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September 20, 2010

League One, 2010-11 season – Attendance map (2009-10 figures).

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League One 2010-11 season, with 2009-10 attendances




Note: to see my latest map-&-post of the English 3rd division, click on the following, Eng-3rd Level/League One.

On the map page, the map shows a small club crest for location and a variably-sized club crest to denote 2009-10 average attendance (home league matches). The chart at the top right includes attendance rank in all leagues combined, which I found at (mikeavery.co.uk / 2009-10 Attendance Tables Median, Levels 1-8).
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The first chart below shows the seasons spent in the 3rd Level by club, with each current League One club’s first arrival into the third tier listed.

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At the top left on the map page and also below is a chart I put together that shows the total seasons each current League One club has spent in each of the top 4 levels of English Football. Included, in parenthesis, is the last year the club has spent in the level. The gray vertical bar in the center is 3rd Level/League One; within that bar is a tan bar which shows how many consecutive seasons each club has presently spent in the third tier. Of all clubs currently in League One, AFC Bournemouth has spent the most seasons in the 3rd Level…67 seasons. [I am pretty sure Bournemouth is also the longest-serving member of the 3rd Level overall throughout the English League system, but I guess I will find that out for sure when I make charts like this for the1st Level/Premier league, the 2nd Level/League Championship, and the 4th Level/League Two...which I will do sometime later in this season.] Oldham Athletic has currently spent the most seasons consecutively in the 3rd Level…14 seasons.

The five columns, from left to right, are: A). English titles. B). Seasons spent in the 1st Level. The 1st Level was originally called simply the Football League and had just 12 clubs in it (from 1888-89 to 1891-92). From 1892-93 to 1991-92, the top flight was called the First Division. From 1992-93 to the present, the English top flight has been the Premier League. C). The 2nd Level. Instituted in 1892, and called the Second Division (from 1892-93 to 1992-93). The 2nd tier of English football is now known as the Football League Championship. D). The 3rd Level. Instituted in 1920 (1920-21 season), and called the Third Division. Expanded to two geographical regions the next season, as the Third Division South and the Third Division North (from 1921-22 to 1957-58). With the addition of the 4th Level in 1958-59, the 3rd Level went back to being called the Third Division (1958-59 to 1991-92). The 3rd tier of English football is now known as Football League One. E). The 4th Level. Instituted in 1958 as the Fourth Division (1958-59 to 1991-92). The 4th tier of English football is now known as the Football League Two. This is the lowest level of the Football League. Level 5 and lower are called Non-League football [note: current League One clubs that spent some seasons in Non-League football are denoted with an asterisk at the far right of the chart.]

Thanks to the Footy-Mad sites for League History info on the clubs, Footy-Mad.net/League One
Thanks to Mike Avery, 2009-10 Attendance Table at mikeavery.co.uk .

May 12, 2010

League One, 2009-10 season. The 2 promoted clubs and the 4 play-off clubs.

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It was a nail biting final match day last Saturday in League One. Charlton, then Millwall had the edge up to finish in the crucial second spot, and automatic promotion. Then 10-man Leeds scored twice on Bristol Rovers in the space of 5 minutes, with goals from Jonathan Howson in the 59th minute, and from Jermaine Beckford in the 63rd minute. Leeds United returns to the League Championship along with table-topper Norwich City.
Both promoted clubs had pretty good results at the turnstiles (for big clubs being stuck in the third division, that is), with Leeds drawing 24,818 per game (up 3% from 08/09), and Norwich averaging 24,617 per game (up 1% from 08/09).
The four playoff clubs all were in the top 8 of average attendance in League One. The just-relegated Charlton Athletic saw a sharp drop in attendance, to 17,407 per game (-17% from 08/09). Huddersfield Town has continued with it’s cut-rate season tickets promotion, and drew 14,381 per game (+8% from 08/09). Millwall overcame the disappointment of losing in the Play-Off final to Scunthorpe United in 2008-09. This season Millwall had decent gates, as the Lions remained competitive and exciting all season, drawing 10,835 per game (+21% from 08/09). Swindon Town also saw an increase, though more modest, as the Robins went from being a relegation-threatened side (in 2008-09) to a promotion challenger. Swindon drew 8,389 per game (+12%).

