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2005–06 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

The 2005-06 season was Tottenham Hotspur's 14th season in the Premier League and 28th successive season in the top division of the English football league system.

Tottenham Hotspur
2005–06 season
ChairmanDaniel Levy
ManagerMartin Jol
Premier League5th
FA CupThird round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Robbie Keane (16)
All: Robbie Keane (16)

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Season SummaryEdit

During the 2005–06 English football season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the English Premier League. The club had a mixed, short season, securing what was their highest place finish in the Premier league at the time, but exiting both cup competitions at the earliest possible stage against lower league opposition, therefore playing just 40 games.

In September Tottenham faced Grimsby Town in the League Cup, losing 1–0 at Blundell Park.[1] Their FA cup draw pitted the team against Leicester City, but the side let a two-goal lead slip, and an injury time goal saw them defeated 3–2 at Walkers Stadium.[2]

In the league Tottenham had occupied the crucial fourth place in the table more much of the later second half of the season[3] and their win in their penultimate game of the season against Bolton Wanderers on 30 April meant they were seven points ahead of their nearest rivals Arsenal in the race for possible Champions League qualification.[4] Despite Arsenal winning their two games in hand, Tottenham only had to match their result in the final game of the season in order to secure fourth spot.

On the morning of the decisive match against West Ham United a number of Tottenham players were taken ill with suspected food poisoning, the players having stayed the night at the Marriott Hotel in Canary Wharf and eaten lasagne. The club appealed for the Premier League to delay the kick off game, but the police would not allow a kick off any later than 5pm due to crowd control concerns so the club decided to play at the scheduled time.[5][6] Despite the scoreline being 1–1 for much of the game, Tottenham looked set to clinch fourth spot due to Arsenal trailing 2–1 at Highbury against Wigan Athletic, but Arsenal went on to win their fixture 4–2 from a Thierry Henry hat-trick meaning Tottenham also required a win. Their fate was sealed when Yossi Benayoun scored a winner for West Ham, meaning Tottenham fell to fifth place and would therefore would only play in the following season's UEFA Cup.[7]

Tottenham appealed to the Premier League to have the match against West Ham replayed, but this was rejected as no grounds were found for accepting the request.[8] Club chairman Daniel Levy called in the police to investigate the Marriott Hotel and threatened to sue the hotel chain and Premier League over the incident, having wrongly suspected foul play.[9][10] Tests by the Health Protection Agency on the food at the hotel soon proved to be negative for sources of food poisoning, and instead players were identified as having norovirus.[11][12]

First-team 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 Paul Robinson
2   DF Noureddine Naybet
3   DF Stephen Kelly
5   MF Edgar Davids
6   MF Teemu Tainio
7   DF Paul Stalteri
8   MF Danny Murphy
9   FW Grzegorz Rasiak
10   FW Robbie Keane
12   GK Radek Černý (on loan from Slavia Prague)
15   FW Mido (on loan from Roma)
16   DF Lee Young-Pyo
No. Position Player
18   FW Jermain Defoe
19   MF Andy Reid
20   DF Michael Dawson
22   MF Tom Huddlestone
23   MF Michael Carrick
25   MF Aaron Lennon
26   DF Ledley King (captain)
27   DF Calum Davenport
28   MF Jermaine Jenas
30   DF Anthony Gardner
32   MF Johnnie Jackson
37   FW Lee Barnard

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
4   MF Sean Davis (to Portsmouth)
8   MF Pedro Mendes (to Portsmouth)
9   FW Frédéric Kanouté (to Sevilla)
11   MF Michael Brown (to Fulham)
13   GK Márton Fülöp (on loan to Coventry City)
14   DF Erik Edman (to Rennes)
16   DF Reto Ziegler (on loan to Wigan Athletic)
No. Position Player
17   DF Noé Pamarot (to Portsmouth)
21   MF Wayne Routledge (on loan to Portsmouth)
29   DF Philip Ifil (on loan to Millwall)
36   FW Mounir El Hamdaoui (on loan to Derby County)
  MF Emil Hallfreðsson (on loan to Malmö)
  DF Rodrigo Defendi (on loan to Udinese)

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
14   MF Hossam Ghaly
24   DF Goran Bunjevčević
31   MF Dean Marney
35   GK Robert Burch
  FW Andy Barcham
  DF Charlie Daniels
  FW Simon Dawkins
No. Position Player
  MF Charlie Lee
  MF Stuart Lewis
  MF Jacques Maghoma
  DF Marcel McKie
  DF Leigh Mills
  MF Jamie O'Hara
45   FW Nehedemhi Mukanda

TransfersEdit

InEdit

OutEdit

Transfers in:   £15,100,000
Transfers out:   £12,575,000
Total spending:   £2,525,000

Loans outEdit

Competitions OverviewEdit

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA Win %
Premier League 38 18 11 9 53 38 047.37
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 2 3 000.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 000.00
Total 40 18 11 11 55 42 045.00

ResultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Liverpool 38 25 7 6 57 25 +32 82 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Arsenal 38 20 7 11 68 31 +37 67
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
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Paul Robinson 40 0 38 0 1 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF   Noureddine Naybet 4 0 2+1 0 0 0 1 0
3 DF   Stephen Kelly 10 0 9 0 1 0 0 0
7 DF   Paul Stalteri 35 2 33 1 1 1 1 0
16 DF   Lee Young-Pyo 31 0 31 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF   Michael Dawson 33 0 31+1 0 1 0 0 0
26 DF   Ledley King 27 3 26 3 0 0 1 0
27 DF   Calum Davenport 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF   Anthony Gardner 18 0 16+1 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
5 MF   Edgar Davids 31 1 28+3 1 0 0 0 0
6 MF   Teemu Tainio 25 1 22+2 1 0+1 0 0 0
8 MF   Danny Murphy 10 0 2+8 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF   Andy Reid 14 0 7+6 0 0 0 1 0
22 MF   Tom Huddlestone 4 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF   Michael Carrick 37 2 35 2 1 0 1 0
25 MF   Aaron Lennon 29 2 21+6 2 1 0 0+1 0
28 MF   Jermaine Jenas 32 7 30 6 1 1 1 0
32 MF   Johnnie Jackson 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW   Grzegorz Rasiak 9 0 4+4 0 1 0 0 0
10 FW   Robbie Keane 38 16 25+11 16 1 0 1 0
15 FW   Mido 27 11 24+3 11 0 0 0 0
18 FW   Jermain Defoe 38 9 23+13 9 0+1 0 1 0
37 FW   Lee Barnard 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
4 MF   Sean Davis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
8 MF   Pedro Mendes 6 0 3+3 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW   Frédéric Kanouté 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF   Michael Brown 11 0 2+7 0 1 0 1 0
14 DF   Erik Edman 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
17 DF   Noé Pamarot 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF   Wayne Routledge 3 0 2+1 0 0 0 0 0

Top scorersEdit

Rank Pos No. Nat Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW 10   Robbie Keane 16 0 0 16
2 FW 15   Mido 13 0 0 13
3 FW 18   Jermain Defoe 9 0 0 9
4 MF 28   Jermaine Jenas 6 1 0 7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grimsby 1-0 Tottenham". BBC News. 20 September 2005.
  2. ^ "Leicester 3-2 Tottenham". BBC News. 8 January 2006.
  3. ^ Hunter, Andy (5 January 2006). "Manchester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2: Jol plays down Spurs' challenge to established order – Premier League, Football – The Independent". The Independent. London.
  4. ^ "Jol makes Champions League plea". BBC News. 30 April 2006.
  5. ^ "Spurs may sue after test results". Daily Mail. London. 9 May 2006.
  6. ^ Bose, Mihir (8 May 2006). "Spurs dealt devastating blow by food poisoning". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  7. ^ "Premiership finale clockwatch". BBC News. 7 May 2006.
  8. ^ "Spurs' replay request rejected". Television New Zealand. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Poisoned soccer stars,a dodgy lasagne and cries of foul play".
  10. ^ "Spurs Food Bug – Foul Play Suspected". Sky News.
  11. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tests clear hotel in Spurs food poisoning incident". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 4 May 2007.
  12. ^ Page, Steve. "Tottenham are a sick club – The Sun –Sport–Football". The Sun. London.
  13. ^ "Spurs agree deal for Huddlestone". BBC News. 1 February 2005.
  14. ^ "Spurs snap up defender Stalteri". BBC Sport.
  15. ^ "Tainio to join Spurs next season". BBC Sport.
  16. ^ "Tottenham agree deal on Routledge". BBC News. 17 June 2005.
  17. ^ "Tottenham complete Davids signing". BBC News. 3 August 2005.
  18. ^ "Lee completes move to Tottenham". BBC Sport.
  19. ^ "Jenas completes £7m Spurs switch". BBC News. 31 August 2005.
  20. ^ "Spurs agree Rasiak deal with Rams". BBC News. 1 September 2005.
  21. ^ "Tottenham sign midfielder Ghaly". BBC Sport.
  22. ^ "Tottenham clinch late Murphy deal". BBC Sport.
  23. ^ "Kanoute completes Sevilla switch". BBC Sport.
  24. ^ "Rennes complete signing of Edman". BBC Sport.
  25. ^ "Portsmouth swoop for Spurs trio". BBC Sport.
  26. ^ "Fulham seal move for Spurs' Brown". BBC Sport.
  27. ^ "Lions net Ifil and Wright on loan". BBC Sport.
  28. ^ a b "Derby sign Tottenham duo on loan". BBC Sport.
  29. ^ "Sky Blues make Fulop loan swoop". BBC Sport.
  30. ^ "Ifil returns to Millwall on loan". BBC Sport.
  31. ^ "Ziegler switches to Wigan on loan". BBC Sport.
  32. ^ "Pompey sign Routledge & Koroman". BBC Sport.