League Two Stadiums & Stats

In France they have Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. In Germany 1. Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. In Eng-land we have four different leagues with names that seem to have been given to them for no other reason than to confuse and confound. League Two is the third division of the football league and the fourth highest league in the country overall. Get your head around that one.

We’ll try to explain why it’s so strangely named when we discuss the league’s history, as well as tell you how it works nowadays and what sort of stadiums you can expect to encounter should you go on a tour of League Two grounds. Keep reading!

Please note: The data for this league is still being collected. Please bear with us.

Stadium Stats

Stadium Year Opened Capacity Ave Attendance Record Attendance Record Attendance Match
Abbey Stadium
Cambridge United
1932 8,127 5,257 14,000 Cambridge Utd v Chelsea (1970)
Adams Park
Wycombe Wanderers
1990 12,284 4,004 10,000 Wycombe v Chelsea (2005)
Alexandra Stadium
Crewe Alexandra
1906 10,153 4,669 20,000 Crewe v Tottenham (1960)
Blundell Park
Grimsby Town
1899 9,052 4,383 31,651 Grimsby Town v Wolvers (1937)
Broadfield Stadium
Crawley Town
1997 6,134 2,433 5,880 Crawley Town v Reading 2013
Broadhall Way
Stevenage
1961 6,722 3,356 8,040 Stevenage v Newcastle 1998
Brunton Park
Carlisle United
1909 18,202 4,801 27,500 Carlisle v Birmingham (1957)
Crown Ground
Accrington Stanley
1968 5,057 1,693 4,368 Accrington v Colchester (2004)
Field Mill One Call Stadium
Mansfield Town
1861 10,000 3,439 24,467 Mansfield v Notts Forest (1953)
Globe Arena
Morecambe
2010 6,476 1,582 5,003 Morcambe v Burnley (2010)
Huish Park
Yeovil Town
1990 9,565 6,589 9,527 Yeovil v Leeds (2008)
Kenilworth Road
Luton Town
1905 10,356 8,226 30,069 Luton Town v Blackpool (1959)
Meadow Lane
Notts County
1910 19,588 4,916 47,310 Notts Couty v York City (1955)
Proact Stadium
Chesterfield
2010 10,504 6,561 10,089 Chesterfield v Rotherham (2011)
Ricoh Arena
Coventry City
2005 32,609 12,704 31,407 Coventry v Chelsea (2009)
Rodney Parade
Newport County AFC
1877 8,500 3,398 6,615 Newport v Havant & Waterlooville (2010)
Sincil Bank
Lincoln City
1895 10,120 5,161 23,196 Lincoln City v Derby County (1967)
St James Park
Exeter City
1904 8,541 4,008 20,984 Exeter v Sunderland (1931)
The County Ground
Swindon Town
1896 15,728 7,368 32,000 Swindon Town v Arsenal (1972)
The Hive Stadium
Barnet
2013 5,634 2,358 5,233 Barnet v Gateshead (2015)
The New Lawn Stadium
Forest Green Rovers
2006 5,102 1,815 4,836 Forest Green Rovers v Derby County (2009)
Vale Park
Port Vale
1950 19,052 5,290 49,768 Port Vale v Aston Villa (1960)
Weston Homes Community Stadium
Colchester United
2008 10,105 3,886 10,064 Colchester Utd v Norwich (2010)
Whaddon Road
Cheltenham Town / Gloucester City
1927 7,066 443 8,326 Cheltenham v Reading (1956)

