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Blackpool
Players in Shaun Barker (Rotherham United), Danny Graham (Middlesbrough, loan), Wesley Hoolahan (Livingston, loan), Marcus Bean (Queens Park Rangers), Adrian Forbes (Swansea City), Paul Tierney (Livingston), Rhys Evans (Swindon ), Ian Evatt (QPR, Loan)

Players out Peter Clarke (Southend United), Lewis Edge (Rochdale, loan), Neil Wood (Oldham ), Jason Wilcox (Released), Danny Warrender (Released), Stuart Anderson (Released), Tony Butler (Released), Robert Edwards (Released), Leslie Pogliacomi (Oldham ), Matthew Shaw (Released)

Manager- Simon Grayson
Star Player - Keigan Parker
Last Season - 19
Expected finish - 9


Bournemouth
Players in Lionel Ainsworth (Derby , loan), Leon Best (Southampton, loan), Danny Hollands (Chelsea, loan), Daryl Taylor (Walsall)

Players out Jamie Whisken (Released), Kirk Hudson (Aldershot ), Adam Griffiths (Brentford), James O'Connor (Doncaster Rovers)

Manager - Sean O` Driscoll
Star Player - James Hayter
Last Season - 17
Expected finish - 7
Sean O`Driscoll was disappointed with last seasons effort, with the main problem being lack of goals, Hayter the only player to get into double figures.

Bradford
Players in Nathan Doyle (Derby , loan), Lee Holmes (Derby , loan), David Graham (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Matthew Clarke (Darlington), Eddie Johnson (Crewe Alexandra), Jermaine Johnson (Tivoli Gardens, loan)

Players out Lewis Emanuel (Luton ), Bobby Petta (Adelaide United), Danny Cadamarteri (Released), Kevin Sanasy (Released), Steve Claridge (Released), Andy Cooke (Shrewsbury ), Lee Crooks (Released), Sam Denton (Released), Darren Holloway (Released), Thomas Kearney (Released), Owen Morrison (Dunfermline ), Jake Wright (Released), Damion Stewart (Queens Park Rangers)

Manager - Colin Todd
Star Player - Dean Windass
Last Season - 11
Expected finish - 11
Fans wanted a promotion straight back to the championship but the after flirting with the play-offs the bantams had to settle for mid-table, and they`ll have to settle for it again.


Brentford
Players in Matty Heywood (Bristol C, loan), Thomas Pinault (Grimsby ), Adam Griffiths (Bournemouth), Christian Moore (Dagenham & Redbridge), Jo-Osei Kuffour (Torquay United)

Players out Sam Sodje (Reading), Marcus Gayle (Aldershot ), Michael Turner (Hull City), Eddie Hutchinson (Released), Jay Tabb (Coventry City), Isaiah Rankin (Grimsby ), Michael Dobson (Walsall)

Manager - Leroy Rosenior
Star Player - Lloyd Owusu
Last season - 3
Expected finish - 6

Losing influencail manager Martin Allen is a real blow for the Bee`s, after flirting with the top two positions all season the Bee`s tailed off in the last few games of the season and went into the play-offs in a poor run of form. Rosenior has managed to keep the majority of his squad together and will be hoping for a play-off finish once again.


Brighton
Players in Tony Stokes (West Ham United, loan), Alex Revell (Braintree )

Players out Sebastien Carole (Leeds United), Jason Dodd (Eastleigh), Mark McCammon (Doncaster Rovers), Alexis Nicolas (Released), Federico Turienzo (Released)

Manager - Mark McGhee
Star Player - Colin Kazim-Richards
Last Season 24 Championship
Expected finish - 4
McGhee will have his work cut out to get the Albion straight back up but should have enought for a play-off positon, watch out for the Coca-Cola kid Colin Kazim-Richards.


Bristol City
Players in James McAllister (Hearts), Liam Fontaine (Fulham), Phil Jevons (Yeovil ), Chris Weale (Yeovil ), Enoch Showunmi (Luton ), Jamie McCombe (Lincoln City)

Players out Luke Wilkshire (Twente Enschede), Matty Heywood (Brentford, loan), David Partridge (Leyton Orient, loan), Nathan Abbey (Torquay United), Steve Phillips (Bristol Rovers), Clayton Fortune (Leyton Orient), Jamie Smith (Milton Keynes Dons), Oliver Barnes (Bristol Rovers)

Manager - Gary Johnson
Star Player - Steve Brooker
Last Season - 9
Expected finish - 12
After the unsuccessful managerial reign of player-coach Brian Tinnion former Latvia manager Gary Johnson is starting to stamp his authority on the side. But it might be one season too soon for the robbins.


