2005–06 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
2005–06 season
Chairman Gunnar Gíslason
Manager Johan Boskamp
Stadium Britannia Stadium
Football League Championship 13th (58 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Paul Gallagher (12)
All: Paul Gallagher (13)
Highest home attendance 20,408 vs Leeds United (28 December 2005)
Lowest home attendance 10,121 vs Crystal Palace (13 March 2006)
Average home league attendance 14,738
Home colours

The 2005–06 season was Stoke City's 99th season in the Football League, the 39th in the second tier and second in the Championship.

In June 2005 Tony Pulis was sacked by Stoke's Icelandic board and Dutch manager Johan Boskamp was appointed. He went about changing Stoke's style of play to a more European passing style which also meant a decent number of foreign players were signed by the club. The change in style had mixed success whilst Stoke did play good attacking football the defensive qualities by Pulis's side went missing and Stoke suffered some poor defeats particularly at home. Stoke were far too inconsistent to be anything other than a mid-table side and they finished in 13th position. At the end of the season Boskamp left the club and Icelandic chairman Gunnar Gíslason put the club up for sale. Former chairman Peter Coates brought the club back and re-appointed Tony Pulis as manager.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

On 28 June 2005 manager Tony Pulis was sacked by Gunnar Gíslason for "failing to exploit the foreign transfer market".[2] The next day Dutch manager Johan Boskamp was named as Pulis' successor.[3] Boskamp went about changing Stoke's style of play to be more attacking and possession based during pre-season and he brought in a number of foreign players. Most came from Belgian Pro League and mainly his old club Anderlecht. In came Carl Hoefkens, Hannes Sigurðsson, Junior N'Galula and Martin Kolář whilst Marlon Broomes, Paul Gallagher Mamady Sidibe, Peter Sweeney and Luke Chadwick the domestic based players to join the club.[1]

The first match of the 2005–06 season saw City come up against newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke struggled to a goalless draw after Gerry Taggart had been sent-off after just 10 minutes.[1] In the next match Stoke lost 4–2 away at Leicester City to set the defensive tone for the season. The club record fee was broken with the £950,000 signing of Sambégou Bangoura on transfer deadline day but three bad home defeats by Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City saw supporters begin to ask questions.[1] Bangoura then went on a good run of form scoring seven goals in six matches as Stoke won six matches in November and December to give them a platform to build on going into the new year.[1] But in one of those wins away at Coventry City Boskamp and his assistant Jan de Koning and director of football John Rudge were involved in an argument which led to Boskamp almost resigning.[1][4]

Stoke began 2006 in terrible form winning just one match in ten and scoring a mere six goals in that time.[1] Bangoura had been away on international duty with Guinea and failed to return to the club at the agreed date which caused the shortage of goals and with Stoke's season fizzling out with no chance of promotion Boskamp was not offerd a new contract by Gunnar Gíslason.[5] Stoke ended the season with an emphatic 5–1 win at relegated Brighton & Hove Albion and young striker Adam Rooney scored a hat-trick becoming Stoke's youngest scorer of a hat-trick.[1]

With the Icelandic board failing to gain promotion to the Premier League and with debts now at around £5million chairman Gunnar Gíslason put the club up for sale and he sold the club back to former chairman Peter Coates.[6][7] Coates then re-appointed Tony Pulis as manager who had spent the season with Plymouth Argyle.[8]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke had a three ties against Birmingham opposition in this seasons FA Cup firstly beating plucky non-league Tamworth on penalties in a replay and then a 2–1 against Walsall before losing 1–0 to Birmingham City.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke continued their poor showing against lower league sides in the first round this time losing 3–0 on penalties to Mansfield Town.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Reading 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106
2 Sheffield United 46 26 12 8 76 46 +30 90
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 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 13 20 39 52 –13 52
19 Hull City 46 12 16 18 49 55 –6 51
20 Derby County 46 10 20 16 53 67 –14 50
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 14 20 50 65 –15 50
22 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 15 22 57 86 –29 42
23 Millwall 46 8 16 22 35 62 –27 40
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 17 22 39 71 –32 38

