2018–19 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season2018–19
Dates3 August 2018 – 5 May 2019
ChampionsNorwich City
PromotedNorwich City
Sheffield United
Aston Villa
RelegatedRotherham United
Bolton Wanderers
Ipswich Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,471 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorerTeemu Pukki
(29 goals)
Biggest home winWest Bromwich Albion 7–1 Queens Park Rangers
(18 August 2018)
Biggest away winSheffield Wednesday 0–4 Norwich City
(3 October 2018)
Rotherham United 0–4 West Bromwich Albion
(22 December 2018)
Bolton Wanderers 0–4 Norwich City
(16 February 2019)
Highest scoringAston Villa 5–5 Nottingham Forest
(28 November 2018)
Longest winning run10 matches[1]
Aston Villa
Longest unbeaten run14 matches[1]
Norwich City
Longest winless run14 matches[1]
Bolton Wanderers
Longest losing run7 matches[1]
Queens Park Rangers
Highest attendance41,696
Aston Villa 1–2 Norwich City
(5 May 2019)[1]
Lowest attendance8,018
Rotherham United 2–2 QPR
(27 November 2018)[1]
Total attendance10,840,765[1]
Average attendance20,075[1]

The 2018–19 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the third season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-seventh season under its current league structure. Norwich City were crowned champions on the final day, following a 2–1 win over Aston Villa.[2]

Team changes[edit]

The following teams had changed division after the 2017–18 season.

Stadiums[edit]

London Championship football clubs
West Midlands Championship football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity[3]
Aston Villa Birmingham (Aston) Villa Park 42,790
Birmingham City Birmingham (Bordesley) St Andrew's 30,015
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton University of Bolton Stadium 28,723
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,300
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,400
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,890
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,000
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) Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield United Sheffield (Highfield) Bramall Lane 32,702
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield (Owlerton) Hillsborough Stadium 39,752
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent bet365 Stadium 30,089
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 21,088
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 26,850
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,133

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aston Villa England Dean Smith Wales James Chester Luke Sport 32Red
Birmingham City England Garry Monk England Michael Morrison Adidas[4] 888sport[5]
Blackburn Rovers England Tony Mowbray Scotland Charlie Mulgrew Umbro 10Bet[6]
Bolton Wanderers England Phil Parkinson England David Wheater Macron Betfred
Brentford Denmark Thomas Frank Saint Kitts and Nevis Romaine Sawyers Adidas LeoVegas[7]
Bristol City England Lee Johnson Australia Bailey Wright Avon Dunder[8]
Derby County England Frank Lampard England Curtis Davies[9] Umbro[10] 32Red
Hull City England Nigel Adkins Norway Markus Henriksen Umbro SportPesa
Ipswich Town Scotland Paul Lambert England Luke Chambers Adidas Magical Vegas[11]
Leeds United Argentina Marcelo Bielsa Scotland Liam Cooper Kappa[12] 32Red[13]
Middlesbrough Wales Tony Pulis England George Friend Hummel 32Red[14]
Millwall England Neil Harris Wales Steve Morison Macron TW Drainage
Norwich City Germany Daniel Farke Scotland Grant Hanley Erreà LeoVegas[15]
Nottingham Forest Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill England Ben Watson[16] Macron BetBright[17]
Preston North End Scotland Alex Neil England Tom Clarke Nike 32Red[18]
Queens Park Rangers England John Eustace (caretaker) Germany Toni Leistner Erreà[19] Royal Panda[20]
Reading Portugal José Gomes Republic of Ireland Paul McShane Puma[21] Carabao[22]
Rotherham United England Paul Warne England Richard Wood Puma Hodge Clemco[23]
Sheffield United England Chris Wilder England Billy Sharp Adidas Ramsdens Currency
Sheffield Wednesday England Steve Bruce England Tom Lees Elev8 Chansiri
Stoke City Wales Nathan Jones England Ryan Shawcross Macron bet365
Swansea City England Graham Potter Netherlands Leroy Fer Joma[24] Bet UK[25]
West Bromwich Albion England James Shan (caretaker) Northern Ireland Chris Brunt Puma[26] Ideal Boilers
Wigan Athletic England Paul Cook Egypt Sam Morsy Puma DW Sports Fitness

