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EFL League Two
2016–17
Football League Two
Season information
Winners Portsmouth
Promoted Portsmouth
Plymouth Argyle
Doncaster Rovers
Blackpool
Relegated Leyton Orient
Hartlepool United
Season statistics
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,465
Average (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer John Akinde
John Marquis
(26 goals each)
Biggest home win Stevenage 6–1 Hartlepool
Yeovil 5–0 Crawley
Crewe 5–0 Grimsby
Accrington 5–0 Leyton Orient
Plymouth 6–1 Newport
Biggest away win Hartlepool 0–5 Cambridge
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The 2016–17 Football League Two (referred to as the Sky Bet League Two for sponsorship reasons) will be the 13th season of the Football League Two under its current title and the 24th season under its current league division format.

Team changes

To League Two

Promoted from National League

Relegated from League One

From League Two

Promoted to League One

Relegated to National League

Teams

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
Barnet London (Canons Park) The Hive Stadium 5,233
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 16,750
Cambridge United Cambridge Abbey Stadium 9,617
Carlisle United Carlisle Brunton Park 16,981
Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Whaddon Road 7,066
Colchester United Colchester Colchester Community Stadium 10,105
Crawley Town Crawley Broadfield Stadium 6,134
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,153
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Exeter City Exeter St James Park 8,830
Grimsby Town Cleethorpes Blundell Park 9,062
Hartlepool United Hartlepool Victoria Park 7,856
Leyton Orient London (Leyton) Brisbane Road 9,271
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,356
Mansfield Town Mansfield Field Mill 8,200
Morecambe Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Newport County Newport Rodney Parade 7,850
Notts County Nottingham Meadow Lane 19,588
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 17,767
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,662
Stevenage Stevenage Broadhall Way 6,722
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 10,284
Yeovil Town Yeovil Huish Park 9,565

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackpool England Neil McDonald Sacked 18 May 2016 Pre-season England Gary Bowyer 1 June 2016
Leyton Orient England Andy Hessenthaler 26 September 2016 14th Flag of Italy Alberto Cavasin 2 October 2016
Newport County Flag of Northern Ireland Warren Feeney 28 September 2016 24th England Graham Westley 10 October 2016
Grimsby Town England Paul Hurst Hired by Shrewsbury Town 24 October 2016 8th England Marcus Bignot 7 November 2016
Mansfield Town England Adam Murray Resigned 14 November 2016 18th Scotland Steve Evans 16 November 2016
Leyton Orient Flag of Italy Alberto Cavasin Sacked 23 November 2016 22nd England Andy Edwards 23 November 2016
Barnet England Martin Allen Hired by Eastleigh 1 December 2016 8th England Kevin Nugent 15 February 2017
Notts County Flag of Republic Ireland John Sheridan Sacked 2 January 2017 22nd England Kevin Nolan 12 January 2017
Crewe Alexandra England Steve Davis 8 January 2017 18th Flag of Gibraltar David Artell 8 January 2017
Hartlepool United England Craig Hignett Mutual consent 15 January 2017 19th England Dave Jones 18 January 2017
Leyton Orient England Andy Edwards Hired by the Football Association 29 January 2017 23rd England Danny Webb 29 January 2017
Newport County England Graham Westley Sacked 9 March 2017 24th Flag of Wales Mike Flynn 9 March 2017
Leyton Orient England Danny Webb Resigned 30 March 2017 24th Flag of Turkey Ömer Rıza 30 March 2017
Grimsby Town England Marcus Bignot Sacked 10 April 2017 14th England Russell Slade 12 April 2017
Barnet England Kevin Nugent 15 April 2017 16th
Hartlepool United England Dave Jones Mutual consent 24 April 2017 23rd
Crawley Town England Dermot Drummy Mutual consent 4 May 2017 21st

