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2004–05 Football League

The Football League
Season 2004–05
Champions Sunderland
Promoted Sunderland
Wigan Athletic
West Ham United
Relegated Kidderminster Harriers
Cambridge United
2003–04
2005–06

The 2004–05 Football League (known as the Coca-Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 106th completed season of The Football League.

This season the league was contested through three divisions. 2004–05 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.

Wigan Athletic reached the Premiership as Championship runners-up. They had been elected to the Football League only 27 years earlier, had been the league’s fourth lowest club 11 years earlier and until 2 years before reaching the Premiership they had never played in the upper half of the English 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.

Events

Final league tables and results

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[1] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

Football League Championship

Football League Championship
Season 2004–05
Champions Sunderland (4th second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier League Sunderland,
Wigan Athletic
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offs West Ham United
Relegated Gillingham,
Nottingham Forest,
Rotherham United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1342 (2.43 per match)
Top goalscorer Nathan Ellington (Wigan Athletic), 24 [2]
2003–04
2005–06
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Sunderland 46 16 4 3 45 21 13 3 7 31 20 76 41 +35 94
2 Wigan Athletic 46 13 5 5 42 15 12 7 4 37 20 79 35 +44 87
3 Ipswich Town 46 17 3 3 53 26 7 10 6 32 30 85 56 +29 85
4 Derby County 46 10 7 6 38 30 12 3 8 33 30 71 60 +11 76
5 Preston North End 46 14 7 2 44 22 7 5 11 23 36 67 58 +9 75
6 West Ham United 46 12 5 6 36 24 9 5 9 30 32 66 56 +10 73
7 Reading 46 13 7 3 33 15 6 6 11 18 29 51 44 +7 70
8 Sheffield United 46 9 7 7 28 23 9 6 8 29 33 57 56 +1 67
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 9 11 3 40 26 6 10 7 32 33 72 59 +13 66
10 Millwall 46 12 5 6 33 22 6 7 10 18 23 51 45 +6 66
11 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 7 6 32 26 7 4 12 22 32 54 58 –4 62
12 Stoke City 46 11 2 10 22 18 6 8 9 14 20 36 38 –2 61
13 Burnley 46 10 7 6 26 19 5 8 10 12 20 38 39 –1 60
14 Leeds United 46 7 10 6 28 26 7 8 8 21 26 49 52 –3 60
15 Leicester City 46 8 8 7 24 20 4 13 6 25 26 49 46 +3 57
16 Cardiff City 46 10 4 9 24 19 3 11 9 24 32 48 51 –3 54
17 Plymouth Argyle 46 9 8 6 31 23 5 3 15 21 41 52 64 –12 53
18 Watford 46 5 10 8 25 25 7 6 10 27 34 52 59 –7 52
19 Coventry City 46 8 7 8 32 28 5 6 12 29 45 61 73 –12 52
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 7 9 24 29 6 5 12 16 36 40 65 –25 51
21 Crewe Alexandra 46 6 8 9 37 38 6 6 11 29 48 66 86 –20 50
22 Gillingham 46 10 6 7 22 23 2 8 13 23 43 45 66 –21 50
23 Nottingham Forest 46 7 10 6 26 28 2 7 14 16 38 42 66 –24 44
24 Rotherham United 46 2 7 14 17 34 3 7 13 18 35 35 69 –34 29
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

Championship play-offs


[1]

Championship Topscorers

Rank Player Club League
1 Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 24
2 Jason Roberts Wigan Athletic 21
= Teddy Sheringham West Ham 21
4 Shefki Kuqi Ipswich Town 20
= Darren Bent Ipswich Town 20
6 Kenny Miller Wolverhampton Wanderers 19
= Dave Kitson Reading 19
8 Marlon Harewood West Ham 18
= Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers 18
10 Richard Cresswell Preston North End 17
= Dean Ashton Crewe Alexandra 17
11 Marcus Stewart Sunderland 16

[3]

Football League One

Football League One
Season 2004–05
Champions Luton Town (1st third tier title)
Direct promotion Luton Town,
Hull City
Promoted through play-offs Sheffield Wednesday
Relegated Peterborough United,
Stockport County,
Torquay United,
Wrexham
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1550 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Stuart Elliott (Hull City), 27
Dean Windass (Bradford City), 27 [2]
2003–04
2005–06
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Luton Town 46 17 4 2 46 16 12 7 4 41 32 87 48 +39 98
2 Hull City 46 16 5 2 42 17 10 3 10 38 36 80 53 +27 86
3 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 5 4 43 23 8 8 7 30 32 73 55 +18 79
4 Brentford 46 15 4 4 34 22 7 5 11 23 38 57 60 –3 75
5 Sheffield Wednesday 46 10 6 7 34 28 9 9 5 43 31 77 59 +18 72
6 Hartlepool United 46 15 3 5 51 30 6 5 12 25 36 76 66 +10 71
7 Bristol City 46 9 8 6 42 25 9 8 6 32 32 74 57 +17 70
8 Bournemouth 46 9 7 7 40 30 11 3 9 37 34 77 64 +13 70
9 Huddersfield Town 46 12 6 5 42 28 8 4 11 32 37 74 65 +9 70
10 Doncaster Rovers 46 10 11 2 35 20 6 7 10 30 40 65 60 +5 66
11 Bradford City 46 9 6 8 40 35 8 8 7 24 27 64 62 +2 65
12 Swindon Town 46 12 5 6 40 30 5 7 11 26 38 66 68 –2 63
13 Barnsley 46 7 11 5 38 31 7 8 8 31 33 69 64 +5 61
14 Walsall 46 11 7 5 40 28 5 5 13 25 41 65 69 –4 60
15 Colchester United 46 8 6 9 27 23 6 11 6 33 27 60 50 +10 59
16 Blackpool 46 8 7 8 28 30 7 5 11 26 29 54 59 –5 57
17 Chesterfield 46 9 8 6 32 28 5 7 11 23 34 55 62 –7 57
18 Port Vale 46 13 2 8 33 23 4 3 16 16 36 49 59 –10 56
19 Oldham Athletic 46 10 5 8 42 34 4 5 14 18 39 60 73 –13 52
20 Milton Keynes Dons 46 8 10 5 33 28 4 5 14 21 40 54 67 –14 51
21 Torquay United 46 8 5 10 27 36 4 10 9 28 43 55 79 –24 51
22 Wrexham 46 6 8 9 26 37 7 6 10 36 43 62 80 –18 43 [notes 1]
23 Peterborough United 46 5 6 12 27 35 4 6 13 22 38 49 73 –24 39
24 Stockport County 46 3 4 16 26 46 3 4 16 23 52 48 98 –49 26
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
  1. ^ Wrexham deducted 10points for entering administration.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

