2005–06 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2005–06 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Steve Bruce
Ground St Andrew's
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Sixth round
(eliminated by Liverpool)
League Cup Quarter-final
(eliminated by Manchester United)
Top goalscorer League: Jiří Jarošík (5)
All: Mikael Forssell, Jiří Jarošík (8)
Highest home attendance 29,257 vs Sunderland, 25 February 2006
Lowest home attendance 16.644 vs Reading, League Cup 4th round replay, 7 February 2006
Average home league attendance 27,392[1]

The 2005–06 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 103rd season in the English football league system and their fourth in the Premier League. Under the management of Steve Bruce, they finished in 18th position in the 20-team division, so were relegated to the Championship for 2006–07. They entered the 2005–06 FA Cup at the third round and progressed to the sixth round (quarter-final), in which they suffered their heaviest ever FA Cup defeat, and their heaviest defeat at St Andrew's in any competition, losing 7–0 at home to Liverpool.[2] They also reached the quarter-final of the League Cup, in which they were eliminated by Manchester United.

Jiří Jarošík was top scorer in league competition, with just five goals. If all competitions are included, Jarošík and fellow loanee Mikael Forssell scored eight apiece.


Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
13 July 2005 Egersunds IK A W 2–0 Gray 44', Kuqi 70' [3]
16 July 2005 Viking Stavanger A W 1–0 Pennant 43' [4]
19 July 2005 Brann Bergen A L 0–4 [5]
23 July 2005 Derby County A W 4–0 Forssell 33', Heskey (2) 43' 55', Kuqi 90' [6]
27 July 2005 Northampton Town A L 0–1 [7]
30 July 2005 QPR A L 1–2 Pennant 90' (pen) [8]
30 July 2005 Peterborough United A L 1–2 Morrison 35' [9]
6 August 2005 Deportivo La Coruna 'B'1 A W 1–0 Forssell (pen) [10]
6 August 2005 Deportivo La Coruna 'A'1 A L 0–2 [11]
  • Note 1: Each match was 45 minutes long as part of a short three team tournament in Spain

Premier League[edit]

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
11 August 2005 7th Fulham A D 0–0 16,550 [12]
20 August 2005 13th Manchester City H L 1–2 Butt 7' 26,366 [12]
23 August 2005 18th Middlesbrough H L 0–3 27,998 [12]
27 August 2005 13th West Bromwich Albion A W 3–2 Heskey 10', 33', Jarošík 26' 23,993 [12]
10 September 2005 16th Charlton Athletic H L 0–1 26,846 [12]
17 September 2005 15th Portsmouth A D 1–1 19,319 [12]
24 September 2005 14th Liverpool H D 2–2 Warnock 72' o.g., Pandiani 75' 27,733 [12]
2 October 2005 15th Arsenal A L 0–1 37,891 [12]
16 October 2005 17th Aston Villa H L 0–1 29,312 [12]
22 October 2005 18th Blackburn Rovers A L 0–2 18,341 [12]
29 October 2005 19th Everton H L 0–1 26,554 [12]
5 November 2005 19th Newcastle United A L 0–1 52,191 [12]
26 November 2005 19th Sunderland A W 1–0 32,442 [12]
5 December 2005 19th Everton H L 1–2 Heskey 11' 24,010 [12]
10 December 2005 18th Fulham H W 1–0 Butt 84' 27,597 [12]
17 December 2005 19th Manchester City A L 4–1 Jarošík 76' 41,343 [12]
26 December 2005 19th Tottenham Hotspur A L 0–2 36,045 [12]
28 December 2005 19th Manchester United H D 2–2 Clapham 18', Pandiani 78' 28,459 [12]
31 December 2005 19th Chelsea A L 0–2 40,652 [12]
2 January 2006 19th Wigan Athletic H W 2–0 Melchiot 20', Pennant 33' 29,189 [12]
14 January 2006 19th Charlton Athletic A L 0–2 26,312 [12]
21 January 2006 18th Portsmouth H W 5–0 Jarošík 5', Pennant 37', Upson 55', Forssell 90' pen., Dunn 90' 29,138 [12]
1 February 2006 18th Liverpool A D 1–1 Alonso 88' o.g. 43,851 [12]
4 February 2006 18th Arsenal H L 0–2 27,075 [12]
13 February 2006 18th West Ham United A L 0–3 31,294 [12]
25 February 2006 18th Sunderland H W 1–0 Heskey 39' 29,257 [12]
4 March 2006 18th Middlesbrough A L 0–1 28,141 [12]
11 March 2006 18th West Bromwich Albion H D 1–1 Forssell 49' pen. 28,041 [12]
18 March 2006 18th Tottenham Hotspur H L 0–2 26,398 [12]
26 March 2006 18th Manchester United A L 0–3 69,070 [12]
1 April 2006 19th Chelsea H D 0–0 26,364 [12]
4 April 2006 17th Bolton Wanderers H W 1–0 Jarošík 37' 26,493 [12]
8 April 2006 18th Wigan Athletic A D 1–1 Dunn 77' 18,669 [12]
16 April 2006 18th Aston Villa A L 1–3 Sutton 25' 40,158 [12]
19 April 2006 17th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–1 Butt 62', Forssell 87' 25,287 [12]
22 April 2006 18th Everton A D 0–0 35,420 [12]
29 April 2006 18th Newcastle United H D 0–0 28,331 [12]
7 May 2006 18th Bolton Wanderers A L 0–1 26,275 [12]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Premier League table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
16th Aston Villa 38 10 12 16 42 55 −13 42
17th Portsmouth 38 10 8 20 37 62 −25 38
18th Birmingham City 38 8 10 20 28 50 −22 34
19th West Bromwich Albion 38 7 9 22 31 58 −27 30
20th Sunderland 38 3 6 29 26 69 −43 15
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [13]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 8 10 20 28 50 −22 34 6 5 8 19 20 −1 2 5 12 9 30 −21

