2004–05 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
2004–05 season
Chairman Nigel Doughty
Manager Joe Kinnear (until 16 December)
Gary Megson (from 10 January)
Stadium City Ground
Football League Championship 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Gareth Taylor (7)
All:
Gareth Taylor (11)
Average home league attendance 23,565
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

During the 2004–05 English football season, Nottingham Forest competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Kinnear was hoping to push for promotion from the newly named Coca-Cola Championship in 2004–05, but the start to the season was poor. Despite a promising draw with Wigan on the first day of the season (the game which started a run of four consecutive draws), the team's form and league position went downhill. With fans getting restless, and the threat of demonstrations against the team management, Kinnear resigned in December after a 3–0 defeat to arch-rivals Derby County at Pride Park left Forest struggling at the foot of the Championship.[1] Following Mick Harford's brief reign as caretaker, in January 2005, Gary Megson was named as Nottingham Forest's new manager. He had previously won promotion to the Premiership twice with West Bromwich Albion, having taken over at a time when they were on the verge of relegation to League One,[2] and it was hoped that he could achieve the same success with Forest. But that target was made all the more difficult to achieve at the end of the 2004–05 season, when Forest finished second from bottom in the Coca-Cola Championship and were relegated to League One. This made them the first former winners of the European Cup to suffer relegation to the third tier of their domestic league.

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Sunderland 46 29 7 10 76 41 +35 94
P 2 Wigan Athletic 46 25 12 9 79 35 +44 87
  3 Ipswich Town 46 24 13 9 85 56 +29 85
  4 Derby County 46 22 10 14 71 60 +11 76
  5 Preston North End 46 21 12 13 67 58 +9 75
P 6 West Ham United 46 21 10 15 66 56 +10 73
  7 Reading 46 19 13 14 51 44 +7 70
  8 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 57 56 +1 67
  9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 21 10 72 59 +13 66
  10 Millwall 46 18 12 16 51 45 +6 66
  11 Queens Park Rangers 46 17 11 18 54 58 -4 62
  12 Stoke City 46 17 10 19 36 38 -2 61
  13 Burnley 46 15 15 16 38 39 -1 60
  14 Leeds United 46 14 18 14 49 52 -3 60
  15 Leicester City 46 12 21 13 49 46 +3 57
  16 Cardiff City 46 13 15 18 48 51 -3 54
  17 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 11 21 52 64 -12 53
  18 Watford 46 12 16 18 52 59 -7 52
  19 Coventry City 46 13 13 20 61 73 -12 52
  20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 13 12 21 40 65 -25 51
  21 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 14 20 66 86 -20 50
R 22 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 45 66 -21 50
R 23 Nottingham Forest 46 9 17 20 42 66 -24 44
R 24 Rotherham United 46 5 14 27 35 69 -34 29

