Stenhousemuir prepare for October League Two restart

There's light at the end of the tunnel for Stenhousemuir. Picture: Michael Gillen.There's light at the end of the tunnel for Stenhousemuir. Picture: Michael Gillen.
There's light at the end of the tunnel for Stenhousemuir. Picture: Michael Gillen.
Stenhousemuir will return to league action in October, the SPFL board confirmed today.

A start date for League Two was voted through for October 17 – mirroring League One and the Championship.

Like those divisions, the League Two campaign will last 27-games – a 25 per cent reduction on a normal season.

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The decision means that each of the SPFL’s four divisions now has a proposed starting date to work towards, with the Premiership due to begin in four weeks, on August 1, and the other three tiers set to return to action 11 weeks later.

The Betfred Cup is also believed to be pencilled in for a start in early October.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL said: “I’d like to thank all clubs from across the four divisions for their contributions during this consultation period. Although the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause significant challenges, there is now light at the end of the tunnel for professional teams across the country.

“We will, of course, continue to monitor the spread of the virus to make sure that any return to matches is safe for everyone involved and it is vital that we all continue to adhere to the strict protocols which have been put in place.

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“While there is still a long way to go before football in this country returns to something resembling normality, these club decisions allow us to plan for a welcome resumption of matches. We will continue to consult with Scottish Government and the other stakeholders about when we might expect crowds to return and what Scottish football can do to help progress to this ultimate goal.”

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