2017–18 EFL League Two

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EFL League Two
Season 2017–18
Champions Accrington Stanley
Promoted Accrington Stanley
Luton Town
Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City
Relegated Chesterfield
Barnet
Matches played 552
Goals scored 653 (1.18 per match)
Top goalscorer Billy Kee
(25 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Luton 7–0 Cambridge
Biggest away win Cheltenham 1–6 Coventry
Crewe 0–5 Carlisle
Swindon 0–5 Luton
Highest scoring Luton 8–2 Yeovil
Longest winning run 7 matches
(Accrington Stanley
Longest unbeaten run 15 matches
(Accrington Stanley
Longest winless run 20 matches
(Grimsby Town)
Longest losing run 6 matches
(Chesterfield,
Port Vale)
All statistics correct as of 9 December 2017.

The 2017–18 EFL League Two (referred to as the Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) is the 14th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 25th season under its current league division format.

Team changes[edit]

The following teams changed division after the 2016–17 season.

Teams[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
Barnet London (Edgware) The Hive Stadium 6,418
Cambridge United Cambridge Abbey Stadium 8,127
Carlisle United Carlisle Brunton Park 17,949
Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Whaddon Road 7,066
Chesterfield Chesterfield Proact Stadium 10,400
Colchester United Colchester Colchester Community Stadium 10,105
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,609
Crawley Town Crawley Broadfield Stadium 5,996
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,180
Exeter City Exeter St James Park 8,830
Forest Green Rovers Nailsworth The New Lawn 5,147
Grimsby Town Cleethorpes Blundell Park 9,052
Lincoln City Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
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
Notts County Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588
Port Vale Burslem Vale Park 19,052
Stevenage Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 15,728
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 9,617
Yeovil Town Yeovil Huish Park 9,566

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Swindon Town Luke Williams Mutual consent 5 May 2017[3] Pre-season David Flitcroft 5 June 2017[4]
Port Vale Michael Brown Sacked 16 September 2017[5] 24th England Neil Aspin 4 October 2017[6]
Chesterfield Scotland Gary Caldwell 16 September 2017[7] 23rd England Jack Lester 29 September 2017[8]
Barnet England Rossi Eames Appointed as Head of Development 13 November 2017[9] Scotland Mark McGhee 14 November 2017[9]
Scotland Mark McGhee Appointed as Head of Technical 15 January 2018[10] 24th England Graham Westley 15 January 2018[10]
Cambridge United England Shaun Derry Mutual consent 9 February 2018[11] 14th Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne 2 May 2018[12]
Grimsby Town Russell Slade Sacked 11 February 2018[13] 17th Michael Jolley 2 March 2018[14]
Mansfield Town Scotland Steve Evans Signed by Peterborough United 27 February 2018[15] 5th David Flitcroft 1 March 2018[16]
Swindon Town David Flitcroft Signed by Mansfield Town 1 March 2018[16] 7th Phil Brown 12 March 2018[17]
Stevenage England Darren Sarll Sacked 18 March 2018[18] 16th Tunisia Dino Maamria 20 March 2018[19]
Barnet England Graham Westley 19 March 2018[20] 24th England Martin Allen 19 March 2018[21]
Chesterfield England Jack Lester Mutual consent 24 April 2018[22] 24th England Martin Allen 15 May 2018

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Accrington Stanley (C, P) 46 29 6 11 76 46 +30 93 Promotion to EFL League One
2 Luton Town (P) 46 25 13 8 94 46 +48 88
3 Wycombe Wanderers (P) 46 24 12 10 79 60 +19 84
4 Exeter City 46 24 8 14 64 54 +10 80 Qualification for League Two play-offs[a]
5 Notts County 46 21 14 11 71 48 +23 77
6 Coventry City (O, P) 46 22 9 15 64 47 +17 75
7 Lincoln City 46 20 15 11 64 48 +16 75
8 Mansfield Town 46 18 18 10 67 52 +15 72
9 Swindon Town 46 20 8 18 67 65 +2 68
10 Carlisle United 46 17 16 13 62 54 +8 67
11 Newport County 46 16 16 14 56 58 −2 64
12 Cambridge United 46 17 13 16 56 60 −4 64
13 Colchester United 46 16 14 16 53 52 +1 62
14 Crawley Town 46 16 11 19 58 66 −8 59
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 17 5 24 62 75 −13 56
16 Stevenage 46 14 13 19 60 65 −5 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 13 12 21 67 73 −6 51
18 Grimsby Town 46 13 12 21 42 66 −24 51
19 Yeovil Town 46 12 12 22 59 75 −16 48
20 Port Vale 46 11 14 21 49 67 −18 47
21 Forest Green Rovers 46 13 8 25 54 77 −23 47
22 Morecambe 46 9 19 18 41 56 −15 46
23 Barnet (R) 46 12 10 24 46 65 −19 46 Relegation to the National League
24 Chesterfield (R) 46 10 8 28 47 83 −36 38
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 EFL League One.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                     
4 Exeter City 0 3 3  
7 Lincoln City 0 1 1  
    4 Exeter City 1
  6 Coventry City 3
5 Notts County 1 1 2
6 Coventry City 1 4 5  

