2008–09 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season 2008–09
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
(3rd divisional title)
Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City
Burnley
Relegated Norwich City
Southampton
Charlton Athletic
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1350 (2.45 per match)
Top goalscorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
(25 goals)
Biggest home win Reading 6–0 Sheffield Wednesday,
Preston North End 6–0 Cardiff City
Biggest away win Charlton Athletic 2–5 Sheffield United
Highest scoring Norwich City 5–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers,
Watford 3–4 Blackpool,
Charlton Athletic 2–5 Sheffield United
Longest winning run 7 games1
Wolverhampton Wanderers (achieved twice)
Longest unbeaten run 13 games1
Cardiff City,
Swansea City
Longest winless run 18 games1
Charlton Athletic
Longest losing run 6 games1
Doncaster Rovers
Highest attendance 33,0792
Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lowest attendance 6,6482
Blackpool v Charlton Athletic
Average attendance 17,9382

The 2008–09 Football League Championship (referred to as the Coca-Cola Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the league under its current title and seventeenth season under its current league division format.

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the division to return to the Premier League after a five-year absence. They secured the Championship title on 25 April, one week after having confirmed their promotion with a victory over QPR.34

Birmingham City were promoted at the first attempt following their relegation. They secured their return to the top flight on the final day of the season by winning at promotion rivals Reading 2–1.5 Norwich City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic were relegated;6

Burnley won the play-offs to reach the Premier League for the first time after a 1–0 win in the play-off final against Sheffield United, who had been in with a chance of automatic promotion on the final day.7

Team changes from previous season

Joining the Championship

Relegated from the Premier League:

Promoted from League One:

Leaving the Championship

Promoted to the Premier League:

Relegated to League One:

Team overview

Stadium and locations

Team Stadium Capacity
Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City St Andrew's 30,009
Blackpool Bloomfield Road 9,788
Bristol City Ashton Gate 21,497
Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Cardiff City Ninian Park 22,008
Charlton Athletic The Valley 27,111
Coventry City Ricoh Arena 32,609
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 26,309
Derby County Pride Park 33,597
Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,311
Norwich City Carrow Road 26,034
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,602
Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500
Preston North End Deepdale 24,500
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 19,128
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,609
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough 39,814
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Swansea City Liberty Stadium 20,532
Watford Vicarage Road 19,920
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux 28,525

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager Kit maker Sponsor
Barnsley Simon Davey Lotto Barnsley Building Society
Birmingham City Alex McLeish Umbro F&C Investments
Blackpool Ian Holloway Carlotti Floors 2 Go/Carbrini
Bristol City Gary Johnson Puma AG D.A.S.
Burnley Owen Coyle Errea Holland's Pies
Cardiff City Dave Jones Joma Vans Direct.co.uk
Charlton Athletic Phil Parkinson Joma Carbrini
Coventry City Chris Coleman Puma AG Cassidy Group
Crystal Palace Neil Warnock Errea GAC Logistics
Derby County Nigel Clough Adidas Bombardier
Doncaster Rovers Sean O'Driscoll Vandanel Wright Investments
Ipswich Town Roy Keane Mitre Marcus Evans
Norwich City Bryan Gunn Xara Norwich Union
Nottingham Forest Billy Davies Umbro Capital One
Plymouth Argyle Paul Sturrock Puma AG Ginsters
Preston North End Alan Irvine Diadora Enterprise Plc
Queens Park Rangers Paulo Sousa Lotto Gulf Air
Reading Steve Coppell Puma AG Waitrose
Sheffield United Kevin Blackwell Le Coq Sportif Visit Malta.com
Sheffield Wednesday Brian Laws Lotto PlusNet
Southampton Mark Wotte Umbro FlyBe
Swansea City Roberto Martínez Umbro Swansea.com
Watford Brendan Rodgers Diadora Beko
Wolverhampton Wanderers Mick McCarthy Le Coq Sportif Chaucer Consulting

