2005–06 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2005–06 season
ChairmanJim McCahill
ManagerCraig Levein
(until 25 January)
Rob Kelly
(from 25 January)
StadiumWalkers Stadium
Championship16th
FA CupFourth round
League CupFourth round
Player of the YearJoey Guðjónsson
Top goalscorerLeague: Hume (9)
All: Hume/Guðjónsson/De Vries (9)
Highest home attendance25,578 vs Reading
(25 Mar 2006, Championship)
Lowest home attendance7,386 vs Blackpool
(20 Sep 2005, League Cup)
Average home league attendance22,234

During the 2005–06 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, Leicester's dismal form continued which saw some fans call for Levein's resignation as the team were near the bottom of the table after ten matches, and fell into the relegation zone in January, ultimately leading to his sacking on Wednesday 25 January 2006,[1] despite a 3–2 FA Cup win over Premiership club Tottenham just 17 days earlier.[2]

After winning three out of four games as caretaker manager and moving the club five places up the league, Rob Kelly was appointed to see out the rest of the season.[3] Kelly steered Leicester to safety and in April 2006 was given the manager's job on a permanent basis.[4] Jim McCahill retired as chairman on 1 June 2006 and was replaced by Andrew Taylor.

Kit[edit]

Leicester City's kit was manufactured by English sports retailer JJB Sports and sponsored by Narborough-based bank Alliance & Leicester.

Final league table[edit]

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: Football League tables
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Results summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 13 15 18 51 59  −8 54 8 9 6 30 25  +5 5 6 12 21 34  −13

Source: 2005-06 Football League Championship table

Results by round
Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHHAHAHAAHHAAHHAHAHHAAHHAHAAHAAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHA
ResultLWDDLDWLDLDDWLWDDLDWLLDDLLLLLLWWWDDLWWWDLWLDWL
Position24121214161714151516171915181312151616141616182020202122222221211919192018161616181517171516
Source: 11v11.com: 2005-06 Leicester City results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[5]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Sheffield United A 1-4 18,224 Connolly
9 August 2005 Stoke City H 4-2 20,519 De Vries, Connolly (3)
13 August 2005 Ipswich Town H 0-0 21,879
20 August 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 2-2 7,053 Tiatto, Guðjónsson (pen)
27 August 2005 Luton Town H 0-2 22,048
29 August 2005 Hull City A 1-1 20,192 McCarthy
10 September 2005 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-0 22,618 De Vries (2)
13 September 2005 Cardiff City A 0-1 9,196
17 September 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 24,726
24 September 2005 Queens Park Rangers H 1-2 20,148 Hammond
27 September 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0-0 20,296
1 October 2005 Derby County A 1-1 25,044 Hume
15 October 2005 Watford A 2-1 16,224 De Vries, Kisnorbo
18 October 2005 Burnley H 0-1 23,326
23 October 2005 Coventry City H 2-1 22,991 De Vries (2)
29 October 2005 Preston North End A 0-0 13,904
5 November 2005 Southampton H 0-0 21,318
19 November 2005 Burnley A 0-1 12,592
22 November 2005 Watford H 2-2 18,856 Guðjónsson (2, 1 pen)
26 November 2005 Sheffield United H 4-2 22,382 Hume (2), Smith, Hammond
3 December 2005 Leeds United A 1-2 21,402 Guðjónsson (pen)
9 December 2005 Stoke City A 2-3 11,129 Guðjónsson, Hammond
17 December 2005 Crewe Alexandra H 1-1 24,873 Hume
26 December 2005 Millwall H 1-1 22,520 Guðjónsson (pen)
28 December 2005 Reading A 0-2 22,061
31 December 2005 Norwich City H 0-1 21,072
2 January 2006 Crystal Palace A 0-2 20,089
14 January 2006 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 25,398 Stearman
21 January 2006 Cardiff City H 1-2 20,140 Fryatt
24 January 2006 Plymouth Argyle A 0-1 12,591
31 January 2006 Queens Park Rangers A 3-2 11,785 Fryatt, Stearman, Hughes
4 February 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 21,385 Fryatt
11 February 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2-1 7,187 McCarthy, Hume
14 February 2006 Derby County H 2-2 23,246 Hume, Maybury
18 February 2006 Leeds United H 1-1 25,497 Hume
25 February 2006 Ipswich Town A 0-2 24,861
4 March 2006 Hull City H 3-2 22,835 Hume, Guðjónsson (2)
11 March 2006 Luton Town A 2-1 9,783 Fryatt, O'Grady
18 March 2006 Millwall A 1-0 10,523 Hughes
25 March 2006 Reading H 1-1 25,578 Hume
1 April 2006 Norwich City A 1-2 24,718 Williams
7 April 2006 Crystal Palace H 2-0 23,211 Welsh, Hughes
15 April 2006 Preston North End H 1-2 21,865 Fryatt
17 April 2006 Coventry City A 1-1 26,672 Stearman
22 April 2006 Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 22,796 Fryatt
30 April 2006 Southampton A 0-2 26,801

