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.
|Dates||2 August 2019 – 4 August 2020|
West Bromwich Albion
|Goals scored||1,457 (2.64 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Aleksandar Mitrović|
(26 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Wigan Athletic 8–0 Hull City |
(14 July 2020)
|Biggest away win||Sheffield Wednesday 0–5 Blackburn Rovers |
(18 January 2020)
Luton Town 0–5 Reading
(4 July 2020)
|Highest scoring||Birmingham City 4–5 Leeds United |
(29 December 2019)
|Longest winning run||Brentford |
|Longest unbeaten run||West Bromwich Albion |
|Longest winless run||Barnsley |
|Longest losing run||Huddersfield Town, Hull City |
|Highest attendance||36,514 |
Leeds United 2–0 Huddersfield Town
(7 March 2020)
|Lowest attendance||8,965 |
Wigan Athletic 1–3 Reading
(30 November 2019)
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. 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.
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. Later in May, Elliott Bennett of Blackburn Rovers tested positive for the virus as did two unnamed players from Fulham. In further tests, Jayden Stockley of Preston North End tested positive as did one unnamed person from both Cardiff City and Middlesbrough. 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.
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. 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. 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.
The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.
Promoted from League One
Relegated from Premier League
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
- 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.
Personnel and sponsoring
- ^ Clotet was initially appointed as caretaker manager before he was appointed on a permanent basis on 4 December 2019.
- ^ 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. 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.
- ^ Derby County's captain was Richard Keogh until his contract was terminated on 30 October 2019, with Curtis Davies acting in this position from 30 October until 1 January 2020.
- ^ Huddersfield Town's shirt does not display Paddy Power's logo as part of the bookmakers' "Save Our Shirt" campaign.
- ^ Queens Park Rangers' shirt sponsor was Royal Panda until 29 January 2020 when they decided to leave the United Kingdom market.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Luton Town||Mick Harford||End of caretaker spell||4 May 2019||Pre-season||Graeme Jones||7 May 2019|
|Queens Park Rangers||John Eustace||5 May 2019||Mark Warburton||8 May 2019|
|West Bromwich Albion||James Shan||14 May 2019||Slaven Bilić||13 June 2019|
|Middlesbrough||Tony Pulis||End of contract||17 May 2019||Jonathan Woodgate||14 June 2019|
|Swansea City||Graham Potter||Signed by Brighton & Hove Albion||20 May 2019||Steve Cooper||13 June 2019|
|Hull City||Nigel Adkins||End of contract||8 June 2019||Grant McCann||21 June 2019|
|Birmingham City||Garry Monk||Sacked||18 June 2019||Pep Clotet||4 December 2019|
|Nottingham Forest||Martin O'Neill||28 June 2019||Sabri Lamouchi||28 June 2019|
|Derby County||Frank Lampard||Signed by Chelsea||4 July 2019||Phillip Cocu||5 July 2019|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Steve Bruce||Resigned||15 July 2019||Garry Monk||6 September 2019|
|Huddersfield Town||Jan Siewert||Sacked||16 August 2019||20th||Danny Cowley||9 September 2019|
|Millwall||Neil Harris||Resigned||3 October 2019||18th||Gary Rowett||21 October 2019|
|Barnsley||Daniel Stendel||Sacked||8 October 2019||23rd||Gerhard Struber||20 November 2019|
|Reading||José Gomes||9 October 2019||22nd||Mark Bowen||14 October 2019|
|Stoke City||Nathan Jones||1 November 2019||24th||Michael O'Neill||8 November 2019|
|Cardiff City||Neil Warnock||Mutual consent||11 November 2019||14th||Neil Harris||16 November 2019|
|Luton Town||Graeme Jones||24 April 2020||23rd||Nathan Jones||28 May 2020|
|Middlesbrough||Jonathan Woodgate||Sacked||23 June 2020||21st||Neil Warnock||23 June 2020|
|Bristol City||Lee Johnson||4 July 2020||12th||Dean Holden||10 August 2020|
|Birmingham City||Pep Clotet||Mutual consent||8 July 2020||17th||Aitor Karanka||31 July 2020|
|Huddersfield Town||Danny Cowley||Sacked||19 July 2020||18th||Carlos Corberán||23 July 2020|
|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|
|4||Fulham (O, P)||46||23||12||11||64||48||+16||81|
|9||Preston North End||46||18||12||16||59||54||+5||66|
|13||Queens Park Rangers||46||16||10||20||67||76||−9||58|
|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|
|24||Hull City (R)||46||12||9||25||57||87||−30||45|
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
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
- Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.
