2004–05 Cambridge United F.C. season
|Parts of this article (those related to August 2004 - June 2005) are outdated. (November 2010)|
|Manager|| Hervé Renard
(until 12 December 2004)
|FA Cup||First Round|
|FA Trophy||First Round|
|Top goalscorer||Shane Tudor (7)|
The 2004–05 season was the 93rd season in the history of Cambridge United F.C., and the club's final season in the Football League after a 35-year stay since their initial election in 1970. As well as relegation to the Football Conference for the first time in the club's history, the club was in disarray off the pitch, entering administration and selling their Abbey Stadium home.
Cambridge United were founded in 1912 as Abbey United, named after the Abbey district of Cambridge. For many years they played amateur football until their election to the Football League in 1970. The early 1990s was Cambridge's most successful period; managed by John Beck the club won the first ever play-off final at Wembley Stadium and gained promotion from the Fourth Division before reaching two successive FA Cup quarter finals in 1990 and 1991 and winning the Third Division in 1991. The club reached the play-offs in 1992 but failed in their bid to become founder members of the Premier League. This was the club's highest final league placing to date and since then it has been in almost constant decline.
The following season the club sacked Beck and were relegated from the First Division. Further relegation followed two seasons later. United returned briefly to Division Two but were relegated in 2002. After struggling in League Two, the best Cambridge fans were hoping for during the season was to avoid relegation and the financial trouble that would bring.
|Match won||Match drawn||Match lost||Biggest win||Biggest loss||Relegation Zone|
|Kick Off||Opponents||H / A||Result||Scorers||Attendance||Pos|
|7 August 2004||Wycombe Wanderers||A||1 – 2||Easter 70'||4,726||15th|
|10 August 2004||Leyton Orient||H||1 – 1||Walker 53'||4,114||14th|
|14 August 2004||Shrewsbury Town||H||1 – 0||Chillingworth 51'||3,135||10th|
|First Round 24 August 2004||Watford||1 – 0||Cambridge United||Watford|
|19:45||Ferrell 83'||Report||Stadium: Vicarage Road
Referee: Lee Cable
|First Round 13 November 2004||Halifax Town||3 – 1||Cambridge United||Halifax|
|15:00||Foster 6', Midgley 69, Ross 84'||Report||Tudor 35'||Stadium: The Shay
Referee: A Leake
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Yeovil Town||46||25||8||13||90||65||+25||83||Promotion to League One|
|4||Southend United||46||22||12||12||65||46||+19||78||Qualification to League Two playoffs|
|22||Rushden & Diamonds||46||10||14||22||42||63||−21||44|
|23||Kidderminster Harriers||46||10||8||28||39||85||−46||38||Relegation to Conference National|
Updated to games played on last day of season.
Source: 2004-05 League Two
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
‡ Cambridge United deducted 10 points for entering administration
- "Cambridge United file for administration.. is this the end of the U's?". BBC Cambridgeshire. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
- "Abbey sale keeps Cambridge afloat". BBC. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 8 June 2006.
- Cambridge United Potted History cambridge-united.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
- "Cambridge United file for administration". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2009.