2011–12 Stevenage F.C. season

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Stevenage
2011–12 season
Chairman Phil Wallace
Manager Graham Westley (until 13 January 2012)
Gary Smith (from 25 January 2012)
League One 6th
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Scott Laird (8)
All: Chris Beardsley (10)
Highest home attendance 6,625 (v Tottenham Hotspur, FA Cup, 19 February 2012)
Lowest home attendance 2,414 (v Peterborough United, League Cup, 9 August 2011)

The 2011–12 season was Stevenage F.C.'s second season in the Football League, where the club competed in League One. This article shows statistics of the club's players in the season, and also lists all matches that the club played during the season. Their sixth place finish and subsequent successful play-off campaign meant it was Stevenage's first ever season of playing in League One, having only spent one season in League Two.[1] The season also marked the second season that the club played under its new name – Stevenage Football Club, dropping 'Borough' from its title as of 1 June 2010.[2] The season started out as the third year in charge for manager Graham Westley during his second spell at the club;[3] having previously managed the Hertfordshire side from 2003 to 2006.[4] However, Westley left Stevenage in January 2012, and joined fellow League One side Preston North End. The vacant managerial position was filled by former Colorado Rapids manager Gary Smith, signing a contract until 2014.[5][6]

Ahead of the club's first season in League One, Westley adopted the same "five in, five out" transfer policy as he had done for the two previous seasons. Strikers Yemi Odubade and Charlie Griffin were the first to leave having been loaned out for much of the previous campaign, joining Conference National sides Gateshead and Forest Green Rovers respectively.[7][8] Second choice goalkeeper Ashley Bayes opted to leave the club in order to play first-team football at Conference South club Basingstoke Town.[9] Luke Foster and David Bridges also opted to leave Stevenage ahead of the season, both on free transfers, with Foster signing for Rotherham United,[9] and Bridges for his former club, Kettering Town.[10] Stevenage's first signing of the season was striker Guy Madjo, who joined on a free transfer from Albanian Superliga side KS Bylis Ballsh.[11] Former Stevenage goalkeeper Alan Julian re-joined the club following his release by Gillingham,[12] while Phil Edwards rejected a contract extension at Accrington Stanley in order to join the Hertfordshire club on a free transfer.[13] Midfielders Jennison Myrie-Williams and Robin Shroot also signed on free transfers following successful trial periods with the club.[14][15] In terms of transfers during the 2011–12 campaign, striker Don Cowan joined the club from Longford Town for an undisclosed fee in August 2011,[16] and winger Luke Freeman signed from Arsenal in January 2012, after a successful three-month loan spell with the club.[17] Strikers Byron Harrison and Guy Madjo both departed in January 2012, signing for League Two sides AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot Town for respective undisclosed fees.[18][19]

Stevenage started their first ever League One campaign brightly, losing just one of their first eight League One fixtures, as well as securing a notable 5–1 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday.[20] However, a run of four successive defeats moved Stevenage into the lower half of the league.[21] A 1–0 victory over then-unbeaten league leaders, Charlton Athletic,[22] would ultimately serve as the catalyst for an eleven-game unbeaten run, which included a 6–1 away win at Colchester United.[23] The run had propelled Stevenage onto the edge of the play-off places. Following Westley's departure to Preston, captain Mark Roberts took caretaker charge of the club, winning two games out of three, including another large victory away from home, this time against Rochdale.[24] New manager Gary Smith took charge of his first league game, away at Sheffield Wednesday in February 2012, securing a 1–0 victory.[25] Sitting in the play-off places with a number of games in hand, Stevenage went on to win just one league game out of the following thirteen, although nine of which were draws.[26] The poor run of form left Stevenage in ninth position, and six points behind the play-off places with just five games remaining.[27] A run of four wins out of their last five matches, two of which against play-off rivals Carlisle United and Brentford,[28][29] and another a 6–0 away win against Yeovil Town,[30] meant that Stevenage ended up securing the final play-off spot on goal difference — following a 3–0 home victory against Bury on the last day of the season.[31] Stevenage played third placed Sheffield United over two legs in the play-off semi-finals, losing 1–0 on aggregate.[32][33]

Stevenage also competed in three cup competitions during the season. They fell at the first hurdle in both the League Cup and Football League Trophy, losing at home to Championship side Peterborough United in the League Cup,[34] as well as suffering a penalty defeat away to AFC Wimbledon in the Football League Trophy.[35] Despite the early cup disappointment, Stevenage were to make history in the FA Cup, reaching the Fifth Round for the first time in their history. After disposing of Hartlepool United and non-league Stourbridge away,[36][37] Stevenage beat Championship club Reading at the Madejski Stadium.[38] A 1–0 victory in their first home game of the competition against fellow League One side Notts County lined up a Fifth Round home tie with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.[39] The two sides played out a 0–0 draw at Broadhall Way,[40] with Tottenham winning the subsequent replay at White Hart Lane.[41]

Striker Chris Beardsley finished as Stevenage's top goalscorer for the season with ten goals in all competitions. Captain Mark Roberts played every single minute of Stevenage's 56 matches during the season.[42][43] Roberts ended up winning the Player of the Year award for the season, with Michael Bostwick winning Players' Player of the Year.[43]

Squad details[edit]

Last updated on 14 May 2012. The squad at the end of the season.[44]

Players information[edit]

No.
Name
Nationality
Position
Date Of Birth (Age)
Signed From
Notes
Goalkeepers
1 Alan Julian Northern Ireland GK (1983-03-11) 11 March 1983 (age 31) Gillingham
[12]
16 Chris Day England GK (1975-07-28) 28 July 1975 (age 39) Millwall
[45]
Defenders
3 Scott Laird England LB (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 26) Plymouth Argyle
[46]
4 Darius Charles England LB (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 27) Ebbsfleet United
[47]
5 Jon Ashton England CB (1982-10-04) 4 October 1982 (age 32) Grays Athletic
[48]
14 Mark Roberts (c) England CB (1983-10-16) 16 October 1983 (age 31) Northwich Victoria [49]
25 Ronnie Henry England RB (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 30) Dublin City
[50]
30 Jamaal Lascelles England RB (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 21) Nottingham Forest (loan)
[51]
Midfielders
2 Lawrie Wilson England RM (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 27) Colchester United [52]
7 Darren Murphy Republic of Ireland CM (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 29) Cork City
[53]
8 Stacy Long England CM (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 29) Ebbsfleet United [54]
11 Jennison Myrie-Williams England LM (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) St. Johnstone [14]
13 Joel Byrom England CM (1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 28) Northwich Victoria
[55]
21 John Mousinho England CM (1986-04-30) 30 April 1986 (age 28) Wycombe Wanderers
[56]
23 Rob Sinclair England RM (1989-08-29) 29 August 1989 (age 25) Salisbury City
[57]
24 Michael Bostwick England CM (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) Ebbsfleet United [58]
32 Robin Shroot Northern Ireland RM (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 26) Birmingham City [15]
Forwards
10 Craig Reid England FW (1985-12-17) 17 December 1985 (age 29) Newport County
[59]
15 Luke Freeman England FW (1992-03-22) 22 March 1992 (age 22) Arsenal [17]
18 Don Cowan Republic of Ireland FW (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 25) Longford Town
[16]
19 Michael Thalassitis Cyprus FW (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21) N/A
[60]
20 Chris Beardsley England FW (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 30) Kettering Town
[61]
27 Jordan Slew England FW (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 22) Blackburn Rovers (loan)
[62]
29 Patrick Agyemang Ghana FW (1980-09-29) 29 September 1980 (age 34) Queens Park Rangers (loan)
[63]

