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#EFLSeasonLaunch: Players and managers come together ahead of new season

2 August 2017

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With the 2017/18 Sky Bet EFL season kicking off on Friday 4th August, the new campaign was celebrated with players, coaches and managers coming together for the #EFLSeasonLaunch.

d at Villa Park on Tuesday 1st August, the host club were represented by manager Steve Bruce and new captain John Terry, who were just two of a number of stars on show in the Midlands.

Click here to view a gallery of images from the #EFLSeasonLaunch

The skipper of the Villans' fierce rivals Birmingham City, Michael Morrison, was welcomed to the stadium, while Derby County had former Villa players Andi Weimann and Kevin Phillips – now first-team coach for the Rams – in attendance.

Rochdale's Joe Thompson was another invited guest, fighting fit after recently beating cancer for a second time. From Sky Bet League Two, Forest Green Rovers duo Mark Cooper and Christian Doidge, along with Notts County's Shola Ameobi, completed the line-up.

Invited press were in attendance too, covering the event across media channels and interviewing guests about their hopes and ambitions for the season ahead.

Here's what a few of those guests had to say...

John Terry - Aston Villa

Joe Thompson - Rochdale

Christian Doidge - Forest Green Rovers

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