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Posh season to start on September 12

Peterborough Utd will return to action on the weekend of September 12 following an announcement today from the Football League.
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Posh ground. Photo: John Baker

While in normal circumstances the EFL would kick off a week before the Premier League, for next season all leagues will start simultaneously due to the havoc Covid-19 has played with global sport. 

The league season will end on May 8/9, 2021 for the Football League, and two weeks later for the Premier League, before a brief respite in time for the European Championships. The EFL playoffs will take place on the final weekend in May.

Darren Ferguson's men are likely to be one of the favourites for promotion, alongside Charlton, Portsmouth, Ipswich, Oxford and whoever is relegated from Barnsley and Wigan.

For the 2020/21 season local rivals Northampton will return, having been successful in the League 2 playoffs, while Hull - managed by former Posh midfielder and boss Grant McCann - will also be present having been relegated from the Championship.

The season has previously been branded Operation Vengeance for Posh, after they dropped out of the playoffs thanks to other clubs voting to curtail the season and decide it on PPG; Wycombe took their place, and subsequently gained promotion.

There is no word on when fans will be allowed into matches, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously stated he is looking at October as a likely return date.