2004–05 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
2004–05 season
Chairman Freddy Shepherd
Manager Bobby Robson (until 30 August)[1]
John Carver (caretaker)
Graeme Souness (from 13 September)[2][3]
Stadium St James' Park
FA Premier League 14th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Craig Bellamy,
Alan Shearer (7)
All:
Alan Shearer (19)
Average home league attendance 51,844
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2004–05 season was Newcastle United's 108th season in English football, and their 22nd in the Premier League. The season began poorly for Newcastle, with no wins in their first four matches, and manager Bobby Robson was sacked, bringing to an end his five-year tenure at the club. His assistant, John Carver took over as caretaker manager, managing one win, but was not considered for the permanent post, and left in September 2004. Blackburn Rovers manager Graeme Souness was brought in, but despite a positive start, he was unable to mount a challenge anywhere near the Champions League challenge the team had managed the previous season.

Towards the end of the season, team-mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for fighting with each other during a game. Their suspensions, coupled with several injuries, left Newcastle light on players. The club finished in 14th place in the league for the 2004–05 season, nine places below the fifth place finish. Chairman Freddy Shepherd had deemed "not good enough" 12 months earlier.[citation needed]

Season summary[edit]

Bobby Robson was sacked on August 30

After nearly five years in charge, Bobby Robson was dismissed on 30 August, following a largely indifferent start to the season and alleged discontent in the dressing room. The team lost two and drew two of their first four games, three in which they actually surrendered from leading positions: they drew 2–2 at Middlesbrough in the Tyne–Tees derby after taking the lead twice; they surrendered a 2–0 lead against recently promoted Norwich City to draw 2–2 and they surrendered a 2–1 lead at Villa Park to lose 4–2 to Aston Villa. A split had grown between Robson and the club owners when they had made a number of high-profile signings, apparently without consulting him - in particular, that of Patrick Kluivert. He was further undermined by the club's high profile, but ultimately futile, offer for Everton's Wayne Rooney, who instead moved to Manchester United. Following Rooney's transfer, Robson stated his dismay at the tendency for overpaid young players to demand all the perks without proving themselves on the pitch. Events during the ensuing season on and off the pitch would go a long way to confirm Robson's assessment, who was later given a £1 million severance payment by Newcastle.

Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness, who had guided Blackburn Rovers to the 2002 League Cup trophy and sixth place in the Premiership in recent years, was appointed as Robson's replacement. A ten-match unbeaten run following his appointment suggested that Souness could take Newcastle back to Champions League qualification, but following that the club's form dipped.

Craig Bellamy, a key player in Newcastle's strike force, was loaned to Celtic in January for the remainder of the season, after Souness discovered Bellamy had told team-mates he was going to fake an injury. Captain Alan Shearer backed Souness's demand that Bellamy apologise for his behaviour to the whole squad, but he refused to listen. Their dip in performance due to the absence of Shearer through injury worried the fan base, leading to fans debating on whether Bellamy should have departed the club.

In November 2004, club chairman Freddy Shepherd again caused controversy, stating there was no debt owed by the "elite" clubs of the Premiership to the rest of the FA – but with his own team underperforming, this was somewhat ironic as well as inappropriate.

Lee Bowyer: on-field fight with teammate Kieron Dyer

An unbeaten run in all competitions in February and March was ended in April with a home defeat against Aston Villa; during the match, Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for an on-pitch fight. As a result of the incident, later described as "the blackest day" by Shepherd, Bowyer was fined six weeks' wages (about £200,000) and both players received playing bans from the FA. The event overshadowed the announcement that Alan Shearer (expected to retire that season) had extended his playing contract for a further year and was to take up a coaching role with the club.

A rift opened up between Souness and Shepherd, with Souness complaining that the squad, lacking strength in depth after poor judgment in the transfer market (with the promised major signings not materialising) was not up to the challenge. Souness also criticised the state of the club's training ground, stating it was the main reason why so many injuries had taken their toll on the players.

