Four ex-Clarets enjoy the last day
By Tony Scholes
Updated Monday, 30th April 2012
The Championship came to an end on Saturday with only the play off games now remaining, and the two clubs left celebrating were Southampton and Cardiff City as they made the Premier League and the play offs respectively.
That left three former Clarets celebrating with all of Danny Fox, Jack Cork and Richard Chaplow currently at Southampton, although only Fox was selected for this game.
There's been a big change at St. Mary's in the last three years. Their last home game of the 2008/09 season against Burnley had them out with collecting buckets as they desperately tried to raise money to keep going having gone into administration.
With creditors losing out they got themselves some investment and that's led to successive promotions in 2011 and 2012 and a return to the Premier League that they left in 2005. It's so wrong, but clubs continue to get away with this and the sooner the punishment for administration is more realistic than the deduction of a few points then the sooner clubs will be prevented from rebuilding like this when people have lost out on money owed to them.
Still, with Pompey and Southampton gone that's two long away trips out of the way and for that reason I wouldn't mind West Ham winning the play offs. They face Cardiff on one semi-final with Birmingham and Blackpool meeting in the other.
My choice? Call it sentiment but I'd like to see Steven Caldwell and Wade Elliott get another crack at the Premier League next season with Birmingham. Caldwell is out of the play offs with an injury but Elliott, who scored from the penalty spot on Saturday, might yet get another Wembley appearance.
Whittingham scored in Cardiff's win and Chris Iwelumo scored his first Vicarage Road goal since netting our third there last season. Along with Elliott they were amazingly three of nine players with Burnley connections who scored in the leagues on Saturday.
I know most of them were outside the Championship but it is worth noting that also on the scoresheet were Nathan Dyer (Swansea), Steven Fletcher (Wolves), Keith Treacy (Sheffield Wednesday), Dean Bowditch (MK Franchise), Dele Adebola (Notts County) and Graham Alexander (Preston) who scored in what will be his last ever appearance. Well done Grezza.
That's it, we've finished 13th in a table that has Reading as champions and Southampton runners up with Coventry, Portsmouth and Doncaster relegated.
Southampton have scored the most goals with 89 and Coventry have the least with 41. The best defensive record is that of Reading who have conceded just 41 goals. The worst is Doncaster who have had something of a throw one in season with 80 goals conceded.
Southampton also head the home points table. They've won 52 points at St. Mary's whilst Doncaster are bottom with only 20 home points. Burnley's return of 30 points sees them in 18th place.
The away table has West Ham as winners with 45 points and Coventry at the bottom with only nine points. We've done much better here and have just sneaked into the play off positions with 32 away points.
What about clean sheets? These were the things we couldn't quite muster until December but in the end we totalled 12. I don't think anyone will be surprised to see Reading at the top of that particular table with 20 clean sheets, or probably that Peterborough are bottom with only four and that's four less than Barnsley and Doncaster, who were just ahead of them, managed in the season.
West Ham boast the highest average attendance with 30,923 going through the Boleyn Ground turnstiles. Peterborough are at the other end with an average attendance of just 9,123 at London Road.
We provided Blackpool with their highest attendance of the season but both Birmingham and Leicester had their lowest attendances against us.
We can all sit and watch now to see which other clubs will be leaving us and which will be coming in from the Premier League and League One to join Wolves and Charlton who have already been confirmed. And which ground will we be visiting in the Steel City next season?
And finally, I can't forget the referees without whom we'd have no games. A total of 70 referees have refereed in this season's Championship. Darren Deadman, with 18, has refereed the most.
