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Football League Two
Football League Two.png
Countries  England
Founded 2004
1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
Number of teams 24
Promotion to League One
Relegation to Conference National
Levels on pyramid 4
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
Current champions Brentford (2008–09)
Website League Two
Soccerball current event.svg 2009–10 Football League Two

Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system.

Football League Two was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Third Division. Prior to the advent of the Premier League, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division. It is the most profitable fourth-tier football league in the world.

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Structure

There are 24 clubs in Football League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. From these points a league table is constructed.

At the end of each season the top three teams, together with the winner of the play-offs between the teams that finished in 4th–7th position, are promoted to Football League One and are replaced by the four teams that finished bottom of that division.

Similarly the two teams that finished at the bottom of Football League Two are relegated to the Conference National and are replaced by the team that finished 1st and the team that won the 2nd–5th place play-off in that division. Technically a team can be reprieved from relegation if the team replacing them does not have a ground suitable for League football, but in practice this is a non-factor because every team currently in the Conference National has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team can be made until their stadium is upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if some other team either resigns or is expelled from the Football League.

Final League position is determined, in this order, by points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, a mini-league of the results between two or more teams ranked using the previous three criteria and finally a series of one or more play off matches.

There is a mandatory wage cap in this division that limits spending on players' wages to 60% of club turnover.

Football League Two clubs 2009–10

Club Finishing position last season
Accrington Stanley 16th
Aldershot Town 15th
Barnet 17th
Bournemouth 21st
Bradford City 9th
Burton Albion 1st in Conference National
Bury 4th
Cheltenham Town 23rd in League One
Chesterfield 10th
Crewe Alexandra 22nd in League One
Dagenham & Redbridge 8th
Darlington 12th
Grimsby Town 22nd
Hereford United 24th in League One
Lincoln City 13th
Macclesfield Town 20th
Morecambe 11th
Northampton Town 21st in League One
Notts County 19th
Port Vale 18th
Rochdale 6th
Rotherham United 14th
Shrewsbury Town 7th
Torquay United 4th in Conference National (play-off winner)

Winners of Football League Two

Season Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place Promoted Play-Off Winner
2004–05 Yeovil Town Scunthorpe United Swansea City Southend United
2005–06 Carlisle United Northampton Town Leyton Orient Cheltenham Town
2006–07 Walsall Hartlepool United Swindon Town Bristol Rovers
2007–08 Milton Keynes Dons Peterborough United Hereford United Stockport County
2008–09 Brentford Exeter City Wycombe Wanderers Gillingham

Play-off results

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town

Northampton Town 0–0 Southend United

Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City

Southend United 1–0 Northampton Town

Lincoln City 0–2 Southend United
2005–06 Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town

Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town

Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City

Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers

Grimsby Town 0–1 Cheltenham Town
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Lincoln City

Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Milton Keynes Dons

Lincoln City 3–5 Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Shrewsbury Town

Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury Town
2007–08 Darlington 2–1 Rochdale
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
Rochdale 2–1 Darlington
(Rochdale won 5-4 on penalties, AET)
Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County
2008–09 Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury
Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
Bury 0–1 Shrewsbury Town
(Shrewsbury won 4 - 3 on penalties, AET)
Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town

Relegated teams

Season Clubs
2004–05 Kidderminster Harriers, Cambridge United
2005–06 Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds
2006–07 Boston United, Torquay United
2007–08 Mansfield Town, Wrexham
2008–09 Chester City, Luton Town*
  • *30 point deduction

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 England Phil Jevons Yeovil Town 27
2005–06 England Karl Hawley Carlisle United 23
2006–07 England Richard Barker Hartlepool United 21
England Izale McLeod Milton Keynes Dons
2007–08 England Aaron McLean Peterborough United 29
2008–09 England Grant Holt Shrewsbury Town 20
England Jack Lester Chesterfield

League Two stadiums 2009–10

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Darlington The Darlington Arena 25,294
Bradford City Valley Parade 25,136
Rotherham United Don Valley Stadium 25,000
Notts County Meadow Lane 20,300
Port Vale Vale Park 18,900
Bury Gigg Lane 11,669
Rochdale Spotland* 10,249
Lincoln City Sincil Bank 10,127
Crewe Alexandra Alexandra Stadium 10,118
Shrewsbury Town Prostar Stadium 10,000
Grimsby Town Blundell Park 9,546
AFC Bournemouth Dean Court 9,287
Chesterfield Saltergate* 8,504
Northampton Town Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Aldershot Town Recreation Ground* 7,100
Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road* 7,066
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium* 6,912
Morecambe Christie Park* 6,400
Macclesfield Town Moss Rose* 6,335
Torquay United Plainmoor* 6,104
Dagenham & Redbridge Victoria Road* 6,000
Barnet Underhill Stadium* 5,568
Hereford United Edgar Street* 5,300
Accrington Stanley Crown Ground* 5,057

See also

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Simple English

Football League Two
Country England
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1920
Level 4
Number of teams 24
Promotion to Football League One
Relegation to Conference National
Current champions Brentford (2008/09)

Football League Two is a football league which is Fourth division in England. It is the new name of the English Third Division.

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Club 2009/10

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunner-upThird place
2000/01Brighton & Hove AlbionCardiff CityChesterfield
2001/02Plymouth ArgyleLuton TownMansfield Town
2002/03Rushden & DiamondsHartlepool UnitedWrexham
2003/04Doncaster RoversHull CityTorquay United
2004/05Yeovil TownScunthorpe UnitedSwansea City
2005/06Carlisle UnitedNorthampton TownLeyton Orient
2006/07WalsallHartlepool UnitedSwindon Town
2007/08Milton Keynes DonsPeterborough UnitedHereford United
2008/09BrentfordExeter CityWycombe Wanderers

Former champions

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