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Last Updated: Monday, 6 August 2007, 12:44 GMT 13:44 UK
League Two form guide
League Two club-by-club guide


Nickname: The Reds, Stanley
Ground: Fraser Eagle Stadium
Capacity: 5,057
Last season: 20th
Manager: John Coleman (May, 1999)

In: Paul Carden, Roscoe D'Sane (AFC Wimbledon), Kenny Arthur (Partick), John Miles (Macclesfield), Graham Branch (Burnley), Mark Roberts (Northwich), Lee McEvilly (Wrexham)

Out: Andy Todd (Rotherham), Danny Ventre, Tony Grant, Andrew Mangan (Bury), Michael Welch, Mauro Almeida, Sean Doherty

BBC Sport verdict: Another season battling against the drop.

Key man: Paul Mullin


Nickname: The Bees
Ground: Underhill
Capacity: 5,500
Last season: 14th
Manager: Paul Fairclough (March 2004)

In: Neil Bishop (York), Max Porter (Bishop's Stortford), Anthony Thomas (Hemel Hempstead), Ashley Carew (Fisher Athletic), James Cole, Michael Leary (Luton), Sagi Burton (Shrewsbury), Stephane Seanla (Watford), Rob Beckwith

Out: Barry Cogan (Gillingham), Magno Vieira (Crawley), Richard Graham ( Dagenham & Redbridge), Simon King (Gillingham), Ross Flitney (Grays), Adam Gross (Grays), Oliver Allen (Stevenage), Nicky Nicolau, Anthony Charles (Barnet), Andy Hessenthaler (Dover), Paul Warhurst, Jason Norville, Ben Bowditch, Nicky Bailey (Southend)

BBC Sport verdict: A talented young squad could be undone by lack of experience. Mid-table.

Key man: Jason Puncheon

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Nickname: The Bantams
Ground: Intersonic Stadium
Capacity: 25,136
Last season: 22nd in League One (relegated)
Manager: Stuart McCall (June 2007)

In: Peter Thorne (Norwich), Barry Conlon (Mansfield), Paul Heckingbottom (Barnsley), Scott Phelan (Everton), Thomas Harban (Barnsley), Nathan Joynes (Barnsley), Kyle Nix, Darren Williams (Hartlepool), Alex Rhodes (Brentford)

Out: Dean Windass (Hull), Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (Carlisle), Steven Schumacher (Crewe), Richard Edghill (Macclesfield), Xavier Barrau, Joe Brown, John Swift, Russell Howarth, Patrick McGuire, Ben Muirhead (Rochdale), Nick Smith (Farsley Celtic)

BBC Sport verdict: McCall's return has raised expectations but a mid-table finish is likely.

Key man: Peter Thorne


Nickname: The Bees
Ground: Griffin Park
Capacity: 12,416
Last season: 24th in League One (relegated)
Manager: Terry Butcher (April, 2007)

In: Glenn Poole (Grays Athletic), John Mackie (Leyton Orient), Simon Brown (Hibernian), Lee Thorpe (Torquay), Alan Connell (Hereford), Craig Pead (Walsall), Grant Basey (Charlton), Sammy Moore (Ipswich), Ben Hamer (Reading), Adrian Pettigrew (Chelsea)

Out: Jo Kuffour (Bournemouth), Stuart Nelson (Leyton Orient), Thomas Pinault (Crawley), Adam Griffiths, Lloyd Owusu (Yeovil), Neil Shipperley, Joe Keith, Calum Willock (Port Vale), Nathan Abbey (Milton Keynes Dons), Alex Rhodes (Bradford), Andy Frampton (Millwall)

BBC Sport verdict: Will need a season to consolidate before they can think of promotion.

Key man: Lee Thorpe


Nickname: Shakers
Ground: Gigg Lane
Capacity: 11,840
Last season: 21st
Manager: Chris Casper (September 2005)

In: Ashley Young (Burnley), Steve Haslam (Halifax), Ben Futcher (Peterborough), Paul Morgan (Lincoln), Andrew Mangan (Accrington), Ben Leonard (Dinnington Town), Jim Provett (Hartlepool), Marcus Richardson (Crawley), Cameron Belford (Coventry)

Out: Tom Kennedy (Rochdale), Marc Pugh (Shrewsbury), Andy Warrington (Rotherham), Alan Fettis, Matthew Tipton, Damien Quigley, John Fitzgerald, Jake Speight, Chris Brass (Hyde United)

BBC Sport verdict: The presence of assistant manager Keith Alexander should keep Bury above the relegation zone.

