All posts in category: League One

Doncaster v Blackpool: positive starts

The path these clubs have trodden over the last half a decade are almost symmetrical. Since meeting on the opening day of the 13/14 Championship season, both clubs then suffered relegation from this division in 15/16 but returned at the first attempt. They look stronger for the experience. Blackpool performed well at big boys Bradford… Read more →

Gillingham v Bradford: centre-backs key

It is fair to say that Bradford City’s performance, in their 2-1 win over Blackpool last week, was not a vintage one. They relied largely on their centre-backs: Matthew Kilgallon for his man-of-the-match performance and Nat Knight-Percival for his opener just before half-time, after Timothee Dieng flicked on Nicky Law’s free-kick. Another centre-back, Gabriel Zakuani,… Read more →

Oldham Athletic Season Preview: replacing Ripley

2016-17 saw another Shezurrection story for Oldham. In similar circumstances to 15/16, they were bottom of the table when John Sheridan took over, but ended it in 17th place. Centre-back Anthony Gerrard made an impact after joining in January, partnering ever-present Peter Clarke, their best outfield player. Right-back Brian Wilson featured more prominently while Paul… Read more →

League One Season Preview 2017-18

The last League One season saw Sheffield United secure the title, ending their six-year Championship exile as Bolton Wanderers cut short their own. The award for most dramatic promotion however, went to Millwall. Their fate was decided by two 85th minute winners: one to take the last play-off place on the final day, the other… Read more →

Rochdale Season Preview: replacing key men

Over the last three seasons, Rochdale have averaged 67 points, never falling more than six away from the play-off places. On a standard League Two budget, they have established themselves as a respected top half proposition. There is much for Dale fans to be proud of, as Daniel Wiseman discusses. Honestly, what Keith Hill has achieved with the squad and the… Read more →