2004–05 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
2004–05 season
Chairman England John Sleightholme
Manager Scotland George Burley
Stadium Pride Park
Championship 4th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Grzegorz Rasiak (16)
All: Rasiak (17)
Average home league attendance 25,219

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

Season summary[edit]

With little money to spend, Burley played the markets and made two key free signings in Iñigo Idiakez and Grzegorz Rasiak. Idiakez was voted the club's Player of the Season and Rasiak finished top scorer (with 17 goals) as Derby confounded their form of the last 5 years to grab a fourth placed finish in the newly rebranded Football League Championship and entrance into the 2004–05 play-offs. With a more settled side than he was previously allowed – Burley only used 24 players, 7 of whom were involved in 10 or less games – and a strong mix of academy graduates (Lee Grant, Pablo Mills, Tom Huddlestone, Marcus Tudgay) and inspired purchases (Rasiak, Idiakez, Tommy Smith) Derby enjoyed a splendid second half to the season, recording just 6 defeats in their final 24 fixtures, including a run of 1 defeat in 14, and equalled the club record for away wins in a season and setting a club record of 6 consecutive away victories. However, the club entered the play-offs without the presence of key duo Rasiak and Idiakez – both unavailable through injury – and a 2–0 defeat in the first leg away to Preston North End proved impossible to overturn in the second leg at Pride Park, which finished 0–0 in front of a crowd of over 31,000. Behind the scenes, circumstances were deteriorating, and Burley left his position, citing interference from football agent turned Director of Football Murdo Mackay, and the sale of Huddlestone, to Tottenham Hotspur, against his wishes. Financial circumstances were worsening as the debt spiralled to over £30m, despite Burley building success on the pitch without any transfer funds. A refinancing scheme was put in place which saw Pride Park sold to the "mysterious"[1] Panama-based ABC Corporation and the club paying rent of £1m a year to play there, which local journalist Gerald Mortimer described as "an affront . . . to those who put everything into building (the ground)."[1]

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]

Derby County's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Leeds United A 0-1 30,459
11 August 2004 Leicester City H 1-2 26,650 Tudgay
14 August 2004 Ipswich Town H 3-2 22,234 Reich (2), Idiakez
21 August 2004 Queens Park Rangers A 2-0 15,295 Smith, Tudgay
28 August 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 2-4 24,436 Tudgay, Idiakez
30 August 2004 Stoke City A 0-1 18,673
11 September 2004 Reading H 2-1 22,096 Smith, Tudgay
18 September 2004 Cardiff City A 2-0 23,422 Reich, Taylor
22 September 2004 Millwall A 1-3 9,132 Reich
25 September 2004 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 26,113 Smith
29 September 2004 West Ham United H 1-1 23,112 Johnson
2 October 2004 Sunderland A 0-0 29,881
16 October 2004 Watford H 2-2 23,253 Smith, Rasiak
19 October 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-2 26,465
22 October 2004 Burnley A 2-0 13,703 Tudgay, Reich
30 October 2004 Rotherham United H 3-2 25,096 Rasiak, Peschisolido, Vincent
3 November 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3-0 22,480 Smith, Rasiak (2)
6 November 2004 Watford A 2-2 13,689 Taylor, Peschisolido
13 November 2004 Gillingham A 2-0 8,015 Rasiak, Taylor
20 November 2004 Sheffield United H 0-1 25,725
27 November 2004 Preston North End A 0-3 12,702
4 December 2004 Coventry City H 2-2 22,648 Rasiak, Peschisolido
11 December 2004 Nottingham Forest H 3-0 30,793 Smith, Rasiak (2)
18 December 2004 Plymouth Argyle A 2-0 15,335 Coughlan (own goal), Peschisolido
26 December 2004 Wigan Athletic A 2-1 12,420 Rasiak, Smith
28 December 2004 Millwall H 0-3 27,725
1 January 2005 Cardiff City H 0-1 22,800
3 January 2005 Reading A 1-0 15,491 Smith
16 January 2005 Sunderland H 0-2 22,995
23 January 2005 West Ham United A 2-1 30,347 Rasiak (2)
26 January 2005 Leeds United H 2-0 25,648 Smith, Bolder
5 February 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 3-2 6,587 Bisgaard, Tudgay (2)
19 February 2005 Rotherham United A 3-1 7,937 Rasiak, Tudgay, Idiakez (pen)
23 February 2005 Burnley H 1-1 23,701 Peschisolido
26 February 2005 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 26,160 Rasiak (2)
2 March 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3-3 24,109 Idiakez (2, 1 pen), Reich
5 March 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 27,581 Idiakez
16 March 2005 Queens Park Rangers H 0-0 24,486
2 April 2005 Ipswich Town A 2-3 28,796 Tudgay, Idiakez
5 April 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 2-1 8,026 Rasiak, Smith
9 April 2005 Stoke City H 3-1 27,640 Rasiak, Bisgaard, Idiakez
15 April 2005 Sheffield United A 1-0 20,794 Bisgaard
23 April 2005 Gillingham H 2-0 27,481 Bisgaard, Peschisolido
26 April 2005 Leicester City A 0-1 25,762
30 April 2005 Coventry City A 2-6 22,728 Bolder, Peschisolido
8 May 2005 Preston North End H 3-1 31,237 Idiakez, Smith, Peschisolido

Championship play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 15 May 2005 Preston North End A 0-2 20,315
SF 2nd Leg 19 May 2005 Preston North End H 0-0 31,310

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Wigan Athletic H 2-1 14,457 Idiakez, Júnior
R4 29 January 2005 Fulham H 1-1 22,040 Tudgay
R4R 12 February 2005 Fulham A 2-4 15,528 Rasiak, Peschisolido

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 24 August 2004 Lincoln City A 1-3 4,982 Idiakez

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 England GK Kevin Miller (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Muhamed Konjić
3 England DF Jamie Vincent
4 England DF Chris Makin (on loan from Leicester City)
5 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
6 England DF Pablo Mills
7 England MF Ian Taylor (captain)
8 Denmark MF Morten Bisgaard
9 Brazil FW José Júnior
10 Jamaica DF Michael Johnson[2]
11 Canada FW Paul Peschisolido
12 England FW Tommy Smith
13 England GK Lee Grant
14 England DF Richard Jackson
No. Position Player
15 England MF Adam Bolder
16 England MF Tom Huddlestone
17 England DF Paul Boertien
18 Poland FW Grzegorz Rasiak
19 England MF Nathan Doyle
20 England MF Lee Holmes
21 Northern Ireland DF Chris Turner
22 Germany FW Marco Reich
23 England FW Marcus Tudgay
24 England GK Lee Camp[3]
25 Republic of Ireland MF David Cassidy
26 England GK Liam Richardson
27 Spain MF Iñigo Idiakez

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
26 Finland MF Kris Weckström (released)
4 England DF Jason Talbot (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
21 Peru FW Gianfranco Labarthe Tome (released)
No. Position Player
4 Nigeria MF Blessing Kaku (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
1 England GK Andy Oakes (to Walsall)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mortimer, Gerald (2006). Derby County: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 39. ISBN 1-85983-517-1. 
  2. ^ Johnson was born in Nottingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1999.
  3. ^ Camp was born in Derby, England, but also qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and would make his full international debut for Northern Ireland in March 2011, having previously represented England at U-21 level.