SWINDON Town will return to Sky Bet League One on September 12.

The EFL yesterday confirmed the start date for the 2020/21 season – and it will happen a month later than normal because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Town were promoted after winning the League Two title last season.

It is not yet clear whether any supporters will be allowed in the stadium, or whether matches will take place behind closed doors.

League Two and Championship clubs will begin on the same date, with the season finishing on May 8 and 9.

Play-off finals will take place across the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, as normal. 

A statement on the club’s website said: “Work is currently underway in respect of fixture scheduling and details will be announced in due course as to when full fixture lists for 2020/21 will be made available.”

Prime minister Boris Johnson hinted fans could return as early as October.

Manager Richie Wellens told BBC Wiltshire on Monday that players would be back in training next week.

He said: “Players are back on July 30, we can’t get them back any earlier than that because we would have to unfurlough them.

“We wanted to bring them back on the 23rd but for that week we would have to unfurlough the players for a full month and then test the players, financially that wasn’t viable.

“They’ll have to be going at full throttle more-or-less straight away.”