2011–12 Football League Two

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Football League Two
Season 2011–12
Champions Swindon Town
(2nd divisional title)
Promoted Swindon Town
Shrewsbury Town
Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra
Relegated Hereford United
Macclesfield Town
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1458 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer 18 goals
Izale McLeod
Jack Midson
Biggest home win

Morecambe 6–0 Crawley Town
(10 September)

Bristol Rovers 7–1 Burton Albion
(14 April)
Biggest away win Hereford United 1–6 Gillingham
(17 September)
Northampton Town 2–7 Shrewsbury Town
(19 November)
Dagenham & Redbridge 0–5 Cheltenham Town
(18 February)
Highest scoring Barnet 3–6 Burton Albion
(29 October)
Northampton Town 2–7 Shrewsbury Town
(19 November)
Gillingham 5–4 Hereford United
(28 February)
Longest winning run 10 matches – Swindon Town
(31 December – 28 February)
Longest unbeaten run 16 matches – Crewe Alexandra
(18 February-5 May)
Longest winless run 18 matches – Macclesfield Town
(2 January–5 May)
Longest losing run 9 matches – Dagenham & Redbridge
(8 October – 10 December)
Highest attendance 17,014 – 25 February (Bradford City vs Hereford United)
Lowest attendance 1,207 – 6 March (Morecambe vs Cheltenham Town)

The 2011–12 Football League Two (referred to as the Npower Football League Two for sponsorship reasons) is the eighth season of the league under its current title and nineteenth season under its current league division format.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

From League Two[edit]

Promoted to League One

Relegated to Conference National

To League Two[edit]

Relegated from League One

Promoted from Conference National

Team overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Accrington Stanley Accrington Crown Ground 5,057
AFC Wimbledon London Kingsmeadow 4,720
Aldershot Town Aldershot Recreation Ground 7,100
Barnet London Underhill Stadium 6,200
Bradford City Bradford Valley Parade 25,136
Bristol Rovers Bristol Memorial Stadium 12,011
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Abbey Business Stadium 7,066
Crawley Town Crawley Broadfield Stadium 4,996
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Alexandra Stadium 10,153
Dagenham & Redbridge London Victoria Road 6,078
Gillingham Gillingham Priestfield Stadium 11,582
Hereford United Hereford Edgar Street 5,075
Macclesfield Town Macclesfield Moss Rose 6,355
Morecambe Morecambe Globe Arena 6,476
Northampton Town Northampton Sixfields Stadium 7,653
Oxford United Oxford Kassam Stadium 12,500
Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Home Park 16,388
Port Vale Stoke-on-Trent Vale Park 19,052
Rotherham United Sheffield Don Valley Stadium 10,000
Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury Greenhous Meadow 9,875
Southend United Southend-on-Sea Roots Hall 12,392
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 14,700
Torquay United Torquay Plainmoor 6,104

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Chairman Team captain Kit maker Sponsor
Accrington Stanley Paul Cook Ilyas Khan Dean Winnard Samurai Sportswear Clever Boxes
AFC Wimbledon Terry Brown Erik Samuelson Jamie Stuart Tempest Sports Sports Interactive (H)
Football Manager (A)
Aldershot Town Dean Holdsworth Kris Machala Ben Herd Erreà EBB Paper
Barnet Martin Allen Anthony Kleanthous Mark Hughes Surridge Pulse Fitness
Bradford City Phil Parkinson Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes Michael Flynn Nike Map Group UK
Bristol Rovers Mark McGhee Nick Higgs Matthew Gill Erreà McCarthy Waste (H)
ITS (A)
Burton Albion Gary Rowett (caretaker)
Kevin Poole (caretaker)
Ben Robinson John McGrath TAG Mr Cropper
Cheltenham Town Mark Yates Paul Baker Alan Bennett Erreà Mira Showers
Crawley Town Craig Brewster (caretaker) Victor Manley Pablo Mills Puma
Crewe Alexandra Steve Davis John Bowler David Artell
Lee Bell
Carbrini Mornflake Cereal
Dagenham & Redbridge John Still Dave Andrews Mark Arber Vandanel West & Coe Funeral Directors
Gillingham Andy Hessenthaler Paul Scally Andy Frampton Vandanel Medway Electrical & Mechanical Services
Hereford United Richard O'Kelly David Keyte Stefan Stam Admiral Cargill
Macclesfield Town Glyn Chamberlain Mike Rance Paul Morgan adidas Voi Jeans
Morecambe Jim Bentley Peter McGuigan Will Haining Puma Bench
Northampton Town Aidy Boothroyd David Cardoza John Johnson Erreà Jackson Grundy
Oxford United Chris Wilder Kelvin Thomas Jake Wright Nike Bridle Insurance
Plymouth Argyle Carl Fletcher James Brent Simon Walton Puma Bond Timber
Port Vale Micky Adams Vacant Marc Richards Vandanel Harlequin Property
Rotherham United Steve Evans Tony Stewart Ryan Cresswell Puma Parkgate Shopping
Shrewsbury Town Graham Turner Roland Wycherley Ian Sharps Joma Greenhous
Southend United Paul Sturrock Ron Martin Chris Barker Nike InsureandGo
Swindon Town Paolo Di Canio Jeremy Wray Paul Caddis Adidas Samsung (H)
FIFA 12 (A)
Torquay United Martin Ling Simon Baker Lee Mansell Vandanel Sparkworld

