2012–13 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season
Henning Berg (sacked)
Gary Bowyer (caretaker) Michael Appleton (sacked)
Gary Bowyer (caretaker)
|League Cup||2nd Round|
|Top goalscorer||Jordan Rhodes (29)|
|Highest home attendance||20,735 vs Burnley
(League, 17 March 2013)
|Lowest home attendance||5,504 vs Bristol City
(FA cup, 5 January 2013)
The 2012–13 season is Blackburn Rovers 125th season as a professional football club, it is the first season back in the Football League Championship after an 11 year run in the Premier league English football.
Despite relegation the new season began with the owners backing Steve Kean. There were many signings in the summer, the most notable one was the signing of Jordan Rhodes for £8 million. The fee was a record transfer for a championship team and shattered the previous transfer record.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Division stats
- 3 Fixtures & Results
- 4 Club
- 5 Squad statistics
- 6 Transfers
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Rovers started the season with four wins in the first six games, their first defeat came in their 7th game against Middlesbrough at Ewood Park. The manner of the performance piled on intense pressure and speculation against Kean.
A week later, Kean had travelled with the players to the capital on Friday for the game against Charlton, he attended a press conference in the afternoon but news came at 7pm that he had resigned, rumours suggested alleged outside interference, he described his position 'untenable' and no longer prepared to carry on as manager.
The sudden and unexpected nature of Kean's departure meant assistant manager Eric Black was the obvious choice for caretaker. Rovers started slowly under the temporary boss waiting four games before the first win. However, Rovers did manage to collect 8 points and three clean sheets.
The search for a new manager took the Rovers board an entire month before finally opting for former Rovers defender Henning Berg. The choice of an out-of-work manager and football pundit for Norwegian TV surprised many who were calling for an experienced and a big name manager.
Berg's reign began with disappointment, his debut game against Crystal Palace marked the end of Blackburn's unbeaten away run. His solitary victory came at Peterborough; the same match saw Jordan Rhodes's first hat-trick for Rovers. Rovers were unlucky under Berg, especially against Huddersfield and Burnley when they succumbed to late equalisers. The team began to lack confidence and it showed in their results.
During Berg's ten games in charge Rovers lost six times, dropping from the play-offs spots to 17th place, the poor run of form forced the owners to sack the manager and the coaching staff a day later on Boxing Day.
After the sacking Reserve team coach Gary Bowyer and Youth coach Terry McPhillips took on the reigns and under caretaker management Rovers started brightly, helping Rovers gain a win over Barnsley which ended Rovers six match winless run, while their second win over Nottingham Forest ended an eleven game run without a clean sheet. Rovers carried on the momentum into the FA cup with a win over Bristol City.
On Wednesday 9 January. Derek Shaw confirmed Rovers's interest in Blackpool manager Michael Appleton despite an announcement a week earlier from global adviser that a move for a new manager would be put on hold till the end of January. Just before Friday evening fixture Rovers named Michael Appleton as the manager. Bowyer's brief spell in charge remained unbeaten as they finished the game against Wolves with a draw.
Appleton took training on the Monday and wasted no time bring in his own staff, choosing Ashley Westwood as the assistant manager and John Keeley as goalkeeping coach. Appleton's tenure started badly with a loss to Charlton which wasn't a good spectacle. Rovers started slowly and the poor atmosphere partly blamed by the presence of the Venky's who had visited Ewood Park to watch the game. Rovers conceded first, but failed to establish control despite pulling a goal back from Jordan Rhodes, Charlton quickly retook the lead and the game finished 2-1 to the away team.
Michael Appleton's second game was much more encouraging, they were destined to win the game until a clumsy foul by substitute David Goodwillie after injury time resulted in a penalty, Brighton duly converted the penalty and snatched an unlikely draw in front of 12,230, lowest crowd at Ewood park in the league. At the third attempt, Rovers managed their first victory under Appleton with a conclusive 3-0 win over Derby County in the 4th round of the FA cup. Appleton's first win at ewood park occurred in the following match, 2-0 victory over Bristol City.
