2004–05 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2004–05 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Ray Lewington (until 22 March)
Aidy Boothroyd (from 29 March)
Stadium Vicarage Road
Championship 18th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Heiðar Helguson (16)
All:
Heiðar Helguson (20)
Average home league attendance 14,289

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

Season summary[edit]

The 2004–05 season saw a continuation of the good form of the end of the previous season, with the club well in the upper half of the Championship at the end of September. However, a long run of poor form subsequently saw the club drop steadily towards the relegation zone. Another good cup run further eased the club's financial position, with the team reaching the semi-final of the League Cup, soundly beating Premiership sides Portsmouth and Southampton on the way, before losing narrowly to Liverpool. The club's poor league form, however, came to a head in March, with a run of terrible performances and Lewington was sacked on 22 March.[1] His sacking was controversial, and many fans were unhappy at the loss of a man who had led the club to two cup semi-finals in three seasons, enduring considerable financial hardships.

At the age of 34, Aidy Boothroyd was appointed manager of Watford after serving at Leeds United as a coach;[2] 70-year-old Keith Burkinshaw was recruited as his assistant. Boothroyd's inexperience raised concerns among fans, who worried that he would not be able to keep the side in the Championship. However, Watford secured enough points to ensure survival with two games to go in the season.

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]

Watford's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Preston North End A 1-2 12,208 Devlin
9 August 2004 Queens Park Rangers H 3-0 14,737 Webber (2), Dyer
14 August 2004 Burnley H 0-1 12,048
21 August 2004 Leicester City A 1-0 22,478 Webber
28 August 2004 Plymouth Argyle H 3-1 13,104 Ardley, Webber (2)
11 September 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-1 14,148 Webber
14 September 2004 Cardiff City A 3-0 10,606 Webber (2), Dublin
19 September 2004 Millwall A 2-0 10,865 Webber, Helguson
25 September 2004 Reading H 0-1 13,389
28 September 2004 Wigan Athletic H 0-0 11,361
2 October 2004 Crewe Alexandra A 0-3 6,382
16 October 2004 Derby County A 2-2 23,253 Helguson (2)
19 October 2004 Sunderland H 1-1 13,198 Ardley
23 October 2004 Ipswich Town H 2-2 22,497 Helguson, Bouazza
30 October 2004 Nottingham Forest A 2-1 24,473 Helguson (2)
2 November 2004 Gillingham A 0-0 7,009
6 November 2004 Derby County H 2-2 13,689 Helguson, Gunnarsson
13 November 2004 Sheffield United A 1-1 18,454 Gunnarsson
20 November 2004 Rotherham United H 0-0 17,780
24 November 2004 Leeds United A 2-2 24,585 Dyer (2)
27 November 2004 West Ham United A 2-3 24,541 Gunnarsson, Dyer
4 December 2004 Stoke City H 0-1 12,169
11 December 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 14,605 Helguson
18 December 2004 Coventry City A 0-1 14,493
26 December 2004 Reading A 0-3 18,757
28 December 2004 Cardiff City H 0-0 13,409
1 January 2005 Millwall H 1-0 13,158 Helguson
3 January 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-2 6,335 Helguson
15 January 2005 Crewe Alexandra H 3-1 11,223 Helguson (2), DeMerit
22 January 2005 Wigan Athletic A 2-2 9,008 Dyer, Webber
5 February 2005 Gillingham H 2-0 15,188 Ashby (own goal), Eagles
12 February 2005 Sunderland A 2-4 24,948 Dyer (2)
22 February 2005 Ipswich Town A 2-1 23,993 DeMerit, Dyer
26 February 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 25,060
5 March 2005 Coventry City H 2-3 13,794 Dyer, Webber
8 March 2005 Nottingham Forest H 0-2 12,118
12 March 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 1-3 16,638 Ardley
15 March 2005 Leicester City H 2-2 11,084 DeMerit, Webber (pen)
19 March 2005 Preston North End H 0-2 19,649
2 April 2005 Burnley A 1-3 11,507 Blizzard
5 April 2005 Plymouth Argyle A 0-1 15,333
9 April 2005 Leeds United H 1-2 16,306 Helguson
16 April 2005 Rotherham United A 1-0 5,438 Helguson
23 April 2005 Sheffield United H 0-0 17,138
30 April 2005 Stoke City A 1-0 15,229 Helguson
8 May 2005 West Ham United H 1-2 19,673 Helguson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2004–05 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Fulham H 1-1 14,896 Helguson (pen)
R3R 19 January 2005 Fulham A 0-2 11,306

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 24 August 2004 Cambridge United H 1-0 6,558 Ferrell
R2 21 September 2004 Reading A 3-0 8,429 Cox (pen), Bouazza, Ingimarsson (own goal)
R3 26 October 2004 Sheffield United A 0-0 (won 4-2 on pens) 7,689
R4 9 November 2004 Southampton H 5-2 13,008 Dyer, Chambers (2), Helguson, Bouazza
R5 30 November 2004 Portsmouth H 3-0 18,877 Helguson (2), Dyer
SF 1st Leg 11 January 2005 Liverpool A 0-1 35,739
SF 2nd Leg 25 January 2005 Liverpool H 0-1 19,797

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 England GK Alec Chamberlain
3 England DF Paul Mayo
4 Iceland DF Brynjar Gunnarsson
5 England DF Neil Cox
6 England DF Sean Dyche
7 England FW Bruce Dyer
8 England MF Gavin Mahon
9 England FW Danny Webber
10 Scotland FW Paul Devlin
11 England MF Andy Ferrell
14 England DF Jermaine Darlington
16 England GK Richard Lee
17 England MF Jamie Hand
18 Iceland FW Heiðar Helguson
19 England DF James Chambers
20 England DF Lloyd Doyley
21 England DF Jack Smith
No. Position Player
22 Republic of Ireland MF Dominic Blizzard
23 England MF Anthony McNamee
24 Trinidad and Tobago FW Jason Norville
25 France FW Hameur Bouazza
26 Wales DF Ben Herd
27 England MF Ashley Young
28 England MF Jamie Collins
29 United States DF Jay DeMerit
30 England FW Omari Coleman
31 France MF Toumani Diagouraga
32 England DF Danny Cullip (on loan from Sheffield United)
33 England DF Junior Osborne
35 England GK Reece Kirk
37 Sierra Leone MF Al Bangura
38 England DF Adrian Mariappa
39 Jamaica MF Joel Grant

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
2 England MF Neal Ardley (to Cardiff City)
12 England FW Scott Fitzgerald (to Brentford)
13 Wales GK Paul Jones (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
15 Jamaica DF Marcus Gayle (to Brentford)
No. Position Player
32 England MF Johnnie Jackson (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
34 England MF Chris Eagles (on loan from Manchester United)
42 England GK Kevin Hitchcock (retired)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford dismiss manager Lewington". BBC Sport. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Watford appoint Boothroyd as boss". BBC Sport. 29 March 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/2004-2005