2011–12 Cardiff City F.C. season

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Cardiff City
2011–12 season
Chairman Datuk Chan Tien Ghee
Manager Malky Mackay
Stadium Cardiff City Stadium
Championship 6th
FA Cup 3rd Round
(eliminated by West Bromwich Albion)
Football League Cup Runners-up
(by Liverpool)
Top goalscorer League: Peter Whittingham (12)
All: Peter Whittingham (13)
Highest home attendance League: 25,109 vs. Leeds United, 21 April 2012
All: 25,652 vs. Crystal Palace, 24 January 2012
Lowest home attendance League: 20,366 vs. Hull City, 13 March 2012
All: 6,829 vs. Huddersfield Town, 23 August 2011
Average home league attendance League: 22,139
All: 22,139

The 2011–12 season was the 85th season of competitive association football in the Football League played by Cardiff City Football Club. After suffering defeat in the Championship play-off semi-finals to Reading the previous year, Cardiff competed in the second tier of English football for the eighth consecutive year. The season covers the period between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012.

Malky Mackay was appointed manager at the start of the season and signed 9 players in the summer transfer window ahead of his first season in charge of the club. Cardiff occupied a place in the play-offs for the majority of the season and eventually finished the regular season in sixth position. During the season, Cardiff reached the Football League Cup final, however their first final in the competition ended in defeat against Liverpool.

Background and pre-season[edit]

Malky Mackay was appointed as Cardiff manager at the start of the 2010–11 season.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, following a second consecutive defeat in the play-offs, manager Dave Jones was sacked from his position after an end of season review into the club's performance. At the time of his departure, Jones was the longest serving manager in the Championship having held his post since May 2005.[1] The club held talks with former England and Newcastle United captain Alan Shearer to replace Jones but he rejected the job despite stating that he was impressed with the "vision, ambition and determination of the owner Dato Chan Tien Ghee and the board".[2] The Bluebirds instead approached Championship rivals Watford for permission to speak to their manager Malky Mackay, which was initially rejected.[3] However, after the two clubs agreed a compensation fee, Mackay was officially appointed as Dave Jones' replacement on 17 June on a three-year contract.[4] Mackay set about reshaping his coaching staff, allowing assistant manager Terry Burton, first-team coach Paul Wilkinson and fitness coach Alex Armstrong to leave the club,[5] before appointing David Kerslake, Joe McBride and Richard Collinge as their replacements.[6] Goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson later also left the club to take up the same position at Premier League side West Ham United.[7] Cardiff also appointed Mackay's former Watford colleague Iain Moody as their new head of recruitment.[8]

Players released at the end of the season were Martin John and Gavin Rae, while Jay Bothroyd and Chris Burke also left the club after failing to agree new deals. Adam Matthews departed on a free transfer to Scottish side Celtic,[9] having agreed a pre-contract agreement in February 2011,[10] and striker Michael Chopra was sold to Ipswich Town.[11] During the summer transfer window, Mackay agreed deals to sign free agents Craig Conway,[12] Don Cowie,[13] Robert Earnshaw,[14] Rudy Gestede,[15] Aron Gunnarsson[16] and Andrew Taylor.[17] The club also completed transfers for Joe Mason, for £250,000,[18] Kenny Miller, for a reported £870,000,[19] as well as signing Slovakian midfielder Filip Kiss on a season-long loan deal from Slovan Bratislava.[20]

Pre-season fixtures[edit]

Review[edit]

August–September[edit]

A man with a shaven head wearing a blue football jersey, white shorts and blue socks. He is standing on a grass pitch
Kenny Miller scored Cardiff's first goal of the season in a 1–0 victory over West Ham United

The opening game of the 2011–12 Football League Championship season saw Cardiff travel to West Ham United, who had been relegated from the Premier League the previous year, with debutant striker Kenny Miller scoring the only goal of the game in the 91st minute to secure a victory for Cardiff.[21] In the following match, the club progressed through to the second round of the Football League Cup after defeating League Two side Oxford United 3–1 in extra-time.[22] The team continued their winning start to the campaign in their first home tie, defeating Bristol City in the first Severnside derby match of the season.[23] Three days later, on 17 August, Cardiff suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 3–1 to Brighton & Hove Albion.[24] Cardiff ended August with two successive away draws in matches against Burnley and Portsmouth and advanced to the third round of the League Cup after a 5–3 victory over Huddersfield Town.[25][26][27] On the final day of the summer transfer window, Coventry City defender Ben Turner completed a transfer to the club.[28] As part of the deal, Cardiff striker Jon Parkin had been expected to move to Coventry but, after he failed to agree terms, the move subsequently collapsed, Turner joining Cardiff in a cash-only deal for a fee of £750,000.[29]

