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The 2004–05 Football League (known as the Coca-Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 106th completed season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season2004–05
ChampionsSunderland
PromotedSunderland
Wigan Athletic
West Ham United
RelegatedKidderminster Harriers
Cambridge United

2004–05 was the first season of the rebranded Football League, with the First, Second and Third Divisions becoming the Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two respectively. Coca-Cola replaced the Nationwide Building Society as title sponsor.

Wigan Athletic were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up. They had only been elected to the Football League in 1978, had been the league's fourth-lowest placed club in the 1993–94 season, and before 2003 had never reached the second tier of English football.

Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Championship to League One, becoming the first former European Cup winners to be relegated to the third tier of their domestic league – having won two straight European Cups a quarter of a century earlier. Only ten seasons previously, in 1994–95, they had finished third in the Premier League, and had reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup the following season.

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EventsEdit

Final league tables and resultsEdit

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[2] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

Football League ChampionshipEdit

Football League Championship
Season2004–05
ChampionsSunderland (4th second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier LeagueSunderland,
Wigan Athletic
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offsWest Ham United
RelegatedGillingham,
Nottingham Forest,
Rotherham United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,342 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorerNathan Ellington (Wigan Athletic), 24 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sunderland (C, P) 46 29 7 10 76 41 +35 94 Promotion to 2005–06 FA Premier League
2 Wigan Athletic (P) 46 25 12 9 79 35 +44 87
3 Ipswich Town 46 24 13 9 85 56 +29 85 Qualification for 2004-05 Championship Play-offs
4 Derby County 46 22 10 14 71 60 +11 76
5 Preston North End 46 21 12 13 67 58 +9 75
6 West Ham United (P) 46 21 10 15 66 56 +10 73
7 Reading 46 19 13 14 51 44 +7 70
8 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 57 56 +1 67
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 21 10 72 59 +13 66
10 Millwall 46 18 12 16 51 45 +6 66
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 17 11 18 54 58 −4 62
12 Stoke City 46 17 10 19 36 38 −2 61
13 Burnley 46 15 15 16 38 39 −1 60
14 Leeds United 46 14 18 14 49 52 −3 60
15 Leicester City 46 12 21 13 49 46 +3 57
16 Cardiff City 46 13 15 18 48 51 −3 54
17 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
18 Watford 46 12 16 18 52 59 −7 52
19 Coventry City 46 13 13 20 61 73 −12 52
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 13 12 21 40 65 −25 51
21 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 14 20 66 86 −20 50
22 Gillingham (R) 46 12 14 20 45 66 −21 50 Relegation to 2005–06 League One
23 Nottingham Forest (R) 46 9 17 20 42 66 −24 44
24 Rotherham United (R) 46 5 14 27 35 69 −34 29
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2011. Source: Football League Tables
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 14/15 May; 2nd leg – 18/19 May 2005
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
30 May 2005
                     
3rd Ipswich Town 2 0 2  
6th West Ham United 2 2 4  
    5th Preston North End 0
  6th West Ham United 1
4th Derby County 0 0 0
5th Preston North End 2 0 2  

[2]

TopscorersEdit

Rank Player Club League
1 Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 24
2 Jason Roberts Wigan Athletic 21
= Teddy Sheringham West Ham 21
4 Shefki Kuqi Ipswich Town 20
= Darren Bent Ipswich Town 20
6 Kenny Miller Wolverhampton Wanderers 19
= Dave Kitson Reading 19
8 Marlon Harewood West Ham 18
= Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers 18
10 Richard Cresswell Preston North End 17
= Dean Ashton Crewe Alexandra 17
11 Marcus Stewart Sunderland 16

[4]

Football League OneEdit

Football League One
Season2004–05
ChampionsLuton Town (1st third tier title)
Direct promotionLuton Town,
Hull City
Promoted through play-offsSheffield Wednesday
RelegatedPeterborough United,
Stockport County,
Torquay United,
Wrexham
Matches played552
Goals scored1,551 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorerStuart Elliott (Hull City), 27
Dean Windass (Bradford City), 27 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Luton Town (C, P) 46 29 11 6 87 48 +39 98 Promotion to 2005–06 Football League Championship
2 Hull City (P) 46 26 8 12 80 53 +27 86
3 Tranmere Rovers 46 22 13 11 73 55 +18 79 Qualification for League One play-offs
4 Brentford 46 22 9 15 57 60 −3 75
5 Sheffield Wednesday (P) 46 19 15 12 77 59 +18 72
6 Hartlepool United 46 21 8 17 76 66 +10 71
7 Bristol City 46 18 16 12 74 57 +17 70
8 Bournemouth 46 20 10 16 77 64 +13 70
9 Huddersfield Town 46 20 10 16 74 65 +9 70
10 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 18 12 65 60 +5 66
11 Bradford City 46 17 14 15 64 62 +2 65
12 Swindon Town 46 17 12 17 66 68 −2 63
13 Barnsley 46 14 19 13 69 64 +5 61
14 Walsall 46 16 12 18 65 69 −4 60
15 Colchester United 46 14 17 15 60 50 +10 59
16 Blackpool 46 15 12 19 54 59 −5 57
17 Chesterfield 46 14 15 17 55 62 −7 57
18 Port Vale 46 17 5 24 49 59 −10 56
19 Oldham Athletic 46 14 10 22 60 73 −13 52
20 Milton Keynes Dons 46 12 15 19 54 67 −13 51
21 Torquay United (R) 46 12 15 19 54 79 −25 51 Relegation to 2005–06 Football League Two
22 Wrexham (R) 46 13 14 19 62 80 −18 43[a]
23 Peterborough United (R) 46 9 12 25 49 73 −24 39
24 Stockport County (R) 46 6 8 32 48 98 −50 26
Updated to match(es) played on May 2005. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Wrexham deducted 10 points for entering administration.[5]

