2005–06 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season 2005–06
Champions Reading
Promoted Reading
Sheffield United
Watford
Relegated Crewe Alexandra
Millwall
Brighton & Hove Albion
Matches played 557
Goals scored 1341 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Marlon King (Watford), 21[1]

The 2005–06 Football League Championship was the second season of the league under its current title and fourteenth season under its current league division format.

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. 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.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

From First Division[edit]

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to Second Division

To First Division[edit]

Promoted from Second Division

Relegated from Premier League

Team overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Withdean Stadium 8,850
Cardiff City Cardiff Ninian Park 21,508
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 23,489
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Alexandra Stadium 10,153
Crystal Palace London Selhurst Park 26,309
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Hull City Hull KC Stadium 25,586
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 39,460
Leicester City Leicester Walkers Stadium 32,500
Luton Town Luton Kenilworth Road 10,226
Millwall London The Den 20,146
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 26,018
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 18,000
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London Loftus Road 18,360
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 32,702
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,812
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,690
Stoke City Stoke Britannia Stadium 27,740
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 17,504
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 27,828

League Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification 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 to 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 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 games played on 2 December 2011.
Source:[citation needed]
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.

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

5 May 2006
19:45 BST
Leeds United 1 – 1 Preston North End
Lewis Goal 74' Statistics Nugent Goal 48'
Elland Road
Referee: P Crossley

6 May 2006
12:15 BST
Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Watford
Statistics King Goal 46'
Young Goal 67'
Spring Goal 85'
Selhurst Park
Referee: M J Jones

Second leg[edit]

8 May 2006
20:00 BST
Preston North End 0 – 2 Leeds United
Statistics Hulse Goal 56'
Richardson Goal 61'
Crainey Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 68'
Cresswell Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 90'
Deepdale
Referee: Mike Thorpe
  • Leeds United win 3-1 on aggregate.

9 May 2006
19:45 BST
Watford 0 – 0 Crystal Palace
Statistics
  • Watford win 3-0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

21 May 2006
15:00 BST
Leeds United 0 – 3 Watford
(Details) DeMerit Goal 25'
Sullivan Goal 57' (o.g.)
Henderson Goal 84' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.