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2004–05 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

During the 2004–05 English football season, Nottingham Forest competed in the Football League Championship.

Nottingham Forest
2004–05 season
ChairmanNigel Doughty
ManagerJoe Kinnear (until 16 December)
Gary Megson (from 10 January)
StadiumCity Ground
Football League Championship23rd (relegated)
FA CupFifth round
League CupFourth round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Gareth Taylor (7)

All:
Gareth Taylor (11)
Average home league attendance23,565

Contents

Season summaryEdit

Manager Joe Kinnear was hoping to push for promotion from the newly named Coca-Cola Championship in 2004–05, but the start to the season was poor. Despite a promising draw with Wigan on the first day of the season (the game which started a run of four consecutive draws), the team's form and league position went downhill. With fans getting restless, and the threat of demonstrations against the team management, Kinnear resigned in December after a 3–0 defeat to arch-rivals Derby County at Pride Park left Forest struggling at the foot of the Championship.[1] Following Mick Harford's brief reign as caretaker, in January 2005, Gary Megson was named as Nottingham Forest's new manager. He had previously won promotion to the Premiership twice with West Bromwich Albion, having taken over at a time when they were on the verge of relegation to League One,[2] and it was hoped that he could achieve the same success with Forest. But that target was made all the more difficult to achieve at the end of the 2004–05 season, when Forest finished second from bottom in the Coca-Cola Championship and were relegated to League One. This made them the first former winners of the European Cup to suffer relegation to the third tier of their domestic league.

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

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[3]

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League ChampionshipEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 2004 Wigan Athletic A 1-1 12,035 Taylor
11 August 2004 Ipswich Town H 1-1 21,125 Evans
14 August 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 2-2 24,201 Taylor, King
21 August 2004 Leeds United A 1-1 31,808 Reid
28 August 2004 Coventry City H 1-4 23,041 Johnson
30 August 2004 Plymouth Argyle A 2-3 17,538 Jess (2)
11 September 2004 Cardiff City H 0-0 21,607
14 September 2004 Sunderland A 0-2 23,540
18 September 2004 Stoke City A 0-0 21,115
26 September 2004 West Ham United H 2-1 25,615 Evans, King
29 September 2004 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0-1 20,109
3 October 2004 Millwall A 0-1 11,233
15 October 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 21,865 Reid
19 October 2004 Sheffield United A 1-1 19,445 Johnson
23 October 2004 Preston North End A 2-3 12,439 King (2)
30 October 2004 Watford H 1-2 24,473 Reid
3 November 2004 Rotherham United H 2-2 21,619 Johnson, King (pen)
6 November 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 27,605 Johnson
13 November 2004 Burnley A 0-1 11,622
20 November 2004 Reading H 1-0 21,138 Taylor
27 November 2004 Gillingham A 1-2 8,784 Taylor
4 December 2004 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 26,099 Reid, Lester
11 December 2004 Derby County A 0-3 30,793
17 December 2004 Leicester City H 1-1 21,415 Dawson
26 December 2004 West Ham United A 2-3 32,270 Johnson (2)
28 December 2004 Sunderland H 1-2 27,457 Reid
1 January 2005 Stoke City H 1-0 22,051 Bopp
3 January 2005 Cardiff City A 0-3 15,545
15 January 2005 Millwall H 1-2 25,949 Commons
22 January 2005 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0-0 6,704
5 February 2005 Rotherham United A 0-0 8,448
23 February 2005 Preston North End H 2-0 19,209 Evans, Commons
26 February 2005 Derby County H 2-2 26,160 Evans (pen), Taylor
5 March 2005 Leicester City A 1-0 27,277 Taylor
8 March 2005 Watford A 2-0 12,118 Commons (2)
12 March 2005 Ipswich Town A 0-6 25,765
16 March 2005 Leeds United H 0-0 27,101
19 March 2005 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 24,008 Taylor
2 April 2005 Crewe Alexandra A 1-1 8,458 Dobie
6 April 2005 Coventry City A 0-2 22,221
9 April 2005 Plymouth Argyle H 0-3 28,887
12 April 2005 Sheffield United H 1-1 21,903 Commons
16 April 2005 Reading A 0-1 17,905
23 April 2005 Burnley H 1-0 24,165 Commons
30 April 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 1-2 17,834 Bopp
8 May 2005 Gillingham H 2-2 24,800 Morgan, Bopp

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2005 Queens Park Rangers A 3-0 11,140 Reid, Commons, Folly
R4 29 January 2005 Peterborough United H 1-0 16,774 King
R5 12 February 2005 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 35,640 Taylor
R5R 2 March 2005 Tottenham Hotspur H 0-3 28,062

