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Football League kicks-off today

Billy Bodin has made the move to Plainmoor permanent, Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

The Football League season kicks off this weekend and all three Devon sides will be playing in the same division for the first time since the 2001/ 2002 campaign.

League Two is where Torquay United, Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle will be plying their trade.

Yeovil are our region's top dogs - they're in League One.


After reaching the play-offs in successive seasons, Torquay are aiming one step higher, and manager Martin Ling believes he can continue defying the financial odds.

United start their League campaign with their longest away trip of the season, to newly promoted Fleetwood. The Gulls will be looking for a much improved performance on the Fylde coast than the one they put up against Championship side Leicester City, on Tuesday night, in the Capital One Cup.

Torquay lost 4-0 at Plainmoor but admittedly it was against a side many tip to be pushing for the Premiership. Billy Bodin, who was on loan at Torquay, has now joined the club on a permanent basis from Swindon in a deal worth £70,000.

But the Gulls have sold keeper Bobby Olejnik, Mark Ellis and Eunan O'Kane over the summer for a combined total of £550,000.

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher. Credit: PA Wire

Plymouth Argyle entertain Aldershot. The Pilgrims go into the match with confidence high following a 3-0 victory against cash-strapped League One side Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup.

Carl Fletcher's side will be looking to put their own financial problems behind them this time around and hope matters on the pitch start to dominate proceedings at Home Park.

Argyle have been drawn at Burnley in the next round of the cup. The Pilgrims are expected to be without injured new signings, Jamie Lowery and former fireman, Rhys Griffiths for the Aldershot match.

But Johnny Gorman, a loan signing from Wolves, is expected to start. He's expected to play a key role in the Pilgrims side.

New Exeter City signing Arron Davies. Credit: Simon Galloway/EMPICS Sport

After getting relegated last season, Exeter City open their League Two campaign on Saturday with a home clash with Morecambe at St James Park.

City lost 2-1 on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup at home to Crystal Palace. Elliott Chamberlain didn't feature in the City squad but the Wales Under-21 international striker is expected to be involved against the Shrimps.

The 20-year-old has spent pre-season on trial at St James Park, after being released by Leicester City.

Grecians manager Paul Tisdale has strengthened his side's defence over the summer with the signings of Kevin Amankwaah, Pat Baldwin and Craig Woodman.

But losing players of the quality of David Noble, Michael Nardiello and Troy Archibald-Henville could prove a hard act to follow.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has made 11 new signings. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

In League One, Yeovil Town face on paper what looks a tricky game at home to former FA Cup winners Coventry City.

The Glovers go into the match at Huish Park after a promising pre-season campaign and an impressive 3-0 win over Colchester on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup.

Yeovil's reward is a home tie in the next round against the Premiership outfit West Bromwich Albion.

The Glovers have struggled over the last few years in League One, but this time around Gary Johnson's side could prove a surprise package.

Losing last season's top scorer Andy Williams to Swindon Town on a free transfer in the summer was obviously a big blow, but new signing Reuben Reid, a former Torquay United and Plymouth Argyle player, looks as if he could be an excellent replacement.

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