2004–05 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
2004–05 season
Chairman Jeremy Peace
Manager Gary Megson (until 26 October)[1]
Frank Burrows (caretaker)
Bryan Robson (from 9 November)[2]
Stadium The Hawthorns
FA Premier League 17th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Robert Earnshaw (11)
All:
Robert Earnshaw (14)
Highest home attendance 27,751 (vs. Portsmouth, 15 May 2005)
Lowest home attendance 23,849 (vs. Bolton, 2 October 2004)
Average home league attendance 25,986

During the 2004–05 English football season, West Bromwich Albion competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

West Bromwich Albion managed to retain their Premiership status despite being in last place on Christmas Day. This was the first time in the history of the Premiership this had happened. Sunderland have since equalled this feat (in 2013-14), although they secured survival before the final day.

The relegation dog fight[edit]

Going into the final round of matches, no team was assured of relegation. In each of the last three weekends of the season, the team that was bottom of the table at the start of the weekend finished it outside the drop zone. The final round of the season on 15 May started with West Bromwich on the bottom, Southampton and Crystal Palace one point clear and Norwich City in the last safe spot and two points from the bottom. For the first time since the advent of the current Premier League in 1992–1993, no club was assured of relegation going into the final day. The final matchday was publicised by Sky Sports as "Survival Sunday", with accompanying promotional material advertising the last matchday like a title fight or epic movie blockbuster.

West Brom, who had been bottom of the table and eight points from safety at Christmas, did their part by defeating Portsmouth at home 2–0. Norwich, the only side to have their fate completely in their own hands, lost 6–0 at Fulham and went down. Southampton lost 2–1 at home to Manchester United. Palace, away to Charlton Athletic, were leading 2–1 after 71 minutes, but with eight minutes to go Jonathan Fortune equalised for the Addicks to relegate the Eagles. Thus, West Brom stayed up, and changed history, becoming the first club in Premiership history to avoid relegation after being bottom of the table at Christmas.

At the end of 90 minutes in all 4 matches, Sky cameras focused on the Hawthorns, as confirmation of other results began to filter through. Once the realisation dawned on the players and fans that survival had been achieved, a mass pitch invasion was sparked, with huge celebrations. The Portsmouth fans in the away end of the ground joined in the celebrations and party atmosphere, as, through losing 2-0 to West Brom, they had "helped" relegate arch-rivals Southampton. The defeat itself mattered little to Portsmouth, as they would be unable to improve on their 16th position due to 15th-placed Blackburn Rovers' greater points tally.

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

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 Russell Hoult
2 England DF Riccardo Scimeca
3 England DF Paul Robinson
4 Denmark DF Thomas Gaardsøe
5 England DF Darren Moore[3]
6 England DF Darren Purse
7 Wales MF Jason Koumas
8 England MF Jonathan Greening
9 England FW Geoff Horsfield
10 Wales MF Andy Johnson[4]
11 Hungary MF Zoltán Gera
12 England MF Richard Chaplow
14 Denmark DF Martin Albrechtsen
No. Position Player
15 England MF Kieran Richardson (on loan from Manchester United)
17 England FW Rob Hulse
18 England MF Lloyd Dyer
19 England DF Neil Clement
20 Republic of Macedonia MF Artim Šakiri
21 England FW Kevin Campbell
24 England DF Ronnie Wallwork
25 Nigeria FW Nwankwo Kanu
28 Republic of Ireland GK Joe Murphy
29 Poland GK Tomasz Kuszczak
33 Japan MF Junichi Inamoto
34 Wales FW Robert Earnshaw[5]

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
12 Scotland FW Scott Dobie[6] (to Millwall)
15 England DF Sean Gregan (to Leeds United)
16 Romania DF Cosmin Contra (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
18 England MF Lloyd Dyer (on loan to Coventry City)
21 Iceland DF Larus Sigurdsson (retired)
22 Switzerland DF Bernt Haas (to SC Bastia)
23 Republic of Ireland MF James O'Connor (to Burnley)
No. Position Player
26 Mali DF Sékou Berthé (released)
27 England DF James Chambers (to Watford)
30 Australia GK Simon Miotto (released)
31 England DF Phillip Midworth (to Burton Albion)
32 England DF Adam Chambers (to Kidderminster Harriers)
England MF Simon Brown (to Mansfield Town)
England DF Lee Marshall (retired)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[7]