League Two Lowdown: Fleetwood Town

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 23 July 2017

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1908

Chairman: Andy Pilley

Last Season: League One - 4th

Nickname: The Cod Army

Rivals: Southport, Morecambe

Major Honours

None

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Fleetwood: Saturday, September 16th (3pm)

Fleetwood vs Portsmouth: Saturday, January 6th (3pm)

Fleetwood Town: A brief history

Fleetwood Town's current guise was actually formed as late as 1997 but there were two previous football clubs in the town. The original Fleetwood was formed in 1908 and won various Lancashire titles before folding in 1977 due to financial difficulties.

A new Fleetwood Town was formed in the same year and had some success in non-league before going bust in 1996. The newest incarnation began in 1997 as Fleetwood Wanderers, changed their name to Fleetwood Freeport for sponsorship reasons and then to Fleetwood Town in 2002.

Bankrolled by Andy Piley, the Cod Army rose up football's non-league system rapidly and reached the Football League in 2012 after winning the Conference. The success continued when Fleetwood were promoted again in 2014 and have held their own, managing to reach last season's play-offs where they were beaten by Bradford.

The Manager: Uwe Rosler

As a player, Rosler is mainly known for his long stint at Man City but also spent some time at Southampton. He also featured for many German clubs such as Dynamo Dresden and Kaiserslautern. He retired at Lillestrom due to chemotherapy for lung cancer and became their manager in 2004, although he was sacked two years later.

He continued his management career in Norway with Viking and Molde before moving to England to take charge of Brentford. He set the foundations for the Bees to get promoted before moving on to Wigan and taking them to the Championship play-off semi-finals and F.A. Cup semi-final.

Rosler was sacked after a poor start to the subsequent 2014/2015 season and ended up at Leeds, where he lasted just 12 games before Masimo Cellino sacked him. Rosler then decided to move down a division and join Fleetwood, where he took the minnows to the play-offs last season.

The Ground: Highbury (Capacity: 5,100 - Away: 830)

Although Highbury (not of Arsenal fame) is a small stadium that wouldn't look out of place in non-league, fans might be surprised by what it has to offer.

The Parkside Stand is a modern stand which looks excellent by lower league ground standards. The facilities are good and up to 300 Pompey fans can be seated there for those who don't wish to stand.

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The Memorial Stand is where the most vocal Fleetwood fan are but it is more known for its surprisingly excellent sports bar behind it. In there are many screens showing various sports channels and a good selection of drinks too. It really is worth checking out if you decide to make the trek to Lancashire.

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The Percy Ronson Stand is a good little terrace, although it only holds around 500 fans. The stand is slightly elevated and has no pillars so you should get an excellent view of the pitch.

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Finally, the Highbury Stand is a basic single-tiered affair which only stretched halfway up the pitch. At the other end, there is a big screen which shows mascot "Captain Cod" do the dance to Saturday Night Fever to the Captain Pugwash theme. It's the most tinpot thing you'll ever see at a football ground.

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Overall, Highbury is a surprisingly decent day out although because Pompey will be playing there in January, it'll be freezing cold! Oh, and let's hope they don't score and subject us to that awful goal celebration.

Portsmouth Match Reports

Sky Bet League One Sat 18th November 15:00

Portsmouth 1 - 0 Southend United

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