League Two Stadiums & Stats

In France they have Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. In Germany, 1. Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. In England 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!

Stadium Stats

Stadium Year Opened Capacity Ave Attendance Record Attendance Record Attendance Match
Alexandra Stadium
Crewe Alexandra
1906 10,153 3,680 20,000 Crewe v Tottenham (1960)
Banks’s Stadium
Walsall
1990 11,300 4,664 11,049 Walsall v Rotherham 2004
Blundell Park
Grimsby Town
1899 9,052 4,599 31,651 Grimsby Town v Wolvers (1937)
Brisbane Road
Leyton Orient
1937 9,271 5,504 34,345 Leyton Orient v West Ham (1964)
Broadfield Stadium
Crawley Town
1997 6,134 2,232 5,880 Crawley Town v Reading 2013
Broadhall Way
Stevenage
1961 7,800 2,914 8,040 Stevenage v Newcastle 1998
Brunton Park
Carlisle United
1909 17,949 4,140 27,500 Carlisle v Birmingham (1957)
Community Stadium
Colchester United
2008 10,105 3,634 10,064 Colchester Utd v Norwich (2010)
Edgeley Park
Stockport County
1891 10,841 6,820 27,833 Stockport County v Liverpool (1950)
EnviroVent Stadium (Wetherby Road)
Harrogate Town
1920 5,000 1,301 3,048 Harrogate Town v Portsmouth (11/10/2019)
Field Mill One Call Stadium
Mansfield Town
1861 9,186 4,419 24,467 Mansfield v Notts Forest (1953)
Gander Green Lane
Sutton United
1912 5,032 855 14,000 Sutton United v Leeds United (1969)
Holker Street
Barrow A.F.C
1909 5,400 2,010 16,874 Barrow v Swansea Town (1954)
Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster Rovers
2007 15,231 8,252 15,001 Doncaster Rovers v Leeds (2008)
Peninsula Stadium (Moor Lane)
Salford City FC
1978 5,108 2,997 4,518 Salford City v Leeds Utd EFL Cup First Round (2019)
Plough Lane
AFC Wimbledon
2020 9,215 4,073 9,215 AFC Wimbledon 3-3 Bolton Wanderers (14/8/21)
Prenton Park
Tranmere Rovers
1912 16,587 6,990 24,424 Tranmere v Stoke City (1972)
Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham
1893 11,582 5,128 23,002 Gillingham v QPR (1948)
Rodney Parade
Newport County AFC
1877 7,850 3,867 6,615 Newport v Havant & Waterlooville (2010)
Sixfields Stadium
Northampton Town
1994 7,798 5,676 7,664 Northampton v Luton (2016)
Spotland Stadium
Rochdale
1920 10,000 3,632 24,231 Rochdale v Notts County (1949)
The County Ground
Swindon Town
1896 15,728 6,553 32,000 Swindon Town v Arsenal (1972)
Valley Parade
Bradford City
1886 25,136 18,167 39,146 Bradford City v Burney (1911)
Victoria Park
Hartlepool United
1886 7,864 3,125 17,264 Hartlepool v Man United (1957)

