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2011–12 West Ham United F.C. season

The 2011–12 season was West Ham United's first season back in the Football League Championship, after being relegated from the Premier League at the conclusion of 2010–11 campaign. They also competed in the League Cup and the FA Cup. It was their first season under manager Sam Allardyce who was appointed in May 2011 after the sacking of previous manager Avram Grant. On 19 May 2012 West Ham gained promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, as they won the 2012 Football League Championship play-off Final by defeating Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

West Ham United
2011–12 season
ChairmenDavid Gold
David Sullivan
ManagerSam Allardyce
Home stadiumBoleyn Ground
Championship3rd (promoted via the playoffs)
League CupFirst Round
FA CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague: Carlton Cole (14)
All: Carlton Cole (15)
Highest home attendance35,000[1] 0v0 Hull City
28 April 2012
Lowest home attendance19,879 0v0 Aldershot Town
24 August 2011

Season summaryEdit

Sam Allardyce was appointed as the club's new manager on 1 June 2011,[2] after predecessor Avram Grant was sacked following the club's relegation with a 2-3 defeat at Wigan Athletic.[3]

For the majority of the season West Ham looked on course for automatic promotion, and even briefly topped the division on 1 March, but eventually finished the league campaign in third, after being beaten to automatic promotion by Southampton on the final day of the season, despite a 2-1 win against Hull City.[4] Failure to win a league game at all in March pushed saw West Ham overtaken by Reading (who defeated the Hammers 2-4 in a key game at Upton Park) and then Southampton and despite a late rally, the team had to settle for a Play-Off place. West Ham's 13 away wins was a club record for any league season, they also recorded the lowest number of defeats (8) in the Championship this season and had the second best goal difference but 14 draws over the season ultimately saw the club narrowly miss out on automatic promotion.

West Ham faced Cardiff City in the semi-finals of the play-offs, with the Hammers comfortably beating the Bluebirds 5-0 on aggregate.[5] West Ham then sealed their promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt on 19 May 2012, by beating Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley Stadium, with goals from Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te.[6] This was West Ham's first appearance at the national stadium since the 1981 Football League Cup Final, and a first match at Wembley since its redevelopment in 2007.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion 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 (O, P) 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 86 Qualification for 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
Updated to match(es) played on 28 April 2012. Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.

SquadEdit

ResultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

ChampionshipEdit

Championship Play-offsEdit

Football League CupEdit

FA CupEdit

StatisticsEdit

OverviewEdit

Competition Record
P W D L GF GA GD Win %
Championship 46 24 14 8 81 48 +33 052.17
Play-Offs 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 100.00
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
Total 51 27 14 10 89 52 +37 052.94

GoalscorersEdit

Rank Pos No. Nat Name Championship Play-Offs FA Cup League Cup Total
1 ST 9   Carlton Cole 14 1 0 0 15
2 MF 4   Kevin Nolan 12 1 0 0 13
3 ST 12   Ricardo Vaz Te 10 2 0 0 12
4 MF 16   Mark Noble 8 0 0 0 8
5 MF 10   Jack Collison 4 2 0 0 6
6 ST 7   Sam Baldock 5 0 0 0 5
7 DF 5   James Tomkins 4 0 0 0 4
Own goals 4 0 0 0 4
9 DF 2   Winston Reid 3 0 0 0 3
ST 8   Nicky Maynard 2 1 0 0 3
11 ST 11   John Carew 2 0 0 0 2
ST 30   Frederic Piquionne 2 0 0 0 2
MF 32   Gary O'Neil 2 0 0 0 2
14 DF 3   George McCartney 1 0 0 0 1
MF 8   Scott Parker 1 0 0 0 1
MF 14   Matthew Taylor 1 0 0 0 1
DF 17   Joey O'Brien 1 0 0 0 1
DF 18   Julien Faubert 1 0 0 0 1
MF 21   Papa Bouba Diop 1 0 0 0 1
MF 22   Henri Lansbury 1 0 0 0 1
ST 24   Frank Nouble 1 0 0 0 1
DF 25   Danny Collins 1 0 0 0 1
MF 25   Junior Stanislas 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 81 7 0 1 89

League position by matchdayEdit

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GroundHAAHAHAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAAH
ResultLWWDWWDWLDWLWWDWWWWLLWDLWWWLWDWDWDDDDDWLWDWDWW
Position221457545444222222222222232211111222233333333333
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship Play-offs FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Robert Green 45 0 42 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK   Manuel Almunia 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK   Ruud Boffin 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF   Winston Reid 33 3 27+1 3 3 0 1 0 1 0
3 DF   George McCartney 43 1 36+2 1 0+3 0 1 0 1 0
5 DF   James Tomkins 47 4 42+2 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF   Abdoulaye Faye 29 0 25+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 DF   Joey O'Brien 33 1 27+5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 DF   Guy Demel 10 0 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF   Herita Ilunga 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
25 DF   Danny Collins 11 1 4+7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF   Callum McNaughton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
48 DF   Danny Potts 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Kevin Nolan 46 13 42 12 3 1 0 0 1 0
8 MF   David Bentley 5 0 2+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Scott Parker 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 MF   Jack Collison 35 6 26+5 4 3 2 1 0 0 0
12 MF   Pablo Barrera 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
14 MF   Matthew Taylor 32 1 26+2 1 3 0 0 0 0+1 0
16 MF   Mark Noble 48 8 43+2 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF   Julien Faubert 37 1 28+6 1 0+2 0 0 0 1 0
21 MF   Papa Bouba Diop 16 1 14+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF   Henri Lansbury 24 1 13+9 1 0+1 0 1 0 0 0
23 MF   Ravel Morrison 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF   Junior Stanislas 2 1 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
32 MF   Gary O'Neil 20 2 9+7 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
Forwards
7 FW   Sam Baldock 24 5 10+13 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 FW   Nicky Maynard 16 3 9+5 2 0+2 1 0 0 0 0
9 FW   Carlton Cole 43 15 28+12 14 3 1 0 0 0 0
11 FW   John Carew 21 2 7+12 2 0 0 1 0 1 0
12 FW   Ricardo Vaz Te 18 12 13+2 10 3 2 0 0 0 0
19 FW   Freddie Sears 12 0 2+8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
24 FW   Frank Nouble 5 1 1+2 1 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
26 FW   Brian Montenegro 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
30 FW   Frederic Piquionne 21 2 8+12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
46 FW   Robert Hall 4 0 0+3 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0