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Ipswich Town England Bryan Klug[citation needed] End of caretaker spell 6 May 2018 Pre-season England Paul Hurst[27] 30 May 2018
Queens Park Rangers England Ian Holloway[28] Sacked 10 May 2018 England Steve McClaren[29] 18 May 2018
Swansea City Portugal Carlos Carvalhal[30] End of contract 18 May 2018 England Graham Potter[31] 11 June 2018
Stoke City Scotland Paul Lambert[32] Resigned England Gary Rowett[33] 22 May 2018
Derby County England Gary Rowett[34] Signed by Stoke City 22 May 2018 England Frank Lampard[35] 31 May 2018
Leeds United England Paul Heckingbottom[36] Sacked 1 June 2018 Argentina Marcelo Bielsa[37][38] 15 June 2018
Aston Villa England Steve Bruce[39] 3 October 2018 12th England Dean Smith[40] 10 October 2018
Brentford England Dean Smith[40] Signed by Aston Villa 10 October 2018 7th Denmark Thomas Frank[41] 16 October 2018
Ipswich Town England Paul Hurst[42] Sacked 25 October 2018 24th Scotland Paul Lambert[43] 27 October 2018
Reading England Paul Clement[44] 6 December 2018 21st Portugal José Gomes[45] 22 December 2018
Sheffield Wednesday Netherlands Jos Luhukay[46] 21 December 2018 18th England Steve Bruce 2 January 2019
Stoke City England Gary Rowett[47][48] 8 January 2019 14th Wales Nathan Jones[49] 9 January 2019
Nottingham Forest Spain Aitor Karanka[50] Mutual consent 11 January 2019 7th Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill[51] 14 January 2019
West Bromwich Albion Jamaica Darren Moore[52] Sacked 9 March 2019 4th Croatia Slaven Bilić[53] 13 June 2019
Queens Park Rangers England Steve McClaren[54] 1 April 2019 17th England Mark Warburton[55] 8 May 2019

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Norwich City (C, P) 46 27 13 6 93 57 +36 94 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Sheffield United (P) 46 26 11 9 78 41 +37 89
3 Leeds United 46 25 8 13 73 50 +23 83 Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 West Bromwich Albion 46 23 11 12 87 62 +25 80
5 Aston Villa (O, P) 46 20 16 10 82 61 +21 76[a]
6 Derby County 46 20 14 12 69 54 +15 74
7 Middlesbrough 46 20 13 13 49 41 +8 73
8 Bristol City 46 19 13 14 59 53 +6 70
9 Nottingham Forest 46 17 15 14 61 54 +7 66
10 Swansea City 46 18 11 17 65 62 +3 65
11 Brentford 46 17 13 16 73 59 +14 64[b]
12 Sheffield Wednesday 46 16 16 14 60 62 −2 64
13 Hull City 46 17 11 18 66 68 −2 62
14 Preston North End 46 16 13 17 67 67 0 61
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 16 12 18 64 69 −5 60
16 Stoke City 46 11 22 13 45 52 −7 55
17 Birmingham City 46 14 19 13 64 58 +6 52[c]
18 Wigan Athletic 46 13 13 20 51 64 −13 52
19 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 9 23 53 71 −18 51
20 Reading 46 10 17 19 49 66 −17 47
21 Millwall 46 10 14 22 48 64 −16 44
22 Rotherham United (R) 46 8 16 22 52 83 −31 40 Relegation to EFL League One
23 Bolton Wanderers (R) 46 8 8 30 29 78 −49 32
24 Ipswich Town (R) 46 5 16 25 36 77 −41 31
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results[59]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League after beating Derby County in the Play-Off Final.[56]
  2. ^ Brentford were awarded a 1–0 win over Bolton Wanderers due to Bolton's inability to hold the fixture.[57]
  3. ^ Birmingham City were deducted 9 points for failure to comply with the EFL profitability and sustainability rules.[58]

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                     
3 Leeds United 1 2 3  
6 Derby County 0 4 4  
    6 Derby County 1
  5 Aston Villa 2
4 West Bromwich Albion 1 1 2 (3)
5 Aston Villa 2 0 2 (4)  

Results[edit]

