2013-14 Championship Review

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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

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Team of the Season

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Player of the Season

Danny Ings – Burnley

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Derby County: Will Hughes

Doncaster Rovers: Ross Turnbull

Huddersfield Town: Adam Clayton

Ipswich Town: Aaron Cresswell

Leeds United: Ross McCormack

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Leicester City: Danny Drinkwater

Middlesbrough: Albert Adomah

Millwall: Scott Malone

Nottingham Forest: Andy Reid

Queens Park Rangers: Charlie Austin

Reading: Garath McCleary

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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!

 

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