League One season review

After five years of seeing pre-season optimism fade away into increasing depths of mediocrity, supporters of Sheffield United awaited 2016-17 with bated breath as their side again approached a campaign as favourites for promotion under another highly regarded new manager. This time it was self-confessed Blades fan Chris Wilder who took over the reins following the bitterly disappointing tenure of Nigel Adkins. Fresh from leading Northampton Town to a storming League Two title success, Wilder soon introduced a 3-4-3 formation, which would eventually turn out to be the most effective…

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League Two Season Review 2015-16

They may have been plagued by off-field tribulations due to a tumultuous change of ownership, but throughout the 2015-16 season Northampton Town were a machine, powering past and reigning over all those who stood in their way. Having the look of a strong outfit from the start, they won the title at a canter and ended with a 24-match unbeaten run. Manager Chris Wilder had been managing in League Two for several seasons without being able to sustain a promotion bid, but this time his charges were unstoppable and he…

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Oxford United manager wants to draw United in FA Cup for personal reasons

Oxford United upset Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup. Manager Michael Appleton loves to draw Manchester United in the next round, with a personal reason why he’d want a trip to Old Trafford, according to The Daily Express. The 40-year-old went into management after injury forced him into early retirement. Appleton began his career with Manchester United, signing his first senior contract one year after the famed ‘Class of 92’. “From a selfish point of view I’d be delighted with Manchester United because of my history and…

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League Two season review

After losing out in the play-offs in each of the past two seasons, 2014-15 finally proved to be the time for Burton Albion to gain promotion to the third tier for the very first time in their history. The Staffordshire side was able to keep the majority of their squad from those previous near misses, and under Gary Rowett they were the model of consistency right the beginning, establishing a commanding early lead at the top. Form tailed off slightly before Rowett left to take charge of former club Birmingham…

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