There are not many sites that focus on the lower leagues (L1 and L2) exclusively. The majority cover the whole of the League, usually with the Premiership as well. Those listed here are in our opinion the best, or provide a particular feature not found in the others. Most sites were reviewed two years ago, if nothing significant has changed then the original review has been left unaltered, other than relevant URL's being updated.
The Football League Official Site.
What you'd expect from the official League website: lots of factual material, press releases, and like stuff. Covers the Worthington Cup and LDV Vans Trophy as well as the league with further sections on the reserves and youth leagues. Well laid out and simple to use. On top of that it's a PTV site but you don't have to register to use it - why can't they all be like that? RECOMMENDED.
[HG 13-05-03/JM 29-5-05]
The sponsor's official site. Replaced the useful and informative previous sponsors site with a gimmicky Flash-driven mess with lots of bells and whistles but precious little in the way of useful content. You'll visit it once, think 'that's pretty' and never go back. Disappointing.
The official F.A. site. There's quite a lot of useful stuff here on the wider aspects of the game as well as the competitions run under the auspices of the F.A. and the International sides, but it's not always easy to find what you want. Rather too glitzy and self-promotional, and not enough solid substance, for my tastes.
BBC Sport - Football, with a dedicated League One page.
News and results, plus live text coverage from League One matches - invaluable if you can't get to the game. Some of the brief match reports were an absolute joke last season though - leaving one wondering if the reporter had just collected his / her expenses without actually attending the game. The site was redesigned during the 2002-03 season. Preferred the old version.
As with most things ITV it's not really worth bothering with. It does much less than the BBC site, much less well. There used to be a dedicated L1/L2 part of the site but this now has disappeared. File under 'WoT' for Waste of Time.
[HG 13-05-03/JM 29-5-05]
sportinglife.com - Football.
The football branch of Sporting Life's wide ranging sports coverage. There is a dedicated League 1 section, which collects news items from elsewhere, and has some stats etc. The best features are the vidiprinter for scores, the live tables and the live text reports on games - though these tend to slow to a stop during busy periods, such as Saturday afternoons. Doh! Still a very useful resource for all that.
[HG 13-05-03/JM 29-5-05]
Ananova - Football.
One of the best 24 hour live general news services on the Web, Ananova has a dedicated football section. Used to have dedicated pages for each English league and individual team but disappointingly these have now been discontinued.
News Now - Football.
Useful feature on e-soccer (see Links section) that collates and links to the latest news items as they come in around the Net. The Yeovil Town section can be found here. RECOMMENDED.
Yahoo! Sport - Football.
Collects and regurgitates news items from other sites. The main convenience is that it makes some attempt to categorise them by division, though its AI is pretty basic which can produce some odd stories appearing on the League 1 page.
Sky Sports Football, with a League 1 section here.
As one would expect closely tied into Sky's satellite TV empire. Good for finding out when you'll next be on the box, presuming it's Sky; otherwise the BBC site does all that this site does, and does it better.
[HG 13-05-02/JM 29-5-05]
Huge rambling commercial site with a tabloidesque approach to its news and views. As one might expect news coverage rapidly declines the further one gets away from the Premiership. The site suffers from trying to be all things to all men (and women); it does however have one of the best current stats sections on the Net (see Statistics section). Oh, and keep your pop-up killer switched on.
Another 'kitchen sink' site. Takes the policy that if you print 100 speculative stories 10 might turn out to be correct. A free e-mail service will deliver all the er, news on football and horse racing straight to your desk top. Hope the tips are more reliable than some of the news items. The Yeovil section is here.
The official website of the Professional Footballers' Association. A site that covers football far more widely than its provenance might suggest. The PFA Transfer Directory is especially useful - though this section of the site requires registration.
The Football Forum
A collection of forums. The League 1 forum is here.
Another collection of forums. The League 1 forum is here.
Not much here other than a set of forums for the various football league divisions ruled with a rod of iron by webmaster and Donny fan Wroey. Not that he needs to get his big stick out very often (oo-er missus) because the mostly young clientele are generally too busy flirting with each other to argue overmuch. Used to be one of the slowest sites around, but a recent makeover has improved matters considerably.
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