This season, The Championship staked it’s claim as one of the most exciting leagues in Europe. As results have shown, anybody can beat anybody and it will be hard to beat the drama of the final day when Brighton and Birmingham scored dramatic late goals to get into the play-offs and stay up respectively.
Congratulations to Leicester City and Burnley, who have been promoted to The Premier League and they will be joined by one of Derby County, Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic or Brighton, who will contest the play-offs. At the other end of the table, commiserations to Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Yeovil Town who were sadly relegated to League One.
Final league table
Team of the Season
Player of the Season
Danny Ings – Burnley
Burnley striker Danny Ings has made huge strides in The Championship this season, and his superb partnership with Sam Vokes is one of the reasons why Burnley have gained automatic promotion. He has been unstoppable at times this campaign with his pace and movement, allied with some deadly finishing, taking him to the 20 goal mark by the first week in January and he finished the season with 21 league goals. His superb form has not gone unnoticed and he is now a member of Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad, with two international goals to his name already.
2nd – Ross McCormack (Leeds United)
3rd – Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
Manager of the Season
Sean Dyche – Burnley
Tipped to struggle at the beginning of the season, Burnley have surprised everybody by gaining automatic promotion from The Championship. Manager Sean Dyche has done incredibly well with a reasonably small budget and has put together one of the deadliest strike partnerships in the league – Danny Ings and Sam Vokes. The Clarets have been in and around the top two all season, with Dyche picking up the manager of the month awards for September and October along the way. His next job is to keep them in The Premier League beyond next season.
2nd – Steve McClaren (Derby County)
3rd – Nigel Pearson (Leicester City)
Goal of the Season
Dale Stephens vs Doncaster
2nd – Joel Lynch vs Charlton Athletic
3rd – Garath McCleary vs Queens Park Rangers
Game of the Season
Leicester City 5-3 Bolton Wanderers
Leicester went into 2014 top of the Championship after beating Bolton 5-3 in a goal fest. Danny Drinkwater scored the Foxes’ opener from 20-yards before Bolton scored twice in five minutes through Andre Moritz and Jermaine Beckford. Anthony Knockaert made it 2-2 with a header but Bolton regained the lead when Moritz drove in his second. The first half ended 3-3 when Tim Ream found his own net before strikes from Lloyd Dyer and Gary-Taylor Fletcher secured the points for Leicester. Read the full match report here.
2nd – Derby County 4-4 Ipswich Town
Read the full match report here.
3rd – Blackpool 2-3 Ipswich Town
Read the full match report here.
*quick mentions to the drama on the last day with Nottingham Forest 1-2 Brighton & Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Burnley.
Club-by-club Player of the Season
Barnsley: Dale Jennings
Birmingham City: Lee Novak
Blackburn Rovers: Jordan Rhodes
Blackpool: Ricardo Fuller
Bolton Wanderers: Matt Mills
AFC Bournemouth: Yann Kermorgant
Brighton & Hove Albion: Rohan Ince
Burnley: Danny Ings
Charlton Athletic: Johnnie Jackson
Derby County: Will Hughes
Doncaster Rovers: Ross Turnbull
Huddersfield Town: Adam Clayton
Ipswich Town: Aaron Cresswell
Leeds United: Ross McCormack
Leicester City: Danny Drinkwater
Middlesbrough: Albert Adomah
Millwall: Scott Malone
Nottingham Forest: Andy Reid
Queens Park Rangers: Charlie Austin
Reading: Garath McCleary
Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Kirkland
Watford: Fernando Forestieri
Wigan Athletic: Callum McManaman
Yeovil Town: Shane Duffy
The 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship campaign starts on 9th August. If you disagree with any of the awards, please feel free to let me know who you think deserved a mention in the comments below!