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Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football 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 Premiership, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division. It is the most profitable fourth-tier football league in the world.

Structure

There are 24 clubs in Football League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and are 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 which finished in 4th–7th position, are promoted to Football League One and are replaced by the four teams that finished at the 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. (Promotion from the Conference National has slightly stricter criteria; if Conference candidate team(s) do not fulfill stadium and other criteria, the League Two team(s) is/are reprieved).

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 2009–10

Club Finishing position last season
Accrington Stanley 16th
Aldershot Town 15th
Barnet 17th
Bournemouth 21st
Bradford City 9th
Burton Albion 1st in Conference National
Bury 4th
Cheltenham Town 23rd in League One
Chesterfield 10th
Crewe Alexandramarker 22nd in League One
Dagenham & Redbridge 8th
Darlington 12th
Grimsby Town 22nd
Hereford United 24th in League One
Lincoln City 13th
Macclesfield Town 20th
Morecambe 11th
Northampton Town 21st in League One
Notts County 19th
Port Vale 18th
Rochdale 6th
Rotherham United 14th
Shrewsbury Town 7th
Torquay United 4th in Conference National (play-off winner)


Winners of Football League Two

Season Winner Runner-Up 3rd Place Promoted Play-Off Winner
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



Play-off results

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Lincoln City 1–0 Macclesfield Town

Northampton Town 0–0 Southend United
Macclesfield Town 1–1 Lincoln City

Southend United 1–0 Northampton Town
Lincoln City 0–2 Southend United
2005–06 Lincoln City 0–1 Grimsby Town

Wycombe Wanderers 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City

Cheltenham Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Grimsby Town 0–1 Cheltenham Town
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 2–1 Lincoln City

Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Milton Keynes Dons

Lincoln City 3–5 Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Shrewsbury Town
Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury Town
2007–08 Darlington 2–1 Rochdale

Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 Stockport County
Rochdale 2–1 Darlington

(Rochdale won 5-4 on penalties, AET)

Stockport County 1–0 Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale 2–3 Stockport County
2008–09 Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Bury

Rochdale 0–0 Gillingham
Bury 0–1 Shrewsbury Town

(Shrewsbury won 4 - 3 on penalties, AET)

Gillingham 2–1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town


Relegated teams

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*
  • *30 point deduction


Top scorers

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


League Two stadiums 2009–10

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Darlington The Darlington Arenamarker 25,294
Bradford City Valley Parademarker 25,136
Rotherham United Don Valley Stadiummarker 25,000
Notts County Meadow Lanemarker 20,300
Port Vale Vale Parkmarker 18,900
Bury Gigg Lanemarker 11,669
Rochdale Spotlandmarker* 10,249
Lincoln City Sincil Bankmarker 10,127
Crewe Alexandramarker Alexandra Stadiummarker 10,118
Shrewsbury Town Prostar Stadiummarker 10,000
Grimsby Town Blundell Parkmarker 9,546
AFC Bournemouth Dean Courtmarker 9,287
Chesterfield Saltergatemarker* 8,504
Northampton Town Sixfields Stadiummarker 7,653
Aldershot Town Recreation Groundmarker* 7,100
Cheltenham Town Whaddon Roadmarker* 7,066
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadiummarker* 6,912
Morecambe Christie Parkmarker* 6,400
Macclesfield Town Moss Rosemarker* 6,335
Torquay United Plainmoormarker* 6,104
Dagenham & Redbridge Victoria Roadmarker* 6,000
Barnet Underhill Stadiummarker* 5,568
Hereford United Edgar Streetmarker* 5,300
Accrington Stanley Crown Groundmarker* 2,000


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