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Category: League Two

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Football League fixtures: Lampard’s Derby kick off season at Reading

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds host Stoke City in openerVilla start at Steve Bruce’s former side Hull CityFrank Lampard’s first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. The former England midfielder, who took over at the Ram…

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Jordan Willis sends Coventry City into play-off final rapture against Exeter City

Coventry City sealed an immediate return to League One after a convincing League Two play-off final victory over Exeter City. For the 35,000 baying Coventry supporters who made Wembley appear lopsided, the victory not only reversed an alarming slide do…

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Coventry City v Exeter City: League Two play-off final – live!

Live updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at WembleyThe Fiver: sign up for our daily football emailEmail Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 2.22pm BST Funny situation for Tisdale, isn’t it, and one that clearly hurt him. There’s more of a touch of the Wengers abou…

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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year beforeBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyIain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Cr…

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Exeter can give Steve Perryman a fitting Wembley send-off | Ben Fisher

Exeter’s director of football grew up in the stadium’s shadow and retires after the League Two play-off final against Coventry“A40, Hanger Lane, turn left on to the North Circular, past Stonebridge Park and over on my left was Wembley,” says Steve Perr…

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Maxime Biamou drives Coventry into final as Notts County rue key decisions

Maxime Biamou was the hero as Coventry booked their place in the League Two playoff final following an eventful 4-1 win at Notts County.Biamou scored once in each half – the first goal from a spectacular overhead kick after six minutes – to confirm Cov…

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Jayden Stockley helps Exeter sink Lincoln to book Wembley final spot

Exeter booked their place in the League Two play-off final with a 3-1 victory over Lincoln at St James Park.After a goalless draw in the first leg, Exeter held a narrow lead at the break thanks to Jayden Stockley’s neat finish. Continue reading…

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Paul Tisdale takes over as the longest-serving manager in England – for now

Arsène Wenger’s departure from Arsenal means Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale will become the longest-serving manager in English football – although he might be on his way tooBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the EcstasyAs Arsène Wenger prepares to say …

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QPR part company with Ian Holloway after underwhelming campaign

• Steve McClaren linked to QPR job after Holloway departs• Martin Allen leaves Barnet for a fifth time after relegationIan Holloway has left QPR with immediate effect, the Championship club have announced, amid reports that the former England manager S…

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Football League: Barnet relegated as Coventry and Morecambe play out draw

Barnet beat Chesterfield but go down on goal differenceCoventry and Lincoln seal League Two play-off placesBarnet have been relegated from the Football League for the third time in their history despite a last-day 3-0 victory over Chesterfield at the H…

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‘As nervous as you can possibly be’ – Barnet await more last-day drama

Seemingly doomed six weeks ago, Martin Allen has breathed life into Barnet again yet they do not control their own destiny in the desperate battle to stay in the Football LeagueBarnet entertain Chesterfield at the Hive in their final game of a turbulen…

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‘It is an absolute travesty’: Chesterfield’s fall from Football League | David Conn

A saga of budget overruns on the stadium, a boardroom walkout and a run of unsuccessful managerial appointments has seen the Spireites relegatedIn the rain at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Saturday, home supporters still stunned by the club’s first …

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Football League: Norwich savour Wes Hoolahan’s ‘perfect finish’

• Coventry score six as goal-laden recent run continues• Wycombe return to League One while Barnet keep survival bid alive• Wes Hoolahan bade an emotional farewell to Carrow Road with Norwich’s first goal in a 2-1 win over Leeds. It was his 380th leagu…

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Football League round-up: Blackburn bounce back to the Championship

• Charlie Mulgrew’s header seals Rovers’ return at Doncaster• Chesterfield drop into non-league football without playingCharlie Mulgrew scored a late winner as Blackburn returned to the Championship with a 1-0 victory at Doncaster. Rovers have bounced …

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Accrington Stanley: how the ‘starving peasants’ rocked the natural order | Niall McVeigh

Promotion to League One is an incredible achievement for a club with a tiny budget who dare to do things differentlyAccrington, the small Lancashire town with a Football League tradition dating back 130 years, is celebrating as never before. Its team, …

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Football League round-up: Accrington are promoted after win over Yeovil

• Goals from Billy Kee give Reds first promotion to third tier• Fan attacks referee after penalty award at RochdaleTwo goals from Billy Kee secured automatic promotion to League One for Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night as they beat Yeovil 2-0 at hom…

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Football League: Cardiff keep up promotion chase, Bury relegated

Late goals from Zohore, Hoilett at Norwich; Burton avert drop Bury drop to fourth tier, League One leaders heldCardiff kept their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a win at Norwich which was late in coming after a previously close-fought contest….

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Stevenage’s Dino Maamria: ‘Yes, I was born in a tent and poor – but I loved it’

An encounter with a holidaying Burnley scout was a crucial step on the road that took Dino Maamria from Tunisia to Stevenage managerAlmost three weeks into the job, Dino Maamria is at ease, sat in his manager’s office at Stevenage’s training ground, ch…

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EFL tells Accrington owner he must buy his players burgers even if they lose

• Andy Holt revealed unusual win-bonus scheme in tweet last month• EFL demands ‘consistent approach for all matches’ in statementThe Accrington owner Andy Holt has been told by the English Football League that he can continue to treat his players to po…

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Lincoln City’s Cowley brothers chase Checkatrade win and Wembley return | Ben Fisher

The cathedral city is red and white with unlikely football fever, as the side in the National League last season chase a trophy against Shrewsbury and a second straight promotionThe Gothic cathedral and thigh-thirsty Steep Hill are synonymous with the …