At the start of September, prior to an international fixture break, a club record 10 players were called up for international duty by their respective countries.[30] Due to a close affiliation with the country, Malaysian international Safee Sali attended a two-week trial at the club.[31] Cardiff played their first match of the month on 10 September, defeating Doncaster Rovers 2–0 after goals from Anthony Gerrard and Robert Earnshaw.[32] In the following match, a 1–1 draw with Blackpool, Cardiff recorded their third consecutive away draw after Don Cowie had initially given them the lead.[33] Three home matches at the Cardiff City Stadium, a 0–0 draw and a League Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Leicester City and a 2–1 victory over Southampton,[34][35][36] ensured Cardiff finished the month of September unbeaten. Striker Jon Parkin left the club on an initial one-month loan move to fellow Championship side Doncaster Rovers[37] and goalkeeper Elliot Parish joined Cardiff from Aston Villa on a loan deal set to last until January 2012.[38]

October–November[edit]

Cardiff suffered their first defeat since mid-August on 1 October, losing 2–1 to Hull City, youth team graduate Joe Ralls scored the Bluebirds only goal of the game with a volley that was described as "spectacular" in his league debut.[39] Following a two-week international break, Cardiff recorded a 2–2 draw with Ipswich Town, Peter Whittingham equalising from a penalty after Ipswich had taken the lead through former Cardiff player Michael Chopra who had been sold to the club three months earlier.[40] Their following two matches saw a total of 15 goals as Cardiff suffered a 4–3 defeat away to Peterborough United on 18 October before recovering with a 5–3 victory over Barnsley four days later.[41][42] On the same day as their victory over Barnsley, Chief Executive Gethin Jenkins stepped down from his position on the board.[43] Cardiff defeated Burnley 1–0 in the fourth round of the League Cup following a goal from Joe Mason,[44] reaching the quarter-finals of the League Cup for only the second time in the club's history.[45] In their final match in October, Cardiff drew 1–1 with Leeds United, Mason netting for the third consecutive match.[46]

Cardiff began the month of November with two wins in the space of three days, defeating Derby County and Crystal Palace 3–0 and 2–0 respectively,[47][48] elevating the team into the play-off places for the first time since the end of September. Following an extended break due to international fixtures, Cardiff recorded a 2–1 win over Reading after goals from Peter Whittingham and captain Mark Hudson.[49] A second Malaysian international, national team captain Safiq Rahim, attended a three-week trial with the club. Rahim had originally been invited on a trial with his teammate Sali in August but was only able to attend in November.[50] Cardiff drew 1–1 with Coventry City on 22 November, having gone ahead from a Peter Whittigham goal, before beating Nottingham Forest 1–0 in their final league game of the month,[51][52] ending November unbeaten having won four and drawn one league match, a run of form that saw manager Mackay awarded the November Championship manager of the month award.[53] Defender Dekel Keinan left the club on loan to join Crystal Palace on an initial six-week loan deal and Jon Parkin completed his second loan deal of the season by joining Huddersfield Town until January.[54][55] On 29 November, Cardiff defeated Blackburn Rovers 2–0 in the quarter-final of the League Cup, reaching the semi-final of the competition for the first time since the 1965–66 season.[45]

December–January[edit]

A goal from Kenny Miller secured a 1–0 victory over Birmingham City on 4 December as Cardiff continued their good form, reaching third place in the Championship table,[56] and a 0–0 draw with Millwall saw the side record their ninth consecutive league match without a defeat.[57] One week later, their unbeaten run came to an end as they suffered a 3–2 defeat at home to Middlesbrough, the team's first defeat since 18 October.[58] A late own-goal by Watford defender Adrian Mariappa resuced a 1–1 draw for Cardiff to avoid a second defeat in a row on 26 December in manager Malky Mackay's first match against his former side.[59] Cardiff eventually recorded their first league win since the start of December with a 1–0 victory over Nottingham Forest following a goal from Miller, ending 2011 in fourth position.[60]

A man with short dark hair wearing a red football jersey, black gloves and black shorts. He is standing on a grass pitch.
Kadeem Harris was one of two signings made by Cardiff during the winter transfer window.

