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League One
2019–20
Football League One
Season information
Winners Coventry City
Promoted Coventry City
Rotherham United
Wycombe Wanderers
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
Southend United
Tranmere Rovers
Season statistics
Matches played 211
Goals scored 570
Average (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorer Ivan Toney (24 goals)
Biggest home win Peterborough 6–0 Rochdale
(14 September 2019)
Accrington 7–1 Bolton
(23 November 2019)
Biggest away win Lincoln 0–6 Oxford
(21 September 2019)
Southend 1–7 Doncaster
(22 October 2019)
Highest scoring Southend 1–7 Doncaster
(22 October 2019)
Accrington 7–1 Bolton
(23 November 2019)
Lincoln 5–3 Ipswich
(29 December 2019)
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The 2019–20 EFL League One (referred to as the Sky Bet League One for sponsorship reasons) is the 16th season of Football League One under its current title and the 28th season under its current league division format.

Newly promoted Bury were expelled from only the EFL (and not the F.A.) on 27 August 2019, due to financial issues at the club. They could not satisfy the requirements of their notice of withdrawal issued by the EFL for this deadline date. The league will operate with 23 teams for 2019–20, with three teams being relegated to League Two for the 2020–21 season, rather than the usual four. Having not fulfilled any of their league fixtures for the current season, as they were all postponed, no results were expunged.

Financially troubled Bolton entered administration and had been threatened with expulsion but were saved in a buy-out on 28 August.

Bolton failed to fulfil their fixture against Doncaster Rovers on 20 August. They called off the game 26 hours before kick off without informing the EFL nor Doncaster, claiming concerns over younger players' welfare. On 21 November, they were issued with a five-point deduction suspended for 18 months in relation to the Doncaster postponement, as well as a postponement in the 2018–19 season against Brentford in the Championship.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the season was temporarily suspended on 13 March. On 3 April 2020, this suspension was extended indefinitely.

On 9 June, clubs voted to curtail the season, meaning the final table would be calculated by a points-per-game method with the play-offs being played as normal.

Changes from last season

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

To League One

Promoted from League Two

Relegated from The Championship

From League One

Promoted to The Championship

Relegated to League Two

Stadia

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London (Kingston upon Thames) Kingsmeadow 4,850
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 17,338
Bolton Wanderers Bolton University of Bolton Stadium 28,723
Bristol Rovers Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,300
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Bury Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,609
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Fleetwood Town Fleetwood Highbury Stadium 5,327
Gillingham Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Lincoln City Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Peterborough United Peterborough ABAX Stadium 15,314
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 19,669
Rochdale Rochdale Spotland Stadium 10,500
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury New Meadow 9,875
Southend United Southend-on-Sea Roots Hall 12,392
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 10,137

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Accrington Stanley England John Coleman Flag of Republic Ireland Seamus Conneely Adidas Wham
AFC Wimbledon Flag of Wales Glyn Hodges England Will Nightingale Puma Sports Interactive
Blackpool England Simon Grayson England Jay Spearing Erreà Blackpool Council (home: "VisitBlackpool.com"; away: "Get Vocal")
Bolton Wanderers England Keith Hill Scotland Bridcutt, LiamLiam Bridcutt Infinity Apparel Home Bargains
Bristol Rovers Flag of Republic Ireland Joe Dunne (interim) England Ollie Clarke Macron Utilita Energy
Burton Albion England Clough, NigelNigel Clough England Jake Buxton TAG Prestec UK Ltd
Coventry City England Mark Robins Scotland Liam Kelly Hummel Allsopp & Allsopp
Doncaster Rovers Flag of Jamaica Darren Moore England Ben Whiteman Elite Pro Sports LNER
Fleetwood Town England Barton, JoeyJoey Barton Scotland Paul Coutts Hummel BES Utilities
Gillingham Scotland Steve Evans Germany Max Ehmer Macron MEMS Power Generation
Ipswich Town Scotland Paul Lambert England Luke Chambers Adidas Magical Vegas
Lincoln City England Michael Appleton Flag of Republic Ireland Lee Frecklington Erreà SRP Hire Solutions
Milton Keynes Dons Scotland Russell Martin England Dean Lewington Erreà Suzuki
Oxford United England Karl Robinson England John Mousinho Puma Singha Beer
Peterborough United Scotland Darren Ferguson England Mark Beevers Nike Mick George
Portsmouth Flag of Wales Kenny Jackett England Brett Pitman Nike University of Portsmouth
Rochdale Flag of Republic Ireland Brian Barry-Murphy Flag of Northern Ireland Callum Camps Erreà Crown Oil Ltd
Rotherham United England Paul Warne England Richard Wood Puma Embark Group (Home), Mears (Away & 3rd)
Shrewsbury Town Flag of Wales Sam Ricketts Flag of Wales David Edwards Admiral Tuffins Supermarkets (Home), Shropshire Homes (Away)
Southend United England Sol Campbell Flag of Australia Mark Milligan Nike Paddy Power (unbranded)
Sunderland England Phil Parkinson England Grant Leadbitter Adidas Children with Cancer UK
Tranmere Rovers Scotland Micky Mellon England Scott Davies Puma Essar
Wycombe Wanderers England Gareth Ainsworth England Matt Bloomfield O'Neills Cherry Red Records (Home), Dormeo (Away)

