2011–12 Football League Championship
(2nd divisional title)
West Ham United
|Goals scored||1419 (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 run||
|Longest unbeaten run||
|Longest winless run||
|Longest losing run||
West Ham 2–1 Hull City
Peterborough United 4–3 Cardiff City
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.
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. 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
Promoted to Premier League
Relegated to League One
Relegated from Premier League
Promoted from League One
- The Football Association and the Football Association of Wales will now both decide on disciplinary action for Welsh clubs in the Premier League and the Football League.
- Only five substitutes can be named on match days, reduced from last season's seven named substitutes.
Stadia and locations
Personnel and sponsoring
|Team||Manager||Chairman||Team captain||Kit maker||Sponsor|
|Barnsley||Hill, KeithKeith Hill||Cryne, PatrickPatrick Cryne||Butterfield, JacobJacob Butterfield||Nike||C.K. Beckett|
|Birmingham City||Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton||Hui, VicoVico Hui||Carr, StephenStephen Carr||Xtep||RationalFX|
|Blackpool||Holloway, IanIan Holloway||Oyston, KarlKarl Oyston||Ferguson, BarryBarry Ferguson||Fila||Wonga.com|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Poyet, GusGus Poyet||Bloom, TonyTony Bloom||Greer, GordonGordon Greer||Errea||BrightonandHoveJobs.com|
|Bristol City||McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes||Sexstone, ColinColin Sexstone||Carey, LouisLouis Carey||adidas||RSG (Home) & Bristol City Community Trust (Away)|
|Burnley||Howe, EddieEddie Howe||Kilby, BarryBarry Kilby||McCann, ChrisChris McCann||Puma||Fun88|
|Cardiff City||Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay||Tien Ghee, Datuk ChanDatuk Chan Tien Ghee||Hudson, MarkMark Hudson||Puma||Malaysia|
|Coventry City||Thorn, AndyAndy Thorn||Vacant||Clingan, SammySammy Clingan||Puma||City Link|
|Crystal Palace||Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman|| Parish, SteveSteve Parish
Long, MartinMartin Long
|Mccarthy, PaddyPaddy McCarthy||Nike||GAC Logistics|
|Derby County||Clough, NigelNigel Clough||Appleby, AndrewAndrew Appleby||Barker, ShaunShaun Barker||adidas||buymobiles.net|
|Doncaster Rovers||Saunders, DeanDean Saunders||Ryan, JohnJohn Ryan||Stock, BrianBrian Stock||Nike||One Call Insurance|
|Hull City||Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce||Allam, AssemAssem Allam||Hobbs, JackJack Hobbs||adidas||Cash Converters|
|Ipswich Town||Jewell, PaulPaul Jewell||Evans, MarcusMarcus Evans||Leadbitter, GrantGrant Leadbitter||Mitre||Marcus Evans|
|Leeds United||Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock||Bates, KenKen Bates||Snodgrass, RobertRobert Snodgrass||Macron||Enterprise Insurance|
|Leicester City||Pearson, NigelNigel Pearson||Vichai Raksriaksorn||Mills, MattMatt Mills||BURRDA||King Power (Front), Amazing Thailand (Back)|
|Middlesbrough||Mowbray, TonyTony Mowbray||Gibson, SteveSteve Gibson||Bates, MatthewMatthew Bates||adidas||Ramsdens|
|Millwall||Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett||Berylson, JohnJohn Berylson||Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson||Macron||racing+|
|Nottingham Forest||O'Driscoll, SeanSean O'Driscoll|| Doughty, NigelNigel Doughty
Clark, FrankFrank Clark
|, Dan HardingDan Harding||Umbro||John Pye & Sons Auctioneers|
|Peterborough United||Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson||MacAnthony, DarraghDarragh MacAnthony||McCann, GrantGrant McCann||Nike||Energy Park Peterborough|
|Portsmouth||Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton||Under Administration||Lawrence, LiamLiam Lawrence||Kappa||Jobsite|
|Reading||Mcdermott, BrianBrian McDermott||Madejski, JohnJohn Madejski||McAnuff, JobiJobi McAnuff||Puma||Waitrose|
|Southampton||Adkins, NigelNigel Adkins||Cortese, NicolaNicola Cortese||Hammond, DeanDean Hammond||Umbro||aap3|