Key man: Ben Futcher


Nickname: The Blues
Ground: Deva Stadium
Capacity: 6,012
Last season: 18th
Manager: Bobby Williamson (May 2007)

In: Richie Partridge (Rotherham), Nathan Lowndes (Port Vale), Kevin Ellison (Tranmere), Gavin Ward (Tranmere), John Murphy (Macclesfield), Paul Butler

Out: Drewe Broughton, Alex Meechan (York City), David Artell (Morecambe), Graham Allen (Chester), Lee Steele (Northwich)

BBC Sport verdict: Fans' favourites Ellison and Murphy are back but the play-offs will remain a distant dream.

Key man: Kevin Ellison


Nickname: Spireites
Ground: Recreation Ground
Capacity: 8,509
Last season: 21st in League One (Relegated)
Manager: Lee Richardson (April 2007)

In: Steve Fletcher (Bournemouth), Gregor Robertson (Rotherham), Kevin Gray (Carlisle), Jack Lester (Nottingham Forest),

Out: Paul Hall (Walsall), Alex Bailey, Shane Nicholson, Reuben Hazell, Sebastien Grimaldi, Reuben Wiggins-Thomas, Kyle Critchell (Weymouth), Colin Larkin (Northampton), Mark Allott (Oldham)

BBC Sport verdict: The best equipped of all last season's relegated teams. Will still find League Two tough though.

Key man: Jack Lester


Nickname: The Daggers
Ground: Victoria Road
Capacity: 6,078
Last season: Champions in Conference (Promoted)
Manager: John Still (April 2004)

In: Ross Smith (Ebbsfleet), Richard Graham (Barnet), Shane Huke (Peterborough)

Out: Tim Cole (Thurrock), Paolo Vernazza (Weymouth)

BBC Sport verdict: Still's know-how means Dagenham should take the step up to the Football League in their stride.

Key man: Paul Benson


Nickname: The Quakers
Ground: The Arena
Capacity: 25,294
Last season: 11th
Manager: Dave Penney (October 2006)

In: Andy Oakes (Swansea), John Brackstone (Hartlepool), Kevin McBride (unattached), Scott Wiseman (Hull), Stephen Foster (Scunthorpe), Alan White (Notts County), Rob Purdie (Hereford), Neil Austin (Barnsley), Pawel Abbott (Swansea), Ian Harty (Airdrie), Ian Miller (Darlington), Andre Boucaud (Wycombe)

Out: Sam Russell, Simon Johnson (Hereford)

BBC Sport verdict: Fell short last season but will challenge strongly for promotion this time.

Key man: Pawel Abbott


Nickname: The Mariners
Ground: Blundell Park
Capacity: 10,033
Last season: 15th
Manager: Alan Buckley (November 2006)

In: James Hunt (Bristol Rovers), Jamie Clark (Boston), Gary Montgomery (Rotherham)

Out: John McDermott (retired), Gary Croft (Lincoln), Matt Bloomer (Boston), Simon Grand (Morecambe)

BBC Sport verdict: Buckley's League Two know-how could haul the Mariners into play-off contention.

Key man: Peter Bore


Nickname: Bulls
Ground: Edgar Street
Capacity: 8, 8843
Last season: 16th
Manager: Graham Turner (August, 1995)

In: Steve Guinan (Cheltenham), Karl Broadhurst (Bournemouth), John McCombe (Huddersfield), Kris Taylor (Walsall), Clint Easton (Gillingham), Lionel Ainsworth (Derby), Trevor Benjamin (Peterborough), Simon Johnson (Darlington)

Out: Phil Gulliver (Rushden & Diamonds), Andy Ferrell (Kidderminster), Danny Thomas (Macclesfield), Rob Purdie (Darlington), Alan Connell (Brentford), Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green), Martyn Giles, Glyn Thompson (Newport County), Tamika Mkandawire (Leyton Orient), Tim Sills (Torquay), Andy Williams (Bristol Rovers), Alex Jeannin (Oxford Utd)

BBC Sport verdict: The cash-strapped Bulls will have to battle to keep their heads above water.

Key man: Steve Guinan


Nickname: The Red Imps
Ground: Sincil Bank
Capacity: 10,127
Last season: Fifth
Manager: John Schofield (June 2006)

In: Steve Torpey (Scunthorpe), Gary Croft (Grimsby), Michael Roddy

Out: Simon Rayner (Torquay), Martin Gritton (Macclesfield), Paul Mayo (Notts County), Paul Morgan (Bury), Jeff Hughes (Crystal Palace), Ryan Semple (Rushden)

BBC Sport verdict: Last season's beaten play-off semi-finalists will make no mistake this time. Champions.

