With the 2016-17 English football season now in the books, who got relegated, and who got promoted?
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!
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.
Promoted from Championship to Premier League:
- Newcastle United
- Brighton and Hove Albion
- Huddersfield Town
Relegated from the Premier League to the Championship:
- Hull City
Relegated from the Championship to League One:
- Blackburn Rovers
- Wigan Athletic
- Rotherham United
Promoted from League One to the Championship:
- Sheffield United
- Bolton Wanderers
Relegated from League One to League Two:
- Swindon Town
- Port Vale
- Coventry City
Promoted from League Two to League One:
- Doncaster Rovers
- Plymouth Argyle
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
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.