League One: The Season So Far

With the Skybet League One campaign now just about a quarter gone, RainhamEndViews have spoken to a selection of fans for their thoughts on how the season has panned out so far.

Three Gillingham supporters – Kevin Taylor, Jamie Ward & Owen Stanley – have participated along with Adam Convery (Wigan Athletic), Steve Watts (Sheffield United) and Nathan Tansley (Colchester United).

Here’s their take on 2015-16 so far…..

Biggest Moment of the Season?

Kevin: The Gills’ opening day hammering of Sheffield United sent out a real statement of intent from the club. Huge victory.

Adam: From a Wigan point of view our late comeback win over Chesterfield now looks like a bit of a turning point. Having lost the two previous away games 2-0 it showed a bit of bottle and got us back on track.

Gills’ win over Sheffield United was a popular choice for Biggest Moment so far.

Jamie: Gills’ thumping of Sheffield United on the opening day set us up brilliantly.

Steve: For us it was getting Nigel Adkins to the club. All the fans wanted him, and his play is refreshing to see after the negative stuff served up by Nigel Clough.

Owen: Blackpool’s win at Scunthorpe was huge for me. They have had a terrible time of things recently, and that was massive for the club. It is good to see their results now improving.

Nathan: I have to pick two defeats for Sheffield United. Firstly their opening day humbling at Gillingham, and then our 3-2 victory over them. From a Colchester perspective it set us off on a decent little run.

Best Player(s)?

Kevin: Adam Armstrong has been on fire at Coventry having arrived on loan from Newcastle.

Adam: There have been a few so far. Bradley Dack, Leon Clarke (sadly), Michael Jacobs, Tom Bradshaw and Adam Armstrong have all started well, but for me Callum Harriot has made a difference at Colchester. He has come in on loan from Charlton and giving them a bit of attacking thrust and creativity.

Jamie: Alfie Mawson, Billy Sharp and Tom Bradshaw have all been impressive, and you cannot fail to mention our own Bradley Dack.

Adam Armstrong has impressed plenty since joining Coventry on loan.

Steve: Bradley Dack of Gillingham ran rings round us on the opening day, and his form has carried on from there.

Owen: The three who have so far impressed me the most are Tom Bradshaw, Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong. The latter has been on fire and already has a deserved Player of the Month award to his name.

Nathan: Adam Armstrong and Leon Clarke will both grab headlines for their goals, but for me Bury stopper Rob Lainton deserves a huge shout out. Against us he was simply outstanding.

Biggest Disappointment(s)?

Kevin: I am not a fan of the new Football Tonight show on Channel 5. Poorly put together, statistics and player names often incorrect. Poor.

Adam: Bradford City haven’t pulled up any trees so far. Having been one of the pre season favourites they have been very disappointing to date. I also thought it was harsh of Peterborough to sack their manager so early into the season. Very unfair in my opinion.

Jamie: For me, the likes of Fleetwood, Peterborough and Millwall have all had poor starts and are a lot lower than they should be.

Steve: The opening day hiding. After a great pre season we failed to show up. No defence, no heart, no passion. Awful.

Owen: Both Sheffield United and Millwall are currently massively underachieving. For two teams who big things were expected of, to be sitting 7th and 17th respectively is not the best start.

Nathan: Having predicted a promotion charge from both of them, I have to say that both Millwall and Doncaster have been a huge let down so far.

Best Manager(s)?

Kevin: Our own Justin Edinburgh has done great, as has Dean Smith at Walsall. However, considering they have only just come up into this division I would have to sway towards Burton’s Jimmy Flloyd-Hasselbaink. He is doing a great job at a new level, and not on the biggest budget.

Adam: Both Dean Smith and Jimmy Flloyd-Hasselbaink deserve credit for their sides’ promising starts, but for me JFH shades it considering they have just come up from League Two. Could he lead them to consecutive promotions?

JFH: A top player, and now proving to be a top gaffer too.

Jamie: The likes of Dean Smith, Justin Edinburgh, Tony Mowbray and Nigel Adkins have all masterminded decent starts, but a big shout out too for Rochdale’s Keith Hill, who once again has them overachieving.

Steve: Jimmy Flloyd-Hasselbaink at Burton has been a breath of fresh air. He has transformed a mediocre looking side into one playing very good football.

Owen: Jimmy Flloyd-Hasselbaink has been brilliant for Burton. Not only has he brought them up, he is moulding them into genuine promotion contenders for the second successive season.

Nathan: Both Jimmy Flloyd-Hasselbaink and David Flitcroft have got their sides playing attractive football, and they both being successful playing that particular brand. Great to see.

Biggest Surprise(s)?

Kevin: The start of this campaign in general isn’t what I expected. The teams at the top – the likes of Gills, Walsall and Burton  – are showing that it’s not all about the so called big clubs.

Adam: As I have previously said, Burton and Walsall have shocked a few people, but for me the biggest surprise comes from another side who’ve started well. Leon Clarke was one of the worst players I’ve seen pull on a Latics shirt, but he has 9 goals already for Bury this term.

Jamie: Seeing the likes of us, Walsall, Burton and Bury at the top end of the table is good to see, and it goes to show that big things can also be achieved through hard work and determination.

Steve: Nobody expected Burton or Walsall to be the top two at this stage. In fact, I would have estimated mid table at best.

Tom Bradshaw’s goals have helped Walsall, surprisingly, be among the early front runners.

Owen: I don’t think anybody expected us, Burton and Walsall to be the leading trio at this stage. After such a positive start to the campaign it could become an historic season for at least one of those clubs.

Nathan: Gillingham, Burton and Bury are all surpassing expectations, while on the flip side the trio of Bradford, Millwall and Doncaster are yet to really get going.

So there you have it, the fans have had their say on how the season has panned out so far.

*Questions were conducted prior to games kicking off on Saturday 17th October 2015*

You can follow all of our participants on Twitter.

Kevin Taylor: @kevtaylor8650

Adam Convery: @adam_wafc

Jamie Ward: @JamieWardj

Steve Watts: @dewsburyblade

Owen Stanley: @GFCOwen

Nathan Tansley: @nathanTansley1

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