League One Lineup Complete
By Jim Bonner
Updated Sunday, 27th May 2012
Buckle up, there be some long journeys ahead!
Crewe Alexandra's 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town brought the curtain down on the 2011/2012 domestic football season, earning the Railwaymen a place in League One for 2012/2013.
Crewe's addition to the third tier of English football means another long journey for Pompey fans next season in a division that seems to be full of them.
At just over 50 miles away, AFC Bournemouth provide this season's "derby" fixture with only Yeovil Town and Crawley Town being the only other teams south of London. In fact, there'll only be two trips to the capital to play Brentford and Leyton Orient.
On the other end of the spectrum is a long trip to Cumbria to play Carlisle United, 352 miles away from Fratton Park. Hartlepool United's Victoria Park isn't much closer at 326 miles away and so there'll be plenty of miles to be done next year.
There'll be a few new grounds for even the most diehard Pompey fan to visit, too. The Weston Homes Community Stadium (Colchester), Broadfield Stadium (Crawley), Greenhous Meadow (Shrewsbury) and Stadium: mk (MK Dons) are places that are yet to be graced by Portsmouth's blue army.
Just by taking a look at this division, you realise that it lacks any real "big draws", Sure, Sheffield United may well occupy much of the Milton End but the likes of Coventry, Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Walsall do little to ignite the imagination.
Still, we may as well enjoy what we can in this division. Teams are more likely to raise their game against one of the "bigger fish" in the division and I think we may well struggle if the many issues this club has aren't addressed early on.
Look out for the upcoming individual club profiles coming soon!
League One In Full