2011–12 Premier Reserve League

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Premier Reserve League
Season 2011–12
Champions Manchester United Reserves
Goals scored 562
Average goals/game 3.18
Top goalscorer England Will Keane (15)
Italy Marcello Trotta (15)
Biggest home win Fulham Reserves 7–0 Bolton Wanderers Reserves (30 August 2011)
Biggest away win Norwich City 0-5 Arsenal (21 February 2012)
Highest scoring Sunderland 6-3 Manchester United (8 December 2011)
Everton 6-3 Newcastle United (14 February 2012)
Newcastle United 3-6 Manchester United (16 April 2012)
Longest winning run 6 games - West Bromwich Albion (6 September 2011 - 1 November 2011)
Aston Villa (17 January 2012 - 12 March 2012)
Longest unbeaten run 9 games - Everton (22 November 2011 - 22 March 2012)
Liverpool (7 February 2012 - 19 April 2012)
Longest losing run 5 games - Newcastle United (20 March 2012 - 16 April 2012)

The 2011–12 Premier Reserve League (officially known as the 2011–12 Barclays Premier Reserve League for sponsorship reasons) was the thirteenth season since the establishment of the Premier Reserve League.

The events in the senior leagues during the 2010–11 season saw Blackpool and West Ham United relegated and replaced by the promoted sides Norwich City & Swansea City. While Birmingham City were relegated from the Premier League and Queens Park Rangers were promoted to the Premier League, neither side decided to participate in the reserve league.

The geographical split of the 16 participating teams meant it was possible to drop the overly-complicated 2010–11 structure and revert to a simpler North & South structure. The Northern league now consists of Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic. Manchester City chose not to participate this season. The Southern League consists of Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham (who have chosen to participate this season), Norwich City, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers

Each team played the teams in their own league home and away. They also played each team in the other league once (home and away games split evenly). This resulted in 22 league games (14 + 8).

At the conclusion of the league season, the two league winners played the final in the home ground of the Northern league winner. The venue alternates between North & South each year. Last year it was held at Stamford Bridge, the home of eventual champions Chelsea.

On 10 May 2012, Manchester United Reserves won the Play-off Final.

Tables[edit]

Premier Reserve League North[edit]

Final table

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United Reserves (C) 22 15 4 3 58 23 +35 49
2 Liverpool Reserves 22 9 8 5 44 30 +14 35
3 Everton Reserves 22 9 8 5 38 29 +9 35
4 Sunderland Reserves 22 9 5 8 38 36 +2 32
5 Newcastle United Reserves 22 7 4 11 38 58 -20 25
6 Wigan Athletic Reserves 22 5 9 8 27 37 -10 24
7 Blackburn Rovers Reserves 22 4 10 8 18 22 -4 22
8 Bolton Wanderers Reserves 22 3 8 11 23 40 -17 17

Premier Reserve League South[edit]

Final table

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Aston Villa Reserves (C) 22 13 4 5 45 22 +23 43
2 Fulham Reserves 22 12 4 6 46 25 +21 40
3 Arsenal Reserves 22 11 5 6 36 25 +11 38
4 West Bromwich Albion Reserves 22 11 2 9 36 31 +5 35
5 Chelsea Reserves 22 7 7 8 42 43 -1 28
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves 22 6 5 11 26 41 -15 23
7 Swansea City Reserves 22 4 8 10 21 38 -17 20
8 Norwich City Reserves 22 2 7 13 26 62 -36 13

Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
Pos = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points; C = Champions

Play-off Final[edit]

At the conclusion of the league season, the two league winners played the final in the home ground of the Northern league winner.

Goal scorers[edit]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams relegated from the Premier Reserve League at the end of this season:

Teams promoted to the Premier Reserve League at the end of this season:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Match reports[edit]

Match reports can be found at each club's official website:

Premier Reserve League North Premier Reserve League South