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As a Bradford City fan, I cant understand why some of the bigger and more established L2 clubs would not vote for a 3 teams to be promoted- City would rather Mansfield, Stockport, Lincoln and Grimsby in L2 as they will bring more fans - even clubs like Luton, Wrexham and Cambridge, a fair distance away, will bring more fans than clubs like Accrington, Morecambe & Burton which are closer
There has been a case for change for many years. The Championship, Leagues 1 and 2 and the Conference Premier all have 24 teams. But the promotion/relegation is a mix of :-3 up 3 down between the Championship and League 1; 4 up 4 down between Leagues 1 & 2 and2 up 2 down between league 2 and the Conference.
Given how well clubs like Stevenage and Crawley Town have done since getting promoted to the League, and how badly clubs from League 2 have done when relegated, it shows how little difference in quality there is between League 2 and the Conference.Regardless of which league you tlak about, a club that finishes 5th shouldn't go up at the expense of a team that finished 2nd.
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They should merge League 2 and the Conference into North and South, more local derbies, less travelling and less expenditure for clubs that already spend far far too much
Of all the clubs promoted from the Conference between 1987-2005 (19 years) only FOUR were non-league before 1987 and are still in the league today. The rest were previously Football League clubs or were Non League that have gone back down again!6 of the bottom 8 clubs in League 2 came up from non league, did well for a few seasons, and are now struggling.So why promote more clubs?
My view [as a Wrexham fan] is that the League 2 clubs should think more about this as it is now increasingly difficult for clubs to get out of the BSP back to the league. Whilst 3 down would add to relegated numbers the 3 up system would reduce the risk of ex-league clubs becoming stuck in the Conference. It only takes 1 sugardaddy club such as Fleetwood buying promotion to scupper everyone else.
16. yellowandblackarmyAgreed. Much better way of doing it. No need for more BSP games though, the league position is the league position - it's already been decided who plays.
Could we not have the top 2 from BSP go up, the bottom 2 from FL2 are relegated.Then some sort of playoff between 3rd bottom from FL2 and either 3rd in BSP, or the BSP could have its own playoff to decide whom plays the 3rd bottom FL2 team in the playoff... ( i think or something) or could we not just sue West Ham over the Carlos Tevez affair?
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Why not have a cut off point in February or March & split the top 10 of the BSP & bottom 10 of League 2 & have a mini league with 3 promotion & relegation spots - that would make for a more excisting finish to the leagues, improve attendances & finally PROVE that the BSP is better than most of League 2...
As a Grimsby fan I am obviously all for this. I can't see the league 2 clubs voting for change however. Maybe they would be more inclined to vote yes if there was a system where the top 2 clubs get promoted and then the 3 clubs placed 3-5th clubs enter playoffs with the league 2 club that finished 22nd. The league 2 club gets a chance to stay in the league, and would maybe vote for this change
Perhaps a middle ground can be made where the two leagues agree to the move, but the financial penalty of relegation is softened?As a Wrexham fan, it was heartbreaking to be relegated and then that pain was worsened when we lost out two years in a row in the play offs. Some clubs to go into financial hibernation in this league whilst others find cash and buy their way out (Fleetwood & Crawley)
It's about time natural order was restored and proper FL clubs such as Grimsby, Luton, Mansfield, Lincoln, Cambridge etc, replaced the non-league nobodies such as Morecambe, Fleetwood, Crawley, Yeovil, and Stevenage. Sadly the standard of the FL will continue to diminish for as long as these tiny bankrolled clubs are allowed to further ruin it for proper football fans.
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