Appleton used the January transfer window as an opportunity to trim the squad, at least 10 players were either released or moved out on loan. Rovers missed out on the permanent transfer of DJ Campbell at the last minute, but managed to secure him on a loan agreement, later in February Man City youth defender Karim Rekik and former Rover David Bentley joined the squad. Rovers win over Ipswich saw Jordan Rhodes score for the seventh successive game, a record only achieved by four Rovers players. Rhodes could have extended the run to eight games if it were for the referee not awarding a penalty for a blatant handball by Brighton defender el-Abd.
In the next game Rovers produced one of the shocks of the FA cup with a 1-0 win over Arsenal, they came into the game as clear under-dogs and kept under sustained pressure throughout the game, but forward Kazim Richards strike on 72 minutes put Rovers into the lead, the team fought on to secure a famous victory at the Emirates for the first time.
Rovers experienced their first defeat in 7 outings in the following game against Hull. More defeats followed against Leicester, Peterborough and Bolton, the point they picked up in that period was a scoreless draw to Leeds. Rovers carried on the poor run of results into the FA cup losing out in a replay with Millwall. In the east Lancashire derby against Burnley, Rovers stole a point with a last gasp strike deep into stoppage time scored by David Dunn. The match was halted for about two minutes when a chicken wearing a small flag invaded the pitch in the first half.
On 19 March 2013 after 67 days in charge of the club Michael Appleton was sacked as manager of the club. following the second sacking of the season Gary Bowyer resumed caretaker manager for the second time.
Rovers winless run extended to 11 games as they were beaten 3-0 at Cardiff before slipping to a 3-2 loss at Sheffield Wednesday. The Hillsborough defeat put Rovers in the Championship’s bottom three and left fans with deep fears of a second successive relegation.
Many supporters were then left puzzled as Gary Bowyer was asked to travel to India with Paul Agnew and Derek Shaw to meet the owners ahead of a crucial home game against Derby. But Bowyer returned saying reassurances he had received from the owners would help the squad, and Rovers beat Derby 2-0 before following that up with victory over Huddersfield.
A 4-0 loss at Watford kept them in the mix but then followed a comeback triumph at Millwall that put Rovers five points away from the relegation zone with only two games left to play. A home draw against Crystal Palace then left them effectively safe.
But there remained issues off the field, with internal problems played out in court during Henning Berg’s £2.25m claim against the club. Berg won the case, but before that Rovers’ own lawyers admitted the club was ‘out of control’ and ‘a shambles’.
They added that Shaw was operating without the authority of the owners and was subject to a disciplinary investigation over Berg’s contract. Rovers finished the season in 17th place in the Championship after a 1-1 draw at Birmingham on the final day. Jordan Rhodes netted again but his tally of 29 league goals left him one behind Championship top scorer Glenn Murray, of Crystal Palace.
Rovers finished four points clear of the bottom three, but three points adrift of Burnley. Off the field Derek Shaw and secretary Ian Silvester travelled to India to meet the owners, but Shaw’s future remained unclear after the talks. Both returned to England and went back to work as normal.
|4||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||19||18||9||69||43||+26||75|
|Promotion to Premier League|
|Qualification to Championship playoffs|
|Relegation to League One|
|Last updated: 13:56, 4 May 2013 (UTC)|
Last updated: 1 January 2013.
Source: BBC Football
Fixtures & Results
|21 July 2012||Fleetwood Town||0 – 2||Blackburn Rovers||Accrington|
|12:00||Report||Mauro Formica 7'
Nuno Gomes 55'
|Stadium: Crown Ground
|21 July 2012||Blackburn Rovers||0 – 1||Accrington Stanley||Accrington|
|15:00||Report||Robinson 68' (o.g.)||Stadium: Crown Ground
|25 July 2012||Rochdale||1 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Rochdale|
|19:30||Hanley 75' (o.g.)||Report||Stadium: Spotland Stadium
|29 July 2012||Blackburn Rovers||2 – 1||AEK Athens||Fleetwood|
|Report||Katsetis 77'||Stadium: Highbury Stadium
|3 August 2012||Go Ahead Eagles||4 – 2||Blackburn Rovers||Deventer|
|Stadium: De Adelaarshorst
|5 August 2012 *||N.E.C. Nijmegen||0 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Nijmegen|
|14:30||Stadium: Stadion de Goffert
Attendance: 0 (BCD)
|12 August 2012||Cork City||1 – 3||Blackburn Rovers||Cork|
|15:00||A. Connel 6'||Kazim-Richards 17', 51'
|Stadium: Turners Cross
- Pre-season game against N.E.C. on 5 August 2012 at Stadion de Goffert cancelled due to fan unrest. However behind closed doors training match played ending 0-0. It has since been confirmed Rovers fans were not involved and had been an issue with Dutch fans.
