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Who the Blues face in 2013/14 - part 1

29 May 2013

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


Accrington Stanley  
Manager: James Beattie  
Ground: Crown Ground (5,057)  
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 5/10  
Postcode: BB5 5BX  
Distance from Adams Park: 210 miles   Last season: 18th 

Stanley’s survival was secured in the penultimate game of the season when Lee Molyneux’s early strike earned them a 1-0 victory at Bristol Rovers.

Accrington have had a change of manager since the end of the season with former England international James Beattie taking over from Leam Richardson, who left to join Chesterfield as assistant manager.

How the Wanderers fared: The spoils were shared last season with the Wanderers and Stanley securing a win apiece. Chairboys were 2-0 victors at the Crown Ground in December thanks to goals from Bruno Andrade and Matt McClure, who was later sent off.

However, Accrington gained revenge at the end of March when Molyneux’s late effort secured a 1-0 success.

th  Last season: 20
Distance from Adams Park: 45 miles
Postcode: KT1 3PB  
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 9/10
Ground: Kingsmeadow (4,850)
Manager: Neal Ardley
AFC Wimbledon

How the Wanderers fared: AFC Wimbledon were the final opponents for the Blues under the stewardship of Gary Waddock as a 1-0 home defeat proved to be his last game in charge.

Wimbledon left securing their place in League 2 even later than Accrington and did so on the final day of the season, beating Fleetwood Town 2-1. The victory over Fleetwood came on the back of draws against play-off chasing Exeter City and champions Gillingham as Wimbledon finished the season in good form.

The return fixture in January saw the sides play out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Jo Kuffour and McClure on target for the Chairboys.

th Last season: 14
Distance from Adams Park: 101 miles
Postcode: BS7 0BF
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 6/10
Ground: Memorial Stadium (12,011)
Manager: John Ward
Bristol Rovers

A poor first half of the season left Rovers in serious danger of relegation, but the appointment of John Ward revitalised the side and they were one of the form teams in 2013, finishing the season in a safe mid-table position. 

How the Wanderers fared: The original game between the sides was abandoned in August on health & safety grounds and goals from Joel Grant and Gareth Ainsworth earned Wycombe a 2-0 victory when the fixture was replayed in December.

Rovers won the reverse fixture 1-0 in February courtesy of Ryan Brunt’s first-half strike.


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