In 2015-16, League Two had England’s best performing team as Northampton Town won the title in incredible fashion, reaching 99 points to earn promotion for the first time since their relegation to the fourth tier in 2009. The Cobblers finished 13 points ahead of their rivals, but joining them in League One next season will be Oxford United and Bristol Rovers (The Gas achieved back-to-back promotions).
As for the play-offs, Accrington Stanley were the surprise package of the campaign as they missed out on the top three on goal difference, but were defeated by AFC Wimbledon in their semi-finals. In the other tie, Plymouth beat Portsmouth thanks to a late goal to qualify for the Wembley showdown. Under the arch, it was the Dons who were victorious and won a spot in League One – their sixth promotion since they reformed in 2002, which is a fantastic achievement.
Time was finally up for Dagenham & Redbridge who were relegated to the National League, where they will be joined by bottom club York City.
Final League Table
Team of the Season (PFA)
Player of the Season
Kemar Roofe – Oxford United
Rejected by West Brom, Kemar Roofe wants to get back to the Premier League and prove the Baggies wrong, and he’s already starting to do so as he was the star of the Oxford Team as the U’s achieved promotion to League One. Able to play as a striker or just behind the front man, the 23 year old lit up the fourth tier with his skill and ability to score wonder goals. He ended the campaign with a tally of 18 league goals and seven assists, contributing to the fact that Oxford finished the season as League Two’s top scorers. The PFA named Roofe as their player of the season and that has only increased his price tag as bigger clubs begin to increase their interest in a player that is one of the Football League’s hottest prospects.
2nd – Ricky Holmes (Northampton)
3rd – Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers)
Manager of the Season
Chris Wilder – Northampton Town
The manager of the best team in the country – well that’s what the table suggests. Chris Wilder’s Northampton Town racked up an impressive 99 points as they won the League Two title with ease. It was 13 more than anyone else in the fourth tier and six more than any other club in England. The Cobblers lost just five league games all season, and were last defeated in the middle of December by Portsmouth, meaning they ended the campaign on a 24 match unbeaten run. When Wilder arrived at the club in January 2014, they were in the League Two relegation zone, but over the course of two years he transformed Northampton, and they weren’t significant favourites for promotion at the start of the campaign. A fantastic achievement, but the 48 year old won’t be managing the team in League One next season as he’s been snapped up by Sheffield United.
2nd – Darrell Clarke (Bristol Rovers)
3rd – Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
Goal of the Season
Luke Guttridge vs Cambridge Town
Game of the Season
Notts County 4-3 Newport County (Noble (34′, 90+6′), McLeod (41′, 71′); Byrne (5′), Rodman (10′), Boden (83′))
Liam Noble scored a 96th-minute winner against Newport in a seven-goal thriller that saw Notts County fight back from an early two-goal deficit. Mark Byrne and Alex Rodman both struck inside 10 minutes for Newport. Noble pounced on a defensive mix-up to pull a goal back before his free-kick off the post was steered home by Izale McLeod to make it 2-2. McLeod then nodded Notts ahead and Scott Boden levelled from close range, only for Noble to win it for Notts. [Read the full BBC report here]
Club-by-Club Player of the Season
AFC Wimbledon: Paul Robinson
Accrington Stanley: Matt Crooks
Barnet: John Akinde
Bristol Rovers: Matty Taylor
Cambridge United: Barry Corr
Carlisle United: Jabo Ibehre
Crawley Town: Matt Harold
Dagenham & Redbridge: Christian Doidge
Exeter City: Lee Holmes
Hartlepool United: Trevor Carson
Leyton Orient: Jay Simpson
Luton Town: Cameron McGeehan
Mansfield Town: Ryan Tafazolli
Morecambe: Jamie Devitt
Newport County: Mark Byrne
Northampton Town: Ricky Holmes
Notts County: Jon Stead
Oxford United: Kemar Roofe
Plymouth Argyle: Graham Carey
Portsmouth: Gary Roberts
Stevenage: Fraser Franks
Wycombe Wanderers: Joe Jacobson
Yeovil Town: Connor Roberts
York City: Dave Winfield
The 2016-17 rebranded English Football League Two campaign starts on 6th 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!