Football: League One clubs vote to end the 2019/20 season

Date published: 09 June 2020


League One clubs have voted by an overwhelming majority to formally end the 2019/20 season.

As a result, the final League standings have now been confirmed meaning that Dale finish the season in 18th and will remain in League One again next season.

The final divisional placings have been determined on an unweighted points per game basis and means that Rochdale will play no more games this season.

This outcome is one that Rochdale has been arguing for since mid-May. Dale chief executive David Bottomley has previously said Rochdale would lose money on staging matches behind closed doors.

Coventry City have been confirmed as champions with Rotherham United securing the second automatic promotion place to the Championship.

Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town will now progress to the play offs with the schedule to be announced in due course, while Tranmere Rovers, Southend United and Bolton Wanderers will start the 2020/21 season in League Two.

In a statement on the club web site, chief executive David Bottomley said: "We are relieved that a decision has finally been taken to determine the outcome of the season. As you’ll be aware from my previous communications, ending the campaign is an outcome that we, as a Club, have been pushing for throughout the process.

"It has been a long time coming and I’m pleased that we can now push forward with our preparations for the 2020/21 season instead of being stuck in limbo. We can look forward to our seventh consecutive season in League One.

"As this season comes to an end, I’d like to say a big thank you, to you the fans, for your support throughout 2019/20. It now seems a lifetime away from our first game of the season in August away at Tranmere, and the near on 1,000 Dale fans who cheered us to victory.

"I would also like to place on record thanks to every single member of our admin and off field staff, and, of course, our management team and players for achieving the results and securing our League One status."

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