League One
2020–21
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Season information
Dates 12 September 2020 – 8 May 2021
Winners Hull City
Promoted Hull City
Peterborough United
Blackpool
Relegated Rochdale
Northampton Town
Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers
Season statistics
Matches played 492
Goals scored 1339
Top goalscorer Jonson Clarke-Harris (31 goals)
Biggest home win Peterborough 7–0 Accrington
(27 March 2021)
Previous season
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The 2020–21 EFL League One (referred to as the Sky Bet League One for sponsorship reasons) is the 17th season of Football League One 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 League One

Promoted from League Two

Relegated from Championship

From League One

Promoted to Championship

Relegated to League Two

Expelled from the EFL

Stadiums

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London Loftus Road/Plough Lane
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 17,338
Bristol Rovers Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,300
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley 27,111
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,180
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Fleetwood Town Fleetwood Highbury Stadium 5,327
Gillingham Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,586
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Lincoln City Lincoln LNER Stadium 10,120
Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Northampton Town Northampton PTS Academy Stadium 7,798
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Peterborough United Peterborough Weston Homes Stadium 15,314
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 18,600
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 19,669
Rochdale Rochdale Crown Oil Arena 10,500
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury Montgomery Waters Meadow 9,875
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 15,728
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Accrington Stanley Flag of England John Coleman Flag of Republic of Ireland Séamus Conneely Adidas Wham
AFC Wimbledon Flag of Wales Glyn Hodges Flag of England Will Nightingale Puma Sports Interactive
Blackpool Flag of England Critchley, NeilNeil Critchley TBA Puma Blackpool Council (home: "VisitBlackpool.com"; away: "Get Vocal")
Bristol Rovers Flag of England Ben Garner Flag of Germany Max Ehmer Macron Utilita Energy
Burton Albion Flag of England Buxton, JakeJake Buxton Flag of England Jake Buxton TAG Prestec UK Ltd
Charlton Athletic Flag of England Bowyer, LeeLee Bowyer Flag of England Jason Pearce Hummel Children with Cancer UK
Crewe Alexandra Flag of Gibraltar Artell, DavidDavid Artell Flag of England Perry Ng FBT Mornflake
Doncaster Rovers Flag of Jamaica Darren Moore Flag of England Ben Whiteman Elite Pro Sports LNER
Fleetwood Town Flag of England Barton, JoeyJoey Barton Flag of Scotland Paul Coutts Hummel BES Utilities
Gillingham Flag of Scotland Steve Evans TBA Macron MEMS Power Generation
Hull City Flag of Northern Ireland Grant McCann Flag of England Richie Smallwood Umbro Giacom
Ipswich Town Flag of Scotland Paul Lambert Flag of England Luke Chambers Adidas Carers Trust
Lincoln City Flag of England Michael Appleton Flag of Scotland Liam Bridcutt Erreà Peregrine Holdings
Milton Keynes Dons Flag of Scotland Russell Martin Flag of England Dean Lewington Erreà Suzuki
Northampton Town Flag of England Keith Curle Flag of England Nicky Adams Hummel University of Northampton
Oxford United Flag of England Karl Robinson Flag of England John Mousinho Puma Singha Beer
Peterborough United Flag of Scotland Darren Ferguson Flag of England Mark Beevers Puma Mick George Group
Plymouth Argyle Flag of England Lowe, RyanRyan Lowe Flag of England Gary Sawyer Puma Ginsters
Portsmouth Flag of Wales Kenny Jackett Flag of England Tom Naylor Nike University of Portsmouth
Rochdale Flag of Republic Ireland Brian Barry-Murphy TBA Erreà Crown Oil Ltd
Shrewsbury Town Flag of Wales Sam Ricketts Flag of Wales David Edwards Admiral Tuffins Supermarkets (Home), Shropshire Homes (Away)
Sunderland Flag of England Parkinson, PhilPhil Parkinson Flag of England Max Power Nike Great Annual Savings Group
Swindon Town Flag of England Wellens, RichieRichie Wellens Flag of England Conroy, DionDion Conroy Puma Imagine Cruising
Wigan Athletic Flag of England Richardson, LeamLeam Richardson Flag of Egypt Sam Morsy Puma KB88

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Wigan Athletic Flag of England Paul Cook Resigned 29 July 2020 Pre-season Flag of Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 11 September 2020
Swindon Town Flag of England Richie Wellens Signed by Salford City 4 November 2020 20th Flag of Republic of Ireland John Sheridan 13 November 2020
Wigan Athletic Flag of Republic of Ireland John Sheridan Signed by Swindon Town 13 November 2020 24th Flag of England Leam Richardson (interim) 13 November 2020
Bristol Rovers Flag of England Ben Garner Sacked 14 November 2020 18th Flag of England Paul Tisdale 19 November 2020
Shrewsbury Town Flag of Wales Sam Ricketts 25 November 2020 23rd Flag of England Steve Cotterill 27 November 2020
Sunderland Flag of England Phil Parkinson 29 November 2020 8th Flag of England Lee Johnson 5 December 2020

League Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Hull City  (C) (P) 46 27 8 11 80 38 +42 89 Promotion to the
Championship
2 Peterborough United  (P) 46 26 9 11 83 46 +37 87
3 Blackpool  (P) (O) 46 23 11 12 60 37 +23 80 Qualification to the
League One play-offs
4 Sunderland 46 20 17 9 70 42 +28 77
5 Lincoln City 46 22 11 13 69 50 +19 77
6 Oxford United 46 22 8 16 77 56 +21 74
7 Charlton Athletic 46 20 14 12 70 56 +14 74
8 Portsmouth 46 21 9 16 65 51 +14 72
9 Ipswich Town 46 19 12 15 46 46 0 69
10 Gillingham 46 19 10 17 63 60 +3 67
11 Accrington Stanley 46 18 13 15 63 68 −5 67
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 12 16 56 61 −5 66
13 Milton Keynes Dons 46 18 11 17 64 62 +2 65
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 19 7 20 63 67 −4 64
15 Fleetwood Town 46 16 12 18 49 46 +3 60
16 Burton Albion 46 15 12 19 61 73 −12 57
17 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 15 18 50 57 −7 54
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 11 21 53 80 −27 53
19 AFC Wimbledon 46 12 15 19 54 70 −16 51
20 Wigan Athletic 46 13 9 24 54 77 −23 48
21 Rochdale  (R) 46 11 14 21 61 78 −17 47 Relegation to
League Two
22 Northampton Town  (R) 46 11 12 23 41 67 −26 45
23 Swindon Town  (R) 46 13 4 29 55 89 −34 43
24 Bristol Rovers  (R) 46 10 8 28 40 70 −30 38

Source: BBC Sport
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

Play-offs

Semi-finals Final
                           
  6  Oxford United 0 3 (3)  
3  Blackpool 3 3 (6)  
  3  Blackpool 2
  5  Lincoln City 1
5  Lincoln City 2 1 (3)
  4  Sunderland 0 2 (2)  

First leg

18 May 2021
18:00 BST
Oxford United 0–3 Blackpool Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Attendance: 3,224
Referee: Bobby Madley
Report Turton Goal 23'
Simms Goal 26'74'
19 May 2021
18:00 BST
Lincoln City 2–0 Sunderland Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Craig Hicks
Hopper Goal 51'
Johnson Goal 77'
Report

Second leg

21 May 2021
19:45 BST
Blackpool 3–3 Oxford United Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Keith Stroud
Embleton Goal 11'
Dougall Goal 13'
Yates Goal 54'
Report Taylor Goal 7'
Atkinson Goal 52'
Shodipo Goal 74'

Blackpool won 6–3 on aggregate.

22 May 2021
15:00 BST
Sunderland 2–1 Lincoln City Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 9,971
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Stewart Goal 13'
Wyke Goal 33'
Report Hopper Goal 57'

Lincoln City won 3–2 on aggregate.

League One Final

Main article: 2021 EFL League One play-off Final
30 May 2021
15:00 BST
Blackpool 2–1 Lincoln City Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Tony Harrington
Dougall Goal 34'54' Report Turton Goal 1' (og)

See also

EFL League One 2020–21

Accrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Blackpool · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Charlton Athletic · Crewe Alexandra · Doncaster Rovers · Fleetwood Town · Gillingham · Hull City · Ipswich Town · Lincoln City · Milton Keynes Dons · Northampton Town · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Plymouth Argyle · Portsmouth · Rochdale · Shrewsbury Town · Swindon Town · Sunderland · Wigan Athletic

Current EFL League One managers

Coleman (Accrington Stanley) · Robinson (AFC Wimbledon) · Critchley (Blackpool) · Barton (Bristol Rovers) · Hasselbaink (Burton Albion) · Adkins (Charlton Athletic) · Artell (Crewe Alexandra) · Butler (Doncaster Rovers) · Grayson (Fleetwood Town) · Evans (Gillingham) · McCann (Hull City) · Paul Cook (Ipswich Town) · Appleton (Lincoln City) · Martin (Milton Keynes Dons) · Brady (Northampton Town) · Robinson (Oxford United) · Ferguson (Peterborough United) · Lowe (Plymouth Argyle) · Cowley (Portsmouth) · Barry-Murphy (Rochdale) · Cotterill (Shrewsbury Town) · Johnson (Sunderland) · Wright (Swindon Town) · Richardson (Wigan Athletic)

