2011–12 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2011–12 season
Chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn
Manager Sven-Göran Eriksson
Until 24 October 2011
Jon Rudkin and Mike Stowell (caretakers)
Nigel Pearson
From 15 November 2011
Football League Championship 9th
FA Cup Sixth Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: David Nugent (15)
All: David Nugent (16)
Highest home attendance 27,720 (vs. Leeds United, Championship, 6 November 2011)
Lowest home attendance 16,210 (vs. Nottingham Forest, FA Cup, 17 January 2012)
Average home league attendance 23,036
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season is Leicester City F.C.'s 107th season in the English football league system and their 60th (non-consecutive) season in the second tier of English football. They are playing their third consecutive season in the Football League Championship.

The summer saw Leicester spend big in an attempt to gain promotion back to the Premier League, but an inconsistent start saw manager Sven-Göran Eriksson sacked after a 3–0 defeat at home to struggling Millwall saw Leicester sitting in 13th position after 13 games.

After days of negotiations, Nigel Pearson was finally re-appointed as manager on 15 November 2011, starting his second spell at the club after leaving for Hull City 17 months earlier.[1] However, the club continued their inconsistent form under Pearson and sat mid-table for virtually the entire season before eventually finishing in 9th place.

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season events[edit]

Note: This section does not include close season transfers or pre-season match results, which are listed in their own sections below.

  • 18 May 2011 – Asia Football Investments led by Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn acquire a 100% stake in the club's ownership.[2]
  • 7 June 2011 – Susan Whelan named as club chief executive. Simon Capper named as new finance director and Andrew Neville named as football director.[3]
  • 5 July 2011 – Leicester's home ground The Walkers' Stadium is renamed The King Power Stadium due to a change in sponsorship.[4]
  • 5 July 2011 – First team coach Dietmar Hamann leaves the club to become manager of Stockport County.[5]
  • 5 August 2011 – Aleksandar Tunchev signs a one-year contract extension which ends in 2012.[6]

Kit and sponsorship[edit]

On 6 May 2011 a preview of the 2011–12 home kit was released on the official Leicester City website. It was announced that the kit would be worn against Ipswich Town on the last game of the 2010–11 season.[7] On 7 May 2011 the home kit was revealed to have a collar for the first time since the 2001–2002 season with white shorts and blue socks with a white trim.[8] Meanwhile, Leicester will play in an all-white away strip with a blue trim.[9] King Power will remain as the shirt sponsor for the second consecutive season.

Friendlies[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Upcoming fixture

Events[edit]

Note:This section does not include transfers or match results, which are listed in their own sections below.

Players and staff[edit]

2011–12 squad[edit]

  • This section lists players who were in Leicester's first team squad at any point during the 2011–12 season
  • Asterisks indicates player left mid-season
  • Hash symbol indicates player retired mid-season
  • Italics indicate loan player
No. Nationality Name Position Joined Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Denmark Kasper Schmeichel GK 2011 England Leeds United
21 England Chris Weale GK 2009 England Bristol City
25 Republic of Ireland Conrad Logan GK 2004 Youth
31 England Adam Smith GK 2010 England Middlesbrough
United States Patrick Lane* GK 2011 Unattached
Defenders
2 England Lee Peltier RB / RW / CB / DM 2011 England Huddersfield Town
3 England Paul Konchesky LB 2011 England Liverpool
4 Ghana John Pantsil RB 2011 Unattached
5 England Matt Mills CB 2011 England Reading
6 Ivory Coast Sol Bamba CB 2011 Scotland Hibernian
12 Republic of Ireland Sean St Ledger CB 2011 England Preston North End
15 Switzerland Bruno Berner# LB / CB / DM 2008 England Blackburn Rovers
16 England Michael Ball* LB 2011 Unattached
26 England Wes Morgan CB 2012 England Nottingham Forest
30 England Tom Kennedy LB 2010 England Rochdale
32 England Tom Parkes CB 2009 Youth
33 Bulgaria Aleksander Tunchev CB / LB 2008 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
34 England Liam Moore CB / RB 2011 Youth
36 England George Taft CB 2011 Youth
Republic of Ireland Cian Bolger CB 2009 Youth
Midfielders
8 England Matt Oakley CM 2008 England Derby County
10 Wales Andy King CM / DM / AM 2006 Youth
11 England Lloyd Dyer LW / RW 2008 England Milton Keynes Dons
16 England Danny Drinkwater CM 2012 England Manchester United
17 England Michael Johnson* CM Loan England Manchester City
18 Belgium Franck Moussa CM / RW / LW 2010 England Southend United
19 England Richie Wellens CM 2009 England Doncaster Rovers
22 Japan Yuki Abe* DM / RB 2010 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
22 England Ben Marshall RW / LW / AM 2012 England Stoke City
23 England Neil Danns CM / RW 2011 England Crystal Palace
26 Switzerland Gelson Fernandes* DM Loan France Saint-Étienne
England Jason Banton* LW 2011 Unattached
Republic of Ireland Shane Byrne CM 2011 Youth
Portugal Moreno* DM / CB 2010 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães
France Dany N'Guessan* LW 2009 England Lincoln City
England Oliver Norburn CM 2011 Youth
Forwards
7 Scotland Paul Gallagher AM / RW / CF 2009 England Blackburn Rovers
9 Scotland Steve Howard CF 2008 England Derby County
13 England Darius Vassell CF / RW 2010 Unattached
14 England Martyn Waghorn CF / RW 2010 England Sunderland
15 England Harry Panayiotou CF / AM 2012 Youth
20 England Jermaine Beckford CF 2011 England Everton
24 England Nathan Delfouneso* CF / RW Loan England Aston Villa
27 Ghana Jeffrey Schlupp CF / RW 2010 Youth
35 England David Nugent CF / RW 2011 Unattached
37 England Tom Hopper CF 2011 Youth
Wales Elliott Chamberlain CF 2010 Youth
Slovenia Leon Crnčič* CF 2010 Italy Atalanta
France Yann Kermorgant* CF 2009 FranceStade Reims

