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The 2011–12 Aston Villa F.C. season was Aston Villa's 137th professional season; their 101st season in the top-flight; and their 24th consecutive season in the top flight of English football, the Premier League. The club was managed by former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish, following Gérard Houllier's departure on 1 June 2011 after less than a year in charge. An extremely disappointing season for the club, saw them finish in 16th place and only two points off relegation. Numerous records were broken during the season including: the lowest points total in the Premier League (38 from 38 games), fewest wins in a season (7) and worst home record in Villa's 138-year history (19 points from 57 available). As well as poor performances in both domestic cups – being knocked out in the third round of the League Cup and the fourth round of the FA Cup. This awful season eventually culminated in the sacking of McLeish on 14 May 2012, a day after the season had concluded.[1]

Aston Villa
2011–12 season
ChairmanRandy Lerner
ManagerAlex McLeish
StadiumVilla Park
Premier League16th
FA CupFourth round
League CupThird round

As Villa finished 9th in the previous season, this term was the first since 2007–08 without the club participating in European competition. There was also no Second City derby in the Premier League as local arch-rivals Birmingham City were relegated to the Football League Championship at the end of the 2010–11 season. Derbies with Villa's other West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers were played in the Premier League.

The season was marred with the tragic news that club captain Stiliyan Petrov had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The news was a shock to the Villa faithful and the footballing world alike; clubs all around the world have united donning T-shirts with Petrov's name and words of support written across them. The game on 31 March 2012 against Chelsea was the first game played since the diagnosis and fans of both teams gave him a standing ovation in the 19th minute, the significance being Petrov's squad number is 19. He was at the game with his wife and two children, and you could see the emotion of the event was getting to him as he acknowledged the fans.[2][3]

An under-19 Aston Villa team also took part in the inaugural season of the NextGen Series, a tournament similar to the UEFA Champions League for young European footballers to compete in.[4] The team reached the Quarter-finals, before being knocked out by Marseille.[5]

KitEdit

Supplier: Nike / Sponsor: Genting Casinos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Kit informationEdit

The home kit featured a subtle checkerboard print on the shirt and was very worn with black socks, last seen between mid 1920s until 1957. The away kit was unsurprisingly white with claret shorts and white socks – and has the same design as the home kit. Claret and sky blue shorts/socks were worn in several away games in order to prevent kit mix-ups. The three goalkeeper kits were blue, black and grey and was based on Nike's 2011 template which featured stunning details on the sleeves and the side of the shirt.

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

In the 2010–11 season the Premier League introduced new rules on squad lists. The rules included a cap on the number of players at 25; players under the age of 21 on 1 January of the year in which the season starts are exempt from the list of 25. A "home-grown rule" also requires clubs to name at least eight players in their squad of 25 players that have been registered domestically for a minimum of three seasons prior to their 21st birthday.[6][7]

Players under 21 do not need to be named and can still be used.[8]
Correct as of 12 January 2012.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Shay Given
2   DF Alan Hutton
3   DF Stephen Warnock
5   DF Richard Dunne (vice-captain)
6   DF James Collins
7   MF Stephen Ireland
9   FW Darren Bent
10   MF Charles N'Zogbia
11   FW Gabriel Agbonlahor (temporary captain)1
12   MF Marc Albrighton
14   FW Nathan Delfouneso
16   MF Fabian Delph
17   MF Jean Makoun
18   FW Emile Heskey
19   MF Stiliyan Petrov (captain)
21   DF Ciaran Clark
No. Position Player
22   GK Brad Guzan
24   DF Carlos Cuéllar
25   MF Barry Bannan
26   FW Andreas Weimann
29   DF Enda Stevens
30   DF Eric Lichaj
31   MF Chris Herd
32   DF Nathan Baker
33   GK Andy Marshall
35   MF Daniel Johnson
36   FW Graham Burke
37   DF Derrick Williams
38   MF Gary Gardner
40   MF Samir Carruthers
41   MF Jack Grealish
  • 1 Stiliyan Petrov was the club's permanent captain, but Gabriel Agbonlahor was named temporary captain while Petrov underwent treatment for acute leukemia.

