Football League One

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Football League One
Country England
Founded 2004
1992–2004 (as Division Two)
1958–1992 (as Division Three)
1921–1958 (as Division Three North/South)
1920–1921 (as Division Three)
Number of teams 24
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to Championship
Relegation to League Two
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
League cup(s) Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
Current champions Doncaster Rovers
(2013–14 Football League)
TV partners Sky Sports
BBC (Highlights Only)
Website Official website
2013–14 Football League One

Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Sky Bet League 1) is the second-highest division of the Football League and the third tier in the English football league system.

Football League One was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Second Division and prior to the advent of the Premier League, the Football League Third Division.


There are 24 clubs in Football League One. Each club plays every other club twice (once at home and once away). Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. At the end of the season a table of the final League standings is determined, based on the following criteria in this order: points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, an aggregate of the results between two or more clubs (ranked using the previous three criteria) and, finally, a series of one or more play-off matches.

At the end of each season the top two clubs, together with the winner of the play-offs between the clubs which finished in 3rd–6th position, are promoted to Football League Championship and are replaced by the three clubs that finished at the bottom of that division.

Similarly, the four clubs that finished at the bottom of Football League One are relegated to Football League Two and are replaced by the top three clubs and the club that won the 4th–7th place play-offs in that division.

Media coverage[edit]

Sky Sports currently show live League One matches with highlights shown on BBC One on their programme called The Football League Show, which also broadcasts highlights of Football League Championship and Football League Two matches. The show is available on the red button the following Sunday until midday and is available on iPlayer all the following week. Highlights of all games in the Football League are also available to view separately on the Sky Sports website. In Sweden, TV4 Sport has the rights of broadcasting from the league. A couple of league matches during the season of 09/10 including play-off matches and the play-off final to the Championship were shown. In Australia, Setanta Sports Australia broadcasts live Championship matches. In the USA and surrounding countries including Cuba, some Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two games are shown on beIN Sport.

Football League One clubs 2013–14[edit]

The following 24 clubs are competing in League One during the 2013–14 season.

Club Finishing position last season
Bradford City 7th (promoted via the Play-Offs from League Two)
Brentford 3rd
Bristol City 24th (relegated from Championship)
Carlisle United 17th
Colchester United 20th
Coventry City 15th
Crawley Town 10th
Crewe Alexandra 13th
Gillingham 1st (promoted from League Two)
Leyton Orient 7th
Milton Keynes Dons 8th
Notts County 12th
Oldham Athletic 19th
Peterborough United 22nd (relegated from Championship)
Port Vale 3rd (promoted from League Two)
Preston North End 14th
Rotherham United 2nd (promoted from League Two)
Sheffield United 5th
Shrewsbury Town 16th
Stevenage 18th
Swindon Town 6th
Tranmere Rovers 11th
Walsall 9th
Wolverhampton Wanderers 23rd (relegated from Championship)

Teams promoted from League One[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up Promoted Play-Off Winner
2004–05 Luton Town Hull City Sheffield Wednesday
2005–06 Southend United Colchester United Barnsley
2006–07 Scunthorpe United Bristol City Blackpool
2007–08 Swansea City Nottingham Forest Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Leicester City Peterborough United Scunthorpe United
2009–10 Norwich City Leeds United Millwall
2010–11 Brighton & Hove Albion Southampton Peterborough United
2011–12 Charlton Athletic Sheffield Wednesday Huddersfield Town
2012–13 Doncaster Rovers Bournemouth Yeovil Town

For past winners at this level before 2004, see List of winners of English Football League One and predecessors.

Play-off results[edit]

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford

Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers

Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday

Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Hartlepool United
(Hartlepool won 6–5 on penalties, AET)

Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 Hartlepool United AET
2005–06 Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town

Swansea City 1–1 Brentford

Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley

Brentford 0–2 Swansea City

Barnsley 2–2 Swansea City

(Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties, AET)

2006–07 Yeovil Town 0–2 Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic 1–2 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest 2–5 Yeovil Town AET
Blackpool 3–1 Oldham Athletic
Blackpool 2–0 Yeovil Town
2007–08 Southend United 0–0 Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United 1–2 Carlisle United
Doncaster Rovers 5–1 Southend United
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds United
Leeds United 0–1 Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons
Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
Milton Keynes Dons 0–0 Scunthorpe United