Management[edit]

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

In June 2011, Stevenage announced that their pre–season campaign would consist of eight friendlies to open the 2011–12 season.[64][65] Stevenage's first pre-season fixture was an away trip to Hitchin Town on 13 July,[66] with the away side winning the match 1–0 courtesy of an 86th minute strike from Chris Beardsley after Michael Thalassitis' initial shot had been saved.[67][68][69] Trialists Jerome Federico and Robin Shroot also featured for Stevenage in the match as second-half substitutes.[67] Four days later, Stevenage beat a Fulham XI side 1–0 at Broadhall Way.[70] The home side opened the scoring with just ten minutes remaining, trialist Robin Shroot scoring at the back post after good work down the right wing from Stacy Long.[70][71] Stevenage then travelled to Conference South side Dover Athletic on 19 July, losing 1–0 courtesy of a late Michael Corcoran penalty.[72] New signing Phil Edwards had missed a second-half penalty for Stevenage, firing wide after Byron Harrison was fouled in the area.[72] Manager Graham Westley again took the opportunity to look at a number of trialists — with Welling United's Jack Parkinson featuring in the first-half of the match,[73][74] whilst former Northampton Town midfielder Liam Davis played 79 minutes.[72] Robin Shroot, who had featured in Stevenage's first two pre-season fixtures, played the whole match.[72] Another defeat followed four days later as Stevenage lost 1–0 to an Arsenal XI side at Broadhall Way, a Chuks Aneke goal in the second-half separating the teams.[75] Trialist Rohan Ricketts played 45 minutes for Stevenage, while Robin Shroot again featured as a second-half substitute[75] — with the latter signing a two-year contract three days later.[15][76] Stevenage lost their third consecutive pre-season friendly, again by a 1–0 scoreline, when they travelled to Conference South side Hampton & Richmond Borough on 26 July.[77] The only goal of the game came just before half-time; a Stuart Duff shot took a deflection off of Phil Edwards, wrong-footing Alan Julian in the Stevenage goal.[77] Two days later, Stevenage travelled to Carshalton Athletic — the friendly was arranged as part of the transfer that took Stevenage striker Byron Harrison from Carshalton to Broadhall Way.[78] Stevenage won the match 3–0, with goals coming from Craig Reid, Guy Madjo, and Robin Shroot.[79][80] A 2–1 win at League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge followed on 30 July.[81] Michael Bostwick opened the scoring after just eight minutes, heading in at the back post. Stevenage captain Mark Roberts doubled Stevenage's lead on the hour mark, scoring from four yards out after Dagenham had failed to clear a corner. A late Brian Woodall goal served as a consolation for the home side.[81][82] The club's final pre-season fixture took place on 2 August 2011 against Conference North side Corby Town, ending 1–1.[83] Stevenage took the lead midway through the first-half, Ben May heading in a Stacy Long corner. Corby restored parity shortly after the interval, with Matt Rhead scoring from the penalty spot after Jennison Myrie-Williams fouled Nick Rogan.[83][84]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
13 July 2011
Hitchin Town
Away
1–0
674
Beardsley
[67]
2
17 July 2011
Fulham XI
Home
1–0
786
Shroot
[70]
3
19 July 2011
Dover Athletic
Away
0–1
453
[72]
4
23 July 2011
Arsenal XI
Home
0–1
1,020
[75]
5
26 July 2011
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Away
0–1
249
[77]
6
28 July 2011
Carshalton Athletic
Away
3–0
285
Reid, Madjo, Shroot
[79]
7
30 July 2011
Dagenham & Redbridge
Away
2–1
625
Bostwick, Roberts
[85]
8
2 August 2011
Corby Town
Away
1–1
320
May
[83]

League One[edit]

The 2011–12 League One fixtures were released on 17 June 2011, with Stevenage opening their league campaign at home to Exeter City on 6 August 2011.[86] The game ended 0–0, with both sides spurning a number of goalscoring opportunities.[87] The result meant that Stevenage had drawn their opening league fixture for the third consecutive season.[87][88] A week later, Stevenage drew 1–1 away at Chesterfield. Stevenage took the lead five minutes before the interval, Darius Charles heading in from close range after Michael Bostwick's looping header was guided towards goal. Bostwick was sent-off twenty minutes into the second-half, receiving a second bookable offence for a foul on Mark Allott. The home side equalised late on when Jack Lester headed in Dean Morgan's cross.[89] Three days later, Stevenage earned their first win of the season, securing a 3–1 away victory against Bournemouth. Stevenage took the lead shortly before half-time, Craig Reid's quick turn and shot beating Shwan Jalal in the Bournemouth goal after Lawrie Wilson's threaded ball beat the offside trap. Two minutes after the interval, the home side were level, substitute Harry Arter scoring from Marc Pugh's squared pass. The away side took the lead once more with half an hour remaining, John Mousinho scoring from the penalty spot after Bournemouth captain Adam Barrett handled Stacy Long's shot on the line, receiving a red card in the process for denying a goalscoring opportunity. Stevenage doubled their advantage in injury-time when Chris Beardsley latched on to Scott Laird's pass and beat Jalal with a first time finish.[90][91] Stevenage then drew 2–2 at home to Hartlepool United on 20 August, coming from two goals down to salvage a point. The visitors opened the scoring through Peter Hartley's headed goal from a corner ten minutes before the interval. Hartlepool doubled their lead just before half-time through an Adam Boyd penalty kick after Colin Nish was fouled in the area by Jon Ashton. With twenty minutes remaining, Byron Harrison scored his first goal of the season when he netted from six yards out. Scott Laird then restored parity with just two minutes remaining, heading in Robin Shroot's corner to ensure Stevenage earned a point.[92][93] A week later, Stevenage lost their first league game of the season when they travelled to league leaders Milton Keynes Dons, losing 1–0 courtesy of a second-half goal from Charlie MacDonald.[94][95]

