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)
|2014–15 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 no points 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 fourth–seventh 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 Premier and are replaced by the team that finished first and the team that won the second–fifth 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 Premier has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team could be made until their stadium was upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if another 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 2014–15
|Club||Finishing position last season|
|Cambridge United||2nd in Conference|
|Carlisle United||22nd in League One|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||9th|
|Luton Town||1st in Conference|
|Shrewsbury Town||23rd in League One|
|Stevenage||24th in League One|
|Tranmere Rovers||21st in League One|
Teams promoted from League Two
Football League Two stadiums 2014–15
|Home Club||Stadium Name||Capacity|
|Carlisle United||Brunton Park1||18,500|
|Plymouth Argyle||Home Park||16,906|
|Tranmere Rovers||Prenton Park||16,567|
|Oxford United||Kassam Stadium||12,500|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||12,392|
|Bury||The JD Stadium||11,840|
|Luton Town||Kenilworth Road||10,356|
|Wycombe Wanderers||Adams Park1||10,284|
|Shrewsbury Town||New Meadow||9,875|
|Exeter City||St James Park1||8,541|
|Mansfield Town||One Call Stadium||8,186|
|Cambridge United||Abbey Stadium1||8,127|
|York City||Bootham Crescent1||7,872|
|Hartlepool United||Victoria Park1||7,856|
|Newport County||Rodney Parade1||7,850|
|Northampton Town||Sixfields Stadium||7,653|
|Cheltenham Town||Whaddon Road1||7,066|
|Burton Albion||Pirelli Stadium1||6,912|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Victoria Road1||6,078|
|Accrington Stanley||Crown Ground1||5,057|
1This ground contains terracing
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