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
QPR Iain Dowie Contract terminated 24 October 20088 Paulo Sousa 19 November 20089 9th
Watford Aidy Boothroyd Mutual Consent 3 November 200810 Brendan Rodgers 24 November 200811 21st
Charlton Athletic Alan Pardew Mutual Consent 22 November 200812 Phil Parkinson 31 December 200813 22nd
Blackpool Simon Grayson Signed by Leeds United (Mutual Consent) 23 December 200814 Ian Holloway 21 May 2009 16th
Nottingham Forest Colin Calderwood Contract terminated 26 December 200815 Billy Davies 1 January 200916 22nd
Derby County Paul Jewell Resigned 28 December 200817 Nigel Clough 6 January 200918 18th
Norwich City Glenn Roeder Contract terminated 14 January 200919 Bryan Gunn 21 January 200920 21st
Southampton Jan Poortvliet Resigned 23 January 200921 Mark Wotte 23 January 200921 23rd
QPR Paulo Sousa Contract terminated 9 April 200922 Jim Magilton 3 June 2009 10th
Ipswich Town Jim Magilton Contract terminated 22 April 200923 Roy Keane 23 April 200924 9th
Reading Steve Coppell Resigned 12 May 200925 Brendan Rodgers 4 June 2009 4th, Play-off semi-final

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (C) (P) 46 27 9 10 80 52 +28 90 Promotion to Premier League
2 Birmingham City (P) 46 23 14 9 54 37 +17 83
3 Sheffield United 46 22 14 10 64 39 +25 80 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Reading 46 21 14 11 72 40 +32 77
5 Burnley (P) 46 21 13 12 72 60 +12 76
6 Preston North End 46 21 11 14 66 54 +12 74
7 Cardiff City 46 19 17 10 65 53 +12 74
8 Swansea City 46 16 20 10 63 50 +13 68
9 Ipswich Town 46 17 15 14 62 53 +9 66
10 Bristol City 46 15 16 15 54 54 0 61
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 16 15 42 44 −2 61
12 Sheffield Wednesday 46 16 13 17 51 58 −7 61
13 Watford 46 16 10 20 68 72 −4 58
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 7 22 42 53 −11 58
15 Crystal Palace 46 15 12 19 52 55 −3 0561
16 Blackpool 46 13 17 16 47 58 −11 56
17 Coventry City 46 13 15 18 47 58 −11 54
18 Derby County 46 14 12 20 55 67 −12 54
19 Nottingham Forest 46 13 14 19 50 65 −15 53
20 Barnsley 46 13 13 20 45 58 −13 52
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 12 21 44 57 −13 51
22 Norwich City (R) 46 12 10 24 57 70 −13 46 Relegation to League One
23 Southampton (R) 46 10 15 21 46 69 −23 0452
24 Charlton Athletic (R) 46 8 15 23 52 74 −22 39

|} Updated to games played on 3 May 2009.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1 Crystal Palace were give a one-point deduction for using an ineligible player during a match against Sheffield United on 3 May 2009.26
2 Southampton were given a ten-point deduction for breaching insolvency regulations, regarding their holding company. As they finished in the bottom three this season, the points deduction will be applied next season.27
(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.

Playoffs

  Semi-finals Final
                     
3  Sheffield United 1 1 2  
6  Preston North End 1 0 1  
    3  Sheffield United 0
  5  Burnley 1
4  Reading 0 0 0
5  Burnley 1 2 3  