Cup competitions[edit]

Newcastle had qualified for the UEFA Cup with a fifth-placed finish the previous season, and managed to reach the quarter-finals. Newcastle defeated Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon in the home leg, but were most comprehensively outplayed in the away match and lost 4–1, in the process suffering several injuries. In the same week they played Manchester United in an FA Cup semi-final at the Millennium Stadium. The scoreline, again 4–1, reflected the one-sided nature of the encounter. This left the Intertoto Cup as the team's only route into European competition in the 2005–06 season.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2004–05 season was produced by Adidas. The main shirt sponsor was Northern Rock.

Club transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
2 July 2004 MF England James Milner England Leeds United £5,000,000[4]
22 July 2004 FW Netherlands Patrick Kluivert Spain Barcelona Free[5]
29 July 2004 MF England Nicky Butt England Manchester United £2,500,000[6]
3 August 2004 MF France Charles N'Zogbia France Le Havre £250,000[7][8]
10 August 2004 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Carr England Tottenham Hotspur £2,000,000[9]
16 September 2004 DF Norway Ronny Johnsen England Aston Villa Free[10]
1 January 2005 DF Nigeria Celestine Babayaro England Chelsea Undisclosed[11]
2 January 2005 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong Scotland Rangers £8,000,000[12]
25 January 2005 DF Senegal Amdy Faye England Portsmouth £2,000,000[13]
  • Total spending: Decrease £19,250,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
26 May 2004 DF England Andy Griffin England Portsmouth Free[14]
27 May 2004 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Calvin Zola England Tranmere Rovers Free[15]
28 June 2004 DF Scotland Steven Caldwell England Sunderland Free[16]
29 June 2004 MF Scotland Brian Kerr Scotland Motherwell Free[17]
5 July 2004 MF England Bradley Orr England Bristol City Free[18]
12 July 2004 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Lomana LuaLua England Portsmouth £1,750,000[19]
21 July 2004 MF Portugal Hugo Viana Portugal Sporting CP Season-long loan[20]
21 July 2004 MF Wales Gary Speed England Bolton Wanderers £750,000[21]
20 August 2004 DF England Jonathan Woodgate Spain Real Madrid £13,400,000[22]
24 September 2004 FW England Michael Bridges England Sunderland End of loan[23]
31 January 2005 DF France Olivier Bernard England Southampton £400,000[24]
31 January 2005 FW Wales Craig Bellamy Scotland Celtic Season-long loan[25]
  • Total income: Increase £16,300,000

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Graeme Souness
Assistant Manager England John Carver
First Team coach England Andy Woodman
Goalkeeping Coach England Nigel Pearson
Development Coach England Arthur Cox
Reserve Team Coach France David Ginola
Chief scout Scotland Steve Clarke

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season.[26]

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 Shay Given (vice-captain)
2 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
3 England DF Robbie Elliott
4 England MF Nicky Butt
5 Republic of Ireland DF Andy O'Brien[27]
6 France DF Jean-Alain Boumsong[28]
7 England MF Jermaine Jenas
8 England MF Kieron Dyer
9 England FW Alan Shearer (captain)
10 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
11 Netherlands FW Patrick Kluivert
12 England GK Steve Harper
14 France MF Charles N'Zogbia
15 Senegal MF Amdy Faye
16 England MF James Milner
17 England MF Darren Ambrose
No. Position Player
18 Northern Ireland DF Aaron Hughes
19 England DF Titus Bramble
22 England DF Jamie McClen
23 England FW Shola Ameobi[29]
24 England GK Tony Caig
27 England DF Steven Taylor
28 England FW Michael Chopra
29 England MF Lee Bowyer
32 France MF Laurent Robert
33 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro
38 South Africa MF Matty Pattison
39 England MF Martin Brittain
41 England DF Kris Gate
42 England DF Peter Ramage
43 England GK Ben Smith

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
6 England DF Jonathan Woodgate (to Real Madrid)
25 Norway DF Ronny Johnsen (to Sandefjord)
35 France DF Olivier Bernard (to Southampton)
No. Position Player
40 England FW Lewis Guy (to Doncaster Rovers)
45 Portugal MF Hugo Viana (on loan to Sporting CP)

