THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

L1 RESULTS 0912069 December ~ Grant Holt scored Nottingham Forest's first at Crewe followed by a hat-trick from Nathan Tyson. Forest led the table until mid-January when a run of one win in five games pushed them out of the top two places. After finishing fourth they seemed set for a Wembley appearance following a 2-0 win at Yeovil in the first leg of the play-off semi-final. But they then crashed to a 5-2 defeat at home. Yeovil, managed by Russell Slade, went on to lose 2-0 to Blackpool in the final.

Scunthorpe were under new management, Nigel Adkins having replaced the Sheffield Wednesday-bound Brian Laws in November. They led for the last four months of the season and were champions by six points. Their goals at Carlisle were scored by the strike duo of Andy Keogh and Billy Sharp, the latter going on to be the division's top scorer with 30 goals.

Bristol City clinched the second promotion spot on the last day with a win over Rotherham in the reverse of this weekend's fixture. Third-placed Blackpool's 6-3 win at Swansea on the same day meant that the latter dropped to seventh and so missed the play-offs. Of the Swansea side that drew at Bloomfield Road, only midfielder Leon Britton is still with the club.

Leroy Rosenior had been sacked after only four months as Brentford manager following a 12th game without a win, a 4-0 home defeat to Crewe on November 18. His replacement Scott Fitzgerald took seven matches to get a first victory and the club went down with several games to spare.

Rotherham began the season on minus ten points for going into administration. After a good start, their draw with Bristol City was the start of a 14-match winless run; they were to finish 23rd. The other relegation spots were taken by Bradford City, who had been in the Premier League six years earlier, and Chesterfield.

The Bournemouth team beaten by Port Vale included Darren Anderton, Steve Claridge and the club's current manager, Eddie Howe. Other notable names playing this week included Leon Best (Yeovil), Wes Hoolahan (Blackpool), Neil Sullivan (Doncaster) and Matt Jarvis (Gillingham).

L1 TABLE 091206

Results & table from statto.com

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