| Derek Shaw|
| Craig Brown (until 29 August)
Billy Davies (from 29 August)|
During the 2004–05 English football season, Preston North End F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.
2004–05 Preston North End F.C. season Wikipedia
When Preston went down 1-0 at Brighton thanks to a Marlon Broomes own goal on 28 August 2004, a day later, Craig Brown was sacked and replaced with his assistant Billy Davies.
Davies took Preston to the 2005 play-off final for the first time since 2001, at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium but once again Preston ended up on the losing side, this time to West Ham United, losing 1-0.
Preston North End's score comes first
 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Callum Davidson: from Leicester City, Free
Gavin Ward: from Coventry City, Free
Youl Mawéné: from Derby County, Free
Patrick Agyemang: from Gillingham, £350,000
Chris Sedgwick: from Rotherham United, £400,000
Matt Hill: from Bristol City, £100,000
David Nugent: from Bury, Signed
Carlo Nash: from Middlesbrough, Signed
Paul Carvill: to Accrington Stanley, Free
Ricardo Fuller: to Portsmouth, Signed
David Healy: to Leeds United, Signed
Kelvin Langmead: to Shrewsbury Town, Free
Ciarán Lyng: to Shrewsbury Town, Free
Jonathan Gould: to Bristol City, Free
Darran Kempson: to Morecambe, Free
Kyle Armstrong: to York City, Signed