2011–12 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
2011–12 season
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Tony Pulis
Stadium Britannia Stadium
Premier League 14th (45 points)
FA Cup Quarter Final
League Cup Fourth Round
UEFA Europa League Round of 32
Top goalscorer League: Peter Crouch (10)
All: Peter Crouch (14)
Highest home attendance 27,789 v Bolton Wanderers (13 May 2012)
Lowest home attendance 26,500 v Everton (1 May 2012)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Stoke City's fourth season in the Premier League and the 56th in the top tier of English football. Because FA Cup winners Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their third place finish in the Premier League, as FA Cup runners-up, Stoke qualified for the UEFA Europa League. The season covers the period from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012.

Stoke's first excursion into European football for the first time since 1975 was a main talking point leading up to the 2011–12 season. Stoke were drawn against Croatian side Hajduk Split and after two legs ran out 2–0 winners. After beating FC Thun Stoke were handed a tough group containing Beşiktaş, Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel Aviv which Stoke managed to progress through finishing in second position. City's reward was a tie against Spanish giants Valencia and despite putting up a spirited 2nd leg performance Stoke went out 2–0 on aggregate.

With 12 fixtures in Europe Stoke's Premier League form took a hit with some indifferent performances. The season started well with Stoke going four matches unbeaten and breaking the club's transfer record with the £10 million signing of Peter Crouch from Tottenham Hotspur. European football soon began to take its toll and with some poor defeats against the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers Stoke failed to really cement their position in the top half of the table and after picking up just four wins in the final half of the season Stoke finished in 14th position with 45 points.

Pre-season[edit]

The Stoke City squad returned to the club on 7 July before flying out to Austria for their annual training camp. Upon their return they played two of Tony Pulis's old clubs Newport County and Newport YMCA. Games against Football League sides Brentford, Aldershot Town and Sheffield Wednesday had also been arranged as well as the traditional match against Newcastle Town.[1]

Whilst in Austria Stoke played a match against local part-time side SV Thal. Stoke won with three goals in the second half through Michael Tonge, Jonathan Walters and a very rare goal from Andy Wilkinson Thal scored a consolation via Erik Bischtand. Upon their return to England, Stoke travelled to Tony Pulis's home town of Newport for two matches against his former clubs. The first match saw City draw 1–1 with Newport County, County scored through their captain Gary Warren before Kenwyne Jones equalised after 75 minutes, he had the ball in the back of the net later on but it was ruled out for offside. The following day Stoke fielded a different team for the match against Newport YMCA. Goals from Ben Marshall, Diego Arismendi, Matthew Lund and Rory Delap gave Stoke an easy 6–1 victory. After the trip to South Wales Pulis said he 'enjoyed his return home'.[2]

Stoke then scored another six against Newcastle Town in what was the 30th meeting between the two clubs. Stoke's goals came from Australian trialist Robert Stambolziev, Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan Jonathan Walters, and a brace from Kenwyne Jones. City then suffered two poor results losing 1–0 to both Brentford and Aldershot. City ended there pre-season schedule with a 0–0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 14 July 2011 SV Thal A 3 – 1 250 Tonge 58', Walters 74', Wilkinson 86' Report
2 16 July 2011 Newport County A 1 – 1 2,120 Jones 75' Report
3 17 July 2011 Newport YMCA A 6 – 1 200 Marshall (2) 19', 30', Lund 41', Arismendi (2) 65', 80', Delap 87' Report
4 20 July 2011 Newcastle Town A 6 – 0 3,146 Stambolziev 35', Jones (2) 47', 51', Pennant 54', Whelan 57', Walters 81' Report
5 22 July 2011 Brentford A 0 – 1 2,946 Report
6 23 July 2011 Aldershot Town A 0 – 1 1,684 Report
7 30 July 2011 Sheffield Wednesday A 0 – 0 3,959 Report

Premier League[edit]

August[edit]

For the season opener against Chelsea manager Tony Pulis gave a league debut to Jonathan Woodgate with Robert Huth moving to right-back. For Chelsea they had new manager André Villas-Boas in charge for his first Premier League match. After an even first half Chelsea were the better side after the break with Asmir Begović making a number of important saves. After injuries to Matthew Etherington and Rory Delap, City went defensive and were able to claim a goalless draw.[3]

After the Europa League match against Thun in Switzerland Stoke travelled to Norfolk to take on newly promoted Norwich City. Stoke started the match the better side but suffered a huge blow when Jermaine Pennant was forced off due to injury after half an hour. Norwich took the lead through former Stoke reserve team player Ritchie De Laet as "The Canaries" went into the break in the lead. After half time Stoke were awarded a penalty when Leon Barnett fouled Jonathan Walters however Norwich 'keeper John Ruddy saved Walters' effort. Stoke were able to get a result though as Kenwyne Jones headed in Whelan's cross in the 94th minute to deny Norwich the win.[4]

Stoke's final match of August was against Midlands rivals West Brom at the Hawthorns. It turned to be a poor match with both teams struggleling to create clear goal scoring chances. With the match seemingly destined for a goalless draw "Baggies" keeper Ben Foster hesitated when under pressure from Ryan Shotton who was able to claim the ball and roll it into an empty net.[5]

September[edit]

Stoke's new record signing Peter Crouch made his debut against his old club Liverpool following the international break. City scored the only goal of the match after 20 minutes when Jamie Carragher brought down Walters in the penalty area who fired the ball past Pepe Reina. Liverpool produced a dominant second half performance with Luis Suárez being a large threat to the Stoke defence. Stoke had to defend well to keep their 1–0 lead intact and due to some last ditch defending were able to come away with the three points.[6]

After a 1–1 in Kiev "The Potters" nine match unbeaten run was then ended in emphatic style by Sunderland on Wearside as Steve Bruce's side scored four goals without reply. Sunderland scored through Titus Bramble following a mistake from Begovic, an own goal from Woodgate, a deflected shot from Craig Gardner and a free-kick from Sebastian Larsson.[7]

