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2004–05 Leeds United A.F.C. season

During the 2004–05 English football season, Leeds United competed in the Football League Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League at the end of the previous season after 14 years in the top flight. With debts of over £100 million, Leeds were not expected to make a push for an automatic return to the Premiership, with preventing a second successive relegation the priority.

Leeds United
2004-05 season
ChairmanGerald Krasner
(until 21 January)[1]
Ken Bates
ManagerEddie Gray
(until 10 May)[2]
Kevin Blackwell
StadiumElland Road
Championship14th
FA CupThird round
League CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague:
David Healy (7)

All:
Brian Deane (7)
David Healy (7)
Highest home attendance34,496 vs Plymouth Argyle
(28 Dec 2004, The Championship)
Lowest home attendance18,476 vs Swindon Town
(21 Sep 2004, League Cup)
Average home league attendance28,814

Contents

Season summaryEdit

In 2004–05 season, Leeds began signing players prepared to accept lower wages. The club were eventually forced to sell both their training ground, for £4.2m,[3] and their Elland Road stadium[4] in the autumn of 2004.

On 21 January 2005, Krasner announced the sale of a 50% stake to Ken Bates for £10m and Bates became the club's new chairman, replacing Krasner.[5] This investment effectively saved Leeds United from going into administration. Bates had previously headed three other league football clubs, most famously Chelsea.

Blackwell was forced to sell most of the remaining players, including Aaron Lennon; somehow he managed to build a team using loan players and experienced professionals nearing the end of their careers. Despite a promising opening day win against Derby County, Leeds's form at the start of the 2004-05 Coca-Cola Championship was little better than in the previous season, and they spent the first half of the campaign looking in serious danger of a second successive relegation. Their form gradually picked up after the club was taken over by Bates and Leeds finished in a relatively safe 14th place.

KitEdit

Leeds United's home kit was manufactured by Diadora.

Final league tableEdit

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Sunderland 46 29 7 10 76 41 +35 94
P 2 Wigan Athletic 46 25 12 9 79 35 +44 87
  3 Ipswich Town 46 24 13 9 85 56 +29 85
  4 Derby County 46 22 10 14 71 60 +11 76
  5 Preston North End 46 21 12 13 67 58 +9 75
P 6 West Ham United 46 21 10 15 66 56 +10 73
  7 Reading 46 19 13 14 51 44 +7 70
  8 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 57 56 +1 67
  9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 21 10 72 59 +13 66
  10 Millwall 46 18 12 16 51 45 +6 66
  11 Queens Park Rangers 46 17 11 18 54 58 -4 62
  12 Stoke City 46 17 10 19 36 38 -2 61
  13 Burnley 46 15 15 16 38 39 -1 60
  14 Leeds United 46 14 18 14 49 52 -3 60
  15 Leicester City 46 12 21 13 49 46 +3 57
  16 Cardiff City 46 13 15 18 48 51 -3 54
  17 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 11 21 52 64 -12 53
  18 Watford 46 12 16 18 52 59 -7 52
  19 Coventry City 46 13 13 20 61 73 -12 52
  20 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 13 12 21 40 65 -25 51
  21 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 14 20 66 86 -20 50
R 22 Gillingham 46 12 14 20 45 66 -21 50
R 23 Nottingham Forest 46 9 17 20 42 66 -24 44
R 24 Rotherham United 46 5 14 27 35 69 -34 29

ResultsEdit

Leeds United's score comes first

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League ChampionshipEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Derby County H 1-0 30,459 Richardson
10 August 2004 Gillingham A 1-2 10,739 Pugh
14 August 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 28,397
21 August 2004 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 31,808 Guppy
29 August 2004 Sheffield United A 0-2 22,959
11 September 2004 Coventry City H 3-0 26,725 Carlisle, Joachim, Pugh
14 September 2004 Plymouth Argyle A 1-0 20,555 Keith (own goal)
18 September 2004 Crewe Alexandra A 2-2 9,095 Pugh (2)
24 September 2004 Sunderland H 0-1 28,926
28 September 2004 Stoke City H 0-0 25,759
2 October 2004 Cardiff City A 0-0 17,006
16 October 2004 Preston North End H 1-0 30,458 Pugh
19 October 2004 Reading A 1-1 22,230 Walton
23 October 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-1 6,716
31 October 2004 Wigan Athletic H 0-2 27,432
3 November 2004 Burnley H 1-2 27,490 Wright
6 November 2004 Preston North End A 4-2 18,531 Deane, Healy (2), Walton
13 November 2004 Ipswich Town A 0-1 29,955
20 November 2004 Queens Park Rangers H 6-1 29,739 Healy, Deane (4), Wright
24 November 2004 Watford H 2-2 24,585 Wright, Carlisle
29 November 2004 Rotherham United A 0-1 8,860
4 December 2004 Leicester City H 0-2 27,384
10 December 2004 West Ham United A 1-1 30,684 Healy (pen)
19 December 2004 Millwall H 1-1 26,265 Oster
26 December 2004 Sunderland A 3-2 43,253 Lennon, Deane, Joachim
28 December 2004 Plymouth Argyle H 2-1 34,496 Gilbert (own goal), Healy
1 January 2005 Crewe Alexandra H 0-2 32,302
3 January 2005 Coventry City A 2-1 19,084 Blake, Healy
15 January 2005 Cardiff City H 1-1 29,548 Walton
22 January 2005 Stoke City A 1-0 18,372 Thomas (own goal)
26 January 2005 Derby County A 0-2 25,648
29 January 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1-1 27,033 Carlisle
5 February 2005 Burnley A 1-0 17,789 Einarsson
12 February 2005 Reading H 3-1 30,034 Healy, Hulse (2)
19 February 2005 Wigan Athletic A 0-3 17,177
26 February 2005 West Ham United H 2-1 34,115 Hulse, Derry
6 March 2005 Millwall A 1-1 11,510 Hulse
12 March 2005 Gillingham A 1-1 27,995 Hulse
16 March 2005 Nottingham Forest A 0-0 25,101
2 April 2005 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 29,773 Derry
5 April 2005 Sheffield United H 0-4 28,936
9 April 2005 Watford A 2-1 16,306 Hulse, Carlisle
16 April 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 18,182 Seth Johnson
23 April 2005 Ipswich Town H 1-1 29,607 Spring
1 May 2005 Leicester City A 0-2 26,593
8 May 2005 Rotherham United H 0-0 30,900

