2019–20 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season 2019–20
Dates2 August 2019 – 4 August 2020
Champions Leeds United
Promoted Leeds United
West Bromwich Albion
Fulham
Relegated Charlton Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Hull City
Matches played552
Goals scored1,457 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrović
Ollie Watkins
(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
(8 matches)
Longest unbeaten run West Bromwich Albion
(14 matches)
Longest winless run Barnsley
(17 matches)
Longest losing run Huddersfield 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]
2020–21

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.

Contents

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

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Greater London Championship football clubs
Team [12] LocationStadiumCapacity
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 29,409
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,300
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,316
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley 27,111
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 19,000
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Kirklees Stadium 24,500
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,400
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,890
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,336
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,000
Millwall London (South Bermondsey) The Den 20,146
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,445
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London (White City) Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield 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
Barnsley Flag of Austria.svg Gerhard Struber Flag of Germany.svg Mike-Steven Bähre [14] Flag of Germany.svg Puma C.K. Beckett [15]
Birmingham City Flag of Spain.svg Pep Clotet Flag of England.svg Harlee Dean [16] Flag of Germany.svg Adidas BoyleSports [17]
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Tony Mowbray Flag of England.svg Elliott Bennett Flag of England.svg Umbro 10Bet [18]
Brentford Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Frank Flag of Sweden.svg Pontus Jansson Flag of England.svg Umbro EcoWorld
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Dean Holden TBA 2 Flag of England.svg Bristol SportDunder [19]
Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Neil Harris Flag of England.svg Sean Morrison Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Tourism Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg Lee Bowyer Flag of England.svg Chris Solly Flag of Denmark.svg Hummel Children with Cancer UK
Derby County Flag of the Netherlands.svg Phillip Cocu Flag of England.svg Wayne Rooney 3 Flag of England.svg Umbro [20] 32Red
Fulham Flag of England.svg Scott Parker Flag of Scotland.svg Tom Cairney Flag of Germany.svg Adidas Dafabet
Huddersfield Town Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Corberán Flag of Germany.svg Christopher Schindler Flag of England.svg Umbro Paddy Power (unbranded) [21] 4
Hull City Ulster Banner.svg Grant McCann Flag of the United States.svg Eric Lichaj Flag of England.svg Umbro SportPesa
Leeds United Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Cooper Flag of Italy.svg Kappa [22] 32Red [23]
Luton Town Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones Flag of England.svg Sonny Bradley Flag of Germany.svg PumaIndigo Residential (home)
Star Platforms (away)
Ryebridge (third)
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock Flag of England.svg George Friend Flag of Denmark.svg Hummel 32Red
Millwall Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett Flag of Ireland.svg Alex Pearce Flag of Italy.svg Macron Huski Chocolate [24]
Nottingham Forest Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi Flag of England.svg Michael Dawson Flag of Italy.svg Macron Football Index [25]
Preston North End Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Neil Flag of England.svg Tom Clarke Flag of the United States.svg Nike 32Red
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton Flag of England.svg Grant Hall [26] Flag of Italy.svg Erreà Bet UK [27] 5
Reading Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Bowen Flag of England.svg Liam Moore Flag of Italy.svg Macron Casumo [28]
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Garry Monk Flag of England.svg Tom Lees Flag of England.svg Elev8 Chansiri
Stoke City Ulster Banner.svg Michael O'Neill Flag of England.svg Ryan Shawcross Flag of Italy.svg Macron bet365
Swansea City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Steve Cooper Flag of England.svg Matt Grimes [29] Flag of Spain.svg Joma [30] YOBET [31]
Swansea University (back-of-shirt & training kit sponsor) [32]
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić Ulster Banner.svg Chris Brunt Flag of Germany.svg Puma [33] Ideal Boilers
Wigan Athletic Flag of England.svg Paul Cook Flag of Egypt.svg Sam Morsy Flag of Germany.svg PumaKB88 [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

