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Rivalries to be renewed in 2015/16 Football League season

17 June 2015

The fixtures have been announced for the forthcoming 2015/16 Football League season, with numerous club rivalries ready to be renewed.

Following Burnley's return to The Football League, the East Lancashire Derby is back among the fixtures, with the Clarets making the 15-mile trip to Blackburn Rovers on 24th October.

Rovers will be setting their sights on three points after losing to Sean Dyche's men in their most recent Ewood Park encounter, with Burnley going on to clinch promotion from the Sky Bet Championship in the 2013/14 season.

Getting in on the act this year too will be Preston North End. They haven't met Blackburn since 2001, but will host Gary Bowyer's side in November, before making the short trip to Turf Moor a fortnight later.

Colchester United will welcome fellow Essex outfit Southend United on Boxing Day in Sky Bet League 1, a week after Millwall host rivals Gillingham at the Den – it's been five years since both of those derbies last took place.

And in Sky Bet League 2, two London clubs will clash on the opening day when Leyton Orient and Barnet meet at the Matchroom Stadium.

The pair were two tiers apart last term, but Leyton Orient's relegation combined with Barnet's title-winning Conference campaign see the clubs meet in the League for the first time since 2006, and the newly-promoted Bees will be aiming to break a spell of eight winless games against Orient.

A brand new Football League highlights show Football League Tonight will be broadcast in a new primetime position on Channel 5 at 9pm from Saturday 8th August.

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