2016–17 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season2016–17
Champions Newcastle United
Promoted Newcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town
Relegated Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers
Matches played552
Goals scored1,441 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Flag of New Zealand.svg Chris Wood
(27 goals) [1]
Biggest home win Norwich City 7–1 Reading
(8 April 2017) [2]
Biggest away win Queens Park Rangers 0–6 Newcastle United
(13 September 2016) [2]
Highest scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–4 Fulham
(10 December 2016)
Burton Albion 3–5 Brentford
(18 March 2017)
Norwich City 7–1 Reading
(8 April 2017)
Longest winning run8 matches
Newcastle United [3]
Longest unbeaten run18 matches
Brighton & Hove Albion [3]
Longest winless run17 matches
Rotherham United [3]
Longest losing run10 matches
Rotherham United [3]
Highest attendance52,301
Newcastle United 1–1 Leeds United
(14 April 2017) [4]
Lowest attendance3,725
Burton Albion 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
(27 September 2016) [4]
Average attendance20,125 [4]
2017–18

The 2016–17 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the first season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-fifth season under its current league structure. Newcastle United were crowned the champions and were promoted to Premier League after just one season in the Championship. Brighton & Hove Albion, alongside Huddersfield Town, both achieved their first ever Premier League promotions, via the second automatic promotion place and play-off route respectively.

Contents

The season started on 5 August 2016 with the final round of regular league fixtures played on 7 May 2017. [5] The fixtures were announced on 22 June 2016.

Teams

A total of 24 teams contested the league, including 18 sides from the 2015–16 season, three relegated from the 2015–16 Premier League and three promoted from the 2015–16 Football League One. The 2016–17 season was the first in which former European Cup winners Aston Villa played football outside of the top flight since the beginning of the Premier League era in 1992.

Team changes

Stadiums and locations

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Greater London Championship football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity [6]
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,790
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 30,020
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,370
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,760
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton and Hove AMEX Stadium 30,280
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
(2,034 seated)
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,300
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 25,680
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium 24,500
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,900
Newcastle United Newcastle St James' Park 52,354
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,220
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,360
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,200
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough 39,812
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,023
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700

