Four ex-Clarets enjoy the last day

Last updated : 30 April 2012 By Tony Scholes

 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.

It seems to be normal day to day business in that part of the world with Portsmouth and Bournemouth two other clubs that have been in and out of administration more often than we change our kit.

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.

Cardiff, with another ex-Claret in Pete Whittingham, took their place in the end of season lottery with a win at Crystal Palace. In the end it wasn't needed as Middlesbrough lost at Watford.

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.

The Results
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


The Stats
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


Hat Tricks
 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)
Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R
  League   Total   League  Total 
Barnsley 62 2 65 2 Ipswich Town 56 5 57 5
Birmingham City 64 3 69 3 Leeds United 75 9 81 9
Blackpool 54 2 57 3 Leicester City 61 9 69 9
Brighton and Hove Albion 94 8 108 8 Middlesbrough 77 7 80 7
Bristol City 81 7 83 7 Millwall 79 2 86 2
Burnley 70 2 78 2 Nottingham Forest 61 5 66 5
Cardiff City 59 0 75 0 Peterborough United 54 2 57 2
Coventry City 55 3 57 3 Portsmouth 77 4 84 4
Crystal Palace 57 2 61 3 Reading 58 1 61 1
Derby County 58 1 58 1 Southampton 52 4 55 4
Doncaster Rovers 70 3 72 3 Watford 69 3 71 3
Hull City 70 1 75 1 West Ham United 67 6 69 7


Highest and Lowest Attendances
Highest Lowest
Att Fixture Att Fixture
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