2005–06 Football League Championship
Brighton & Hove Albion
|Goals scored||1,341 (2.41 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marlon King (Watford), 21|
The 2005–06 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola 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.)