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Bristol Rovers Dave Penney Sacked 7 March 2011[1] Pre-season Paul Buckle 30 May 2011[2]
Swindon Town Paul Hart 28 April 2011[3] Pre-season Paolo Di Canio 20 May 2011[4]
Morecambe Sammy McIlroy Mutual consent 9 May 2011[5] Pre-season Jim Bentley 13 May 2011[6]
Barnet Giuliano Grazioli End of tenure as caretaker 13 May 2011 Pre-season Lawrie Sanchez 13 May 2011[7]
Torquay United Paul Buckle Signed by Bristol Rovers 30 May 2011[2] Pre-season Martin Ling 13 June 2011[8]
Bradford City Peter Jackson Resigned 25 August 2011[9] 21st Phil Parkinson 28 August 2011[10]
Plymouth Argyle Peter Reid Sacked 18 September 2011[11] 24th Carl Fletcher 18 September 2011[12]
Crewe Alexandra Dario Gradi Resigned 10 November 2011[13] 18th Steve Davis 10 November 2011[14]
Northampton Town Gary Johnson Mutual consent 14 November 2011[15] 20th Aidy Boothroyd 30 November 2011[16]
Bristol Rovers Paul Buckle Sacked 3 January 2012[17] 19th Mark McGhee 18 January 2012[18]
Accrington Stanley John Coleman Signed by Rochdale 24 January 2012[19] 10th Paul Cook 13 February 2012[20]
Hereford United Jamie Pitman Sacked 5 March 2012[21] 21st Richard O'Kelly 5 March 2012
Burton Albion Paul Peschisolido 17 March 2012[22] 17th Gary Rowett (caretaker)
Kevin Poole (caretaker)
17 March 2012[22]
Macclesfield Gary Simpson Mutual consent 18 March 2012[23] 21st Brian Horton 19 March 2012[24]
Rotherham United Andy Scott Sacked 19 March 2012[25] 11th Steve Evans 9 April 2012[26]
Crawley Town Steve Evans Signed by Rotherham United 9 April 2012[26] 4th Craig Brewster (caretaker) 9 April 2012
Barnet Lawrie Sanchez Sacked 16 April 2012[27] 22nd Martin Allen 16 April 2012[28]
Macclesfield Brian Horton Resigned 30 April 2012[29] 24th Glyn Chamberlain 30 April 2012

League table[edit]

