2005–06 Football League

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The Football League
Season2005–06
ChampionsReading
PromotedReading
Sheffield United
Watford
RelegatedOxford United
Rushden & Diamonds

The 2005–06 Football League (known as the Coca-Cola Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 107th completed season of The Football League.

This season saw Reading promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history, after winning the Championship with 106 points – a record for a 46-match season with three points for a win. Southend United were the champions of League One, while Carlisle United, having played in the Conference in 2004–05, completed a double promotion by winning League Two.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[1] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

Football League Championship[edit]

Football League Championship
Season2005–06
ChampionsReading (1st second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier LeagueReading,
Sheffield United
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offsWatford
RelegatedBrighton & Hove Albion,
Crewe Alexandra,
Millwall
Matches played552
Goals scored1,341 (2.43 per match)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Reading (C, P) 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106 Promotion to 2006–07 FA Premier League
2 Sheffield United (P) 46 26 14 6 76 46 +30 92
3 Watford (P) 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81 Qualification for 2005–06 Championship Playoffs
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
22 Crewe Alexandra (R) 46 9 15 22 57 86 −29 42 Relegation to 2006–07 Football League One
23 Millwall (R) 46 8 16 22 35 62 −27 40
24 Brighton & Hove Albion (R) 46 7 17 22 39 71 −32 38
Updated to match(es) played on 2 December 2011. Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

Leeds United1 – 1Preston North End
Lewis Goal 74' Statistics Nugent Goal 48'
Referee: P Crossley

Crystal Palace0 – 3Watford
Statistics King Goal 46'
Young Goal 67'
Spring Goal 85'
Referee: M J Jones

Second leg[edit]

Preston North End0 – 2Leeds United
Statistics Hulse Goal 56'
Richardson Goal 61'
Crainey Yellow card 68' Yellow-red card
Cresswell Yellow card 90' Yellow-red card
Referee: Mike Thorpe
  • Leeds United win 3–1 on aggregate.

  • Watford win 3–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Leeds United0 – 3Watford
(Details) DeMerit Goal 25'
Sullivan Goal 57' (o.g.)
Henderson Goal 84' (pen.)
Attendance: 64,736
Referee: Mike Dean

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 5/6 May; 2nd leg – 8/9 May 2006
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
21 May 2006
                     
3rd Watford 3 0 3  
6th Crystal Palace 0 0 0  
    3rd Watford 3
  5th Leeds United 0
4th Preston North End 1 0 1
5th Leeds United 1 2 3  

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Marlon King Watford 21
2 Dave Kitson Reading 18
= Kevin Doyle Reading 18
= Cameron Jerome Cardiff City 18
5 Darius Henderson Watford 15
= Andrew Johnson Crystal Palace 15
= Gary McSheffrey Coventry 15
= Ade Akinbiyi Sheffield United 15
9 Ashley Young Watford 14
= Steve Howard Luton Town 14

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Football League One[edit]

Football League One
Season2005–06
ChampionsSouthend United (1st third tier title)
Direct promotionSouthend United,
Colchester United
Promoted through play-offsBarnsley
RelegatedHartlepool United,
Milton Keynes Dons,
Swindon Town,
Walsall
Matches played552
Goals scored1,384 (2.51 per match)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Southend United 46 13 6 4 37 16 10 7 6 35 27 +29 82 Division Champions, promoted
2 Colchester United 46 15 4 4 39 21 7 9 7 19 19 +18 79 Promoted
3 Brentford 46 10 8 5 35 23 10 8 5 37 29 +20 76 Participated in play-offs
4 Huddersfield Town 46 13 6 4 40 25 6 10 7 32 34 +13 73
5 Barnsley 46 11 11 1 37 19 7 7 9 25 25 +18 72 Promoted through play-offs
6 Swansea City 46 11 9 3 42 23 7 8 8 36 32 +23 71 Participated in play-offs
7 Nottingham Forest 46 14 5 4 40 15 5 7 11 27 37 +15 69
8 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 6 6 30 19 9 3 11 25 32 +4 69
9 Bristol City 46 11 7 5 38 22 7 4 12 28 40 +4 65
10 Oldham Athletic 46 12 4 7 32 24 6 7 10 26 36 −2 65
11 Bradford City 46 8 9 6 28 25 6 10 7 23 24 +2 61
12 Scunthorpe United 46 8 8 7 36 33 7 7 9 32 40 −5 60
13 Port Vale 46 10 5 8 30 26 6 7 10 19 28 −5 60
14 Gillingham 46 13 4 6 31 21 3 8 12 19 43 −14 60
15 Yeovil Town 46 8 8 7 27 24 7 3 13 27 38 −8 56
16 Chesterfield 46 6 7 10 31 37 8 7 8 32 36 −10 56
17 Bournemouth 46 7 11 5 25 20 5 8 10 24 33 −4 55
18 Tranmere Rovers 46 7 8 8 32 30 6 7 10 18 22 −2 54
19 Blackpool 46 9 8 6 33 27 3 9 11 23 37 −8 53
20 Rotherham United 46 7 9 7 31 26 5 7 11 21 36 −10 52
21 Hartlepool United 46 6 10 7 28 30 5 7 11 16 29 −15 50 Relegated
22 Milton Keynes Dons 46 8 8 7 28 25 4 6 13 17 41 −21 50
23 Swindon Town 46 9 5 9 31 31 2 10 11 15 34 −19 48
24 Walsall 46 7 7 9 27 34 4 7 12 20 36 −23 47
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg − 13 May; 2nd leg − 17 May 2006
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
28 May 2006
                     
