When Was Each Championship Club Last Shown Live On TV?

Championship games have become a regular staple of football’s TV listings with regular Friday, Saturday, Sunday and midweek games from the second division.

With the new deal to show over 1000 EFL matches live on the broadcaster arriving next season, fans can expect five Championship games live each weekend fixture round, alongside every EFL Cup match.

But that got us questioning, “When was the last time each club took part in a match live on TV?” We did some digging, and here’s the breakdown of each side’s last appearance.

Counting each midweek Championship fixture on Sky Sports’ red button service seemed a little too easy, so we’re only counting matches on their main channels as well as any matches on free-to-air television.

Birmingham City

Birmingham City last appeared on Sky Sports, with their match against Sheffield Wednesday televised on February 9, 2024. A brace from Ike Ugbo secured three crucial points for The Owls in a Friday night clash at Hillsborough.

Blackburn Rovers

Just one of two Championship clubs not to have their last game broadcast on Sky, Blackburn Rovers last featured on BBC One Wales against Wrexham on January 29, 2024. Despite the visitors claiming an early lead, Rovers claimed an easy 4-1 win in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Bristol City

Bristol City‘s last broadcast match was a midweek fixture against Southampton on February 13, 2024. The Robins ended the unbeaten run of Russell Martin’s team, with a 3-1 win at Ashton Gate in a Tuesday night fixture.

Cardiff City

Unfortunately for Cardiff City, they have had the longest wait of any Championship club to see their team on TV. Their last match was the South Wales Derby against Swansea City on September 16, 2023, in which The Bluebirds won 2-0 at home.

Coventry City

The Sky Blues last played on Sky Sports on February 11, 2024, against Millwall. Haji Wright’s second-half brace secured a 2-1 win for Coventry City at home in the midday Sunday match.

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town‘s last game was their visit to Queens Park Rangers on January 28, 2024. Jack Rudoni’s late goal for The Terriers was cancelled out in the final moments by Kenneth Paal to secure a point at Loftus Road.

Hull City

Last seen on Sky, Hull City‘s last TV match was their visit to Sunderland on January 19, 2024. Liverpool loanees Tyler Morton and Fabio Carvalho combined to claim a 1-0 away win for The Tigers in a Friday night fixture.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town were last on Sky Sports as they visited Millwall on February 14, 2024. The Tractor Boys stormed their way to a 4-0 win at The Den with goals from Nathan Broadhead, a Wes Harding own goal, Kieffer Moore and Ali Al-Hamadi.

Leeds United

One of two teams to feature most recently on TV, Leeds United played Plymouth Argyle in the Saturday lunchtime slot on February 17, 2024. Wilfred Gnonto and Georginio Rutter scored to secure a 2-0 win at Home Park.

Leicester City

The Championship leaders last played live when they welcomed fellow promotion challengers Ipswich Town on January 22, 2024. Leicester City took an early lead with a Leif Davis own goal, but Jeremy Sarmiento levelled late to take a point back to Portman Road.

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough were last featured as they played a Tees-Wear derby against Sunderland on February 4, 2024. The honours were even at The Riverside, with Marcuss Forss and Nazariy Rusyn scoring for their respective teams to end the game at 1-1.

Millwall

Millwall welcomed Ipswich Town to The Den in their last TV match on February 14, 2024. It was a tough night for the London club, as the visitors ran riot in a 4-0 victory on a Wednesday night fixture.

Norwich City

The second club not to have a Championship match as their most recent TV appearance, Norwich City last featured on January 28, 2024. Their FA Cup visit to Liverpool saw the Canaries lose 5-2, with goals for Ben Gibson and Borja Sainz on ITV’s Sunday fixture.

Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle were part of the most recently televised Championship game, welcoming Leeds United to Home Park on February 17, 2024. The Pilgrims lost 2-0 against the Yorkshire club in their only live match this year.

Preston North End

Like Argyle, Preston North End‘s last TV game was against Leeds United on January 21, 2024. Will Keane’s early goal was cancelled out by Dan James just minutes later, with Joel Piroe’s 94th-minute penalty giving United a 2-1 win at Elland Road.

Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers were last on Sky Sports as they welcomed Huddersfield Town to Loftus Road. The points were shared in the relegation six-pointer, with the scores ending 1-1 thanks to a last-minute Kenneth Paal goal.

Rotherham United

The Millers were last seen on Sky Sports when they welcomed Ipswich Town to the New York Stadium on November 7, 2023. Rotherham United claimed a 2-2 draw with the Suffolk club in a game that was originally postponed due to flooding from Storm Babet.

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday‘s last match on TV was against Birmingham City on February 9, 2024. Ike Ugbo scored twice for The Owls and gave the Hillsborough crowd some hope of beating the drop with a vital three points.

Southampton

A Friday night fixture, Southampton travelled to West Bromwich Albion on February 16, 2024. Ryan Fraser and David Brooks scored to secure a 2-0 away win and put Saints back into second place in the Championship table at the time.

Stoke City

Steven Schumacher’s side last played live on December 26, 2023, when they faced Birmingham City. Stoke City claimed a 3-1 win at St Andrews, in what was the first win for The Potters’ boss in his second game in charge at the club.

Sunderland

Sunderland‘s last televised game was the Wear-Tees Derby, playing Middlesbrough on February 4, 2024. The Black Cats earned a point on the road at The Riverside, with it ending in a 1-1 draw.

Swansea City

Swansea City featured on Sky when they welcomed Leeds United to South Wales on February 13, 2024. Leeds picked up a decisive 4-0 win, with former Swans player Joel Piroe among the goalscorers.

Watford

The Hornets made their last TV appearance as they played Queens Park Rangers on January 14, 2024. A Jake Livermore double at Loftus Road secured a 2-1 away win for Watford, in Sky’s Sunday match.

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion welcomed Southampton to The Hawthorns on Sky as part of their Friday night coverage on February 16, 2024. Saints ran out 2-0 winners in a match marked by the sending off of Baggies manager Carlos Corberan after six minutes.

Statistics

Every Championship club have played at least one televised game this season, with Cardiff City currently having the longest wait for their next match of 159 days. Their wait is coming to an end, with the Welsh club set to appear again on March 7th against Ipswich Town. Just three clubs have not had televised games in 2024, with The Bluebirds joined by Rotherham and Stoke.

Leeds and Ipswich are tied as the most common team to appear on this list, both having been the most recent match for three other sides. Two teams have had their most recent matches against non-Championship opposition, with Blackburn and Norwich facing Wrexham and Liverpool respectively.

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Third-year Journalism Student at Salford University. Writing mainly about League Two.

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