League One Grounds

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

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

League One Stadiums

League one stadiums are usually single-tier stadiums that don’t come close to stadiums that you would find in the premier league or the Championship, some of the league one teams do receive a  big influx of cash every now and again or they have been bought by new owners that want to upgrade their stadium. However, they are usually very small and local stadiums.

In league one stadiums more often than not you will find safe standing areas or terracing, this is because in the bigger stadiums like the ones they use in the premier league they are all-seater stadiums and most fans have to stand in front of their chairs whereas in some league one stadiums they offer both seating and standing areas.

If a team is promoted to the Championship or England’s second tier the club has 3 years to change its stadium to an all-seated ground.

The biggest stadium in league one is The Stadium of Light which is home to Sunderland A.F.C, this stadium has a capacity of 48,707 and a net worth of £28million. For a league-one team, it’s a very impressive investment.

Stadium Stats

Stadium Year Opened Capacity Ave Attendance Record Attendance Record Attendance Match
Abbey Stadium
Cambridge United
1932 8,127 4,178 14,000 Cambridge Utd v Chelsea (1970)
Adams Park
Wycombe Wanderers
1990 10,137 5,389 10,000 Wycombe v Chelsea (2005)
Alexandra Stadium
Crewe Alexandra
1906 10,153 3,680 20,000 Crewe v Tottenham (1960)
Crown Ground
Accrington Stanley
1968 5,450 2,764 5,397 Accrington v Derby (Jan 2019)
DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic
1999 25,138 11,661 25,133 Wigan v Man United (2008)
Fratton Park
Portsmouth
1898 19,670 18,223 51,385 Portsmouth v Derby (1949)
Globe Arena
Morecambe
2010 6,476 2,264 5,003 Morcambe v Burnley (2010)
Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood Town
1939 5,327 3,165 6,150 Fleetwood v Rochdale (1965)
Hillsborough
Sheffield Wednesday
1899 39,732 24,429 72,841 Sheffield Wed v Man City (1934)
Home Park
Plymouth Argyle
1893 18,600 9,652 43,596 Plymouth v Aston Villa (1936)
Kassam Stadium
Oxford United
2001 12,400 7,636 12,243 Oxford v Leyton Orient (2006)
Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster Rovers
2007 15,231 8,252 15,001 Doncaster Rovers v Leeds (2008)
New Meadow
Shrewsbury Town
2007 9,875 6,327 10,210 Shrewsbury v Chelsea (2014)
New York Stadium
Rotherham United
2012 12,021 9,783 11,758 Rotherham v Sheffield Utd (2013)
Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion
2005 6,912 2,986 6,912 Burton Albion v Oxford (2009)
Plough Lane
AFC Wimbledon
2020 9,215 4,073 9,215 AFC Wimbledon 3-3 Bolton Wanderers (14/8/21)
Portman Road
Ipswich Town
1884 30,311 19,855 38,010 Ipswich v Leeds (1975)
Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham
1893 11,582 5,128 23,002 Gillingham v QPR (1948)
Sincil Bank
Lincoln City
1895 10,120 8,986 23,196 Lincoln City v Derby County (1967)
Stadium mk
MK Dons
2007 30,500 8,785 30,048 Rugby World Cup Fiji vs Uruguay 2015
The Stadium Of Light
Sunderland AFC
1997 49,000 30,118 48,353 Sunderland v Liverpool (2002)
The University of Bolton Stadium
Bolton Wanderers
1997 28,723 11,480 28,353 Bolton v Leicester (2003)
The Valley
Charlton Athletic
1919 27,111 11,827 75,031 Charlton v Aston Villa (1938)
Whaddon Road
Cheltenham Town
1927 7,066 3,203 8,326 Cheltenham v Reading (1956)

EFL League Two Structure

There are 24 clubs in 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 EFL 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 EFL League One are relegated to EFL League Two and are replaced by the top three clubs and the club that won the 4th–7th place play-offs in that division.

About The League

Until 1992 every club in the football league was all a part of the same league, that was until the bigger clubs realised they could make more money if they went on their own to form a separate division. This is how the Premier League was born.

Each of the league’s divisions contains 24 clubs and each team plays each other at home and away, points are awarded to each team if they draw and the more points a team has by the end of the season the higher the division they finish.

The top two teams get promoted to the Championship whilst the clubs that have finished between third and sixth have to play a few matches to determine who will also be promoted. The bottom three teams are also relegated to League Two.

