List of teams promoted from the English Football League Championship and predecessors

A national second tier of English league football was established in 1892–93, as the Second Division. In 1992, with the departure of the then First Division clubs to become the Premier League, the second tier became known as the First Division. In 2004 it was re-branded as the Football League Championship before it was renamed the EFL Championship in 2016.

Football League Second Division (1893–1992)

  • Team marked with an asterisk (*) was not promoted
Season Winners Runners-up Third Qualifiers Fourth Qualifiers
1892–93Small Heath*Sheffield UnitedDarwen
1893–94LiverpoolBirmingham City
1894–95BuryNotts County*
1895–96Liverpool (2)Manchester City*
1896–97Notts CountyNewton Heath*
1897–98BurnleyNewcastle United
1898–99Manchester CityGlossop North End
1899–1900Sheffield WednesdayBolton Wanderers
1900–01Grimsby TownSmall Heath
1901–02West Bromwich AlbionMiddlesbrough
1902–03Manchester City (2)Small Heath
1903–04Preston North EndWoolwich Arsenal
1904–05Liverpool (3)Bolton Wanderers
1905–06Bristol CityManchester United
1906–07Nottingham ForestChelsea
1907–08Bradford CityLeicester City
1908–09Bolton WanderersTottenham Hotspur
1909–10Manchester City (3)Oldham Athletic
1910–11West Bromwich Albion (2)Bolton Wanderers
1911–12Derby CountyChelsea
1912–13Preston North End (2)Burnley
1913–14Notts County (2)Bradford Park Avenue
1914–15Derby County (2)Preston North EndArsenal
1915–19League suspended due to World War I
1919–20Tottenham HotspurHuddersfield Town
1920–21Birmingham City (2)Cardiff City
1921–22Nottingham Forest (2)Stoke City
1922–23Notts County (3)West Ham United
1923–24Leeds UnitedBury
1924–25Leicester CityManchester United
1925–26Sheffield Wednesday (2)Derby County
1927–28Manchester City (4)Leeds United
1928–29Middlesbrough (2)Grimsby Town
1930–31EvertonWest Bromwich Albion
1931–32Wolverhampton WanderersLeeds United
1932–33Stoke CityTottenham Hotspur
1933–34Grimsby Town (2)Preston North End
1934–35BrentfordBolton Wanderers
1935–36Manchester UnitedCharlton Athletic
1936–37Leicester City (2)Blackpool
1937–38Aston VillaManchester United
1938–39Blackburn RoversSheffield United
1939–46League suspended due to World War II
1946–47Manchester City (5)Burnley
1947–48Birmingham City (3)Newcastle United
1948–49FulhamWest Bromwich Albion
1949–50Tottenham Hotspur (2)Sheffield Wednesday
1950–51Preston North End (3)Manchester City
1951–52Sheffield Wednesday (3)Cardiff City
1952–53Sheffield UnitedHuddersfield Town
1953–54Leicester City (3)Everton
1954–55Birmingham City (4)Luton Town
1955–56Sheffield Wednesday (4)Leeds United
1956–57Leicester City (4)Nottingham Forest
1957–58West Ham UnitedBlackburn Rovers
1958–59Sheffield Wednesday (5)Fulham
1959–60Aston Villa (2)Cardiff City
1960–61Ipswich TownSheffield United
1961–62Liverpool (4)Leyton Orient
1962–63Stoke City (2)Chelsea
1963–64Leeds United (2)Sunderland
1964–65Newcastle UnitedNorthampton Town
1965–66Manchester City (6)Southampton
1966–67Coventry CityWolverhampton Wanderers
1967–68Ipswich Town (2)Queens Park Rangers
1968–69Derby County (3)Crystal Palace
1969–70Huddersfield TownBlackpool
1970–71Leicester City (5)Sheffield United
1971–72Norwich CityBirmingham City
1972–73Burnley (2)Queens Park Rangers
1973–74Middlesbrough (3)Luton TownCarlisle United
1974–75Manchester United (2)Aston VillaNorwich City
1975–76SunderlandBristol CityWest Bromwich Albion
1976–77Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)ChelseaNottingham Forest
1977–78Bolton Wanderers (2)SouthamptonTottenham Hotspur
1978–79Crystal PalaceBrighton & Hove AlbionStoke City
1979–80Leicester City (6)SunderlandBirmingham City
1980–81West Ham United (2)Notts CountySwansea City
1981–82Luton TownWatfordNorwich City
1982–83Queens Park RangersWolverhampton WanderersSunderland
1983–84ChelseaSheffield WednesdayNewcastle United
1984–85Oxford UnitedBirmingham CityManchester City
1985–86Norwich City (2)Charlton AthleticWimbledon
1986–87Derby County (4)Portsmouth
1987–88MillwallAston VillaMiddlesbrough
1988–89Chelsea (2)Manchester CityCrystal Palace
1989–90Leeds United (3)Sheffield UnitedSunderland
1990–91Oldham AthleticWest Ham UnitedSheffield WednesdayNotts County
1991–92Ipswich Town (3)MiddlesbroughBlackburn Rovers

Football League First Division (1992–2004)

Season Winners Runners-up Play-off Winners
1992–93Newcastle United (2)West Ham UnitedSwindon Town
1993–94Crystal Palace (2)Nottingham ForestLeicester City
1994–95Middlesbrough (4)Reading*Bolton Wanderers
1995–96Sunderland (2)Derby CountyLeicester City
1996–97Bolton Wanderers (3)BarnsleyCrystal Palace
1997–98Nottingham Forest (3)MiddlesbroughCharlton Athletic
1998–99Sunderland (3)Bradford CityWatford
1999–2000Charlton AthleticManchester CityIpswich Town
2000–01Fulham (2)Blackburn RoversBolton Wanderers
2001–02Manchester City (7)West Bromwich AlbionBirmingham City
2002–03PortsmouthLeicester CityWolverhampton Wanderers
2003–04Norwich City (3)West Bromwich AlbionCrystal Palace

Football League Championship / EFL Championship (2004–)

Season Winners Runners-up Play-off Winners
2004–05 Sunderland (4) Wigan Athletic West Ham United
2005–06 Reading Sheffield United Watford
2006–07 Sunderland (5) Birmingham City Derby County
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion (3) Stoke City Hull City
2008–09 Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) Birmingham City Burnley
2009–10 Newcastle United (3) West Bromwich Albion Blackpool
2010–11 Queens Park Rangers (2) Norwich City Swansea City
2011–12 Reading (2) Southampton West Ham United
2012–13 Cardiff City Hull City Crystal Palace
2013–14 Leicester City (7) Burnley Queens Park Rangers
2014–15 Bournemouth Watford Norwich City
2015–16 Burnley (3) Middlesbrough Hull City
2016–17 Newcastle United (4) Brighton & Hove Albion Huddersfield Town
2017–18 Wolverhampton Wanderers (4) Cardiff City Fulham

Number of titles overall

In bold those clubs competing in the Championship as of the current season.


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