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2010–11 Football League Championship

Football League Championship
Season 2010–11
Champions Queens Park Rangers
(2nd divisional title)
Promoted Queens Park Rangers
Norwich City
Swansea City
Relegated Preston North End
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1510 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Danny Graham (24)
Biggest home win Norwich City 6–0 Scunthorpe United
(2 April 2011)
Biggest away win Doncaster Rovers 0–6 Ipswich Town
(15 February 2011)
Highest scoring Leeds United 4–6 Preston North End
(28 September 2010)
Longest winning run 8 games[1]
Reading
Longest unbeaten run 19 games[1]
Queens Park Rangers
Longest winless run 14 games[1]
Preston North End
Sheffield United
Longest losing run 6 games[1]
Ipswich Town
Highest attendance 33,622[1]
Leeds United 1–0 Sheffield United
(25 September 2010)
Lowest attendance 4,190[1]
Scunthorpe United 0–3 Preston North End
(15 March 2011)
Average attendance 17,457[2]
2011–12

The 2010–11 Football League Championship (known as the Npower Football League Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the league under its current name and nineteenth season under its current league division format. It started on 6 August 2010 and concluded on 7 May 2011, with the resultant play-offs concluding with the final on 30 May.

Queens Park Rangers secured the Championship title on 30 April 2011, ending their 15-year hiatus from the Premier League,[3] while Norwich City secured the second automatic promotion spot two days later, ending a six-year gap from the top flight. Swansea City won the play-off final to take the final promotion place.

Preston North End, Scunthorpe United and Sheffield United were relegated to League One.

Changes from last season

Team changes

From Championship

Promoted to Premier League:

Relegated to League One:

To Championship

Relegated from Premier League:

Promoted from League One:

Rule changes

On-field rules

  • The number of substitutes allowed on the bench was increased from 5 to 7. This was changed back to 5 the following season.

Off-field rules

  • New financial reporting rules see transfer embargoes imposed on those clubs which fail to lodge their accounts with the Football League, at the same time they are required by Companies House.
  • The Football League's fit and proper person test was renamed the Director's Test to ensure continuity with other football bodies.

Sponsorship changes

After Coca-Cola's sponsorship contract expired and was not renewed, Npower signed a three-year contract to become the Football League's official partner. The Coca-Cola Player of the Month and Coca-Cola Manager of the Month awards are therefore now known as the Npower Player of the Month and the Npower Manager of the Month award respectively.[4]

Team overview

Stadia and locations

Locations of teams in the 2010–11 Football League Championship
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 21,497
Burnley Burnley Turf Moor 22,546
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 26,828
Coventry City Coventry Ricoh Arena 32,609
Crystal Palace London Selhurst Park 26,309
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium 15,231
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KC Stadium 25,404
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 39,460
Leicester City Leicester King Power Stadium 32,500
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,988
Millwall London The Den 20,146
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,033
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,576
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 20,224
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London Loftus Road 18,360
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,224
Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe Glanford Park 9,088
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 32,702
Swansea City Swansea Liberty Stadium 20,532
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 23,500

