Rotherham United promoted to the Championship

Rotherham United have been promoted to the Championship after League One clubs voted by a majority to end the 2019-20 season.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 5:02 pm
Rotherham last celebrated promotion to the Championship only two years ago.

The Millers return to the second tier after spending just one season back in League One.

Clubs opted to use a framework for ending the season put forward by the English Football League board, which meant the final table would be calculated using an unweighted points-per game basis.

The framework retained promotion, relegation and the traditional four-team play-offs.

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As a result, Coventry and Rotherham have been promoted to the Championship, while Wycombe, Oxford, Portsmouth and Fleetwood will contest the play-offs, with the dates for those matches to be fixed in due course.

Tranmere – who had proposed an alternative framework to the one chosen by the clubs – have been relegated to League Two, along with Southend and Bolton.

Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth have been promoted to League One, while Cheltenham, Exeter, Colchester and Northampton will contest the play-offs, with the first legs of the semi-finals taking place next week.

As things stand, Stevenage will be relegated to the National League but Macclesfield could yet finish bottom if they incur further points deductions for alleged breaches of EFL regulations.

League Two clubs had indicated an intention to curtail the season at a meeting last month, with concerns over the costs of playing behind closed doors and of coronavirus testing uppermost in the thoughts of their chairmen and chief executives.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said his club was the only one at League Two level who voted to play on, and now hopes the EFL can work towards a September start date for the 2020-21 season.

The League Two play-offs will see Colchester take on Exeter and Northampton host Cheltenham on June 18 in the semi-final first legs. The return matches will be played on Monday, June 22, with the League Two play-off final scheduled for Monday, June 29 (7.30pm).

The Championship is set to play on, with a start date set for June 20.