2005–06 Watford F.C. season

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Watford F.C.
2005–06 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Aidy Boothroyd
Stadium Vicarage Road
Championship 3rd (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Winners
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Marlon King (21)
All:
Marlon King (22)
Average home league attendance 15,415

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

Season summary[edit]

Against the odds, Watford managed to gain promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs, comprehensively defeating Leeds United 3-0 in the play-off final to return to the top flight after an absence of six years.[1] Crucial to Watford's promotion was striker Marlon King, who was the Championship's top scorer. Striker Darius Henderson and young winger Ashley Young also chipped in with 15 and 14 league goals respectively; between them, the three scored 51 of the club's 77 goals scored in the league. Promotion was a fine way for young manager Aidy Boothroyd, only in his mid-thirties, to celebrate his first full season in club management.

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]

Watford's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Preston North End H 1-2 12,597 Henderson
9 August 2005 Plymouth Argyle A 3-3 13,813 King, Young (2)
12 August 2005 Cardiff City A 3-1 10,102 King (2), Henderson
20 August 2005 Burnley H 3-1 16,802 King, Mahon, Spring
27 August 2005 Reading H 0-0 12,152
29 August 2005 Derby County A 2-1 23,664 Spring, Carlisle
10 September 2005 Stoke City A 3-0 14,565 Devlin, Young, King (pen)
13 September 2005 Norwich City H 2-1 13,502 King, Young
17 September 2005 Sheffield United H 2-3 15,399 Henderson (2)
24 September 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 0-0 6,258
28 September 2005 Coventry City A 1-3 16,978 Young
1 October 2005 Leeds United H 0-0 16,050
15 October 2005 Leicester City H 1-2 16,224 Young
18 October 2005 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 21,187 Young
22 October 2005 Ipswich Town A 1-0 24,069 Young
29 October 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3-1 14,561 DeMerit, King, Devlin
1 November 2005 Queens Park Rangers H 3-1 16,476 Spring, McNamee, Young
5 November 2005 Hull City A 2-1 18,444 Mahon, Spring
19 November 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-1 16,988 Carlisle, King
22 November 2005 Leicester City A 2-2 18,856 King, Mackay
26 November 2005 Preston North End A 1-1 14,638 Spring
3 December 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-1 14,455 King
10 December 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 1-1 12,884 King
17 December 2005 Burnley A 1-4 13,815 King
26 December 2005 Southampton H 3-0 16,972 Henderson, Carlisle, Hajto (own goal)
28 December 2005 Millwall A 0-0 8,450
31 December 2005 Crystal Palace H 1-2 15,856 Henderson
2 January 2006 Luton Town A 2-1 10,248 Henderson, Mackay
14 January 2006 Stoke City H 1-0 12,247 Eagles
21 January 2006 Norwich City A 3-2 25,384 Henderson (2), Spring
28 January 2006 Crewe Alexandra H 4-1 11,722 Spring (2), King, Young
6 February 2006 Sheffield United A 4-1 20,791 Eagles, King (2), Bouazza
11 February 2006 Coventry City H 4-0 19,842 Young, King, Henderson, DeMerit
14 February 2006 Leeds United A 1-2 22,007 Young
18 February 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-0 6,658 Eagles
25 February 2006 Cardiff City H 2-1 17,419 Mackay, King
4 March 2006 Derby County H 2-2 16,769 King, Bangura
11 March 2006 Reading A 0-0 23,724
20 March 2006 Southampton A 3-1 19,202 Mahon, Henderson (2)
25 March 2006 Millwall H 0-2 16,654
31 March 2006 Crystal Palace A 1-3 18,619 King
9 April 2006 Luton Town H 1-1 15,922 King
14 April 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 22,584 King
17 April 2006 Ipswich Town H 2-1 16,721 Henderson (2)
22 April 2006 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 16,152 Young, Santos (own goal)
30 April 2006 Hull City H 0-0 19,041

Championship play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 6 May 2006 Crystal Palace A 3-0 22,880 King, Young, Spring
SF 2nd Leg 9 May 2006 Crystal Palace H 0-0 (won 3-0 on agg) 19,041
F 21 May 2006 Leeds United F.C N 3-0 64,736 DeMerit, Sullivan (own goal), Henderson (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 2006 Bolton Wanderers H 0-3 13,239

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 23 August 2005 Notts County H 3-1 7,011 Young, Bouazza (pen), Blizzard
R2 20 September 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2-1 9,296 Carlisle (2)
R3 25 October 2005 Wigan Athletic A 0-3 4,531

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 England GK Alec Chamberlain
2 England DF James Chambers
3 England DF Jordan Stewart
4 Scotland DF Malky Mackay
5 England DF Clarke Carlisle
6 United States DF Jay DeMerit
7 England MF Chris Eagles (on loan from Manchester United)
8 England MF Gavin Mahon (captain)
9 Jamaica FW Marlon King[4]
12 England DF Lloyd Doyley[5]
14 England MF Dominic Blizzard
15 England MF Ashley Young
18 France FW Hameur Bouazza[6]
19 England DF Anthony McNamee
20 Sierra Leone MF Al Bangura
No. Position Player
21 France MF Toumani Diagouraga
22 England DF Junior Osborne
23 England DF Adrian Mariappa[7]
25 England MF Matthew Spring
26 England GK Ben Foster (on loan from Manchester United)
27 England FW Joel Grant[8]
28 Jamaica FW Francino Francis
29 England FW Darius Henderson
30 France MF Marvin Homand
31 England MF Alex Campana
32 England FW Les Ferdinand
34 England MF Ben Gill
35 Republic of Ireland DF Joe O'Cearuill[9]
36 England FW Theo Robinson[10]

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
7 England MF Martin Devaney (to Barnsley)
7 Wales MF Carl Fletcher (on loan from West Ham United)
10 Scotland MF Paul Devlin[11] (to Walsall)
11 Spain DF Sietes (released)
16 England GK Richard Lee (on loan to Blackburn Rovers)
17 England MF Jamie Hand (to Fisher Athletic)
No. Position Player
24 Australia DF Adam Griffiths (to Bournemouth)
25 Brazil FW José Júnior (to Odense)
33 Jamaica FW Trevor Benjamin[12] (on loan from Peterborough United)
36 England FW Gabriel Agbonlahor (on loan from Aston Villa)
50 Belgium GK Yves Makabu-Ma-Kalambay (on loan from Chelsea)
England MF Ryan Gilligan (to Swindon Town)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds 0-3 Watford". BBC Sport. 21 May 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/2005-2006
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2005-2006/flcham/watford.htm
  4. ^ King was born in Dulwich, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 2004.
  5. ^ Doyley was born in Whitechapel, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in March 2013.
  6. ^ Bouazza was born in Évry, France, but qualifies to represent Algeria internationally and would make his international debut for Algeria in February 2007.
  7. ^ Mariappa was born in Harrow, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica and Fiji internationally through his grandparents and father respectively; he would make his international debut for Jamaica in June 2012.
  8. ^ Grant was born in Ealing, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and would represent them at U-20 level.
  9. ^ O'Cearuill was born in Edmonton, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and would make his full international debut for the Republic of Ireland in May 2007.
  10. ^ Robinson was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in February 2013.
  11. ^ Devlin was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualifies to represent Scotland internationally and made his international debut for Scotland in October 2002.
  12. ^ Benjamin was born in Kettering, England, and has represented England at level, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in November 2002.