2014–15 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season 2014–15
Matches played 240
Goals scored 624 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Daryl Murphy
(13 goals)[1]
Biggest home win Derby County 5–0 Wolves
Biggest away win Birmingham City 0–8 Bournemouth[2]
Longest winning run 6 games
Bournemouth
Longest unbeaten run 11 games
Nottingham Forest
Charlton Athletic
Longest winless run 11 games
Brighton
Longest losing run 5 games
Blackpool
Highest attendance 30,398
Derby County v Wolves[3]
Lowest attendance 8,250
Millwall v Blackburn
2015–16 →

The 2014–15 Football League Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the eleventh season of the Football League Championship under its current title and the twenty-third season under its current league division format. The season began on 8 August 2014.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

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

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]
Bournemouth England Howe, EddieEddie Howe Carbrini Energy Consulting[13]
Brentford England Warburton, MarkMark Warburton Adidas SkyeX
Brighton & Hove Albion Finland Hyypiä, SamiSami Hyypiä Nike[14] American Express[14]
Cardiff City England Slade, RussellRussell Slade Cosway Sports[15] Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Belgium Peeters, BobBob Peeters 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 Holloway, IanIan Holloway Macron[25] Euro Ferries
Norwich City England Adams, NeilNeil Adams Erreà[26] Aviva[27]
Nottingham Forest England Pearce, StuartStuart Pearce 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 Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay MiFit Intersport
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wales Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett Puma What House?
  1. ^ According to current revision of List of English Football League managers

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 Contract expired 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 Contract expired 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 Mutual consent 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 Resigned 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 Mutual consent 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 Sacked 26 October 2014[56] 18th England Redfearn, NeilNeil Redfearn 1 November 2014[57]
Blackpool Belgium Riga, JoséJosé Riga Sacked 27 October 2014[58] 24th England Clark, LeeLee Clark 30 October 2014[59]
Wigan Athletic Germany Rösler, UweUwe Rösler Sacked 13 November 2014[60] 22nd Scotland Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay 19 November 2014[61]
Reading England Adkins, NigelNigel Adkins Sacked 15 December 2014[62] 16th Scotland Clarke, SteveSteve Clarke 16 December 2014[63]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Bournemouth 21 11 6 4 44 24 +20 39 Promotion to Premier League
2 Middlesbrough 21 11 6 4 35 15 +20 39
3 Derby County 21 11 5 5 38 21 +17 38 Qualification to Championship play-offs[a]
4 Ipswich Town 21 10 8 3 32 20 +12 38
5 Brentford 21 11 4 6 34 27 +7 37
6 Watford 21 10 5 6 38 23 +15 35
7 Norwich City 21 9 6 6 35 24 +11 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 8 7 6 32 31 +1 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 7 9 5 31 26 +5 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 6 12 3 23 22 +1 30
11 Cardiff City 21 8 6 7 27 27 0 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 8 6 7 24 31 −7 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 6 10 5 16 17 −1 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 7 5 10 23 28 −5 26
15 Fulham 21 7 4 10 31 39 −8 25
16 Birmingham City 21 6 7 8 23 32 −9 25
17 Reading 21 7 4 10 26 36 −10 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 6 6 9 27 38 −11 24
19 Leeds United 21 6 5 10 24 31 −7 23
20 Millwall 22 5 8 9 23 32 −9 23
21 Rotherham United 21 4 9 8 16 26 −10 21
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 3 9 9 21 29 −8 18 Relegation to Football League One
23 Wigan Athletic 21 3 8 10 21 28 −7 17
24 Blackpool 21 2 7 12 16 33 −17 13
Updated to match(es) played on 19 December 2014. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Premier League.

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 0–1 0–8 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 6–1 0–2 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–3 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 3–1
Blackpool 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–3 0–1 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 3–1 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 3–1
Bournemouth 1–0 3–2 5–3 1–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–0
Brentford 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 3–1 0–0 4–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0
Cardiff City 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–1 2–4 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0
Charlton Athletic 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1
Derby County 2–0 3–0 2–2 5–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 a 1–0 1–2 5–0
Fulham 0–1 2–2 4–0 a 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–5 0–1
Huddersfield Town 4–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 1–1 a 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–0
Ipswich Town 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1
Leeds United 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2
Middlesbrough 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–1 2–3 1–1
Millwall 1–3 2–2 2–1 2–3 1–0 a 2–0 1–5 0–0 0–1 3–3
Norwich City 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 5–0 a 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–0
Nottingham Forest 1–3 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 5–3 2–2 2–1 4–0
Reading 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 3–0 3–3
Rotherham United 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 1–0
Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–1
Watford 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 4–2 4–1 3–1 2–2 2–1
Wigan Athletic 4–0 1–0 a 0–0 3–3 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 0–3 2–2

Updated to games played on 19 December 2014.
Source: BBC Sport
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers[edit]

As of 19 December.
Rank Player Club Goals[1]
1 Republic of Ireland Daryl Murphy Ipswich Town 13
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo Britt Assombalonga Nottingham Forest 12
Benin Rudy Gestede Blackburn Rovers
Scotland Chris Martin Derby County
5 England Callum Wilson AFC Bournemouth 10
6 England Michail Antonio Nottingham Forest 9
England Troy Deeney Watford
England Cameron Jerome Norwich City
England Grant Leadbitter Middlesbrough
Colombia Hugo Rodallega Fulham
11 Italy Mirco Antenucci Leeds United 8
England Andre Gray Brentford
Angola Igor Vetokele Charlton Athletic

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Republic of Ireland Mason, JoeJoe Mason Bolton Wanderers Rotherham United 3–2[64] 16 September 2014
Democratic Republic of the Congo Assombalonga, BrittBritt Assombalonga Nottingham Forest Fulham 5–3[65] 17 September 2014
England Pugh, MarcMarc Pugh Bournemouth Birmingham City 0–8[66] 25 October 2014
England Deeney, TroyTroy Deeney Watford Fulham 0–5[67] 5 December 2014
Belgium Vossen, JelleJelle Vossen Middlesbrough Millwall 1–5[68] 6 December 2014
England Gray, DemaraiDemarai Gray Birmingham City Reading 6–1[69] 13 December 2014

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 [70]
September Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy Ipswich Town England Tyrone Mings Ipswich Town [71]
October England Eddie Howe Bournemouth England Callum Wilson Bournemouth [72]
November England Mark Warburton Brentford England Andre Gray Brentford [73]

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