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2005–06 Newcastle United F.C. season

Season summaryEdit

In July 2005 rumours circulated that Newcastle was being stalked with a new buyer, but this later emerged to be the Shepherds consolidating their interests. On the pitch, Newcastle were eliminated from the Intertoto Cup after a 4-2 aggregate loss to Deportivo La Coruna in the semi-final, eliminating the club from European competition for the season.

Upon Craig Bellamy's return from his loan to Celtic, it was reported that he had not resolved his differences with Souness or Shearer, and was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £5 million. During the summer transfer window, Patrick Kluivert, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Hughes and Andy O'Brien were sold by Souness. Laurent Robert and James Milner were loaned out, to Portsmouth and Aston Villa respectively (Robert would be transferred to Benfica in January). The club signed Emre, Scott Parker, Craig Moore and Albert Luque.

In August, the club signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid, despite strong interest from Owen's former club Liverpool. The fee, £17 million, surpassed Newcastle's previous record of £15 million for Alan Shearer from Blackburn in 1996. In the closing hours of the transfer window, the club re-signed Nolberto Solano from Aston Villa.

Souness's decision to pair Shearer and Owen together up front proved to be lethal, but Owen broke his fourth metatarsal bone in his foot after a clash with Paul Robinson in a match against Tottenham Hotspur, keeping him out for the rest of the season. With Owen injured the team's form dipped.

Souness was sacked as manager following a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in early February.[1] Shay Given, Robbie Elliott and Alan Shearer have since stated that the fans never really took to him, with his favouritism of players damaging morale and a series of injuries leading to poor form.

United's youth academy director, former West Ham United manager Glenn Roeder, was put in charge as caretaker manager. Upon Roeder's first game in charge, against Portsmouth, Alan Shearer scored his 201st goal for the club, breaking Jackie Milburn's record of 200 goals for the club and becoming the club's highest ever goalscorer.

Despite speculation that Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce was interested in taking charge, Roeder guided Newcastle from 15th place to 7th place by the end of the season, winning 9 out of their remaining 14 Premier League games to see the club qualify for the UEFA Intertoto Cup - a great way for club legend Alan Shearer to end his playing career. Despite the exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea, Roeder was praised for amazingly achieving a European spot, having seen the prospect of a relegation battle when he joined. At the end of the season he was given a two-year contract by chairman Freddie Shepherd.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 18 11 9 53 38 +15 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 19 6 13 51 42 +9 63
7 Newcastle United 38 17 7 14 47 42 +5 58 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
8 Bolton Wanderers 38 15 11 12 49 41 +8 56
9 West Ham United 38 16 7 15 52 55 −3 55 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Liverpool had already qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup berth as the FA Cup winners went to West Ham, who were the FA Cup runners-up.

KitEdit

Newcastle's kit for the 2005-06 season was produced by German company Adidas. The main shirt sponsor was British bank Northern Rock.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Date Player Previous club Cost
15 June 2005   Scott Parker   Chelsea £6,500,000[2]
19 July 2005   Emre Belözoğlu   Internazionale £3,800,000[3]
19 July 2005   Tim Krul   ADO Den Haag Undisclosed
29 July 2005   Craig Moore   Borussia Mönchengladbach Free[4]
2 August 2005   Lee Clark   Fulham Free[5]
26 August 2005   Albert Luque   Deportivo de La Coruña £9,500,000[6]
31 August 2005   Michael Owen   Real Madrid £17,000,000[7]
31 August 2005   Nolberto Solano   Aston Villa £1,500,000[8]

OutEdit

Date Player Buying club Cost
13 June 2005   Andrew O'Brien   Portsmouth £2,000,000[9]
15 June 2005   Laurent Robert   Portsmouth Loan[10]
7 July 2005   Craig Bellamy   Blackburn Rovers £4,900,000[11]
8 July 2005   Darren Ambrose   Charlton Athletic Undisclosed[12]
3 August 2005   Nicky Butt   Birmingham City Loan[13]
23 August 2005   Hugo Viana   Valencia Loan[14]
31 August 2005   Jermaine Jenas   Tottenham Hotspur £7,000,000[15]
31 August 2005   James Milner   Aston Villa Loan
31 August 2005   Alan O'Brien   Carlisle United Loan
16 February 2006   Daryl Smylie   Stockport County Loan
1 March 2006   Hugo Viana   Valencia £1,700,000

First-team squadEdit

The following players made appearances for the first-team squad this 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   GK Shay Given
2   DF Stephen Carr
3   DF Robbie Elliott
4   MF Nolberto Solano
5   MF Emre Belözoğlu
6   DF Jean-Alain Boumsong[16]
8   MF Kieron Dyer
9   FW Alan Shearer
10   FW Michael Owen
11   MF Lee Bowyer
12   GK Steve Harper
14   MF Charles N'Zogbia
15   MF Amdy Faye
No. Position Player
17   MF Scott Parker
18   DF Craig Moore
19   DF Titus Bramble
20   MF Albert Luque
21   MF Lee Clark
23   FW Shola Ameobi[17]
26   DF Peter Ramage
27   DF Steven Taylor
28   FW Michael Chopra
33   DF Celestine Babayaro
35   MF Matty Pattison
37   MF Alan O'Brien
39   MF Martin Brittain

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
7   MF Jermaine Jenas (to Tottenham Hotspur)
16   MF James Milner (on loan to Aston Villa)
20   MF Hugo Viana (on loan to Valencia)
No. Position Player
40   GK Ben Smith (to Stockport County)
  MF Laurent Robert (to Benfica)
  MF Nicky Butt (on loan to Birmingham City)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Glenn Roeder
Assistant manager   Lee Clark
First team coach   Nigel Pearson
Goalkeeping coach   Andy Woodman
Development coach   Arthur Cox
Reserve team coach   David Ginola
Chief scout   Steve Clarke

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Reserve squadEdit

The following players spent most of the season playing for the reserves, and did not appear for the first team this season.

