2005–06 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

Plymouth Argyle
LeagueFootball League Championship 14th place
League performance13 wins, 17 draws, 16 defeats,
39 goals for, 46 goals against,
56 points
Top scorerPaul Wotton (9 goals)
Highest home attendanceLeeds United (17,726)
Highest away attendanceSouthampton (26,331)
Lowest home attendancePeterborough (13,308)
Lowest away attendanceBarnet (1,941)
FA Cup-Third Round (defeated 1–0 by Wolves)
League CupSecond Round (defeated 1–0 by Barnet)
ManagerTony Pulis

Plymouth Argyle started their 2005-06 season in the Football League Championship having finished 17th place in the season prior. They underwent a change in their manager, replacing Bobby Williamson with Tony Pulis in the hope of seeing an improvement to the previous season. The "Green Army" finished 14th in the league and made it to the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Plymouth Argyle F.C.
2005–06 season

Summary of the 2005–06 season

After a poor start to the season, which made relegation a likely outcome, Argyle fired manager Bobby Williamson and brought in Tony Pulis. Argyle regrouped under Pulis and regained a solid place in the middle of the league standings. The team's performance was one of contrasts. Argyle allowed only 46 goals, which made it the fifth (tied) best defense in the league – a play-off-contending defense. However, Argyle only scored 39 goals, which made it the third (tied)-worst offense in the league – a relegation performance. For the fans, it meant an endless series of 0–0, 1–0, and 0–1 games – not the most exciting to watch. However, under new manager Pulis, an expert at getting the best out of low budget teams (and filling strategic gaps with players loaned from other teams), relegation never looked likely.

Notable events


Squad at end of season[1]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Romain Larrieu
2 England DF Anthony Barness
3 England DF Rufus Brevett
4 France MF Lilian Nalis
6 Scotland MF Keith Lasley
7 England MF David Norris
8 Hungary MF Ákos Buzsáky
9 Republic of Ireland FW Mickey Evans[2]
10 France FW Vincent Péricard[3] (on loan from Portsmouth)
11 England FW Nick Chadwick
13 France DF Mathias Kouo-Doumbé
14 Northern Ireland DF Tony Capaldi[4]
15 England DF Paul Wotton
16 England DF Hasney Aljofree
No. Position Player
17 Wales MF Anthony Pulis (on loan from Stoke City[5])
18 England FW Leon Clarke (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
20 England MF Lee Hodges
22 England DF Paul Connolly
23 England GK Luke McCormick
25 England DF Ryan Dickson
26 England FW Chris Zebroski
27 England FW Reuben Reid
29 England MF Luke Summerfield
30 England GK James Debbage
32 Sweden MF Bojan Djordjic[6]

Left the club during season

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

No. Position Player
4 Nigeria DF Taribo West (released)
10 England FW Scott Taylor (to MK Dons)
17 Iceland MF Bjarni Guðjónsson (to ÍA)
18 Portugal DF Nuno Mendes (released)
No. Position Player
19 England FW Matt Derbyshire (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
21 England DF Elliott Ward (to West Ham United)
27 England MF Jason Jarrett (on loan from Norwich City)
28 England MF Marcus Martin (to Truro City)



June 2005Matthew VillisSaleTorquay United£0
July 2005Gary SawyerSeason-long loanExeter CityN/A
July 2005Graham CoughlanSaleSheffield Wednesday£100,000
July 2005Peter GilbertSaleLeicester City£200,000
October 2005Taribo WestReleasedFree AgentN/A
January 2006Matt DerbyshireRecalled from loanBlackburn RoversN/A
January 2006Jason JarrettRecalled from loanNorwich CityN/A
January 2006Scott TaylorSaleMilton Keynes Dons£100,000
January 2006Nuno MendesReleasedFree AgentN/A
January 2006Bjarni GuðjónssonReleasedFree agentN/A
February 2006Keith LasleyShort-term loanBlackpoolN/A
February 2006Elliott WardRecalled from loanWest Ham UnitedN/A
February 2006Rufus BrevettShort-term loanLeicester CityN/A
June 2006Rufus BrevettReleasedFree agentN/A
June 2006Keith LasleyReleasedBlackpoolN/A


