2011–12 Cardiff City F.C. season

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Cardiff City
2011–12 season
Chairman Datuk Chan Tien Ghee
Manager Malky Mackay
Stadium Cardiff City Stadium
Championship 6th
FA Cup 3rd Round
(eliminated by West Bromwich Albion)
Football League Cup Runners-up
(by Liverpool)
Top goalscorer League: Peter Whittingham (12)
All: Peter Whittingham (13)
Highest home attendance League: 25,109 vs. Leeds United, 21 April 2012
All: 25,652 vs. Crystal Palace, 24 January 2012
Lowest home attendance League: 20,366 vs. Hull City, 13 March 2012
All: 6,829 vs. Huddersfield Town, 23 August 2011
Average home league attendance League: 22,139
All: 22,139

The 2011–12 season is Cardiff City's 85th in the Football League after joining in 1920. Cardiff are in their eighth consecutive season in the second tier of English football. They failed to gain promotion the previous year after being knocked out of the play-off semi-finals by Reading. During the season, Cardiff reached the Football League Cup final, however their first final in the competition ended in defeat against Liverpool.

Events of season[edit]

New manager Malky Mackay signed from Watford, also led Cardiff to their first Football League Cup final
May
  • 30 May – Dave Jones' contract was terminated after an end of season review[1]
June
  • 3 June – Cardiff City reach agreement with PMG over their debt, as a result Mike Hall will join the board.[2]
  • 11 June – Any disciplinary action taken against Cardiff City, will be solved by The Football Association with representatives of the Football Association of Wales sitting on the panel.[3]
  • 14 June – Cardiff holds talks with former England and Newcastle United captain, Alan Shearer for the managers job.[4]
  • 15 June – Shearer rejects offer to become new manager.[5] Watford refuse permission for Cardiff to speak to their manager Malky Mackay.[6]
  • 16 June – Watford give Cardiff permission to speak to Malky Mackay after a discussion within their board.[7]
  • 17 June – Malky Mackay signs a three-year contract as manager, paying Watford an undisclosed fee for his services.[8]
  • 21 June – Former Dundee United winger, Craig Conway agrees terms and will complete medical within the following week.[9]
  • 23 June – Cardiff open talks with Dundee United over a possible move for 22-year-old striker, David Goodwillie.[10]
  • 28 June – Assistant manager, Terry Burton, First Team coach, Paul Wilkinson and Fitness coach, Alex Armstrong are all placed on gardening leave until the end of their contracts.[11]
  • 30 June – David Kerslake, Joe McBride and Richard Collinge join the back-room staff. Kerslake joins as assistant manager, whilst McBride joins as First-team coach and Collinge joins as Head of Performance[12]
July
August
September
October
  • 22 October – Chief Executive Gethin Jenkins steps down from his position.[35]
November
January
February
  • 22 February - Malky Mackay signs a three and a half-year contract extension, keeping him at the club till June 2016.[41]

Championship Data[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Reading (C) (P) 46 27 8 11 69 41 +28 89 Promotion to 2012–13 Premier League
2 Southampton (P) 46 26 10 10 85 46 +39 88
3 West Ham United (TQ) 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 86 Qualification to 2012 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 F.C. 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 48 44 +4 68
9 Leicester City 46 18 12 16 66 55 +11 66
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 15 14 52 52 0 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 66 77 −11 50
19 Nottingham Forest 46 14 8 24 48 63 −15 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 40^ Relegation to 2012–13 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 13 May 2012.
Source: BBC Sport
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.

1.^ Portsmouth were deducted 10 points for entering administration.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 19 18 9 66 53 +13 75 11 7 5 37 29 +8 8 11 4 29 24 +5

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
Source: [1]

Result round by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H H H A H A H A H H A
Result W W L D D W D D W L D L W D W W W D W W D L D W W D W D L L W L L D W L D D D D W D W W D W
Position 7 1 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 9 9 13 8 9 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 8 8 6 7 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
Source: cardiffcityfc.co.uk
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Hover over letter A for ground's name, letter H means playing at Cardiff City Stadium.

