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Fleetwood, Hartlepool & Mansfield

3 June 2013

With the 2013/14 League 2 fixtures due to be released on Wednesday 19th June, takes a look at who the Wanderers will be up against next season.

Fleetwood Town 

th Last season: 13
Distance from Adams Park: 225 miles
Postcode: FY7 6TX
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 8/10
Ground:  Highbury Stadium (5,094)
Manager: Graham Alexander

Fleetwood still harboured play-off hopes going into February but a run of just two wins from 15 games ended any promotion ambitions.

Junior Brown and Jon Parkin shared the top league scorer honour with 10 goals apiece, but Graham Alexander’s side struggled at Highbury, securing just as many points (30) on their travels as they did at home.

Blues did the double over Fleetwood last season with Bruno Andrade’s goal giving Gareth Ainsworth his first away league victory in charge.
How the Wanderers fared:

Anthony Stewart headed home his first professional goal in injury-time as the Wanderers edged out The Cod Army 1-0 at Adams Park in March.

Hartlepool United 

United secured only nine wins last season as they finished second-from-bottom in League 1. Hartlepool’s season started badly as they won just once in their first 23 league games, but a mini-recovery in early 2013 gave them a chance a survival.
 (League 1) rd Last season: 23
Distance from Adams Park: 257 miles
Postcode: TS24 8BZ
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: N/A
Ground:  Victoria Park (8,240)
Manager: Colin Cooper

However, another poor run – this time an eight-game winless streak ended any hopes. Colin Cooper took over the reins last week. 

Mansfield Town 

Paul Cox’s side returned to the Football League after edging out Kidderminster Harriers to the Blue Square Premier title.
 (Blue Square Premier) st Last season: 1
Distance from Adams Park: 135 miles
Postcode: NG18 5DA
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: N/A
Ground: One Call Stadium (10,000)
Manager: Paul Cox

Mansfield’s promotion owed much to their superb end-of-season-form where they won 20 of their final 23 games, including 12 successive victories. Matt Green led the way with 27 goals in all competitions.

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