|Watford||Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola||Pozzo, GinoGino Pozzo||Eustace, JohnJohn Eustace||BURRDA||BURRDA|
|West Ham United||Allardyce, SamSam Allardyce|| Sullivan, DavidDavid Sullivan
Gold, DavidDavid Gold
|Nolan, KevinKevin Nolan||Macron||SBOBET|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Barnsley||Robins, MarkMark Robins||Resigned||15 May 2011||Pre-season||Hill, KeithKeith Hill||1 June 2011|
|West Ham United||Grant, AvramAvram Grant||Sacked||15 May 2011||Pre-season||Allardyce, SamSam Allardyce||1 June 2011|
|Cardiff City||Jones, DaveDave Jones||Sacked||30 May 2011||Pre-season||Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay||17 June 2011|
|Nottingham Forest||Davies, BillyBilly Davies||Sacked||12 June 2011||Pre-season||McClaren, SteveSteve McClaren||13 June 2011|
|Birmingham City||McLeish, AlexAlex McLeish||Signed by Aston Villa||17 June 2011||Pre-season||Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton||22 June 2011|
|Watford||Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay||Signed by Cardiff City||17 June 2011||Pre-season||Dyche, SeanSean Dyche||21 June 2011|
|Doncaster Rovers||O'Driscoll, SeanSean O'Driscoll||Sacked||23 September 2011||24th||Saunders, DeanDean Saunders||23 September 2011|
|Nottingham Forest||McClaren, SteveSteve McClaren||Resigned||2 October 2011||21st||Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill||14 October 2011|
|Bristol City||Millen, KeithKeith Millen||Mutual consent||3 October 2011||24th||McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes||19 October 2011|
|Portsmouth||Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill||Signed by Nottingham Forest||14 October 2011||18th||Michael Appleton||10 November 2011|
|Leicester City||Eriksson, SvengoranSven-Göran Eriksson||Mutual consent||24 October 2011||13th||Pearson, NigelNigel Pearson||15 November 2011|
|Hull City||Pearson, NigelNigel Pearson||Signed by Leicester City||15 November 2011||9th||Barmby, NickNick Barmby||10 January 2012|
|Leeds United||Grayson, SimonSimon Grayson||Sacked||1 February 2012||10th||Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock||18 February 2012|
|Hull City||Barmby, NickNick Barmby||Sacked||8 May 2012||Pre-season||Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce||8 June 2012|
|Birmingham City||Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton||Signed by Norwich City||7 June 2012||Pre-season||Lee Clark||26 June 2012|
|Watford||Dyche, SeanSean Dyche||Sacked||2 July 2012||Pre-season||Gianfranco Zola||7 July 2012|
|Team||New owner||Previous owner||Effective date|
|Portsmouth||Convers Sport Initiatives||Balram Chainrai||1 June 2011|
|Portsmouth||Administration||Convers Sport Initiatives||29 November 2011|
||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Reading (C) (P)||46||27||8||11||69||41||+28||89||Promotion to 2012–13 Premier League|
|3||West Ham United (O) (P)||46||24||14||8||81||48||+33||86||Qualification to 2012 League Championship playoffs|
|10||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||17||15||14||52||52||0||66|
|22||Portsmouth (R)||46||13||11||22||50||59||−9||40‡||Relegation to 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: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
‡Portsmouth were deducted 10 points for entering administration.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
|3||West Ham United||2||3||5|
|3||West Ham United||2|
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.
|Home ╲ Away||BAR||BIR||BLP||BHA||BRI||BUR||CAR||COV||CRY||DER||DON||HUL||IPS||LEE||LEI||MID||MIL||NOT||PET||POR||REA||SOU||WAT||WHU|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2–0||1–1||2–2||2–0||0–1||2–2||2–1||1–3||2–0||2–1||0–0||3–0||3–3||1–0||1–1||2–2||1–0||2–0||2–0||0–1||3–0||2–2||0–1|
|West Ham United||1–0||3–3||4–0||6–0||0–0||1–2||0–1||1–0||0–0||3–1||1–1||2–1||0–1||2–2||3–2||1–1||2–1||2–1||1–0||4–3||2–4||1–1||1–1|
Updated to games played on 28 April 2012.
Source: The Football League
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.