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Gillingham England Mark Patterson End of caretaker spell 4 May 2019 Pre-season Scotland Steve Evans 21 May 2019
Bury England Ryan Lowe Signed by Plymouth Argyle 5 June 2019 England Paul Wilkinson 2 July 2019
Doncaster Rovers Flag of Northern Ireland Grant McCann Signed by Hull City 21 June 2019 Flag of Jamaica Darren Moore 10 July 2019
Blackpool England Terry McPhillips End of contract 5 July 2019 England Simon Grayson 6 July 2019
Bolton Wanderers England Phil Parkinson Resigned 21 August 2019 23rd England Keith Hill 31 August 2019
Southend United England Kevin Bond 6 September 2019 22nd England Sol Campbell 22 October 2019
Lincoln City England Danny Cowley Signed by Huddersfield Town 9 September 2019 5th England Michael Appleton 20 September 2019
Sunderland Scotland Jack Ross Sacked 8 October 2019 6th England Phil Parkinson 17 October 2019
AFC Wimbledon England Wally Downes Mutual consent 20 October 2019 21st Flag of Wales Glyn Hodges 23 October 2019
Milton Keynes Dons England Paul Tisdale 2 November 2019 Scotland Russell Martin 3 November 2019
Bristol Rovers Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Coughlan Signed by Mansfield Town 17 December 2019 4th England Ben Garner 23 December 2019
Blackpool England Simon Grayson Sacked 12 February 2020 15th England Neil Critchley 2 March 2020
Burton Albion England Nigel Clough Resigned 18 May 2020 12th England Jake Buxton 18 May 2020

League Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Coventry City  (C) (P) 34 18 13 3 48 30+18 67 Promotion to the
Championship
2 Rotherham United  (P) 35 18 8 9 61 38+23 62
3 Wycombe Wanderers  (P) (O) 34 17 8 9 45 40+5 59 Qualification to the
League One play-offs
4 Oxford United 35 17 9 9 61 37+24 60
5 Portsmouth 35 17 9 9 53 36+17 60
6 Fleetwood Town 35 16 12 7 51 38+13 60
7 Peterborough United 35 17 8 10 68 40+28 59
8 Sunderland 36 16 11 9 48 32+16 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 15 9 10 51 33+18 54
10 Gillingham 35 12 15 8 42 34+8 51
11 Ipswich Town 36 14 10 12 46 36+10 52
12 Burton Albion 35 12 12 11 50 500 48
13 Blackpool 35 11 12 12 44 43+1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 12 9 14 38 49−11 45
15 Shrewsbury Town 34 10 11 13 31 42−11 41
16 Lincoln City 35 12 6 17 44 46−2 42
17 Accrington Stanley 35 10 10 15 47 53−6 40
18 Rochdale 34 10 6 18 39 57−18 36
19 Milton Keynes Dons 35 10 7 18 36 47−11 37
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 8 11 16 39 52−13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers  (R) 34 8 8 18 36 60−24 32 Relegation to League Two
22 Southend United  (R) 35 4 7 24 39 85−46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers  (R) 34 5 11 18 27 66−39 14
24 Bury 0 0 0 0 0 00 -12 Club expelled
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
  • Bury deducted 12 points for entering into an insolvency event, before later being expelled from the EFL on August 27 2019. At the time of their expulsion, they had played no matches.
  • Bolton Wanderers deducted 12 points for entering administration.


Play-offs

Semi finals Final
                           
   Portsmouth 1 1 2  
 Oxford United 1 1 2p  
   Oxford United 1
   Wycombe Wanderers 2
 Wycombe Wanderers 4 2 6
   Fleetwood Town 1 2 3  


Season statistics

Top scorers

As of 10 March 2020
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Ivan Toney Peterborough United 24
2 Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Armand Gnanduillet Blackpool 15
England Ian Henderson Rochdale
Flag of Republic Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town
5 Flag of Sudan Mohamed Eisa Peterborough United 14
England Matt Godden Coventry City
England Freddie Ladapo Rotherham United
England Tyler Walker Lincoln City
9 England Jonson Clarke-Harris Bristol Rovers 13
England Matty Taylor Oxford United
11 England James Henry Oxford United 12


Hat-tricks

As of 26 November 2019
Player For Against Result Date
Scotland Scott Fraser Burton Albion Oxford United 4–2 (A) 20 August 2019
Scotland Chris Maguire Sunderland AFC Wimbledon 3–1 (H) 24 August 2019
Flag of Wales Joe Jacobson Wycombe Wanderers Lincoln City 3–1 (H) 7 September 2019
England Ivan Toney Peterborough United Rochdale 6–0 (H) 14 September 2019
England Tariqe Fosu Oxford United Lincoln City 6–0 (A) 21 September 2019
Flag of Finland Marcus Forss AFC Wimbledon Southend United 4–1 (A) 12 October 2019
Flag of Republic Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town Burton Albion 4–1 (H) 19 October 2019
England Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Tranmere Rovers Milton Keynes Dons 3–1 (A) 2 November 2019
England Matt Godden Coventry City Wycombe Wanderers 4–1 (A) 29 December 2019
England Matt Godden Coventry City Tranmere Rovers 4–1 (A) 1 January 2020
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Other

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Club seasons
Premier League

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Championship

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League One

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League Two

Bradford City · Cambridge United · Carlisle United · Cheltenham Town · Colchester United · Crawley Town · Crewe Alexandra · Exeter City · Forest Green Rovers · Grimsby Town · Leyton Orient · Macclesfield Town · Mansfield Town · Morecambe · Newport County · Northampton Town · Oldham Athletic · Plymouth Argyle · Port Vale · Salford City · Scunthorpe United · Stevenage · Swindon Town · Walsall

National League

Barnet · Barrow · Boreham Wood · Bromley · Chesterfield · Chorley · Dagenham & Redbridge · Dover Athletic · Eastleigh · Ebbsfleet United · Fylde · Gateshead · Halifax Town · Harrogate Town · Hartlepool United · Maidenhead United · Notts County · Solihull Moors · Stockport County · Sutton United · Torquay United · Woking · Wrexham · Yeovil Town

National League North

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National League South

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

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