2019–20 EFL Championship


The 2019–20 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the 16th season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the 28th season under its current league division format. Leeds United won the title, with West Bromwich Albion following in second. Brentford finished closely in third, only to be beaten in the playoff final to 4th placed Fulham by a narrow 2–1 victory at Wembley.

EFL Championship
Season2019–20
Dates2 August 2019 – 4 August 2020
ChampionsLeeds United
PromotedLeeds United
West Bromwich Albion
Fulham
RelegatedCharlton Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Hull City
Matches played552
Goals scored1,457 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerAleksandar Mitrović
Ollie Watkins
(26 goals each)
Biggest home winWigan Athletic 8–0 Hull City
(14 July 2020)
Biggest away winSheffield Wednesday 0–5 Blackburn Rovers
(18 January 2020)
Luton Town 0–5 Reading
(4 July 2020)
Highest scoringBirmingham City 4–5 Leeds United
(29 December 2019)
Longest winning runBrentford
(8 matches)
Longest unbeaten runWest Bromwich Albion
(14 matches)
Longest winless runBarnsley
(17 matches)
Longest losing runHuddersfield Town, Hull City
(6 matches)
Highest attendance36,514
Leeds United 2–0 Huddersfield Town
(7 March 2020)
Lowest attendance8,965
Wigan Athletic 1–3 Reading
(30 November 2019)[1]
Total attendance8,251,897[1]
Average attendance18,585[1]

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic


The season was halted, following a decision on 13 March 2020 to suspend the league after a number of players and other club staff became ill due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial suspension was until 4 April, which was then extended until 30 April.[2][3] On 13 May, following a meeting, the clubs decided to continue with the season with plans for players to return to training on 25 May.[4]

In May, 1014 tests were carried out across all of the English Football League and funded by the clubs. Two people from Hull City returned positive results.[5] Later in May, Elliott Bennett of Blackburn Rovers tested positive for the virus as did two unnamed players from Fulham.[6] In further tests, Jayden Stockley of Preston North End tested positive as did one unnamed person from both Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.[7] On 31 May, the EFL stated plans to restart the league on 20 June, with the play-off final being scheduled for around 30 July, subject to safety requirement and government approval being met.[8]

On 7 June, two Championship clubs reported one person each to have tested positive of coronavirus, during the latest round of testing. A total of 1,179 people were tested in the duration of four days and those tested positive were required to self-isolate, as per EFL guidelines.[9] On 8 June, the first round of fixtures was released. The first set of fixtures following the restart was scheduled for 20 June with the first fixture being Fulham against Brentford with a 12:30pm kick-off.[10] In a further round of testing on 8 June, Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill tested positive for the virus having tested negative in five previous rounds of testing. A practice game between Stoke and Manchester United was called off at short notice with the Stoke players already in United's Carrington training ground.[11]

Team changes


The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

Stadiums


Greater London Championship football clubs
Team[12] Location Stadium Capacity
BarnsleyBarnsley Oakwell23,287
Birmingham CityBirmingham St Andrew's29,409
Blackburn RoversBlackburn Ewood Park31,367
BrentfordLondon (Brentford) Griffin Park12,300
Bristol CityBristol Ashton Gate27,000
Cardiff CityCardiff Cardiff City Stadium33,316
Charlton AthleticLondon (Charlton)The Valley27,111
Derby CountyDerby Pride Park Stadium33,600
FulhamLondon (Fulham) Craven Cottage19,000
Huddersfield TownHuddersfield Kirklees Stadium24,500
Hull CityKingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium25,400
Leeds UnitedLeeds Elland Road37,890
Luton TownLuton Kenilworth Road10,336
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough Riverside Stadium34,000
MillwallLondon (South Bermondsey) The Den20,146
Nottingham ForestWest Bridgford City Ground30,445
Preston North EndPreston Deepdale23,408
Queens Park RangersLondon (White City) Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium18,439
ReadingReading Madejski Stadium24,161
Sheffield WednesdaySheffield Hillsborough Stadium39,752
Stoke CityStoke-on-Trent Bet365 Stadium30,089
Swansea CitySwansea Liberty Stadium21,088
West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich The Hawthorns26,850
Wigan AthleticWigan DW Stadium25,133
  • 1 The capacity of Craven Cottage will be reduced from 25,700 to 19,000 for the 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons due to the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand which will increase the capacity to 29,600.[13]

