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League Two - A Look At Who Town Will Be Facing - Part 4

7 July 2016

We finish off our look at our league this coming season by previewing clubs P-Y

Plymouth Argyle


Plymouth lost in the Play-Off Final at Wembley in May, and will no doubt be a threat again under Derek Adams.

The Pilgrims have retained the majority of their squad from last season as expected, but have pulled off a bit of a coup in signing former Scotland international David Goodwillie if he can get back to the form that saw him earn a move to the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers five years ago.

New Town signing Luke Summerfield began his career at the South Coast club, so he will be looking forward to the prospect of facing the Pilgrims.   


Manager: Derek Adams
Stadium: Home Park
Nickname: The Pilgrims
Finishing Position last season: 5th
Average Attendance last season: 8798
Distance from Blundell Park: 345.1 miles (5 hours 42 mins)
Last time:
09-Aug-03 A Plymouth D 2-2
10-Jan-04 H Plymouth D 0-0




Portsmouth


Portsmouth are one of the big boys in League Two, and Paul Cook's men will be hoping to go one better this time out after defeat in the play-offs to Plymouth at the end of last season.


A torrid few years for the 2008 FA Cup winners saw them relegated from the Premier League to League Two within the space of four years.


However, after several short term managerial appointments, Pompey will be hoping that the worst is behind them and that former Chesterfield boss Cook can begin the team's rise up the leagues once again.


New Town signing Ben Davies was their Player of the Year last year, so the games against Portsmouth will certainly be something to look forward to for him.


Manager: Paul Cook
Stadium: Fratton Park
Nickname: Pompey
Finishing Position last season: 6th
Average Attendance last season: 16391
Distance from Blundell Park: 259.4 miles (4 hours 28 mins)
Last time:
01-Feb-03 Portsmouth L 3-0
26-Aug-02 Portsmouth L 1-0




Stevenage


Stevenage finished in the lower reaches of the table last season, but will be hoping that their end of season form under Darren Sarll was a sign of things to come.

Sarll took over from former England international Teddy Sheringham in February, and the club lost only one of their last nine games in charge, which means there have been very few changes at Broadwall Way so far this summer.

Interestingly enough, Town and Stevenage have never met each other in a competitive fixture, so that will be a first this coming season.  

Manager: Darren Sarll
Stadium: Broadhall Way
Nickname: The Boro
Finishing Position last season: 18th
Average Attendance last season: 3349
Distance from Blundell Park: 157.3 miles (2 hours 57 mins)
Last time:
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Wycombe Wanderers


Town's first away game in their return to League Two will see them head to Wycombe Wanderers, who finished last season disappointingly.


Gareth Ainsworth's side saw their play-off challenge fade and ultimately finish in the bottom half, which was something of a setback after reaching the Play-Off Final the previous season, so they will be looking for a better campaign for sure.

Manager: Gareth Ainsworth

Stadium: Adams Park
Nickname: The Chairboys
Finishing Position last season: 13th
Average Attendance last season: 3984
Distance from Blundell Park: 239.5 miles (4 hours)
Last time:
17-Jan-09 A Wycombe L 0-1
11-Oct-08 H Wycombe D 1-1




Yeovil Town

Yeovil kept their heads above water last season, with boss Darren Wray doing a terrific job in keeping them up after they were bottom of the table at the turn of the year.

Wray will be looking to use that form as a springboard for a better season at a club that were in the Championship two seasons ago before consecutive relegations.

Manager: Darren Way

Stadium: Huish Park
Nickname: The Magpies
Finishing Position last season: 19th
Average Attendance last season: 3936
Distance from Blundell Park: 292 miles (5 hours 2 mins)
Last time:
11-Dec-04 A Yeovil Town L 2-1
26-Feb-05 H Yeovil Town W 2-1




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