Football League Two

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Football League Two
Country England
Other club(s) from Wales
Founded 2004
1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
Number of teams 24
Levels on pyramid 4
Promotion to League One
Relegation to Conference Premier
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
League cup(s) Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
Current champions Gillingham
(2012–13)
TV partners Sky Sports
BBC (Highlights Only)
Website League Two
2013–14 Football League Two

Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Sky Bet League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system.

Football League Two was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Division 3.[1] Before the advent of the Premier League, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.

Structure[edit]

There are 24 clubs in Football League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.

At the end of each season the top three teams, together with the winner of the play-offs between the teams which finished in 4th–7th position, are promoted to Football League One and are replaced by the four teams that finished bottom of that division.

Similarly the two teams that finished at the bottom of Football League Two are relegated to the Conference National and are replaced by the team that finished 1st and the team that won the 2nd–5th place play-off in that division. Technically a team can be reprieved from relegation if the team replacing them does not have a ground suitable for League football, but in practice this is a non-factor because every team currently in the Conference National has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team can be made until their stadium is upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if some other team either resigns or is expelled from the Football League.

Final League position is determined, in this order, by points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, a mini-league of the results between two or more teams ranked using the previous three criteria and finally a series of one or more play off matches.

There is a mandatory wage cap in this division that limits spending on players' wages to 100% of club turnover.

Football League Two clubs 2013–14[edit]

Club Finishing position last season
Accrington Stanley 18th
AFC Wimbledon 20th
Bristol Rovers 14th
Burton Albion 4th
Bury 22nd in League One
Cheltenham Town 5th
Chesterfield 8th
Dagenham & Redbridge 22nd
Exeter City 10th
Fleetwood Town 13th
Hartlepool United 23rd in League One
Mansfield Town 1st in Conference
Morecambe 16th
Newport County 3rd in Conference (play-off winner)
Northampton Town 6th
Oxford United 9th
Plymouth Argyle 21st
Portsmouth 24th in League One
Rochdale 12th
Scunthorpe United 21st in League One
Southend United 11th
Torquay United 19th
Wycombe Wanderers 15th
York City 17th

Teams promoted from League Two[edit]

Season Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place Promoted via play-off
2004–05 Yeovil Town Scunthorpe United Swansea City Southend United
2005–06 Carlisle United Northampton Town Leyton Orient Cheltenham Town
2006–07 Walsall Hartlepool United Swindon Town Bristol Rovers
2007–08 Milton Keynes Dons Peterborough United Hereford United Stockport County
2008–09 Brentford Exeter City Wycombe Wanderers Gillingham
2009–10 Notts County Bournemouth Rochdale Dagenham & Redbridge
2010–11 Chesterfield Bury Wycombe Wanderers Stevenage
2011–12 Swindon Town Shrewsbury Town Crawley Town Crewe Alexandra
2012–13 Gillingham Rotherham United Port Vale Bradford City

Play-off results[edit]

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town

Northampton Town 0–0 Southend United

Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City

Southend United 1–0 Northampton Town

Lincoln City 0–2 Southend United
2005–06 Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town

Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town

Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City

Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers

Grimsby Town 0–1 Cheltenham Town
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Lincoln City

Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Milton Keynes Dons

Lincoln City 3–5 Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Shrewsbury Town

Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury Town
2007–08 Darlington 2–1 Rochdale
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
Rochdale 2–1 Darlington
(Rochdale won 5–4 on penalties, AET)
Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County
2008–09 Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury
Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
Bury 0–1 Shrewsbury Town
(Shrewsbury won 4 – 3 on penalties, AET)
Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town
2009–10 Dagenham & Redbridge 6–0 Morecambe
Aldershot Town 0–1 Rotherham United
Morecambe 2–1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Rotherham United 2–0 Aldershot Town
Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham United
2010–11 Torquay United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town
Stevenage 2–0 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United
Accrington Stanley 0–1 Stevenage
Stevenage 1–0 Torquay United
2011–12 Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Southend United
Cheltenham Town 2–0 Torquay United
Southend United 2–2 Crewe Alexandra
Torquay United 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town 0–2 Crewe Alexandra
2012–13 Bradford City 2–3 Burton Albion
Northampton Town 1–0 Cheltenham Town
Burton Albion 1–3 Bradford City
Cheltenham Town 0–1 Northampton Town
Bradford City 3–0 Northampton Town

Relegated teams[edit]

Season Clubs
2004–05 Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United
2005–06 Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds
2006–07 Boston United, Torquay United
2007–08 Mansfield Town, Wrexham
2008–09 Chester City, Luton Town[2]
2009–10 Darlington, Grimsby Town
2010–11 Lincoln City, Stockport County
2011–12 Macclesfield Town, Hereford United
2012–13 Aldershot Town, Barnet

Top scorers[edit]

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 England Phil Jevons Yeovil Town 27
2005–06 England Karl Hawley Carlisle United 23
2006–07 England Richard Barker Hartlepool United 21
England Izale McLeod Milton Keynes Dons
2007–08 England Aaron McLean Peterborough United 29
2008–09 England Grant Holt Shrewsbury Town 20
England Jack Lester Chesterfield
2009–10 England Lee Hughes Notts County 30
2010–11 England Clayton Donaldson Crewe Alexandra 28
2011–12 England Izale McLeod Barnet 18
England Jack Midson Wimbledon
2012–13 England Tom Pope Port Vale 31

League Two stadia 2013–14[edit]

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,688
Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500
Oxford United Kassam Stadium 12,500
Southend United Roots Hall 12,392
Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium 12,011
Bury The JD Stadium 11,840
Chesterfield Proact Stadium 10,400
Wycombe Wanderers Adams Park 10,284
Rochdale Spotland 10,249
Scunthorpe United Glanford Park 9,088
Exeter City St James Park 8,541
Mansfield Town Field Mill 8,186
York City Bootham Crescent 7,872
Hartlepool United Victoria Park 7,856
Newport County Rodney Parade 7,850
Northampton Town Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road 7,066
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Torquay United Plainmoor 6,104
Dagenham & Redbridge Victoria Road 6,078
Fleetwood Town Highbury Stadium 5,327
Accrington Stanley Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon Kingsmeadow 4,850

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Setanta Sports Australia broadcasts live League 2 matches in Australia.beIN Sport also show Football League Championship and Football League One games and highlights as well as Football League Two games.

See also[edit]

References and Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Timeline/0,,10794~1357286,00.html "The Football League – Timeline" Retrieved 18 August 2011
  2. ^ Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities

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