Team Stats

Team Year Founded Nickname Team Owner
AFC Wimbledon 2002 The Dons, The Wombles The Dons Trust
Barrow AFC 1903 The Bluebirds Paul Hornby
Bradford City 1903 The Bantams, The Paraders, The Citizens Stefan Rupp
Carlisle United 1904 Cumbrians, The Blues Andrew Jenkins, Steven Pattison and John Nixon
Colchester United 1937 The U's Robbie Cowling
Crawley Town 1896 The Reds, Red Devils Ziya Eren
Crewe Alexandra 1877 The Railwaymen, The Alex Crewe Alexandra Group Limited
Doncaster Rovers 1879 The Rovers, Donny, Vikings Doncaster Rovers Limited
Gillingham 1893 The Gills Paul Scally
Grimsby Town 1878 The Mariners, Mighty Mariners, Town 1878 Partners, Mike Parker, The Mariners Trust
Harrogate Town 1914 Town, The Sulphurites Irving Weaver
Hartlepool United 1908 Pools, Monkey Hangers Raj Singh
Leyton Orient 1881 The O's, Orient Nigel Travis
Mansfield Town 1897 The Stags, Yellows Carolyn & John Radford
Newport County 1912 The Exiles, The Ironsides, The Port, The County Newport County AFC Supporters Trust
Northampton Town 1897 The Cobblers Kelvin Thomas
Rochdale 1907 The Dale A.S.A Kilpatrick
Salford City FC 1940 The Ammies Class Of '92 Ltd
Stevenage 1976 The Boro Phillip Wallace
Stockport County 1886 The Hatters, County Mark Stott
Sutton United 1898 The Us, The Amber and Chocolates, The Yellows Nawaf Al Shammari, Tim Allison and Gary Otto
Swindon Town 1879 The Robins Clem Morfuni
Tranmere Rovers 1884 Super White Army, Rovers Mark & Nicola Palios
Walsall 1888 The Saddlers Leigh Pomlett

Ticket Prices

Stadium Season Ticket Price (Adult) Season Ticket Price (Conc) Season Ticket Price (Junior) Match Ticket Price (Adult) Match Ticket Price (Conc)
AFC Wimbledon £400 - £525 £265 - £350 £40 - £120 £24 - £32 £15 - £22
Barrow AFC £315 - £370 £255 - £295 £90 - £105 £16 - £19 £13 - £15
Bradford City £198 - £198 £174 - £174 £30 - £126 £20 - £20 £18 - £18
Carlisle United £337 - £400 £274 - £337 £10 - £99 £16 - £19 £13 - £16
Colchester United £316 - £453 £228 - £361 £124.5 - £229.5 £21 - £29 £16 - £23
Crawley Town £330 - £440 £260 - £365 £85 - £110 £16 - £22 £12 - £18
Crewe Alexandra £395 - £395 £293 - £293 £49 - £222 £23 - £25 £17.5 - £19
Doncaster Rovers £299 - £395 £219 - £295 £35 - £35 £21 - £22 £17 - £18
Gillingham £365 - £495 £315 - £405 £45 - £160 £22 - £27 £19 - £21
Grimsby Town £340 - £375 £100 - £250 £50 - £125 £22 - £22 £15 - £15
Harrogate Town £269 - £294 £189 - £214 £50 - £75 £16 - £17 £12 - £13
Hartlepool United £325 - £365 £250 - £285 £50 - £95 £20 - £20 £14 - £14
Leyton Orient £189 - £330 £135 - £209 £49 - £99 £18 - £20 £16 - £18
Mansfield Town £375 - £375 £295 - £295 £50 - £100 £23 - £24 £20 - £21
Newport County £263 - £315 £263 - £263 £26 - £53 £17 - £21 £13 - £15
Northampton Town £370 - £430 £270 - £320 £70 - £130 £22 - £24 £18 - £20
Rochdale £175 - £310 £150 - £260 £25 - £85 £18 - £22 £10 - £14
Salford City FC £250 - £250 £150 - £150 £80 - £80 £15 - £15 £10 - £10
Stevenage £300 - £400 £260 - £360 £75 - £200 £18 - £22 £15 - £20
Stockport County £385 - £385 £275 - £275 £50 - £80 £18 - £18 £12 - £12
Sutton United £329 - £329 £249 - £249 £69 - £69 £20 - £25 £13 - £19
Swindon Town £330 - £350 £250 - £270 £90 - £90 £19 - £23 £15 - £17
Tranmere Rovers £380 - £480 £280 - £340 £102 - £119 £19 - £22 £14 - £17
Walsall £250 - £350 £180 - £260 £69 - £175 £18 - £23 £15 - £17

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 Associations 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 personality, however, then you’ll be in for a treat.

About The League

Grimsby Town vs Southport
Steve. via Flickr

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 Europe, each team plays each other 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 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 campaign 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.

Confused Football Fan

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 Championship, 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 separate leagues played matches but they jointly formed one division. The Football League Third Division 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 necessary. 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 because of sponsorship.