The 2008-09 squad
Aaron Wilbraham3617
Sam Baldock4411
Peter Leven4410
Ali Gerba2510
Jemal Johnson376
Luke Chadwick276
Mark Wright375
Sean O'Hanlon444
Dean Lewington462
Jude Stirling382
Miguel Llera382
Alan Navarro411
Jason Puncheon91
Kevin Gallen81
Daniel Powell71
DateOpponent  ResultScorersAttendance
Sat 9 AugLeicester CityAFL10-2 23,351
Tue 12 AugNorwich CityHFLC1-0Baldock6,261
Sat 16 AugNorthampton TownHFL11-0Wilbraham12,078
Sat 23 AugHuddersfield TownAFL13-1Stirling, Wright, Leven13,189
Tue 26 AugCardiff CityAFLC1-2O'Hanlon6,334
Sat 30 AugSwindon TownAFL11-2Stirling8,846
Sat 6 SepYeovil TownHFL13-0Leven (2), Baldock7,959
Sat 13 SepOldham AthleticAFL10-2 5,530
Sat 20 SepColchester UnitedAFL13-0Wilbraham, Baldock (2)4,888
Sat 27 SepPeterborough UnitedHFL11-2Gerba10,876
Sat 4 OctMillwallAFL14-0O'Hanlon, Baldock (2), Robinson (o.g.)9,871
Tue 7 OctCarlisle UnitedHFL13-1Leven (2), Llera11,194
Sat 11 OctCrewe AlexandraAFL12-2Baldock, Chadwick4,055
Sat 18 OctBournemouthAJPT0-1 4,329
Tue 21 OctStockport CountyHFL11-2Gerba6,931
Tue 28 OctLeyton OrientAFL12-1Chadwick (2)3,869
Sat 1 NovTranmere RoversHFL11-0Gallen8,185
Sat 8 NovBradford CityHFAC1-2Johnson5,542
Sat 15 NovHartlepool UnitedAFL13-1Lewington, Wright, Powell4,021
Sat 22 NovWalsallAFL13-0Johnson, Gerba, Wright5,026
Tue 25 NovHereford UnitedHFL13-0Leven, Wright, Johnson7,189
Sat 6 DecScunthorpe UnitedAFL10-2 11,550
Fri 12 DecBrighton & Hove AlbionAFL14-2Llera, Johnson, Leven, Puncheon5,691
Sat 20 DecLeeds UnitedHFL13-1O'Hanlon, Wilbraham (2)17,073
Fri 26 DecBristol RoversAFL12-1Wilbraham, Anthony (o.g.)9,002
Sun 28 DecSouthend UnitedHFL12-0O'Hanlon, Baldock10,432
Mon 12 JanColchester UnitedHFL11-1Wilbraham8,408
Sat 17 JanCarlisle UnitedAFL12-3Wilbraham (2)6,298
Tue 20 JanPeterborough UnitedAFL10-0 8,982
Tue 27 JanLeyton OrientHFL11-2Chadwick8,170
Sat 31 JanCheltenham TownAFL15-3Johnson (2), Wilbraham (3)3,681
Tue 3 FebStockport CountyAFL11-0Wilbraham4,891
Sat 14 FebHartlepool UnitedHFL13-1Gerba (2), Lewington8,657
Sat 21 FebTranmere RoversAFL11-1Leven5,625
Sat 28 FebLeicester CityHFL12-2Leven (2)17,717
Sat 7 MarSwindon TownAFL11-1Wilbraham7,453
Tue 10 MarHuddersfield TownHFL11-1Baldock9,707
Sat 14 MarOldham AthleticHFL16-2Wilbraham, Puncheon, Baldock (2), Navarro, Gerba10,621
Tue 17 MarMillwallHFL10-1 12,238
Sat 21 MarYeovil TownAFL10-0 9,707
Tue 24 MarCrewe AlexandraAFL12-2Wilbraham, Puncheon8,454
Sat 28 MarLeeds UnitedAFL10-2 27,649
Sat 4 AprBrighton & Hove AlbionHFL12-0Gerba, Puncheon15,842
Fri 10 AprSouthend UnitedAFL12-0Wright (2)10,241
Mon 13 AprBristol RoversHFL12-1Gerba, Chadwick10,251
Sat 18 AprScunthorpe UnitedAFL11-0Chadwick4,873
Sat 25 AprWalsallHFL10-1 12,094
Tue 28 AprNorthampton TownAFL11-0Wilbraham6,054
Sat 2 MayHereford UnitedAFL11-0Howell3,224
Fri 8 May Scunthorpe UnitedAFL1 P11-1Wilbraham6,599
Fri 15 May Scunthorpe UnitedHFL1 P20-0AET. Scunthorpe won 7-6 on penalties.14,479
1Leicester City 462715484394596
2Peterborough Utd 462611978542489
3MK Dons462691183473687
4Leeds United462661477492884
PScunthorpe Utd 4622101482631976
7Tranmere Rovers4621111462491374
8Southend United46218175861−371
9Huddersfield Town461814146265−368
10Oldham Athletic461617136665165
11Bristol Rovers4617121779611863
12Colchester United46189195858063
14Leyton Orient461511204557−1256
15Swindon Town461217176871−353
16Brighton & Hove Alb461313205570−1552
17Yeovil Town461215194166−2551
18Stockport County461612185957250*
19Hartlepool United461311226679−1350
