2014–15 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season 2014–15
Champions Bournemouth
(1st divisional title)
Promoted Bournemouth
Watford
Relegated Millwall
Wigan Athletic
Blackpool
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1474 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorer Daryl Murphy (27 goals)[1]
Biggest home win
Biggest away win Birmingham City 0–8 Bournemouth
(25 October 2014)
Highest scoring Watford 7–2 Blackpool
(24 January 2015)
Longest winning run 6 games[2]
Bournemouth
Norwich City
Longest unbeaten run 14 games[2]
Bournemouth
Longest winless run 18 games[2]
Blackpool
Longest losing run 6 games[2]
Blackpool
Highest attendance 33,381[3]
Middlesbrough 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(2 May 2015)
Lowest attendance 8,250[3]
Millwall 2–2 Blackburn Rovers
(4 November 2014)
Total attendance 9,771,471[3]
Average attendance 17,863[3]
All statistics correct as of 2 May 2015.

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.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

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

To Championship[edit]

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

From Championship[edit]

Relegated to League One

Promoted to Premier League

Rule changes[edit]

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 overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager[α] Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Birmingham City England Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Carbrini[6] Zapaygo[7]
Blackburn Rovers England Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer Nike[8] Zebra Claims Ltd.[9]
Blackpool England Clark, LeeLee Clark Erreà[10] Wonga[11]
Bolton Wanderers Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon Macron FibrLec[12]
Wix.com (FA Cup Sponsor)
AFC Bournemouth England Howe, EddieEddie Howe Carbrini Energy Consulting[13]
Brentford England Warburton, MarkMark Warburton Adidas SkyeX
Brighton & Hove Albion Republic of Ireland Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton Nike[14] American Express[14]
Cardiff City England Slade, RussellRussell Slade Cosway Sports[15] Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Israel Luzon, GuyGuy Luzon Nike[16] University of Greenwich (front)
Andrews Sykes (back)
Mitsubishi Electric (shorts)
Derby County England McClaren, SteveSteve McClaren Umbro[17] JUST EAT[18]
Fulham Wales Symons, KitKit Symons Adidas[19] Marathonbet[20]
Huddersfield Town England Powell, ChrisChris Powell Puma Rekorderlig Cider (home)[21]
RadianB (away)
Cavonia (third)
Ipswich Town Republic of Ireland McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy Adidas Marcus Evans[citation needed]
Leeds United England Redfearn, NeilNeil Redfearn Macron[22] Enterprise Insurance (front)
Help Link Direct (back)[22]
Middlesbrough Spain Karanka, AitorAitor Karanka Adidas[23] Ramsdens[24]
Millwall England Neil Harris Macron[25] Euro Ferries
Norwich City Scotland Neil, AlexAlex Neil Erreà[26] Aviva[27]
Nottingham Forest Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Adidas[28] Fawaz International Refrigeration
& Air Conditioning Company[29]
Reading Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke Puma[citation needed] Waitrose (front)[30]
Marussia F1 (back)†[31][32]
Rotherham United Scotland Evans, SteveSteve Evans Puma Parkgate Shopping (home)
Shedlands (away)
TGB Sheds (third)
Sheffield Wednesday England Gray, StuartStuart Gray Sondico Azerbaijan: Land of Fire
Watford Serbia Jokanović, SlavišaSlaviša Jokanović Puma[33] 138.com (front)[33]
Football Manager (back)[33]
Wigan Athletic Scotland Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell MiFit Intersport
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wales Jackett, KennyKenny 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 changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Blackpool Scotland Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson End of contract 9 May 2014[34] Pre-season Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga 11 June 2014[35]
Brighton & Hove Albion Spain García, ÓscarÓscar García Resigned 12 May 2014[36] Finland Hyypiä, SamiSami Hyypiä 6 June 2014[37]
Charlton Athletic Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga End of contract 27 May 2014 Belgium Peeters, BobBob Peeters 27 May 2014[38]
Leeds United England McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott Mutual consent 31 May 2014[39] England Hockaday, DavidDavid Hockaday 19 June 2014[40]
Huddersfield Town England Robins, MarkMark Robins 10 August 2014[41] 24th England Powell, ChrisChris Powell 3 September 2014
Leeds United England Hockaday, DavidDavid Hockaday Sacked 28 August 2014[42] 21st Slovenia Milanič, DarkoDarko Milanič 23 September 2014
Watford Italy Sannino, GiuseppeGiuseppe Sannino Resigned 1 September 2014[43] 2nd Spain García, ÓscarÓscar García 2 September 2014[44]
Cardiff City Norway Solskjær, Ole GunnarOle Gunnar Solskjær 18 September 2014[45] 17th England Slade, RussellRussell Slade 6 October 2014[46]
Fulham Germany Magath, FelixFelix Magath Sacked 18 September 2014[47] 24th Wales Symons, KitKit Symons 29 October 2014[48]
Watford Spain García, ÓscarÓscar García Resigned due to ill health 29 September 2014[49] 4th Scotland McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay 29 September 2014[50]
Bolton Wanderers Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Mutual consent 3 October 2014[51] 23rd Northern Ireland Lennon, NeilNeil Lennon 12 October 2014[52]
Watford Scotland McKinlay, BillyBilly McKinlay 7 October 2014 3rd Serbia Jokanović, SlavišaSlaviša Jokanović 7 October 2014[53]
Birmingham City England Clark, LeeLee Clark Sacked 20 October 2014[54] 21st England Rowett, GaryGary Rowett 27 October 2014[55]
Leeds United Slovenia Milanič, DarkoDarko Milanič 26 October 2014[56] 18th England Redfearn, NeilNeil Redfearn 1 November 2014[57]
Blackpool Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga 27 October 2014[58] 24th England Clark, LeeLee Clark 30 October 2014[59]
Wigan Athletic Germany Rösler, UweUwe Rösler 13 November 2014[60] 22nd Scotland Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay 19 November 2014[61]
Reading England Adkins, NigelNigel Adkins 15 December 2014[62] 16th Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke 16 December 2014[63]
Brighton & Hove Albion Finland Hyypiä, SamiSami Hyypiä Resigned 22 December 2014[64] 22nd Republic of Ireland Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton 31 December 2014[65]
Norwich City England Adams, NeilNeil Adams 5 January 2015[66] 7th Scotland Neil, AlexAlex Neil 9 January 2015[67]
Charlton Athletic Belgium Peeters, BobBob Peeters Sacked 11 January 2015[68] 14th Israel Luzon, GuyGuy Luzon 13 January 2015[69]
Nottingham Forest England Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 1 February 2015[70] 12th Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman 1 February 2015[71]
Millwall England Holloway, IanIan Holloway 10 March 2015[72] 23rd England Harris, NeilNeil Harris 29 April 2015[73]
Wigan Athletic Scotland Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay 6 April 2015[74] 23rd Scotland Caldwell, GaryGary Caldwell 7 April 2015[75]