Results[edit]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Wigan Athletic A 1-1 12,035 Taylor
11 August 2004 Ipswich Town H 1-1 21,125 Evans
14 August 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 2-2 24,201 Taylor, King
21 August 2004 Leeds United A 1-1 31,808 Reid
28 August 2004 Coventry City H 1-4 23,041 Johnson
30 August 2004 Plymouth Argyle A 2-3 17,538 Jess (2)
11 September 2004 Cardiff City H 0-0 21,607
14 September 2004 Sunderland A 0-2 23,540
18 September 2004 Stoke City A 0-0 21,115
26 September 2004 West Ham United H 2-1 25,615 Evans, King
29 September 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0-1 20,109
3 October 2004 Millwall A 0-1 11,233
15 October 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 21,865 Reid
19 October 2004 Sheffield United A 1-1 19,445 Johnson
23 October 2004 Preston North End A 2-3 12,439 King (2)
30 October 2004 Watford H 1-2 24,473 Reid
3 November 2004 Rotherham United H 2-2 21,619 Johnson, King (pen)
6 November 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 27,605 Johnson
13 November 2004 Burnley A 0-1 11,622
20 November 2004 Reading H 1-0 21,138 Taylor
27 November 2004 Gillingham A 1-2 8,784 Taylor
4 December 2004 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 26,099 Reid, Lester
11 December 2004 Derby County A 0-3 30,793
17 December 2004 Leicester City H 1-1 21,415 Dawson
26 December 2004 West Ham United A 2-3 32,270 Johnson (2)
28 December 2004 Sunderland H 1-2 27,457 Reid
1 January 2005 Stoke City H 1-0 22,051 Bopp
3 January 2005 Cardiff City A 0-3 15,545
15 January 2005 Millwall H 1-2 25,949 Commons
22 January 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-0 6,704
5 February 2005 Rotherham United A 0-0 8,448
23 February 2005 Preston North End H 2-0 19,209 Evans, Commons
26 February 2005 Derby County H 2-2 26,160 Evans (pen), Taylor
5 March 2005 Leicester City A 1-0 27,277 Taylor
8 March 2005 Watford A 2-0 12,118 Commons (2)
12 March 2005 Ipswich Town A 0-6 25,765
16 March 2005 Leeds United H 0-0 27,101
19 March 2005 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 24,008 Taylor
2 April 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 1-1 8,458 Dobie
6 April 2005 Coventry City A 0-2 22,221
9 April 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 0-3 28,887
12 April 2005 Sheffield United H 1-1 21,903 Commons
16 April 2005 Reading A 0-1 17,905
23 April 2005 Burnley H 1-0 24,165 Commons
30 April 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 1-2 17,834 Bopp
8 May 2005 Gillingham H 2-2 24,800 Morgan, Bopp

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 3-0 11,140 Reid, Commons, Folly
R4 29 January 2005 Peterborough United H 1-0 16,774 King
R5 12 February 2005 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 35,640 Taylor
R5R 2 March 2005 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-3 28,062

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 25 August 2004 Scunthorpe United H 2-0 7,344 Taylor, King
R2 22 September 2004 Rotherham United H 2-1 11,168 Taylor (2)
R3 26 October 2004 Doncaster Rovers A 2-0 9,261 King, Perch
R4 10 November 2004 Fulham H 2-4 9,252 King, Reid

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Colin Doyle (on loan from Birmingham City)
2 France DF Matthieu Louis-Jean
3 England DF Alan Rogers
4 England DF Wes Morgan
5 Jamaica MF Darryl Powell[4]
6 Republic of Ireland DF John Thompson
7 France MF David Friio
8 Wales MF Paul Evans[5]
9 Jamaica FW David Johnson
10 Wales FW Gareth Taylor
11 Jamaica FW Marlon King[6]
12 Republic of Ireland GK Barry Roche
14 Scotland MF Eoin Jess
15 England MF Andy Impey
16 Scotland DF Chris Doig
17 England MF Kris Commons
No. Position Player
18 England FW Kevin James
19 England FW Jack Lester
20 England FW Craig Westcarr
21 England DF John Curtis
22 England GK Paul Gerrard
23 Germany MF Eugen Bopp
24 Scotland DF Gregor Robertson
26 England MF Ross Gardner
28 England DF James Perch
29 Norway DF Jon Olav Hjelde
30 England DF Des Walker
32 England MF Adam Nowland
33 England FW Neil Harris
34 England FW Scott Dobie
36 Wales DF Andy Melville (on loan from West Ham United)

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5 England DF Michael Dawson (to Tottenham Hotspur)
7 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Reid (to Tottenham Hotspur)
19 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Cash (to Bristol Rovers)
No. Position Player
21 Australia DF David Tarka (to Perth Glory FC)
34 England MF Shaun Derry (on loan from Crystal Palace)
35 Togo MF Yoann Folly (on loan from Southampton)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
25 England DF James Biggins
27 England MF James Beaumont
31 England GK Ian Deakin
35 England DF Justyn Roberts
No. Position Player
37 France DF Vincent Fernandez
38 England MF Gavin Hurren
39 England FW Matthew Glass
40 England GK John Lukic, Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kinnear resigns as Forest manager". BBC Sport. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Forest appoint Megson as manager". BBC Sport. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/nottingham-forest/2004-2005
  4. ^ Powell was born in England.
  5. ^ Evans was born in England.
  6. ^ King was born in Southwark, England.