20Carlisle United461214205669−1350
RNorthampton Town461213216165−449
RCrewe Alexndra461210245982−2346
RCheltenham Town46912255191−4039
RHereford United4697304279−3734
Date NameFrom
01 July 2008Peter LevenChesterfieldFree transfer
23 July 2008Florian SturmFree agent 
04 August 2008Shaun CummingsChelseaEnd of season
07 August 2008Ali GerbaFree agent 
20 August 2008Flavien BelsonFree agent 
01 September 2008Miguel LleraFree agent 
11 September 2008Donal McDermottManchester CityLoan to 11/10/2008
01 October 2008Luke ChadwickNorwich CityLoan to 1 January 2009
24 October 2008Jason PuncheonPlymouth ArgyleLoan to end of season
13 November 2008Bondz N'GalaWest Ham UnitedLoan to 13/12/2008
21 November 2008Tore André FloFree agent 
01 January 2009Luke ChadwickFree agent 
30 January 2009Carl MagnayChelsea
25 March 2009Stephen GleesonWolverhampton WdrsLoan to end of season
Date fromNameToFee
01 July 2008Lloyd DyerReleased 
01 July 2008Colin CameronReleased 
14 July 2008Mustapha CarayolTorquay UnitedUndisclosed
28 August 2008Keith AndrewsBlackburn Rovers£1,300,000
02 January 2009Craig DobsonReleased 
06 January 2009Paul MitchellRetired 
12 January 2009Kevin GallenReleased 
15 January 2009Drissa DialloReleased
* Stockport County deducted 10 points
The new manager
Roberto Di Matteo
2 July 2008 - 30 June 2009
Roberto Di Matteo was born on 29 May 1970 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. During his playing career as a midfielder, he played for Schaffhausen, Zürich and Aarau before joining Lazio of Italy in 1993 and then Chelsea in 1996. He was capped 34 times for Italy, scoring two goals, and played in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 following injury problems.
   He began his managerial career at Milton Keynes Dons, succeeding former England midfielder Paul Ince on 2 July 2008 on a one-year contract, after Ince took the manager's job at Premier League club Blackburn Rovers. A club statement by the Dons said that both Di Matteo and the club were "young, ambitious and hungry to succeed".
   On 26 November that year, Di Matteo took former Chelsea teammate and Norwegian international striker Tore André Flo out of retirement by signing him on a contract until the end of the season.
   In his only season at Stadium:MK, Di Matteo led his team to third place in League One behind Leicester City and Peterborough United.They then lost a play-off semi-final on penalties to Scunthorpe United, with Flo missing the decisive penalty in sudden death.
   At the end of his contract Di Matteo was appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion on 30 June 2009, shortly after their relegation from the Premier League and the exit of former manager Tony Mowbray to Celtic. He later managed  Chelsea, Schalke 04 and Aston Villa.

The season's transfers
EFL1: How they finished
No. Player
1 Nathan Abbey
2 Jude Stirling
3 Dean Lewington
4 Keith Andrews
4 Miguel Llera
5 Drissa Diallo
6 Sean O'Hanlon
7 Mark Wright
8 Jemal Johnson
9 Aaron Wilbraham
10 Kevin Gallen
11 Florian Sturm
No. Player
12 Willy Guéret
14 Carl Regan
15 Sam Baldock
16 Donal McDermott
16 Jason Puncheon
17 Shaun Cummings
18 Ali Gerba
19 Stephen Gleeson
19 Carl Magnay
19 Paul Mitchell
20 Alan Navarro
No. Player
22 Peter Leven
23 Craig Dobson
24 Flavien Belson
25 Danny Swailes
26 Luke Chadwick
27 David King
28 Adam Chicksen
29 Lewis Price
30 Daniel Powell
32 Bondz Ngala
35 Tore André Flo


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