2012–13 in English football

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Football in England
Season2012–13
Men's football
Premier League Manchester United
Championship Cardiff City
League One Doncaster Rovers
League Two Gillingham
Conference Premier Mansfield Town
FA Cup Wigan Athletic
League Cup Swansea City
Community Shield Manchester City
2011–12 Flag of England.svg 2013–14

The 2012–13 season was the 133rd season of competitive football in England.

Contents

The season began on 4 August 2012 for The Football League, [1] 11 August 2012 for the Football Conference [2] and 18 August 2012 for the Premier League. [3] The regular season of the Football Conference season ended on 20 April 2013 [2] followed by League One and League Two both ending on 27 April 2013 [1] whilst The Championship ended on 4 May 2013 [1] and finally the Premier League on 19 May 2013. [3]

Promotion and relegation

Pre season

LeaguePromoted to LeagueRelegated from League
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

Post season

LeaguePromoted to LeagueRelegated from League
Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two

New clubs

Clubs removed

England national football team

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

7 September 2012Matchday 1 Moldova  Flag of Moldova.svg0–5Flag of England.svg  England Chişinău
21:45 Bulgaru Yellow card.svg 3' Report Lampard Soccerball shade.svg 4' (pen.), 29'
Johnson Yellow card.svg 5'
Defoe Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Milner Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Baines Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Stadium: Zimbru Stadium
Attendance: 10,250
Referee: Flag of the Netherlands.svg Pol Van Boekel
11 September 2012Matchday 2 England  Flag of England.svg1–1Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine London
20:00 Lampard Soccerball shade.svg 87' (pen.)
Defoe Yellow card.svg 47'
Gerrard Yellow card.svg 54' Yellow-red card.svg 88'
Lescott Yellow card.svg 70'
Milner Yellow card.svg 74'
Johnson Yellow card.svg 90+3'
Report Konoplyanka Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Selin Yellow card.svg 56'
Harmash Yellow card.svg 79'
Khacheridi Yellow card.svg 86'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 68,102
Referee: Flag of Turkey.svg Cüneyt Çakır
12 October 2012Matchday 3 England  Flag of England.svg5–0Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino London
20:00 Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 35' (pen.), 69'
Welbeck Soccerball shade.svg 38', 71'
Oxlade-Chamberlain Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Report Simoncini Yellow card.svg 35'
Rinaldi Yellow card.svg 65'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 85,654
Referee: Flag of Lithuania.svg Gediminas Mažeika
17 October 2012Matchday 4 Poland  Flag of Poland.svg1–1Flag of England.svg  England Warsaw
16:00 Glik Soccerball shade.svg 70', Yellow card.svg 65'
Polanski Yellow card.svg 11'
Report Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 31'
Cole Yellow card.svg 38'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Rocchi
22 March 2013Matchday 5 San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svg0–8Flag of England.svg  England Serravalle
20:00 Simoncini Yellow card.svg 53' Report Della Valle Soccerball shade.svg 12' (o.g.)
Oxlade-Chamberlain Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Defoe Soccerball shade.svg 35', 77'
Young Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Lampard Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Sturridge Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico
Attendance: 4,952
Referee: Flag of Switzerland.svg Alain Bieri
26 March 2013Matchday 6 Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–1Flag of England.svg  England Podgorica
20:00 Novaković Yellow card.svg 28'
Volkov Yellow card.svg 63'
Damjanović Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Džudović Yellow card.svg 90+2'
Delibašić Yellow card.svg 90+3'
Report Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Johnson Yellow card.svg 30'
Welbeck Yellow card.svg 42'
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Flag of Sweden.svg Jonas Eriksson

International Friendlies

6 February 2013 England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil London
19:30 Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Lampard Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report Fred Soccerball shade.svg 48'Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 87,453
Referee: Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Proença
29 May 2013 England  Flag of England.svg1–1Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland London
20:00 Lampard Soccerball shade.svg 23' Report Long Soccerball shade.svg 13'Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Referee: Flag of Scotland.svg William Collum
2 June 2013 Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg2–2Flag of England.svg  England Rio de Janeiro
20:00 Fred Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Paulinho Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Oxlade-Chamberlain Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Rooney Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Stadium: Maracanã Stadium

Premier League

In Sir Alex Ferguson's final season as manager, Manchester United comfortably won their 13th Premier League title and their 20th overall, topping the table in mid-November and never surrendering their lead, though a run of just three wins in their last eight matches meant that they squandered the chance to become the first ever top-flight side to earn a hundred points in a season. Neighbours and defending champions Manchester City finished in second place, though they never looked like seriously challenging for a second successive title, and this, combined with a humiliating FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic, cost Roberto Mancini his job. Despite enduring a turbulent season in which Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed early in the campaign and replaced by the extremely unpopular appointment of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez on an interim basis, Chelsea did improve on the previous season's finish by three places and 11 points, and also won the Europa League for the first time in their history. The final Champions League spot was taken by Arsenal; despite being well off the pace for much of the season following the £24 million departure of Robin van Persie in the summer, they managed to snatch fourth place with an excellent late run of form, consigning rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Europa League once again.