Left club during seasonEdit

These players were given squad numbers at the beginning of the 2011-12 season before transferring to another club for all or part of the season.

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Luke Young (transferred to Queens Park Rangers during the season)
8   MF Jermaine Jenas (on loan for part of season but returned to Tottenham Hotspur during the season)
14   FW Nathan Delfouneso (on loan at Leicester City during the season)
16   MF Fabian Delph (on loan at Leeds United during the season)
17   MF Jean Makoun (on loan at Olympiacos)
20   FW Robbie Keane (on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy during the season)
23   DF Habib Beye (on loan at Doncaster Rovers during the season before being released in February)
No. Position Player
26   FW Andreas Weimann (on loan at Watford during the season)
28   MF Jonathan Hogg (transferred to Watford during the season)
32   DF Nathan Baker (on loan at Millwall during the season)
34   DF Shane Lowry (on loan at Millwall during the season before joining permanently in January)
38   MF Gary Gardner (on loan at Coventry City during the season)
43   GK Elliot Parish (on loan at Cardiff City during the season before joining permanently in January)

Squad numbersEdit

Following the exit of Ashley Young to Manchester United, Stephen Ireland was given the #7 which was held by the former winger. With Ireland having worn the #9 shirt last season, him taking the #7 allowed Darren Bent to wear the #9 this season.[7][9] Also, after Stewart Downing's departure to Liverpool, James Collins took over the #6 meaning his old #29 shirt could be given to January signing Enda Stevens.[7][10]

New signings goalkeeper Shay Given and winger Charles N'Zogbia were given the #1 (vacated by the departed Brad Friedel) and #10 (vacated by the departed John Carew) shirts, respectively.[7]

Deadline day capture Alan Hutton, took the #2 shirt left free after Luke Young's transfer to Queens Park Rangers and loan signing Jermaine Jenas had been given the #8 shirt for the season, last worn by Robert Pires. It was again vacated, however, when Jenas returned to Tottenham Hotspur in December.[7][11]

Young striker Graham Burke was added to the first-team squad ahead of the League Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers on 20 September, being handed the #36 shirt.[7][12]

January loan signing Robbie Keane was given the #20 shirt for his short spell at Villa, left vacated since Nigel Reo-Coker's summer departure[13]

Youngsters Derrick Williams, Samir Carruthers and Jack Grealish were also given squad numbers (#37, #40, #41, respectively) at different points during the season, when called up for first team action.[7]

SponsorshipEdit

Aston Villa had a new club sponsor for this season, after the deal with previous partner FxPro was terminated in February 2011.[14] On 22 June 2011, Aston Villa announced via their official website that the club's new sponsor until the end of the 2012–13 season would be Malaysian-based Genting Casinos.[15]

Managerial changesEdit

Manager Gérard Houllier missed the final five games of Villa's 2010–11 campaign due to health issues. He had previously faced similar problems during his time at Liverpool.

On 1 June 2011, the club confirmed that Houllier had parted ways with the club by mutual consent due to the Frenchman's ill health.[16]

He was replaced by Scottish former Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish on 17 June 2011, despite protests from some Villa fans outside Villa Park.[17][18]

Date Outgoing Manager New Club Incoming Manager Previous Team Notes
17 June 2011   Gérard Houllier   Unattached   Alex McLeish   Birmingham City Villa paid £2 million compensation for McLeish's services.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

Summer

Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
18 July 2011 GK   Shay Given[19]   Manchester City   Premier League £3.5m
29 July 2011 MF   Charles N'Zogbia[20]   Wigan Athletic   Premier League £9.5m
31 August 2011 DF   Alan Hutton[21]   Tottenham Hotspur   Premier League £3m

