The 2014/15 season of League One, England’s third tier of soccer, kicks off on August 9. How well do you know your teams?
After previewing the first eight teams in League One, here are the next eight. The teams covered this time are Doncaster Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, and Peterborough United.
Doncaster Rovers – 2013/2014 Position: 22nd (Championship)
What can I say? Doncaster had the same problem as the other teams relegated from the Championship — no scoring and giving up tons of goals. Hence the reason why they were relegated. So far in this transfer window they certainly don’t look like a team wanting to get back to the Championship. They have allowed midfielders Mark Duffy and David Cotterill to leave, as well as forwards Chris Brown and Billy Paynter. If you add in the loss of Billy Sharp because he was on loan from Southampton, all of those people account for approximately half of all goals for the team last season. So far the team hasn’t brought anyone in but we can’t blame manager Paul Dickov for the team’s lack of business. Former Chairman John Ryan and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson were supposed to take over the club but the deal fell through leaving the team without owners who can inject cash to get the team promoted. The Rovers are going to struggle this season and expect them to be sitting mid-table at best.
Fleetwood Town – 2013/2014 Position: 4th (League Two)
For me, Fleetwood Town is a club that has done it right. Two years ago was their first season in the Football League. The club has gone from an average attendance of 134 ten years ago to 2,819 last season. Last season they were rewarded for their hard work by winning the League Two Playoff final against Burton Albion. However, last year’s success won’t be carried over to this season. Midfielder Josh Morris is back on loan from Blackburn, and forward Jamie Proctor signed for Fleetwood after scoring 15 goals in 50 games at Crawley Town. As much as I would like to see The Cod Army stay up, I don’t think it will happen. When the end of the season rolls around expect them to be in the bottom four.
Gillingham – 2013/2014 Position: 17th
The Gills were able to stay up after their first season back in League One and it looks like the team is heading for another season in the division. Forward Danny Kedwell is back after two years of being the team leader in scoring. Manager Peter Taylor has brought in a trio of young, talented, and experienced (at this level) players. Winger Ben Dickenson was signed from Brighton and has been on loan at Chesterfield, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton Town. Luke Norris is a forward from Brentford and has played at Boreham Wood, Northampton Town, and Dagenham & Redbridge. Finally, they have added Ireland U21-international, former Sunderland youth academy player, defender John Egan. Most recently Egan played at Southend United. By holding onto their top players and bringing in new blood Gillingham will move up the table from 17th to top half.