2005–06 Football League Cup

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2005–06 Football League Cup
Carling Cup, League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Manchester United
Runners-up Wigan Athletic
Top goal scorer(s) Louis Saha
(6 goals)

The 2005–06 Football League Cup was the 46th staging of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with lager brand Carling.

The competition began on 22 August 2005, and ended with the final on 26 February 2006 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff while reconstruction work was still ongoing at Wembley Stadium.

The tournament was won by Manchester United, who beat surprise finalists, Wigan 4–0 in the final, thanks to two goals from Wayne Rooney and one each from Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha. Wigan had only been promoted to the Premier League at the beginning of the season.

First round[edit]

The 72 Football League clubs compete from the First Round. Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 2004–05 season. Therefore, the clubs relegated from the Premier League in 2005, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Southampton, were the top seeds, and the clubs newly promoted to the Football League, Barnet and Carlisle United, were bottom seeds.

  • On 28 June 2005 seeded clubs and unseeded clubs were paired off to create the first round draw.[1]
  • Matches occurred on 22, 23 and 24 August 2005.
  • Extra time played when the scores were level after 90 minutes.
  • A penalty shoot-out took place if the scores were level after extra time.
Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Date
1 Chesterfield 2–4 Huddersfield Town 24 August 2005
2 Colchester United 0–2 Cardiff City 24 August 2005
3 Derby County 0–1 Grimsby Town 24 August 2005
4 Rushden & Diamonds 0–3 Coventry City 24 August 2005
5 Torquay United 0–0 Bournemouth 24 August 2005
0–0 after extra time — Bournemouth win 4 – 3 on penalties
6 Blackpool 2–1 Hull City 23 August 2005
7 Bristol City 2–4 Barnet 23 August 2005
8 Burnley 2–1 Carlisle United 23 August 2005
9 Bury 0–3 Leicester City 23 August 2005
10 Crystal Palace 3–0 Walsall 23 August 2005
11 Cheltenham Town 5–0 Brentford 23 August 2005
12 Gillingham 1–0 Oxford United 23 August 2005
13 Hartlepool United 3–1 Darlington 23 August 2005
14 Ipswich Town 0–2 Yeovil Town 23 August 2005
15 Leeds United 2–0 Oldham Athletic 23 August 2005
16 Leyton Orient 1–3 Luton Town 23 August 2005
17 Lincoln City 5–1 Crewe Alexandra 23 August 2005
18 MK Dons 0–1 Norwich City 23 August 2005
19 Mansfield Town 1–1 Stoke City 23 August 2005
1–1 after extra time — Mansfield Town win 3 – 0 on penalties
20 Millwall 2–0 Bristol Rovers 23 August 2005
21 Northampton Town 3–0 Queens Park Rangers 23 August 2005
22 Nottingham Forest 2–3 Macclesfield Town 23 August 2005
23 Plymouth Argyle 2–1 Peterborough United 23 August 2005
24 Preston North End 1–1 Barnsley 23 August 2005
2–2 after extra time — Barnsley win 5 – 4 on penalties
25 Reading 3–1 Swansea City 23 August 2005
26 Rochdale 0–5 Bradford City 23 August 2005
27 Rotherham United 3–1 Port Vale 23 August 2005
28 Scunthorpe United 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 23 August 2005
29 Sheffield United 1–0 Boston United 23 August 2005
30 Shrewsbury Town 3–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 August 2005
31 Stockport County 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday 23 August 2005
32 Swindon Town 1–3 Wycombe Wanderers 23 August 2005
33 Watford 3–1 Notts County 23 August 2005
34 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Chester City 23 August 2005
35 Wrexham 0–1 Doncaster Rovers 23 August 2005
36 Southend United 0–3 Southampton 22 August 2005

Second round[edit]

The 36 winners from the First Round joined the 12 Premier League clubs not participating in European competition in Round Two. The draw was made on 27 August.[2] The matches occurred on 20 and 21 September.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Date
1 Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Huddersfield Town 21 September 2005
2 Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Manchester City 21 September 2005
1–1 after extra time — Doncaster Rovers win 3 – 0 on penalties
3 Fulham 5–4 Lincoln City 21 September 2005
4 Barnet 2–1 Plymouth Argyle 20 September 2005
5 Burnley 3–0 Barnsley 20 September 2005
6 Crystal Palace 1–0 Coventry City 20 September 2005
7 Cardiff City 2–1 Macclesfield Town 20 September 2005
8 Charlton Athletic 3–1 Hartlepool United 20 September 2005
9 Gillingham 3–2 Portsmouth 20 September 2005
10 Grimsby Town 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 20 September 2005
11 Leicester City 2–1 Blackpool 20 September 2005
12 Mansfield Town 1–0 Southampton 20 September 2005
13 Norwich City 2–0 Northampton Town 20 September 2005
14 Reading 1–0 Luton Town 20 September 2005
15 Rotherham United 0–2 Leeds United 20 September 2005
16 Scunthorpe United 0–2 Birmingham City 20 September 2005
17 Sheffield Wednesday 2–4 West Ham United 20 September 2005
18 Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Sheffield United 20 September 2005
0–0 after extra time — Sheffield United win 4 – 3 on penalties
19 Sunderland 1–0 Cheltenham Town 20 September 2005
20 Watford 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 September 2005
21 West Bromwich Albion 4–1 Bradford City 20 September 2005
22 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Bournemouth 20 September 2005
23 Wycombe Wanderers 3–8 Aston Villa 20 September 2005
24 Yeovil Town 1–2 Millwall 20 September 2005

Third round[edit]

The 24 winners from the Second Round joined the eight Premier League clubs participating in European competition in Round Three. The draw was made on 24 September.[3] Matches were played on 25 and 26 October.

