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The Football League
2019–20
Season information
Winners Leeds United
Promoted West Bromwich Albion
Relegated Stevenage
Continental cup qualifiers
Expelled Bury
New Clubs in League Leyton Orient
Salford City
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The 2019–20 season was the 121st season of the English Football League (EFL) and the fourth season under that name after it was renamed from The Football League in 2016. For the seventh season running, the league is sponsored by Sky Betting & Gaming and is therefore known as the Sky Bet EFL.

The EFL is contested through three divisions: the Championship, League One and League Two. The winner and the runner up of the Championship are automatically promoted to the Premier League and they are joined by the winner of the Championship playoff. Originally the bottom two teams in League Two were to be relegated to the National League, but because of the expulsion of Bury from League One, only the bottom team in League Two will be relegated.

Promotion and relegation

From the Premier League

Relegated to the Championship

From the Championship

Promoted to the Premier League
Relegated to League One

From League One

Promoted to the Championship
Relegated to League Two

From League Two

Promoted to League One
Relegated to the National League

From the National League

Promoted to League Two

League tables

Sky Bet Championship

Main article: 2019–20 EFL Championship

Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Leeds United  (C) (P) 46 28 9 9 77 35+42 93 Promotion to the
Premier League
2 West Bromwich Albion

 (P)

46 22 17 7 77 45+32 83
3 Brentford 46 24 9 13 80 38+42 81 Qualification to the
Championship Play-offs
4 Fulham  (P) 46 23 12 11 64 48+16 81
5 Cardiff City 46 19 16 11 68 58+10 73
6 Swansea City 46 18 16 12 59 56+3 70
7 Nottingham Forest 46 18 16 12 58 50+8 70
8 Millwall 46 17 17 12 57 51+6 68
9 Preston North End 46 18 12 16 59 54+5 66
10 Derby County 46 17 13 16 62 64−2 64
11 Blackburn Rovers 46 17 12 17 66 63+3 63
12 Bristol City 46 17 12 17 60 65−5 63
13 Queens Park Rangers 46 16 10 20 67 76−9 58
14 Reading 46 15 11 20 59 58+1 56
15 Stoke City 46 16 8 22 62 68−6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 11 20 58 66−8 56
17 Middlesbrough 46 13 14 19 48 61−13 53
18 Huddersfield Town 46 13 12 21 52 70−18 51
19 Luton Town 46 14 9 23 54 82−28 51
20 Birmingham City 46 12 14 20 54 75−21 50
21 Barnsley 46 12 13 21 49 69−20 49
22 Charlton Athletic  (R) 46 12 12 22 50 65−15 48 Relegation to
League One
23 Wigan Athletic  (R) 46 15 14 17 57 56+1 47
24 Hull City  (R) 46 12 9 25 57 87−30 45
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

Sky Bet League One

Main article: 2019–20 EFL League One

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.


Sky Bet League Two

Main article: 2019–20 EFL League Two

Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Swindon Town  (C) (P) 36 21 6 9 62 39+23 69 Promotion to
League One
2 Crewe Alexandra  (P) 37 20 9 8 67 43+24 69
3 Plymouth Argyle  (P) 37 20 8 9 61 39+22 68
4 Cheltenham Town 36 17 13 6 52 27+25 64 Qualification to the
League Two play-offs
5 Exeter City 37 18 11 8 53 43+10 65
6 Colchester United 37 15 13 9 52 37+15 58
7 Northampton Town  (P) 37 17 7 13 54 40+14 58
8 Port Vale 37 14 15 8 50 44+6 57
9 Bradford City 37 14 12 11 44 40+4 54
10 Forest Green Rovers 36 13 10 13 43 40+3 49
11 Salford City 37 13 11 13 49 46+3 50
12 Walsall 36 13 8 15 40 49−9 47
13 Crawley Town 37 11 15 11 51 47+4 48
14 Newport County 36 12 10 14 32 39−7 46
15 Grimsby Town 37 12 11 14 45 51−6 47
16 Cambridge United 37 12 9 16 40 48−8 45
17 Leyton Orient 36 10 12 14 47 55−8 42
18 Carlisle United 37 10 12 15 39 56−17 42
19 Oldham Athletic 37 9 14 14 44 57−13 41
20 Scunthorpe United 37 10 10 17 44 56−12 40
21 Mansfield Town 36 9 11 16 48 55−7 38
22 Morecambe 37 7 11 19 35 60−25 32
23 Macclesfield Town 37 7 15 15 32 47−15 36 Reprieved from relegation
24 Stevenage  (R) 36 3 13 20 24 50−26 22 Relegation to the
National League
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


Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment Position in table
West Bromwich Albion Flag of Jamaica Darren Moore Sacked 9 March 2019 2018–19 season Croatia Slaven Bilić 13 June 2019 Pre-season
Oldham Athletic England Paul Scholes Resigned 14 March 2019< Flag of France Laurent Banide 11 June 2019
Scunthorpe United Scotland Stuart McCall Sacked 24 March 2019 England Paul Hurst 13 May 2019
Queens Park Rangers England Steve McClaren 1 April 2019 England Mark Warburton 9 May 2019
Walsall England Dean Keates 6 April 2019 England Darrell Clarke 10 May 2019
Gillingham Flag of Wales Steve Lovell 26 April 2019 Scotland Steve Evans 1 June 2019
Plymouth Argyle Scotland Derek Adams 28 April 2019 England Ryan Lowe 5 June 2019
Brighton & Hove Albion Flag of Republic Ireland Chris Hughton 13 May 2019 Pre-season England Graham Potter 20 May 2019
Mansfield Town England David Flitcroft 14 May 2019 Scotland John Dempster 14 May 2019
Middlesbrough Flag of Wales Tony Pulis End of contract 17 May 2019 England Jonathan Woodgate 14 June 2019
Swansea City England Graham Potter Signed by Brighton & Hove Albion 20 May 2019 Flag of Wales Steve Cooper 13 June 2019
Bury England Ryan Lowe Signed by Plymouth Argyle 5 June 2019 England Paul Wilkinson 2 July 2019
Leyton Orient England Justin Edinburgh Deceased 8 June 2019 Flag of Wales Carl Fletcher 16 October 2019 17th
Hull City England Nigel Adkins End of contract 8 June 2019 Flag of Northern Ireland Grant McCann 21 June 2019 Pre-season
Birmingham City England Garry Monk Sacked 18 June 2019 Flag of Spain Pep Clotet 4 December 2019 15th
Doncaster Rovers Flag of Northern Ireland Grant McCann Signed by Hull City 21 June 2019 Flag of Jamaica Darren Moore 10 July 2019 Pre-season
Nottingham Forest Flag of Northern Ireland Martin O’Neill Sacked 28 June 2019 Flag of France Sabri Lamouchi 28 June 2019
Derby County England Frank Lampard Signed by Chelsea 4 July 2019 Netherlands Phillip Cocu 5 July 2019
Blackpool England Terry McPhillips Resigned 5 July 2019 England Simon Grayson 6 July 2019
Sheffield Wednesday England Steve Bruce 15 July 2019 England Garry Monk 6 September 2019 11th
Macclesfield Town England Sol Campbell Mutual consent 15 August 2019 8th Flag of Republic Ireland Daryl McMahon 19 August 2019 4th
Huddersfield Town Germany Jan Siewert Sacked 16 August 2019 20th England Danny Cowley 9 September 2019 23rd
Bolton Wanderers England Phil Parkinson Resigned 22 August 2019 23rd England Keith Hill 31 August 2019 23rd
Southend United England Kevin Bond 6 September 2019 22nd England Sol Campbell 22 October 2019 22nd
Stevenage Flag of Tunisia Dino Maamria Sacked 9 September 2019 23rd England Graham Westley 15 December 2019 23rd
Lincoln City England Danny Cowley Signed by Huddersfield Town 9 September 2019 5th England Michael Appleton 20 September 2019 8th
Oldham Athletic Flag of France Laurent Banide Sacked 19 September 2019 21st Flag of Tunisia Dino Maamria 19 September 2019 21st
Millwall England Neil Harris Resigned 3 October 2019 18th England Gary Rowett 21 October 2019 17th
Barnsley Germany Daniel Stendel Sacked 8 October 2019 23rd Flag of Austria Gerhard Struber 20 November 2019 24th
Sunderland Scotland Jack Ross 8 October 2019 6th England Phil Parkinson 17 October 2019 6th
Reading Flag of Portugal José Gomes 9 October 2019 22nd Flag of Wales Mark Bowen 14 October 2019 22nd
AFC Wimbledon England Wally Downes Mutual consent 20 October 2019 21st Flag of Wales Glyn Hodges 23 October 2019 21st
Morecambe England Jim Bentley Signed by A.F.C. Fylde 28 October 2019 24th Scotland Derek Adams 7 November 2019 24th
Stoke City Flag of Wales Nathan Jones Sacked 1 November 2019 23rd Flag of Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill 8 November 2019 24th
Milton Keynes Dons England Paul Tisdale Mutual consent 2 November 2019 21st Scotland Russell Martin 3 November 2019 21st
Cardiff City England Neil Warnock Resigned 11 November 2019 14th England Neil Harris 16 November 2019 14th
Carlisle United Scotland Steven Pressley Sacked 13 November 2019 19th England Chris Beech 26 November 2019 21st
Leyton Orient Flag of Wales Carl Fletcher 14 November 2019 16th England Ross Embleton 7 January 2020 19th
Grimsby Town England Michael Jolley 15 November 2019 18th England Ian Holloway 31 December 2019 21st
Crawley Town Flag of Italy Gabriele Cioffi Mutual consent 2 December 2019 17th England John Yems 5 December 2019 17th
Mansfield Town Scotland John Dempster Sacked 14 December 2019 18th Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Coughlan 17 December 2019 18th
Bristol Rovers Flag of Republic Ireland Graham Coughlan Signed by Mansfield Town 17 December 2019 4th England Ben Garner 23 December 2019 4th
Macclesfield Town Flag of Republic Ireland Daryl McMahon Resigned 2 January 2020 22nd Flag of Republic Ireland Mark Kennedy 16 January 2020 22nd
Cambridge United Scotland Colin Calderwood Mutual consent 29 January 2020 18th
Scunthorpe United England Paul Hurst Sacked 29 January 2020 15th
Bradford City England Gary Bowyer 3 February 2020 8th Scotland Stuart McCall 4 February 2020 8th
Blackpool England Simon Grayson 12 February 2020 15th England Neil Critchley 2 March 2020 13th
Stevenage England Graham Westley Resigned 16 February 2020 24th England Alex Revell 16 February 2020 24th
Luton Town England Graeme Jones Mutual consent 24 April 2020 23rd Flag of Wales Nathan Jones 28 May 2020 23rd
Middlesbrough England Jonathan Woodgate Sacked 23 June 2020 21st England Neil Warnock 23 June 2020 21st

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Club seasons
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Championship

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League One

Accrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Blackpool · Bolton Wanderers · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Bury · Coventry City · Doncaster Rovers · Fleetwood Town · Gillingham · Ipswich Town · Lincoln City · Milton Keynes Dons · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Portsmouth · Rochdale · Rotherham United · Shrewsbury Town · Southend United · Sunderland · Tranmere Rovers · Wycombe Wanderers

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

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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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