Preston North End begins its seventh consecutive championship campaign in August and is awaiting its schedule for the coming months.

PNE’s schedule will be posted on the Lancashire Post website when announced by the EFL.

The season starts on the weekend of August 7th in the EFL, with the Premier League starting a week later.

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PNE head coach Frankie McAvoy with some players after winning last season in SwanseaPNE head coach Frankie McAvoy with some players after winning last season in Swansea

From the perspective of the Lilywhites, all eyes will be on the two games against Blackpool.

The rivals have not met in the league since the 2009/10 season, most recently in the league cup eight years ago.

There is also the derby with Blackburn which will be of great interest.

North End could well be making an away start this season.

Their games tend to follow the same pattern as Burnley – home games on the same weekend.

Burnley kicks off its Premier League season on August 14th at Turf Moor.

If North End is at home that day, they have an away game the weekend before.

The football calendar is running normally again this season after the later start of the 2020/21 season.

Last year, the season didn’t start until September 12th due to the late end of 2019/20 after the lockdown.

The opening weeks of the season are played with the transfer window open.

While there have been a few seasons where the window was closed at the beginning of the campaign, this year the window will close on August 31st.

There are four international breaks built into the season, in September, October, November and March.

North End head coach Frankie McAvoy will gather his players for pre-season training on July 1st.

They will train in Euxton until the opening game at Bamber Bridge on July 10th and then head to St Andrew’s for a few days.

During their stay north of the border, PNE will play against St. Johnstone and Celtic.

After returning from Scotland, they have games with Bolton and Wigan.

Another friendly will likely be added to the schedule as McAvoy gets his squad fit for the season.

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