2008–09 Football League Two
|Top goalscorer||Simeon Jackson (20)|
|Longest winning run||7 games|
The Football League 2008–09, known as the Coca-Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons, is the 17th season under its current league division format. It began in August 2008 and concluded in May 2009, with the promotion play-off finals.
The Football League is contested through three Divisions. The third division of these is League Two. The winner, runner up and third-placed team of League Two will be automatically promoted to Football League One and they will be joined by the winner of the League Two playoff. The bottom two teams in the league will be relegated from the Football League to the Conference National for the 2009–10 season.
Before the season started, Luton Town, Rotherham United and A.F.C. Bournemouth were all docked points for the League Two season for, in all cases, financial problems and additionally, in the case of Luton, for criminal matters regarding transfers of players. Bournemouth and Rotherham both started on −17 points while Luton had to begin on −30 points. On 25 January, Darlington were docked ten points after going into administration.
Changes from last season
From League Two
Promoted to League One
Relegated to Conference National
To League Two
Relegated from League One
Promoted from Conference National
||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Brentford (C) (P)||46||23||16||7||65||36||+29||85||Promotion to League One|
|2||Exeter City (P)||46||22||13||11||65||50||+15||79|
|3||Wycombe Wanderers (P)||46||20||18||8||54||33||+21||78|
|4||Bury||46||21||15||10||63||43||+20||78||Qualification to League Two playoffs|
|5||Gillingham (O) (P)||46||21||12||13||58||55||+3||75|
|8||Dagenham & Redbridge||46||19||11||16||77||53||+24||68|
|23||Chester City (R)||46||8||13||25||43||81||−38||37||Relegation to Conference National|
|24||Luton Town (R)||46||13||17||16||58||65||−7||26*|
Updated to games played on 2 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
* Darlington deducted 10 points; Bournemouth deducted 17 points; Rotherham United deducted 17 points; Luton Town deducted 30 points
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|Semifinals||Final at Wembley|
|7||Shrewsbury Town||0||1 (4)||1|
Stadia and locations
|Darlington||The Darlington Arena||25,294*|
|Bradford City||Valley Parade||25,136|
|Rotherham United||Don Valley Stadium||25,000|
|Port Vale||Vale Park||22,356|
|Notts County||Meadow Lane||19,588|
|Luton Town||Kenilworth Road||10,260|
|Lincoln City||Sincil Bank||10,127|
|Wycombe Wanderers||Adams Park||10,000|
|Shrewsbury Town||New Meadow||9,875|
|Grimsby Town||Blundell Park||9,106|
|Exeter City||St James Park||9,036|
|Aldershot Town||Recreation Ground||7,100|
|Macclesfield Town||Moss Rose||6,335|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||Victoria Road||6,000|
|Chester City||Deva Stadium||5,376|
|Accrington Stanley||Crown Ground||5,057|
|Home ╲ Away||ACC||ALD||BAR||BOU||BRA||BRE||BRY||CHE||CHF||D&R||DAR||EXE||GIL||GRI||LIN||LUT||MAC||MOR||NTC||PTV||ROC||ROT||SHR||WYC|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||0–0||3–1||2–0||0–1||3–0||3–1||1–3||6–0||3–0||0–1||1–2||2–0||4–0||0–3||2–1||2–1||0–2||6–1||1–1||3–2||1–1||1–2||0–1|
Source: The Football League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
|2||Grant Holt||Shrewsbury Town||20|
|4||Adam le Fondre||Rochdale||17|
|6||Reuben Reid||Rotherham United||17|
|Peter Thorne||Bradford City|
|10||Paul Benson||Dagenham & Redbridge||14|
|Ryan Lowe||Chester City|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Notes|
|August||Mark Robins||Rotherham United||Solomon Taiwo||Dagenham & Redbridge|
|September||Alan Knill||Bury||Matthew Gill||Exeter City|
|October||Peter Jackson||Lincoln City||Jamie Ward||Chesterfield|
|November||Peter Taylor||Wycombe Wanderers||Grant Holt||Shrewsbury Town|
|December||John Still||Dagenham & Redbridge||Marcus Bean||Brentford|
|January||Alan Knill||Bury||Dany N'Guessan||Lincoln City|
|February||Sammy McIlroy||Morecambe||Charlie MacDonald||Brentford|
|March||Lee Richardson||Chesterfield||Reuben Reid||Rotherham United|
|April||Andy Scott||Brentford||Sam Saunders||Dagenham & Redbridge|
25 February 2009 – Darlington are docked 10 points by the FA for entering administration
2 May 2009 – Brentford crowned Champions of League 2 after 3–1 win at Darlington.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Bournemouth||Kevin Bond||Contract terminated||1 September 2008||Jimmy Quinn||2 September 2008||23rd|
|Grimsby Town||Alan Buckley||Contract terminated||15 September 2008||Mike Newell||6 October 2008||20th|
|Port Vale||Lee Sinnott||Mutual consent||22 September 2008||Dean Glover||6 October 2008||16th|
|Chester City||Simon Davies||Contract terminated||11 November 2008||Mark Wright||14 November 2008||19th|
|Barnet||Paul Fairclough||Resigned||28 December 2008||Ian Hendon||21 April 2009||16th|
|Bournemouth||Jimmy Quinn||Contract terminated||31 December 2008||Eddie Howe||31 December 2008||23rd|
- The Football League 2008–09
- 2008–09 in English football
- Aldershot Town F.C. season 2008–09
- Bradford City A.F.C. season 2008–09
- Grimsby Town F.C. season 2008–09
- Luton Town F.C. season 2008–09
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