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 25 August 2004 Scunthorpe United H 2-0 7,344 Taylor, King
R2 22 September 2004 Rotherham United H 2-1 11,168 Taylor (2)
R3 26 October 2004 Doncaster Rovers A 2-0 9,261 King, Perch
R4 10 November 2004 Fulham H 2-4 9,252 King, Reid

SquadEdit

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 Colin Doyle (on loan from Birmingham City)
2   DF Matthieu Louis-Jean
3   DF Alan Rogers
4   DF Wes Morgan
5   MF Darryl Powell[4]
6   DF John Thompson
7   MF David Friio
8   MF Paul Evans[5]
9   FW David Johnson
10   FW Gareth Taylor
11   FW Marlon King[6]
12   GK Barry Roche
14   MF Eoin Jess
15   MF Andy Impey
16   DF Chris Doig
17   MF Kris Commons
18   FW Kevin James
19   FW Jack Lester
20   FW Craig Westcarr
No. Position Player
21   DF John Curtis
22   GK Paul Gerrard
23   MF Eugen Bopp
24   DF Gregor Robertson
26   MF Ross Gardner
27   MF James Beaumont
28   DF James Perch
29   DF Jon Olav Hjelde
30   DF Des Walker
31   GK Ian Deakin
32   MF Adam Nowland
33   FW Neil Harris
34   FW Scott Dobie
35   DF Justyn Roberts
36   DF Andy Melville (on loan from West Ham United)
37   DF Vincent Fernandez
38   MF Gavin Hurren
39   FW Matthew Glass
40   GK John Lukic

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
1   GK Darren Ward (to Norwich City)
5   DF Michael Dawson (to Tottenham Hotspur)
7   MF Andy Reid (to Tottenham Hotspur)
19   MF Brian Cash (to Bristol Rovers)
No. Position Player
21   DF David Tarka (to Perth Glory FC)
34   MF Shaun Derry (on loan from Crystal Palace)
35   MF Yoann Folly (on loan from Southampton)

AppearancesEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup Carling Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Darren Ward 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 GK   Colin Doyle 4 0 2+1 0 1 0 0 0
2 DF   Matthieu Louis-Jean 29 0 22+3 0 1 0 3 0
3 DF   Alan Rogers 39 0 32+1 0 2 0 4 0
4 DF   Wes Morgan 51 1 42+1 1 4 0 4 0
5 DF   Michael Dawson 17 1 13+1 1 1 0 2 0
5 MF   Darryl Powell 13 0 11 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF   John Thompson 24 0 14+6 0 1+2 0 1 0
7 MF   Andy Reid 28 7 25 5 2 1 1 1
7 MF   David Friio 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Paul Evans 45 4 34+5 4 3 0 3 0
9 FW   David Johnson 36 6 24+7 6 1 0 4 0
10 FW   Gareth Taylor 43 11 33+3 7 4 1 2+1 3
11 FW   Marlon King 31 9 17+9 5 1+1 1 3 3
12 GK   Barry Roche 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF   Eoin Jess 24 2 16+4 2 0 0 3+1 0
15 MF   Andy Impey 23 0 18+2 0 0 0 3 0
16 DF   Chris Doig 26 0 20+1 0 4 0 1 0
17 MF   Kris Commons 36 7 19+11 6 3 1 2+1 0
18 MF   Kevin James 7 0 2+5 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF   Brian Cash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW   Jack Lester 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
20 FW   Craig Westcarr 1 0 +1 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF   David Tarka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF   John Curtis 13 0 11 0 2 0 0 0
22 GK   Paul Gerrard 49 0 42 0 3 0 4 0
23 MF   Eugen Bopp 20 3 6+12 3 1 0 +1 0
24 DF   Gregor Robertson 24 0 13+7 0 2 0 1+1 0
25 DF   James Biggins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 MF   Ross Gardner 14 0 9+5 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF   James Beaumont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF   James Perch 28 1 17+5 0 2+1 0 2+1 1
29 DF   Jon Olav Hjelde 15 0 13+1 0 0 0 1 0
30 DF   Des Walker 1 0 +1 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK   Ian Deakin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF   Adam Nowland 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW   Neil Harris 14 0 5+8 0 +1 0 0 0
34 MF   Shaun Derry 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0
34 FW   Scott Dobie 12 1 11+1 1 0 0 0 0
35 MF   Yoann Folly 2 1 +1 0 1 1 0 0
35 DF   Justyn Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF   Andy Melville 15 0 13 0 2 0 0 0
37 DF   Vincent Fernandez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 DF   Gavin Hurren 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW   Matthew Glass 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 GK   John Lukic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kinnear resigns as Forest manager". BBC Sport. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Forest appoint Megson as manager". BBC Sport. 10 January 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/nottingham-forest/2004-2005
  4. ^ Powell was born in England.
  5. ^ Evans was born in England.
  6. ^ King was born in Southwark, England.