2005–06 FA Cup

The 2005–06 FA Cup was the 125th staging of the world's oldest football competition, the FA Cup.

The competition began on 20 August 2005, with the lowest-ranked of the 674 entrants competing in the Extra Preliminary round. For the top 44 clubs, the FA Cup began in the Third Round in January.

For information on the matches played from the Extra Preliminary Round to the Fourth Round Qualifying, see 2005–06 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

Ties are all single-legged and take place at the stadium of the club drawn first. If scores are level at the end of a match, it is replayed at the away club's stadium, usually 10 days later. If the scores are still level, extra-time and penalties (if necessary) are used to determine a winner. However, from the semi-finals onwards, the ties take place at a neutral stadium, and there are no replays. That is to say, extra-time and penalties are played if necessary to determine a winner in a single match.

At the special request of England national team manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, the quarter-finals (i.e., 6th Round Proper) were held on weeknights (they would normally take place at weekends). This action was made to ensure that the season finishes as early as possible, allowing players a full month's rest before the 2006 World Cup finals.

The semi-finals were staged at neutral venues and, like the final, would not be replayed in the event of a draw.

The Football Association had hoped to stage the final at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium, London on 13 May 2006, but due to the uncertainty of the new stadium being completed in time, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final, which was contested between Liverpool and West Ham United.

2005–06 FA Cup
FA Cup 125 Logo
Country England
 Wales
Teams674
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsLiverpool (7th title)
Runners-upWest Ham United
Top goal scorer(s)Yakubu
Steven Gerrard
(4 goals)

Calendar

Round Date Matches Clubs Byes Prize money
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 20 August 2005 86 674 → 588 none £500
Preliminary Round Saturday 27 August 2005 182 588 → 406 278: 225th-502nd £1,000
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 September 2005 124 406 → 282 66: 159th-224th £2,250
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 September 2005 84 282 → 198 44: 115th-158th £3,750
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 8 October 2005 42 198 → 156 none £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 22 October 2005 32 156 → 124 22: 93rd-114th £10,000
First Round Proper Saturday 5 November 2005 40 124 → 84 48: 45th-92nd £16,000
Second Round Proper Saturday 3 December 2005 20 84 → 64 none £24,000
Third Round Proper Saturday 7 January 2006 32 64 → 32 44: 1st-44th £40,000
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 28 January 2006 16 32 → 16 none £60,000
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 18 February 2006 8 16 → 8 none £120,000
Sixth Round Proper Wednesday 22 March 2006 4 8 → 4 none £300,000
Semi-finals Saturday 22 April 2006 2 4 → 2 none £900,000
Final Saturday 13 May 2006 1 2 → 1 none £1,000,000

Results

The results listed below start at the first round proper, where the 32 non-league clubs to have made it through the preliminary rounds meet the 24 clubs from League Two and the 24 clubs from League One.