Other high-drawing clubs in League One in 2009-10 that did not win promotion, or make the playoff, were Southampton, who drew 20,982 per game (an 18% increase from 08/09), and MK Dons, who drew 10,290 per game (a 2% decrease from 08/09).
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The four clubs battling for the third promotion spot are Millwall, Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town, and Huddersfield Town. Play-Off fixtures here, League 1 Play-Offs Confirmed (Football League site).
Friday, 14 May, at The County Ground in Wiltshire, it’s Swindon Town v. Charlton Athletic; with the return leg on Monday, 17 May, at The Valley in Charlton, Greewnwich, South East London.
Saturday, 15 May, at the Galpharm Stadium in West Yorkshire, it’s Huddersfield Town v. Millwall; with the return leg on Tuesday, 18 May at the New Den in Bermondsey, Lewisham, South East London.
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Thanks to Mike Avery’s Non-League Football site, Football League One Attendance Grids and Charts 2009-2010.
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Thanks to The Pinkun’, a Norwich-based weekly newspaper and website, The Pink’un newspaper. Thanks to Mskau at Panoramio.com, Carrow Road “Come on you Yellows”. Thanks to Away Grounds.com, League One Grounds, at www.awaygrounds.com.

Thanks to Raddersndakman at en.wikipedia.org, Elland Road [2007]. Thanks to Gunnar Larsson at en.wikipedia.org, Elland Road, Leeds [exterior]. Thanks to Leeds United.com, leedsunited.com / Stadium tours. Thanks to susstudio_x at Flickr.com, Elland Road exterior, part 1.

Thanks to daejin at Flickr.com, The New Den [aerial shot]. Thanks to Les Bailey at Flickr.com, Millwall Stand.

Thanks to Bing.com/maps, The Valley, Charlton, London: Bird’s Eye view. Thanks to shields_t at Flickr.com, The Valley [exterior]. Thanks to John Mills at www.yourlocalweb.co.uk, Pictures of New Charlton and the surrounding area.

Thanks to Matthew Ashton at The Guardian, “Huddersfield’s community stadium dream sours in ownership wrangle [6 May, 2009]“. Thanks to Sky Sports.com, Huddersfield Town.

September 25, 2009

England: Attendance map of all football clubs that drew over 4,000 per game in 08/09 (77 clubs).

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Please note: I recently made a map & post similar in theme to this one (click on the following),
England & Wales: the highest-drawing football clubs within the English football leagues system (all clubs [74 clubs] that drew above 4 K per game in the 2013-14 season) / Plus a short illustrated article comparing English and German attendances last season, by division.

    England: Attendance map of all football clubs that drew over 4,000 per game in 08/09 (77 clubs)…

The gate figures are from the 2008-09 season. The cut-off for this map was 4,000 per game. Each club’s crest is sized to reflect the club’s average home attendance from their 2008-09 domestic league matches. 

At the top of the map, the banner lists the breakdown of clubs which made this map, by league level.   Here it is… All 20 Premier League clubs.   All 24 League Championship clubs.   21 of the 24 League One clubs (the 3 clubs not making the map being Cheltenham Town,  Hartlepool Utd,  and Hereford Utd,  who all all drew in the 3,000s).   11 of the 24 League Two clubs  {to see the 13 League Two clubs that drew lower than 4,000 last season,  click on the following title- 2008-09_league_two_attendance.gif }.  The sole Non-League club that drew over 4,000 last season was Oxford Utd. 