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

Results[edit]

Stoke City's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-Season Friendlies[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 10 July 2005 Newcastle Town A 7 – 0 Sidibe (2), Taggart, Russell, Neal, Paterson (2)
2 13 July 2005 Chester City A 1 – 1 Sidibe
3 16 July 2005 Shrewsbury Town A 0 – 1
4 20 July 2005 VfL Osnabrück A 4 – 2 Russell, Guðjónsson, Duberry, Paterson
5 25 July 2005 Hannover 96 A 0 – 1
6 28 July 2005 Stockport County A 1 – 2 Dyer
7 31 July 2005 Manchester City H 1 – 2 Dyer 52'

Football League Championship[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 6 August 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 0 – 0 18,744 Report
2 9 August 2005 Leicester City A 2 – 4 20,519 Broomes 64', Halls 89' Report
3 13 August 2005 Millwall A 1 – 0 8,668 Halls 38' Report
4 20 August 2005 Luton Town H 2 – 1 18,653 Broomes 63', Brammer 90+2' Report
5 27 August 2005 Crystal Palace A 0 – 2 17,637 Report
6 29 August 2005 Norwich City H 3 – 1 14,249 Kolář 9', Harper 45', Sidibe 69' Report
7 10 September 2005 Watford H 0 – 3 14,565 Report
8 13 September 2005 Hull City A 1 – 0 18,692 Gallagher 74' Report
9 16 September 2005 Preston North End A 1 – 0 12,453 Gallagher 76' Report
10 24 September 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 3 18,181 Buxton 90+1' Report
11 27 September 2005 Cardiff City H 0 – 3 12,240 Report
12 1 October 2005 Plymouth Argyle A 1 – 2 12,604 Chadwick 47' Report
13 15 October 2005 Derby County A 1 – 2 22,229 Hoefkens 59' Report
14 18 October 2005 Crewe Alexandra H 2 – 0 14,080 Bangoura 41', Duberry 64' Report
15 22 October 2005 Reading H 0 – 1 13,484 Report
16 29 October 2005 Southampton A 0 – 2 24,095 Report
17 2 November 2005 Coventry City A 2 – 1 16,617 Taggart 37', Gallagher 55' Report
18 5 November 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3 – 0 15,274 Bangoura (2) 35', 75', Russell 68' Report
19 19 November 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 2 – 1 8,942 Bangoura 16', Gallagher 89' Report
20 22 November 2005 Derby County H 1 – 2 13,205 Bangoura 33' Report
21 26 November 2005 Sheffield Wednesday A 2 – 0 21,970 Bangoura 17', Sidibe 86' Report
22 3 December 2005 Queens Park Rangers H 1 – 2 15,367 Bangoura 26' Report
23 9 December 2005 Leicester City H 3 – 2 11,125 Gallagher 36' (pen), Sidibe 75', Bangoura 78' Report
24 17 December 2005 Luton Town A 3 – 2 8,296 Gallagher (2) 45+1', 83', Coyne 90+3', (o.g.) Report
25 26 December 2005 Burnley A 0 – 1 17,912 Report
26 28 December 2005 Leeds United H 0 – 1 20,408 Report
27 31 December 2005 Sheffield United A 1 – 2 21,279 Sidibe 57' Report
28 2 January 2006 Ipswich Town H 2 – 2 14,493 Russell 27', Sidibe 73' Report
29 14 January 2006 Watford A 0 – 1 12,247 Report
30 21 January 2006 Hull City H 0 – 3 13,444 Report
31 4 February 2006 Preston North End H 0 – 0 13,218 Report
32 11 February 2006 Cardiff City A 0 – 3 10,780 Report
33 14 February 2006 Plymouth Argyle H 0 – 0 10,242 Report
34 25 February 2006 Millwall H 2 – 1 11,340 Hoefkens 15' (pen), Gallagher 57' Report
35 4 March 2006 Norwich City A 1 – 2 24,223 Gallagher 58' Report
36 7 March 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 – 0 22,439 Report
37 13 March 2006 Crystal Palace H 1 – 3 10,121 Skoko 47' Report
38 18 March 2006 Burnley H 1 – 0 12,082 Gallagher 52' Report
39 25 March 2006 Leeds United A 0 – 0 21,452 Report
40 29 March 2006 Queens Park Rangers A 2 – 1 10,918 Hoefkens 73' (pen), Sigurðsson 79' Report
41 1 April 2006 Sheffield United H 1 – 1 17,544 Skoko 16' Report
42 8 April 2006 Ipswich Town A 4 – 1 23,592 Wilnis 51' (o.g.), Bangoura 82', Chadwick 90', Russell 90+4' Report
43 15 April 2006 Southampton H 1 – 2 16,501 Gallagher 83' Report
44 17 April 2006 Reading A 1 – 3 22,119 Rooney 59' Report
45 22 April 2006 Coventry City H 0 – 1 13,385 Report
46 30 April 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion A 5 – 1 5,859 Rooney (3) 6', 22', 63', Sidibe 40', Sweeney 82' Report

