List of winners of the EFL Championship and predecessors

Last updated
English League (2nd tier)
Football League Second Division (1892–1992)
Football League First Division (1992–2004)
Football League Championship (2004–2016)
EFL Championship (2016–present)
Country
England
Flag of England.svg
Founded
1892
Number of teams
24 (2020–21 season)
Current champions
Norwich City (2020–21)
Most successful club
Leicester City and Manchester City
(7 championships each)

A national second tier of English league football was established in 1892–93, at the demise of Football Alliance. as the Second Division. In 1992, with the departure of the then First Division clubs to become the Premier League, the second tier became known as the First Division. In 2004 it was re-branded as the Football League Championship before it was renamed the EFL Championship in 2016.

Contents

Football League Second Division (1893–1992)

SeasonWinnersRunners-upThird qualifiersFourth qualifiers
1892–93 Small Heath* Sheffield United Darwen
1893–94 Liverpool Birmingham City
1894–95 Bury Notts County*
1895–96 Liverpool (2) Manchester City*
1896–97 Notts County Newton Heath*
1897–98 Burnley Newcastle United
1898–99 Manchester City Glossop North End
1899–1900 Sheffield Wednesday Bolton Wanderers
1900–01 Grimsby Town Small Heath
1901–02 West Bromwich Albion Middlesbrough
1902–03 Manchester City (2)Small Heath
1903–04 Preston North End Woolwich Arsenal
1904–05 Liverpool (3) Bolton Wanderers
1905–06 Bristol City Manchester United
1906–07 Nottingham Forest Chelsea
1907–08 Bradford City Leicester City
1908–09 Bolton Wanderers Tottenham Hotspur
1909–10 Manchester City (3) Oldham Athletic
1910–11 West Bromwich Albion (2)Bolton Wanderers
1911–12 Derby County Chelsea
1912–13 Preston North End (2)Burnley
1913–14 Notts County (2) Bradford Park Avenue
1914–15 Derby County (2)Preston North EndArsenal
1915–16 to 1918–19League suspended due to World War I
1919–20 Tottenham Hotspur Huddersfield Town
1920–21 Birmingham City (2) Cardiff City
1921–22 Nottingham Forest (2) Stoke City
1922–23 Notts County (3) West Ham United
1923–24 Leeds United Bury
1924–25 Leicester City Manchester United
1925–26 Sheffield Wednesday (2)Derby County
1926–27 Middlesbrough Portsmouth
1927–28 Manchester City (4) Leeds United
1928–29 Middlesbrough (2) Grimsby Town
1929–30 Blackpool Chelsea
1930–31 Everton West Bromwich Albion
1931–32 Wolverhampton Wanderers Leeds United
1932–33 Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur
1933–34 Grimsby Town (2)Preston North End
1934–35 Brentford Bolton Wanderers
1935–36 Manchester United Charlton Athletic
1936–37 Leicester City (2)Blackpool
1937–38 Aston Villa Manchester United
1938–39 Blackburn Rovers Sheffield United
1939–40 to 1945–46League suspended due to World War II
1946–47 Manchester City (5)Burnley
1947–48 Birmingham City (3)Newcastle United
1948–49 Fulham West Bromwich Albion
1949–50 Tottenham Hotspur (2)Sheffield Wednesday
1950–51 Preston North End (3)Manchester City
1951–52 Sheffield Wednesday (3)Cardiff City
1952–53 Sheffield United Huddersfield Town
1953–54 Leicester City (3) Everton
1954–55 Birmingham City (4) Luton Town
1955–56 Sheffield Wednesday (4)Leeds United
1956–57 Leicester City (4)Nottingham Forest
1957–58 West Ham United Blackburn Rovers
1958–59 Sheffield Wednesday (5)Fulham
1959–60 Aston Villa (2)Cardiff City
1960–61 Ipswich Town Sheffield United
1961–62 Liverpool (4) Leyton Orient
1962–63 Stoke City (2)Chelsea
1963–64 Leeds United (2) Sunderland
1964–65 Newcastle United Northampton Town
1965–66 Manchester City (6) Southampton
1966–67 Coventry City Wolverhampton Wanderers
1967–68 Ipswich Town (2) Queens Park Rangers
1968–69 Derby County (3) Crystal Palace
1969–70 Huddersfield Town Blackpool
1970–71 Leicester City (5)Sheffield United
1971–72 Norwich City Birmingham City
1972–73 Burnley (2)Queens Park Rangers
1973–74 Middlesbrough (3)Luton Town Carlisle United
1974–75 Manchester United (2) Aston Villa Norwich City
1975–76 Sunderland Bristol City West Bromwich Albion
1976–77 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)ChelseaNottingham Forest
1977–78 Bolton Wanderers (2)SouthamptonTottenham Hotspur
1978–79 Crystal Palace Brighton & Hove Albion Stoke City
1979–80 Leicester City (6)SunderlandBirmingham City
1980–81 West Ham United (2)Notts County Swansea City
1981–82 Luton Town Watford Norwich City
1982–83 Queens Park Rangers Wolverhampton WanderersLeicester City
1983–84 Chelsea Sheffield WednesdayNewcastle United
1984–85 Oxford United Birmingham CityManchester City
1985–86 Norwich City (2)Charlton Athletic Wimbledon
1986–87 Derby County (4)Portsmouth
1987–88 Millwall Aston VillaMiddlesbrough
1988–89 Chelsea (2)Manchester CityCrystal Palace
1989–90 Leeds United (3)Sheffield UnitedSunderland
1990–91 Oldham Athletic West Ham United Sheffield Wednesday Notts County
1991–92 Ipswich Town (3)MiddlesbroughBlackburn Rovers