Source: [13]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 7 January 2006 Torquay United A D 0–0 5,974 [12]
Third round replay 17 January 2006 Torquay United H W 2–0 Forssell 45', Jarošík 68' 24,650 [12]
Fourth round 28 January 2006 Reading A D 1–1 Dunn 67' 23,762 [12]
Fourth round replay 7 February 2006 Reading H W 2–1 Forssell 30', Gray 67' 16,644 [12]
Fifth round 19 February 2006 Stoke City A W 1–0 Forssell 47' 18,768 [12]
Sixth round 21 March 2006 Liverpool H L 0–7 27,378 [12]

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Second round 20 September 2005 Scunthorpe United A W 2–0 Forssell 15', 70' pen. 6,109 [12]
Third round 26 October 2005 Norwich City H W 2–1 Pennant 5', Jarošík 86' 28,825 [12]
Fourth round 29 November 2005 Millwall A W 2–2 a.e.t
(4–3 pens.)
Gray 10', Heskey 102' 7,732 [12]
Fifth round 20 December 2005 Manchester United H L 1–3 Jarošík 75' 20,454 [12]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
10 June 2005 Mikael Forssell Chelsea £3m [14]
30 June 2005 Mehdi Nafti Racing Santander Undisclosed [15]
5 August 2005 Walter Pandiani Deportivo La Coruña £3m [16]
21 November 2005 Ingi Højsted (B36 Tórshavn) Free [17]
5 January 2006 Chris Sutton Celtic Free [18]
31 January 2006 DJ Campbell Brentford £500,000 [19]
dagger Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
4 July 2005 Darren Carter £1.5m West Bromwich Albion [20]
18 July 2005 Robbie Blake Undisclosed Leeds United [21]
22 August 2005 Darren Anderton Free Wolverhampton Wanderers [22]
25 August 2005 Clinton Morrison £2m Crystal Palace [23]
13 January 2006 Walter Pandiani £1m RCD Espanyol [24]
31 January 2006 Andrew Barrowman Free Walsall [25]
5 April 2006 Ingi Højsted Free (B36 Tórshavn) [26]
30 June 2006 Sam Alsop Released [27]
30 June 2006 Jamie Clapham Released (Wolverhampton Wanderers) [28]
30 June 2006 Chris Cottrill Released [27]
30 June 2006 Kenny Cunningham Released (Sunderland) [29]
30 June 2006 James Dormand Released [27]
30 June 2006 Muzzy Izzet Retired [30]
30 June 2006 Njazi Kuqi Released (FC Groningen) [30]
30 June 2006 Stan Lazaridis Released (Perth Glory) [28]
30 June 2006 Mario Melchiot Released (Rennes) [28]
30 June 2006 Carl Motteram Released (Torquay United) [31]
30 June 2006 Chris Sutton Released (Aston Villa) [28]
30 June 2006 Nico Vaesen Released (Lierse) [28]
dagger Brackets round club names denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
3 August 2005 Nicky Butt Newcastle United End of season [32]
22 August 2005 Jiří Jarošík Chelsea End of season [33]
30 January 2006 Martin Latka Slavia Prague End of season [34]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
17 August 2005 Alex Bruce Tranmere Rovers 27 October 2005 [35]
9 August 2005 James Dormand Tamworth End of season [36]
5 October 2005 Peter Till Scunthorpe United 9 January 2006 [37]
24 November 2005 Colin Doyle Millwall 19 December 2005 [38]
24 November 2005 Carl Motteram Tamworth 2 January 2006 [39]
24 November 2005 Sam Oji Doncaster Rovers Six weeks [40]
23 December 2005 Colin Doyle Millwall Two weeks [41]
6 January 2006 Asa Hall Boston United Three months [42]
12 January 2006 Peter Till Boston United End of season [37]
12 January 2006 Colin Doyle Millwall End of season [43]
23 January 2006 Njazi Kuqi Blackpool One month [44]
