League Two season review

This was a season that, above all, demonstrated powers of recovery. Three clubs that have undergone some extremely testing times in the recent past emerged from the gloom and disappointment to gain automatic promotion to League One as reward for showing by far the greatest degree of consistency in a highly competitive fourth tier. As recently as 2010, Portsmouth were in the Premier League and participating in the FA Cup final, but a series of financial woes and frequent changes of ownership led to the club suffering a demoralising three…

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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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FA Cup Round Three Preview

For many football supporters, FA Cup third round weekend is one of the most eagerly anticipated dates on the footballing calendar, throwing up a whole host of intriguing ties which give lower league clubs the opportunity to upstage more illustrious, higher ranked opponents. In 2016 it is no different; indeed it is epitomised by the opening encounter of the weekend which takes place in South Devon as Exeter City play host to Liverpool. Although they are currently in the midst of their poorest run of the season, Exeter have a…

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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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