Everything You Need To Know About 2021/22 Football League Season

Thoughts now turn to the new campaign, which begins in August
12:05, 02 Jun 2021

The final whistle at Wembley on a sunny bank holiday Monday not only confirmed Morecambe’s promotion to League One but finally brought the curtain down on a hectic Football League season. Covid-19 put clubs in all sorts of financial difficulties and for the first time ever they were forced to play out the regular league campaign in empty stadiums. Euro 2020 is now on the horizon yet for Football League clubs, attention has already turned to the 2021/22 season. Here’s what we know so far. 

Championship

Clubs relegated from Premier League: West Brom, Fulham and Sheffield United

Clubs promoted from League One: Hull, Peterborough and Blackpool

Fixture release day: Thursday 24 June, 9am

First match: Friday 6 August 

The Championship season is set to begin on the 6th August, with a live Friday night game likely to kick-off the brand new football season. Scott Parker’s Fulham are the current favourites to win the league but with Slavisa Jokanovic’s record in the Championship, Sheffield United could be in good shape to come straight back up after a dismal season in the top flight. 

West Brom are still on the hunt for a new manager after Sam Allardyce departed, while Steve Cooper’s Swansea will look to regroup after their play-off final defeat. Bournemouth and Barnsley will look to go one better while Nottingham Forest and Derby will be hoping to contest in the top half of the table this time around, rather than flirting with the bottom three. 

From League One, Blackpool’s resurgence continues after their play-off final win, while Hull and Peterborough return to the second tier having finished in the top two. Jonson Clarke-Harris will look to add to the 31 goals he scored last term as all three promoted sides look to secure survival. 

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League One 

Clubs relegated from Championship: Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday

Clubs promoted from League Two: Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Bolton Wanderers and Morecambe

Fixture release day: Thursday 24 June, 9am

First match: Saturday 7 August 

League One promises to be an enthralling season as several big clubs find themselves in England’s third tier. Sheffield Wednesday return to this level after a nine year stint in the Championship while the likes of Portsmouth, current favourites Sunderland, Charlton and Ipswich remain. Bolton are back up at this level after their promotion and join north west rivals Wigan in the third tier, which should see big attendances for this level, if Covid restrictions allow. 

Fans of Morecambe, Cheltenham and Cambridge will be itching to watch their sides play League One football having missed out on the majority of their promotion campaigns while Paul Warne’s Rotherham United will be looking to secure their third promotion from this level, having been relegated from the Championship again.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe will have a point to prove after they bravely were sent down, despite winning three of their last four, while Michael Appleton’s Lincoln City will hope to bounce back from their play-off final heartache. A thrilling season awaits. 

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League Two 

Clubs relegated from League One: Rochdale, Northampton Town, Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers

Clubs promoted from National League: Sutton United, TBD

Fixture release day: Thursday 24 June, 9am

First match: Saturday 7 August 

After a tough year which pushed finances to the limit, League Two clubs will be delighted to hear the turnstiles clicking into life in August. Northampton’s visit to League One was brief after their play-off final win twelve months ago while Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers will draw a lot of media attention. He was unable to rescue them from a bottom placed finish, but will hope to secure the first promotion of his career in the Memorial dugout. 

Swindon’s season fell apart as Richie Wellens departed and now former Colchester boss John McGreal looks to steady the ship while Rochdale under Brian Barry-Murphy have played attractive football, without the results. He will hope that will change in the fourth tier. 

Sutton United have been ripping up their 4G pitch ahead of their Football League debut season, having played in non-league for the entirety of their 100 year existence. The other promotion place is yet to be decided, with the National League play-offs set to conclude on June 20. 

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