After all the promotions and relegations that occurred in May, 2009, here is the current [2009-10] breakdown of the clubs on the map…All 20 Premier League clubs.    All 24 League Championship clubs.    23 of the 24 League One clubs (the exception being plucky little Hartlepool United, who drew only 3,835, and managed to avoid relegation by 1 point).    8 League Two clubs:  Bradford City,  Shrewsbury Town,  Port Vale,  Northampton Town,  AFC Bournemouth,  Crewe Alexandra,  Grimsby Town, and Notts County.   2 Non-League clubs:  the Blue Square Premier League’s Oxford Utd, and the beleaguered Luton Town.     

Thanks to the E-F-S site for the attendance figures {click here}.   Thanks to http://www.thelinnets.co.uk (the official site of King’s Lynn FC), for Non-League gate figures {click here}.

July 14, 2009

England: 2009-2010 League One, with attendance figures from 08/09 season.

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Note: to see my latest map-&-post of the English 3rd division, click on the following, Eng-3rd Level/League One.

This map begins my 2009-2010 English Football category.  I started with League One,  which is the 3rd Level in England,  because a viewer posted a comment in which he asked me for the map (he’s a Norwich City supporter).   Plus I am fascinated by League One…the way-station between the upper leagues and the lower leagues,  and the league that these days usually features the biggest disparity in clubs’ average attendances [but not this season, thanks to Newcastle' United's relegation to the 2nd Level]. 

I have kept the same framework for this map as last season  {you can see my League One 08/09 map, w/ attendances from 07/08, here}.  But with this map,  I have added information on… A). each club’s past two seasons (ie, where they finished in the table);  B). each club’s highest-ever finish;  C). each club’s Major Titles (if any) / or significant Titles [well, I wanted to list FA Trophy Titles- three clubs here (Colchester United,  Wycombe Wanderers,  and Yeovil Town) have won it- and I didn't want to call the cup competition of Non-League Football a major Title];  and D. the total seasons each club has spent in the 1st Level (if appilcable).

One interesting aspect of the 2009-2010 League One season is that all 7 of the newly arrived clubs are from the south of England…the three clubs relegated from the 2nd Level (the League Championship):  Charlton Athletic,  Norwich City,  and Southampton;  and the four clubs promoted from the 4th Level (League Two): Brentford,  Exeter City,  Gillingham,  and Wycombe Wanderers. 

As has been the case for the last decade,  again League One will feature some pretty big clubs that have spent significant time in the top flight,  but have currently fallen on hard times.  In addition to Leeds United beginning their third season in the third tier,  there are 3 more clubs which traditionally draw more than 20,000 per game…the aforementioned three clubs that were relegated from the League Championship.  Incidently,  while on the subject of the higher-drawing clubs here,  Huddersfield Town had a 37 percent increase in their average attendance last year primarily because they slashed season ticket prices.  Another West Yorkshire club,  the League Two side Bradford,  has had success with this policy for the last two seasons,  and Huddersfield followed suit.  Maybe other lower division clubs will take notice. 

Here are the oddsmakers’ picks for the best promotion candidates in League One this season  {click here (Statto.com)}.  Not surprisingly,  Leeds United tops the list.  Other clubs highly rated for promotion are Norwich CityCharlton Athletic,  last season’s 3rd-place finisher MK DonsHuddersfield Town,  Brighton & Hove Albion and last season’s Playoff finalist Millwall.

I have included this link to the web version of the weekly Norwich newspaper called the Pink’Un {click here}.  Here is their away grounds [ie, League One 09/10] guide  {click here}.

Here is the Historical Football Kits site’s page on the kits in League One for the 2009-2010 season {click here}.

Thanks to the Footy-Mad sites,  for their indispensible League History lists for all the football clubs {click here (set at Footy-Mad / League One main page)}.   Thanks to E-F-S site,  for attendance figures {click here}.      Thanks to Huddersfield Town FC official site {click here}.   Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikipedia {click here}.  

May 13, 2009

England: League One, 2008-’09 season. The 2 Promoted Clubs, and the 4 Playoff Clubs.

