The 2009/10 Preview: League Two (Division Four, In Old Money)

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Wow, talk about comprehensive. I just linked this article to my 09/10 League Two map I had posted earlier today. Thanks, Ian!

  2. Michael Woo says:

    The Ramsden who has been replaced in goal for Rochdale is the same player as the one who will sure up Bradford City’s defence. He is a right back and not as far as I know the outgoing Dale keeper.

  3. Bernard says:

    “League Two isn’t as close to the standard of the Conference as it once”.

    Really?

  4. Rob says:

    Michael – Thanks for pointing that out, I have edited it. It was late when I wrote Rochdale’s write-up and I got two players with the same initials mixed up.

    Bernard – I believe so, yes. Ten years ago, you could usually consider the Conference champions to be amongst the favourites for promotion the following season (as long as they were allowed to go up), because it was so tough to get promoted, worthy teams were being left behind.

    Now time’s taken it’s course and we get two teams going each way, it’s levelled out a bit, which is why league winners like Aldershot, Dagenham, Accrington, Barnet and Chester have consolidated on their first season back, as have teams like Morecambe when they’ve come up through the playoffs. As great as it is to see Exeter go up twice on the trot, no-one else has come close since Carlisle did – and they had only spent one season in the Conference anyway.

  5. Sorry, Rob Freeman, I credited the wrong person as writer, on my link-up. I fixed it.

  6. Stephen Hill says:

    Darlington finishing 24th? Come on, give over….

    There might have been all change this season at Darlington, but to finish dead last is one broad statement.

  7. Mem says:

    This preview is very lazily put together. The “exodus” of players from the Barnet squad were all dead wood.
    We’ve actually kept all our strongest players who we recruited last January, the ones who beat Bradford 4-1, Rochdale 2-1, Rotherham 2-0 and Gillingham 2-0 and added further quality like Leach and Hyde! We will DEFINITELY be nowhere near 22nd

  8. admin says:

    Rob, you’ve arrived. That’s two allegations of laziness now, both from people who, entirely coincidentally, support teams that you have placed near the bottom of their respective tables.

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