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Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system.

Football League One was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Second Division and prior to the advent of the Premier League, the Football League Third Division.


There are 24 clubs in Football League One. Each club plays every other club twice (once at home & once away). Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. At the end of the season a table of the final League standings is determined, based on the following criteria in this order: points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, an aggregate of the results between two or more clubs (ranked using the previous three criteria) and, finally, a series of one or more play-off matches.

At the end of each season the top two clubs, together with the winner of the play-offs between the clubs which finished in 3rd–6th position, are promoted to Football League Championship and are replaced by the three clubs that finished at the bottom of that division.

Similarly, the four clubs that finished at the bottom of Football League One are relegated to Football League Two and are replaced by the top three clubs and the club that won the 4th–7th place play-offs in that division.

Media coverage

Sky Sports currently show live League One matches with highlights on BBC One in their programme called The Football League Show which also broadcast highlights of Football League Championship and Football League Two matches. The show is available on the red button the following Sunday until midday and is available on iPlayer all the following week. Highlights of all games in the football league are also available to view separately on the BBC website.

Football League One clubs 2009–10

The following 24 clubs will compete in League One during the 2009–10 season.
Club Finishing position last season
Brentford 1st in League Two
Brighton & Hove Albion 16th
Bristol Rovers 11th
Carlisle United 20th
Charlton Athletic 24th in the Championship
Colchester United 12th
Exeter City 2nd in League Two
Gillingham 5th in League Two (play-off winner)
Hartlepool United 19th
Huddersfield Town 9th
Leeds United 4th
Leyton Orient 14th
Millwall 5th
Milton Keynes Dons 3rd
Norwich City 22nd in the Championship
Oldham Athletic 10th
Southampton 23rd in the Championship
Southend United 8th
Stockport County 18th
Swindon Town 15th
Tranmere Rovers 7th
Walsall 13th
Wycombe Wanderers 3rd in League Two
Yeovil Town 17th

Winners of Football League One

Season Winner Runner-Up Promoted Play-Off Winner
2004–05 Luton Town Hull City Sheffield Wednesday
2005–06 Southend United Colchester United Barnsley
2006–07 Scunthorpe United Bristol City Blackpool
2007–08 Swansea City Nottingham Forest Doncaster Rovers
2008-09 Leicester City Peterborough United Scunthorpe United
For past winners at this level before 2004, see List of winners of English Football League One and predecessors.

Play-off results

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford

Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday

Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Hartlepool United

(Hartlepool won 6–5 on penalties, AET)
Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 Hartlepool United AET
2005–06 Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town

Swansea City 1–1 Brentford
Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley

Brentford 0–2 Swansea City
Barnsley 2–2 Swansea City

(Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties, AET)
2006–07 Yeovil Town 0–2 Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic 1–2 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest 2–5 Yeovil Town AET
Blackpool 3–1 Oldham Athletic
Blackpool 2–0 Yeovil Town
2007–08 Southend United 0-0 Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United 1-2 Carlisle United
Doncaster Rovers 5-1 Southend United
Carlisle United 0-2 Leeds United
Leeds United 0-1 Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Scunthorpe United 1–1 MK Dons
Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
MK Dons 0–0 Scunthorpe United(Scunthorpe won 7–6 on penalties, AET)

Leeds United 1–1 Millwall
Scunthorpe United 3–2 Millwall

Relegated teams

Season Clubs
2004–05 Torquay United, Wrexham, Peterborough United, Stockport County
2005–06 Hartlepool United, Milton Keynes Dons, Swindon Town, Walsall
2006–07 Chesterfield, Bradford City, Rotherham United, Brentford
2007–08 Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale, Luton Town
2008–09 Northampton Town, Crewe Alexandramarker, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 Stuart Elliott Hull City 27
Dean Windass Bradford City
2005–06 Freddy Eastwood Southend United 23
Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United
2006–07 Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United 30
2007–08 Jason Scotland Swansea City 24
2008–09 Simon Cox Swindon Town 29
Rickie Lambert Bristol Rovers

Football League One stadia 2009–10

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Leeds United Elland Roadmarker 39,401
Southampton St Mary's Stadiummarker 32,689
Charlton Athletic The Valleymarker 27,111
Norwich City Carrow Roadmarker 26,034
Huddersfield Town Galpharm Stadiummarker 24,554
Milton Keynes Dons stadium:mk 22,000
Millwall The New Denmarker 20,146
Tranmere Rovers Prenton Parkmarker 16,789
Carlisle United Brunton Parkmarker1 16,651
Swindon Town County Groundmarker 15,728
Brentford Griffin Parkmarker1 12,763
Southend United Roots Hallmarker 12,392
Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadiummarker1 11,916
Gillingham Priestfield Stadiummarker 11,582
Walsall The Banks' Stadiummarker 11,300
Stockport County Edgeley Parkmarker 10,651
Oldham Athletic Boundary Parkmarker 10,624
Colchester United Colchester Community Stadiummarker 10,000
Wycombe Wanderers Adams Parkmarker1 10,000
Yeovil Town Huish Parkmarker1 9,600
Leyton Orient Brisbane Roadmarker 9,271
Brighton & Hove Albion Withdean Stadiummarker2 8,850
Exeter City St. James Parkmarker1 8,830
Hartlepool United Victoria Parkmarker1 7,691

1This ground contains terracing

2Not a football-specific ground

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