2005–06 in English football

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Men's football
FA Premier League Chelsea
Championship Reading
League One Southend United
League Two Carlisle United
Conference National Accrington Stanley
FA Cup Liverpool
League Cup Manchester United
Community Shield Chelsea
2004–05 Flag of England.svg 2006–07

The 2005–06 season was the 126th season of competitive association football in England.



Diary of the season

National team

England qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, after finishing top of UEFA Qualifying Group 6.

DateVenueOpponentsScore [19] CompetitionEngland scorersMatch Report
17 August 2005 Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (A)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1–4 F Wayne Rooney BBC
3 September 2005 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (A)Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1–0 WCQ Joe Cole BBC
7 September 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast (A)Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 0–1WCQ  BBC
8 October 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester (H)Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1–0WCQ Frank Lampard (pen) BBC
12 October 2005Old Trafford, Manchester (H)Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 2–1WCQ Michael Owen, Frank Lampard BBC
12 November 2005 Stade de Genève, Geneva (N)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 3–2 F Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen (2) BBC
1 March 2006 Anfield, Liverpool (H)Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2–1 F Peter Crouch, Joe Cole BBC
25 May 2006 Madejski Stadium, Reading (H)Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–2F ('B' team) Jermaine Jenas BBC
30 May 2006Old Trafford, Manchester (H)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3–1F Steven Gerrard,
John Terry,
Peter Crouch
3 June 2006Old Trafford, Manchester (H)Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 6–0F Frank Lampard,
Jermaine Taylor (o.g.),
Michael Owen,
Peter Crouch (3)
10 June 2006 FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt (N)Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1–0 WCF Carlos Gamarra (o.g.) BBC
15 June 2006 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg (N)Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2–0WCF Peter Crouch,
Steven Gerrard
20 June 2006 FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne (N)Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–2WCF Joe Cole,
Steven Gerrard
25 June 2006 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart (N)Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 1–0WCF David Beckham BBC
1 July 2006 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen (N)Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 0–0 (FT), 0–0 (aet), 1–3 (P)WCF BBC


CompetitionWinnerDetailsMatch Report
2005 UEFA Super Cup Liverpool Beat CSKA Moscow 3–1 UEFA
2005–06 FA Premier League Chelsea BBC
2005–06 FA Cup Liverpool Beat West Ham United 3–1 on penalties; 3–3 after extra time BBC
2005–06 Football League Cup Manchester United Beat Wigan Athletic 4–0 BBC
2005–06 Football League Championship Reading Finished on record 106 points BBC
2005–06 Football League One Southend United Consecutive promotions BBC
2005–06 Football League Two Carlisle United Consecutive promotions BBC
2005 FA Community Shield Chelsea Beat Arsenal 2–1 BBC
2005–06 Football League Trophy Swansea City Beat Carlisle United 2–1 BBC

European qualification

CompetitionQualifiersReason for Qualification
UEFA Champions League Chelsea 1st in FA Premier League
Manchester United 2nd in FA Premier League
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Liverpool 3rd in FA Premier League
Arsenal 4th in FA Premier League
UEFA Cup Tottenham Hotspur 5th in FA Premier League
West Ham United In lieu of FA Cup winners
(qualification awarded as FA Cup runners-up because FA Cup winners Liverpool had already qualified for the Champions League)
Blackburn Rovers In lieu of League Cup winners
(qualification awarded as next-highest (6th) Premier League finishers to have not qualified for Europe because League Cup winners Manchester United had already qualified for the Champions League)
UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round Newcastle United Highest Premier League finishers (7th) to have entered and not qualified for any other European competition

League tables

FA Premier League

Chelsea, on 91 points, won their second Premier League title in a row. Manchester United, whose 83-point tally would have been enough for title glory in most seasons, finished runners-up. Liverpool's league form improved drastically following the previous season and they finished in third place, just one point behind United; in addition, they also won the FA Cup, giving manager Rafael Benítez his second major trophy in just his second season. Arsenal snatched the last Champions League spot from under the noses of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, after the latter's players went down with a bout of food-poisoning. The Gunners' 4–2 victory over Wigan Athletic on the final day of the season saw them end 92 years of playing at Highbury before they moved into their new 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium.

Ultimately joining Tottenham in the UEFA Cup were Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United who were promoted the previous season and took the European spot by virtue of being FA Cup runners-up. Despite narrowly losing on penalties to Liverpool, the Hammers enjoyed a successful first season back amongst the elite, finishing in a comfortable 9th place.

