Date:Sunday May 29 2011
The 24 teams competing in League Two next season have been decided following Stevenage's promotion to League One yesterday afternoon.
It was heartbreak for Torquay at Old Trafford as Graham Westley's Boro only needed a single goal to earn themselves a back to back promotion. Stevenage obviously join Chesterfield, Bury and Wycombe in escaping from the league.
The league also lost our Cheshire rivals Stockport after things went from bad to worse for the club in turmoil whilst Lincoln relegated on the final day of the season return to the non-league.
New boys will join the league as favourites to win it with the financially backed Crawley Town expected to pay only a fleeting visit. AFC Wimbledon 'return' after just nine years out of league football having beaten Luton in the Conference play-offs.
Coming down from League One on the other hand are some tough sides. Plymouth Argyle, Swindon and Bristol Rovers are sure to be 'there or thereabouts' come this time next year whilst Dagenham & Redbridge will no doubt be looking for at least a top 10 finish.
On paper the division certainly looks like a tougher proposition than last season's. It says a lot when you've got one team coming up from the Conference as favourites to win the league but add in the already strong sides coming down and the ever strengthening likes of Oxford, Northampton and Shrewsbury and I would say there are a couple of sides already who'd have won 'this season's' league at a canter.
There aren't many teams in the league who won't be looking at the top 7 as a realistic target , us included. The bookies early odds have us at 20/1... middle of the road... again. Whether we can upset the odds all depends on the players brought in.
We already know we're losing some big players and with the budget cut it's as important as ever that Dario deals wisely this summer. However, with the youngsters constantly coming through into the first team our fortunes remain more unpredictable than most. It would only take one 'wonder kid' to completely turn out season around.
For now it's all about preparation. The transfer market seems to have kicked into action in recent days and with the play-offs over I think we can expect a lot more over the next week or two.
In the mean time, look out for next season's fixtures which are released on JUNE 17th at 9am, they are preceded by the Carling Cup 1st Round Draw on JUNE 16th.
Below is the Vital Crewe League Two mileage chart which shows the comings and goings in the league mean an extra 1,000 miles added on in round trips for the team. How many of the miles below will you be doing?
|Opponent||One Way||Round Trip|
|Accrington Stanley||66.8 miles||133.6|
|Dagenham and Redbridge||187||374|
Date:Sunday May 29 2011
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