Day: August 18, 2012

The 200% Pre-Season Previews: League Two

With time being short before the first games kickoff, this division will be a little briefer than the Championship and League One. As with the other divisions, not all signings have been named, so if you notice someone, or perhaps a club that I’ve “missed”, chances are I haven’t actually missed them, just made a decision to omit them. Except for Northampton Town, who for some reason, I actually forgot to include. Accrington Stanley start their first season of the century without John Coleman in charge, but Paul Cook has taken a similar approach to signings, with all the new faces being aged 23 or under, and the one signing older than that being Padgraig Amond, who spent last season on loan at Stanley. Most of the newcomers are relative unknowns with just a few appearances under their belt, so they will be an unknown quantity. Danny Coid, Kevin McIntyre and Ian Craney are the main depatures, with the latter two joining up with Coleman at Rochdale.   Aldershot Town look for experience as they try and reach the third tier for the first time as a phoenix club. Guy Branston is one of the most well travelled and experienced defenders in the game, while Craig Stanley, Craig Reid and Anthony Tonkin all know about this level, while Troy Brown and Ollie Lancashire have what it takes to succeed...

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The 200% Pre-Season Previews: League One

With the Championship starting last night, the Football League season is already underway, but League One kicks off later this afternoon. And after a season where so many sides looked strong at the top, there don’t appear to be any sides as strong as those that won promotion last season. With no real makeweights on paper either, we could well be in for one of the tightest division for a while. So, sit back, and let Rob Freeman take you through the changes to the teams, with League Two’s preview coming up in the next couple of hours…   Bournemouth start the season with a strike force containing experienced Dutchman Frank Demouge, and Josh McQuoid, who returns after spending just under two years at Millwall, McQuoid’s ex-Lions teammate Lewis Grabban (via Rotherham). Eunan O’Kane and Richard Hughes arrive from different sides of the South coast to compete in midfield, while lynchpin centre-half Miles Addison makes last season’s loan permanent. Shaun Cooper, Michael Symes and Mattheiu Baudry head the departees, and Paul Groves looks to start the season with a stronger side than he inherited, and that makes the Cherries an outside bet for the playoffs.   Brentford’s signings have been a mixed bunch, with experienced midfielder Tony Craig arriving from Millwall, youngsters Harlee Dean and Adam Forshaw making their loan spells permanent, and unknown quantities in midfielder Stuart Dallas...

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