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2005–06 Football League Championship

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.

Football League Championship
Season2005–06
ChampionsReading
PromotedReading
Sheffield United
Watford
RelegatedCrewe Alexandra
Millwall
Brighton & Hove Albion
Matches played557
Goals scored1,341 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorerMarlon King (Watford), 21[1]

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 seasonEdit

Team overviewEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion 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 Football 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 match(es) played on 2 December 2011. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Leeds United1 – 1Preston North End
Lewis   74' Statistics Nugent   48'
Referee: P Crossley

Crystal Palace0 – 3Watford
Statistics King   46'
Young   67'
Spring   85'
Referee: M J Jones

Second legEdit

Preston North End0 – 2Leeds 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.

FinalEdit

Leeds United0 – 3Watford
(Details) DeMerit   25'
Sullivan   57' (o.g.)
Henderson   84' (pen.)
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

ReferencesEdit

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