2011–12 backroom staff[edit]

  • This section lists members of staff who were in Leicester's first team squad at any point during the 2011–12 season
  • Asterisks indicate member of staff left mid-season
Position Nationality Name
Manager
(Until 24 October 2011)
Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson*
Manager
(From 15 November 2011)
England Nigel Pearson
Assistant Manager
(Until 24 October 2011)
England Derek Fazackerley*
Assistant Manager
(From 15 November 2011)
England Craig Shakespeare
Assistant Manager/Head of Recruitment
(From 15 November 2011)
England Steve Walsh
First Team Coach/Goalkeeping Coach England Mike Stowell
Fitness Coach
(Until 12 January 2012)
England Chris Short
Head Physio England David Rennie
Academy Manager England Jon Rudkin
Academy Coach (Under 18s) England Steve Beaglehole
Academy Coach (Under 16s) England Trevor Peake

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
21 June 2011 RB England Lee Peltier England Huddersfield Town Undisclosed[22]
27 June 2011 GK Denmark Kasper Schmeichel England Leeds United Undisclosed[23]
1 July 2011 CM England Neil Danns England Crystal Palace Free[24]
4 July 2011 CB Republic of Ireland Sean St. Ledger England Preston North End Undisclosed[25]
5 July 2011 CF England David Nugent Free agent Free[26]
7 July 2011 CB England Matt Mills England Reading Undisclosed[27]
12 July 2011 LW England Jason Banton Free agent Free[28]
13 July 2011 LB England Paul Konchesky England Liverpool Undisclosed[29]
21 July 2011 RB Ghana John Pantsil Free agent Free[30]
6 August 2011 LB England Michael Ball Free agent Free[31]
29 August 2011 DM England Callum Webb Free agent Free[32]
29 August 2011 CB Northern Ireland Steven Smith Free agent Free[32]
31 August 2011 CF England Jermaine Beckford England Everton Undisclosed[33]
27 October 2011 GK United States Patrick Lane Free agent Free[34]
20 January 2012 CM England Danny Drinkwater England Manchester United £1million[35]
30 January 2012 CB England Wes Morgan England Nottingham Forest £1million[36][37]
31 January 2012 RW England Ben Marshall England Stoke City £750k-£1million[37][38]

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
13 June 2011 RB Netherlands Michael Lamey Poland Wisła Kraków Free[39]
30 June 2011 CB England Jack Hobbs England Hull City Undisclosed[40]
31 August 2011 LW France Dany N'Guessan England Millwall Undisclosed[41]
27 February 2012 GK United States Patrick Lane Sweden Karlstad BK Free[42]