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2006 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-2 19,844 Hammond, Hughes, De Vries
R4 28 January 2006 Southampton H 0-1 20,427

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 23 August 2005 Bury A 3-0 2,759 Hamill, Stearman, Guðjónsson (pen)
R2 20 September 2005 Blackpool H 2-1 7,386 De Vries (2)
R3 26 October 2005 Cardiff City A 1-0 8,727 Johansson
R4 30 November 2005 Bolton Wanderers A 1-2 13,067 Williams

Squad[edit]

[6][7] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Rab Douglas
2 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
3 Australia DF Patrick Kisnorbo
4 Scotland MF Stephen Hughes
5 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy McCarthy
6 Scotland MF Gareth Williams
7 Guinea MF Mohammed Sylla
8 Canada FW Iain Hume
11 Australia DF Danny Tiatto (captain)
12 England FW Matty Fryatt
13 Australia GK Paul Henderson
14 England DF Rufus Brevett (on loan from Plymouth Argyle)
15 Sweden DF Nils-Eric Johansson
16 Iceland MF Joey Guðjónsson
No. Position Player
17 England DF Richard Stearman
18 Ghana FW Elvis Hammond
22 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Sheehan
23 Scotland MF Joe Hamill
24 Sweden DF Patrik Gerrbrand
25 Scotland MF Andy Welsh (on loan from Sunderland)
26 England FW Chris O'Grady
27 Republic of Ireland GK Conrad Logan
28 England FW Louis Dodds
29 England FW Levi Porter
30 Australia MF James Wesolowski
32 England DF Jay Smedley
34 England FW Ashley Chambers

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
8 Republic of Ireland FW David Connolly (to Wigan Athletic)
21 Scotland DF Peter Canero (to Dundee United)
19 England FW Tommy Wright (to Barnsley)
12 Wales DF Peter Gilbert (to Sheffield Wednesday)
14 England MF Jason Wilcox (to Blackpool)
No. Position Player
9 England FW Dion Dublin (to Celtic)
10 Netherlands FW Mark de Vries (on loan to SC Heerenveen)
31 England FW James Graham (Released)
21 England MF Ryan Smith (on loan from Arsenal)
20 England MF Lee Morris (to Yeovil Town)

2005–06 backroom staff[edit]

  • This section lists members of staff who were in Leicester's first team squad at any point during the 2005–06 season
  • Asterisks indicate member of staff left mid-season
Position Nationality Name
Manager Scotland Craig Levein*
Assistant Manager England Rob Kelly
First Team Coach Scotland Peter Houston*
First Team Coach Scotland Kenny Black*
Head Physio England David Rennie
Academy Manager England Jon Rudkin
Academy Coach (Under 18s) England Steve Beaglehole
Academy Coach (Under 16s) England Trevor Peake

