In the Championship ? League season ends

Last updated : 01 May 2006 By Tony Scholes
Graeme Murty - his penalty took Reading to a new points record
The only real focus was on who would finish bottom and whether Reading would hit a century of goals and break the Football League points record for a season.

Two of the relegated clubs, Crewe and Millwall, played each other at Crewe and it ended in a 4-2 win for the home side. Steve Jones scored their last goal before relegation and apparently he's off on his travels now having opted to take a Bosman signing elsewhere.

Bottom place though has been taken by Brighton, defeated 5-1 at home against Stoke for whom Adam Rooney hit a hat trick in only his second league start for the Potters. That was good news for the league's Icelandic club but it still remains in turmoil with Johan Boskamp now set to pack his suitcases and head back to Belgium having been let down with the offer of just a one year deal.

Rooney though became just the eighth player to hit a hat trick this season – the others were David Connolly (Leicester), Carl Cort (Wolves), Rob Hulse (Leeds), Ade Akinbiyi (Burnley), Dave Kitson (Reading), Dean Ashton (Norwich) and Vincent Pericard (Plymouth).

Up at the top of the league Reading broke the points record but just missed out on 100 goals, and it was just missed out, they made it to 99. They just about broke the points record, previously held by Sunderland, with a penalty six minutes from the end by captain Graeme Murty. He hasn't scored a goal for five years but pulled rank and decided to take the spot kick himself.

At Norwich, Colin Cameron became the last player of the season to receive a red card, sent off by Iain Williamson who Ade will remember quite well from our home game against Sunderland last season, whilst the last goal of the season was scored by the obnoxious Dennis Wise in Coventry's 3-1 win over Cardiff.

And going back to last August, Stoke's Gerry Taggart was the first player of the season to receive a red card, from Mark Clattenburg, whilst the first goal of the season was scored by a player by the name of Andy Gray, giving Sheffield United the lead against Leicester from the penalty spot.

So, after 46 games we say farewell to Reading, Sheffield United, Crewe, Millwall and Brighton, and already we know that we'll be preparing for games against Birmingham, West Brom, Sunderland, Southend and almost certainly Colchester. And now we await the play offs before completing our league for next season.

The Final Day Results

Sunday 30th April

Brighton 1 Stoke 5

Plymouth 2 Ipswich 1

Burnley 1 Luton 1

Preston 2 Leeds 0

Coventry 3 Cardiff 1

Reading 2 QPR 1

Crewe 4 Millwall 2

Sheffield Utd 1 Crystal Palace 0

Derby 0 Sheffield Wed 2

Southampton 2 Leicester 0

Norwich 1 Wolves 2

Watford 0 Hull 0

The Final Day Stats

Biggest win

Stoke 5-1 v Brighton (away)

Total goals scored

34

Player scoring most goals

3 - Adam Rooney (Stoke)

Highest Attendance

30,391 - Derby v Sheffield Wed

Lowest Attendance

5,859 - Brighton v Stoke

Total Yellow Cards

29

Total Red Cards

1

Most cards in a game

Norwich v Wolves (5Y 1R)

The leading scorers (league only)

21

Marlon King (Watford)

18

Kevin Doyle (Reading)
Cameron Jerome (Cardiff)
Dave Kitson (Reading)

15

Ade Akinbiyi (Sheffield Utd) - 12 with Burnley
Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace)
Gary McSheffrey (Coventry)

14

Darius Henderson (Watford)
Steve Howard (Luton)

13

Clinton Morrison (Crystal Palace)
Ashley Young (Watford)

12

Dele Adebola (Coventry)
David Healy (Leeds)
Rob Hulse (Leeds)
Jason Koumas (Cardiff)

11

Robbie Blake (Leeds)
Carl Cort (Wolves)
Ricardo Fuller (Southampton) - 2 with Ipswich
Paul Gallagher (Stoke)
Inigo Idiakez (Derby)
Leroy Lita (Reading)
Neil Shipperley (Sheffield Utd)

10

Dean Ashton (Norwich)
Stern John (Coventry)
Ben May (Millwall)
Kenny Miller (Wolves)
Dave Nugent (Preston)
Steve Sidwell (Reading)
Rowan Vine (Luton)
Danny Webber (Sheffield Utd)

Disciplinary Record (all games)

Club

Y

R

Club

Y

R

Brighton

81

5

Millwall

97

14

Burnley

78

5

Norwich

71

2

Cardiff

73

2

Plymouth

64

1

Coventry

88

4

Preston

89

2

Crewe

34

2

QPR

78

8

Crystal Palace

84

3

Reading

45

0

Derby

65

6

Sheffield Utd

63

2

Hull

52

3

Sheffield Wed

59

1

Ipswich

60

6

Southampton

65

4

Leeds

75

2

Stoke

75

7

Leicester

83

6

Watford

61

6

Luton

65

5

Wolves

65

2

Average Attendances (league only)

Avge

Club

High

Low

24,952

Norwich City

27,470

23,838

24,853

Sheffield Wednesday

33,439

20,244

24,252

Ipswich

29,184

22,551

24,166

Derby

30,391

21,434

23,657

Southampton

30,173

19,086

23,624

Wolves

27,980

21,683

23,415

Sheffield United

30,558

17,739

22,354

Leeds

27,843

18,353

22,233

Leicester

25,578

18,856

21,301

Coventry

26,851

16,156

20,207

Reading

23,845

14,027

19,841

Hull City

23,486

17,698

19,457

Crystal Palace

23,843

17,291

15,449

Watford

19,842

11,722

14,619

Preston

19,350

12,453

14,432

Stoke

20,408

10,121

13,776

Plymouth

17,726

10,460

13,440

QPR

16,152

10,901

12,464

Burnley

17,912

10,431

11,720

Cardiff

16,403

8,724

9,529

Millwall

13,209

7,108

9,139

Luton Town

10,248

7,474

6,802

Brighton

7,999

5,859

6,731

Crewe

8,942

5,686