First round proper

All ties took place on the weekend of Saturday, 5 November 2005. Replays, played in the week of 14 November 2005, are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Weymouth 10,305
replay Weymouth 0–2 Nottingham Forest 6,500
2 Southport 1–1 Woking 1,417
replay Woking 0–0 Southport 2,298
Woking won 1–0 after extra time
3 Bristol City 0–2 Notts County 4,221
4 Burnham 1–3 Aldershot Town 1,623
5 Rochdale 0–1 Brentford 2,928
6 Eastbourne Borough 1–1 Oxford United 3,770
replay Oxford United 3–0 Eastbourne Borough 4,396
7 Merthyr Tydfil 1–2 Walsall 3,046
8 Hartlepool United 2–1 Dagenham & Redbridge 3,655
9 Bradford City 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 6,116
10 Barnet 0–1 Southend United 3,545
11 Peterborough United 0–0 Burton Albion 3,857
replay Burton Albion 1–0 Peterborough United 2,511
12 Cheltenham Town 1–0 Carlisle United 2,405
13 Histon 4–0 Hednesford Town 1,080
14 York City 0–3 Grays Athletic 3,586
15 Swindon Town 2–2 Boston United 3,814
replay Boston United 4–1 Swindon Town 2,467
16 Chasetown 1–1 Oldham Athletic 1,997
replay Oldham Athletic 4–0 Chasetown 7,235
17 Bournemouth 1–2 Tamworth 4,559
18 Chester City 2–1 Folkestone Invicta 2,503
19 Kettering Town 1–3 Stevenage Borough 4,548
20 Nuneaton Borough 2–0 Ramsgate 2,153
21 Huddersfield Town 4–1 Welling United 5,578
22 Cambridge City 0–1 Hereford United 1,116
23 Port Vale 2–1 Wrexham 5,046
24 Halifax Town 1–1 Rushden & Diamonds 2,303
replay Rushden & Diamonds 0–0 Halifax Town 2,133
0–0 after extra time — Rushden & Diamonds won 5–4 on penalties
25 Barnsley 1–0 Darlington 6,059
26 Torquay United 1–1 Harrogate Town 2,079
replay Harrogate Town 0–0 Torquay United 3,317
0–0 after extra time — Torquay United won 6–5 on penalties
27 Doncaster Rovers 4–1 Blackpool 4,332
28 Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Braintree Town 2,969
29 Bury 2–2 Scunthorpe United 2,940
replay Scunthorpe United 0–0 Bury 4,006
Scunthorpe United won 1–0 after extra time
30 Morecambe 1–3 Northwich Victoria 2,166
31 Burscough 3–2 Gillingham 1,927
32 Stockport County 2–0 Swansea City 2,978
33 Macclesfield Town 1–1 Yeovil Town 1,943
replay Yeovil Town 4–0 Macclesfield Town 4,456
34 Chippenham Town 1–1 Worcester City
replay Worcester City 1–0 Chippenham Town 4,006
35 Wycombe Wanderers 1–3 Northampton Town 3,974
36 Grimsby Town 1–2 Bristol Rovers 2,680
37 Rotherham United 3–4 Mansfield Town 4,089
38 Colchester United 9–1 Leamington 3,513
39 Lincoln City 1–1 Milton Keynes Dons 3,508
replay Milton Keynes Dons 2–1 Lincoln City 4,029
40 Leyton Orient 0-0 Chesterfield 3,554
replay Chesterfield 1–2 Leyton Orient 4,895

Second round proper

The 40 clubs to have made it through the First Round, play off to reduce the number of remaining clubs to 20.

All ties took place between Friday December 2, 2005 and Sunday December 4, 2005. Replays took place on December 13. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Walsall 2 – 0 Yeovil Town 4,580
2 Woking 0 – 0 Northwich Victoria 2,462
replay Northwich Victoria 2 – 1 Woking 2,302
3 Burton Albion 4 – 1 Burscough 4,499
4 Aldershot Town 0 – 1 Scunthorpe United 3,584
5 Shrewsbury Town 1 – 2 Colchester United 3,695
6 Hartlepool United 1 – 2 Tamworth 3,786
7 Cheltenham Town 1 – 1 Oxford United 4,592
replay Oxford United 1 – 2 Cheltenham Town 3,455
8 Mansfield Town 3 – 0 Grays Athletic 2,992
9 Hereford United 0 – 2 Stockport County 3,620
10 Stevenage Borough 2 – 2 Northampton Town 3,937
replay Northampton Town 2 – 0 Stevenage Borough 4,407
11 Port Vale 1 – 1 Bristol Rovers 4,483
replay Bristol Rovers 0 – 1 Port Vale 5,623
12 Boston United 1 – 2 Doncaster Rovers 3,995
13 Rushden & Diamonds 0 – 1 Leyton Orient 3,245
14 Nuneaton Borough 2 – 2 Histon 3,366
replay Histon 1 – 2 Nuneaton Borough 3,077
15 Oldham Athletic 1 – 1 Brentford 4,365
replay Brentford 1 – 0 Oldham Athletic 3,146
16 Southend United 1 – 2 Milton Keynes Dons 5,267
17 Worcester City 0 – 1 Huddersfield Town 4,163
18 Torquay United 2 – 1 Notts County 2,407
19 Barnsley 1 – 1 Bradford City 7,051
replay Bradford City 3 – 5 Barnsley 4,738
20 Chester City 3 – 0 Nottingham Forest 4,732

Third round proper

The 20 clubs to have made it through Round Two meet the 24 clubs from the Football League Championship and the 20 Premier League clubs, including holders Arsenal.

