Football League Two
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|Other club(s) from||Wales|
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
|TV partners||Sky Sports
BBC (Highlights Only)
|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. Before the advent of the Premier League, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.
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
|Club||Finishing position last season|
|Bury||22nd in League One|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||22nd|
|Hartlepool United||23rd in League One|
|Mansfield Town||1st in Conference|
|Newport County||3rd in Conference (play-off winner)|
|Portsmouth||24th in League One|
|Scunthorpe United||21st in League One|
Teams promoted from League Two
League Two stadia 2013–14
|Home Club||Stadium Name||Capacity|
|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|
|Wycombe Wanderers||Adams Park||10,284|
|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|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Victoria Road||6,078|
|Fleetwood Town||Highbury Stadium||5,327|
|Accrington Stanley||Crown Ground||5,057|
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.
- Football League Fourth Division (1958–59 – 1991–92)
- Football League Third Division (1992–93 – 2003–04)
References and Notes
- http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Timeline/0,,10794~1357286,00.html "The Football League – Timeline" Retrieved 18 August 2011
- Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities
- Football League Two official site
- Football League Two clubs' locations
- League Two blogs by League Two fans