Winter

Date Position Player name Previous club League Transfer fee Notes
1 January 2012 DF   Enda Stevens[22]   Shamrock Rovers   League of Ireland Premier Division £250,000 Transfer was announced on 31 August, with player joining in January 2012

OutEdit

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes
27 May 2011 MF   Nigel Reo-Coker[23]   Bolton Wanderers   Premier League Released Joined Bolton Wanderers following release from Villa
27 May 2011 FW   John Carew[23]   West Ham United   Championship Released Joined West Ham United following release from Villa
27 May 2011 MF   Isaiah Osbourne[23]   Hibernian   Scottish Premier League Released Joined Hibernian following release from Villa
27 May 2011 MF   Moustapha Salifou[23]   Saarbrücken   3. Liga Released Joined Saarbrücken following release from Villa
27 May 2011 MF   Robert Pires[23]   Unattached Released
27 May 2011 MF   Harry Forrester[23]   Brentford   League 1 Released Youth player; joined Brentford following release from Villa
27 May 2011 DF/FW   Arsenio Halfhuid[23]   HBS Craeyenhout   Topklasse Sunday Released Youth player; joined HBS following release from Villa
27 May 2011 DF   Durrell Berry[23]   Plymouth Argyle   League 2 Released Youth player; joined Plymouth Argyle following release from Villa
27 May 2011 DF   Ellis Deeney[23]   Kettering Town   Conference National Released Youth player; joined Kettering Town following release from Villa
27 May 2011 DF   Calum Flanagan[23]   Hinckley United   Conference North Released Youth player; joined Hinckley United following release from Villa
3 June 2011 GK   Brad Friedel[24]   Tottenham Hotspur   Premier League Free Transfer
23 June 2011 MF   Ashley Young[25]   Manchester United   Premier League £17m
15 July 2011 MF   Stewart Downing[26]   Liverpool   Premier League £20m
27 August 2011 MF   Jonathan Hogg[27]   Watford   Championship Undisclosed
27 August 2011 DF   Luke Young[28]   Queens Park Rangers   Premier League Undisclosed

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Transfer fee Notes
3 January 2012 GK   Elliot Parish[29]   Cardiff City   Championship Undisclosed
27 January 2012 DF   Shane Lowry[30]   Millwall   Championship Undisclosed
2 February 2012 DF   Habib Beye[31]   Doncaster Rovers   Championship Released Contract was cancelled by mutual consent. Joined Doncaster Rovers following release from Villa.

LoansEdit

InEdit

Summer

Date Position Player name Previous club League Duration Return Date Notes
31 August 2011 MF   Jermaine Jenas[32]   Tottenham Hotspur   Premier League 4 months December 2011 Initially season-long, the loan was ended early after Jenas was ruled out for the rest of the season with an achilles injury[33]

Winter

Date Position Player name Previous club League Duration Return Date Notes
12 January 2012 FW   Robbie Keane[34]   Los Angeles Galaxy   MLS 1.5 months 25 February 2012

OutEdit

Summer

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes
26 August 2011 FW   Andreas Weimann[35]   Watford   Championship 1 month 23 September 2011 Initially a 5-month loan but Villa recalled player in late September.[36]
29 August 2011 MF   Jean Makoun[37]   Olymipacos   Super League Season-long June 2012
24 September 2011 GK   Elliot Parish[38]   Cardiff City   Championship 2 months 10 November 2011

Winter

Date Position Player name New club League Duration Return Date Notes
21 November 2011 DF   Habib Beye[39]   Doncaster Rovers   Championship 2 months January 2012
22 November 2011 DF   Nathan Baker[40]   Millwall   Championship 1 month December 2011
23 November 2011 DF   Shane Lowry[41]   Millwall   Championship 1 month 2 January 2012
24 November 2011 MF   Gary Gardner[42]   Coventry City   Championship 1 month 21 December 2012 Initially a loan until January but Villa recalled player in late December.[43]
3 January 2012 DF   Shane Lowry[44]   Millwall   Championship 1 month January 2012
20 January 2012 MF   Fabian Delph[45]   Leeds United   Championship 1 month 20 February 2012
23 January 2012 FW   Nathan Delfouneso[46]   Leicester City   Championship 1 month February 2012

