2013-14 League One Review

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Another exciting season in League One, with many teams either becoming shock promotion contenders or not living up to expectations, whilst the division also had a representative in the FA Cup semi-finals in Sheffield United.

Congratulations to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford who have been promoted to The Championship and they will be joined by one of Leyton Orient, Rotherham, Preston North End or Peterborough, who will contest the play-offs. At the other end of the table, commiserations to Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle, Shrewsbury Town and Stevenage who were sadly relegated to League Two.

Final league table

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Team of the Season

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Player of the Season

Adam Forshaw – Brentford

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Forshaw had a bright 2012/13 but this season he has pushed on to become one of the mainstays of Brentford’s bid to win promotion from Sky Bet League 1. The 22-year-old midfielder is an imposing player in the middle of the park for the Bees and helps knit things together well for Mark Warburton’s men, while also taking on extra responsibility as Brentford’s penalty-taker – four of his eight goals this season have come from the spot. The former Everton man is well regarded at Griffin Park by colleagues and supporters alike for his good attitude and consistent performances. After his eight goals and five assists this season, he will be a key player in trying to keep Brentford in The Championship next season.

2nd – Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

3rd – Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough)

Manager of the Season

Kenny Jackett – Wolverhampton Wanderers

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There was always going to be pressure on Kenny Jackett to take Wolves back up to The Championship at the first time of asking, and after doing so in fantastic style, the former Millwall boss has his sights set on The Premier League. This season though, they have stormed to the League One title, finishing on (a divisional record) ? points. His side lost just one game of their last 21, leading to Jackett picking up the manager of the month award for March. He may not play the most attractive football in England, but the system, including the ‘French Connection’ upfront has worked. Jackett has succeeded beyond anyone’s imagination in a job that was seen as a very tough one to come into last summer.

2nd – Steve Evans (Rotherham United)

3rd – Nigel Clough (Sheffield United)

Goal of the Season

Cody McDonald vs Walsall

2nd – Franck Moussa vs Leyton Orient

3rd – Carl Winchester vs Swindon Town

Game of the Season

Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-4 Rotherham

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Wolves scored two last-gasp goals to beat Rotherham in an incredible game and close in on the League One title.

Kenny Jackett’s side looked to be coasting as Nouha Dicko’s close-range double and a Dave Edwards strike saw them respond to Kieran Agard’s early headed opener. Agard’s second and Dicko’s hat-trick goal made it 4-2 after half-time, but the Millers levelled late on through Joe Skarz and Agard’s third. But a dramatic finale saw Sam Ricketts and Kevin McDonald shots earn victory. Read the full report here.

2nd – Oldham 5-4 Peterborough

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3rd – Gillingham 3-4 Rotherham

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Club-by-club Player of the Season

Bradford City: Gary Jones

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Brentford: Adam Forshaw

Bristol City: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Carlisle United: Matty Robson

Colchester United: Tom Eastman

Coventry City: Callum Wilson

Crawley Town: Joe Walsh

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Crewe Alexandra: Matt Tootle

Gillingham: Leon Legge

Leyton Orient: Moses Odubajo

Milton Keynes Dons: Dele Alli

Notts County: Alan Sheehan

Oldham Athletic: Gary Harkins

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Peterborough: Britt Assombalonga

Port Vale: Chris Neal

Preston North End: Joe Garner

Rotherham United: Ben Pringle

Sheffield United: Harry Maguire

Shrewsbury Town: Jon Taylor

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Stevenage: Luke Freeman

Swindon Town: Alex Pritchard

Tranmere Rovers: Ryan Lowe

Walsall: Sam Mantom

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Bakary Sako

The 2014-15 Sky Bet League One campaign starts on 9th August. If you disagree with any of the awards, please feel free to let me know who you think deserved a mention in the comments below!

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