Football League First Division (1992–2004)

SeasonWinnersRunners-upPlay-off winners
1992–93 Newcastle United (2)West Ham UnitedSwindon Town
1993–94 Crystal Palace (2)Nottingham ForestLeicester City
1994–95 Middlesbrough (4)Reading*Bolton Wanderers
1995–96 Sunderland (2)Derby CountyLeicester City
1996–97 Bolton Wanderers (3) Barnsley Crystal Palace
1997–98 Nottingham Forest (3)MiddlesbroughCharlton Athletic
1998–99 Sunderland (3)Bradford CityWatford
1999–2000 Charlton Athletic Manchester CityIpswich Town
2000–01 Fulham (2)Blackburn RoversBolton Wanderers
2001–02 Manchester City (7)West Bromwich AlbionBirmingham City
2002–03 Portsmouth Leicester CityWolverhampton Wanderers
2003–04 Norwich City (3)West Bromwich AlbionCrystal Palace

Football League Championship/EFL Championship (2004 onwards)

SeasonWinnersRunners-upPlay-off winners
2004–05 Sunderland (4)Wigan AthleticWest Ham United
2005–06 Reading Sheffield United Watford
2006–07 Sunderland (5)Birmingham CityDerby County
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion (3)Stoke CityHull City
2008–09 Wolverhampton Wanderers (3)Birmingham CityBurnley
2009–10 Newcastle United (3)West Bromwich AlbionBlackpool
2010–11 Queens Park Rangers (2) Norwich City Swansea City
2011–12 Reading (2)SouthamptonWest Ham United
2012–13 Cardiff City Hull City Crystal Palace
2013–14 Leicester City (7)BurnleyQueens Park Rangers
2014–15 Bournemouth Watford Norwich City
2015–16 Burnley (3)MiddlesbroughHull City
2016–17 Newcastle United (4)Brighton & Hove AlbionHuddersfield Town
2017–18 Wolverhampton Wanderers (4)Cardiff CityFulham
2018–19 Norwich City (4)Sheffield UnitedAston Villa
2019–20 Leeds United (4)West Bromwich AlbionFulham
2020–21 Norwich City (5)Watford Brentford

Number of titles overall

Clubs in bold are competing in the 2021–22 EFL Championship.