All results are from the BBC's website.
|1 18 August 2012||Ipswich Town||1 − 1||Blackburn Rovers||Portman Road|
|15:00||Lowe 83' (o.g.)||Kazim-Richards 21'||Attendance: 19,117
|2 22 August 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 0||Hull City||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Kazim-Richards 77'||Attendance: 13,562
|3 25 August 2012||Blackburn Rovers||2 − 1||Leicester City||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Nuno Gomes 33'
|Vardy 55'||Attendance: 13,935
|4 1 September 2012||Leeds United||3 − 3||Blackburn Rovers||Elland Road|
|Marcus Olsson 19'
Nuno Gomes 27'
|5 15 September 2012||Bristol City||3 − 5||Blackburn Rovers||Ashton Gate Stadium|
Stephen Pearson 69'
|Rhodes 28', 90+5'
Nuno Gomes 55'
|6 18 September 2012||Blackburn Rovers||2 − 1||Barnsley||Ewood Park|
Nuno Gomes 85'
|Mellis 32'||Attendance: 12,772
|7 21 September 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 2||Middlesbrough||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Hanley 89'||Jutkiewicz 7', 61'||Attendance: 13,405
|8 29 September 2012||Charlton Athletic||1 − 1||Blackburn Rovers||The Valley|
|15:00||Jackson 27'||Etuhu 16'||Attendance: 17,169
|9 3 October 2012||Nottingham Forest||0 − 0||Blackburn Rovers||City Ground|
|10 6 October 2012||Blackburn Rovers||0 − 1||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Sako 78'||Attendance: 17,034
|11 20 October 2012||Derby County||1 − 1||Blackburn Rovers||Pride Park Stadium|
|15:00||Robinson 88'||Rhodes 34'||Attendance: 22,958
|12 24 October 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 0||Sheffield Wednesday||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Hanley 5'||Attendance: 13,782
|13 27 October 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 0||Watford||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 90+2'||Attendance: 13,233
|14 3 November 2012||Crystal Palace||2 − 0||Blackburn Rovers||Selhurst Park|
|15:00||Murray 45+1', 65' (pen.)||Attendance: 16,744
|15 6 November 2012||Huddersfield Town||2 − 2||Blackburn Rovers||John Smith's Stadium|
|19:45||Novak 15', 90+5'||Rhodes 43'
Murphy 55' (pen.)
|16 10 November 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 1||Birmingham City||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rochina 13' (pen.)||King 17'||Attendance: 14,919
|17 17 November 2012||Peterborough United||1 − 4||Blackburn Rovers||London Road Stadium|
|17:20||Tomlin 88'||Formica 3'
Rhodes 20', 39', 79'
|18 24 November 2012||Blackburn Rovers||0 − 2||Millwall||Ewood Park|
|19 28 November 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 2||Bolton Wanderers||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Rhodes 82'||Davies 2'
|20 2 December 2012||Burnley||1 − 1||Blackburn Rovers||Turf Moor|
|12:30||Vokes 89'||Rhodes 68'||Attendance: 21,341
|21 7 December 2012||Blackburn Rovers||1 − 4||Cardiff City||Ewood Park|
|19:45||King 51'||Hudson 30'
|22 15 December 2012||Blackpool||2 − 0||Blackburn Rovers||Bloomfield Road|
|22 December 2012||Blackburn Rovers||P – P||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|match postponed due to waterlogged pitch|
|23 26 December 2012||Middlesbrough||1 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Riverside Stadium|
|15:00||Jutkiewicz 67'||Attendance: 22,882
|24 29 December 2012||Barnsley||1 – 3||Blackburn Rovers||Oakwell Stadium|