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: FA Cup 2005–06
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 7 January 2006 Tamworth H 0 – 0 9,366 Report
R3 Replay 17 January 2006 Tamworth A 1 – 1 (5 – 4 pens) 3,812 Gallagher 80' Report
R4 28 January 2006 Walsall H 2 – 1 8,834 Sidibe 45', Chadwick 49' Report
R5 19 February 2006 Birmingham City H 0 – 1 18,768 Report

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R1 23 August 2005 Mansfield Town A 1 – 1 (0 – 3 pens) 2,799 Brammer 11' (pen) Report

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Steve Simonsen 45 0 4 0 1 0 50 0
2 DF Belgium Carl Hoefkens 44 3 4 0 1 0 49 3
3 DF England Marlon Broomes 36(1) 2 4 0 1 0 41(1) 2
4 MF England John Eustace 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF England Michael Duberry 41 1 3 0 1 0 45 1
6 DF England Clint Hill 12(1) 0 1 0 0 0 13(1) 0
7 FW Guinea Sambégou Bangoura 23(1) 9 1 0 0 0 24(1) 9
8 MF England Dave Brammer 38(2) 1 4 0 1 1 43(2) 2
9 FW Mali Mamady Sidibe 37(5) 6 4 1 1 0 42(5) 7
10 FW Iceland Hannes Sigurðsson 10(13) 1 0(3) 0 0 0 10(16) 1
11 MF Scotland Kevin Harper 4(9) 1 1(1) 0 1 0 6(10) 1
12 MF Scotland Peter Sweeney 8(9) 0 2(1) 0 0 0 11(10) 0
14 MF Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0
15 GK Netherlands Ed de Goey 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 1(2) 0
16 FW England Bruce Dyer 2(9) 0 0 0 1 0 3(9) 0
17 MF England Darel Russell 35(2) 3 1 0 0(1) 0 36(3) 2
18 MF Belgium Junior N'Galula 16(6) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 17(7) 0
19 MF England Luke Chadwick 33(3) 2 4 1 0 0 37(3) 2
20 MF Czech Republic Martin Kolář 12(2) 1 0 0 1 0 13(2) 1
20 MF Australia Josip Skoko 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
21 MF England John Halls 13 2 0 0 1 0 14 2
22 DF England Lewis Buxton 25(7) 1 3 0 0(1) 0 28(8) 1
23 MF England Karl Henry 11(13) 0 3 0 1 0 15(13) 0
24 FW Scotland Paul Gallagher 32(5) 12 3 1 0 0 35(5) 13
25 MF Finland Peter Kopteff 3(3) 0 1(2) 0 0 0 4(5) 0
26 MF Wales Anthony Pulis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF England Andy Wilkinson 4(2) 0 0 0 0 0 4(2) 0
30 FW Northern Ireland Martin Paterson 2(1) 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 0
31 DF England Carl Dickinson 4(1) 0 0 0 0 0 4(1) 0
32 DF Northern Ireland Gerry Taggart 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
33 GK Republic of Ireland Robert Duggan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 FW Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney 2(3) 4 0(2) 0 0 0 2(5) 4
35 MF Northern Ireland Robert Garrett 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
36 MF Northern Ireland Matthew Hazley 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
Own goals 2 0 0 2