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Date
1 Birmingham City 2–1 Norwich City 26 October 2005
2 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 West Ham United 26 October 2005
3 Cardiff City 0–1 Leicester City 26 October 2005
4 Chelsea 1–1 Charlton Athletic 26 October 2005
1–1 after extra time — Charlton Athletic win 5 – 4 on penalties
5 Everton 0–1 Middlesbrough 26 October 2005
6 Grimsby Town 0–1 Newcastle United 26 October 2005
7 Manchester United 4–1 Barnet 26 October 2005
8 Aston Villa 1–0 Burnley 25 October 2005
9 Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Leeds United 25 October 2005
10 Crystal Palace 2–1 Liverpool 25 October 2005
11 Doncaster Rovers 2–0 Gillingham 25 October 2005
12 Fulham 2–3 West Bromwich Albion 25 October 2005
13 Mansfield Town 2–3 Millwall 25 October 2005
14 Reading 2–0 Sheffield United 25 October 2005
15 Sunderland 0–3 Arsenal 25 October 2005
16 Wigan Athletic 3–0 Watford 25 October 2005

Fourth round[edit]

The draw for the Fourth Round was made on 29 October 2005[4] and matches were played on 29 and 30 November. Doncaster caused the shock of the round, beating Aston Villa 3-0.

30 November 2005
Bolton Wanderers 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Leicester City
Borgetti Goal 104'
Vaz Tê Goal 106'
Williams Goal 110'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 13,067
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

30 November 2005
Charlton Athletic 2 – 3 Blackburn Rovers
Ambrose Goal 37'
Murphy Goal 50'
Kuqi Goal 75'
Thompson Goal 81'
Bentley Goal 88'
The Valley, London
Attendance: 14,093
Referee: Peter Walton

30 November 2005
Manchester United 3 – 1 West Brom
Ronaldo Goal 12' (pen.)
Saha Goal 16'
O'Shea Goal 56'
Ellington Goal 77'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 48,924
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

30 November 2005
Middlesbrough 2 – 1 Crystal Palace
Viduka Goal 52'
Németh Goal 55'
Queudrue Goal 31' (o.g.)
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 10,791
Referee: Howard Webb

30 November 2005
Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Newcastle United
Connolly Goal 88' (pen.)
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 11,574
Referee: Steve Bennett

29 November 2005
Arsenal 3 – 0 Reading
Reyes Goal 12'
van Persie Goal 42'
Lupoli Goal 65'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 36,167
Referee: Lee Mason

29 November 2005
Doncaster Rovers 3 – 0 Aston Villa
McIndoe Goal 20' (pen.)
Heffernan Goal 53'
Thornton Goal 79'
Belle Vue, Doncaster
Attendance: 10,590
Referee: Mike Dean

29 November 2005
Millwall 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
3 – 4p
Birmingham City
Dunne Goal 57'
Elliott Goal 116'
Gray Goal 10'
Heskey Goal 102'
The New Den, London
Attendance: 7,732
Referee: Graham Poll

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter finals was made on 3 December 2005[5] and matches were played on 20 and 21 December. The only non-Premier League club, Doncaster Rovers gave Arsenal a scare by drawing 2-2 after extra-time but Arsenal made it through 3-1 on penalties

21 December 2005
Doncaster Rovers 2 – 2

(a.e.t.)
1 – 3p

Arsenal
McIndoe Goal 2'
Green Goal 104'
Owusu-Abeyie Goal 63'
Gilberto Goal 120'
Belle Vue, Doncaster
Attendance: 10,006
Referee: Phil Dowd

21 December 2005
Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Blackburn Rovers
Dickov Goal 90'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 14,710
Referee: Alan Wiley

20 December 2005
Birmingham City 1 – 3 Manchester United
Jarosik Goal 75' Saha Goal 46'63'
Park Goal 50'
St. Andrews, Birmingham
Attendance: 20,454
Referee: Mark Halsey

20 December 2005
Wigan Athletic 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers
Roberts Goal 40'45'
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 13,401
Referee: Mike Dean

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made in December 2005 after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The ties were played in the weeks beginning 9 January and 23 January 2006.

First leg[edit]

10 January 2006
19:45
Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Arsenal
Scharner Goal 78'
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 12,181
Referee: Howard Webb (S. Yorkshire)

11 January 2006
20:00
Blackburn Rovers 1 – 1 Manchester United
Pedersen Goal 35' Saha Goal 30'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 24,348
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)

Second leg[edit]

24 January 2006
19:45
Arsenal 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Wigan Athletic
Henry Goal 65'
van Persie Goal 108'
Roberts Goal 119'
Highbury Stadium, London
Attendance: 37,086
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Score level at 2-2 on aggregate. Wigan win on away goals rule.


25 January 2006
20:00
Manchester United 2 – 1 Blackburn Rovers
van Nistelrooy Goal 8'
Saha Goal 51'
S. Reid Goal 32'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 61,637
Referee: Graham Poll

Manchester United win 3–2 on aggregate

Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2006 Football League Cup Final.

The 2006 Carling Cup Final was played on 26 February 2006 and was contested between Premier League teams Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The favourites Manchester United won the game comfortably 4-0 in normal time.

26 February 2006
15:00
Manchester United 4 – 0 Wigan Athletic
Rooney Goal 33'61'
Saha Goal 55'
Ronaldo Goal 59'
(Report)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 66,866
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swansea handed difficult cup test". BBC Sport. 2005-06-28. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Tottenham given Grimbsy cup test". BBC Sport. 2005-08-27. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Plum draws for Grimsby and Barnet". BBC Sport. 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Doncaster face Villa in cup clash". BBC Sport. 2005-10-29. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Doncaster land plum Arsenal draw". BBC Sport. 2005-12-03. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 

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