2005–06 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
2005–06 season
ChairmanDaniel Levy
ManagerMartin Jol
Premier League5th
FA CupThird round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Robbie Keane (16)
All: Robbie Keane (16)

The 2005–06 season was Tottenham Hotspur's 14th season in the Premier League and 28th successive season in the top division of the English football league system.

Season summary[edit]

During the 2005–06 English football season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the English Premier League. The club had a mixed, short season, securing what was their highest place finish in the Premier league at the time, but exiting both cup competitions at the earliest possible stage against lower league opposition, therefore playing just 40 games.

In September Tottenham faced Grimsby Town in the League Cup, losing 1–0 at Blundell Park.[1] Their FA cup draw pitted the team against Leicester City, but the side let a two-goal lead slip, and an injury time goal saw them defeated 3–2 at Walkers Stadium.[2]

In the league Tottenham had occupied the crucial fourth place in the table more much of the later second half of the season[3] and their win in their penultimate game of the season against Bolton Wanderers on 30 April meant they were seven points ahead of their nearest rivals Arsenal in the race for possible Champions League qualification.[4] Despite Arsenal winning their two games in hand, Tottenham only had to match their result in the final game of the season in order to secure fourth spot.

On the morning of the decisive match against West Ham United a number of Tottenham players were taken ill with suspected food poisoning, the players having stayed the night at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and eaten lasagne. The club appealed for the Premier League to delay the kick off game, but the police would not allow a kick off any later than 5pm due to crowd control concerns so the club decided to play at the scheduled time.[5] Despite the scoreline being 1–1 for much of the game, Tottenham looked set to clinch fourth spot due to Arsenal trailing 2–1 at Highbury against Wigan Athletic, but Arsenal went on to win their fixture 4–2 from a Thierry Henry hat-trick meaning Tottenham also required a win. Their fate was sealed when Yossi Benayoun scored a winner for West Ham, meaning Tottenham fell to fifth place and would therefore would only play in the following season's UEFA Cup.[6]

Tottenham appealed to the Premier League to have the match against West Ham replayed, but this was rejected as no grounds were found for accepting the request.[7] Club chairman Daniel Levy called in the police to investigate the Marriott Hotel and threatened to sue the hotel chain and Premier League over the incident, having wrongly suspected foul play.[8][9] Tests by the Health Protection Agency on the food at the hotel soon proved to be negative for sources of food poisoning, and instead players were identified as having norovirus.[10]

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 England GK Paul Robinson
2 Morocco DF Noureddine Naybet
3 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Kelly
5 Netherlands MF Edgar Davids
6 Finland MF Teemu Tainio
7 Canada DF Paul Stalteri
8 England MF Danny Murphy
9 Poland FW Grzegorz Rasiak
10 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane
12 Czech Republic GK Radek Černý (on loan from Slavia Prague)
15 Egypt FW Mido (on loan from Roma)
16 South Korea DF Lee Young-Pyo
No. Position Player
18 England FW Jermain Defoe
19 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Reid
20 England DF Michael Dawson
22 England MF Tom Huddlestone
23 England MF Michael Carrick
25 England MF Aaron Lennon
26 England DF Ledley King (captain)
27 England DF Calum Davenport
28 England MF Jermaine Jenas
30 England DF Anthony Gardner
32 England MF Johnnie Jackson
37 England FW Lee Barnard

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
4 England MF Sean Davis (to Portsmouth)
8 Portugal MF Pedro Mendes (to Portsmouth)
9 Mali FW Frédéric Kanouté (to Sevilla)
11 England MF Michael Brown (to Fulham)
13 Hungary GK Márton Fülöp (on loan to Coventry City)
14 Sweden DF Erik Edman (to Rennes)
16 Switzerland DF Reto Ziegler (on loan to Wigan Athletic)
No. Position Player
17 France DF Noé Pamarot (to Portsmouth)
21 England MF Wayne Routledge (on loan to Portsmouth)
29 England DF Philip Ifil (on loan to Millwall)
36 Morocco FW Mounir El Hamdaoui (on loan to Derby County)
Iceland MF Emil Hallfreðsson (on loan to Malmö)
Brazil DF Rodrigo Defendi (on loan to Udinese)

Reserve 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
14 Egypt MF Hossam Ghaly
24 Serbia and Montenegro DF Goran Bunjevčević
31 England MF Dean Marney
35 England GK Robert Burch
England FW Andy Barcham
England DF Charlie Daniels
England FW Simon Dawkins
No. Position Player
England MF Charlie Lee
England MF Stuart Lewis
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Jacques Maghoma
England DF Marcel McKie
England DF Leigh Mills
England MF Jamie O'Hara
45 Belgium FW Nehedemhi Mukanda

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £15,100,000
Transfers out: Increase £12,575,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,525,000

Loans out[edit]

Competitions Overview[edit]