A total of 24 teams contest the division: 18 sides remaining in the division from last season, four relegated from League One, and two promoted from Conference National.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Swindon Town (C) (P) 46 29 6 11 75 32 +43 93 Promotion to League One
2 Shrewsbury Town (P) 46 26 10 10 66 41 +25 88
3 Crawley Town (P) 46 23 15 8 76 54 +22 84
4 Southend United 46 25 8 13 77 48 +29 83 Qualification to League Two Playoffs
5 Torquay United 46 23 12 11 63 50 +13 81
6 Cheltenham Town 46 23 8 15 66 50 +16 77
7 Crewe Alexandra (O) (P) 46 20 12 14 67 59 +8 72
8 Gillingham 46 20 10 16 79 62 +17 70
9 Oxford United 46 17 17 12 59 48 +11 68
10 Rotherham United 46 18 13 15 67 63 +4 67
11 Aldershot Town 46 19 9 18 54 52 +2 66
12 Port Vale 46 20 9 17 68 60 +8 059
13 Bristol Rovers 46 15 12 19 60 70 −10 57
14 Accrington Stanley 46 14 15 17 54 66 −12 57
15 Morecambe 46 14 14 18 63 57 +6 56
16 AFC Wimbledon 46 15 9 22 62 78 −16 54
17 Burton Albion 46 14 12 20 54 81 −27 54
18 Bradford City 46 12 14 20 54 59 −5 50
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 14 8 24 50 72 −22 50
20 Northampton Town 46 12 12 22 56 79 −23 48
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 16 20 47 64 −17 46
22 Barnet 46 12 10 24 52 79 −27 46
23 Hereford United (R) 46 10 14 22 50 70 −20 44 Relegation to 2012–13 Conference National
24 Macclesfield Town (R) 46 8 13 25 39 64 −25 37

Updated to games played on 5 May 2012.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.
Port Vale deducted 10 points for entering administration.[30]

Playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
4  Southend United 0 2 2  
7  Crewe Alexandra 1 2 3  
    6  Cheltenham Town 0
  7  Crewe Alexandra 2
5  Torquay United 0 1 1
6  Cheltenham Town 2 2 4  

Results[edit]

The fixtures for the League Two were released on 17 June 2011. The season started on 6 August 2011, and is scheduled to conclude on 5 May 2012.[31]

Home ╲ Away[1] ACC WIM ALD BAR BRA BRO BRT CHL CRA CRE D&R GIL HER MAC MOR NOR OXF PLY PTV ROT SHR STD SWI TOR
Accrington Stanley 2–1 3–2 0–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 3–0 4–3 2–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–1
AFC Wimbledon 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–0 4–1 2–5 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–2 3–2 1–2 3–1 1–4 1–1 2–0
Aldershot Town 0–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1
Barnet 0–0 4–0 2–1 0–4 2–0 3–6 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–2 0–1
Bradford City 1–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–0
Bristol Rovers 5–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 7–1 1–3 0–0 2–5 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 0–3 5–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2
Burton Albion 0–2 3–2 0–4 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–4
Cheltenham Town 4–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–1
Crawley Town 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 3–1 4–1 3–0 4–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–1
Crewe Alexandra 2–0 3–3 2–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–3
Dagenham & Redbridge 2–1 0–2 2–5 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 0–5 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–3 1–2 3–2 0–2 2–3 1–0 1–1
Gillingham 1–1 3–4 1–0 3–1 0–0 4–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 3–4 1–2 5–4 2–0 2–0 4–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–0
Hereford United 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–6 0–4 0–3 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 1–2 3–2
Macclesfield Town 1–1 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–2
Morecambe 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–1 6–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2
Northampton Town 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–3 3–2 2–3 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–7 2–5 1–2 0–0
Oxford United 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2
Plymouth Argyle 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–2
Port Vale 4–1 1–2 4–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–4 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 0–2 0–0
Rotherham United 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 4–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–4 1–2 0–1
Shrewsbury Town 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–0
Southend United 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–2 3–0 1–4 4–1
Swindon Town 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 3–3 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 5–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0
Torquay United 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–5 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 0–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 5 May 2012.
Source: The Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Statistics[edit]

As of 14 April 2012.

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Notes
Manager Club Player Club
August Andy Scott Rotherham United Mark Arber Dagenham & Redbridge [34][35]
September Paul Sturrock Southend United Danny Carlton Morecambe [36][37]
October Steve Evans Crawley Town Danny Hylton Aldershot Town [38][39]
November Mark Yates Cheltenham Town Billy Kee Burton Albion [40][41]
December Phil Parkinson Bradford City Bryan Hughes Accrington [42][43]
January Martin Ling Torquay United Mark Ellis Torquay United [40][41]
February Paolo Di Canio Swindon Town Paul Benson Swindon Town [44][45]
March Martin Ling Torquay United Lee Mansell Torquay United [46][47]
April Graham Turner Shrewsbury Town Bilel Mohsni Southend United [48][49]

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