The club's first match of 2012 ended in a 3–1 victory over Reading following goals from Miller, Mason and Aron Gunnarsson.[61] With the winter transfer window opening at the start of January, Cardiff completed their first signing with Elliot Parish joining the club on a permanent basis having been on loan since September.[38] In the third round of the FA Cup, Cardiff were knocked out of the competition by Premier League side West Bromwich Albion after suffering a 4–2 defeat.[62] On the same day, Cardiff saw a £400,000 bid rejected by Brighton & Hove Albion for winger Craig Noone.[63] Three days later, Cardiff played the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against fellow Championship side Crystal Palace, losing 1–0 at Selhurst Park.[64] Cardiff returned to league action for the first time in two weeks with a 0–0 draw with Doncaster Rovers on 14 January.[65] Cypriot investment banker Mehmet Dalman joined the board, replacing U-Jiun Tan as a director.[66] Cardiff failed in a second attempt to sign a winger after Blackpool rejected a £800,000 bid for Matt Phillips.[67] In the club's last two league matches in January, they recorded a 3–2 victory over Portsmouth and a 1–1 draw with Southampton.[68][69] On 24 January, in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final, Cardiff defeated Crystal Palace 1–0, following an own-goal from Palace defender Anthony Gardner, leaving the tie at 1–1 after extra-time, resulting in a penalty shoot-out. Cardiff goalkeeper Tom Heaton saved two penalties and Palace's Jonathan Parr missed his penalty to give Cardiff a 3–1 shoot-out victory, Miller the only Cardiff player to fail to score his penalty,[70] reaching the first League Cup final for in the club's history.[45]

In the closing days of the winter transfer window, Cardiff completed their second transfer, signing winger Kadeem Harris from League Two side Wycombe Wanderers for an undisclosed fee[71] and allowed Hungarian defender Gábor Gyepes to leave the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.[72] Jon Parkin left the club for a third time during the season on loan, joining Scunthorpe United,[73] and Solomon Taiwo completed a loan move to Leyton Orient.[74]

February–March[edit]

Cardiff City and Liverpool players rest before the start of extra-time during the 2012 Football League Cup Final

Having not lost a game since 17 December, Cardiff opened February with two defeats, losing 3–1 at home against Blackpool, after conceding three goals in the final 11 minutes of the match,[75] and 2–1 to Leicester City,[76] the first time during the season that Cardiff had suffered consecutive defeats.[77] A 3–1 victory over Peterborough United in their following match saw Cardiff briefly return to third place,[78] before a third league defeat of the month against Ipswich Town dropped them back into fourth.[79] Despite suffering 3 defeats in their previous 4 matches, Malky Mackay was handed a three and a half-year contract extension, keeping him at the club till June 2016.[80] On 26 February 2012, Cardiff played Premier League side Liverpool in the 2012 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, the first League Cup final in the club's history. The Bluebirds took a surprise lead in the opening 20 minutes through Joe Mason but a second-half goal from Liverpool defender Martin Škrtel took the tie into extra-time after 90 minutes. Dirk Kuyt gave Liverpool a 2–1 lead in the 18th minute of extra-time but pressure from Cardiff saw Ben Turner score a late equaliser with two minutes left of the match to take the game to a penalty shoot-out. After 4 penalties for either side, the shoot-out stood at 2–2 before Glen Johnson gave Liverpool the advantage by converting his penalty. Cardiff defender Anthony Gerrard took the final penalty for Cardiff, needing to score to avoid defeat, but hit his penalty over the bar to hand victory to Liverpool.[81] Despite suffering defeat, Mackay stated that the Cardiff players' performance had "done the club proud".[82]

