- Football League Two
Football League Two Countries England Founded 2004
1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
Number of teams 24 Levels on pyramid 4 Promotion to League One Relegation to Conference National Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
Current champions Chesterfield F.C.
TV partners Sky Sports
BBC (Highlights Only)
Website League Two 2011–12 Football League Two
Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Npower 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.
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 2011–12
Club Finishing position last season Accrington Stanley 5th AFC Wimbledon 2nd in Conference National (play-off winner) Aldershot Town 14th Barnet 22nd Bradford City 18th Bristol Rovers 22nd in League One Burton Albion 19th Cheltenham Town 17th Crawley Town 1st in Conference National Crewe Alexandra 10th Dagenham & Redbridge 21st in League One Gillingham 8th Hereford United 21st Macclesfield Town 15th Morecambe 20th Northampton Town 16th Oxford United 12th Plymouth Argyle 23rd in League One Port Vale 11th Rotherham United 9th Shrewsbury Town 4th Southend United 13th Swindon Town 24th in League One Torquay United 7th
Winners of Football League Two
Season Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place Promoted via play-off 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 2009–10 Notts County A.F.C. Bournemouth Rochdale Dagenham & Redbridge 2010–11 Chesterfield Bury Wycombe Wanderers Stevenage
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 2009–10 Darlington, Grimsby 2010–11 Lincoln City, Stockport County
Season Top scorer Club Goals 2004–05 Phil Jevons Yeovil Town 27 2005–06 Karl Hawley Carlisle United 23 2006–07 Richard Barker Hartlepool United 21 Izale McLeod Milton Keynes Dons 2007–08 Aaron McLean Peterborough United 29 2008–09 Grant Holt Shrewsbury Town 20 Jack Lester Chesterfield 2009–10 Lee Hughes Notts County 30 2010–11 Clayton Donaldson Crewe Alexandra 28
League Two stadia 2011–12
Home Club Stadium Name Capacity Bradford City Valley Parade 25,136 Rotherham United Don Valley Stadium 25,000 Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500 Port Vale Vale Park 19,052 Swindon Town F.C. County Ground, Swindon 14,700 Oxford United Kassam Stadium 12,500 Southend United Roots Hall 12,306 Bristol Rovers F.C. Memorial Stadium* 12,011 Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582 Crewe Alexandra Alexandra Stadium 10,118 Shrewsbury Town Greenhous Meadow 9,875 Northampton Town Sixfields Stadium 7,653 Aldershot Town Recreation Ground* 7,100 Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road* 7,066 Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium* 6,996 Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium* 6,912 Morecambe Globe Arena* 6,476 Macclesfield Town Moss Rose* 6,335 Barnet Underhill Stadium* 6,200 Torquay United Plainmoor* 6,104 Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. Victoria Road* 6,078 Hereford United Edgar Street* 5,300 AFC Wimbledon Kingsmeadow* 5,194 Accrington Stanley Crown Ground* 5,057
- *ground contains terracing
- Football League Fourth Division (1958–59 – 1991–92)
- Football League Third Division (1992–93 – 2003–04)
References and Notes
- ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/Timeline/0,,10794~1357286,00.html "The Football League - Timeline" Retrieved 18 August 2011
- ^ Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities
- Football League Two official site
- Football League Two clubs' locations
- League Two blogs by League Two fans
2011–12 Football League TwoAccrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Aldershot Town · Barnet · Bradford City · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Cheltenham Town · Crawley Town · Crewe Alexandra · Dagenham & Redbridge · Gillingham · Hereford United · Macclesfield Town · Morecambe · Northampton Town · Oxford United · Plymouth Argyle · Port Vale · Rotherham United · Shrewsbury Town · Southend United · Swindon Town · Torquay United Football League Fourth Division / Football League Division Three / Football League Two seasons1958–59 · 1959–60 · 1960–61 · 1961–62 · 1962–63 · 1963–64 · 1964–65 · 1965–66 · 1966–67 · 1967–68 · 1968–69 · 1969–70 · 1970–71 · 1971–72 · 1972–73 · 1973–74 · 1974–75 · 1975–76 · 1976–77 · 1977–78 · 1978–79 · 1979–80 · 1980–81 · 1981–82 · 1982–83 · 1983–84 · 1984–85 · 1985–86 · 1986–87 · 1987–88 · 1988–89 · 1989–90 · 1990–91 · 1991–92 · 1992–93 · 1993–94 · 1994–95 · 1995–96 · 1996–97 · 1997–98 · 1998–99 · 1999–2000 · 2000–01 · 2001–02 · 2002–03 · 2003–04 · 2004–05 · 2005–06 · 2006–07 · 2007–08 · 2008–09 · 2009–10 · 2010–11 · 2011–12 · 2012–13 Football in England National teams National Football CentreSt George's Park (Burton) League system Domestic cups OthersMasters Football ListsList of clubs · Current managers · Stadiums by capacity · By altitude Fourth level football leagues of Europe (UEFA)Albania · Austria · Belgium · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Czech Republic · Denmark · England · Estonia · Faroe Islands · Finland · France · Germany · Greece · Hungary · Iceland · Rep. of Ireland · Israel · Italy · Latvia · Lithuania · Luxembourg · Rep. of Macedonia · Malta · Montenegro · Netherlands · Northern Ireland · Norway · Poland · Portugal · Romania · Russia · Scotland · Serbia · Slovakia · Slovenia · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey · Ukraine (defunct) · Wales
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Football League Two — Vorlage:InfoboxFußballwettbwerb/Wartung/Logoformat Voller Name npower Football League 2 Abkürzung League Two Verband … Deutsch Wikipedia
Football League Two — Deporte Fútbol Fundación 1958 Número de equipos 24 País … Wikipedia Español
Football League Two — Championnat d Angleterre de football D4 Football League Two Création 1958 1992 (4th Division) 1992 2004 (3rd Division) depuis 2004 (League Two) … Wikipédia en Français
Football League Two 2008–09 — The Football League 2008 ndash;09 (entitled Coca Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons), will be the seventeenth season under its current league division format. It began in August 2008 and will conclude in May 2009, with the promotion… … Wikipedia
Football League Two play-offs — The Football League Two play offs are a series of play off matches, contested by the teams finishing from 4th to 7th in the Coca Cola Football League Two table to determine the fourth spot for promotion to the third tier of English football,… … Wikipedia
Football League Two Manager of the Month — The Football League Two Manager of the Month award is a monthly prize of recognition given to football managers in Football League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The award is announced in the first week of the following month. Former… … Wikipedia
Championnat Football League Two 2008 2009 — Championnat d Angleterre de football D4 2008 2009 League Two 2008 2009 Nom entier Football League Two Édition 51 … Wikipédia en Français
List of winners of English Football League Two and predecessors — A national fourth tier of English league football was established in 1958 59, as the Fourth Division. It was formed from the merger of the Third Division North and the Third Division South. In 1992, with the departure of the First Division clubs… … Wikipedia
Football League One — Countries England Founded … Wikipedia
Football League Fourth Division — Countries England Wales Founded 1958 Folded 1992 … Wikipedia