Personnel and sponsoring

TeamManager1CaptainKit manufacturerSponsor
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg James Chester Under Armour Intuit QuickBooks [7]
Barnsley Flag of England.svg Paul Heckingbottom Flag of England.svg Marc Roberts [lower-greek 1] [8] [9] Puma [10] C.K. Beckett [11]
Birmingham City Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Flag of England.svg Michael Morrison Adidas [12] 888sport [13]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray Flag of England.svg Jason Lowe [14] Umbro [15] Dafabet [16]
Brentford Flag of England.svg Dean Smith Flag of England.svg Harlee Dean Adidas [17] 888sport [18]
Brighton & Hove Albion Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton Flag of Spain.svg Bruno Nike [19] American Express [19]
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bailey Wright Bristol SportLancer Scott [20]
Burton Albion Flag of England.svg Nigel Clough Flag of England.svg John Mousinho TAGTempobet [21]
Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock Flag of England.svg Sean Morrison Adidas [22] Visit Malaysia
Derby County Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh Umbro [23] JUST EAT [24]
Fulham Flag of Serbia.svg Slaviša Jokanović Flag of England.svg Scott Parker Adidas [25] Visit Florida [26] [27]
Huddersfield Town Flag of the United States.svg David Wagner Flag of England.svg Mark Hudson PumaPURE Legal (home), [28] RadianB (away), Cavonia (third)
Ipswich Town Flag of Ireland.svg Mick McCarthy Flag of England.svg Luke Chambers Adidas [29] Marcus Evans [ citation needed ]
Leeds United Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Bridcutt Kappa [30] 32red [31]
Newcastle United Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Flag of England.svg Jamaal Lascelles Puma Wonga [32]
Norwich City Flag of Germany.svg Daniel Farke Flag of Scotland.svg Russell Martin Erreà [33] Aviva [34]
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton Flag of England.svg Chris Cohen Adidas [35] 888sport [36]
Preston North End Flag of England.svg Simon Grayson Flag of England.svg Tom Clarke Nike [37] 888sport [38]
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Ian Holloway Flag of England.svg Nedum Onuoha Dryworld [39] Smarkets [40]
Reading Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jaap Stam Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McShane Puma [41] Carabao [42]
Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Paul Warne Flag of Ireland.svg Lee Frecklington PumaHodge Clemco (home), APOGEE (away/third)
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Portugal.svg Carlos Carvalhal Flag of the Netherlands.svg Glenn Loovens Sondico Chansiri [43]
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Paul Cook Flag of England.svg Stephen Warnock Kappa [44] Intersport
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Flag of England.svg Danny Batth Puma [45] The Money Shop [46]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Newcastle United (C, P)46297108540+4594Promotion to the Premier League
2 Brighton & Hove Albion (P)4628997440+3493
3 Reading 46267136864+485Qualification for the Championship play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46249136045+1581
5 Huddersfield Town (O, P)46256155658281
6 Fulham 462214108557+2880
7 Leeds United 46229156147+1475
8 Norwich City 462010168569+1670
9 Derby County 461813155450+467
10 Brentford 461810187565+1064
11 Preston North End 461614166463+162
12 Cardiff City 461711186061162
13 Aston Villa 461614164748162
14 Barnsley 461513186467358
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 461610205458458
16 Ipswich Town 4613161748581055
17 Bristol City 46159226066654
18 Queens Park Rangers 461582352661453
19 Birmingham City 4613141945641953
20 Burton Albion 4613132049631452
21 Nottingham Forest 461492362721051
22 Blackburn Rovers (R)4612151953651251Relegation to EFL League One
23 Wigan Athletic (R)4610122440571742
24 Rotherham United (R)46583340985823
Source: English Football League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in head-to-head matches; 6) Goals scored in head-to-head matches; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert [47] Mutual consent28 April 2016Pre-season Flag of Ireland.svg Owen Coyle [48] 2 June 2016
Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Russell Slade [49] Promoted to head of football8 May 2016 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Paul Trollope [50] 18 May 2016
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Paul Williams [51] Mutual consent12 May 2016 Flag of France.svg Philippe Montanier [52] 27 June 2016
Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock [53] End of contract18 May 2016 Flag of England.svg Alan Stubbs [54] 1 June 2016
Reading Flag of England.svg Brian McDermott [55] Sacked27 May 2016 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jaap Stam [56] 13 June 2016
Derby County Flag of England.svg Darren Wassall End of caretaker spell27 May 2016 Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson [57] 27 May 2016
Leeds United Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Evans [58] Sacked31 May 2016 Flag of England.svg Garry Monk [59] 2 June 2016
Aston Villa Flag of Scotland.svg Eric Black End of caretaker spell2 June 2016 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo [60] 2 June 2016
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kenny Jackett [61] Sacked29 July 2016 Flag of Italy.svg Walter Zenga [62] 30 July 2016
Aston Villa Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo [63] 3 October 201619th Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce 12 October 2016
Cardiff City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Paul Trollope 4 October 201623rd Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock 5 October 2016
Derby County Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson Mutual consent8 October 201620th Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 12 October 2016
Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Alan Stubbs Sacked19 October 201624th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kenny Jackett 21 October 2016
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Italy.svg Walter Zenga [64] 25 October 201618th Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert 5 November 2016
Wigan Athletic Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Caldwell [65] 25 October 201623rd Flag of England.svg Warren Joyce [66] 2 November 2016
Queens Park Rangers Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 5 November 201617th Flag of England.svg Ian Holloway [67] 11 November 2016
Rotherham United Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kenny Jackett Resigned16 November 201624th Flag of England.svg Paul Warne 5 April 2017
Birmingham City Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [68] Sacked14 December 20167th Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola [69] 14 December 2016
Nottingham Forest Flag of France.svg Philippe Montanier [70] 14 January 201720th Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton [71] 14 March 2017
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Ireland.svg Owen Coyle [72] 21 February 201723rd Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray [73] 22 February 2017
Norwich City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil [74] 10 March 20178th Flag of Germany.svg Daniel Farke [75] 25 May 2017
Derby County Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren [76] 12 March 201710th Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [77] 14 March 2017
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Warren Joyce 13 March 201723rd Flag of England.svg Paul Cook [78] 31 May 2017
Birmingham City Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola [79] Resigned17 April 201720th Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp [80] 18 April 2017

Play-offs

Semi-finals Final
        
3 Reading 1 1 2
6 Fulham 1 0 1
3 Reading 0 (3)
5 Huddersfield Town 0 (4)
4 Sheffield Wednesday 0 1 1 (3)
5 Huddersfield Town 0 1 1 (4)

The four teams that finished from third to sixth played off, with the winning team, Huddersfield Town, gaining the final promotion spot to the Premier League.