Personnel and sponsoring


Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Barnsley Gerhard Struber Mike-Steven Bähre[14] Puma C.K. Beckett[15]
Birmingham City Pep Clotet Harlee Dean[16] Adidas BoyleSports[17]
Blackburn Rovers Tony Mowbray Elliott Bennett Umbro 10Bet[18]
Brentford Thomas Frank Pontus Jansson Umbro EcoWorld
Bristol City Dean Holden TBA2 Bristol Sport Dunder[19]
Cardiff City Neil Harris Sean Morrison Adidas Tourism Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Lee Bowyer Chris Solly Hummel Children with Cancer UK
Derby County Phillip Cocu Wayne Rooney3 Umbro[20] 32Red
Fulham Scott Parker Tom Cairney Adidas Dafabet
Huddersfield Town Carlos Corberán Christopher Schindler Umbro Paddy Power (unbranded)[21]4
Hull City Grant McCann Eric Lichaj Umbro SportPesa
Leeds United Marcelo Bielsa Liam Cooper Kappa[22] 32Red[23]
Luton Town Nathan Jones Sonny Bradley Puma Indigo Residential (home)
Star Platforms (away)
Ryebridge (third)
Middlesbrough Neil Warnock George Friend Hummel 32Red
Millwall Gary Rowett Alex Pearce Macron Huski Chocolate[24]
Nottingham Forest Sabri Lamouchi Michael Dawson Macron Football Index[25]
Preston North End Alex Neil Tom Clarke Nike 32Red
Queens Park Rangers Mark Warburton Grant Hall[26] Erreà Bet UK[27]5
Reading Mark Bowen Liam Moore Macron Casumo[28]
Sheffield Wednesday Garry Monk Tom Lees Elev8 Chansiri
Stoke City Michael O'Neill Ryan Shawcross Macron bet365
Swansea City Steve Cooper Matt Grimes[29] Joma[30] YOBET[31]
Swansea University (back-of-shirt & training kit sponsor)[32]
West Bromwich Albion Slaven Bilić Chris Brunt Puma[33] Ideal Boilers
Wigan Athletic Paul Cook Sam Morsy Puma KB88[34]
  1. ^ Clotet was initially appointed as caretaker manager before he was appointed on a permanent basis on 4 December 2019.[35]
  2. ^ Bristol City's captain was Bailey Wright in the first half of the season, but he left on 21 January to join Sunderland on loan.[36] Vice-captain Josh Brownhill served in this position between 21 and 30 January when he left for Burnley, no replacement has been named as of 30 January.
  3. ^ Derby County's captain was Richard Keogh until his contract was terminated on 30 October 2019,[37] with Curtis Davies acting in this position from 30 October until 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ Huddersfield Town's shirt does not display Paddy Power's logo as part of the bookmakers' "Save Our Shirt" campaign.
  5. ^ Queens Park Rangers' shirt sponsor was Royal Panda until 29 January 2020 when they decided to leave the United Kingdom market.

Managerial changes


Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Luton Town Mick Harford[38] End of caretaker spell 4 May 2019 Pre-season Graeme Jones[38] 7 May 2019
Queens Park Rangers John Eustace[39] 5 May 2019 Mark Warburton[40] 8 May 2019
West Bromwich Albion James Shan[41] 14 May 2019 Slaven Bilić[42] 13 June 2019
Middlesbrough Tony Pulis[43] End of contract 17 May 2019 Jonathan Woodgate[44] 14 June 2019
Swansea City Graham Potter[45] Signed by Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019 Steve Cooper[46] 13 June 2019
Hull City Nigel Adkins[47] End of contract 8 June 2019 Grant McCann[48] 21 June 2019
Birmingham City Garry Monk[49] Sacked 18 June 2019 Pep Clotet[50] 4 December 2019
Nottingham Forest Martin O'Neill[51] 28 June 2019 Sabri Lamouchi[52] 28 June 2019
Derby County Frank Lampard[53] Signed by Chelsea 4 July 2019 Phillip Cocu[54] 5 July 2019
Sheffield Wednesday Steve Bruce[55] Resigned 15 July 2019 Garry Monk[56] 6 September 2019
Huddersfield Town Jan Siewert[57] Sacked 16 August 2019 20th Danny Cowley[58] 9 September 2019
Millwall Neil Harris[59] Resigned 3 October 2019 18th Gary Rowett[60] 21 October 2019
Barnsley Daniel Stendel[61] Sacked 8 October 2019 23rd Gerhard Struber[62] 20 November 2019
Reading José Gomes[63] 9 October 2019 22nd Mark Bowen[64] 14 October 2019
Stoke City Nathan Jones[65] 1 November 2019 24th Michael O'Neill[66] 8 November 2019
Cardiff City Neil Warnock[67] Mutual consent 11 November 2019 14th Neil Harris[68] 16 November 2019
Luton Town Graeme Jones[69] 24 April 2020 23rd Nathan Jones[70] 28 May 2020
Middlesbrough Jonathan Woodgate[71] Sacked 23 June 2020 21st Neil Warnock[71] 23 June 2020
Bristol City Lee Johnson[72] 4 July 2020 12th Dean Holden [73] 10 August 2020
Birmingham City Pep Clotet[74] Mutual consent 8 July 2020 17th Aitor Karanka[75] 31 July 2020
Huddersfield Town Danny Cowley[76] Sacked 19 July 2020 18th Carlos Corberán[77] 23 July 2020

