2011–12 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season2011–12
Champions Reading
(2nd divisional title)
Promoted Reading
Southampton
West Ham United
Relegated Doncaster Rovers
Coventry City
Portsmouth
Matches played552
Goals scored1,419 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Rickie Lambert (27 goals)
Biggest home win Peterborough United 7–1 Ipswich Town
West Ham 6–0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Biggest away win Millwall 0–6 Birmingham City
Highest scoring Leeds United 3–7 Nottingham Forest (10 goals)
Longest winning run8 games [1]
Reading
Longest unbeaten run12 games [1]
Southampton
Brighton
Longest winless run11 games [1]
Coventry City
Longest losing run7 games [1]
Ipswich Town
Highest attendance34,934 [2]
West Ham 2–1 Hull City
Lowest attendance6,351 [3]
Peterborough United 4–3 Cardiff City
Average attendance17,841 [2]
2012–13

The 2011–12 Football League Championship (known as the npower Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the eighth season of the league under its current title and nineteenth season under its current league division format.

Contents

Reading secured the Championship title on 21 April, following second-placed Southampton's 2–1 defeat to Middlesbrough. The result left Southampton four points behind Reading with only one game remaining. [4] Southampton were promoted on the final day of the season, after winning 4–0 at home to Coventry City, who were one of three teams relegated along with Portsmouth (who were deducted ten points midway through the season for entering administration) and Doncaster Rovers. West Ham United occupied the final promotion place as they returned to the Premier League after just one year. West Ham beat Blackpool in the Play-off final at Wembley Stadium, sealing their return to the top division after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion.

Changes from last season

Team changes

From Championship

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to League One

To Championship

Relegated from Premier League

Promoted from League One

Rule changes

Team overview

Stadia and locations

TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's Stadium 30,079
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 16,220
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton Falmer Stadium 22,374
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 21,497
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,609
Crystal Palace London Selhurst Park 26,309
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,404
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 39,460
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,500
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,988
Millwall London The Den 20,146
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Peterborough United Peterborough London Road Stadium 15,460
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,224
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,224
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 23,500
West Ham United London Boleyn Ground 35,303

Personnel and sponsoring

TeamManagerChairmanTeam captainKit makerSponsor
Barnsley Keith Hill Patrick Cryne Jacob Butterfield Nike C.K. Beckett
Birmingham City Chris Hughton Vico Hui Stephen Carr Xtep RationalFX
Blackpool Ian Holloway Karl Oyston Barry Ferguson Fila Wonga.com
Brighton & Hove Albion Gus Poyet Tony Bloom Gordon Greer Errea BrightonandHoveJobs.com
Bristol City Derek McInnes Colin Sexstone Louis Carey adidas RSG (Home) & Bristol City Community Trust (Away)
Burnley Eddie Howe Barry Kilby Chris McCann Puma Fun88
Cardiff City Malky Mackay Datuk Chan Tien Ghee Mark Hudson Puma Malaysia
Coventry City Andy Thorn Vacant Sammy Clingan Puma City Link
Crystal Palace Dougie Freedman Steve Parish
Martin Long
Paddy McCarthy Nike GAC Logistics
Derby County Nigel Clough Andrew Appleby Shaun Barker adidasbuymobiles.net
Doncaster Rovers Dean Saunders John Ryan Brian Stock NikeOne Call Insurance
Hull City Steve Bruce Assem Allam Jack Hobbs adidas Cash Converters
Ipswich Town Paul Jewell Marcus Evans Grant Leadbitter Mitre Marcus Evans
Leeds United Neil Warnock Ken Bates Robert Snodgrass Macron Enterprise Insurance
Leicester City Nigel Pearson Vichai Raksriaksorn Matt Mills BURRDA King Power (Front), Amazing Thailand (Back)
Middlesbrough Tony Mowbray Steve Gibson Matthew Bates adidasRamsdens
Millwall Kenny Jackett John Berylson Paul Robinson Macronracing+
Nottingham Forest Sean O'Driscoll Nigel Doughty
Frank Clark
Dan Harding Umbro John Pye & Sons Auctioneers
Peterborough United Darren Ferguson Darragh MacAnthony Grant McCann NikeEnergy Park Peterborough
Portsmouth Michael Appleton Under Administration Liam Lawrence Kappa Jobsite
Reading Brian McDermott John Madejski Jobi McAnuff Puma Waitrose
Southampton Nigel Adkins Nicola Cortese Dean Hammond Umbroaap3
Watford Gianfranco Zola Gino Pozzo John Eustace BURRDABURRDA
West Ham United Sam Allardyce David Sullivan
David Gold
Kevin Nolan Macron SBOBET

