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|FA Premier League||Chelsea|
|League One||Southend United|
|League Two||Carlisle United|
|Conference National||Accrington Stanley|
|League Cup||Manchester United|
The 2005–06 season was the 126th season of competitive association football in England.
England qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, after finishing top of UEFA Qualifying Group 6.
|Date||Venue||Opponents||Score||Competition||England scorers||Match Report|
|17 August 2005||Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (A)||Denmark||1–4||F||Wayne Rooney||BBC|
|3 September 2005||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (A)||Wales||1–0||WCQ||Joe Cole||BBC|
|7 September 2005||Windsor Park, Belfast (A)||Northern Ireland||0–1||WCQ||BBC|
|8 October 2005||Old Trafford, Manchester (H)||Austria||1–0||WCQ||Frank Lampard (pen)||BBC|
|12 October 2005||Old Trafford, Manchester (H)||Poland||2–1||WCQ||Michael Owen, Frank Lampard||BBC|
|12 November 2005||Stade de Genève, Geneva (N)||Argentina||3–2||F||Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen (2)||BBC|
|1 March 2006||Anfield, Liverpool (H)||Uruguay||2–1||F||Peter Crouch, Joe Cole||BBC|
|25 May 2006||Madejski Stadium, Reading (H)||Belarus||1–2||F ('B' team)||Jermaine Jenas||BBC|
|30 May 2006||Old Trafford, Manchester (H)||Hungary||3–1||F|| Steven Gerrard,|
|3 June 2006||Old Trafford, Manchester (H)||Jamaica||6–0||F|| Frank Lampard, |
Jermaine Taylor (o.g.),
Peter Crouch (3)
|10 June 2006||FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt (N)||Paraguay||1–0||WCF||Carlos Gamarra (o.g.)||BBC|
|15 June 2006||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg (N)||Trinidad and Tobago||2–0||WCF|| Peter Crouch, |
|20 June 2006||FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne (N)||Sweden||2–2||WCF|| Joe Cole, |
|25 June 2006||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart (N)||Ecuador||1–0||WCF||David Beckham||BBC|
|1 July 2006||Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen (N)||Portugal||0–0 (FT), 0–0 (aet), 1–3 (P)||WCF||BBC|
|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|
|Competition||Qualifiers||Reason 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|
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.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Chelsea (C)||38||29||4||5||72||22||+50||91||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|3||Liverpool||38||25||7||6||57||25||+32||82||Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur||38||18||11||9||53||38||+15||65||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|7||Newcastle United||38||17||7||14||47||42||+5||58||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round|
|9||West Ham United||38||16||7||15||52||55||−3||55||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|18||Birmingham City (R)||38||8||10||20||28||50||−22||34||Relegation to the Football League Championship|
|19||West Bromwich Albion (R)||38||7||9||22||31||58||−27||30|
Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 27
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.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion, qualification or relegation|
|1||Reading (C, P)||46||31||13||2||99||32||+67||106||Promotion to the FA Premier League|
|2||Sheffield United (P)||46||26||12||8||76||46||+30||90|
|3||Watford (O, P)||46||22||15||9||77||53||+24||81||Qualification for Championship play-offs|
|4||Preston North End||46||20||20||6||59||30||+29||80|
|21||Queens Park Rangers||46||12||14||20||50||65||−15||50|
|22||Crewe Alexandra (R)||46||9||15||22||57||86||−29||42||Relegation to Football League One|
|24||Brighton & Hove Albion (R)||46||7||17||22||39||71||−32||38|
Leading goalscorer: Marlon King (Watford) – 21
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.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Southend United||46||23||13||10||72||43||+29||82||Division Champions, promoted|
|3||Brentford||46||20||16||10||72||52||+20||76||Participated in play-offs|
|5||Barnsley||46||18||18||10||62||44||+18||72||Promoted through play-offs|
|6||Swansea City||46||18||17||11||78||55||+23||71||Participated in play-offs|
|22||Milton Keynes Dons||46||12||14||20||45||66||−21||50|
Leading goalscorers: Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United) – 23, and Freddy Eastwood (Southend United) – 23
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.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Carlisle United (C, P)||46||25||11||10||84||42||+42||86||Promoted|
|2||Northampton Town (P)||46||22||17||7||63||37||+26||83|
|3||Leyton Orient (P)||46||22||15||9||67||51||+16||81|
|4||Grimsby Town||46||22||12||12||64||44||+20||78||Participated in play-offs|
|5||Cheltenham Town (O, P)||46||19||15||12||65||53||+12||72|
|23||Oxford United (R)||46||11||16||19||43||57||−14||49||Relegated to Conference|
|24||Rushden & Diamonds (R)||46||11||12||23||44||76||−32||45|
Leading goalscorer: Rickie Lambert (Rochdale) – 22
|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|
The summer transfer window ran from the end of the previous season until 31 August.
The mid-season transfer window ran from 1 to 31 January 2006.
For subsequent transfer deals see List of English football transfers 2006–07
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