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Football League Championship
Football League Championship.png
Countries  England
 Wales
Founded 2004-present
1992–2004 (as Division One)
1892–1992 (as Division Two)
Number of teams 24
Promotion to Premier League
Relegation to League One
Levels on pyramid 2
Domestic cup(s) FA Cup
League Cup
Current champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (2008–09)
Website Official
2009–10 Football League Championship
.The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short, or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the Premier League.^ Below the Premier League on the domestic football pyramid we have the Championship and Leagues 1 & 2.
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^ Oct 22, 09 at 2:05pm Coca-Cola Football League .
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^ Re: England Coca-Cola Football League Championship Nov 20-23 .
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.The Football League Championship was introduced for the 2004–05 season, having been previously known as the Football League First Division.^ The Football League’s three divisions are: .
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.According to Deloitte, in the 2004–05 season it was the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world, and the sixth richest division in Europe.^ According to finance experts Deloitte, the Championship, in its first season, was the richest non-top-flight football division in the world and the sixth-richest division in Europe, with TV revenue playing a major part in this.

^ Full Name: Football League Coca-Cola Championship Level: 2 Founded: 1893 (2004) Teams: 24 Previous: Football League Division Two (1893-1993), Football League Division One (1993-2004) .
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^ Championship 2006-07 (50 articles) Championship 2005-06 (47) Championship 2004-05 (40) Championship 2008-09 (656) Latest from football .
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[1]
.The winners of the Coca Cola Championship receive the Football League Championship trophy which is the same trophy as the old First Division Champions (now the Premier League) were handed prior to the Premier League's inception in the 1992/1993 season.^ Oct 22, 09 at 2:05pm Coca-Cola Football League .
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^ Re: England Coca-Cola Football League Championship Nov 20-23 .
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^ Get alerts about Football League Championship .
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.The current champions are Wolverhampton Wanderers, who won promotion to the Premier League on 18 April 2009, and were crowned champions the following weekend.^ CONGRATULATIONS 2009 League Champion!
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^ Which players have won the champions league and premiership?
  • WikiAnswers - What football players have won the English Premiership the Champions League and the European Championship 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: News]

^ Players that have won the premiership and champions league?
  • WikiAnswers - What football players have won the English Premiership the Champions League and the European Championship 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: News]

.The team were presented with the trophy on 3 May 2009, in front of a sell-out Molineux crowd.^ Regardless of the victor, this should be a hard fought game that may be played out again in a few weeks, next time perhaps for a trophy.

The club previously won the Championship trophy in 1959.

Contents

History

For history before 2004, see Football League First Division after 1993 and Football League Second Division before that year
.In 2004–05, the Football League Championship announced a total attendance (including postseason) of 9.8 million, which it said was the fourth highest total attendance for a European football division, behind the FA Premier League (12.88m), Spain's Primera división (11.57m) and Germany's Bundesliga (10.92m), but beating Italy's Serie A (9.77m) and France's Ligue 1 (8.17m).^ As of 2008, it was ranked as the highest grossing league with La Liga, Spain and Serie A, Italy trailing behind.
  • Watch Live Premier League | Watch Live Football TV 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.watchlivefootball.tv [Source type: News]

^ What four footballers have won the premiership fa cup champions league and european championship?
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^ This ranked the Championship attendance higher than Italy’s Serie A and the French Ligue 1.
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[2][3][4] .The total figures were aided somewhat by the presence of 24 clubs, compared to 20 clubs in both Serie A and Ligue 1, and 18 in the Bundesliga.^ Top European football games were added and we now cover Serie A live, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, live La Liga and other top games.
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^ Football, Football Transfers, Premier League, League Championship, Ligue 1, Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, England Team Football, Football Transfers, Premier League, League Championship, Ligue 1, Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, England Team .
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A major factor to the competition's success comes from television revenue.
.On 30 September 2009 Coca-Cola announced they will end their sponsorship deal with the Football League at the end of the 2009-10 season.^ Oct 22, 09 at 2:05pm Coca-Cola Football League .
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^ Season: Premier League 09/10 .

^ Copyright © 2009 Frisco Football League.

[5]

Structure of the league

.The league comprises 24 teams.^ Since then, the Championship has comprised 24 teams.

