On a dramatic final day in the English Championship, Bournemouth were crowned champions and sealed promotion to the Premier League.
Watford went into the final day knowing victory at home against Sheffield Wednesday would seal the crown but Wednesday, who had nothing to play for, equalized in stoppage time and coupled with Bournemouth’s win away at Charlton, that meant the Cherries lifted the title.
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Even more dramatic was the race for the final two playoff spots as Ipswich Town hung on to sixth place on goal difference, despite losing 3-2 away at Blackburn Rovers, while Brentford made the playoffs in their first season back in the Championship thanks to their last day win over Wigan Athletic and a combination of Wolves only beating Millwall 3-2 and Derby County slipping up.
Derby, who have been in the top six for the vast majority of the season, slipped out of the playoff spots in crushing fashion as they lost 3-0 at home to Reading. Disaster for the Rams who may now lose manager Steve McLaren. So, Bournemouth and Watford are both up automatically to the Premier League, while bitter rivals Norwich and Ipswich will square off in the Championship playoff semifinals, plus Middlesbrough and Brentford will clash for a place in soccer’s richest game and a spot in the PL. Thee playoff final will take place at Wembley on May 25 and is worth an estimated $200 million to the winner.
At the other end of the table, Wigan, Millwall and Blackpool were already relegated but the latter didn’t even get to play their final game in the Championship against Huddersfield Town as fans stormed the pitch and protested against their owner with the game having to be abandoned.
Below are the final set of results from the 2014-15 Championship season, as English soccer’s second-tier left delivered plenty of drama on the final day of the campaign.
Final day Championship results
Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Ipswich Town
Blackpool A-A Huddersfield Town – Game abandoned
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Birmingham City
Brentford 3-0 Wigan Athletic
Charlton Athletic 0-3 Bournemouth
Derby County 0-3 Reading
Leeds United 0-0 Rotherham United
Middlesbrough 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Norwich City 4-2 Fulham
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Cardiff City
Watford 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-2 Millwall