2005–06 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
2005–06 season
Chairman Bill Bratt
Manager Martin Foyle
Stadium Vale Park
Football League One 13th (60 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup First Round
League Trophy Second Round
Player of the Year George Pilkington
Top goalscorer League: Leon Constantine & Micky Cummins (10)
All: Leon Constantine (12)
Highest home attendance 6,793 vs. Nottingham Forest (18 February 2006)
Lowest home attendance 3,452 vs. Milton Keynes Dons (4 April 2006)
Average home league attendance 4,666
Home colours
Away colours

The 2005–06 season was Port Vale's 94th season of football in the Football League, and second successive season in League One. They finished in mid-table, and exited the League Cup at the First Round and the League Trophy at the Second Round. In the FA Cup, Vale made it to the Fourth Round, where they were knocked out 3–1 by top-flight Aston Villa. Foyle's efforts to build a promotion-winning team were boosted when Vale gained striker Leon Constantine, but his efforts were hindered with the sales of both Sam Collins and Billy Paynter.

Manager Martin Foyle.
Top scorer Leon Constantine.
Winger Chris Birchall had another solid season.

Overview[edit]

League One[edit]

The pre-season saw Martin Foyle sign Micky Bell and Hector Sam on free transfers from Bristol City and Wrexham respectively.[1][2] He also took in promising young striker Chris Cornes on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, who would impress in a Vale shirt.[3]

The season started with fourteen points from seven games to launch the club's promotion bid. After three defeats the Vale then entered a long period of inconsistent form. In September, Darrell Clarke joined on loan from Hartlepool United,[4] though he would play just the one game for the club. Gary Mulligan also arrived on loan from Sheffield United,[5] and would find greater success in Burslem.[6] The next month Foyle added to the squad by signing Michael Husbands from Walsall. In November, Sam Togwell joined on loan from Scunthorpe United, in an initial six week deal that was extended until the end of the season.[7] Another long-term loan deal was struck with Leyton Orient for big defender Clayton Fortune,[8] who would later turn down a permanent transfer to Vale Park after failing to agree on personal terms.[9] Foyle also made possibly the best signing of his spell in charge at Vale, bringing striker Leon Constantine in from Torquay United for a £20,000 fee.[10] However Foyle lost two big players, when key defender Sam Collins and promising striker Billy Paynter were sold to Hull City for £65,000 and £150,000 respectively, the pair leaving on loan deals until the January transfer window (when they would leave permanently). Four straight defeats followed this, emphasising the effect the sales had on the club's promotion bid. In January, Bell moved on to Cheltenham Town,[11] and Hector Sam joined Walsall. In came Jason Talbot on loan from Mansfield Town,[12] who joined the club permanently at the end of the season. Foyle also signed defender Mark McGregor from Blackpool,[13] and midfielder Sean Doherty from ADO Den Haag.[14] A sequence of two points in five games killed off the Vale's promotion hopes by April.

They finished in thirteenth place with sixty points, some distance from both promotion and relegation. Only the four relegated teams scored fewer goals than Vale, and Constantine was the club's top-scorer with twelve goals, closely followed by Cummins with eleven.

At the end of the season nine players departed the club: Lee Matthews (Crewe Alexandra);[15] Hector Sam (Walsall);[16] Steve Rowland (Southport);[17] Tony Dinning (Stockport County); Micky Cummins (Darlington);[18] Jonny Brain (Macclesfield Town);[19] Mark Innes (Hyde United); Sean Doherty (Accrington Stanley);[20] and Craig James (Darlington).[21] Andy Porter retired to concentrate on his coaching. With Dinning's departure, George Pilkington was appointed club captain.[22] World Cup international winger Chris Birchall was also sold to Coventry City for £325,000.[23]

Finances[edit]

On the financial side, Bill Bratt's cost-cutting measures had reduced the club's operating losses from £500,000 to £50,000.[24] Despite this, the club took out a £2.25 million loan from the local council, with monthly repayments of around £19,000.[25] Bratt continued to try and woo elderly North American millionaires, but Steve Stavro did not follow up his initial interest with any investment. In October 2005, the club turned down an investment group that wished to appoint Paul Gascoigne as manager.[26] Foyle said "We need a cup run, or an investor, to give us a kick-start because we aren't doing too badly".[27] He got his wish with an expected income of £250,000 from the Villa game.[28] In February, lifelong fan Robbie Williams bought £240,000 of the £250,000 worth of available shares in the club.[29] In April, the club announced a new record-breaking shirt sponsorship deal with BGC Gas.[30] The club also announced Bill Bratt would now be a paid chief executive.[31]

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale advanced past Wrexham to reach a Second Round encounter with Bristol Rovers. A late equalizer from Constantine earned Vale a replay,[32] and a Chris Birchall strike gave the "Valiants" victory at the Memorial Stadium.[33] They then made it to the Fourth Round after a 2–1 win over Doncaster Rovers thanks to a brace from loanee Sam Togwell.[34] They faced a trip to Villa Park to face Premier League Aston Villa, where they were defeated 3–1 after a brace from Milan Baroš.[35]

In the League Cup, Vale were knocked out 3–1 by Rotherham United at the Don Valley Stadium, with Hector Sam breaking his leg during the game.