^ Head2Head Sports reserves the right to cancel any entries not comprising a full 12-team league.
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^ The league introduced two divisions; the American Division, which competes for the opportunity to play in, a Beltway Area Youth Football Superbowl, and the National Division comprised of overflow teams from the American Division.
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.Over the course of a season, which runs annually from August to the following May, each team plays twice against the others in the league, once at 'home' and once 'away', resulting in each team competing in 46 games in total.^ Each team within a Group to play each other i.e.
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^ Format - Each team to play each other home and away i.e.
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^ Each team will play all the other teams in its division.
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.Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss.^ Each club plays each of the other clubs twice (once at home, once away) and are awarded three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss.

^ Bridgewater was seeking to keep their undefeated season in tact by winning their first championship while Watchung Hills was not only seeking their third consecutive league crown, but also was eager to avenge an early season, one-point loss to Bridgewater.
  • Watchung Hills Warriors win Junior Skylands football league championship | Somerset Reporter - - NJ.com 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ The two participants in the League Championship game will be 1) the team with the best win-loss record vs., 2) the remaining team with the highest cumulative point total.
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.The teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference and then goals scored.^ For correct outcome and goals difference - 2 points.

^ Each team will be ranked within its league by wins and total points.
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^ The teams are ranked in the league table by points gained, then goal difference and then goals scored.

.In the event that two or more teams finish the season equal in all these respects, teams are separated by alphabetical order, unless a promotion, relegation or play-off place (see below) is at stake, when the teams are separated by a playoff game.^ Divisions 1 and 2: Promotion and Relegation The teams which finish seventh and eighth in Division 1 will be relegated to Division 2.
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^ Each team will play all the other teams in its division.
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^ Divisions 2 and 3: Promotion and Relegation The teams which finish seventh and eighth in Division 2 will be relegated to Division 3.
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[6]
.At the end of the season, the top two teams and the winner of the Football League Championship Play-Offs are promoted to the Premier League and the bottom three teams are relegated to Football League One.^ Option Two: It is proposed that Team Eight in Division 1, 2 and 3 is relegated and Team One from Division 2, 3 and 4 is promoted.
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^ The Championship season is set to end on a glorious high for one of these teams with promotion to the Premier League the ultimate prize.
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^ Season: Premier League 09/10 .

.The Football League Championship Play-Offs is a knock-out competition for the teams finishing the season in third to sixth place with the winner being promoted to the Premier League.^ I started out this season in the fantasy football league ...
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^ Season: Premier League 09/10 .
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.In the play-offs, the third-placed team plays against the sixth-placed team and the fourth-placed team plays against the fifth-placed team in two-legged semi-finals (home and away).^ Over the course of a season, which runs annually from August to the following May, each team plays twice against the others in the league, once at 'home' and once 'away', resulting in each team competing in 46 games in total.

^ The cut-throat play-offs that the teams occupying third, fourth, fifth and sixth positions contest determine the other outfit that will join such sides as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United among the elite.
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^ Sports > Football Domestic - Premier League > Premier League Championship Index Winner = 60pts, Second = 40pts, Third = 30pts, Fourth = 20pts, Fifth = 10pts, Sixth = 5pts.
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.The winners of each semi-final then compete in a single match with the prize being promotion to the Premier League and the Championship play-off trophy.^ I have been playing in the AFFL for 5 years and have won several prizes and league championships.
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^ The Football League Championship (often referred to as The Championship for short, or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of The Football League and second-highest division overall in the English football league system after the Premier League .

^ Sports > Football Domestic - Premier League > Premier League Championship Index Winner = 60pts, Second = 40pts, Third = 30pts, Fourth = 20pts, Fifth = 10pts, Sixth = 5pts.
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.The three promoted teams are replaced in the division for the next season by the teams finishing in the bottom three in the Premier League and the relegated teams are replaced by the two teams finishing at the top of League One and the winner of the League One playoff final.^ The teams which finish first and second in Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1.
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^ Option Two: It is proposed that Team Eight in Division 1, 2 and 3 is relegated and Team One from Division 2, 3 and 4 is promoted.
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^ The two teams finishing the season in the top two places are automatically promoted to the Premier League and the bottom three teams are relegated to Football League One.