Loans in[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name From
28 July 2011 End of Season CM England Michael Johnson England Manchester City[43]
4 August 2011 4 January 2012 CM Switzerland Gelson Fernandes France Saint-Étienne[44][45]
23 January 2012 February 2012 CF England Nathan Delfouneso England Aston Villa[46]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Date to Position Nationality Name To
11 July 2011 January 2012 CB Republic of Ireland Cian Bolger England Bristol Rovers[47]
12 July 2011 January 2012 GK Republic of Ireland Conrad Logan England Rotherham United[48]
28 July 2011 January 2012 CB England Tom Parkes England Burton Albion[49]
5 August 2011 December 2011 CB England Liam Moore England Bradford City[50][51]
5 August 2011 September 2011 CB Bulgaria Aleksandar Tunchev England Crystal Palace[6]
8 August 2011 January 2012 LW France Dany N'Guessan England Millwall[52]
16 August 2011 September 2011 CF Wales Elliott Chamberlain England Stockport County[53]
23 August 2011 October 2011 CB England George Taft England Kettering Town[54][55]
31 August 2011 January 2011 CM Republic of Ireland Shane Byrne England Bury[56]
31 August 2011 January 2012 CF England Martyn Waghorn England Hull City[57]
16 September 2011 October 2011 GK England Adam Smith England Chesterfield[58]
23 September 2011 January 2012 CM England Oliver Norburn England Bristol Rovers[59][60]
30 September 2011 October 2011 CM England Matt Oakley England Exeter City[61]
30 September 2011 October 2011 LB England Tom Kennedy England Peterborough United[61]
30 September 2011 October 2011 CF England Jason Banton England Burton Albion[61]
25 November 2011 January 2012 CF Wales Elliott Chamberlain England Telford United[62]
6 January 2012 19 January 2012 GK England Adam Smith England Lincoln City[63][64]
20 January 2012 February 2012 GK England Chris Weale England Northampton Town[65]
9 February 2012 March 2012 CB England Tom Parkes England Bristol Rovers[66]
10 February 2012 22 February 2012 GK United States Patrick Lane England Hinckley United[67]
25 March 2012 July 2012 CB England George Taft Sweden Karlstad BK[68]

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name
30 June 2011 CM England Aman Verma[69]
30 June 2011 GK Hungary Robert Ambrusics[69]
30 June 2011 CF England Ashley Chambers[69]
30 June 2011 CM England Nathan Hicks[69]
30 June 2011 RW England Jorrin John[69]
30 June 2011 CF Scotland Craig King[69]
30 June 2011 CM England Ben Milnes[69]
30 June 2011 RB England Luke O'Neill[69]
30 June 2011 CF Tanzania Adi Yussuf[69]
30 June 2011 GK Portugal Ricardo Pereira[69]
18 July 2011 RB Scotland Robbie Neilson[70]
30 August 2011 CF Slovenia Leon Crnčič[71]
5 September 2011 CF France Yann Kermorgant[72]
22 December 2011 LW England Jason Banton[73]
13 January 2012 DM Portugal Moreno[74]
23 January 2012 DM Japan Yuki Abe[75]
23 January 2012 LB England Michael Ball[76]

Results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Upcoming fixture

Football League Championship[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Awards[edit]

Club awards[edit]

At the end of the season, Leicester's annual award ceremony, including categories voted for by the players and backroom staff, the supporters and the supporters club, saw the following players recognised for their achievements for the club throughout the 2011–12 season.[77]

Player of the Season Award Denmark Kasper Schmeichel
Young Player of the Season Award England Ben Marshall
Players' Player of the Season Award Denmark Kasper Schmeichel
Supporters' Club Player of the Season Award Denmark Kasper Schmeichel[78]
Academy Player of the Season Award England Tom Hopper
Goal of the Season Award England Ben Marshall (vs. Chelsea, 18 March 2012)
Performance of the Season Leicester City vs. Norwich City, 18 February 2012

Divisional awards[edit]

Date Nation Winner Award
8 August 2011 Denmark Kasper Schmeichel Championship Team of the Week[79]
19 September 2011 Denmark Kasper Schmeichel Championship Team of the Week[80]
31 October 2011 Wales Andy King Championship Team of the Week[81]
21 November 2011 England Matt Mills Championship Team of the Week[82]
21 November 2011 Scotland Paul Gallagher Championship Team of the Week[82]
13 February 2012 Scotland Paul Gallagher Championship Team of the Week[83]
27 February 2012 England Neil Danns Championship Team of the Week[84]
27 February 2012 England Lloyd Dyer Championship Team of the Week[84]
5 March 2012 England Lee Peltier Championship Team of the Week[85]
26 March 2012 England Ben Marshall Championship Team of the Week[86]
10 April 2012 England Paul Konchesky Championship Team of the Week[87]
28 April 2012 England Paul Konchesky Championship Team of the Week[88]

Championship statistics[edit]

Championship table[edit]

# Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
C Reading 46 27 8 11 69 41 +28 89
P Southampton 46 26 10 10 85 46 +39 88
3 West Ham United 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 86
4 Birmingham City 46 20 16 10 78 51 +27 76
5 Blackpool 46 20 15 11 79 59 +20 75
6 Cardiff City 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 47 44 +3 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 67 77 -10 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
R Portsmouth* 46 13 11 22 50 59 -9 40
R Coventry City 46 9 13 24 41 65 -24 40
R Doncaster Rovers 46 8 12 26 43 80 -37 36

* – Portsmouth deducted ten points

Promotion to Premier League
Qualification to Championship playoffs
Relegation to League One
Last updated: 13:28, 28 April 2012 (UTC)


Club standings[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 18 12 16 66 55 +11 66 11 6 6 36 22 +14 7 6 10 30 33 −3

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
Source: LCFC Championship Results

Results 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 H A H A A H A H H A A H H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A A H A H H A H A A H H A
Result W L L D W D W D D W L W L L W L W D W L D L D D W L W D L W L W W L L W D W D L W W L D L W
Position 2 15 17 14 10 10 9 9 11 8 13 9 13 14 8 12 8 9 6 9 9 10 12 13 10 15 13 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 12 11 12 11 11 12 9 9 9 10 10 9

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
Source: Football League Championship matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Scores by club[edit]

Leicester City score given first.

