2004-05 in English football

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The 2004-2005 season was the 133rd competitive season in English football.



2004-2005 was the first season to feature the rebranded Football League. The First Division, Second Division and Third Division were renamed the Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two respectively. Coca-Cola replaced the Nationwide Building Society as title sponsor.

Wimbledon competed in League One, under their new name of Milton Keynes Dons.

There were also changes in the Football Conference with the introduction of two new regional divisions below Conference National, Conference North and Conference South. Furthermore, the National Conference Cup returned, now featuring the teams from the new divisions.

Unlike the Football League and the Conference, the FA Premier League did not undergo any restructuring, but Barclays Bank replaced their subsidiary Barclaycard as title sponsors.


  • August 23 2004 - Southampton manager Paul Sturrock parts company with the club after just five months in charge. Saints Chairman Rupert Lowe claimed that media speculation had proved too much for Sturrock to take, despite allegations that he himself placed much pressure on Sturrock.
  • April 15, 2005 - Malcolm Glazer has made a revised bid to take over Manchester United. This bid reportedly is less dependent on debt than his February 2005 takeover bid, which was rejected by the club's board because of this issue. United's board has decided not to recommend the bid, but will allow shareholders to vote on whether to accept it, as they consider Glazer's price to be fair. The Takeover Panel subsequently gave Glazer a 17 May deadline to make an offer for the club.
  • May 15, 2005 - Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Southampton are relegated from the Premiership on the last day of the season, finishing 18th, 19th and 20th respectively. West Bromwich Albion, which started the day at the bottom of the table, completed an improbable escape to become the first club since the creation of the Premier League in 1992-93 to survive after being the bottom team at Christmas.
  • May 25, 2005 - Liverpool win the European Cup for a fifth time, beating AC Milan 3-2 on penalties after extra time. Milan went ahead 3-0 in the first half, but Liverpool scored three goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half to level the score.
  • June 1, 2005 - An independent commission charged by the Premier League with investigating the alleged "tapping up" of Arsenal defender Ashley Cole by Chelsea issues its findings:
    • Cole is found guilty of violating Premier League Rule K5, which prohibits players from approaching clubs with intent of negotiating a transfer without the permission of their current clubs. He is fined £100,000.
    • Chelsea are found guilty of violating Rule K3, which prohibits a club from contacting a player under contract without the permission of his current club. Chelsea are fined £300,000, and receive a suspended three-point deduction for the 2005-06 season. The deduction will be assessed if Chelsea are guilty of another tapping-up offense in 2005-06.
    • Chelsea manager José Mourinho is found guilty of violating Rule Q, which governs managers' conduct, and is fined £200,000.
  • June 3, 2005 - Northwich Victoria's ground is confirmed to be up to Conference National standards. However, due to legal issues stemming from their spell in administration earlier in the season, their points total is zeroed and they are relegated from the Conference as a result. Previously relegated Forest Green replace them.
  • June 4, 2005 - Spurs suspend their sporting director Frank Arnesen, and accuse Chelsea of making an illegal approach to him. Chelsea deny the accusations, claiming that they had made an official approach to the club regarding Arnesen.
  • June 10, 2005 - UEFA changes the rules for the UEFA Champions League to ensure that the reigning champions will always be able to defend their title. The immediate effect is to allow Liverpool to defend their crown, despite a fifth-place finish in the Premiership, outside the four slots currently allotted for England in the competition. Liverpool will have to begin play in the first of three qualifying rounds.

National team

England began their qualifying campaign for the Football World Cup 2006. They played alongside UK neighbours Wales and Northern Ireland in the European Group 6.

Date Venue Opponents Score* Comp England scorers
August 18, 2004 St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (H) Ukraine 3–0 F David Beckham, Michael Owen, Shaun Wright-Phillips
September 4, 2004 Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna (A) Austria 2–2 WCQ Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard
September 8, 2004 Stadion Slaski, Chorzow (A) Poland 2–1 WCQ Jermain Defoe, Arkadiusz Glowacki (o.g.)
October 9, 2004 Old Trafford, Manchester (H) Wales 2–0 WCQ Frank Lampard, David Beckham
October 13, 2004 Tofig Bakhramov Stadium, Baku (A) Azerbaijan 1–0 WCQ Michael Owen
November 17, 2004 Bernabeu, Madrid (A) Spain 0–1 F
February 9 2005 Villa Park, Birmingham (H) Netherlands 0–0 F  
March 26, 2005 Old Trafford, Manchester (H) Northern Ireland 4–0 WCQ Joe Cole, Michael Owen, Chris Baird (o.g.), Frank Lampard
March 30, 2005 St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne (H) Azerbaijan 2–0 WCQ Steven Gerrard, David Beckham
May 28, 2005 Soldier Field, Chicago (A) USA 2-1 F Kieran Richardson (2)
May 31, 2005 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford (N) Colombia 3-2 F Michael Owen (3)

* England score given first


  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • N = Neutral site
  • F = Friendly
  • WCQ = FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying, European Zone Group 6
  • o.g. = Own goal


Competition Winner
FA Premier League Chelsea
UEFA Champions League Liverpool
FA Cup Arsenal
Football League Cup Chelsea
Football League Championship Sunderland
Football League One Luton Town
Football League Two Yeovil
FA Community Shield Arsenal

Major transfer deals


Seasons in English football

1999-2000 - 2000-01 - 2001-02 - 2002-03 - 2003-04 - 2004-05 - 2005-06 - 2006-07 - 2007-08 - 2008-09 - 2009-10

Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) (women) Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) List of
FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) FA Vase
English football league system Records FA NLS Cup

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