Team Stats

Team Year Founded Nickname Team Owner
Accrington Stanley 1968 Stanley, Accy Stanley Andy Holt
AFC Wimbledon 2002 The Dons, The Wombles The Dons Trust
Bolton Wanderers 1874 The Trotters, The Wanderers Football Ventures (Whites) Ltd
Burton Albion 1950 The Brewers Ben Robinson
Cambridge United 1912 United, The U’s Paul Barry
Charlton Athletic 1905 The Addicks, Red Robins, The Valiants Thomas Sandgaard
Cheltenham Town 1887 The Robins CTFC Investments Ltd & The Robins Trust
Crewe Alexandra 1877 The Railwaymen, The Alex Crewe Alexandra Group Limited
Doncaster Rovers 1879 The Rovers, Donny, Vikings Doncaster Rovers Limited
Fleetwood Town 1908 The Cod Army Andrew Pilley
Gillingham 1893 The Gills Paul Scally
Ipswich Town 1878 Blues, Tractor Boys, “Pride of East Anglia” Gamechanger 20 Ltd
Lincoln City 1884 The Imps Lincoln City Holdings
MK Dons 2004 The Dons Pete Winkelman
Morecambe 1920 The Shrimps, Red and White Army (Now Red and Black Army), Seasiders Bond Group Investments
Oxford United 1893 The U’s, Yellows, The Boys from Up the Hill Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth
Plymouth Argyle 1886 The Pilgrims, Argyle, The Green Army Simon Hallett
Portsmouth 1898 Pompey Michael Eisner (Tornante Group)
Rotherham United 1925 The Millers Tony Stewart
Sheffield Wednesday 1867 The Owls Dejphon Chansiri
Shrewsbury Town 1886 Salop, The Blues, The Town, The Shrews Roland Wycherley
Sunderland 1879 The Black Cats Kyril Louis-Dreyfus
Wigan Athletic 1932 The Latics Phoenix 2021 Limited
Wycombe Wanderers 1887 The Chairboys, The Blues Wycombe Wanderers Trust

League One History

The football league has been around for many years and has surpassed a world war in that time. The entire League was suspended in 1939 due to WW2, once activities resumed the decision was made to expand the Northern and Southern Third Divisions to 24 teams this brought a total to 92 teams.

Eventually, the top half of the Northern and Southern Third divisions joined together to create a unified Third division, until 1974 only two teams could be promoted to the second division whereas four teams could be relegated from the third division into the fourth.

At the start of the 1990s, the league’s main goal was to expand to 94 teams in the league overall however two of the teams actually went bust meaning the number stayed at 92 for a very long time.

Ticket Prices

Stadium Season Ticket Price (Adult) Season Ticket Price (Conc) Season Ticket Price (Junior) Match Ticket Price (Adult) Match Ticket Price (Conc)
Accrington Stanley £229.5 – £229.5 £189 – £189 £23 – £89 £15 – £25 £10 – £20
AFC Wimbledon £400 – £525 £265 – £350 £40 – £120 £24 – £32 £15 – £22
Bolton Wanderers £289 – £366 £183 – £230 £54 – £72 £21 – £29 £16 – £24
Burton Albion £360 – £432 £324 – £396 £77 – £182 £20 – £24 £18 – £22
Cambridge United £319 – £425 £239 – £319 £23 – £319 £18 – £24 £14 – £20
Charlton Athletic £260 – £575 £195 – £440 £60 – £135 £20 – £34 £16 – £25
Cheltenham Town €281 – €407 €206 – €286 €55 – €110 €18 – €26 €13 – €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
Fleetwood Town £170 – £300 £120 – £240 £23 – £50 £20 – £28 £15 – £23
Gillingham £365 – £495 £315 – £405 £45 – £160 £22 – £27 £19 – £21
Ipswich Town £476 – £1026 £332 – £895 £131 – £742 £21.5 – £46.5 £15.5 – £39.5
Lincoln City £359 – £399 £254 – £294 £79 – £109 £24 – £24 £19 – £19
MK Dons £230 – £230 £186 – £186 £0 – £30 £22 – £30 £17 – £25
Morecambe £150 – £275 £150 – £275 £20 – £70 £20 – £25 £15 – £20
Oxford United £329 – £500 £190 – £310 £62.5 – £255 £20 – £28 £14 – £21
Plymouth Argyle £288 – £395 £230 – £299 £10 – £96 £21 – £23 £16 – £18
Portsmouth £313 – £313 £231 – £231 £15 – £68 £24 – £26 £18 – £20
Rotherham United £395 – £435 £240 – £265 £35 – £145 £23 – £27 £13 – £17
Sheffield Wednesday £365 – £495 £205 – £280 £23 – £150 £20 – £32 £10 – £22
Shrewsbury Town £400 – £460 £305 – £345 £130 – £150 £20 – £22 £15 – £17
Sunderland £370 – £495 £270 – £270 £190 – £190 £25 – £40 £18 – £18
Wigan Athletic £349 – £369 £269 – £299 £23 – £99 £17 – £39 £14 – £26
Wycombe Wanderers £342 – £494 £285 – £437 £19 – £285 £20 – £28 £17 – £25

 

As the Founder of Away Grounds, I love travelling to watch football matches throughout the UK. I play soccer for Leigh Genesis FC and support Man Utd. I set up Away Grounds with the desire to share my passion for football with other like-minded footy fans. When travelling to away fixtures there was not enough information on a football away days guide so we have set up to bridge this gap. I apologise when I use the term "Soccer" but we have some US followers also lol