2005–06 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2005–06 season
Chairman John Williams
Manager Mark Hughes
FA Premier League 6th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Craig Bellamy (13)
All:
Craig Bellamy (17)[1]
Highest home attendance 29,142 (vs. Liverpool, 16 April)
Lowest home attendance 16,953 (vs. Fulham, 20 August)
Average home league attendance 21,015[2]

During the 2005–06 English football season, Blackburn Rovers F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

After relegation struggles during the two previous season, Mark Hughes marked his first full season in club management by taking Blackburn to sixth place - four points off Champions League qualification - and reaching his second successive cup semi-final, in the League Cup, only to be knocked out by the eventual cup winners again, Hughes' old club Manchester United. Blackburn had been in mid-table for much of the season before gathering momentum to put real pressure on Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the crucial fourth place, eventually finishing in a UEFA Cup place. Rovers' good form was largely in part down to the good form of Welsh striker Craig Bellamy, a summer signing from Newcastle United, who scored 13 goals in the league. However, Bellamy would then exercise an option to enable him to move for £6 million to a Champions League club, signing for FA Cup winners Liverpool. As his replacement Hughes signed South African striker Benni McCarthy, who had helped fire Porto to the Champions League title two years earlier.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chelsea (C) 38 29 4 5 72 22 +50 91 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 25 8 5 72 34 +38 83
3 Liverpool 38 25 7 6 57 25 +32 82 2006–07 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 20 7 11 68 31 +37 67
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 11 9 53 38 +15 65 2006–07 UEFA Cup First round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 19 6 13 51 42 +9 63
7 Newcastle United 38 17 7 14 47 42 +5 58 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 15 11 12 49 41 +8 56
9 West Ham United 38 16 7 15 52 55 −3 55 2006–07 UEFA Cup First round 1
10 Wigan Athletic 38 15 6 17 45 52 −7 51
11 Everton 38 14 8 16 34 49 −15 50
12 Fulham 38 14 6 18 48 58 −10 48
13 Charlton Athletic 38 13 8 17 41 55 −14 47
14 Middlesbrough 38 12 9 17 48 58 −10 45
15 Manchester City 38 13 4 21 43 48 −5 43
16 Aston Villa 38 10 12 16 42 55 −13 42
17 Portsmouth 38 10 8 20 37 62 −25 38
18 Birmingham City (R) 38 8 10 20 28 50 −22 34 Relegation to the 2006–07 Football League Championship
19 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 7 9 22 31 58 −27 30
20 Sunderland (R) 38 3 6 29 26 69 −43 15

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1.Liverpool had already qualified for the Champions League by league position, as a result, their UEFA Cup berth that they earned through winning the 2005–06 FA Cup, went to West Ham, who were FA Cup runners-up.

Results[edit]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
13 August 2005 West Ham United A 1–3 33,305 Todd
20 August 2005 Fulham H 2–1 16,953 Pedersen, Tugay
24 August 2005 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 22,375
27 August 2005 Aston Villa A 0–1 31,010
11 September 2005 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 24,405
18 September 2005 Newcastle United H 0–3 20,725
24 September 2005 Manchester United A 2–1 67,765 Pedersen (2)
1 October 2005 West Bromwich Albion H 2–0 26,310 Kuqi (2)
15 October 2005 Liverpool A 0–1 44,697
22 October 2005 Birmingham City H 2–0 18,341 Dickov (pen), Bellamy
29 October 2005 Chelsea A 2–4 41,553 Bellamy (2, 1 pen)
5 November 2005 Charlton Athletic H 4–1 17,691 Emerton, Dickov, Hughes, Pedersen, Bellamy
19 November 2005 Manchester City A 0–0 44,032
26 November 2005 Arsenal A 0–3 38,192
3 December 2005 Everton H 0–2 22,064
10 December 2005 West Ham United H 3–2 20,370 Dickov (2, 1 pen), Kuqi
17 December 2005 Fulham A 1–2 20,138 Knight (own goal)
26 December 2005 Middlesbrough A 2–0 29,881 Kuqi (2)
31 December 2005 Wigan Athletic A 3–0 20,639 Pedersen, Reid, Bellamy
2 January 2006 Portsmouth H 2–1 19,521 Pedersen, Dickov
14 January 2006 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 18,180
21 January 2006 Newcastle United A 1–0 51,323 Pedersen
1 February 2006 Manchester United H 4–3 25,484 Bentley (3), Neill (pen)
4 February 2006 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 23,993
11 February 2006 Everton A 0–1 35,615
15 February 2006 Sunderland H 2–0 18,220 Bellamy (2)
25 February 2006 Arsenal H 1–0 22,504 Pedersen
5 March 2006 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–3 36,080 Sinama-Pongolle, Bellamy
11 March 2006 Aston Villa H 2–0 21,932 Todd, Bellamy
18 March 2006 Middlesbrough H 3–2 18,681 Bellamy (2), Pedersen
25 March 2006 Sunderland A 1–0 29,593 Reid
3 April 2006 Wigan Athletic H 1–1 20,410 Kuqi
8 April 2006 Portsmouth A 2–2 20,048 Bellamy (2)
16 April 2006 Liverpool H 0–1 29,142
19 April 2006 Birmingham City A 1–2 25,287 Savage
29 April 2006 Charlton Athletic A 2–0 26,254 Reid, Powell (own goal)
2 May 2006 Chelsea H 1–0 20,243 Reid
7 May 2006 Manchester City H 2–0 25,731 Khizanishvili, Kuqi

