018 and will travel to Portugal for pre-season camp later in the week.

Who do we play in our pre-season friendlies? 

We've got friendlies against Telford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Walsall, West Ham United and Burton Albion already booked in from Saturday 14th July.

We'll also have a stint in Germany, with a match against Dynamo Dresden scheduled for Saturday 28th July.

Click here for the full pre-season friendly schedule.

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When is our new kit launched?

Kit adorning the logo of our new Technical Partner for the 2018/19 season, Luke 1977, will be revealed in early July. 

Who is the front-of-shirt sponsor?

32Red have returned as our Principal Partner and will appear on first-team shirts for the new campaign. 

Unibet are also remaining on board as Official Betting and Gaming Partner. They'll feature on all first-team trainingwear this time around.

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What will the kit look like? 

Creative Director Luke Roper referenced the “famous colours of claret and blue” as he agreed our innovative kit partnership in April. 

Club officials have already moved to ensure the new kit will feature a darker shade of claret. 

The 2018/19 kit will also feature a visible nod to William McGregor, the man who inspired the concept of league football. In 1888 – exactly 130 years ago – Villa took their place as founder members of the Football League, thanks to his vision.

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When is the transfer window open? 

The EFL summer transfer window is open now, and will close at 5pm on 9th August.

What about the loan window?

Clubs can still move in the loan market up until 31st August.

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Who are the Championship newcomers? 

We'll have matches against West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United next term. 

When do Season Tickets come back on sale? 

Season Tickets are available again now!

Purchase here.

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How many have we sold so far? 

Currently, 20,000 Season Tickets have been snapped up for the next campaign! 

What else will be new at Villa Park? 

The installation of a new pitch is taking place this summer – the first complete rebuild in more than 30 years. 

It’s a 10-week project in total as we already look ahead to the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

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By @AVFCOfficial 29th June 2018