June 2005Ákos BuzsákyBuyF.C. Porto£250,000
June 2005Bojan DjordjicBuyRangers£0
June 2005Anthony BarnessBuyBolton Wanderers£0
July 2005Nuno MendesBuyCD Santa Clara£0
July 2005Taribo WestBuyAl-Arabi£0
July 2005Rufus BrevettBuyWest Ham United£0
August 2005Matt DerbyshireSeason LoanBlackburn RoversN/A
November 2005Jason JarrettShort Term LoanNorwich CityN/A
November 2005Elliott WardShort Term LoanWest Ham UnitedN/A
January 2006Lilian NalisBuySheffield United£0
January 2006Vincent PéricardShort-term loanPortsmouthN/A


6 August 2005ReadingAwayWon2–1Championship
9 August 2005WatfordHomeDraw3–3Championship
13 August 2005DerbyHomeLost0–2Championship
20 August 2005Crystal PalaceAwayLost0–1Championship
23 August 2005PeterboroughHomeWon2–1League Cup
27 August 2005Hull CityHomeLost0–1Championship
29 August 2005Brighton & Hove AlbionAwayLost0–2Championship
10 September 2005Norwich CityAwayLost0–2Championship
13 September 2005CreweHomeDrew1–1Championship
17 September 2005BurnleyHomeWon1–0Championship
20 September 2005BarnetAwayLost1–2League Cup
24 September 2005SouthamptonAwayDrew0–0Championship
27 September 2005Sheffield UnitedAwayLost0–2Championship
1 October 2005Stoke CityHomeWon2–1Championship
15 October 2005Sheffield WednesdayHomeDrew1–1Championship
18 October 2005QPRAwayDrew1–1Championship
22 October 2005Luton TownAwayDrew1–1Championship
30 October 2005MillwallHomeDrew0–0Championship
5 November 2005Ipswich TownAwayLost1–3Championship
19 November 2005QPRHomeWon3–1Championship
22 November 2005Sheffield WednesdayAwayDraw0–0Championship
26 November 2005ReadingHomeLost0–2Championship
3 December 2005Coventry CityAwayLost1–3Championship
10 December 2005WatfordAwayDraw1–1Championship
17 December 2005Crystal PalaceHomeWon2–0Championship
26 December 2005Cardiff CityAwayWon2–0Championship
31 December 2005WolvesAwayDraw1–1Championship
2 January 2006Leeds UnitedHomeLost0–3Championship
7 January 2006WolvesAwayLost0–1FA Cup
14 January 2006Norwich CityHomeDraw1–1Championship
21 January 2006Crewe AlexandraAwayWon2–1Championship
24 January 2006Leicester CityHomeWon1–0Championship
31 January 2006SouthamptonHomeWon2–1Championship
4 February 2006BurnleyAwayLost0–1Championship
11 February 2006Sheffield UnitedHomeDraw0–0Championship
14 February 2006Stoke CityAwayDraw0–0Championship
18 February 2006Coventry CityHomeWon3–1Championship
25 February 2006Derby CountyAwayLost0–1Championship
4 March 2006BrightonHomeWon1–0Championship
7 March 2006PrestonHomeDraw0–0Championship
11 March 2006Hull CityAwayLost0–1Championship
18 March 2006Cardiff CityHomeLost0–1Championship
25 March 2006PrestonAwayDraw0–0Championship
1 April 2006WolvesHomeWon2–0Championship
8 April 2006Leeds UnitedAwayDraw0–0Championship
15 April 2006MillwallAwayDraw1–1Championship
17 April 2006Luton TownHomeLost1–2Championship
22 April 2006Leicester CityAwayLost0–1Championship
30 April 2006Ipswich TownHomeWon2–1Championship

Results summary

Sheffield United (automatic promotion)90/13865%
Crystal Palace (play-offs)75/13854%
Crewe Alexadra (relegation)42/1830%


  1. http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2005-2006/flcham/plymouth.htm
  2. Evans was born in Plymouth, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Ireland in 1997.
  3. Péricard was born in Efok, Cameroon, but was raised in France from the age of 4 and represented them at U-21 level.
  4. Capaldi was born in Porsgrunn, Norway, but also qualified to represent Northern Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in March 2004.
  5. Pulis was born in Bristol, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally through his father and represented them at U-21 level.
  6. Djordic was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia (now Serbia), but also qualified to represent Sweden internationally and represented them at U-19 and U-21 level.
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