- As of 30 April 2012.
|Tomlin, LeeLee Tomlin||Peterborough United||Ipswich Town||7–1||20 August 2011|
|Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert||Southampton||Nottingham Forest||3–2||10 September 2011|
|Wood, ChrisChris Wood||Birmingham City||Millwall||3–0||11 September 2011|
|Henderson, DariusDarius Henderson||Millwall||Leicester City||0–3||22 October 2011|
|Shelvey, JonjoJonjo Shelvey||Blackpool||Leeds United||0–5||2 November 2011|
|Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert||Southampton||Brighton & Hove Albion||3–0||19 November 2011|
|Phillips, MattMatt Phillips||Blackpool||Barnsley||1–3||26 December 2011|
|Vaz Te, RicardoRicardo Vaz Tê||Barnsley||Leeds United||4–1||31 December 2011|
|Henderson, DariusDarius Henderson||Millwall||Barnsley||1–3||21 January 2012|
|Žigić, NikolaNikola Žigić4||Birmingham City||Leeds United||1–4||31 January 2012|
|Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert||Southampton||Watford||0–3||25 February 2012|
|Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert||Southampton||Millwall||2–3||17 March 2012|
|Mccleary, GarathGarath McCleary4||Nottingham Forest||Leeds United||3–7||20 March 2012|
|Austin, CharlieCharlie Austin||Burnley||Portsmouth||1–5||31 March 2012|
|Majewski, RadosławRadosław Majewski||Nottingham Forest||Crystal Palace||0–3||31 March 2012|
|Vaz Te, RicardoRicardo Vaz Tê||West Ham United||Brighton & Hove Albion||6–0||14 April 2012|
|Fryatt, MattyMatty Fryatt||Hull City||Barnsley||3–1||17 April 2012|
- 4 Player scored 4 goals
- First goal of the season: Gary Taylor-Fletcher for Blackpool against Hull City (5 August 2011)
- Fastest goal of the season: 7 seconds – Ricardo Vaz Tê for Barnsley against Crystal Palace (6 December 2011)
- Latest goal of the season: 98 minutes and 49 seconds – Luciano Becchio for Leeds United against Doncaster Rovers (18 February 2012)
- Most goals in a game: 10 goals
- Most goals scored in a game by one team: 7 goals – Peterborough United 7–1 Ipswich Town (20 August 2011), Leeds United 3–7 Nottingham Forest (20 March 2012).
- Widest winning margin: 6 goals – Peterborough United 7–1 Ipswich Town (20 August 2011), Millwall 0–6 Birmingham City (14 January 2012), West Ham United 6–0 Brighton & Hove Albion (14 April 2012)
- Widest away winning margin: 6 goals – Millwall 0–6 Birmingham City (14 January 2012)
- Highest scoring draw: 6 goals – Brighton & Hove Albion 3–3 Leeds United (23 September 2011), West Ham United 3–3 Birmingham City (9 April 2012)
- Most games failed to score in: 19 – Nottingham Forest
- Fewest games failed to score in: 6 – Birmingham City
Disciplinary record by team
- As of 8 April 2012 (UTC)
|16||West Ham United||60||6|
|24||Brighton & Hove Albion||83||8|
- Most yellow cards (player): 12 – Barry Robson (Middlesbrough)
- Most red cards (player): 2 – Neil Danns (Leicester City), Matt Mills (Leicester City), Matt Sparrow (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kevin Thomson (Middlesbrough)
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Notes|
|August||Gus Poyet||Brighton & Hove Albion||Marvin Emnes||Middlesbrough|
|September||Tony Mowbray||Middlesbrough||Matthew Bates||Middlesbrough|
|October||Chris Hughton||Birmingham City||Nathaniel Clyne||Crystal Palace|
|November||Malky Mackay||Cardiff City||Billy Sharp||Doncaster Rovers|
|December||Tony Mowbray||Middlesbrough||Alex Pearce||Reading|
|January||Chris Hughton||Birmingham City||Curtis Davies||Birmingham City|
|February||Brian McDermott||Reading||Adam Federici||Reading|
|March||Brian McDermott||Reading||Garath McCleary||Nottingham Forest|
|April||Kenny Jackett||Millwall||Ricardo Vaz Tê||West Ham United|
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