May 10, 2009

England: League Championship, 2008-’09 season. The 2 Promoted Clubs, and the 4 Playoff Clubs.


Wolves clinched a spot for the 2008-’09 Premier League on 18th April.  The club from the West Midlands returns to the top flight for the first time since their one-season stint in 2003-’04.

On Sunday, 3rd May, yo-yo club Birmingham City snapped out of their poor late-season form and won the second automatic promotion spot on the last day of the season,  with a 2-1 win over Reading,  with their eventual winning goal coming from veteran striker Kevin Phillips.

Meanwhile,  Preston North End,  the club that had put BCFC in that must-win situation with a late winning goal the week before,  continued their late-season surge and wrested the final playoff spot,  via a 2-1 win over QPR,  and courtesy of the late-season collapse of Cardiff City,  who finished with 3 straight defeats.  Defender Sean St. Ledger headed in the winner for Preston,  with 15 minutes to go.

With that goal,  Preston North End edged Cardiff City on total goals,  the second tie-breaker after their equal goal difference (of plus-12).  Preston had 54 goals,  Cardiff had 53 goals. 

This set up playoff match-ups of… 

Preston v. Sheffield United, Friday 8 May;  Shefield United v. Preston, Monday 11 May.  First leg: Preston 1-1 Sheffield United.

Burnley v. Reading, Saturday, 9 May;  Reading v. Burnley, Tuesday, 12 May.   First leg: Burnley 1-0 Reading.

Thanks to  Colours of football site {click here}.

Thanks to Tony’s English Football site,  for the gate figures {click here}.

Thanks to Wolverhampton City Council Home Page {click here}.   Thanks to {click here}.  

Thanks to pparry @ {click here};  and chocotiger66 @ {click here}.   Thanks to .  Thanks to isriya @ {click here}.

Thanks to The {click here}.   Thanks to {click here (set at St. Andrews- Birmingham City Football Club)}.

Thanks to Chris J. Wood / .   Thanks to {click here (set at page/Championship)}.   Thanks to 1871-the Ultimate Reading FC website; Madejski Stadium Gallery {click here}.   Thanks to {click here (set at Reading)}.

Thanks to the Daily Mail site {click here}.   Thanks to   Thanks to {click here (set at Turf Moor)}.   Thanks to StewieD @ {click here}.   Thanks to clarette_and_blue @ {click here}.

Thanks to, Preston/ deepdale redevelopment thread {click here}.     

Thanks to SiMar1 {click here}.   Thanks to {click here (set at Preston national football museum; Morecambe; Deepdale [Feb. '05]).  {click here / / home}}.

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