2012–13 Football League Championship

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Football League Championship
Season 2012–13
Champions Cardiff City
(1st divisional title)
Promoted Cardiff City
Hull City
Crystal Palace
Relegated Peterborough United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1494 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Glenn Murray ~ 30 goals
Biggest home win Blackpool 6–0 Ipswich Town
Leicester City 6–0 Ipswich Town
Biggest away win Barnsley 0–6 Charlton Athletic
Highest scoring (9 goals)
Charlton Athletic 5–4 Cardiff City
Peterborough United 5–4 Bolton Wanderers
Longest winning run 6 games
Nottingham Forest
Longest unbeaten run 14 games
Crystal Palace
Longest winless run 12 games
Huddersfield Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Longest losing run 7 games
Bristol City
Peterborough United
Sheffield Wednesday
Highest attendance 33,010[1]
Derby County v Nottingham Forest
Lowest attendance 5,435[1]
Peterborough United v Bristol City
Average attendance 17,331[1]

The 2012–13 Football League Championship (referred to as the Npower Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the ninth season of the league under its current title and twentieth season under its current league division format. The season began on 17 August 2012 with promotion candidates Cardiff City hosting newly promoted Huddersfield Town at Cardiff City Stadium and finished on 27 May 2013 with the play-off final.

Of the 24 teams which participate, eighteen of these remain following the 2011–12 Football League Championship. They were joined by Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town from 2011–12 Football League One, and Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers from the 2011–12 Premier League. The final place was decided on 26 May 2012, as Huddersfield Town defeated Sheffield United 8–7 on penalties, in the 2012 Football League One play-off Final.

Cardiff City won the league in their first season since a controversial rebrand; they achieved promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1960 and became the second Welsh club to play in the Premier League. The second automatic promotion spot was won by Hull City with a 2–2 draw against Cardiff on the final day after a dramatic finale to the season. Watford, just two points behind, had to settle for a place in the playoffs, joining Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, and Leicester City, who secured their place with a last-minute goal over rivals Nottingham Forest. In the playoffs, Watford defeated Leicester City 3–2, Crystal Palace defeated Brighton 2–0, and in the final Watford was upset by Crystal Palace to gain the promotion. Bristol City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Peterborough United were relegated. Peterborough gained 54 points, the highest ever for a relegated team in Championship history. Wolves' relegation was the first time a team had been relegated from the top tier to the third tier in consecutive seasons since Swindon Town in 1994 and 1995. They also became the first team to achieve this feat twice.

Changes from last season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

Rules changes[edit]

On 25 April 2012, it was announced that financial fair play rules would be introduced for teams within The Championship.[2] This means that clubs have agreed to new rules on sustainable financing which includes:

  • Acceptable losses of £4 million in the 2011–12 and 2012–13 seasons, reducing to £2 million in 2015–16 season
  • Acceptable amounts of shareholder investment of £8 million in the 2011–12 season, £6 million in the 2012–13 season, reducing to £3 million in 2015–16 season
  • New rules on providing accounts
  • New penalties for teams that fail to abide by the rules

Also the 2011–12 season saw Football League clubs vote for five substitutes instead of seven. However, on 1 June 2012, Football League clubs re-voted with the outcome of seven substitutes instead of five, ahead of the 2012–13 Football League season.[3]

Team overview[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's Stadium 30,079
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,154
Blackpool Blackpool Bloomfield Road 17,338
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,100
Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton The AMEX 30,750
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 21,497
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Charlton Athletic Charlton, London The Valley 27,111
Crystal Palace South Norwood, London Selhurst Park 26,309
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield John Smith's Stadium 24,500
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,586
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 39,460
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,500
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,988
Millwall South Bermondsey, London The Den 20,146
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Peterborough United Peterborough London Road Stadium 15,460
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough 39,812
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 17,477
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700


Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager Chairman Team captain Kit maker Sponsor
Barnsley Flitcroft, DavidDavid Flitcroft Cryne, PatrickPatrick Cryne Hassell, BobbyBobby Hassell Nike C.K. Beckett
Birmingham City Clark, LeeLee Clark Pannu, PeterPeter Pannu Carr, StephenStephen Carr Diadora[4] EZE Group
Blackburn Rovers Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer (caretaker) Agnew, PaulPaul Agnew Dann, ScottScott Dann Umbro PROBIZ
Blackpool Ince, PaulPaul Ince Oyston, KarlKarl Oyston Baptiste, AlexAlex Baptiste Fila Wonga
Bolton Wanderers Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Gartside, PhilPhil Gartside Davies, KevinKevin Davies adidas 188BET
Brighton & Hove Albion Poyet, GusGus Poyet (suspended) Bloom, TonyTony Bloom Greer, GordonGordon Greer Erreà BrightonandHoveJobs.com
Bristol City O'Driscoll, SeanSean O'Driscoll Dawe, KeithKeith Dawe Fontaine, LiamLiam Fontaine adidas Blackthorn
Burnley Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Garlick, MikeMike Garlick
Banaszkiewicz, JohnJohn Banaszkiewicz
Shackell, JasonJason Shackell Puma Premier Range
Cardiff City Mackay, MalkyMalky Mackay Vacant Hudson, MarkMark Hudson Puma Malaysia
Charlton Athletic Powell, ChrisChris Powell Slater, MichaelMichael Slater Jackson, JohnnieJohnnie Jackson Nike Andrews Air-conditioning
Crystal Palace Holloway, IanIan Holloway Parish, SteveSteve Parish
Long, MartinMartin Long
Mccarthy, PaddyPaddy McCarthy Avec GAC Logistics (front), Jelly Communications (back)
Derby County Clough, NigelNigel Clough Appleby, AndrewAndrew Appleby Keogh, RichardRichard Keogh Kappa buymobiles.net
Huddersfield Town Robins, MarkMark Robins Hoyle, DeanDean Hoyle Clarke, PeterPeter Clarke Umbro Rekorderlig Cider (H)
RadianB (A)
Hull City Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Allam, AssemAssem Allam Hobbs, JackJack Hobbs adidas Cash Converters
Ipswich Town McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy Evans, MarcusMarcus Evans Edwards, CarlosCarlos Edwards Mitre Marcus Evans
Leeds United McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott Bates, KenKen Bates Peltier, LeeLee Peltier Macron Enterprise Insurance
Leicester City Pearson, NigelNigel Pearson Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Wes Morgan Puma King Power (Front), Amazing Thailand (Back)
Middlesbrough Mowbray, TonyTony Mowbray Gibson, SteveSteve Gibson Williams, RhysRhys Williams adidas Ramsdens
Millwall Lomas, SteveSteve Lomas Berylson, JohnJohn Berylson Robinson, PaulPaul Robinson Macron racing+
Nottingham Forest Davies, BillyBilly Davies Al-Hasawi, FawazFawaz Al-Hasawi Collins, DannyDanny Collins Umbro John Pye Auctions
Peterborough United Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson MacAnthony, DarraghDarragh MacAnthony Zakuani, GabrielGabriel Zakuani Nike Energy Park Peterborough
Sheffield Wednesday Jones, DaveDave Jones Mandarić, MilanMilan Mandarić Taylor, MartinMartin Taylor Puma Front: Gilder Group Honda (H), Westfield Health (A)
Back: GCI Com
Watford Zola, GianfrancoGianfranco Zola Pozzo, GinoGino Pozzo Eustace, JohnJohn Eustace Puma Football Manager/Football Manager Handheld
Wolverhampton Wanderers Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett Morgan, SteveSteve Morgan Henry, KarlKarl Henry BURRDA Sportingbet (front), What House? (back)