    League table


    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
    1 Leeds United (C, P) 46 28 9 9 77 35 +42 93 Promotion to the Premier League
    2 West Bromwich Albion (P) 46 22 17 7 77 45 +32 83
    3 Brentford 46 24 9 13 80 38 +42 81 Qualification for Championship play-offs[lower-alpha 1]
    4 Fulham (O, P) 46 23 12 11 64 48 +16 81
    5 Cardiff City 46 19 16 11 68 58 +10 73
    6 Swansea City 46 18 16 12 62 53 +9 70
    7 Nottingham Forest 46 18 16 12 58 50 +8 70
    8 Millwall 46 17 17 12 57 51 +6 68
    9 Preston North End 46 18 12 16 59 54 +5 66
    10 Derby County 46 17 13 16 62 64 2 64
    11 Blackburn Rovers 46 17 12 17 66 63 +3 63
    12 Bristol City 46 17 12 17 60 65 5 63
    13 Queens Park Rangers 46 16 10 20 67 76 9 58
    14 Reading 46 15 11 20 59 58 +1 56
    15 Stoke City 46 16 8 22 62 68 6 56
    16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 11 20 58 66 8 56
    17 Middlesbrough 46 13 14 19 48 61 13 53
    18 Huddersfield Town 46 13 12 21 52 70 18 51
    19 Luton Town 46 14 9 23 54 82 28 51
    20 Birmingham City 46 12 14 20 54 75 21 50
    21 Barnsley 46 12 13 21 49 69 20 49
    22 Charlton Athletic (R) 46 12 12 22 50 65 15 48 Relegation to EFL League One
    23 Wigan Athletic (R) 46 15 14 17 57 56 +1 47[lower-alpha 2]
    24 Hull City (R) 46 12 9 25 57 87 30 45
    Source: EFL Official Website
    Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending off offences[79]
    (C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
    Notes:
    1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.
    2. As a result of Wigan Athletic entering administration, the club was subject to a 12-point deduction. In accordance with EFL regulations, the timing of the sporting sanction was only determined once final league placings in the Championship were determined. Since the club did not finish in the relegation places at the end of season, the sanction was applied to their 2019–20 total and final league standings were amended as appropriate.[78]

    Play-offs


    Semi-finals Final
            
    3 Brentford 0 3 3
    6 Swansea City 1 1 2
    3 Brentford 1
    4 Fulham 2
    4 Fulham 2 1 3
    5 Cardiff City 0 2 2

    Results


    Home \ Away BAR BIR BLB BRE BRI CAR CHA DER FUL HUD HUL LEE LUT MID MIL NOT PNE QPR REA SHW STO SWA WBA WIG
    Barnsley 0–1 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–3 5–3 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 0–0
    Birmingham City 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–3 3–3 4–5 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–3 3–3 2–1 1–3 2–3 2–3
    Blackburn Rovers 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–3 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0
    Brentford 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 7–0 3–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 5–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 3–0
    Bristol City 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 2–2
    Cardiff City 3–2 4–2 2–3 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–2
    Charlton Athletic 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–2 2–2 3–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–2
    Derby County 2–1 3–2 3–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
    Fulham 0–3 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 3–0 3–2 0–3 2–1 3–2 1–0 4–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 5–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
    Huddersfield Town 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–3 4–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–5 1–1 2–1 0–2
    Hull City 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–5 1–3 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–4 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 4–0 2–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–4 0–1 2–2
    Leeds United 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 4–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 5–0 0–1 1–0 0–1
    Luton Town 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 3–3 2–1 0–3 1–2 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–1
    Middlesbrough 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–4 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–0
    Millwall 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–3 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–2
    Nottingham Forest 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–4 1–4 2–2 1–2 1–0
    Preston North End 5–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–3 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 3–0
    Queens Park Rangers 0–1 2–2 4–2 1–3 0–1 6–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 2–2 4–3 0–4 2–0 2–2 0–3 4–2 1–3 0–2 3–1
    Reading 2–0 2–3 1–2 0–3 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–4 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–4 1–2 0–3
    Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–3 1–0
    Stoke City 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 5–1 0–3 3–0 0–2 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–1
    Swansea City 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1
    West Bromwich Albion 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–1 4–1 4–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 0–1
    Wigan Athletic 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–3 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 8–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1
    Source: EFL Official Website
    Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
    For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