At the start of March, Cardiff returned to league competition, losing 2–0 to West Ham United, suffering consecutive league defeats for the second time in the space of one month and dropping out of the Championship play-off places for the first time since November 2011.[83] A late goal from Sam Vokes saw Cardiff draw 2–2 with Brighton & Hove Albion in their next match, having led 2–1 going into the final stages of the game.[84]

Championship Data[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Reading (C) (P) 46 27 8 11 69 41 +28 89 Promotion to 2012–13 Premier League
2 Southampton (P) 46 26 10 10 85 46 +39 88
3 West Ham United (TQ) 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 86 Qualification to 2012 League Championship playoffs
4 Birmingham City 46 20 16 10 78 51 +27 76
5 Blackpool 46 20 15 11 79 59 +20 75
6 Cardiff City 46 19 18 9 66 53 +13 75
7 Middlesbrough 46 18 16 12 52 51 +1 70
8 Hull City 46 19 11 16 48 44 +4 68
9 Leicester City 46 18 12 16 66 55 +11 66
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 15 14 52 52 0 66
11 Watford 46 16 16 14 56 64 −8 64
12 Derby County 46 18 10 18 50 58 −8 64
13 Burnley 46 17 11 18 61 58 +3 62
14 Leeds United 46 17 10 19 65 68 −3 61
15 Ipswich Town 46 17 10 19 69 77 −8 61
16 Millwall 46 15 12 19 55 57 −2 57
17 Crystal Palace 46 13 17 16 46 51 −5 56
18 Peterborough United 46 13 11 22 66 77 −11 50
19 Nottingham Forest 46 14 8 24 48 63 −15 50
20 Bristol City 46 12 13 21 44 68 −24 49
21 Barnsley 46 13 9 24 49 74 −25 48
22 Portsmouth (R) 46 13 11 22 50 59 −9 40^ Relegation to 2012–13 League One
23 Coventry City (R) 46 9 13 24 41 65 −24 40
24 Doncaster Rovers (R) 46 8 12 26 43 80 −37 36

Updated to games played on 13 May 2012.
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.

1.^ Portsmouth were deducted 10 points for entering administration.

Result round by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H H H A H A H A H H A
Result W W L D D W D D W L D L W D W W W D W W D L D W W D W D L L W L L D W L D D D D W D W W D W
Position 7 1 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 9 9 13 8 9 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 8 8 6 7 8 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6

Last updated: 28 April 2012.
Source: cardiffcityfc.co.uk
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Hover over letter A for ground's name, letter H means playing at Cardiff City Stadium.

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Puma
Sponsor(s): Malaysia

Home
Home Alternate
Away
Away Alternate
Alternative
GK Home
GK Away
GK Alternate

Last updated: 11 September 2012.
Source:[citation needed]

Squad[edit]