All ties took place on Saturday January 7 and January 8, 2006. Replays took place January 17 and January 18, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

One of the most significant games of the round, if not the entire competition, was the goalless draw between Premier League giants Manchester United and Conference National underdogs Burton Albion in the first match at the Pirelli Stadium. However, United were in no mood for humiliation in the replay at Old Trafford, crushing Burton Albion 5-0.

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Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Reading 19,197
replay Reading 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 16,737
Reading win 3–2 after extra time
2 Fulham 1–2 Leyton Orient 13,394
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 Coventry City 6,734
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 11,041
5 Port Vale 2–1 Doncaster Rovers 4,923
6 Sheffield Wednesday 2–4 Charlton Athletic 14,851
7 Torquay United 0–0 Birmingham City 5,974
replay Birmingham City 2–0 Torquay United 24,650
8 Manchester City 3–1 Scunthorpe United 27,779
9 Newcastle United 1–0 Mansfield Town 41,459
10 Luton Town 3–5 Liverpool 10,170
11 Preston North End 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 8,380
12 Stoke City 0–0 Tamworth 9,366
replay Tamworth 1–1 Stoke City 3,812
1–1 after extra time, Stoke win 5 – 4 on penalties
13 Derby County 2–1 Burnley 12,713
14 Southampton 4–3 Milton Keynes Dons 15,908
15 Blackburn Rovers 3–0 Queens Park Rangers 12,705
16 Arsenal 2–1 Cardiff City 36,552
17 Stockport County 2–3 Brentford 4,078
18 Norwich City 1–2 West Ham United 23,968
19 Ipswich Town 0–1 Portsmouth 15,593
20 Wigan Athletic 1–1 Leeds United 10,980
replay Leeds United 2–2 Wigan Athletic 15,243
3–3 after extra time, Wigan win 4 – 2 on penalties
21 Sunderland 3–0 Northwich Victoria 19,329
22 Chelsea 2–1 Huddersfield Town 41,650
23 Cheltenham Town 2–2 Chester City 4,741
replay Chester City 0–1 Cheltenham Town 5,096
24 Leicester City 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 19,844
25 Watford 0–3 Bolton Wanderers 13,239
26 Sheffield United 1–2 Colchester United 11,820
27 Nuneaton Borough 1–1 Middlesbrough 6,000
replay Middlesbrough 5–2 Nuneaton Borough 26,255
28 Hull City 0–1 Aston Villa 17,051
29 Barnsley 1–1 Walsall 6,884
replay Walsall 2–0 Barnsley 4,074
30 Burton Albion 0–0 Manchester United 6,191
replay Manchester United 5–0 Burton Albion 53,564
31 Crystal Palace 4–1 Northampton Town 10,391
32 Millwall 1–1 Everton 16,440
replay Everton 1–0 Millwall 25,800

Fourth Round Proper

The 32 clubs to have made it through Round Three.

All ties took place on Saturday January 28, 2006 and Sunday January 29. Replays took place on February 7 and February 8, and are shown in italics. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Stoke City 2–1 Walsall 8,834
2 Cheltenham Town 0–2 Newcastle United 7,022
3 Coventry City 1–1 Middlesbrough 28,120
replay Middlesbrough 1–0 Coventry City 14,131
4 Reading 1–1 Birmingham City 23,762
replay Birmingham City 2–1 Reading 16,644
5 Portsmouth 1–2 Liverpool 17,247
6 Leicester City 0–1 Southampton 20,427
7 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Arsenal 13,326
8 Aston Villa 3–1 Port Vale 30,434
9 Brentford 2–1 Sunderland 11,698
10 Manchester City 1–0 Wigan Athletic 30,811
11 Everton 1–1 Chelsea 29,742
replay Chelsea 4–1 Everton 39,301
12 Preston North End 1–1 Crystal Palace 9,489
replay Crystal Palace 1–2 Preston North End 7,356
13 West Ham United 4–2 Blackburn Rovers 23,700
14 Colchester United 3–1 Derby County 5,933
15 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Leyton Orient 22,029
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–3 Manchester United 28,333

Fifth Round Proper

All ties took place on Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19, 2006. Replays are shown in italics, and took place on March 14 and March 15. Ties are shown in order of the draw.

Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United ended their arch rivals' hopes of an FA Cup/League Cup double, as well as ending Liverpool's 85-year wait for a win over Manchester United in an FA Cup tie.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Preston North End 0–2 Middlesbrough 19,877
2 Newcastle United 1–0 Southampton 40,975
3 Aston Villa 1–1 Manchester City 23,847
replay Manchester City 2–1 Aston Villa 33,006
4 Chelsea 3–1 Colchester United 41,810
5 Charlton Athletic 3–1 Brentford 22,098
6 Liverpool 1–0 Manchester United 44,039
7 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 West Ham United 17,120
replay West Ham United 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 24,685
8 Stoke City 0–1 Birmingham City 18,768

Sixth Round Proper

The most significant game of the round was undoubtedly Liverpool's 7-0 win at Birmingham City, one of the biggest ever scorelines in an FA Cup quarter-final tie.

This was also a rare occurrence of all eight quarter-finalists being members of the top flight.

Charlton Athletic0–0Middlesbrough
Report
Manchester City1–2West Ham United
Musampa Goal 84' Report Ashton Goal 40'68'
Chelsea1–0Newcastle United
Terry Goal 3' Report
Birmingham City0–7Liverpool
Report Hyypiä Goal 1'
Crouch Goal 4'37'
Morientes Goal 59'
Riise Goal 69'
Tébily Goal 76' (o.g.)
Cissé Goal 88'

Replays

Middlesbrough4–2Charlton Athletic
Rochemback Goal 10'
Morrison Goal 25'
Hasselbaink Goal 72'
Viduka Goal 76'
Report Hughes Goal 12'
Southgate Goal 75' (o.g.)

Semi-finals

Chelsea's hopes of the league title and FA Cup double were ended as they lost 2–1 to Liverpool, while Middlesbrough's defeat to West Ham United ended their hopes of an FA Cup/UEFA Cup double.

West Ham's victory meant that they would be contesting their first FA Cup final for 26 years, with this victory coming just five days after the death of John Lyall, manager of the West Ham side that had won the cup that year.

Chelsea1–2Liverpool
Drogba Goal 69' Report Riise Goal 20'
García Goal 52'
Middlesbrough0–1West Ham United
Report Harewood Goal 77'

Final

FA Cup Final 2006
Liverpool vs West Ham United before the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium.

In the final, an injury-time equaliser by Liverpool's Steven Gerrard forced a 3–3 draw, and his side went on to win the penalty shoot-out and secure the seventh FA Cup triumph of their history. West Ham's Alan Pardew was the first Englishman to manage an FA Cup finalist side since Aston Villa's John Gregory six years earlier.

Liverpool3–3 (a.e.t.)West Ham United
Cissé Goal 34'
Gerrard Goal 54'90+1'
(Report) Carragher Goal 21' (o.g.)
Ashton Goal 28'
Konchesky Goal 64'
Penalties
Hamann Penalty scored
Hyypiä Penalty missed
Gerrard Penalty scored
Riise Penalty scored
3–1 Penalty missed Zamora
Penalty scored Sheringham
Penalty missed Konchesky
Penalty missed Ferdinand
Liverpool
West Ham

Top scorers

As of 13 May 2006 [1]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Nigeria Yakubu Middlesbrough 4
England Steven Gerrard Liverpool
3 England Dean Ashton West Ham United 3
Czech Republic Milan Baroš Aston Villa
England Dudley Campbell Brentford
England Peter Crouch Liverpool
Guyana Neil Danns Colchester United
Finland Mikael Forssell Birmingham City
England Robbie Fowler Manchester City
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Middlesbrough
England Kevin James Walsall
England Leroy Lita Reading
England Gez Murphy Nuneaton Town
England Kieran Richardson Manchester United
Norway John Arne Riise Liverpool

Player of the Round

From the First Round (Qualifying) onward, a panel including Sky Sports' Jeff Stelling and FA Chief Executive Brian Barwick nominated players for the award. The winners were voted by visitors of thefa.com.

