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League One low down: Part two

20 July 2022

We take a look into each of the 23 Sky Bet League One teams we’ll be coming up against in the 2022/23 season.

Burton Albion 

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History

The Staffordshire-based side were formed in 1950. In 2001, the Club were promoted to the Conference after they were crowned Northern Premier League Champions. Seven years later, player-manager Nigel Clough guided Burton to the Football League for the first time after winning the Conference. The Brewers’ steady rise continued as they won League Two in the 2014/15 season and gained promotion to the Championship the following year. Burton spent two seasons in the second tier before they were relegated back to League One. 

Stadium

The Pirelli Stadium has been the home of the Brewers since 2005 after Eton Park, which was situated on the same road, was demolished. The stadium has one all-seater stand and three terraces. It holds 6,912, including 2,034 seats. 

Manager 

Former Chelsea and Netherlands striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is enjoying his second spell as Brewers’ boss. During his first stint, he won League Two. Hasselbaink returned to the Pirelli Stadium in January 2021 and has since taken charge of 76 games, achieving a win percentage of 38.2. 

One to watch 

Club captain John Brayford scooped multiple accolades at the club’s Player of the Year Awards night. The 34-year-old is in his third spell with the Club and has made more than 250 appearances in total. This summer, the defender committed his future to the Club for another two years.

Last season 

Burton Albion finished last season in the bottom half League One. They secured 16th place with 53 points. The Brewers won 14 games, drew 11 and lost 21. They scored 51 goals and conceded 67.

Cambridge United 

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History

The Club was originally founded as Abbey United in 1912 before it took up its current name 39 years later. In the 1990-91 season, the Club went up to the Second Division as Champions and also reached the FA Cup Quarter-Final - the latter a feat which they also achieved the previous season. In 2021, the Club secured promotion to League One after Mark Bonner’s side finished League Two runners up.

Stadium 

United have played at the Abbey Stadium since 1932. Its current capacity is 8,127. The ground’s record attendance was set in 1970 when Chelsea’s visit for a friendly attracted a crowd of 14,000.

Manager

Head coach Mark Bonner joined the club in 2011 and went on to occupy several positions in the academy. The 36-year-old had two spells in temporary charge before he was named permanent manager in March 2020. Bonner has taken charge of 113 games, with 50 wins, 25 draws and 38 defeats. His win percentage is 44.25%.

One to watch

Goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov had a strong season for United. The Bulgarian kept 12 clean sheets in League One last season and claimed a number of end-of-season awards.

Last season

The U's finished the season just inside the bottom half of the table in 14th with 58 points. Bonner's men won 15 games, drew 13 and fell to defeat on 18 occasions. They scored 56 goals and conceded 74.

Charlton Athletic

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History

The Addicks were founded back in 1905 and turned professional 15 years later. The Club has spent over 30 years in the top flight during four periods. They also reached the FA Cup Final two years in a row, beating Burnley the second time around in 1947 to lift the trophy. They were also in the Premier League as recently as 2007.

Stadium 

Charlton Athletic have played at The Valley since 1919. The Club spent seven years away from the stadium between 1985 and 1992 when they ground-shared at Selhurst Park and then Upton Park. Its current capacity is 27,111 although the ground’s record attendance is 75,031 which was against Aston Villa in the FA Cup Fifth Round in 1938.  

Manager 

Ben Garner was appointed Addicks manager this summer following the departure of Johnnie Jackson. The former-Swindon Town manager guided the Wiltshire club to the League Two Play-Off Semi-Final, but saw his team edged out by eventual winners Port Vale. His team topped the League's ranking for most goals scored and most away wins.

One to watch 

24-year-old George Dobson made an impression in his debut season at Chariton. The defensive midfielder won the Fans' Player of the Season award after winning 77% of the votes.

Last season 

The Addicks will be hoping for a more successful campaign this time around under new manager Ben Garner. Last season, they finished 13th on 59 points. They recorded 17 wins, eight draws and 21 defeats whilst scoring 55 goals and conceding 59. 

Cheltenham Town

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History

The Robins were founded in 1887. In 1998, they won the FA Trophy and then promotion to the Football League for the first time the following season. Since then, Town have won promotion to the third tier on three separate occasions, including the 2020-21 season which saw them go up as Champions. They had a brief absence from the Football League after they were relegated back to the conference in 2015, but the Robins bounced back at the first time of asking and returned to the Football League the following season. 

Stadium

The Completely-Suzuki Stadium, known as Whaddon Road, has been the home of Cheltenham Town since 1932. The ground consists of both terracing and seating; it holds 7,066. 

Manager

43-year-old Wade Elliot was promoted from First Team Coach to First Team Manager following the departure of Michael Duff to Barnsley. The former-midfielder, who played in the Premier League for Burnley, has worked with the U23 teams at Stoke City and Bristol City.

One to watch

Striker Alfie May bagged a total of 26 goals last season in all competitions for the Robins along with four assists. The 28-year-old joined the club from Doncaster Rovers in January 2020. 

Last season 

They finished 15th in League One on 56 points. Michael Duff lead the Robins to 13 wins, 17 draws and 16 defeats. They scored 66 goals and conceded 80.


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