These three Greater Manchester sides want their club to progress and improve on last season, both on the pitch and in the wallet.
Last season, Bolton were relegated from the Championship amid financial discrepancies, leaving players and fans in the gutter. In a similar financial situation, however, Bury did the opposite and managed to get promoted into League One. And in the middle of the road, we have Rochdale, who finished 16th in League One at the end of the 18/19 season.
Regardless of your loyalties, let’s be realistic. Here are your three contestants…
Bolton are technically the most superior club of the three, after being relegated from the Championship, a league that neither Bury nor Rochdale has ever competed in, in it’s current format.
However, Bolton are suffering from incredibly restraining financial issues which could harm the club going into League One. This may result in players leaving the club and players unable to join. Leaving them weaker than the they were last season, in a very competitive league, many Bolton fans are concerned about their chances of getting back to the Championship.
Similarly to Bolton, Bury fans wonder whether they will even have a team to put out in August. However, despite their financial woes, they managed to breeze into the league above after a fantastic season in League Two. Bury have entered League One multiple times and could be considered a ‘yo-yo’ club as they bounce around the two leagues regularly, without ever managing to leave a dominance in League One. However, of the three teams, Bury has the best run of form and should be the most optimistic of the three clubs going into the new season.
Rochdale fans were not surprised by yet another bog-standard season for the club. However, they recently received £300,000 from Norwich City for the services of 17-year-old Daniel Adshead. This could mean one of two things, the club is looking to do business, invest and improve. Or, they are losing out on young talent that could harm the future of the side. How Rochdale spend their money this year could dictate the foreseeable future of the club.
Who will finish highest in League One
- Bolton (57%, 116 Votes)
- Rochdale (31%, 63 Votes)
- Bury (12%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 203