Ipswich Town conceded 92 Premiership goals and recorded just 7 wins all season as one of the worst seasons in their history saw them return to the second tier of the league after three seasons in the top flight.
Manager John Lyall reverted to manager after being Director of Football for the previous season but left in December with relegation already looking more than likely, and former player George Burley was soon back at the club as manager. But the transition did little to alter Ipswich's fortunes. Before then though, in arguably their biggest highlight of the season, the Tractor Boys stunned reigning champions Manchester United by beating them 3-2 at Portman Road in September (having even led by 2-0 at one stage) which would ultimately be one of the defeats that cost United the title by one point; it also meant that Ipswich had maintained an unbeaten home record against the giants during their first three years in the Premier League. However, in the return fixture, an unthinkable double wasn't to be and a 9–0 humiliation at the hands of United at Old Trafford in early March effectively crushed any remaining hopes of survival. On a brighter note though, another highlight included a surprise 1-0 win at Anfield against eventual-4th-placed Liverpool in mid-January.
With an ageing squad, Burley was given little option but to resort to his young reserves in hope of rebuilding his side ready to push for a Premiership comeback.
Updated to games played on 21 September 2012.
Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored 1 Everton qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as FA Cup winners. (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
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