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League Two league leaders at Christmas and their final positions

We have taken a look at the League Two league leaders at Christmas from the past 13 years and listed their final positions.

The 2021/22 season began in August was back to how it usually would after the last campaign saw it begin in September due to the coronavirus.

We can all hope that it can continue the how it should be for the current campaign, however, the rise in Covid cases during the festive period means some clubs are now having to play behind closed doors, and matches are being postponed, causing fear that all English clubs will suffer with no fans, players taken ill and see a stop start end to the second half of the season.

Many teams have had the honour of being top of the table for Christmas, though we’ve seen several other teams failing to keep their number 1 spot before slipping down the league.

Right, time to check out the League Two league leaders at Christmas from the past 13 years and their final positions…

2008 – WYCOMBE WANDERERS

In the 2008/09 season, Wycombe Wanderers managed to get as high as the top of the League Two table at Christmas.

Despite falling away from their position, they still ended up finishing in 3rd place and won promotion up to League One.

Fast forward to today, they sit 4th in the League One table with 42 points from 22 games played under Gareth Ainsworth.

2009 – ROCHDALE

In the 2009/10 season, Rochdale were doing brilliantly, claiming top spot when it came to the League Two table at Christmas.

They may have been disappointed not to finish top and instead 3rd however they did get promoted to League One.

 

2010 – CHESTERFIELD

In the 2010/11 season, Chesterfield were top of League Two at Christmas, back when they were doing well compared to now.

They ended up finishing in 1st and were crowned champions under manager John Sheridan, who unsurprisingly flopped at Swindon Town in recent times.

Fast forward to today, they sit top of the National League table with 39 points from 18 games played under James Rowe.

 

2011 – CRAWLEY TOWN

In the 2011/12 season, Crawley Town impressed many by climbing to the top of League Two at Christmas under Steve Evans.

They ended up finishing in 3rd but nonetheless were promoted to League One, something many didn’t see coming at the start of the season.

Fast forward to today, they sit 18th in the League Two table with 25 points from 20 games played with John Yems in charge.

 

2012 – GILLINGHAM

In the 2012/13 season, Gillingham were top of League Two at Christmas with manager Martin Allen at the helm.

They ended up finishing in 1st and were crowned champions, with crowds over 11,000 at Priestfield to watch their team go up.

Fast forward to today, they sit 22nd in the League One table with 17 points from 22 games played with Steve Evans in charge.

 

2013 – CHESTERFIELD

In the 2013/14 season, Chesterfield were once again top of League Two at Christmas, and were for much of the season.

They ended up finishing in 1st and like in the 2010/11 season, were crowned champions for a record fourth time, and to seal their return to the third tier after a two-year absence.

The club are currently in their fourth season at non league level, finishing 20th, 15th and 6th in the past three seasons. Mad to think they were an inch of promotion to the Championship in 2015.

 

2014 – WYCOMBE WANDERERS

In the 2014/15 season, Wycombe Wanderers were top of League Two at Christmas, once again with Gareth Ainsworth at the helm.

However they seemed to have started a trend by finishing in 4th and then lost in the playoff final to Southend.

The Chairboys beat Oxford United in the League One playoff final at Wembley Stadium for the 2019/20 season, and despite giving it their best shot in the second tier of English football. They couldn’t avoid the drop.

 

2015 – PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

In the 2015/16 season, Derek Adams’s Plymouth Argyle were flying high at the top of League Two at Christmas.

However they then dropped down a few positions, finishing in 5th and lost in the playoff final to AFC Wimbledon. Ouch.

Fast forward to today, they sit 5th in the League One table with 40 points from 23 games played with Steven Schumacher in charge, recently stepping up to replace Ryan Lowe who went to Preston.

 

2016 – PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

In the 2016/17 season, Plymouth Argyle were once again top of League Two at Christmas and their chances were looking much brighter that year.

Luckily they didn’t go down the same route as the previous season and ended up finishing in 2nd and promoted to League One.

They had an encouraging start to the 2020/21 campaign, sitting within the top ten up for most of the season, though fell away and finished in 18th.

For 2021/22, they again started fantastically, most of it in the automatic promotion spots, but form hasn’t totally been on their side of late and are now 5th and hope to avoid slipping up any further.

 

2017 – LUTON TOWN

In the 2017/18 season, Nathan Jones’s Luton Town were top of League Two at Christmas, picking up great winning runs and didn’t lose twice in a row.

They ended up finishing in 2nd and achieved promotion back to League One for what was the club’s fourth consecutive season in League Two and 92nd season in the English Football League.

Fast forward to today, they sit 14th in the Championship table with 29 points from 22 games played with Jonesy boy in charge and fairing better than his Stoke reign a few seasons back.

 

2018 – LINCOLN CITY

In the 2018/19 season, Lincoln City were top of League Two at Christmas under the brilliant Cowley Brothers.

It was the Imps’ second season back in League Two after missing out on the League Two playoff final in the 2017/2018 season

They ended up finishing in 1st and promoted to League One with a total of 85 points.

For 2020/21, they impressive by finishing 5th but lost in the playoffs, and then the current 2021/22 saw them have a tougher start, sitting 19th and picking up 22 points from 21 games played.

 

2019 – SWINDON TOWN

In the 2019/20 season, Swindon Town were top of League Two at Christmas thanks to Richie Wellens and co.

They ended up finishing in 1st and promoted to League One based on PPG (points-per-game) with the season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fast forward to today, they sit 8th in the League Two table with 33 points from 20 games played with Ben Garner in charge.

 

2020 – NEWPORT COUNTY

The League Two leaders at Christmas for the 2020/21 season was Newport County, who sat one points clear of second place Forest Green Rovers at the time, and were two ahead of Carlisle United in 3rd while four ahead of Cheltenham who sat 4th.

Newport’s challenge for the title faltered however, finishing 5th and lost to Morecambe (AET) at Wembley in the final, meaning that wait to win promotion to the third tier of English football waits.

For 2021/22, they sit in 6th place, taking 34 points from 22 games played, can this season be the one?

The current league leaders at Christmas in League Two are Forest Green Rovers, sitting with 44 points from 20 games played, while have a game in hand and are four points ahead of second place Northampton Town. Sutton United, in their debut season, are third with 36 points. FGR’s promotion to lose?

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  1. Jase

    25th December 2019 at 9:11 am

    Swindon will I think get promoted and winning the league looks probable if they keep Doyle after the transfer window.

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