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 2006 Queens Park Rangers H 3–0 12,705 Todd, Bellamy (2)
R4 28 January 2006 West Ham United A 2–4 23,700 Bentley, Neill

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 21 September 2005 Huddersfield Town H 3–1 11,755 Bellamy (2), Khizanishvili
R3 25 October 2005 Leeds United H 3–0 15,631 Emerton, Dickov, Neill
R4 30 November 2005 Charlton Athletic A 3–2 14,093 Kuqi, Thompson, Bentley
R5 21 December 2005 Middlesbrough A 1–0 14,710 Dickov
SF 1st Leg 11 January 2006 Manchester United H 1–1 24,348 Pedersen
SF 2nd Leg 25 January 2006 Manchester United A 1–2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 61,637 Reid

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill
3 Georgia (country) DF Zurab Khizanishvili
4 England DF Andy Todd
6 New Zealand DF Ryan Nelsen (captain)
7 Australia MF Brett Emerton
8 Wales MF Robbie Savage
9 Finland FW Shefki Kuqi[5]
10 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
11 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
12 Norway MF Morten Gamst Pedersen
13 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
14 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Reid[6]
15 South Africa MF Aaron Mokoena
16 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
17 France FW Florent Sinama-Pongolle (on loan from Liverpool)
No. Position Player
18 Slovakia DF Vratislav Greško
20 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
21 Scotland DF Dominic Matteo
23 Italy DF Lorenzo Amoruso
24 England DF Jay McEveley[7]
25 United States FW Jemal Johnson
26 England DF Andy Taylor
27 England FW Matt Derbyshire
28 Scotland MF Gary Harkins
29 England FW David Bentley
30 England GK Richard Lee (on loan from Watford)
31 Germany MF Sergio Peter
32 Republic of Ireland DF Eddie Nolan
33 England DF Michael Gray
34 Northern Ireland DF Tony Kane

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
5 England MF Garry Flitcroft (to Sheffield United)
17 England FW Matt Jansen (to Bolton Wanderers)
No. Position Player
19 England MF David Thompson (to Wigan Athletic)
22 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas (on loan to Leeds United)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[8]
Considering a 4-4-2 formation

Top scorers[edit]

FA Premier League[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://origin-www.rovers.co.uk/page/Goalscorers/0,,10303~200510303,00.html
  2. ^ http://origin-www.rovers.co.uk/page/Attendance/0,,10303~200510303,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/blackburn-rovers/2005-2006/results
  4. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2005-2006/faprem/blackbrn.htm
  5. ^ Kuqi was born in Vushtrri, Kosovo (then SFR Yugoslavia).
  6. ^ Reid was born in Kingston upon Thames, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his father, and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  7. ^ McEveley was born in Liverpool, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his full international debut for Scotland in August 2007.
  8. ^ http://origin-www.rovers.co.uk/page/Appearances/0,,10303~200510303,00.html