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Portsmouth  (C) (P) 46 26 9 11 79 40+39 87 Promotion to
Football League One
2 Plymouth Argyle  (P) 46 26 9 11 71 46+25 87
3 Doncaster Rovers  (P) 46 25 10 11 85 55+30 85
4 Luton Town 46 20 17 9 70 43+27 77 Qualification to the
League Two play-offs
5 Exeter City 46 21 8 17 75 56+19 71
6 Carlisle United 46 18 17 11 69 68+1 71
7 Blackpool  (P) 46 18 16 12 69 46+23 70
8 Colchester United 46 19 12 15 67 57+10 69
9 Wycombe Wanderers 46 19 12 15 58 53+5 69
10 Stevenage 46 20 7 19 67 33+34 67
11 Cambridge United 46 19 9 18 58 50+8 66
12 Mansfield Town 46 17 15 14 54 50+4 66
13 Accrington Stanley 46 17 14 15 59 56+3 65
14 Grimsby Town 46 17 11 18 59 63−4 62
15 Barnet 46 14 15 17 57 64−7 57
16 Notts County 46 16 8 22 54 76−22 56
17 Crewe Alexandra 46 14 13 19 58 67−9 55
18 Morecambe 46 14 10 22 53 73−20 52
19 Crawley Town 46 13 12 21 53 71−18 51
20 Yeovil Town 46 11 17 18 49 64−15 50
21 Cheltenham Town 46 12 14 20 49 69−20 50
22 Newport County 46 12 12 22 51 73−22 48
23 Hartlepool United  (R) 46 11 13 22 54 75−21 46 Relegation to the
National League
24 Leyton Orient  (R) 46 10 6 30 47 87−40 36
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Results

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Accrington Stanley 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 5–0 1–4 1–1 2–3 1–3 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–1
Barnet 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–4 3–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–2
Blackpool 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 4–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 4–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–2
Cambridge United 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–3 1–3 1–2 3–2 4–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–0
Carlisle United 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 3–2 1–3 3–2 2–2 0–0 5–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–1
Cheltenham Town 3–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0
Colchester United 1–2 2–1 3–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–3 4–0 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–4 4–0 1–0 2–0
Crawley Town 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–3 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 5–0 3–3 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1
Doncaster Rovers 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 4–1
Exeter City 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–1 4–0 1–3 0–0 1–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 4–2 3–3
Grimsby Town 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–5 0–3 0–3 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 5–2 1–2 4–2
Hartlepool United 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–5 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1
Leyton Orient 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 1–4 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–3 0–2 0–1 3–0 0–2 0–1
Luton Town 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 4–1 1–1
Mansfield Town 4–4 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0
Morecambe 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–5 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 0–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–3
Newport County 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–4 0–0 3–1 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–3 0–2 0–1 1–0
Notts County 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–0
Plymouth Argyle 0–1 0–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–3 1–1 2–3 0–3 2–0 1–0 6–1 0–1 2–2 4–2 3–3 4–1
Portsmouth 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 6–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 4–2 3–1
Stevenage 0–3 1–0 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–4 2–1 1–2 3–4 0–2 2–0 6–1 4–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 3–0 2–2
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–3 0–2 1–2 5–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Yeovil Town 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–1 5–0 3–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0
Updated to games played on 6 May 2017
Source: BBC Sport
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Play-offs

Semifinals Final
                           
  4  Luton Town 2 ()  
7  Blackpool 3 ()  
   
   
5  Exeter City 3 ()
  6  Carlisle United 3 ()  

Top goalscorers

Source: BBC Sport
Correct as of 29 April 2017

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England John Akinde Barnet 26
England John Marquis Doncaster Rovers
3 England Danny Hylton Luton Town 21
4 England Matty Godden Stevenage 20
Flag of Republic Ireland James Collins Crawley Town
6 England Omar Bogle Grimsby Town 19
7 England Luke Berry Cambridge United 17
England David Wheeler Exeter City
9 England Chris Porter Colchester United 15
10 Flag of Republic Ireland Padraig Amond Hartlepool United 14
Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Carey Plymouth Argyle
England Jon Stead Notts County
England Charlie Wyke Carlisle United

Monthly Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August England Jim Bentley Morecambe England James Coppinger Doncaster Rovers
September Scotland Derek Adams Plymouth Argyle England Jon Stead Notts County
October England Keith Curle Carlisle United England Jason Kennedy Carlisle United
November England Gareth Ainsworth Wycombe Wanderers England Omar Bogle Grimsby Town
December England John McGreal Colchester United England Scott Kashket Wycombe Wanderers
January Scotland Darren Ferguson Doncaster Rovers England Ollie Watkins Exeter City
February England Darren Sarll Stevenage England Matty Godden Stevenage
March England John Coleman Accrington Stanley Flag of Northern Ireland Shay McCartan Accrington Stanley

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