FIXTURE LIST: Dale-ja vu for Posh who travel to Spotland on opening day

Charlie Lee heads the winning goal for Posh in their last competitive meeting with Northampton Town in March, 2009. Photo: David Lowndes.
Charlie Lee heads the winning goal for Posh in their last competitive meeting with Northampton Town in March, 2009. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Peterborough United have been handed the same opening day fixture in League One for the third season in a row.

Posh will travel to Spotland to face Rochdale on Saturday, August 6. Last season Posh were beaten 2-0, but a solitary Kyle Vassell goal delivered a victory on the first day of the 2013-14 season.

Kyle Vassell celebrates scoring the winning goal for Posh at Rochdale on the opening day of the 2013-14 League One season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Kyle Vassell celebrates scoring the winning goal for Posh at Rochdale on the opening day of the 2013-14 League One season. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh host last season’s play-off semi-finalists Bradford City in their first home match of the campaign on Saturday, August 13 which is quickly followed by another home game with Millwall (August 16), one of four Tuesday home matches.

Posh will take on local rivals Northampton at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday, October 18. That’s the first competitive meeting between the clubs since Charlie Lee headed the only goal of the game for 10-man Posh in a League One clash at London Road in March, 2009.

The second meeting follows quite quickly with Posh due to visit Sixfields on Saturday, November 19.

Posh are at home to Gillingham on Boxing Day and at home to Fleetwood on Easter Saturday (April 15). They travel to AFC Wimbledon on Easter Monday (April 17).

Charlie Lee celebrates his winning goal against Northampton. Photo: David Lowndes.

Charlie Lee celebrates his winning goal against Northampton. Photo: David Lowndes.

The League One season finishes on Sunday, April 20th - a week earlier than the Championship and League Two - when Posh will travel to Bolton for a noon start.

Posh could be disappointed that two of the biggest expected away followings to the ABAX Stadium (Millwall & Northampton) will visit on Tuesday evenings.

Title favourites Sheffield United - the best supported club - come to Posh on Saturday, February 11.

Posh face Tuesday away trips to Shrewsbury (September 27), Millwayy (February 28) and Chesterfield (March 14).

Other Posh fixtures of note: MK Dons (away on August 27, home on January 28), Bolton (home on November 12) and Coventry (home on December 31, away on April 8).

The English Football League Cup first round draw will be made later today (June 22, 1pm). Posh are a seeded team in the southern half of the draw and cannot be drawn against local rivals Northampton or Cambridge who have both been placed in the northern half of the draw.

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POSH LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES 2016-17

AUGUST

6 Rochdale (away).

13 BRADFORD CITY (home).

16 MILLWALL (home).

20 Oxford (away).

27 MK Dons (away).

SEPTEMBER

3 SWINDON (home).

10 PORT VALE (home).

17 Sheffield United (away).

24 WALSALL (home).

27 Shrewsbury (away).

OCTOBER

1 Southend (away).

8 BURY (home).

15 Fleetwood (away).

18 NORTHAMPTON (home).

22 AFC WIMBLEDON (home)

29 Bristol Rovers (away)

NOVEMBER

12 BOLTON (home)

19 Northampton (away)

22 SCUNTHORPE (home)

26 Oldham (away)

DECEMBER
10 CHESTERFIELD (home)

17 Charlton (away)

26 GILLINGHAM (home)

31 COVENTRY (home)

JANUARY
2 Scunthorpe (away)

7 SOUTHEND (home)

14 Bury (away)

21 Swindon (away)

28 MK DONS (home)

February

4 Port Vale (away)

11 SHEFFIELD UNITED (home)

14 SHREWSBURY (home)

18 Walsall (away)

25 ROCHDALE (home)

28 Millwall (away).

MARCH

4 Bradford City (away)

11 OXFORD (home)

14 Chesterfield (away)

18 OLDHAM (home)

25 Gillingham (away).

APRIL

1 CHARLTON (home)

8 Coventry (away)

15 FLEETWOOD (home)

17 AFC Wimbledon (away)

22 BRISTOL ROVERS (home)

30 Bolton (away).

FA Cup Dates

First round: November 5.

Second round: December 3

Third round: January 7

Fourth round: January 28

Fifth round: February 18

Sixth round: March 11.

Semi-finals: April 22.

Final: May 27.

English Football League Cup dates:

First round: W/c August 8

Second round: W/c August 22

Third round: W/c September 19

Fourth round: W/c October 24.

Fifth round: W/c November 28.

Semi-finals: W/c January 9 & January 23.

Final: February 26.