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2014–15 Football League Championship

The 2014–15 Football League Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons), was the eleventh season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the twenty-third season under its current league structure. The 2014–15 season began on 8 August 2014 and ended on 2 May 2015.

Football League Championship
Season2014–15
ChampionsBournemouth
(1st divisional title)
PromotedBournemouth
Watford
Norwich City
RelegatedMillwall
Wigan Athletic
Blackpool
Matches played552
Goals scored1,474 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorerDaryl Murphy (27 goals)[1]
Biggest home winDerby County 5–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
(8 November 2014)
Birmingham City 6–1 Reading
(13 December 2014)
Norwich City 5–0 Huddersfield Town
(13 December 2014)
Norwich City 6–1 Millwall
(26 December 2014)
Watford 5–0 Charlton Athletic
(17 January 2015)
Watford 7–2 Blackpool
(24 January 2015)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–0 Rotherham United
(21 February 2015)
Biggest away winBirmingham City 0–8 Bournemouth
(25 October 2014)
Highest scoringWatford 7–2 Blackpool
(24 January 2015)
Longest winning run6 games[2]
Bournemouth
Norwich City
Longest unbeaten run14 games[2]
Bournemouth
Longest winless run18 games[2]
Blackpool
Longest losing run6 games[2]
Blackpool
Highest attendance33,381[3]
Middlesbrough 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(2 May 2015)
Lowest attendance8,250[3]
Millwall 2–2 Blackburn Rovers
(4 November 2014)
Total attendance9,771,471[3]
Average attendance17,863[3]
All statistics correct as of 2 May 2015.

Bournemouth won the league on the last day of the season, confirming their place in the top flight for the first time in their history. Watford were runners-up and took their place in the Premier League for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Norwich were the final promoted team, bouncing straight back from their relegation the previous season by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the Play Off Final.

At the other end of the table, Blackpool were relegated in April having been cut adrift at the bottom of the table for much of the season. Wigan and Millwall were the other two teams to be relegated on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Contents

Changes from last seasonEdit

Team changesEdit

The following teams have changed division since the 2013–14 season.[4]

To ChampionshipEdit

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

From ChampionshipEdit

Relegated to League One

Promoted to Premier League

Rule changesEdit

Changes to the Championship's financial fair play system allow clubs:[5]

  • Acceptable losses of £3 million during the 2014–15 season
  • Acceptable shareholder equity investment of £3 million during the 2014–15 season (down from £5 million during the 2013–14 season).
  • Sanctions for exceeding the allowances take effect from the set of accounts due to be submitted on 1 December 2014 for the 2013–14 season.

Team overviewEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Manager[α] Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Birmingham City   Gary Rowett Carbrini[6] Zapaygo[7]
Blackburn Rovers   Gary Bowyer Nike[8] Zebra Claims Ltd.[9]
Blackpool   Lee Clark Erreà[10] Wonga[11]
Bolton Wanderers   Neil Lennon Macron FibrLec[12]
Wix.com (FA Cup Sponsor)
Bournemouth   Eddie Howe Carbrini Energy Consulting[13]
Brentford   Mark Warburton Adidas SkyeX
Brighton & Hove Albion   Chris Hughton Nike[14] American Express[14]
Cardiff City   Russell Slade Cosway Sports[15] Malaysia
Charlton Athletic   Guy Luzon Nike[16] University of Greenwich (front)
Andrews Sykes (back)
Mitsubishi Electric (shorts)
Derby County   Steve McClaren Umbro[17] JUST EAT[18]
Fulham   Kit Symons Adidas[19] Marathonbet[20]
Huddersfield Town   Chris Powell Puma Rekorderlig Cider (home)[21]
RadianB (away)
Cavonia (third)
Ipswich Town   Mick McCarthy Adidas Marcus Evans[citation needed]
Leeds United   Neil Redfearn Macron[22] Enterprise Insurance (front)
Help Link Direct (back)[22]
Middlesbrough   Aitor Karanka Adidas[23] Ramsdens[24]
Millwall   Neil Harris Macron[25] Euro Ferries
Norwich City   Alex Neil Erreà[26] Aviva[27]
Nottingham Forest   Dougie Freedman Adidas[28] Fawaz International Refrigeration
& Air Conditioning Company[29]
Reading   Steve Clarke Puma[citation needed] Waitrose (front)[30]
Marussia F1 (back)†[31][32]
Rotherham United   Steve Evans Puma Parkgate Shopping (home)
Shedlands (away)
TGB Sheds (third)
Sheffield Wednesday   Stuart Gray Sondico Azerbaijan: Land of Fire
Watford   Slaviša Jokanović Puma[33] 138.com (front)[33]
Football Manager (back)[33]
Wigan Athletic   Gary Caldwell MiFit Intersport
Wolverhampton Wanderers   Kenny Jackett Puma What House?
  1. ^ According to current revision of List of English Football League managers