Results

Home \ Away[1] BAR BIR BLP BRI BUR CAR CHA COV CPA DER DON IPS NOR NOT PLY PRE QPR REA SHE SHW SOT SWA WAT WOL
Barnsley 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 2–0 4–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–1
Birmingham City 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–0
Blackpool 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–3 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–2
Bristol City 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2
Burnley 1–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 4–2 3–0 0–0 0–3 2–0 5–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–4 3–2 0–2 3–2 1–0
Cardiff City 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 0–3 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–2
Charlton Athletic 1–3 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–2 0–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 4–2 2–5 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–3 1–3
Coventry City 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 4–1 1–1 2–3 2–1
Crystal Palace 3–0 0–0 0–1 4–2 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–4 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–1
Derby County 0–0 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–3
Doncaster Rovers 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2 0–1
Ipswich Town 3–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–2
Norwich City 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–3 2–0 5–2
Nottingham Forest 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–3 2–4 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 0–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 4–0 1–3 0–3 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–2
Preston North End 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 6–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–3
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–2 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Reading 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 4–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 6–0 1–2 4–0 4–0 1–0
Sheffield United 2–1 2–1 2–2 3–0 2–3 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 4–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3
Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 4–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–1
Southampton 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–2
Swansea City 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–1
Watford 1–1 0–1 3–4 2–4 3–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–3 5–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–3 1–1 4–1 3–0 2–1 3–1

Source: The Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Team Goals
1 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Wolverhampton Wanderers 25
2 Ross McCormack Cardiff City 21
Jason Scotland Swansea City
3 Kevin Doyle Reading 18
4 Tommy Smith Watford 16
5 Rob Hulse Derby County 14
Chris Iwelumo Wolverhampton Wanderers
Marcus Tudgay Sheffield Wednesday
Kevin Phillips Birmingham City

Awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Notes
Manager Club Player Club
August Mick McCarthy Wolverhampton Wanderers Richard Chaplow Preston North End 2829
September Owen Coyle Burnley Kevin Doyle Reading 3031
October Dave Jones Cardiff City Rob Hulse Derby County 3233
November Mick McCarthy Wolverhampton Wanderers Chris Iwelumo Wolverhampton Wanderers 3435
December Steve Coppell Reading Stephen Hunt Reading 3637
January Roberto Martínez Swansea City Joe Ledley Cardiff City 3839
February Chris Coleman Coventry City Jason Scotland Swansea City 40
March Kevin Blackwell Sheffield United Robbie Blake Burnley 4142
April Alan Irvine Preston North End Kyle Naughton Sheffield United
PFA Team of the Year43
Pos. Player Club
GK Keiren Westwood Coventry City
DF Kyle Naughton Sheffield United
DF Roger Johnson Cardiff City
DF Richard Stearman Wolverhampton Wanderers
DF Danny Fox Coventry City
MF Michael Kightly Wolverhampton Wanderers
MF Stephen Hunt Reading
MF Joe Ledley Cardiff City
MF Jordi Gómez Swansea City
FW Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Wolverhampton Wanderers
FW Jason Scotland Swansea City

Events

Goal controversies

  • On 20 September 2008, during Watford's home game against Reading, the assistant referee Nigel Banister adjudged that a John Eustace own goal had opened the scoring for Reading. In fact, the ball had gone four yards wide of the goal after Eustace challenged Royals forward Noel Hunt and a corner should therefore have been awarded. Referee Stuart Attwell followed the signal by the assistant and awarded the goal.44 The next day Reading manager Steve Coppell said that he was happy for the game to be replayed,45 but his offer was turned down when an official said, "the referee's decision is final."
  • On 6 December 2008 an apparent Bristol City goal against Swansea City was not awarded after both the linesman and referee failed to see the ball cross the line. This led Bristol City manager Gary Johnson to add to calls for goal-line technology.46

Southampton administration

On 23 April 2009, The Football League announced that Southampton had been placed into administration. The ruling occurred after the deadline for immediate points deduction application, so the ten-point deduction would have to await whether or not Southampton, in 22nd place at the time of the announcement, were relegated.47 If they had finished above the relegation zone, then the points would have been deducted from their total for the current year to thereby relegate them. However, since their relegation was confirmed following their penultimate match, their point penalty would be applied the next season in League One.48

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