- 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.
|3||Lewis Grabban||Nottingham Forest||20|
|4||Karlan Grant||Huddersfield Town||19|
|5||Nahki Wells||Queens Park Rangers / Bristol City||18|
|7||Adam Armstrong||Blackburn Rovers||16|
|Patrick Bamford||Leeds United|
|Jarrod Bowen1||Hull City|
|10||André Ayew||Swansea City||15|
|Lukas Jutkiewicz||Birmingham City|
- 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.
|1||Matheus Pereira||West Bromwich Albion||16|
|3||Niclas Eliasson||Bristol City||12|
|Lee Tomlin||Cardiff City|
|Pablo Hernández||Leeds United|
|8||Sammy Ameobi||Nottingham Forest||8|
|Barry Bannan||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Stewart Downing||Blackburn Rovers|
|Eberechi Eze||Queens Park Rangers|
|Kamil Grosicki||Hull City / West Bromwich Albion|
|Joe Lolley||Nottingham Forest|
|Bright Osayi-Samuel||Queens Park Rangers|
|Ollie Watkins||Brentford||Barnsley||3–1 (A)||29 September 2019|
|Aleksandar Mitrović||Fulham||Luton Town||3–2 (H)||23 October 2019|
|Joe Ralls||Cardiff City||Birmingham City||4–2 (H)||2 November 2019|
|Josh Dasilva||Brentford||Luton Town||7–0 (H)||30 November 2019|
|George Pușcaș||Reading||Wigan Athletic||3–1 (A)||30 November 2019|
|Conor Chaplin||Barnsley||Queens Park Rangers||5–3 (H)||14 December 2019|
|Jordan Rhodes||Sheffield Wednesday||Nottingham Forest||4–0 (A)||14 December 2019|
|Nahki Wells||Queens Park Rangers||Cardiff City||6–1 (H)||1 January 2020|
|Saïd Benrahma||Brentford||Hull City||5–1 (A)||1 February 2020|
|Matt Smith||Millwall||Nottingham Forest||3–0 (A)||6 March 2020|
|Louie Sibley||Derby County||Millwall||3–2 (A)||20 June 2020|
|Yakou Méïté||Reading||Luton Town||5–0 (A)||4 July 2020|
|Saïd Benrahma||Brentford||Wigan Athletic||3–0 (H)||4 July 2020|
|Kieran Dowell||Wigan Athletic||Hull City||8–0 (H)||14 July 2020|
- Player scored 4 goals
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Reference|
|August||Steve Cooper||Swansea City||Daniel Johnson||Preston North End|
|September||Sabri Lamouchi||Nottingham Forest||Chey Dunkley||Wigan Athletic|
|October||Danny Cowley||Huddersfield Town||Aleksandar Mitrović||Fulham|
|November||Marcelo Bielsa||Leeds United||Jarrod Bowen||Hull City|
|December||Jonathan Woodgate||Middlesbrough||Conor Chaplin||Barnsley|
|January||Sabri Lamouchi||Nottingham Forest||Nahki Wells||Queens Park Rangers|
|February||Slaven Bilić||West Bromwich Albion||Scott Hogan||Birmingham City|
|June||Thomas Frank||Brentford||Jason Pearce||Charlton Athletic|
|July||Marcelo Bielsa||Leeds United||Saïd Benrahma||Brentford|
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