The Best Ever Championship Team
Who are the best Championship side of all time?
With Fulham completing a very impressive season in the Championship, running out Champions with 90 points and scoring a total of 106 goals, it seems to be the perfect time for us to delve into the best ever Championship sides through the years.
Starting with the current champions Fulham. Marco Silva's men have looked a formidable force since their drop from the Premier League last season. After a muted start to the season with only four points from their first three fixtures it wasn't long before the Cottagers were firing on all cylinders including a 7-0 rout away to Blackburn. The momentum didn't really stop all season, despite a couple of surprise results like home losses to Reading, Sheffield United and Huddersfield.
One of the main talking points of the campaign was Fulham's goal scoring record in the league, scoring three or more on 14 occasions. A key stand out player was Aleksandar Mitrovic who contributed a massive 43 goals and finished the season with 14 more goals than any other player in the league.
It would be impossible to discuss the best championship sides without including Steve Coppell’s 2005/06 Reading side.
After losing their opening game 2-1 to Plymouth the Royals went the rest of the season only losing once more. Along their way to the Premier League for the first time in their history Coppell’s side scored 99 goals and conceded 32, including scoring five on five occasions. They finished their record-breaking season with a win rate of 67% in the Championship and still hold the record for the most points achieved in the league with 106.
If we are looking at record breakers, then it’s only fair to include the side whose record was broken. Sunderland won the then Football League First Division with a total of 105 points.
The Black Cats scored 91 goals and conceded only 28 times. They boasted a front line of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn who between them contributed 41 league goals between them. 1998/99 also saw the emergence of club legend Tomas Sorensen who featured times for Sunderland, he would go on to make over 500 appearances for the club.
Manchester City 2001/02
Keegan’s 2001/02 City side are worthy in their inclusion purely for the fact that they won the league by scoring 10 points, and scoring 47 goals, more than any other in the league. Known as the entertainers, they scored 108 goals on their way to the title and conceded 52 times.
Man City’s, and the league’s, top scorer in the season was Shaun Goater who notched 28 times for the Cityzens. Feed the goat and he will score.
Newcastle United 2009/10
Many thought that the Newcastle side in 2009/10 were too good for the Championship, and they were proven correct. A team with the likes of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands were destined for a return back to the Premier League, and they did not disappoint.
The Magpies accumulated a total of 102 points on their way to the league title and most impressively managed to stay unbeaten all season at St James’ Park.
Another enthralling Championship season and a worthy winner who have earnt their place in the best Championship teams of all time conversation, but which side deserves the crown?