The player with the most votes each round won £1000 worth of football equipment for a local school or club, as well as an engraved silver salver.

Round Player Club
First Round Qualifying Jamie Laidlaw Gosport Borough
Second Round Qualifying Paul Brayson Northwich Victoria
Third Round Qualifying Alex Rodman Leamington
Fourth Round Qualifying Stuart Tuck Eastbourne Borough
First Round Proper Paul Brayson Northwich Victoria
Second Round Proper Dave Mulligan Doncaster Rovers
Third Round Proper Gez Murphy Nuneaton Borough
Fourth Round Proper Ricardo Gardner Bolton Wanderers
Fifth Round Proper Jamie Carragher Liverpool
Sixth Round Proper Steven Gerrard Liverpool
Semi-Finals Luis García Liverpool

No vote was made for the final tie.

See also

Media coverage

In the United Kingdom, the BBC were the free to air broadcasters for the fifth consecutive season while Sky Sports were the subscription broadcasters for the eighteenth consecutive season.

Sources and external links

References

  1. ^ "2005/2006 FA Cup Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
2005 FA Community Shield

The 2005 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield in partnership with McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 83rd staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match contested by the reigning champions of the Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. It was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 7 August 2005. The game was played between Chelsea, champions of the 2004–05 Premier League and Arsenal, who beat Manchester United on penalties to win the 2005 FA Cup Final. Chelsea won the match 2–1 in front of a crowd of 58,014.

This was Chelsea's fifth Community Shield appearance to Arsenal's 19th. Relations between the two clubs were hostile before the match, given Chelsea's illicit attempts to sign Arsenal defender Ashley Cole. In the game Chelsea took the lead when striker Didier Drogba scored in the eighth minute. He scored again in the second half, before Cesc Fàbregas replied for Arsenal with a goal in the 64th minute. José Mourinho praised Chelsea in his post-match interview and felt the team looked comfortable in defence. Opposing manager Arsène Wenger admitted Drogba had presented problems for Arsenal and likened his opponents to a long ball team, who on the day played "very direct".

2005–06 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 2005–06 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 103rd season in the English football league system and their fourth in the Premier League. Under the management of Steve Bruce, they finished in 18th position in the 20-team division, so were relegated to the Championship for 2006–07. They entered the 2005–06 FA Cup at the third round and progressed to the sixth round (quarter-final), in which they suffered their heaviest ever FA Cup defeat, and their heaviest defeat at St Andrew's in any competition, losing 7–0 at home to Liverpool. They also reached the quarter-final of the League Cup, in which they were eliminated by Manchester United.

Jiří Jarošík was top scorer in league competition, with just five goals. If all competitions are included, Jarošík and fellow loanee Mikael Forssell scored eight apiece.

2005–06 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The 2005–06 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds opened the 125th season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 674 clubs were accepted for the competition, up 13 from the previous season’s 661.

The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 10) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

2006 FA Community Shield

The 2006 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield in partnership with McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) was the 84th staging of the FA Community Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the Premier League and FA Cup. The match was played between 2005–06 FA Cup winners Liverpool and 2005–06 Premier League champions Chelsea on 13 August 2006 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Chelsea were appearing in the competition for the sixth time, while Liverpool were making their 21st appearance. It was the final Community Shield to be held at the Millennium Stadium following the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea, the Shield holders, qualified for the match as a result of winning the Premier League, which was their second successive league championship. Liverpool entered the competition after winning the FA Cup final against West Ham United 3–1 on penalties.