David Moyes ended 11 years in charge of Everton by guiding the Toffees to a solid finish of sixth place, finishing two points ahead of arch rivals Liverpool, who hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons when striker Luis Suárez received a lengthy ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanović during a league game. Swansea City qualified for the Europa League by winning the League Cup, becoming the first Welsh club to qualify for a major European club competition, whilst West Bromwich Albion finished eighth, their best finish in the Premier League era.

West Ham United fared the best out of the three promoted teams, losing just four home games all season and finishing impressively in tenth place, despite repeated speculation that manager Sam Allardyce would be sacked and replaced with a manager with a reputation for a more attractive style of play. Southampton finished four places below them, flirting with relegation all season before Nigel Adkins was sacked and replaced by the relatively unknown Mauricio Pochettino, who guided the Saints to 19 points from their remaining 16 games.

At the bottom of the table, Queens Park Rangers were relegated after a thoroughly dismal campaign in which they recorded the worst start in Premier League history, not winning a league game until December, and with not even Harry Redknapp's appointment as manager and a substantial investment in players during the January transfer window significantly improving their fortunes. Reading, who never quite adjusted to the pace of the top-flight after being promoted as champions the previous year, fared little better and were relegated in second-bottom place. Both Reading and QPR were relegated on the same day after a 0-0 draw against each other. Despite winning the FA Cup (and thereby qualifying for the following season's Europa League), Wigan Athletic finally succumbed to relegation after eight years of battling against the odds in the Premier League.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)3828558643+4389Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester City 3823966634+3278
3 Chelsea 3822977539+3675
4 Arsenal 38211077237+3573Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Tottenham Hotspur 3821986646+2072Qualification for the Europa League play-off round
6 Everton 38161575540+1563
7 Liverpool 38161397143+2861
8 West Bromwich Albion 38147175357449
9 Swansea City 381113144751446Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round [lower-alpha 1]
10 West Ham United 381210164553846
11 Norwich City 3810141441581744
12 Fulham 3811101750601043
13 Stoke City 389151434451142
14 Southampton 389141549601141
15 Aston Villa 3810111747692241
16 Newcastle United 381181945682341
17 Sunderland 389121741541339
18 Wigan Athletic (R)38992047732636
Qualification for the Europa League group stage [lower-alpha 2]
Relegation to the Football League Championship
19 Reading (R)386102243733028Relegation to the Football League Championship
20 Queens Park Rangers (R)384132130603025
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions). [7]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:

Leading goalscorer: Robin van Persie (Manchester United) – 26

Championship

After a decade of trying and play-off heartbreak, Cardiff City finally secured their long-awaited promotion to the Premier League, leading the division for nearly the entire season and being promoted as champions. Hull City finished the season as runners-up under manager Steve Bruce, returning to the top-flight after an absence of three years. This was despite a shaky end to the season which saw them fail to win any of their last four fixtures. Ian Holloway made it two promotions in three attempts as Crystal Palace were promoted through the play-offs, earning a record-breaking fourth promotion to the Premier League. The Eagles' success ensured that they became the first club to win the second-tier play-off final four times, and also the first club to win the play-off final at four separate venues – at home at Selhurst Park in a two-legged final format in 1989, the old Wembley in 1997, the Millennium Stadium in 2004 and the new Wembley in 2013.

Bolton Wanderers fared the best out of the newly-relegated clubs and looked good value to secure a play-off place throughout the season, but narrowly missed out after drawing their final game and Leicester's last minute win at Nottingham Forest. Blackburn Rovers in contrast, despite a strong start to the season spent the latter part of it battling relegation, with indifferent spells of form during the season and the presence of three permanent managers seeing them slide towards the bottom 3 before finally pulling away under the caretaker management of Gary Bowyer.

