2005–06 Football League Championship

Football League Championship
Season 2005–06
Champions Reading
Promoted Reading
Sheffield United
Watford
Relegated Crewe Alexandra
Millwall
Brighton & Hove Albion
Matches played 557
Goals scored 1,341 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Marlon King (Watford), 21[1]

The 2005–06 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the second season of the league under its current title and fourteenth season under its current league division format.

Reading dominated the Championship, setting a new league record of 33 league games unbeaten between the opening day defeat by Plymouth Argyle and the loss at Luton Town in February; these were the only league defeats the team would suffer that season. On 25 March 2006 they clinched promotion to the top flight for the first time in their 135-year history thanks to a 1–1 draw away to Leicester City.[2] Coppell's team secured the league title in the following week, with a 5–0 drubbing of Derby County, and they would go on to set a new English league record for the number of points won in a season, with 106.[3]

Changes from last season

Team changes

From Championship

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to League One

To Championship

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

Team overview

Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
BurnleyBurnleyTurf Moor22,546
Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton & HoveWithdean Stadium8,850
Cardiff CityCardiffNinian Park21,508
Coventry CityCoventryRicoh Arena32,602
Crewe AlexandraCreweAlexandra Stadium10,153
Crystal PalaceLondonSelhurst Park26,309
Derby CountyDerbyPride Park Stadium33,597
Hull CityHullKC Stadium25,586
Ipswich TownIpswichPortman Road30,311
Leeds UnitedLeedsElland Road39,460
Leicester CityLeicesterWalkers Stadium32,500
Luton TownLutonKenilworth Road10,226
MillwallLondonThe Den20,146
Norwich CityNorwichCarrow Road26,018
Plymouth ArgylePlymouthHome Park18,000
Preston North EndPrestonDeepdale23,408
Queens Park RangersLondonLoftus Road18,360
ReadingReadingMadejski Stadium24,161
Sheffield UnitedSheffieldBramall Lane32,702
Sheffield WednesdaySheffieldHillsborough Stadium39,812
SouthamptonSouthamptonSt Mary's Stadium32,690
Stoke CityStokeBritannia Stadium27,740
WatfordWatfordVicarage Road17,504
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhamptonMolineux27,828

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Reading (C) (P) 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106 Promotion to 2006–07 FA Premier League
2 Sheffield United (P) 46 26 14 6 76 46 +30 92
3 Watford (P) 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81 Qualification for 2005–06 Championship Playoffs
4 Preston North End 46 20 20 6 59 30 +29 80
5 Leeds United 46 21 15 10 57 38 +19 78
6 Crystal Palace 46 21 12 13 67 48 +19 75
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 16 19 11 50 42 +8 67
8 Coventry City 46 16 15 15 62 65 3 63
9 Norwich City 46 18 8 20 56 65 9 62
10 Luton Town 46 17 10 19 66 67 1 61
11 Cardiff City 46 16 12 18 58 59 1 60
12 Southampton 46 13 19 14 49 50 1 58
13 Stoke City 46 17 7 22 54 63 9 58
14 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 17 16 39 46 7 56
15 Ipswich Town 46 14 14 18 53 66 13 56
16 Leicester City 46 13 15 18 51 59 8 54
17 Burnley 46 14 12 20 46 54 8 54
18 Hull City 46 12 16 18 49 55 6 52
19 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 13 20 39 52 13 52
20 Derby County 46 10 20 16 53 67 14 50
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 14 20 50 65 15 50
22 Crewe Alexandra (R) 46 9 15 22 57 86 29 42 Relegation to 2006–07 League One
23 Millwall (R) 46 8 16 22 35 62 27 40
24 Brighton & Hove Albion (R) 46 7 17 22 39 71 32 38

Updated to games played on 2 December 2011.
Source:
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Semi-finals

First leg

Leeds United 1 1 Preston North End
Lewis  74' Statistics Nugent  48'
Referee: P Crossley

Crystal Palace 0 3 Watford
Statistics King  46'
Young  67'
Spring  85'
Referee: M J Jones

Second leg

Preston North End 0 2 Leeds United
Statistics Hulse  56'
Richardson  61'
Crainey  68'
Cresswell  90'
Referee: Mike Thorpe
  • Leeds United win 3-1 on aggregate.

  • Watford win 3-0 on aggregate.

Final

Leeds United 0 3 Watford
(Details) DeMerit  25'
Sullivan  57' (o.g.)
Henderson  84' (pen.)
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

References

  1. "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  2. "Leicester 1-1 Reading". BBC Sport. 25 March 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. "Reading 5-0 Derby". BBC Sport. 1 April 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
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