List of teams promoted from English Football League Two and its predecessors

A national fourth tier of English league football was established in 1958–59, as the Fourth Division. It was formed from the merger of the Third Division North and the Third Division South. In 1992, with the departure of the First Division clubs to become the Premier League, the fourth tier became known as the Third Division. Since 2004 it has been known as Football League Two.

Football League Fourth Division (1958 to 1992)

Season Winner Runner Up Also Promoted Playoff Winner
1958–59Port ValeCoventry CityYork City, Shrewsbury Town
1959–60WalsallNotts CountyTorquay United, Watford
1960–61Peterborough UnitedCrystal PalaceNorthampton Town, Bradford
1961–62MillwallColchester UnitedWrexham, Carlisle United
1962–63BrentfordOldham AthleticCrewe Alexandra, Mansfield Town
1963–64GillinghamCarlisle UnitedWorkington, Exeter City
1964–65Brighton & Hove AlbionMillwallYork City, Oxford United
1965–66Doncaster RoversDarlingtonTorquay United, Colchester United
1966–67Stockport CountySouthportBarrow, Tranmere Rovers
1967–68Luton TownBarnsleyHartlepools United, Crewe Alexandra
1968–69Doncaster Rovers (2)Halifax TownRochdale, Bradford City
1969–70ChesterfieldWrexhamSwansea City, Port Vale
1970–71Notts CountyBournemouth & Boscombe AthleticOldham Athletic, York City
1971–72Grimsby TownSouthend UnitedBrentford, Scunthorpe United
1972–73SouthportHereford UnitedCambridge United, Aldershot
1973–74Peterborough United (2)GillinghamColchester United, Bury
1974–75Mansfield TownShrewsbury TownRotherham United, Chester City
1975–76Lincoln CityNorthampton TownReading, Tranmere Rovers
1976–77Cambridge UnitedExeter CityColchester United, Bradford City
1977–78WatfordSouthend UnitedSwansea City, Brentford
1978–79ReadingGrimsby TownWimbledon, Barnsley
1979–80Huddersfield TownWalsallNewport County, Portsmouth
1980–81Southend UnitedLincoln CityDoncaster Rovers, Wimbledon
1981–82Sheffield UnitedBradford CityWigan Athletic, AFC Bournemouth
1982–83WimbledonHull CityPort Vale, Scunthorpe United
1983–84York CityDoncaster RoversReading, Bristol City
1984–85Chesterfield (2)BlackpoolDarlington, Bury
1985–86Swindon TownChester CityMansfield Town, Port Vale
1986–87Northampton TownPreston North EndSouthend UnitedAldershot
1987–88Wolverhampton WanderersCardiff CityBolton WanderersSwansea City
1988–89Rotherham UnitedTranmere RoversCrewe AlexandraLeyton Orient
1989–90Exeter CityGrimsby TownSouthend UnitedCambridge United
1990–91DarlingtonStockport CountyHartlepool United, Peterborough UnitedTorquay United
1991–92BurnleyRotherham UnitedMansfield TownBlackpool

Football League Third Division (1992 to 2004)

Season Winner Runner Up Also Promoted Playoff Winner
1992–93Cardiff CityWrexhamBarnetYork City
1993–94Shrewsbury TownChester CityCrewe AlexandraWycombe Wanderers
1994–95Carlisle UnitedWalsall- Chesterfield
1995–96Preston North EndGillinghamBuryPlymouth Argyle
1996–97Wigan AthleticFulhamCarlisle UnitedNorthampton Town
1997–98Notts County (2)Macclesfield TownLincoln CityColchester United
1998–99Brentford (2)Cambridge UnitedCardiff CityScunthorpe United
1999-00Swansea CityRotherham UnitedNorthampton TownPeterborough United
2000–01Brighton & Hove Albion (2)Cardiff CityChesterfieldBlackpool
2001–02Plymouth ArgyleLuton TownMansfield TownCheltenham Town
2002–03Rushden & DiamondsHartlepool UnitedWrexhamAFC Bournemouth
2003–04Doncaster Rovers (3)Hull CityTorquay UnitedHuddersfield Town

Football League Two (2004 onwards)

Season Winner Runner Up Also Promoted Playoff Winner
2004–05Yeovil TownScunthorpe UnitedSwansea CitySouthend United
2005–06Carlisle United (2)Northampton TownLeyton OrientCheltenham Town
2006–07Walsall (2)Hartlepool UnitedSwindon TownBristol Rovers
2007–08Milton Keynes DonsPeterborough UnitedHereford UnitedStockport County
2008–09Brentford (3)Exeter CityWycombe WanderersGillingham
2009–10Notts County (3)AFC BournemouthRochdaleDagenham & Redbridge
2010–11Chesterfield (3)BuryWycombe WanderersStevenage
2011–12Swindon Town (2)Shrewsbury TownCrawley TownCrewe Alexandra
2012–13Gillingham (2)Rotherham UnitedPort ValeBradford City
2013–14Chesterfield (4)Scunthorpe UnitedRochdaleFleetwood Town
2014–15Burton Albion Shrewsbury TownBurySouthend United
2015–16Northampton Town (2) Oxford United Bristol Rovers AFC Wimbledon

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