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2011–12
Season information
Premier League Manchester City
Championship Reading
League One Charlton Athletic
League Two Swindon Town
FA Cup Chelsea
League Cup Liverpool
Community Shield Manchester United
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The 2011–12 season was the 132nd season of competitive football in England.

The season began on 5 August 2011 for The Football League, on 12 August for the Football Conference and 13 August for the Premier League. The Championship ended on 28 April 2012, whilst League One, and League Two ended on 5 May 2012. The Premier League ended on 13 May 2012.

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

Teams relegated from the Premier League

Teams promoted to the Premier League

Teams relegated from the Championship

Teams promoted to Championship

Teams relegated from League One

Teams promoted to League One

Teams relegated from League Two

Teams promoted to League Two

Honours

Trophy and League Champions

Competition Winner Details At Match Report
FA Cup Chelsea 2011–12 FA Cup
beat Liverpool 2–1
Wembley Report
League Cup Liverpool 2011–12 Football League Cup
beat Cardiff City 3–2 on penalties
(2–2 after extra time)
Wembley Report
Premier League Manchester City 2011–12 Premier League
beat QPR 3–2
City of Manchester Stadium Report
Football League Championship Reading 2011–12 Football League Championship Madejski Stadium Report
Football League One Charlton Athletic 2011–12 Football League One The Valley Report
Football League Two Swindon Town 2011–12 Football League Two County Ground Report
FA Community Shield Manchester United 2011 FA Community Shield
beat Manchester City 3–2
Wembley Report
Football League Trophy Chesterfield 2011–12 Football League Trophy
beat Swindon Town 2–0
Wembley Report
FA Trophy York City 2011–12 FA Trophy
beat Newport County 2–0
Wembley Report

Promotion winners

Competition Winner Details
Football League Championship Southampton 2nd in Championship
Football League One Sheffield Wednesday 2nd in League One
Football League Two Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town 2nd and 3rd in League Two

Playoff winners

Competition Winner Details
Football League Championship West Ham United 2011–12 Football League Championship
Beat Blackpool 2–1
Football League One Huddersfield Town 2011–12 Football League One
Beat Sheffield United 8–7 on Penalties
(0–0 after extra time)
Football League Two Crewe Alexandra 2011–12 Football League Two
Beat Cheltenham Town 2–0
Conference National York City 2011–12 Conference National
Beat Luton Town 2–1
Conference North Nuneaton Town 2011–12 Conference North
Beat Gainsborough Trinity 1–0
Conference South Dartford 2011–12 Conference South
Beat Welling United 1–0

England national football team

Euro 2012 qualification

2 September 2011 Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 0–3 England.png England Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  
21:15 UTC+3 Report Cahill Soccerball 13'
Rooney Soccerball 21'90+4'
Attendance: 36,521
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
6 September 2011 England England.png 1–0 Flag of Wales.gif Wales Wembley Stadium, London  
19:45 UTC+1 Young Soccerball 35' Report Attendance: 77,128
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
7 October 2011 Montenegro Flag of Montenegro.png 2–2 England.png England Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  
21:00 UTC+2 Zverotić Soccerball 45'
Delibašić Soccerball 90+1'
Report Young Soccerball 11'
Bent Soccerball 31'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Friendlies

10 August 2011 England England.png P – P Netherlands.png Netherlands Wembley Stadium, London  
20:00 BST
12 November 2011 England England.png 1–0 Flag of Spain.png Spain Wembley Stadium, London  
17:15 GMT Lampard Soccerball 49' Report Attendance: 87,189
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
15 November 2011 England England.png 1–0 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden Wembley Stadium, London  
20:00 GMT Barry Soccerball 22' Report Attendance: 48,876
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
29 February 2012 England England.png 2–3 Netherlands.png Netherlands Wembley Stadium, London  
20:00 GMT Cahill Soccerball 85'
Young Soccerball 90+2'
Report Robben Soccerball 57'90+2'
Huntelaar Soccerball 59'
Attendance: 76,283
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
26 May 2012 Norway Flag of Norway.png 0–1 England.png England Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  
20:45 CEST Report Young Soccerball 9' Attendance: 21,496
Referee: Michael Weiner (Germany)
1 June 2012 England England.png 1–0 Belgium.png Belgium Wembley Stadium, London  
17:15 BST Welbeck Soccerball 36' Report Attendance: 85,091
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)

