2004–05 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Champions Sunderland
Promoted Sunderland
Wigan Athletic
West Ham United
Relegated Gillingham
Nottingham Forest
Rotherham United

The 2004–05 Football League Championship (known as the Coca-Cola Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the thirteenth season under its current league division format. It began in August 2004 and concluded in May 2005, with the promotion play-off finals. This was the first season to feature the rebranded Football League. The First Division, Second Division and Third Division were renamed the Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two respectively. Coca-Cola replaced the Nationwide Building Society as title sponsor.


The winners of the Championship in 2005 are Sunderland. Wigan Athletic reached the Premiership as Championship runners-up and became the first club to make a debut in the top tier of English football since Barnsley's promotion after the 1996–97 season. They had been elected to the Football League only 27 years earlier, had been the league's fourth lowest club eleven years earlier and had never played in the upper half of The Football League until two years before reaching the Premier League. Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Championship to League One, becoming the first former European Cup winners to slide into the third tier of their domestic league – having won two straight European Cups a quarter of a century earlier. Just ten years ago they had finished third in the Premiership and reached the following season's UEFA Cup quarter finals.

Changes from last season

From Championship

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to League One

To Championship

Relegated from Premier League

Promoted from League One

League table


PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Sunderland (C, P)46297107641+3594Promotion to the FA Premier League
2 Wigan Athletic (P)46251297935+4487
3 Ipswich Town 46241398556+2985Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 Derby County 462210147160+1176
5 Preston North End 462112136758+975
6 West Ham United (O, P)462110156656+1073
7 Reading 461913145144+770
8 Sheffield United 461813155756+167
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 461521107259+1366
10 Millwall 461812165145+666
11 Queens Park Rangers 461711185458462
12 Stoke City 461710193638261
13 Burnley 461515163839160
14 Leeds United 461418144952360
15 Leicester City 461221134946+357
16 Cardiff City 461315184851354
17 Plymouth Argyle 4614112152641253
18 Watford 461216185259752
19 Coventry City 4613132061731252
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 4613122140652551
21 Crewe Alexandra 4612142066862050
22 Gillingham (R)4612142045662150Relegation to Football League One
23 Nottingham Forest (R)469172042662444
24 Rotherham United (R)465142735693429
Updated to match(es) played on 9 December 2011. Source: Football League Tables
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated


Semi-finals Final
6 West Ham United 2 2 4
3 Ipswich Town 2 0 2
5 Preston North End 0
6 West Ham United 1
5 Preston North End 2 0 2
4 Derby County 0 0 0


Brighton & Hove Albion 0–33–11–11–02–12–11–11–31–21–10–04–21–02–3 0–1 1–01–10–12–12–12–32–40–2
Burnley 1–12–02–05–00–01–00–20–10–31–11–12–1 2–0 2–00–02–11–12–20–23–10–1 1–0 1–1
Cardiff City 2–02–02–11–10–23–10–10–00–00–13–00–10–11–02–02–01–00–10–20–34–10–21–1
Coventry City 2–10–21–10–16–22–21–21–2 1–1 0–12–02–11–11–23–20–01–20–02–01–02–11–22–2
Crewe Alexandra 3–11–12–22–11–24–12–22–22–22–11–13–01–20–21–11–12–30–20–13–02–31–31–4
Derby County 3–01–10–12–22–42–03–22–0 1–2 0–3 3–0 1–03–10–02–13–20–13–10–22–21–11–13–3
Gillingham 0–11–01–13–11–10–20–02–10–2 0–0 2–11–02–10–10–03–11–32–10–40–00–12–11–0
Ipswich Town 1–01–13–13–25–13–22–11–02–12–06–03–23–00–21–14–35–11–02–21–20–22–12–1
Leeds United 1–11–21–13–00–21–01–11–10–2 1–1 1–12–11–06–13–11–1 0–4 0–00–12–22–10–21–1
Leicester City 0–10–01–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–02–22–03–1 0–1 2–11–11–00–20–13–21–10–10–10–00–21–1
Millwall 2–00–02–21–14–33–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–00–13–02–1 0–0 1–01–21–20–12–00–2 1–0 0–21–2
Nottingham Forest 0–11–00–01–42–2 2–2 2–21–10–0 1–1 1–20–32–02–11–02–21–11–01–21–22–11–11–0
Plymouth Argyle 5–11–01–11–13–00–22–11–20–10–00–03–20–22–12–21–13–00–02–11–01–11–21–2
Preston North End 3–0 1–0 3–03–21–03–01–11–12–41–11–13–21–12–13–02–00–13–03–22–12–1 1–1 2–2
Queens Park Rangers 0–03–01–04–11–20–21–12–41–13–2 1–1 0–33–21–20–01–10–11–01–3 3–1 1–0 1–01–1
Reading 3–2 0–02–11–24–00–13–11–11–10–02–11–00–03–11–01–00–01–01–00–33–11–11–2
Rotherham United 0–10–02–21–22–31–31–30–21–00–21–10–00–11–20–11–0 2–2 1–10–10–12–20–21–2
Sheffield United 1–22–12–11–14–00–10–00–2 2–0 2–00–11–12–11–13–20–1 1–0 0–01–01–11–20–23–3
Stoke City 2–00–11–31–01–01–02–03–20–13–21–00–02–00–00–10–11–22–00–10–10–10–1 2–1
Sunderland 2–02–12–11–03–10–01–12–02–32–11–02–05–13–12–21–24–11–01–04–20–21–13–1
Watford 1–10–10–02–33–12–22–02–21–22–21–00–23–10–2 3–0 0–10–00–00–11–11–20–01–1
West Ham United 0–11–01–03–01–11–23–11–11–12–2 1–1 3–25–01–2 2–1 1–01–00–22–01–23–21–31–0
Wigan Athletic 3–0 0–0 2–14–14–11–22–01–03–00–02–01–10–2 5–0 0–03–12–04–00–10–12–21–22–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–12–02–30–11–12–02–22–00–01–11–22–11–12–22–14–12–04–2 1–0 1–10–04–23–3
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2020. Source:
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Leeds United Elland Road 37,697
West Ham United Boleyn Ground 35,146
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,609
Leicester City Walkers Stadium 32,500
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,602
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,311
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Stadium 28,525
Stoke City Britannia Stadium 28,000
Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium 25,138
Preston North End Deepdale 24,500
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Coventry City Highfield Road 23,489
Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Cardiff City Ninian Park 22,008
Millwall The New Den 20,146
Watford Vicarage Road 19,920
Plymouth Argyle Home Park 19,500
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 19,128
Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Crewe Alexandra Alexandra Stadium 10,046
Brighton & Hove Albion Withdean Stadium 8,850
Rotherham United Millmoor 8,300

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