Reserves[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers
1 17 August 2005 Rotherham United H 1 – 0 Wilkinson
2 24 August 2005 Walsall A 3 – 2 Paterson (3)
3 7 September 2005 Sheffield United H 0 – 3
4 21 September 2005 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 0
5 16 October 2005 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 1
6 26 October 2005 Huddersfield Town H 2 – 0 Sweeney, Paterson
7 15 November 2005 Barnsley A 0 – 3
8 23 November 2005 Bradford City H 3 – 0 Smith (2), Holloway (o.g.)
9 15 December 2005 Rotherham United A 1 – 3 Rooney
10 18 January 2006 Sheffield United A 2 – 7 Pulis, Dyer
11 25 January 2006 Nottingham Forest H 0 – 2
12 8 February 2006 Oldham Athletic A 0 – 1
13 22 February 2006 Walsall H 3 – 1 Paterson (2),Thomas
14 8 March 2006 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 3 Kopteff
15 28 March 2006 Oldham Athletic H 1 – 1 McDonald
16 5 April 2006 Barnsley H 3 – 0 Hazley, Paterson, McDonald
17 12 April 2006 Huddersfield Town A 0 – 1 Paterson
18 20 April 2006 Bradford City A 1 – 3 Shotton

Reserve Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name League
Apps Goals
DF England Lewis Buxton 1 0
DF England James Curley 4 0
MF Northern Ireland Niall Derry 0 (2) 0
DF England Carl Dickinson 10 0
MF Australia Hayden Doyle 1 (2) 0
GK Republic of Ireland Robert Duggan 11 (1) 0
FW England Bruce Dyer 5 1
GK Netherlands Ed de Goey 2 0
MF Northern Ireland Robert Garrett 8 (2) 0
MF Iceland Þórður Guðjónsson 2 0
DF England Tony Grant 1 0
DF England John Halls 3 0
MF Scotland Kevin Harper 1 0
MF Northern Ireland Matthew Hazley 9 (1) 1
MF England Karl Henry 10 0
DF England Clint Hill 2 0
DF Brazil Adriano Hoelzle 3 0
MF England Jeff Ho 1 0
DF England Danny Hughes 3 0
DF Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabriel Ngalula Junior 3 0
MF Czech Republic Martin Kolář 3 0
MF Finland Peter Kopteff 4 1
FW England Nathan McDonald 2 (1) 2
MF England Geoff McGaw 0 (2) 0
MF England Ryan Mullan 3 (3) 0
MF England Liam Page 3 (4) 0
FW Northern Ireland Martin Paterson 13 8
MF Wales Anthony Pulis 9 1
DF Republic of Ireland John Quigley 8 (2) 0
GK England Aaron Ratchford 2 0
DF England Sean Robinson 5 0
FW Republic of Ireland Adam Rooney 8 1
MF England Darel Russell 2 0
GK Wales Chris Sanna 2 0
DF England Ryan Shotton 11 1
FW Iceland Hannes Sigurðsson 3 0
FW England Danny Smith 1 (2) 2
MF Scotland Peter Sweeney 6 1
DF Northern Ireland Gerry Taggart 1 0
FW England Keith Thomas 1 (2) 1
MF England Jack Watson 1 (1) 0
MF England Nathaniel Wedderburn 1 0
DF England Andy Wilkinson 9 1
DF England Josh Wilson 9 (3) 0
MF England Leon Williams 1 0
MF Hungary Ádám Vass 6 (2) 0
FW Hungary Norbert Zsivóczky 3 (2) 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Stoke City season review 2005-06 Boskamp's one season in charge is a bizzare experience". The Sentinel. 18 May 2006. 
  2. ^ "Manager Pulis is sacked by Stoke". BBC Sport. 28 June 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Boskamp named as new Stoke boss". BBC Sport. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  4. ^ "Boskamp keen to resolve future". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Boskamp will not be offered deal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chairman Gislason departs Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Coates takes over as Stoke owner". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pulis confirmed as Stoke manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

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