Manchester United arrived at the Britannia with a 100% winning start but had Wayne Rooney missing out due to injury. They suffered another injury early into the match when Javier Hernandez was substituted after colliding with Begovic and Woodgate. They went into the lead through a low shot from Nani after 26 minutes. Stoke almost equalised soon after through Wilkinson but David de Gea palmed his shot on to the post. Stoke's equaliser came after just half time with Peter Crouch scoring his first goal for "The Potters" since his move from Tottenham. Stoke had chances to win the match but de Gea made a number of fine saves. The final chance of the game fell to Ryan Giggs but he could only volley wide of the goal. It was the first time Stoke had gained a result against Manchester United in the Premier League.[8]

October[edit]

Stoke made their first journey to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium following the Europa League win over Beşiktaş. However it proved to be a very poor afternoon for "The Potters" as two defensive errors allowed "The Jacks" score to twice through Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.[9]

Following the international break Stoke returned to Premier League football with the visit of Martin Jol's Fulham side. In what was a quite first half Stoke had two good chances to take the lead with Crouch and Pennant both guilty of poor finishing. In the second half Stoke were the dominant side but were finding it difficult to break down a stubborn "Cottagers" defence. The breakthrough came after 80 minutes when Jon Walters tapped in Matthew Etherington's wayward shot, moments earlier John Arne Riise's hit a powerful freekick that hit the Stoke crossbar. Three minutes from full-time Rory Delap scored a rare goal to seal a 2–0 win.[10]

City's next game came at Arsenal on the 23 October at the Emirates Stadium. After a quite opening half hour Gervinho broke the offside trap and put the ball past Begovic. However Stoke were not behind for long as a well worked free kick was finished off by Crouch from all of two yards. Any hopes Stoke had of claiming their first points at the Emirates were ended in the second half by sub Robin van Persie who scored twice.[11]

On Halloween Stoke faced inform Newcastle United at the Britannia. It turned out to be a defensive "horror show" for City as former transfer target Demba Ba scored a hat-trick as both Shawcross and Wilson departed due to injury.[12] Manager Pulis blamed his defence for conceding 'sloppy goals'.[13]

November[edit]

Stoke ended a busy period with a woeful defeat against Bolton who reversed the scoreline from last seasons FA Cup semi-final.[14] Pulis branded his players performance as the worst since he returned to the club in 2006.[15]

Following the two week international break Stoke had the opportunity to make amends for the Bolton defeat against newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. However more poor defending cost Stoke as goals from Luke Young and a brace from Heiðar Helguson earned Neil Warnock's team the points. Goals from Walters and Shawcross proved to be in vain for City as they fell to a fourth straight league defeat.[16]

Stoke ended their losing run with victory over struggling Blackburn Rovers at the Britannia. After a cagey opening to the match Delap headed in a Pennant free kick to put City in front. Rovers almost levelled soon after the break when Rubén Rochina weaved his way through the penalty area only to see his cross totally missed by Mauro Formica. Two goals from Whelan and Crouch put Stoke in a comfortable position with Rochina replying for Rovers.[17]

December[edit]

After securing European qualification against Dynamo Kyiv Stoke travelled to an emotional Goodison Park where the Everton fans were mourning the death of Gary Speed. Stoke produced a more familiar defensive performance than what was on show in November and came away with a rare away win thanks to Robert Huth's first goal of the season. There was one concern for Stoke as Thomas Sorensen had to be stretchered off with concussion.[18]

In form Tottenham Hotspur travelled to the Britannia having gone eleven matches unbeaten. Stoke started with great pressure on the Spurs defence with Ryan Shotton's long throw-ins causing problems, and they led to both Stoke goals scored by Matthew Etherington to put City 2–0 in front at half time. Tottenham improved in the second half and pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, but Younès Kaboul was sent off and Stoke were able to claim the three points.[19]

Stoke began the festive period with a short trip to Wolverhampton and received some early good fortune from referee Anthony Taylor. With Woodgate playing at right back he came up against Matt Jarvis and was booked for a late challenge early into the match. Woodgate continued to have problems with Jarvis and he gave away a penalty after 17 minutes however Taylor decided not to send him off much to the fury of Mick McCarthy.[20] Hunt scored from the spot and Pulis substituted Woodgate and brought on Pennant and Stoke began to take control of the play. In the second half a Huth freekick was deflected in by Kevin Doyle and Peter Crouch scored the winning goal for Stoke in a 2–1 win. It was the first time that Stoke have won four Premier League matches in a row.[21]

Stoke's winning run came to an end in their next match away at league leaders Manchester City in what was difficult evening for the "Potters". Under constant pressure from the start of the match Man City controlled the match and easily won 3–0 with a brace from Sergio Agüero and a trademark long range effort from Adam Johnson. Stoke had a tough time and failed to trouble an underworked Joe Hart.[22]

The boxing day match against Aston Villa was played at an untraditional time of 7.45pm to accommodate live TV coverage. The match though was a bland and uneventful affair and finished unsurprisingly in a goalless draw. Marc Wilson had the best chance of the match as his header struck the crossbar late in the second half.[23]

Stoke finished a successful 2011 with a 2–2 against Wigan Athletic. The "Latics" took the lead through Victor Moses just before half time following a well worked move. Stoke tried in vain to pull level until the 77th minute when Gary Caldwell handled on the line and was sent off. Walters calmly beat Ali Al-Habsi from the spot and soon after Cameron Jerome scored his first league goal for Stoke. However Stoke were denied a comeback with just moments after the Wigan restart they were awarded a penalty after Shotton had pulled Hugo Rodallega's shirt. Ben Watson came off the bench to take the penalty and sent Sorensen the wrong way.[24]

January[edit]

The first match of 2012 saw Stoke travel to struggling Blackburn who surprisingly beat Manchester United in their previous match and Rovers started the match well with Chris Samba hitting the crossbar and having a goal ruled out for a foul on Sorensen. Stoke then began to take control of the contest and took the lead through Peter Crouch after seventeen minutes it was Crouch's 100th league goal. He scored again just before half time after good wing play by Matthew Etherington. Rovers pulled a goal back through David Goodwillie with twenty minutes left but Stoke were able to see out the rest of the match with relative ease to claim a 2–1 victory.[25]

