ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Manager: John Coleman Key Player: Ian Craney Ins: John Mullin (Tranmere), Chris King (TNS), Colin Murdock and Jimmy Ryan (Shrewsbury), Jamie Clarke (Blackburn, loan)

Outs: Lee McEvilly and Paul Cordon (Cambridge), Andy Todd (Rotherham), Danny Mannix and Jay Harris (Chester), Graham Branch (Cammel Laird), Mark Roberts (Northwich)

Prospects: Deanie Robson, of the Accrington Observer, said: "We have a really small squad this year, with just 18 players including four youngsters. Any kind of improvement on last season's 17th would be good, but mid-table at best. There are high hopes of Jamie Clarke."

AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Manager: Kevin Bond Key Player: Jo Kuffour Ins: Scott Guyett (Yeovil), Shwan Jalal (Peterborough, loan)

Outs: Sam Vokes (Wolves), Jo Tessem, Steven Foley and Gareth Stewart (released), Neil Moss and Russell Perrett (retired)

Prospects: Ian Woolley, of the Bournemouth Echo, said: "The deal with the new owners is going through and we're exiting administration, but could still have 10-15 points taken off depending on if a CVAis passed or not. It's hard to tell at the moment, but if no points are taken off, we should make the play-offs."

ALDERSHOT TOWN

Manager: Gary Waddock Key Player: Scott Donnelly Ins: Dean Howe (Rushden), Marvin Morgan (Woking), Chris Blackburn (Swindon), Ben Starosta (Sheffield Utd, loan), Scott Davies (Reading, loan)

Outs: Joel Grant (Crewe) Prospects:

Charlie Oliver, of the Aldershot News & Mail, said: "We should be able to hold our own and the fans have a lot of faith in Gary Waddock. Last season was a bit of a surprise, nobody expected us to run away with the Conference. The main thing is not to go straight back down, but we should have enough experience not to."

BARNET

Manager: Paul Fairclough Key Player: Albert Adomah Ins: Nick Deverdics (Gretna), Luke Medley (Bradford)

Outs: Jason Puncheon (Plymouth), Sagi Burton (Shrewsbury)

Prospects: Paul Wreyford, of the Barnet & Potters Bar Times, said: "Puncheon will be a big loss, but Adomah is a ready-made replacement. A few clubs are watching him, but we should have him for one more season. Luke Medley has scored five in pre-season. Last season was cause for optimism, should finish mid-table."

BRADFORD CITY

Manager: StuartMcCall Key Player: Graeme Lee Ins: Michael and Rory Boulding (Mansfield), Paul McLaren (Tranmere), Graeme Lee (Doncaster), Paul Annigan (Carlisle), Rhys Evans (Millwall), Chris Brandon (Huddersfield) Outs: David Wetherall (retired), Luke Medley (Barnet), Alex Rhodes (Rotherham)

Prospects: Leon Wobschall, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: "We were expecting to do better last season, but should go up this time. Michael Boulding and Peter Thorne will have goals in them, while Graeme Lee will replace David Wetherall. Every signing has been aged over 30, so there will be plenty of experience."

BURY

Manager: Alan Knill Key player: Andy Bishop Ins: Efe Sodje (Gillingham), Michael Jones (Tranmere), Danny Racchi (Hudd'field), Wayne Brown (Hereford), Ryan Creswell (Sheff Utd), Elliott Bennett (Wolves, loan)

Outs: Paul Morgan (Macclesfield), Jim Provett (Harrogate)

Prospects: Marc Higginson, of the Bury Times, said: "We finished last season really well and have looked good in pre-season. It's a young squad, but we should avoid any kind of relegation scrap. Top half."

CHESTER CITY

Manager: Simon Davies Key player: Damien Mozika Ins: Damien Mozika (AS Nancy), Jay Harris and Danny Mannix (Accrington), Paul Taylor (Vauxhall

Motors), Anthony Barry (Yeovil), Ryan Lowe (Crewe) Outs: John Murphy (St Patricks)

Prospects: Neil Turner, of the Chester Chronicle, said: "Things went belly-up under Bobby Williamson last season, but Simon Davies has steadied the ship. We have a reasonable chance, but being among the lowest-supported teams in the division doesn't help. Mid-table at best."

CHESTERFIELD

Manager: Lee Richardson Key player: Jack Lester Ins: Darren Currie (Luton), Danny Hall (Gretna), Tommy Lee (Macclesfield), Rob Page (Huddersfield), Kevin Austin (Swansea), Paul Harsley (Port Vale)

Outs: Janos Kovacs (Lincoln), Barry Roche (Morecambe)

Prospects: Andrew Jarvis, of the Derbyshire Times, said: "Jack Lester and Jamie Ward will score goals, but a leaky defence was the problem last season. We conceded more than the year before, when we were relegated, which is why three defenders have been brought in. Good bet for automatic promotion, play-offs at least.