Football League Championship clubs 2009–10

.The following 24 clubs will compete in the Championship during the 2009–10 season.^ Championship 2009-10 Previews - Reading .
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^ FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP 2009/10 .
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^ Championship 2009-10 Previews - Barnsley .
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Club Finishing position last season
Barnsley 20th
Blackpool 16th
Bristol City 10th
Cardiff City 7th
Coventry City 17th
Crystal Palace 15th
Derby County 18th
Doncaster Rovers 14th
Ipswich Town 9th
Leicester City 1st in League One
Middlesbrough 19th in the Premier League
Newcastle United 18th in the Premier League
Nottingham Forest 19th
Peterborough United 2nd in League One
Plymouth Argyle 21st
Preston North End 6th
Queens Park Rangers 11th
Reading 4th
Scunthorpe United 6th in League One (play-off winner)
Sheffield United 3rd
Sheffield Wednesday 12th
Swansea City 8th
Watford 13th
West Bromwich Albion 20th in the Premier League

Broadcasting rights

.From 2009–2012 Sky Sports will show 65 live matches while the BBC will show 10 live games a season as well as the rights to show a highlight show.^ The 2009 season presented a few significant challenges to the Dawgs organization well before the first game.
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^ Part of the new Football League deal that the BBC has involves the rights to show goals on the internet and EVERY SINGLE club, not just shiny ones, will have their own highlights after every game.
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^ In the event that the NFL cancels any part of its regular season schedule, Head2Head Sports reserves the right to determine The Draft 2009 - Championship Fantasy Football prizes based on the NFL games already played.
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.The deal is on a three year contract and is worth £264m that will mostly be paid by Sky.^ QPR skipper Mikele Leigertwood is planning to sign a new £10,000-a-week three-year deal .
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^ Former Derby boss Davies will start work at the City Ground on Monday after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the former European champions.
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^ However he was stripped of his medals because of his being paid a salary about three years before with the Eastern Carolina Baseball league .
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.Local radio stations with a local football team in The Championship usually offer audio coverage of every live game.^ FooTrends .com Home Games Transfer Premier League Championship France Spain Italy Germany England Team Europe Live 24 hours 7 days 14 days 30 days 365 days Goal : 0 .
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^ Both teams to score @ 5/6 with bet365 offers better value imo than a straight Newcastle win, but i wont be putting serious money on this game.
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^ The 2009 National Fantasy Football Championship provides something for everyone, ranging from live drafts in three different cities to an online national championship to private satellite leagues.

.BBC Sport holds exclusive national rights to broadcast Championship matches live to the whole of the United Kingdom; most matches are broadcast on local BBC radio stations for the area of their respective teams while some headline matches are broadcast on national stations, either BBC Radio Five Live or BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra under their Five Live Sport banner.^ Setanta Sports broadcasts exclusively live coverage of the best premium sport including Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, Coca-Cola Championship, Le Championnat, Carling Cup, Russian Premier League, Heineken Cup, Tri Nations, RBS 6 Nations, Rugby World Cup, Guinness Premiership, Super 14, Gaelic Sports and much more.
  • Coca Cola Football League Championship | Setanta 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.setanta.com [Source type: News]

^ Championship Team News: Stats, team news and odds for each of this weekend's Coca Cola Championship matches....
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^ The AFL today announced a second international team will be entered in the 2010 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships.While the introduction of a World XVIII team was announced in October, the AFL considers the interest and potential is significant enough to enter a separate Pacific Nations team.
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.Most matches broadcast on BBC radio are also broadcast online to UK users on the BBC website.^ The BBC rights to broadcast run from Saturday night to around 10am the following morning, then online later in the week.
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^ Newcastle open their campaign at West Brom, another relegated side, in a match that is being broadcast live on BBC One at 1720 BST on Saturday .
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.In Australia, Fox Sports broadcasts live Coca Cola Championship matches every weekend, as well as a Highlights show every Tuesday night at 7 pm.^ Championship Team News: Stats, team news and odds for each of this weekend's Coca Cola Championship matches....
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^ Teams news for all of this weekend's Coca Cola Championship matches....
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^ Coca Cola Championship preview .
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.In Italy, Sportitalia has exclusive rights to broadcast live one match a week and highlights show.^ The BBC rights to broadcast run from Saturday night to around 10am the following morning, then online later in the week.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Paul Fletcher: Football League ready to roll 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Newcastle open their campaign at West Brom, another relegated side, in a match that is being broadcast live on BBC One at 1720 BST on Saturday .
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Paul Fletcher: Football League ready to roll 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Part of the new Football League deal that the BBC has involves the rights to show goals on the internet and EVERY SINGLE club, not just shiny ones, will have their own highlights after every game.
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History of the current 24 clubs in the Championship (2009–10 season)

.The following table provides information on the 24 clubs currently in the Football League Championship.^ Championship Football League Table from Football.co.uk skip to content .
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^ Can you name the Clubs of the Football League?
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^ The 2009 National Fantasy Football Championship provides something for everyone, ranging from live drafts in three different cities to an online national championship to private satellite leagues.

