Date:Tuesday August 2 2011
Style: Powerful and pacey with precise passing
Stadium: A modern design classic with curvy roofs
Reputation: Former greats under Herbert Chapman now known as the place where Last of the Summer Wine is filmed. Extremely Northern.
Rivals: Bradford City and Leeds United.
Star player: Midfielder Gary Roberts
Final position: 1st
PRESTON NORTH END
Style: They were short on style as they slumped to relegation last season under Phil Brown
Stadium: Another modern re-build with a unique design
Reputation: The first invincibles. Not so much now. They do enjoy being reminded of 1994.
Star player: Central defender Clark Carlisle
Final position: 2nd
Style: Manager Russell Slade has turned them into one of the more progressive sides in the division
Stadium: A beautiful ground ruined by owner Barry Hearn selling off the corners to build flats like some sort of monstrous snooker table
Reputation: Good, honest, hardworking salt-of-the-earth Eastenders
Rivals: Southend United
Star player: Midfielder Stephen Dawson
Final position: 3rd
Style: The passing football played under previous boss Nigel Adkins has been superceded by a more pragmatic approach by successor Alan Knill
Stadium: The first of the new breed of off-the-shelf Lego builds
Reputation: As mundane as it gets, much like the town itself
Rivals: Grimsby Town
Star player: Captain Cliff Byrne
Final position: 4th
Style: Tore League Two to shreds last season, including ourselves! They had it in abundance under manager John Sheridan
Stadium: I called it a depressing new, off-the-shelf, sponsored Lego set last year. A little harshly in hindsight.
Reputation: It used to be all about the Crooked Spire but that could be changing
Rivals: Mansfield Town but they`ll enjoy facing up with both Sheffield clubs this year.
Star player: Striker Jack Lester
Final position: 5th
Style: Suave, particularly under the guidance of manager Paul Tisdale
Stadium: A mix of old and new and with perhaps the greatest standing terrace in the Football League
Reputation: Cultivating a name as THE model to follow for supporter-owned clubs
Rivals: Plymouth Argyle
Star player: Midfielder Liam Sercombe
Final position: 6th
Style: Deceptively powerful combined with youthful poise
Stadium: A soulless all-seater affair that makes you reminisce about the old Dean Court
Reputation: Remarkable over-achievers in spite of consistent financial disasters and points deductions
Star player: Striker Danny Ings
Final position: 7th
Style: Last season they were blighted by inconsistency. Manager Gary Megson`s sides aren`t renowned for their passing style
Stadium: A huge behemoth at this level but forever associated with its tragic history
Reputation: Fallen giants with the weight of history on their shoulders
Rivals: Erm…Sheffield United?
Star player: Striker Marc Richards
Final position: 8th
Style: A catastrophic 2010/11 season included a seemingly stubborn refusal to dare win a game
Stadium: Once famously used for both football and cricket. Now completely modernised over the last twenty years or so
Reputation: Premier League pretenders now fallen on hard times
Rivals: They don`t like Sheffield Wednesday
Star player: Striker Jordan Slew
Final position: 9th
Style: Trying to play the right way under boss Chris Powell
Stadium: Premier League standard although the away end rivals Kenilworth Road for its` generous leg room
Reputation: Family friendly club with its fair share of geeks and trainspotters
Rivals: Crystal Palace
Star player: Defender Michael Morrison
Final position: 10th
Style: It remains to be seen with Uwe Rösler bravely appointed new Bees boss
Stadium: One of the few still with terracing, shame the away end is so shallow. Take a box with you.
Reputation: Have spent the last decade yo-yoing between the bottom two divisions. Continue to supply us with some of our best players.
Rivals: Fulham and Queens Park Rangers
Star player: Winger Niall McGinn
Final position: 11th
Style: Understated but the Cumbrians are a tough nut to crack in the image of manager Greg Abbott.
Stadium: Another traditional old ground with a new stand built oddly out-of-line with the pitch
Reputation: It has changed in recent years but remain defined by their geographical isolation. Hardcore Chairboys who make this trip might even get a guest ticket as a reward!
Rivals: They will enjoy renewing their acquaintances with Preston North End this season
Star player: Midfielder James Berrett
Final position: 12th
Final position: 13th
Style: Boasted a fine home record last season where they were difficult to beat
Stadium: Likely to be fuller this season than it has been for some time after a hugely successful season ticket offer. Be warned though, away fans will be making up some of the difference!
Reputation: Self-confessed monkey hangers and the favourite team of Countdown`s Jeff Stelling.
Star player: Midfielder Andy Monkhouse
Final position: 14th
Style: Agricultural under Paul Ince.