In the League Trophy, Vale received a bye in the First Round, but in the Second Round were embarrassed to lose 2–1 to Conference club Hereford United at Edgar Street, after a Tamika Mkandawire header in extra-time.[36]

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Southend United 46 23 13 10 72 43 +29 82
P 2 Colchester United 46 22 13 11 58 40 +18 79
  3 Brentford 46 20 16 10 72 52 +20 76
  4 Huddersfield Town 46 19 16 11 72 59 +13 73
P 5 Barnsley 46 18 18 10 62 44 +18 72
  6 Swansea City 46 18 17 11 78 55 +23 71
  7 Nottingham Forest 46 19 12 15 67 52 +15 69
  8 Doncaster Rovers 46 20 9 17 55 51 +4 69
  9 Bristol City 46 18 11 17 66 62 +4 65
  10 Oldham Athletic 46 18 11 17 58 60 −2 65
  11 Bradford City 46 14 19 13 51 49 +2 60
  12 Scunthorpe United 46 15 15 16 68 73 −5 60
  13 Port Vale 46 16 12 18 49 54 −5 60
  14 Gillingham 46 16 12 18 50 64 −14 60
  15 Yeovil Town 46 15 11 20 54 62 −8 56
  16 Chesterfield 46 14 14 18 63 73 −10 56
  17 Bournemouth 46 12 19 15 49 53 −4 55
  18 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 15 18 50 52 −2 54
  19 Blackpool 46 12 17 17 56 64 −8 53
  20 Rotherham United 46 12 16 18 52 62 −10 52
R 21 Hartlepool United 46 11 17 18 44 59 −15 50
R 22 Milton Keynes Dons 46 12 14 20 45 66 −21 50
R 23 Swindon Town 46 11 15 20 46 65 −19 48
R 24 Walsall 46 11 14 21 47 70 −23 47

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]

Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H H A A H H A H A A H A A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A
Result W D W L W D W L L L D W W L W L L D W L L L L W L D D W L W W D L W L D L D L W W D D L W D
Position 6 4 2 7 4 5 3 7 8 12 10 5 5 6 5 8 12 11 8 11 14 16 17 14 14 16 16 12 14 13 9 9 11 11 11 12 14 15 15 15 11 14 13 15 13 13

Sourced from Statto.[37]

Football League One[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2005 Southend United A 2–1 6,543 Lowndes (2)
9 August 2005 Gillingham H 0–0 4,931
15 August 2005 Brentford H 1–0 4,275 Cummins
20 August 2005 Bristol City A 2–4 11,120 Lowndes, Bell
27 August 2005 Doncaster Rovers H 2–0 4,993 Lowndes, Dinning
29 August 2005 Milton Keynes Dons A 0–0 4,592
3 September 2005 Rotherham United H 2–0 4,528 Lowndes, Paynter
10 September 2005 Scunthorpe United A 0–2 5,694
17 September 2005 Colchester United H 0–1 5,166
24 September 2005 Yeovil Town A 0–1 5,901
28 September 2005 Oldham Athletic H 2–2 3,796 Cornes (2)
1 October 2005 Walsall H 3–2 5,314 Birchall, Mulligan, Cornes
8 October 2005 Swindon Town A 2–1 4,531 Bell, Cornes
15 October 2005 Bradford City H 0–1 4,892
22 October 2005 Bournemouth A 2–1 6,320 Cummins, Paynter
29 October 2005 Hartlepool United H 1–2 4,550 Cummins
12 November 2005 Chesterfield A 0–2 4,714
19 November 2005 Swindon Town H 1–1 4,108 Husbands
26 November 2005 Southend United H 2–1 3,961 Constantine, Husbands
6 December 2005 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 17,696
10 December 2005 Gillingham A 0–3 6,210
17 December 2005 Bristol City H 0–1 4,214
26 December 2005 Blackpool H 1–2 5,666 Fortune
28 December 2005 Huddersfield Town A 3–0 10,824 Constantine (2), Dinning (pen)
31 December 2005 Tranmere Rovers H 0–2 4,489
2 January 2006 Swansea City A 0–0 14,747
10 January 2006 Rotherham United A 1–1 3,883 Husbands
14 January 2006 Barnsley H 3–2 4,468 Sonner, Constantine, Togwell
21 January 2006 Colchester United A 1–2 4,316 Husbands (pen)
4 February 2006 Oldham Athletic A 1–0 5,555 Constantine
11 February 2006 Yeovil Town H 1–0 4,732 Constantine
14 February 2006 Barnsley A 1–1 7,709 Cummins
18 February 2006 Nottingham Forest H 0–2 6,793
25 February 2006 Brentford A 1–0 7,542 Smith
28 February 2006 Scunthorpe United H 1–2 3,984 Cummins
11 March 2006 Doncaster Rovers A 1–1 5,511 Constantine
18 March 2006 Blackpool A 0–1 5,494
25 March 2006 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 5,664 Cummins
31 March 2006 Tranmere Rovers A 0–3 6,926
4 April 2006 Milton Keynes Dons H 3–1 3,452 Constantine (2 [1 pen]), Cummins
8 April 2006 Swansea City H 3–2 4,850 Togwell, Cummins, Constantine
15 April 2006 Walsall A 1–1 4,876 Fortune
17 April 2006 Bournemouth H 0–0 4,006
22 April 2006 Bradford City A 0–1 7,139
29 April 2006 Chesterfield H 3–1 4,478 Pilkington (2), Cummins
6 May 2006 Hartlepool United A 1–1 6,895 Cummins

