Written By Frankie Rudland (@RudlandFrankie)
Both clubs from League One & Two have reached a consensus to end the 2019/20 season following discussions with the EFL today.
All 71 clubs voted this morning on the proposed unweighted points-per-game formula championed by the EFL, with an ‘overwhelming’ majority accepting the solution, which also confirmed that promotions and relegations would remain in place.
A further 2 votes were then held separately this afternoon, in which both leagues decided to curtail the season, instead of attempting to complete their remaining fixtures.
This brings a long awaited conclusion to proceedings in the Football League’s basement divisions, with objections from 6 League One clubs previously hampering progress. However, a majority 51% was all that was required from today’s vote to push through the solution.
Promotions and Relegations
Runaway leaders Coventry have been crowned champions of League One, with second place Rotherham also earning themselves a spot in the Championship next season by slimmer margins. Tranmere, Southend and Bolton were the unfortunate losers from the consensus as they were condemned to relegation.
In League Two, Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth can all celebrate early as their places in League One were confirmed. However, at the other end of the table, things still remain in the balance. Stevenage are the side currently exiting the Football League, but should a decision be made to impose the further suspended 2-point-penalty on cash-strapped Macclesfield, The Silkmen could yet see themselves playing in the National League next season.
The playoffs represent the only surviving fixtures from the 2019/20 season, with a normal 4-team format being deployed to decide who gets the remaining promotion spot.
Oxford will host Portsmouth, whilst Joey Barton’s Fleetwood travel to Wycombe in the first leg of the semi-finals, which is expected to take place as early as 2-weeks time. Both Peterborough and Sunderland narrowly missed out on a chance at promotion, with both clubs equally vocal about their wish to complete the season prior to today’s voting.
Meanwhile, Cheltenham will welcome Northampton, and Colchester will make the trip Exeter as the battle for a chance at League One football is set to resume. Both matches have been given the green light to take place on Thursday 18th of June.
It is understood that the final will still take place at Wembley on Monday 29th June, ensuring a mutual setting for both clubs as well as the much coveted opportunity to turn out at the national stadium, albeit behind closed doors.