|15:00||Dawson 76'||King 29'
|25 1 January 2013||Blackburn Rovers||3 – 0||Nottingham Forest||Ewood Park|
|26 11 January 2013||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1 – 1||Blackburn Rovers||Molineux Stadium|
|19:45||Johnson 74'||Rhodes 26' (pen.)||Attendance: 20,264
|27 19 January 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 2||Charlton Athletic||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 48'||Stephens 26'
|28 22 January 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 1||Brighton & Hove Albion||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Rhodes 45' (pen.)||Lopez 90+7' (pen.)||Attendance: 12,230
|26 January 2013||Brighton & Hove Albion||P – P||Blackburn Rovers|
|match postponed - fa cup tie vs Derby County|
|29 2 February 2013||Blackburn Rovers||2 – 0||Bristol City||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 28', 65'||Attendance: 13,539
|30 9 February 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 0||Ipswich Town||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 61'||Attendance: 14,342
|31 12 February 2013||Brighton & Hove Albion||1 – 1||Blackburn Rovers||Amex Stadium|
|19:45||Vicente 57' (pen.)||Dann 24'||Attendance: 24,759
|16 February 2013||Leicester City||P – P||Blackburn Rovers|
|match postponed - fa cup tie vs Arsenal|
|32 19 February 2013||Hull City||2 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||KC Stadium|
|33 23 February 2013||Blackburn Rovers||0 – 0||Leeds United||Ewood Park|
|34 26 February 2013||Leicester City||3 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||King Power Stadium|
|35 2 March 2013||Blackburn Rovers||2 – 3||Peterborough United||Ewood Park|
|Gayle 11', 14', 27'||Attendance: 13,192
|36 5 March 2013||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Reebok Stadium|
|20:00||Eagles 90' (+3)|
|9 March 2013||Millwall||P – P||Blackburn Rovers|
|postponed - FA cup Sixth round tie|
|37 17 March 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 1||Burnley||Ewood Park|
|12:30||Dunn 90+5'||Shackell 32'||Attendance: 20,735
|38 29 March 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 1||Blackpool||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 79'||MacKenzie 65'||Attendance: 17,764
|39 1 April 2013||Cardiff City||3 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Cardiff City Stadium|
Whittingham 90+6' (pen.)
|40 6 April 2013||Sheffield Wednesday||3 – 2||Blackburn Rovers||Hillsborough Stadium|
|15:00||Johnson 20', 78'
|Rhodes 12' (pen.)
|41 13 April 2013||Blackburn Rovers||2 – 0||Derby County||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 9' (pen.)
|42 16 April 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 0||Huddersfield Town||Ewood Park|
|19:45||Rhodes 37'||Attendance: 15,317
|43 20 April 2013||Watford||4 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||Vicarage Road|
|15:00||Deeney 52', 61'
|44 23 April 2013||Millwall||1 – 2||Blackburn Rovers||The Den|
|19:45||Osborne 14'||Jones 56'
Rhodes 78' (pen.)
|45 27 April 2013||Blackburn Rovers||1 – 1||Crystal Palace||Ewood Park|
|15:00||Rhodes 42'||Dobbie 28'||Attendance: 19,796
|46 4 May 2013||Birmingham City||1 – 1||Blackburn Rovers||St. Andrews Stadium|
|12:45||Morrison 42'||Rhodes 66'||Attendance: 18,979
Match by Match
Last updated: 2 December 2012.
