In the first of a two-part feature, we take a closer look at the seven new teams that will be joining League One in the 2014-15 season
Here we will check out the three sides that were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last year.
Manager: Taking over from David Flitcroft in December 2013 with the side bottom of the table, Danny Wilson was unable to keep Barnsley in the Championship during his second spell in the hot-seat at Oakwell.
The former Sheffield United and Swindon town boss previously managed the Tykes between 1994 and 1998; a spell which included guiding the side to the Premier League in the 1996-1997 season. However, the 54-year-old was unable to recapture any of that form, losing 15 of his 27 games in charge and finishing five points adrift of safety last season.
Last Season: After managing to save themselves from relegation by the skin of their teeth in 2012-13, fans-favourite manager David Flitcroft endured a terrible start to the following campaign.
A 4-0 thumping at home to Wigan on the opening day of the season was the beginning of eight defeats in their first eleven games which saw the Tykes sit bottom of the table with a measly five points a quarter of the way into the season.
A four-game unbeaten run at the end of October seemed to suggest that the side were finally gaining some momentum, but just one win from their next six games would eventually see the end of Flitcroft’s time in charge.
Danny Wilson’s return did little to change the Tyke’s fortunes as they failed to win in his first six games in charge. Emphatic back-to-back wins against Reading and Yeovil at the end of March gave supporters hope of another great escape. However, this would once again prove to be a false dawn as the side went on to win just one game during April and May, finishing 23rd in the table after a truly miserable season.
Key Player: Former Orient captain Stephen Dawson has managed to continue the fine form which saw him cement himself as a real fans favourite during his spell with the O’s.
The midfielder has been one of the few bright sparks for the Tykes during his two years at Oakwell though looks set leave the club after turning down a new contract. Striker Chris O'Grady was the Tykes' leading marksman last season though is another who could be on his way out with reports suggesting Charlton are interested.
Last meeting against the O’s: Saturday 23rd January, 1982. (English Division Two, Old): Leyton Orient 1 – 3 Barnsley
Manager: After a three-year spell with Oldham Athletic, Paul Dickov was appointed as manager of recently promoted Doncaster Rovers at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign.
However, the 41-year-old was unable to prevent an immediate return to League One and will now be faced with the task of ensuring that Rovers make an equally swift return to England’s second tier next season.
Last season: After spectacularly gaining promotion from League One in the final seconds of the season against Brentford the year before, Doncaster began their return season in the Championship in the worst possible fashion, losing 3-1 at home to Blackpool.
Although a win against Blackburn would follow, that would prove to be Rovers’ only victory in their first nine games as new manager Dickov’s tenure got off to a shaky start.
The side’s inconsistent form would continue until a four-game unbeaten run at the end of January – including comprehensive wins against Wigan and Charlton - saw the side pull themselves five points away from the division’s drop zone.
A strong March saw the side eight points clear of safety with just seven games remaining, however a woeful April saw the side pick up just one point from a possible 18 and plunged them right back into the relegation shake-up ahead of the final game of the season.
After losing 1-0 to champions Leicester City, Rovers were relegated in the cruellest of fashions as a 90th minute Paul Caddis equaliser for Birmingham sent Dickov’s men down on goal difference.
Key Player: Last season’s player of the season Chris Brown was an ever-present for Dickov’s side last year and his nine goals saw him land the club’s player of the year award last season.
Rovers now face a battle on their hands to keep the target man at the club this summer and will be looking to the 29-year-old to help fire the goals that send the side back to the Championship at the first time of asking, should they retain his services.
Last meeting against the O’s: Saturday 19rd January, 2013. (League One): Doncaster 2 – 0 Leyton Orient.
Manager: Fans-favourite Gary Johnson has enjoyed sensational success with the Glovers during his two separate spells at the club; no more so than leading the club to the Championship for the first time in their history in 2013.
However, despite a valiant effort to beat the drop last season, Johnson was unable to keep the side in the second tier of English football as they returned to League One at the first time of asking.
Last season: Yeovil’s first spell in the Championship got off to a dream start as they beat Millwall at The Den on the opening day of last season. However, this would prove to be the only bright spark in a dismal start to the campaign which saw the Glovers lose eight of their next eleven games, only picking up three points in the process.
Gary Johnson’s men would continue to prop-up the rest of the table until a four-game unbeaten run at the end of November and beginning of December allowed the Glovers to drag themselves closer to safety.
However, the Glovers were once again unable to maintain this form as they picked up only four points from the next ten games.
A five-game unbeaten streak between February and March would once again pull the side to within touching distance of safety. But the wheels would fall off again as the Glovers went on to win just one of their final 13 games of the season, eventually being relegated on the penultimate game of the season against Brighton.
Key Player: Journeyman striker and last season’s top scorer James Hayter will be seen as Yeovil’s main attacking threat next season and will look to spearhead an immediate return to the Championship.
The 35-year-old has recently penned a new one-year year contact with the Glovers and will now be looking to improve upon the 16 goals he scored for the club during their last spell in League One.
Last meeting against the O’s: Saturday 4th January, 2014. (FA Cup): Yeovil Town 4 – 0 Leyton Orient