17 March 2006 Njazi Kuqi Peterborough United End of season [45]
24 March 2006 Sam Alsop Yeovil Town End of season [46]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Birmingham.
Players included in matchday squads
No.[47] Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals! A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  NIR Maik Taylor 34 0 6 0 1 0 41 0 0 0
2 DF  ENG Martin Taylor 20 (1) 0 3 0 4 0 27 (1) 0 2 0
3 DF  ENG Jamie Clapham 13 (3) 1 2 (1) 0 3 (1) 0 18 (5) 1 2 0
4 DF  IRE Kenny Cunningham 31 0 2 0 0 0 33 0 5 1
5 DF  ENG Matthew Upson 24 1 1 0 4 0 29 1 5 0
6 MF  TUR Muzzy Izzet 10 (6) 0 1 0 1 0 12 (6) 0 2 1
7 MF  ENG Jermaine Pennant 35 (3) 2 6 0 4 1 45 (3) 3 4 0
8Left club during playing season FW  URU Walter Pandiani 7 (10) 2 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0 9 (12) 2 3 0
8 DF  CZE Martin Latka* 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 3 0
9 FW  FIN Mikael Forssell 10 (17) 3 4 (1) 3 2 (1) 2 16 (19) 8 1 0
10 MF  ENG David Dunn 8 (7) 2 2 (1) 1 1 (1) 0 11 (9) 3 0 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 11 (6) 0 2 0 0 (1) 0 13 (7) 0 1 0
12 MF  TUN Mehdi Nafti 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
13 GK  IRL Colin Doyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF  CZE Jiří Jarošík* 19 (5) 5 4 (1) 1 2 (1) 2 25 (7) 8 2 0
15 MF  AUS Neil Kilkenny 6 (12) 0 1 (3) 0 1 (2) 0 8 (17) 0 0 1
16 FW  ENG Emile Heskey 34 4 3 0 3 1 40 5 4 1
18 GK  BEL Nico Vaesen 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0 1 1
19Left club during playing season FW  IRE Clinton Morrison 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
20 MF  ENG Nicky Butt 22 (2) 3 2 0 3 0 27 (2) 3 6 1
21 MF  ENG Julian Gray 18 (3) 1 4 1 2 1 24 (3) 3 2 0
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson 31 0 4 0 3 0 38 0 7 1
23 DF  ENG Mat Sadler 8 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 8 (1) 0 1 0
24 DF  IRL Alex Bruce 3 (3) 0 4 (2) 0 0 0 7 (5) 0 2 0
25 MF  ENG Stephen Clemence 13 (2) 0 4 0 2 0 19 (2) 0 6 0
26 DF  CIV Olivier Tébily 12 (4) 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 14 (5) 0 4 0
28 FW  ENG DJ Campbell 4 (7) 0 0 0 0 0 4 (7) 0 0 0
29 DF  NED Mario Melchiot 22 (1) 1 5 0 1 0 28 (1) 1 3 0
30 DF  ENG Sam Oji 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
31 DF  IRE Marcos Painter 2 (2) 0 2 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 5 (4) 0 0 0
35 DF  ENG Sam Alsop 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 MF  ENG Mathew Birley 0 (1) 0 1 0 0 (1) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0
37 MF  ENG Peter Till 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
39 FW  ENG Sone Aluko 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW  ENG Chris Sutton 10 1 1 0 0 0 11 1 2 0
41 FW  ENG Oliver Allen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No.[47] Pos Nat Name
14Left club during playing season MF  ENG Darren Anderton
17 MF  ENG Asa Hall
19 FW  ENG James McPike
27 FW  ENG Carl Motteram
28Left club during playing season FW  SCO Andrew Barrowman
32 MF  NIR David Howland
33 FW  FIN Njazi Kuqi
34 GK  ENG James Dormand
38 DF  ENG Chris Cottrill

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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