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Barnsley Flag of England.svg Mark Robins Resigned15 May 2011 [7] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Keith Hill 1 June 2011 [8]
West Ham United Flag of Israel.svg Avram Grant Sacked15 May 2011 [9] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce 1 June 2011 [10]
Cardiff City Flag of England.svg Dave Jones Sacked30 May 2011 [11] Pre-season Flag of Scotland.svg Malky Mackay 17 June 2011 [12]
Nottingham Forest Flag of Scotland.svg Billy Davies Sacked12 June 2011 [13] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 13 June 2011 [14]
Birmingham City Flag of Scotland.svg Alex McLeish Signed by Aston Villa17 June 2011 [15] Pre-season Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton 22 June 2011 [16]
Watford Flag of Scotland.svg Malky Mackay Signed by Cardiff City 17 June 2011 [12] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Sean Dyche 21 June 2011 [17]
Doncaster Rovers Flag of England.svg Sean O'Driscoll Sacked23 September 2011 [18] 24th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dean Saunders 23 September 2011 [19]
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Resigned2 October 2011 [20] 21st Flag of England.svg Steve Cotterill 14 October 2011 [21]
Bristol City Flag of England.svg Keith Millen Mutual consent3 October 2011 [22] 24th Flag of Scotland.svg Derek McInnes 19 October 2011 [23]
Portsmouth Flag of England.svg Steve Cotterill Signed by Nottingham Forest 14 October 2011 [21] 18th Flag of England.svg Michael Appleton 10 November 2011 [24]
Leicester City Flag of Sweden.svg Sven-Göran Eriksson Mutual consent24 October 2011 [25] 13th Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson 15 November 2011 [26]
Hull City Flag of England.svg Nigel Pearson Signed by Leicester City 15 November 2011 [26] 9th Flag of England.svg Nick Barmby 10 January 2012 [27]
Leeds United Flag of England.svg Simon Grayson Sacked1 February 2012 [28] 10th Flag of England.svg Neil Warnock 18 February 2012 [29]
Hull City Flag of England.svg Nick Barmby Sacked8 May 2012 [30] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Steve Bruce 8 June 2012[ citation needed ]
Birmingham City Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton Signed by Norwich City 7 June 2012 [31] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Lee Clark 26 June 2012
Watford Flag of England.svg Sean Dyche Sacked2 July 2012 [32] Pre-season Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola 7 July 2012 [33]

Ownership changes

TeamNew ownerPrevious ownerEffective date
PortsmouthConvers Sport Initiatives Balram Chainrai 1 June 2011 [34]
PortsmouthAdministrationConvers Sport Initiatives29 November 2011 [35]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Reading (C, P)46278116941+2889Promotion to the Premier League
2 Southampton (P)462610108546+3988
3 West Ham United (O, P)46241488148+3386Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 Birmingham City 462016107851+2776
5 Blackpool 462015117959+2075
6 Cardiff City 46191896653+1375
7 Middlesbrough 461816125251+170
8 Hull City 461911164744+368
9 Leicester City 461812166655+1166
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 461715145252066
11 Watford 461616145664864
12 Derby County 461810185058864
13 Burnley 461711186158+362
14 Leeds United 461710196568361
15 Ipswich Town 461710196977861
16 Millwall 461512195557257
17 Crystal Palace 461317164651556
18 Peterborough United 4613112267771050
19 Nottingham Forest 461482448631550
20 Bristol City 4612132144682449
21 Barnsley 461392449742548
22 Portsmouth (R)461311225059940 [lower-alpha 1] Relegation to League One
23 Coventry City (R)469132441652440
24 Doncaster Rovers (R)468122643803736
Updated to match(es) played on 28 April 2012. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Portsmouth were deducted 10 points for entering administration. [36]