Key man: Lee Frecklington


Nickname: The Silkmen
Ground: Moss Rose
Capacity: 6,335
Last season: 22nd
Manager: Ian Brightwell (June 2007)

In: Martin Gritton (Lincoln), Francis Green (Boston), Danny Thomas (Hereford), Richard Edghill (Bradford), Michael Husbands (Port Vale), Luke Dimech (Chester), Simon Wiles (Blackpool), Terry Dunfield

Out: Matty McNeil (Stockport), Martin Bullock (Wycombe), Alan Navarro (Milton Keynes Dons), Jon Brain, John Murphy (Chester)

BBC Sport verdict: Brightwell faces an uphill struggle to keep the Silkmen in the Football League.

Key man: Martin Gritton


Nickname: The Stags
Ground: Field Mill
Capacity: 9,990
Last season: 17th
Manager: Bill Dearden (December 2006)

In: Dan Martin (Notts County), John McAliskey (Huddersfield), Martin McIntosh (Huddersfield), Lee Bell (Burton).

Out: Chris Beardsley (York), Giles Coke (Northampton), Asa Charlton (Telford), Callum Lloyd (Kettering), Jon-Olav Hjelde, Barry Conlon (Bradford)

BBC Sport verdict: Continuing off-field issues will overshadow any hopes of a promotion campaign.

Key man: John McAliskey


Nickname: Dons
Ground: stadium:mk
Capacity: 30,000
Last season: Fourth
Manager: Paul Ince (June 2007)

In: Dominic Blizzard (Watford), Kevin Gallen (QPR), Mark Wright (Walsall), Mustapha Carayol (Swindon), Colin Cameron (Coventry), Willy Gueret (Swansea), Nathan Abbey (Brentford), Luke Howell (Gillingham)

Out: Ben Chorley (Tranmere), Clive Platt (Colchester), Gary Smith (Brentford), Izale McLeod (Charlton)

BBC Sport verdict: Ince's golden touch will take the Dons into League One.

Key man: Kevin Gallen


Nickname: The Shrimps
Ground: Christie Park
Capacity: 6,400
Last season: Third in Conference (Promoted via play-offs)
Manager: Sammy McIlroy (May 2006)

In: Chris Neal (Preston), Matty Blinkhorn (Blackpool), Carl Baker (Southport), David Artell (Chester)

Out: Danny Carlton (Carlisle), Chris Blackburn (Swindon), Jonathan Smith (Forest Green)

BBC Sport verdict: McIlroy will have his work cut out if Morecambe are to stay up.

Key man: Carl Baker


Nickname: The Magpies
Ground: Meadow Lane
Capacity: 20,300
Last season: 13th
Manager: Steve Thompson (June 2006)

In: Paul Mayo (Lincoln), Hector Sam (Walsall), Tim Sandercombe (Plymouth), Adam Tann (Leyton Orient), Neil MacKenzie (unattached), Spencer Weir-Daley (Nottingham Forest), Myles Weston (Charlton), Richard Butcher (Peterborough)

Out: Alan White (Darlington), Dan Gleeson (Cambridge United), Dan Martin (Mansfield), David Pipe (Bristol Rovers)

BBC Sport verdict: A play-off place is the least that Magpies fans should expect.

Key man: Spencer Weir-Daley


Nickname: Posh
Ground: London Road
Capacity: 15,152
Last season: 10th
Manager: Darren Ferguson (January 2007)

In: Charlie Lee (Tottenham), Chris Whelpdale (Billericay Town), Dean Keates (Walsall), Chris Westwood (Walsall), Rene Howe (Kettering), Kieran Charnock (Northwich)

Out: Shane Huke (Dagenham & Redbridge), Justin Richards (Kidderminster), Ben Futcher (Bury), Richard Butcher (Notts County), Trevor Benjamin (Hereford)

BBC Sport verdict: Ferguson's squad is full of talent and should challenge at the top. Capable of a top-three finish.

Key man: Aaron McLean


Nickname: Dale
Ground: Spotland
Capacity: 10,208
Last season: Ninth
Manager: Keith Hill (January 2007)

In: Tom Kennedy (Bury), Ben Muirhead (Bradford), James Spencer (Stockport), Kallum Higginbotham (Oldham), Nathan D'Laryea (Manchester City)

Out: Mark Jackson (Farsley Celtic), Alan Goodall (Luton), Matt Gilks (Norwich)

BBC Sport verdict: Unlikely to match last season's top-half finish.

