2005–06 Sheffield United F.C. season

Sheffield United
2005–06 season
Chairman Kevin McCabe
Manager Neil Warnock
Stadium Bramall Lane
Championship 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Shipperley (11)
All: Shipperley (11)[1]
Average home league attendance 23,650

During the 2005–06 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary

The 2005–06 season was Sheffield United's twelfth straight season at the second level of the English football pyramid – a period longer than any other team currently in the Championship, and their longest spell in any Division since 1934.

After beating Cardiff City 1–0 on Good Friday and never being outside of the top two places all season, the Blades required only one point from their final three games to secure their promotion. Results later that evening meant only Leeds United could in theory catch the Blades, but on the following day, 15 April, they failed to beat Reading at Elland Road which saw Sheffield United promoted back to the Premiership after many disappointments in the previous few seasons.[2]


United's kit was manufactured by French company Le Coq Sportif and sponsored by HFS Loans.


Squad at end of season[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Paddy Kenny
2 England Leigh Bromby
3 England MF Garry Flitcroft
4 England DF Craig Short
5 England DF Chris Morgan (captain)
6 England MF Phil Jagielka (vice captain)
7 Barbados MF Paul Ifill
8 Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi
9 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 England FW Danny Webber
11 England FW Steve Kabba
12 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
13 England GK Phil Barnes
14 England FW Bruce Dyer
15 England DF Rob Kozluk
16 England DF Simon Francis
17 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery
18 England MF Michael Tonge
19 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
20 England DF Chris Armstrong
No. Position Player
21 England FW Jonathan Forte
22 England MF Ian Ross
23 England MF Kevan Hurst
24 England DF David Unsworth
25 England DF Alan Wright
26 Republic of Ireland DF Derek Geary
27 England FW Brian Deane
29 England FW Luke Beckett
30 England FW Geoff Horsfield (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
31 England DF Nicky Law
32 England DF Kyle McFadzean
34 Republic of Ireland FW Gary Mulligan
35 England FW Colin Marrison
36 England DF Evan Horwood
37 England MF Kyle Nix
38 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Quinn
39 China FW Hao Haidong
40 England GK Jamie Annerson
44 England DF Chris Lucketti
48 England GK Danny Skaife

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
3 England DF Jon Harley
8 Scotland FW Andy Gray
8 France FW Vincent Péricard (on loan from Portsmouth)
14 France MF Lilian Nalis
No. Position Player
28 England FW Billy Sharp
28 England DF Neill Collins (on loan from Sunderland)
30 England FW Paul Shaw
England FW Jake Speight




Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
4 DF England Craig Short England Blackburn Rovers Free 29 June 2005
34 FW Republic of Ireland Gary Mulligan England Wolverhampton Wanderers Free 3 July 2005
37 MF England Kyle Nix England Aston Villa Free 5 July 2005
9 FW England Neil Shipperley England Crystal Palace Free 20 July 2005
19 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie England Leicester City Free 5 August 2005
24 DF England David Unsworth England Portsmouth Free 22 August 2005


Squad # Position Player Transferred from Fee Date Source
27 FW England Brian Deane Australia Perth Glory Free 23 December 2005
3 DF England Gary Flitcroft England Blackburn Rovers Free 12 January 2006
8 FW Nigeria Ade Akinbyi England Burnley £1.75m 26 January 2006
14 FW England Bruce Dyer England Stoke City Free 26 January 2006

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


Sheffield United's score comes first[4]


Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship

6 August 2005 Leicester CityH4-118,224Gray (pen), Kabba (pen), Ifill, Bromby
9 August 2005 BurnleyA2-111,802Shipperley, Morgan
13 August 2005 Queens Park RangersA1-213,497Kabba
20 August 2005 Preston North EndH2-120,519Shipperley, Webber
27 August 2005 Coventry CityH2-117,739Kabba, Unsworth (pen)
29 August 2005 Crewe AlexandraA3-17,501Shipperley, Quinn, Kabba
10 September 2005 Ipswich TownH2-021,059Kabba (2)
13 September 2005 Brighton & Hove AlbionA1-06,553Jagielka
17 September 2005 WatfordA3-215,399Jagielka, Ifill, Carlisle (own goal)
24 September 2005 Derby CountyH2-122,192Unsworth, Ifill
27 September 2005 Plymouth ArgyleH2-020,111Shipperley, Quinn
1 October 2005 ReadingA1-222,068Kabba
15 October 2005 Wolverhampton WanderersH1-025,533Shipperley
18 October 2005 MillwallA4-09,148Webber (2), Péricard, Quinn
21 October 2005 Leeds UnitedA1-123,600Kabba
29 October 2005 Cardiff CityH0-025,311
1 November 2005 Luton TownH4-022,554Jagielka (2), Morgan, Péricard
5 November 2005 Crystal PalaceA3-220,344Jagielka, Ifill, Shipperley
19 November 2005 MillwallH2-222,292Unsworth, Webber
22 November 2005 Wolverhampton WanderersA0-024,240
26 November 2005 Leicester CityA2-422,382Kabba, Webber
3 December 2005 Sheffield WednesdayH1-030,558Quinn
10 December 2005 BurnleyH3-023,118Shipperley (2), Webber
16 December 2005 Preston North EndA0-014,378
26 December 2005 Norwich CityH1-326,505Jagielka
28 December 2005 SouthamptonA1-027,443Shipperley
31 December 2005 Stoke CityH2-121,279Montgomery, Morgan
3 January 2006 Hull CityA3-121,929Ifill, Webber, Armstrong
14 January 2006 Ipswich TownA1-123,794Webber
21 January 2006 Brighton & Hove AlbionH3-127,514Jagielka, Ifill, Tonge
1 February 2006 Derby CountyA1-026,275Akinbiyi
6 February 2006 WatfordH1-420,791Ifill
11 February 2006 Plymouth ArgyleA0-015,017
14 February 2006 ReadingH1-125,011Dyer
18 February 2006 Sheffield WednesdayA2-133,439Tonge, Akinbiyi
25 February 2006 Queens Park RangersH2-325,360Akinbiyi, Bircham (own goal)
3 March 2006 Crewe AlexandraH0-022,691
11 March 2006 Coventry CityA0-223,506
18 March 2006 Norwich CityA1-225,346Armstrong
25 March 2006 SouthamptonH3-022,824Jagielka, Ifill, Shipperley
1 April 2006 Stoke CityA1-117,544Webber
8 April 2006 Hull CityH3-226,324Shipperley, Ifill, Unsworth
14 April 2006 Cardiff CityA1-011,006Webber
18 April 2006 Leeds UnitedH1-129,329Bakke (own goal)
22 April 2006 Luton TownA1-110,248Tonge
30 April 2006 Crystal PalaceH1-027,120Morgan

FA Cup

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
R37 January 2006 Colchester UnitedH1-211,820Kabba

League Cup

R123 August 2005 Boston UnitedH1-06,014Ross
R220 September 2005 Shrewsbury TownA0-0 (won 4-3 on pens)4,250
R325 October 2005 ReadingA0-211,607


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