Watched by a crowd of 56,275, John Arne Riise opened the scoring for Liverpool early in the first half, only for Chelsea's recently signed forward Andriy Shevchenko to equalise shortly before half-time. Both sides had chances to win the match in the second half, but a Peter Crouch goal late in the half ensured Liverpool won the match 2–1, to win the Community Shield for the 15th time.

2006 FA Cup Final

The 2006 FA Cup Final was a football match played between Liverpool and West Ham United on 13 May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was the final match of the 2005–06 FA Cup, the 125th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition, the FA Cup. Liverpool were participating in their 13th final, they had previously won six and lost six. West Ham were appearing in their fifth final, they had previously won three and lost once. This was the last final to be held at the Millennium Stadium while Wembley Stadium was rebuilt. Liverpool had won the first final to be held at the Millennium Stadium in 2001, when they beat Arsenal 2–1. The match has been called The Gerrard Final and is widely regarded as one of the greatest cup finals in the history of the competition.

As both teams were in the highest tier of English football, the Premier League, they entered the competition in the third round. Matches up to the semi-final were contested on a one-off basis, with a replay taking place if the match ended in a draw. Liverpool's matches varied from close affairs to comfortable victories. They beat Manchester United 1–0 in the fifth round, while they won 7–0 against Birmingham City in the sixth round. The majority of West Ham's matches were close, with their only match to be decided by more than one goal being their 4–2 victory against Blackburn Rovers in the fourth round.

Watched by a crowd of 71,140, West Ham took the lead in the first half when Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher scored an own goal, and striker Dean Ashton scored a few minutes later to make it 2–0 to West Ham. Liverpool scored, courtesy of Djibril Cissé, to make the score 2–1 at half time. They equalised not long after the restart via a Steven Gerrard goal. However, ten minutes later West Ham defender Paul Konchesky gave his team a 3–2 lead. With the match in injury time, Gerrard equalised from distance to make the score 3–3 and force the game into extra time. No further goals were scored in extra time meaning the match was to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. West Ham missed three of their four penalties while Liverpool converted three of four to win the shoot-out 3–1.

The victory meant Liverpool won the FA Cup for the seventh time. They later played against league champions Chelsea in the 2006 FA Community Shield. Given Liverpool had already qualified for Europe via their league position, their UEFA Cup spot was awarded to runners-up West Ham.

Burscough

Burscough () is a small town and civil parish within West Lancashire in North West England, to the north of Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.The parish also includes the hamlet of Tarlscough and the Martin Mere Wetland Centre. The population taken at the 2011 Census was 9,182.

Burton Albion F.C.

Burton Albion Football Club is a professional association football club in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. The team plays in League One, the third tier of English football. Burton Albion competed in non-League of English football from their formation in 1950 until 2009, when they were promoted to the Football League.

The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005, and their nickname is The Brewers, stemming from the town's brewing heritage dating back hundreds of years.

Claude Makélélé

Claude Makélélé Sinda (French pronunciation: ​[klod makelele]; born 18 February 1973) is a French football manager and former professional player who played as a defensive midfielder. He is the head coach of Belgian First Division A club Eupen.

In his playing career, which ended at Paris Saint-Germain, Makélélé also played for Nantes, Marseille, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He won league titles in France, Spain and England, as well as the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League during his time with Real Madrid.

Makélélé was a French international for 13 years, and was part of the France national team which reached the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also represented his nation at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, two UEFA European Championships and the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Regarded as one of the greatest ever players in his position, Makélélé has been credited with redefining the defensive midfield role in English football, especially during the 2004–05 FA Premier League season, where he played a key role in helping Chelsea win the title with 95 points. In homage, a deep defensive midfield position is colloquially known as the "Makelele Role".

Colliers Wood United F.C.

Colliers Wood United Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in West Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association. The club are currently members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division and play at the Wibbandune Sports Ground.

Djibril Cissé

Djibril Cissé (French pronunciation: ​[dʒibʁil sise]; born 12 August 1981) is a French footballer who plays as a striker for A.C. Vicenza 1902.