Stevenage recorded their first home win of the season on 3 September, beating Rochdale 4–2 at Broadhall Way. The home side took the lead through Craig Reid, who collected Lawrie Wilson's knock down, before turning in the box and beating Rochdale goalkeeper Jake Kean. Rochdale captain Gary Jones equalised shortly after with a volley that found its way into the net through a crowd of players. Two minutes later, Stevenage were ahead once more — Chris Beardsley scoring from close range after Reid's shot had been parried out by Kean. Beardsley added his second of the game in first-half injury-time, turning on the edge of the area before curling the ball into the far corner of the goal to give the hosts a two goal advantage going into the interval. Reid added Stevenage's fourth goal of the game when he poked the ball past the onrushing Kean. The goal was wrongly accredited as a Neal Trotman own goal, with there being "conclusive proof" that Reid made contact with the ball.[96] The away side replied with their second of the match almost instantly, David Ball turning sharply before placing a shot that went in off of the post.[96][97] A week later, Stevenage travelled to Oldham Athletic, earning a 1–1 draw. The visitors scored the opening goal after just four minutes — Joel Byrom's corner found Michael Bostwick on the edge of the area, and his shot was headed in by Mark Roberts. Ten minutes later, Oldham equalised through a Shefki Kuqi header to ensure the game ended with the scoreline tied.[98][99] Three days after the draw at Oldham, Stevenage welcomed Sheffield Wednesday to Broadhall Way, winning the match 5–1. Stevenage took the lead after six minutes, Michael Bostwick's shot was fumbled by Wednesday goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell and Craig Reid was on hand to score from six yards out. The lead was doubled four minutes later, when Mousinho beat Rob Jones for pace before firing a 20 yard drive past O'Donnell. Seven minutes later, the home side were three goals ahead, Michael Bostwick's 25 yard shot rebounded off the post before nestling in the opposite corner of the goal. Shortly before the interval, Stevenage scored their fourth goal of the match — O'Donnell had saved Mousinho's shot well before the ball connected with the onrushing Lawrie Wilson, rebounding into the net. Darius Charles added a fifth goal for the home side in the second-half with a low finish from just inside the area after Lawrie Wilson had squared the ball across goal. Sheffield Wednesday added a consolation goal with fifteen minutes remaining through Gary Madine. The visitors were reduced to ten men late on when Jermaine Johnson received a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Scott Laird.[20][100] Four days later, Stevenage lost their first home game of the campaign, losing 2–0 to Notts County. Craig Reid had missed a penalty for the home side in the first-half, before goals from Lee Hughes and Ben Burgess gave the visitors all three points.[101] A week later, on 24 September, Stevenage lost their second successive game, losing 1–0 to Carlisle United at Brunton Park courtesy of a first-half Peter Murphy header.[102][103]

A third consecutive defeat followed a week later, on 1 October, as Stevenage lost 2–1 to Scunthorpe United at Broadhall Way. Similarly to the club's last home defeat to Notts County, the visitors opened the scoring in first-half injury time, Eddie Nolan cutting in from the left and beating Chris Day from 20 yards out. Michael O'Connor doubled Scunthorpe's advantage in second-half injury time with a finish from an acute angle, before substitute Josh Walker scored two minutes later to half the deficit.[104] Stevenage then lost 2–1 away to Huddersfield Town, a fourth straight defeat. Huddersfield opened the scoring just before half-time through Gary Roberts. Scott Laird briefly levelled the game with twenty minutes remaining, scoring with a shot from just inside the area after John Mousinho had played the ball into his path. The home side took the lead again shortly after, this time Lee Novak scoring after Anton Robinson's shot had hit the post. Mousinho missed a late penalty for Stevenage after Byron Harrison was fouled in the area.[21] The four game losing streak ended a week later, on 15 October, when Stevenage beat Charlton Athletic 1–0, ending Charlton's unbeaten start to the season. The only goal of the game came eleven minutes into the match, former Charlton player Stacy Long saw his 25-yard shot take a deflection to wrongfoot goalkeeper Ben Hamer. Both sides went on to create further chances, with Leon Cort producing a save from Chris Day in the Stevenage goal, as well as Jon Ashton hitting the crossbar for the home side.[22] A 0–0 draw against Yeovil Town followed a week later, with John Mousinho missing a penalty with ten minutes remaining. The penalty came about as a result of Yeovil's Luke Ayling handling the ball on the line, receiving a straight red card. There was a "great sense of injustice around the ground" as Mark Roberts scored the rebound after Ayling had handled — with the referee refusing to give Stevenage the advantage and instead opting to award the penalty.[105] Three days after the draw, on 25 October, Stevenage travelled to Brentford, winning the match 1–0, their second away victory of the campaign. The only goal of the game came with twenty minutes left in the second-half; Chris Beardsley picking the ball up in the area before lashing a shot across the face of goal and into the net.[106] Stevenage secured a second consecutive away victory in their following match, beating Bury 2–1 at Gigg Lane. Byron Harrison opened the scoring for the visitors in the first-half, sweeping home John Mousinho's knock down. Stevenage doubled their advantage with fifteen minutes remaining, Mark Roberts beating the offside trap to head in Joel Byrom's cross. Bury replied almost immediately, with Andy Bishop converting from the penalty spot after Lawrie Wilson had fouled Lenell John-Lewis.[107]

The club's first fixture in November was a home game against Sheffield United, with Stevenage winning the match 2–1. The hosts took the lead shortly before half-time, with Mark Roberts scoring his second goal in as many games with a sharp swivel and finish after Craig Reid's corner was not cleared by the Sheffield United defence. The away side levelled when substitute Ched Evans scored with a low-drilled effort from a 20-yard free-kick. Stevenage had the chance to take the lead once again with just ten minutes remaining when Lawrie Wilson was fouled in the area, with Scott Laird duly converting the penalty.[108] After a two week break due to the FA Cup, Stevenage returned to league action with a trip to Leyton Orient. The game ended 0–0, with Stevenage's Joel Byrom coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his 20-yard shot hit the post.[109] A second 0–0 draw followed a week later, on 26 November, when Stevenage hosted Walsall at Broadhall Way. Both Chuks Aneke and Luke Freeman made their home debuts for the club, with both having chances to win the match.[110]

