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League One newcomers: relegated teams

20 June 2019

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2019/20 sees three new teams join Sky Bet League One following relegation from the Championship.

There is a very familiar face among the relegated teams with South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham returning to the league after one season in the second tier.

Former Premier League sides Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers were also relegated following tough seasons in the second tier.

Ipswich Town

HOME - April 25 
AWAY - September 14

Paul Lambert’s side will compete in League One for the first time since 1956 as the Tractor Boys finished bottom of the Championship last term.

They have acted swiftly in the transfer market signing highly rated League One goalkeeper Tomas Holy from Gillingham as well as Tranmere’s top goal-scorer James Norwood. They join a squad of young talents including the highly rated Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell.

The former First Division winners will face Rovers for the first time since both sides last met in the Capital One Cup in 2015 where they lost 4-1. The last win for Rovers came in a scintillating 3-2 victory in the Championship where goals from El Hadji Diouf and Billy Sharp made Josh Carson and Michael Chopra’s goals obsolete.

 

Bolton Wanderers

HOME - February 11
AWAY - August 20

After relegation from the Championship, Bolton have eight senior players contracted to the club which includes former Rovers keeper Remi Matthews.

Also on their books is goal scorer Josh Magennis who scored 20 times in 73 league games for Charlton in League One. His success at Bolton has quietened, netting four times in 29 appearances.

It was five years ago since we both met and Bolton won both games in the Championship in 2013/14 with the last victory coming in 1987 where Rovers won 1-0.

Current manager Phil Parkinson has a history of success in League One, gaining automatic promotion The Trotters at the first time of asking in 2017. He reached the play-offs numerous times with Bradford City prior to his stint at The University of Bolton Stadium.

 

Rotherham United

HOME - September 7
AWAY - April 18

Our South Yorkshire neighbours return to League One following a year stay in the Championship after gaining promotion the previous season via the play-offs.

Their manager Paul Warne has earnt many plaudits during his stint for his philosophical approach to the game which almost kept them in the Championship last season.

We are Rotherham’s second most played opponents in all competitions, with both teams meeting 84 times in all competitions, only Lincoln City have played The Millers more.

Rotherham are yet to make any summer signings since their relegation but have a senior squad of 23 players.

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