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The English Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) is the third and lowest division of the English Football League (EFL) and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system.

EFL League Two
EFL League Two Logo.png
Founded2004
1992–2004 (as Division Three)
1958–1992 (as Division Four)
CountryEngland (23 teams)
Other club(s) fromWales (1 team)
Number of teams24
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toLeague One
Relegation toNational League
Domestic cup(s)FA Cup
League cup(s)EFL Cup
EFL Trophy
International cup(s)Europa League
(via FA Cup or EFL Cup)
Current championsAccrington Stanley
(2017–18)
TV partnersSky Sports
Quest (highlights only)
WebsiteLeague Two
2018–19 EFL League Two

Football League Two was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Third Division.[1] Before the advent of the Premier League, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.

At present (2018–19 season), Morecambe hold the longest tenure in League Two, last being outside the division in the 2006–07 season when they were promoted from the league then known as the Conference National (now the National League). There are currently two former Premier League clubs competing in League Two, namely Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town.

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StructureEdit

There are 24 clubs in League Two. Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and is awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and no points 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 the fourth to seventh positions, are promoted to EFL 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 League Two are relegated to the National League and are replaced by the team that finished first and the team that won the second through seventh place play-off in that division. Technically a team can be reprieved from relegation if the team replacing them does not have a ground suitable for League football, but in practice this is a non-factor because every team currently in the National League has a ground that meets the League criteria (and even if they did not, a ground-sharing arrangement with another team could be made until their stadium was upgraded). The other way that a team can be spared relegation is if another team either resigns or is expelled from the EFL.

Final league position is determined, in 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 100% of club turnover.

Current membersEdit

The following 24 clubs are competing in League Two during the 2018-19 season.

Club Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Bury 24th In EFL League 1

(Relegated)

Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Cambridge United 12th Cambridge Abbey Stadium 8,127
Carlisle United 10th Carlisle Brunton Park 17,949
Cheltenham Town 17th Cheltenham Whaddon Road 7,066
Colchester United 13th Colchester Colchester Community Stadium 10,105
Crawley Town 14th Crawley Broadfield Stadium 5,996
Crewe Alexandra 15th Crewe Gresty Road 10,180
Exeter City 4th Exeter St James Park 8,830
Forest Green Rovers 21st Nailsworth The New Lawn 5,147
Grimsby Town 18th Cleethorpes Blundell Park 9,052
Lincoln City 7th Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
Macclesfield Town 1st In National League

(Promoted)

Macclesfield Moss Rose 6,355
Mansfield Town 8th Mansfield Field Mill 10,000
Milton Keynes Dons 23rd In EFL League 1

(Relegated)

Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Morecambe 22nd Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Newport County 11th Newport Rodney Parade 7,850
Northampton Town 22nd In EFL League 1

(Relegated)

Northampton Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Notts County 5th Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588
Oldham Athletic 21st In EFL League 1

(Relegated)

Oldham Boundary Park 13,512
Port Vale 20th Burslem Vale Park 19,052
Stevenage 16th Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Swindon Town 9th Swindon County Ground 15,728
Tranmere Rovers 2nd In National League

(Promoted)

Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Yeovil Town 19th Yeovil Huish Park 9,566

Teams promoted from League TwoEdit

Play-off resultsEdit

Season Semi-final (1st leg) Semi-final (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
2009–10 Dagenham & Redbridge 6–0 Morecambe
Aldershot Town 0–1 Rotherham United
Morecambe 2–1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Rotherham United 2–0 Aldershot Town
Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rotherham United
2010–11 Torquay United 2–0 Shrewsbury Town
Stevenage 2–0 Accrington Stanley
Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Torquay United
Accrington Stanley 0–1 Stevenage
Stevenage 1–0 Torquay United
2011–12 Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Southend United
Cheltenham Town 2–0 Torquay United
Southend United 2–2 Crewe Alexandra
Torquay United 1–2 Cheltenham Town
Cheltenham Town 0–2 Crewe Alexandra
2012–13 Bradford City 2–3 Burton Albion
Northampton Town 1–0 Cheltenham Town
Burton Albion 1–3 Bradford City
Cheltenham Town 0–1 Northampton Town
Bradford City 3–0 Northampton Town
2013–14 Burton Albion 1–0 Southend United
York City 0–1 Fleetwood Town
Southend United 2–2 Burton Albion
Fleetwood Town 0–0 York City
Burton Albion 0–1 Fleetwood Town
2014–15 Stevenage 1–1 Southend United
Plymouth Argyle 2–3 Wycombe Wanderers
Southend United 3–1 Stevenage
(AET)
Wycombe Wanderers 2–1 Plymouth Argyle
Southend United 1–1 Wycombe Wanderers
(Southend won 7–6 on penalties)
2015–16 Portsmouth 2–2 Plymouth Argyle
AFC Wimbledon 1–0 Accrington Stanley
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Portsmouth
Accrington Stanley 2–2 AFC Wimbledon
(AET)
AFC Wimbledon 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
2016–17 Blackpool 3–2 Luton
Carlisle 3–3 Exeter
Luton 3–3 Blackpool
Exeter 3–2 Carlisle
Blackpool 2–1 Exeter
2017–18 Lincoln City 0–0 Exeter

Coventry City 1–1 Notts County

Exeter 3–1 Lincoln City

Notts County 1–4 Coventry City

Coventry City 3–1 Exeter


Relegated teamsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Sky have broadcasting rights for EFL football league including League Two, Quest will show highlights in 2018–19.[4]

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "The Football League - About Us - History - Timeline - TIMELINE". Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Football Ground Guide". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities
  4. ^ "EFL TV Games". www.efl.com.

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