SkyBet League One Preview 2015/2016

June 15, 2015 by Alec Hitchman

SkyBet League One Preview 2015/2016 – Part 1 – Barnsley FC, Blackpool FC & Bradford City

The new season is only eight weeks and five days away, so I had best get going with these season previews before it all kicks off on 8th August!

These previews will see me cover the teams competing in the many leagues in England. My current aim is to provide information and a basic preview on all teams from the Premier League down to the Conference South.

However, the reason we’re starting these previews in League One is purely because my team, and your local team, Southend United are competing in this said division!

SkyBet League One sees the arrival of seven new teams. Three relegated from the SkyBet Championship (Millwall, Blackpool & Wigan) and four promoted from SkyBet League Two (Burton, Shrewsbury, Bury & Southend)

Please also note, all squads and other information in this article is as of today’s date (08/06/2015). I’ll be constructing an article over the summer to hopefully be published the day before the season starts with all the updates, signings etc.

So, here we go!

Barnsley FC

Full Name: Barnsley Football Club
Nickname(s): The Reds, The Tykes
Founded: 1887
Ground: Oakwell (23,009 Capacity)
Manager: Lee Johnson
2014-15 Season: SkyBet League One, 11th
Distance from Southend: 199 Miles’s Predicted Finish (2015/2016 Season): 6th

Current Squad (as of 08/06/2015)
KEY: GK – Goalkeepers, DEF – Defenders, MID – Midfielders, FWD - Forwards
GK: Ross Turnbull, Adam Davies, Christian Dibble, Jack Walton
DEF: Luke Berry, Lewin Nyatanga, George Smith, George Williams, Mason Holgate, Jack Cowgill, James Bree, Marc Roberts
MID: Josh Scowen, Conor Hourihane, Dale Jennings, Paul Digby, James Bailey, Marley Watkins
FWD: Sam Winnall, Mike Phenix, George Maris, Milan Lalkovi?

Blackpool FC

Full Name: Blackpool Football Club
Nickname(s): The Seasiders, The Tangerines, The Pool
Founded: 1887
Ground: Bloomfield Road (17,338 Capacity)
Manager: Neil McDonald
2014-15 Season: SkyBet Championship, 24th
Distance from Southend: 272 Miles’s Predicted Finish (2015/2016 Season): 16th

Current Squad (as of 08/06/2015)
KEY: GK – Goalkeepers, DEF – Defenders, MID – Midfielders, FWD - Forwards
GK: None
DEF: Tom Aldred, Charles Dunne, David Ferguson, Luke Higham
MID: Henry Cameron, José Miguel Cubero, Jamie O’Hara, Connor Oliver, Andrea Orlandi, Jarrett Rivers, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Mark Waddington
FWD: Nile Ranger, Dom Telford

Bradford City

Full Name: Bradford City Football Club
Nickname(s): The Bantams, The Citizens, The Paraders
Founded: 1903
Ground: Valley Parade (25,136 Capacity)
Manager: Phil Parkinson
2014-15 Season: SkyBet League One, 7th
Distance from Southend: 224 Miles’s Predicted Finish (2015/2016 Season): 10th

Current Squad (as of 08/06/2015)
KEY: GK – Goalkeepers, DEF – Defenders, MID – Midfielders, FWD - Forwards
GK: Ben Williams, Matthew Urwin
DEF: Stephen Darby, James Meredith, Andrew Davies, Alan Sheehan, Christopher Routis, Rory McArdle, James King
MID: Matthew Dolan, Gary Liddle, Billy Knott, Mark Yeates, Jason Kennedy, Filipe Morais, Andy Halliday, Sam Wright, Dylan Mottley-Henry
FWD: James Hanson, Billy Clarke, Oliver McBurnie, Reece Webb-Foster

That’s it for this preview! Next time, we take a quick look at Burton Albion, Bury FC & Chesterfield FC


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