Key Information About the Teams Fighting for Promotion

There are eight teams who are looking to win promotion from Sky Bet League Two this season. This is a rundown of who the teams are, with all the information relevant to their promotion challenge.

Carlisle United – Here’s everything you need to know about the Cumbrians.  They play at Brunton Park, which has a capacity of 18,000.  Their manager is Keith Curle who has been in charge since September 2015.  Their captain is defender Danny Grainger.  Their standout players are Michael Raynes in defence, Nicky Adams in midfield and Shaun Miller in attack.

Carlisle United were formed in 1904.  They started playing their matches at Milhome Bank but have played at Brunton Park from 1909.  Carlisle were a Football League (or equivalent) club for pretty much all of their history.  In 2004 they were relegated from League wo meaning that they would be playing non-league for the first time in their history.  Carlisle tackled non-league well, winning promotion from the Conference at the first time of asking. Carlisle then won League Two the following season to achieve successive promotions.  They had a relatively successful spell in League One, finishing in the play-offs in 2009/10.  They then got relegated back to League Two in 2014.

Doncaster Rovers – Here’s everything you need to know about Donny.  They play at the Keepmoat Stadium, which was recently built in 2007, holding just over 15,000 supporters.  Their manager is Darren Ferguson (son of Sir Alex).  Their captain is James Coppinger.  Their best players are Matthieu Baudry in defence, Tommy Rowe in midfield and then John Marquis up top.

Doncaster Rovers were formed in 1879.  They have been in the Championship as recently as 2014, but suffered two relegations in three years which is why they find themselves in League Two.  Doncaster were a non-league club between 1998-2003 but after they regained their Football League status they have only been looking up.  Since they got promoted back to the Football League in 2003 they have spent five seasons in the Championship as well as seven in League One, suggesting that they are far bigger than non-league.

Exeter City – Here’s everything you need to know about the Grecians.  Exeter play at St James’ Park, an 8,500-capacity stadium.  While the ground shares a name with Newcastle United’s stadium; they could not really be further apart from each other geographically.  Exeter are south west while Newcastle are north east.  Paul Tisdale is their manager and he has been since 2006.  Their key players consist of Craig Woodman in defence, David Wheeler in midfield and Ollie Watkins in attack.

Exeter have had a bit of a rollercoaster in the decade which Paul Tisdale has been in charge for.  They have been promoted out of the Conference in 2008, winning back-to-back promotions up to League One.  After three seasons in League One they were relegated back to League Two in 2012.  Exeter have been midtable since their return to League Two up until the current season; where they are mounting a promotion push.

Luton Town – Here’s everything you need to know on the Hatters.  Luton play at Kenilworth Road, which can hold 10,356.  Nathan Jones is the manager of Luton.  Their captain is defender Scott Cuthbert.  They have a very strong squad; their best players are Scott Cuthbert in defence, Cameron McGeehan in midfield and Danny Hylton in attack.

Luton have been in pretty much every major division in English football at some point throughout their history.   They were in the Championship in 2007 but fell as far to the Conference in just three years.  After four season in non-league, they finally made it out of the Conference in 2014.  Since their return to the Football League they have finished in the top half of League Two every season.

Portsmouth – Here’s everything you need to know about Pompey.  They play at Fratton Park which is the largest stadium in League Two, holding over 18,000.  Their manager is Paul Cook who has won League Two in 2013 with Chesterfield.  Their best defender is Christian Burgess, their strongest midfielder is Gary Roberts and their goal scoring forward is Conor Chaplin.

Portsmouth were in the Premier League as recently as 2009, but financial problems has seen them fall to League Two.  They were FA Cup champions in 2008 which was a remarkable achievement under Harry Redknapp.  Portsmouth have been in League Two since 2013 but it has only been the last two seasons where they have been promotion chasing.  They finished sixth last season but lost in the play-off semi-final.

Plymouth Argyle – Here’s everything you need to know about the Pilgrims.  Plymouth play at Home Park in South Devon, in a stadium which can hold 17,500 fans.   They are managed by Derek Adams.  In defence they have Sonny Bradley, Graham Carey in midfield then Jake Jervis in attack.

Plymouth have been in League Two since 2011.  They fell from the Championship to League Two in just three seasons.  They have a large fan base and continue to regularly take over 1,000 fans to most of their away matches, despite on average being four hours away from their opponents.

