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EFL League Two

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)UEFA Europa League (via FA Cup)
UEFA Europa Conference League (via EFL Cup)
Current championsSwindon Town
(2019-20)
Most championshipsChesterfield
Swindon Town
(2 titles each)
TV partnersList of Broadcasters
WebsiteLeague Two
Current: 2020-21 EFL League Two

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.

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 in 1992, the fourth-highest division was known as the Football League Fourth Division.

As of the 2020-21 season, Morecambe hold the longest tenure in League Two, having 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 three former Premier League clubs competing in League Two: Bradford City, Oldham Athletic, and Bolton Wanderers.

Structure

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 Members

Greater Manchester League Two football clubs


The following 24 clubs are competing in League Two during the 2020-21 season.[2]

  1. ^ Harrogate Town will begin the season at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.[4]
  2. ^ Stevenage originally finished 24th in the 2019-20 EFL League Two table, but after numerous points deductions handed to Macclesfield Town, Macclesfield slipped to 24th and Stevenage were granted a reprieve from relegation.[3]

Teams promoted from League Two

Play-off results

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, a.e.t.)
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, a.e.t.)
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
(a.e.t.)
Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Plymouth Argyle
Southend United 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
(Southend won 7-6 on penalties, a.e.t.)
2015-16 Portsmouth 2-2 Plymouth Argyle
AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Portsmouth
Accrington Stanley 2-2 AFC Wimbledon
(a.e.t.)
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Plymouth Argyle
2016-17 Blackpool 3-2 Luton Town
Carlisle United 3-3 Exeter City
Luton Town 3-3 Blackpool
Exeter City 3-2 Carlisle United
Blackpool 2-1 Exeter City
2017-18 Lincoln City 0-0 Exeter City
Coventry City 1-1 Notts County
Exeter City 3-1 Lincoln City
Notts County 1-4 Coventry City
Coventry City 3-1 Exeter City
2018-19 Newport County 1-1 Mansfield Town
Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Forest Green Rovers
Mansfield Town 0-0 Newport County
(Newport won 5-3 on penalties, a.e.t.)
Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Tranmere Rovers
Newport County 0-1 Tranmere Rovers
(a.e.t.)
2019-20 Colchester United 1-0 Exeter City
Northampton Town 0-2 Cheltenham Town
Exeter City 3-1 Colchester United
Cheltenham Town 0-3 Northampton Town
Exeter City 0-4 Northampton Town

Relegated teams

Top scorers

c In 36 games. Season truncated due to coronavirus

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ "The Football League - About Us - History - Timeline - TIMELINE". Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2011.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Sky Bet League Two Clubs".
  3. ^ "Macclesfield Town relegated after EFL wins points appeal, Stevenage reprieved". BBC Sport. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Harrogate Town: Doncaster Rovers groundshare for EFL newcomers". BBC Sport. 4 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ The teams listed for this season were ranked using points per game following the curtailment of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.
  6. ^ Luton were deducted 30 points for financial irregularities

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