Bristol City, who had been in a gradual downward spiral since failing to win promotion to the Premier League in 2008, were relegated in bottom place after a dismal end to the season. The arrival of Sean O'Driscoll and a run of 5 home victories from 6 failed to save them. Making even bigger headlines were Wolverhampton Wanderers, who suffered their second successive relegation, giving them the unwanted distinction of having suffered successive relegations from the top and second tiers on two separate occasions (the first being in the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons). The final relegation spot was filled by Peterborough United, who despite recovering well from seven consecutive losses at the start of the season, ended up being relegated with the joint-highest ever points total for a relegated team.

League table

A total of 24 teams contest the division: 18 sides remaining in the division from last season, three relegated from the Premier League, and three promoted from the League One.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Cardiff City (C, P)46251297245+2787Promotion to the Premier League
2 Hull City (P)46247156152+979
3 Watford 46238158558+2777Qualification for Championship play-offs
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46191896943+2675
5 Crystal Palace (P, O)461915127362+1172
6 Leicester City 461911167148+2368
7 Bolton Wanderers 461814146961+868
8 Nottingham Forest 461716136359+467
9 Charlton Athletic 461714156559+665
10 Derby County 461613176562+361
11 Burnley 461613176260+261
12 Birmingham City 461516156369661
13 Leeds United 461710195766961
14 Ipswich Town 4616121848611360
15 Blackpool 461417156263159
16 Middlesbrough 46185236170959
17 Blackburn Rovers 461416165562758
18 Sheffield Wednesday 461610205361858
19 Huddersfield Town 4615131853732058
20 Millwall 4615112051621156
21 Barnsley 4614131956701455
22 Peterborough United (R)46159226675954Relegation to Football League One
23 Wolverhampton Wanderers (R)461492355691451
24 Bristol City (R)461182759842541
Updated to match(es) played on 4 May 2013. 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.

Leading goalscorer: Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) – 30

League One

Despite the departure of manager Dean Saunders, Doncaster Rovers made an immediate return to the Championship, winning the title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season. Bournemouth were promoted as runners-up; they had initially looked set to battle relegation this season following an awful start under previous manager Paul Groves, but the decision to re-employ successful former manager Eddie Howe paid off handsomely, and saw them promoted to the second tier for only the second time in their history, and the first time since 1990. Yeovil Town won promotion through the play-offs, entering the Championship for the first time ever, and also meaning that manager Gary Johnson (who returned for his own second spell late in the previous season) had earned his third promotion with the club, having gotten them promoted from the Football Conference and League Two in 2003 and 2005 respectively. None of the three promoted clubs had ever played in the top flight at the time, be it the old Football League First Division or the current Premier League. The previous time this had happened was in 1979, when Shrewsbury Town, Watford and Swansea City were promoted (the latter two eventually competed in the top flight under both denominations).

Financially stricken Portsmouth finally hit rock-bottom, and were relegated to the Football League's lowest tier for the first time since 1980, just five years after winning the FA Cup, and three years after playing in the Premier League. They were consigned to bottom place after their second ten-point deduction in as many seasons, though unlike the previous season would have been relegated even without the deduction. Hartlepool United were relegated in second-bottom place, mostly due to a dreadful first half of the season which saw them win just once in their first 23 games, bringing an end to what had been the club's longest spell outside the bottom tier. Bury, who suffered their own financial problems and never quite recovered from the loss of manager Richie Barker days before the season began, also suffered relegation, and only finished above Hartlepool on goals scored. Scunthorpe United occupied the final relegation spot, being relegated for the second time in three seasons.

League table

A total of 24 teams contest the division: 17 sides remaining in the division from last season, three relegated from the Championship, and four promoted from League Two.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Doncaster Rovers (C, P)46259126244+1884Promotion to Football League Championship
2 Bournemouth (P)462411117653+2383
3 Brentford 46211696247+1579Qualification for League One play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Yeovil Town (O, P)46238157156+1577
5 Sheffield United 46191895642+1475
6 Swindon Town 462014127239+3374
7 Leyton Orient 46218175548+771
8 Milton Keynes Dons 461913146245+1770
9 Walsall 461717126558+768
10 Crawley Town 461814145958+168
11 Tranmere Rovers 461910175848+1067
12 Notts County 461617136149+1265
13 Crewe Alexandra 461810185462864
14 Preston North End 461417155449+559
15 Coventry City 461811176659+755 [lower-alpha 2]
16 Shrewsbury Town 461316175460655
17 Carlisle United 4614131956772155
18 Stevenage 461592247641754
19 Oldham Athletic 461492346591351
20 Colchester United 461492347682151
21 Scunthorpe United (R)461392449732448Relegation to Football League Two
22 Bury (R)469142345732841
23 Hartlepool United (R)469142339672841
24 Portsmouth (R)4610122451691832 [lower-alpha 3]
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2013. 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. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League Championship.
  2. On 28 March Coventry City were deducted ten points for entering administration. [8]
  3. On 20 April Portsmouth were deducted ten points after coming out of administration. [9]