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)[30]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 36 0 3 0 1 0 12 0 52 0 1 0
2 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Carr 26 1 4 0 0 0 9 0 39 1 7 0
3 DF England Robbie Elliott 15+2 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 20+2 1 5 0
4 MF England Nicky Butt 16+2 1 2 0 1 0 4+1 1 23+3 1 4 1
5 DF Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien 21+2 2 1+2 0 1 0 9+2 0 32+6 2 5 0
6 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong 14 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 1 0
7 MF England Jermaine Jenas 28+3 1 3+1 0 2 1 9+2 0 42+6 2 5 0
8 MF England Kieron Dyer 20+3 4 3 0 0+1 0 6+1 2 29+5 6 0 1
9 FW England Alan Shearer 26+2 7 1 1 1 0 9 11 40+2 19 1 0
10 FW Wales Craig Bellamy 21 7 4 1 1+1 0 5 3 28+1 10 2 0
11 FW Netherlands Patrick Kluivert 15+10 6 3+1 2 2 0 5+1 5 25+12 13 3 0
12 GK England Steve Harper 2 0 2 0 1 0 0+2 0 5+2 0 0 0
14 DF France Charles N'Zogbia 8+6 0 1+1 0 0 0 1+2 0 10+9 0 2 0
15 MF Senegal Amdy Faye 8+1 1 3 0 0 0 5 0 16+1 0 3 0
16 Mf England James Milner 13+12 1 1+3 0 1 0 3+8 0 16+23 1 1 0
17 MF England Darren Ambrose 8+4 3 0+1 0 1 0 2+2 0 11+7 3 3 0
18 DF Northern Ireland Aaron Hughes 18+4 1 1+1 0 1+1 0 9+1 0 29+7 1 1 0
19 DF England Titus Bramble 18+1 1 4 0 2 0 6+1 0 30+2 1 4 0
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 17+14 2 3+2 3 1+1 1 6+1 1 27+18 7 6 1
25 DF Norway Ronny Johnsen 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 0
27 DF England Steven Taylor 11+2 0 2 0 0 0 4+3 0 17+5 0 6 1
28 FW England Michael Chopra 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
29 MF England Lee Bowyer 26+1 3 2 1 0+1 0 8+1 3 36+3 7 11 3
32 MF France Laurent Robert 20+11 3 4 0 2 0 8+2 2 34+13 5 5 0
33 DF Nigeria Celestine Babayaro 7 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 13 1 0 0
35 DF France Olivier Bernard 19+2 2 0 0 2 0 5+1 0 26+3 0 6 0
40 FW England Lewis Guy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
42 DF England Peter Ramage 2+2 2 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 2+3 0 0 0

Matches[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 UEFA Cup

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup

League Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Souness was appointed as manager on 6 September, but did not officially take charge until 13 September.
  3. ^ "Souness takes Newcastle job". BBC News. 6 September 2004. 
  4. ^ "Magpies land Milner". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (22 July 2004). "Kluivert targets silverware". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Newcastle sign Butt". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 29 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Newcastle sign hot prospect". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 3 August 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Magpies admit N'Zogbia may leave". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 February 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Carr completes Magpies move". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 August 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Johnsen in Magpies move". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Newcastle to unveil Babayaro". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Magpies complete Boumsong signing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 January 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Newcastle complete Faye signing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 January 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pompey swoop for Griffin". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 June 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Tranmere swoop for Zola". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 May 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Bailey, Graham (27 July 2004). "Caldwell signs Black Cats deal". Sky Sports (British Sky Broadcasting). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kerr joins Motherwell". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 May 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Pompey seal double signing". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 May 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Viana returns to Portugal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Speed joins Bolton". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Real Madrid sign Woodgate". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 21 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Bridges rejoins Sunderland". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 September 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Bernard completes Saints switch". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 January 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Celtic complete Bellamy loan deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 January 2005. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  26. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2004-2005/faprem/newcas.htm
  27. ^ O'Brien was born in Harrogate, England, and has represented England on youth level, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his full international debut for Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  28. ^ Boumsong was born in Douala, Cameroon, but also qualified to represent France internationally and made his full international debut for France in June 2003.
  29. ^ Ameobi was born in Zaria, Nigeria, but also qualified to represent England internationally and has represented them on U-21 level. However, he later opted to represent the country of his birth and made his full international debut for Nigeria in November 2012.
  30. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/newcastle-united/tab/players/season/2005/comp/1
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  32. ^ "Town's youngsters impress". East Anglian Daily Times. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 

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