2005–06 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton
2005–06 season
Chairman Rupert Lowe
Manager Harry Redknapp (until 3 December)
George Burley (from 23 December)
Stadium St Mary's
Championship 12th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Ricardo Fuller (9)
All:
Ricardo Fuller (9)
Highest home attendance 30,173 (vs. Leeds United, 19 November)
Lowest home attendance 19,086 (vs. Luton Town, 11 December)
Average home league attendance 23,613

During the 2005–06 English football season, Southampton Football Club competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Southampton endured a poor to largely indifferent season after relegation from the Premier League the previous season and finished in a lowly 12th place in the Championship. Although the south coast side started the season well, they ended up drawing too many games (19 games by the season's end) and a run of five wins from 35 games dragged them into the lower reaches of the table and put Southampton in danger of a second successive relegation. Manager Harry Redknapp, unable to establish consistency and unhappy with the appointment of former rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward to the coaching staff, had resigned in December,[1] returning as manager of Southampton's archrivals Portsmouth. His replacement, former Ipswich Town manager George Burley,[2] was unable to turn the club's form around until the back end of the season, with five wins from their last six games taking the team from 20th to 12th. The late run of form gave fans hope that next season Southampton could mount a sustained attempt at promotion.

Kit[edit]

The season's kit was manufactured by the club's own brand, Saints. The kit was sponsored by English life insurance company Friends Provident.

Final league table[edit]

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

Results[edit]

Southampton's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 24,061
9 August 2005 Luton Town A 2-3 9,447 Oakley, Jones
13 August 2005 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-0 26,688 Jones
20 August 2005 Norwich City H 1-0 23,498 Quashie (pen)
27 August 2005 Crewe Alexandra H 2-0 20,792 Belmadi, Quashie
29 August 2005 Coventry City A 1-1 23,000 Fuller
10 September 2005 Queens Park Rangers H 1-1 25,744 Higginbotham
13 September 2005 Ipswich Town A 2-2 22,997 Powell, Wise
18 September 2005 Derby County A 2-2 22,348 Ormerod, Fuller
24 September 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 0-0 26,331
28 September 2005 Reading H 0-0 24,946
1 October 2005 Preston North End A 1-1 15,263 Davidson (own goal)
15 October 2005 Hull City H 1-1 23,810 Oakley
18 October 2005 Leeds United A 1-2 18,881 Walcott
22 October 2005 Millwall A 2-0 10,759 Walcott, Fuller
29 October 2005 Stoke City H 2-0 24,095 Walcott, Belmadi
5 November 2005 Leicester City A 0-0 21,318
19 November 2005 Leeds United H 3-4 30,173 Pahars, Quashie (2, 1 pen)
22 November 2005 Hull City A 1-1 18,061 Kosowski
26 November 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 24,628
3 December 2005 Burnley H 1-1 21,592 Higginbotham (pen)
11 December 2005 Luton Town H 1-0 19,086 Walcott
17 December 2005 Norwich City A 1-3 24,836 Belmadi
26 December 2005 Watford A 0-3 16,972
28 December 2005 Sheffield United H 0-1 27,443
31 December 2005 Cardiff City A 1-2 13,377 Blackstock
2 January 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2-1 24,630 Blackstock (2)
14 January 2006 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 15,494
21 January 2006 Ipswich Town H 0-2 22,250
25 January 2006 Crystal Palace H 0-0 24,651
31 January 2006 Plymouth Argyle A 1-2 15,936 Surman
4 February 2006 Derby County H 0-0 21,829
10 February 2006 Reading A 0-2 23,845
15 February 2006 Preston North End H 0-0 19,534
25 February 2006 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-0 26,236 Higginbotham, Rasiak, Jones
4 March 2006 Coventry City H 1-1 21,980 Rasiak
11 March 2006 Crewe Alexandra A 1-1 6,588 Madsen
20 March 2006 Watford H 1-3 19,202 Madsen
25 March 2006 Sheffield United A 0-3 22,824
28 March 2006 Burnley A 1-1 10,636 Bardsley (own goal)
1 April 2006 Cardiff City H 3-2 22,388 Lundekvam, Fuller (2)
8 April 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2-0 7,999 Fuller, Chaplow
15 April 2006 Stoke City A 2-1 16,501 Rasiak (2, 1 pen)
17 April 2006 Millwall H 2-0 22,043 Jones (pen), Fuller
22 April 2006 Crystal Palace A 1-2 20,995 Fuller
30 April 2006 Leicester City H 2-0 26,801 Fuller, Surman

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 2006 Milton Keynes Dons H 4-3 15,908 Prutton, Quashie, Walcott, Kenton
R4 28 January 2006 Leicester City A 1-0 20,427 Jones
R5 18 February 2006 Newcastle United A 0-1 40,975

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 22 August 2005 Southend United A 3-0 6,358 Blackstock, Dyer, Ormerod
R2 20 September 2005 Mansfield Town A 0-1 3,739

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Alexander Östlund
3 Poland MF Kamil Kosowski (on loan from Wisła Kraków)
4 England MF Darren Potter (on loan from Liverpool)
5 Norway DF Claus Lundekvam
6 England DF Darren Powell
8 England MF Matt Oakley
10 England MF Jermaine Wright (on loan from Leeds United)
11 Sweden DF Michael Svensson
13 England GK Paul Smith
14 Jamaica FW Ricardo Fuller
15 Trinidad and Tobago FW Kenwyne Jones
16 England DF Martin Cranie
17 Latvia FW Marian Pahars
18 Poland FW Grzegorz Rasiak (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
No. Position Player
19 England DF Danny Higginbotham
20 England MF David Prutton
21 Northern Ireland DF Chris Baird
22 England DF Darren Kenton
24 England FW Dexter Blackstock
26 England GK Kevin Miller
28 Poland GK Bartosz Białkowski
29 England MF Andrew Surman
31 Algeria MF Djamel Belmadi[5]
33 England FW Nathan Dyer
34 Canada DF Jim Brennan
35 England FW David McGoldrick
36 England MF Simon Gillett
37 Wales DF Gareth Bale

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Antti Niemi (to Fulham)
4 England MF Dennis Wise (to Coventry City)
7 Poland DF Tomasz Hajto (to Derby County)
9 England FW Brett Ormerod (to Preston North End)
9 Denmark FW Peter Madsen (on loan from Cologne)
10 Scotland MF Neil McCann (to Hearts)
12 Scotland MF Nigel Quashie[6] (to West Bromwich Albion)
12 England MF Richard Chaplow (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
18 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Delap[7] (to Sunderland)
No. Position Player
23 France MF Yoann Folly (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
26 England DF Matthew Mills (to Manchester City)
27 England FW Leon Best (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
28 Northern Ireland GK Alan Blayney (to Doncaster Rovers)
29 France MF Fabrice Fernandes (to Bolton Wanderers)
29 France MF Léandre Griffit (to Elfsborg)
32 England FW Theo Walcott (to Arsenal)
34 Uruguay FW Marcelo Tejera (to Peñarol)
37 Scotland GK Andrew McNeil (to Hibernian)

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
25 England GK Michael Poke

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Redknapp walks out on Southampton". BBC Sport. 3 December 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saints unveil Burley as new coach". BBC Sport. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/southampton/2005-2006
  4. ^ Southampton squad for 2005–06 season
  5. ^ Belmadi was born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France.
  6. ^ Quashie was born in Southwark, England.
  7. ^ Delap was born in Sutton Coldfield, England.