Leading goalscorer: Paddy Madden (Yeovil Town) – 23

League Two

Gillingham won the division and returned to League One after a three-year absence, as Martin Allen's appointment as manager brought immediate success. Rotherham United celebrated their return to their hometown (after four years of playing in Sheffield) by winning promotion as runners-up. Port Vale, whose promotion challenge had been derailed by a ten-point administration penalty in the previous season, took the final automatic promotion spot. The play-offs were won by Bradford City, who were victorious in their second Wembley appearance this season (their first being in the League Cup final).

Aldershot Town were relegated back to the Football Conference after five years, experiencing relegation for the first time since the club's formation in 1992. After surviving relegation on the last day for three seasons in a row, Barnet's luck finally ran out (despite their best points total in four years and the high-profile appointment of Edgar Davids as player-manager) and they were relegated from the Football League for the second time.

League table

Twenty-four teams contest the division: 18 sides remaining in the division from last season, four relegated from League One, and two promoted from Conference National.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Gillingham (C, P)46231496639+2783Promotion to Football League One
2 Rotherham United (P)46247157459+1579
3 Port Vale (P)462115108752+3578
4 Burton Albion 462210147165+676Qualification for League Two play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
5 Cheltenham Town 462015115851+775
6 Northampton Town 462110156455+973
7 Bradford City (O, P)461815136352+1169
8 Chesterfield 461813156045+1567
9 Oxford United 46198195960165
10 Exeter City 461810186362+164
11 Southend United 461613176155+661
12 Rochdale 461613176870261
13 Fleetwood Town 461515165557260
14 Bristol Rovers 461612186069960
15 Wycombe Wanderers 461792050601060
16 Morecambe 461513185561658
17 York City 4612191550601055
18 Accrington Stanley 4614122051671654
19 Torquay United 461314195562753
20 AFC Wimbledon 4614112154762253
21 Plymouth Argyle 461313204655952
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 461312215562751
23 Barnet (R)4613122147591251Relegation to the Conference Premier
24 Aldershot Town (R)4611152042601848
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2013. Source: BBC Sport [ needs update ]
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. Four teams play for one spot and promotion to Football League One.

Leading goalscorer: Tom Pope (Port Vale) – 31

Football Conference Top Division

Promoted as champions of the Football Conference were Mansfield Town, who coincidentally were one of the teams replaced by Aldershot at the end of the 2007–08 season. They were joined by 2013 Conference National play-off Final winners Newport County, who joined the Football League for the first time as the current incarnation of the club (their forerunners last played in the League in 1988). The play-off final between Newport County and Wrexham was the first Wembley Stadium final to feature two Welsh clubs.

AFC Telford United were relegated in bottom place after a terrible run of form which saw them win just one of their last 30 matches, along with getting through four different managers during the course of the season. Ebbsfleet United finished second-bottom amid financial worries caused by the collapse of their MyFootballClub ownership scheme. Barrow occupied third-bottom place, ultimately being cost dearly by their poor goalscoring record. Stockport County were the final relegated side, being relegated to the Conference North just three years after being in League One, and eleven years after being in the second tier.

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion, qualification or relegation
1 Mansfield Town (C, P)46305119252+4095Promotion to 2013–14 League Two
2 Kidderminster Harriers 4628998240+4293Qualification for Conference Premier play-offs
3 Newport County (P)462510118560+2585
4 Grimsby Town 46231497038+3283
5 Wrexham 462214107445+2980
6 Hereford United 461913147363+1070
7 Luton Town 461813157062+867
8 Dartford 46199186763+466
9 Braintree Town 46199186372966
10 Forest Green Rovers 461811176349+1465
11 Macclesfield Town 461712176570563
12 Woking 46188207381862
13 Alfreton Town 461612186974560
14 Cambridge United 461514176869159
15 Nuneaton Town 461415175563857
16 Lincoln City 461511206673756
17 Gateshead 461316175861355
18 Hyde 461672363751255
19 Tamworth 4615102155691455
20 Southport 4614122072861454
21 Stockport County (R)4613112257761950Relegation to 2013–14 Conference North/South
22 Barrow (R)4611132245833846
23 Ebbsfleet United (R)468152355893439
24 AFC Telford United (R)466172352792735
Updated to match(es) played on 20 April 2013. Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Managerial changes

