Tuesday, 30 June 2020


League Two's 2020/21 Line-Up is Almost Complete

League Two's 2020/21 Line-Up is Almost Complete

Following the Final of the League Two Play-Offs we can now confirm most of the teams the Saddlers will be taking on next season, with a few familiar foes alongside some less-than well known opponents.
As the curtailed 2019/20 League Two campaign is now officially at an end, Darrell Clarke's Saddlers will be hoping to follow up their mid-table finish by challenging for the title when we reach the latter stages of the soon-to-be-scheduled season.

Along with League Two, the season in League One was also curtailed with Tranmere Rovers, Southend United and Bolton Wanderers deemed to be in the bottom three - Bury's expulsion from the competition resulting in a twenty-three team third tier last season - and as a result will be joining us for 2020/21.

Whilst the National League are yet to confirm when their Play-Offs will take place, already confirmed as coming up are newly-crowned champions Barrow, the Bluebirds ending a forty-eight year hiatus from the EFL after finishing top of the table following the completion of their curtailed campaign.

Remaining in the fourth tier for another season after failing to trouble neither promotion nor relegation are; Port Vale, Bradford City, Forest Green Rovers, Salford City, Crawley Town, Newport County, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United, Leyton Orient, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town, and Morecambe.

The recently docked Macclesfield Town could be heading out of the league  - taking the place of Stevenage - as there is talk of an appeal against the recent ruling which saw the Silkmen docked more points after failing to pay their players on six separate occasions, along with various other rule breaks.

Play-Off losers Colchester United and Cheltenham Town will be joined by Final 'runners up' Exeter City, who were comfortably defeated by Northampton Town in the Final on Monday evening.

Its pretty clear that there are plenty of twists and turns (and maybe a couple of court cases) before we can safely assume which team will depart for the National League in time for the 2020/21 campaign.

There are plenty of familiar faces set to visit Banks's Stadium this coming season with the odd unknown thrown into the mix, either way it's sure to be another incident-packed campaign.

And, following last season's almost complete rebuild, manager Darrell Clarke has the makings of a strong squad to build upon as he looks to turn his Saddlers into title challengers for the upcoming campaign.

With the gaffer likely to concentrate his recruitment efforts on the loan market many of the club's up-and-coming prospects are likely to be in and around the first-team squad with some being within a good chance of being named in a matchday squad.

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