League tables

Premier League

In one of the most memorable finishes to a season in recent memory, Manchester City ended a 44-year wait to win their first Premier League title on goal difference, with Sergio Agüero scoring in the last minute of stoppage time during their dramatic 3–2 win over Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Despite being pushed all the way, they won their final six games, while cross-city neighbours Manchester United squandered an eight-point lead in what was largely a trophyless season for Sir Alex Ferguson's men for the first time in six years. Arsenal recovered from a poor start to the season to take third place, while striker Robin van Persie won the Players' Player of the Year Award by scoring 30 goals.

Newcastle finished fifth to qualify for the Europa League, recording their first top-six finish in eight years under Alan Pardew, who won the Manager of the Year award. Chelsea suffered their worst season in ten years, finishing sixth with 64 points; André Villas-Boas, the personal choice for owner Roman Abramovich, was sacked after just nine months with automatic qualification for the Champions League at risk. Under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, however, they excelled in the cup competitions, winning the FA Cup for the fourth time in six seasons. It was the Champions League, though, in which they stunned everyone, storming their way through each round to reach the final against Bayern Munich. Pushing the German powerhouse to penalties, they kept the advantage and ultimately won 4–3, giving them their first European Cup victory and ensuring they qualified for the elite competition once again; their victory meant that fourth-placed Tottenham had to enter the Europa League and caused Harry Redknapp to lose his job after three-and-a-half years in charge.

Liverpool were similar to Chelsea for parts of the league, but ultimately worse as they recorded their lowest league finish for 18 years, finishing in eighth place and only edging ninth-placed Fulham on a higher goal difference; their season was marred by striker Luis Suárez being convicted of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October. They put this controversy behind them by winning the League Cup, ending five consecutive seasons without winning a trophy. Kenny Dalglish, fabled for his earlier Liverpool managerial reign in the late 1980s, was sacked after just 16 months following a poor finish to the season that saw them pick up just 13 points from 14 games.

For only the second time in Premier League history, all three promoted teams survived, though all finished in the bottom half. Swansea City were the pundit's choice to be relegated, but they defied their critics with their own unique style of football and claimed shock victories over the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool to finish a respectable 11th; by the season's end, Brendan Rodgers was starting to attract the attention of other Premier League teams. Norwich City finished just below them in 12th, impressing on their return to the top flight and also had manager Paul Lambert attracting the attention of other Premier League clubs. Queens Park Rangers were left needing to rely on other results on the last day to help them survive, though a run of 19 points from their last nine home fixtures played a major part in their survival.

The sacking of Mick McCarthy after nearly six years and the appointment of first team coach Terry Connor effectively ended Wolverhampton Wanderers' three-year spell in the top-flight. With just four points and no wins taken from Connor's final 13 games in charge, they finished bottom of the table. Having been clear of the relegation zone at the start of April, Blackburn Rovers were also undone by poor late-season form; losing eight of their last nine games as growing anger from the supporters toward owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean continued. Bolton Wanderers, who coincidentally had been promoted alongside Blackburn in 2001, went down on the last day of the season after a horrible start to the year that saw them bottom for most of the campaign.