NameClubDate of departureReplacementDate of appointment
Sean Dyche Watford 3 July 2012 [10] Gianfranco Zola 7 July 2012 [11]
Steve Cotterill Nottingham Forest 12 July 2012 [12] Sean O'Driscoll 19 July 2012 [13]
Sean O'Driscoll Crawley Town 19 July 2012 Richie Barker 7 August 2012 [14]
Richie Barker Bury 7 August 2012 [14] Kevin Blackwell 26 September 2012 [15]
Andy Thorn Coventry City 26 August 2012 Mark Robins 19 September 2012 [16]
John Sheridan Chesterfield 28 August 2012 Paul Cook 25 October 2012 [17]
Terry Brown AFC Wimbledon 19 September 2012 Neal Ardley 10 October 2012 [18]
Gary Waddock Wycombe Wanderers 22 September 2012 Gareth Ainsworth 8 November 2012 [19] [20]
John Ward Colchester United 24 September 2012 [21] Joe Dunne 27 September 2012 [22]
Steve Kean Blackburn Rovers 28 September 2012 Henning Berg 31 October 2012 [23]
Paul Groves Bournemouth 3 October 2012 Eddie Howe 12 October 2012 [24]
Owen Coyle Bolton Wanderers 9 October 2012 Dougie Freedman 25 October 2012 [25]
Eddie Howe Burnley 12 October 2012 Sean Dyche 30 October 2012 [26]
Dougie Freedman Crystal Palace 23 October 2012 Ian Holloway 3 November 2012 [27]
Paul Jewell Ipswich Town 24 October 2012 Mick McCarthy 1 November 2012 [28]
Neale Cooper Hartlepool United 24 October 2012 John Hughes 13 November 2012 [29]
Paul Cook Accrington Stanley 25 October 2012 Leam Richardson 1 November 2012 [30]
Alan Knill Scunthorpe United 29 October 2012 Brian Laws 29 October 2012 [31]
Ian Holloway Blackpool 3 November 2012 [27] Michael Appleton 7 November 2012 [32]
Michael Appleton Portsmouth 7 November 2012 [32] Guy Whittingham 24 April 2013 [33]
Roberto Di Matteo Chelsea 21 November 2012 Rafael Benítez 21 November 2012 [34]
Mark Hughes Queens Park Rangers 23 November 2012 Harry Redknapp 24 November 2012 [35]
Micky Mellon Fleetwood Town 1 December 2012 Graham Alexander 6 December 2012 [36]
Mark McGhee Bristol Rovers 15 December 2012 John Ward 17 December 2012 [37]
Sean O'Driscoll Nottingham Forest 26 December 2012 [38] Alex McLeish 27 December 2012 [39]
Henning Berg Blackburn Rovers 27 December 2012 [40] Michael Appleton 11 January 2013 [41]
Mark Robson Barnet 28 December 2012 Edgar Davids 28 December 2012 [42]
Keith Hill Barnsley 29 December 2012 [43] David Flitcroft 13 January 2013 [44]
Carl Fletcher Plymouth Argyle 1 January 2013 John Sheridan 6 January 2013 [45]
Ståle Solbakken Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 January 2013 Dean Saunders 7 January 2013 [46]
Dean Saunders Doncaster Rovers 7 January 2013 Brian Flynn 17 January 2013 [47] [48]
Michael Appleton Blackpool 11 January 2013 Paul Ince 18 February 2013 [49]
Derek McInnes Bristol City 12 January 2013 Sean O'Driscoll 14 January 2013 [50]
Nigel Adkins Southampton 18 January 2013 Mauricio Pochettino 18 January 2013 [51]
John Coleman Rochdale 21 January 2013 Keith Hill 22 January 2013 [52]
Simon Grayson Huddersfield Town 24 January 2013 Mark Robins 14 February 2012 [53]
Paul Dickov Oldham Athletic 3 February 2013 Lee Johnson 18 March 2013 [54]
Keith Curle Notts County 3 February 2013 [55] Chris Kiwomya 23 February 2013 [56]
Alex McLeish Nottingham Forest 5 February 2013 [39] Billy Davies 7 February 2013 [57]
Graham Westley Preston North End 13 February 2013 Simon Grayson 18 February 2013 [58]
Mark Robins Coventry City 14 February 2013 Steven Pressley 8 March 2013 [59]
Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town 18 February 2013 Kevin MacDonald 28 February 2013 [60]
Dean Holdsworth Aldershot Town 20 February 2013 Andy Scott 22 February 2013 [61]
John Still Dagenham & Redbridge 26 February 2013 [62] Wayne Burnett 2 May 2013
Gary Mills York City 2 March 2013 Nigel Worthington 4 March 2013 [63]
Brian McDermott Reading 11 March 2013 Nigel Adkins 26 March 2013 [64]
Michael Appleton Blackburn Rovers 19 March 2013 [65] Gary Bowyer 24 May 2013 [66]
Gary Smith Stevenage 20 March 2013 [67] Graham Westley 30 March 2013 [68]
Paul Sturrock Southend United 25 March 2013 Phil Brown 25 March 2013 [69]
Martin O'Neill Sunderland 30 March 2013 [70] Paolo Di Canio 31 March 2013 [71]
Neil Warnock Leeds United 1 April 2013 [72] Brian McDermott 12 April 2013 [73]
Danny Wilson Sheffield United 10 April 2013 [74] Chris Morgan 10 April 2013 [74]
Martin Ling Torquay United 29 April 2013 [75] Alan Knill 7 May 2013
Leam Richardson Accrington Stanley 30 April 2013 [76] James Beattie 13 May 2013 [77]
Brian Flynn Doncaster Rovers 3 May 2013 [78] Paul Dickov 20 May 2013 [79]
Dean Saunders Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 May 2013 [80] Kenny Jackett 31 May 2013 [81]
Kenny Jackett Millwall 7 May 2013 [82] Steve Lomas 17 June [83]
John Hughes Hartlepool United 9 May 2013 [84] Colin Cooper 24 May 2013 [85]
Roberto Mancini Manchester City 13 May 2013 [86] Manuel Pellegrini 14 June 2013 [87]
Tony Pulis Stoke City 21 May 2013 [88] Mark Hughes 30 May 2013 [89]
Rafael Benítez Chelsea 28 May 2013 [90] José Mourinho 3 June 2013 [91]

