2018–19 EFL League Two

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EFL League Two
Season2018–19
ChampionsLincoln City
(2nd title)
PromotedLincoln City
Bury
Milton Keynes Dons
Tranmere Rovers
RelegatedNotts County
Yeovil Town
Top goalscorerJames Norwood
(29 goals)
Biggest home winCrewe Alexandra 6–0 Morecambe
(4 August 2018)
Colchester United 6–0 Crewe Alexandra
(21 August 2018)
Carlisle United 6–0 Oldham Athletic
(26 December 2018)
Milton Keynes Dons 6–0 Cambridge United
(1 January 2019)
Biggest away winNewport County 0–6 Yeovil Town
(15 September 2018)
Highest scoringPort Vale 2–6 Lincoln City
(13 October 2018)
Longest winning run7 matches[1]
Tranmere Rovers
Longest unbeaten run19 matches[1]
Lincoln City
Longest winless run13 matches[1]
Macclesfield Town
Longest losing run6 matches[1]
Grimsby Town
Notts County
Yeovil Town
Highest attendance20,718[1]
Milton Keynes Dons 1–0 Mansfield Town
(4 May 2019)
Lowest attendance1,355[1]
Morecambe 0–1 Mansfield Town
(23 October 2018)
Total attendance2,461,975[1]
Average attendance4,468[1]
All statistics correct as of 6 May 2019.

The 2018–19 EFL League Two (referred to as the Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) is the 15th season of Football League Two under its current title and the 26th season under its current league division format.

Team changes[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2017–18 season.

To League Two[edit]

Promoted from National League

Relegated from League One

From League Two[edit]

Promoted to League One

Relegated to National League

Stadiums[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Bury Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Cambridge United Cambridge Abbey Stadium 8,127
Carlisle United Carlisle Brunton Park 17,949
Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Whaddon Road 7,066
Colchester United Colchester Colchester Community Stadium 10,105
Crawley Town Crawley Broadfield Stadium 5,996
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,180
Exeter City Exeter St James Park 6,087[a]
Forest Green Rovers Nailsworth The New Lawn 5,147
Grimsby Town Cleethorpes Blundell Park 9,052
Lincoln City Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
Macclesfield Town Macclesfield Moss Rose 6,355
Mansfield Town Mansfield Field Mill 10,000
Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Morecambe Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Newport County Newport Rodney Parade 7,850
Northampton Town Northampton Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Notts County Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588
Oldham Athletic Oldham Boundary Park 13,512
Port Vale Burslem Vale Park 19,052
Stevenage Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 15,728
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Yeovil Town Yeovil Huish Park 9,566

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Bury England Ryan Lowe Republic of Ireland Stephen Dawson Admiral PaySec[3]
Cambridge United Scotland Colin Calderwood Puma Mick George
Carlisle United Scotland Steven Pressley England Danny Grainger Umbro Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Cheltenham Town Northern Ireland Michael Duff England Johnny Mullins Erreà Mira Showers[4]
Colchester United England John McGreal England Luke Prosser Macron JobServe
Crawley Town Italy Gabriele Cioffi England Jimmy Smith Erreà The People's Pension
Crewe Alexandra Gibraltar David Artell Wales George Ray FBT Mornflake
Exeter City England Matt Taylor Wales Jake Taylor Joma Flybe
Forest Green Rovers England Mark Cooper England Lee Collins PlayerLayer[5] Ecotricity
Grimsby Town England Michael Jolley England John Welsh Erreà Young's Seafood
Lincoln City England Danny Cowley Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington Erreà NSUK
Macclesfield Town England Sol Campbell England Jared Hodgkiss Macron Arighi Bianchi
Mansfield Town England David Flitcroft Barbados Krystian Pearce Surridge One Call
Milton Keynes Dons England Paul Tisdale England Dean Lewington Erreà Suzuki
Morecambe England Jim Bentley England Barry Roche Macron BizLoans4U
Newport County Wales Michael Flynn Wales Andrew Crofts FBT Interbet
Northampton Town England Keith Curle Northern Ireland David Buchanan Nike University of Northampton
Notts County England Neal Ardley Wales Richard Duffy Puma Bassingfield Wood Yard
Oldham Athletic England Pete Wild England Peter Clarke Sondico PFE Express
Port Vale England John Askey England Tom Pope BLK Manorshop.com
Stevenage Tunisia Dino Maamria England Ronnie Henry Macron Astute Electronics[6]
Swindon Town England Richie Wellens England Olly Lancashire Puma Imagine Cruising
Tranmere Rovers Scotland Micky Mellon England Steve McNulty Puma B&M Waste Services
Yeovil Town England Neale Marmon England James Bailey TAG Jones Building Group

