FL spotlights

Take a second look at our League spotlights, with all 72 clubs covered over the course of the season.

Last Updated: 24/06/13 at 11:53

Take a second look at our Football League spotlights, with all 72 clubs covered over the course of the season.

Over the course of the 2012/13 campaign, Sky Sports once again delved deep into the heart of the Football League in an effort to provide a greater insight into life away from the glare of the Premier League.

Nine months of madness saw us catch up with a representative from all 72 clubs, across all three divisions - with countless phone calls, numerous emails and many hours of stress producing a fitting end result.

We got the ball rolling back in August with Nottingham Forest's Jonathan Greening - looking ahead to what was to be an eventful season for the Reds and their 34-year-old midfielder.

From that point on there was no stopping us, with big names and big stories covered at every turn.

Among those to offer their thoughts on life in the Championship was Nicky Maynard, who brought the curtain down on our Spotlight campaign by reflecting on Cardiff City's title-winning exploits and aired his hopes for the future after an injury-ravaged debut season in South Wales.

Lloyd Doyley discussed a new era at Watford which carried them to within 90 minutes of the Premier League, spoke to Yannick Bolasie midway through a campaign which brought play-off joy for Crystal Palace and caught up with Hull City's Egyptian duo Gedo and Ahmed Fathi on the back of a promotion party at the KC Stadium.

We also talked charity, with England U21s and Bolton Wanderers man Marvin Sordell, mulled over another testing campaign for Leeds United with Tom Lees and caught up with Barnsley's Dave Perkins in the wake of a nerve-shredding climax to the second tier relegation battle.

Dramatic

In League One, we opened our account with Hope Akpan - a man who started the season with Crawley Town and ended it turning out in an ultimately unsuccessful top flight survival bid with Reading.

We also caught up with Ed Upson of Yeovil Town and Marc Pugh of Bournemouth in promotion-winning campaigns for their respective clubs, and discussed a dramatic end to the season with Brian Flynn shortly after he guided Doncaster Rovers back into the Championship.

Jonathan Grounds talked us through Oldham Athletic's giant-killing exploits in the FA Cup, Steve Phillips looked ahead to Crewe Alexandra's success in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, while Portsmouth's hot prospect Jed Wallace discussed goings on at Fratton Park and Joe Murphy lifted the lid on administration-hit Coventry City.

Dropping down into League Two and we caught up with representatives from title winners Gillingham and third-place finishers Port Vale early on - in the form of Danny Kedwell and Sam Morsy respectively.

We also spoke to Rotherham United boss Steve Evans about taking one step backwards to take two forward, as they secured a runners-up spot, and Gary Rowett told us there is more to come from Burton Albion after they upset the odds to make the play-offs.

Alan Goodall talked us through Fleetwood Town's first taste of life in the Football League, Guy Branston discussed Plymouth Argyle and a new initiative aimed at finding free agents new clubs, while Adebayo Akinfenwa previewed Northampton Town's play-off final appearance against Bradford City - with Nahki Wells reflecting on a memorable season for the Bantams which saw them taste Wembley heartache in the League Cup final but offer the perfect response on their return to the home of English football.

If you missed your side's entry, or just want to catch up on those articles you did not get chance to read first time around, follow the links below to gain a greater insight into the clubs and characters who grace the Football League and help to make for such enthralling viewing.

Championship spotlight

League One spotlight

League Two spotlight

To find individual clubs it may be necessary to search through the entries from each month, but they are all there...we promise!

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