Stadium: Another stadium re-built since Hillsborough. Nottingham Rugby usually ensure the pitch is gubbed by Guy Fawkes Night.
Reputation: The oldest English club in the league that was almost bankrupted with the help of their supporters.
Rivals: Nottingham Forest
Star player: Captain Mike Edwards leads by example
Final position: 15th
Style: Capable of some enterprising stuff under the guidance of physio Les Parry
Stadium: Prenton Park is yet another old ground condemned to an all-seater almost devoid of atmosphere
Reputation: Living in the shadows of their Merseyside neighbours
Rivals: They are none too keen on Bolton Wanderers
Star player: Watch out for striker Adam McGurk
Final position: 16th
Style: Another side that goes about its business quietly under manager Dean Smith.
Stadium: Subject to a controversial tussle over ownership that threatens the Saddlers existence. Also: pillars.
Reputation: Black Country also-rans who often punch above their weight
Rivals: Aside from the Birmingham clubs, none in League One
Star player: Young striker Will Gregg is making a reputation for himself
Final position: 17th
Style: With hoofball Lieutenant John Ward taking over from hoofball General Aidy Bothroyd the Essex Apes will endure plenty of neck ache.
Stadium: A soul-destroying all-seater monstrosity built next to the A12. It`s almost as if it is itself begging to hitch the next ride out of dodge.
Reputation: Of course we`re biased here in Vital towers. Think News of the World.
Rivals: Wycombe Wanderers
Star player: Defender Magnus Okuonghae is the kind of man-beast your legs were designed to run away from
Final position: 18th
Style: As gutsy as they come under the Wadfather and his carefully assembled squad of lovers and fighters
Stadium: Modest, semi-modern and inconveniently located but a home full of so many fond memories
Reputation: "We`ll always be non-league" but we`ve had some good managers in our time
Rivals: Colchester United
Star player: Goalkeeper Nikki Bull
Final position: 19th
Style: Inconsistent but perhaps that`s not too surprising in Paul Dickov`s first season as boss
Stadium: Lost one side with a promise of a new one that`s starting to get old. And cold.
Reputation: Still hankering after the glory days of the earlier nineties, Frankie Bunn and plastic pitches.
Rivals: The Latics will be looking forward to facing both Bury and Rochdale this year
Star player: Winger Chris Taylor
Final position: 20th
Style: Borough provide a horrific glimpse into the psyche of boss Graham Westley. A Charles Hughes wet-dream and everyone else`s nightmare
Stadium: Modest but with much to offer the noisy home fans. Travellers are condemned to a soul-less all-seater stand.
Reputation: Plucky underdogs done good since the mid-90s now being quickly replaced by Westley`s anti-football
Rivals: Barnet or Luton Town
Star player: Ex-Wanderer John Mousinho was as good as any last season
Final position: 21st
Style: Richie Barker has carried on the attacking endeavour began by predecessor Alan Knill
Stadium: Another traditional old ground treated to an all-seater make-under. Usually two-thirds empty.
Reputation: One time F.A. Cup winners and Football League stalwarts.
Rivals: They will be chomping at the bit to face Oldham Athletic and Rochdale.
Star player: Striker Ryan Lowe
Final position: 22nd
Style: Good to watch under the now-departed Keith Hill. Successor Steve Eyre has some act to follow.
Stadium: Modest upgrade with three sides now all-seater and a shallow terrace for home fans. Away fans get the whole of one side. Behind which is the best chippy in the division.
Reputation: Generally considered the smallest of Greater Manchester`s footballing sides.
Rivals: Bury and Oldham Athletic
Star player: Much sought-after striker Ashley Grimes
Final position: 23rd
Style: A 21st century Southampton. Consistently avoiding relegation against the odds much to manager Terry Skiverton`s credit
Stadium: Ideal for the Glovers with seats on either side and terracing at each end. This season we travel on a Tuesday night so it`s unlikely to be open for us.
Reputation: F.A. Cup giant-killers with the (other) sloping pitch. The club with the greatest number of failed Football League election attempts. Fond of both the beast and the family.
Rivals: Historically Weymouth. This season it`ll be Exeter City.
Star player: : Defender Luke Ayling
Final position: 24th
Date:Tuesday August 2 2011
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Blues draw at Chesham (Wednesday July 23 2014)
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Blues win a game of two halves (Saturday July 12 2014)
Lynch & Evans join the Blues (Wednesday July 2 2014)
Blues sign Joe Jacobson (Tuesday July 1 2014)
Wycombe sign Peter Murphy (Friday June 20 2014)
Morias signs new contract (Wednesday June 18 2014)
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