(Scunthorpe won 7–6 on penalties, AET) Leeds United 1–1 Millwall

Scunthorpe United 3–2 Millwall
2009–10 Swindon Town 2–1 Charlton Athletic

Huddersfield Town 0–0 Millwall

Charlton Athletic 2–1 Swindon Town

(Swindon won 5–4 on penalties, AET) Millwall 2–0 Huddersfield Town

Millwall 1–0 Swindon Town
2010–11 Bournemouth 1–1 Huddersfield Town

Milton Keynes Dons 3–2 Peterborough United

Huddersfield Town 3–3 Bournemouth

(Huddersfield won 4–2 on penalties, AET)
Peterborough United 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Huddersfield Town 0–3 Peterborough United
2011–12 Stevenage 0–0 Sheffield United

Milton Keynes Dons 0–2 Huddersfield Town

Sheffield United 1–0 Steveange

Huddersfield Town 1–2 Milton Keynes Dons

Huddersfield Town 0–0 Sheffield United

(Huddersfield won 8–7 on penalties, AET)

2012–13 Sheffield United 1–0 Yeovil Town

Swindon Town 1–1 Brentford

Yeovil Town 2–0 Sheffield United

Brentford 3-3 Swindon Town
(Brentford won 5-4 on penalties, AET)

Brentford 1–2 Yeovil Town

Relegated teams[edit]

Season Clubs
2004–05 Torquay United, Wrexham, Peterborough United, Stockport County
2005–06 Hartlepool United, Milton Keynes Dons, Swindon Town, Walsall
2006–07 Chesterfield, Bradford City, Rotherham United, Brentford
2007–08 Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale, Luton Town
2008–09 Northampton Town, Crewe Alexandra, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United
2009–10 Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United, Stockport County
2010–11 Dagenham and Redbridge, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town
2011–12 Wycombe Wanderers, Chesterfield, Exeter City, Rochdale
2012-13 Scunthorpe United, Bury, Hartlepool United, Portsmouth

Top scorers[edit]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 Northern Ireland Stuart Elliott Hull City 27
England Dean Windass Bradford City
2005–06 Wales Freddy Eastwood Southend United 23
England Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United
2006–07 England Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United 30
2007–08 Trinidad and Tobago Jason Scotland Swansea City 24
2008–09 Republic of Ireland Simon Cox Swindon Town 29
England Rickie Lambert Bristol Rovers
2009–10 England Rickie Lambert Southampton 30
2010–11 Scotland Craig Mackail-Smith Peterborough United 27
2011–12 Scotland Jordan Rhodes Huddersfield Town 38
2012-13 Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Yeovil Town 24

Football League One stadiums 2013–14[edit]

Home Club Stadium Capacity
Bradford City A.F.C. Valley Parade 25,136
Brentford Griffin Park1 12,300
Bristol City F.C. Ashton Gate Stadium 21,501
Carlisle United Brunton Park1 16,981
Colchester United Colchester Community Stadium 10,064
Coventry City Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium1 5,996
Crewe Alexandra Alexandra Stadium 10,153
Gillingham F.C. Priestfield Stadium 11,588
Leyton Orient Brisbane Road 9,271
Milton Keynes Dons stadium:mk 30,500
Notts County Meadow Lane 21,388
Oldham Athletic Boundary Park 10,624
Peterborough United F.C. London Road Stadium1 15,315
Port Vale F.C. Vale Park 19,052
Preston North End Deepdale 23,408
Rotherham United New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,772
Shrewsbury Town New Meadow 9,875
Stevenage Lamex Stadium1 6,722
Swindon Town The County Ground 15,728
Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park 16,567
Walsall Banks's Stadium 11,300
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Molineux Stadium 31,700

1This ground contains terracing

Financial Fair Play[edit]

Starting from the 2012-13 season, a Financial Fair Play arrangement has been in place in all 3 divisions of the Football League, the intention being eventually to produce a league of financially self-sustaining clubs. In League One, this takes the form of a Salary Cost Management Protocol in which a maximum of 60% of a club's turnover may be spent on players' wages, with sanctions being applied in the form of transfer embargoes. [1]

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