2005–06 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
League Football League Championship 14th place
League performance 13 wins, 17 draws, 16 defeats,
39 goals for, 46 goals against,
56 points
Top scorer Paul Wotton (9 goals)
Highest home attendance Leeds United (17,726)
Highest away attendance Southampton (26,331)
Lowest home attendance Peterborough (13,308)
Lowest away attendance Barnet (1,941)
FA Cup -Third Round (Defeated 1–0 by Wolves)
League Cup Second Round (Defeated 1–0 by Barnet)
Manager Wales Tony Pulis
Sponsors Ginsters

Summary of the 2005–06 season[edit]

After a poor start to the season, which made relegation a likely outcome, Argyle fired manager Bobby Williamson and brought in Tony Pulis. Argyle regrouped under Pulis and regained a solid place in the middle of the league standings. The team's performance was one of contrasts. Argyle allowed only 46 goals, which made it the fifth (tied) best defense in the league – a play-off contending defense. However, Argyle only scored 39 goals, which made it the third(tied) worst offense in the league – a relegation performance. For the fans, it meant an endless series of 0–0, 1–0, and 0–1 games – not the most exciting to watch. However, under new manager Pulis, an expert at getting the best out of low budget teams (and filling strategic gaps with players loaned from other teams), relegation never looked likely.

Notable events[edit]

  • August, Argyle open season by defeating Reading 2–1 at the Madejski Stadium. It would be Reading's only home loss in the Championship all season. Victory at Reading is followed by a draw and four losses in the Championship.
  • September 6–23, manager Bobby Williamson is fired. Jocky Scott is named caretaker manager. Tony Pulis is named as the new manager.
  • September–October, Pulis's first shores up the Argyle defence and achieves a record of one win, one loss, and five draws in first seven games under his management.
  • November 22 – February 18, young central defender Elliott Ward comes to Argyle on loan from West Ham. He stays for three months and proves successful on the field and popular with the fans. In 15 games with Ward, Argyle concede only 15 goals and achieve a record of 6 wins, 5 draws, and four losses in the Championship. Argyle move up to mid-table and while not safe from relegation, its seems very unlikely.

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

Date Player Transfer To Fee
June 2005 Matthew Villis Sale Torquay United £0
July 2005 Gary Sawyer Season-long loan Exeter City N/A
July 2005 Graham Coughlan Sale Sheffield Wednesday £100,000
July 2005 Peter Gilbert Sale Leicester City £200,000
October 2005 Taribo West Released Free Agent N/A
January 2006 Matt Derbyshire Recalled from loan Blackburn Rovers N/A
January 2006 Jason Jarrett Recalled from loan Norwich City N/A
January 2006 Scott Taylor Sale Milton Keynes Dons £100,000
January 2006 Nuno Mendes Released Free Agent N/A
January 2006 Bjarni Guðjónsson Released Free agent N/A
February 2006 Keith Lasley Short-term loan Blackpool N/A
February 2006 Elliott Ward Recalled from loan West Ham United N/A
February 2006 Rufus Brevett Short-term loan Leicester City N/A
June 2006 Rufus Brevett Released Free agent N/A
June 2006 Keith Lasley Released Blackpool N/A

In[edit]

Date Player Transfer From Fee
June 2005 Ákos Buzsáky Buy F.C. Porto £250,000
June 2005 Bojan Djordjic Buy Rangers £0
June 2005 Anthony Barness Buy Bolton Wanderers £0
July 2005 Nuno Mendes Buy CD Santa Clara £0
July 2005 Taribo West Buy Al-Arabi £0
July 2005 Rufus Brevett Buy West Ham United £0
August 2005 Matt Derbyshire Season Loan Blackburn Rovers N/A
November 2005 Jason Jarrett Short Term Loan Norwich City N/A
November 2005 Elliott Ward Short Term Loan West Ham United N/A
January 2006 Lilian Nalis Buy Sheffield United £0
January 2006 Vincent Péricard Short Term Loan Portsmouth N/A

