2005–06 Reading F.C. season

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Reading F.C.
2005–06 season
Chairman John Madejski
Manager Steve Coppell
Football League Championship 1st
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League: Kitson & Doyle (18)
All: Kitson (22)
Highest home attendance 23,845 vs Southampton
10 February 2006
Lowest home attendance 6,941 vs Luton Town
20 September 2005

Reading Football Club played the season 2005–06 in the Football League Championship, during which they set several League records on their way to winning the Championship, and promotion to the Premier League.

Review and events[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Following the completion of the 2004–05 season Reading announced on 11 May that veteran duo Martin Keown and Les Ferdinand, along with Ricky Newman, Bas Savage and youngster Louie Soares would not have their contracts renewed and were free to leave the club.[1] On 22 June striker Nicky Forster left the club after 6 years, opting to sign for Ipswich Town having turned down a new contract at Reading.[2] He was followed in the days after by Paul Brooker and Lloyd Owusu who both moved to Brentford on free transfers.[3][4] On 21 July Andy Hughes moved to Norwich City in a deal thought to be worth £500,000 and the next day Dean Morgan moved to Luton Town on a free transfer.[5][6] The final summer departure from the Madejski was Shaun Goater who agreed to have his contract terminated by mutual consent on 27 July.[7]

The first signings of the summer were Irish pair Kevin Doyle and Shane Long who joined from Cork City on 7 June.[8] Stephen Hunt arrived from Brentford on a free transfer on 29 June and he was followed by Graham Stack who signed on a six-month loan from Arsenal on 7 July.[9][10] Leroy Lita was signed from Bristol City for a then club record £1,000,000 on 14 July and on 22 July Brynjar Gunnarsson transferred from Watford for an undisclosed fee.[11][12] On 2 August Chris Makin and John Oster both arrived on free transfers from Leicester City and Burnley respectively.[13] Eric Obinna signed on a short term deal on 24 August and Reading's summer transfer business was completed by Sekou Baradji who was signed on loan from West Ham on 1 September.[14][15]

August[edit]

Reading's first match in the Championship was a home game against Plymouth Argyle on 6 August and despite dominating the game Reading lost 1 - 2. Having gone one down Leroy Lita equalised with a goal on his debut but a late finish from Nick Chadwick was enough to give Plymouth all the points.[16] On 9 August Reading faced Brighton in the first of two away games with goals in each half for Glen Little and Dave Kitson enough for a 2 - 0 victory.[17] Reading then faced a trip north to Preston on 13 August and a came away with a comfortable 3 - 0 win thanks to a brace from Lita and a second goal in four days from Glen Little.[18] Reading returned to the Madejski on 20 August to face Millwall in a game they won emphatically 5 - 0. Bobby Convey scored two and one each from James Harper, Kitson and Steve Sidwell completed the scoring.[19]

Reading faced Swansea City on 23 August in the first round of the League Cup. Kitson opened the scoring on 13 minutes but an 80th minute equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa saw the game go into extra times with the score at 1 - 1. A second goal Kitson and one for Lita in extra time were enough to earn a 3 - 1 victory and progress into the second round.[20] Reading were back in league action on 27 August away at Watford though neither team could make the breakthrough and it ended 0 - 0.[21] The last game in August saw Reading at home in the league against Burnley. Leroy Lita put Reading into the lead on 7 minutes but Burnley equalised through Ade Akinbiyi. Kevin Doyle won the match for Reading with his first goal for the club on 70 minutes with the game finishing 2 - 1.[22]

September[edit]

After a 12-day break Reading travelled to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City on 10 September. A second goal in two games from Kevin Doyle was only enough for a 1 - 1 draw with Rob Page equalising in the 86th minute.[23] Three days later Reading faced Crystal Palace at home in a game they won 3 - 2. Kevin Doyle opened the scoring for Reading but Andy Johnson equalised shortly after and Clinton Morrison then gave Palace the lead at the start of the second half. However goals from Leroy Lita and Ibrahima Sonko were enough to secure the win for Reading.[24] Next up was the visit of Crewe on 17 September which Reading won 1 - 0 thanks to a 78th minute header from Ivar Ingimarsson.[25] Reading were back in Football League Cup action on 20 September with a second round home tie against Luton Town. A single John Oster goal was enough to see Reading progress to the third round.[26] On 24 September Reading traveled to Norwich City in the Football League Championship recorded and a third straight 1 - 0 win thanks to a goal from James Harper.[27] The final game in September was at Southampton which finished 0 - 0 with both sides having chances but failing to make the breakthrough.[28]

Squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

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 Marcus Hahnemann
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty[29]
3 England DF Nicky Shorey
4 England MF Steve Sidwell
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson
7 England MF Glen Little
8 England FW Leroy Lita[30]
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt
11 Wales MF John Oster[31]
12 England FW Dave Kitson
14 England DF John Halls
No. Position Player
15 England MF James Harper
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson
17 United States MF Bobby Convey
19 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle
21 Republic of Ireland GK Graham Stack[32]
23 England DF Chris Makin
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long
28 England GK Jamie Young[33]
31 England FW Simon Cox[34]
32 Australia GK Adam Federici
34 England DF Scott Golbourne

