The 2008/09 Coca-Cola Championship got under way this week, and looks set to be as exciting as ever.

Along with the 25 goals scored, the Championship included its usual excitement, surprises, controversy and shock results, aspects that in my view make the Championship one of the most exciting leagues around.

The biggest shock has to be Doncaster’s 1-0 win over a new look Derby County, leaving Derby without a win in an incredible 10 months and 23 days. Derby have been touted as promotion favourites in the run up to the big kick off, however Championship new boys Doncaster had different ideas on Saturday.

The weekend saw numerous debuts, including a trademark Kevin Phillips goal on his Birmingham debut, it also saw a miracle return for Southampton centre half, Michael Svensson. The new Southampton captain returned at the heart of Southampton’s defence in their 2-1 defeat away to Cardiff City.

The pick of the results has to go to Sheffield Wednesday who crushed Burnley 4-1. This demonstrated the surprise of the Championship, as a team who battled bravely against relegation last year, kicked off their new campaign with a fantastic result.

Another surprise was the results of the 3 newly promoted sides. With the exception of Swansea, both Nottingham Forest and Doncaster picked up points and started their seasons well. It looks as though picking the promotion and relegation favourites might not be as clear cut as it was once thought. This makes the excitement of the league as it is so tightly contested at both ends of the table, something which other leagues sometimes lack (take the Premier League and the Scottish Premier League as two examples.)

With the Championship now under way theres only one thing left to do; sit back, observe and enjoy!