Team Stats

Team Year Founded Nickname Team Owner
Accrington Stanley 1968 Stanley, Accy Stanley Andy Holt
Barnet 1888 The Bees Tony Kleanthous
Cambridge United 1912 United, The U's Dave Doggett
Carlisle United 1904 Cumbrians, The Blues Andrew Jenkins, Steven Pattison and John Nixon
Cheltenham Town 1887 The Robins Paul Baker
Chesterfield 1867 The Spireites Dave Allen
Colchester United 1937 The U's Robbie Cowling
Coventry City 1883 The Sky Blues Otium Entertainment Group
Crawley Town 1896 The Reds, Red Devils Ziya Eren
Crewe Alexandra 1877 The Railwaymen, The Alex The Rowlinson Group
Exeter City 1901 The Grecians Exeter City Supporters' Trust
Forest Green Rovers 1889 Rovers, The Green, FGR, The Little Club On The Hill, Green Army Dale Vince
Grimsby Town 1878 The Mariners, Mighty Mariners, Town John Fenty, Mike Parker, The Mariners Trust
Lincoln City 1884 The Imps Lincoln City Holdings
Luton Town 1885 The Hatters Luton Town Football Club 2020 Ltd
Mansfield Town 1897 The Stags, Yellows John Radford
Morecambe 1920 The Shrimps, Red and White Army (Now Red and Black Army), Seasiders Morecambe Football Club Ltd
Newport County 1912 The Exiles, The Ironsides, The Port, The County Les Scadding
Notts County 1862 The Magpies, County, Notts Ray Trew
Port Vale 1876 The Valiants, The Vale, The Valeites Norman Smurthwaite
Stevenage 1976 The Boro Phillip Wallace
Swindon Town 1879 The Robins Lee Power
Wycombe Wanderers 1887 The Chairboys, The Blues Wycombe Wanderers Trust
Yeovil Town 1895 The Glovers John Fry

Ticket Prices

Stadium Season Ticket Price (Adult) Season Ticket Price (Conc) Season Ticket Price (Junior) Match Ticket Price (Adult) Match Ticket Price (Conc)
Accrington Stanley £254.5 - £254.5 £2.7 - £2.7 £0 - £0 £15 - £15 £10 - £10
Barnet No Info No Info No Info £17 - £23 £12 - £12
Cambridge United £275 - £380 £205 - £380 £120 - £240 £16 - £22 £12 - £22
Carlisle United £337 - £400 £274 - £337 £100 - £150 £19 - £22 £16 - £19
Cheltenham Town €315 - €414 €240 - €300 €110 - €150 €16 - €21 €12 - €15
Chesterfield £425 - £530 £270 - £380 £95 - £245 £20 - £24 £13 - £19
Colchester United £322 - £450 £225 - £354 £176 - £229 £23 - £31 £17 - £25
Coventry City £260 - £260 £200 - £200 £80 - £80 £20 - £20 £15 - £15
Crawley Town £335 - £460 £255 - £380 £95 - £95 £16 - £22 £12 - £18
Crewe Alexandra £325 - £325 £242 - £242 £74 - £74 £22 - £22 £17 - £17
Exeter City £322 - £460 £230 - £414 £97.75 - £195.5 £16 - £25 £13 - £21
Forest Green Rovers £280 - £340 £180 - £240 £60 - £75 £16 - £20 £12 - £16
Grimsby Town £420 - £420 £273 - £273 £105 - £147 £20 - £20 £13 - £13
Lincoln City £320 - £365 £215 - £250 £80 - £80 £20 - £20 £15 - £15
Luton Town £320 - £400 £280 - £280 £280 - £280 £18 - £22 £13 - £17
Mansfield Town £330 - £330 £270 - £27 £85 - £85 £20 - £22 £16 - £18
Morecambe £269 - £519 £229 - £519 £65 - £519 £16 - £26 £13 - £26
Newport County £250 - £350 £205 - £280 £150 - £190 £17 - £24 £15 - £20
Notts County £330 - £410 £220 - £235 £55 - £55 No Info No Info
Port Vale £365 - £380 £285 - £300 £155 - £165 £22 - £23 £17 - £18
Stevenage £279 - £395 £230 - £320 £90 - £135 £16 - £24 £14 - £21
Swindon Town £385 - £430 £335 - £340 £220 - £230 £18 - £25 £14 - £19
Wycombe Wanderers £270 - £363 £231 - £348 £83 - £191 £15 - £22 £13 - £19
Yeovil Town £335 - £432 £267 - £376 £62 - £62 £20 - £23 £18 - £20

League Two Stadiums

League Two is in a funny place in the English league system. It isn’t close enough to the top for teams to gain promotion and then set about completely revamping their stadium but nor is it so close to the bottom that clubs can have a small capacity and not care that much. As such the types of stadiums you’ll find if you have a look around it are all pretty similar, being as they’re neither the mega-stadia of the Premier League nor the tin-pot one horse buildings you’re more like to find in the National League.

