Ahead of the League Two play-off final, I spoke to Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley, who recalled his “six of the best” for the 2012/13 League Two season (as published in the League Two play-off final programme on May 18 2013).
Who has been the best player in the division?
Tom Pope. I think his goal record speaks for himself. He’s had an outstanding season. I’ve seen a lot of his goals and he just doesn’t seem to miss a header. He shows real desire when he competes for that ball in the danger area and he’s prepared to risk being hurt to score.
Who was the best young player in the division?
I think Jack Redshaw at Morecambe has had a good season. He looks a good prospect. He’s an outstanding talent and somebody who’s going to go on to great things.
Who is the manager of the season?
It has to be Martin Allen. The team that gets the most point has to have the best manager. It would always have been his target to win the league, but he’s delivered. He has his own no nonsense style which clearly works because they’ve amassed more points than anybody else.
Who has underachieved this season, and who will do well next time round?
Chesterfield were a team who were tipped to do very well, and I thought Southend would be quite high up the table, but it hasn’t really happened for them. Mansfield will make an impact coming up next season – they play a very direct style of football and I think they’ll be undoubtedly a force. I also think Bristol Rovers will do well, they’ve progressed no end under John Ward. I was really impressed by Rochdale the other week as well
Which was the best team performance against your side?
Port Vale when they came to Fleetwood. They beat us 5-2 and they were outstanding. The wide players were on a different level and they sprayed the ball around like no other team I’ve seen in League Two this season.
Who gave the best individual performance against your team?
I was really impressed with the Bradford City midfielder Gary Jones. He was aggressive but good on the ball both home and away. He’s a really leader. He played a Roy Keane kind of role and certainly caught my eye.