2005–06 Queens Park Rangers F.C. season

Queens Park Rangers
2005–06 season
Chairman Gianni Paladini
Manager Ian Holloway (until 2 February)
Gary Waddock (from 6 February)
Stadium Loftus Road
Football League Championship 21st
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Nygaard/Ainsworth (9)
Average home league attendance 13,441

During the 2005–06 English football season, Queens Park Rangers F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary

In the 2005–06 season, QPR struggled to build on the previous years' successes and on 6 February 2006, Holloway was suspended amidst rumours of his departure for Leicester City. He was replaced by a former player; the popular Gary Waddock. The 2005–06 season overall was difficult for QPR both on and off the pitch as financial troubles and boardroom issues combined with a series of poor performances and defeats. However, until the sacking of Ian Holloway, they had been secure in mid-table, it was only a winless run from the end of February to the end of the season, saw QPR drop to 21st.

Off the pitch there was a scandal involving the directors, shareholders and other interested parties which emerged during the 2005–06 season, following allegations of blackmail and threats of violence against the club's chairman Gianni Paladini, who was allegedly held at gunpoint during a match at Loftus Road by hired thugs at the instigation of rival directors.[1] He was later reported to have received threats and was, for a time, wearing a bullet-proof vest.[2] The chairman also launched a strong attack against some critics who he claimed were seeking to destroy the club.[3]

In an unrelated incident youth team footballer Kiyan Prince was murdered on 18 May 2006.[4]

Final league table

P2Sheffield United46261287646+3090
 4Preston North End46202065930+2980
 5Leeds United462115105738+1978
 6Crystal Palace462112136748+1975
 7Wolverhampton Wanderers461619115042+867
 8Coventry City461615156265363
 9Norwich City46188205665962
 10Luton Town461710196667161
 11Cardiff City461612185859160
 13Stoke City46177225463958
 14Plymouth Argyle461317163946756
 15Ipswich Town4614141853661356
 16Leicester City461315185159854
 18Hull City461216184955652
 19Sheffield Wednesday4613132039521352
 20Derby County4610201653671450
 21Queens Park Rangers4612142050651550
R22Crewe Alexandra469 152257862942
R24Brighton & Hove Albion467172239713238


Queens Park Rangers' score comes first[5]


Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship

6 August 2005 Hull CityA0-022,201
9 August 2005 Ipswich TownH2-114,632Gallen, Rowlands
13 August 2005 Sheffield UnitedH2-113,497Bircham, Moore
20 August 2005 Coventry CityA0-323,000
26 August 2005 Sheffield WednesdayH0-012,131
30 August 2005 Wolverhampton WanderersA1-322,426Gallen
10 September 2005 SouthamptonA1-125,744Shittu
13 September 2005 Luton TownH1-013,492Cook
17 September 2005 Leeds UnitedH0-115,523
24 September 2005 Leicester CityA2-120,148Nygaard, Furlong
27 September 2005 MillwallA1-110,322Nygaard
3 October 2005 Crystal PalaceH1-313,433Ainsworth
15 October 2005 Preston North EndA1-113,660Shittu
18 October 2005 Plymouth ArgyleH1-111,741Gallen (pen)
22 October 2005 Norwich CityH3-015,976Nygaard, Furlong, Santos
29 October 2005 Derby CountyA2-124,447Ainsworth, Gallen
1 November 2005 WatfordA1-316,476Shittu
5 November 2005 ReadingH1-215,347Cook
19 November 2005 Plymouth ArgyleA1-313,213Baidoo
22 November 2005 Preston North EndH0-210,901
26 November 2005 Hull CityH2-213,185Ainsworth (2)
3 December 2005 Stoke CityA2-115,367Furlong, Langley (pen)
10 December 2005 Ipswich TownA2-224,628Moore, Furlong
19 December 2005 Coventry CityH0-113,556
26 December 2005 Brighton & Hove AlbionA0-17,341
28 December 2005 Cardiff CityH1-012,329Nygaard
31 December 2005 Crewe AlexandraA4-35,687Cook, Baidoo, Rowlands, Langley
2 January 2006 BurnleyH1-112,565Ainsworth
14 January 2006 SouthamptonH1-015,494Langley (pen)
21 January 2006 Luton TownA0-29,797
31 January 2006 Leicester CityH2-311,785Ainsworth, Shittu
4 February 2006 Leeds UnitedA0-221,807
11 February 2006 MillwallH1-012,355Nygaard
14 February 2006 Crystal PalaceA1-217,550Furlong
25 February 2006 Sheffield UnitedA3-225,360Nygaard, Morgan (own goal), Furlong
4 March 2006 Wolverhampton WanderersH0-014,731
11 March 2006 Sheffield WednesdayA1-122,788Bircham
18 March 2006 Brighton & Hove AlbionH1-113,907Ainsworth
25 March 2006 Cardiff CityA0-014,271
29 March 2006 Stoke CityH1-210,918Nygaard
1 April 2006 Crewe AlexandraH1-212,877Ainsworth
8 April 2006 BurnleyA0-111,247
15 April 2006 Derby CountyH1-112,606Nygaard
17 April 2006 Norwich CityA2-324,126Ainsworth, Cook
22 April 2006 WatfordH1-216,152Nygaard (pen)
30 April 2006 ReadingA1-223,156Furlong

FA Cup

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
R37 January 2006 Blackburn RoversA0-312,705

League Cup

R123 August 2005 Northampton TownA0-34,537


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 Simon Royce
2 England DF Marcus Bignot
3 Italy DF Mauro Milanese
4 England DF Ian Evatt
5 Nigeria DF Danny Shittu
6 Northern Ireland MF Tommy Doherty
7 England MF Matthew Rose
8 Canada MF Marc Bircham
9 England FW Dean Sturridge
10 England FW Kevin Gallen
11 England MF Gareth Ainsworth
12 England GK Jake Cole
14 Republic of Ireland MF Martin Rowlands
15 France MF Georges Santos
16 Denmark FW Sammy Youssouf
No. Position Player
17 England MF Lee Cook
18 England FW Stefan Moore
19 Poland DF Marcin Kuś (on loan from Polonia Warsaw)
20 England DF Dominic Shimmin
21 Wales GK Paul Jones
22 England DF Matthew Hislop
23 England MF Stefan Bailey
27 England FW Scott Donnelly
28 England FW Shabazz Baidoo
29 England FW Paul Furlong
30 Denmark FW Marc Nygaard
31 Germany MF Steve Lomas
32 Italy DF Ugo Ukah
36 England FW Ray Jones
40 England MF Richard Langley

Left 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
33 England MF Lloyd Dyer (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
19 England FW Aaron Brown (to Swindon Town)
16 England MF Marcus Bean (to Blackpool)
21 England MF Adam Miller (to Stevenage Borough)
No. Position Player
21 England GK Phil Barnes (on loan from Sheffield United)
33 England DF Andy Taylor (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
36 England FW Leon Clarke (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
37 England DF Keith Lowe (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Reserve squad

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

No. Position Player
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Patrick Kanyuka
25 England FW Luke Townsend
26 England DF Ryan Johnson
No. Position Player
33 England DF Jon Munday
34 England DF Andrew Howell
35 England GK Sean Thomas


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