TransfersEdit

SummerEdit

InEdit

# Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
15 DF   Abdoulaye Faye Stoke City Free 14 June 2011 [9]
4 MF   Kevin Nolan Newcastle United Undisclosed 16 June 2011 [10]
14 MF   Matt Taylor Bolton Wanderers Undisclosed 23 July 2011 [11]
17 MF   Joey O'Brien Bolton Wanderers Free 30 July 2011 [12]
11 FW   John Carew Aston Villa Free 6 August 2011 [13]
3 DF   George McCartney Sunderland Season-long loan 10 August 2011 [14]
7 FW   Sam Baldock Milton Keynes Dons Undisclosed 26 August 2011 [15]
26 FW   Brian Montenegro   Deportivo Maldonado Season-long loan 29 August 2011 [16]
21 MF   Papa Bouba Diop   AEK Athens Free 30 August 2011 [17]
8 MF   David Bentley Tottenham Hotspur Season-long loan 31 August 2011 [18]
22 MF   Henri Lansbury Arsenal Season-long loan 31 August 2011 [19]
20 DF   Guy Demel   Hamburger SV Undisclosed 31 August 2011 [20]

OutEdit

Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
MF   Anthony Edgar Yeovil Town[21] Free 16 June 2011 [22]
DF   Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson   VfL Bochum Free 16 June 2011 [22]
DF   Danny Gabbidon QPR Free 24 July 2011 [22]
DF   Lars Jacobsen   Copenhagen Free 16 September 2011 [22]
DF   Jonathan Spector Birmingham City Free 1 August 2011 [22]
DF   Matthew Upson Stoke City Free 16 June 2011 [22]
ST   Demba Ba Newcastle United Free 17 June 2011 [23]
DF   Manuel da Costa   Lokomotiv Moscow Undisclosed 22 June 2011 [24]
MF   Thomas Hitzlsperger   VfL Wolfsburg Contract terminated 22 June 2011 [25]
MF   Radoslav Kováč   FC Basel Undisclosed 24 June 2011 [26]
MF   Kieron Dyer QPR Free 13 July 2011 [27]
MF   Luís Boa Morte   Larissa Contract terminated 3 August 2011 [28]
DF   Jordan Spence Bristol City Season-long loan 3 August 2011 [29]
MF   Olly Lee Dagenham & Redbridge Two-month loan 5 August 2011 [30][31]
FW   Cristian Montano Notts County Two-month loan 5 August 2011 [32][33]
FW   Zavon Hines Burnley Fee set by tribunal 18 August 2011 [34]
MF   Pablo Barrera   Real Zaragoza Season-long loan 26 August 2011 [35]
MF   Scott Parker Tottenham Hotspur £5 million 31 August 2011 [36]
MF   Junior Stanislas Burnley Undisclosed 31 August 2011 [37]
MF   Ahmed Abdulla Swindon Town Four-month loan 31 August 2011 [38]
DF   Jordan Brown Aldershot Town One-month loan 31 August 2011 [39]

WinterEdit

InEdit

# Pos Player From Fee Date Notes
13 GK   Manuel Almunia Arsenal One-month emergency loan 30 September 2011 [40]
25 DF   George John   FC Dallas Two-month loan 13 January 2012 [41]
N/A ST   Joe Dixon Unattached Free 18 January 2012 [42]
23 MF   Ravel Morrison Manchester United Undisclosed 31 January 2012 [43]
12 MF   Ricardo Vaz Tê Barnsley Undisclosed 31 January 2012 [44]
8 ST   Nicky Maynard Bristol City Undisclosed 31 January 2012 [45]
25 DF   Danny Collins Stoke City Season-long loan 9 March 2012 [46]

OutEdit

Pos Player To Fee Date Notes
DF   Callum McNaughton AFC Wimbledon Four-month extended loan 9 September 2011 [47][48]
FW   Robert Hall Oxford United Three-month extended loan 12 September 2011 [49][50]
FW   Frank Nouble Gillingham Three-month extended loan 15 September 2011 [51][52]
FW   Cristian Montaño Swindon Town One-month loan 13 October 2011 [53]
FW   Cristian Montaño Dagenham & Redbridge Two-month extended loan 17 November 2011 [54]
GK   Péter Kurucz Rochdale One-month loan 2 January 2012 [55]
DF   Callum Driver Burton Albion One-month loan 5 January 2012 [56]
DF   Callum McNaughton AFC Wimbledon Free 6 January 2012 [57]
MF   George Moncur AFC Wimbledon One-month loan 6 January 2012 [58]
MF   Olly Lee Gillingham One-month loan 17 February 2012 [59]
GK   Marek Štěch Leyton Orient One-month emergency loan 24 February 2012 [60]
FW   Frédéric Piquionne Doncaster Rovers One-month loan 6 March 2012 [61]
GK   Ruud Boffin Released 22 April 2012 [62]

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