EFL League One stadiums 2020-21

Bloomfield Road · County Ground · Crown Ground · DW Stadium · Fratton Park · Gresty Road · Highbury Stadium · Home Park · Kassam Stadium · KCOM Stadium · Keepmoat Stadium · London Road · Memorial Stadium · New Meadow · Pirelli Stadium · Plough Lane · Portman Road · Priestfield Stadium · Sincil Bank · Sixfields Stadium · Spotland Stadium · Stadium MK · Stadium of Light · The Valley

EFL League One seasons

1992-93 · 1993-94 · 1994-95 · 1995-96 · 1996-97 · 1997-98 · 1998-99 · 1999-00 · 1992-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 ·

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FA competitions
FA Cup (Qualifying Rounds, Final) · FA Community Shield · FA Trophy (Final) · FA Vase (Final)
League cups
EFL Cup (Final) · EFL Trophy (Final)
Premier and Football League
Premier League · Football League (Championship · League One · League Two)
National League
National League (National League · North · South)
Lower leagues
Isthmian League (Premier · North · South Central · South East) · Northern Premier League (Premier · North West · South East) · Southern Football League (Premier Central · Premier South · Division One Central · Division One South) · Combined Counties League (Premier, One) · East Midlands Counties League (level 10 only) · Eastern Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Essex Senior League (level 9 only) · Hellenic League (Premier, One East, One West) · Midland League (Premier, One) · Northern Counties East League (Premier, One) · Northern League (One, Two) · North West Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Southern Combination League (Premier, One, Two) · Southern Counties East League (Premier, One) · South West Peninsula League (East, West) · Spartan South Midlands League (Premier, One) · United Counties League (Premier, One) · Wessex League (Premier, One) · Western League (Premier, One) · West Midlands (Regional) League (level 10 only)
Playoffs

Championship (Final) · League One (Final) · League Two (Final)
National League (Final)

European competitions
Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)
National teams

Senior: (2020–21 UEFA Nations League group stage) · (UEFA Euro 2020 finals) · (2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round) · U21: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals) · U19: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals) · U17: (UEFA Euro 2021 qualifying round, finals)

Other

Summer 2020 transfers · Winter 2020–21 transfers ·

Club seasons
Premier League

Arsenal · Aston Villa · Brighton & Hove Albion · Burnley · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Fulham · Leeds United · Leicester City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Sheffield United · Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur · West Bromwich Albion · West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers

Championship

Barnsley · Birmingham City · Blackburn Rovers · Bournemouth · Brentford · Bristol City · Cardiff City · Coventry City · Derby County · Huddersfield Town · Luton Town · Middlesbrough · Millwall · Norwich City · Nottingham Forest · Preston North End · Queens Park Rangers · Reading · Rotherham United · Sheffield Wednesday · Stoke City · Swansea City · Watford · Wycombe Wanderers

League One

Accrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Blackpool · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Charlton Athletic · Crewe Alexandra · Doncaster Rovers · Fleetwood Town · Gillingham · Hull City · Ipswich Town · Lincoln City · Milton Keynes Dons · Northampton Town · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Plymouth Argyle · Portsmouth · Rochdale · Shrewsbury Town · Sunderland · Swindon Town · Wigan Athletic

League Two

Barrow · Bolton Wanderers · Bradford City · Cambridge United · Carlisle United · Cheltenham Town · Colchester United · Crawley Town · Exeter City · Forest Green Rovers · Grimsby Town · Harrogate Town · Leyton Orient · Mansfield Town · Morecambe · Newport County · Oldham Athletic · Port Vale · Salford City · Scunthorpe United · Southend United · Tranmere Rovers · Walsall

National League

Aldershot Town · Altrincham · Barnet · Boreham Wood · Bromley · Chesterfield · Dagenham & Redbridge · Dover Athletic · Eastleigh · Halifax Town · Hartlepool United · King's Lynn Town · Maidenhead United · Notts County · Solihull Moors · Stevenage · Stockport County · Sutton United · Torquay United · Wealdstone · Weymouth · Woking · Wrexham · Yeovil Town

National League North

Fylde · AFC Telford United · Alfreton Town · Blyth Spartans · Boston United · Brackley Town · Bradford Park Avenue · Chester · Chorley · Curzon Ashton · Darlington · Farsley Celtic · Gateshead · Gloucester City · Guiseley · Hereford · Kettering Town · Kidderminster Harriers · Leamington · Southport · Spennymoor Town · York City

National League South

Bath City · Billericay Town · Braintree Town · Chelmsford City · Chippenham Town · Concord Rangers · Dartford · Dorking Wanderers · Dulwich Hamlet · Eastbourne Borough · Ebbsfleet United · Hampton & Richmond Borough · Havant & Waterlooville · Hemel Hempstead Town · Hungerford Town · Maidstone United · Oxford City · Slough Town · St Albans City · Tonbridge Angels · Welling United

2019–20                                                        2021–22

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