Stoke continued their improved away form by drawing 0–0 at Liverpool. Stoke put in a fine defensive performance and whilst they never threatened to win the match they were equally looked unlikely to lose as Liverpool struggled to break down a hard working Stoke defence.[26]

Stoke's first home match of 2012 was against West Bromwich Albion at a windy Britannia Stadium and the 'Baggies' took full advantage of the conditions with James Morrison taking long range shots. He hits he crossbar with one before scoring after a huge swerve deceived Sorensen and the ball bounced under his body to give Albion the lead. Stoke struggled to get back into the match but were given a penalty when Gabriel Tamaș fouled Walters, but his penalty was easily saved by Ben Foster. Cameron Jerome came off the bench and scored with a glancing header, but West Brom secured a deserved win in the final minute via a Graham Dorrans free-kick.[27]

On 31 January Stoke took on Manchester United at Old Trafford and were undone by two penalties either side of half time. Pennant tripping Park Ji-Sung for the first and Walters pulling Antonio Valencia's arm.[28] After the match Pulis expressed his disappointment at the referee's decisions.[29]

February[edit]

Stoke began a potentially season defining February with a second consecutive home defeat this time to inform Sunderland. The match was played in falling snow which progressively got worse meaning that there was few goalscoring chances for both sides. The match took a huge change just before half time when Huth was sent-off for tackling David Meyler although replays showed that Huth pulled out of the challenge. Sunderland took full advantage of the extra man and scored the only goal through James McClean.[30] Stoke did attempt to get Huth's red card overturned but failed in their efforts.[31]

Stoke then recorded their fourth straight Premier League defeat, for the second time this season with a 2–1 defeat at Fulham. Stoke conceded twice in the opening half hour with Fulham's new Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and an own goal from Sorensen putting Martin Jol's team in a good position. City pulled one back in the second half through Ryan Shawcross but were unable to claim a draw.[32]

With one win in eight matches and Stoke now out of the Europa League a win against Swansea City was vital. After not really doing much in the match, Matthew Upson broke the deadlock with a header from Matthew Etherington's corner in the 24th minute and then Crouch flicked home his tenth goal of the season when he rose to meet a long throw-in from Ryan Shotton six minutes before the break. Swansea kept the ball well but failed to trouble an under worked Asmir Begovic and Stoke were able to see out a fairly comfortably 2–0 victory.[33]

March[edit]

Stoke faced another newly promoted team in the form of Norwich City at the Britannia Stadium. The match coincided with the 40th anniversary of Stoke's 1972 League Cup win and ironically it was in the 72nd minute that Stoke scored the only goal of the match through Matthew Etherington. Etherington scoring from a tight angle past John Ruddy in what was rare moment of quality in a match with few chances.[34]

After two home wins Stoke were narrowly beaten 1–0 at Chelsea, Didier Drogba scoring the only goal of the match after 68 minutes. This was after Stoke had played most of the match with 10 men as Ricardo Fuller making his first start of the season was sent off early on after he stamped on Branislav Ivanović.[35] Pulis described Fuller's actions as 'ridiculous'.[36]

On 21 March Stoke travelled to a muted White Hart Lane which saw the Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapse on the pitch three days before. Stoke were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool and were now able to concentrate on the Premier League for the rest of the season. After containing Tottenham for most of the match Stoke took the lead through Cameron Jerome on 75 minutes following a goalmouth scramble. However Stoke were denied an impressive win in the final moments as Rafael van der Vaart headed in a Gareth Bale cross.[37]

Stoke's next home match saw title challengers Manchester City arrived at the Britannia Stadium and saw a contender for goal of the season scored by Peter Crouch. After a goalless first half Stoke opened the scoring in memorable style, A long goal kick from Begović was headed by Crouch on to Pennant who pass back to the forward who the took a touch and fired a volley shot past Joe Hart. Stoke could not hold on however as a long range Yaya Touré strike earned the visitors a share of the points.[38]

City now in good spirits following Peter Crouch's wonder goal last week went to Wigan for the final match of March. The first half was a very completive one which produced some hard tackles and few goalscoring chances, However in second half Wigan were by far the better side and easily won the match 2–0 thanks to goals from Antolín Alcaraz and Victor Moses.[39]

April[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers were Stoke's first opponents over the Easter period who arrived in Stoke needing a win to give them any hope of avoiding the drop. And they took the lead in the 27th minute in rather bizarre fashion against the run of play, Michael Kightly embarked upon a run from wide on the right and when he chipped the ball into the onrushing Dave Edwards, but the Welsh international midfielder's attempt to get a touch deceived Asmir Begovic as it bounced past him into the net. The lead lasted just seven minutes however as Huth hit a powerful shot past Wayne Hennessey. Stoke all but ended Wolves' stay in the Premier League as Crouch scored the final goal of the match to secure Stoke a league double over their Midlands rivals.[40]

48 hours later Stoke again faced struggling Midlands opponents in the form of Aston Villa in what was another poor quality match between the two sides. After very little excitement Andreas Weimann curled in a fine goal to give the hosts the lead. Stoke were trying in vain to draw level so Pulis introduced the rested pair of Crouch and Pennant. And it paid off as a Pennant set piece was headed into the net by Huth to earn City a share of the points.[41]

After a two week due to Everton being involved in the FA Cup semi final break Stoke made a long trip north of Newcastle where they came away with a heavy 3–0 loss. Yohan Cabaye proved to be Stoke's chief tormentor as he scored twice and assisted Papiss Cissé.[42]

Arsenal were Stoke's next opponents at the Britannia Stadium and Peter Crouch scored the opening goal after just 10 minutes but Robin van Persie quickly equalised for the "Gunners". Arsenal controlled that match for the reminder of the first half but both sides had opportunities of grabbing all three points during a frantic second forty five minutes, with Crouch and Jonathan Walters both going closest in stoppage time but the match ended on level terms.[43]

May[edit]

