With Sheffield United promoted, Bramhall Lane will a Steel City Derby again!

With the 2016-17 English football season now in the books, who got relegated, and who got promoted?

The John Smiths Stadium in Huddersfield will host Premier League games for the first time ever next season.

The season formally ended on Monday May 29 — Memorial Day in the States — with the “richest game in world football” at Wembley Stadium. It was a complete dud, 120 minutes of 0-0 non-action, and then Huddersfield Town took it on penalties, 4-3. So they will join Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion as the three new teams in the Premier League for the 2017-18 season.

I confess to pulling hard for them, as frankly I had more fun in Huddersfield than I did in Reading, although Reading is a lovely town and I always feel bad for whoever loses. We Yanks can all be happy, as well, that Town’s manager is a sort-of American named David Wagner. Really he’s German, but one parent was American, and he capped for the US a few times back in the 90s. So … USA! USA! And come on, you Terriers!

Here Is What Promotion and Relegation Are All About

Below is a list of the promotions and relegations after the 2016-17 season. And here is my newly-organized list of all the 92 professional clubs of English soccer, plus a few, with links to any I have written about or visited.

Kickoff at St. James’ Park, which will be back in the Premier League in 2017-18.

Promoted from Championship to Premier League:

  • Newcastle United
  • Brighton and Hove Albion
  • Huddersfield Town

Relegated from the Premier League to the Championship:

  • Middlesbrough
  • Hull City
  • Sunderland

Relegated from the Championship to League One:

  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Wigan Athletic
  • Rotherham United

My Guide to all the Leagues and Cups of English Soccer

Bolton Wanderers — back in the Championship!

Promoted from League One to the Championship:

  • Sheffield United
  • Bolton Wanderers
  • Millwall

Relegated from League One to League Two:

  • Swindon Town
  • Port Vale
  • Coventry City
  • Chesterfield

Promoted from League Two to League One:

  • Doncaster Rovers
  • Plymouth Argyle
  • Portsmouth
  • Blackpool

Relegated from League Two and the Football League to the National League

  • Leyton Orient
  • Hartlepool United

Promoted from the National League to League Two and the Football League

  • Lincoln City
  • Forest Green Rovers

Looking Ahead to 2017-18

With Sheffield United promoted, Bramhall Lane will host a Steel City Derby again!

Just off the top of my head, I see some exciting derbies and other factors coming into play:

  • The Steel City Derby is back! Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday will lock horns for the first time since 2012
  • Huddersfield Town haven’t played in the top flight since 1972 — 20 years before the Premier League existed.
  • Just having Newcastle back in the top flight is exciting in itself — though I am gutted for Sunderland. Great fans, city and stadium in Newcastle.
  • Three will be 5 (or 6) London-area teams in the Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Spurs, Watford and West Ham. Brighton is only an hour away.
  • There will be five London-area teams in the Championship: Brentford, Fulham, Millwall, QPR and Reading
  • There is now a team in the Football League called Forest Green Rovers! They have never been there before. They play in a ground called the New Lawn in a town called Nailsworth, which has this place in it and will be the smallest place ever to host a Football League team! I must go at once.

The schedule for the 2017-18 season will be announced on June 14, or 14 June as the Brits would have it, and I cannot wait. It’s pretty much a holiday in my world, as I can finally get serious about distracting myself from work planning my trips for next season and helping others do the same.

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