League table[edit]

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 Premier League
2 Watford (P) 46 27 8 11 91 50 +41 89
3 Norwich City 46 25 11 10 88 48 +40 86 Qualification to 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; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Premier League.
  2. ^ Rotherham United were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.[76]

Play-offs[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BIR BLB BLP BOL BOU BRE BHA CAR CHA DER FUL HUD IPS LEE MID MIL NOR 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* 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 games played on 2 May 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Blackpool/Huddersfield match was abandoned, and was subsequently awarded as a 0-0 draw.[77]

Top scorers[edit]

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

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Republic of Ireland Mason, JoeJoe Mason Bolton Wanderers Rotherham United 3–2[78] 16 September 2014
Democratic Republic of the Congo Assombalonga, BrittBritt Assombalonga Nottingham Forest Fulham 5–3[79] 17 September 2014
England Pugh, MarcMarc Pugh Bournemouth Birmingham City 8–0[80] 25 October 2014
England Deeney, TroyTroy Deeney Watford Fulham 5–0[81] 5 December 2014
Belgium Vossen, JelleJelle Vossen Middlesbrough Millwall 5–1[82] 6 December 2014
England Gray, DemaraiDemarai Gray Birmingham City Reading 6–1[83] 13 December 2014
England Donaldson, ClaytonClayton Donaldson Birmingham City Wigan Athletic 3–1[84] 10 January 2015
Scotland McCormack, RossRoss McCormack Fulham Nottingham Forest 3–2[85] 21 January 2015
Nigeria Ighalo, OdionOdion Ighalo4 Watford Blackpool 7–2[86] 24 January 2015
England Hooper, GaryGary Hooper Norwich City Blackpool 4–0[87] 7 February 2015
Spain Toral, JonJon Toral Brentford Blackpool 4–0[88] 24 February 2015
England Pitman, BrettBrett Pitman Bournemouth Blackpool 4–0[89] 14 March 2015
Benin Gestede, RudyRudy Gestede Blackburn Rovers Nottingham Forest 3–3[90] 18 April 2015
England Gregory, LeeLee Gregory Millwall Derby County 3–3[91] 25 April 2015
Scotland McCormack, RossRoss McCormack Fulham Middlesbrough 4–3[92] 25 April 2015

4 Player scored 4 goals

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Ref.
Manager Club Player Club
August Wales Kenny Jackett Wolverhampton Wanderers Angola Igor Vetokele Charlton Athletic [93]
September Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy Ipswich Town England Tyrone Mings Ipswich Town [94]
October England Eddie Howe Bournemouth England Callum Wilson Bournemouth [95]
November England Mark Warburton Brentford England Andre Gray Brentford [96]
December England Eddie Howe Bournemouth Republic of Ireland Daryl Murphy Ipswich Town [97]
January Spain Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough England Lee Tomlin Middlesbrough [98]
February Scotland Alex Neil Norwich City England Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest [99]
March England Eddie Howe Bournemouth England Troy Deeney Watford [100]
April Serbia Slaviša Jokanović Watford England Tom Ince Derby County [101]

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