2005–06 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
2005–06 season
Chairman Kevin McCabe
Manager Neil Warnock
Stadium Bramall Lane
Championship 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Shipperley (11)
All: Shipperley (11)[1]
Average home league attendance 23,650

During the 2005–06 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

The 2005–06 season was Sheffield United's twelfth straight season at the second level of the English football pyramid – a period longer than any other team currently in the Championship, and their longest spell in any Division since 1934.

After beating Cardiff City 1–0 on Good Friday and never being outside of the top two places all season, the Blades required only one point from their final three games to secure their promotion. Results later that evening meant only Leeds United could in theory catch the Blades, but on the following day, 15 April, they failed to beat Reading at Elland Road which saw Sheffield United promoted back to the Premiership after many disappointments in the previous few seasons.[2]

Kit[edit]

United's kit was manufactured by French company Le Coq Sportif and sponsored by HFS Loans.

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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 Paddy Kenny
2 England DF Leigh Bromby
3 England MF Garry Flitcroft
4 England DF Craig Short
5 England DF Chris Morgan (captain)
6 England MF Phil Jagielka (vice captain)
7 Barbados MF Paul Ifill
8 Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi
9 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 England FW Danny Webber
11 England FW Steve Kabba
12 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
13 England GK Phil Barnes
14 England FW Bruce Dyer
15 England DF Rob Kozluk
16 England DF Simon Francis
17 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery
18 England MF Michael Tonge
19 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
20 England DF Chris Armstrong
No. Position Player
21 England FW Jonathan Forte
22 England MF Ian Ross
23 England MF Kevan Hurst
24 England DF David Unsworth
25 England DF Alan Wright
26 England DF Derek Geary
27 England FW Brian Deane
29 England FW Luke Beckett
30 England FW Geoff Horsfield (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
31 England DF Nicky Law
32 England DF Kyle McFadzean
34 Republic of Ireland FW Gary Mulligan
35 England FW Colin Marrison
36 England DF Evan Horwood
37 England MF Kyle Nix
38 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn
39 China FW Hao Haidong
40 England GK Jamie Annerson
44 England DF Chris Lucketti

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
3 England DF Jon Harley
8 Scotland FW Andy Gray
8 France FW Vincent Péricard (on loan from Portsmouth)
14 France MF Lilian Nalis
No. Position Player
28 England FW Billy Sharp
28 England DF Neill Collins (on loan from Sunderland)
30 England FW Paul Shaw
England FW Jake Speight

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
4 DF England Craig Short England Blackburn Rovers Free 29 June 2005
34 FW Republic of Ireland Gary Mulligan England Wolverhampton Wanderers Free 3 July 2005
37 MF England Kyle Nix England Aston Villa Free 5 July 2005
9 FW England Neil Shipperley England Crystal Palace Free 20 July 2005
19 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie England Leicester City Free 5 August 2005
24 DF England David Unsworth England Portsmouth Free 22 August 2005

Winter[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
27 FW England Brian Deane Australia Perth Glory Free 23 December 2005
3 DF England Gary Flitcroft England Blackburn Rovers Free 12 January 2006
8 FW Nigeria Ade Akinbyi England Burnley £1.75m 26 January 2006
14 FW England Bruce Dyer England Stoke City Free 26 January 2006

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Reading 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106
P 2 Sheffield United 46 26 12 8 76 46 +30 90
P 3 Watford 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81
  4 Preston North End 46 20 20 6 59 30 +29 80
  5 Leeds United 46 21 15 10 57 38 +19 78
  6 Crystal Palace 46 21 12 13 67 48 +19 75
  7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 16 19 11 50 42 +8 67
  8 Coventry City 46 16 15 15 62 65 −3 63
  9 Norwich City 46 18 8 20 56 65 −9 62
  10 Luton Town 46 17 10 19 66 67 −1 61
  11 Cardiff City 46 16 12 18 58 59 −1 60
  12 Southampton 46 13 19 14 49 50 −1 58
  13 Stoke City 46 17 7 22 54 63 −9 58
  14 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 17 16 39 46 −7 56
  15 Ipswich Town 46 14 14 18 53 66 −13 56
  16 Leicester City 46 13 15 18 51 59 −8 54
  17 Burnley 46 14 12 20 46 54 −8 54
  18 Hull City 46 12 16 18 49 55 −6 52
  19 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 13 20 39 52 −13 52
  20 Derby County 46 10 20 16 53 67 −14 50
  21 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 14 20 50 65 −15 50
R 22 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 15 22 57 86 −29 42
R 23 Millwall 46 8 16 22 35 62 −27 40
R 24 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 17 22 39 71 −32 38