After a two-week break from the League due to FA Cup commitments, Stevenage travelled to Deepdale to face Preston North End on 10 December. The match ended 0–0, Stevenage's third straight stalemate. Second-half substitute's Darius Charles and Byron Harrison had the visitors' best chances, forcing Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann to make two strong saves. Preston's Danny Mayor hit the post mid-way through the second period, before Iain Hume's volley was palmed away from the goal by an outstretched Chris Day, saving Stevenage a point in injury-time.[111] A week later, on 17 December, Stevenage faced Tranmere Rovers at Broadhall Way in the club's last home game of 2011 — with Stevenage securing a 2–1 victory. The home side took the lead seven minutes before half-time, with Chris Beardsley swivelling in the area before scooping the ball into the far corner of the goal, although the striker was subsequently substituted immediately after as a result of picking up a hamstring injury in the build-up to the goal. Substitute Ben May was sent-off for the home side after "squaring up" to Tranmere goalkeeper Paul Rachubka with twenty minutes remaining. Despite the visitors having a one-man advantage, it was Stevenage who doubled the lead, Mark Roberts heading in Robin Shroot's cross to score his fifth goal of the campaign. Tranmere's Joss Labadie scored a consolation goal for the away side in the third minute of injury-time, scoring from the penalty spot after Scott Laird was adjudged to have brought down Mark McChrystal.[112] Nine days later, Stevenage faced a Boxing Day away trip to Colchester United. Stevenage won the game 6–1, their biggest Football League victory to date. The visitors scored the opening goal within the first ten minutes, Don Cowan and Chris Beardsley linked up well before the latter provided a square pass to the onrushing Robin Shroot, who made no mistake from six yards out. Cowan then set-up Beardsley, who scored from 25-yards with a low drilled effort. After hitting the post and forcing Chris Day into making a number of saves, Colchester halved the deficit shortly after the interval when Karl Duguid's cross looped across the face of the goal and Ian Henderson's headed in from six yards. Stevenage restored their two-goal cushion ten minutes later, when Michael Bostwick picked up Phil Edwards' pass and saw his 30-yard shot take a deflection and wrong-foot Ben Williams in the Colchester goal. Seven minutes later, Stevenage scored their fourth goal from a well-worked free-kick — with Bostwick playing the ball to Scott Laird, who sidefooted the ball into the net from inside the area. Another goal followed just two minutes later, when Luke Freeman picked up Joel Byrom's pass, beat his man and lashed the ball across the goal with a "powerful strike". Byrom added a sixth goal with ten minutes remaining when he ran onto Ronnie Henry's header and calmly scored from just inside the area.[113] Five days later, on 31 December, Stevenage won their third consecutive game when they beat Wycombe Wanderers 1–0 at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came with just eight minutes remaining, substitute Luke Freeman's left wing cross found Lawrie Wilson, who lashed the ball into the net with a first time finish from six yards out.[114]

Stevenage's thirteen game unbeaten run ended on 2 January 2012, losing 1–0 at home to Leyton Orient thanks to a first-half strike from Lee Cook. Leyton Orient were reduced to ten men in the first-half, with Ben Chorley receiving a red card for an off-the-ball incident with Chris Beardsley. Stevenage substitute Chuks Aneke was also sent-off in the second-half for a high-footed challenge.[115] In the week prior to Stevenage's trip to Rochdale, speculation mounted as to whether Stevenage manager Graham Westley would remain at the club amidst interest from fellow League One side, Preston North End.[116] Westley eventually joined Preston on 13 January, leaving the club after three-and-a-half years in charge.[117] Westley took his back-room staff with him to Preston, meaning captain Mark Roberts was named as player-manager for the club's trip to Spotland on 14 January.[117] The game ended 5–1 to Stevenage. Luke Freeman, playing his first game since signing for the club on a permanent basis, scored the opening goal when his shot squirmed under Rochdale goalkeeper Péter Kurucz. Shortly after the interval, Stevenage had doubled their advantage when Freeman beat his man down the left, before laying the ball to Chris Beardsley, who in-turn rolled the ball to the onrushing Lawrie Wilson, who scored with a first-time finish. Rochdale reduced the two-goal deficit when loanee Brett Ormerod finished well from Daniel Bogdanovic's driven cross. Stevenage restored their two-goal advantage almost instantly, Lawrie Wilson ran onto Mark Roberts' ball, before finishing neatly past Kurucz. Rochdale defender Joe Widdowson was given a second yellow card shortly after for a foul on Beardsley. Five minutes later, the visitors had a fourth goal, Freeman cut in from the right wing and unleashed a 25-yard drive into the top corner of the goal. Freeman was again involved in Stevenage's fifth goal, whipping in a cross from the left that Byrom side-footed home.[118] Roberts remained in charge for the club's trip to Scunthorpe United a week later, on 21 January, with the game ending in a 1–1 draw. Scunthorpe took the lead shortly after the half-time interval, with Garry Thompson collecting a Mark Duffy long ball before firing into the net from 12-yards out. Substitutes Robin Shroot and Darius Charles combined to ensure Stevenage earned a point from the match, with Shroot bringing down Lawrie Wilson's cross into the path of Charles, who turned quickly to beat the outstretched Sam Slocombe from six yards.[119] Stevenage returned to Broadhall Way three days later, after three successive away fixtures in all competitions, hosting Milton Keynes Dons. The away side took the lead after just two minutes, when former Stevenage loanee Jay O'Shea finished from close range after Chris Day had palmed away Adam Smith's cross. Stevenage drew level mid-way through the first-half following a neat interchange between Luke Freeman and Lawrie Wilson, with Freeman laying the ball off to Michael Bostwick, who unleashed a 25-yard strike into the bottom left corner of the goal. On the hour mark, MK Dons defender Mathias Doumbé was sent-off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Chris Beardsley on the edge of the area. Stevenage took the lead from the resulting free-kick, with Scott Laird heading in Freeman's cross. The hosts had doubled their advantage three minutes later, Freeman again supplying the cross that was met by the head of Darius Charles, who firmly headed past MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin. With five minutes remaining, MK Dons scored their second goal of the game, with O'Shea crossing the ball for substitute Tom Flanagan to head into the net from six yards. Stevenage restored their two-goal advantage almost instantly when Charles worked his way into the box before firing the ball across the face of the goal, which was turned in by MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie.[120]

The club's first scheduled game of February was an away trip to Notts County, who Stevenage had also played the week before in the FA Cup. However, the game was called off on 3 February, a day before the match, due to a frozen pitch.[121][122] Stevenage's home fixtures against Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United, scheduled to be played within the space of four days, on 7 February and 11 February respectively, were also postponed due to a frozen pitch after the playing surface was deemed to be unplayable ahead of each game.[123][124] The club travelled to Sheffield Wednesday on 14 February, manager Gary Smith's first league game in-charge, winning the game 1–0 at Hillsborough. The only goal of the game came shortly before the interval, Joel Byrom's corner was met by Chris Beardsley, whose header was ultimately turned in by Scott Laird.[125] Stevenage then faced Notts County at Meadow Lane on 22 February, losing 1–0 courtesy of a late Jeff Hughes strike.[126] Another defeat followed three days later, with the club losing 2–0 to league leaders Charlton Athletic at The Valley. Charlton took the lead shortly after the interval, defender Michael Morrison opened the scoring with a half volley from the edge of the area. Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips doubled Charlton's advantage with a deflected effort.[127] Three days later, on 28 February, Stevenage faced fourth placed Huddersfield Town at Broadhall Way, drawing 2–2. The hosts were without first-team regulars Jon Ashton, Chris Beardsley, Luke Freeman, and John Mousinho, and goalkeeper Chris Day was forced off with a shoulder injury at half-time. Huddersfield took the lead shortly after the interval, Lee Novak slid in Danny Ward, who finished from an acute angle. The away side doubled their advanatage just five minutes later, Novak scoring from 20-yards courtesy of a powerful strike. Stevenage reduced the deficit with twenty minutes left when Joel Byrom's corner found the head of Michael Bostwick, whose powerful header beat Alex Smithies in the Huddersfield goal. The hosts then had the opportunity to draw level after Wilson was fouled in the area by Sean Morrison, although Scott Laird saw his subsequent penalty saved by Smithies. With just two minutes remaining, Stevenage equalised. Substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams found space on the left wing, and fired the ball across goal, reaching fellow substitute Robin Shroot, who finished from a tight angle to ensure Stevenage earned a valuable point.[128]