The re-arranged match with Everton produced a dour encounter with few moments of excitement. Everton had the better of an awful first half and they scored on the stroke of half time as Peter Crouch scored an unlucky own goal. The introduction of Ricardo Fuller and Cameron Jerome gave Stoke some life and within seconds of his arrival Jerome used his pace to accelerate through the "Toffees" defence and rescue a point for Stoke.[44]

The final two matches of the 2011–12 season will see Stoke involved in the fight to avoid relegation with both their opponents Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers in danger of joining Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Football League. The match against QPR saw Stoke squander an early effort as Cameron Jerome missed an easy chance. With the match seemingly heading for a goalless draw Djibril Cissé score in the final few moments to spark a pitch invasion by jubilant "Rs" fans.[45]

For the final match of a long and difficult season for Stoke, their opponents Bolton Wanderers arrived in Stoke-on-Trent knowing that they had to win to remain a Premier League club whilst Stoke fans dedicated the match to Ricardo Fuller who is out of contract. Jonathan Walters scored a controversial opening goal for Stoke as he barged into goalkeeper Ádám Bogdán who had both hands on the ball and dropped the ball behind the line. However Wanderers went close with Kevin Davies hitting the crossbar before Bolton had a stroke of luck they needed. Firstly an attempted clearance from Robert Huth cannoned of Mark Davies and then an attempted cross from Kevin Davies deceived Thomas Sørensen to give Bolton a shock 2–1 lead. Unfortunately for "Trotters" fans a second half penalty from Walters condemned them to the Football League Championship.[46] Stoke ended the season in 14th place with 45 points but a lack of goals and attacking play made it a disappointing and often boring Premier League season for the Stoke supporters.

Results[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
1 14 August 2011 Chelsea H 0 – 0 27,421 Report
2 21 August 2011 Norwich City A 1 – 1 26,272 Jones 90+4' Report
3 28 August 2011 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 0 22,909 Shotton 89' Report
4 11 September 2011 Liverpool H 1 – 0 27,592 Walters 21' (pen) Report
5 18 September 2011 Sunderland A 0 – 4 32,296 Report
6 24 September 2011 Manchester United H 1 – 1 27,582 Crouch 52' Report
7 2 October 2011 Swansea City A 0 – 2 19,523 Report
8 15 October 2011 Fulham H 2 – 0 26,890 Walters 80', Delap 87' Report
9 23 October 2011 Arsenal A 1 – 3 59,671 Crouch 34' Report
10 31 October 2011 Newcastle United H 1 – 3 26,564 Walters 75' (pen) Report
11 6 November 2011 Bolton Wanderers A 0 – 5 20,028 Report
12 19 November 2011 Queens Park Rangers H 2 – 3 27,618 Walters 8', Shawcross 64' Report
13 26 November 2011 Blackburn Rovers H 3 – 1 26,686 Delap 28', Whelan 58', Crouch 72' Report
14 4 December 2011 Everton A 1 – 0 33,219 Huth 15' Report
15 11 December 2011 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 1 27,529 Etherington (2) 13', 43' Report
16 17 December 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 1 24,694 Doyle 58' (o.g.), Crouch 70' Report
17 21 December 2011 Manchester City A 0 – 3 46,321 Report
18 26 December 2011 Aston Villa H 0 – 0 27,739 Report
19 31 December 2011 Wigan Athletic H 2 – 2 26,595 Walters 77' (pen), Jerome 84' Report
20 2 January 2012 Blackburn Rovers A 2 – 1 20,615 Crouch (2) 17', 45' Report
21 14 January 2012 Liverpool A 0 – 0 44,691 Report
22 21 January 2012 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 2 26,865 Jerome 86' Report
23 31 January 2012 Manchester United A 0 – 2 74,719 Report
24 4 February 2012 Sunderland H 0 – 1 27,717 Report
25 11 February 2012 Fulham A 1 – 2 23,555 Shawcross 78' Report
26 26 February 2012 Swansea City H 2 – 0 26,768 Upson 24', Crouch 39' Report
27 3 March 2012 Norwich City H 1 – 0 27,483 Etherington 72' Report
28 10 March 2012 Chelsea A 0 – 1 40,945 Report
29 21 March 2012 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 35,172 Jerome 75' Report
30 24 March 2012 Manchester City H 1 – 1 27,535 Crouch 59' Report
31 31 March 2012 Wigan Athletic A 0 – 2 19,786 Report
32 7 April 2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 1 27,005 Huth 37', Crouch 61' Report
33 9 April 2012 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 30,100 Huth 71' Report
34 21 April 2012 Newcastle United A 0 – 3 52,162 Report
35 28 April 2012 Arsenal H 1 – 1 27,502 Crouch 9' Report
36 1 May 2012 Everton H 1 – 1 26,500 Jerome 68' Report
37 5 May 2012 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 1 17,319 Report
38 13 May 2012 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 2 27,789 Walters (2) 13', 77' (pen) Report

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester City (C) 38 28 5 5 93 29 +64 89 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 89 33 +56 89
3 Arsenal 38 21 7 10 74 49 +25 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 9 9 66 41 +25 69 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage 1
5 Newcastle United 38 19 8 11 56 51 +5 65 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Chelsea 38 18 10 10 65 46 +19 64 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage 1
7 Everton 38 15 11 12 50 40 +10 56
8 Liverpool 38 14 10 14 47 40 +7 52 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
9 Fulham 38 14 10 14 48 51 −3 52
10 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 8 17 45 52 −7 47
11 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 44 51 −7 47
12 Norwich City 38 12 11 15 52 66 −14 47
13 Sunderland 38 11 12 15 45 46 −1 45
14 Stoke City 38 11 12 15 36 53 −17 45
15 Wigan Athletic 38 11 10 17 42 62 −20 43
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 −16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 −23 37
18 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 10 6 22 46 77 −31 36 Relegation to Football League Championship
19 Blackburn Rovers (R) 38 8 7 23 48 78 −30 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers (R) 38 5 10 23 40 82 −42 25

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: .
1Chelsea won the 2011–12 Champions League and thus qualified for the group stage of the 2012–13 competition as defending champions. This meant that Tottenham were to compete in the Europa League in the 2012–13 season, since only four clubs from the Premier League can play in the Champions League.
2Liverpool won the 2011–12 Football League Cup and thus qualified for the third qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.
(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.

