2020–21 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season2020–21
ChampionsNorwich City
PromotedNorwich City
Watford
Brentford
RelegatedWycombe Wanderers
Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday
Matches played552
Goals scored1,274 (2.31 per match)
Top goalscorerIvan Toney
(32 goals)[1]
Biggest home winNorwich City 7–0 Huddersfield Town
(6 April 2021)
Biggest away winPreston North End 0–5 Brentford
(10 April 2021)[1]
Highest scoringBrentford 7–2 Wycombe Wanderers
(30 January 2021)
Longest winning runNorwich City
(9 games)[1]
Longest unbeaten runBrentford
(21 games)[1]
Longest winless runDerby County
Wycombe Wanderers
(11 games)[1]
Longest losing runSheffield Wednesday
Wycombe Wanderers
(7 games)[1]
Highest attendance4,000[2]
Lowest attendance1,000[3]
All statistics correct as of 22 May 2021.

The 2020–21 EFL Championship (known as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsors) was the 17th season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the 29th season under its current format.

Teams[change | change source]

Stadium and locations[change | change source]

Greater London Championship football clubs
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 London (Brentford) 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 24,121
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 Nottingham 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 Hillsborough Stadium 39,732
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Bet365 Stadium 30,089
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 21,088
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 22,200
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 9,448

Personnel and kits[change | change source]

Managerial changes[change | change source]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of exit Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Birmingham City End of caretaker spell 22 July 2020 Pre-season Spain Aitor Karanka[5] 31 July 2020
Huddersfield Town England Danny Schofield[4] Spain Carlos Corberán[6] 23 July 2020
Watford England Hayden Mullins[7][8] 26 July 2020 Serbia Vladimir Ivić[9] 15 August 2020
Bournemouth England Eddie Howe[10] Mutual consent 1 August 2020 England Jason Tindall[11] 8 August 2020
Reading Wales Mark Bowen[12] 29 August 2020 Serbia Veljko Paunović[12] 29 August 2020
Barnsley Austria Gerhard Struber[13] Signed by New York Red Bulls 6 October 2020 21st France Valérien Ismaël[14] 23 October 2020
Nottingham Forest France Sabri Lamouchi[15] Sacked 22nd Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton[15] 6 October 2020
Sheffield Wednesday England Garry Monk[16] 9 November 2020 23rd Wales Tony Pulis[17] 13 November 2020
Derby County Netherlands Phillip Cocu[18] Mutual consent 14 November 2020 24th England Wayne Rooney[a][19][20] 27 November 2020
Watford Serbia Vladimir Ivić[21] Sacked 19 December 2020 5th Spain Xisco Muñoz[22] 20 December 2020
Sheffield Wednesday Wales Tony Pulis[23] 28 December 2020 23rd Jamaica Darren Moore[24] 1 March 2021
Cardiff City England Neil Harris[25] 21 January 2021 15th Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy[26] 22 January 2021
Bournemouth England Jason Tindall[27] 3 February 2021 6th England Jonathan Woodgate[b][28] 21 February 2021
Bristol City England Dean Holden[29] 16 February 2021 13th England Nigel Pearson[30] 22 February 2021
Birmingham City Spain Aitor Karanka[31] Resigned 16 March 2021 21st England Lee Bowyer[32] 16 March 2021
Preston North End Scotland Alex Neil[33] Sacked 21 March 2021 16th Scotland Frankie McAvoy[34] 10 May 2021
  1. Rooney was initially appointed as interim manager until the end of the season, but the move was made permanent on 15 January 2021.
  2. Woodgate was initially caretaker manager, but was then appointed as manager until the end of the season on 21 February 2021.

League table[change | change source]

Play-offs[change | change source]

First leg

Bournemouth1–0Brentford
Danjuma Goal 55' Report
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tim Robinson
Barnsley0–1Swansea City
Report A. Ayew Goal 39'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Second leg

Swansea City1–1Barnsley
Grimes Goal 39' Woodrow Goal 71'

Final[change | change source]

Results[change | change source]