.Table codes (click individual codes to view season tables):
C = Champions, R-up = League runner-up, p.w. = Play-off Winner, R = Relegated from League.
^ MAYBE BECAUSE WE ARE THE BEST! and we were champions of league two last season so im asking WHY NOT!?.
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^ Injuries mean that Stoke, pushing hard again this season for a play-offs spot, are without Stephen Wright and Dominic Matteo, while Salif Diao is not match-fit.
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^ And the replacement of the promotion and relegation play-offs with one-off promotion finals at the end of the 1990 campaign created an end of season spectacle that has produced some of the most dramatic football occasions ever.
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Club names
(space)
Finishing position Member since
season
Consecutive
seasons in league
Total seasons
in league*
Spells
in league*
Relegated
to league*
Promoted
from League*
Relegated
from league*
Promoted
to League*
Barnsley T20th 2006–07 4 4/6 1 0 0 0 1 (p.w)
Blackpool P16th 2007–08 3 3/6 1 0 0 0 1 (p.w)
Bristol City J10th 2007–08 3 3/6 1 0 0 0 1 (R-up)
Cardiff City1 G7th 2003–04 7 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Coventry City Q17th 2001–02 9 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Crystal Palace O15th 2005–06 5 5/6 1 1(R) 0 0 0
Derby County R18th 2008–09 2 5/6 2 1(R) 1 (p.w) 0 0
Doncaster Rovers N14th 2008–09 2 2/6 1 0 0 0 1 (p.w)
Ipswich Town I9th 2002–03 8 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Leicester City V1st in League One 2009–10 1 5/6 2 0 0 1(R) 1 (C)
Middlesbrough B19th in the Premier League 2009–10 1 1/6 1 1(R) 0 0 0
Newcastle United A18th in the Premier League 2009–10 1 1/6 1 1(R) 0 0 0
Nottingham Forest S19th 2008–09 2 3/6 2 0 0 1(R) 1 (R-up)
Peterborough United W2nd in League One 2009–10 1 1/6 1 0 0 0 1 (R-up)
Plymouth Argyle U21st 2004–05 6 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Preston North End F6th 2000–01 10 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Queens Park Rangers K11th 2004–05 6 6/6 1 0 0 0 0
Reading E4th 2008–09 2 4/6 2 1(R) 1 (C) 0 0
Scunthorpe United X6th in League One 2009–10 1 2/6 2 0 0 1(R) 2 (C)(p.w)
Sheffield United D3rd 2007–08 3 5/6 2 1(R) 1 (R-up) 0 0
Sheffield Wednesday L12th 2005–06 5 5/6 1 0 0 0 1 (p.w)
Swansea City1 H8th 2008–09 2 2/6 1 0 0 0 1 (C)
Watford M13th 2007–08 3 5/6 2 1(R) 1 (p.w) 0 0
West Bromwich Albion C20th in the Premier League 2009–10 1 3/6 2 2(R)(R) 1(C) 0 0
.Notes
1.Current spell of a club in the league may predate the creation of the championship.
2.Consecutive seasons in league total includes the clubs current spell only.
3.Total seasons in league/spells in league/relegation to/relegation from & promotion to and promotion from figures include "championship era" only.
^ The Championship season is set to end on a glorious high for one of these teams with promotion to the Premier League the ultimate prize.
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^ At 3:24pm on 06 Aug 2009 , RamJamthankyouman wrote: A good start to the season is a must for all championship clubs, just look at us rams last season.
  • BBC - BBC Sport: Paul Fletcher: Football League ready to roll 10 January 2010 1:50 UTC www.bbc.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ I did a piece totally focused on the Pilgrims last season and it is my intention to ensure that it is not just the fashionable clubs who are covered on this blog.
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(last six seasons)
1 Club is located in Wales

Previous seasons

League champions, Runners-up & play-Off winners

Season League champions points Runner-Up points Promoted Play-Off Winner
2004–05 Sunderland 94 Wigan Athletic 87 West Ham United
2005–06 Reading 106 Sheffield United 90 Watford
2006–07 Sunderland 88 Birmingham City 86 Derby County
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion 81 Stoke City 79 Hull City
2008–09 Wolverhampton Wanderers 90 Birmingham City 83 Burnley
For past winners at this level before 2004, see List of winners of English Football League Championship and predecessors.

