This weekend, the EFL gave supporters and players alike some special moments to treasure.
With the weekend football fix in our wake, we review some of the biggest results from the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two…
Blackburn Rovers and Ben Brereton Diaz stole the headlines this weekend, as the Championship team cruised to a 5-1 victory over Cardiff City. The victory, which marked Blackburn’s first home win against the Bluebirds since 1984, saw the Chilean international bag his first professional hat-trick.
It was also a special afternoon for Fulham supporter Rhys Porter, who celebrated with the Cottagers players after Aleksandar Mitrović opened the scoring for the visitors against Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.
The 13-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, plays as a goalkeeper for the Feltham Bees disability team. After posting a video of himself saving a goal on the social media platform TikTok, Rhys received hundreds of abusive comments from other users.
And although Fulham were held to a draw, the score-line didn’t dampen the teenager's spirits.
Elsewhere, second placed West Bromwich Albion came from behind to defeat Queens Park Rangers on Friday evening. Andre Gray opened the scoring within the first 45 seconds for QPR, before the Midlands team turned it around.
A team enjoying their best start to an EFL campaign in 10 years, League One top scorers Milton Keynes Dons came out on top against Buckinghamshire rivals Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend. Liam Manning’s men have found the back of the net in every outing so far this season, with Troy Parrott adding to that tally in a slender 1-0 triumph.
Sunderland welcomed Grant Leadbitter to the Stadium of Light on Saturday as the Club’s guest of honour, as the former Club captain bid a fond farewell to the Stadium of Light. And the Black Cats marked his return with a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, preserving their 100% home record.
Meanwhile, there was late drama at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, as David Artell’s Crewe Alexandra rescued a point late in the day against the manager’s former Club and hometown team Rotherham United. Chris Porter struck in the 91st minute to cancel out Oliver Rathbone’s second-half opener.
Harrogate Town maintained their unbeaten home record, as the North Yorkshire side played out a 0-0 stalemate with Stevenage in our featured game of the weekend.
Oldham Athletic claimed the bragging rights over Rochdale in the Greater Manchester derby on Saturday afternoon. Davis Keillor-Dunn was the hero as the Scotsman opened his account for the Latics on the hour mark, with a strike worthy of winning any game.
And Sutton United registered an emphatic 4-0 victory over Carlisle United, as 22-year-old Alistair Smith bagged the first brace of his career. The win represented Sutton’s biggest victory so far in their inaugural EFL season.