2016–17 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season 2016–17
Champions Newcastle United
Promoted Newcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town
Relegated Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,441 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Chris Wood
(27 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Norwich City 7–1 Reading
(8 April 2017)[2]
Biggest away win Queens Park Rangers 0–6 Newcastle United
(13 September 2016)[2]
Highest scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–4 Fulham
(10 December 2016)
Burton Albion 3–5 Brentford
(18 March 2017)
Norwich City 7–1 Reading
(8 April 2017)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Newcastle United[3]
Longest unbeaten run 18 matches
Brighton & Hove Albion[3]
Longest winless run 17 matches
Rotherham United[3]
Longest losing run 10 matches
Rotherham United[3]
Highest attendance 52,301
Newcastle United 1–1 Leeds United
(14 April 2017)[4]
Lowest attendance 3,725
Burton Albion 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
(27 September 2016)[4]
Average attendance 20,125[4]

The 2016–17 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the first season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-fifth season under its current league structure. Newcastle United were crowned the champions and were promoted to Premier League after just one season in the championship.

The season started on 5 August 2016 with the final round of regular league fixtures played on 7 May 2017.[5] The fixtures were announced on 22 June 2016.[6]

Teams[edit]

A total of 24 teams are contesting the league, including 18 sides from the 2015–16 season, three relegated from the 2015–16 Premier League and three promoted from the 2015–16 Football League One. The 2016–17 season is the first in which former European Cup winners Aston Villa are competing outside of the top flight since the beginning of the Premier League era in 1992.