The club faced Exeter City at St James' Park on 3 March, drawing 1–1. Exeter opened the scoring after fifteen minutes through Richard Logan, before Stevenage equalised on the hour mark — Robin Shroot scoring his second goal in as many games as he finished neatly from substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams' cross.[129] A third successive draw followed a week later when Stevenage drew 2–2 at home with Chesterfield. The visitors opened the scoring after twelve minutes when Neal Trotman headed in Drew Talbot's cross. Chesterfield doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Jordan Bowery capitalised a defensive mix-up to curl in a shot from the edge of the area. Stevenage scored two goals within the space of two second-half minutes to draw level. Firstly, Scott Laird prodded home Joel Byrom's corner to half the deficit, before Laird fired in a cross that was neatly turned in by Craig Reid.[130] Stevenage then faced a home game against Oldham Athletic on 13 March. The original game, scheduled to be played in February, was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Stevenage won the game 1–0, courtesy of an injury-time header from Lawrie Wilson. Wilson connected with a low Darius Charles cross in the last minute of the match to give the home side their first league win in five outings.[131] The club travelled to Victoria Park to face Hartlepool United four days later, playing out a 0–0 draw.[132] Another 0–0 draw followed three days later, on 20 March, as Stevenage played out a goalless draw against Colchester United at Broadhall Way. Stevenage played the second-half with ten men, after striker Jordan Slew was sent-off just before the interval for "lashing out" at Colchester midfielder Anthony Wordsworth.[133] An away trip to the Bescot Stadium to play Walsall on 24 March followed, ending in a 1–1 draw. The home side took an early lead when Walsall defender Andy Butler turned in area and found the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Stevenage equalised on the hour mark, Jennison Myrie-Williams made room down the left wing, before his attempted cross was blocked, the ball fell into the path of Michael Bostwick who curled the ball into the net from 25 yards out.[134] A seventh draw in eight games was played out three days later, with Stevenage drawing 2–2 at home with Bournemouth. All four goals came in the first-half of the match, with Bournemouth taking a two goal lead before two Stevenage goals within the space of seven minutes meant the teams went into the break level. The visitors opened the scoring through Wesley Thomas' half volley that found the top right corner of the goal. Bournemouth then doubled their advantage when Scott Malone made a bursting run from full back before hitting a rasping drive that found the net from the edge of the area. The hosts were looking second best, but reduced the two-goal deficit when Luke Freeman cut in from the left and curled a right footed shot past Bournemouth goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan from 25 yards. Michael Bostwick scored his second goal in as many games with a low struck effort from the edge of the area, ensuring the two sides went in level at the interval.[135] Another draw followed when Stevenage drew 1–1 at home to Wycombe Wanderers. Stevenage took the lead with just ten minutes remaining, Michael Bostwick scoring his third goal in as many games when he made room for himself outside the area after a neat interchange with Scott Laird, before curling an effort that beat Nikki Bull in the Wycombe goal. The away side equalised deep into injury-time when Mark Roberts was adjudged to have halted Craig Eastmond's run into the area illegally; Grant Basey stepped up and converted the resultant penalty.[136]

Stevenage's nine game unbeaten run was ended on 6 April, losing 3–0 away to Tranmere Rovers courtesy of two early goals from on loan striker Jake Cassidy, and a second-half strike from Lucas Akins.[137] Three days later, on 9 April, Stevenage welcomed Preston North End to Broadhall Way, signalling the return of former manager Graham Westley, who left Stevenage in January 2012 to take up the vacant position at Deepdale. The game ended 1–1, stretching Stevenage's winless run to seven league games. Preston took the lead with just four minutes remaining, with substitute Iain Hume sliding the ball in from six yards out following Danny Mayor's through ball. Stevenage then equalised in the fourth minute of injury time, with captain Mark Roberts heading in Michael Bostwick's floated cross to ensure a share of the spoils.[138] The result meant that Stevenage were in ninth position, six points away from the final play-off place with just six games remaining. Stevenage travelled to in-form Yeovil Town five days after the draw with Preston, looking to secure a first away win in just under two months. Stevenage won the match 6–0, recording their biggest Football League victory to date, as well as recording the joint biggest away victory of 2011–12 League One campaign. Stevenage took an early lead in the match when Patrick Agyemang was played into the area by Craig Reid, Agyemang then squared the ball across goal for Luke Freeman to score from close range. Yeovil were reduced to ten men when Michael Woods fouled Michael Bostwick. Agyemang scored Stevenage's second goal when he collected Jamaal Lascelles long pass, before calmly beating Sam Walker in the Yeovil goal. Two goals within the space of three second half minutes put the game beyond doubt, with Jon Ashton and Lascelles scoring headers from set pieces. Mark Roberts added a fifth goal with ten minutes remaining — prodding in Freeman's centre. Freeman then scored his second, and Stevenage's sixth, when Jordan Slew made room down the right wing after a neat interchange with Agyemang, before finding Freeman at the back post to tap in from six yards out.[139] The club then welcomed play-off rivals Carlisle United to Broadhall Way, knowing that a defeat would virtually end the club's play-off hopes. Stevenage dominated the first-half, but were unable to take an advantage into the interval. The second-half was a much more even affair, with both teams spurning goalscoring opportunities. The deadlock was broken with just fifteen minutes remaining, substitute John Mousinho, returning from a six month injury lay-off, latched onto Stacy Long's chipped through ball, before crashing the ball into the goal off the crossbar.[140] Four days later, on 21 April, Stevenage hosted another team hoping to snatch the final play-off place when Brentford travelled to Broadhall Way. Stevenage secured a 2–1 victory, consequently ending Brentford's play-off hopes in the process. The visitors had the opportunity to take the lead on the half hour mark when Jamaal Lascelles was adjudged to have pushed Clinton Morrison in the area. However, Clayton Donaldson's penalty rebounded off the crossbar and Stevenage were able to clear to ensure the teams went in level at half-time. Brentford were then handed another chance from the penalty spot five minutes after the interval, this time the referee deemed Jon Ashton to have fouled Morrison. Brentford's Sam Saunders stepped up and his powerful penalty rebounded off the post and into the arms of Chris Day. Just three minutes after the second penalty miss, Stevenage were one goal to the good. Craig Reid controlled Lawrie Wilson's low cross, before hitting a shot on the turn that bounced off the ground and past Brentford goalkeeper Simon Moore. Luke Freeman then doubled Stevenage's advantage ten minutes later, dispossessing Adam Thompson before cutting in and hitting a right-footed shot that crashed into the goal off the post. Saunders reduced the deficit in injury-time with a curling free-kick, although Stevenage held on to secure a vital victory.[141] The third straight victory, coupled with Notts County's home loss to Bury, meant that Stevenage were back in the play-off places with just two games remaining.[27] Stevenage then travelled to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in a game that was televised live on Sky Sports on 28 April, and attracted a crowd of over 30,000 spectators. The game was an evening kick-off, meaning Stevenage had moved down to seventh in the league table as a result of Notts County's 4–3 win at Wycombe Wanderers earlier in the day. The game ended 2–2, with Stevenage taking a two-goal lead through strikes from Joel Byrom and Scott Laird, before Sheffield United's Richard Cresswell and Matthew Lowton restored parity. The draw meant that Stevenage had regained their place in sixth with just one game remaining.[142]