Fellow newly promoted side Wigan, who were many pundit's tip for relegation in pre-season, defied the odds to finish 10th in their first season in the top-flight. Everton crashed out of the Champions League early and were in the relegation zone by October, but a good run of results both after Halloween and in the new year saw them comfortably finish in 11th. Middlesbrough finished 14th after a disappointing league season, but did reach the UEFA Cup Final – the first European final in their history – where they were beaten 4–0 by Sevilla.

In contrast to the other promoted sides, Sunderland, last seasons Championship winners, were relegated with a league record low of 15 points, breaking the previous record that they set themselves in 2002–03, while West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City both hit the 30-point mark and battled bravely, but both were unable to avoid relegation after dismal runs of league form (the Baggies going winless from February onwards, with Birmingham unable to shake off poor away form). Portsmouth spent almost the entire season in the relegation zone, but after the return of Harry Redknapp (many Portsmouth fans were convinced Redknapp only went to bitter rivals Southampton last season just to get them relegated), they stayed up after a late run of good results.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C)3829457222+5091Qualification for the Champions League group stage [lower-alpha 1]
2 Manchester United 3825857234+3883
3 Liverpool 3825765725+3282Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38207116831+3767
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38181195338+1565Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38196135142+963
7 Newcastle United 38177144742+558Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
8 Bolton Wanderers 381511124941+856
9 West Ham United 38167155255355Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 2]
10 Wigan Athletic 38156174552751
11 Everton 381481634491550
12 Fulham 381461848581048
13 Charlton Athletic 381381741551447
14 Middlesbrough 381291748581045
15 Manchester City 38134214348543
16 Aston Villa 3810121642551342
17 Portsmouth 381082037622538
18 Birmingham City (R)388102028502234Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 West Bromwich Albion (R)38792231582730
20 Sunderland (R)38362926694315
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
  1. Since Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners passed down to the league and was awarded to Blackburn Rovers as the highest-placed team not already qualified for European competitions.
  2. Since Liverpool had already qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup berth as the FA Cup winners went to West Ham, who were the FA Cup runners-up.

Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 27

The Football League

Football League Championship

Reading entered the top flight for the first time in their history, breaking Sunderland's points record of 105 in the process by accumulating 106 points (coincidentally, Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League while breaking the record for lowest number of points under the current scoring system). Sheffield United joined them, returning to the Premier League after twelve years and earning Neil Warnock his fourth promotion as a manager. Surprise package Watford, initially tipped for relegation, entered the play-offs and beat Leeds United 3–0 in the Millennium Stadium final, who were unable to shake off a bad run of form (worse than any of the three relegated sides) that saw them lose out in the race for automatic promotion.

Crystal Palace fared the best out of the teams relegated from the Premier League the previous season, by getting to the play-offs but losing in the semi-finals. Norwich never managed better than mid-table, while Southampton endured an awful season that saw Sir Clive Woodward take up a much-criticized role as director of football, manager Harry Redknapp return to local rivals Portsmouth and the side looking in danger of relegation for much of the season, only managing a mid-table finish with a late surge in form, thanks to the appointment of George Burley. Chairman Rupert Lowe ultimately paid the price by being forced to resign after the end of the season.

The relegation battle was principally fought by four sides: Crewe, Brighton, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday ultimately won the battle, and the remaining three were relegated all on the same day, after Wednesday beat Brighton 2–0. Although Crewe and Brighton had not spent long in the division and were considered to be punching above their weight, Millwall underwent a disastrous season, getting through five managers and four chairmen before relegation.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Reading (C, P)46311329932+67106Promotion to the FA Premier League
2 Sheffield United (P)46261287646+3090
3 Watford (O, P)46221597753+2481Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 Preston North End 46202065930+2980
5 Leeds United 462115105738+1978
6 Crystal Palace 462112136748+1975
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 461619115042+867
8 Coventry City 461615156265363
9 Norwich City 46188205665962
10 Luton Town 461710196667161
11 Cardiff City 461612185859160
12 Southampton 461319144950158
13 Stoke City 46177225463958
14 Plymouth Argyle 461317163946756
15 Ipswich Town 4614141853661356
16 Leicester City 461315185159854
17 Burnley 461412204654854
18 Hull City 461216184955652
19 Sheffield Wednesday 4613132039521352
20 Derby County 4610201653671450
21 Queens Park Rangers 4612142050651550
22 Crewe Alexandra (R)469152257862942Relegation to Football League One
23 Millwall (R)468162235622740
24 Brighton & Hove Albion (R)467172239713238
Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2011. Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Leading goalscorer: Marlon King (Watford) – 21

Football League One

Southend United surprised many by winning a second successive promotion, returning to the Championship after nearly a decade (when it was called Division One). Colchester United also made the Championship for the first time in their history, but their promotion was tempered by the loss of manager Phil Parkinson to Hull City. A highly competitive play-off race saw Barnsley emerge as winners, beating Swansea City at the Millennium Stadium 4–3 on penalties after both normal time and extra-time finished 2–2, to return to the Championship after three seasons of struggle in Division Two/League One.