Results table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ACC BAR CAM CRL CHL CHF COL COV CRA CRE EXE FGR GRI LIN LUT MAN MOR NPC NTC PTV STE SWI WYC YEO
Accrington Stanley 4–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–0
Barnet 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–1
Cambridge United 0–0 1–0 1–2 4–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 3–1 2–3 3–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 5–0 1–0 1–3 1–3 2–1
Carlisle United 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–3 4–0
Cheltenham Town 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–6 1–0 1–0 3–4 0–1 2–3 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 5–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2
Chesterfield 1–2 2–1 2–3 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–2 1–3 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–3
Colchester United 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–4 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–1
Coventry City 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 2–4 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–6
Crawley Town 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–5 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–5 2–1 5–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 3–1 2–0 1–4 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 2–3 0–0
Exeter City 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–4 0–1 4–1 1–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–0
Forest Green Rovers 0–1 2–2 5–2 0–1 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–3 0–3 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–4 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 4–3
Grimsby Town 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–3 2–1
Lincoln City 2–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–4 3–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–1
Luton Town 1–2 2–0 7–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–3 4–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 7–1 0–3 2–3 8–2
Mansfield Town 0–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–4 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 5–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–0
Morecambe 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–4 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–3
Newport County 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–3 1–0 4–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0
Notts County 2–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 4–1
Port Vale 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–0 0–4 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–3 2–3 1–1
Stevenage 3–2 4–1 0–2 0–0 4–1 5–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 4–1
Swindon Town 3–0 1–4 2–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 2–3 1–2 0–3 4–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–5 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 3–2 1–0 2–2
Wycombe Wanderers 0–4 3–1 1–1 4–3 3–3 1–0 3–1 0–1 4–0 3–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–4 2–0 2–4 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–1
Yeovil Town 3–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–0 0–2 0–3 2–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–1

Updated to games played on 5 May 2018.
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]

As of 5 May 2018[1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Northern Ireland Billy Kee Accrington Stanley 25
2 Sudan Mohamed Eisa Cheltenham Town 23
Scotland Marc McNulty Coventry City
4 England Danny Hylton Luton Town 21
5 Wales Christian Doidge Forest Green Rovers 20
6 Republic of Ireland James Collins Luton Town 19
England Jayden Stockley Exeter City
England Kristian Dennis Chesterfield
9 England Adebayo Akinfenwa Wycombe Wanderers 17
England Tom Pope Port Vale

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August England Paul Tisdale Exeter City England Frank Nouble Newport County [23][24]
September England Kevin Nolan Notts County England Shaquile Coulthirst Barnet [25][26]
October Wales Nathan Jones Luton Town England Tom Pope Port Vale [27][28]
November Wales Christian Doidge Forest Green Rovers [29][30]
December England Danny Cowley Lincoln City England Sammie Szmodics Colchester United [31][32]
January England Gareth Ainsworth Wycombe Wanderers Scotland Marc McNulty Coventry City [33][34]
February England John Coleman Accrington Stanley England Marc Richards Swindon Town [35][36]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "Manager of the Month: Kevin Nolan – Notts County". EFL. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  26. ^ "Player of the Month: Shaquile Coulthirst – Barnet". EFL. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  27. ^ "Manager of the Month: Nathan Jones – Luton Town". EFL.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  28. ^ "Player of the Month: Tom Pope – Port Vale". EFL.com. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  29. ^ "Manager of the Month: Nathan Jones – Luton Town". EFL.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  30. ^ "Player of the Month: Christian Doidge – Forest Green Rovers". EFL.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017. 
  31. ^ "Manager of the Month: Danny Cowley – Lincoln City". EFL.com. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  32. ^ "Player of the Month: Sammie Szmodics – Colchester United". EFL.com. Retrieved 31 January 2018. 
  33. ^ "Manager of the Month: George Stokes – Wycombe Wanderers". EFL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  34. ^ "Player of the Month: Marc McNulty – Coventry City". EFL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  35. ^ "Manager of the Month: John Coleman – Accrington Stanley". EFL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  36. ^ "Player of the Month: Marc Richards – Swindon Town". EFL.com. Retrieved 13 March 2018.