2005–06 Perth Glory FC season

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Perth Glory FC
2005–06 season
Chairman Nick Tana
Manager Steve McMahon
A-League 5th
Pre-Season Cup Runner-Up
World Club Qualifiers Semi Finals
Top goalscorer Bobby Despotovski – 8 Goals
Highest home attendance 13,157 v Sydney FC
Lowest home attendance 5,033 v Adelaide United
Average home league attendance 9,734

Perth Glory 2005–06 History[edit]

In 2005, it was announced that former Liverpool and England star Steve McMahon would be appointed as coach. The new season saw a complete overhaul of the playing squad, with Simon Colosimo and former Sunderland and Leeds striker Brian Deane as key signings. Other notable signings included future young stars Nick Ward and Billy Celeski.

Early results in friendlies against local opposition were not great, but Perth became the first team to defeat Sydney FC, winning 1–0 in the semi-final of the 2005–06 Pre-season Cup before losing in the final 0–1 to the Central Coast Mariners. Perth's woeful recruiting strategy was soon evident with the early departure of star import Brian Deane after seven games. Another McMahon recruit, Northern Ireland junior international Neil Teggart, quit the club prior to the start of the regular season. Deane was replaced by Damian Mori, a former Perth Glory striker. Originally on a three-game temporary contract, after some impressive performances Mori stayed for the rest of the season and finished with seven goals.

However, the club continued to be dogged by problems which would only be later revealed to the public. Steve McMahon was subject to constant media criticism over his coaching style and was accused of nepotism by signing his son, Steve McMahon Jr, who was of questionable talent. Rumours also surfaced that players were planning to stage a revolt against the coach. On 7 December, the club reported that the parties had "amicably" chosen to go separate ways.[1] On 9 December 2005, the club announced that assistant coach Alan Vest would move into the head coach role for the remainder of the season, with striker Damian Mori taking on a dual role as player-coach after being named as his assistant.[2]

The coach's departure was merely a symptom of deeper troubles. Poor performances saw Perth miss out on qualification for the finals for the first time since 1998. Dwindling support from chairman Nick Tana, as he looked to sell his 75% stake in the club, seemed to underpin a general decline in club fortunes. After the Round 20 match against Sydney FC, Alan Vest hinted that the current player group were incapable of achieving anything better and stated that "cliques" had been formed undermining club harmony. To cap off a bad season, Western QBE announced they were withdrawing as major sponsor after being associated with the club for 8 years.


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 Australia GK Jason Petkovic
2 Australia DF Matt Horsley
3 Australia DF David Tarka
4 Australia MF Simon Colosimo
5 Australia DF Jamie Harnwell
6 England DF Steve McMahon Jr
7 Australia MF Scott Miller
8 Australia MF Nick Ward
10 Australia FW Bobby Despotovski
11 Northern Ireland FW Neil Teggart
12 Japan MF Hiroyuki Ishida
13 Australia DF Ante Kovacevic
No. Position Player
14 Australia DF Jamie Coyne
15 Australia MF Billy Celeski
16 England FW Brian Deane
17 England FW Stuart Young
18 Solomon Islands FW Henry Fa'arodo
19 Australia MF Naum Sekulovski
20 Serbia GK Milan Jovanic
21 Australia MF Adrian Caceres
22 Australia FW Damian Mori
23 New Zealand DF Danny Hay
24 Australia DF Ryan Townsend
25 Australia MF David Micevski


2005-06 Hyundai A-League fixtures[edit]


Team Pld
Qualification or relegation
1 Adelaide United 21 13 4 4 33 25 +8 43 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Sydney FC (C) 21 10 6 5 35 28 +7 36
3 Central Coast Mariners 21 8 8 5 35 28 +7 32 2006 A-League Finals Series
4 Newcastle Jets 21 9 4 8 27 29 −2 31
5 Perth Glory 21 8 5 8 34 29 +5 29
6 Queensland Roar 21 7 7 7 27 22 +5 28
7 Melbourne Victory 21 7 5 9 26 24 +2 26
8 New Zealand Knights 21 1 3 17 15 47 −32 6

Updated to games played on 5 February 2006
Source: theworldgame.sbs.com.au
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1First place through to fourth place qualify for the 2006 A-League Finals Series.
2First place qualifies for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage.
3Winning the 2006 A-League Grand Final earns qualification for the 2007 AFC Champions League Group stage, unless the Grand Final winners are also first place, in which case the Grand Final runner up qualifies.
4New Zealand Knights cannot qualify for the 2007 AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Perth Glory Most Glorious Player[edit]

2005/06 Hyundai A-LeagueBobby Despotovski


  1. ^ Glory and McMahon part ways www.perthglory.com.au, 7 December 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2006
  2. ^ Vest and Mori to take Glory forwards www.perthglory.com.au, 9 December 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2006