Following relegation and becoming the first former European champions to be subsequently relegated to the third tier of their domestic league, Nottingham Forest struggled for most of the season and were in danger of suffering a second successive relegation. The departure of Gary Megson saw a late upturn in form and surge towards the play-offs; however, they missed out on the last day of the season, finishing 7th.

At the bottom, Walsall endured their second relegation in three seasons, Swindon became the first former Premier League side to slip to the bottom division. Hartlepool crashed out of the division after nearly earning promotion last season, while MK Dons suffered the relegation they only avoided the previous season when Wrexham were docked points for entering administration.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Southend United 462313107243+2982Division Champions, promoted
2 Colchester United 462213115840+1879Promoted
3 Brentford 462016107252+2076Participated in play-offs
4 Huddersfield Town 461916117259+1373
5 Barnsley 461818106244+1872Promoted through play-offs
6 Swansea City 461817117855+2371Participated in play-offs
7 Nottingham Forest 461912156752+1569
8 Doncaster Rovers 46209175551+469
9 Bristol City 461811176662+465
10 Oldham Athletic 461811175860265
11 Bradford City 461419135149+261
12 Scunthorpe United 461515166873560
13 Port Vale 461612184954560
14 Gillingham 4616121850641460
15 Yeovil Town 461511205462856
16 Chesterfield 4614141863731056
17 Bournemouth 461219154953455
18 Tranmere Rovers 461315185052254
19 Blackpool 461217175664853
20 Rotherham United 4612161852621052
21 Hartlepool United 4611171844591550Relegated
22 Milton Keynes Dons 4612142045662150
23 Swindon Town 4611152046651948
24 Walsall 4611142147702347
Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).

Leading goalscorers: Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United) – 23, and Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) – 23

Football League Two

Carlisle United were another side who earned a second successive promotion, only two years after a relegation from the League that some predicted would see the end of the club. Northampton Town joined them, making up for two seasons of play-off disappointment, and Leyton Orient ended a decade in the bottom division by earning promotion in almost the last minute of the season. Grimsby Town conceded on 91 minutes, and 14 seconds after the fans of Orient celebrated, Lee Steele scored to seal promotion for Orient. Wycombe started the season with a 21-game unbeaten run that saw five of their players named in the PFA League Two team of the year. Two tragic off-the-field events, however, saw them fall away in the second part of the season before losing to Cheltenham Town in the playoff semi-finals. Grimsby Town lost 1–0 to Cheltenham in the final at the Millennium Stadium.

Rushden & Diamonds failed to improve on the previous season, and paid the price with relegation to the Conference. Oxford United joined them, despite the return of manager Jim Smith, and became the first former winners of a major trophy to be relegated to the Conference, doing so on the last day of the season.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Carlisle United [lower-alpha 1] (C, P)462511108442+4286Promoted
2 Northampton Town (P)46221776337+2683
3 Leyton Orient (P)46221596751+1681
4 Grimsby Town 462212126444+2078Participated in play-offs
5 Cheltenham Town (O, P)461915126553+1272
6 Wycombe Wanderers 461817117256+1671
7 Lincoln City 461521106553+1266
8 Darlington 461615155852+663
9 Peterborough United 461711185749+862
10 Shrewsbury Town 461613175555061
11 Boston United 4615161550601061
12 Bristol Rovers 46179205967860
13 Wrexham 461514176154+759
14 Rochdale 461414186669356
15 Chester City 461412205359654
16 Mansfield Town 461315185966754
17 Macclesfield Town 4612181660711154
18 Barnet [lower-alpha 1] 4612181644571354
19 Bury 4612171745571252 [lower-alpha 2]
20 Torquay United 4613132053661352
21 Notts County 4612161848631552
22 Stockport County 4611191657782152
23 Oxford United (R)4611161943571449Relegated to Conference
24 Rushden & Diamonds (R)4611122344763245
Source: [ citation needed ]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
  1. 1 2 New club in the league
  2. Bury deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player. [20]

Leading goalscorer: Rickie Lambert (Rochdale) – 22

Non-League football

Conference National winners Accrington Stanley
Conference National play-off winners Hereford United
Conference North winners Northwich Victoria
Conference South winners Weymouth
FA Trophy Grays Athletic
FA Vase Nantwich Town

Transfer deals

Summer transfer window

The summer transfer window ran from the end of the previous season until 31 August.

January transfer window

The mid-season transfer window ran from 1 to 31 January 2006.

For subsequent transfer deals see List of English football transfers 2006–07

Famous debutants



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