Reserve/Academy squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
20 Republic of Ireland MF Jonny Hayes
25 England DF Johnny Mullins
26 Kenya DF Curtis Osano
No. Position Player
27 England DF Aaron Brown
33 Republic of Ireland MF Conor Sinnott

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
14 Jamaica MF Simieon Howell[35] (on loan to Forest Green Rovers)
18 Scotland MF Darren Campbell (released)
18 England DF Michael Dobson (returned to Brentford after loan)
22 England DF Peter Castle (to Rushden & Diamonds)
No. Position Player
27 Northern Ireland MF Ryan Catney (to Lisburn Distillery)
29 Nigeria FW Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu (to Stevenage Borough)
30 France MF Sekou Baradji (returned to West Ham United after loan)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
7 June 2005 [8] FW Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Republic of Ireland Cork City Undisclosed
7 June 2005 [8] FW Republic of Ireland Shane Long Republic of Ireland Cork City Undisclosed
29 June 2005 [9] MF Republic of Ireland Stephen Hunt Brentford Free
14 July 2005 [11] FW England Leroy Lita Bristol City £1,000,000
22 July 2005 [12] MF Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson Watford Undisclosed
2 August 2005 [13] DF England Chris Makin Leicester City Free
2 August 2005 [13] MF Wales John Oster Burnley Free
24 August 2005 [14] FW Nigeria Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu Germany Kaiserslauten Free
14 November 2005 [36] MF Republic of Ireland Conor Sinnott Republic of Ireland Bray Wanderers Free
30 December 2005 [37] DF England Aaron Brown Tamworth Undisclosed
30 December 2005 [38] GK Republic of Ireland Graham Stack Arsenal Undisclosed
6 January 2006 [39] DF England Scott Golbourne Bristol City Undisclosed
19 January 2006 [40] DF England John Halls Stoke City £250,000

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
30 November 2005 [41] MF Northern Ireland Ryan Catney Northern Ireland Lisburn Distillery Free
31 January 2006 [42] DF England Peter Castle Rushden & Diamonds Free
31 May 2006 [43] DF England Johnny Mullins Mansfield Free
August 2006 [44] MF Jamaica Simieon Howell Basingstoke Town Free
2 August 2006 [45] GK Australia Jamie Young Wycombe Wanderers Free
16 August 2006 [46] DF England Chris Makin Southampton Free

Loans In[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
7 July 2005 [10] 6-month loan GK Republic of Ireland Graham Stack Arsenal
1 September 2005 [15] 2-month loan MF France Sekou Baradji West Ham
23 November 2005 [47] 30 December 2005[37] DF England Aaron Brown Tamworth
24 November 2005 [48] Season long loan DF England Michael Dobson Brentford

Loans Out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
4 August 2005 [49] Season long loan MF England Simieon Howell Forest Green
9 September 2005 [50] MF Scotland Darren Campbell Tamworth
December 2005 [51] One month loan GK Australia Adam Federici Northwood
10 January 2006 [52] Season long loan DF England Peter Castle Rushden & Diamonds
January 2006 Season long loan GK Australia Adam Federici Carshalton Athletic
4 July 2006 [53] November 2006 MF Republic of Ireland Conor Sinnott Republic of Ireland Limerick

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
November 2005[54] MF Scotland Darren Campbell Colchester United January 2006
31 January 2006 [37] FW Nigeria Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu Stevenage Borough

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Football League Championship 1st 6 August 2005 30 April 2006
Football League Cup 1st round 1st round 23 August 2005 29 November 2005
FA Cup 3rd round R4 7 January 2006 7 February 2006

Last updated: 17 November 2011
Source: Competitions

Championship[edit]

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
46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106 19 3 1 58 14 +44 12 10 1 41 18 +23