No. Name Position (s) Nationality Place of Birth Date of Birth (Age) Club caps Club goals Int. caps Int. goals Signed from Date signed Fee Contract End
Goalkeepers
1 David Marshall GK Scotland Glasgow (1985-03-05)5 March 1985 (aged 27) 65 0 5 0 Norwich City 12 May 2009 £500,000 30 June 2013
22 Tom Heaton GK England Chester (1986-04-15)15 April 1986 (aged 26) 54 0 Manchester United 16 June 2010 Free 30 June 2012
29 Elliot Parish GK England Northampton (1990-05-20)20 May 1990 (aged 22) Aston Villa 3 January 2012 Free 30 June 2013
30 Jordan Santiago GK Canada Calgary (1991-04-03)3 April 1991 (aged 21) Academy 1 June 2010 Trainee 1 July 2012
Defenders
2 Kevin McNaughton RB/LB/CB Scotland Dundee (1982-08-28)28 August 1982 (aged 29) 207 2 4 0 Aberdeen 26 May 2006 Free 30 June 2013
3 Andrew Taylor LB/LM England Hartlepool (1986-08-01)1 August 1986 (aged 25) Middlesbrough 4 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
5 Mark Hudson CB England Guildford (1982-03-30)30 March 1982 (aged 30) 79 2 Charlton Athletic 2 July 2009 £1,075,000 30 June 2014
6 Anthony Gerrard CB England Liverpool (1986-02-06)6 February 1986 (aged 26) 49 2 Walsall 2 July 2009 £200,000 30 June 2013
12 Dekel Keinan CB Israel Rosh HaNikra (1984-09-15)15 September 1984 (aged 27) 20 2 20 0 Blackpool 21 January 2011 £300,000 30 June 2013
14 Paul Quinn RB/CB Scotland Wishaw (1985-07-21)21 July 1985 (aged 26) 56 1 Motherwell 4 June 2009 £300,000 30 June 2012
18 Lee Naylor LB England Bloxwich (1980-03-19)19 March 1980 (aged 32) 31 2 Celtic 19 August 2010 Free 30 June 2012
21 Jonathan Meades LB/LM Wales Cardiff (1992-03-02)2 March 1992 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2009 Trainee 30 June 2012
23 Darcy Blake CB/RB/DM Wales New Tredegar (1998-12-13)13 December 1998 (aged 13) 90 0 2 0 Academy 1 June 2005 Trainee 30 June 2014
25 Ben Turner CB England Birmingham (1988-08-21)21 August 1988 (aged 23) Coventry City 31 August 2011 £750,000 30 June 2014
31 Alex Evans CB Wales Blackwood (1991-05-03)3 May 1991 (aged 21) Academy 1 June 2011 Trainee 30 June 2012
Midfielders
4 Filip Kiss DM/RM Slovakia Dunajská Streda (1990-10-13)13 October 1990 (aged 21) Slovan Bratislava 21 July 2011 Loan 30 June 2012
7 Peter Whittingham CM/LM/RM England Nuneaton (1984-09-08)8 September 1984 (aged 27) 211 55 Aston Villa 11 January 2007 £350,000 30 June 2014
8 Don Cowie RM/CM Scotland Inverness (1983-02-15)15 February 1983 (aged 29) 3 0 Watford 1 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
11 Craig Conway LW/RW Scotland Irvine (1985-05-02)2 May 1985 (aged 27) 2 0 Dundee United 23 June 2011 Free 30 June 2014
13 Liam Lawrence LM/CM Republic of Ireland Retford England (1981-12-13)13 December 1981 (aged 30) 15 2 Portsmouth 2 March 2012 Loan 30 May 2012
17 Aron Gunnarsson DM/RB Iceland Akureyri (1988-04-22)22 April 1988 (aged 24) 23 0 Coventry City 8 July 2011 £350,000 30 June 2014
24 Solomon Taiwo CM/RM Nigeria Lagos (1985-04-29)29 April 1985 (aged 27) 10 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 25 August 2009 £250,000 30 June 2012
27 Kadeem Harris LW/RW England London (1993-05-29)29 May 1993 (aged 19) Wycombe Wanderers 30 January 2012 £150,000 30 June 2016
28 Aaron Wildig CM/LM England Hereford (1992-04-15)15 April 1992 (aged 20) 21 1 Academy 15 April 2009 Trainee 30 June 2012
32 Ibrahim Farah CM Wales Cardiff (1992-02-24)24 February 1992 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2011 Trainee 30 June 2012
37 Stephen McPhail CM/LM Republic of Ireland London England (1979-12-09)9 December 1979 (aged 32) 193 3 10 1 Barnsley 13 June 2006 Free 30 June 2013
52 Joe Ralls CM/LM England Aldershot (1993-10-13)13 October 1993 (aged 18) Academy 30 September 2011 Trainee Undisclosed
Forwards
9 Kenny Miller CF Scotland Edinburgh (1979-12-23)23 December 1979 (aged 32) 55 14 Bursaspor 26 July 2011 £870,000 30 June 2013
10 Robert Earnshaw CF/RW Wales Mufulira Zambia (1981-04-06)6 April 1981 (aged 31) 205 105 54 16 Nottingham Forest 6 July 2011 Free 30 June 2013
15 Rudy Gestede CF France Essey-lès-Nancy (1988-11-10)10 November 1988 (aged 23) Metz 26 July 2011 Free 30 June 2014
16 Jon Parkin CF England Barnsley (1981-01-30)30 January 1981 (aged 31) 13 1 Preston North End 1 January 2011 £100,000 30 June 2013
20 Joe Mason CF/LW Republic of Ireland Plymouth England (1991-05-13)13 May 1991 (aged 21) Plymouth Argyle 10 July 2011 £250,000 30 June 2016
33 Nathaniel Jarvis CF Wales Cardiff (1991-10-20)20 October 1991 (aged 20) Academy 1 June 2010 Trainee 30 June 2013

Statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2012
No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship FA Cup League Cup Play-offs
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland David Marshall 48 0 45+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
2 DF Scotland Kevin McNaughton 48 0 41+1 0 0+0 0 4+1 0 1+0 0
3 DF England Andrew Taylor 52 1 42+0 1 0+0 0 7+1 0 2+0 0
4 MF Slovakia Filip Kiss (on loan from Slovan Bratislava) 33 1 13+13 1 1+0 0 2+3 0 0+1 0
5 DF England Mark Hudson 44 5 38+1 5 0+0 0 3+0 0 2+0 0
6 DF England Anthony Gerrard 25 2 18+2 1 1+0 0 3+1 1 0+0 0
7 MF England Peter Whittingham 55 13 46+0 12 0+0 0 5+2 1 2+0 0
8 MF Scotland Don Cowie 53 7 44+0 4 0+0 0 7+0 3 1+1 0
9 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 50 11 41+2 10 0+0 0 4+1 1 2+0 0
10 FW Wales Robert Earnshaw 22 4 8+11 3 1+0 1 1+0 0 0+1 0
11 MF Scotland Craig Conway 38 5 24+7 3 1+0 0 5+1 2 0+0 0
13 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Lawrence (on loan from Portsmouth) 15 1 12+1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
14 DF Scotland Paul Quinn 5 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 3+0 0 0+0 0
15 FW France Rudy Gestede 31 3 5+20 2 1+0 0 4+1 1 0+0 0
17 MF Iceland Aron Gunnarsson 50 5 41+1 5 0+0 0 5+1 0 2+0 0
18 DF England Lee Naylor 6 0 2+0 0 1+0 0 2+1 0 0+0 0
20 FW Republic of Ireland Joe Mason 46 12 24+15 9 0+1 1 4+0 2 2+0 0
21 MF Wales Jonathan Meades 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
22 GK England Tom Heaton 10 0 1+1 0 1+0 0 7+0 0 0+0 0
23 DF Wales Darcy Blake 28 0 9+11 0 1+0 0 3+2 0 1+1 0
25 DF England Ben Turner 43 3 36+1 2 0+0 0 4+0 1 2+0 0
27 MF England Kadeem Harris 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
29 GK England Elliot Parish 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
30 GK Canada Jordan Santiago 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
31 DF Wales Alex Evans 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
32 MF Wales Ibrahim Farah 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
37 MF Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail 27 0 11+8 0 1+0 0 3+2 0 1+1 0
38 DF England Adedeji Oshilaja 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
40 MF Wales Theo Wharton 1 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
52 MF England Joe Ralls 14 1 5+5 1 0+0 0 2+2 0 0+0 0
Players currently out on loan:
12 DF Israel Dekel Keinan (at Crystal Palace) 4 0 0+1 0 1+0 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
16 FW England Jon Parkin (at Scunthorpe United) 2 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
24 MF Nigeria Solomon Taiwo (at Leyton Orient) 2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
28 MF England Aaron Wildig (at Shrewsbury Town) 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 FW Wales Nathaniel Jarvis (at Newport County) 1 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+1 1 0+0 0
Players featured for club who have left:
DF Hungary Gábor Gyepes 2 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 1 0+0 0
MF Slovenia Haris Vuckic (on loan from Newcastle United) 5 1 2+3 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

Starting XI[edit]

The following players have been named in the most starting line-ups. This line-up may differ from the list of players with most appearances.
Starting Formation:

Pos. Formation Used
1 4–1–2–1–2 30
2 4–5–1 24
3 4-3-3 1

Captains[edit]

No. P Name Country No. games Notes
5 DF Mark Hudson England 43 Club captain
2 DF Kevin McNaughton Scotland 4
7 MF Peter Whittingham England 4
14 DF Paul Quinn Scotland 3
37 MF Stephen McPhail Republic of Ireland 3

Last updated: 18 February 2012
Source: Competitive match reports.
Competitive matches only
Matches started as captain only
Country: FIFA nationality; No.: Squad number; P: Position; Name: Player name; No. Games: Number of games started as captain.