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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. Brighton & Hove Albion, alongside Huddersfield Town, both achieved their first ever Premier League promotions, via the second automatic promotion place and play-off route respectively.

EFL Championship
Season2016–17
ChampionsNewcastle United
PromotedNewcastle United
Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town
RelegatedRotherham United
Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers
Matches played552
Goals scored1,441 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorerNew Zealand Chris Wood
(27 goals)[1]
Biggest home winNorwich City 7–1 Reading
(8 April 2017)[2]
Biggest away winQueens Park Rangers 0–6 Newcastle United
(13 September 2016)[2]
Highest scoringWolverhampton 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 run8 matches
Newcastle United[3]
Longest unbeaten run18 matches
Brighton & Hove Albion[3]
Longest winless run17 matches
Rotherham United[3]
Longest losing run10 matches
Rotherham United[3]
Highest attendance52,301
Newcastle United 1–1 Leeds United
(14 April 2017)[4]
Lowest attendance3,725
Burton Albion 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
(27 September 2016)[4]
Average attendance20,125[4]

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]

TeamsEdit

A total of 24 teams contested 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 was the first in which former European Cup winners Aston Villa played football outside of the top flight since the beginning of the Premier League era in 1992.

Team changesEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

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 sponsoringEdit

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

League tableEdit

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 changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackburn Rovers   Paul Lambert Mutual consent 28 April 2016 [48] Pre-season   Owen Coyle 2 June 2016[49]
Cardiff City   Russell Slade Promoted to head of football 8 May 2016[50]   Paul Trollope 18 May 2016[51]
Nottingham Forest   Paul Williams Mutual consent 12 May 2016[52]   Philippe Montanier 27 June 2016[53]
Rotherham United   Neil Warnock End of contract 18 May 2016[54]   Alan Stubbs 1 June 2016[55]
Reading   Brian McDermott Sacked 27 May 2016[56]   Jaap Stam 13 June 2016[57]
Derby County   Darren Wassall End of contract 27 May 2016[58]   Nigel Pearson 27 May 2016[58]
Leeds United   Steve Evans Sacked 31 May 2016[59]   Garry Monk 2 June 2016[60]
Aston Villa   Eric Black End of caretaker spell 2 June 2016   Roberto Di Matteo 2 June 2016[61]
Wolverhampton Wanderers   Kenny Jackett Sacked 29 July 2016[62]   Walter Zenga 30 July 2016[63]
Aston Villa   Roberto Di Matteo[64] 3 October 2016 19th   Steve Bruce 12 October 2016
Cardiff City   Paul Trollope 4 October 2016 23rd   Neil Warnock 5 October 2016
Derby County   Nigel Pearson Mutual consent 8 October 2016 20th   Steve McClaren 12 October 2016
Rotherham United   Alan Stubbs Sacked 19 October 2016 24th   Kenny Jackett 21 October 2016
Wolverhampton Wanderers   Walter Zenga 25 October 2016[65] 18th   Paul Lambert 5 November 2016
Wigan Athletic   Gary Caldwell 25 October 2016[66] 23rd   Warren Joyce 2 November 2016[67]
Queens Park Rangers   Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 5 November 2016 17th   Ian Holloway 11 November 2016 [68]
Rotherham United   Kenny Jackett Resigned 16 November 2018 24th   Paul Warne 5 April 2017
Birmingham City   Gary Rowett Sacked 14 December 2016[69] 7th   Gianfranco Zola 14 December 2016[70]
Nottingham Forest   Philippe Montanier 14 January 2017[71] 20th   Mark Warburton 14 March 2017[72]
Blackburn Rovers   Owen Coyle 21 February 2017[73] 23rd   Tony Mowbray 22 February 2017[74]
Norwich City   Alex Neil 10 March 2017[75] 8th   Daniel Farke 25 May 2017[76]
Derby County   Steve McClaren 12 March 2017[77] 10th   Gary Rowett 14 March 2017[78]
Wigan Athletic   Warren Joyce 13 March 2017 23rd   Paul Cook 31 May 2017[79]
Birmingham City   Gianfranco Zola Resigned 17 April 2017[80] 20th   Harry Redknapp 18 April 2017[81]

Play-offsEdit

  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]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away 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
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorersEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

AttendancesEdit

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]

NotesEdit

  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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