Promotion And Relegation Explained - The Championship

Published: Apr 24, 2014 20:05pm EDT
By Jason Bardwell, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:05pm EDT


In recent conversations with family members and friends it dawned on me that the whole concept of promotion and relegation, which is second nature to the European soccer fan, may not be quite understood in the broader sense over here.


I think we are all familiar with the Premiership but there are also three divisions below the Premier League into which teams get promoted from or relegated to. Directly below the Premiership is the Sky Bet Championship. Below that is the Sky Bet League One and finally the Sky Bet League Two. In order for a League Two side to get into the Premiership they must first get promoted into League One, and then from there to the Championship before the Premiership dream can be realized.


There are numerous non leagues below the League Two Division, but for the purposes of this I will just concentrate on the three leagues directly below the Premiership. Each day I will try to give you a sense of who the movers and shakers are for the particular League of focus, who will go up and who will drop out. Yesterday I focused on Sky Bet League One and today it is time to look at the next division up, Sky Bet Championship.




The final part of the look at the promotions and relegation in the three tiers below the well known English Premiership. Today I look at the three teams to drop down from this League into the Sky Bet League One along with those heading up into that golden goose that is the Premiership.


So heading to the bottom first off and although no ones relegation has been confirmed as yet you have to say it is only a matter of time for bottom club Yeovil. With two games to go, if they win both of their games then they have to rely of both Birmingham and Blackpool losing each of theirs. Yeovil travel to Brighton on Friday with a 2:45 ET kick off and may already have their relegation confirmed before the rest of the sides play on Saturday.


Barnsley are the next team in danger and do have a little bit more of a glimmer but not by much. A defeat or draw on Saturday will certainly see them confirmed as relegated and even if they win there may be no saving them if Birmingham win against mid table Leeds United or, less likely, Blackpool beat Wigan away. Just above Blackpool and Birmingham, by a single point, are Millwall and Doncaster. Millwall travel to QPR on Saturday before hosting Bournmouth in the final game and I expect them to get enough from those two to secure their league status. For Doncaster it will be a little tougher with a home game on Saturday against a playoff fighting Reading before going away to League Champions Leicester.


An outside chance of getting sucked into the relegation zone in the final two weeks would be Charlton. They have three games left in order to secure their status and if very team below them gets maximum points then they would still only need five points, but if those teams were in the habit of getting maximum points then they wouldn’t be down there in the first place.


At the other end of the table, and two teams have already booked their places in next years Premiership. Leicester will go back up as Champions while Burnley secured their promotion with their win on Monday.


Burnley were last in the Premiership for the 2009-10 season but were relegated straight back down after that season. Back in 1921 and 1960 they won the league title and actually won the FA Cup in 1914.


For Leicester it has been a longer wait with their last Premiership outing coming back a decade ago. Relegated after a year in the 2003-04 season this club has had its own share of glory times. They too have won the League title, back in 1929 and have won the League Cup on three occasions, 1964, 1997 and 2000. Both these sides were formed in the early 1880's and it will be good to see them back in the Premier League, but which other side will join them?


Derby County and Queens Park Rangers have secured playoff places while there are six realistic challengers for the last two spots. Wigan should be the first to confirm themselves as a playoff team if they win on Saturday against relegation threatened Blackpool.


Three points separate sixth placed Reading and tenth placed Blackburn Rovers. Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town sit between those two and all have a chance at that final spot.


Brighton host Yeovil on Friday and a win for them will see them replace Reading in the final playoff place. Even if they fail to win Reading will travel to relegation threatened Doncaster knowing that anything other than a win could see them slip out of that final position heading into the final weekend. Nottingham Forest travel to mid table Bournmouth and Ipswich travel to already promoted Burnley. If either or both sides win and Reading slip up then that will see Reading having to beat Burnley in the final week and hoping for a Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday win.


Blackburn have an outside chance to slip in there but they have to win both their games, away to Charlton this weekend and at home to Wigan next, and hope for a few teams to really choke.


If I were a betting man I would say that Derby would play Reading and QPR will face Wigan in the Championship playoffs with the two winners playing off in what will be a game worth $100 million to the winners.


Wigan, Reading and QPR were the three sides relegated from last season while Derby County were last in the Premiership in the 2007-08 season. I think the winner of the QPR and Wigan game will be the ones to join Leicester and Burnley in next years Premiership.


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  • Jason Bardwell   Apr 25, 2014 @ 05:32PM
    Yeovil did lose in tonight's game and so have now confirmed as relegated. Brighton beat them 2-0 and so have put themselves in a good position going into the this weekend. -

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