Team changes[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Greater London Championship football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity[7]
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,790
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 30,020
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,370
Brentford London (Brentford) Griffin Park 12,760
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton and Hove AMEX Stadium 30,280
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
(2,034 seated)
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,300
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,600
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 25,680
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium 24,500
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,900
Newcastle United Newcastle St James' Park 52,354
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,220
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,360
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,200
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough 39,812
Wigan Athletic Wigan DW Stadium 25,023
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aston Villa England Steve Bruce Wales James Chester Under Armour Intuit QuickBooks[8]
Barnsley England Paul Heckingbottom England Marc Roberts[α][9][10] Puma[11] C.K. Beckett[12]
Birmingham City England Harry Redknapp England Michael Morrison Adidas[13] 888sport[14]
Blackburn Rovers England Tony Mowbray England Jason Lowe[15] Umbro[16] Dafabet[17]
Brentford England Dean Smith England Harlee Dean Adidas[18] 888sport[19]
Brighton & Hove Albion Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton Spain Bruno Nike[20] American Express[20]
Bristol City England Lee Johnson Australia Bailey Wright Bristol Sport Lancer Scott [21]
Burton Albion England Nigel Clough England John Mousinho TAG Tempobet [22]
Cardiff City England Neil Warnock England Sean Morrison Adidas[23] Visit Malaysia
Derby County England Gary Rowett Republic of Ireland Richard Keogh Umbro[24] JUST EAT[25]
Fulham Serbia Slaviša Jokanović England Scott Parker Adidas[26] Visit Florida[27][28]
Huddersfield Town United States David Wagner England Mark Hudson Puma PURE Legal (home),[29] RadianB (away), Cavonia (third)
Ipswich Town Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy England Luke Chambers Adidas[30] Marcus Evans[citation needed]
Leeds United England Garry Monk Scotland Liam Bridcutt Kappa[31] 32red[32]
Newcastle United Spain Rafael Benítez England Jamaal Lascelles Puma Wonga[33]
Norwich City Germany Daniel Farke Scotland Russell Martin Erreà[34] Aviva[35]
Nottingham Forest England Mark Warburton England Chris Cohen Adidas[36] 888sport[37]
Preston North End England Simon Grayson England Tom Clarke Nike[38] 888sport[39]
Queens Park Rangers England Ian Holloway England Nedum Onuoha Dryworld[40] Smarkets [41]
Reading Netherlands Jaap Stam Republic of Ireland Paul McShane Puma[42] Carabao [43]
Rotherham United England Paul Warne Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington Puma Hodge Clemco (home), APOGEE (away/third)
Sheffield Wednesday Portugal Carlos Carvalhal Netherlands Glenn Loovens Sondico Chansiri[44]
Wigan Athletic England Paul Cook England Stephen Warnock Kappa[45] Intersport
Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Paul Lambert England Danny Batth Puma[46] The Money Shop[47]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Newcastle United (C, P) 46 29 7 10 85 40 +45 94 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Brighton & Hove Albion (P) 46 28 9 9 74 40 +34 93
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 68 64 +4 85 Qualification for the Championship play-offs[a]
4 Sheffield Wednesday 46 24 9 13 60 45 +15 81
5 Huddersfield Town (O, P) 46 25 6 15 56 58 −2 81
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 85 57 +28 80
7 Leeds United 46 22 9 15 61 47 +14 75
8 Norwich City 46 20 10 16 85 69 +16 70
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 54 50 +4 67
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 75 65 +10 64
11 Preston North End 46 16 14 16 64 63 +1 62
12 Cardiff City 46 17 11 18 60 61 −1 62
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 47 48 −1 62
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 64 67 −3 58
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 16 10 20 54 58 −4 58
16 Ipswich Town 46 13 16 17 48 58 −10 55
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 60 66 −6 54
18 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 8 23 52 66 −14 53
19 Birmingham City 46 13 14 19 45 64 −19 53
20 Burton Albion 46 13 13 20 49 63 −14 52
21 Nottingham Forest 46 14 9 23 62 72 −10 51
22 Blackburn Rovers (R) 46 12 15 19 53 65 −12 51 Relegation to EFL League One
23 Wigan Athletic (R) 46 10 12 24 40 57 −17 42
24 Rotherham United (R) 46 5 8 33 40 98 −58 23
Source: English Football League, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Points in head-to-head matches; 5) Goal difference in head-to-head matches; 6) Goals scored in head-to-head matches; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackburn Rovers Scotland Paul Lambert Mutual consent 7 May 2016[48] Pre-season Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle 2 June 2016[49]
Cardiff City England Russell Slade Promoted to head of football 8 May 2016[50] Wales Paul Trollope 18 May 2016[51]
Nottingham Forest England Paul Williams Mutual consent 12 May 2016[52] France Philippe Montanier 27 June 2016[53]
Rotherham United England Neil Warnock End of contract 18 May 2016[54] England Alan Stubbs 1 June 2016[55]
Reading England Brian McDermott Sacked 27 May 2016[56] Netherlands Jaap Stam 13 June 2016[57]
Derby County England Darren Wassall End of contract 27 May 2016[58] England Nigel Pearson 27 May 2016[58]
Leeds United Scotland Steve Evans Sacked 31 May 2016[59] England Garry Monk 2 June 2016[60]
Aston Villa Scotland Eric Black End of caretaker spell 2 June 2016 Italy Roberto Di Matteo 2 June 2016[61]
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wales Kenny Jackett Sacked 29 July 2016[62] Italy Walter Zenga 30 July 2016[63]
Aston Villa Italy Roberto Di Matteo[64] 3 October 2016 19th England Steve Bruce 12 October 2016
Cardiff City Wales Paul Trollope 4 October 2016 23rd England Neil Warnock 5 October 2016
Derby County England Nigel Pearson Mutual consent 8 October 2016 20th England Steve McClaren 12 October 2016
Rotherham United England Alan Stubbs Sacked 19 October 2016 24th Wales Kenny Jackett 21 October 2016
Wolverhampton Wanderers Italy Walter Zenga 25 October 2016[65] 18th Scotland Paul Lambert 5 November 2016
Wigan Athletic Scotland Gary Caldwell 25 October 2016[66] 23rd England Warren Joyce 2 November 2016[67]
Queens Park Rangers Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 5 November 2016 17th England Ian Holloway 11 November 2016 [68]
Rotherham United Wales Kenny Jackett Resigned 28 November 2016 24th England Paul Warne 5 April 2017
Birmingham City England Gary Rowett Sacked 14 December 2016[69] 7th Italy Gianfranco Zola 14 December 2016[70]
Nottingham Forest France Philippe Montanier 14 January 2017[71] 20th England Mark Warburton 14 March 2017[72]
Blackburn Rovers Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle 21 February 2017[73] 23rd England Tony Mowbray 22 February 2017[74]
Norwich City Scotland Alex Neil 10 March 2017[75] 8th Germany Daniel Farke 25 May 2017[76]
Derby County England Steve McClaren 12 March 2017[77] 10th England Gary Rowett 14 March 2017[78]
Wigan Athletic England Warren Joyce 13 March 2017 23rd England Paul Cook 31 May 2017[79]
Birmingham City Italy Gianfranco Zola Resigned 17 April 2017[80] 20th England Harry Redknapp 18 April 2017[81]

