When Was Each League One Club Last Shown Live On TV?

League One games do not tend to get much television coverage over a season, with the top teams usually picked for a couple of league matches as well as any cup matches across the season.

That will be changing in July, with Sky Sports’ new deal set to see a new influx of cash and TV slots for the third tier throughout the next five campaigns. The broadcaster has pledged that a minimum of 248 league matches will be shown next season, with five of a weekend’s slate of matches coming from League One and Two.

In addition, fans using Sky will be able to watch their team throughout their campaigns in the EFL Cup and EFL Trophy, with every match played during an international break also being shown.

We decided to see when the last time every League One team was broadcast live on TV, either on Sky or a free-to-air channel in the FA Cup.

Barnsley

Barnsley last graced our screens during their ill-fated FA Cup first-round replay against Isthmian Premier League side Horsham on November 14, 2023. The Tykes won 3-0 on the night but were expelled from the competition for fielding an illegible player.

Blackpool

The Seasiders were one of three League One clubs on TV this week with their match against Peterborough United in the EFL Trophy, playing on February 20, 2024. Blackpool were beaten 3-0 by Posh, with a goal from Malik Mothersville and a brace by Harrison Burrows.

Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers‘ last TV match was on Sky, with their visit to Portsmouth broadcast on December 11, 2023. Pompey ran out 2-0 winners at Fratton Park, goals coming courtesy of Conor Shaughnessy and Kusini Yengi.

Bristol Rovers

It has been over a year since Bristol Rovers were on TV, with their visit to Sheffield Wednesday in League One shown by Sky on October 26, 2022. The match ended level at Hillsborough, with Michael Smith and Josh Coburn both on the scoresheet.

Burton Albion

Burton Albion have been broadcast live this year, with their match against Derby County being shown on January 15, 2024. Conor Hourihane scored a last-gasp header to give The Rams all three points in a Monday night game at Pride Park.

Cambridge United

The Brewers were also the opponents of Cambridge United in their last TV appearance, on October 9, 2023. Albion marched into a 2-0 lead at The Pirelli Stadium thanks to Josh Walker and Adedeji Oshilaja, with Fejiri Okenabirhie’s second-half strike ultimately a consolation.

Carlisle United

Carlisle United‘s last match broadcast live was their League Two play-off final victory over Stockport County on May 28, 2023. The Cumbrians won it on penalties, with Taylor Charters scoring the decisive kick to take them to League One.

Charlton Athletic

The Addicks were on BBC Two for their FA Cup first-round replay against 9th division Cray Valley Paper Mills on November 15, 2023. Charlton Athletic ran out 6-1 winners at the Artic Stadium in Eltham, earning a match against Gillingham in the next stage.

Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town‘s visit to Plymouth Argyle in the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy is the most recent match for them on TV, taking place on February 21, 2023. The Pilgrims won on penalties to secure a place in their first-ever cup final.

Derby County

The Rams’ last game was their win against Burton Albion on January 15, 2024. Coming out 3-2 winners at home, Derby County took a 2-0 lead before relinquishing it, with Hourihane’s header giving Paul Warne’s team the win.

Exeter City

Exeter City last played in the opening stages of this season, facing Portsmouth on August 15, 2023. A 70th-minute goal from Colby Bishop gave Pompey a 1-0 win at Fratton Park.

Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town‘s most recent game saw them face Derby County on January 6, 2024. The Rams claimed a 2-0 lead at Highbury before Jayden Stockley scored to give Charlie Adam’s side some hope. Tom Barkhuizen scored late on to secure a 3-1 win for the visitors.

Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient were last broadcast during their League Two match against Stevenage on December 27, 2022. Neither side scored in the match at Brisbane Road, with both sides gaining promotion in that season.

Lincoln City

The longest wait for a televised match in the third tier goes to Lincoln City, who last played in their League One play-off final loss to Blackpool on May 18, 2021. An own goal from Ollie Turton put The Imps ahead within seconds, but a Kenny Dougal brace sealed promotion for The Tangerines.

Northampton Town

Northampton Town last played on Sky in a league match against Derby County on October 31, 2023. The Rams charged home to a 4-0 win at Pride Park, with Max Bird scoring a brace alongside goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Conor Washington.

Oxford United

Playing Sheffield Wednesday, Oxford United‘s most recent game on TV came on April 7, 2023. Barry Bannan’s goal was cancelled out by a second-half penalty by Cameron Brannagan to share the points at the Kassam Stadium.

Peterborough United

The Cambridgeshire club is another team that played this week, with their EFL Trophy semi-final away to Blackpool on February 20, 2024. Peterborough United won 3-0, meaning they will play in a cup final for the first time in 10 years.

Portsmouth

Pompey faced Bolton Wanderers in their last outing on December 11, 2023. Portsmouth claimed a 2-0 win at home to extend their advantage at the top of the League One table to six points.

Port Vale

Port Vale played Peterborough United in their last televised game, on January 16, 2023. An Ephron Mason-Clark brace for Posh gave his side a 2-0 win at Vale Park.

Reading

Live on ITV, Reading‘s most recent appearance was their 2-1 defeat to National League side Eastleigh on December 3, 2023. The Royals were dumped out of the FA Cup second round through a late goal by Paul McCallum.

Shrewsbury Town

Also in an FA Cup tie, Shrewsbury Town played live on S4C against Wrexham on January 7, 2024. The Welsh club won the cross-border match, with Thomas O’Connor scoring the only goal of the match in Shropshire.

Stevenage

Borough’s last TV outing came nearly a year earlier than the previous match when they played Aston Villa on January 8, 2023. Stevenage scored two late goals at Villa Park to knock out the Premier League side in the FA Cup third round.

Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic welcomed Manchester United to the DW Stadium on January 8, 2024, in the FA Cup, live on ITV. United were 2-0 winners, Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes both scoring.

Wycombe Wanderers

The most recent team to play on this list, Wycombe Wanderers played Bradford City live on Sky on February 21, 2024. Matt Butcher scored a 91st-minute winner for The Chairboys at Valley Parade to take them to the EFL Trophy final.

Statistics

17 of the 24 League One sides have played games on television this season, with Bristol Rovers, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Leyton Orient, Lincoln, Oxford and Stevenage missing out. 12 teams’ last broadcast games were not in the third tier, with six FA Cup games, four in the EFL Trophy and two being League Two fixtures.

Derby County were the most common opponent for teams, with Burton, Fleetwood and Northampton all having their last matches against The Rams. Seven teams played clubs not in the same division as them in their previous fixtures.

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Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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