† After Marussia F1 rebranded as Manor F1 in 2015, Reading F.C. only displayed Waitrose sponsorship

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackpool   Barry Ferguson End of contract 9 May 2014[34] Pre-season   José Riga 11 June 2014[35]
Brighton & Hove Albion   Óscar García Resigned 12 May 2014[36]   Sami Hyypiä 6 June 2014[37]
Charlton Athletic   José Riga End of contract 27 May 2014   Bob Peeters 27 May 2014[38]
Leeds United   Brian McDermott Mutual consent 31 May 2014[39]   David Hockaday 19 June 2014[40]
Huddersfield Town   Mark Robins 10 August 2014[41] 24th   Chris Powell 3 September 2014
Leeds United   David Hockaday Sacked 28 August 2014[42] 21st   Darko Milanič 23 September 2014
Watford   Giuseppe Sannino Resigned 1 September 2014[43] 2nd   Óscar García 2 September 2014[44]
Cardiff City   Ole Gunnar Solskjær 18 September 2014[45] 17th   Russell Slade 6 October 2014[46]
Fulham   Felix Magath Sacked 18 September 2014[47] 24th   Kit Symons 29 October 2014[48]
Watford   Óscar García Resigned due to ill health 29 September 2014[49] 4th   Billy McKinlay 29 September 2014[49]
Bolton Wanderers   Dougie Freedman Mutual consent 3 October 2014[50] 23rd   Neil Lennon 12 October 2014[51]
Watford   Billy McKinlay 7 October 2014 3rd   Slaviša Jokanović 7 October 2014[52]
Birmingham City   Lee Clark Sacked 20 October 2014[53] 21st   Gary Rowett 27 October 2014[54]
Leeds United   Darko Milanič 26 October 2014[55] 18th   Neil Redfearn 1 November 2014[56]
Blackpool   José Riga 27 October 2014[57] 24th   Lee Clark 30 October 2014[58]
Wigan Athletic   Uwe Rösler 13 November 2014[59] 22nd   Malky Mackay 19 November 2014[60]
Reading   Nigel Adkins 15 December 2014[61] 16th   Steve Clarke 16 December 2014[62]
Brighton & Hove Albion   Sami Hyypiä Resigned 22 December 2014[63] 22nd   Chris Hughton 31 December 2014[64]
Norwich City   Neil Adams 5 January 2015[65] 7th   Alex Neil 9 January 2015[66]
Charlton Athletic   Bob Peeters Sacked 11 January 2015[67] 14th   Guy Luzon 13 January 2015[68]
Nottingham Forest   Stuart Pearce 1 February 2015[69] 12th   Dougie Freedman 1 February 2015[70]
Millwall   Ian Holloway 10 March 2015[71] 23rd   Neil Harris 29 April 2015[72]
Wigan Athletic   Malky Mackay 6 April 2015[73] 23rd   Gary Caldwell 7 April 2015[74]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth (C, P) 46 26 12 8 98 45 +53 90 Promotion to the Premier League
2 Watford (P) 46 27 8 11 91 50 +41 89
3 Norwich City (O, P) 46 25 11 10 88 48 +40 86 Qualification for Championship play-offs[a]
4 Middlesbrough 46 25 10 11 68 37 +31 85
5 Brentford 46 23 9 14 78 59 +19 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 22 12 12 72 54 +18 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 12 12 70 56 +14 78
8 Derby County 46 21 14 11 85 56 +29 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 17 16 13 66 59 +7 67
10 Birmingham City 46 16 15 15 54 64 −10 63
11 Cardiff City 46 16 14 16 57 61 −4 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 14 18 14 54 60 −6 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 18 14 43 49 −6 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 15 14 17 71 69 +2 59
15 Leeds United 46 15 11 20 50 61 −11 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 13 16 17 58 75 −17 55
17 Fulham 46 14 10 22 62 83 −21 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 13 12 21 54 67 −13 51
19 Reading 46 13 11 22 48 69 −21 50
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 17 19 44 54 −10 47
21 Rotherham United 46 11 16 19 46 67 −21 46[b]
22 Millwall (R) 46 9 14 23 42 76 −34 41 Relegation to Football League One
23 Wigan Athletic (R) 46 9 12 25 39 64 −25 39
24 Blackpool (R) 46 4 14 28 36 91 −55 26
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: Sky Sports
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.
  2. ^ Rotherham United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.[75]

