championship table 2004

Players Joe Royle's side had led the division for more than two months but eventually had to make do with third behind league winners Sunderland and the Latics. Boss Stan Ternent took over with the Gills second-from-bottom in December but led a recovery that saw them lose just one of their last 12 games. Championship review 2004/05 ... Crewe's slide towards the bottom of the table after January can probably be summed up in two words: Dean Ashton. The Blades finish a couple of places and a handful of points outside a play-off spot. Dave Whelan's 10-year plan to get Wigan in the Premiership delivered and the Latics will soon be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. Brighton survived relegation with a brave draw at home to promotion-chasing Ipswich on the final day, which must make their campaign a success. The direct style favoured by former boss Micky Adams has gone and new manager Craig Levein is gradually building a more attractive side. History Supporting the Game Wise eventually quit as player-boss after the final game of the season - a 0-0 draw with Burnley. Youth Tipped to go straight back down, boss Mark McGhee also had the lingering shadow of the new stadium saga hanging over the club for much of the season. Gillingham could not quite pull off the Houdini act of last season and they went down on goal difference to Crewe - just one goal separating the sides. Another season of so close but yet so far. Safeguarding Cup Competition: FA Cup Final 2005 Venue Gate Notes; Arsenal: 0: 0: Manchester United: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff: 71,896: aet 4-2p : FA Cup Semi-Finals 2005 Venue They got off to a fine start but their poor away form - which saw them taste defeat 15 times out of 23 games - ensured a season of struggle. Includes the latest news stories, results, fixtures, video and audio. Ade Akinbiyi fell out with the club's management and eventually departed, while of the rest only Gifton Noel-Williams managed more than three league goals. For a while Stoke looked like play-off candidates but ultimately their lack of firepower proved their downfall. Fantasy Draft After just missing out in 2004, Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy turned to youth and the gamble paid off with a return to the Premiership. Football League There is light at the end of the tunnel for Leeds fans after one of the darkest periods in the club's history. Watford punched well above their weight in making the Carling Cup semis but fading form in the league led to the departure of Ray Lewington in March. Wolves supporters must be wishing the season was not over after finishing it as one of the form teams in the Championship. Another season of frustration for fans and boss Alan Pardew alike, as the Hammers only secured their play-off place with a final day win at Watford. A disappointing start of one win in their first six games left them at the wrong end of the table. Much more will be expected next season. Had he turned some of his 15 draws into wins a late play-off push could have been possible, but confidence will be high for next year if Hoddle stays.

The league is contested by 24 teams originating from every parts of England. Rasiak's eye for goal and Idiakez's wonderful ability on the ball have given Rams' fans great entertainment. Gary Megson led a mini-revival but the damage was done and Forest's lack of fitness told as they suffered a woefully inadequate end to the term.

Fixtures A play-off push never materialised and there was growing turmoil off the field between manager Dennis Wise and incoming chairman Jeff Burnige.

But with Ken Bates sorting out their debts and Kevin Blackwell compiling a promising young side, they are likely to be more of a threat next season. A run of seven straight wins propelled Rangers into the top six earlier in the campaign, but injuries took their toll and their challenge faded away. Follow Championship 2004/2005 and more than 5000 competitions on! Tickets Broadcast A run of 11 games without a win after Christmas ultimately proved more vital a statistic than the 19 goals of Dave Kitson, injured for much of that run.

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