Cissé started his career at AC Arles in 1989 at the age of eight. After seven years at the club, he had a six-month spell at Nîmes Olympique, before moving to Auxerre, joining the club's youth system. Cissé spent two years in the system before graduating to the first team in 1998. After playing for Auxerre for six seasons, scoring 90 goals in 166 appearances, he moved to Premier League club Liverpool in 2004.

During his time at Anfield, Cissé played 79 games, scoring 24 times and winning the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League and 2005–06 FA Cup. He went on to play in Greece with Panathinaikos, Italy with S.S. Lazio, Qatar with Al-Gharafa and Russia with Kuban Krasnodar. He also had further spells in English football with Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers, and France with Olympique de Marseille and SC Bastia. In 2015, Cissé made one appearance for Réunion based club JS Saint-Pierroise, before retiring from professional football. In the course of his career, Cissé suffered from two leg breaks, breaking his left leg in 2004, and his right leg in 2006.Cissé represented the France national football team at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and was also part of les Bleus' 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup winning squad.

Florent Sinama Pongolle

Florent Stéphane Sinama Pongolle (born 20 October 1984) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward.

He was signed at only 16 by Liverpool, but could never impose himself in the first team. He also spent several seasons in Spain, with Recreativo, Atlético Madrid and Zaragoza.

Hao Haidong

Hao Haidong (simplified Chinese: 郝海东; traditional Chinese: 郝海東; pinyin: Hǎo Hǎidōng; born 9 May 1970) is a Chinese former international footballer. He currently holds the record for being China's top goalscorer.

As a player he represented Bayi FC, Dalian Shide and Sheffield United in a career that saw him win five league titles and one Chinese FA Cup. Along with two Chinese Football Association Player of the Year awards and three Chinese Jia-A League Top goalscorer awards. Since retiring he had a brief spell at management with Dalian Shide and was the General manager at Hunan Xiangjun before being chairman of Tianjin Songjiang, which he left in 2012.

Penryn Athletic F.C.

Penryn Athletic F.C. are a football club based in Penryn, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom. They play in the Cornwall Combination, and stage their home games at the 1,500 capacity Kernick Road ground. They also run teams in the Cornwall Combination and Trelawny League.

Ringmer F.C.

Ringmer Football Club is a football club based in Ringmer, near Lewes, East Sussex, England. They play at the Caburn Ground.

Robert Sissons

Robert Michael James Sissons (born 29 September 1988) is former English professional footballer.

A central midfielder, he made his first team debut for Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the 2005–06 FA Cup competition in January 2006, against Watford, coming on as a substitute for Bruno N'Gotty. He has been capped by England at Under 17 and Under 18 level. Sissons also has representative honours at both Rugby Union and Cricket

On 15 June 2009 it was confirmed that Sissons would be leaving Bolton at the end of his contract. From here he accepted a place at the University of Manchester to read Law where he captained the University's men's football team. In 2012, he joined Droylsden.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips (born 25 October 1981) is an English professional footballer who last played as a winger for United Soccer League club Phoenix Rising FC.

A Nottingham Forest youth product, he spent 13 seasons playing in the Premier League during spells with Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers. In 2015, he joined Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls alongside his brother, Bradley. Wright-Phillips joined Phoenix Rising FC in 2017.

The England international scored six goals in 36 appearances for the national team, which included selection for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Warlingham F.C.

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Wigan Robin Park F.C.

Wigan Robin Park FC was a semi-professional football club from Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

The Robins had two senior sides, the first team competed in the North West Counties League Division One, and the reserve team competed in the Fourth Division of the Manchester Football League. The club played their home games at the Robin Park Arena on Loire Drive, adjacent to the DW Stadium.

The first team resigned from the league in June 2015.

Xabi Alonso

Xabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano (Basque: [ˈʃaβi aˈlons̺o oˈlano], Spanish: [ˈ(t)ʃaβj aˈlonso oˈlano]; born 25 November 1981) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central midfielder, and is the current manager of Real Sociedad B.

Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad, the main team of his home province Gipuzkoa. After a brief loan period at Eibar, he was appointed as team captain of Real Sociedad by then-manager John Toshack. He succeeded in the role, taking the club to second place in the 2002–03 season. He moved to Liverpool in August 2004 for £10.5 million and won the UEFA Champions League in his first season, under manager Rafael Benítez, scoring the equalising goal in the Final against Milan. The following season, he won the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield.

He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2009–10 season in a deal worth around £30 million. After winning honours including a league title in 2012 and the Champions League in 2014 during five seasons in Madrid, he was signed by German club Bayern Munich on a two-year contract. This was extended by a further year, and he eventually retired from playing in summer 2017, aged 35, having won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons with Bayern.He made his international debut for Spain in April 2003 in a 4–0 victory against Ecuador. While playing for Spain, Alonso won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, and he also represented his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. On 23 June 2012, Alonso won his 100th cap for Spain in the quarter-final of Euro 2012 against France; he celebrated the occasion by scoring both of Spain's goals to send them into the semi-finals. Following Spain's failure to progress out of the group stages at the 2014 World Cup, Alonso retired from international football on 27 August 2014. His 114 caps make him the seventh-most capped player in the nation's history.

6 January 2006 Port Vale (3)2–1Doncaster Rovers (3)Vale Park, Burslem
19:45 GMT Togwell Goal 55'73' Report Heffernan Goal 27' Attendance: 4,923
Referee: Clive Penton
7 January 2006 Hull City (2)0–1Aston Villa (1)KC Stadium, Kingston upon Hull
12:30 GMT Report Barry Goal 61' Attendance: 17,051
Referee: Chris Foy
7 January 2006 West Bromwich Albion (1)1–1Reading (2)The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
15:00 GMT Gera Goal 82' (pen.) Report Doyle Goal 82' (pen.) Attendance: 19,197
Referee: Matt Messias
17 January 2006 ReplayReading (2)3–2 (a.e.t.)West Bromwich Albion (1)Madjeski Stadium, Reading
20:00 GMT Lita Goal 50'65'93' Report Chaplow Goal 9'32' Attendance: 16,737
Referee: Paul Taylor
7 January 2006 Fulham (1)1–2Leyton Orient (4)Craven Cottage, Fulham
15:00 GMT John Goal 50' Report Easton Goal 17'
Keith Goal 44'
Attendance: 13,394
Referee: Peter Walton
7 January 2006 Brighton & Hove Albion (2)0–1Coventry City (2)Withdean Stadium, Brighton
15:00 GMT McSheffrey Goal 50' Attendance: 6,734
Referee: Lee Probert
7 January 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)1–0Plymouth Argyle (2)Molineux, Wolverhampton
15:00 GMT Clarke Goal 26' Report Attendance: 11,041
Referee: Mike Thorpe
7 January 2006 Sheffield Wednesday (2)2–4Charlton Athletic (1)Hillsborough, Sheffield
15:00 GMT Heckingbottom Goal 16'61' Report Rommedahl Goal 13'44'
Holland Goal 27'
Bent Goal 87'
Attendance: 14,851
Referee: Phil Dowd
7 January 2006 Torquay United (4)0–0Birmingham City (1)Plainmoor, Torquay
15:00 GMT Attendance: 5,974
Referee: Keith Stroud
17 January 2006 ReplayBirmingham City (1)2–0Torquay United (4)St Andrew's, Birmingham
19:45 GMT Jarošík Goal 61'
ForssellGoal 81'
Attendance: 24,650
Referee: Keith Stroud
7 January 2006 Manchester City (1)3–1Scunthorpe United (3)City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
15:00 GMT Fowler Goal 47, 56, 64' Keogh Goal 17' Attendance: 27,779
Referee: A R Hall
7 January 2006 Newcastle United (1)1–0Mansfield Town (4)St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
15:00 GMT Shearer Goal 80' Report Attendance: 41,459
Referee: Andy D'Urso
7 January 2006 Preston North End (2)2–1Crewe Alexandra (2)Deepdale, Preston
15:00 GMT Attendance: 8,380
7 January 2006 Stoke City (2)0–0Tamworth (5)Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
15:00 GMT Report Attendance: 9,366
Referee: Paul Taylor
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