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League 2 - A Look At Who Town Will Be Facing

27 June 2016

In the first part of our look at Town's rivals next season, we look at clubs A-C.

Accrington Stanley

Stanley are managed by John Coleman who is in his second spell at the club.  During his first stint he become the club’s most successful and long serving manager as he returned the Reds to the Football League by winning the Conference title.

Coleman's side narrowly missed out on automatic promotion last season after they their failure to beat Stevenage on the final day saw them miss out on automatic promotion. They went onto suffer play-off heartache after an extra-time defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the semi finals.

Former Town manager Mike Newell is also on the staff at the Wham Stadium. 

Manager: John Coleman
Stadium: The Wham Stadium
Nickname: Stanley
Finishing Position last season: 4th
Average Attendance last season: 1951
Distance from Blundell Park: 126.5 miles (2hrs 18mins)
Last time: 
30-Oct-09 H Accrington D 2-2
05-Apr-10 A Accrington W 3-2

Barnet

After promotion back to the Football League during the 2014/15 season, Martin Allen's side finished in a comfortable mid-table position last season. 

Manager: Martin Allen
Stadium: The Hive
Nickname: The Bees
Finishing Position last season: 15th
Average Attendance last season: 2358
Distance from Blundell Park: 170 miles (3hrs 17 mins)
Last time: 
17-Jan-15 H Barnet W 3-1
29-Apr-15 A Barnet W 3-1

Blackpool FC (pictured)

After suffering relegation to League 2 last season, The Tangerines parted company with manager Neil McDonald, with Gary Bowyer being installed as their new boss at the beginning of June. 

Blackpool were playing in the Premier League just five years ago and their Bloomfield Road stadium has been extensively modernised since the Mariners were last there in 2003.

Manager: Gary Bowyer
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Nickname: The Tangerines
Finishing Position last season: 22nd
Average Attendance last season: 7052
Distance from Blundell Park: 156.6 miles (2hrs 40mins) 
Last time: 
30-Sep-03 A Blackpool  W 1-0
12-Apr-04 H Blackpool  L  0-2

Cambridge United

Despite leading the club back to the Football League and success in the FA Trophy, the U's parted company with manager Richard Money last November. He was replaced by their current boss Shaun Derry who was previously at Notts County. 

After ending the 2015/16 Season with a run of eight games unbeaten, they managed to finish ninth in the League 2 table. 

Manager: Shaun Derry
Stadium: The Abbey Stadium
Nickname: The U's
Finishing Position last season: 9th
Average Attendance last season: 5257
Distance from Blundell Park: 142.2 miles (2hrs 40mins)
Last time:
25-Sep-04 A Cambridge Utd W 2-0
03-Jan-05  H Cambridge Utd W 3-0

Carlisle United

Fans will remember seeing the images of the terrible flooding that the Cumbrian side suffered last season, resulting in them having to play some of their home games at  Preston, Blackburn and Blackpool.

Despite the upheaval, Keith Curle's side still managed a 10th placed finish to the campaign.

Manager: Keith Curle
Stadium: Brunton Park
Nickname: The Blues
Finishing Position last season: 10th
Average Attendance last season: 4718
Distance from Blundell Park: 187.6 miles (3hrs 16mins)
Last time:
02-Jan-06 H Carlisle Utd L 1-2
08-Apr-06 A Carlisle Utd L 0-1

Cheltenham Town

Town fans will need no introduction to the Whaddon Road side. They of course finished the 2015/16 season at the top of the pile and made an instant return to the Football League. 

Manager: Gary Johnson
Stadium: Whaddon Road
Nickname: The Robins
Finishing Position last season: 1st - National League
Average Attendance last season: 3006
Distance from Blundell Park: 193.8 miles (3hrs 19mins)
Last time:
30-Oct-15 H Cheltenham Town L 0-1
01-Apr-16 A Cheltenham Town L 3-1


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