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Premier League Asia TrophyEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

League results summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 7 17 14 37 53  −16 38 4 7 8 20 25  −5 3 10 6 17 28  −11

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source: Competitive matches

Match1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHA
ResultDWDDDDWLLDWLDLWLLDWLDWDLLDDWLLDDLDLDDL
Position7168886811988898101212913131112131515151415151515151515151516
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2012. Source: premierleague.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

MatchesEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
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 2012–13 Football League Championship
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

StatisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Number Nation Position Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total Notes
Start Sub Start Sub Start Sub Start Sub
1   GK Given 32 - 1 - 1 - 33 0
22   GK Guzan 6 1 1 - 1 - 8 1
2   DF Young 2 - - - - - 2 0 [Note 1]
23   DF Beye - - - - - 1 0 1 [Note 2] [Note 3]
2   DF Hutton 28 2 2 - 1 - 31 2
30   DF Lichaj 9 - - - 1 - 10 0
24   DF Cuéllar 17 1 1 - - - 18 1
5   DF Dunne 28 - 2 - 2 - 31 0
6   DF Collins 32 1 1 - 1 - 34 1
21   DF Clark 12 2 2 - 1 - 15 2
32   DF Baker 6 2 - - - - 6 2
3   DF Warnock 32 1 2 - 1 - 35 1
31   MF Herd 18 - - - 1 - 19 0
19   MF Petrov 25 1 2 - 1 - 27 1
16   MF Delph 10 1 - - - - 10 1 [Note 4]
38   MF Gardner 5 8 - 2 - - 5 11 [Note 5]
7   MF Ireland 17 5 2 - 2 - 21 5
17   MF Makoun - - - - 1 - 1 0 [Note 6]
25   MF Bannan 10 17 - 2 2 - 12 19
8   MF Jenas 1 2 - - - - 1 2 [Note 7]
40   MF Carruthers - 3 - - - - 0 3
12   MF Albrighton 14 10 1 - 2 - 18 9
10   MF N'Zogbia 26 5 - - 1 1 27 6
26   FW Weimann 5 9 - - - 1 5 10 [Note 8]
14   FW Delfouneso 1 5 - - 1 1 2 6 [Note 9]
18   FW Heskey 18 10 1 - - - 20 10
20   FW Keane 5 1 1 - - - 6 1 [Note 10]
11   FW Agbonlahor 32 1 1 1 1 - 34 2
9   FW Bent 21 1 2 - 1 - 24 1

Last updated: 13 May 2012.
Source:[citation needed]

Includes Cup competitions as well (Carling Cup and FA Cup)

GoalscorersEdit

Correct as of 13 May 2012
Players are listed by their position on the club's official website Source      Players highlighted in light grey denote the player had scored for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has scored for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player has scored for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Pos. Playing Pos. Nation Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
1
FW
  Darren Bent
9
1
10
2
FW
  Gabriel Agbonlahor
5
1
6
3
MF
  Stiliyan Petrov
4
4
4
MF
  Marc Albrighton
2
1
3
FW
  Robbie Keane
3
3
6
DF
  Stephen Warnock
2
2
DF
  Richard Dunne
1
1
2
DF
  Ciaran Clark
1
1
2
DF
  Eric Lichaj
1
1
2
MF
  Charles N'Zogbia
2
2
FW
  Andreas Weimann
2
2
7
DF
  James Collins
1
1
MF
  Stephen Ireland
1
1
MF
  Barry Bannan
1
1
MF
  Chris Herd
1
1
FW
  Nathan Delfouneso
1
1
FW
  Emile Heskey
1
1
Total Goals
37
5
2
44

Disciplinary RecordEdit

Correct as of 13 May 2012
Players are listed by their position on the club's official website Source      Players highlighted in light grey denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving for another club
     Players highlighted in light cyan denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club after arriving at Aston Villa during the season
     Players highlighted in Blonde denote the player has received a yellow/red card for the club before leaving the club on loan for part/the rest of the season