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Football League Cup
|2nd Round 28 August 2012||Milton Keynes Dons||2 – 1||Blackburn Rovers||Stadium mk|
|19:45||Chadwick 52', 68'||Report||Goodwillie 83'||Attendance: 5,873
Referee: Mick Russell
|3rd Round 5 January 2013||Blackburn Rovers||2 – 0||Bristol City||Ewood Park|
|4th Round 26 January 2013||Derby County||0 – 3||Blackburn Rovers||Pride Park|
|5th Round 16 February 2013||Arsenal||0 – 1||Blackburn Rovers||Emirates Stadium|
|15:00||Report||Kazim-Richards 72'||Attendance: 60,070
|6th Round 10 March 2013||Millwall||0 – 0||Blackburn Rovers||The Den|
(Replay) 13 March 2013
|Blackburn Rovers||0 – 1||Millwall||Ewood Park|
|19:30||Report||Shittu 42'||Attendance: 8,635
Last updated: March 2013
Last updated: October 2011
Appearances and goals
- As of 4 May 2013,
52 games ~ 46 League games + 5 FA cup games + 1 League cup game
|No.||Nat||Pos||Player||Total||Championship||FA Cup||League Cup|
|10||MF||Mauro Formica (on loan at Palermo)||16||1||12+3||1||0||0||0+1||0|
|12||MF||Morten Gamst Pedersen||33||1||17+11||1||4+1||0||0||0|
|17||MF||Paulo Jorge (on loan at Beroe)||2||0||0+1||0||0||0||1||0|
|19||DF||Todd Kane (on loan from Chelsea)||14||0||13+1||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||FW||Edinho Júnior (on loan at Shillong Lajong)||2||0||1+0||0||0||0||1||0|
|23||DF||Karim Rekik (on loan from Manchester City)||5||0||4+1||0||0||0||0||0|
|23||FW||Rubén Rochina (on loan at Real Zaragoza)||22||5||11+8||5||1+1||0||1||0|
|29||GK||Grzegorz Sandomierski (on loan from Racing Genk)||8||0||7+1||0||0||0||0||0|
|32||MF||Cameron Stewart (on loan from Hull City)||7||0||3+4||0||0||0||0||0|
|32||DF||Bruno Ribeiro (on loan at Clube Atlético Linense)||5||0||4+1||0||0||0||0||0|
|35||MF||David Bentley (on loan from Tottenham)||7||0||4+1||0||1+1||0||0||0|
|36||MF||David Jones (on loan from Wigan)||12||2||11+1||2||0||0||0||0|
|38||MF||Diogo Rosado (on loan at Benfica)||3||0||1+1||0||0||0||1||0|
|39||FW||Colin Kazim-Richards (on loan from Galatasaray)||31||5||22+6||3||3||2||0||0|
|43||DF||Ryan Edwards (on loan at Fleetwood Town)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Players that played for Blackburn Rovers this season that have left the club:|
|10||FW||DJ Campbell (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)||7||0||5+2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Manager||Appointed||Matches||Departure||Date of vacancy||Position|
|Kean, SteveSteve Kean||1-7||Resigned||28 September 2012||3rd|
|Black, EricEric Black||29 September 2012||8-13||Replaced||3 November 2012||5th|
|Berg, HenningHenning Berg||3 November 2012||14-23||Sacked||27 December 2012||17th|
|Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer||28 December 2012||24-26||Replaced||12 January 2013||12th|
|Appleton, MichaelMichael Appleton||12 January 2013||27-37||Sacked||19 March 2013||18th|
|Bowyer, GaryGary Bowyer||20 March 2013||38-46|
|25 June 2012||MF||Danny Murphy||Fulham||Free|||
|2 July 2012||FW||Leon Best||Newcastle United||£3,000,000|||
|3 July 2012||FW||Nuno Gomes||Braga||Free|||
|4 July 2012||MF||Fabio Nunes||Portimonense||Undisclosed|||
|23 July 2012||MF||Paulo Jorge||Porto B||Undisclosed|||
|23 July 2012||FW||Edinho Júnior||Olhanense||Nominal fee|||
|3 August 2012||MF||Dickson Etuhu||Fulham||Undisclosed|||
|29 August 2012||FW||Jordan Rhodes||Huddersfield Town||£8,000,000|||
|31 August 2012||MF||Diogo Rosado||Sporting Lisbon||Free|||
|31 August 2012||DF||Nuno Henrique||Académica||Nominal fee|||
- Total spent ~ £11,000,000 + Undislosed fees
|28 June 2012||FW||Yakubu||Guangzhou R&F||£1,000,000|||
|27 June 2012||FW||Junior Hoilett||Queens Park Rangers||Free (Undisclosed compensation)|||