Top ScorersEdit

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Birmingham City A 0-3 25,159

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 24 August 2004 Huddersfield Town H 1-0 30,115 Pugh
R2 21 September 2004 Swindon Town H 1-0 18,476 Ricketts
R3 26 October 2004 Portsmouth A 1-2 15,215 Deane

Top ScorersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season[6]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Neil Sullivan[7]
2   DF Gary Kelly
3   DF Stephen Crainey
4   DF Clarke Carlisle
5   DF Lucas Radebe
6   DF Paul Butler
7   MF Jermaine Wright
8   MF Sean Gregan
9   FW David Healy
10   FW Michael Ricketts
11   FW Julian Joachim
12   MF Danny Pugh
14   FW Marlon King[8] (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
15   DF Frazer Richardson
16   MF Gylfi Einarsson
No. Position Player
17   MF Matthew Spring
18   MF Simon Walton
19   MF Eirik Bakke
20   MF Seth Johnson
21   MF Shaun Derry (on loan from Crystal Palace)
22   FW Ian Moore
23   GK Saša Ilić
25   MF Aaron Lennon
26   DF Matthew Kilgallon
27   MF Martin Woods
29   FW Rob Hulse (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
33   DF Michael Gray (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
39   FW Simon Johnson

Left club during seasonEdit

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

No. Position Player
9   FW Brett Ormerod (on loan from Southampton)
13   GK Scott Carson (to Liverpool)
13   GK Paul Harrison (on loan from Liverpool)
14   MF Serge Branco (to Queens Park Rangers)
14   MF John Oster (on loan from Sunderland)
14   MF Leandre Griffit (on loan from Southampton)
16   FW Danny Cadamarteri (to Sheffield United)
21   FW Nathan Blake (on loan from Leicester City)
22   DF Michael Duberry (on loan to Stoke City)
23   GK Kevin Pressman (to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
23   MF Craig Hignett (to Darlington)
24   MF Steve Guppy (to Stoke City)
28   MF Jamie McMaster (to Chesterfield)
30   FW Brian Deane (to Sunderland)
32   MF Harpal Singh (to Stockport County)
38   FW Andy Keogh (to Scunthorpe United)
40   FW Jamie Winter (to Aberdeen)
  DF Henry McStay (to Halifax Town)
  FW Barry Corr (to Sheffield Wednesday)

Reserve squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
37   MF Paul Keegan

StatisticsEdit

Starting 11Edit

Considering starts in all competitions[9]

TransfersEdit

InEdit

OutEdit

Loan inEdit

Loan outEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Wallace, Sam (11 May 2004). "Leeds look for yet another manager as Gray is sacked". The Daily Telegraph. London.
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  6. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2004-2005/flcham/leeds.htm
  7. ^ Sullivan was born in England.
  8. ^ King was born in England.
  9. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leeds-united/tab/players/season/2005
  10. ^ Joachim officially joined Leeds on 1 July.
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  40. ^ "Derry switch to Leeds collapses". BBC News. 24 November 2004.
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  42. ^ "Leeds sign Saints winger on loan". BBC News. 6 January 2005.
  43. ^ "Leeds complete Gray loan signing". BBC News. 3 February 2005.
  44. ^ "Hulse completes Leeds loan switch". BBC News. 9 February 2005.
  45. ^ "King completes loan move to Leeds". BBC News. 4 March 2005.
  46. ^ "Duberry joins Stoke in loan deal". BBC News. 15 October 2004.
  47. ^ "Singh makes Stockport loan switch". BBC News. 18 February 2005.
  48. ^ "McMaster moves to Spirites". BBC News. 7 January 2004.
  49. ^ "McMaster signs on at Chesterfield". BBC News. 4 March 2005.