Number Nation Position Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
               
5   DF Richard Dunne 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
6   DF James Collins 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
19   MF Stiliyan Petrov 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2   DF Alan Hutton 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
3   DF Stephen Warnock 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
11   FW Gabriel Agbonlahor 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
30   DF Eric Lichaj 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
10   MF Charles N'Zogbia 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
21   DF Ciaran Clark 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12   MF Marc Albrighton 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
16   MF Fabian Delph 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
25   MF Barry Bannan 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
18   FW Emile Heskey 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
24   DF Carlos Cuéllar 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
7   MF Stephen Ireland 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
31   MF Chris Herd[57] 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1[Note 11]
1   GK Shay Given 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
38   MF Gary Gardner 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
40   MF Samir Carruthers 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9   FW Darren Bent 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26   FW Andreas Weimann 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
TOTALS 70[58] 2 1 0 3 0 74 1
Notes
  1. ^ Left for Queens Park Rangers on 27 August 2011
  2. ^ Loaned out until January to Doncaster Rovers on 21 November 2011
  3. ^ Player's contract was then cancelled on 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ Loaned out until February to Leeds United on 20 January 2012
  5. ^ Loaned out until January to Coventry City on 24 November 2011, before being recalled in late December (all appearances made after return from loan spell)
  6. ^ Loaned out until end of season to Olympiacos on 28 August 2011
  7. ^ Returned to Tottenham Hotspur in early December after being on loan at Villa since August (all appearances made in first half of season)
  8. ^ Loaned out for five months to Watford on 26 August 2011, before being recalled in late September (all appearances made after return from loan spell)
  9. ^ Loaned out until February to Leicester City on 23 January 2012
  10. ^ On loan at Villa from Los Angeles Galaxy from 12 January – 25 February 2012 (all appearances made in second half of season)
  11. ^ Red card against West Bromwich Albion on 22 October 2011 was rescinded on appeal.

Home AttendancesEdit

Correct as of 6 May 2012
  Win   Draw   Loss

Comp Week/Round Date Score Opponent Attendance
Premier League Wk 2 20 August 2011 3-1 Blackburn Rovers 32,319
League Cup Rd 2 23 August 2011 2-0 Hereford United 21,058
Premier League Wk 3 27 August 2011 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30,776
Premier League Wk 5 17 September 2011 1-1 Newcastle United 34,248
League Cup Rd 3 20 September 2011 0-2 Bolton Wanderers 22,261
Premier League Wk 7 1 October 2011 2-0 Wigan Athletic 30,744
Premier League Wk 9 22 October 2011 1-2 West Bromwich Albion 34,152
Premier League Wk 11 5 November 2011 3-2 Norwich City 35,290
Premier League Wk 14 3 December 2011 0-1 Manchester United 40,053
Premier League Wk 16 18 December 2011 0-2 Liverpool 37,460
Premier League Wk 17 21 December 2011 1-2 Arsenal 35,818
Premier League Wk 20 2 January 2012 0-2 Swansea City 35,642
Premier League Wk 21 14 January 2012 1-1 Everton 31,853
Premier League Wk 23 1 February 2012 2-2 Queens Park Rangers 32,063
Premier League Wk 25 12 February 2012 0-1 Manchester City 35,132
Premier League Wk 28 10 March 2012 1-0 Fulham 32,372
Premier League Wk 30 31 March 2012 2-4 Chelsea 34,740
Premier League Wk 32 9 April 2012 1-1 Stoke City 30,100
Premier League Wk 34 21 April 2012 0-0 Sunderland 32,557
Premier League Wk 35 24 April 2012 1-2 Bolton Wanderers 32,263
Premier League Wk 37 6 May 2012 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 36,008
Total Attendance 686,099
Average League Attendance 33,873[59]
Average Attendance 32,643

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