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League Two Guide 2015-16: Part 1 (A-D)

3 June 2015

Our guide as to who the O's will be coming up against next season

The new League Two season is not too far away and with the fixtures due out on June 17, we take a look through who the O’s will be coming up against come August 8 when the season commences.

And here is the first in a three-part installment to guide you through Orient’s opponents for the next campaign, with all odds coming from Football League sponsor SkyBet and correct at the time of publishing.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Manager: John Coleman
Record: Never played
Distance from Matchroom Stadium (by road): 248 miles
Last season: 17th, League Two.
Promotion Odds:  20/1
Relegation Odds: 100/30

Accrington returned to the Football League for the first time in 46 years back in 2006 after a 19-game unbeaten between October and March as they amassed 91 points.

They have defied the odds almost every year since being the bookmakers favourites to go down almost every season since. Stanley have remained in the Football League ever since and in 2010-11 they reached the League Two play-offs, only to lose 3-0 in the semi-finals against eventual winners Stevenage.

AFC WIMBLEDON

Manager: Neal Ardley
Record: Never played
Distance from Matchroom Stadium (by road): 20.6 miles
Last season: 15th, League Two.
Promotion odds: 9/1
Relegation odds: 7/1

Formed as a breakaway of Wimbledon, they have enjoyed a rapid rise up the football pyramid, culminating in their Football League debut in 2011, and since then have held their own in League Two under both Terry Brown and current boss Neil Ardley.

Last season they enjoyed a great FA Cup run, where they narrowly lost out to Premier League side Liverpool at Kingsmeadow in front of the TV cameras.

BARNET

Manager: Martin Allen
League Record: W6 D6 L4. Last time we last met: 2005-06.
Distance from the Matchroom Stadium (by road): 31 miles
Last season: Conference Premier, 1st (promoted)
Promotion Odds: 5/1
Relegation Odds: 9/1

Boss Martin Allen masterminded their return to the Football League after winning the Conference last season.
The Bees were relegated back to the Conference Premier in 2013 after an eight-year stay in the Football League on goal difference after losing 2-0 against Northampton Town on the final day of the season.
Have already boosted their squad for the coming season with the signing of former O’s striker Kevin Lisbie.

BRISTOL ROVERS

Manager: Darrell Clarke
League Record: W35 D24 L39. Last time we met: 2010-11.
Distance from Matchroom Stadium (by road): 155 miles
Last season: 2nd, Conference Premier (Promoted via play-offs)
Promotion Odds: 3/1
Relegation Odds: 14/1

The Gas made an instant return to the Football League with a 5-3 penalty shoot-out success against Grimsby Town at Wembley last month in the Conference Premier play-off final.
They had been an ever-present in the Football League since its inception in 1920, up until their relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season, where current boss Darrell Clarke oversaw the final eight games, having been assistant to John Ward up until that point.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Manager: Richard Money
League Record W11 D11 L16 Last time we met: 2004-05.
Distance from Matchroom Stadium (by road): 55.1 miles
Last season: 19th, League Two.
Promotion Odds: 5/1.
Relegation Odds:  10/1

Cambridge ended their nine-year absence from the Football League when they beat Gateshead 2-1 in the Conference play-off final at Wembley in 2014.
Maintained their spot in League Two last season, finishing 19th, while also enjoying a great FA Cup run, which saw them hold Premier League side Manchester United to a goalless draw at the Abbey Stadium, before losing 3-0 in the replay at Old Trafford.

CARLISLE UNITED
Manager: Keith Curle
Record: W20 D11 L19 Last time we met: 2013-14.
Distance from Matchroom Stadium (by road):  306 miles
Last season: 20th, League Two.
Promotion Odds: 4/1
Relegation Odds: 10/1

Boss Keith Curle helped keep the Cumbrians in the Football League after they initially struggling following their relegation from League One at the end of the 2013-14 season.
And The O’s have fond memories of their last two encounters against Carlisle in League One, having registered 4-1 and 5-1 wins in that campaign.

CRAWLEY TOWN
Manager: Mark Yates
Record: W1 D0 L5 Last time we met: 2014-15
Distance from Matchroom Stadium:  58.2 miles
Last season:  22nd, League One.
Promotion Odds: 4/1.
Relegation Odds:  12/1

Crawley Town joined Orient in League Two after relegation from League One at the end of last season.
The O’s did pick up their first ever win over the Reds with a 4-1 home win on Boxing Day over the Broadfields Stadium side, before losing 1-0 at Crawley after Izale McLeod’s first half penalty.
Dean Saunders had been in interim charge of the Reds with boss John Gregory absent due to health reasons.
Gregory announced he wouldn’t be returning for the 2015-16 season, and the club appointed former Cheltenham Town boss Mark Yates as their new boss last month.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE
Manager: Wayne Burnett
League Record: W0 D1 L1 Last time we met: 2010-11.
Distance from Matchroom Stadium: 13.6 miles
Last season: 14th, League Two.
Promotion Odds: 20/1
Relegation Odds: 100/30

Orient will pit their wits against the Daggers for the first time in the league since the 2010-11 season, where their London rivals were relegated after just one season in the third tier of English football.

The Daggers, managed by former O’s youth team manager Wayne Burnett have been perennial favourites to be relegated out of the Football League, but much like Accrington Stanley, they have managed to defy the odds, and finish in ninth and 15th places over the past two seasons.


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