2005–06 Football League Championship
Brighton & Hove Albion
|Goals scored||1341 (2.41 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marlon King (Watford), 21|
The 2005–06 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) 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
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
Promoted from League One
Relegated from Premier League
Stadia and locations
||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|
|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|
|24||Brighton & Hove Albion (R)||46||7||17||22||39||71||−32||38|
Updated to games played on 2 December 2011.
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.
5 May 2006
|Leeds United||1 – 1||Preston North End|
|Lewis 74'||Statistics||Nugent 48'|
Referee: P Crossley
6 May 2006
|Crystal Palace||0 – 3||Watford|
Referee: M J Jones
8 May 2006
|Preston North End||0 – 2||Leeds United|
Referee: Mike Thorpe
- Leeds United win 3-1 on aggregate.
9 May 2006
|Watford||0 – 0||Crystal Palace|
- Watford win 3-0 on aggregate.
21 May 2006
|Leeds United||0 – 3||Watford|
Sullivan 57' (o.g.)
Henderson 84' (pen.)
- "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.