2011–12 Welsh Premier League

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Welsh Premier League
Season 2011–12
Champions TNS
Relegated Neath
Champions League TNS
Europa League Bangor City
Llanelli
Cefn Druids (via cup)
Matches played 192
Goals scored 608 (3.17 per match)
Biggest home win Llanelli 9–2 Newtown
Biggest away win Neath 1–5 Llanelli
Aberystwyth Town 0-4 Bala Town
Newtown 0–4 Neath
Prestatyn 0–4 TNS
Newtown 0–4 Airbus
Highest scoring Llanelli 9–2 Newtown

The 2011–12 Welsh Premier League season was the 20th season of the Welsh Premier League, the highest football league of Wales since its establishment in 1992. Bangor City were the defending champions, but lost their title to The New Saints in a meeting on the final game of the season.

Teams[edit]

Haverfordwest County were relegated to the 2011–12 Football League Division One at the end of the 2010–11 season after finishing at the bottom of the table. The club thus ended a fourteen-year tenure in the league. They were replaced by 2010–11 Football League runners-up Afan Lido, who returned to the Premier League after six seasons.

Originally, Bala Town as 11th-placed team were going to be relegated as well; however, they were eventually spared as 2010–11 Cymru Alliance champions Connah's Quay Nomads were denied a Premier League licence.[1]

Stadia and location[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Aberystwyth Town Park Avenue 5,500
Afan Lido Marston Stadium 4,200
Airbus UK Broughton The Airfield 2,100
Bala Town Maes Tegid 3,000
Bangor City Nantporth 3,000
Carmarthen Town Richmond Park 3,000
Llanelli AFC Stebonheath Park 3,700
Neath The Gnoll 7,000
Newtown AFC Latham Park 5,000
Port Talbot Town Victoria Road 2,500
Prestatyn Town Bastion Road 2,500
The New Saints Park Hall 2,500


League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 The New Saints (C) 32 23 5 4 75 31 +44 74 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Bangor City 32 22 3 7 72 45 +27 69 2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
3 Neath (R) 32 18 8 6 60 36 +24 621
4 Llanelli (O) 32 18 5 9 63 36 +27 59 Qualification to the UEFA Europa League play-offs
5 Bala Town 32 14 7 11 48 41 +7 49
6 Prestatyn Town 32 8 4 20 41 63 −22 28
7 Airbus UK Broughton 32 10 9 13 48 50 −2 39 Qualification to the UEFA Europa League play-offs
8 Aberystwyth Town 32 8 10 14 44 50 −6 033**
9 Port Talbot Town 32 8 9 15 39 51 −12 33
10 Afan Lido 32 7 11 14 40 55 −15 32
11 Carmarthen Town 32 10 2 20 33 67 −34 32
12 Newtown 32 7 5 20 44 82 −38 023*2

Updated to games played on 21 April 2012.
Source: Welsh Premier
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.
* Newtown deducted 3 points for fielding ineligible players.
** Aberystwyth Town deducted 1 point for fielding ineligible player
Cefn Druids, playing in the 2011–12 Cymru Alliance, will qualify for the first qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, even though they lost to The New Saints (themselves qualifiers for the UEFA Champions League), in the final of the 2011–12 Welsh Cup
.

Relegation issues[edit]

1.^ Neath were relegated on the 27th April 2012, after failing in their Domestic and UEFA Competitions Licensing appeal, meaning they were relegated from the Welsh Premier League. Newtown would have been relegated otherwise.[2]
2 ^ Haverfordwest County would have replaced Newtown AFC should they have finished second in a feeder league, and thus gaining promotion. A win for Taffs Well in a game Vs Caerau Ely meant this could not happen, sparing Newtown's relegation.[3]

Results[edit]

Teams played each other twice on a home and away basis, before the league was split into two groups at the end of round 22 - the top six and the bottom six. Clubs in these groups played each other twice again bringing the total fixture count to 32.

Matches 1–22[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ABE AFA AIR BAL BAN CAR LLA NEA NEW PTA PRE TNS
Aberystwyth Town 1–1 1–2 0–4 0–2 4–1 1–2 1–1 4–1 0–2 1–3 1–1
Afan Lido 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 0–1 3–1
Airbus UK Broughton 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–4 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–2
Bala Town 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–4 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2
Bangor City 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–1 4–0 3–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 5–3 0–3
Carmarthen Town 2–1 2–5 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–1
Llanelli 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 9–2 2–0 3–2 0–1
Neath 4–2 1–1 3–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 3–2 3–1 1–1
Newtown 1–2 2–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 4–2 0–2 0–4 2–0 1–2 1–3
Port Talbot Town 0–4 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–1
Prestatyn Town 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 0–5 6–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2
The New Saints 3–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 3–4 4–0 4–2 3–0 5–0 3–2 2–1

Updated to games played on 14 January 2012.
Source: Welsh Premiership Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–32[edit]

UEFA Europa League play-offs[edit]

Teams who finished in positions fourth through eighth at the end of the season participated in a play-off to determine the second participant for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. As Neath failed to win their appeal against an FAW Domestic license, Aberystwyth Town took their place (See Relegation Section)

Quarter-finals[edit]

7 May 2012
14:00 BST
Airbus UK Broughton 0 – 1 Aberystwyth Town
Report Thomas Goal 57'
The Airfield, Broughton
Attendance: 327
Referee: Lee Evans

Semi-finals[edit]

12 May 2012
14:00 BST
Llanelli 1 – 0 (a.e.t.) Aberystwyth Town
Follows Goal 108' Report
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 281
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones

12 May 2012
14:30 BST
Bala Town 2 – 1 Prestatyn Town
Sheridan Goal 4'
Hunt Goal 47'
report Hayes Goal 30'
Maes Tegid, Bala
Attendance: 426
Referee: Dean John

Final[edit]

19 May 2012
15:15 BST
Llanelli 2 – 1 Bala Town
Griffiths Goal 4'
Grist Goal 19'
report Hunt Goal 76'
Stebonheath Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 318
Referee: Huw Jones

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Wales Rhys Griffiths Llanelli AFC 22
2 New Zealand Greg Draper The New Saints 21
3 Wales Les Davies Bangor City 15
4 England Ian Sheridan Airbus UK/Bala Town 14
England Lee Hunt Bala Town 14
5 Wales Luke Bowen Neath Athletic 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connah’s Quay see Welsh Premier hopes dashed". www.dailypost.co.uk. Liverpool Daily Post. May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Club Licensing Appeals". Football Association of Wales. 2012-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Taffs Well Win keeps Newtown in WPL". Welshpremier.com. 2012-05-03. 

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