Championship clubs have been given a boost that supporters might be allowed back into games from the start of October after one team in the division reportedly made plans for fans to return.
Matches in the top two tiers of English football have taken place behind closed doors since mid-June in light of the coronavirus pandemic, after the action on the pitch was postponed for three months.
The Premier League and Championship seasons resumed and were played out in full, while only the play-offs were held in League One and League Two.
Regarding the return of spectators to live sporting events, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last month that this could happen from October, with pilot events taking place beforehand.
These pilots – including cricket matches at the Oval and Edgbaston, Glorious Goodwood in horse racing and snooker at The Crucible – were cancelled over fears of a second wave of Covid-19.
It must be noted, however, that any legislation passed in England might not necessarily be the case in Wales, owing to devolved powers in the Welsh government.
It is perfectly feasible fans could be given the green light in England,but Cardiff City and Swansea City fans, in Wales, would not necessarily be allowed to follow suit. First Minister Mark Drakeford has already warned mass gatherings at sporting events are still a long way off in Wales, refusing to commit to an October return.
Having said that, The South London Press report Millwall are readying themselves for fans to return to The Den from October in the upcoming 2020/21 season, albeit on a limited basis.
The report claims an expected capacity of just under 6,000 fans could be allowed to attend games, with the new campaign due to begin in mid-September, meaning the opening few rounds of fixtures would still be played behind closed doors.
This would include the 2,600 who have renewed their season tickets already being allowed to attend every match, with fewer than 1,000 more still up for grabs.
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After this limit has been reached, those who have yet to renew their season tickets but do so will have their attendance at matches rotated.
The report added the upper and lower tiers of the away end would house Millwall fans, with limits placed on the number of people in each hospitality box and only a certain number of scouts allowed to attend.
Work is also taking place at The Den to move turnstiles to the main gates and install checkpoints in front of them, as well as having food and drinks kiosks outside.