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                     
3 Reading 1 1 2  
6 Fulham 1 0 1  
    3 Reading 0 (3)
  5 Huddersfield Town 0 (4)
4 Sheffield Wednesday 0 1 1 (3)
5 Huddersfield Town 0 1 1 (4)  

The four teams that finished from third to sixth played off, with the winning team, Huddersfield Town, gaining the final promotion spot to the Premier League.

In the play-off semi-finals the third-placed team played the sixth-placed team and the fourth-placed team played the fifth-placed team. The team that finished in the higher league position played away in the first leg and played at home in the second leg. If the aggregate score was level after both legs, then extra time was played. If the scores were still level, a penalty shoot-out decided the winner. The away goals rule does not apply in the playoffs.

The winners from the two semi-finals played at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final. The game is known as the richest game in football as the winning club is guaranteed significantly increased television rights payments estimated to be in the order of £170M.[82][83]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BAR BIR BLB BRE B&HA BRI BRT CAR DER FUL HUD IPS LEE NEW NWC NOT PNE QPR REA ROT SHW WIG WOL
Aston Villa 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Barnsley 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–1 2–5 0–0 3–2 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–3
Birmingham City 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–4 0–1 4–2 2–1 0–1 1–3
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–4 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–3 4–2 0–1 1–0 1–1
Brentford 3–0 0–2 1–2 1–3 3–3 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 5–0 3–1 4–1 4–2 1–1 0–0 1–2
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 5–0 3–0 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0
Bristol City 3–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–1
Burton Albion 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–5 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–4 2–1 3–1 0–2 2–1
Cardiff City 1–0 3–4 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 5–0 1–1 0–1 2–1
Derby County 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 3–4 4–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 2–0 0–0 3–1
Fulham 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–2 5–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 1–2 5–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–3
Huddersfield Town 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0
Ipswich Town 0–0 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 3–0 0–0
Leeds United 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 3–3 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1
Newcastle United 2–0 3–0 4–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 3–0 1–1 4–3 3–1 4–1 2–2 4–1 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–2
Norwich City 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 5–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–2 3–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–2 5–1 0–1 4–0 7–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 3–1
Nottingham Forest 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 4–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–2 4–3 0–2
Preston North End 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 4–2 2–0 5–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–4 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
Queens Park Rangers 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–6 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 5–1 1–2 2–1 1–2
Reading 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
Rotherham United 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 2–2
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 2–1 5–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0
Wigan Athletic 0–2 3–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 3–2 0–1 2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 0–4 1–2 0–0 3–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–4 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1

Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

Chris Wood was the top goalscorers of the season with 27 goals for Leeds United.
As of matches played 8 May 2017[84]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 New Zealand Chris Wood Leeds United 27
2 England Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion 23
England Tammy Abraham Bristol City
England Dwight Gayle Newcastle United
5 Ivory Coast Jonathan Kodjia Aston Villa 19
6 France Yann Kermorgant Reading 18
7 England Cameron Jerome Norwich City 16
8 France Anthony Knockaert Brighton & Hove Albion 15
Denmark Lasse Vibe Brentford
England Scott Hogan Aston Villa[β]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
England Grant Ward Ipswich Town Barnsley 4–2[85] 6 August 2016
England Scott Hogan Brentford Preston North End 5–0[86] 17 September 2016
England Dwight Gayle Newcastle United Norwich City 4–3[87] 28 September 2016
England Glenn Murray Brighton & Hove Albion Norwich City 5–0[88] 29 October 2016
England Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest Barnsley 5–2[89] 25 November 2016
England Dwight Gayle Newcastle United Birmingham City 4–0[90] 10 December 2016
Portugal Nélson Oliveira Norwich City Derby County 3–0[91] 2 January 2017
Spain Jota Brentford Rotherham United 4–2[92] 25 February 2017
England David Nugent Derby County Fulham 4–2[93] 4 April 2017
England Nick Powell Wigan Athletic Barnsley 3–2[94] 13 April 2017

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August Germany David Wagner Huddersfield Town Republic of Ireland Conor Hourihane Barnsley [95]
September Scotland Alex Neil Norwich City England Scott Hogan Brentford [96]
October Spain Rafael Benítez Newcastle United Nigeria Sone Aluko Fulham [97]
November England Steve McClaren Derby County England Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest [98]
December Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton Brighton & Hove Albion England Sam Winnall Barnsley
January Netherlands Jaap Stam Reading New Zealand Chris Wood Leeds United [99]
February Germany David Wagner Huddersfield Town Republic of Ireland Aiden McGeady Preston North End
March Scotland Paul Lambert Wolverhampton Wanderers England Tom Barkhuizen Preston North End [100]
April Portugal Carlos Carvalhal Sheffield Wednesday France Yann Kermorgant Reading

Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Average Minimum Maximum Percentage Full
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,788 31,901 26,435 41,337 75%
Barnsley Oakwell 23,009 13,843 11,613 18,597 60%
Birmingham City St Andrew's 30,009 18,137 15,212 29,656 60%
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 31,367 11,853 9,976 18,524 38%
Brentford Griffin Park 12,763 10,288 9,035 12,052 81%
Brighton & Hove Albion Falmer Stadium 30,750 27,619 24,166 30,230 90%
Bristol City Ashton Gate 27,000 18,953 16,444 22,512 70%
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium 6,912 5,078 3,725 6,746 73%
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 33,280 16,335 13,894 22,776 49%
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,597 29,104 26,301 32,616 87%
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,700 18,665 13,735 24,300 73%
Huddersfield Town John Smith's Stadium 25,554 20,343 18,333 23,213 83%
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,311 16,555 14,719 23,350 55%
Leeds United Elland Road 40,204 26,779 19,009 36,002 67%
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,389 51,111 47,907 52,231 98%
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,244 26,272 25,275 27,107 96%
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,576 19,207 15,770 23,012 63%
Preston North End Deepdale 24,408 12,888 9,216 21,255 55%
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 18,360 14,426 11,635 17,404 79%
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,200 17,280 12,655 23,121 71%
Rotherham United New York Stadium 12,021 9,786 8,348 11,653 81%
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough 39,814 26,580 24,151 30,549 67%
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium 25,138 11,540 10,071 15,117 46%
Wolves Molineux 30,852 21,944 17,156 27,541 71%

Attendances accurate as of 12/03/2017.[101]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marc Roberts named as Barnsley first team Captain during a match on Barnsley F.C, official and verified Twitter account on 28 January 2017. Conor Hourihane was Barnsley first team Captain from July 2016 to 26 January 2017, before Hourihane signed for Aston Villa, during the 2016–2017 EFL Championship season.
  2. ^ Scott Hogan scored 14 goals for Brentford, before joining Aston Villa in January 2017.

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