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EFL Championship
2020–21
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Season information
Dates 12 September
2020 - 8 May 2021
Winners Norwich City
Promoted Norwich City
Watford
Brentford
Relegated Wycombe Wanderers
Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday
Season statistics
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,1274
Average (2.31 per match)
Top goalscorer Ivan Toney
(33 goals)
Biggest home win Norwich 7–0 Huddersfield
(6 April 2021)
Biggest away win Preston 0–5 Brentford
(10 April 2021)
 ← 2019–20
2021–22 → 

The 2020–21 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the 17th season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the 29th season under its current league division format.

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2019–20 season.

To Championship

Promoted from League One

Relegated from the Premier League

From Championship

Promoted to the Premier League

Relegated to League One

Stadiums

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 29,409
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bournemouth Bournemouth Dean Court 11,364
Brentford Hounslow Brentford Community Stadium 17,250
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,316
Coventry City Birmingham St Andrew's 29,409
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Kirklees Stadium 24,500
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,356
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,742
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) Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield (Owlerton) Hillsborough Stadium 34,854
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent bet365 Stadium 30,089
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 21,088
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 21,577
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 9,448

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Bournemouth Flag of England Jason Tindall Flag of England Steve Cook Flag of England Umbro MSP Capital
Barnsley Flag of France Valérien Ismaël Flag of England Alex Mowatt Flag of Germany Puma The Investment Room
Birmingham City Flag of Spain Aitor Karanka Flag of England Harlee Dean Flag of United States Nike BoyleSports
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England Tony Mowbray Flag of England Elliott Bennett Flag of England Umbro Recoverite Compression
Brentford Flag of Denmark Thomas Frank Flag of Sweden Pontus Jansson Flag of England Umbro Utilita
Bristol City Flag of England Dean Holden Flag of Czech Republic Tomas Kalas Flag of Denmark Hummel MansionBet
Cardiff City Flag of England Neil Harris Flag of England Morrison, SeanSean Morrison Flag of Germany Adidas Tourism Malaysia
Coventry City Flag of England Mark Robins Flag of Scotland Liam Kelly Flag of Denmark Hummel BoyleSports
Derby County Flag of England Wayne Rooney (interim) Flag of England Wayne Rooney Flag of England Umbro 32Red
Huddersfield Town Flag of Spain Carlos Corberán Flag of Germany Christopher Schindler Flag of England Umbro Various (home)
Yorkshire Air Ambulance / The Town Foundation / The Kirkwood (away)
Luton Town Flag of Wales Nathan Jones Flag of England Sonny Bradley Flag of England Umbro JB Developments (home)
Star Platforms (away)
Ryebridge (third)
Middlesbrough Flag of England Neil Warnock Flag of DR Congo Britt Assombalonga Flag of Denmark Hummel 32Red
Millwall Flag of England Gary Rowett Flag of Republic Ireland Alex Pearce Flag of Italy Macron Huski Chocolate
Norwich City Flag of Germany Daniel Farke Flag of Scotland Grant Hanley Flag of Italy Erreà Dafabet
Nottingham Forest Flag of Republic Ireland Chris Hughton Flag of England Michael Dawson Flag of Italy Macron Football Index
Preston North End Flag of Scotland Alex Neil Flag of Republic of Ireland Alan Browne Flag of United States Nike 32Red
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England Mark Warburton Flag of United States Geoff Cameron Flag of Italy Erreà Football Index
Reading Flag of Serbia Veljko Paunović Flag of England Liam Moore Flag of Italy Macron Casumo
Rotherham United Flag of England Paul Warne Flag of England Richard Wood Flag of Germany Puma Embark Group (home)
Mears (away and third)
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England Neil Thompson (caretaker) Flag of Scotland Barry Bannan Flag of England Elev8 Chansiri
Stoke City Flag of Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill Flag of England Ryan Shawcross Flag of Italy Macron bet365
Swansea City Flag of Wales Steve Cooper Flag of England Matt Grimes Flag of Spain Joma Swansea University
Watford Flag of Spain Xisco Muñoz Flag of England Deeney, TroyTroy Deeney Flag of Spain Kelme Sportsbet.io
Wycombe Wanderers Flag of England Gareth Ainsworth Flag of England Matt Bloomfield Flag of Republic Ireland O'Neills Dreams (home and away)
Cherry Red Records (third)