Home \ Away BAR BIR BLA BOU BRE BRI CAR COV DER HUD LUT MID MIL NOR NOT PNE QPR REA ROT SHW STO SWA WAT WYC
Barnsley 1–0 2–1 0–4 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–1
Birmingham City 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–0 0–3 0–4 1–1 0–4 2–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 5–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 5–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–4 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 5–0
Bournemouth 2–3 3–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–1 5–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–0 1–0
Brentford 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 7–2
Bristol City 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 0–1 0–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1
Cardiff City 3–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–1
Coventry City 2–0 0–0 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 6–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 3–2 3–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
Derby County 0–2 1–2 0–4 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–3
Luton Town 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–0
Middlesbrough 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–3
Millwall 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–4 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0
Norwich City 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 7–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 0–1 2–1
Nottingham Forest 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0
Preston North End 2–0 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–5 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–2
Queens Park Rangers 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 3–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–1 3–2 4–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0
Reading 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–3 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–3 2–2 1–0 1–0
Rotherham United 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 3–3 1–3 1–4 0–3
Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 5–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–0
Stoke City 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 0–2 1–2 2–3 1–0 4–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–0
Swansea City 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2
Watford 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 6–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–0
Wycombe Wanderers 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 8 May 2021. Source: "Championship Results". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Season statistics[change | change source]

As of 22 May 2021[35]

Scoring[change | change source]

Top scorers[change | change source]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Ivan Toney1 Brentford 32
2 England Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers 28
3 Finland Teemu Pukki Norwich City 26
4 Wales Kieffer Moore Cardiff City 20
5 Portugal Lucas João Reading 19
6 Ghana André Ayew1 Swansea City 17
Netherlands Arnaut Danjuma2 Bournemouth
8 Argentina Emiliano Buendía Norwich City 15
England Dominic Solanke Bournemouth
10 Jamaica Jamal Lowe Swansea City 14
  • 1 Includes 1 goal in The Championship play-offs.
  • 2 Includes 2 goals in The Championship play-offs.


Hat-tricks[change | change source]

Player For Against Result Date
England Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers Wycombe Wanderers 5–0 (H)[36] 19 September 2020
Republic of Ireland James Collins Luton Town Preston North End 3–0 (H)[37] 12 December 2020
Spain Sergi Canós Brentford Cardiff City 3–2 (A)[38] 26 December 2020
England Ivan Toney Brentford Wycombe Wanderers 7–2 (H)[39] 30 January 2021
Finland Teemu Pukki Norwich City Huddersfield Town 7–0 (H)[40] 6 April 2021
England Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers Huddersfield Town 5–2 (H)[41] 24 April 2021
Wales Harry Wilson Cardiff City Birmingham City 4–0 (A)[42] 1 May 2021
England Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers Birmingham City 5–2 (H)[43] 8 May 2021

Most assists[change | change source]

Rank Player Club Assists[44]
1 Argentina Emiliano Buendía Norwich City 16
2 France Michael Olise Reading 12
3 England Harvey Elliott Blackburn Rovers 11
Wales Harry Wilson Cardiff City
5 France Bryan Mbeumo Brentford 10
England Ivan Toney Brentford
7 England Jake Bidwell Swansea City 8
Wales David Brooks1 Bournemouth
Spain Sergi Canós Brentford
England Callum O'Hare Coventry City
England Dominic Solanke Bournemouth
  • 1 Includes 1 assist in The Championship play-offs.

Clean sheets[change | change source]

Rank Player Club Clean Sheets
1 England Freddie Woodman1 Swansea City 21
2 Poland Bartosz Białkowski Millwall 17
Netherlands Tim Krul Norwich City
Brazil Rafael Reading
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović1 Bournemouth 16
Spain David Raya Brentford
7 Republic of the Congo Brice Samba Nottingham Forest 14
8 Austria Daniel Bachmann Watford 13
England Marcus Bettinelli Middlesbrough
Philippines Neil Etheridge Birmingham City
  • 1 Includes 1 clean sheet in The Championship play-offs.

Discipline[change | change source]

Players[change | change source]

  • 1 Includes 1 yellow card in The Championship play-offs.

Club[change | change source]

Monthly awards[change | change source]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
September Serbia Veljko Paunović Reading England Bradley Johnson Blackburn Rovers [47]
October England Neil Warnock Middlesbrough England Ivan Toney Brentford [48]
November Serbia Vladimir Ivić Watford Wales David Brooks Bournemouth [49]
December Denmark Thomas Frank Brentford England Duncan Watmore Middlesbrough [50]
January Wales Steve Cooper Swansea City England Matt Crooks Rotherham United [51]
February Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy Cardiff City Finland Teemu Pukki Norwich City [52]
March Spain Xisco Muñoz Watford England Alex Mowatt Barnsley [53]
April England Jonathan Woodgate Bournemouth Netherlands Arnaut Danjuma Bournemouth [54]

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