2019–20 EFL League One

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EFL League One
Season2019–20
Dates3 August 2019 – 3 May 2020
Matches played211
Goals scored570 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorerIvan Toney (15 goals)
Biggest home winPeterborough United 6–0 Rochdale
(14 September 2019)[1]
Accrington Stanley 7–1 Bolton Wanderers
(23 November 2019)[2]
Biggest away winLincoln City 0–6 Oxford United
(21 September 2019)[3]
Southend United 1–7 Doncaster Rovers
(22 October 2019)[2]
Highest scoringSouthend United 1–7 Doncaster Rovers
(22 October 2019)[4]
Accrington Stanley 7–1 Bolton Wanderers
(23 November 2019)
Lincoln City 5–3 Ipswich Town
(29 December 2019)[2]
Longest winning run4 matches
Ipswich Town
Wycombe Wanderers[2]
Longest unbeaten run11 matches
Ipswich Town
Wycombe Wanderers[2]
Longest winless run12 matches
Milton Keynes Dons[2]
Longest losing run6 matches
Southend United[2]
Highest attendance33,821
Sunderland 0–0 Bolton Wanderers
(26 December 2019)[5]
Lowest attendance1,880
Burton Albion 1–1 Southend United
(3 December 2019)[6]
Total attendance1,809,590[2]
Average attendance8,576[2]
2020–21
All statistics correct as of 21st December 2019.

The 2019–20 EFL League One (referred to as the Sky Bet League One for sponsorship reasons) is the 16th season of Football League One under its current title and the 28th season under its current league division format.

Newly promoted Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019, due to financial issues at the club. They could not satisfy the requirements of their notice of withdrawal issued by the EFL for this deadline date. The league will operate with 23 teams for 2019–20, with three teams being relegated to League Two for the 2020–21 season, rather than the usual four. Having not fulfilled any of their league fixtures for the current season, as they were all postponed, no results were expunged.[7]

Financially troubled Bolton entered administration and had been threatened with expulsion but were saved in a buy-out on 28 August.[8][9]

Bolton failed to fulfil their fixture against Doncaster Rovers on 20 August. They called off the game 26 hours before kick off without informing the EFL nor Doncaster, claiming concerns over younger players' welfare.[10][11] On 21 November, they were issued with a five-point deduction suspended for 18 months in relation to the Doncaster postponement, as well as a postponement in the 2018–19 season against Brentford in the Championship.[12]

Team changes[edit]

The following teams have changed division since the 2018–19 season.

Stadiums[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London (Kingston upon Thames) Kingsmeadow 4,850
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 17,338
Bolton Wanderers Bolton University of Bolton Stadium 28,723
Bristol Rovers Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,300
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Coventry City Coventry St Andrew’s 29,409
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Fleetwood Town Fleetwood Highbury Stadium 5,327
Gillingham Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Lincoln City Lincoln Sincil Bank 10,120
Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Stadium MK 30,500
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Peterborough United Peterborough London Road Stadium 15,314
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 19,669
Rochdale Rochdale Spotland Stadium 10,500
Rotherham United Rotherham New York Stadium 12,021
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury New Meadow 9,875
Southend United Southend-on-Sea Roots Hall 12,392
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 48,707
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,789
Wycombe Wanderers High Wycombe Adams Park 10,137