Stevenage – Here’s everything you need to know about Boro.  They play at the Lamex Stadium which holds just over 7,000.  They are managed by Darren Sarll.  In defence they have Andrew Fox.  Jobi McAnuff is their best midfielder; he is considerably better than League Two level.  Matty Godden is their best striker, he is a clinical poacher.

Stevenage have been on League Two since 2013.  They were formed relatively late in 1976.  Back to back promotions took them from the Conference to League One in just two years.  Their stadium has two names.  It was originally called Broadhall Way but it has been renamed as the Lamex Stadium.

Wycombe Wanderers – Here’s everything you need to know about the Chairboys.  They play at Adams Park, which is a 12,000-capacity stadium.  Gareth Ainsworth is their manager and is one of the longest serving in the Football League, having been in charge since 2012.  Aaron Pierre is the best defender, Luke O’Nien the best midfielder and Adebayo Akindenwa is the top striker.

Wycombe have been in League Two since 2012 after they got relegated from League One.  They almost dropped out of the Football League in 2014 but avoided relegation after a victory on the final day against Torquay United.  Wycombe then went on to lose the play-off final in the following season.  They conceded a 122nd minute equaliser before losing on penalties to Southend United.

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Wycombe Wanderers

Gareth Ainsworth came so close to achieving promotion with Wycombe two seasons ago; they conceded a 120th minute equaliser to Southend United before losing on penalties in the play-off final.

Wycombe did not start the season well, but results picked up when the Chairboys went on a 16 game unbeaten run.

The goals from Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa have been vital in Wycombe’s promotion push.  Akinfenwa who is known as “The Beast” scored in AFC Wimbledon’s play-off final win over Plymouth Argyle last seaon; he will be hoping for similar memories this season.

Stevenage

Stevenage have been the division’s surprise package this season.  Before a ball was kicked, they were tipped to be fighting relegation.  They have defied all the odds and sit in a very promising position.

Darren Sarll has worked wonders with his team.  Matty Godden is one of the league’s top scorers; firing Stevenage up the table.  Whilst promotion would be considered an overachievement for Stevenage, it has to be their main aim at this stage in the season.

 

Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth have arguably been the biggest group of bottlers in the entire Football League over the past few seasons.  Derek Adams has put his team in an excellent position to achieve promotion last season but he somehow was not able to get over the line.

Argyle are in a position which seems impossible to mess up this campaign.  If they do end up falling short once again, then there will be an uproar from their fans.   Graham Carey has been a terrific player for them this season; scoring and assisting plenty of goals for his team.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth have been the bookies favourite to go up in each of the last three seasons.  While they previously have not been consistent enough to get promoted in previous years; this year looks as if it could be a different story.

Manager, Paul Cook, has assembled together a strong squad with a mix of youth and experience within their team.  Star man, and captain, Christian Burgess has been an absolute rock at the back for Pompey this season.

The Pompey owners are rumoured to be losing faith in Cook, so if he can’t lead Portsmouth to promotion this season then it is very likely that he will lose his job come May.

Luton Town

Luton started the season as one of he favourites for the title.  While they have sightly underachieved they are still very much in the promotion mix.

The Hatters had a very impressive start to the season and have managed some level of consistency all season.  It is possible but unlikely that they will get automatic promotion this season.

Manager Nathan Jones believes that Luton striker Danny Hylton is the best player in the division.  Hylton is the third top scorer in League Two since his summer move from Oxford United.

Exeter City

Exeter City have had a promising season.  They had a very poor start; they were in the relegation zone in September and their supporters demanded that long serving manager Paul Tisdale should be sacked.

The Grecians have shot up the table thanks to a brilliant run of form.  The goals of Ollie Watins, David Wheeler and Reuben Reid have been vital in their surge up the table.

Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster would have been disappointed to be in League Two in the first place after suffering successive relegations.  They have been in the top two all season and look certain to make an immediate return to League One.

Darren Ferguson, son of Sir Alex, will be very pleased with his team’s League Two campaign this season.  John Marquis has been in sensational form in front of goal; he tops the scoring charts.

Carlisle United

Carlisle started the season very well.  They opened up the season with a 17 match unbeaten run before eventually losing to relegation threatened Newport.

The Cumbrians have dropped in form recently though; since main striker Charlie Wyke moved to Bradford City in January they have dropped from second to fifth in the table.

Automatic promotion is not out of the equation for United but they will need to turn their drop in form around.