Similarly to the 2010–11 campaign, Stevenage faced Bury at home for the final game of the regular season. The team knew that a win against Bury would secure a place in the play-offs, irrespective of what both play-off rivals, Notts County and Carlisle United, did in their respective games. Stevenage won the match 3–0, opening the scoring mid-way through the first-half when Craig Reid quickly controlled Luke Freeman's left wing cross before striking the ball high into the roof of the net. News at half-time filtered around the stadium that Notts County were comfortably beating their opponents, Colchester United, and therefore nothing more than a win would suffice if Stevenage were to secure sixth place. Nerves were settled with ten minutes remaining when Robin Shroot was fouled in the area, and Joel Byrom stepped up to convert the spot-kick and double Stevenage's advantage. A third goal was added in injury-time when Shroot broke through the centre of midfield, before laying the ball out to substitute Chris Beardsley, who lashed in a shot at the near post that Bury goalkeeper Jonathan Bond could only get a hand to.[143]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
6 August 2011
Exeter City
Home
0–0
3,829
[87]
2
13 August 2011
Chesterfield
Away
1–1
5,836
Charles
[89]
3
16 August 2011
Bournemouth
Away
3–1
5,574
Reid, Mousinho (pen), Beardsley
[90]
4
20 August 2011
Hartlepool United
Home
2–2
2,831
Harrison, Laird
[92]
5
27 August 2011
Milton Keynes Dons
Away
0–1
8,128
[94]
6
3 September 2011
Rochdale
Home
4–2
3,021
Reid (2), Beardsley (2)
[97]
7
10 September 2011
Oldham Athletic
Away
1–1
3,402
Roberts
[98]
8
13 September 2011
Sheffield Wednesday
Home
5–1
4,339
Reid, Mousinho, Bostwick, Wilson, Charles
[20]
9
17 September 2011
Notts County
Home
0–2
3,434
[101]
10
24 September 2011
Carlisle United
Away
0–1
4,063
[102]
11
1 October 2011
Scunthorpe United
Home
1–2
2,957
Walker
[144]
12
8 October 2011
Huddersfield Town
Away
1–2
12,890
Laird
[145]
13
15 October 2011
Charlton Athletic
Home
1–0
4,724
Long
[146]
14
22 October 2011
Yeovil Town
Home
0–0
3,036
[147]
15
25 October 2011
Brentford
Away
1–0
4,771
Beardsley
[148]
16
29 October 2011
Bury
Away
2–1
2,683
Harrison, Roberts
[149]
17
5 November 2011
Sheffield United
Home
2–1
4,996
Roberts, Laird (pen)
[150]
18
19 November 2011
Leyton Orient
Away
0–0
4,862
[151]
19
26 November 2011
Walsall
Home
0–0
3,140
[152]
20
10 December 2011
Preston North End
Away
0–0
9,425
[153]
21
17 December 2011
Tranmere Rovers
Home
2–1
3,376
Beardsley, Roberts
[154]
22
26 December 2011
Colchester United
Away
6–1
5,276
Shroot, Beardsley, Bostwick, Laird, Freeman, Byrom
[23]
23
31 December 2011
Wycombe Wanderers
Away
1–0
4,942
Wilson
[155]
24
2 January 2012
Leyton Orient
Home
0–1
5,351
[156]
25
14 January 2012
Rochdale
Away
5–1
2,367
Freeman (2), Wilson (2), Byrom
[24]
26
21 January 2012
Scunthorpe United
Away
1–1
3,968
Charles
[157]
27
24 January 2012
Milton Keynes Dons
Home
4–2
3,345
Bostwick, Laird, Charles, MacKenzie (o.g)
[158]
28
14 February 2012
Sheffield Wednesday
Away
1–0
16,185
Laird
[25]
29
22 February 2012
Notts County
Away
0–1
5,733
[159]
30
25 February 2012
Charlton Athletic
Away
0–2
26,546
[160]
31
28 February 2012
Huddersfield Town
Home
2–2
3,059
Bostwick, Shroot
[161]
32
3 March 2012
Exeter City
Away
1–1
4,437
Shroot
[162]
33
10 March 2012
Chesterfield
Home
2–2
3,534
Laird, Reid
[163]
34
13 March 2012
Oldham Athletic
Home
1–0
2,453
Wilson
[164]
35
17 March 2012
Hartlepool United
Away
0–0
4,484
[165]
36
20 March 2012
Colchester United
Home
0–0
2,419
[166]
37
24 March 2012
Walsall
Away
1–1
4,786
Bostwick
[167]
38
27 March 2012
Bournemouth
Home
2–2
2,550
Freeman, Bostwick
[168]
39
31 March 2012
Wycombe Wanderers
Home
1–1
3,593
Bostwick
[26]
40
6 April 2012
Tranmere Rovers
Away
0–3
8,526
[169]
41
9 April 2012
Preston North End
Home
1–1
3,386
Roberts
[170]
42
14 April 2012
Yeovil Town
Away
6–0
3,610
Freeman (2), Agyemang, Ashton, Lascelles, Roberts
[30]
43
17 April 2012
Carlisle United
Home
1–0
3,438
Mousinho
[28]
44
21 April 2012
Brentford
Home
2–1
4,256
Reid, Freeman
[29]
45
28 April 2012
Sheffield United
Away
2–2
30,043
Byrom, Laird
[171]
46
5 May 2012
Bury
Home
3–0
4,781
Reid, Byrom (pen), Beardsley
[31]