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 4 November 2005 Wrexham H 2–1 5,046 Husbands, Constantine
R2 2 December 2005 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 4,483 Constantine
R2 Replay 13 December 2005 Bristol Rovers A 1–0 5,623 Birchall
R3 6 January 2006 Doncaster Rovers H 2–1 4,923 Togwell (2)
R4 28 January 2006 Aston Villa A 1–3 30,434 Lowndes

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 23 August 2005 Rotherham United A 3–1 2,809 Cummins

League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 22 November 2005 Hereford United A 1–2 1,355 Smith

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
May 2005 MF England Tony Dinning Bristol City Free transfer [38]
June 2005 FW Trinidad and Tobago Hector Sam Wrexham Free transfer [38]
June 2005 MF Northern Ireland Danny Sonner Peterborough United Free transfer [38]
July 2005 DF England Micky Bell Bristol City Free transfer [38]
July 2005 FW England Louis Briscoe Free transfer [38]
July 2005 MF England Christian Smith Free transfer [38]
August 2005 MF England Joe Cardle Free transfer [38]
October 2005 FW Saint Lucia Michael Husbands Walsall Free transfer [38]
January 2006 FW England Leon Constantine Torquay United £20,000 [38]
January 2006 MF England Sean Doherty Netherlands ADO Den Haag Free transfer [38]
January 2006 DF England Mark McGregor Blackpool Free transfer [38]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
January 2006 DF England Micky Bell Cheltenham Town Mutual agreement [38]
January 2006 DF England Sam Collins Hull City £65,000 [38]
January 2006 FW England Billy Paynter Hull City £150,000 [38]
May 2006 MF Republic of Ireland Micky Cummins Darlington Free transfer [38]
May 2006 MF England Tony Dinning Stockport County Free transfer [38]
May 2006 MF England Sean Doherty Accrington Stanley Free transfer [38]
May 2006 DF Scotland Mark Innes Hyde United Free transfer [38]
June 2006 GK England Jonny Brain Macclesfield Town Free transfer [38]
July 2006 FW Trinidad and Tobago Hector Sam Walsall Free transfer [38]
August 2006 MF Trinidad and Tobago Chris Birchall Coventry City £300,000 [38]
August 2006 DF England Craig James Darlington Free transfer [38]
August 2006 FW England Lee Matthews Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [38]
August 2006 DF Wales Steve Rowland Southport Free transfer [38]
Summer 2006 MF England Andy Porter Alsager Town Retired [38]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date to Ref.
29 August 2005 FW England Chris Cornes Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 December 2005 [38]
28 September 2005 MF England Darrell Clarke Hartlepool United 28 October 2005 [38]
22 September 2005 FW Republic of Ireland Gary Mulligan Sheffield United 22 December 2005 [38]
4 November 2005 FW England Leon Constantine Torquay United 1 January 2006 [38]
9 November 2005 DF England Clayton Fortune Bristol City End of season [38]
10 November 2005 MF England Sam Togwell Crystal Palace End of season [38]
31 January 2006 DF England Jason Talbot Mansfield Town End of season [38]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date to Ref.
4 November 2005 DF England Sam Collins Hull City 2 January 2006 [38]
17 November 2005 FW England Billy Paynter Hull City 1 January 2006 [38]

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