That’s not to suggest that they’re all identical to each other and lack personality, of course. Far from it in fact. There is a real wealth of interesting stadiums to be found in the Football League’s bottom division, with some club’s having fallen from grace, bringing their comparatively large ground with them and others punching above their weight, offering a small and close-knit ground for your appreciation.

The lower reaches of the football league also don’t have to comply with the Football Associa-tions rules for all-seated stadia, meaning that most of them will have at least some section of the ground that is terraced. If you go to League Two clubs with an expectation that comes from having spent a life watching Premier League games then you are sure to be snobbishly disappointed by what you discover. If you head along waiting for a world of individual stadiums full of bags of per-sonality, however, then you’ll be in for a treat.

About The League

Unlike the Premier League but exactly like the other divisions in England’s Football League, League Two is competed by 24 different teams. Much like with all of the major leagues around Eu-rope, each team plays each twice, with one game coming at home and one away from home. The team that wins any given match is awarded three points, if the two teams draw then they share a point and if the team that loses gets precisely nothing.

At the end of the season all of the points that the team had amassed during the league cam-paign get added together and teams are given a final place in the league standings. The three teams that finish closest to the top of the table gain automatic promotion to League One. The teams that finish between fourth and seventh, meanwhile, fight to the death. Ok that’s not true, but they do enter a play-off system, the winner of which is also promoted. The four teams that finished closest to the bottom of the League One table replace them.

There is also a system of relegation from out of League Two into what is called the National League, formerly the Conference. This happens to the bottom two clubs, with their replacements being the team that won the National League and the winner of the second to fifth placed play-off system from the lower division. It’s entirely possible we’ve made that seem more confusing than it actually is, but read it a few times and you’ll soon get to grips with it.

League Two History

Right then, the weird name thing. You’ll have to stick with us for this one. Before the invention of the Premier League the names of the Football League’s divisions were quite easy to understand. The top-tier league was called Division One, the second one was called Division Two, the third was Division Three and the fourth was Division Four. Simple, no? Then the teams in Division One got greedy and wanted to keep all of the television money that was fresh on the scene to themselves, so as one they resigned from the Football League, took their ball and went home.

The Premier League’s formation in 1992 shook things up immensely, with new names needed for the Football League’s remaining divisions in order to avoid mass confusion. How little did they know what would come next… The Second Division was eventually renamed as The Champion-ship, the Third Division became League One and the fourth Division became League Two. If we seem a little bit obsessed over the names of the leagues in England then it’s only because they’re really weird and it all makes little to no sense. Especially when you bear in mind that for a while the second-tier league was named Division One, the third-tier was Division Two and so on!

Anyway, let’s talk briefly about the origins of League Two. Between 1921 and 1958 two sepa-rate leagues played matches but they jointly formed one division. The Football League Third Divi-sion South and the Football League Third Division North both existed as their own separate entities with, as their name suggests, clubs playing in each depending on their geographical location in the country. In 1958 this geographical separation was completely abolished, with the top twelve teams from each forming the Third Division and the bottom twelve becoming the Fourth Division.

The invention of the Premier League caused problems, but things carried on roughly as they were until 2004 when another re-branding of the lower divisions of the Football League was neces-sary. That was when League Two as it currently is was formed, with its history as the Third Division seen as belonging to a different entity. At the time of writing it is known as Sky Bet League Two be-cause of sponsorship.