Scunthorpe United, Rochdale and Chesterfield have been promoted to Sky Bet League One, yet the race for the title will go down to the final day of the season.
The draw for Fleetwood Town, the only side who were able to break into the top three, against Southend United meant promotion was assured for Scunthorpe regardless of their result at Exeter City. Even a 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park, a first league defeat in charge for manager Russ Wilcox whilst also ending an unbeaten run of 28 matches, wasn’t enough to dampen the Iron’s spirits as promotion back to League One was achieved at the first time of asking.
Rochdale’s 2-0 victory over Cheltenham Town at Spotland, coinciding with Fleetwood’s draw, saw Keith Hill’s side join Scunthorpe in League One next season. First half goals from Peter Vincenti and Ian Henderson, the latter one of three Dale players named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year alongside Michael Rose and Scott Hogan, secured a comfortable win for the hosts, and sent them top of the division for 24 hours at least.
They only spent 24 hours on top though, because Chesterfield became the third and last side to secure automatic promotion with a 2-0 win over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. Jay O’Shea’s second-half brace was enough to overcome Gary Rowett’s men, who themselves have a chance of joining Paul Cook’s side in League One next season if they win the play-offs.
That victory for Chesterfield means they head the division going into the final day of the season, with the Spireites knowing a win over Fleetwood at the Proact Stadium will secure them the title. Rochdale need to better Chesterfield’s result away at Newport County, whilst Scunthorpe, who are a point further back, host York City, hoping for both of the aforementioned teams to slip up.
Nevertheless, huge congratulations to Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Chesterfield, who fully deserve their place in English football’s third tier for the upcoming campaign.