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 12/13 May; 2nd leg – 16/17 May 2005
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
29 May 2005
                     
3rd Tranmere Rovers 0 2 2 (5)  
6th Hartlepool United (pens.) 2 0 2 (6)  
    5th Sheffield Wednesday (a.e.t.) 4
  6th Hartlepool United 2
4th Brentford 0 1 1
5th Sheffield Wednesday 1 2 3  

[2]

TopscorersEdit

Rank Player Club League
1 Dean Windass Bradford City 27
= Stuart Elliott Hull City 27
3 Paweł Abbott Huddersfield Town 26
4 Adam Boyd Hartlepool United 24
= Leroy Lita Bristol City 24
6 Sam Parkin Swindon Town 23
7 Steve Brooker Bristol City 21
8 Steven MacLean Sheffield Wednesday 19
= James Hayter Bournemouth 19
= Luke Beckett Oldham Athletic 19

[6]

Football League TwoEdit

Football League Two
Season2004–05
ChampionsYeovil Town (1st fourth tier title)
Direct promotionYeovil Town,
Scunthorpe United,
Swansea City
Promoted through play-offsSouthend United
Relegated to ConferenceCambridge United,
Kidderminster Harriers
New club in the leagueChester City,
Shrewsbury Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,347 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorerPhil Jevons (Yeovil Town), 27 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Yeovil Town (C, P) 46 25 8 13 90 65 +25 83 Promotion to League One
2 Scunthorpe United (P) 46 22 14 10 69 42 +27 80
3 Swansea City (P) 46 24 8 14 62 43 +19 80
4 Southend United (P) 46 22 12 12 65 46 +19 78 Qualification for League Two play-offs
5 Macclesfield Town 46 22 9 15 60 49 +11 75
6 Lincoln City 46 20 12 14 64 47 +17 72
7 Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 62 51 +11 72
8 Darlington 46 20 12 14 57 49 +8 72
9 Rochdale 46 16 18 12 54 48 +6 66
10 Wycombe Wanderers 46 17 14 15 58 52 +6 65
11 Leyton Orient 46 16 15 15 65 67 −2 63
12 Bristol Rovers 46 13 21 12 60 57 +3 60
13 Mansfield Town 46 15 15 16 56 56 0 60
14 Cheltenham Town 46 16 12 18 51 54 −3 60
15 Oxford United 46 16 11 19 50 63 −13 59
16 Boston United 46 14 16 16 62 58 +4 58
17 Bury 46 14 16 16 54 54 0 58
18 Grimsby Town 46 14 16 16 51 52 −1 58
19 Notts County 46 13 13 20 46 62 −16 52
20 Chester City 46 12 16 18 43 69 −26 52
21 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 16 19 48 53 −5 49
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 10 14 22 42 63 −21 44
23 Kidderminster Harriers (R) 46 10 8 28 39 85 −46 38 Relegation to Conference National
24 Cambridge United (R) 46 8 16 22 39 62 −23 30[a]
Updated to match(es) played on 15 September 2009. Source: 2004–05 League Two
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Cambridge United deducted 10 points for entering administration[7]

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 14/15 May; 2nd leg – 21 May 2005
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
28 May 2005
                     
4th Southend United 0 1 1  
7th Northampton Town 0 0 0  
    4th Southend United (a.e.t.) 2
  6th Lincoln City 0
5th Macclesfield Town 0 1 1
6th Lincoln City 1 1 2  

[2]

TopscorersEdit

Rank Player Club League
1 Phil Jevons Yeovil Town 27
2 Andy Kirk Northampton Town 26
3 Jon Parkin Macclesfield Town 22
= Lee Trundle Swansea City 22
= Nathan Tyson Wycombe Wanderers 22
6 Freddy Eastwood Southend United 21
= Simon Yeo Lincoln City 21
8 Junior Agogo Bristol Rovers 19
9 Paul Hayes Scunthorpe United 17
= Grant Holt Rochdale 17

[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cambridge United file for administration... is this the end of the U's?". BBC. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "England 2004–05". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  3. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  5. ^ "Wrexham fail in 10-point appeal". BBC Sport. 6 January 2005.
  6. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  7. ^ "Cambridge United file for administration". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  8. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com

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