3rd Brentford 1 0 1  
6th Swansea City 1 2 3  
    5th Barnsley (pens.) 2 (4)
  6th Swansea City 2 (3)
4th Huddersfield Town 1 1 2
5th Barnsley 0 3 3  

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Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Billy Sharp Scunthorpe United 23
= Freddy Eastwood Southend United 23
3 James Hayter Bournemouth 20
= Lee Trundle Swansea City 20
5 Luke Beckett Oldham Athletic 18
6 Rory Fallon Swansea City 17
= Izale McLeod Milton Keynes Dons 17
= Chris Iwelumo Colchester United 17
9 Dean Windass Bradford City 16
= Steve Brooker Bristol City 16
= Chris Greenacre Tranmere Rovers 16

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Football League Two[edit]

Football League Two
Season2005–06
ChampionsCarlisle United (2nd fourth tier title)
Direct promotionCarlisle United,
Leyton Orient,
Northampton Town
Promoted through play-offsCheltenham Town
Relegated to ConferenceOxford United,
Rushden & Diamonds
New clubs in the leagueBarnet,
Carlisle United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,392 (2.52 per match)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Carlisle United[a] 46 14 3 6 47 23 11 8 4 37 19 +42 86 Division Champions, promoted
2 Northampton Town 46 11 8 4 30 15 11 9 3 33 22 +26 83 Promoted
3 Leyton Orient 46 11 6 6 29 21 11 9 3 38 30 +16 81
4 Grimsby Town 46 13 3 7 37 18 9 9 5 27 26 +20 78 Participated in play-offs
5 Cheltenham Town 46 10 7 6 39 31 9 8 6 26 22 +12 72 Promoted through play-offs
6 Wycombe Wanderers 46 9 9 5 41 29 9 8 6 31 27 +16 71 Participated in play-offs
7 Lincoln City 46 9 11 3 37 21 6 10 7 28 32 +12 66
8 Darlington 46 10 7 6 32 26 6 8 9 26 26 +6 63
9 Peterborough United 46 9 7 7 28 21 8 4 11 29 28 +8 62
10 Shrewsbury Town 46 10 9 4 33 20 6 4 13 22 35 0 61
11 Boston United 46 11 7 5 34 28 4 9 10 16 32 −10 61
12 Bristol Rovers 46 8 6 9 30 29 9 3 11 29 38 −8 60
13 Wrexham 46 12 6 5 36 19 3 8 12 25 35 +7 59
14 Rochdale 46 8 7 8 34 30 6 7 10 32 39 −3 56
15 Chester City 46 7 6 10 30 29 7 6 10 23 30 −6 54
16 Mansfield Town 46 9 7 7 37 29 4 8 11 22 37 −7 54
17 Macclesfield Town 46 10 9 4 35 27 2 9 12 25 44 −11 54
18 Barnet[a] 46 9 8 6 24 22 3 10 10 20 35 −13 54
19 Bury 46 6 9 8 22 25 6 8 9 23 32 −12 52[b]
20 Torquay United 46 7 9 7 33 31 6 4 13 20 35 −13 52
21 Notts County 46 7 11 5 30 26 5 5 13 18 37 −15 52
22 Stockport County 46 7 11 5 34 29 4 8 11 23 49 −21 52
23 Oxford United 46 7 7 9 25 30 4 9 10 18 27 −14 49 Relegated to Conference
24 Rushden & Diamonds 46 8 5 10 25 31 3 7 13 19 45 −32 45
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Notes:
  1. ^ a b New club in the league
  2. ^ Bury deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player.[4]

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg − 13 May; 2nd leg – 16/18 May 2006
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
28 May 2006
                     
4th Grimsby Town 1 2 3  
7th Lincoln City 0 1 1  
    4th Grimsby Town 0
  5th Cheltenham Town 1
5th Cheltenham Town 2 0 2
6th Wycombe Wanderers 1 0 1  

[1]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Rickie Lambert Rochdale 22
= Karl Hawley Carlisle United 22
3 Richard Walker Bristol Rovers 20
4 Tommy Mooney Wycombe Wanderers 18
= Richard Barker Mansfield Town 18
6 Scott McGleish Northampton Town 17
7 Junior Agogo Bristol Rovers 16
8 Danny Crow Peterborough United 15
= Gary Jones Grimsby Town 15
= Michael Bridges Carlisle United 15

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "England 2005–06". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. ^ scorersleague=eng.2&year=2005&cc=5901 soccernet.espn.go.com
  3. ^ scorersleague=eng.3&year=2005&cc=5901 soccernet.espn.go.com
  4. ^ "Bury handed one-point deduction". BBC Sport. 25 May 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  5. ^ scorersleague=eng.4&year=2005&cc=5901 soccernet.espn.go.com

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