2005–06 Stoke City F.C. season
The 2005–06 season was Stoke City's 99th season in the Football League, the 39th in the second tier and second in the Championship.
In June 2005 Tony Pulis was sacked by Stoke's Icelandic board and Dutch manager Johan Boskamp was appointed. He went about changing Stoke's style of play to a more European passing style which also meant a decent number of foreign players were signed by the club. The change in style had mixed success whilst Stoke did play good attacking football the defensive qualities by Pulis's side went missing and Stoke suffered some poor defeats particularly at home. Stoke were far too inconsistent to be anything other than a mid-table side and they finished in 13th position. At the end of the season Boskamp left the club and Icelandic chairman Gunnar Gíslason put the club up for sale. Former chairman Peter Coates brought the club back and re-appointed Tony Pulis as manager.
On 28 June 2005 manager Tony Pulis was sacked by Gunnar Gíslason for "failing to exploit the foreign transfer market". The next day Dutch manager Johan Boskamp was named as Pulis' successor. Boskamp went about changing Stoke's style of play to be more attacking and possession based during pre-season and he brought in a number of foreign players. Most came from Belgian Pro League and mainly his old club Anderlecht. In came Carl Hoefkens, Hannes Sigurðsson, Junior N'Galula and Martin Kolář whilst Marlon Broomes, Paul Gallagher Mamady Sidibé, Peter Sweeney and Luke Chadwick the domestic based players to join the club.
The first match of the 2005–06 season saw City come up against newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke struggled to a goalless draw after Gerry Taggart had been sent-off after just 10 minutes. In the next match Stoke lost 4–2 away at Leicester City to set the defensive tone for the season. The club record fee was broken with the £950,000 signing of Sambégou Bangoura on transfer deadline day but three bad home defeats by Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City saw supporters begin to ask questions. Bangoura then went on a good run of form scoring seven goals in six matches as Stoke won six matches in November and December to give them a platform to build on going into the new year. But in one of those wins away at Coventry City Boskamp and his assistant Jan de Koning and director of football John Rudge were involved in an argument which led to Boskamp almost resigning.
Stoke began 2006 in terrible form winning just one match in ten and scoring a mere six goals in that time. Bangoura had been away on international duty with Guinea and failed to return to the club at the agreed date which caused the shortage of goals and with Stoke's season fizzling out with no chance of promotion Boskamp was not offerd a new contract by Gunnar Gíslason. Stoke ended the season with an emphatic 5–1 win at relegated Brighton & Hove Albion and young striker Adam Rooney scored a hat-trick becoming Stoke's youngest scorer of a hat-trick.
With the Icelandic board failing to gain promotion to the Premier League and with debts now at around £5million chairman Gunnar Gíslason put the club up for sale and he sold the club back to former chairman Peter Coates. Coates then re-appointed Tony Pulis as manager who had spent the season with Plymouth Argyle.
Stoke had three ties against Birmingham opposition in this seasons FA Cup firstly beating plucky non-league Tamworth on penalties in a replay and then a 2–1 win against Walsall before losing 1–0 to Birmingham City.
Stoke continued their poor showing against lower league sides in the first round this time losing 3–0 on penalties to Mansfield Town.
