2014–15 Football League Two

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Football League Two
Season 2014–15
Champions Burton Albion
(1st divisional title)
Promoted Burton Albion
Shrewsbury Town
Bury
Southend United
Relegated Cheltenham Town
Tranmere Rovers
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1317 (2.39 per match)
Top goalscorer Matt Tubbs (21 goals)
Biggest home win Cambridge United 5–0 Carlisle United
(30 August 2014)
Shrewsbury Town 5–0 Bury
(21 October 2014)
Biggest away win Accrington Stanley 1–5 Northampton Town
(31 January 2015)
Cambridge United 2–6 Portsmouth
(21 February 2015)
Highest scoring Northampton Town 4–5 Accrington Stanley
(20 September 2014)
Longest winning run 7 games[1]
Luton Town
Southend United
Longest unbeaten run 13 games[1]
Burton Albion
Longest winless run 13 games[1]
Tranmere Rovers
Longest losing run 7 games[1]
Luton Town
Highest attendance 17,558[2]
Portsmouth 0–2 AFC Wimbledon
(26 December 2014)
Lowest attendance 919[2]
Accrington Stanley 1–0 Burton Albion
(24 February 2015)
Total attendance 2,576,942[2]
Average attendance 4,676[2]
All statistics correct as of 2 May 2015.

The 2014–15 Football League Two (referred to as the Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) was the 11th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 23rd season under its current league division format. The season began on 9 August 2014.

Twenty four clubs participated, eighteen of which remained in League Two having been neither promoted nor relegated at the end of the 2013–14 season. These clubs were joined by Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United, Shrewsbury Town and Stevenage who were relegated from 2013–14 Football League One, and by Luton Town and Cambridge United who were both promoted from the 2013–14 Football Conference.

Burton Albion won the League Two title after a 3-2 away to Cambridge United on 2 May.[3][4]

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

The following teams changed division at the end of the 2013–14 season.[5]

To League Two[edit]

Promoted from Conference Premier

Relegated from Football League One

From League Two[edit]

Relegated to Conference Premier

Promoted to Football League One

Team overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London (Norbiton) Kingsmeadow 4,850
Burton Albion Burton Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Bury Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Cambridge United Cambridge Abbey Stadium 9,617
Carlisle United Carlisle Brunton Park 16,981
Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Whaddon Road 7,066
Dagenham & Redbridge London (Dagenham) Victoria Road 6,078
Exeter City Exeter St James Park 8,830
Hartlepool United Hartlepool Victoria Park 8,240
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,356
Mansfield Town Mansfield Field Mill 10,000
Morecambe Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Newport County Newport Rodney Parade 7,850[note 1]
Northampton Town Northampton Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 16,388
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,224
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury New Meadow 9,875
Southend United Southend-on-Sea Roots Hall 11,840
Stevenage Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 10,284
York City York Bootham Crescent 7,872