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE

Manager: John Still Key player: Ben Strevens Ins: Mark Nowkeji (Staines) Outs: Dave Rainford and Chris Moore (Cheltenham), Jamie Taylor (Grays)

Prospects: Matt Diner, of the Barking & Dagenham Recorder, said: "It will be another year of struggle. We be looking for an improvement on last season, which if you offer any of the fans, they'll bite your hand off."

DARLINGTON

Manager: Dave Penney Key player: Steve Foster Ins: Clayton Fortune (Leyton Orient), Jason Kennedy (Middlesbrough), Paul Evans (Swindon), Adam Proudlock, David Poole and Aam Griffin (Stockport)

Outs: Julian Joachim (Kings Lynn), Neil Wainwright (Morecambe), Tommy Wright (Aberdeen), Clark Keltie and Scott Wiseman (Rochdale), Michael Cummins (Rotherham), David Stockdale (Fulham)

Prospects: Craig Stoddart, of the Northern Echo, said: "The chairman, George Houghton, pumped the money in last year and it didn't work. Even though it was their best season in eight years, the crowds didn't rise. This year he's had enough and kept his wallet shut. It's a smaller squad but still has quality in it,. However, we're looking at play-offs rather than top three."

EXETER CITY

Manager: Paul Tisdale Key Player: Rob Edwards/ Ryan Harley Ins: Marcus Stewart (Yeovil), Craig McAllister (Oxford), Ben Watson (Grays), Michael Panther (York), Jack Oberstellar (Wycombe)

Outs: Wayne Carlisle (Torquay), Andy Taylor (Weymouth)

Prospects: Martin Downer, of the Express & Echo, said: "Dagenham struggled last season after promotion, but we've a good enough squad to avoid a relegation battle, should be comfortably in mid-table. Marcus Stewart has a few bags under his eyes now but has still got it."

GILLINGHAM

Manager: Mark Stimson Key Player: Simeon Jackson Ins: Mark McCammon (Doncaster), Curtis Weston (Leeds), Alan Julian (Stevenage)

Outs: Efe Sodje (Bury), Craig Stone (Ebbsfleet), Kelvin Jack, Leroy Griffiths and Tom Bryant (released), Derek Stillie (retired), Barry Cogan (Grays)

Prospects: Luke Cawdell, of the Kent Messenger, said: "The fans want to go straight back up, but the play-offs is more realistic."

GRIMSBY TOWN

Manager: Alan Buckley Key Player: Peter Till Ins: Chris Llewellyn and Richard Hope (Wrexham), Matt Heywood (Brentford), Rob Stockdale (Tranmere) Outs: Cieran Toner (Rochdale)

Prospects: Trevor Green, of the Grimsby Telegraph, said: "Last season was a bit disappointing, we fell away badly after reaching Wembley in the LDV. Scoring goals was the sticking point. We were not exactly prolific, so it's been a bit surprising that three out of the four new signings are defenders."

LINCOLN CITY

Manager: Peter Jackson Key player: Frank Sinclair Ins: Janos Kovacs (Chesterfield), Stefan Oakes (Wycombe), Frank Sinclair (Huddersfield), David Graham and Aaron Brown (Gillingham), Rob Birch (Sheff Wed), Kevin Gall (Carlisle, loan)

Outs: Jamie Forrester (Notts County), Mark Stallard and Adie Moses (Mansfield), Nat Brown (Wrexham)

Prospects: Lee Curtis, of the Lincolnshire Echo, said: "Jacko has won his battle with illness and is raring to go. He's created a real buzz around the town and all the talk is of automatic promotion. He also got rid of the keeper and entire defence after we conceded so many goals last season."

LUTON TOWN

Manager: Mick Harford Key Player: Sam Parkin/

Keith Keane Ins: None Outs: David Bell (Norwich), Darren Currie (Chesterfield). Calvin Andrew (C. Palace), Chris Perry (Southampton), Matthew Spring (Sheff Utd, loan)

Prospects: Alec Swann, of the Luton News, said: "The nicest way to say it is it will be a difficult season. We will start on -30, with the FA taking 10 points off and the Football League 20. We are due to come out of administration, but everything's up in the air as we can't make any signings."

MACCLESFIELD

Manager: Keith Alexander Key Player: John Rooney Ins: Richard Walker (Port Vale), Sean Hessey (Chester), Simon Yeo (Bury), Lee Bell (Mansfield), Paul Morgan (Bury, loan) Neil Harvey (Retford), Ahmed Deen Outs: Tommy Lee (Chesterfield), Richard Edgehill (released)

Prospects: Mike Glendinning, of the Macclesfield Express, said: "The manager expects them to be challenging, but the fans will be happy with mid-table. Wayne Rooney's brother, John, has signed on as an apprentice, and he should get some games as Keith Alexander likes to blood youngsters. Shaun Brisley is another promising youngster.