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Scotland Rab Douglas 32 0 2 0 1 0 35 0 3 0
2 DF Republic of Ireland Alan Maybury 40 1 2 0 3 0 45 1 5 1
3 DF Australia Patrick Kisnorbo 36+1 1 0+1 0 1+2 0 37+4 1 4 1
4 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 28+6 3 2 1 1+1 0 31+7 4 5 0
5 DF Republic of Ireland Paddy McCarthy 37+1 2 2 0 2+2 0 41+3 2 12 2
6 MF Scotland Gareth Williams 26+5 1 1 0 3 1 30+5 2 1 0
7 MF Guinea Mohammed Sylla 24+4 0 0 0 1+1 0 25+5 0 5 0
8 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly 5 4 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0
8 FW Canada Iain Hume 28+9 9 1 0 0 0 29+9 9 5 0
9 FW England Dion Dublin 15+6 0 0 0 2 0 17+6 0 2 0
10 FW Netherlands Mark de Vries 20+9 6 1+1 1 3+1 2 24+11 9 5 0
11 DF Australia Danny Tiatto 11+7 1 0 0 3 0 14+7 1 3 1
12 FW England Matty Fryatt 18+1 6 0 0 0 0 18+1 6 1 0
12 DF Wales Peter Gilbert 4+1 0 0 0 0 0 4+1 0 0 0
13 GK Australia Paul Henderson 14+1 0 0 0 3 0 17+1 0 0 0
14 DF England Rufus Brevett 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
14 MF England Jason Wilcox 3+3 0 0 0 0+2 0 3+5 0 0 0
15 DF Sweden Nils-Eric Johansson 39 0 2 0 4 1 45 1 6 0
16 MF Iceland Joey Guðjónsson 40+2 8 2 0 4 1 46+2 9 12 0
17 DF England Richard Stearman 31+3 3 2 0 3 1 36+3 4 5 0
18 FW Ghana Elvis Hammond 15+18 3 1+1 1 3 0 19+19 4 1 0
21 MF England Ryan Smith 10+7 1 2 0 0 0 12+7 1 5 0
22 DF Republic of Ireland Alan Sheehan 2 0 0 0 1+1 0 3+1 0 0 1
23 MF Scotland Joe Hamill 7+5 0 1 0 4 1 12+5 1 0 0
24 DF Sweden Patrik Gerrbrand 14+3 0 1 0 2 0 17+3 0 1 0
25 MF Scotland Andy Welsh 4+6 1 0 0 0 0 4+6 1 0 0
26 FW England Chris O'Grady 0+13 1 0 0 0 0 0+13 1 2 0
30 MF Australia James Wesolowski 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 3+2 0 0 0
34 FW England Ashley Chambers 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee Notes
1 June 2005 MF Guinea Mohammed Sylla Scotland Celtic Free transfer [8]
6 June 2005 GK Scotland Rab Douglas Scotland Celtic Free transfer
29 June 2005 GK Australia Paul Henderson England Bradford City Free transfer [9]
1 July 2005 DF Sweden Patrik Gerrbrand Sweden Hammarby £250,000
6 July 2005 DF Sweden Nils-Eric Johansson England Blackburn Rovers Free transfer
26 July 2005 DF Wales Peter Gilbert England Plymouth Argyle £200,000 [10]
11 August 2005 MF Scotland Joe Hamill Scotland Hearts Signed [11]
31 August 2005 FW Canada Iain Hume England Tranmere Rovers £500,000 [12]
31 August 2005 FW Ghana Elvis Hammond England Fulham £225,000 [13]
9 January 2006 FW England Matty Fryatt England Walsall £750,000 [14]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee Notes
1 June 2005 GK Canada Lars Hirschfeld Norway Tromsø Free transfer
1 July 2005 MF England Jordan Stewart England Watford £125,000 [15]
8 July 2005 DF England Matt Heath England Coventry City £200,000 [16]
14 July 2005 GK England Ian Walker England Bolton Wanderers Free transfer [17]
1 August 2005 MF England Stephen Dawson England Mansfield Town Free transfer
2 August 2005 DF England Chris Makin England Reading Free transfer [18]
5 August 2005 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie England Sheffield United Free transfer
31 August 2005 FW Republic of Ireland David Connolly England Wigan Athletic £2,000,000 [19]
5 September 2005 DF Scotland Peter Canero Scotland Dundee United Signed [20]
1 January 2006 FW England Tommy Wright England Barnsley £50,000 [21]
5 January 2006 DF Wales Peter Gilbert England Sheffield Wednesday Free transfer
27 January 2006 MF England Jason Wilcox England Blackpool Free transfer
30 January 2006 FW England Dion Dublin Scotland Celtic Free transfer [22]
23 March 2006 MF Scotland Scot Gemmill England Oxford United Free transfer [23]
Transfers in: Decrease £1,925,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,375,000
Total spending: Increase £450,000

Loans in[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player From club
30 September 2005 10 March 2006 MF England Ryan Smith England Arsenal[24]
27 February 2006 1 May 2006 DF England Rufus Brevett England Plymouth Argyle[25]
1 March 2006 1 May 2006 MF Scotland Andy Welsh England Sunderland

Loans out[edit]

Start date End date Pos. Player To club
18 August 2005 1 January 2006 FW England Chris O'Grady England Rushden & Diamonds
31 August 2005 31 December 2005 FW England Tommy Wright England Blackpool
24 December 2005 7 May 2006 GK Republic of Ireland Conrad Logan England Boston United[26][27]
31 January 2006 31 May 2006 FW Netherlands Mark de Vries Netherlands SC Heerenveen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Levein and Leicester part company". BBC Sport. 25 January 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Leicester 3-2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Foxes confirm Kelly as new boss". BBC Sport. 13 February 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Kelly given Leicester job". BBC Sport. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leicester-city/2005-2006/results
  6. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2005-2006/flcham/leicester.htm
  7. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leicester-city/tab/players/season/2006
  8. ^ "Sylla makes switch to Leicester". BBC Sport. 1 June 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Keeper Henderson makes Foxes move". BBC Sport. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Foxes sign Gilbert from Plymouth". BBC Sport. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Hamill swaps Hearts for Leicester". BBC Sport. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Hume completes Leicester switch". BBC Sport. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Elvis leaves". Fulham Football Club Website. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Leicester snap up striker Fryatt". BBC Sport. 9 January 2006. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Stewart leaves Foxes for Watford". BBC Sport. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Coventry swoop for defender Heath". BBC Sport. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Allardyce completes Walker deal". BBC Sport. 14 July 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Makin and Oster pen Reading deals". BBC Sport. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Wigan secure signing of Connolly". BBC Sport. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Canero given chance at Tannadice". BBC Sport. 5 September 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Barnsley move to seal Wright deal". BBC Sport. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  22. ^ "Veteran Dublin signs for Celtic". BBC Sport. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Oxford make quintet signings". BBC Sport. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Winger Smith joins Foxes on loan". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Brevett signs Leicester loan deal". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 February 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Boston swoop for Leicester keeper". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Boston bring in Leicester keeper". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 9 March 2019.