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The top 6 clubs in the 2008-2009 English Football League One season are shown on the map.  On the right are the two automatically promoted clubs,  Leicester City FC and Peterborough United FC.   On the left are the four playoff clubs competing for the third promotion spot.  At the top right are the average attendances of the clubs on the map,  listed numerically in context of the league averages…2008-’09 League One average attendances {click here (Tony’s English Football site)}.

Here are the match-ups for the playoff semi-finals…

Scunthorpe United v. MK Dons, Friday 8 May;  MK Dons v. Scunthorpe United, Friday 15 May.  Result, 1st Leg:  Scunthorpe 1-1 MK Dons.

Millwall v. Leeds United, Saturday 9 May;  Leeds United v. Millwall, Thursday, 14 May.  Result, 1st Leg:  Millwall 1-1 Leeds.

Thanks to  Colours of Football site,  for the kits {click here (set and England)}. 

Thanks to Tony’s English Football Site,  for gate figures {click here}.

Thanks to WebbAviation.co.uk {click here (set at Aerial photographs of Leicester)}.   Thanks to the Stadium Guide.com {click here}.   Thanks to remarkablepeople.co.uk {click here (set at “…all the place we have been [sic]“)}.   Thanks to soccervoice.com {click here}.  

Thanks to Extreme Groundhopping Blogspot {click here}.   Thanks to http://www.theposh.com .   Thanks to Miss Gas at the FootballStadiumGuide.co.uk {click here}. 

Thanks to http://www.worldstadia.com .   Thanks to blueandwhite1867 @ Flickr.com {click here}.   Thanks to MKDons.com {click here}.  

Thanks to the Tim’s92 site  {Although I couldn’t fit this photo in to the map (it’s the second photo, the one with the bobbies next to the New Den’s club shop.  Note the barbed wire.  To keep out skint Millwall fans,  I guess.)}.   Thanks to daejin @ Flickr.com {click here}.   Thanks to http://www.geocities.com/londonfootball/Clubs/millwall.htm .   Thanks to Les Bailey @ Flickr.com {click here}.  

Thanks to LeedsUnited.com {click here (set at Club history)}.   Thanks to Rivals.net {click here}.   Thanks to Ray Nimmo’s North Lincolnshire page {click here}.   Thanks to Brad- @ Flickr.com {click here}.   Thanks to JJ Willow @ Flickr.com {click here}.

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at Wikipedia {click here (set at League One page)}.

December 22, 2008

League One, 2008-’09 Season: Map, with Team Profiles; and Average Attendances up to 20th December, 2008.

Please note: to see my latest map-&-post of the English 3rd division, click on the following, Eng-3rd Level/League One.
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I have never done a Zoom Map of the 3rd Level of English Football,  which is known as League One.   So here it is,  with up-to-date attendance figures (at top left of the map). 

Here is the top half of the League One Table,  with current 08/09 attendance figures,  and leading scorer by club (note:  all clubs have played 21 games)…

1. Leicester City: 47 pts.; 19,268 avg. attendance (down 18.1%).  The Foxes,  under manager Nigel Pearson,   seem a solid bet to bounce straight back to the League Championship,  racking up 5 straight wins.    Matty Fryatt: 18 league goals (League leader,  tied with Rickie Lambert of Bristol Rovers),  23 overall  (born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire,  and went through the Walsall youth program…see his Wikipedia profile,  here).    2. MK Dons: 43 pts./ 10,006 avg. attendance (up 5.8%).  MK Dons are doing well under new manager Roberto Di Matteo,  and seem destined to rise to the League Championship in the near future.  Sam Baldock: 8 league goals,  9 overall  (grew up nerby to Milton Keynes,  in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire,  and went through the MK Dons youth system).     3. Millwall: 43 pts.; 8,711 avg. attendance (up 0.5%).  Millwall looks solid under manager Kenny Jackett (former Wales,  and Watford player, during WFC’s late 1980s glory days).  Tresor Kandol: 8 league goals  (born in Congo; on loan from Leeds United).    4. Scunthorpe United: 38 pts.;  5,452 avg. attendance (down 15.3%).  Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins has kept the Iron from experiencing a post-relegation drop in form.  Gary Hooper: 11 league goals,  15 overall  (began with Grays Athletic). 