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Hull City Barmby, NickNick Barmby Sacked 8 May 2012[5] Pre-season Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce 8 June 2012[6]
Birmingham City Hughton, ChrisChris Hughton Signed by Norwich City 7 June 2012[7] Pre-season Lee Clark 26 June 2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers Connor, TerryTerry Connor End of contract 30 June 2012[8] Pre-season Solbakken, StåleStåle Solbakken 1 July 20121
Watford Dyche, SeanSean Dyche Sacked 2 July 2012[9] Pre-season Gianfranco Zola 7 July 2012[10]
Nottingham Forest Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill Sacked 12 July 2012[11] Pre-season O'Driscoll, SeanSean O'Driscoll 19 July 2012[12]
Blackburn Rovers Kean, SteveSteve Kean Resigned 28 September 2012[13] 3rd Berg, HenningHenning Berg 31 October 2012[14]
Bolton Wanderers Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle Sacked 9 October 2012[15] 18th Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman 23 October 2012[16]
Burnley Howe, EddieEddie Howe Signed by Bournemouth 12 October 2012[17] 16th Dyche, SeanSean Dyche 30 October 2012[18]
Crystal Palace Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Signed by Bolton Wanderers 23 October 2012[16] 4th Holloway, IanIan Holloway 3 November 2012[19]
Ipswich Town Jewell, PaulPaul Jewell Mutual consent 24 October 2012[20] 24th McCarthy, MickMick McCarthy 1 November 2012[21]
Blackpool Holloway, IanIan Holloway Signed by Crystal Palace 2 November 2012[22] 12th Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton 7 November 2012[23]
Nottingham Forest Sean O'Driscoll Sacked 26 December 2012[24] 8th McLeish, AlexAlex McLeish 27 December 2012[25]
Blackburn Rovers Henning Berg Sacked 27 December 2012[26] 17th Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton 11 January 2013[27]
Barnsley Hill, KeithKeith Hill Sacked 29 December 2012[28] 24th Flitcroft, DavidDavid Flitcroft 13 January 2013[29]
Wolverhampton Wanderers Solbakken, StåleStåle Solbakken Sacked 5 January 2013[30] 18th Saunders, DeanDean Saunders 7 January 2013[31]
Blackpool Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton Signed by Blackburn Rovers 11 January 2013[32] 14th Ince, PaulPaul Ince 18 February 2013[33]
Bristol City McInnes, DerekDerek McInnes Sacked 12 January 2013[34] 24th O'Driscoll, SeanSean O'Driscoll 14 January 2013[35]
Huddersfield Town Grayson, SimonSimon Grayson Sacked 24 January 2013[36] 18th Mark Robins 14 February 2013[37]
Nottingham Forest McLeish, AlexAlex McLeish Mutual consent 5 February 2013[38] 11th Davies, BillyBilly Davies 7 February 2013[39]
Blackburn Rovers Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton Sacked 19 March 2013[40] 18th Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer 24 May 2013[41]
Leeds United Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock Resigned 1 April 2013[42] 12th McDermott, BrianBrian McDermott 12 April 2013[43]
Wolverhampton Wanderers Saunders, DeanDean Saunders Sacked 7 May 2013[44] 23rd Jackett, KennyKenny Jackett 1 June 2013[45]
  • 23 Managerial changes ~ 12 sacked + 5 changed club + 3 resigned + 2 mutual consent + 1 contract finished

League table[edit]

A total of 24 teams contest the division: 18 sides remaining in the division from last season, three relegated from the Premier League, and three promoted from the League One.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Cardiff City (C) (P) 46 25 12 9 72 45 +27 87 Promotion to 2013–14 Premier League
2 Hull City (P) 46 24 7 15 61 52 +9 79
3 Watford 46 23 8 15 85 58 +27 77 Qualification to Championship Play-offs
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 18 9 69 43 +26 75
5 Crystal Palace (O) (P) 46 19 15 12 73 62 +11 72
6 Leicester City 46 19 11 16 71 48 +23 68
7 Bolton Wanderers 46 18 14 14 69 61 +8 68
8 Nottingham Forest 46 17 16 13 63 59 +4 67
9 Charlton Athletic 46 17 14 15 65 59 +6 65
10 Derby County 46 16 13 17 65 62 +3 61
11 Burnley 46 16 13 17 62 60 +2 61
12 Birmingham City 46 15 16 15 63 69 −6 61
13 Leeds United 46 17 10 19 57 66 −9 61
14 Ipswich Town 46 16 12 18 48 61 −13 60
15 Blackpool 46 14 17 15 62 63 −1 59
16 Middlesbrough 46 18 5 23 61 70 −9 59
17 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 16 16 55 62 −7 58
18 Sheffield Wednesday 46 16 10 20 53 61 −8 58
19 Huddersfield Town 46 15 13 18 53 73 −20 58
20 Millwall 46 15 11 20 51 62 −11 56
21 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 56 70 −14 55
22 Peterborough United (R) 46 15 9 22 66 75 −9 54 Relegation to 2013–14 Football League One
23 Wolverhampton Wanderers (R) 46 14 9 23 55 69 −14 51
24 Bristol City (R) 46 11 8 27 59 84 −25 41

Updated to games played on 4 May 2013.
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.

Playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Final
                     
3  Watford 0 3 3  
6  Leicester City 1 1 2  
    3  Watford 0
  5  Crystal Palace (a.e.t.) 1
4  Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
5  Crystal Palace 0 2 2  

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BIR BLB BLP BOL B&H BRI BUR CAR CHA CPA DER HUD HUL IPS LEE LEI MID MIL NOT PET SHW WAT WOL
Barnsley 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–6 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–1
Birmingham City 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–4 2–3
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 3–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 0–1
Blackpool 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 6–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 0–1 1–1 6–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 2–0
Bristol City 5–3 0–1 3–5 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–4 4–2 0–2 4–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 2–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–4
Burnley 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 5–2 3–3 1–1 2–0
Cardiff City 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 3–1
Charlton Athletic 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 4–1 0–1 5–4 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–4 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 2–1
Crystal Palace 0–0 0–4 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 4–3 3–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 4–2 5–0 2–2 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–3 3–1
Derby County 2–0 3–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 5–1 0–0
Huddersfield Town 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–4 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–3 2–1
Hull City 1–0 5–2 2–0 2–3 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 1–2 1–3 1–3 0–1 2–1
Ipswich Town 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 0–2
Leeds United 1–0 0–1 3–3 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–6 1–0
Leicester City 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 4–1 6–1 3–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–1
Middlesbrough 2–3 0–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 0–2 1–3 3–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 2–0
Millwall 1–2 3–3 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–5 1–2 1–0 0–2
Nottingham Forest 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 6–1 1–2 1–0 4–2 2–3 0–0 1–4 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1
Peterborough United 2–1 0–2 1–4 1–4 5–4 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–2
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 3–2 3–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 1–4 0–0
Watford 4–1 2–0 4–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 3–3 0–0 3–4 2–2 2–1 4–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–3 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–3 1–0 1–1

Updated to games played on 4 May 2013.
Source: The Football League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics[edit]

Penalties[edit]

As of 4 May 2013.
Rank Player Club Scored(Miss)
1 Glenn Murray Crystal Palace 8 (3)
2 Jordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers1 6
3 Luciano Becchio Leeds United 5
Grant McCann Peterborough United
5 Marlon King Birmingham City 4
Sam Baldock Bristol City
Keith Andrews Bolton Wanderers
Jamie Ward Derby County
Peter Whittingham Cardiff City
Charlie Austin Burnley
David López Brighton
  1. – includes one penalty for Huddersfield Town

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Whittingham, PeterPeter Whittingham Cardiff City Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1[48] 2 September 2012
Austin, CharlieCharlie Austin (#1) Burnley Peterborough United 5–2[49] 15 September 2012
Davies, CraigCraig Davies4 Barnsley Birmingham City 0–5[50] 22 September 2012
Murray, GlennGlenn Murray (#1) Crystal Palace Cardiff City 3–2[51] 22 September 2012
Nugent, DavidDavid Nugent Leicester City Hull City 3–1[52] 23 September 2012
Sinclair, EmileEmile Sinclair Peterborough Hull City 1–3[53] 29 September 2012
Austin, CharlieCharlie Austin (#2) Burnley Sheffield Wednesday 3–3[54] 2 October 2012
King, MarlonMarlon King Birmingham City Millwall 3–3[55] 23 October 2012
Murray, GlennGlenn Murray (#2) Crystal Palace Ipswich Town 5–0[56] 6 November 2012
Rhodes, JordanJordan Rhodes Blackburn Rovers Peterborough United 1–4[57] 17 November 2012
Wood, ChrisChris Wood Leicester City Bristol City 0–4[58] 12 January 2013
Majewski, RadosławRadosław Majewski Nottingham Forest Huddersfield Town 6–1[59] 19 February 2013
Gayle, DwightDwight Gayle Peterborough Blackburn Rovers 2–3[60] 2 March 2013
Ulloa, LeonardoLeonardo Ulloa Brighton Huddersfield Town 4–1[61] 2 March 2013
Phillips, KevinKevin Phillips Crystal Palace Hull City 4–2[62] 5 March 2013
Vaughan, JamesJames Vaughan Huddersfield Town Bristol City 1–3[63] 27 April 2013
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Mark Hudson for Cardiff City against Huddersfield Town (17 August 2012)
  • Fastest goal of the season: 30 seconds, Glenn Murray for Crystal Palace against Sheffield Wednesday (1 September 2012)[64]
  • Latest goal of the season: 98 minutes and 23 seconds, Troy Deeney for Watford against Leeds United (10 November 2012)[65]
  • Largest winning margin: 6 goals
    • Blackpool 6–0 Ipswich Town (25 August 2012)
    • Leicester City 6–0 Ipswich Town (17 November 2012)
    • Barnsley 0–6 Charlton Athletic (13 April 2013)
  • Highest scoring game: 9 goals
    • Charlton Athletic 5–4 Cardiff City (6 November 2012)
    • Peterborough United 5–4 Bolton Wanderers (22 December 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals
    • Blackpool 6–0 Ipswich Town (25 August 2012)
    • Leeds United 1–6 Watford (10 November 2012)
    • Leicester City 6–0 Ipswich Town (17 November 2012)
    • Leicester City 6–1 Huddersfield Town (1 January 2013)
    • Nottingham Forest 6–1 Huddersfield Town (19 February 2013)
    • Barnsley 0–6 Charlton Athletic (13 April 2013)
    • Brighton & Hove Albion 6–1 Blackpool (20 April 2013)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 4 goals
    • Charlton Athletic 5–4 Cardiff City (6 November 2012)
    • Peterborough United 5–4 Bolton Wanderers (22 December 2012)

