WREXHAM’S 2020/21 National League campaign is set to start on Saturday, October 3.

The Reds announced on the club’s official website that they had received a statement from the National League on Monday night that put forward the proposed start date.

The National League Board met last Friday to discuss the 2020/21 campaign start date, which remains subject to government guidelines.

Under the proposal, National League teams will play 46 matches, with either 42 or 40 fixtures for those sides in the National League North - including Chester - and South divisions.

National League North and South sides will commence their season with the FA Cup second qualifying round on Saturday, October 3.

The final league match of the regular season is scheduled for Saturday, May 29 2021 with the play-offs pencilled in to take place in June, although they remain subject to Football Association approval.

Spectators are also expected to be allowed into grounds - albeit at a significantly reduced stadium capacity.

It’s good news for fans, although professor James Calder, who has chaired the cross-sport working group with government and health officials on the return to sport, believes that sports events are highly unlikely to have full capacity crowds this year.

“I would be very surprised if we could get full stadia back this year,” he told BBC Sport.

“Realistically I think it probably will need a vaccine and also a high take-up rate of that vaccine before we can really see full capacity stadia.”

Asked about whether there was the potential for the entirety of the next football season to be played in front of reduced capacities, he said: “Possible, yep... I think realistically we will be under scrutiny for the next year, certainly this side of Christmas and probably for the rest of the season.”

Wrexham have a reasonable record from National League matches played in early October.

The Reds have won six, drawn two and lost four of 12 matches since being relegated from League Two back in the 2007/08 season.

Two of those wins have come against Forest Green, who were beaten 3-2 on home soil way back in 2008 and lost 2-1 at The Racecourse four years later.

Jefferson Louis struck a last minute winner to add to Marc Williams’ brace 12 years ago, while Adrian Cieslewicz netted twice in north Wales.

The other four wins have been 1-0 victories over Darlington (2010), Ebbsfleet (2011), Boreham Wood (2016) and Havant & Waterlooville (2018), Nat Knight-Percival, Jake Speight - from the spot, John Rooney and Rekeil Pyke scoring the respective winners.

Either side of Pyke’s winner was a goalless draw at Halifax (2017) and a 1-1 stalemate with Woking last season as James Jennings netted.

Wrexham have lost twice at the hands of Salisbury, once at Torquay and 3-2 against Chester in 2015 despite goals from Dom Vose and Connor Jennings.