Results[edit]

6 August 2005 Reading Away Won 2–1 Championship
9 August 2005 Watford Home Draw 3–3 Championship
13 August 2005 Derby Home Lost 0–2 Championship
20 August 2005 Crystal Palace Away Lost 0–1 Championship
23 August 2005 Peterborough Home Won 2–1 League Cup
27 August 2005 Hull City Home Lost 0–1 Championship
29 August 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion Away Lost 0–2 Championship
10 September 2005 Norwich City Away Lost 0–2 Championship
13 September 2005 Crewe Home Drew 1–1 Championship
17 September 2005 Burnley Home Won 1–0 Championship
20 September 2005 Barnet Away Lost 1–2 League Cup
24 September 2005 Southampton Away Drew 0–0 Championship
27 September 2005 Sheffield United Away Lost 0–2 Championship
1 October 2005 Stoke City Home Won 2–1 Championship
15 October 2005 Sheffield Wednesday Home Drew 1–1 Championship
18 October 2005 QPR Away Drew 1–1 Championship
22 October 2005 Luton Town Away Drew 1–1 Championship
30 October 2005 Millwall Home Drew 0–0 Championship
5 November 2005 Ipswich Town Away Lost 1–3 Championship
19 November 2005 QPR Home Won 3–1 Championship
22 November 2005 Sheffield Wednesday Away Draw 0–0 Championship
26 November 2005 Reading Home Lost 0–2 Championship
3 December 2005 Coventry City Away Lost 1–3 Championship
10 December 2005 Watford Away Draw 1–1 Championship
17 December 2005 Crystal Palace Home Won 2–0 Championship
26 December 2005 Cardiff City Away Won 2–0 Championship
31 December 2005 Wolves Away Draw 1–1 Championship
2 January 2006 Leeds United Home Lost 0–3 Championship
7 January 2006 Wolves Away Lost 0–1 FA Cup
14 January 2006 Norwich City Home Draw 1–1 Championship
21 January 2006 Crewe Alexandra Away Won 2–1 Championship
24 January 2006 Leicester City Home Won 1–0 Championship
31 January 2006 Southampton Home Won 2–1 Championship
4 February 2006 Burnley Away Lost 0–1 Championship
11 February 2006 Sheffield United Home Draw 0–0 Championship
14 February 2006 Stoke City Away Draw 0–0 Championship
18 February 2006 Coventry City Home Won 3–1 Championship
25 February 2006 Derby County Away Lost 0–1 Championship
4 March 2006 Brighton Home Won 1–0 Championship
7 March 2006 Preston Home Draw 0–0 Championship
11 March 2006 Hull City Away Lost 0–1 Championship
18 March 2006 Cardiff City Home Lost 0–1 Championship
25 March 2006 Preston Away Draw 0–0 Championship
1 April 2006 Wolves Home Won 2–0 Championship
8 April 2006 Leeds United Away Draw 0–0 Championship
15 April 2006 Millwall Away Draw 1–1 Championship
17 April 2006 Luton Town Home Lost 1–2 Championship
22 April 2006 Leicester City Away Lost 0–1 Championship
30 April 2006 Ipswich Town Home Won 2–1 Championship

Results summary[edit]

Month Wins Losses Draws Points/Possible Percentage
August 2 1 4 7/21 33%
September 1 2 2 5/15 33%
October 1 0 4 7/15 47%
November 1 1 2 4/15 27%
December 2 2 1 8/15 53%
January 3 1 1 10/15 67%
February 1 2 2 5/15 33%
March 1 2 2 5/15 33%
April 2 2 2 8/18 53%
Season 14 14 16 56/138 41%
Sheffield United (Automatic Promotion) 90/138 65%
Crystal Palace (Play Offs) 75/138 54%
Crewe Alexadra (Relegation) 42/18 30%

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