Despite being England’s fourth division, League Two has served up plenty of drama this season, and was the hardest league to pick a game of the season from.
Congratulations to Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United and Rochdale who have been promoted to League One and they will be joined by one of Fleetwood Town, Southend United, Burton Albion or York City, who will contest the play-offs. At the other end of the table, commiserations to Bristol Rovers and Torquay United who were sadly relegated to The Conference, the former for the first time in their history.
Final league table
Team of the Season
Player of the Season
Gary Roberts – Chesterfield
30 year old Gary Roberts was surprisingly released by League One’s Swindon Town last summer, but he has excelled after dropping down a division, providing a consistent creative threat and chipping in with the kind of goals that have been the hallmark of an impressive lower league career. He was named League Two’s player of the month for August, and he hasn’t looked back since as his 11 goals and 10 assists from midfield helped Chesterfield gain promotion as champions of the division – scoring the goal on the final day that earned them the title. His experience has not only helped them achieve league success, but in the cups as well, missing just one game in their run to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.
2nd – Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United)
3rd – Scott Hogan (Rochdale)
Manager of the Season
Russ Wilcox – Scunthorpe United
With Scunthorpe United sitting 12th in League Two back in November, Brian Laws was sacked as manager and Russ Wilcox took over first on a caretaker basis before being given the job permanently in December. It has been a remarkable turnaround, with Scunny losing just once since he took over and were promoted as runners-up. That loss only came at the end of April against Exeter, meaning before hand they went on a 28 game unbeaten run, breaking an 125 year Football League record – longer than the club’s existence. Wilcox will count himself unlucky not have guided Scunthorpe to first place in League Two, but it is a remarkable achievement that he has got them automatically promoted at all considering the circumstances when he came into the role just over five months ago.
2nd – Paul Cook (Chesterfield)
3rd – Graham Alexander (Fleetwood Town)
Goal of the Season
Arron Davies vs Scunthorpe United
2nd – Jamie Cureton vs Dagenham & Redbridge
3rd – Ian Henderson vs Cheltenham
Game of the Season
Fleetwood Town 5-4 Mansfield Town
With goals in the first minute and last minute, this superb game at The Highbury Stadium, left fans on the edge of their seats all afternoon. Gareth Evans put the hosts ahead after just 18 seconds, before Chris Clements and Anthony Howell made it 2-1 to the Stags but Sarcevic levelled by the break. Sarcevic and Evans then looked to have secured victory for Fleetwood with second-half strikes before Sam Clucas and Ross Dyer in the 77th and 89th minute gave put Mansfield back in the game. But Matty Blair was felled and Sarcevic fired home to complete his hat-trick in the 96th minute to cap off a thrilling game. Before the game, the hat-trick hero midfielder had scored just three goals in League Two. Read the full match report here.
2nd – Morecambe 4-3 Chesterfield
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3rd – Mansfield Town 2-3 Accrington Stanley
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Club-by-club Player of the Season
Accrington Stanley: Tom Aldred
Bristol Rovers: John-Joe O’Toole
Burton Albion: Zeli Ismail
Bury: Jimmy McNulty
Cheltenham Town: David Noble
Chesterfield: Gary Roberts
Dagenham & Redbridge: Rhys Murphy
Exeter City: Artur Krysiak
Fleetwood Town: Antoni Sarcevic
Hartlepool United: Luke James
Mansfield Town: Sam Clucas
Morecombe: Andy Fleming
Newport County: Robbie Willmott
Northampton Town: Mathias Kouo-Doumbe
Oxford United: James Constable
Plymouth Argyle: Curtis Nelson
Portsmouth: Jed Wallace
Rochdale: Scott Hogan
Scunthorpe United: Sam Winnall
Southend United: Ryan Leonard
Torquay United: Michael Poke
AFC Wimbledon: Harry Pell
Wycombe Wanderers: Anthony Stewart
York City: Keith Lowe
The 2014-15 Sky Bet League Two 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!