Football League One

Football League One
Football League One
Countries  England
Founded 2004
1992–2004 (as Division Two)
1958–1992 (as Division Three)
1921–1958 (as Division Three North/South)
1920–1921 (as Division Three)
Number of teams 24
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to Championship
Relegation to League Two
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
Football League Cup
Football League Trophy
Current champions Brighton & Hove Albion
TV partners Sky Sports
BBC (Highlights Only)
Website Official website
2011–12 Football League One

Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Npower League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system.

Football League One was introduced for the 2004–05 season. It was previously known as the Football League Second Division and prior to the advent of the Premier League, the Football League Third Division.



There are 24 clubs in Football League One. Each club plays every other club twice (once at home and once away). Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. At the end of the season a table of the final League standings is determined, based on the following criteria in this order: points obtained, goal difference, goals scored, an aggregate of the results between two or more clubs (ranked using the previous three criteria) and, finally, a series of one or more play-off matches.

At the end of each season the top two clubs, together with the winner of the play-offs between the clubs which finished in 3rd–6th position, are promoted to Football League Championship and are replaced by the three clubs that finished at the bottom of that division.

Similarly, the four clubs that finished at the bottom of Football League One are relegated to Football League Two and are replaced by the top three clubs and the club that won the 4th–7th place play-offs in that division.

Media coverage

Sky Sports currently show live League One matches with highlights shown on BBC One on their programme called The Football League Show, which also broadcasts highlights of Football League Championship and Football League Two matches. The show is available on the red button the following Sunday until midday and is available on iPlayer all the following week. Highlights of all games in the Football League are also available to view separately on the BBC website. In Sweden, TV4 Sport has the rights of broadcasting from the league. A couple of league matches during the season of 09/10 including play-off matches and the play-off final to the Championship were shown.

Football League One clubs 2011–12

The following 24 clubs are competing in League One during the 2011–12 season.

Club Finishing position last season
Bournemouth 6th
Brentford 11th
Bury 2nd promoted from League Two
Carlisle United 12th
Charlton Athletic 13th
Chesterfield 1st promoted from League Two
Colchester United 10th
Exeter City 8th
Hartlepool United 16th
Huddersfield Town 3rd
Leyton Orient 7th
Milton Keynes Dons 5th
Notts County 19th
Oldham Athletic 17th
Preston North End 22nd relegated from Championship
Rochdale 9th
Scunthorpe United 24th relegated from Championship
Sheffield United 23rd relegated from Championship
Sheffield Wednesday 15th
Stevenage 6th promoted via play-offs from League Two
Tranmere Rovers 18th
Walsall 20th
Wycombe Wanderers 3rd promoted from League Two
Yeovil Town 14th

Winners of Football League One

Season Winner Runner-Up Promoted Play-Off Winner
2004–05 Luton Town Hull City Sheffield Wednesday
2005–06 Southend United Colchester United Barnsley
2006–07 Scunthorpe United Bristol City Blackpool
2007–08 Swansea City Nottingham Forest Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Leicester City Peterborough United Scunthorpe United
2009–10 Norwich City Leeds United Millwall
2010–11 Brighton & Hove Albion Southampton Peterborough United.

For past winners at this level before 2004, see List of winners of English Football League One and predecessors.

Play-off results

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final
2004–05 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Brentford

Hartlepool United 2–0 Tranmere Rovers

Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday

Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Hartlepool United
(Hartlepool won 6–5 on penalties, AET)

Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 Hartlepool United AET
2005–06 Barnsley 0–1 Huddersfield Town

Swansea City 1–1 Brentford

Huddersfield Town 1–3 Barnsley

Brentford 0–2 Swansea City

Barnsley 2–2 Swansea City

(Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties, AET)

2006–07 Yeovil Town 0–2 Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic 1–2 Blackpool
Nottingham Forest 2–5 Yeovil Town AET
Blackpool 3–1 Oldham Athletic
Blackpool 2–0 Yeovil Town
2007–08 Southend United 0–0 Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United 1–2 Carlisle United
Doncaster Rovers 5–1 Southend United
Carlisle United 0–2 Leeds United
Leeds United 0–1 Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons
Millwall 1–0 Leeds United
Milton Keynes Dons 0–0 Scunthorpe United

(Scunthorpe won 7–6 on penalties, AET) Leeds United 1–1 Millwall

Scunthorpe United 3–2 Millwall
2009–10 Swindon Town 2–1 Charlton Athletic
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Millwall
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Swindon Town

(Swindon won 5–4 on penalties, AET) Millwall 2–0 Huddersfield Town

Millwall 1–0 Swindon Town
2010–11 Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 Peterborough United

Huddersfield Town 3-3 Bournemouth

(Huddersfield won 4-2 on penalties, AET)
Peterborough United 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Huddersfield Town 0-3 Peterborough United

Relegated teams

Season Clubs
2004–05 Torquay United, Wrexham, Peterborough United, Stockport County
2005–06 Hartlepool United, Milton Keynes Dons, Swindon Town, Walsall
2006–07 Chesterfield, Bradford City, Rotherham United, Brentford
2007–08 Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale, Luton Town
2008–09 Northampton Town, Crewe Alexandra, Cheltenham Town, Hereford United
2009–10 Stockport County, Wycombe Wanderers, Southend United, Gillingham
2010–11 Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Dagenham and Redbridge

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 Northern Ireland Stuart Elliott Hull City 27
England Dean Windass Bradford City
2005–06 Wales Freddy Eastwood Southend United 23
England Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United
2006–07 England Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United 30
2007–08 Trinidad and Tobago Jason Scotland Swansea City 24
2008–09 Republic of Ireland Simon Cox Swindon Town 29
England Rickie Lambert Bristol Rovers
2009–10 England Rickie Lambert Southampton 31
2010–11 Scotland Craig Mackail-Smith Peterborough United 27

Football League One stadiums 2010–11

Home Club Stadium Name Capacity
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough 39,812
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Charlton Athletic The Valley 27,111
Huddersfield Town Galpharm Stadium 24,554
Milton Keynes Dons stadium:mk 22,000
Notts County Meadow Lane 21,300
Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500
Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park 16,789
Carlisle United Brunton Park1 16,980
Swindon Town County Ground 15,728
Peterborough United London Road 15,460
Brentford Griffin Park1 12,763
Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium1 12,010
Walsall Banks's Stadium 11,300
Oldham Athletic Boundary Park 10,624
Rochdale Spotland 10,249
Colchester United Colchester Community Stadium 10,000
AFC Bournemouth Dean Court 9,600
Yeovil Town Huish Park1 9,600
Leyton Orient Brisbane Road 9,271
Brighton & Hove Albion Withdean Stadium2 8,850
Exeter City St. James Park1 8,830
Hartlepool United Victoria Park1 7,691
Dagenham & Redbridge Victoria Road1 6,078

1This ground contains terracing

2Not a football-specific ground

Notes and references

See also

  • 1920–21 (as Football League Division Three)
  • 1921–22 & 1957–58 (as Football League Division Three North/South)
  • 1958–59 & 1992–93 (as Football League Division Three)
  • 1992–93 & 2003–04 (as Football League Division Two)

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