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League One Insight

1 July 2014


Swindon Town

Founded: 
Swindon were founded between 1879 and 1881 by Reverend William Pitt as Swindon Spartans and turned professional in 1894 when they joined the Southern League. Swindon entered the Football League in 1920 as a founder member of Division Three – winning their first game 9-1 against Luton Town.

Nickname: 
The Robins

Background: 
Swindon gained promotion from League Two in 2012 and have been in League One ever since. The 2014/15 season will be Swindon's third in League One, where they will look to improve upon their 2013/14 position of eighth.

Past Meetings: 
Oldham have won 19 of the 48 meetings between the two sides with Swindon winning 17. Last season, both games were won by Oldham with a 2-1 victory at Boundary Park and a 1-0 victory at the County Ground.

Recent Signings: 
The only player Swindon have so far signed has been Antonio Josue from Staines Town after his victory in the 'Samsung: Win a Pro Contract' competition.

Player of the Year: 
Swindon Town’s Player of the Year award was won by Nathan Thompson for the second consecutive season.

Sky Bet Odds: 
To win the league - 25/1
To be promoted - 8/1
To be relegated - 8/1



Walsall

Founded: 
Walsall were formed in 1888 and joined the Football League in 1892. They joined the Midland League in 1896 and then re-joined the Second Division in 1897 before dropping back into the Midland League. They relocated to the Birmingham League in 1903, and then the Southern League in 1910 before becoming a founder member of the Third Division North in 1921.

Nickname: 
The Saddlers

Background: 
Walsall have been in League One since their 2007 promotion from League Two as champions. They have narrowly avoided relegation on two separate occasions in 2011 and 2012, but have stabilised in recent years and ended the 2013/14 season in 13th place. 

Past Meetings: 
Oldham and Walsall have met competitively in 50 games, with Walsall coming out victorious in 20 games. Oldham have won 19 and there have been 11 draws.

Recent Signings: 
Walsall’s only signing so far this summer has been young goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray from Harrogate Town.

Player of the Year: 
Former Oldham loanee Sam Mantom won Walsall’s Player of the Year award for his performances in the 2013/14 season.

Sky Bet Odds: 
To win the league - 28/1
To be promoted - 9/1
To be relegated - 7/1



Yeovil Town

Founded: 
Yeovil were formed in 1895 as Yeovil Casuals before adopting the name Yeovil Town in 1907, before amalgamation with Petters United to become Yeovil and Petters United until reverting back to ‘Town’ in 1946. Yeovil applied for election to the Football League on numerous occasions between 1955 and 1973 when they were in the Southern League before becoming founder members of the Conference in 1979. Yeovil only earned promotion to the Football League in 2003 - with our very own Lee Johnson playing an integral part in the team. 

Nickname: 
The Glovers

Background: 
Yeovil were promoted to League One in 2005 and remained there for 8 years before promotion to the Championship under the guidance of Gary Johnson via the Play-Offs. However, they were immediately relegated back to League One after picking up just 8 wins in 46 Championship games. 

Past Meetings: 
The two clubs have met on just 17 occasions in their history with Yeovil winning the fixture 6 times. Oldham have won just 5 games against The Glovers with 6 finishing equal. In the 2012/13 season, Yeovil defeated Oldham 4-1 at Huish Park before Lee Johnson saw off his father in a 1-0 victory at Boundary Park which al but secured safety for the Latics. 

Recent Signings: 
This summer, Yeovil have signed Aaron Martin and Nathan Smith on a free.

Player of the Year: 
Luke Ayling picked up four Player of the Year awards from Yeovil.

Sky Bet Odds: 
To win the league - 16/1
To be promoted - 5/1
To be relegated - 12/1


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