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Birmingham City Flag of England Steve Spooner
Flag of England Craig Gardner
End of caretaker spell 22 July 2020 Pre-season Flag of Spain Aitor Karanka 31 July 2020
Huddersfield Town Flag of England Danny Schofield Flag of Spain Carlos Corberán 23 July 2020
Watford Flag of England Mullins, HaydenHayden Mullins 26 July 2020 Flag of Serbia Vladimir Ivić 15 August 2020
Bournemouth Flag of England Howe, EddieEddie Howe Mutual consent 1 August 2020 Flag of England Jason Tindall 8 August 2020
Reading Flag of Wales Mark Bowen 29 August 2020 Flag of Serbia Veljko Paunović 29 August 2020
Barnsley Flag of Austria Gerhard Struber Signed by New York Red Bulls 6 October 2020 21st Flag of France Valérien Ismaël 23 October 2020
Nottingham Forest Flag of France Sabri Lamouchi Sacked 22nd Flag of Republic Ireland Chris Hughton 6 October 2020
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England Garry Monk 9 November 2020 23rd Flag of Wales Tony Pulis 13 November 2020
Derby County Flag of Netherlands Phillip Cocu Mutual consent 14 November 2020 24th Flag of England Wayne Rooney (interim) 27 November 2020
Watford Flag of Serbia Vladimir Ivić Sacked 19 December 2020 5th Flag of Spain Xisco Muñoz 20 December 2020
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Wales Tony Pulis 28 December 2020 23rd Flag of England Neil Thompson (caretaker) 28 December 2020
Cardiff City Flag of England Neil Harris 21 January 2021 15th Flag of Republic Ireland Mick McCarthy 22 January 2021
Bournemouth Flag of England Jason Tindall 3 February 2021 6th Flag of England Jonathan Woodgate 21 February 2021
Bristol City Flag of England Dean Holden 16 February 2021 13th Flag of England Nigel Pearson 22 February 2021
Birmingham City Flag of Spain Aitor Karanka Resigned 16 March 2021 21st Flag of England Lee Bowyer 16 March 2021
Preston North End Flag of Scotland Alex Neil Sacked 21 March 2021 16th Flag of Scotland Frankie McAvoy 10 May 2021

League table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Norwich City  (C) (P) 46 29 10 7 75 36 +39 97 Promotion to the
Premier League
2 Watford  (P) 46 27 10 9 63 30 +33 91
3 Brentford  (P) (O) 46 24 15 7 79 42 +37 87 Qualification to the
Championship Play-offs
4 Swansea City 46 23 11 12 56 39 +17 80
5 Barnsley 46 23 9 14 58 50 +8 78
6 Bournemouth 46 22 11 13 73 46 +27 77
7 Reading 46 19 13 14 60 52 +8 70
8 Cardiff City 46 18 14 14 66 49 +17 68
9 Queens Park Rangers 46 19 11 16 57 55 +2 68
10 Middlesbrough 46 18 10 18 55 53 +2 64
11 Millwall 46 15 18 13 47 47 0 63
12 Luton Town 46 17 11 18 41 52 −11 62
13 Preston North End 46 18 7 21 49 56 −7 61
14 Stoke City 46 15 15 16 50 52 −2 60
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 15 12 19 65 54 +11 57
16 Coventry City 45 13 13 19 43 60 −17 52
17 Nottingham Forest 46 12 16 18 37 45 −8 52
18 Birmingham City 46 13 13 20 37 61 −24 52
19 Bristol City 46 15 6 25 46 68 −22 51
20 Huddersfield Town 46 12 13 21 50 71 −21 49
21 Derby County 46 11 11 24 36 58 −22 44
22 Wycombe Wanderers  (R) 46 11 10 25 39 69 −30 43 Relegation to
League One
23 Rotherham United  (R) 46 11 9 26 44 60 −16 42
24 Sheffield Wednesday  (R) 46 12 11 23 40 61 −21 41

Source: EFL.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

a. Sheffield Wednesday will receive a 12 point deduction for breaching the League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules, this was later reduced to 6 points by an Independent League Arbitration panel

Play-offs

Semi-finals Final
                           
  6  Bournemouth 1 1 (2)  
3  Brentford 0 3 (3)  
  3  Brentford 2
  4  Swansea City 0
5  Barnsley 0 1 (1)
  4  Swansea City 1 1 (2)  

First leg

17 May 2021
18:00 BST
Bournemouth 1–0 Brentford Dean Court, Kings Park, Boscombe
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tim Robinson
Danjuma Goal 55' Report
17 May 2021
20:15 BST
Barnsley 0–1 Swansea City Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Report Ayew Goal 39'

Second leg

22 May 2021
12:30 BST
Brentford 3–1 Bournemouth Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Toney Goal 15' (pen.)
Janelt Goal 50'
Forss Goal 81'

Brentford won 3–2 on aggregate.

22 May 2021
17:30 BST
Swansea City 1–1 Barnsley Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: John Brooks
Grimes Goal 39' Report Woodrow Goal 71'

Swansea City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Championship final

Main article: 2021 EFL Championship play-off Final
29 May 2021
15:00 BST
Brentford 2–0 Swansea City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 11,689
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Toney Goal 10' (pen.)
Marcondes Goal 20'
BBC Report Fulton Red card 65'

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