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League 2 - A Look At Who Town Will Be Facing - Part 2

3 July 2016

We continue our look the competition next season with clubs C-H

Colchester United (pictured)

Colchester United were relegated from League One last season, and new manager John McGreal will be hoping to lead the club to promotion at the first attempt.

The former U's under-21 manager replaced Kevin Keen in the summer and he has plenty of rebuilding on his hands, with the likes of Alex Gilbey, George Moncur and Players' Player of the Year Joe Edwards departing for pastures new.

Manager: John McGreal
Stadium: The Colchester Community Stadium
Nickname: The U's
Finishing Position last season: 23rd - League One
Average Attendance last season: 4136
Distance from Blundell Park: 157.5 miles (3 hours 30 mins)
Last time:
21-Feb-05 A Colchester Utd L 2-0
18-Oct-03  H Colchester Utd W 2-0

Crawley Town

Crawley Town finished twelve points off the relegation zone last time out, and they will be hoping for a better season this time around.

Former Chelsea academy manager Dermot Dummy took charge towards the end of last season, and he is the man tasked with bringing success to the club that were Town's first ever National League opponents back in 2010. 

Manager: Dermot Dummy
Stadium: Broadfield Stadium
Nickname: The Red Devils
Finishing Position last season: 20th
Average Attendance last season: 2405
Distance from Blundell Park: 236.7 miles (4 hours 4 mins)
Last time:
14-Aug-10 A Crawley Town W 1-0
22-Jan-11  H Crawley Town D 0-0

Crewe Alexandra

Crewe are looking to bounce back under long serving manager Steve Davis this season after a campaign that saw them finish rock bottom of League One.

The Alex are known for their terrific record of bringing through academy players, and they currently have the youngest squad in the league, with veteran striker Ryan Lowe joining for a third spell in the summer to add some experience to the side.

Manager: Steve Davis
Stadium: The Alexandra Stadium
Nickname: The Alex
Finishing Position last season: 24th - League One
Average Attendance last season: 4551
Distance from Blundell Park: 146.7 miles (2 hours 45 mins)
Last time:
09-Mar-10 A Crewe L 4-2
15-Aug-09  H Crewe L 4-0

Doncaster Rovers 

Doncaster Rovers are back in League Two following a twelve year absence following relegation, and Darren Ferguson's side are among the favourites for promotion this season.

A trip to the Keepmoat Stadium provides the shortest away journey for Town this season, so the clash between the two sides the week before Christmas - the first league meeting between the sides in over 25 years - is one to look forward to.

Manager Ferguson already looks to have a squad that will make the rest of the league take notice, and in striker Andy Williams, they have a man that was one of the top scorers in League One just two seasons ago.

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Stadium: The Keepmoat Stadium
Nickname: The Rovers
Finishing Position last season: 21st - League One
Average Attendance last season: 6500
Distance from Blundell Park:  53.3 miles (1 hour)
Last time:
12-Aug-03 A Doncaster L 3-2
13-Nov-07  H Doncaster W 2-2 (Town win on pens)

Exeter City

Exeter secured a mid-table finish under boss Paul Tisdale last year, and they are always one of the most consistent sides in the division.

This is helped by the fact that Tisdale is the second longest manager in English football, having been in charge of the Grecians for the past decade, and he has an experienced squad on his hands.

This includes former Town player and youth product Danny Butterfield, who is currently a player-coach at the club.

Manager: Paul Tisdale

Stadium: St James Park
Nickname: The Grecians
Finishing Position last season: 14th
Average Attendance last season: 4008
Distance from Blundell Park:  303.2 miles (5 hours 14 mins)
Last time:
18-Oct-08 A Exeter D 0-0
07-Feb-09  H Exeter D 2-2

Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United suddenly became one of the teams Town fans were looking out for when the fixture list came out, and Craig Hignett's side will be looking to provide the club with a better season than last time around.

Pools completed the signings of Town pair Padraig Amond and Aristote Nsiala over the summer, joining former Town Player of the Year Carl Magnay, whilst new Mariners signing Dan Jones will also look forward to the chance of taking on the club he left in the summer.

Manager: Craig Hignett

Stadium: Victoria Park
Nickname: Pools
Finishing Position last season: 16th
Average Attendance last season: 3890
Distance from Blundell Park:  139.1 miles (2 hours 20 mins)
Last time:
06-Oct-09 A Hartlepool Utd W 2-0
26-Sep-06 H Hartlepool Utd L 1-4

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