League Two

Are Plymouth Argyle the real deal for promotion this season?

League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle head into the next round of fixtures on a high. Last time out, at home against Portsmouth, they scored a dramatic late equaliser, and now the club are three points clear at the top of the table. They then followed this up on Saturday, with a 3-1 away victory over Newport County.  The thing is, …

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How can Northampton Town resolve their recent defensive issues?

For a team that was a week away from complete extinction just twelve months ago, Northampton Town are, by no means, struggling to adjust to League One life by sitting in mid-table. Perhaps, after a run of four matches without victory – prior to yesterday’s win over Shrewsbury – the Cobblers have done themselves an injustice after their 32 match …

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Oxford United vs Swindon Town: Previewing the A420 derby

Oxford United and Swindon Town share an intense rivalry that is equal in intensity to many of the traditional rivalries higher up the footballing ladder. Despite both clubs having been around for a long while, the first competitive game between them was as late as 1965. Since then the two clubs have met 50 times in the league, with Swindon …

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The EFL Trophy: The competition nobody wants

Surrounded by controversy, protest and boycotts, the Football League Trophy last night returned with an all new format. Despite the introduction of regional group stages and a bizarre decision to ban sides from drawing (more on that later) the most talked about change will continue to be the inclusion of Premier League development squads. Sixteen clubs with category 1 academy …

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Is this Rotherham man the best goalkeeper in League One?

From being sacked by current Premier League champions Leicester City, after his part in a racist sex video, to becoming a title-winning member of the PFA League Two Team of the Year, it’s fair to say that it’s been quite an eventful twelve months for Northampton Town goalkeeper Adam Smith. Smith, alongside Tom Hopper and James Pearson (son of ex-Leicester …

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FL72: Team of the Week I, feat. Nottingham Forest and Port Vale stars

The long-awaited Football League season is back, and the 2016/17 campaign started in scintillating fashion with some superb team and individual displays across all three divisions in the new EFL format. There were also some surprises, particularly in the Championship as top two favourites Newcastle United and Aston Villa slipped to opening day defeats. But as teams looked to get …

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Could Portsmouth and Leyton Orient lead the pack? – League Two Preview

Predicting League Two is a fickle business. Who would have pegged Accrington Stanley as promotion contenders last campaign? Luton looked a sure bet to make a run at the top three but instead fell to mid-table obscurity. Perhaps the only constant is Exeter City’s mediocrity, Paul Tisdale’s questionable fashion choices providing the only touch of unpredictability to a side eternally …

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How will Accrington Stanley line-up in their first game of the season against Doncaster?

Poor, beleaguered Doncaster Rovers, Championship dwellers three seasons ago, start their League Two slog at one of the division’s most boisterous cauldrons. Crown Ground, an old bear-pit of a stadium, will channel a bit of Ali Sami Yen fervor on opening night to remind their fellow basement dwellers exactly why this is football’s most arduous division. For Accrington, another season …

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How the Football League Trophy became one of the biggest fiascos in football

From the moment that the English Football League announced plans to introduce Category One academy teams into the EFL Trophy, previously designated exclusively for League One and Two teams, there has been hostility. Seen by some as the first step towards the introduction of “B teams” into the Football League pyramid, others have been angered that a competition previously seen …

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What will Adebayo Akinfenwa bring to Wycombe’s attacking line-up?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Wycombe Wanderers have been on a whirlwind journey over the past few seasons, surviving relegation to the conference by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the season, followed by Wembley heartbreak with the club being only seconds away from what would have been a well-deserved promotion to League One. However, …

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Is this how Wycombe Wanderers can reverse their goal-scoring crisis?

Wycombe Wanderers have hardly enjoyed the smoothest ride over the past few seasons, without a doubt. As a fan, it has been exciting to watch (on the most part), but nevertheless it has definitely been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Since Gareth Ainsworth’s appointment following relegation from League One in the 2011/2012 campaign, things have been far from plain sailing. Mid-table obscurity in 2013, delight in 2014 following a …

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Is the Bristol Sport model the way forward?

Bristol Sport, owned by local billionaire Steve Lansdown, is an umbrella style company which incorporates much of Bristol’s sport within it. Similar to models abroad (such as Barcelona which along with football also includes sports like volleyball, and incidentally was the model that inspired Lansdown) Bristol Sport seeks to unite local sports teams and individuals under a common banner for …

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