Play-offsEdit

  Semi–Finals Final
                     
3 Norwich City 1 3 4  
6 Ipswich 1 1 2  
    3 Norwich City 2
  4 Middlesbrough 0
4 Middlesbrough 2 3 5
5 Brentford 1 0 1  

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BIR BLB BLP BOL BOU BRE B&HA CAR CHA DER FUL HUD IPS LEE MID MIL NWC NOT REA ROT SHW WAT WIG WOL
Birmingham City 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–8 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–4 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 6–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–3 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 0–1
Blackpool 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–6 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–0[a] 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 4–4 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–3 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 3–4 3–1 2–2
Bournemouth 4–2 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 5–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1
Brentford 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–4 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–3 2–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 4–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 4–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–1
Cardiff City 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–3 1–1 2–3 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–4 1–0 0–1
Charlton Athletic 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 0–3 3–0 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1
Derby County 2–2 2–0 4–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–0 5–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–2 5–0
Fulham 1–1 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–5 1–4 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 0–3 4–3 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–5 2–2 0–1
Huddersfield Town 0–1 2–2 4–2 2–1 0–4 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–4 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–4
Ipswich Town 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Leeds United 1–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–2
Middlesbrough 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–1 0–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–1
Millwall 1–3 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 0–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–5 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 3–3
Norwich City 2–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 3–2 0–1 1–1 4–2 5–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 6–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–0
Nottingham Forest 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 5–3 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 3–0 1–2
Reading 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–3 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–3
Rotherham United 0–1 2–0 1–1 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–3 3–3 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 1–2 1–0
Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–1
Watford 1–0 1–0 7–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 5–0 1–2 1–0 4–2 0–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–3 2–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Wigan Athletic 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–3 0–2 3–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–3 1–1 4–3 2–0 4–2 1–0 0–3 1–2 5–0 3–0 2–2 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 2 May 2015. Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ Blackpool/Huddersfield match was abandoned, and was subsequently awarded as a 0-0 draw.[76]

Top scorersEdit

As of 2 May 2015
Rank Player Club Goals[77]
1   Daryl Murphy Ipswich Town 27
2   Troy Deeney Watford 21
  Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers
4   Rudy Gestede Blackburn Rovers 20
  Odion Ighalo Watford
  Callum Wilson Bournemouth
7   Cameron Jerome Norwich City 18
  Chris Martin Derby County
9   Patrick Bamford Middlesbrough 17
  Ross McCormack Fulham

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Joe Mason Bolton Wanderers Rotherham United 3–2[78] 16 September 2014
  Britt Assombalonga Nottingham Forest Fulham 5–3[79] 17 September 2014
  Marc Pugh Bournemouth Birmingham City 8–0[80] 25 October 2014
  Troy Deeney Watford Fulham 5–0[81] 5 December 2014
  Jelle Vossen Middlesbrough Millwall 5–1[82] 6 December 2014
  Demarai Gray Birmingham City Reading 6–1[83] 13 December 2014
  Clayton Donaldson Birmingham City Wigan Athletic 3–1[84] 10 January 2015
  Ross McCormack Fulham Nottingham Forest 3–2[85] 21 January 2015
  Odion Ighalo4 Watford Blackpool 7–2[86] 24 January 2015
  Gary Hooper Norwich City Blackpool 4–0[87] 7 February 2015
  Jon Toral Brentford Blackpool 4–0[88] 24 February 2015
  Brett Pitman Bournemouth Blackpool 4–0[89] 14 March 2015
  Rudy Gestede Blackburn Rovers Nottingham Forest 3–3[90] 18 April 2015
  Lee Gregory Millwall Derby County 3–3[91] 25 April 2015
  Ross McCormack Fulham Middlesbrough 4–3[92] 25 April 2015

4 Player scored 4 goals

Monthly awardsEdit

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