Main article: 2011–12 Premier League
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Manchester City  (C) 38 28 5 5 93 29+64 89
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33+56 89
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49+25 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41+25 69
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage 2
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51+5 65
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46+19 64
2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage 2
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40+10 56
8 Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40+7 52
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51−3 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52−7 47
11 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51−7 47
12 Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66−14 47
13 Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46−1 45
14 Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53−17 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62−20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53−16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66−23 37
18 Bolton Wanderers  (R) 38 10 6 22 46 77−31 36
Relegation to the  Football League Championship
19 Blackburn Rovers  (R) 38 8 7 23 48 78−30 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers  (R) 38 5 10 23 40 82−42 25
Updated to games played on 19 May 2012
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Leading goalscorer: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) – 30

Championship

A year after suffering heartbreak in the play-off final, an excellent run of 50 points from their remaining 21 games saw Reading crowned divisional champions, earning promotion to the top flight for only the second time in their history. Having been in the top two for the majority of the season, Southampton finished in the runners-up spot to claim their second successive promotion, returning to the Premier League after a seven-year absence as their revival under Nigel Adkins continued, one year after Norwich won a second successive promotion. West Ham United, who lost out to Southampton on the last day of the season, won promotion via the play-offs, with manager Sam Allardyce passing his former clubs Blackburn and Bolton on the way up.

Doncaster Rovers' luck finally ran out after four years of operating on the division's lowest budget, and they were relegated in bottom place. 11 years after dropping out of the Premier League, Coventry City finally hit rock bottom as they suffered from an ongoing financial crisis and the loss of several key players pre-season, their never-ending downward spiral culminating in relegation to the third tier for the first time since 1964. Portsmouth fell back into financial difficulties and went into administration for the second time in three seasons, with the resulting ten-point deduction dealing a fatal blow to their survival hopes and sending them down to League One (had it not been for Portsmouth's points deduction, Barnsley would have been the third relegated side).

Main article: 2011–12 Football League Championship
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Reading  (C) (P) 46 27 8 11 69 41+28 89
Promotion to the  2012–13 Premier League
2 Southampton  (P) 46 26 10 10 85 46+39 88
3 West Ham United  (P) 46 24 14 8 81 48+33 86 Qualification to the League Championship playoffs
4 Birmingham City 46 20 16 10 78 51+27 76
5 Blackpool 46 20 15 11 79 59+20 75
6 Cardiff City 46 19 18 9 66 53+13 75
7 Middlesbrough 46 18 16 12 52 51+1 70
8 Hull City 46 19 11 16 47 43+4 68
9 Leicester City 46 18 12 16 66 55+11 66
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 15 14 52 520 66
11 Watford 46 16 16 14 56 64−8 64
12 Derby County 46 18 10 18 50 58−8 64
13 Burnley 46 17 11 18 61 58+3 62
14 Leeds United 46 17 10 19 65 68−3 61
15 Ipswich Town 46 17 10 19 69 77−8 61
16 Millwall 46 15 12 19 55 57−2 57
17 Crystal Palace 46 13 17 16 46 51−5 56
18 Peterborough United 46 13 11 22 67 77−10 50
19 Nottingham Forest 46 14 8 24 47 63−16 50
20 Bristol City 46 12 13 21 44 68−24 49
21 Barnsley 46 13 9 24 49 74−25 48
22 Portsmouth  (R) 46 13 11 22 50 59−9 040
Relegation to the  League One
23 Coventry City  (R) 46 9 13 24 41 65−24 40
24 Doncaster Rovers  (R) 46 8 12 26 43 80−37 36
Updated to games played on 28 April 2012
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Portsmouth deducted 10 points for entering administration.

Leading goalscorer Rickie Lambert (Southampton) – 27

League One

Main article: 2011–12 Football League One

Chris Powell's first full season in charge of Charlton earned the Addicks promotion at the third time of asking, leading the division for virtually the entire season to win the title with a club record of 101 points. The two Sheffield clubs contested the second automatic promotion spot; United were in the top two for most of the season, but struggled with form after top scorer Ched Evans was imprisoned for rape, allowing Wednesday to claim second place and a return to the Championship after a two-year absence. It was ultimately to be another Yorkshire side, Huddersfield Town, who were victorious over United in the play-offs, meaning they would be playing in the second tier for the first time since 2001.