Key man: Glenn Murray


Nickname: The Millers
Ground: Millmoor
Capacity: 8,300
Last season: 23rd in League One (relegated)
Manager: Mark Robins (March 2007)

In: Danny Harrison (Tranmere), Dale Tonge (Barnsley), Tom Cahill (Matlock), Andy Todd (Accrington), Andy Warrington (Bury), Peter Holmes (Luton), Mark Hudson (Huddersfield), Marc Joseph (Blackpool), Graham Coughlan (Sheffield Wednesday), Steve Cann (Derby), Colin Murdock (Shrewsbury), Marcus Bean (Blackpool)

Out: David Worrell (Dundee), Eugen Bopp (Crewe), Richie Partridge (Chester City), Delroy Facey (Gillingham), Matthew Woods (Doncaster), Gary Montgomery (Grimsby), Gregor Robertson (Chesterfield)

BBC Sport verdict: Stopping the downward spiral will be enough for the Millers. Will be interesting to see how Robins fares.

Key man: Andy Todd


Nickname: The Shrews
Ground: New Meadow
Capacity: 10,000
Last season: Seventh
Manager: Gary Peters (November 2004)

In: David Hibbert (Preston), Glynn Garner (Leyton Orient), Darran Kempson (Crewe), Marc Pugh (Bury), Darren Moss (Crewe), David Hunt (Northampton), Fola Onibuje (Wycombe)

Out: Richard Hope (Wrexham), Dave Edwards (Luton), Sagi Burton (Barnet)

BBC Sport verdict: Peters has a tidy squad that is capable of marking the first season at the New Meadow by making the play-offs again.

Key man: Michael Symes


Nickname: The Hatters
Ground: Edgeley Park
Capacity: 11,500
Last season: Eighth
Manager: Jim Gannon (January 2006)

In: Chris Adamson (Sheff Wed), Matty McNeil (Macclesfield), Gareth Owen (Oldham), Gary Dicker (UCD), Paul Tierney (Blackpool)

Out: James Spencer (Rochdale), Ryan Crowther (Liverpool)

BBC Sport verdict: Expect Gannon to build on last season and automatic promotion will not be beyond them.

Key man: Anthony Elding


Nickname: Red Dragons
Ground: Racecourse Ground
Capacity: 15,500
Last season: 19th
Manager: Brian Carey (May 2007)

In: Michael Proctor (Hartlepool), Anthony Williams (Carlisle), Eifion Williams (Hartlepool), Richard Hope (Shrewsbury), Conall Murtagh (Southport)

Out: Lee McEvilly (Accrington)

BBC Sport verdict: Should steer clear of trouble but mid-table is as good as it will get.

Key man: Eifion Williams


Nickname: The Chairboys
Ground: Adams Park
Capacity: 10,000
Last season: 12th
Manager: Paul Lambert (June 2006)

In: David McCracken (Dundee Utd), Craig Woodman (Bristol City) Martin Bullock (Macclesfield), Scott Shearer (Bristol Rovers), Leon Johnson (Gillingham), Derek Duncan (Leyton Orient), John Sutton (St Mirren), Gary Holt (Nottingham Forest), Tom Williams (Swansea), Jack Obersteller (Millwall), Andre Boucaud (Kettering)

Out: Tommy Mooney (Walsall), Chris Palmer (Darlington), Fola Onibuje (Shrewsbury)

BBC Sport verdict: Fell away last season but should last the course this time.

Key man: John Sutton

Coca-Cola Football League Two Table
01 February 2010 21:44
    P GD PTS
1 Rochdale 28 32 56
2 Bournemouth 27 3 49
3 Bury 27 3 48

4 Rotherham 24 13 45
5 Notts County 24 31 43
6 Shrewsbury 28 5 42
7 Chesterfield 27 4 42

8 Aldershot 26 10 41
9 Dag & Red 26 5 40
10 Accrington Stanley 24 4 39
11 Morecambe 27 5 38
12 Port Vale 26 5 37
13 Northampton 28 1 37
14 Burton Albion 27 0 37
15 Crewe 27 -1 34
16 Bradford 26 -5 33
17 Macclesfield 25 -7 29
18 Barnet 27 -9 29
19 Lincoln City 25 -13 28
20 Torquay 27 -4 26
21 Hereford 25 -9 26
22 Cheltenham 26 -14 25

23 Grimsby 27 -21 20
24 Darlington 24 -38 11

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