2007–08 Football League Championship
West Bromwich Albion (champions)|
Stoke City (runners up)
Hull City (play-off winners)
|Top goalscorer||Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (23)|
|Biggest home win||
Ipswich Town 6–0 Bristol City|
Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City
The 2007–08 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the sixteenth season under its current league division format and its fourth with its current sponsorship. The leagues started in August 2007 and concluded in May 2008, with the promotion play-off finals.
The Football League is contested through three Divisions. The top divisions of these is the League Championship. The winner and the runner up of the League Championship will be automatically promoted to the Premiership and they will be joined by the winner of the League Championship play-off. The bottom three teams in the Championship will be relegated to the second division, League One.
West Bromwich Albion finished top of the league with 81 points, closely followed by Stoke City who had 79 points. Hull City were promoted through the play-offs. Colchester and Scunthorpe United were both relegated several weeks before the end of the season. However, in a very tight league, with a gap of only 29 points between top and 22nd place, the final team to be relegated, Leicester City, went down on the final day while six other teams were within three points of them, despite the fact that only Crystal Palace had conceded less goals.
Changes from last season
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
Relegated from Premier League
Promoted from League One
||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||West Bromwich Albion (C) (P)||46||23||12||11||88||55||+33||81||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||Stoke City (P)||46||21||16||9||69||55||+14||79|
|3||Hull City (P)||46||21||12||13||65||47||+18||75||Qualification for League Championship playoffs|
|14||Queens Park Rangers||46||14||16||16||60||66||−6||58|
|15||Preston North End||46||15||11||20||50||56||−6||56|
|22||Leicester City (R)||46||12||16||18||42||45||−3||52||Relegation to League One|
|23||Scunthorpe United (R)||46||11||13||22||46||69||−23||46|
|24||Colchester United (R)||46||7||17||22||62||86||−24||38|
Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
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.
The Football League Championship Playoffs took place at the end of May 2008. They involved the teams that finished third to sixth in the table. Hull (3rd) and Bristol City (4th) qualified from their semi-finals against Watford (6th) and Crystal Palace (5th) respectively over two legs. Hull City won the final with a single Dean Windass goal to win promotion to the Premier League.
|Home \ Away||BAR||BLP||BRI||BUR||CAR||CHA||COL||COV||CRY||HUL||IPS||LEI||NWC||PLY||PNE||QPR||SCU||SHU||SHW||SOU||STK||WAT||WBA||WOL|
|Preston North End||1–2||0–1||0–0||2–1||1–2||0–2||0–3||1–0||0–1||3–0||2–2||1–1||0–0||2–0||0–0||0–1||3–1||1–0||5–1||2–0||1–0||2–1||2–1|
|Queens Park Rangers||2–0||3–2||3–0||2–4||0–2||1–0||2–1||1–2||1–2||2–0||1–1||3–1||1–0||0–2||2–2||3–1||1–1||0–0||0–3||3–0||1–1||0–2||0–0|
Source: The Football League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
Team of the Year
|Sheffield Wednesday||Hillsborough Stadium||39,814|
|Southampton||St Mary's Stadium||32,689|
|Coventry City||Ricoh Arena||32,609|
|Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||32,609|
|Leicester City||Walkers Stadium||32,500|
|Ipswich Town||Portman Road||30,311|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Molineux Stadium||28,525|
|Stoke City||Britannia Stadium||28,383|
|West Brom||The Hawthorns||28,003|
|Charlton Athletic||The Valley||27,111|
|Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park||26,309|
|Norwich City||Carrow Road||26,034|
|Hull City||KC Stadium||25,404|
|Preston North End||Deepdale||24,500|
|Cardiff City||Ninian Park||22,008|
|Bristol City||Ashton Gate||21,497|
|Plymouth Argyle||Home Park||19,500|
|Queens Park Rangers||Loftus Road||19,128|
|Scunthorpe United||Glanford Park||9,183|
|Colchester United||Layer Road||6,320|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Crystal Palace||Peter Taylor||Contract terminated||8 October 2007||Neil Warnock||11 October 2007||19th|
|Leicester City||Martin Allen||Mutual consent||29 August 2007||Gary Megson||13 September 2007||9th|
|Queens Park Rangers||John Gregory||Contract terminated||1 October 2007||Luigi De Canio||29 October 2007||24th|
|Norwich City||Peter Grant||Mutual consent||8 October 2007||Glenn Roeder||30 October 2007||22nd|
|Leicester City||Gary Megson||Mutual consent (hired by Bolton Wanderers)||24 October 2007||Ian Holloway||22 November 2007||19th|
|Burnley||Steve Cotterill||Mutual consent||8 November 2007||Owen Coyle||22 November 2007||15th|
|Preston North End||Paul Simpson||Contract terminated||13 November 2007||Alan Irvine||20 November 2007||21st|
|Plymouth Argyle||Ian Holloway||Resigned (hired by Leicester City)||21 November 2007||Paul Sturrock||27 November 2007||7th|
|Coventry City||Iain Dowie||Contract terminated||11 February 2008||Chris Coleman||19 February 2008||19th|
|Sheffield United||Bryan Robson||Mutual consent||14 February 2008||Kevin Blackwell||14 February 2008||16th|
|Queens Park Rangers||Luigi De Canio||Mutual consent||8 May 2008||Iain Dowie||14 May 2008||14th|
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