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

No. Position Player
24   GK Tony Caig
36   DF Kris Gate
38   MF Daryl Smylie
54   DF Paul Huntington
  GK Mark Cook
  GK Fraser Forster
  GK Tim Krul
  DF Liam Atkin
  DF Craig Baxter
  DF Phil Cave
  DF Chris Farman
  DF Chris Shanks
  DF David Edgar
No. Position Player
  MF Nicky Deverdics
  MF Mark Doninger
  MF Robert Cavener
  MF Dean Critchlow
  MF Callum Little
  MF Kazenga LuaLua
  MF James Troisi
  FW Andy Carroll
  FW Carl Finnigan
  FW Scott Marshall
  FW Marc Walton
  Michael Terrell
  Glen Reay

TrialistsEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Yohan Lachor (on trial from Lens)
  DF Francesco Coco (on trial from Inter Milan)
  DF Frank Wiblishauser (on trial from 1. FC Nürnberg)
No. Position Player
  DF Jean-Hugues Ateba (on trial from Paris Saint-Germain)
  FW Nicki Bille Nielsen (on trial from Frem)

Match resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

UEFA Intertoto CupEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

Alan Shearer testimonialEdit

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Intertoto Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Shay Given 47 0 38 0 4 0 2 0 3 0
12 GK   Steve Harper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF   Stephen Carr 24 0 19 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
3 DF   Robbie Elliott 22 0 14+3 0 2 0 1 0 2 0
6 DF   Jean-Alain Boumsong 41 0 30+3 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
18 DF   Craig Moore 9 0 8 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF   Titus Bramble 28 2 21+3 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
26 DF   Peter Ramage 29 0 23 0 3+1 0 2 0 0 0
27 DF   Steven Taylor 17 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
33 DF   Celestine Babayaro 35 0 26+2 0 3 0 1 0 3 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Nolberto Solano 35 6 27+2 6 4 0 2 0 0 0
5 MF   Emre Belözoğlu 25 2 19+1 2 1+2 0 1 0 1 0
8 MF   Kieron Dyer 13 1 4+7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
11 MF   Lee Bowyer 34 2 18+10 1 1+1 0 1 0 3 1
14 MF   Charles N'Zogbia 41 6 27+5 5 2+1 0 2 0 3+1 1
15 MF   Amdy Faye 28 0 14+8 0 0 0 1+1 0 4 0
17 MF   Scott Parker 32 2 26 1 3 1 2 0 1 0
21 MF   Lee Clark 25 1 8+14 1 2 0 0+1 0 0 0
35 MF   Matty Pattison 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF   Alan O'Brien 4 0 0+3 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
39 MF   Martin Brittain 6 0 0 0 1 0 0+2 0 0+3 0
Forwards
9 FW   Alan Shearer 41 14 31+1 10 3 1 2 1 4 2
10 FW   Michael Owen 11 7 10+1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 FW   Albert Luque 18 1 6+8 1 1+2 0 1 0 0 0
23 FW   Shola Ameobi 34 9 25+5 9 3 0 0 0 0+1 0
28 FW   Michael Chopra 20 3 6+7 1 1+1 1 1+1 0 1+2 1
Players transferred out during the season
7 MF   Jermaine Jenas 5 0 3+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 MF   James Milner 7 2 1+2 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
MF   Nicky Butt 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Last updated: 30 May 2006
Source: Competitions

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Newcastle dismiss manager Souness". BBC News. 2 February 2006.
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Newcastle seal £6.5m Parker deal". BBC News. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Newcastle finalise Emre transfer". BBC News. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  4. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Moore signs deal with Newcastle". BBC News. 29 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Clark makes return to Newcastle". BBC News. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Luque finalises move to Newcastle". BBC News. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Owen completes move to Newcastle". BBC News. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Solano makes return to Newcastle". BBC News. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Portsmouth | Pompey complete deal for O'Brien". BBC News. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  10. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Portsmouth | Pompey say Robert deal permanent". BBC News. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Bellamy makes switch to Blackburn". BBC News. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  12. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Charlton sign Newcastle's Ambrose". BBC News. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  13. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Birmingham City | Birmingham wrap up Butt loan deal". BBC News. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  14. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Newcastle United | Viana agrees Valencia loan move". BBC News. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  15. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Tottenham Hotspur | Jenas completes £7m Spurs switch". BBC News. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  16. ^ Boumsong was born in Douala, Cameroon, but also qualified to represent France internationally and made his full international debut for France in June 2003.
  17. ^ Ameobi was born in Zaria, Nigeria, but also qualified to represent England internationally and has represented them on U-21 level. However, he later opted to represent the country of his birth and made his full international debut for Nigeria in November 2012.

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