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Luton Town Flag of England.svg Mick Harford [38] End of caretaker spell4 May 2019Pre-season Flag of England.svg Graeme Jones [38] 7 May 2019
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England.svg John Eustace [39] 5 May 2019 Flag of England.svg Mark Warburton [40] 8 May 2019
West Bromwich Albion Flag of England.svg James Shan [41] 14 May 2019 Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić [42] 13 June 2019
Middlesbrough Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Tony Pulis [43] End of contract17 May 2019 Flag of England.svg Jonathan Woodgate [44] 14 June 2019
Swansea City Flag of England.svg Graham Potter [45] Signed by Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Steve Cooper [46] 13 June 2019
Hull City Flag of England.svg Nigel Adkins [47] End of contract8 June 2019 Ulster Banner.svg Grant McCann [48] 21 June 2019
Birmingham City Flag of England.svg Garry Monk [49] Sacked18 June 2019 Flag of Spain.svg Pep Clotet [50] 4 December 2019
Nottingham Forest Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill [51] 28 June 2019 Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi [52] 28 June 2019
Derby County Flag of England.svg Frank Lampard [53] Signed by Chelsea 4 July 2019 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Phillip Cocu [54] 5 July 2019
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce [55] Resigned15 July 2019 Flag of England.svg Garry Monk [56] 6 September 2019
Huddersfield Town Flag of Germany.svg Jan Siewert [57] Sacked16 August 201920th Flag of England.svg Danny Cowley [58] 9 September 2019
Millwall Flag of England.svg Neil Harris [59] Resigned3 October 201918th Flag of England.svg Gary Rowett [60] 21 October 2019
Barnsley Flag of Germany.svg Daniel Stendel [61] Sacked8 October 201923rd Flag of Austria.svg Gerhard Struber [62] 20 November 2019
Reading Flag of Portugal.svg José Gomes [63] 9 October 201922nd Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Bowen [64] 14 October 2019
Stoke City Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones [65] 1 November 201924th Ulster Banner.svg Michael O'Neill [66] 8 November 2019
Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock [67] Mutual consent11 November 201914th Flag of England.svg Neil Harris [68] 16 November 2019
Luton Town Flag of England.svg Graeme Jones [69] 24 April 202023rd Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Nathan Jones [70] 28 May 2020
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Jonathan Woodgate [71] Sacked23 June 202021st Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock [71] 23 June 2020
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Lee Johnson [72] 4 July 202012th Flag of England.svg Dean Holden [73] 10 August 2020
Birmingham City Flag of Spain.svg Pep Clotet [74] Mutual consent8 July 202017th Flag of Spain.svg Aitor Karanka [75] 31 July 2020
Huddersfield Town Flag of England.svg Danny Cowley [76] Sacked19 July 202018th Flag of Spain.svg Carlos Corberán [77] 23 July 2020