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Carlisle United England Keith Curle Resigned 5 May 2018 Pre-season Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 5 June 2018
Milton Keynes Dons England Keith Millen End of caretaker spell England Paul Tisdale 6 June 2018
Exeter City England Paul Tisdale End of contract 1 June 2018 England Matt Taylor 1 June 2018
Macclesfield Town England John Askey Signed by Shrewsbury Town England Mark Yates 19 June 2018
Oldham Athletic England Richie Wellens Sacked 8 June 2018 England Frankie Bunn 13 June 2018
Cheltenham Town England Gary Johnson 21 August 2018 21st Northern Ireland Michael Duff 10 September 2018
Notts County England Kevin Nolan 26 August 2018 24th Australia Harry Kewell 31 August 2018
Crawley Town Australia Harry Kewell Signed by Notts County 31 August 2018 14th Italy Gabriele Cioffi 7 September 2018
Northampton Town England Dean Austin Mutual consent 1 October 2018 21st England Keith Curle 1 October 2018
Macclesfield Town England Mark Yates Sacked 8 October 2018 24th England Sol Campbell 27 November 2018
Swindon Town England Phil Brown 12 November 2018 17th England Richie Wellens 13 November 2018
Notts County Australia Harry Kewell 13 November 2018 22nd England Neal Ardley 24 November 2018
Cambridge United Republic of Ireland Joe Dunne 1 December 2018 Scotland Colin Calderwood 19 December 2018
Oldham Athletic England Frankie Bunn 27 December 2018 12th England Paul Scholes 10 February 2019
Carlisle United Republic of Ireland John Sheridan Resigned 4 January 2019 7th Scotland Steven Pressley 16 January 2019
Port Vale England Neil Aspin 30 January 2019 18th England John Askey 4 February 2019
Oldham Athletic England Paul Scholes 14 March 2019 14th England Pete Wild 15 March 2019
Yeovil Town England Darren Way Sacked 24 March 2019 22nd England Neale Marmon (caretaker) 24 March 2019

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Lincoln City (C, P) 46 23 16 7 73 43 +30 85 Promotion to EFL League One
2 Bury (P) 46 22 13 11 82 56 +26 79
3 Milton Keynes Dons (P) 46 23 10 13 71 49 +22 79
4 Mansfield Town 46 20 16 10 69 41 +28 76 Qualification for League Two play-offs[b]
5 Forest Green Rovers 46 20 14 12 68 47 +21 74
6 Tranmere Rovers (O, P) 46 20 13 13 63 50 +13 73
7 Newport County 46 20 11 15 59 59 0 71
8 Colchester United 46 20 10 16 65 53 +12 70
9 Exeter City 46 19 13 14 60 49 +11 70
10 Stevenage 46 20 10 16 59 55 +4 70
11 Carlisle United 46 20 8 18 67 62 +5 68
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 19 8 19 60 59 +1 65
13 Swindon Town 46 16 16 14 59 56 +3 64
14 Oldham Athletic 46 16 14 16 67 60 +7 62
15 Northampton Town 46 14 19 13 64 63 +1 61
16 Cheltenham Town 46 15 12 19 57 68 −11 57
17 Grimsby Town 46 16 8 22 45 56 −11 56
18 Morecambe 46 14 12 20 54 70 −16 54
19 Crawley Town 46 15 8 23 51 68 −17 53
20 Port Vale 46 12 13 21 39 55 −16 49
21 Cambridge United 46 12 11 23 40 66 −26 47
22 Macclesfield Town 46 10 14 22 48 74 −26 44
23 Notts County (R) 46 9 14 23 48 84 −36 41 Relegation to the National League
24 Yeovil Town (R) 46 9 13 24 41 66 −25 40
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results [7]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Capacity temporarily reduced due to redevelopment work.
  2. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to EFL League One.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                     
4 Mansfield Town 1 0 1 (3)  
7 Newport County (p) 1 0 1 (5)  
    7 Newport County 0
  6 Tranmere Rovers 1
5 Forest Green Rovers 0 1 1
6 Tranmere Rovers 1 1 2  

