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I’ve been promising this for a while, but it seems worthwhile today on Premier League opening day. Has football started beginning earlier, or does cricket drag itself later into the summer? How best to check?

Well, here’s a chart showing the start date of every Football League season (and Premier League when they splintered) set against the County Championship. The wars look to have increased acceptance of the creep, but then as time has gone on, both sports have stretched further back or forward depending.

16-08-13 FLCCSE

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