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#FixtureReleaseDay: 2019/20 Sky Bet League One Newcomers

20 June 2019

Alongside Wanderers, there will be six other newcomers to the third tier of English football in 2019/20.

And in line with Fixture Release Day, bwfc.co.uk will profile those teams and highlight when the Whites will pit their wits against them this coming season.

Coming Up...

Lincoln City - Promoted as Champions of League Two

Finishing six points clear of second-placed Bury, Lincoln City only lost seven games all season long, winning 23 of their 46 matches.

Also enjoying a 19-game unbeaten run - the longest of any team in the fourth tier in 2018/19 - the Imps were also the second highest scorers in the division behind Bury.

Entering League One for the first time, they were a non-league outfit only in 2016/17 and will be looking to capitalise on an impressive showing in recent years during 2019/20.

Wanderers will host City at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 4 April 2020, with them travelling to Sincil Bank on Saturday 26 October 2019.

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Bury - Promoted as runners-up of League Two

Winning promotion on the second-to-last game of the campaign with a draw against Tranmere, Bury returned to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking back in May.

Having been relegated just a year ago, the Shakers put their disapppointment behind them by romping to automatic promotion, winning 22, drawing 13 and losing only 11 matches all season long.

Featuring former Trotters players Neil Danns and Jermaine Beckford in their ranks, the Gigg Lane outfit were top scorers in the fourth tier with 82 goals in 46 games.

In 2019/20 meanwhile, they will host Wanderers on Saturday 18 April 2020, with the Whites returning the favour here at BL6 on Saturday 7 September 2019.

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MK Dons - Promoted automatically from League Two

Booking their place in League One on the very last day of the season with a 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town at Stadium MK, MK Dons in turn ended a year-long exile from English football's third tier.

Pipping the aforementioned Mansfield to the final automatic promotion spot, they did so by winning 22 of their 46 games and losing just 13.

Recording the highest attendance in the division too when welcoming the Stags on the final day of the season, with 20,718 taking to their seats at Stadium MK, they also boasted two of Sky Bet League Two's highest scorers in Kieran Agard (20) and Chuks Aneke (17).

This coming season, Wanderers will make only their third visit to Stadium MK on Saturday 22 February 2020with Paul Tisdale's men visiting the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 16 November 2019.

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Tranmere Rovers - Promoted via the play-offs

Having finished sixth in the league standings in Sky Bet League Two and being pitted against Forest Green Rovers as a result, they proceeded to defeat their New Lawn counterparts over two legs 2-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals.

Making the journey to the capital in late May meanwhile to face Newport County at Wembley, a solitary Connor Jennings effort at the death in extra time ensured that it was to be the Birkenhead outfit who will be playing their football in Sky Bet League One come August.

Returning to the third tier of English football for the first time since 2014, Rovers in turn made it back-to-back promotions after finishing second in the National League just over a year ago.

Wanderers and Tranmere haven't met in league action since January 2001, with their most recent clashes being in the FA Cup and League Cup.

This term however, the Whites will make the trip to Prenton Park early doors on Saturday 17 August 2019, with Rovers travelling across the M62 on Saturday 1 February 2020.

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Coming Down

Rotherham United - Finished 22nd in Sky Bet Championship

Winning promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking in 2017/18 via the play-offs, it was unfortunately too much of an ask for the Millers to remain in the second tier in 2018/19.

Finishing 22nd in the league standings, four points adrift of safety, United won just eight games all season, drawing 16 and losing 22.

Something of a yo-yo team in recent years, the AESSEAL New York Stadium outfit will be hoping to bounce back once again in 2019/20 to secure a fifth campaign in the Sky Bet Championship inside seven seasons.

Set to host Wanderers in South Yorkshire on Saturday 14 September 2019 meanwhile, they will make the trip to BL6 on Saturday 25 April 2020.

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Ipswich Town - Finished 24th in Sky Bet Championship

A difficult 2018/19 campaign for Ipswich Town saw them bring to an end a 15-year stint in the Sky Bet Championship, finishing bottom of the division with 31 points from their 46 outings.

Winning just five games all season long, it was a year of transition for the Tractor Boys after the departure of long-standing manager Mick McCarthy in April 2018.

Starting the campaign under the stewardship of Paul Hurst, he lasted only five months with Paul Lambert taking over in October 2018, but the former Aston Villa boss was unable to keep the Suffolk side in the division.

He will be determined however to take the Portman Road outfit back to the second tier at the first time of asking.

Wanderers will make the long jouney to Ipswich meanwhile on Friday 10 April 2020with Town returning the favour on Saturday 24 August 2019.

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