Play-off results

Season Semifinal (1st Leg) Semifinal (2nd Leg) Final (Wembley/Cardiff)
2004–05 Preston North End 2–0 Derby County
Derby County 0–0 Preston North End
West Ham United 1–0 Preston North End
2005–06 Leeds United 1–1 Preston North End
Preston North End 0–2 Leeds United
Leeds United 0–3 Watford
2006–07 Southampton 1–2 Derby County
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–3 West Bromwich Albion
Derby County 2–3 Southampton
(Derby won 4–3 on penalties, AET)
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Derby County 1–0 West Bromwich Albion
2007–08 Crystal Palace 1–2 Bristol City
Watford 0–2 Hull City
Bristol City 2–1 Crystal Palace AET
Hull City 4–1 Watford
Bristol City 0–1 Hull City
2008–09 Preston North End 1–1 Sheffield United
Burnley 1–0 Reading
Sheffield United 1–0 Preston North End
Reading 0–2 Burnley
Sheffield United 0–1 Burnley

Relegated teams (from the Championship)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, Rotherham United
2005–06 Crewe Alexandra, Millwall, Brighton & Hove Albion
2006–07 Southend United, Luton Town, Leeds United
2007–08 Leicester City, Scunthorpe United, Colchester United
2008–09 Norwich City, Southampton, Charlton Athletic

Relegated teams (from the Premier League)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Southampton
2005–06 Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland
2006–07 Sheffield United, Charlton Athletic, Watford
2007–08 Reading, Birmingham City, Derby County
2008–09 Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion

Promoted teams (to the Championship)

Season Clubs
2004–05 Luton Town, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday
2005–06 Southend United, Colchester United, Barnsley
2006–07 Scunthorpe United, Bristol City, Blackpool
2007–08 Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers
2008–09 Leicester City, Peterborough United, Scunthorpe United

Top scorers

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004–05 England Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 24
2005–06 Jamaica Marlon King Watford 21
2006–07 England Jamie Cureton Colchester United 23
2007–08 England Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Plymouth Argyle/Wolverhampton Wanderers 23
2008–09 England Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Wolverhampton Wanderers 25

Championship Stadia 2009–10

Team Stadium Capacity
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,387
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Stadium 39,812
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,702
Coventry City Ricoh Arena 32,609
Leicester City Walkers Stadium 32,500
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,602
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,311
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 28,003
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 26,309
Preston North End Deepdale 24,500
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Bristol City Ashton Gate 21,497
Swansea City Liberty Stadium 20,532
Watford Vicarage Road 19,920
Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 19,128
Peterborough United London Road Stadium 15,460*
Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Blackpool Bloomfield Road 10,035
Scunthorpe United Glanford Park 9,088
* ground contains some terracing.

See also

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Football League First Division
Second tier of English football
2004 – present
Current league

Simple English

Football League Championship
Country England and Wales
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1888
Level 2
Number of teams 24
Promotion to Premier League
Relegation to Football League One
Current champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (2008/09)

The Football League Championship is the new name of the English First Division. It is often called The Championship for short, or the Coca-Cola Football League Championship, as it is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

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Club 2009/10

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunner-upThird place
2000/01FulhamBlackburn RoversBolton Wanderers
2001/02Manchester CityWest Bromwich AlbionWolverhampton Wanderers
2002/03PortsmouthLeicester CitySheffield United
2003/04Norwich CityWest Bromwich AlbionSunderland
2004/05SunderlandWigan AthleticIpswich Town
2005/06ReadingSheffield UnitedWatford
2006/07SunderlandBirmingham CityDerby County
2007/08West Bromwich AlbionStoke CityHull City
2008/09Wolverhampton WanderersBirmingham CitySheffield United

Former champions

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