In the play-off semi-finals the third-placed team played the sixth-placed team and the fourth-placed team played the fifth-placed team. The team that finished in the higher league position played away in the first leg and played at home in the second leg. If the aggregate score was level after both legs, then extra time was played. If the scores were still level, a penalty shoot-out decided the winner. The away goals rule does not apply in the playoffs.

The winners from the two semi-finals played at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final. The game is known as the richest game in football as the winning club is guaranteed significantly increased television rights payments estimated to be in the order of £170M. [81] [82]

Results

Home \ Away AST BAR BIR BLB BRE B&HA BRI BRT CAR DER FUL HUD IPS LEE NEW NWC NOT PNE QPR REA ROT SHW WIG WOL
Aston Villa 1–3 1–0 2–11–11–12–02–13–11–01–01–10–11–11–12–02–22–21–01–33–02–01–01–1
Barnsley 1–12–22–01–10–22–21–10–02–02–41–11–13–20–22–12–50–03–21–24–01–10–01–3
Birmingham City 1–1 0–31–01–31–21–00–20–01–21–02–02–11–30–03–00–02–21–40–14–22–10–11–3
Blackburn Rovers 1–00–21–13–22–31–12–21–11–00–11–10–01–21–01–42–12–21–02–34–20–11–01–1
Brentford 3–00–21–21–33–32–02–12–24–0 0–2 0–12–02–01–20–01–05–0 3–1 4–14–21–10–01–2
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–12–03–11–00–20–14–11–03–02–11–01–12–01–25–03–02–23–03–03–02–12–11–0
Bristol City 3–13–20–11–00–10–20–0 2–3 1–10–24–02–01–00–11–12–11–22–12–31–02–22–13–1
Burton Albion 1–10–02–01–13–50–11–22–01–00–20–11–22–11–22–11–00–11–12–42–13–10–22–1
Cardiff City 1–03–41–12–12–10–0 2–1 1–00–22–23–23–10–20–20–11–02–00–20–15–01–10–12–1
Derby County 0–02–11–01–20–00–03–30–03–44–21–10–11–00–21–0 3–0 1–11–03–23–02–00–03–1
Fulham 3–12–00–12–2 1–1 1–20–41–12–22–25–03–11–11–02–23–23–1 1–2 5–02–11–13–21–3
Huddersfield Town 1–02–11–11–12–13–12–10–10–31–01–42–0 2–1 1–33–02–13–22–11–02–10–11–21–0
Ipswich Town 0–04–21–13–21–10–02–12–01–10–30–20–11–13–1 1–1 0–21–03–02–22–20–13–00–0
Leeds United 2–02–11–22–11–02–02–12–00–21–01–1 0–1 1–00–23–32–03–00–02–03–01–01–10–1
Newcastle United 2–03–04–00–13–12–02–21–02–11–01–31–23–01–14–33–14–12–24–14–00–12–10–2
Norwich City 1–02–02–02–25–02–01–03–13–23–01–31–2 1–1 2–32–25–10–14–07–13–10–02–13–1
Nottingham Forest 2–10–13–10–12–33–01–04–31–2 2–2 1–12–03–03–12–11–21–11–13–22–01–24–30–2
Preston North End 2–01–22–13–24–22–05–01–13–00–11–23–11–11–41–21–31–12–13–01–11–11–00–0
Queens Park Rangers 0–12–11–11–1 0–2 1–21–01–22–10–1 1–1 1–22–13–00–62–12–00–21–15–11–22–11–2
Reading 1–20–00–03–13–22–22–13–02–11–11–01–02–11–00–03–12–01–00–12–12–11–02–1
Rotherham United 0–20–11–11–11–00–22–21–21–21–10–12–31–01–20–12–12–21–31–00–10–23–22–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–02–03–02–11–21–23–21–11–02–11–22–01–20–22–15–12–12–11–00–21–02–10–0
Wigan Athletic 0–23–21–13–02–10–10–10–00–00–10–00–12–31–10–22–20–00–00–10–33–20–12–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–00–41–20–03–10–23–21–13–12–34–40–10–00–10–11–21–01–01–22–01–00–20–1
Source: BBC Sport
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