League One play-offs


[1]

League One Topscorers

Rank Player Club League
1 Dean Windass Bradford City 27
= Stuart Elliott Hull City 27
3 Paweł Abbott Huddersfield Town 26
4 Adam Boyd Hartlepool United 24
= Leroy Lita Bristol City 24
6 Sam Parkin Swindon Town 23
7 Steve Brooker Bristol City 21
8 Steven MacLean Sheffield Wednesday 19
= James Hayter Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 19
= Luke Beckett Oldham Athletic 19

[4]

Football League Two

Football League Two
Season 2004–05
Champions Yeovil Town (1st fourth tier title)
Direct promotion Yeovil Town,
Scunthorpe United,
Swansea City
Promoted through play-offs Southend United
Relegated to Conference Cambridge United,
Kidderminster Harriers
New club in the league Chester City,
Shrewsbury Town
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1347 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorer Phil Jevons (Yeovil Town), 27 [2]
2003–04
2005–06
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Yeovil Town 46 16 4 3 57 28 9 4 10 33 37 90 65 +25 83
2 Scunthorpe United 46 16 5 2 43 16 6 9 8 26 26 69 42 +27 80
3 Swansea City 46 15 5 3 36 16 9 3 11 26 27 62 43 +19 80
4 Southend United 46 13 5 5 31 14 9 7 7 34 32 65 46 +19 78
5 Macclesfield Town 46 15 3 5 39 24 7 6 10 21 25 60 49 +11 75
6 Lincoln City 46 11 8 4 37 22 9 4 10 27 25 64 47 +17 72
7 Northampton Town 46 11 9 3 35 20 9 3 11 27 31 62 51 +11 72
8 Darlington 46 13 4 6 33 21 7 8 8 24 28 57 49 +8 72
9 Rochdale 46 11 8 4 34 21 5 10 8 20 27 54 48 +6 66
10 Wycombe Wanderers 46 8 7 8 28 26 9 7 7 30 26 58 52 +6 65
11 Leyton Orient 46 10 8 5 40 30 6 7 10 25 37 65 67 –2 63
12 Bristol Rovers 46 10 12 1 39 22 3 9 11 21 35 60 57 +3 60
13 Mansfield Town 46 9 8 6 29 24 6 7 10 27 32 56 56 ±0 60
14 Cheltenham Town 46 10 5 8 27 23 6 7 10 24 31 51 54 –3 60
15 Oxford United 46 11 4 8 29 24 5 7 11 21 39 50 63 –13 59
16 Boston United 46 11 8 4 39 24 3 8 12 23 34 62 58 +4 58
17 Bury 46 8 9 6 26 18 6 7 10 28 36 54 54 ±0 58
18 Grimsby Town 46 8 10 5 28 19 6 6 11 23 33 51 52 –1 58
19 Notts County 46 6 7 10 21 27 7 6 10 25 35 46 62 –16 52
20 Chester City 46 7 8 8 25 33 5 8 10 18 36 43 69 –26 52
21 Shrewsbury Town 46 9 7 7 34 18 2 9 12 14 35 48 53 –5 49
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 8 6 9 29 29 2 8 13 13 34 42 63 –21 44
23 Kidderminster Harriers 46 6 6 11 21 39 4 2 17 18 46 39 85 –46 38
24 Cambridge United 46 7 6 10 22 27 1 10 12 17 35 39 62 –23 30 [notes2 1][5]
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
  1. ^ Cambridge United deducted 10 points for entering financial administration.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New clubs in the league
Relegated to Conference

League Two play-offs

  Semifinals
1st leg –May 14th/15th; 2nd leg –May 21st, 2005
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
May 28th, 2005
                     
4th  Southend United 0 1 1  
7th  Northampton Town 0 0 0  
    4th  Southend United (a.e.t.) 2
  6th  Lincoln City 0
5th  Macclesfield Town 0 1 1
6th  Lincoln City 1 1 2  

[1]

League Two Topscorers

Rank Player Club League
1 Phil Jevons Yeovil Town 27
2 Andy Kirk Northampton Town 26
3 Jon Parkin Macclesfield Town 22
= Lee Trundle Swansea City 22
= Nathan Tyson Wycombe Wanderers 22
6 Freddy Eastwood Southend United 21
= Simon Yeo Lincoln City 21
8 Junior Agogo Bristol Rovers 19
9 Paul Hayes Scunthorpe United 17
= Grant Holt Rochdale 17

[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  4. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  5. ^
  6. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com

External links

  • Football League Tables
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