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A A H A H A H H A A H H H A H H A H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H
Result L W W W D W D W W W D W W D W D W W W W W W W W W W D W W D W W W D L W W D D D W W D W D W
Position 21 18 4 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Source: [ ]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Fixtures & results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Reading 46 19 3 1 58 14 12 10 1 41 18 99 32 + 67 106
2 Sheffield United 46 15 5 3 43 22 11 7 5 33 24 76 46 + 30 90
3 Watford 46 11 7 5 39 24 11 8 4 38 29 77 53 + 24 81
4 Preston North End 46 11 10 2 31 12 9 10 4 28 18 59 30 + 29 80
5 Leeds United 46 13 7 3 35 18 8 8 7 22 20 57 38 + 19 78
6 Crystal Palace 46 13 6 4 39 20 8 6 9 28 28 67 48 + 19 75
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 9 10 4 24 18 7 9 7 26 24 50 42 + 8 67
8 Coventry City 46 12 7 4 39 22 4 8 11 23 43 62 65 – 3 63
9 Norwich City 46 12 4 7 34 25 6 4 13 22 40 56 65 – 9 62
10 Luton Town 46 11 6 6 45 31 6 4 13 21 36 66 67 – 1 61
11 Cardiff City 46 10 7 6 32 24 6 5 12 26 35 58 59 – 1 60
12 Southampton 46 9 10 4 26 17 4 9 10 23 33 49 50 – 1 58
13 Stoke City 46 7 5 11 24 32 10 2 11 30 31 54 63 – 9 58
14 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 7 6 26 22 3 10 10 13 24 39 46 – 7 56
15 Ipswich Town 46 8 8 7 28 32 6 6 11 25 34 53 66 – 13 56
16 Leicester City 46 8 9 6 30 25 5 6 12 21 34 51 59 – 8 54
17 Burnley 46 11 6 6 34 22 3 6 14 12 32 46 54 – 8 54
18 Hull City 46 8 8 7 24 21 4 8 11 25 34 39 52 – 6 52
19 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 8 8 22 24 6 5 12 17 28 49 55 – 13 52
20 Derby County 46 8 10 5 33 27 2 10 11 20 40 53 67 – 14 50
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 7 7 9 24 26 5 7 11 26 39 50 65 – 15 50
22 Crewe Alexandra 46 7 7 9 38 40 2 8 13 19 46 57 86 – 29 42
23 Millwall 46 4 8 11 13 27 4 8 11 22 35 35 62 – 27 40
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 4 8 11 21 34 3 9 11 18 37 39 71 – 32 38

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup

Football League Cup[edit]

Player details[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann 47 0 45 0 0 0 1+1 0
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty 44 1 40 1 1 0 3 0
3 England DF Nicky Shorey 44 2 40 2 1 0 3 0
4 England MF Steve Sidwell 40 10 29+4 10 4 0 3 0
5 Senegal DF Ibrahima Sonko 52 3 46 3 2 0 4 0
6 Iceland MF Brynjar Gunnarsson 34 4 19+10 4 4 0 0+1 0
7 England MF Glen Little 38 5 34+1 5 0+1 0 0+2 0
8 England FW Leroy Lita 32 15 22+4 11 2+1 3 1+2 1
10 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt 46 3 3+35 2 4 1 4 0
11 Wales MF John Oster 41 2 11+22 1 4 0 4 1
12 England FW Dave Kitson 39 22 27+7 18 2 0 3 4
14 England DF John Halls 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 0
15 England MF James Harper 51 7 44+1 7 3 0 3 0
16 Iceland DF Ívar Ingimarsson 53 2 46 2 3 0 4 0
17 United States MF Bobby Convey 45 7 45 7 0 0 0 0
18 England DF Michael Dobson 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
19 Republic of Ireland FW Kevin Doyle 51 19 41+4 18 0+3 1 2+1 0
21 Republic of Ireland GK Graham Stack 8 0 1 0 4 0 3 0
23 England DF Chris Makin 18 0 10+1 0 4 0 2+1 0
24 Republic of Ireland FW Shane Long 15 4 1+10 3 4 1 0 0
26 England DF Curtis Osano 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
29 Nigeria FW Eric Obinna Chukwunyelu 8 0 0+6 0 0 0 2 0
30 France MF Sekou Baradji 3 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 0
31 England FW Simon Cox 6 0 0+2 0 0+2 0 0+2 0
33 England DF Scott Golbourne 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name Championship FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 12 Dave Kitson 18 0 4 22
2 FW Republic of Ireland 19 Kevin Doyle 18 1 0 19
3 FW England 8 Leroy Lita 11 3 1 15
4 MF England 4 Steve Sidwell 10 0 0 10
5 MF England 15 James Harper 7 0 0 7
MF United States 17 Bobby Convey 7 0 0 7
7 FW England 7 Glen Little 5 0 0 5
8 DF Iceland 6 Brynjar Gunnarsson 4 0 0 4
Own goals 4 0 0 4
FW Republic of Ireland 24 Shane Long 3 1 0 4
11 DF Senegal 5 Ibrahima Sonko 3 0 0 3
12 DF Iceland 16 Ívar Ingimarsson 2 0 0 2
DF England 3 Nicky Shorey 2 0 0 2
MF England 10 Stephen Hunt 2 0 0 2
MF England 11 John Oster 1 0 1 2
16 DF Scotland 2 Graeme Murty 1 0 0 1
DF England 14 John Halls 1 0 0 1
TOTALS 99 6 6 111

Team kit[edit]

Reading's kit for the 2005–06 was manufactured by Puma, and the main sponsor was Kyocera.

2005–06 home colours
2005–06 away colours
2005–06 third choice colours

References[edit]

General: Official Yearbook Reading FC 2006/07 (ISBN 1-903073-57-X)

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