Final league table
Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Stoke City's score comes first
Football League Championship
|1|| 6 August 2005 ||Sheffield Wednesday||H||0–0||18,744||Report|
|2|| 9 August 2005 ||Leicester City||A||2–4||20,519||Broomes 64', Halls 89'||Report|
|3|| 13 August 2005 ||Millwall||A||1–0||8,668||Halls 38'||Report|
|4|| 20 August 2005 ||Luton Town||H||2–1||18,653||Broomes 63', Brammer 90+2'||Report|
|5|| 27 August 2005 ||Crystal Palace||A||0–2||17,637||Report|
|6|| 29 August 2005 ||Norwich City||H||3–1||14,249||Kolář 9', Harper 45', Sidibé 69'||Report|
|7|| 10 September 2005 ||Watford||H||0–3||14,565||Report|
|8|| 13 September 2005 ||Hull City||A||1–0||18,692||Gallagher 74'||Report|
|9|| 16 September 2005 ||Preston North End||A||1–0||12,453||Gallagher 76'||Report|
|10|| 24 September 2005 ||Wolverhampton Wanderers||H||1–3||18,181||Buxton 90+1'||Report|
|11|| 27 September 2005 ||Cardiff City||H||0–3||12,240||Report|
|12|| 1 October 2005 ||Plymouth Argyle||A||1–2||12,604||Chadwick 47'||Report|
|13|| 15 October 2005 ||Derby County||A||1–2||22,229||Hoefkens 59'||Report|
|14|| 18 October 2005 ||Crewe Alexandra||H||2–0||14,080||Bangoura 41', Duberry 64'||Report|
|15|| 22 October 2005 ||Reading||H||0–1||13,484||Report|
|16|| 29 October 2005 ||Southampton||A||0–2||24,095||Report|
|17|| 2 November 2005 ||Coventry City||A||2–1||16,617||Taggart 37', Gallagher 55'||Report|
|18|| 5 November 2005 ||Brighton & Hove Albion||H||3–0||15,274||Bangoura (2) 35', 75', Russell 68'||Report|
|19|| 19 November 2005 ||Crewe Alexandra||A||2–1||8,942||Bangoura 16', Gallagher 89'||Report|
|20|| 22 November 2005 ||Derby County||H||1–2||13,205||Bangoura 33'||Report|
|21|| 26 November 2005 ||Sheffield Wednesday||A||2–0||21,970||Bangoura 17', Sidibé 86'||Report|
|22|| 3 December 2005 ||Queens Park Rangers||H||1–2||15,367||Bangoura 26'||Report|
|23|| 9 December 2005 ||Leicester City||H||3–2||11,125||Gallagher 36' (pen), Sidibé 75', Bangoura 78'||Report|
|24|| 17 December 2005 ||Luton Town||A||3–2||8,296||Gallagher (2) 45+1', 83', Coyne 90+3', (o.g.)||Report|
|25|| 26 December 2005 ||Burnley||A||0–1||17,912||Report|
|26|| 28 December 2005 ||Leeds United||H||0–1||20,408||Report|
|27|| 31 December 2005 ||Sheffield United||A||1–2||21,279||Sidibé 57'||Report|
|28|| 2 January 2006 ||Ipswich Town||H||2–2||14,493||Russell 27', Sidibé 73'||Report|
|29|| 14 January 2006 ||Watford||A||0–1||12,247||Report|
|30|| 21 January 2006 ||Hull City||H||0–3||13,444||Report|
|31|| 4 February 2006 ||Preston North End||H||0–0||13,218||Report|
|32|| 11 February 2006 ||Cardiff City||A||0–3||10,780||Report|
|33|| 14 February 2006 ||Plymouth Argyle||H||0–0||10,242||Report|
|34|| 25 February 2006 ||Millwall||H||2–1||11,340||Hoefkens 15' (pen), Gallagher 57'||Report|
|35|| 4 March 2006 ||Norwich City||A||1–2||24,223||Gallagher 58'||Report|
|36|| 7 March 2006 ||Wolverhampton Wanderers||A||0–0||22,439||Report|
|37|| 13 March 2006 ||Crystal Palace||H||1–3||10,121||Skoko 47'||Report|
|38|| 18 March 2006 ||Burnley||H||1–0||12,082||Gallagher 52'||Report|
|39|| 25 March 2006 ||Leeds United||A||0–0||21,452||Report|
|40|| 29 March 2006 ||Queens Park Rangers||A||2–1||10,918||Hoefkens 73' (pen), Sigurðsson 79'||Report|
|41|| 1 April 2006 ||Sheffield United||H||1–1||17,544||Skoko 16'||Report|
|42|| 8 April 2006 ||Ipswich Town||A||4–1||23,592||Wilnis 51' (o.g.), Bangoura 82', Chadwick 90', Russell 90+4'||Report|
|43|| 15 April 2006 ||Southampton||H||1–2||16,501||Gallagher 83'||Report|
|44|| 17 April 2006 ||Reading||A||1–3||22,119||Rooney 59'||Report|
|45|| 22 April 2006 ||Coventry City||H||0–1||13,385||Report|
|46|| 30 April 2006 ||Brighton & Hove Albion||A||5–1||5,859||Rooney (3) 6', 22', 63', Sidibé 40', Sweeney 82'||Report|