Starting tomorrow Blades-Mad takes a look at the new Npower Championship and the 24 teams which will take part in the second tier.

2009/10 champions - newcastle united

Energy firm Npower struck up a £21,000,000 deal to sponsor the Football League over the next three seasons, starting with the 2010/11 campaign and ending a six year association with soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola.

The 2009/10 Coca-Cola Championship season was a power struggle for those aiming to win promotion; though Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion both seemed to make light work of their efforts after gaining promotion at the first attempt following their demise from the Premier League 12 months previous.

Even the four teams which contested the play-offs knew that there ‘best efforts’ would be required in order to join them; Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City whom both had spent money in pre-season fell long behind the automatic positions whilst Leicester City and Blackpool made up the four aiming for the top.

At the bottom of the table, Peterborough United finished rock bottom after a very disappointing season, whilst Plymouth Argyle who didn’t look all that appetising also saw the trap door firmly shut on them after a few years of making a last ditch escape on the final days of the season.

Crystal Palace’s administration fears added extra tension on the last day, a ten point deduction meant that they had to go to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium and claim just one point or better.

In the end the two clubs drew 2-2 with the Owls firmly relegated to League One!

Next seasons Championship will also be made up of Burnley, Hull City and Portsmouth who were relegated from the FA Premier League whilst Norwich City all were successful in their bid to gain promotion from League One.

                    League Table

Pld

 

Home

 

Away

 

Overall

 

Pts

EP

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 

W

D

L

F

A

 
 

1

[P] Newcastle United

46

 

18

5

0

56

13

 

12

7

4

34

22

 

30

12

4

90

35

 

102

+55

2

[P] West Bromwich Albion

46

 

16

3

4

48

21

 

10

10

3

41

27

 

26

13

7

89

48

 

91

+41

 

3

Nottingham Forest

46

 

18

2

3

45

13

 

4

11

8

20

27

 

22

13

11

65

40

 

79

+25

4

Cardiff City

46

 

12

6

5

37

20

 

10

4

9

36

34

 

22

10

14

73

54

 

76

+19

5

Leicester City

46

 

13

6

4

40

18

 

8

7

8

21

27

 

21

13

12

61

45

 

76

+16

6

Blackpool

46

 

13

6

4

46

22

 

6

7

10

28

36

 

19

13

14

74

58

 

70

+16

 

7

Swansea City

46

 

10

10

3

21

12

 

7

8

8

19

25

 

17

18

11

40

37

 

69

+3

8

Sheffield United

46

 

12

8

3

37

20

 

5

6

12

25

35

 

17

14

15

62

55

 

65

+7

9

Reading

46

 

10

7

6

39

22

 

7

5

11

29

41

 

17

12

17

68

63

 

63

+5

10

Bristol City

46

 

10

10

3

38

34

 

5

8

10

18

31

 

15

18

13

56

65

 

63

-9

11

Middlesbrough

46

 

9

8

6

25

21

 

7

6

10

33

29

 

16

14

16

58

50

 

62

+8

12

Doncaster Rovers

46

 

9

7

7

32

29

 

6

8

9

27

29

 

15

15

16

59

58

 

60

+1

13

Queens Park Rangers

46

 

8

9

6

36

28

 

6

6

11

22

37

 

14

15

17

58

65

 

57

-7

14

Derby County

46

 

12

3

8

37

32

 

3

8

12

16

31

 

15

11

20

53

63

 

56

-10

15

Ipswich Town

46

 

8

11

4

24

23

 

4

9

10

26

38

 

12

20

14

50

61

 

56

-11

16

Watford

46

 

10

6

7

36

26

 

4

6

13

25

42

 

14

12

20

61

68

 

54

-7

17

Preston North End

46

 

9

10

4

35

26

 

4

5

14

23

47

 

13

15

18

58

73

 

54

-15

18

Barnsley

46

 

8

7

8

25

29

 

6

5

12

28

40

 

14

12

20

53

69

 

54

-16

19

Coventry City

46

 

8

9

6

27

29

 

5

6

12

20

35

 

13

15

18

47

64

 

54

-17

20

Scunthorpe United

46

 

10

7

6

40

32

 

4

3

16

22

52

 

14

10

22

62

84

 

52

-22

21

Crystal Palace (-10)

46

 

8

5

10

24

27

 

6

12

5

26

26

 

14

17

15

50

53

 

49

-3

 

22

[R] Sheffield Wednesday

46

 

8

6

9

30

31

 

3

8

12

19

38

 

11

14

21

49

69

 

47

-20

23

[R] Plymouth Argyle

46

 

5

6

12

20

30

 

6

2

15

23

38

 

11

8

27

43

68

 

41

-25

24

[R] Peterborough United

46

 

6

5

12

32

37

 

2

5

16

14

43

 

8

10

28

46

80

 

34

-34