Clean sheets[edit]

  • Fewest clean sheets: 5[1]
    • Bristol City

Discipline[edit]

  • Most yellow cards (club): 93[66]
    • Sheffield Wednesday
  • Most red cards (club): 5[66]
    • Nottingham Forest
    • Watford
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August Ian Holloway Blackpool Tom Ince Blackpool [68][69]
September Dougie Freedman Crystal Palace Glenn Murray Crystal Palace [70][71]
October Tony Mowbray Middlesbrough Charlie Austin Burnley [72][73]
November Kenny Jackett Millwall Sone Aluko Hull City [74][75]
December Steve Bruce Hull City Dwight Gayle Peterborough United [76][77]
January Nigel Pearson Leicester City Matěj Vydra Watford [78][79]
February Gianfranco Zola Watford Fraizer Campbell Cardiff City [80][81]
March Billy Davies Nottingham Forest George Boyd Hull City
April Dougie Freedman Bolton Wanderers James Vaughan Huddersfield Town

Final day of the season[edit]

The final day of the season fell on 4 May 2013. Watford and Hull City were both fighting for 2nd place and automatic promotion to the 2013–14 Premier League.[82] Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest were all fighting for 5th and 6th place, and for a play-off spot. However, on the final day, it was mathematically possible for any 2 of 7 teams to get relegated alongside already relegated Bristol City. These teams were Wolverhampton Wanderers, Peterborough United, Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Millwall, Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday.

Late drama occupied all three battles, with the headlines inevitably going to Hull, who won promotion to the Premier League[83] after a 2–2 draw with newly crowned champions Cardiff City and Watford being beaten 2–1 by Leeds United. Hull were 2–1 up and in the 91st minute when they were awarded a penalty which could have sealed their 2nd place spot. Hull missed their penalty and in the 93rd minute, Cardiff were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Nicky Maynard, bringing the score to 2–2. After a serious injury delayed the match, the Watford game was fifteen minutes behind the other games, so with the score at 1–1, Watford knew that a win would secure their promotion to the Premier League. In the 89th minute Leeds scored to make it 2–1. The scores stayed that way and promotion for Hull was assured.

In the play-off battle between Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Bolton, there was a late goal for Leicester (vs Nottingham Forest) that secured a 3–2 victory, meaning that the 2–2 draw between Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool left them in 6th place. As the other results turned out, Crystal Palace would have remained in 5th place with a loss, but also scored late on to beat Peterborough 3–2. This left Bolton in 7th place, missing out on play-offs via goal difference.[84]

The relegation battle ended in disappointment for Wolves and Peterborough. The late goal for Crystal Palace against Peterborough meant that a 1–1 draw was enough for Blackburn, a 2–0 win for Sheffield Wednesday over Middlesbrough was enough to secure their safety, a 1–0 defeat for Millwall against Derby County was enough for them and a 2–2 draw between Huddersfield and Barnsley was enough for both teams. Wolves lost 2–0 to Brighton, having started the day in the most difficult situation of the threatened teams.[85]

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