2018–19 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season 2018–19
Dates3 August 2018 – 5 May 2019
Champions Norwich City
Promoted Norwich City
Sheffield United
Aston Villa
Relegated Rotherham United
Bolton Wanderers
Ipswich Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,473 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorer Teemu Pukki
(29 goals)
Biggest home win West Bromwich Albion 7–1 Queens Park Rangers
(18 August 2018)
Biggest away win Sheffield Wednesday 0–4 Norwich City
(3 October 2018)
Rotherham United 0–4 West Bromwich Albion
(22 December 2018)
Bolton Wanderers 0–4 Norwich City
(16 February 2019)
Highest scoring Aston Villa 5–5 Nottingham Forest
(28 November 2018)
Longest winning run10 matches [1]
Aston Villa
Longest unbeaten run14 matches [1]
Norwich City
Longest winless run14 matches [1]
Bolton Wanderers
Longest losing run7 matches [1]
Queens Park Rangers
Highest attendance41,696
Aston Villa 1–2 Norwich City
(5 May 2019) [1]
Lowest attendance8,018
Rotherham United 2–2 QPR
(27 November 2018) [1]
Total attendance10,840,765 [1]
Average attendance20,075 [1]
2019–20

The 2018–19 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the third season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-seventh season under its current league structure. Norwich City were crowned champions on the final day, following a 2–1 win over Aston Villa. [2]

Contents

Team changes

The following teams had changed division after the 2017–18 season.

Stadiums

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London Championship football clubs
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West Midlands Championship football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity [3]
Aston Villa Birmingham (Aston) Villa Park 42,790
Birmingham City Birmingham (Bordesley) St Andrew's 30,015
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton University of Bolton Stadium 28,723
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,300
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,400
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,890
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,000
Millwall London (South Bermondsey) The Den 20,146
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,244
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,445
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London (White City) Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield United Sheffield (Highfield) Bramall Lane 32,702
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield (Owlerton) Hillsborough Stadium 39,752
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Bet365 Stadium 30,089
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 21,088
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,850
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and sponsoring

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerSponsor
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Dean Smith Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg James Chester Luke Sport 32Red
Birmingham City Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Flag of England.svg Michael Morrison Adidas [4] 888sport [5]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Mulgrew Umbro 10Bet [6]
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Phil Parkinson Flag of England.svg David Wheater Macron Betfred
Brentford Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Frank Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg Romaine Sawyers Adidas LeoVegas [7]
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bailey Wright AvonDunder [8]
Derby County Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard Flag of England.svg Curtis Davies [9] Umbro [10] 32Red
Hull City Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins Flag of Norway.svg Markus Henriksen Umbro SportPesa
Ipswich Town Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert Flag of England.svg Luke Chambers Adidas Magical Vegas [11]
Leeds United Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Cooper Kappa [12] 32Red [13]
Middlesbrough Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis Flag of England.svg George Friend Hummel 32Red [14]
Millwall Flag of England.svg Neil Harris Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Steve Morison Macron TW Drainage
Norwich City Flag of Germany.svg Daniel Farke Flag of Scotland.svg Grant Hanley Erreà LeoVegas [15]
Nottingham Forest Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Flag of England.svg Ben Watson [16] Macron BetBright [17]
Preston North End Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil Flag of England.svg Tom Clarke Nike 32Red [18]
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg John Eustace (caretaker) Flag of Germany.svg Toni Leistner Erreà [19] Royal Panda [20]
Reading Flag of Portugal.svg José Gomes Flag of Ireland.svg Paul McShane Puma [21] Carabao [22]
Rotherham United Flag of England.svg Paul Warne Flag of England.svg Richard Wood Puma Hodge Clemco [23]
Sheffield United Flag of England.svg Chris Wilder Flag of England.svg Billy Sharp Adidas Ramsdens Currency
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce Flag of England.svg Tom Lees Elev8 Chansiri
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones Flag of England.svg Ryan Shawcross Macron bet365
Swansea City Flag of England.svg Graham Potter Flag of the Netherlands.svg Leroy Fer Joma [24] Bet UK [25]
West Bromwich Albion Flag of England.svg James Shan (caretaker) Ulster Banner.svg Chris Brunt Puma [26] Ideal Boilers
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Paul Cook Flag of Egypt.svg Sam Morsy Puma DW Sports Fitness

