Clubs

Here is a little bit about the 24 clubs that make up League Two.

 

Accrington Stanley 

Managed by John Coleman, Stanley finished 16th last season, and have carried similar form into this year.

Star Player: Paul Mullin– wiley striker who knocked back a bid from Shrewsbury to stay with Accrington last season.

Player to Watch: Jimmy Ryan – 20 year old ex Liverpool youth midfielder, who has notched three goals already this season.

Stadium: The Fraser Eagle Stadium (Crown Ground) – capacity 5057.

 

 

Aldershot Town 

The shots aquitted themselves well last season, enjoying a mid-table finish, and have taken that form into their second season in League 2.

Star Player: Kirk Hudson – Attacking player who always seems to be on the scoresheet.

Player to Watch: Scott Donnelly – Young central midfielder who after an injury blighted start to his career with QPR, is finally finding his feet with the Shots.

Stadium: The EBB Stadium (Recreation Ground) – Capacity 7100.

Barnet 

The Bees are struggling this season after finishing an impressive 12th last year. Paul Fairclough faces a struggle after losing Jason Puncheon in the summer.

Star Player: Albert Adomah – The skillful winger has attracted the attention of Premier League and Championship clubs and looks set to leave in January after turning down a new contract.

Player to Watch: Joe Devera – The 21-year old right-back has already racked up 80 appearances for the Bees, and was named the 2007-2008 Player of the Season at the Underhill.

Stadium: The Underhill Stadium – Capacity 5568.

Bournemouth 

Young manager Eddie Howe made a terrific start to his Bournemouth reign last season, and has carried the Cherries to the top of the table this term.

Star Player: Brett Pitman – Star striker Pitman has made a fantastic start to this campaign, notching 7 goals including an overhead kick.

Player to Watch: Liam Feeney – After joining from Salisbury City last season, the young winger has added some pace and flair to the Cherries side.

Stadium: The Fitness First Stadium (Dean Court) – Capacity 9600.

Bradford City 

After a succession of relegations, former Premiership side Bradford will be looking to build on last season. Manager Stuart McCall consoldated the club with a 10th place finish.

Star Player: Omar Daley – Skillful winger who provides a potent threat.

Player to Watch: Joe Colbeck – Young midfielder who turns quickly and has an eye for a pass.

Stadium: Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade) – Capacity 25136.

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Star Player: Shaun Harrad – Striker released by Notts County in 2005 and went straight into the Burton line-up. Notched 4 goals so far this term.

Player to Watch: Jacques Maghoma – Signed on a free transfer from Spurs in the summer after impressing on trial over the summers.

Stadium: The Pirelli Stadium – Capacity 6,912.

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Bury 

Led by manager Alan Knill, Bury are the surprise package this season, sitting top for a while early on.

Star Player: Andy Bishop – Prolific goalscorer at Gigg Lane, has scored 70 goals in 3 seasons.

Player to Watch: Mike Jones – The young midfielder has looked a good asset after signing on a free during the summer.

Stadium: Gigg Lane – Capacity 11840.

Chester City 

Struggling outfit who narrowly avoided relegation last year. They will be looking for a comfortable mid-table finish under Simon Davies.

Star Player: Ryan Lowe – Re-joined the club for a second stint after a successful spell in League 1 with Crewe.

Player to Watch: Paul McManus – Pacey 18-year old winger, who has come through the ranks at City, and scored two goals already this season.

Stadium: Deva Stadium – Capacity 5,376.

 Chesterfield 

The Spireites have enjoyed a modest start to the season, but with a strong squad will certainly be aiming for promotion come May.

Star Player: Jamie Ward – Signed for over £100,000 from Torquay in 2007, the diminutive striker has already scored 9 goals this year.

Player to Watch: Jamie Winter – Ex- Leeds United youngster, also played several games for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

Stadium: Saltergate – Capacity 8504.

Dagenham & Redbridge 

After surviving their first ever season in the Football League, the Daggers have started this year brightly, including a memorable opening day win, 6-0 against Chester.

Star Player: Ben Strevens – The 28-year old striker scored 15 goals last season, and already has 5 to his name this year.

Player to Watch: Scott Griffiths – The left-back has attracted attention from higher clubs with his tough tackling.

Stadium: Victoria Road – Capacity 6000.

Darlington 

Definately a team to watch for this season. The Quakers managed a playoff position last year, and will be looking for promotion under Dave Penney.

Star Player: Billy Clarke – Skillful forward on-loan from Ipswich, already bagged 7 goals this year.

Player to Watch: Jason Kennedy – Young midfielder who loves to get forward and score goals, signed a 2-year deal this summer after a successful loan spell at the club.

Stadium: The Darlington Arena – Capacity 25000.

Exeter City 

After coming up via the Blue Square play-offs last season, Exeter have made an impressive start to life in the Football League.

Star Player: Adam Stansfield – The former Yeovil Town and Hereford United striker is the man City go to for goals.

Player to Watch: Matt Taylor – Solid defender signed from Team Bath. Was awarded Player of the Season award last year.

Stadium: St James’ Park – Capacity 9036.

Gillingham 

After a relatively slow start (including a 7-0 loss to Shrewsbury) the Gills will be looking to go on a run.

Star Player: Simon King – Signed for £200,000 from Barnet, the cultured defender is a shining example at the back for Gillingham.

Player to Watch: Simeon Jackson – Another big money signing, this time for £150,000 from Rushden & Diamonds. Jackson is lighning quick, and should cause a lot of defences problems.

Stadium: Priestfield Stadium – Capacity 11582.

