The key stat to give Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers hope for League One promotion at first attempt
The 2020/21 season was one to forget for Sheffield Wednesday, but the strong record of relegated teams in League One is a cause for optimism.
In the last five seasons, almost half of the sides relegated to the third tier – seven out of 15 – have been promoted straight back to the Championship, with at least one going up each year.
The 2017/18 campaign even saw all three clubs who had been demoted the previous season return to the second tier at the first attempt.
Just one team – Bolton Wanderers – has suffered a double relegation from the second tier in the last five years.
Similarly to Sheffield Wednesday the Trotters faced several issues off the pitch which coincided with poor results.
The Owls previously spent two years in the third tier from 2003 to 2005 and 2010 to 2012.
Here’s a look at how every team relegated from the Championship has fared the following season since 2016/17.