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Shrewsbury Town Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson Appointed as Assistant Manager 12 May 2014[6] Pre-season Mellon, MickyMicky Mellon 12 May 2014[6]
Oxford United Waddock, GaryGary Waddock Sacked 4 July 2014[7] Pre-season Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton 4 July 2014[7]
Carlisle United Kavanagh, GrahamGraham Kavanagh 1 September 2014[8] 22nd Curle, KeithKeith Curle 19 September 2014[9]
Accrington Stanley Beattie, JamesJames Beattie Mutual consent 12 September 2014[10] 21st Coleman, JohnJohn Coleman 18 September 2014[11]
Hartlepool United Cooper, ColinColin Cooper Resigned 4 October 2014[12] 24th Murray, PaulPaul Murray 23 October 2014[13]
Tranmere Rovers Edwards, RobertRobert Edwards Sacked 13 October 2014[14] 24th Adams, MickyMicky Adams 16 October 2014[15]
York City Worthington, NigelNigel Worthington Resigned 13 October 2014[16] 22nd Wilcox, RussRuss Wilcox 15 October 2014[17]
Burton Albion Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Signed by Birmingham City 27 October 2014[18] 3rd Hasselbaink, Jimmy FloydJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 13 November 2014[19]
Mansfield Town Cox, PaulPaul Cox Mutual consent 21 November 2014[20] 19th Murray, AdamAdam Murray 5 December 2014[21]
Cheltenham Town Yates, MarkMark Yates Sacked 25 November 2014[22] 18th Buckle, PaulPaul Buckle 26 November 2014[23]
Hartlepool United Murray, PaulPaul Murray 6 December 2014[24] 24th Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore 16 December 2014[25]
Newport County Edinburgh, JustinJustin Edinburgh Signed by Gillingham 7 February 2015[26] 6th Butcher, TerryTerry Butcher 30 April 2015[27]
Cheltenham Town Buckle, PaulPaul Buckle Mutual consent 13 February 2015[28] 22nd Johnson, GaryGary Johnson 30 March 2015[29]
Portsmouth Awford, AndyAndy Awford 13 April 2015[30] 14th Cook, PaulPaul Cook 12 May 2015[31]
Tranmere Rovers Adams, MickyMicky Adams 19 April 2015[32] 24th Brabin, GaryGary Brabin 5 May 2015[33]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Burton Albion (C, P) 46 28 10 8 69 39 +30 94 Promotion to Football League One
2 Shrewsbury Town (P) 46 27 8 11 67 31 +36 89
3 Bury (P) 46 26 7 13 60 40 +20 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 23 15 8 67 45 +22 84 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Southend United (O, P) 46 24 12 10 54 38 +16 84
6 Stevenage 46 20 12 14 62 54 +8 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 20 11 15 55 37 +18 71
8 Luton Town 46 19 11 16 54 44 +10 68
9 Newport County 46 18 11 17 51 54 −3 65
10 Exeter City 46 17 13 16 61 65 −4 64
11 Morecambe 46 17 12 17 53 52 +1 63
12 Northampton Town 46 18 7 21 67 62 +5 61
13 Oxford United 46 15 16 15 50 49 +1 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 17 8 21 58 59 −1 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 54 60 −6 58
16 Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 52 54 −2 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 15 11 20 58 77 −19 56
18 York City 46 11 19 16 46 51 −5 52
19 Cambridge United 46 13 12 21 61 66 −5 51
20 Carlisle United 46 14 8 24 56 74 −18 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 13 9 24 38 62 −24 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 12 9 25 39 70 −31 45
23 Cheltenham Town (R) 46 9 14 23 40 67 −27 41 Relegation to the National League
24 Tranmere Rovers (R) 46 9 12 25 45 67 −22 39
Updated to match(es) played on 23 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
4  Wycombe Wanderers 3 2 5  
7  Plymouth Argyle 2 1 3  
    4  Wycombe Wanderers 1 (6)
  5  Southend United 1 (7)
5  Southend United 1 3 4
6  Stevenage 1 1 2  

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ACC WIM BRT BRY CAM CRL CHL D&R EXE HAR LUT MAN MOR NPC NOR OXF PLY POR SHR STD STE TRA WYC YOR
Accrington Stanley 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–3 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–5 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–2
AFC Wimbledon 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 4–1 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 2–1
Burton Albion 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
Bury 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–2
Cambridge United 2–2 0–0 2–3 0–2 5–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–1 5–1 1–0 2–6 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–3
Carlisle United 1–0 4–4 3–4 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–3 0–3
Cheltenham Town 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 0–1
Dagenham & Redbridge 4–0 4–0 1–3 1–0 2–3 4–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–0
Exeter City 1–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1
Hartlepool United 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–3 1–3
Luton Town 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–3 3–0 3–0 2–3 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–3 2–2
Mansfield Town 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–4
Morecambe 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–4 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–1
Newport County 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1
Northampton Town 4–5 2–0 1–2 2–3 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 3–0
Oxford United 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–1
Portsmouth 2–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Shrewsbury Town 4–0 2–0 1–0 5–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–0
Southend United 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0
Stevenage 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 5–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–2 2–2 1–3 2–3
Tranmere Rovers 3–0 1–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–3 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1
Wycombe Wanderers 2–2 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 0–2 1–0
York City 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 0–0

Updated to games played on 25 April 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[34]
1 England Matt Tubbs AFC Wimbledon/Portsmouth 21
2 England Jamie Cureton Dagenham and Redbridge 19
3 England Reuben Reid Plymouth Argyle 18
England Marc Richards Northampton Town
5 Republic of Ireland James Collins Shrewsbury Town 15
England Tom Nichols Exeter City
7 Republic of Ireland Barry Corr Southend United 14
England Danny Hylton Oxford United
England Jed Wallace Portsmouth
10 England Adebayo Akinfenwa AFC Wimbledon 13
England Mark Cullen Luton Town

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Newport County's current safety certificate allows a maximum attendance of 7,850 for football matches

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