The Football League Previews 2010/11 – Part 1: League Two

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Martin says:

    Both Oxford and Stevenage will do much better than you predict.

    The glass-ceiling of only two-up and down to/from the Conference is still very much in action.

  2. Lyndon says:

    Are you sure that table is not upside down?
    While I see you’ve done your homework on transfers etc, your predicitions for Morecambe, Bradford, Bury and definitely Macclesfield are bordering on laughable.
    Have you ever spent any time in L2?

  3. Adam Hepton says:

    Re: Bradford City
    “Gavin Grant (imprisoned for murder)”

    Gavin Grant was a non-contract player last season, who had not played (or been paid) for three months.

    He was not a Bradford City player at the end of last season.
    He was not a Bradford City player during pre-season.
    He was not a Bradford City player when he was convicted of murder.

    If you insist on including him on the list of players that have left the club, he should be included in the list of released players.

  4. Rob says:

    @Martin: Most of the sides promoted from the Conference in recent years have finished mid-table, as the 2 up, 2 down, while still disproportionate, has helped level out, as has the number of professional sides in the Conference, meaning that players aren’t as loathe to drop out of the league any more. I had this discussion when predicting that Burton and Torquay would finish in the bottom hald last season. Stevenage especially seem a little unprepared consdiering how few of their players have played at this level.

    @Lyndon: You think I’ve placed Morecambe too low? They finished fourth last season, and have a stronger side this season. By turning the table upside down, you would have Bradford 15th (which as overrated as Peter Taylor is as a manager is a touch bizarre. Macclesfield have made good signings, so mid-table (where they would still be if the table were upside down, so how laughable is that?) is a fair bet, and Bury have 16 players who have any sort League experience (inclduing Lincoln reject Lenel John-Lewis who signed last nigh) – squads of that size will struggle at any level.

    @Adam: The Out lists of players are those who left the club after the last game of last season, and state where they are now, rather than how they left the club. Gavin Grant was a Bradford City player at the end of last season, because he played in the last game of last season against Crewe. Jonathan Bateson was also released by Bradford City at the end of last season, but I notice that you have not complained that I have listed him as an Accrington Stanley player, instead of including him as a released player.

    I will not be changing the status of Gavin Grant, Adam Chapman of Oxford United or David Pipe of Bristol Rovers.

  5. Will Bradley says:

    Gavin Grant has never been in the employ of Bradford City. He had no contract and was not paid a penny. He cannot leave a club he never joined.

  6. Rob says:

    @Will: Gavin Grant played eleven times for Bradford last season. As far as the League, the FA, and I’m concerned, that makes him a Bradford player last season. Any other non-contract player who has left a club in the summer will be listed in the “Out” column of the club concerned in the same way.

    I realise it’s an unfortunate for Bradford City and their supporters, but neither the club nor the fans are responsible for the crime that Gavin Grant committed, especially considering it is a matter of record that Grant concealed it from the club.

    However, this is a pre-season preview, including the comings and goings of the players at the clubs concerned. If Adam Hepton wants me to pretend that Gavin Grant is “released” and therefore a free agent like all the other players listed as released, or Will Bradley wants me to pretend that Gavin Grant was never a Bradford City player, then I’m sorry, I’m not prepared to.

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