Transfers

Diary of the season

Welsh success

The 2012–13 season was one of particular success for Welsh clubs playing in the English league system. Swansea City of the Premier League became the first Welsh club to win the Football League Cup; Cardiff City gained promotion to the Premier League by winning the Football League Championship; Newport County and Wrexham reached the final of the Football Conference play-offs, with Newport winning to gain promotion to the Football League, while Wrexham gained a measure of consolation by winning the FA Trophy.

Deaths

Retirements

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The 2010–11 Premier League was the 19th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The 2010–11 fixtures were released on 17 June 2010 at 09:00 BST. The season began on 14 August 2010, and ended on 22 May 2011. Chelsea were the defending champions.

The 2010–11 season was the 131st season of competitive football in England.

2011–12 Premier League English football season

The 2011–12 Premier League was the 20th season of the Premier League since its establishment in 1992. The season began on 13 August 2011 and ended on 13 May 2012 with Manchester City sealing their first league title since 1968 with victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day. The title was City's first Premier League success, making them the fifth club to win the Premier League in its 20-year history. City finished level on 89 points with Manchester United, but their goal difference was eight better than their local rivals', making it the first time the Premier League had been won on goal difference.

The 2011–12 season was the 132nd season of competitive football in England.

Following the breakaway from the Football League, the new top tier of English football was named the Premier League for the start of the 1992–93 season. The following page details the football records and statistics of the Premier League.

The 2012–13 Football League was the 114th season of the Football League. It began in August 2012 and concluded in May 2013, with the promotion play-off finals. The Football League is contested through three Divisions: the Championship, League One and League Two. The winner and the runner up of the League Championship are automatically promoted to the Premier League and they will are joined by the winner of the Championship playoff. The bottom two teams in League Two are relegated to the Conference Premier.

The 2013–14 season was the 134th season of competitive football in England.

The 2014–15 season was the 135th season of competitive association football in England.

The 2016–17 season was the 137th season of competitive association football in England.

The 2018–19 Premier League was the 27th season of the Premier League, the top English professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 10 August 2018 and concluded on 12 May 2019. Fixtures for the 2018–19 season were announced on 14 June 2018. The league was contested by the top 17 teams from the 2017–18 season as well as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham, who joined as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 EFL Championship. They replaced West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Stoke City who were relegated to the 2018–19 EFL Championship.

The 2018–19 season was the 139th season of competitive association football in England.

The 2019–20 season was the 140th season of competitive association football in England.

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