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League One newcomers: promoted teams

20 June 2019

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Ahead of fixture release day on Thursday June 20, we look at the four teams who have been promoted to Sky Bet League One.

Lincoln City topped the League Two table with 85 points while Bury finished second with 79 points. MK Dons took third place in dramatic style by beating Mansfield Town on the final day of the season which saw The Stags relegated to fourth place.

Tranmere Rovers finished sixth in the league and achieved a second consecutive promotion through the play-offs defeating seventh placed Newport County in the Sky Bet League One play-off final at Wembley.


Lincoln City

HOME - August 24
AWAY - April 10

Managed by the young pragmatic Cowley brothers – Danny and Nicky have driven Lincoln from the National League to League One in just three years.

The Imps made a huge impact on the football world with a record breaking Emirates FA Cup run in 2016/17 which saw they progress all the way to the cup's quarter finals. They continued their cup success the following season winning the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Imps last graced the third tier of English football in the 1998/99 season but spent just one season in the league before dropping back to the fourth tier.

There are strong connections with Rovers and supporters can look forward to coming up against former Rovers players Harry Toffolo, Jason Shackell and Jamie McCombe who are all currently on the books at Sincil Bank. As well as former chief operating officer Liam Scully, now cheif executive officer at Lincoln and former goalkeeper Andy Warrington who is currently a coach at the Lincolnshire club.

Bury

HOME - April 13
AWAY - August 31

The runners-up in League Two are the hunt for a new manager after Ryan Lowe was snapped up by Plymouth Argyle after a successful debut season in football management.

They have had sporadic spells in League One since 2011, their longest run in the division was three years under David Flitcroft.

Bury were relegated to League Two after a difficult 2017/18 season which saw them accumulate just 36 points. During that season Rovers nicked four points off the Shakers, beating them 1-0 away but being held to a point at home after an pulsating 3-3 draw.

Bury bounced back in emphatic style and securing promotion at the first time of asking.

Since 1935 both sides have faced each other a total of 63 times across all competitions and have Rovers have been victorious in 19 of them clashes.

MK Dons

HOME - December 7
AWAY - March 7

Also bouncing back from relegation at the first time of asking, MK Dons return to League One a year after their League One exit. The appointment of former Exeter chief Paul Tisdale has paid dividends as he boasts a 46%-win rate with The Dons after guiding them to a third placed finish in his first season in charge.

They have already been busy making additions for their return to League One after capturing the signatures of Hiram Boateng, Brennan Dickenson, Joe Mason and former Rovers striker Jordan Bowery.

Another former Rovers man in The Dons team is midfielder Jordan Houghton who played an instrumental part in guiding them back to League One.

Since their formation in 2004, Rovers have met MK Dons 10 times – in that time, Rovers have only lost to them twice and are yet to taste defeat against them at home.

Tranmere Rovers

HOME - April 4
AWAY - October 26

The White’s achieved double promotion to return to League One football after a five-year absence from the third tier. Prior to their relegation and subsequent fall from league football, Tranmere spent 13-years in League One.

Their highest finish in League One was third in the 2004/05 season but their play-off campaign was unsuccessful.

Tranmere's promotion success was in-part the work of their star man and top scorer James Norwood. Norwood's 29 goals helped him secure a move to Ipswich Town in the summer.

Rovers last faced Tranmere in 2013 and came out 1-0 winners thanks to a Rob Jones 63rd minute goal.

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A full list of fixtures can be found on the Fixtures Website.


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