    League table

    PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
    1 Leeds United (C, P)4628997735+4293Promotion to the Premier League
    2 West Bromwich Albion (P)46221777745+3283
    3 Brentford 46249138038+4281Qualification for Championship play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
    4 Fulham (O, P)462312116448+1681
    5 Cardiff City 461916116858+1073
    6 Swansea City 461816126253+970
    7 Nottingham Forest 461816125850+870
    8 Millwall 461717125751+668
    9 Preston North End 461812165954+566
    10 Derby County 461713166264264
    11 Blackburn Rovers 461712176663+363
    12 Bristol City 461712176065563
    13 Queens Park Rangers 461610206776958
    14 Reading 461511205958+156
    15 Stoke City 46168226268656
    16 Sheffield Wednesday 461511205866856
    17 Middlesbrough 4613141948611353
    18 Huddersfield Town 4613122152701851
    19 Luton Town 461492354822851
    20 Birmingham City 4612142054752150
    21 Barnsley 4612132149692049
    22 Charlton Athletic (R)4612122250651548Relegation to EFL League One
    23 Wigan Athletic (R)461514175756+147 [lower-alpha 2]
    24 Hull City (R)461292557873045
    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 0–12–01–32–20–22–22–21–02–13–10–21–31–00–01–00–35–31–11–12–41–11–10–0
    Birmingham City 2–01–01–11–11–11–11–30–10–33–34–52–12–11–12–10–10–21–33–32–11–32–32–3
    Blackburn Rovers 3–21–11–03–10–01–21–00–12–23–01–31–21–02–01–11–12–14–32–10–02–21–10–0
    Brentford 1–20–12–21–12–12–13–0 1–0 0–11–11–17–03–23–20–11–0 3–1 1–05–00–03–11–03–0
    Bristol City 1–01–30–20–4 0–1 2–13–21–15–22–11–33–02–21–20–01–12–01–01–21–10–00–32–2
    Cardiff City 3–24–22–32–2 0–1 0–02–11–12–13–02–02–11–01–10–10–03–01–11–11–0 0–0 2–12–2
    Charlton Athletic 2–10–10–21–03–22–23–00–00–12–21–03–10–1 0–1 1–10–11–00–11–33–11–22–22–2
    Derby County 2–13–23–01–31–21–12–11–11–11–01–32–02–00–1 1–1 1–01–12–11–14–00–01–11–0
    Fulham 0–31–02–0 0–2 1–22–02–23–03–20–32–13–21–04–01–22–0 2–1 1–25–31–01–01–12–0
    Huddersfield Town 2–11–12–10–02–10–34–01–21–23–0 0–2 0–20–01–12–10–02–00–20–22–51–12–10–2
    Hull City 0–13–00–11–51–32–20–12–00–11–20–40–12–10–10–24–02–32–11–02–14–40–12–2
    Leeds United 1–01–02–11–01–03–34–01–13–0 2–0 2–01–14–0 3–2 1–11–12–01–00–25–00–11–00–1
    Luton Town 1–11–23–22–13–00–12–13–23–32–10–31–23–31–11–21–11–10–51–01–10–11–22–1
    Middlesbrough 1–01–11–10–11–31–31–02–20–01–02–20–10–11–12–21–10–11–01–42–10–30–11–0
    Millwall 1–20–01–01–01–12–2 2–1 2–31–14–11–1 2–1 3–10–22–21–01–22–01–02–01–10–22–2
    Nottingham Forest 1–03–03–21–01–00–10–1 1–0 0–13–11–22–03–11–10–31–10–01–10–41–42–21–21–0
    Preston North End 5–12–03–22–03–31–32–10–12–13–12–11–12–10–20–11–11–30–22–13–11–10–13–0
    Queens Park Rangers 0–12–24–2 1–3 0–16–12–22–1 1–2 1–11–21–03–22–24–30–42–02–20–34–21–30–23–1
    Reading 2–02–31–20–30–13–00–23–01–40–01–10–13–01–22–11–11–01–01–31–11–41–20–3
    Sheffield Wednesday 2–01–10–52–11–01–21–01–31–10–00–10–01–01–20–01–11–31–20–31–02–20–31–0
    Stoke City 4–02–01–21–01–22–03–12–22–00–15–10–33–00–20–02–30–21–20–03–22–00–22–1
    Swansea City 0–03–01–10–31–0 1–0 1–02–31–23–12–10–10–13–10–10–13–20–01–12–11–20–02–1
    West Bromwich Albion 2–20–03–21–14–14–22–22–00–04–24–21–12–00–21–12–22–02–21–12–10–15–10–1
    Wigan Athletic 0–01–02–00–30–23–22–01–11–11–18–00–20–02–21–01–01–21–01–32–13–01–21–1
    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

    RankPlayerClubGoals [80]
    1 Flag of Serbia.svg Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham26
    Flag of England.svg Ollie Watkins Brentford
    3 Flag of England.svg Lewis Grabban Nottingham Forest20
    4 Flag of England.svg Karlan Grant Huddersfield Town19
    5 Flag of Bermuda.svg Nahki Wells Queens Park Rangers / Bristol City18
    6 Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma Brentford17
    7 Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers16
    Flag of England.svg Patrick Bamford Leeds United
    Flag of England.svg Jarrod Bowen 1Hull City
    10 Flag of Ghana.svg André Ayew Swansea City15
    Flag of England.svg Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City
    Flag of France.svg Bryan Mbeumo Brentford