League One play-offs[edit]

As a result of Stevenage finishing sixth in the league, they faced third placed Sheffield United over two legs in the League One play-off semi-finals. Due to Sheffield United's higher standing in the league table, Stevenage had home advantage in the first leg, with the game being played on 11 May 2012, televised live on Sky Sports. The game was a tight affair with very little chances, ending in a 0–0 draw.[32] The only chance of note during the game was Craig Reid's looping effort that beat Steve Simonsen in the Sheffield United goal, but rebounded off the crossbar.[172] The second leg, played at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane, took place on 14 May, and was again a televised match. Similarly to the first leg, the game was a close encounter, with very little chances in the first-half. Sheffield United took the lead with just five minutes remaining, Chris Porter heading in Matthew Lowton's right wing cross to give the home side a 1–0 lead. Stevenage had little time to reply, and they ultimately bowed out at the semi-final stage of the play-offs in their first ever League One campaign.[173]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
SF1
11 May 2012
Sheffield United
Home
0–0
5,802
[32]
SF2
14 May 2012
Sheffield United
Away
0–1
21,182
[33]

League Cup[edit]

First Round fixtures for the competition were released on 16 June 2011, with Stevenage being drawn against Championship opposition in the form of Peterborough United at Broadhall Way.[174][175] The match ended 4–3 to Peterborough, with the game having gone to extra-time.[34] The visitors took the lead after twenty minutes, David Ball heading in from close range after a spell of Peterborough pressure. Stacy Long equalised for Stevenage with a sweeping shot following good work down the right wing from Lawrie Wilson. Ball then scored his second of the game to restore Peterborough's advantage in the second-half, before a late 25-yard effort from Michael Bostwick took the game to extra-time. Former Stevenage player George Boyd scored with a curling left-footed free-kick just six minutes into the added on period to give Peterborough the lead for the third time in the match. Substitute Chris Beardsley scored with a header from an acute angle with just three minutes remaining to tie the scores again, before Lee Tomlin converted from the penalty spot after Boyd had been fouled in the area to give Peterborough a late victory.[34][176]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
9 August 2011
Peterborough United
Home
3–4
2,414
Long, Bostwick, Beardsley
[34]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011–12 FA Cup

The club entered the 2011–12 FA Cup at the First Round stage — only the second time the club had entered the competition at this stage since 1997.[177] The First Round draw was made on 29 October, with Stevenage facing an away trip to League One side Hartlepool United.[178][179] The game was played on 12 November, with Stevenage securing a 1–0 away win. Hartlepool were reduced to ten men after just eight minutes when goalkeeper Scott Flinders brought Chris Beardsley down in the area. Scott Laird scored the subsequent penalty and Stevenage held on to book a place in the Second Round.[180] The following day, Stevenage were dealt an away tie against either League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle or Southern Football League side Stourbridge. Stourbridge beat Plymouth 2–0 in the replay, meaning they would host Stevenage at the War Memorial Athletic Ground on 3 December.[181] Stevenage progressed to the Third Round for the second consecutive season after they beat Stourbridge 3–0 courtesy of three second-half goals.[182] After a cagey first-half, Stevenage opened the scoring mid-way into the second period, with Chris Beardsley scoring from six yards out after Michael Bostwick's shot had been parried out by goalkeeper Lewis Solly. The away side doubled their advantage twelve minutes later when Beardsley converted Byron Harrison's centre. Substitute Robin Shroot scored in injury-time after Harrison's initial shot was saved.[183]

The Third Round draw was made a day after the Stourbridge victory, on 4 December, with the club being dealt an away tie against Championship club Reading.[184] The two sides had met the year before, with Reading knocking Stevenage out of the FA Cup during the 2010–11 campaign, beating Stevenage 2–1 at Broadhall Way in the Fourth Round. Stevenage travelled to the Madejski Stadium on 7 January 2012, winning the match 1–0 courtesy of a first-half Darius Charles strike. Charles' goal came after twenty minutes, when he collected the ball from Scott Laird before driving at goal, his shot took a deflection off of Kaspars Gorkšs and beat the outstretched Adam Federici in the Reading goal.[185] A day later, the Fourth Round draw was made, with Stevenage being drawn against League One opposition for the second time in the 2011–12 competition, facing a home tie against Notts County.[186] The game was played on 28 January, with Stevenage securing a 1–0 victory at Broadhall Way. The game was also Gary Smith's first game in-charge, having been appointed as manager in the week prior to the game. The only goal of the match came in the first-half, with Luke Freeman getting to the ball ahead of Notts County goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, before lashing a shot across the face of goal that was deflected in off of Damion Stewart.[187] The victory meant that the club had reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.[188]

The draw for the Fifth Round was made on 29 January, with Stevenage being dealt a home tie against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. The game was played on 19 February, and was also televised on ITV, ending in a 0–0 draw.[189] Tottenham had the ball in the net early in the second-half, but Louis Saha's shot hit Scott Parker on the line, and the goal was consequently disallowed as a result of Parker being in an offside position. Stevenage's Joel Byrom had the hosts best efforts of the match with two long-range second-half strikes.[189] Shortly after the game, the Quarter Final draw was made, with the winners of the tie facing a home game against Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.[190] The replay was played on 7 March, and the game was also televised live on ESPN.[191] Tottenham ran out 3–1 winners at White Hart Lane. Stevenage took a surprise lead after just three minutes, Joel Byrom's bursting run into the area was unfairly haulted by Ryan Nelsen, with the referee awarding a penalty. Byrom stepped up and stroked the ball past Carlo Cudicini in the Tottenham goal. Tottenham restored parity twenty minutes later when Jermain Defoe latched onto Gareth Bale's long ball and subsequently fired the ball into the net from the edge of the area. The home side won a penalty just after the interval, Bale winning the penalty after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Stevenage captain Mark Roberts — Emmanuel Adebayor scored the resulting penalty. Stevenage spurned a number of opportunities to draw level, before Tottenham then added a third late-on when Defoe ran onto Bale's long throw-in before finishing from an acute angle.[192]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
12 November 2011
Hartlepool United
Away
1–0
2,744
Laird (pen)
[36]
2
3 December 2011
Stourbridge
Away
3–0
3,067
Beardsley (2), Shroot
[37]
3
7 January 2012
Reading
Away
1–0
11,295
Charles
[38]
4
28 January 2012
Notts County
Home
1–0
4,439
Stewart (o.g)
[39]
5
19 February 2012
Tottenham Hotspur
Home
0–0
6,625
[40]
5R
7 March 2012
Tottenham Hotspur
Away
1–3
35,757
Byrom (pen)
[41]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Stevenage were awarded a bye to the Second Round of the Football League Trophy.[193] This is because the competition is split into Northern and Southern sections, with eight clubs in each section bypassing the First Round draw.[193][194][195] The draw was made on 3 September 2011, with Stevenage being dealt an away tie against AFC Wimbledon, with the game being played on 4 October 2011.[196] The game ended 2–2, with AFC Wimbledon winning the tie 4–3 on penalties. Stevenage had taken the lead after just seven minutes, a Brett Johnson clearance hit the legs of Lawrie Wilson and deflected past AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Jack Turner. The home side turned the game around shortly after the interval, scoring twice in the space of four second-half minutes. Former Stevenage player Sam Hatton restored parity from the penalty spot after Darius Charles had fouled Ryan Jackson, before Rashid Yussuff beat Alan Julian with a tidy finish. Stevenage captain Mark Roberts' 20-yard injury-time volley meant that the tie went to penalties, with AFC Wimbledon progressing to the Third Round after Wilson missed the final spot-kick.[35][197]

Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers Notes
1
4 October 2011
AFC Wimbledon
Away
2–2p
1,416
Wilson, Roberts
[197]

League table[edit]

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 2012–13 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 League One Playoffs
4 Huddersfield Town (P) 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 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 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: 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.

Season statistics[edit]

[198]

Starts and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total League One FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1
Northern Ireland GK Alan Julian 5 0 2+1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2
England DF Lawrie Wilson 56 6 46+2 5 6 0 1 0 1 1
3
England DF Scott Laird 56 9 48 8 6 1 1 0 1 0
4
England DF Darius Charles 34 5 23+5 4 4 1 1 0 0+1 0
5
England DF Jon Ashton 53 1 44+1 1 6 0 1 0 1 0
6
England DF Phil Edwards 27 0 11+11 0 1+3 0 1 0 0 0
7
Republic of Ireland MF Darren Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8
England MF Stacy Long 32 2 18+12 1 0+1 0 1 1 0 0
10
England FW Craig Reid 34 7 25+6 7 1+1 0 0 0 1 0
11
England MF Jennison Myrie-Williams 19 0 3+15 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
12
England FW Ben May 10 0 2+5 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
13
England MF Joel Byrom 40 5 31+3 4 4+2 1 0 0 0 0
14
England DF Mark Roberts 56 7 48 6 6 0 1 0 1 1
15
England FW Luke Freeman 32 7 24+4 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
16
England GK Chris Day 52 0 46 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
17
England MF Peter Winn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
18
Republic of Ireland FW Don Cowan 9 0 2+6 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
19
Cyprus MF Michael Thalassitis 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20
England FW Chris Beardsley 40 10 15+17 7 6 2 0+1 1 1 0
21
England MF John Mousinho 23 3 14+7 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
23
England MF Rob Sinclair 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24
England MF Michael Bostwick 53 8 45 7 6 0 1 1 1 0
25
England DF Ronnie Henry 40 0 32 0 6 0 1 0 1 0
27
England FW Jordan Slew 9 0 6+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29
Ghana FW Patrick Agyemang 15 1 12+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
30
England DF Jamaal Lascelles 9 1 7+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
32
Northern Ireland MF Robin Shroot 33 4 11+15 3 2+3 1 0+1 0 1 0
Players who left the club before the end of the season
9
Cameroon FW Guy Madjo 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22
England MF Chuks Aneke 6 0 2+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26
England FW Byron Harrison 23 2 10+8 2 0+3 0 1 0 0+1 0
28
England MF Josh Walker 6 1 0+5 1 0 0 0 0 0+1 0

End of Season Awards[edit]

Award
Player
Supporters Association Player of the Year Mark Roberts[42][43]
Players' Player of the Year Michael Bostwick[43]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
FW
Cameroon Guy Madjo
KS Bylis Ballsh
Free Transfer
13 June 2011
[11]
GK
Northern Ireland Alan Julian
Gillingham
Free Transfer
21 June 2011
[12]
DF
England Phil Edwards
Accrington Stanley
Free Transfer
27 June 2011
[13]
MF
England Jennison Myrie-Williams
St. Johnstone
Free Transfer
8 July 2011
[14]
MF
Northern Ireland Robin Shroot
Birmingham City
Free Transfer
26 July 2011
[15]
FW
Republic of Ireland Don Cowan
Longford Town
Undisclosed
31 August 2011
[16]
FW
England Luke Freeman
Arsenal
Undisclosed
10 January 2012
[17]

Out[edit]

Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
FW
Nigeria Yemi Odubade
Gateshead
Released
7 June 2011
[7]
FW
England Charlie Griffin
Forest Green Rovers
Released
14 June 2011
[8]
GK
England Ashley Bayes
Basingstoke Town
Released
20 June 2011
[9]
DF
England Luke Foster
Rotherham United
Free Transfer
20 June 2011
[9]
MF
England David Bridges
Kettering Town
Free Transfer
1 August 2011
[10]
FW
England Byron Harrison
AFC Wimbledon
Undisclosed
10 January 2012
[18]
FW
Cameroon Guy Madjo
Aldershot Town
Undisclosed
20 January 2012
[19]

Loans in[edit]

Pos Player From Date End date Notes
MF
England Josh Walker
Watford
30 August 2011
17 November 2011
[199]
MF
England Luke Freeman
Arsenal
17 November 2011
8 January 2012
[200]
MF
England Chuks Aneke
Arsenal
22 November 2011
6 March 2012
[201]
MF
England James Wallace
Everton
9 January 2012
16 January 2012
[202]
FW
England Jordan Slew
Blackburn Rovers
2 March 2012
31 May 2012
[62]
FW
Ghana Patrick Agyemang
Queens Park Rangers
8 March 2012
31 May 2012
[63]
DF
England Jamaal Lascelles
Nottingham Forest
9 March 2012
31 May 2012
[51]

Loans out[edit]

Pos Player To Date End date Notes
MF
England Peter Winn
Cambridge United
31 August 2011
1 December 2011
[203]
MF
Cyprus Michael Thalassitis
Boreham Wood
8 October 2011
4 January 2012
[204][205]
FW
Cameroon Guy Madjo
Port Vale
24 November 2011
3 January 2012
[206][207]
MF
England Jennison Myrie-Williams
Port Vale
24 November 2011
3 January 2012
[206][207]
MF
Republic of Ireland Darren Murphy
Aldershot Town
10 February 2012
12 March 2012
[208]
MF
Cyprus Michael Thalassitis
Hayes & Yeading United
17 February 2012
22 March 2012
[209][210]
MF
England Peter Winn
Grimsby Town
8 March 2012
31 May 2012
[211]
DF
England Phil Edwards
Rochdale
9 March 2012
31 May 2012
[212]
FW
England Ben May
Barnet
10 March 2012
31 May 2012
[213]
MF
England Rob Sinclair
Aldershot Town
13 March 2012
12 April 2012
[214]

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