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League One Lowdown: Part Two

25 June 2017

A look at some of Pompey's 2017/18 opponents

Charlton Athletic

Last season was a fairly unspectacular one on the pitch for the Addicks, who finished firmly in mid-table.

But the club hit the headlines for a series of fan protests against the owners, which included pitch invasions and the throwing of plastic pigs!

Manager: Karl Robinson
Distance from Fratton Park: 103 miles
Estimated drive time: 1 hour 54 minutes
Last season: 13th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 11/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Charlton 1 (Faye)
January 20 2007

Last away meeting
Charlton 0 Pompey 1 (LuaLua)
September 16 2006

Doncaster Rovers

Rovers fans will still be scratching their heads about how their side failed to claim the League Two title last term.

They secured promotion with five games to spare and one more win would have seen them collect the silverware, but earned just a solitary point to allow Pompey to snatch top spot.

Manager: Darren Ferguson
Distance from Fratton Park: 233.2 miles
Estimated drive time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Last season: 3rd in League Two
Sky Bet promotion odds: 13/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Baker) Doncaster 2 (Marquis, Williams)
League Two
October 1 2016

Last away meeting
Doncaster 3 (Marquis 2, Rowe) Pompey 1 (Naismith)
League Two
January 5 2017

Fleetwood Town

A first ever season in the second tier of English football became a tantalising possibility when Fleetwood reached the play-offs last season.

But there was to be no day out at Wembley, with Rory McArdle’s goal in the first leg enough to see Bradford progress to the final.

Manager: Uwe Rosler
Distance from Fratton Park: 286.6 miles
Estimated drive time: 4 hours 51 minutes
Last season: 4th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 7/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 0 Fleetwood 1 (Bradley (og))
League Two
September 21 2013

Last away meeting
Fleetwood 3 (Parkin, Sarcevic, Matt) Pompey 1 (Wallace)
League Two
March 15 2014


The Gills managed to preserve their League One status on the final day of last season – despite failing to win at Northampton.

They needed to match Port Vale’s result to avoid the drop, with both sides only managing a goalless draw.

Head coach: Ade Pennock
Distance from Fratton Park: 107.9miles
Estimated drive time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Last season: 20th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 28/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Yakubu) Gillingham 0
FA Cup R3
January 8 2005

Last away meeting
Gillingham 3 (Byfield, Ashdown (og), Crofts) Pompey 2 (O’Neil, Taylor)
League Cup R2
September 20 2005

Milton Keynes Dons

The youngest EFL club will be hoping to secure promotion back to the Championship at the second attempt following last season’s mid-table finish.

But they will have to do so without several key names, as Dean Bowditch, George Baldock and Darren Potter have departed for Northampton, Sheffield United and Rotherham respectively.

Manager: Robbie Neilson
Distance from Fratton Park: 116.3 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Last season: 12th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 9/2

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Connolly) MK Dons 1 (Williams)
League One
February 26 2013

Last away meeting
MK Dons 2 (Webster (og), Potter) Pompey 2 (McLeod, Gyepes)
League One
October 6 2012

Northampton Town

The Cobblers romped to the League Two title a year ago, but it was Pompey who put a dent in their magnificent run.

They had been in unbeaten in 10 games – winning nine of the them – prior to the Blues’ 2-1 victory at Sixfields Stadium just before Christmas and would go on to lose just once more all season.

Manager: Justin Edinburgh
Distance from Fratton Park: 125.6 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 14 minutes
Last season: 16th in League One
Sky Bet promotion odds: 14/1

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 1 (Naismith) MK Dons 1 (Whatmough (og), Collins)
League Two
May 7 2016

Last away meeting
Northampton 1 (Cresswell) Pompey 2 (Evans, Chaplin)
League Two
December 19 2015

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