|31 June 2012||DF||Míchel Salgado||Released||Retired|
|31 June 2012||MF||Vince Grella||Melbourne Heart||Free|
|31 June 2012||FW||Zac Aley||Warrington Town||Free|
|31 June 2012||DF||Jamie Maclaren||Released||End of contract|
|31 June 2012||MF||Hérold Goulon||Released||End of contract|
|30 July 2012||DF||Matty Pearson||Rochdale||Free|||
|31 July 2012||DF||Jackson Ramm||Colchester United||Free|||
|10 August 2012||FW||Nick Blackman||Sheffield United||Undisclosed|||
|22 August 2012||MF||Radosav Petrović||Gençlerbirliği||Undisclosed|||
|29 August 2012||GK||Mark Bunn||Norwich City||Undisclosed|||
|31 August 2012||MF||Steven N'Zonzi||Stoke City||£3,500,000 (rising to £5,000,000)|||
- Total sold ~ £6,000,000 + Undisclosed fees
|10 August 2012||FW||Colin Kazim-Richards||Galatasaray||Season-long loan|||
|31 August 2012||GK||Grzegorz Sandomierski||Genk||Season-long loan|||
|21 November 2012||FW||Joshua King||Manchester United||1 Month loan|||
|15 February 2013||DF||Karim Rekik||Manchester City||Season-long loan|||
|2 July 2012||DF||Ryan Edwards||Rochdale||6-month loan|||
|8 August 2012||FW||Jordan Slew||Oldham Athletic||6-month loan|||
|14 August 2012||DF||Myles Anderson||Aldershot Town||1-month loan|||
|15 August 2012||DF||Anthony O'Connor||Burton Albion||1-month loan|||
|31 August 2012||FW||David Goodwillie||Crystal Palace||4 and a half month loan|||
|27 September 2012||FW||Micah Evans||Chesterfield||3 month loan|||
|25 October 2012||DF||Josh Morris||Rotherham United||1 month loan|||
|26 October 2012||FW||Osayamen Osawe||Accrington Stanley||1 month loan|||
|9 November 2012||GK||Christopher Dilo||Hyde||1 month loan|||
|14 November 2012||DF||Bradley Orr||Ipswich Town||3 month loan (until 26 January 2013)|||
|22 November 2012||DF||Jack O'Connell||Rotherham United||1 month loan|||
|2 January 2013||FW||Joshua King||Manchester United||Undisclosed|||
|30 January 2013||FW||Anton Forrester||Everton||Free Transfer|||
|8 February 2013||MF||Lee Williamson||Free Agent||Free Transfer|||
- Total spent ~ Undisclosed fee
|4 January 2013||DF||Myles Anderson||Exeter City||Free|||
|30 January 2013||MF||Amine Linganzi||Released||Contract terminated by mutual consent|||
|31 January 2013||MF||Simon Vukčević||Released||Contract terminated by mutual consent|||
- Total sold ~ £0
|9 January 2013||DF||Todd Kane||Chelsea||1 month youth loan|||
|8 February 2013||FW||DJ Campbell||Queens Park Rangers||3 month loan|||
|15 February 2013||MF||David Bentley||Tottenham Hotspur||3 month loan|||
|15 February 2013||DF||Karim Rekik||Manchester City||3 month loan|||
|1 March 2013||MF||Cameron Stewart||Hull City||3 month loan|||
|2 March 2013||MF||David Jones||Wigan||3 month loan|||
|15 March 2013||DF||Todd Kane||Chelsea||1 month loan|||
|6 January 2013||DF||Bruno Ribeiro||Clube Atlético Linense||6-month loan|||
|12 January 2013||FW||Curtis Haley||Chorley||1-month loan|||
|14 January 2013||DF||Anthony O'Connor||Burton Albion||6-month loan|||
|24 January 2013||CM||Mauro Formica||Palermo||6-month loan|||
|24 January 2013||DF||Jack O'Connell||York City||1-month loan|||
|30 January 2013||GK||Christopher Dilo||Hyde||1-month loan|||
|30 January 2013||FW||Osayamen Osawe||Hyde||1-month loan|||
|31 January 2013||FW||Jordan Slew||Rotherham United||1-month loan|||
|31 January 2013||MF||Diogo Rosado||Benfica||5-month loan|||
|31 January 2013||FW||Micah Evans||Macclesfield Town||1-month loan|||
|31 January 2013||FW||Rubén Rochina||Real Zaragoza||5-month loan|||
|11 February 2013||MF||Paulo Jorge||Beroe Stara Zagora||4-month loan|||
|13 February 2013||FW||Edinho Júnior||Shillong Lajong||4-month loan|||
|21 February 2013||DF||Ryan Edwards||Fleetwood Town||1-month loan|||
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