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Accrington Stanley England John Coleman Republic of Ireland Seamus Conneely Adidas Wham
AFC Wimbledon Wales Glyn Hodges England Will Nightingale Puma Sports Interactive
Blackpool England Simon Grayson England Jay Spearing Erreà Blackpool Council (home: "VisitBlackpool.com"; away: "Get Vocal")
Bolton Wanderers England Keith Hill England Jason Lowe Infinity Apparel Home Bargains
Bristol Rovers England Ben Garner England Ollie Clarke Macron Utilita Energy[13]
Burton Albion England Nigel Clough England Jake Buxton TAG Prestec UK Ltd[14]
Coventry City England Mark Robins Scotland Liam Kelly Hummel Allsopp & Allsopp
Doncaster Rovers Jamaica Darren Moore England Ben Whiteman Elite Pro Sports LNER
Fleetwood Town England Joey Barton Scotland Paul Coutts Hummel BES Utilities
Gillingham Scotland Steve Evans Germany Max Ehmer Macron MEMS Power Generation
Ipswich Town Scotland Paul Lambert England Luke Chambers Adidas Magical Vegas
Lincoln City England Michael Appleton Republic of Ireland Lee Frecklington Erreà SRP Hire Solutions [15]
Milton Keynes Dons Scotland Russell Martin England Dean Lewington Erreà Suzuki
Oxford United England Karl Robinson England John Mousinho Puma Singha Beer
Peterborough United Scotland Darren Ferguson England Mark Beevers Nike Mick George
Portsmouth Wales Kenny Jackett England Brett Pitman Nike University of Portsmouth
Rochdale Republic of Ireland Brian Barry-Murphy Northern Ireland Callum Camps Erreà Crown Oil Ltd
Rotherham United England Paul Warne England Richard Wood Puma Embark Group (Home), Mears (Away & 3rd)
Shrewsbury Town Wales Sam Ricketts Wales David Edwards Admiral Tuffins Supermarkets (Home), Shropshire Homes (Away)
Southend United England Sol Campbell Australia Mark Milligan Nike Paddy Power (unbranded) 2
Sunderland England Phil Parkinson England Grant Leadbitter Adidas Children with Cancer UK
Tranmere Rovers Scotland Micky Mellon England Scott Davies Puma Essar
Wycombe Wanderers England Gareth Ainsworth England Matt Bloomfield O'Neills Cherry Red Records (Home),[16] Dormeo (Away)

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Gillingham England Mark Patterson End of caretaker spell 4 May 2019 Pre-season Scotland Steve Evans[17] 21 May 2019
Bury England Ryan Lowe[18] Signed by Plymouth Argyle 5 June 2019 England Paul Wilkinson[19] 2 July 2019
Doncaster Rovers Northern Ireland Grant McCann[20] Signed by Hull City 21 June 2019 Jamaica Darren Moore[21] 10 July 2019
Blackpool England Terry McPhillips[22] End of contract 5 July 2019 England Simon Grayson[23] 6 July 2019
Bolton Wanderers England Phil Parkinson[24] Resigned 21 August 2019 23rd England Keith Hill[25] 31 August 2019
Southend United England Kevin Bond[26] 6 September 2019 22nd England Sol Campbell[27] 22 October 2019
Lincoln City England Danny Cowley[28] Signed by Huddersfield Town 9 September 2019 5th England Michael Appleton[29] 20 September 2019
Sunderland Scotland Jack Ross[30] Sacked 8 October 2019 6th England Phil Parkinson[31] 17 October 2019
AFC Wimbledon England Wally Downes[32] Mutual consent 20 October 2019 21st Wales Glyn Hodges[33][34] 23 October 2019
Milton Keynes Dons England Paul Tisdale[35] 2 November 2019 Scotland Russell Martin[36] 3 November 2019
Bristol Rovers Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan[37] Signed by Mansfield Town 17 December 2019 4th England Ben Garner[38] 23 December 2019