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BUR CAM CAR CHL COL CRA CRE EXE FGR GRI LIN MAC MAN MKD MOR NEW NOR NOT OLD POR STE SWI TRA YEO
Bury 0–3 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–3 3–0 2–2 4–3 3–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 1–0
Cambridge United 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Carlisle United 3–2 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 3–2 2–2 1–3 6–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–1
Cheltenham Town 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–2 1–3 1–0
Colchester United 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 6–0 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–3 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–1
Crawley Town 3–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–4 2–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 6–1 1–2 4–3 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 6–0 3–2 0–2 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–0
Exeter City 0–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–4 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 5–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1
Forest Green Rovers 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 3–0
Grimsby Town 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–4 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 4–0 0–3 2–0 0–2 2–1 5–2 0–1
Lincoln City 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–0
Macclesfield Town 1–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 3–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–5 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–0
Mansfield Town 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 0–1
Milton Keynes Dons 1–0 6–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0
Morecambe 2–3 3–0 0–2 4–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–1 3–4 2–1
Newport County 3–1 4–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–4 1–0 1–0 3–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–6
Northampton Town 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–3 0–4 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Notts County 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–4 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 1–2 3–2 0–4
Oldham Athletic 4–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 3–3 2–1 1–1 2–3 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–5 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–1
Port Vale 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–6 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–4 1–4 0–1 1–2 3–0
Stevenage 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–3 3–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–0
Swindon Town 1–2 0–2 0–4 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 3–2 1–1
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 5–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0
Yeovil Town 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 0–3 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2019. Source: EFL Official Website
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the match.

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 4 May 2019[8]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England James Norwood Tranmere Rovers 29
2 England Tyler Walker Mansfield Town 21
England Nicky Maynard Bury
4 England Kieran Agard Milton Keynes Dons 20
5 England Chuks Aneke Milton Keynes Dons 17
6 England Jayden Stockley Exeter City 16
7 Republic of Ireland Jay O'Shea Bury 15
England John Akinde Lincoln City
9 England Ollie Palmer Crawley Town 14
England Luke Varney Cheltenham Town
Republic of Ireland Padraig Amond Newport County

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
Wales Michael Doughty Swindon Town Macclesfield Town 3–2 (H) 4 August 2018 [9]
England Alex Fisher Yeovil Town Notts County 0–4 (A) 17 August 2018 [10]
England Matt Crooks Northampton Town Macclesfield Town 0–5 (A) 23 October 2018 [11]
England Chris O'Grady Oldham Athletic Bury 4–2 (H) 15 December 2018 [12]
England Jayden Stockley Exeter City Oldham Athletic 2–3 (A) 22 December 2018 [13]
Wales George Williams Forest Green Rovers Newport County 1–4 (A) 26 December 2018 [14]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "New Major Sponsorship Deal with Astute Electronics Announced". StevenageFC.com. 19 June 2017.
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  9. ^ "Swindon Town's Michael Doughty explains shirt number choice". Swindon Advertiser. 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ Evans, Daniel (18 August 2018). "Yeovil Town thrash Notts County away to rocket up League Two". Somerset Live.
  11. ^ Heneghan, James (23 October 2018). "Classy Crooks scores first-half hat-trick as five-star Cobblers demolish Macclesfield". Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
  12. ^ "Oldham 4-2 Bury: O'Grady hat-trick lifts hosts". Sky Sports. 15 December 2018.
  13. ^ Phillip, Mark (24 December 2018). "Hat-trick hero Stockley stuns Latics to give Exeter victory". Oldham Reporter.
  14. ^ "Newport 1-4 Forest Green - Williams hat-trick sinks 10-man Exiles". Stroud News & Journal. 26 December 2018.