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Looking at League One part one

2 August 2018

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As we creep closer to the start of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League One season, here is all you need to know about the first 12 teams.

Looking at: Accrington Stanley

Ground: Wham Stadium

Capacity: 5,057

Manager: John Coleman

Star Man: Billy Kee – League Two’s Player of the Year, scoring 25 goals in 46 league games

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 86 miles

Last season: 1st in Sky Bet League Two (Champions)


Rovers wins: 1

Draws: 1

Accrington wins: 2

Last match: Rovers 2-2 Accrington Stanley (February 25 2017, League Two)

When do we play: 

Home: Monday April 22 2019 (Easter Monday)

Away: Tuesday October 2 2018


Looking at: AFC Wimbledon

Ground: Cherry Red Records Stadium

Capacity: 4,850

Manager: Neal Ardley

Star Man: Kwesi Appiah – part of the Ghana squad that were runners-up in the 2015 African Cup of Nations

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 193 miles

Last season: 18th 


Rovers wins: 0

Draws: 1

AFC Wimbledon wins: 1

Last match: Rovers 0-0 AFC Wimbledon (May 1 2018, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday November 17 2018

Away: Saturday March 9 2019


Looking at: Barnsley

Ground: Oakwell

Capacity: 23,009

Manager: Daniel Stendel

Star Man: Kieffer Moore – 13 goals in 22 games for Rotherham United in Sky Bet League One last season before a move to Oakwell in January 2018.

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 18 miles

Last season: 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship (relegated)


Rovers wins: 27

Draws: 22

Barnsley wins: 24

Last match: Barnsley 1-0 Rovers (February 20 2016, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday March 16 2019

Away: Saturday November 24 2018


Looking at: Blackpool

Ground: Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 17,338

Manager: Gary Bowyer

Star Man: Jimmy Ryan – Blackpool skipper helped Chesterfield to the League Two title in 2014

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 114 miles

Last season: 12th


Rovers wins: 11

Draws: 13

Blackpool wins: 26

Last match: Blackpool 1-2 Rovers (March 30 2018, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Tuesday November 27 2018

Away: Tuesday March 12 2019


Looking at: Bradford City

Ground: Northern Commercials Stadium

Capacity: 25,136

Manager: Michael Collins

Star Man: Eoin Doyle - Signed for the Bantams on August 1 from Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 45 miles

Last season: 11th 


Rovers wins: 26

Draws: 23

Bradford wins: 33

Last match: Rovers 2-0 Bradford City (March 19 2018, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday September 22 2018

Away: Saturday April 6 2019


Looking at: Bristol Rovers

Ground: Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 12,300

Manager:  Darrell Clarke

Star Man: Kyle Bennett – Pirates midfielder played for Rovers between 2011 and 2015, scoring 16 goals in over 130 appearances

Distance from Keepmoat Satdium: 179 miles

Last season: 13th 


Rovers wins: 16

Draws: 6

Bristol Rovers wins: 17

Last match: Rovers 1-3 Bristol Rovers (January 27 2018)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday February 16 2019

Away: Saturday December 8 2018


Looking at: Burton Albion

Ground: Pirelli Stadium

Capacity: 6,912

Manager: Nigel Clough

Star Man: Lucas Akins - The 29-year-old has made more than 150 appearances for the Brewers since making the move from Stevenage in 2014

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 59 miles

Last season: 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship (relegated)


Rovers wins: 2

Draws: 2

Burton wins: 0

Last match: Rovers 0-0 Burton Albion (May 8 2016, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday January 19 2019

Away: Saturday August 18 2018


Looking at: Charlton Athletic

Ground: The Valley

Capacity: 27,111

Manager: Lee Bowyer (caretaker)

Star Man: Lyle Taylor - Has recently made the move to the Valley from fellow Sky Bet League One side AFC Wimbledon

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 177 miles

Last season: 6th


Rovers wins: 3

Draws: 1

Charlton wins: 6

Last match: Rovers 1-1 Charlton Athletic (February 10 2018, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday March 2 2019

Away: November 3 2018


Looking at: Coventry City

Ground: Ricoh Arena

Capacity: 32,609

Manager: Mark Robins

Star Man: - Maxime Biamou - The Frenchman joined the Sky Blues from non-league side Sutton United in 2017 and has gone onto make more that 40 appearances for the side

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 93 miles

Last season: 7th in Sky Bet League Two (promoted via play-offs)


Rovers wins: 9

Draws: 7

Coventry wins: 8

Last match: Rovers 2-0 Coventry City (April 23 2016, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday May 4 2019 (Final day)

Away: Saturday October 27 2018


Looking at: Fleetwood Town

Ground: Highbury Stadium

Capacity: 5,311

Manager: Joey Barton

Star Man: Paddy Madden – Irish striker made an immediate impact upon signing for the Cod Army back in January, scoring on his debut away at Southend United in a 2-1 win

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 118 miles

Last season: 14th


Rovers wins: 2

Draws: 3

Fleetwood wins: 1

Last match: Rovers 3-0 Fleetwood Town (February 17 2018, League One)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday October 6 2018

Away: Wednesday December 26 2018 (Boxing Day)


Looking at: Gillingham

Ground: MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Capacity: 11,582

Manager: Steve Lovell

Star Man: Tom Eaves – scored 17 goals in League One last season, including hat-tricks against Southend United and Plymouth Argyle

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 196 miles

Last season: 17th 


Rovers wins: 12

Draws: 17

Gillingham wins: 32

Last match: Gillingham 0-0 Rovers (April 7 2018, League One) 

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday October 20 2018

Away: Saturday December 29 2018


Looking at: Luton Town

Ground: Kenilworth Road

Capacity: 10,356

Manager: Nathan Jones

Star Man: Danny Hylton – 42 goals in two seasons for Luton, with the striker firing the Hatters to promotion back to League One for the first time in 10 years

Distance from Keepmoat Stadium: 137 miles

Last season: 2nd in Sky Bet League Two (promoted as runners-up)


Rovers wins: 7

Draws: 6

Luton wins: 11

Last match: Rovers 1-1 Luton Town (February 18 2017, League Two)

When do we play: 

Home: Saturday September 8 2018

Away: Saturday March 23 2019

Rovers kick-off their Sky Bet League One campaign at Southend United on Saturday August 4, before their first home outing against Wycombe Wanderers the following Saturday.

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