Opposition Home score Away score Double
Barnsley 1–2 1–1
Birmingham City 3–1 0–2
Blackpool 2–0 3–3
Bristol City 1–2 2–3 Bristol City do double
Burnley 1–1 3–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 0–1
Cardiff City 2–1 0–0
Coventry City 2–0 1–0 Leicester City do double
Crystal Palace 3–0 2–1 Leicester City do double
Derby County 4–0 1–0 Leicester City do double
Doncaster Rovers 4–0 1–2
Hull City 2–1 1–2
Ipswich Town 1–1 2–1
Leeds United 0–1 2–1
Middlebrough 2–2 0–0
Millwall 0–3 1–2 Millwall do double
Nottingham Forest 0–0 2–2
Peterborough United 1–1 0–1
Portsmouth 1–1 1–1
Reading 0–2 1–3 Reading do double
Southampton 3–2 2–0 Leicester City do double
Watford 2–0 2–3
West Ham United 1–2 2–3 West Ham United do double

Club statistics[edit]

All data from LCFC.com

Appearances[edit]

  • Starts + Substitute appearances.
  • Italics indicates loan player.
  • Asterisks indicates player left mid-season.
  • Hash symbol indicates player retired mid-season.
No. Nat Pos Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Denmark GK Kasper Schmeichel 52 0 46 0 5 0 1 0
2 England DF Lee Peltier 47 2 39+1 2 4+1 0 1+1 0
3 England DF Paul Konchesky 48 2 42 2 4+1 0 1 0
4 Ghana DF John Pantsil 7 0 4+2 0 0 0 1 0
5 England DF Matt Mills 31 1 25 1 3 0 3 0
6 Ivory Coast DF Sol Bamba 37 1 32+4 1 1 0 0 0
7 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher 34 10 18+10 8 4 0 2 2
8 England MF Matt Oakley* 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
9 Scotland FW Steve Howard 23 1 3+17 0 0+2 0 1 1
10 Wales MF Andy King 32 4 24+6 4 1 0 0+1 0
11 England MF Lloyd Dyer 44 6 27+9 4 4+1 0 3 2
12 Republic of Ireland DF Sean St Ledger 32 1 23+3 0 4 1 2 0
13 England FW Darius Vassell 13 2 10+3 2 0 0 0 0
14 England FW Martyn Waghorn 5 1 1+3 1 0 0 1 0
15 Switzerland DF Bruno Berner# 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 England FW Harry Panayiotou 1 1 0+1 1 0 0 0 0
16 England DF Michael Ball* 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
16 England MF Danny Drinkwater 19 2 13+6 2 0 0 0 0
17 England MF Michael Johnson* 9 0 3+4 0 0 0 2 0
18 Belgium MF Franck Moussa 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
19 England MF Richie Wellens 46 1 39+2 1 4+1 0 0 0
20 England FW Jermaine Beckford 44 15 33+6 9 4+1 6 0 0
21 England GK Chris Weale 3 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 0
22 Japan MF Yuki Abe* 19 1 13+3 1 1 0 1+1 0
22 England MF Ben Marshall 18 4 12+4 3 1+1 1 0 0
23 England MF Neil Danns 37 6 22+7 5 5+0 0 1+2 1
24 England FW Nathan Delfouneso* 5 0 0+4 0 0+1 0 0 0
25 Republic of Ireland GK Conrad Logan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Switzerland MF Gelson Fernandes* 18 1 10+5 1 0 0 0+3 0
26 England DF Wes Morgan 19 0 15+2 0 2 0 0 0
27 Ghana FW Jeffrey Schlupp 26 6 3+18 2 1+1 0 3 4
30 England DF Tom Kennedy 8 0 4+1 0 1+2 0 0 0
31 England GK Adam Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 England DF Tom Parkes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Bulgaria DF Aleksander Tunchev 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
34 England DF Liam Moore 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
35 England FW David Nugent 48 16 41+1 15 5 1 0+1 0
36 England DF George Taft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 England FW Tom Hopper 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0

Starting 11[edit]

  • Based on players with the most starts.