MORECAMBE

Manager: Sammy McIlroy Key Player: Rene Howe Ins: Diarmund O'Connell (Celtic), Andy Parrish (Bury), Ryan McCann (Queen of the South), Neil Wainwright (Darlington), Barry Roche (Chesterfield), Michael Carr (Northwich), Rene Howe (Peterborough, loan)

Outs: Carl Baker (Stockport), Garry Thompson (Scunthorpe), Jon Newby (Morton)

Prospects: Steven Hewitt, of The Visitor, said: "Baker and Thompson were good flair players who will be missed. We did really well up to January last season, and the boss has made it clear they need to do it over 46 games, and won't tolerate the same mistakes. Last season started out being about survival, but the better we did, expectations rose. Top half would be great."

NOTTS COUNTY

Manager: Ian McParland Key Player: Jamie Forrester Ins: Jamie Forrester (Lincoln), Russell Hoult (Stoke), Matt Hamshaw (Mansfield0, Adam Nowland (Preston), Michael Johnson (Derby), Jason Beardsley (Derby, loan)

Outs: Jason Lee, Lawrie Dudfield, Matt Somner (released)

Prospects: James Pallett, of the Evening Post, said: "We are looking to progress on last season and will be happy with mid-table, although the fans will want more. we scored the least amount of goals in the Football League last season, 36, and hope Jamie Forrester will change that."

PORT VALE

Manager: Lee Sinnott Key Player: Luke Rodgers/Sam Stockley Ins: Louis Dodds (Leicester), Anthony Griffith (Doncaster), Sam Stockley (Wycombe), Rob Taylor (Nuneaton), John McCombe (Hereford), Steve Thompson (Middlesbrough), Dave Howland (Birmingham) Outs: Paul Harlsey (Chesterfield), Doug Whittaker (Oldham), Jon Condle (Airdrie), Jason Talbot (Livingston)

Prospects: Steve Shaw, of the Stoke Sentinel, said: "A lot depends on whether or not we can hold onto striker Marc Richards, who Cheltenham are in for, and who would be a big loss. It's a new team, and a bit of an unknown quantity, but there's a lot of optimism and we'll be going for the playoffs. We have also got 6,000 season ticket holders after doing a Bradford-style scheme and reducing the prices from s323 to s183."

ROCHDALE

Manager: Keith Hill Key Player: Chris Dagnall Ins: Jon Shaw (Halifax), Clark Keltie and Scott Wiseman (Darlington), Cieran Toner (Grimsby)

Outs: Matty Hughes (Celtic), David Perkins (Colchester), John Doolan (Southport)

Prospects: Richard Partington, of the Rochdale Observer, said: "We were looking good for promotion last season until Glenn Murray was flogged to Brighton in January, and fans have been asking 'what if'. Jon Shaw has come in to replace him, but is unproven at this level. David Perkins is a huge loss, but having Chris Dagnall back from injury is a big boost. Play-off again."

ROTHERHAM UNITED

Manager: Mark Robins Key Player: Pablo Mills Ins: Alex Rhodes (Bradford), Michael Cummins (Darlington), Mark Burchill (Dunfermline), Mark Lynch (Yeovil), Reuben Reid (Plymouth)

Outs: Graham Coughlan (Shrewsbury), Chris O'Grady (Oldham), Derek Holmes (St Johnstone)

Prospects: Leon Wobschall, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: "It looks like we will start on -20, but I wouldn't write them off yet. We are used to adversity, being our third points deduction, and were in the top three last season until having 10 taken away in March. However, we will be playing in Sheffield and training in Doncaster, which will be difficult."

SHREWSBURY TOWN

Manager: Paul Simpson Key Player: Ben Davies Ins: Graham Coughlin (Rotherham), Grant Holt (Forest), Paul Murray (Gretna), Michael Jackson (Blackpool), Shane Sherriff (Tranmere), Steven Hindmarch (Carlisle), Richard Walker (Bristol R, loan), Luke Davies (West Brom, loan)

Outs: James Constable (Oxford), Darren Kempson (Wrexham)

Prospects: James Pugh, of the Shropshire Star, said: "I've never been as excited about a season as this one. There have been some quality signings, like Grant Holt, and although the manager is being cautious, everyone expects promotion."

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

Manager: Peter Taylor Key Player: Scott McGleish Ins: Lewis Hunt (Southend), Nathan Ashton (Fulham), Magno Vieira (Cambridge), John Mousinho (Brentford), Lewis Spence (C Palace), Chris Zebroski and Gavin Grant (Millwall)

Outs: Stefan Oakes (Lincoln), Sam Stockley (Port Vale), Russell Martin and Sergio Torres (Peterborough)

Prospects: Dave Peters, of the Buck Press, said: "Play-offs will be the aim, and we should score more this season if Spence and Zebroski hit it off."


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