After equalling their highest league finish last season, the departure of Keith Hill to Barnsley during the summer meant that Rochdale finished bottom, bringing their long-awaited spell in League One to an end after just two years. Exeter City also failed to build on their near-miss of the previous season's play-offs and finished second bottom, returning to League Two after three years. Chesterfield couldn't adjust to life in the third tier and they too were relegated, despite winning the Football League Trophy. Wycombe Wanderers, who finished six points behind the Spireites last season, didn't last long either, and they also suffered immediate relegation back to League Two.

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Charlton Athletic  (C) (P) 46 30 11 5 82 36+46 101 Promotion to the
Football League Championship
2 Sheffield Wednesday  (P) 46 28 9 9 81 48+33 93
3 Sheffield United 46 27 9 10 92 51+41 90 Qualification to the
League One play-offs
4 Huddersfield Town  (P) (O) 46 21 18 7 79 47+32 81
5 Milton Keynes Dons 46 22 14 10 84 47+37 80
6 Stevenage 46 18 19 9 69 44+25 73
7 Notts County 46 21 10 15 75 63+12 73
8 Carlisle United 46 18 15 13 65 66−1 69
9 Brentford 46 18 13 15 63 52+11 67
10 Colchester United 46 13 20 13 61 66−5 59
11 Bournemouth 46 15 13 18 48 52−4 58
12 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 14 18 49 53−4 56
13 Hartlepool United 46 14 14 18 50 55−5 56
14 Bury 46 15 11 20 60 79−19 56
15 Preston North End 46 13 15 18 54 68−14 54
16 Oldham Athletic 46 14 12 20 50 66−16 54
17 Yeovil Town 46 14 12 20 59 80−21 54
18 Scunthorpe United 46 10 22 14 55 59−4 52
19 Walsall 46 10 20 16 51 57−6 50
20 Leyton Orient 46 13 11 22 48 75−27 50
21 Wycombe Wanderers  (R) 46 11 10 25 65 88−23 43 Relegation to the
Football League Two
22 Chesterfield  (R) 46 10 12 24 56 81−25 42
23 Exeter City  (R) 46 10 12 24 46 75−29 42
24 Rochdale  (R) 46 8 14 24 47 81−34 38
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Leading goalscorer: Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield) – 36

League Two

Main article: 2011–12 Football League Two

Swindon Town made an immediate return to League One, as Paolo Di Canio won the League Two title in his first season as a manager. Shrewsbury took the runners-up spot, going the entire season unbeaten at home and earning veteran manager Graham Turner his second promotion with the club 33 years after his first. Crawley Town were the third automatically promoted team, and earned their second successive promotion. Despite the resignation of legendary manager Dario Gradi early in the season, Crewe Alexandra rallied under new manager Steve Davis and won promotion via the play-offs.

Macclesfield Town dropped out of the Football League after fifteen years, ultimately being undone by a horrific second half of the season in which they didn't win a single game after the turn of the year. Hereford United suffered their second relegation from the League on the last day of the season, with Barnet securing last-day survival for the third season in a row.

Joining the League for the following season were newcomers Fleetwood Town, and York City, who returned to the League after an eight-year absence.

Template:2011–12 Football League Two table

Leading goalscorers: Jack Midson (AFC Wimbledon), Izale McLeod (Barnet), Lewis Grabban (Rotherham United), and Adebayo Akinfenwa (Northampton Town) – 18

