Promotion And Relegation Explained - League Two

Published: Apr 22, 2014 18:42pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 22, 2014 @ 06:42pm EDT

 

In recent conversations with family members and friends it dawned on me that the whole concept of promotion and relegation, which is second nature to the European soccer fan, may not be quite understood in the broader sense over here.

 

I think we are all familiar with the Premiership but there are also three divisions below the Premier League into which teams get promoted from or relegated to. Directly below the Premiership is the Sky Bet Championship. Below that is the Sky Bet League One and finally the Sky Bet League Two. In order for a League Two side to get into the Premiership they must first get promoted into League One, and then from there to the Championship before the Premiership dream can be realized.

 

There are numerous non leagues below the League Two Division, but for the purposes of this I will just concentrate on the three leagues directly below the Premiership. Each day I will try to give you a sense of who the movers and shakers are for the particular League of focus, who will go up and who will drop out. Today I will focus on Sky Bet League Two.

 

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO:

 

As I said in the opening few paragraphs there are numerous Leagues below League Two and the team coming up from the Football Conference are Luton Town. For the supporters of Manchester City they may remember back in 1983 when David Pleat danced down the sidelines after his Luton side had narrowly avoided relegation. It was the last game of the season and meant Manchester City were relegated. The fact it was at Manchester City’s ground, Maine Road, meant the dance wasn’t well received.

 

Luton were FA Cup finalists in 1959, won the League Cup in 1988 and were runners up the following season. Now after financial difficulties and years going the wrong way they are back in League football. With Luton coming in, obviously another team has to drop out and at the moment that is most likely going to be Torquay. The Gulls are still not mathematically relegated as yet but they would have to win both their last two games and hope one of Northampton, Bristol Rovers or Wycombe lose both of their remaining games. Ex Managers include Frank O’Farrell who had a small time at Manchester United but possibly the most famous would be Bruce Rioch, who fans might remember as Arsenal and then Norwich manager in the mid 1990's.

 

Out of those other teams Wycombe are most in danger, or control, with them having to play relegation rivals Bristol Rovers and Torquay themselves. If Bristol Rovers were to win their home game this Saturday and Torquay beat a mid table Mansfield then that will set up a ‘winner stays’ game on the final day of the season.

 

At the top half of the table everything is still up for grabs, but could be pretty much sorted this weekend. The promotion procedure is slightly different with four teams getting promoted up into the Sky Bet League One. This will be the top three teams in the League automatically promoted while teams in positions four through to seven in a playoff for that final promotion place. The top three teams at the moment can secure their automatic places if play off hopefuls Southend beat Fleetwood Town on Saturday. Even if Fleetwood were to win it wouldn’t affect Scunthorpe who can confirm their spot with points at Exeter City.

 

Scunthorpe, Chesterfield and Rochdale are all currently in the automatic promotion places and will be looking to secure that, as I said, this weekend. Below them there are another five teams vying for either the play offs or to maybe edge their way into the automatic places at one of the top threes expense.

 

Again Fleetwood and Burton are guaranteed at least a playoff place and will most likely be joined by Southend and York City. Oxford are the only side who can upset the current playoff teams but in order to do that they will have to win both their games and hope that either Southend lose both their remaining games or see York City get no more than a single point.

 

Once the final positions are secured, as I said earlier, the top three will automatically go up while the other four head into the playoffs. The team in position four will play the team in seventh, home and away while the team in fifth position will play the team in sixth, again home and away. After the two games the two overall winners go head to head at Wembley with the winner joining the other three in the Sky Bet League One for next season.

 

Join me tomorrow when I look at the four teams coming down to this division from the Sky Bet Division One and of course the sides hoping to take that one step closer to the Premier League.


 

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