Chris Wood was the top goalscorer of the season with 27 goals for Leeds United. Chris wood Leeds 2016.jpg
Chris Wood was the top goalscorer of the season with 27 goals for Leeds United.
As of matches played 8 May 2017 [83]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Chris Wood Leeds United 27
2 Flag of England.svg Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion 23
Flag of England.svg Tammy Abraham Bristol City
Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle Newcastle United
5 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Jonathan Kodjia Aston Villa 19
6 Flag of France.svg Yann Kermorgant Reading 18
7 Flag of England.svg Cameron Jerome Norwich City 16
8 Flag of France.svg Anthony Knockaert Brighton & Hove Albion 15
Flag of Denmark.svg Lasse Vibe Brentford
Flag of England.svg Scott Hogan Brentford/Aston Villa [lower-greek 2]

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Flag of England.svg Grant Ward Ipswich Town Barnsley 4–2 [84] 6 August 2016
Flag of England.svg Scott Hogan Brentford Preston North End 5–0 [85] 17 September 2016
Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle Newcastle United Norwich City 4–3 [86] 28 September 2016
Flag of England.svg Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion Norwich City 5–0 [87] 29 October 2016
Flag of England.svg Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest Barnsley 5–2 [88] 25 November 2016
Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle Newcastle United Birmingham City 4–0 [89] 10 December 2016
Flag of Portugal.svg Nélson Oliveira Norwich City Derby County 3–0 [90] 2 January 2017
Flag of Spain.svg Jota Brentford Rotherham United 4–2 [91] 25 February 2017
Flag of England.svg David Nugent Derby County Fulham 4–2 [92] 4 April 2017
Flag of England.svg Nick Powell Wigan Athletic Barnsley 3–2 [93] 13 April 2017

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of Germany.svg David Wagner Huddersfield Town Flag of Ireland.svg Conor Hourihane Barnsley [94]
September Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil Norwich City Flag of England.svg Scott Hogan Brentford [95]
October Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Benítez Newcastle United Flag of Nigeria.svg Sone Aluko Fulham [96]
November Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Derby County Flag of England.svg Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest [97]
December Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton Brighton & Hove Albion Flag of England.svg Sam Winnall Barnsley
January Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jaap Stam Reading Flag of New Zealand.svg Chris Wood Leeds United [98]
February Flag of Germany.svg David Wagner Huddersfield Town Flag of Ireland.svg Aiden McGeady Preston North End
March Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Tom Barkhuizen Preston North End [99]
April Flag of Portugal.svg Carlos Carvalhal Sheffield Wednesday Flag of France.svg Yann Kermorgant Reading

Attendances

TeamStadiumCapacityAverageMinimumMaximumPercentage Full
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,78831,90126,43541,33775%
Barnsley Oakwell 23,00913,84311,61318,59760%
Birmingham City St Andrew's 30,00918,13715,21229,65660%
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 31,36711,8539,97618,52438%
Brentford Griffin Park 12,76310,2889,03512,05281%
Brighton & Hove Albion Falmer Stadium 30,75027,61924,16630,23090%
Bristol City Ashton Gate 27,00018,95316,44422,51270%
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium 6,9125,0783,7256,74673%
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 33,28016,33513,89422,77649%
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,59729,10426,30132,61687%
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,70018,66513,73524,30073%
Huddersfield Town John Smith's Stadium 25,55420,34318,33323,21383%
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,31116,55514,71923,35055%
Leeds United Elland Road 40,20426,77919,00936,00267%
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,38951,11147,90752,23198%
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,24426,27225,27527,10796%
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,57619,20715,77023,01263%
Preston North End Deepdale 24,40812,8889,21621,25555%
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 18,36014,42611,63517,40479%
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,20017,28012,65523,12171%
Rotherham United New York Stadium 12,0219,7868,34811,65381%
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough 39,81426,58024,15130,54967%
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium 25,13811,54010,07115,11746%
Wolves Molineux 30,85221,94417,15627,54171%

Attendances accurate as of 12/03/2017. [100]

Notes

  1. Marc Roberts named as Barnsley first team Captain during a match on Barnsley F.C, official and verified Twitter account on 28 January 2017. Conor Hourihane was Barnsley first team Captain from July 2016 to 26 January 2017, before Hourihane signed for Aston Villa, during the 2016–2017 EFL Championship season.
  2. Scott Hogan scored 14 goals for Brentford, before joining Aston Villa in January 2017.

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