Season 2005-06

The club had been handed over to the Supporters Trust prior to the start of the 2005/06 season, with Rushden & Diamonds becoming the first Football Club owned solely by a Supporters Trust. The Griggs family also provided a cash injection of £500,000 for the 2005/06 season, and £250,000 for the 2006/07 season.

On the playing side, Barry Hunter remained as Manager after avoiding relegation the previous season. Young players Greg Pearson, Daniel Chillingworth and Neil McCafferty were signed from West Ham, Cambridge United and Charlton respectively. Hunter also recruited experienced midfielder Dave Savage from Bristol Rovers as well as securing the loan signings of young goalkeeper Jamie Young from Reading, Ashley Nicholls joined on loan from Cambridge and striker Chris O’Grady from Leicester. During the January transfer window many additional signings were made including Wayne Hatswell, Darren Caskey, Tyrone Berry, Scott Tynan and Ronnie Bull. Also in January youth team products David Bell and Andy Burgess both left the club with Bell joining former Diamonds defender Paul Underwood at Luton Town.

The 2005/06 season would ultimately be a season of struggle culminating in relegation to the Football Conference. However, highlights included the 3-0 home victory over fellow strugglers and near neighbours Oxford United at the end of January and a decent spell of form in February and March. Relegation was confirmed at Boston United on April 29th with Diamonds losing 2-0 after they had numerous chances to win the game. After the game most of the players joined the fans to commiserate, and the club’s 5-year stay in the Football League had ended.

See below for a match summary as well as links to match reports. The final league table for the season can be seen here.

See here for a detailed summary of all the games during the season, including team-line up for each game and match timings.

Date V Lge Opponent Result Scorers Att
Sat 06/08/05 H CCL2 Darlington Drew 1-1 Bell 2832
Tue 09/08/05 A CCL2 Mansfield Town Won 1-0 Allen 3402
Sat 20/08/05 H CCL2 Chester City Drew 1-1 O’Grady 2682
Wed 24/08/05 H CC1 Coventry City Lost 0-3 3240
Sat 27/08/05 H CCL2 Lincoln City Drew 1-1 Pearson 2860
Mon 29/08/05 A CCL2 Grimsby Town Lost 0-2 3774
Fri 02/09/05 H CCL2 Peterborough Utd Lost 0-2 4403
Sat 10/09/05 A CCL2 Oxford Utd Drew 2-2 Taylor, Grainger 4189
Tue 13/09/05 A CCL2 Macclesfield Town Lost 1-3 Broughton 2874
Sat 17/09/05 H CCL2 Stockport County Won 3-2 Gulliver, O/Grady, Dempster 2710
Sat 24/09/05 A CCL2 Notts County Drew 0-0 5145
Tue 27/09/05 H CCL2 Northampton Town Lost 1-3 Savage 5211
Sat 01/10/05 A CCL2 Rochdale Lost 1-2 Okuonghae 2606
Fri 07/10/05 H CCL2 Bury Lost 0-2 2639
Sat 15/10/05 A CCL2 Wycombe Wdrs Drew 0-0 5231
Tue 18/10/05 H LDV1 Southend Utd Won 1-0 Pearson 1300
Sat 22/10/05 H CCL2 Shrewsbury Town Won 3-0 Savage, Bell, O’Grady 2954
Sat 29/10/05 A CCL2 Barnet Lost 1-2 Dempster 2564
Sun 06/11/05 A FAC1 Halifax Town Drew 1-1 Armstrong 2303
Tue 08/11/05 A MCSF Rothwell Town Won 2-1 Taylor, Nicholls 269
Fri 11/11/05 H CCL2 Boston Utd Won 1-0 Gulliver 3205
Tue 15/11/05 H FAC1r Halifax Town (4) Drew 0-0 AET 2133
Tue 22/11/05 A LDV2 Swansea   City Lost 0-4 5321
Sat 26/11/05 A CCL2 Darlington Drew 1-1 Bell 3209
Sat 03/12/05 H FAC2 Leyton Orient Lost 0-1 3245
Tue 06/12/05 H CCL2 Carlisle Utd Lost 0-4 2216
Sat 10/12/05 H CCL2 Mansfield Town Lost 1-2 Dempster 2477
Sat 17/12/05 A CCL2 Chester City Won 2-1 Broughton, og 2265
Mon 26/12/05 A CCL2 Leyton Orient Lost 1-5 Broughton 4558
Wed 28/12/05 H CCL2 Cheltenham Town Lost 0-1 2244
Sat 31/12/05 A CCL2 Torquay Utd Lost 1-2 O’Grady 2668
Mon 02/01/06 H CCL2 Bristol Rovers Lost 2-3 Broughton/2 2720
Sat 07/01/06 A CCL2 Peterborough Utd Lost 0-2 4613
Sat 14/01/06 H CCL2 Wrexham Lost 0-2 2617
Sat 21/01/06 A CCL2 Stockport County Drew 2-2 Gulliver, Jackson 4574
Tue 24/01/06 H MCF Peterborough Utd (5) Drew 2-2 Caskey, Hunter 271
Sat 28/01/06 H CCL2 Oxford Utd Won 3-0 Kelly/2, Gulliver 3283
Sat 04/02/06 A CCL2 Northampton Town Lost 0-2 7036
Tue 07/02/06 A CCL2 Bury Drew 1-1 Hatswell 1777
Sat 11/02/06 H CCL2 Notts County Won 1-0 Mikolanda 3113
Tue 14/02/06 A CCL2 Wrexham Lost 0-2 3195
Sat 18/02/06 A CCL2 Carlisle Utd Lost 0-5 6922
Sat 25/02/06 H CCL2 Macclesfield Town Won 1-0 Broughton 2479
Sat 04/03/06 H CCL2 Grimsby Town Drew 1-1 Jackson 3366
Sat 11/03/06 A CCL2 Lincoln City Drew 2-2 Turner, Jacskson 4383
Sat 18/03/06 H CCL2 Leyton Orient Won 1-0 Broughton 3679
Sat 25/03/06 A CCL2 Cheltenham Town Lost 1-3 Jackson 3447
Sat 01/04/06 H CCL2 Torquay Utd Won 1-0 Broughton 3795
Sat 08/04/06 A CCL2 Bristol Rovers Won 1-0 Broughton 6432
Sat 15/04/06 H CCL2 Rochdale Drew 1-1 Broughton 3135
Tue 18/04/06 A CCL2 Shrewsbury Town Lost 1-4 Caskey 4239
Sat 22/04/06 H CCL2 Wycombe Wdrs Lost 1-3 Kelly 3396
Sat 29/04/06 A CCL2 Boston Utd Lost 0-2 2489
Sat 06/05/06 H CCL2 Barnet Lost 1-2 Jackson 4174

Note – those games with a (P) in the scorers column will have match photos in the report, and those with a (V) will have a link to video highlights of the game.

Note 4: Won 5-4 pens – Burgess / Savage / Gier / Armstrong / Gulliver

Note 5: Won 3-2 pens – Caskey / Grainger / Jackson


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