2008–09 Football League Championship
(3rd divisional title)
|Goals scored||1,350 (2.45 per match)|
|Biggest home win||
Reading 6–0 Sheffield Wednesday,|
Preston North End 6–0 Cardiff City
|Biggest away win||Charlton Athletic 2–5 Sheffield United|
Norwich City 5–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers,|
Watford 3–4 Blackpool,
Charlton Athletic 2–5 Sheffield United
|Longest winning run||
Wolverhampton Wanderers (achieved twice)
|Longest unbeaten run||
|Longest winless run||
|Longest losing run||
Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blackpool v Charlton Athletic
The 2008–09 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the league under its current title and seventeenth season under its current league division format.
Wolverhampton Wanderers won the division to return to the Premier League after a five-year absence. They secured the Championship title on 25 April, one week after having confirmed their promotion with a victory over QPR.
Birmingham City were promoted at the first attempt following their relegation. They secured their return to the top flight on the final day of the season by winning at promotion rivals Reading 2–1. Norwich City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic were relegated;
Burnley won the play-offs to reach the Premier League for the first time after a 1–0 win in the play-off final against Sheffield United, who had been in with a chance of automatic promotion on the final day.
Team changes from previous season
- Joining the Championship
Relegated from the Premier League:
Promoted from League One:
- Leaving the Championship
Promoted to the Premier League:
Relegated to League One:
Stadium and locations
|Birmingham City||St Andrew's||30,009|
|Bristol City||Ashton Gate||21,497|
|Cardiff City||Ninian Park||22,008|
|Charlton Athletic||The Valley||27,111|
|Coventry City||Ricoh Arena||32,609|
|Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park||26,309|
|Derby County||Pride Park||33,597|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||15,231|
|Ipswich Town||Portman Road||30,311|
|Norwich City||Carrow Road||26,034|
|Nottingham Forest||City Ground||30,602|
|Plymouth Argyle||Home Park||19,500|
|Preston North End||Deepdale||24,500|
|Queens Park Rangers||Loftus Road||19,128|
|Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||32,609|
|Southampton||St Mary's Stadium||32,689|
|Swansea City||Liberty Stadium||20,532|
Personnel and sponsoring
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|QPR||Iain Dowie||Contract terminated||24 October 2008||Paulo Sousa||19 November 2008||9th|
|Watford||Aidy Boothroyd||Mutual consent||3 November 2008||Brendan Rodgers||24 November 2008||21st|
|Charlton Athletic||Alan Pardew||Mutual consent||22 November 2008||Phil Parkinson||31 December 2008||22nd|
|Blackpool||Simon Grayson||Signed by Leeds United (mutual consent)||23 December 2008||Ian Holloway||21 May 2009||16th|
|Nottingham Forest||Colin Calderwood||Contract terminated||26 December 2008||Billy Davies||1 January 2009||22nd|
|Derby County||Paul Jewell||Resigned||28 December 2008||Nigel Clough||6 January 2009||18th|
|Norwich City||Glenn Roeder||Contract terminated||14 January 2009||Bryan Gunn||21 January 2009||21st|
|Southampton||Jan Poortvliet||Resigned||23 January 2009||Mark Wotte||23 January 2009||23rd|
|QPR||Paulo Sousa||Contract terminated||9 April 2009||Jim Magilton||3 June 2009||10th|
|Ipswich Town||Jim Magilton||Contract terminated||22 April 2009||Roy Keane||23 April 2009||9th|
|Reading||Steve Coppell||Resigned||12 May 2009||Brendan Rodgers||4 June 2009||4th, Play-off semi-final|
||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) (P)||46||27||9||10||80||52||+28||90||Promotion to Premier League|
|2||Birmingham City (P)||46||23||14||9||54||37||+17||83|
|3||Sheffield United||46||22||14||10||64||39||+25||80||Qualification for League Championship playoffs|
|6||Preston North End||46||21||11||14||66||54||+12||74|
|11||Queens Park Rangers||46||15||16||15||42||44||−2||61|
|22||Norwich City (R)||46||12||10||24||57||70||−13||46||Relegation to League One|
|24||Charlton Athletic (R)||46||8||15||23||52||74||−22||39|
Updated to games played on 3 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Crystal Palace were give a one-point deduction for using an ineligible player during a match against Sheffield United on 3 May 2009.
2 Southampton were given a ten-point deduction for breaching insolvency regulations, regarding their holding company. As they finished in the bottom three in the 2008–09 season, the points deduction was applied during the 2009–10 season in League One.
(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.
|6||Preston North End||1||0||1|
|Home \ Away||BAR||BIR||BLP||BRI||BUR||CAR||CHA||COV||CRY||DER||DON||IPS||NWC||NOT||PLY||PNE||QPR||REA||SHU||SHW||SOU||SWA||WAT||WOL|
|Preston North End||2–1||1–0||0–1||2–0||2–1||6–0||2–1||2–1||2–0||2–0||1–0||3–2||1–0||2–1||1–1||2–1||2–1||0–0||1–1||2–3||0–2||2–0||1–3|
|Queens Park Rangers||2–1||1–0||1–1||2–1||1–2||1–0||2–1||1–1||0–0||0–2||2–0||1–3||0–1||2–1||0–0||3–2||0–0||0–0||3–2||4–1||1–0||0–0||1–0|
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.
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Notes|
|August||Mick McCarthy||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Richard Chaplow||Preston North End|
|September||Owen Coyle||Burnley||Kevin Doyle||Reading|
|October||Dave Jones||Cardiff City||Rob Hulse||Derby County|
|November||Mick McCarthy||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Chris Iwelumo||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|December||Steve Coppell||Reading||Stephen Hunt||Reading|
|January||Roberto Martínez||Swansea City||Joe Ledley||Cardiff City|
|February||Chris Coleman||Coventry City||Jason Scotland||Swansea City|
|March||Kevin Blackwell||Sheffield United||Robbie Blake||Burnley|
|April||Alan Irvine||Preston North End||Kyle Naughton||Sheffield United|
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