Play-offs

 Semi-finalsFinal
           
3West Ham United235 
6 Cardiff City000 
   3West Ham United2
  5 Blackpool1
4 Birmingham City022
5Blackpool123 

Results

The fixtures for the Championship were released on 17 June 2011. The season kicked off on 5 August 2011 and concluded on 28 April 2012. [37]

Home \ Away BAR BIR BLP B&HA BRI BUR CAR COV CRY DER DON HUL IPS LEE LEI MID MIL NOT PET POR REA SOU WAT WHU
Barnsley 1–31–30–01–22–00–12–02–13–22–02–13–54–11–11–31–31–11–02–00–40–11–10–4
Birmingham City 1–13–00–02–22–11–11–03–12–22–10–02–11–02–03–03–01–21–11–02–00–03–01–1
Blackpool 1–12–23–15–04–01–12–12–10–12–11–12–01–03–33–01–01–22–11–11–03–00–01–4
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–01–12–22–00–12–22–1 1–3 2–02–10–03–03–31–01–12–21–02–02–00–13–02–20–1
Bristol City 2–00–21–30–13–1 1–2 3–12–21–12–11–10–30–33–20–11–00–01–20–02–32–00–21–1
Burnley 2–01–33–11–01–11–11–11–10–03–01–04–01–21–30–21–35–11–10–10–11–12–22–2
Cardiff City 5–31–01–31–3 3–1 0–02–22–02–02–00–32–21–10–02–30–01–03–13–23–12–11–10–2
Coventry City 1–01–12–22–01–01–21–11–12–00–20–12–32–1 0–1 3–10–11–02–22–01–12–40–01–2
Crystal Palace 1–01–01–1 1–1 1–02–01–22–11–11–10–01–11–11–20–1 0–0 0–31–00–00–00–24–02–2
Derby County 1–12–12–10–12–11–20–31–03–23–00–20–01–0 0–1 0–13–0 1–0 1–13–10–11–11–22–1
Doncaster Rovers 2–01–31–31–11–11–20–01–11–01–21–12–30–32–11–30–30–11–13–41–11–00–00–1
Hull City 3–12–10–10–03–02–32–10–20–10–10–02–20–02–12–12–02–11–01–01–00–23–20–2
Ipswich Town 1–01–12–23–13–01–03–03–00–11–02–30–12–11–21–10–31–33–21–02–32–51–25–1
Leeds United 1–21–40–51–22–12–11–11–13–20–23–24–13–11–20–1 2–0 3–74–11–00–10–10–21–1
Leicester City 1–23–12–01–01–20–02–1 2–0 3–0 4–0 4–02–11–10–12–20–3 0–0 1–11–10–23–22–01–2
Middlesbrough 2–03–12–21–01–10–20–21–10–02–00–01–00–00–20–01–12–11–12–20–22–11–00–2
Millwall 0–00–62–21–11–20–10–03–0 0–1 0–03–22–04–1 0–1 2–11–32–02–21–01–22–30–2 0–0
Nottingham Forest 0–01–30–01–10–10–20–12–00–1 1–2 1–20–13–20–4 2–2 2–03–10–12–01–00–31–11–4
Peterborough United 3–41–13–11–23–02–14–31–02–13–21–20–17–12–31–01–10–30–10–33–11–32–20–2
Portsmouth 2–04–11–00–10–01–51–12–12–11–23–12–00–10–01–11–30–13–02–31–0 1–1 2–00–1
Reading 1–21–03–13–01–01–01–22–02–22–22–00–11–02–03–10–02–21–03–21–01–10–23–0
Southampton 2–04–12–23–00–12–01–14–02–04–02–02–11–13–10–23–01–03–22–1 2–2 1–34–01–0
Watford 2–12–20–21–02–23–21–10–00–20–14–11–12–11–13–22–12–10–13–22–01–20–30–4
West Ham United 1–03–34–06–00–01–20–11–00–03–11–12–10–12–23–21–1 2–1 2–11–04–32–41–11–1
Updated to match(es) played on 28 April 2012. Source: The Football League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics

As of 30 April 2012

Hat-tricks

PlayerForAgainstResultDate
Lee Tomlin Peterborough UnitedIpswich Town 7–1 20 August 2011
Rickie Lambert SouthamptonNottingham Forest 3–2 10 September 2011
Chris Wood Birmingham CityMillwall 3–0 11 September 2011
Darius Henderson MillwallLeicester City 0–3 22 October 2011
Jonjo Shelvey BlackpoolLeeds United 0–5 2 November 2011
Rickie Lambert SouthamptonBrighton & Hove Albion 3–0 19 November 2011
Matt Phillips BlackpoolBarnsley 1–3 26 December 2011
Ricardo Vaz Tê BarnsleyLeeds United 4–1 31 December 2011
Darius Henderson MillwallBarnsley 1–3 21 January 2012
Nikola Žigić 4Birmingham CityLeeds United 1–4 31 January 2012
Rickie Lambert SouthamptonWatford 0–3 25 February 2012
Rickie Lambert SouthamptonMillwall 2–3 17 March 2012
Garath McCleary 4Nottingham ForestLeeds United 3–7 20 March 2012
Charlie Austin BurnleyPortsmouth 1–5 31 March 2012
Radosław Majewski Nottingham ForestCrystal Palace 0–3 31 March 2012
Ricardo Vaz Tê West Ham UnitedBrighton & Hove Albion 6–0 14 April 2012
Matty Fryatt Hull CityBarnsley 3–1 17 April 2012

Scoring

Disciplinary record by team

As of 8 April 2012 (UTC)
RankTeam Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 Cardiff City 490
2 Blackpool 481
3 Reading 511
4 Crystal Palace 492
= Peterborough United 492
6 Southampton 464
7 Derby County 541
8 Barnsley 552
= Coventry City 552
10 Birmingham City 543
= Watford 562
12 Ipswich Town 535
13 Nottingham Forest 574
= Burnley 612
15 Hull City 641
16 West Ham United 606
17 Doncaster Rovers 673
18 Millwall 702
19 Leicester City 609
20 Leeds United 6711
= Portsmouth 734
22 Bristol City 725
23 Middlesbrough 717
24 Brighton & Hove Albion 838

Source: [1]

Clean sheets

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Notes
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Gus Poyet Brighton & Hove Albion Marvin Emnes Middlesbrough [45] [46]
September Tony Mowbray Middlesbrough Matthew Bates Middlesbrough [47] [48]
October Chris Hughton Birmingham City Nathaniel Clyne Crystal Palace [49] [50]
November Malky Mackay Cardiff City Billy Sharp Doncaster Rovers [51] [52]
December Tony Mowbray Middlesbrough Alex Pearce Reading [53] [54]
January Chris Hughton Birmingham City Curtis Davies Birmingham City [55] [56]
February Brian McDermott Reading Adam Federici Reading [57] [58]
March Brian McDermott Reading Garath McCleary Nottingham Forest [59] [60]
April Kenny Jackett Millwall Ricardo Vaz Tê West Ham United [61] [62]

Events

Portsmouth administration

On 17 February 2012, Portsmouth entered administration for the second time in three years, incurring a 10-point penalty. Trevor Birch of the accountancy firm Pannell Kerr Forster was appointed administrator of the club. [63]

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