Against the odds, Watford managed to gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs, comprehensively defeating Leeds United 3-0 in the play-off final to return to the top flight after an absence of six years. Crucial to Watford's promotion was striker Marlon King, who was the Championship's top scorer. Striker Darius Henderson and young winger Ashley Young also chipped in with 15 and 14 league goals respectively; between them, the three scored 51 of the club's 77 goals scored in the league. Promotion was a fine way for young manager Aidy Boothroyd, only in his mid-thirties, to celebrate his first full season in club management.
Updated to games played on 30 April 2006. Source: 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.
^Bouazza was born in Évry, France, but qualifies to represent Algeria internationally and would make his international debut for Algeria in February 2007.
^Mariappa was born in Harrow, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica and Fiji internationally through his grandparents and father respectively; he would make his international debut for Jamaica in June 2012.
^Grant was born in Ealing, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and would represent them at U-20 level.