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA Win %
Premier League 38 18 11 9 53 38 047.37
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 2 3 000.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 000.00
Total 40 18 11 11 55 42 045.00

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Liverpool 38 25 7 6 57 25 +32 82 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 20 7 11 68 31 +37 67
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 11 9 53 38 +15 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 19 6 13 51 42 +9 63
7 Newcastle United 38 17 7 14 47 42 +5 58 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK England Paul Robinson 40 0 38 0 1 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF Morocco Noureddine Naybet 4 0 2+1 0 0 0 1 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly 10 0 9 0 1 0 0 0
7 DF Canada Paul Stalteri 35 2 33 1 1 1 1 0
16 DF South Korea Lee Young-Pyo 31 0 31 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF England Michael Dawson 33 0 31+1 0 1 0 0 0
26 DF England Ledley King 27 3 26 3 0 0 1 0
27 DF England Calum Davenport 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF England Anthony Gardner 18 0 16+1 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
5 MF Netherlands Edgar Davids 31 1 28+3 1 0 0 0 0
6 MF Finland Teemu Tainio 25 1 22+2 1 0+1 0 0 0
8 MF England Danny Murphy 10 0 2+8 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Republic of Ireland Andy Reid 14 0 7+6 0 0 0 1 0
22 MF England Tom Huddlestone 4 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF England Michael Carrick 37 2 35 2 1 0 1 0
25 MF England Aaron Lennon 29 2 21+6 2 1 0 0+1 0
28 MF England Jermaine Jenas 32 7 30 6 1 1 1 0
32 MF England Johnnie Jackson 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Poland Grzegorz Rasiak 9 0 4+4 0 1 0 0 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 38 16 25+11 16 1 0 1 0
15 FW Egypt Mido 27 11 24+3 11 0 0 0 0
18 FW England Jermain Defoe 38 9 23+13 9 0+1 0 1 0
37 FW England Lee Barnard 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
4 MF England Sean Davis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
8 MF Portugal Pedro Mendes 6 0 3+3 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW Mali Frédéric Kanouté 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF England Michael Brown 11 0 2+7 0 1 0 1 0
14 DF Sweden Erik Edman 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
17 DF France Noé Pamarot 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF England Wayne Routledge 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Pos No. Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW 10 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane 16 0 0 16
2 FW 15 Egypt Mido 13 0 0 13
3 FW 18 England Jermain Defoe 9 0 0 9
4 MF 28 England Jermaine Jenas 6 1 0 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grimsby 1-0 Tottenham". BBC News. 20 September 2005.
  2. ^ "Leicester 3-2 Tottenham". BBC News. 8 January 2006.
  3. ^ Hunter, Andy (5 January 2006). "Manchester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2: Jol plays down Spurs' challenge to established order – Premier League, Football – The Independent". The Independent. London.
  4. ^ "Jol makes Champions League plea". BBC News. 30 April 2006.
  5. ^ Bose, Mihir (8 May 2006). "Spurs dealt devastating blow by food poisoning". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. ^ "Premiership finale clockwatch". BBC News. 7 May 2006.
  7. ^ "Spurs' replay request rejected". Television New Zealand. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Poisoned soccer stars,a dodgy lasagne and cries of foul play".
  9. ^ "Spurs Food Bug – Foul Play Suspected". Sky News.
  10. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tests clear hotel in Spurs food poisoning incident". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007.
  11. ^ "Spurs agree deal for Huddlestone". BBC News. 1 February 2005.
  12. ^ "Spurs snap up defender Stalteri". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ "Tainio to join Spurs next season". BBC Sport.
  14. ^ "Tottenham agree deal on Routledge". BBC News. 17 June 2005.
  15. ^ "Tottenham complete Davids signing". BBC News. 3 August 2005.
  16. ^ "Lee completes move to Tottenham". BBC Sport.
  17. ^ "Jenas completes £7m Spurs switch". BBC News. 31 August 2005.
  18. ^ "Spurs agree Rasiak deal with Rams". BBC News. 1 September 2005.
  19. ^ "Tottenham sign midfielder Ghaly". BBC Sport.
  20. ^ "Tottenham clinch late Murphy deal". BBC Sport.
  21. ^ "Kanoute completes Sevilla switch". BBC Sport.
  22. ^ "Rennes complete signing of Edman". BBC Sport.
  23. ^ "Portsmouth swoop for Spurs trio". BBC Sport.
  24. ^ "Fulham seal move for Spurs' Brown". BBC Sport.
  25. ^ "Lions net Ifil and Wright on loan". BBC Sport.
  26. ^ a b "Derby sign Tottenham duo on loan". BBC Sport.
  27. ^ "Sky Blues make Fulop loan swoop". BBC Sport.
  28. ^ "Ifil returns to Millwall on loan". BBC Sport.
  29. ^ "Ziegler switches to Wigan on loan". BBC Sport.
  30. ^ "Pompey sign Routledge & Koroman". BBC Sport.