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor(s): Malaysia

Home
Home Alternate
Away
Away Alternate
Alternative
GK Home
GK Away
GK Alternate

Last updated: 11 September 2012.
Source:[citation needed]

Squad[edit]

No. Name Position (s) Nationality Place of Birth Date of Birth (Age) Club caps Club goals Int. caps Int. goals Signed from Date signed Fee Contract End
Goalkeepers
1 David Marshall GK Scotland Glasgow (1985-03-05)5 March 1985 (aged 27) 65 0 5 0 Norwich City 12 May 2009 £500,000 30 June 2013
22 Tom Heaton GK England Chester (1986-04-15)15 April 1986 (aged 26) 54 0 Manchester United 16 June 2010 Free 30 June 2012
29 Elliot Parish GK England Northampton (1990-05-20)20 May 1990 (aged 22) Aston Villa 3 January 2012 Free 30 June 2013
30 Jordan Santiago GK Canada Calgary (1991-04-03)3 April 1991 (aged 21) Academy 1 June 2010 Trainee 1 July 2012
Defenders
2 Kevin McNaughton RB/LB/CB Scotland Dundee (1982-08-28)28 August 1982 (aged 29) 207 2 4 0 Aberdeen 26 May 2006 Free 30 June 2013
3 Andrew Taylor LB/LM England Hartlepool (1986-08-01)1 August 1986 (aged 25) Middlesbrough 4 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
5 Mark Hudson CB England Guildford (1982-03-30)30 March 1982 (aged 30) 79 2 Charlton Athletic 2 July 2009 £1,075,000 30 June 2014
6 Anthony Gerrard CB England Liverpool (1986-02-06)6 February 1986 (aged 26) 49 2 Walsall 2 July 2009 £200,000 30 June 2013
12 Dekel Keinan CB Israel Rosh HaNikra (1984-09-15)15 September 1984 (aged 27) 20 2 20 0 Blackpool 21 January 2011 £300,000 30 June 2013
14 Paul Quinn RB/CB Scotland Wishaw (1985-07-21)21 July 1985 (aged 26) 56 1 Motherwell 4 June 2009 £300,000 30 June 2012
18 Lee Naylor LB England Bloxwich (1980-03-19)19 March 1980 (aged 32) 31 2 Celtic 19 August 2010 Free 30 June 2012
21 Jonathan Meades LB/LM Wales Cardiff (1992-03-02)2 March 1992 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2009 Trainee 30 June 2012
23 Darcy Blake CB/RB/DM Wales New Tredegar (1998-12-13)13 December 1998 (aged 13) 90 0 2 0 Academy 1 June 2005 Trainee 30 June 2014
25 Ben Turner CB England Birmingham (1988-08-21)21 August 1988 (aged 23) Coventry City 31 August 2011 £750,000 30 June 2014
31 Alex Evans CB Wales Blackwood (1991-05-03)3 May 1991 (aged 21) Academy 1 June 2011 Trainee 30 June 2012
Midfielders
4 Filip Kiss DM/RM Slovakia Dunajská Streda (1990-10-13)13 October 1990 (aged 21) Slovan Bratislava 21 July 2011 Loan 30 June 2012
7 Peter Whittingham CM/LM/RM England Nuneaton (1984-09-08)8 September 1984 (aged 27) 211 55 Aston Villa 11 January 2007 £350,000 30 June 2014
8 Don Cowie RM/CM Scotland Inverness (1983-02-15)15 February 1983 (aged 29) 3 0 Watford 1 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
11 Craig Conway LW/RW Scotland Irvine (1985-05-02)2 May 1985 (aged 27) 2 0 Dundee United 23 June 2011 Free 30 June 2014
13 Liam Lawrence LM/CM Republic of Ireland Retford England (1981-12-13)13 December 1981 (aged 30) 15 2 Portsmouth 2 March 2012 Loan 30 May 2012
17 Aron Gunnarsson DM/RB Iceland Akureyri (1988-04-22)22 April 1988 (aged 24) 23 0 Coventry City 8 July 2011 £350,000 30 June 2014
24 Solomon Taiwo CM/RM Nigeria Lagos (1985-04-29)29 April 1985 (aged 27) 10 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 25 August 2009 £250,000 30 June 2012
27 Kadeem Harris LW/RW England London (1993-05-29)29 May 1993 (aged 19) Wycombe Wanderers 30 January 2012 £150,000 30 June 2015
28 Aaron Wildig CM/LM England Hereford (1992-04-15)15 April 1992 (aged 20) 21 1 Academy 15 April 2009 Trainee 30 June 2012
32 Ibrahim Farah CM Wales Cardiff (1992-02-24)24 February 1992 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2011 Trainee 30 June 2012
37 Stephen McPhail CM/LM Republic of Ireland London England (1979-12-09)9 December 1979 (aged 32) 193 3 10 1 Barnsley 13 June 2006 Free 30 June 2013
52 Joe Ralls CM/LM England Aldershot (1993-10-13)13 October 1993 (aged 18) Academy 30 September 2011 Trainee 30 June 2015
Forwards
9 Kenny Miller CF Scotland Edinburgh (1979-12-23)23 December 1979 (aged 32) 55 14 Bursaspor 26 July 2011 £870,000 30 June 2013
10 Robert Earnshaw CF/RW Wales Mufulira Zambia (1981-04-06)6 April 1981 (aged 31) 205 105 54 16 Nottingham Forest 6 July 2011 Free 30 June 2013
15 Rudy Gestede CF France Essey-lès-Nancy (1988-11-10)10 November 1988 (aged 23) Metz 26 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
16 Jon Parkin CF England Barnsley (1981-01-30)30 January 1981 (aged 31) 13 1 Preston North End 1 January 2011 £100,000 30 June 2013
20 Joe Mason CF/LW Republic of Ireland Plymouth England (1991-05-13)13 May 1991 (aged 21) Plymouth Argyle 10 July 2011 £250,000 30 June 2016
33 Nathaniel Jarvis CF Wales Cardiff (1991-10-20)20 October 1991 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2010 Trainee 30 June 2013

Statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2012
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup Play-offs
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland David Marshall 48 0 45+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
2 DF Scotland Kevin McNaughton 48 0 41+1 0 0+0 0 4+1 0 1+0 0
3 DF England Andrew Taylor 52 1 42+0 1 0+0 0 7+1 0 2+0 0
4 MF Slovakia Filip Kiss (on loan from Slovan Bratislava) 33 1 13+13 1 1+0 0 2+3 0 0+1 0
5 DF England Mark Hudson 44 5 38+1 5 0+0 0 3+0 0 2+0 0
6 DF England Anthony Gerrard 25 2 18+2 1 1+0 0 3+1 1 0+0 0
7 MF England Peter Whittingham 55 13 46+0 12 0+0 0 5+2 1 2+0 0
8 MF Scotland Don Cowie 53 7 44+0 4 0+0 0 7+0 3 1+1 0
9 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 50 11 41+2 10 0+0 0 4+1 1 2+0 0
10 FW Wales Robert Earnshaw 22 4 8+11 3 1+0 1 1+0 0 0+1 0
11 MF Scotland Craig Conway 38 5 24+7 3 1+0 0 5+1 2 0+0 0
13 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Lawrence (on loan from Portsmouth) 15 1 12+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
14 DF Scotland Paul Quinn 5 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
15 FW France Rudy Gestede 31 3 5+20 2 1+0 0 4+1 1 0+0 0
17 MF Iceland Aron Gunnarsson 50 5 41+1 5 0+0 0 5+1 0 2+0 0
18 DF England Lee Naylor 6 0 2+0 0 1+0 0 2+1 0 0+0 0
20 FW Republic of Ireland Joe Mason 46 12 24+15 9 0+1 1 4+0 2 2+0 0
21 MF Wales Jonathan Meades 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
22 GK England Tom Heaton 10 0 1+1 0 1+0 0 7+0 0 0+0 0
23 DF Wales Darcy Blake 28 0 9+11 0 1+0 0 3+2 0 1+1 0
25 DF England Ben Turner 43 3 36+1 2 0+0 0 4+0 1 2+0 0
27 MF England Kadeem Harris 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
29 GK England Elliot Parish 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
30 GK Canada Jordan Santiago 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
31 DF Wales Alex Evans 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
32 MF Wales Ibrahim Farah 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
37 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail 27 0 11+8 0 1+0 0 3+2 0 1+1 0
38 DF England Adedeji Oshilaja 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
40 MF Wales Theo Wharton 1 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
52 MF England Joe Ralls 14 1 5+5 1 0+0 0 2+2 0 0+0 0
Players currently out on loan:
12 DF Israel Dekel Keinan (at Crystal Palace) 4 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
16 FW England Jon Parkin (at Scunthorpe United) 2 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
24 MF Nigeria Solomon Taiwo (at Leyton Orient) 2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
28 MF England Aaron Wildig (at Shrewsbury Town) 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 FW Wales Nathaniel Jarvis (at Newport County) 1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 1 0+0 0
Players featured for club who have left:
DF Hungary Gábor Gyepes 2 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
MF Slovenia Haris Vučkić (on loan from Newcastle United) 5 1 2+3 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Starting XI[edit]

The following players have been named in the most starting line-ups. This line-up may differ from the list of players with most appearances.
Starting Formation:

Pos. Formation Used
1 4–1–2–1–2 30
2 4–5–1 24
3 4-3-3 1

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. Games Notes
5 DF Mark Hudson  ENG 43 Club captain
2 DF Kevin McNaughton  SCO 4
7 MF Peter Whittingham  ENG 4
14 DF Paul Quinn  SCO 3
37 MF Stephen McPhail  IRL 3

Last updated: 18 February 2012
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.