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Ipswich Town Flag of England.svg Bryan Klug [ citation needed ]End of caretaker spell6 May 2018Pre-season Flag of England.svg Paul Hurst [27] 30 May 2018
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Ian Holloway [28] Mutual consent10 May 2018 Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren [29] 18 May 2018
Swansea City Flag of Portugal.svg Carlos Carvalhal [30] End of contract18 May 2018 Flag of England.svg Graham Potter [31] 11 June 2018
Stoke City Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert [32] Resigned Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [33] 22 May 2018
Derby County Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [34] Signed by Stoke City 22 May 2018 Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard [35] 31 May 2018
Leeds United Flag of England.svg Paul Heckingbottom [36] Sacked1 June 2018 Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa [37] [38] 15 June 2018
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce [39] 3 October 201812th Flag of England.svg Dean Smith [40] 10 October 2018
Brentford Flag of England.svg Dean Smith [40] Signed by Aston Villa 10 October 20187th Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Frank [41] 16 October 2018
Ipswich Town Flag of England.svg Paul Hurst [42] Sacked25 October 201824th Flag of Scotland.svg Paul Lambert [43] 27 October 2018
Reading Flag of England.svg Paul Clement [44] 6 December 201821st Flag of Portugal.svg José Gomes [45] 22 December 2018
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jos Luhukay [46] 21 December 201818th Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce 2 January 2019
Stoke City Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [47] [48] 8 January 201914th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones [49] 9 January 2019
Nottingham Forest Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Karanka [50] Mutual consent11 January 20197th Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill [51] 14 January 2019
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Jamaica.svg Darren Moore [52] Sacked9 March 20194th Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić [53] 13 June 2019
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren [54] 1 April 201917th Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton [55] 8 May 2019

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Norwich City (C, P)46271369357+3694Promotion to the Premier League
2 Sheffield United (P)46261197841+3789
3 Leeds United 46258137350+2383Qualification for Championship play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 West Bromwich Albion 462311128762+2580
5 Aston Villa (O, P)462016108261+2176 [lower-alpha 2]
6 Derby County 462014126954+1574
7 Middlesbrough 462013134941+873
8 Bristol City 461913145953+670
9 Nottingham Forest 461715146154+766
10 Swansea City 461811176562+365
11 Brentford 461713167359+1464 [lower-alpha 3]
12 Sheffield Wednesday 461616146062264
13 Hull City 461711186668262
14 Preston North End 461613176767061
15 Blackburn Rovers 461612186469560
16 Stoke City 461122134552755
17 Birmingham City 461419136458+652 [lower-alpha 4]
18 Wigan Athletic 4613132051641352
19 Queens Park Rangers 461492353711851
20 Reading 4610171949661747
21 Millwall 4610142248641644
22 Rotherham United (R)468162252833140Relegation to EFL League One
23 Bolton Wanderers (R)46883029784932 [lower-alpha 3]
24 Ipswich Town (R)465162536774131
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results [59]
(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. Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League after beating Derby County in the play-off final. [56]
  3. 1 2 Brentford were awarded a 1–0 win over Bolton due to Bolton's inability to hold the fixture. [58]
  4. Birmingham City were deducted 9 points for failure to comply with the EFL profitability and sustainability rules. [57]

Play-offs

 Semi-finals Final
           
3 Leeds United 123 
6 Derby County 044 
   6 Derby County 1
  5 Aston Villa 2
4 West Bromwich Albion 112 (3)
5 Aston Villa 202 (4) 

