How do promoted teams fare in League One as Bristol Rovers, Exeter, Forest Green & Port Vale start to prepare
Bristol Rovers are preparing for next season’s League One battle - but how tough will it be for Joey Barton’s side to acclimatise to a new division?
The Gas won promotion from League Two in dramatic circumstances, finishing third having only taken that position for the last ten minutes of the season.
Bristol Rovers are back in pre-season training and have a core of their squad that helped achieve what seemed at some points, a fantasy given they were sat in 17th position at the start of the New Year.
Having only spent a year away from English football’s third tier, the football club itself knows what the division holds, but for a lot of their current first-team players, they’ve either not experienced that level at all or only dipped their toes into it.
That is why Barton has brought in Jordan Rossiter from his former club Fleetwood Town to add to the likes of Harry Anderson, Paul Coutts and Sam Finley, who have featured in it before.
A season of consolidation where perhaps finishing around mid-table would be deemed a success given the massive changes at the club over the last two years.
But for some clubs who have been promoted before, they don’t want to stand still and want to use the momentum of their success the year prior to succeed again and win promotion to the Championship.
So how likely is a second consecutive promotion for Rovers? We’ve looked at the last ten seasons to see how the 36 teams promoted have fared in their first season back.
Take a look below to see whether it’ll be a case of hoping for promotion or just staying in division for the upcoming campaign in the promoted guide to League One.