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011–12 FA Cup

As last seasons runners-up Stoke were drawn away against one of manager Tony Pulis old teams Football League Two side Gillingham.[47]

Stoke survived after an early scare from the 'Gills' who started brightly and took the lead through Danny Kedwell. Stoke made sure that there was no upset and thanks to goals from Jonathan Walters, Cameron Jerome and Robert Huth.[48]

Over 5,500 Stoke made the short journey across the A50 to see Stoke take on Derby County. Stoke made a perfect start scoring after five minutes through Jerome. Huth hit the post with a header before Derby began to cause City problems with Jamie Ward being a difficult opponent. Stoke controlled the second half and ended the contest with ten minutes left as a Pennant corner fell for Huth to fire a close range shot under the body of Frank Fielding.[49]

In the fifth round Stoke were handed a tricky tie at League Two high-fliers Crawley Town in what was the first meeting between the clubs. Danny Collins made a surprise start after failing to move away from the club in January and it was Crawley who made the bright start putting City's defence under pressure which led to Peter Crouch heading against his own bar. The match took a turn in the 17th minute when Rory Delap was sent-off for a tackle on David Hunt. This seemed to spring Stoke into life and they were awarded a soft looking penalty just before half-time which Walters put past Rene Gilmartin. Stoke scored a second goal just after the half time break through a Crouch header. The "Red Devils" tried in vain to get back into the tie and Stoke booked their place in the quarter final for the third season in a row.[50]

Stoke met Liverpool for the fourth time this season and just like in the League Cup it was the Anfield club who narrowly came away with a 2–1 victory. Luis Suárez scored the first goal against the run of play but Peter Crouch quickly equalised. Stewart Downing scored the decisive second goal to send Liverpool through.[51]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 7 January 2012 Gillingham A 3 – 1 9,872 Walters 34', Jerome 43', Huth 49' Report
R4 28 January 2012 Derby County A 2 – 0 22,247 Jerome 5', Huth 81' Report
R5 19 February 2012 Crawley Town A 2 – 0 4,214 Walters 42' (pen), Crouch 52' Report
Quarter final 18 March 2012 Liverpool A 1 – 2 43,962 Crouch 26' Report

League Cup[edit]

Stoke entered the League Cup at the third round stage as they received a bye from the second round due to their involvement in the Europa League. Stoke were draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in what was the first meeting between the two clubs in the League Cup. The match was a dull uneventful affair and after 90 minutes plus extra time the tie went to a penalty shootout. After Shotton had made it 7–6 to Stoke, Tottenham's young Australian debutant Massimo Luongo kick was saved by Sørensen to end the contest.[52]

In the fourth round Stoke faced Liverpool at home and took the lead through Kenwyne Jones just before half time. However two second half goals from Luis Suárez sent the Merseyside club through to the quarter final.[53]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 20 September 2011 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 0 (7 – 6 pens) 15,023 Report
R4 26 October 2011 Liverpool H 1 – 2 24,939 Jones 44' Report

UEFA Europa League[edit]

By reaching the FA Cup Final last season, Stoke qualified for the UEFA Europa League, after Manchester City confirmed a place in the UEFA Champions League.[54] Stoke entered at the third qualifying round as cup runners-up where they were draw against Croatian side Hajduk Split.[55]

There was great anticipation ahead of Stoke's first European match since 1974 and Stoke made a perfect start, scoring the first goal after just three minutes via Jonathan Walters. However, Stoke were left frustrated in their attempts to extend their lead, meaning that City took a narrow lead to Split for the second leg.[56]

In Croatia over 28,000 Hajduk fans created a unique atmosphere for the second leg, as Jonathan Woodgate made his debut in place of Andy Wilkinson who missed out due to injury. Stoke were content to allow Hajduk have possession and were able to keep the hosts from troubling Asmir Begović. Stoke sealed their place in the play-off round in the second half injury time when Ryan Shotton bundled the ball past Danijel Subašić.[57][58] The result also meant that Stoke had won their first ever European round after two previous failed attempts back in the 1970s.

Stoke were drawn against Swiss side FC Thun in the final qualifying round. Thun caused a shock result in the previous round as they defeated the much fancied Italian side Palermo.[59] The first leg in Thun was played on an artificial pitch much to the annoyance of Tony Pulis. Matthew Upson made his debut for Stoke as Danny Pugh scored the only goal of the match after nineteen minutes. It got worse for Thun as their goalkeeper David Da Costa was sent-off in the final few moments of the match.[60]

The second leg proved to a very one sided affair with Stoke scoring three times in the opening first 40 minutes through Matthew Upson, Kenwyne Jones and Glenn Whelan. Jones scored a fourth for City in the second half as Stoke claimed an historic group stage place. The Swiss scored a consolation through Andreas Wittwer.[61]

Stoke were handed a tough looking draw against Beşiktaş, Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Stoke will have to travel 11,000 miles for their away matches.

Stoke's first ever group stage match saw them travel to Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv. Pulis made eight changes from the side that beat Liverpool with Cameron Jerome handed his debut. The hosts had famous striker Andriy Shevchenko in their team and it was he who caused City's defence most problems with his movement and skill. After a goalless first half Stoke took the lead with their first shot on target through Jerome. City then had to withstand heavy pressure from Dynamo with Oleksandr Aliyev and Ideye Brown going close to equalising. However Stoke were denied a famous victory right at the end when Ognjen Vukojević tapped in from close range.[62]

Stoke's first home match in the group stage was against Turkish cup winners Beşiktaş in what was a historic night at the Britannia Stadium. The Black Eagles took the lead through Roberto Hilbert after he was played in by the dangerous Ricardo Quaresma. Stoke however hit back instantly with Peter Crouch scoring his second goal in as many matches. City dominated the second half with Beşiktaş sitting back and trying to mount counterattacks via Quaresma. In the 78th minute Stoke were awarded a penalty when Crouch was fouled by Tomáš Sivok and Jonathan Walters smashed his spot kick past Rüştü Reçber to move Stoke to the top of the group.[63]

Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv arrived in Stoke-on-Trent bottom of the group and after twelve minutes Jones powered his header past Guy Haimov. Jerome added a second 10 minutes later before setting up Shotton to make it 3–0 to Stoke. Jerome had an eventful first half and after being show a yellow card for dissent he received a second for an apparent elbow on left back Yoav Ziv. In the second half Ziv himself was sent off in bizarre circumstances, after being unhappy with not being awarded a freekick Ziv kicked his displaced boot at the linesman and, after a short consultation between the officials he was sent off.[64][65]

Stoke next match saw them travel to Tel Aviv for the return fixture against Maccabi. Danny Higginbotham made his first appearance since March after returning from injury. The Potters won the match 2–1 with goals from Dean Whitehead and Peter Crouch whilst Roberto Colautti scored for the home side. The result left Stoke requiring a point to qualify.[66] Pulis admitted that his side was rarely troubled by a lesser opponent.[67]

Stoke got the point they needed in the next match against Dynamo Kyiv on 1 December however it looked very unlikely as the Ukrainian giants produced a commanding first half display frustrating Stoke with their slow style and they took the lead when Oleksandr Aliyev's shot deflected in off Matthew Upson. Dynamo almost doubled their lead through Shevchenko but his shot hit the post. Stoke improved in the second half and pulled level ten minutes from full-time via a powerful header from Jones to claim an historic place in the knock-out stage.[68] Pulis described the achievement as a 'milestone' in the clubs history.[69]

The final match of the group stage saw Stoke take a second string side to the noisy BJK İnönü Stadium. Stoke took the lead via Ricardo Fuller after half an hour however the game changed when Matthew Upson fouled Hugo Almeida to concede a penalty kick was sent off. Manuel Fernandes scored the penalty and Beşiktaş went on to win 3–1 to claim top spot in the group and end Stoke's unbeaten European run.[70] There were a few incidents in the match were Stoke's players were pelted with objects from the crowd, Pulis said that the club will not complain to UEFA.[71]

Stoke were handed a glamour tie against Spanish giants Valencia CF in the round of 32, following the draw manager Tony Pulis stated that he is relishing the prospect of taking on one of Europe's top clubs.[72]

Stoke were drawn against Swiss side FC Thun in the final qualifying round. Thun caused a shock result in the previous round as they defeated the much fancied Italian side Palermo.[59] The first leg in Thun was played on an artificial pitch much to the annoyance of Tony Pulis. Matthew Upson made his debut for Stoke as Danny Pugh scored the only goal of the match after nineteen minutes. It got worse for Thun as their goalkeeper David Da Costa was sent-off in the final few moments of the match.[60]

The second leg proved to a very one sided affair with Stoke scoring three times in the opening first 40 minutes through Matthew Upson, Kenwyne Jones and Glenn Whelan. Jones scored a fourth for City in the second half as Stoke claimed an historic group stage place. The Swiss scored a consolation through Andreas Wittwer.[61]

Valencia arrived in Stoke-on-Trent 3rd in La Liga and went into the tie as clear favourites. Stoke almost opened the scoring very early on but Walters dragged his shot wide of Vicente Guaita goal. 'Los Che' slowly started to control the match and took the lead through a fine long range effort from Mehmet Topal. The Spaniards quick movement and skill continued to case Stoke problems with Brazilian international Jonas proving a difficult opponent. Stoke tried hard to pull level in the second half but it was Valencia who almost scored again as Sofiane Feghouli hit the post.[73]

For the second leg in Valencia Stoke took a largely reserve side and named just four substitutes which included academy captain Lucas Dawson. This attracted much criticism of Pulis by supporters but he defended his choice.[74] Around 5,000 City fans were in the Estadio Mestalla to see Stoke take on one of Europe's top clubs. Kenwyne Jones had two brilliant chances early on and Stoke would rue those missed chances as Valencia scored the only goal of the match through Jonas. Stoke lost 2–0 on aggregate and exited the Europa League.[75]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Stoke City won 2–0 on aggregate.

Play-off round[edit]

Stoke City won 5–1 on aggregate.

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Turkey Beşiktaş 6 4 0 2 13 7 +6 12
England Stoke City 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 4 1 7 7 0 7
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 0 2 4 8 17 −9 2

Round of 32[edit]

Stoke City lost 2–0 on aggregate.

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Europa League Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović 22(1) 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 30(1) 0 2 0
3 DF England Danny Higginbotham 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4(1) 0 0 0
4 DF Germany Robert Huth 31(3) 3 3 2 2 0 10 0 45(3) 5 15 1
5 DF Wales Danny Collins 0 0 1 0 0 0 1(1) 0 2(1) 0 0 0
6 MF Republic of Ireland Glenn Whelan 27(3) 1 3(1) 0 2 0 4(3) 1 37(6) 2 7 0
8 MF England Tom Soares 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0
9 FW Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones 10(11) 1 1(1) 0 2 1 10 4 23(12) 6 2 0
10 FW Jamaica Ricardo Fuller 3(10) 0 0(2) 0 0 0 2(1) 1 5(13) 1 3 1
11 FW Mali Mamady Sidibe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 DF Republic of Ireland Marc Wilson 35 0 2 0 2 0 6 0 45 0 9 0
14 MF England Danny Pugh 0(3) 0 0 0 0 0 2(1) 1 2(4) 1 0 0
15 MF Senegal Salif Diao 2(4) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 6(1) 0 8(6) 0 3 0
16 MF England Jermaine Pennant 18(9) 0 0(2) 0 1(1) 0 5(4) 0 23(16) 0 4 0
17 DF England Ryan Shawcross (c) 36 2 4 0 1 0 8 0 49 2 12 0
18 MF England Dean Whitehead 24(9) 0 3(1) 0 0 0 6(4) 1 33(14) 1 9 0
19 FW Republic of Ireland Jonathan Walters 38 7 4 2 1(1) 0 6(4) 2 49(5) 11 5 0
20 DF England Matthew Upson 9(4) 1 2 0 1 0 8 1 20(4) 2 3 1
21 DF England Andrew Davies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF England Michael Tonge 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
24 MF Republic of Ireland Rory Delap 18(8) 2 2(1) 0 1 0 6 0 27(9) 2 5 1
25 FW England Peter Crouch 31(1) 10 3 2 0(2) 0 2(1) 2 36(4) 14 2 0
26 MF England Matthew Etherington 30 3 2 0 2 0 6 0 40 3 4 0
27 GK England Carlo Nash 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF England Andy Wilkinson 20(4) 0 2(1) 0 0 0 6(2) 0 28(7) 0 8 0
29 GK Denmark Thomas Sørensen 16 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 26 0 2 0
30 DF England Ryan Shotton 14(9) 1 3 0 1 0 5(5) 2 23(14) 3 3 0
32 MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi 0 0 0 0 0 0 2(2) 0 2(2) 0 1 0
33 FW England Cameron Jerome 7(16) 4 3(1) 2 1(1) 0 6(1) 2 17(19) 8 1 1
35 FW England Ben Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 MF Northern Ireland Matthew Lund 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF England Jonathan Woodgate 16(1) 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 20(1) 0 3 0
40 MF Honduras Wilson Palacios 9(9) 0 1 0 1 0 7(1) 0 18(10) 0 2 0
41 MF England Michael Clarkson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 FW England Louis Moult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF England Lucas Dawson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 1 0 0 0 1

