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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
League One fans' predictions
BARNSLEY by Tykes fan Rob Pick

After being inconsistent last season, Barnsley must get it right this time around.

New permanent signings Paul Hayes and Danny Nardiello will be relied upon for goals, while Richard Kell will attempt to protect an often leaky defence - the play-offs have to be the target.

Player to watch: Daniel Nardiello
Optimistic finish: Top four
Realistic finish: 10th
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

BLACKPOOL by Tangerines fan Steven Oates

Blackpool will have a much more solid season this time round.

Unlike last season the squad is fitter and better prepared and boss Colin Hendry has brought more height to the team in the signings of John Doolan and Scott Vernon which will help.

Player to watch: Keigan Parker
Optimistic finish: Top eight
Realistic finish: Mid-table
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

BOURNEMOUTH by Cherries fan Bernie Edwards

We have lost our two best players in Wade Elliott and Garreth O'Connor, though we have gained Stephen Cooke.

Steve Fletcher and Marcus Browning are at the end of their careers and it is too soon for the youth team players, thus we will not do as well as last year.

Player to watch: Stephen Cooke
Optimistic finish: 10th
Realistic finish: 18th
League One winners: Doncaster

BRADFORD CITY by Bantams fan Robert Lindley

Management, players and fans alike expect a top six finish. Bobby Petta and Danny Cadamarteri should greatly improve the team, and Dean Windass will score heavily.

The defence is solid, with David Wetherall and Mark Bower amongst the best in the division, and the midfield oozes both steel and quality.

Player to watch: Dean Windass
Optimistic finish: First
Realistic finish: Top six
League One winners: If not us, Nottingham Forest

BRENTFORD by Bees fan Steve Smith

Under the guidance of boss Martin Allen the Bees made the play-offs last season and with some good signings look set to build on it this season.

Dudley Campbell and Lloyd Owusu should end scoring problems and our solid defence, which kept 20 clean sheets last term, has been kept intact - a good season beckons.

Player to watch: Michael Turner
Optimistic Finish: First
Realistic Finish: Top six
League One winners: If not us, Nottingham Forest

BRISTOL CITY by Robins fan Phil Mitchell

We have signed two star strikers signed in Marcus Stewart and Michael Bridges, bolstered the midfield and defence and have a young and enthusiastic manager in Brian Tinnion.

It looks like the wait is finally over for us suffering Bristol City fans.

Player to watch: Michael Bridges
Optimistic finish: First
Realistic finish: First
League One winners: Bristol City

CHESTERFIELD by Spireites fan Murray Burnell

Progress was made last season under sound management and this season promises to build once again.

Boss Roy McFarland will not be too far away with his prediction of reaching the play-offs, and signings such as Paul Hall will justify this.

Player to watch: Paul Hall
Optimistic finish: Fifth
Realistic finish: 11th
League One winners: Huddersfield

COLCHESTER by U's fan Matt Byford

We are an under-rated club that many teams in League One do not like playing.

Our young team has a year of playing together behind them and Greg Halford was very impressive for England U20's this summer and the side have looked good in pre-season.

Player to watch: Greg Halford
Optimistic finish: Top eight
Realistic finish: 10-15th
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

DONCASTER by Rovers fan Ian Maxwell

'Pub Team' Doncaster proved they could compete at this level last season - manager and chairman, Dave Penney and John Ryan respectively, are both forward thinking and cautious.

A steady player influx (Phillip Maguire, Sean Thornton and Paul Heffernan) should strengthen the team's backbone for Belle Vue's final season.

Player to watch: Lewis Guy
Optimistic finish: Comfortable play-offs
Realistic finish: Bordering play-offs
League One winners: Bristol City

GILLINGHAM by Gills fan Neil Starkey

It has been a summer of transitions for Gillingham - new league, new manager and the exit of many of our leading and older players.

The new gaffer, Neale Cooper, has instilled an air of confidence around Priestfield and fans are hoping that this will be reflected in a successful league campaign.

Player to watch: Darius Henderson
Optimistic finish: Play-offs
Realistic finish: Top half
League One winners: Bristol City

HARTLEPOOL by Pools fan Andrew Carless

Losing just Chris Westwood from last season's squad, boss Martin Scott has added some quality signings to an already promising side.

Darren Williams, Michael Proctor, Chris Llewellyn and Lee Bullock all bring higher-level experience and make Pools look a formidable outfit.

Player to watch: Adam Boyd
Optimistic finish: First
Realistic finish: Top six
League One winners: Doncaster

HUDDERSFIELD by Terriers fan Wil Longbottom

With a tough opening month, the Terriers will have to be sharp from the off if they are to nick those close games.

Manager Peter Jackson's young side showed they could do it towards the end of the last campaign, but the addition of three new faces including Gary Taylor-Fletcher could take time to settle.

Player to watch: Nathan Clarke
Optimistic finish: Fourth
Realistic finish: Eighth
League One winners: Tranmere

MILTON KEYNES DONS by Dons fan Tim Stephenson

Boss Danny Wilson's first full season in charge should be one of the best for the Dons in recent years.

