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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca Cola Championship League results 07/08/04

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posted on Aug, 7 2004 @ 03:04 PM
Leeds and Leicester experienced contrasting fortunes as they began their quest for a quick return to the Premiership on the opening day of the newly-named Coca-Cola Championship

Leeds pointed to happier times ahead for their supporters by beating Derby 1-0 in the first game of the day. Frazer Richardson netted the only goal of the match which kicked off at lunchtime at Elland Road. Derby hit a post in stoppage time but Kevin Blackwell's Leeds side deserved the victory with a performance which will have lifted hopes in West Yorkshire.

However, Leicester's ambitions took a knock as they could only draw 0-0 at home to West Ham. Dion Dublin's sending-off reduced the Foxes to 10 men against West Ham after just 18 minutes at the Walkers Stadium. The former England international, a summer signing from Aston Villa, left his team short for most of the game after he was red-carded for violent conduct. The Foxes were spared a home defeat as West Ham failed to make their extra man count before Rufus Brevett's late sending-off with a second yellow card evened the sides.

Coventry finished the day on top of the table after beating Sunderland 2-0 in the late game at Highfield Road. Peter Reid took three points against his old club as late goals from Patrick Suffo and Eddie Johnson clinched victory. After a dire first 84 minutes Suffo netted the opener from the spot after George McCartney handled. And Johnson, on a season-long loan from Manchester United, added the second in the dying seconds.

Steve Cotterill saw Burnley draw 1-1 in his first competitive match in charge with Andy Gray scoring the equaliser for Sheffield United after 52 minutes. The Blades, who will hope to chase promotion once again this season, fell behind when Micah Hyde gave Burnley the lead after 16 minutes.

Dean Bowditch scored the winner for Ipswich inside the first minute of the second half as they came back from a goal down to beat Gillingham 2-1. Paul Smith put the Kent side in front 24 minutes in but Richard Naylor equalised for the home side 11 minutes later.

Brighton's first goal of the new season was scored by Maheta Molango, who put the visitors ahead at Reading after just 19 seconds. However, the south coast side were soon pegged back with Reading levelling through Dave Kitson two minutes in. And the Royals secured a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from James Harper (41) and Nicky Forster (59) although Jake Robinson had the last word for Brighton as he netted in the 63rd minute.

QPR drew 1-1 with Rotherham. The Londoners, who won promotion to England's second tier last season, struck first with Gareth Ainsworth netting in the fifth minute only for the Yorkshire side to cancel out their lead through Paul Shaw 10 minutes later.

A late equaliser denied Cardiff a win at Crewe with Michael Higdon earning a 2-2 draw for the Railwaymen with an 85th-minute goal. Cardiff had fought back from a goal down to lead 2-1 with Alan Lee scoring after 59 minutes. Dean Ashton had put Crewe ahead with a fifth-minute penalty only for John Robinson to level for the Welsh side just before the break

Scotland international Paul Devlin scored an equaliser but gave away a penalty as Watford lost 2-1 at Preston. The former Birmingham midfielder levelled the scores two minutes into the second half after Richard Cresswell had scored for the home side 34 minutes in. However, Devlin then tripped USA international Eddie Lewis and David Healy converted the spot-kick in the 77th minute.

Nottingham Forest took a 1-1 draw from their visit to Wigan with Gareth Taylor's 55th-minute effort cancelling out Lee McCulloch's 38th-minute opener.

Plymouth earned a scoreless draw from their first game in the division, holding Millwall at Home Park.

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posted on Aug, 7 2004 @ 10:29 PM
So what is this. The winner of the Coca Cola Championship League gets a ticket to the premiership


posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 04:45 AM

Originally posted by websurfer
So what is this. The winner of the Coca Cola Championship League gets a ticket to the premiership

Or the bottom 3 clubs in the Premiership get a ticket down to the Championship League.

Only one real shock to me on opening day was Coventry beating Sunderland. West ham got a good draw aginst Leicester as it was away from home. But you would have thought they would have took advantage of Leicester being with 10 men for a long period of the game.

posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 06:00 AM
Websurfer that's 3 teams go up to the Premiership and 3 go down to the Championship. It's been like that for a long time now.

Not a bad opening day, quite a few draws but most games went the way that was expected.

posted on Aug, 8 2004 @ 09:57 PM

Originally posted by Speedfreak
Websurfer that's 3 teams go up to the Premiership and 3 go down to the Championship.

What championship


posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 04:20 AM
The 4 UK leagues are now sponsored by coca- cola so they are called...

The Coca Cola Premiership
The Coca Cola Championship
Coca Cola League 1
Coca Cola League 2

Instead of the old 4 divisions...

The Premiership
Nationwide Div 1
Nationwide Div 2
Nationwide Div 3

So 3 teams get relegated from the premier to the championship league and 3 go up from the championship league to the premier. Same for the other divisions 3 go up 3 go down.

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