5. Stockport County: 37 pts.; 6,139 avg. attendance (up 8.8%).  The Greater Manchester-based Stockport County are one of four English Football clubs to be fully owned by their supporters (the other three are AFC Telford United,  AFC Wimbledon,  and FC United of Manchester).  Manager Jim Gannon has shown that County have a real chance of back-to-back promotions.  Craig Davies: 5 league goals, 6 overall  (English-born Welsh international).    6. Oldham Athletic: 37 pts.;  5,846 avg. attendance  (up 9.8%).  English-born former Irish international Jim Sheridan has the Latics back in the playoff places in this his third season at the helm.  Lee Hughes:  11 league goals  (former West Bromwich striker,  before his 2004 conviction and imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving).    7. Peterborough United: 37 pts.;  6,872 avg. attendance (up 14.6%).  Sir Alex’s son Derek Ferguson continues to keep the Posh on an upward course;  they seem headed for the League Championship in the next few seasons.  Craig Mackail-Smith: 14 league goals, 16 overall  (ex-St. Albans and Dagenham & Redbridge).    8. Tranmere Rovers: 33 pts.; 5,666 avg. attendance (down 12.9%).   Manager Ronnie Moore needs to keep the Merseyside club on a more even keel this season.  Last season,  Rovers started out strong then faded.  Ryan Shotton: 4 league goals, 5 overall  (defender on loan from Stoke City).

9. Leeds United: 32 pts.;  18,990 (down 12.5%).  The huge West Yorkshire club is at a very low point in the club’s history.  Sunday,  the club sacked manager Gary McAllister,  after a run of 5 straight losses (including an FA Cup 2nd Round match versus the tiny Non-League club Histon)  {see this}.  Many supporters may feel Leeds are too big for the 3rd division,  but it looks like they are going to have to get used to it for at least another season.  Jermaine Beckford: 12 league goals,  19 overall  (released by Chelsea,  he made his mark at Isthmian League club Wealdstone,  where he netted 35 times in 40 games;  has chosen to stay with Leeds rather than join a club in the upper divisions).    10. Huddersfield Town: 32 pts;  12,819 avg. attendance (up 36.5%).   This is the West Yorkshire club’s Centenary season.  Special 100-pound season ticket offers have swelled the gate figures,  and Town are in decent form,  especially considering the recent managerial change.  Ex-Norwich City assistant coach Lee Clarke is the new manager.  Gary Roberts: 5 league goals,  7 overall  (on loan from Crewe Alexandra).    11. Hartlepool United: 29 pts.;  3,762 avg. attendance (down 16.5%).  Speaking of coaching changes,  Pools has a caretaker manager,  Chris Turner.  Joel Porter:  7 league goals,  12 overall  (Australian international;  with Hartlepool since 2003,  with 40 goals).    12. Northampton Town: 28 pts.;  5,195 avg. attendance  (down 4.0%).  Manager is Stuart Gray.  Last season,  the Cobblers under Gray had their highest finish in a decade,  at 9th in League One.  Adebayo Akinfenwa:  6 league goals,  8 overall  (the London-born striker played for 8 clubs,  including the Lithuainian club FK Atlantas,  before joining Northampton this season). 

Here are the other top scorers in League One…Rickie Lambert (Bristol Rovers):  18 league goals  (Merseyside-born;  acquired from Rochdale).    Simon Cox (Swindon Town):  13 league goals,  16 overall  (Reading-born;  came up through Reading’s youth system).      Danny Graham (Carlisle United):  11 league goals,  12 overall  (born and raised in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear;  started with Middlesbrough).   