RankClubWinnersWinning seasons
1 Leicester City 7 1924–25, 1936–37, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1970–71, 1979–80, 2013–14
Manchester City 7 1898–99, 1902–03, 1909–10, 1927–28, 1946–47, 1965–66, 2001–02
3 Norwich City 5 1971–72, 1985–86, 2003–04, 2018–19, 2020–21
Sheffield Wednesday 5 1899–1900, 1925–26, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1958–59
Sunderland 5 1975–76, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2006–07
6 Birmingham City 4 1892–93, 1920–21, 1947–48, 1954–55
Derby County 4 1911–12, 1914–15, 1968–69, 1986–87
Leeds United 4 1923–24, 1963–64, 1989–90, 2019–20
Liverpool 4 1893–94, 1895–96, 1904–05, 1961–62
Middlesbrough 4 1926–27, 1928–29, 1973–74, 1994–95
Newcastle United 4 1964–65, 1992–93, 2009–10, 2016–17
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 1931–32, 1976–77, 2008–09, 2017–18
13 Bolton Wanderers 3 1908–09, 1977–78, 1996–97
Burnley 3 1897–98, 1972–73, 2015–16
Ipswich Town 3 1960–61, 1967–68, 1991–92
Nottingham Forest 3 1906–07, 1921–22, 1997–98
Notts County 3 1896–97, 1913–14, 1922–23
Preston North End 3 1903–04, 1912–13, 1950–51
West Bromwich Albion 3 1901–02, 1910–11, 2007–08
20 Aston Villa 2 1937–38, 1959–60
Chelsea 2 1983–84, 1988–89
Crystal Palace 2 1978–79, 1993–94
Fulham 2 1948–49, 2000–01
Grimsby Town 2 1900–01, 1933–34
Manchester United 2 1935–36, 1974–75
Queens Park Rangers 2 1982–83, 2010–11
Reading 2 2005–06, 2011–12
Stoke City 2 1932–33, 1962–63
Tottenham Hotspur 2 1919–20, 1949–50
West Ham United 2 1957–58, 1980–81
31 Blackburn Rovers 1 1938–39
Blackpool 1 1929–30
Bournemouth 1 2014–15
Bradford City 1 1907–08
Brentford 1 1934–35
Bristol City 1 1905–06
Bury 1 1894–95
Cardiff City 1 2012–13
Charlton Athletic 1 1999–2000
Coventry City 1 1966–67
Everton 1 1930–31
Huddersfield Town 1 1969–70
Luton Town 1 1981–82
Millwall 1 1987–88
Oldham Athletic 1 1990–91
Oxford United 1 1984–85
Portsmouth 1 2002–03
Sheffield United 1 1952–53

Related Research Articles

EFL Trophy Association football tournament in England

The English Football League Trophy, currently known as the Papa John's Trophy for sponsorship reasons, is an annual English association football knockout competition open to the 48 clubs in EFL League One and EFL League Two, the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system and, since the 2016–17 season, 16 under-21 sides from Premier League and EFL Championship clubs.

The National League is an association football league in England consisting of three divisions, the National League, National League North, and National League South. It was called the "Alliance Premier League" from 1979 until 1986. Between 1986 and 2015, the league was known as the "Football Conference".

Preston North End F.C. Association football club

Preston North End Football Club is a professional football club in Preston, Lancashire, whose first team currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Originally a cricket club, Preston has been based at Deepdale since 1875. The club first took up football in 1878 as a winter fitness activity and decided to focus on it in May 1880, when the football club was officially founded. Deepdale is now football's oldest ground in terms of continuous use by a major league club.

Bury F.C. Association football club in Bury, Greater Manchester

Bury Football Club is an English association football club based in Bury, Greater Manchester, whose team last played in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of English football, during the 2018–19 season. Known as "The Shakers", the team play in white shirts and navy blue shorts. Gigg Lane, one of the world's oldest football grounds, has been the club's home venue since 1885. The club's location led to local derby games with numerous clubs and Bury has long-standing rivalries with near neighbours Bolton Wanderers, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale. Established in 1885, Bury were founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889, and were crowned champions in the 1890–91 and 1891–92 seasons, before being elected to The Football League in 1894.

