2013-14 League Two Review

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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

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Team of the Season

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Player of the Season

Gary Roberts – Chesterfield

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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

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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

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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

Read the full match report here.

3rd – Mansfield Town 2-3 Accrington Stanley

Read the full match report here.

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

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Chesterfield: Gary Roberts

Dagenham & Redbridge: Rhys Murphy

Exeter City: Artur Krysiak

Fleetwood Town: Antoni Sarcevic

Hartlepool United: Luke James

Mansfield Town: Sam Clucas

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Morecombe: Andy Fleming

Newport County: Robbie Willmott

Northampton Town: Mathias Kouo-Doumbe

Oxford United: James Constable

Plymouth Argyle: Curtis Nelson

Portsmouth: Jed Wallace

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Rochdale: Scott Hogan

Scunthorpe United: Sam Winnall

Southend United: Ryan Leonard

Torquay United: Michael Poke

AFC Wimbledon: Harry Pell

Wycombe Wanderers: Anthony Stewart

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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!

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