Managerial changes

Name Club Date of departure Replacement Date of appointment
Peter Jackson Bradford City 25 August 2011 Phil Parkinson 29 August 2011
Peter Reid Plymouth Argyle 18 September 2011 Carl Fletcher 1 November 2011
Sean O'Driscoll Doncaster Rovers 23 September 2011 Dean Saunders 23 September 2011
Steve McClaren Nottingham Forest 2 October 2011 Steve Cotterill 14 October 2011
Keith Millen Bristol City 3 October 2011 Derek McInnes 19 October 2011
Steve Cotterill Portsmouth 14 October 2011 Michael Appleton 10 November 2011
Sven-Göran Eriksson Leicester City 24 October 2011 Nigel Pearson 15 November 2011
Dario Gradi Crewe Alexanda 10 November 2011 Steve Davis 10 November 2011
Gary Johnson Northampton Town 14 November 2011 Adrian Boothroyd 30 November 2011
Nigel Pearson Hull City 15 November 2011 Nick Barmby 10 January 2012
Steve Bruce Sunderland 30 November 2011 Martin O'Neill 3 December 2011
Mick Wadsworth Hartlepool United 6 December 2011 Neale Cooper 28 December 2011
Phil Brown Preston North End 14 December 2011 Graham Westley 13 January 2012
Steve Eyre Rochdale 19 December 2011 John Coleman 24 January 2012
Paul Buckle Bristol Rovers 4 January 2012 Mark McGhee 18 January 2012
Neil Warnock Queens Park Rangers 8 January 2012 Mark Hughes 10 January 2012
Terry Skiverton Yeovil Town 9 January 2012 Gary Johnson 9 January 2012
Graham Westley Stevenage 13 January 2012 Gary Smith 25 January 2012
John Coleman Accrington Stanley 24 January 2012 Paul Cook 13 February 2012
Simon Grayson Leeds United 1 February 2012 Neil Warnock 18 February 2012
Mick McCarthy Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 February 2012 Terry Connor 24 February 2012
Lee Clark Huddersfield Town 16 February 2012 Simon Grayson 20 February 2012
Martin Allen Notts County 18 February 2012 Keith Curle 20 February 2012
Gary Megson Sheffield Wednesday 29 February 2012 Dave Jones 1 March 2012
André Villas-Boas Chelsea 4 March 2012 Roberto Di Matteo 4 March 2012
Les Parry Tranmere Rovers 4 March 2012 Ronnie Moore 4 March 2012
Jamie Pitman Hereford United 5 March 2012 Richard O'Kelly 5 March 2012
Paul Peschisolido Burton Albion 17 March 2012 Gary Rowett 10 May 2012
Gary Simpson Macclesfield Town 18 March 2012 Brian Horton 19 March 2012
Andy Scott Rotherham United 19 March 2012 Steve Evans 9 April 2012
Lee Bradbury Bournemouth 25 March 2012 Paul Groves 11 May 2012
Steve Evans Crawley Town 9 April 2012 Sean O'Driscoll 16 May 2012
Lawrie Sanchez Barnet 16 April 2012 Martin Allen 16 April 2012
Brian Horton Macclesfield Town 30 April 2012 Steve King 21 May 2012
Nick Barmby Hull City 8 May 2012 Steve Bruce 8 June 2012
Andy Hessenthaler Gillingham 8 May 2012 Martin Allen 5 July 2012
Terry Connor Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 May 2012 Ståle Solbakken 1 July 2012
Richard O'Kelly Hereford United 12 May 2012 Martin Foyle 30 May 2012
Roy Hodgson West Bromwich Albion 14 May 2012 Steve Clarke 8 June 2012
Alex McLeish Aston Villa 14 May 2012 Paul Lambert 2 June 2012
Kenny Dalglish Liverpool 16 May 2012 Brendan Rodgers 30 May 2012
Martin Allen Barnet 25 May 2012 Mark Robson 11 June 2012
Brendan Rodgers Swansea City 30 May 2012 Michael Laudrup 15 June 2012
Paul Lambert Norwich City 2 June 2012 Chris Hughton 7 June 2012
Chris Hughton Birmingham City 7 June 2012 Lee Clark 26 June 2012
Harry Redknapp Tottenham Hotspur 13 June 2012 Andre Villas Boas 3 July 2012
2011–12 in English football
FA competitions
FA Cup (Qualifying Rounds, Final) · Community Shield · FA Trophy (Final)
League cups

Football League Cup (Final) · Football League Trophy (Final) ·

Premier and Football League
Premier League · Football League (Championship · League One · League Two)
Football Conference
Football Conference (Premier · North · South)
European competitions

Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)

National teams
UEFA Euro 2012 qualification (Group G)
Other

Summer 2011 transfers · Winter 2011–12 transfers · Summer 2012 transfers

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