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager Chairman Team captain Kit maker Sponsor
Barnsley England Mark Robins England Patrick Cyrne England Jason Shackell Lotto Barnsley Building Society
Bristol City England Keith Millen England Steve Lansdown England Louis Carey adidas DAS
Burnley England Eddie Howe England Barry Kilby Scotland Graham Alexander Puma Fun88
Cardiff City England Dave Jones Malaysia Chan Tien Ghee Wales Craig Bellamy Puma SBOBET
Coventry City England Andy Thorn England Ken Dulieu Republic of Ireland Lee Carsley Puma City Link
Crystal Palace Scotland Dougie Freedman England Steve Parish
England Martin Long
Republic of Ireland Paddy McCarthy Nike GAC Logistics
Derby County England Nigel Clough United States Andrew Appleby Wales Robbie Savage adidas buymobiles.net
Doncaster Rovers Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll England John Ryan Wales Brian Stock Nike One Call Insurance
Hull City England Nigel Pearson Egypt Assem Allam England Andy Dawson adidas Totesport.com
Ipswich Town England Paul Jewell England Marcus Evans England David Norris Mitre Marcus Evans
Leeds United England Simon Grayson England Ken Bates England Richard Naylor Macron NetFlights.com
Leicester City Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson Thailand Vichai Raksriaksorn England Matt Oakley BURRDA King Power
Middlesbrough England Tony Mowbray England Steve Gibson England Matthew Bates Adidas Sponsors come on a monthly basis1
Millwall Wales Kenny Jackett United States John Berylson England Paul Robinson Macron CYC
Norwich City Scotland Paul Lambert England Alan Bowkett England Grant Holt Xara Aviva
Nottingham Forest Scotland Billy Davies England Nigel Doughty England Paul McKenna Umbro Victor Chandler
Portsmouth England Steve Cotterill Hong Kong Balram Chainrai South Africa Aaron Mokoena Kappa Jobsite
Preston North End England Phil Brown England Maurice Lindsay Republic of Ireland Sean St Ledger Puma Tennent's Lager
Queens Park Rangers England Neil Warnock India Ishan Saksena Morocco Adel Taarabt Lotto Gulf Air
Reading England Brian McDermott England John Madejski Iceland Ívar Ingimarsson Puma Waitrose
Scunthorpe United Wales Alan Knill England J. Steven Wharton Republic of Ireland Cliff Byrne Nike Rainham Steel
Sheffield United England Micky Adams England Kevin McCabe England Chris Morgan Macron VisitMalta.com
Swansea City Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers Wales Huw Jenkins England Garry Monk Umbro 32Red
Watford Scotland Malky Mackay England Graham Taylor England John Eustace BURRDA BURRDA, Umbria Televisione

1Middlesbrough's sponsors include: Deepdale Solutions (7 August – 30 August), Wiring Services (1–30 September), Ramsdens (1 October - 5 March), Marie Curie Cancer Care (6–8 March)

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Crystal Palace England Paul Hart Contract expired 2 May 2010 Pre-season Scotland George Burley 17 June 2010[5]
Coventry City Wales Chris Coleman Sacked 4 May 2010[6] Pre-season England Aidy Boothroyd 20 May 2010[7]
Hull City England Iain Dowie Contract expired 9 May 2010 Pre-season England Nigel Pearson 29 June 2010[8]
Portsmouth Israel Avram Grant Resigned 20 May 2010[9] Pre-season England Steve Cotterill 18 June 2010[10]
Leicester City England Nigel Pearson Signed by Hull City 29 June 2010 Pre-season Portugal Paulo Sousa 7 July 2010[11]
Swansea City Portugal Paulo Sousa Signed by Leicester City 5 July 2010[12] Pre-season Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers 16 July 2010[13]
Bristol City England Steve Coppell Resigned 12 August 2010[14] 23rd England Keith Millen 12 August 2010[15]
Sheffield United England Kevin Blackwell Mutual consent 14 August 2010[16] 21st Wales Gary Speed 17 August 2010[17]
Scunthorpe United England Nigel Adkins Signed By Southampton 12 September 2010[18] 15th England Ian Baraclough 24 September 2010[19]
Leicester City Portugal Paulo Sousa Sacked 1 October 2010[20] 24th Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson 3 October 2010[21]
Middlesbrough Scotland Gordon Strachan Resigned 18 October 2010[22] 20th England Tony Mowbray 26 October 2010[23]
Sheffield United Wales Gary Speed Signed by Wales 14 December 2010 20th England Micky Adams 30 December 2010[24]
Burnley England Brian Laws Sacked 29 December 2010[25] 9th England Eddie Howe 14 January 2011
Preston North End Scotland Darren Ferguson Sacked 29 December 2010[26] 24th England Phil Brown 6 January 2011[27]
Crystal Palace Scotland George Burley Sacked 1 January 2011[28] 23rd Scotland Dougie Freedman 12 January 2011[29]
Ipswich Town Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Sacked 7 January 2011[30] 19th England Paul Jewell 10 January 2011[31]
Coventry City England Aidy Boothroyd Sacked 14 March 2011[32] 19th England Andy Thorn 28 April 2011[33]
Scunthorpe United England Ian Baraclough Sacked 16 March 2011[34] 22nd Wales Alan Knill 31 March 2011[35]