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Rotherham United 26 14 5 7 48 26 +22 47 Promotion to the EFL Championship
2 Wycombe Wanderers 26 13 8 5 34 27 +7 47
3 Ipswich Town 26 12 9 5 39 24 +15 45 Qualification for League One play-offs
4 Coventry City 25 11 11 3 36 26 +10 44
5 Oxford United 26 11 8 7 43 26 +17 41
6 Sunderland 25 11 8 6 36 24 +12 41
7 Portsmouth 25 11 8 6 37 29 +8 41
8 Burton Albion 25 11 6 8 34 30 +4 39
9 Doncaster Rovers 24 10 7 7 36 24 +12 37
10 Peterborough United 26 10 7 9 44 35 +9 37
11 Fleetwood Town 24 10 7 7 39 32 +7 37
12 Lincoln City 27 11 4 12 36 33 +3 37
13 Bristol Rovers 25 10 6 9 30 35 −5 36
14 Gillingham 26 8 11 7 29 25 +4 35
15 Blackpool 25 8 10 7 32 29 +3 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 25 8 10 7 24 28 −4 34
17 Accrington Stanley 26 7 8 11 36 39 −3 29
18 Rochdale 26 8 4 14 30 43 −13 28
19 AFC Wimbledon 26 7 6 13 31 38 −7 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 27 7 4 16 27 39 −12 25
21 Tranmere Rovers 25 5 7 13 28 45 −17 22 Relegation to EFL League Two
22 Southend United 26 2 7 17 29 66 −37 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 24 4 7 13 19 54 −35 7[a]
24 Bury 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 −12[b] Club expelled
Updated to match(es) played on 18 January 2020. Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results; 5) Wins; 6) Away goals; 7) Penalty points (sec 9.5); 8) 12-point sending-off offences[42]
Notes:
  1. ^ Bolton Wanderers deducted 12 points for entering administration.[39]
  2. ^ Bury deducted 12 points for entering into an insolvency event, before later being expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019. At the time of their expulsion, they had played no matches.[40][41]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ACC WIM BLP BOL BRI BRT COV DON FLE GIL IPS LIN MKD OXF PET POR ROC ROT SHR STD SUN TRA WYC
Accrington Stanley 1–1 7–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–1 1–2 2–3 1–2 1–3
AFC Wimbledon 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 a 1–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0
Blackpool 0–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–2 0–0 3–4 0–0 2–1 0–5 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 1–1
Bristol Rovers 3–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 4–2 2–0 0–0
Burton Albion 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 4–2
Coventry City 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–2
Fleetwood Town 2–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
Gillingham 2–2 5–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 1–0 2–0
Ipswich Town 4–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 4–1 0–0
Lincoln City 2–0 1–0 5–1 0–1 2–0 5–3 0–6 2–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 1–0
MK Dons 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–4 3–1 2–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–3
Oxford United 2–4 3–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 0–0 3–0 1–0
Peterborough United 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–0 2–2 2–0 6–0 3–0
Portsmouth 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 4–1 2–0 2–0
Rochdale 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–2 0–3
Rotherham United 1–0 2–1 6–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1
Shrewsbury Town 3–4 0–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 4–3 1–0
Southend United 0–1 1–4 1–3 1–7 3–3 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–2 0–3 2–2 0–0
Sunderland 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 5–0 4–0
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 2–1 1–4 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 0–2
Wycombe Wanderers 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 3–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–3 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 18 January 2020. 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.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 18 January 2020[43]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Ivan Toney Peterborough United 15
2 England Tyler Walker Lincoln City 14
3 Sudan Mohamed Eisa Peterborough United 13
Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town
5 Ivory Coast Armand Gnanduillet Blackpool 12
6 Finland Marcus Forss AFC Wimbledon 11
England Ian Henderson Rochdale
8 England Colby Bishop Accrington Stanley 10
Republic of Ireland Ronan Curtis Portsmouth
England James Norwood Ipswich Town
11 England Jonson Clarke-Harris Bristol Rovers 9
England Matt Godden Coventry City
England James Henry Oxford United
England Kayden Jackson Ipswich Town
England Freddie Ladapo Rotherham United
England Marcus Maddison Peterborough United
Scotland Chris Maguire Sunderland

Hat-tricks[edit]

As of 1 January 2020
Player For Against Result Date Ref
Scotland Scott Fraser Burton Albion Oxford United 4–2 (A) 20 August 2019 [44]
Scotland Chris Maguire Sunderland AFC Wimbledon 3–1 (H) 24 August 2019 [45]
Wales Joe Jacobson Wycombe Wanderers Lincoln City 3–1 (H) 7 September 2019 [46]
England Ivan Toney Peterborough United Rochdale 6–0 (H) 14 September 2019 [47]
England Tariqe Fosu Oxford United Lincoln City 6–0 (A) 21 September 2019 [48]
Finland Marcus Forss AFC Wimbledon Southend United 4–1 (A) 12 October 2019 [49]
Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town Burton Albion 4–1 (H) 19 October 2019 [50]
England Rushian Hepburn-Murphy Tranmere Rovers Milton Keynes Dons 3–1 (A) 2 November 2019 [51]
England Matt Godden Coventry City Wycombe Wanderers 4–1 (A) 29 December 2019 [52]
England Matt Godden Coventry City Tranmere Rovers 4–1 (A) 1 January 2020 [53]

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