Derby and Norwich brought the curtain down on the EFL at 2018 with one of the most Striking matches of the Season.

The Rams eventually won a seven-goal thriller was 2-0 down after 25 minutes and 32 supporting with five minutes left at a game postponed by way of a floodlight failure.

It has been still another brilliant season for the oldest football league competition on earth, with Wolves storming to the Championship title in April, Accrington Stanley winning promotion to the next tier for the first time in their history and League 2 side Macclesfield just about avoiding putting an outright record for the longest winless streak at the competition’s history.

Before it gets going again on Tuesday, 1 January 20-19, BBC Sport takes a look back on a year that some clubs won’t wish to end yet many others can’t wait to see the trunk of…

Great season for…

Norwich City may have just finished 14th at the Championship last season but their outstanding form this campaign means it’s been a leading 2018 for the Canaries.

There is little sign of that which was to emerge when Daniel Farke’s side recorded just one win in the opening five league matches. However, a run of four successive league wins September frees up them the table and a streak of six consecutive Championship wins October and November cemented their place at the upper two.

Quite the accomplishment to get a team who simply spent money on a single player in the summer.

The Norfolk side’s brilliant form even led to Farke comparing himself to Johnny Depp… Kind of.

The Hatters were relegated from the third tier at 2007-08 at the middle of three successive relegations that watched them fall from the peaks of their Championship to non-league football.

However, under Nathan Jones the good times have returned to Kenilworth Road. They gained promotion from League 2 in second place at 201718 and certainly can begin 20-19 moment in League One, in with a very good shout of a second directly pro motion.

1 minute into the National League advertisements final in May, things weren’t looking good for Tranmere Rovers.

In the wedding day at Wembley, Rovers were reduced to ten men in the opening minute when Liam Ridehalgh was shipped off for a poor tackle on Boreham Wood’s Ricky Shakes.

Despite needing to play virtually the whole game a person light Micky Mellon’s side battled to a 2-1 win which secured a come back to the EFL following a three-season exile.

They have not looked back since going into 20-19 they sit four points out the top three in League 2, with a home tie against Tottenham to anticipate at the FA Cup third round.

No team at all of this EFL found fewer points compared to Reading at 2018, with the Berkshire side winning only 3 6 points out of their 4 6 games.

The Royals had reached the Championship play-off final in 2016-17 but found past season a property that was real, resulting to Jaap Stam’s sacking in March and only avoiding relegation by three points.

Stam’s replacement Paul Clement lasted only seven months before being chased himself November and replaced using Portuguese Jose Gomes.

They head into 20-19 on a streak of eight with no triumph and at acute danger of being relegated to League One.

It may not rival Reading’s devastating 2018 but a few Scunthorpe fans can look back on this season with any fondness.

The Iron started the season under Graham Alexander but declared the former Scotland international in March despite being fifth.

Caretaker Nick Daws led them into the League One play offs however they were beaten by Rotherham at the semi-finals until Daws was given the job indefinitely.

But, Daws was hit 24 August, together with chairman Peter Swann saying it’d been “a mistake” to give him the job.

Former Bradford manager Stuart McCall was appointed his successor in September, and initially headed the golf club up the table, but a series of five consecutive defeats December has abandoned the Iron at the League One relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.

In the first half the season the Meadow Lane side pushed to get a automatic promotion place from League 2 before falling to conquer from the playoffs by Coventry City.

At the next, the Magpies sacked Kevin Nolan at August, then got reduce his replacement Harry Kewell after 79 days now, under third manager of this growing season, Neil Ardley, find themselves in a battle to retain their EFL status.

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