Thanks to European Football Statistics  {Click here  (set at 2007-’08 English Football League gate figures) }.   Thanks to Tony’s English Football Site  {Click here}. 

Thanks to Historical Football Kits,  for the kits on the map  {Click here}.

August 4, 2008

2008-09 English Football: League One- Attendance Map (with attendances from the 2007-08 season).

Note: to see my latest map-&-post of the English 3rd division, click on the following, Eng-3rd Level/League One.
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League One is the 3rd Level of English Football.  This level invariably has the biggest disparity in attendance figures.  In the past decade,  this league has been usually comprised of one or two “big” clubs, who have fallen on hard times;  mixed in with a large portion of medium-small sized clubs;  and rounded out by some rather small clubs who are punching above their weight.  Last season, League One had an overall average gate of 7,992, up 6.7% from the season before (thanks to Leeds’ gate figures, mainly).

This season, in the first category are Leeds United and Leicester City.  Both these clubs, particularly Leeds, have fan bases bigger than some current Premier League clubs.  In recent years (1999 to 2008),  Nottingham Forest,  Sheffield Wednesday,  Manchester City,  and Birmingham City have had spells in the 3rd Level.  These are all clubs that have spent considerable time (at least 45 seasons) in the top flight, and all regularly draw above 20,000 per game. 

In the second category are clubs that presently draw around 5,000 to 10,000 per game.  Some of these clubs, such as Oldham Athletic,  Millwall,  and Brighton & Hove Albion, have had a somewhat recent spell in the top flight (Oldham from 1991 to ’94,  Millwall from 1988 to ’90,  Brighton from 1979 to ’83).  Huddersfield Town won 3 straight English Titles in 1924, ’25, and ’26,  but has not been in the top flight since 1971-72.   Four clubs here spent a single season in the top tier:  Swindon Town in 1993-94,  Carlisle United in 1974-75,  Northampton Town in 1965-66,  and Leyton Orient in 1962-63.   Some of these clubs, like Colchester UnitedSouthend UnitedCrewe Alexandra,  and the just-promoted Stockport County have recently been in the second level, but have never made it to the top tier.  

In the third category are a few clubs with very small fan bases,  like Cheltenham Town,  Hartlepool United, and the newly-promoted Hereford United.   Yeovil Town, who until 5 years ago had never been above the 5th level, can be considered as part of this category, even with their rise in attendance (to the range of 5,400 to 6,400) since they were first promoted to the League, in 2004.  Nevertheless, many feel the Glovers, from the Football-deficient outpost of Somerset, cannot maintain their status as a third-level club, and are due for the drop.  Pretty much the same thing could be said for Gloucestershire’s Cheltenham Town, as well as Hereford.  But County Durham’s Hartlepool seem to be holding their own in the third tier (with a 7th place finish last season), despite only drawing 4,500 per game. 

As of 3rd August,  the bookies’ favorites for promotion are Leeds United, the just-relegated Leicester City, and the just-promoted Peterborough United.  The next favorites are the just-promoted MK Dons, as well as Huddersfield, Carlisle, and Southend.  Brighton, and the just-relegated Colchester, are also rated as relatively good bets to go up  {Click here (Statto.com site)}.

Thanks to the European Football Statistics site {Click here}, for the attendance figures.

May 7, 2008

England, League One, 2007-’08: the 2 Promoted Clubs, and 4 Playoff Contenders.

Filed under: Eng-3rd Level/League One,Engl. Promotion Candidates — admin @ 5:28 pm

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In League One (the 3rd Level of English football), Swansea City and Nottingham Forest have finished in 1st and 2nd place, and will be automatically promoted to the League Championship (the 2nd Level). 