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
11 July 2011 DF England Jonathan Woodgate England Tottenham Hotspur Free[76]
9 August 2011 DF England Matthew Upson England West Ham United Free[77]
31 August 2011 MF Honduras Wilson Palacios England Tottenham Hotspur Undisclosed[78]
31 August 2011 MF England Cameron Jerome England Birmingham City Undisclosed[79][80]
31 August 2011 FW England Peter Crouch England Tottenham Hotspur £10 Million[81]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
27 May 2011 DF Senegal Abdoulaye Faye England West Ham United Free[82][83]
27 August 2011 DF Senegal Ibrahima Sonko England Ipswich Town Free[84]
31 May 2011 FW Iceland Eidur Gudjohnsen Greece AEK Athens Free[84]
29 July 2011 DF England Carl Dickinson England Watford Undisclosed[85]
2 January 2012 MF England Danny Pugh England Leeds United Undisclosed[86]
31 January 2012 MF England Ben Marshall England Leicester City Undisclosed[87]

Loan out[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name To
26 July 2011 21 November 2011 MF Northern Ireland Matthew Lund England Oldham Athletic[88]
3 August 2011 3 September 2011 DF England Andrew Davies England Crystal Palace[89]
17 August 2011 1 January 2012 FW England Ben Marshall England Sheffield Wednesday[90]
19 August 2011 19 September 2011 FW England Louis Moult England Accrington Stanley[91]
9 August 2011 11 December 2011 DF Wales Danny Collins England Ipswich Town[92]
22 September 2011 1 January 2012 DF England Danny Pugh England Leeds United[93]
23 September 2011 30 June 2012 DF England Andrew Davies England Bradford City[94]
23 January 2012 30 June 2012 MF England Tom Soares Scotland Hibernian[95]
24 January 2012 30 June 2012 MF England Michael Tonge England Barnsley[96]
27 January 2012 27 February 2012 FW England Ryan Brunt England Tranmere Rovers[97][98]
27 January 2012 27 February 2012 MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier England Walsall[99]
30 January 2012 30 February 2012 MF Northern Ireland Matthew Lund England Bristol Rovers[100][101]
31 January 2012 30 June 2012 DF England Danny Higginbotham England Nottingham Forest[102][103][104]
9 March 2012 30 June 2012 DF Wales Danny Collins England West Ham United[105][106]
16 March 2012 30 June 2012 MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi England Huddersfield Town[107]

Reserves[edit]

After withdrawing from competitive reserve team matches from the 2010–11 season, Stoke applied to join The Central League for the 2011–12 season.[108]

Friendlies[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
13 July 2011 Bristol Rovers A 0 – 0 Report
16 July 2011 Tiverton Town A 2 – 1 Dawson, Smith Report
23 July 2011 Chasetown A 0 – 2 Report
30 July 2011 Nantwich Town A 0 – 3
2 August 2011 Witton Albion A 1 – 7 Rossi Report
6 August 2011 Kidsgrove Athletic A 2 – 1 Clarkson, Suljevic

Central League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
1 24 August 2011 Walsall A 1 – 2 Rossi Report
2 28 September 2011 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 1 Moult, Tonge Report
3 10 October 2011 Sheffield United H 1 – 0 Higginbotham Report
4 7 December 2011 Burton Albion A 0 – 0 Report
5 17 January 2012 Walsall H 7 – 0 Jones, Marshall (2), Jerome (2), Soares (2) Report
6 21 February 2012 Sheffield United A 1 – 6 Nardiello (pen) Report
7 29 February 2012 Port Vale A 1 – 2 Nardiello Report
8 7 March 2012 Derby County A 0 – 0 Report
9 10 April 2012 Burton Albion H 0 – 6 Report
10 19 April 2012 Port Vale H 1 – 1 Thomas Report
11 25 April 2012 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 2 Thomas Report
12 2 May 2012 Derby County H 0 – 3 Report

Table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sheffield United 12 6 4 2 25 9 +16 22
2 Derby County 12 6 3 3 26 16 +10 21
3 Nottingham Forest 12 5 3 4 24 20 +4 18
4 Port Vale 12 4 3 5 12 21 –9 15
5 Walsall 12 4 3 5 17 27 –10 15
6 Burton Albion 12 4 1 7 24 27 –3 13
7 Stoke City 12 3 3 6 15 23 –8 12

Central League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
Group match 1 6 September 2011 Chesterfield H 0 – 0 Report
Group match 2 26 October 2011 Port Vale A 6 – 2 Soares (2), Tonge, Sidibe, Moult (2) Report
Group match 3 9 November 2011 Rotherham United H 4 – 1 Arismendi, Lund, Brunt, (o.g.) Report
Group match 4 1 February 2012 Derby County A 1 – 1 Nardiello Report
Semi final 17 April 2012 Manchester City H 1 – 4 Rossi Report