Lincoln City F.C. Association football club in Lincoln, England

Lincoln City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the "Imps" after the legend of the Lincoln Imp, they have played at 10,120-capacity Sincil Bank since their move from John O'Gaunts in 1895. Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks. They hold rivalries with other Lincolnshire clubs, particularly Football League sides Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

EFL Championship Second tier of the football pyramid of professional football league in England

The English Football League Championship is the highest division of the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system after the Premier League. The league is contested by 24 clubs. Each season, the two top-finishing teams in the Championship are automatically promoted to the Premier League. The teams that finish the season in 3rd to 6th place enter a playoff tournament, with the winner also gaining promotion to the Premier League. The three lowest-finishing teams in the Championship are relegated to League One.

EFL League One Division in English football league system

The English Football League One is the second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier overall in the entire English football league system.

The English Football League Championship play-offs are a series of play-off matches contested by the association football teams finishing from third to sixth in the EFL Championship table and are part of the English Football League play-offs. As of 2021, the play-offs comprise two semi-finals, where the team finishing third plays the team finishing sixth, and the team finishing fourth plays the team finishing fifth, each conducted as a two-legged tie. The winners of the semi-finals progress to the final which is contested at Wembley Stadium. The Championship play-off final is considered the most valuable single football match in the world as a result of the increase in revenue to the winning club from sponsorship and media agreements.

The EFL League One play-offs are a series of play-off matches contested by the association football teams finishing from third to sixth in the EFL League One table and are part of the English Football League play-offs. As of 2021, the play-offs comprise two semi-finals, where the team finishing third plays the team finishing sixth, and the team finishing fourth plays the team finishing fifth, each conducted as a two-legged tie. The winners of the semi-finals progress to the final which is contested at Wembley Stadium.

The EFL League Two play-offs are a series of play-off matches contested by the association football teams finishing from fourth to seventh in the EFL League Two table and are part of the English Football League play-offs. As of 2021, the play-offs comprise two semi-finals, where the team finishing fourth plays the team finishing seventh, and the team finishing fifth plays the team finishing sixth, each conducted as a two-legged tie. The winners of the semi-finals progress to the final which is contested at Wembley Stadium.

English Football League League competition featuring professional association football clubs from England and Wales

The English Football League (EFL) is a league competition featuring professional association football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in world football. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split away to form the Premier League.

The Football League First Division is a former division of the Football League and from 1888 to 1992, it was the top tier division in the English football league system. Following the creation of the Premier League, the name was given to the second tier division.

The 2016–17 EFL Cup was the 57th season of the EFL Cup, formerly known as the Football League Cup, featuring all 92 clubs from the Premier League and the English Football League (EFL). It began on the week commencing 8 August 2016 and concluded with the final on 26 February 2017. The cup did not have a sponsor following the withdrawal of sponsorship from Capital One after four years as the Capital One Cup, but was renamed the EFL Cup after the Football League was rebranded as the EFL.

The 2017–18 EFL Cup was the 58th season of the EFL Cup. The competition was open to all 92 clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League. It was known as the Carabao Cup due to the start of a sponsorship deal with Carabao Energy Drinks after the tournament was unsponsored the previous year. The final took place at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Premier League distributes a formulaically derived financial payment to each English Football League (EFL) club every season. There are two mechanisms with which funds are calculated and distributed, these are known as "Parachute Payments" and "Solidarity Payments". The payments are linked to the value of the Premier League’s broadcasting rights. In the 2017–18 season the Premier League paid £243m in Parachute Payments split amongst 8 clubs, and £100m in Solidarity Payments split amongst the remaining 64 clubs. This compares to £88m of UK TV revenue the EFL distributed to its 72 clubs for the 2017–18 season.

The 2020–21 EFL Championship was the 17th season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the 29th season under its current league division format.

References