For Swansea City, this will be their second promotion in four seasons.  As they have a relatively new stadium (opened in 2005),  promotion could really expand this Welsh club’s fan base.  Since moving into Liberty Stadium (and being promoted from League Two to League One), the Swans have seen their average gate rise from 8,458 (2005) to 13,673 (this season).  A decade ago, in 2003, Swansea was mired at the bottom of the old Division Three: they finished just two places above relegation from the League, at 21st,  while averaging 5,160 (and only 3,690 in 2002).  Swansea will definitely have an uphill battle, trying to stay afloat next season, in the League Championship.  Their leading scorer this season was Trinidad-born 29-year-old Jason Scotland, who led League One in scoring, with 23 goals (28 goals in all competitions)   {see this (from an independant site);  and see this}.  

Nottingham Forest are simply too big a club to be in the third tier of English football (they averaged 19,955 per game, this season).   The club has never really come close to their pinnacle, as English National champions in 1978, and European Champions in 1979, and 1980.  But they should be able to establish themselves next year in the League Championship.   Their leading scorer this season was 28-year old Junior Agogo (born in Accra, Ghana), with 13 league goals {see this}.  Nathon Tyson had 9 league goals (12 total)  {see this};  Nottinghamshire-born Kris Commons, a 24-year-old winger, had 8 league goals (9 total) {see this}.

In the Playoffs, #6 Southend United will take on # 3 Doncaster Rovers on Friday 09 May,  for the first leg, at Roots Hall {see this, on Roots Hall, from the Internet Football Grounds Guide}.    The second leg is on the following Friday, in Yorkshire.   Southend United aims to jump right back into the second level, after relegation last season.  Traditionally a 3rd Level club,  Southend has actually spent more of the last two decades in the 2nd Level (7 seasons), and the 4th Level (8 seasons).  They enjoy good fan support for such a medium/small sized club.  Their leading scorer this season was midfielder Nick Bailey {see this, from the Southend Utd Official site}. 

The Doncaster Rovers have came a long way in 5 seasons…from the Conference (the 5th Level) to a club which is in the playoff places of the 3rd Level.  Plus, they have a new ground, Keepmoat Stadium {see this, from the Internet Football Ground Guide}.  Their leading scorer this season was Isle Of Wight-born James Hayter, with 7 league goals, and 10 overall {see this}.

The Roots Hall fixture on Friday is the opening match for the Playoffs, in all 3 Divisions of the (English) Football League.  Here in the USA, Setanta Broadband will be carrying most of these matches live, and archived.

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On Monday, 12 May, #4 Carlisle United will play #5 Leeds United, up in Cumbria, with the second leg just 3 days later at Elland Road.  Carlisle United is another club in this playoff group that was in the Conference recently:  just 3 seasons ago.  The club could make it 3 promotions in 4 years if they win the Playoffs.  Their leading scorers were Danny Graham, with 14 league goals (16 overall) {see this, from the Carlisle Utd Official site};  and Joe Garner, also with 14 goals {see this}.  Brunton Park {see this} is the northwestern-most ground in the Football League.

Leeds United hopes their first-ever season in the 3rd Level will be their last.  As recently as 2001, this huge club, Yorkshire’s largest, was drawing 39,000 per game, and were in the Champions League Semi-Finals.  Their leading scorer this season was Jermaine Beckford, with 20 league goals {see this}.  Elland Road: {see this}. 

The 2 promoted clubs had the 2nd highest (Nottingham Forest) and 3rd highest (Swansea City) attendances in League One. The highest  attendances were at Leeds, with an average of 26,546,  which is pretty impressive for the third tier of English football.  The other 3 playoff clubs Doncaster (8,066), Southend (7,885). and Carlisle(7,835) were the 6th, 7th, and 8th highest draws.  Two clubs finished with a higher average gate than 3 of the playoff clubs.  They were Huddersfield Town (at 9,318 per game), and Milwall (at 8,815)… {click here, for the League One Attendance Table (SoccerStats site)}.

Thanks to (http://www.colour-of-football.com)  for the kits.

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