Results

Home \ Away AST BIR BLB BOL BRE BRI DER HUL IPS LEE MID MIL NOR NOT PNE QPR REA ROT SHU SHW STO SWA WBA WIG
Aston Villa 4–2 2–12–02–22–14–02–22–12–33–01–01–25–53–32–21–12–03–31–22–21–0 0–2 3–2
Birmingham City 0–1 2–20–10–00–12–23–32–21–01–20–22–22–03–00–02–13–11–13–12–00–01–11–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–12–22–01–00–12–03–02–02–10–10–00–12–20–11–02–21–10–24–20–12–22–13–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–21–00–10–1 [60] 2–21–00–11–20–10–22–10–40–31–21–21–12–10–30–20–00–10–21–1
Brentford 1–01–15–21–00–13–35–12–02–01–22–01–12–13–0 3–0 2–25–12–32–03–12–30–12–0
Bristol City 1–11–24–12–11–10–21–01–10–10–21–12–21–10–12–11–11–01–01–20–12–03–22–2
Derby County 0–33–10–04–03–11–12–02–01–41–10–11–1 0–0 2–02–02–16–12–11–10–02–13–12–1
Hull City 1–32–00–16–02–01–11–22–00–11–12–10–00–21–12–23–12–20–33–02–03–21–02–1
Ipswich Town 1–11–12–20–01–12–31–10–23–20–22–3 1–1 1–11–10–21–21–01–10–11–10–11–21–0
Leeds United 1–11–23–22–11–12–02–00–22–00–0 3–2 1–31–13–02–11–02–00–11–03–12–14–01–2
Middlesbrough 0–31–01–12–01–20–11–11–02–01–11–10–10–21–22–02–10–03–00–11–00–01–02–0
Millwall 2–10–20–21–11–11–22–12–23–0 1–1 2–21–31–01–30–01–00–02–30–00–01–22–02–1
Norwich City 2–13–12–13–21–03–23–43–2 3–0 0–31–04–33–32–04–02–23–12–22–20–11–03–41–0
Nottingham Forest 1–32–21–21–02–10–1 1–0 3–02–04–23–02–21–20–10–11–01–01–02–10–02–11–13–1
Preston North End 1–11–04–12–24–31–10–01–24–00–21–13–23–10–01–02–31–10–13–32–21–12–34–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–03–41–21–2 3–2 0–31–12–33–01–02–12–00–10–11–40–01–21–23–00–04–02–31–0
Reading 0–00–02–10–12–13–21–23–02–20–30–13–11–22–02–10–11–10–21–22–21–40–03–2
Rotherham United 1–21–33–21–12–40–01–02–31–01–21–21–01–22–12–12–21–12–22–22–22–10–41–1
Sheffield United 4–10–03–02–02–02–33–11–02–00–11–01–12–12–03–21–04–02–0 0–0 1–11–21–24–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–31–14–21–02–02–01–21–12–11–11–22–10–43–01–01–20–02–2 0–0 2–23–12–21–0
Stoke City 1–10–12–32–01–10–22–12–02–02–10–01–02–22–00–22–20–02–22–20–01–00–10–3
Swansea City 0–13–33–12–03–00–11–12–22–32–23–11–01–40–01–03–02–04–31–02–13–11–22–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 3–21–11–21–14–21–43–21–14–12–32–01–12–24–17–14–12–10–11–12–13–02–0
Wigan Athletic 3–00–33–15–20–01–00–12–11–11–20–01–01–12–22–02–10–01–00–33–20–00–01–0
Updated to match(es) played on 5 May 2019. 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.

Top scorers

As of 5 May 2019 [61]
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Finland.svg Teemu Pukki Norwich City 29
2 Flag of England.svg Tammy Abraham Aston Villa 25
Flag of France.svg Neal Maupay Brentford
4 Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion 23
Flag of England.svg Billy Sharp Sheffield United
6 Flag of England.svg Che Adams Birmingham City 22
Flag of England.svg Jarrod Bowen Hull City
Flag of Scotland.svg Oli McBurnie Swansea City
Flag of England.svg Jay Rodriguez West Bromwich Albion
10 Flag of England.svg Lewis Grabban Nottingham Forest 16

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of England.svg Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City Rotherham United 3–1 (H)6 October 2018 [62]
Flag of England.svg Billy Sharp Sheffield United Wigan Athletic 4–2 (H)27 October 2018 [63]
Flag of England.svg Che Adams Birmingham City Hull City 3–3 (H)10 November 2018 [64]
Flag of England.svg Tammy Abraham Aston Villa Nottingham Forest 5–5 (H) [lower-alpha 1] 28 November 2018 [65]
Flag of England.svg Danny Graham Blackburn Rovers Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 (H)1 December 2018 [66]
Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion Rotherham United 0–4 (A)22 December 2018 [67]
Flag of England.svg Billy Sharp Sheffield United Aston Villa 3–3 (A)8 February 2019 [68]
Flag of England.svg Che Adams Birmingham City Queens Park Rangers 3–4 (A)9 February 2019 [69]
Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma Brentford Hull City 5–1 (H)23 February 2019 [70]
Flag of England.svg Martyn Waghorn Derby County Rotherham United 6–1 (H)30 March 2019 [71]
Flag of Austria.svg Andreas Weimann Bristol City Sheffield United 2–3 (A)30 March 2019 [72]
Flag of England.svg Mason Mount Derby County Bolton Wanderers 4–0 (H)13 April 2019 [73]
Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion Preston North End 4–1 (H)13 April 2019 [74]
  1. Player scored 4 goals

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Flag of England.svg Kemar Roofe Leeds United [75] [76]
September Flag of Jamaica.svg Darren Moore West Bromwich Albion Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion [77] [78]
October Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City [79] [80]
November Flag of Germany.svg Daniel Farke Norwich City Flag of England.svg Tammy Abraham Aston Villa [81] [82]
December Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins Hull City Flag of England.svg Jarrod Bowen Hull City [83] [84]
January Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers [85]
February Flag of England.svg Chris Wilder Sheffield United Flag of England.svg Che Adams Birmingham City [86]
March Flag of England.svg Dean Smith Aston Villa Flag of Nigeria.svg Semi Ajayi Rotherham United [87]
April Flag of England.svg Chris Wilder Sheffield United Flag of England.svg Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion [88]

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