Carlisle
Players in David Raven (Liverpool), Kevin Gall (Yeovil )

Players out Glenn Murray (Stockport , loan), Raphael Nade (Weymouth, loan), Paul Simpson (Retired), Lee Andrews (Torquay United)

Manager - Neil McDonald
Star Player - Karl Hawley
Last Season - 1 League Two
Expected finish - 18
After two successive promotions Carlisle are in trouble this season with the departure of former Pool player Paul Simpson to Preston North End. McDonald will have his work cut out to keep the cumbrians in the league but if they manage to keep hold of influential strikers Karl Hawley and Michael Bridges they should survive.


Cheltenham
Players in None.

Players out Michael Taylor (Halifax )

Manager - John Ward
Star Player - Kayode Odejayi
Last Season 5 League Two
Expected finish - 21
Managing to scrap into the third promotion sport last season Ward will be hoping for survival in the division with no stand out players in the squad its going to be real team effort to avoid the drop.


Chesterfield
Players in Michael Jordan (Arsenal), Kevan Hurst (Sheffield United, loan), Paul Shaw (Rotherham United), Phil Picken (Manchester United)

Players out Colin Heath (Macclesfield ), Tcham N'Toya (Notts )

Manager - Roy McFarland
Star Player - Paul Hall
Last Season - 16
Expected finish - 17
Mid-table mediocricity was achieve last season and it looks like it again for McFaland`s men.


Crewe
Players in Darran Kempson (Morecambe), Julian Baudet (Notts )

Players out Chris McCready (Tranmere Rovers), Adrian Moses (Lincoln City), Justin Cochrane (Rotherham United), Steve Jones (Burnley), Steve Foster (Burnley), Juan Ugarte (Released), Kenny Lunt (Sheffield Wednesday), Richard Walker (Port Vale), Andrew Bond (Released), Alex Morris (Released), Anthony Tonkin (Released), Kyle Wilson (Released)

Manager - Dario Gradi
Star Player - Billy Jones
Last Season - 22 Championship
Expected finish 3
Dario Gradi will again be looking for a straight return to the premiership but after losing striker Steve Jones to Burnley and Juan Ugarte being a flop at Gresty Road Dario might have to settle for a play-off, watch out for defender Billy Jones the versatile youngster has been receiving rave reviews.

Doncaster
Players in Mark McCammon (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jonathan Forte (Sheffield United, loan), Bruce Dyer (Sheffield United), James O'Connor (Bournemouth), Kevin Horlock (Ipswich ), Adam Lockwood (Yeovil )

Players out Michael McIndoe (Barnsley), Phil McGuire (Dunfermline ), Neil Roberts (Wrexham), Jermaine McSporran (Chester City), David Mulligan (Scunthorpe United), Mark Albrighton (Boston United)

Manager - Dave Penny
Star Player - Sean Thornton
Last Season - 8
Expected finish - 14
Once again donny have manager to splash the cash bring in a few 'names`, but they have lost their goalscoing midfielder Michael McIndoe to Barnsley, mid-table again for Donny.


Gillingham
Players in Kelvin Jack (Dundee), Clint Easton (Wycombe Wanderers), Mark Bentley (Southend United), Duncan Jupp (Southend United), Dean McDonald (Ipswich ), Gary Mulligan (Sheffield United), Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu (Cardiff City)

Players out Jason Brown (Blackburn Rovers), Akwasi Fobe-Edusei (Released), Gavin Grant (Released), Chris Hope (Released), Richard Rose (Released), John Wallis (Released)

Manager - Ronnie Jepson
Star Player - Michael Flynn
Last Season - 14
Expected finish - 15
Influence striker Darren Byfield has left the club joining fellow League One outfit Milwall, Jepson has admitted that he`s found it hard to bring players in to the club and hasn`t found an adequate replacement for Byfield.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Campbell_BFC
Date:Friday August 4 2006
Time: 1:31PM

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Some strange predictions here! Can't see both Bristol City and Huddersfield finishing mid table!
sandgroanun
07/08/2006 19:40:00
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