Results[edit]

Sheffield United's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Leicester City H 4-1 18,224 Gray (pen), Kabba (pen), Ifill, Bromby
9 August 2005 Burnley A 2-1 11,802 Shipperley, Morgan
13 August 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 1-2 13,497 Kabba
20 August 2005 Preston North End H 2-1 20,519 Shipperley, Webber
27 August 2005 Coventry City H 2-1 17,739 Kabba, Unsworth (pen)
29 August 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 3-1 7,501 Shipperley, Quinn, Kabba
10 September 2005 Ipswich Town H 2-0 21,059 Kabba (2)
13 September 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-0 6,553 Jagielka
17 September 2005 Watford A 3-2 15,399 Jagielka, Ifill, Carlisle (own goal)
24 September 2005 Derby County H 2-1 22,192 Unsworth, Ifill
27 September 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 2-0 20,111 Shipperley, Quinn
1 October 2005 Reading A 1-2 22,068 Kabba
15 October 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 25,533 Shipperley
18 October 2005 Millwall A 4-0 9,148 Webber (2), Péricard, Quinn
21 October 2005 Leeds United A 1-1 23,600 Kabba
29 October 2005 Cardiff City H 0-0 25,311
1 November 2005 Luton Town H 4-0 22,554 Jagielka (2), Morgan, Péricard
5 November 2005 Crystal Palace A 3-2 20,344 Jagielka, Ifill, Shipperley
19 November 2005 Millwall H 2-2 22,292 Unsworth, Webber
22 November 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 24,240
26 November 2005 Leicester City A 2-4 22,382 Kabba, Webber
3 December 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 30,558 Quinn
10 December 2005 Burnley H 3-0 23,118 Shipperley (2), Webber
16 December 2005 Preston North End A 0-0 14,378
26 December 2005 Norwich City H 1-3 26,505 Jagielka
28 December 2005 Southampton A 1-0 27,443 Shipperley
31 December 2005 Stoke City H 2-1 21,279 Montgomery, Morgan
3 January 2006 Hull City A 3-1 21,929 Ifill, Webber, Armstrong
14 January 2006 Ipswich Town A 1-1 23,794 Webber
21 January 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3-1 27,514 Jagielka, Ifill, Tonge
1 February 2006 Derby County A 1-0 26,275 Akinbiyi
6 February 2006 Watford H 1-4 20,791 Ifill
11 February 2006 Plymouth Argyle A 0-0 15,017
14 February 2006 Reading H 1-1 25,011 Dyer
18 February 2006 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-1 33,439 Tonge, Akinbiyi
25 February 2006 Queens Park Rangers H 2-3 25,360 Akinbiyi, Bircham (own goal)
3 March 2006 Crewe Alexandra H 0-0 22,691
11 March 2006 Coventry City A 0-2 23,506
18 March 2006 Norwich City A 1-2 25,346 Armstrong
25 March 2006 Southampton H 3-0 22,824 Jagielka, Ifill, Shipperley
1 April 2006 Stoke City A 1-1 17,544 Webber
8 April 2006 Hull City H 3-2 26,324 Shipperley, Ifill, Unsworth
14 April 2006 Cardiff City A 1-0 11,006 Webber
18 April 2006 Leeds United H 1-1 29,329 Bakke (own goal)
22 April 2006 Luton Town A 1-1 10,248 Tonge
30 April 2006 Crystal Palace H 1-0 27,120 Morgan

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 2006 Colchester United H 1-2 11,820 Kabba

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 23 August 2005 Boston United H 1-0 6,014 Ross
R2 20 September 2005 Shrewsbury Town A 0-0 (won 4-3 on pens) 4,250
R3 25 October 2005 Reading A 0-2 11,607

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