    Season statistics


    Top scorers

    Rank Player Club Goals[80]
    1 Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham 26
    Ollie Watkins Brentford
    3 Lewis Grabban Nottingham Forest 20
    4 Karlan Grant Huddersfield Town 19
    5 Nahki Wells Queens Park Rangers / Bristol City 18
    6 Saïd Benrahma Brentford 17
    7 Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers 16
    Patrick Bamford Leeds United
    Jarrod Bowen1 Hull City
    10 André Ayew Swansea City 15
    Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City
    Bryan Mbeumo Brentford
    • 1 Jarrod Bowen left Hull City and the EFL Championship on 31 January 2020, to sign for Premier League club West Ham United; all of his 16 league goals were scored before this date.[81]

    Top assists

    Rank Player Club Assists[80]
    1 Matheus Pereira West Bromwich Albion 16
    2 Jed Wallace Millwall 13
    3 Niclas Eliasson Bristol City 12
    4 John Swift Reading 10
    Lee Tomlin Cardiff City
    6 Jacob Brown Barnsley 9
    Pablo Hernández Leeds United
    8 Sammy Ameobi Nottingham Forest 8
    Barry Bannan Sheffield Wednesday
    Saïd Benrahma Brentford
    Stewart Downing Blackburn Rovers
    Eberechi Eze Queens Park Rangers
    Conor Gallagher Swansea
    Kamil Grosicki Hull City / West Bromwich Albion
    Jack Harrison Leeds
    Joe Lolley Nottingham Forest
    Alex Mowatt Barnsley
    Bright Osayi-Samuel Queens Park Rangers

    Hat-tricks

    Player For Against Result Date Ref
    Ollie Watkins Brentford Barnsley 3–1 (A) 29 September 2019 [82]
    Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham Luton Town 3–2 (H) 23 October 2019 [83]
    Joe Ralls Cardiff City Birmingham City 4–2 (H) 2 November 2019 [84]
    Josh Dasilva Brentford Luton Town 7–0 (H) 30 November 2019 [85]
    George Pușcaș Reading Wigan Athletic 3–1 (A) 30 November 2019 [86]
    Conor Chaplin Barnsley Queens Park Rangers 5–3 (H) 14 December 2019 [87]
    Jordan Rhodes Sheffield Wednesday Nottingham Forest 4–0 (A) 14 December 2019 [88]
    Nahki Wells Queens Park Rangers Cardiff City 6–1 (H) 1 January 2020 [89]
    Saïd Benrahma Brentford Hull City 5–1 (A) 1 February 2020 [90]
    Matt Smith Millwall Nottingham Forest 3–0 (A) 6 March 2020 [91]
    Louie Sibley Derby County Millwall 3–2 (A) 20 June 2020 [92]
    Yakou Méïté Reading Luton Town 5–0 (A)[lower-alpha 1] 4 July 2020 [93]
    Saïd Benrahma Brentford Wigan Athletic 3–0 (H) 4 July 2020 [94]
    Kieran Dowell Wigan Athletic Hull City 8–0 (H) 14 July 2020 [95]
    1. Player scored 4 goals

    Monthly awards


    Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
    Manager Club Player Club
    August Steve Cooper Swansea City Daniel Johnson Preston North End [96]
    September Sabri Lamouchi Nottingham Forest Chey Dunkley Wigan Athletic [97]
    October Danny Cowley Huddersfield Town Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham [98]
    November Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Jarrod Bowen Hull City [99][100]
    December Jonathan Woodgate Middlesbrough Conor Chaplin Barnsley [101]
    January Sabri Lamouchi Nottingham Forest Nahki Wells Queens Park Rangers [102]
    February Slaven Bilić West Bromwich Albion Scott Hogan Birmingham City [103]
    June Thomas Frank Brentford Jason Pearce Charlton Athletic [104]
    July Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Saïd Benrahma Brentford [105][106]

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