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Rochdale, Scunthorpe & Southend

13 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.

th Last season: 12
Distance from Adams Park: 197 miles
Postcode: OL11 5DS
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 6/10
Ground:  Spotland Stadium (10,249)
Manager:  Keith Hill

Rochdale ended the season in style, winning four of their final six games, but a run of run of just two victories in 13 games midway through the campaign ended any promotion ambitions.

Bobby Grant finished as Dale’s top league goalscorer with 15, while the recently-released Ashley Grimes weighed in with 10.

Goals were no problem for Keith Hill’s side as they found the back of the net 68 times, but they struggled at the back, conceding 70 goals.

How the Wanderers fared: Dale did the double over the Chairboys, winning 2-1 at Adams Park in November and 4-1 at Spotland in March.

Joel Grant scored for the Blues in South Bucks, while Stuart Lewis netted his first goal of the season in the return fixture.

Scunthorpe United 

Victories in their final two games failed to save the Iron as they went on to occupy the final League 1 relegation place.
(League 1) st Last season: 21
Distance from Adams Park: 187 miles
Postcode: DN15 8TD
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: N/A
Ground:  Glanford Park (9,088)
Manager: Brian Laws

Their twenty-four league defeats were the joint-most in the division alongside bottom-side Portsmouth.

th Last season: 11
Distance from Adams Park: 79 miles
Postcode: SS2 6NQ
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 6/10
Ground:  Roots Hall (11,840)
Manager: Phil Brown
Southend United

A poor end to the season in which Southend won just once in 11 games ended their play-off hopes and they also tasted defeat in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to Crewe Alexandra.

On-loan Watford striker Britt Assombalonga finished as top scorer with 15 league goals, while Gavin Tomlin, who missed a large chunk of the end of the season, weighed in with 13.

How the Wanderers fared: Assombalonga’s goal earned Southend a 1-0 victory at Roots Hall in September, before Dean Morgan’s early goal was cancelled out by Barry Corr and Assombalonga in the return fixture at Adams Park.

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