Ownership changes

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Cardiff City Malaysia Datuk Chan Tien Ghee England Peter Ridsdale 27 May 2010[36]
Crystal Palace England Steve Parish
Martin Long
Administrator 7 June 2010
Preston North End England Trevor Hemmings England Derek Shaw 3 June 2010[37]
Leicester City Thailand Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn Serbia Milan Mandarić 12 August 2010[38]
Portsmouth Nepal Balram Chainrai Administrator 24 October 2010
Hull City Egypt Assem Allam England Russell Bartlett 17 December 2010

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Queens Park Rangers (C) 46 24 16 6 71 32 +39 88 Promotion to 
2 Norwich City (P) 46 23 15 8 83 58 +25 84
3 Swansea City (P) 46 24 8 14 69 42 +27 80 Qualification to 
4 Cardiff City 46 23 11 12 76 54 +22 80
5 Reading 46 20 17 9 77 51 +26 77
6 Nottingham Forest 46 20 15 11 69 50 +19 75
7 Leeds United 46 19 15 12 81 70 +11 72
8 Burnley 46 18 14 14 65 61 +4 68
9 Millwall 46 18 13 15 62 48 +14 67
10 Leicester City 46 19 10 17 76 71 +5 67
11 Hull City 46 16 17 13 52 51 +1 65
12 Middlesbrough 46 17 11 18 68 68 0 62
13 Ipswich Town 46 18 8 20 62 68 −6 62
14 Watford 46 16 13 17 77 71 +6 61
15 Bristol City 46 17 9 20 62 65 −3 60
16 Portsmouth 46 15 13 18 53 60 −7 58
17 Barnsley 46 14 14 18 55 66 −11 56
18 Coventry City 46 14 13 19 54 58 −4 55
19 Derby County 46 13 10 23 58 71 −13 49
20 Crystal Palace 46 12 12 22 44 69 −25 48
21 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 15 20 55 81 −26 48
22 Preston North End (R) 46 10 12 24 54 79 −25 42 Relegation to Football League One
23 Sheffield United (R) 46 11 9 26 44 79 −35 42
24 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 12 6 28 43 87 −44 42

Updated to games played on 7 May 2011.
Source: The Football League
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; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Playoffs

Main article: 2011 Football League play-offs

Semi-finals

12 May 2011
19:45
Nottingham Forest 0 – 0 Swansea City
Report
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 27,881
Referee: Mike Dean
16 May 2011
19:45
Swansea City 3 – 1 Nottingham Forest
Britton Goal 28'
Dobbie Goal 33'
Pratley Goal 90+3'
Report Earnshaw Goal 80'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 19,816
Referee: Andre Marriner

Swansea City won 3 – 1 on aggregate.


13 May 2011
19:45
Reading 0 – 0 Cardiff City
Report
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 21,485
Referee: Mark Halsey
17 May 2011
19:45
Cardiff City 0 – 3 Reading
Report Long Goal 28'45' (pen.)
McAnuff Goal 84'
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 24,081
Referee: Howard Webb

Reading won 3 – 0 on aggregate.

Final

Main article: 2011 Football League Championship play-off Final
30 May 2011
15:00
Reading 2 – 4 Swansea City
Allen Goal 49' (o.g.)
Mills Goal 57'
Report Sinclair Goal 21' (pen.)22'80' (pen.)
Dobbie Goal 40'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 86,581
Referee: Phil Dowd

Results

The fixtures for the Championship were released on 17 June 2010. The season kick-off was announced for 6 August 2010 and it concluded on 7 May 2011.[39]

Home \ Away[1]
Barnsley 4–2 1–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 5–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0
Bristol City 3–3 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 0–4 0–3 0–3 2–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–2 0–2
Burnley 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–3 3–0 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 4–3 0–0 0–4 0–2 4–2 2–1 3–2
Cardiff City 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 0–3 2–1 3–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–2
Coventry City 3–0 1–4 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0
Crystal Palace 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–3 4–1 1–0 1–2 3–3 1–2 1–0 0–3 3–2
Derby County 0–0 0–2 2–4 1–2 2–2 5–0 1–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 4–1
Doncaster Rovers 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–6 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1
Hull City 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–0
Ipswich Town 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–3 2–0 1–5 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–3 2–0 3–0 1–3 0–3
Leeds United 3–3 3–1 1–0 0–4 1–0 2–1 1–2 5–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–1 3–3 4–6 2–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 2–2
Leicester City 4–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 4–2 2–2 0–0 4–2 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 4–2
Middlesbrough 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 3–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–3 3–1 2–0 1–0 3–4 2–1
Millwall 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 1–6
Norwich City 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 4–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 6–0 4–2 2–0 2–3
Nottingham Forest 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 5–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 3–4 5–1 1–1 3–1 1–0
Portsmouth 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 0–0 2–2 6–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–2
Preston North End 1–2 0–4 1–2 0–1 2–1 4–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 3–1
Queens Park Rangers 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 4–0 1–3
Reading 3–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 5–2 2–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–1
Scunthorpe United 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–4 0–2 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–5 1–1 1–4 0–3 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 4–1 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–2
Sheffield United 2–2 3–2 3–3 0–2 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 2–3 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–4 1–0 0–1
Swansea City 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 4–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–2 4–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
Watford 1–0 1–3 1–3 4–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–3
Updated to games played on 7 May 2011.
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Season statistics