Grimsby Town 

At the time of writing, Grimsby Town are in the middle of a 20-game winless run. New manager Mike Newell will be hoping to reverse that quickly, as they get caught up by the teams in minus points.

Star Player: Jean Paul Kalala – Congolese midfielder is on-loan until January 3, and back at the club he started his English career at.

Player to Watch: Liam Trotter – Another on-loan player, this time from Ipswich, a skillful midfielder who has also had a spell at Millwall.

Stadium: Blundell Park – Capacity 10033.

Lincoln City 

Another side to have a slow start, the Imps have recently picked up, winning four on the bounce.

Star Player: Lee Frecklington – Attacking 23-year old midfielder with bags of skill, and an eye for goal. Has attracted interest from the higher leagues.

Player to Watch: Adrian Patulea – Young Romanian striker who made headlines by carrying his wife around the Sincil Bank pitch to impress manager Peter Jackson. Scored on his debut against Barnet.

Stadium: Sincil Bank – Capacity 10127.

Luton Town 

Something of a ‘yo-yo’ club recently, they have fallen from the Championship to League 2 twice in recent times. They have well known financial difficulties, leading to a -27 point start. They will do well to avoid relegation.

Star Player: Kevin Nicholls – Experienced midfielder who spent a seasons at Leeds and Preston, commanding transfer fee’s of £750,000. Back for the Hatters as club captain.

Player to Watch: Michael Spillane – On a season-long loan from Norwich, the central defender has scored 2 goals already. Is said to have a bright future ahead of him.

Stadium: Kenilworth Road – Capacity 10260.

Macclesfield Town 

The silkmen struggled last term, finishing in 20th position, and they are lurking around there again this season.

Star Player: Simon Yeo – Known for his time at Lincoln, the veteran striker has notched 6 goals already this season, after un-productive spells at Peterborough, Chester City and Bury.

Player to Watch: Shaun Brisley – A young defender who caught the eye last season with two goals against Accrington.

Stadium: Moss Rose – Capacity 6335.

Morecambe 

After an impressive start to league life last year, Sammy McIlroy’s side languish down the table this season.

Star Player: Jim Bentley – Very loyal, and inspirational captain.

Player to Watch: Andy Parrish – Surprisingly released by Bury at the end of the season, the 20-year old can play anywhere along the back line.

Stadium: Christie Park – Capacity 6400.

Notts County 

The oldest professional club, County struggled last season, just avoiding relegation. However a solid start sees them sit comfortably in mid-table this term.

Star Player: Jamie Forrester – Experienced striker who joined from Lincoln City, has notched plenty of goals in League 2 over the last few years so should be valuable to Ian McParlands side.

Player to Watch: Myles Weston – Skillful midfielder and a fans favourite at Meadow Lane.

Stadium: Meadow Lane – Capacity 19588.

Port Vale 

New manager Dean Glover has made an impressive start, as he looks to take Port Vale out of trouble following their relegation last season.

Star Player: Marc Richards – Has led the line exceptionally this season.

Player to Watch: Louis Dodds – Ex-Leicester striker who can also play in midfield, bagged 9 goals for Lincoln last season, and is described as a ‘natural finisher’.

Stadium: Vale Park – Capacity 18497.

Rochdale 

Lost in the play-off final last season against Stockport County, they look like a side capable of a play-off place again this year.

Star Player: Gary Jones – Long serving Dale captain who has had two spells at the club. A driving force from midfield.

Player to Watch: Adam le Fondre – Exciting striker who came through the ranks at Stockport.

Stadium: Spotland – Capacity 10249.

Rotherham United 

Have already got rid of the -17 points they started on after a fantastic start, will now be looking to climb the table.

Star Player: Pablo Mills – Has impressed in his new role in central midfield, so much so he was made captain by manager Mark Robins at the start of the season.

Player to Watch: Jamie Yates – 19-year old right winger who has a big future at the club.

Stadium: Don Valley Stadium – Capacity 25000.

Shrewsbury Town 

After a dissapointing run last season tht saw the side slip into the relegation fight, new manager Paul Simpson, and some money well spent, sees the Shrews as one of the favourites this season.

Star Player: Ben Davies – Ex-Chester City midfielder who has notched 7 goals already this season.

Player to Watch: Chris Humphrey – Raw, very raw, but there is potential. Humphrey is extremely quick, and scored his first goal for the club away to Brentford recently.

Stadium: The Prostar Stadium – Capacity 9875.

Wycombe Wanderers 

A superb defence has seen Wycombe sit at the top of the table this season, after reaching the play-offs last term.

Star Player: David McCracken – Spent many seasons with Dundee United in the SPL, and now leads the Chairboys in League 2.

Player to Watch: Lewis Spence – Young midfielder who left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, and has signed a 2-year deal at Adams Park.

Stadium: Adams Park – Capacity 10000.

*Thanks to www.tims92.co.uk for supplying many of the stadium photos*

3 responses to “Clubs

  1. Demetri Loizou

    The Spireites are planning a move to a new 10,500 all-seater stadium. Work is due to being in January and be completed by the following January.

    Manager, Lee Richardson has suffered heavy criticism in the early stages of the season, but has seemed to have found a winning formula since we beat Aldershot 5-1 in October at Saltergate.

    That night, we gave a debut to youngster, Dan Gray at right back and he’s made that position his own and we’ve not lost a game with him there and only drawn one.

    Has Lee Richardson turned it around? I’m not sure. We’ve not been faced with a big enough test yet, but to be honest, if we don’t gain promotion, he must go.

    D Loizou – Come on Spireites!

  2. You have certainly started scoring goals. I think a play-off place is a must for Chesterfield, especially with Jack Lester and Jamie Ward up front.

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