Home \ Away AST BIR BLB BOL BRE BRI DER HUL IPS LEE MID MIL NOR NOT PNE QPR REA ROT SHU SHW STO SWA WBA WIG
Aston Villa 4–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 5–5 3–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–3 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 3–2
Birmingham City 0–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 3–3 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1[60] 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–4 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1
Brentford 1–0 1–1 5–2 1–0 0–1 3–3 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 5–1 2–3 2–0 3–1 2–3 0–1 2–0
Bristol City 1–1 1–2 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 3–2 2–2
Derby County 0–3 3–1 0–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 6–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1
Hull City 1–3 2–0 0–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–3 3–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–1
Ipswich Town 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–2 0–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0
Leeds United 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 1–2
Middlesbrough 0–3 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0
Millwall 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–1
Norwich City 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 3–2 3–4 3–2 3–0 0–3 1–0 4–3 3–3 2–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–0 3–4 1–0
Nottingham Forest 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–2 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1
Preston North End 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–2 4–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 3–3 2–2 1–1 2–3 4–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–0 3–4 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 0–0 4–0 2–3 1–0
Reading 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–3 0–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–4 0–0 3–2
Rotherham United 1–2 1–3 3–2 1–1 2–4 0–0 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–4 1–1
Sheffield United 4–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 1–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–4 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–0
Stoke City 1–1 0–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–3
Swansea City 0–1 3–3 3–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–3 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 1–4 3–2 1–1 4–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 7–1 4–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0
Wigan Athletic 3–0 0–3 3–1 5–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–3 3–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 5 May 2019. Source: EFL Official Website
Colours: 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.

Top scorers[edit]

As of 5 May 2019[61]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Finland Teemu Pukki Norwich City 29
2 England Tammy Abraham Aston Villa 25
France Neal Maupay Brentford
4 England Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion 23
England Billy Sharp Sheffield United
6 England Che Adams Birmingham City 22
England Jarrod Bowen Hull City
Scotland Oliver McBurnie Swansea City
England Jay Rodriguez West Bromwich Albion
10 England Lewis Grabban Nottingham Forest 16

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref
England Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City Rotherham United 3–1 (H) 6 October 2018 [62]
England Billy Sharp Sheffield United Wigan Athletic 4–2 (H) 27 October 2018 [63]
England Che Adams Birmingham City Hull City 3–3 (H) 10 November 2018 [64]
England Tammy Abraham Aston Villa Nottingham Forest 5–5 (H)[a] 28 November 2018 [65]
England Danny Graham Blackburn Rovers Sheffield Wednesday 4–2 (H) 1 December 2018 [66]
England Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion Rotherham United 0–4 (A) 22 December 2018 [67]
England Billy Sharp Sheffield United Aston Villa 3–3 (A) 8 February 2019 [68]
England Che Adams Birmingham City Queens Park Rangers 3–4 (A) 9 February 2019 [69]
Algeria Saïd Benrahma Brentford Hull City 5–1 (H) 23 February 2019 [70]
England Martyn Waghorn Derby County Rotherham United 6–1 (H) 30 March 2019 [71]
Austria Andreas Weimann Bristol City Sheffield United 2–3 (A) 30 March 2019 [72]
England Mason Mount Derby County Bolton Wanderers 4–0 (H) 13 April 2019 [73]
England Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion Preston North End 4–1 (H) 13 April 2019 [74]
  1. ^ Player scored 4 goals

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August Argentina Marcelo Bielsa Leeds United England Kemar Roofe Leeds United [75][76]
September Jamaica Darren Moore West Bromwich Albion England Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion [77][78]
October England Steve McClaren Queens Park Rangers England Lukas Jutkiewicz Birmingham City [79][80]
November Germany Daniel Farke Norwich City England Tammy Abraham Aston Villa [81][82]
December England Nigel Adkins Hull City England Jarrod Bowen Hull City [83][84]
January England Tony Mowbray Blackburn Rovers England Adam Armstrong Blackburn Rovers [85]
February England Chris Wilder Sheffield United England Che Adams Birmingham City [86]
March England Dean Smith Aston Villa Nigeria Semi Ajayi Rotherham United [87]
April England Chris Wilder Sheffield United England Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion [88]

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