2004–05 Crewe Alexandra F.C. season

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Crewe Alexandra
2004–05 season
Chairman England John Bowler
Manager Italy Dario Gradi
Stadium Alexandra Stadium
Championship 21st
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Ashton (18)
All: Ashton (20)
Average home league attendance 7,143

During the 2004–05 English football season, Crewe Alexandra F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

At the start of the 2004-05 season, Crewe were rated one of the likeliest teams to be relegated. In the event, they put in a good showing in the first half of the season; comfortably in the top half of the table, but after selling Dean Ashton to Norwich City for a record £3 million in the January 2005 transfer window,[1] Crewe failed to win any more games until the final match of the season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 and narrowly escaped relegation on goal difference.[2]

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]

Crewe Alexandra's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Cardiff City H 2-2 7,339 Ashton (pen), Higdon
10 August 2004 Sunderland A 1-3 22,341 Rivers
14 August 2004 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 24,201 Rivers (2)
21 August 2004 West Ham United H 2-3 7,857 Ashton (2)
28 August 2004 Derby County A 4-2 24,436 Jones (2), Vaughan, Ashton
11 September 2004 Burnley A 0-3 11,274
14 September 2004 Queens Park Rangers H 0-2 5,682
18 September 2004 Leeds United H 2-2 9,095 Ashton (pen), Jones
25 September 2004 Preston North End A 0-1 11,823
28 September 2004 Rotherham United A 3-2 4,498 Ashton (2, 1 pen), Lunt
2 October 2004 Watford H 3-0 6,382 Jones, Sorvel (2)
16 October 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3-1 6,811 Lunt, White, Higdon
19 October 2004 Wigan Athletic A 1-4 7,547 Jones
23 October 2004 Reading A 0-4 13,630
29 October 2004 Sheffield United H 2-3 7,131 Foster, Thirlwell (own goal)
2 November 2004 Leicester City H 2-2 6,849 Rivers, Otsemobor
6 November 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion A 3-1 6,163 Ashton (2), Rivers
13 November 2004 Stoke City A 0-1 17,640
20 November 2004 Gillingham H 4-1 6,128 Vaughan, Ashton (2), Jones
27 November 2004 Coventry City A 1-0 12,823 Ashton (pen)
30 November 2004 Millwall H 2-1 5,409 Ashton, Varney
4 December 2004 Ipswich Town H 2-2 7,236 Ashton (2)
11 December 2004 Plymouth Argyle H 3-0 6,823 Lunt, Ashton, Doumbe (own goal)
18 December 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 25,340 Lescott (own goal)
28 December 2004 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 15,770 Walker, Rivers
1 January 2005 Leeds United A 2-0 32,302 Ashton, Rivers
3 January 2005 Preston North End H 1-2 8,667 Walker
15 January 2005 Watford A 1-3 11,223 Varney
22 January 2005 Rotherham United H 1-1 6,382 White
5 February 2005 Leicester City A 1-1 27,011 White
12 February 2005 Wigan Athletic H 1-3 15,188 White
15 February 2005 Burnley H 1-1 7,718 Jones
22 February 2005 Reading H 1-1 5,703 Varney
26 February 2005 Plymouth Argyle A 0-3 14,918
5 March 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-4 8,212 Lunt (pen)
8 March 2005 Sheffield United A 0-4 16,079
12 March 2005 Sunderland H 0-1 7,949
15 March 2005 West Ham United A 1-1 26,593 Jones
19 March 2005 Cardiff City A 1-1 10,007 Vaughan
2 April 2005 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 8,458 Sorvel
5 April 2005 Derby County H 1-2 8,026 Vaughan
9 April 2005 Millwall A 3-4 10,767 Lunt (pen), Jones, Varney
16 April 2005 Gillingham A 1-1 10,315 Vaughan
23 April 2005 Stoke City H 0-2 9,166
30 April 2005 Ipswich Town A 1-5 28,244 Vaughan
8 May 2005 Coventry City H 2-1 9,269 Higdon, Jones

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Coventry City A 0-3 7,629

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 24 August 2004 Blackpool H 4-1 2,994 Jones (2), Rivers, Ashton
R2 21 September 2004 Sunderland H 3-3 (won 4-2 on pens) 3,804 Jones, Ashton, Foster
R3 26 October 2004 Manchester United H 0-3 10,103

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Trinidad and Tobago GK Clayton Ince
2 England DF Billy Jones
3 England DF Richard Walker
4 England MF Kenny Lunt (captain)
5 England DF Adrian Moses
6 England DF Stephen Foster
7 England MF Neil Sorvel
8 England MF Justin Cochrane
9 Northern Ireland FW Steve Jones
11 Wales MF David Vaughan
12 England MF Lee Bell
13 England GK Ben Williams
14 England MF Ben Rix
15 England FW Luke Varney
16 England DF Anthony Tonkin
18 England DF Chris McCready
No. Position Player
19 England MF Michael Higdon
20 England FW Andy White
22 England GK Stuart Tomlinson
23 England MF Alex Morris
24 England FW Matthew Platt
25 England DF Mark Roberts
26 England MF Gary Roberts
27 England MF Lloyd McGowan
28 England FW Kyle Wilson
29 England MF Mark Rivers
30 England DF Ryan Austin
31 England DF Robert Lloyd
33 England DF Paul Bignot
35 Northern Ireland DF Colin Murdock
37 Wales DF Darren Moss
38 England GK Karl Wills

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
32 England DF Keith Briggs (on loan from Norwich City)
21 England FW Paul Edwards (to Leek Town)
10 England FW Dean Ashton (to Norwich City)
No. Position Player
34 England DF Jon Otsemobor (on loan from Liverpool)
17 England MF James Robinson (to ÍBV)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norwich secure £3m Ashton signing". BBC Sport. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Crewe 2-1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 8 May 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/crewe-alexandra/2004-2005