Hat-tricks

Main article: List of Football League Championship hat-tricks
Player For Against Result Date
Scotland Chris Iwelumo Burnley Preston North End 4–3 11 September 2010
England James Vaughan Crystal Palace Portsmouth 4–1 14 September 2010
England James Coppinger Doncaster Rovers Norwich City 3–1 14 September 2010
England Jon Parkin Preston North End Leeds United 6–4 28 September 2010
England Jonny Howson Leeds United Scunthorpe United 4–1 30 October 2010
Argentina Luciano Becchio Leeds United Bristol City 3–1 13 November 2010
England Grant Holt Norwich City Ipswich Town 4–1 28 November 2010
Republic of Ireland Wes Hoolahan Norwich City Sheffield United 4–2 28 December 2010
England Jason Puncheon Millwall Crystal Palace 3–0 1 January 2011
England Matty Fryatt Hull City Scunthorpe United 5–1 5 February 2011
England Connor Wickham Ipswich Town Doncaster Rovers 6–0 15 February 2011
Nigeria Yakubu Aiyegbeni Leicester City Middlesbrough 3–3 2 April 2011
England Grant Holt Norwich City Scunthorpe United 6–0 2 April 2011
Canada Simeon Jackson Norwich City Scunthorpe United 6–0 2 April 2011
Australia Scott McDonald Middlesbrough Hull City 4–2 23 April 2011
Canada Simeon Jackson Norwich City Derby County 3–2 25 April 2011

Scoring

  • First goal of the season: John Eustace for Watford against Norwich City (6 August 2010)[42]
  • Highest scoring game: 10 goals – Leeds United 4–6 Preston North End (28 September 2010)[1]
  • Most goals scored in a game by one team: 6 goals[1]
    • Millwall 1–6 Watford (18 September 2010)
    • Portsmouth 6–1 Leicester City (24 September 2010)
    • Leeds United 4–6 Preston North End (28 September 2010)
    • Doncaster Rovers 0–6 Ipswich Town (15 February 2011)
    • Norwich City 6–0 Scunthorpe United (2 April 2011)
  • Widest winning margin: 6 goals[1]
    • Doncaster Rovers 0–6 Ipswich Town (15 February 2011)
    • Norwich City 6–0 Scunthorpe United (2 April 2011)
  • Fewest games failed to score in: 5 – Norwich City[1]
  • Most games failed to score in: 21 – Scunthorpe United[1]

Discipline

Clean sheets

  • Most clean sheets: 25 - Queens Park Rangers[1]
  • Fewest clean sheets: 4 - Preston North End[1]

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Notes
Manager Club Player Club
August England Neil Warnock Queens Park Rangers Morocco Adel Taarabt Queens Park Rangers [44]
September England Neil Warnock Queens Park Rangers Scotland Jamie Mackie Queens Park Rangers [45][46]
October England Dave Jones Cardiff City England Jay Bothroyd Cardiff City [47][48]
November England Keith Millen Bristol City England James Hayter Doncaster Rovers [49][50]
December England Simon Grayson Leeds United England Danny Graham Watford [51][52]
January Scotland Billy Davies Nottingham Forest England Richie Wellens Leicester City [53][54]
February Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers Swansea City England Connor Wickham Ipswich Town [55][56]
March Scotland Malky Mackay Watford Republic of Ireland Ian Harte Reading [57][58]
April England Brian McDermott Reading Canada Simeon Jackson Norwich City [59][60]

Team of the year

References

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