Appearances[edit]

Pos. Name Central League League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MF England Tunji Agbaje 3(5) 0 0(2) 0 3(7) 0
MF England Amenku 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Uruguay Diego Arismendi 3 0 2 1 5 1
GK Austria Daniel Bachmann 2 0 1 0 3 0
FW Italy Enoch Balotelli 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Marcel Barrington 1(2) 0 0 0 1(2) 0
FW England Ryan Brunt 0(1) 0 0(2) 1 0(3) 1
MF England Michael Clarkson 4 0 2(1) 0 6(1) 0
MF England Paul Clowes 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF England Luke Coulson 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF Belgium Florent Cuvelier 5 0 1 0 6 0
DF England Andrew Davies 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF England Lucas Dawson 6(1) 0 3 0 9(1) 0
DF England Day 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Senegal Salif Diao 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Bermuda Dale Eve 3 0 2 0 5 0
GK England James Fitzgibbon 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Andy Hall 6 0 5 0 11 0
MF England Jaden Hall 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF England Ben Heneghan 1 0 0(1) 0 1(1) 0
DF England Danny Higginbotham 3 1 2 0 5 1
DF England Higgins 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Australia Liam Jacob 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Cameron Jerome 1 2 0 0 1 2
FW Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones 1 1 0 0 1 1
MF Northern Ireland Matthew Lund 2 0 2 1 4 1
MF England Ben Marshall 1 2 0 0 1 2
FW England Louis Moult 5 1 2 2 7 3
MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Andy Musungu 6(1) 0 2(1) 0 8(2) 0
DF Australia Themba Muata-Marlow 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Wales Jack Nardiello 4 2 1 1 5 3
GK England Carlo Nash 2 0 2 0 4 0
DF Republic of Ireland Ryan O'Reilly 6(3) 0 2 0 8(3) 0
DF England Immanuel Parry 8 0 5 0 12 0
MF Honduras Wilson Palacios 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF England Jordan Richardson 2(2) 0 1(2) 0 3(4) 0
DF England George Rigg 1 0 1 0 2 0
GK Wales Connor Roberts 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Connor Roberts-Nurse 5(2) 0 2 0 7(2) 0
FW Switzerland Karim Rossi 3 1 3(1) 1 6(1) 2
MF United States Kris Scott 3(2) 0 0 0 3(2) 0
FW Mali Mamady Sidibe 1 0 1 1 2 1
MF England Tom Soares 3 2 3 2 6 4
MF Sweden Smajl Suljevic 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW England Adam Thomas 2 2 1 0 3 2
FW England Dan Thompson 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF England Michael Tonge 3 1 2 1 5 2

Academy[edit]

Academy squad[edit]

2011–12 Academy squad.[109]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Austria GK Daniel Bachmann
Bermuda GK Dale Eve
England DF Jordan Galloway
England DF Andrew Hall
England DF Connor Roberts-Nurse
England DF Craig Sinclair
England DF Immanuel Parry
England DF Joseph Debayo
Republic of Ireland DF Ryan O'Reilly
Australia DF Tom King
Ghana MF Allen Bossman
England MF Michael Clarkson
No. Position Player
England MF Lucas Dawson
England MF Kris Scott
England MF Unpha Koroma
England MF Jordan Richardson
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Andrew Musungu
Sweden MF Smajl Suljevic
England FW Tunji Agbaje
England FW Ryan Brunt
England FW Sam Whitehurst
Switzerland FW Karim Rossi
England FW Marcel Barrington
Wales FW Jack Nardiello

Premier Academy League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
1 20 August 2011 Bristol City H 1 – 1 Richardson Report
2 27 August 2011 Charlton Athletic A 1 – 0 Dawson Report
3 3 September 2011 Middlesbrough H 2 – 2 Richardson, Musungu Report
4 10 September 2011 Sunderland A 2 – 1 Richardson, Suljevic Report
5 17 September 2011 Derby County H 1 – 0 Richardson Report
6 24 September 2011 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 1 Report
7 2 October 2011 Crewe Alexandra A 2 – 1 Musungu, Brunt Report
8 8 October 2011 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 1 Suljevic, Rossi Report
9 15 October 2011 Blackburn Rovers H 4 – 4 Brunt, Richardson (3) Report
10 29 October 2011 Manchester City A 0 – 2 Report
11 5 November 2011 Everton H 1 – 2 Clarkson Report
12 19 November 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 2 Report
13 3 December 2011 Liverpool A 0 – 0 Report
14 10 December 2011 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 1 Report
15 7 January 2012 Everton A 2 – 2 Richardson, Brunt Report
16 21 January 2012 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 2 Richardson Report
17 28 January 2012 Liverpool H 1 – 3 Nardiello Report
18 18 February 2012 Crewe Alexandra H 2 – 2 Musungu, Agbaje Report
19 25 March 2012 Bolton Wanderers A 3 – 1 Nardiello (3) Report
20 3 March 2012 Sheffield United A 3 – 3 Scott, Parry, Musungu Report
21 10 March 2012 Barnsley H 1 – 0 Nardiello Report
22 17 March 2012 Newcastle United A 1 – 3 Richardson Report
23 20 March 2012 Manchester United H 3 – 2 Rossi (2), Scott Report
24 24 March 2012 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 0 Rossi
25 31 March 2012 Nottingham Forest A 3 – 0 Rossi (2), Nardiello Report
26 28 April 2012 Manchester City H 4 – 1 Barrington, Richardson, Scott, Own goal Report
27 5 May 2012 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 2 Richardson, Thomas, Roberts-Nurse
28 8 May 2012 Manchester United A 1 – 2 Rossi Report

FA Youth Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
R3 13 December 2011 Preston North End A 2 – 1 Agbaje, Hall Report
R4 12 January 2012 Brentford H 2 – 1 Dawson, Richardson Report
R5 6 February 2012 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 4 Report

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorers Report
Quarter final 14 February 2012 Hednesford Town A 2 – 1 Dawson (pen), Barrington Report
Semi final 27 March 2012 Kidsgrove Athletic A 0 – 4 Report

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