    Top assists

    RankPlayerClubAssists [80]
    1 Flag of Brazil.svg Matheus Pereira West Bromwich Albion16
    2 Flag of England.svg Jed Wallace Millwall13
    3 Flag of Sweden.svg Niclas Eliasson Bristol City12
    4 Flag of England.svg John Swift Reading10
    Flag of England.svg Lee Tomlin Cardiff City
    6 Flag of England.svg Jacob Brown Barnsley9
    Flag of Spain.svg Pablo Hernández Leeds United
    8 Flag of England.svg Sammy Ameobi Nottingham Forest8
    Flag of Scotland.svg Barry Bannan Sheffield Wednesday
    Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma Brentford
    Flag of England.svg Stewart Downing Blackburn Rovers
    Flag of England.svg Eberechi Eze Queens Park Rangers
    Flag of England.svg Conor Gallagher Swansea
    Flag of Poland.svg Kamil Grosicki Hull City / West Bromwich Albion
    Flag of England.svg Jack Harrison Leeds
    Flag of England.svg Joe Lolley Nottingham Forest
    Flag of England.svg Alex Mowatt Barnsley
    Flag of England.svg Bright Osayi-Samuel Queens Park Rangers

    Hat-tricks

    PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
    Flag of England.svg Ollie Watkins BrentfordBarnsley3–1 (A)29 September 2019 [82]
    Flag of Serbia.svg Aleksandar Mitrović FulhamLuton Town3–2 (H)23 October 2019 [83]
    Flag of England.svg Joe Ralls Cardiff CityBirmingham City4–2 (H)2 November 2019 [84]
    Flag of England.svg Josh Dasilva BrentfordLuton Town7–0 (H)30 November 2019 [85]
    Flag of Romania.svg George Pușcaș ReadingWigan Athletic3–1 (A)30 November 2019 [86]
    Flag of England.svg Conor Chaplin BarnsleyQueens Park Rangers5–3 (H)14 December 2019 [87]
    Flag of Scotland.svg Jordan Rhodes Sheffield WednesdayNottingham Forest4–0 (A)14 December 2019 [88]
    Flag of Bermuda.svg Nahki Wells Queens Park RangersCardiff City6–1 (H)1 January 2020 [89]
    Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma BrentfordHull City5–1 (A)1 February 2020 [90]
    Flag of England.svg Matt Smith MillwallNottingham Forest3–0 (A)6 March 2020 [91]
    Flag of England.svg Louie Sibley Derby CountyMillwall3–2 (A)20 June 2020 [92]
    Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg Yakou Méïté ReadingLuton Town5–0 (A) [lower-alpha 1] 4 July 2020 [93]
    Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma BrentfordWigan Athletic3–0 (H)4 July 2020 [94]
    Flag of England.svg Kieran Dowell Wigan AthleticHull City8–0 (H)14 July 2020 [95]
    1. Player scored 4 goals

    Monthly awards

    Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
    ManagerClubPlayerClub
    August Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Steve Cooper Swansea City Flag of Jamaica.svg Daniel Johnson Preston North End [96]
    September Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Chey Dunkley Wigan Athletic [97]
    October Flag of England.svg Danny Cowley Huddersfield Town Flag of Serbia.svg Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham [98]
    November Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Flag of England.svg Jarrod Bowen Hull City [99] [100]
    December Flag of England.svg Jonathan Woodgate Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Conor Chaplin Barnsley [101]
    January Flag of France.svg Sabri Lamouchi Nottingham Forest Flag of Bermuda.svg Nahki Wells Queens Park Rangers [102]
    February Flag of Croatia.svg Slaven Bilić West Bromwich Albion Flag of Ireland.svg Scott Hogan Birmingham City [103]
    June Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Frank Brentford Flag of England.svg Jason Pearce Charlton Athletic [104]
    July Flag of Argentina.svg Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United Flag of Algeria.svg Saïd Benrahma Brentford [105] [106]

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