The return of midfielder Paul Mitchell from Wigan is a huge bonus, and new signings Craig Morgan and Aaron Wilbraham add depth in the central defence and striker positions respectively.

Player to watch: Izale McLeod
Optimistic Finish: Play-offs
Realistic Finish: Eighth-10th
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

NOTTINGHAM FOREST by Forest fan Matt Peters

The Gary Megson Factor will give Forest the fight that was missing last season.

New signings from Wigan will bring strength at the back, Jack Lester's return is like a new signing in itself and Kris Commons pledging his future to the club is an enormous boost.

Player to watch: Kris Commons
Optimistic finish: First
Realistic finish: Third
League One winners: If not us, Bristol City

OLDHAM by Latics fan Simon Clegg

It has been a busy summer at Boundary Park, with ten new faces including Andy Liddell and Richie Wellens coming in, and just as many leaving, it could mean a whole new team lining up on the opening day.

Maybe this season will be too soon but one thing is for sure, things are looking up for the Latics.

Player to watch: Andy Liddell
Optimistic finish: Sixth
Realistic finish: 10th
League One winners: Bristol City

PORT VALE by Valiants fan Alex Sivenwright

We have a small squad but we have added some good experienced heads in Danny Sonner and Tony Dinning to a promising set of youngsters.

We only struggled last year because of injuries and we have the ability to beat anyone on our day.

Player to watch: Chris Birchall
Optimistic finish: Play-offs
Realistic finish: Mid-table
League One winners: Bristol City

ROTHERHAM by Millers fan Andy Eastwood

It is a new dawn at Millmoor this season, the Ronnie Moore era is now over and the club is rebuilding on and off the field.

Boss Mick Harford seems the man for the job and has already shipped out the old guard and brought in young fresh blood to steer us back to the Championship.

Player to watch: Martin Butler
Optimistic finish: Comfortable play-offs
Realistic finish: Battling to reach play-offs
League One winners: Oldham

SCUNTHORPE by Iron fan Ben Bateson

As a promoted club, it would be realistic to expect no better than mid-table as we do not have huge squad depth, and will struggle down the left wing if talisman Peter Beagrie is injured.

Stamina and age may be a problem over the course of the season - five first team regulars are well into their mid-30's.

Player to watch: Nathan Stanton
Optimistic finish: 10th
Realistic finish: 20th
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

SOUTHEND by Shrimpers fan Andrew Beard

Freddy Eastwood and summer signing Mitchell Cole were among the goals during pre-season victories over Championship sides Millwall and Norwich.

If boss Steve Tilson can put out his first eleven every week Southend will do well but the strength of the squad is a worry and an experienced target man a priority.

Player to watch: Freddy Eastwood
Optimistic finish: Play-offs
Realistic finish: Just below mid-table
League One winners: Bristol City

SWANSEA by Swans fan Tom Polden

Following promotion from League Two last term, the Swans kick off the season at a new stadium with renewed optimism.

Boss Kenny Jackett has strengthened the squad with the signings of forwards Adebayo Akinfenwa and Marc Goodfellow.

Player to watch: Lee Trundle
Optimistic finish: Top 10
Realistic finish: Mid-table
League One winners: Tranmere

SWINDON by Robins fan Nathan Norris

After losing top goalscorer Sam Parkin and a mass exodus of players, manager Andy King has pulled off some amazing signings in the transfer market including experienced strikers Jamie Cureton and Tony Thorpe.

Things are looking good and play-offs beckon for the Robins.

Player to watch: Jamie Cureton
Optimistic Finish: First
Realistic Finish: Sixth
League One winners: Nottingham Forest

TRANMERE by Rovers fan Matt Tompkins

The crux of the squad has been kept from last season with the addition of Chris Greenacre to partner the young Iain Hume up front.

Sam Aiston will fight for a place on the wing while Steve Wilson is a good back-up to the influential John Achterberg.

Player to watch: Iain Hume
Optimistic finish: First
Realistic finish: Third
League One winners: Bristol City

WALSALL by Saddlers fan Nathan Tong

After an inconsistent season last year and some lessons learnt for manager Paul Merson, we look set to make a push towards a place in the play-offs at least.

A fixed formation and the signings of Paul Smith, Chris Westwood and Anthony Gerrard give the team a spine that was badly missed last season.

Player to watch: Kris Taylor
Optimistic finish: Third
Realistic finish: Sixth-eighth
League One winners: Tranmere

YEOVIL by Glovers fan Tom Gibbs

Some people seem convinced that Yeovil are in the middle of a climb through the divisions not seen since Wimbledon's 'Crazy Gang'.

Our football style is great, our manager Gary Johnson inspirational and our players willing, but we are just not gutsy enough - a stylish yet frustrating mid-table year.

Player to watch: Lee Johnson
Optimistic finish: Seventh
Realistic finish: 10th
League One winners: Huddersfield


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