|Saturday 21st April|
|Barnsley 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0||Leeds United 1 Leicester City 2|
|Birmingham City 2 Reading 0||Millwall 2 Blackpool 2|
|Burnley 1 Bristol City 1||Nottingham Forest 2 Portsmouth 0|
|Crystal Palace 1 Cardiff City 2||Southampton 4 Coventry City 0|
|Derby County 1 Peterborough United 1||Watford 2 Middlesbrough 1|
|Doncaster Rovers 2 Ipswich Town 3||West Ham United 2 Hull City 1|
|Biggest Win||Southampton 4-0 v Coventry City (home)|
|Total Goals Scored||33 (20 home - 13 away)|
Player Scoring Most Goals
|Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest)
Carlton Cole (West Ham United)
|Highest Attendance||35,000 - West Ham United v Hull City|
|Lowest Attendance||9,764 - Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town|
|Total Yellow Cards||27|
|Total Red Cards||0|
|Most Cards in a Game||Barnsley v Brighton & Hove Albion (4Y) Ref: Colin Webster
Crystal Palace v Cardiff City (4Y) Ref: Lee Mason
|Leading Goalscorers (League Only)|
|27||Rickie Lambert (Southampton) - includes 9 penalties|
|20||Ricardo Vaz Te (West Ham United) - includes 1 penalty - (10 with Barnsley)|
|19||Billy Sharp (Southampton) - includes 1 penalty - (10 with Doncaster Rovers)|
|18||Ross McCormack (Leeds United)|
|17||Matty Fryatt (Hull City) - includes 2 penalties|
|16||Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 1 penalty
Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 2 penalties
|15||Darius Henderson (Millwall) - includes 2 penalties
David Nugent (Leicester City)
Kevin Phillips (Blackpool)
Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties
|14||Michael Chopra (Ipswich Town)
Carlton Cole (West Ham United)
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough)
|13||Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) - includes 2 penalties|
|12||Chris Burke (Birmingham City)
Adam Le Fondre (Reading)
Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)
Paul Taylor (Peterborough United)
Chris Wood (Bristol City) - includes 1 penalty - (9 with Birmingham City)
Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) - includes 3 penalties
|Date||Player & Game|
|20/08/11||3: Lee Tomlin - PETERBOROUGH UNITED v Ipswich Town|
|10/09/11||3: Rickie Lambert - SOUTHAMPTON v Nottingham Forest|
|11/09/11||3: Chris Wood - BIRMINGHAM CITY v Millwall|
|12/10/11||3: Darius Henderson - Leicester City v MILLWALL|
|02/11/11||3: Jonjo Shelvey - Leeds United v BLACKPOOL|
|19/11/11||3: Rickie Lambert - SOUTHAMPTON v Brighton & Hove Albion|
|26/12/11||3: Matthew Phillips - Barnsley v BLACKPOOL|
|31/12/11||3: Ricardo Vaz Te - BARNSLEY v Leeds United|
|21/01/12||3: Darius Henderson - Barnsley v MILLWALL|
|31/01/12||4: Nikola Zigic - Leeds United v BIRMINGHAM CITY|
|26/02/12||3: Rickie Lambert - Watford v SOUTHAMPTON|
|17/03/12||3: Rickie Lambert - Millwall v SOUTHAMPTON|
|20/03/12||4: Garath McCleary - Leeds United v NOTTINGHAM FOREST|
|31/03/12||3: Radi Majewski - Crystal Palace v NOTTINGHAM FOREST|
|31/03/12||3: Charlie Austin - Portsmouth v BURNLEY|
|14/04/12||3: Ricardo Vaz Te - WEST HAM UNITED v Brighton & Hove Albion|
|17/04/12||3: Matty Fryatt - HULL CITY v Barnsley|
|Disciplinary Record (League and Cup)|
|Birmingham City||64||3||69||3||Leeds United||75||9||81||9|
|Brighton and Hove Albion||94||8||108||8||Middlesbrough||77||7||80||7|
|Cardiff City||59||0||75||0||Peterborough United||54||2||57||2|
|Hull City||70||1||75||1||West Ham United||67||6||69||7|
|Highest and Lowest Attendances|
|35,000||West Ham United v Hull City (28/04)||6,351||Peterborough United v Cardiff City (18/10)|
|34,936||West Ham United v Coventry City (02/01)||6,392||Peterborough United v Millwall (06/03)|
|34,900||West Ham United v Crystal Palace (25/02)||6,717||Peterborough United v Reading (20/03)|
|34,749||West Ham United v Barnsley (17/12)||7,004||Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/02)|
|34,650||West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers (10/03)||7,540||Peterborough United v Blackpool (10/03)|
|33,465||West Ham United v Portsmouth (10/09)||7,555||Peterborough United v Portsmouth (28/01)|
|33,366||Leeds United v West Ham United (17/03)||7,572||Doncaster Rovers v Millwall (20/03)|
|33,350||West Ham United v Reading (31/03)||7,650||Doncaster Rovers v Watford (26/11)|
|33,010||Derby County v Southampton (15/10)||7,778||Doncaster Rovers v Bristol City (27/08)|
|33,010||Derby County v Leeds United (26/12)||7,901||Peterborough United v Burnley (17/09)|
|The Final Fixtures|
|Saturday 21st April|
|Barnsley v Brighton & Hove Albion||Leeds United v Leicester City|
|Birmingham City v Reading||Millwall v Blackpool|
|Burnley v Bristol City||Nottingham Forest v Portsmouth|
|Crystal Palace v Cardiff City||Southampton v Coventry City|
|Derby County v Middlesbrough||Watford v Peterborough United|
|Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town||West Ham United v Hull City|