2005–06 Southampton F.C. season

2005–06 season
Chairman Rupert Lowe
Manager Harry Redknapp (until 3 December)
George Burley (from 23 December)
Stadium St Mary's
Championship 12th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Ricardo Fuller (9)

Ricardo Fuller (9)
Highest home attendance 30,173 (vs. Leeds United, 19 November)
Lowest home attendance 19,086 (vs. Luton Town, 11 December)
Average home league attendance 23,613

During the 2005–06 English football season, Southampton Football Club competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary

Southampton endured a poor to largely indifferent season after relegation from the Premier League the previous season and finished in a lowly 12th place in the Championship. Although the south coast side started the season well, they ended up drawing too many games (19 games by the season's end) and a run of five wins from 35 games dragged them into the lower reaches of the table and put Southampton in danger of a second successive relegation. Manager Harry Redknapp, unable to establish consistency and unhappy with the appointment of former rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward to the coaching staff, had resigned in December,[1] returning as manager of Southampton's archrivals Portsmouth. His replacement, former Ipswich Town manager George Burley,[2] was unable to turn the club's form around until the back end of the season, with five wins from their last six games taking the team from 20th to 12th. The late run of form gave fans hope that next season Southampton could mount a sustained attempt at promotion.


The season's kit was manufactured by the club's own brand, Saints. The kit was sponsored by English life insurance company Friends Provident.

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


Southampton's score comes first[3]


Win Draw Loss


6 August 2005 Wolverhampton WanderersH0-024,061
9 August 2005 Luton TownA2-39,447Oakley, Jones
13 August 2005 Sheffield WednesdayA1-026,688Jones
20 August 2005 Norwich CityH1-023,498Quashie (pen)
27 August 2005 Crewe AlexandraH2-020,792Belmadi, Quashie
29 August 2005 Coventry CityA1-123,000Fuller
10 September 2005 Queens Park RangersH1-125,744Higginbotham
13 September 2005 Ipswich TownA2-222,997Powell, Wise
18 September 2005 Derby CountyA2-222,348Ormerod, Fuller
24 September 2005 Plymouth ArgyleH0-026,331
28 September 2005 ReadingH0-024,946
1 October 2005 Preston North EndA1-115,263Davidson (own goal)
15 October 2005 Hull CityH1-123,810Oakley
18 October 2005 Leeds UnitedA1-218,881Walcott
22 October 2005 MillwallA2-010,759Walcott, Fuller
29 October 2005 Stoke CityH2-024,095Walcott, Belmadi
5 November 2005 Leicester CityA0-021,318
19 November 2005 Leeds UnitedH3-430,173Pahars, Quashie (2, 1 pen)
22 November 2005 Hull CityA1-118,061Kosowski
26 November 2005 Wolverhampton WanderersA0-024,628
3 December 2005 BurnleyH1-121,592Higginbotham (pen)
11 December 2005 Luton TownH1-019,086Walcott
17 December 2005 Norwich CityA1-324,836Belmadi
26 December 2005 WatfordA0-316,972
28 December 2005 Sheffield UnitedH0-127,443
31 December 2005 Cardiff CityA1-213,377Blackstock
2 January 2006 Brighton & Hove AlbionH2-124,630Blackstock (2)
14 January 2006 Queens Park RangersA0-115,494
21 January 2006 Ipswich TownH0-222,250
25 January 2006 Crystal PalaceH0-024,651
31 January 2006 Plymouth ArgyleA1-215,936Surman
4 February 2006 Derby CountyH0-021,829
10 February 2006 ReadingA0-223,845
15 February 2006 Preston North EndH0-019,534
25 February 2006 Sheffield WednesdayH3-026,236Higginbotham, Rasiak, Jones
4 March 2006 Coventry CityH1-121,980Rasiak
11 March 2006 Crewe AlexandraA1-16,588Madsen
20 March 2006 WatfordH1-319,202Madsen
25 March 2006 Sheffield UnitedA0-322,824
28 March 2006 BurnleyA1-110,636Bardsley (own goal)
1 April 2006 Cardiff CityH3-222,388Lundekvam, Fuller (2)
8 April 2006 Brighton & Hove AlbionA2-07,999Fuller, Chaplow
15 April 2006 Stoke CityA2-116,501Rasiak (2, 1 pen)
17 April 2006 MillwallH2-022,043Jones (pen), Fuller
22 April 2006 Crystal PalaceA1-220,995Fuller
30 April 2006 Leicester CityH2-026,801Fuller, Surman

FA Cup

Main article: 2005–06 FA Cup
R37 January 2006 Milton Keynes DonsH4-315,908Prutton, Quashie, Walcott, Kenton
R428 January 2006 Leicester CityA1-020,427Jones
R518 February 2006 Newcastle UnitedA0-140,975

League Cup

R122 August 2005 Southend UnitedA3-06,358Blackstock, Dyer, Ormerod
R220 September 2005 Mansfield TownA0-13,739

First-team squad

Squad at end of season[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Sweden DF Alexander Östlund
3 Poland MF Kamil Kosowski (on loan from Wisła Kraków)
4 England MF Darren Potter (on loan from Liverpool)
5 Norway DF Claus Lundekvam
6 England DF Darren Powell
8 England MF Matt Oakley
10 England MF Jermaine Wright (on loan from Leeds United)
11 Sweden DF Michael Svensson
13 England GK Paul Smith
14 Jamaica FW Ricardo Fuller
15 Trinidad and Tobago FW Kenwyne Jones
16 England DF Martin Cranie
17 Latvia FW Marian Pahars
18 Poland FW Grzegorz Rasiak (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
No. Position Player
19 England DF Danny Higginbotham
20 England MF David Prutton
21 Northern Ireland DF Chris Baird
22 England DF Darren Kenton
24 England FW Dexter Blackstock
26 England GK Kevin Miller
28 Poland GK Bartosz Białkowski
29 England MF Andrew Surman
31 Algeria MF Djamel Belmadi[5]
33 England FW Nathan Dyer
34 Canada DF Jim Brennan
35 Republic of Ireland FW David McGoldrick
36 England MF Simon Gillett
37 Wales DF Gareth Bale

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
1 Finland GK Antti Niemi (to Fulham)
4 England MF Dennis Wise (to Coventry City)
7 Poland DF Tomasz Hajto (to Derby County)
9 England FW Brett Ormerod (to Preston North End)
9 Denmark FW Peter Madsen (on loan from Cologne)
10 Scotland MF Neil McCann (to Hearts)
12 Scotland MF Nigel Quashie[6] (to West Bromwich Albion)
12 England MF Richard Chaplow (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
18 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Delap[7] (to Sunderland)
No. Position Player
23 France MF Yoann Folly (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
26 England DF Matthew Mills (to Manchester City)
27 Republic of Ireland FW Leon Best (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday)
28 Northern Ireland GK Alan Blayney (to Doncaster Rovers)
29 France MF Fabrice Fernandes (to Bolton Wanderers)
29 France MF Léandre Griffit (to Elfsborg)
32 England FW Theo Walcott (to Arsenal)
34 Uruguay FW Marcelo Tejera (to Peñarol)
37 Scotland GK Andrew McNeil (to Hibernian)

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
25 England GK Danny Brice


  1. "Redknapp walks out on Southampton". BBC Sport. 3 December 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  2. "Saints unveil Burley as new coach". BBC Sport. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  3. http://www.statto.com/football/teams/southampton/2005-2006
  4. Southampton squad for 2005–06 season
  5. Belmadi was born in Champigny-sur-Marne, France.
  6. Quashie was born in Southwark, England.
  7. Delap was born in Sutton Coldfield, England.
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