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Guide to the newcomers | Promoted

A look at the three new teams coming up from League One

19 June 2019

With Fixture Release Day just around the corner, we look ahead and profile the six newcomers that will grace the Championship for the 2019-20 season.

Promoted from League One or relegated from the Premier League, each season brings six new faces to the Championship that weren’t battling out in England’s second tier the previous season.

Below, we profile the three teams that managed to escape the grip of League One with promotion, and confirm a trip to Madejski Stadium in the coming season.

Luton Town | League One Champions

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Six years ago, Luton fans would turn up at Kenilworth Road to watch their side play Non-League football. Now, after a title-winning season, the Hatters have made it back to the second tier.

The last time Reading faced Luton in the Championship was back in 2005-06, where thanks to goals from Rowan Vine and Dean Morgan, they were one of only two teams to hold the Royals to a defeat in the league.

Thanks to their promotion as Champions, after a 13-year hiatus, Reading supporters can now make the 59 mile trip up the M25 to the Kenilworth Road Stadium. For some supporters, a chance to tick another away ground off the list.

Luton were visitors to the Madejski Stadium however in 2008. A Carling Cup tie in August that year which saw five different scorers for Reading as the Royals beat the Hatters 5-1.

Reading debutants for that day included goalscorer Jem Karacan and Academy graduate Gylfi Sigurðsson.

Former Academy graduate, Jack Stacey is now a key man for the Hatters, having won their Player of the Season award as they return to the second tier.

Barnsley | League One runners-up

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Compared with Luton, Barnsley’s absence from the Championship is at the opposite end of the scale, having been a second-tier club recently as two seasons ago.

They secured an immediate return after relegation to League One in 2017-18 with an impressive 91 points, three short of Luton’s 94.

190 miles separate Oakwell from RG2, one of the longer trips Reading fans will have to make over the course of the season.

It was a hugely successful campaign for Daniel Stendel’s side last year, unbeaten in their opening seven, only losing seven times from 46 games – a statistic only bettered by Sunderland and Luton.

Top scorer at Oakwell was Kieffer Moore with 17 goals, closely followed by Cauley Woodrow with 16.

The two sides met last back in December 2017 when Yann Kermorgant netted for the visiting Royals, although Ethan Pinnock's leveller for the hosts ensured a share of the points leading into the New Year.

Charlton Athletic | Play-off final winners

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Having gone through the motions in the play-offs last May – coming from behind to beat Doncaster on penalties in the semi-finals to then again at Wembley after a calamitous own goal – its safe to say the Addicks deserve their place in the Championship this season.

Montserrat international, Lyle Taylor was the main goal-getter for Charlton with 21 goals in the league having joined the club from AFC Wimbledon at the start of the campaign.

It’s an 83-mile journey into London to visit Charlton’s home ground, and the Royals were last welcomed at The Valley in February 2016 - where four Reading goals were enough to overcome a Yaya Sanogo hat-trick for the hosts.

Lee Bowyer’s men will be looking to reach the toppling heights of the Premier League like they did for seven consecutive seasons back in the early 2000’s.

So, it should make for an entertaining match up when the Royals get to make the trip to SE7, and you’ll be able to find out when that is on Fixture Release Day, Thursday morning at 9am.


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