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The Curtain is Finally Drawn on the EFL League One and Two Season

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EFL: League One and Two Curtailed

 

The EFL League One and Two seasons have finally been brought to an end after the majority of clubs voted in favour of the early curtailment.

The outcome of the vote meant that the final standings will be decided by the EFL unweighted points-per-game system. As a result of this quite a few teams will no doubt feel hard done by, especially with the season coming to a close with lots of points still to play for.

As a result of this, Bolton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Southend United will be dropping down to League Two next season, at the top end of the table, Coventry City are crowned champions, two years after their promotion from League Two, Rotherham United bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt. In League Two, Swindon Town are crowned champions under Richie Wellens’ first full season in charge, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle will join Swindon after occupying the two other automatic promotion spots.

Should certain clubs feel hard done by?

A Bitter End To The Season For Some

Every team which are occupying the playoff places could possibly feel that they may have gained that final automatic promotion spot if the season had been played out. I think you have to feel for Sunderland and Peterborough United who have just missed out on the play-off spots by one point, if the season had been played out would Sunderland and Peterborough have crept into the playoffs? That question is going to remain unanswered but certainly, the fans of both the clubs and football fans, in general, would like to think that both sides would’ve picked up a playoff place or even challenge for the automatic promotion spot.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony said in an interview with Sky Sports that he’d” bet his life” that they would’ve finished in the top two with the remaining nine matches, after beating two of the top six sides comfortably before the season was drawn to a halt and having leading goalscorer Ivan Toney averaging a goal every 118 minutes, I definitely think he had a good case.

Tranmere Rovers fans are in outrage at the curtailment of the season after they weren’t able to avoid the drop. Tranmere were only three points from safety and had a game in hand on AFC Wimbledon, you really have to feel for Micky Mellon’s men after they had gone three games unbeaten and started to pick up some momentum before the season came to a halt, a season in League Two next season awaits them, Sol Campbell’s Southend United and the financially stricken Bolton Wanderers.

In League Two Crewe Alexandra have been automatically promoted but could they possibly had a good crack at winning the league? That is a possibility which will be unknown, but they certainly will be happy with the automatic promotion for sure. Cheltenham Town and Exeter City will have to settle for the playoffs but they will also feel they had a chance to gain automatic promotion in the remaining fixtures after both teams retrospectively four and three points off of Plymouth Argyle in third.

In the playoff picture Port Vale and Bradford City miss out and I’m sure they would’ve relished a big playoff push in the remaining fixtures but unfortunately, another season in League Two awaits them.

 

Play-offs

The League One play-off schedule will be released in due course, Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Fleetwood Town and Portsmouth will all battle it out for a place in the Championship. The League Two play-offs will see Cheltenham Town entertain Northampton Town and Exeter City will travel to Colchester United for the first leg. The ties will be played on Thursday 18th June, Monday 22nd June and the final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Monday 29th June.

 

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Byron is a 19 year old Sports Journalist, currently studying at Leeds Trinity University. He is also Head of Media at Silsden AFC. You can contact Byron at: Byronwhalley16@gmail.com

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