Season #123 

| 2011-12 |

Games #5170 - #5213

2011-12 Club Summary

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President Emeritus | Sir Herbert Douglas Ellis

Chairman | Randolph Lerner

Manager | Alex McLeish

CEO | Paul Faulkner

2011-12 Season Summary 


Manager | Alex McLeish |
Games | #5170 - #5213 | 
Top Scorer | 11 | #836 Darren Bent | 9 League | 1 FA Cup | 1 Other | Goal |

 Most Appearances |  40 | #825 Stephen Warnock | 34 (1) League | 2 FA Cup | 1 League Cup | 2 Other | Appearances |
Final League Position | 16th Premier League | 
FA Cup Progress | 4th Round | 

League Cup Progress | 3rd Round |      
Premier League Asia Trophy Progress | Runners Up | 
Biggest Win |  3-1 | Blackburn Rovers (h) | Chelsea (a) | Bristol Rovers (a), FA Cup |
Highest Home Attendance | 40,053 | Manchester United 

 

 2011-12 Premier League Table 

| 14 | Stoke City | P38 | W11 | D12 | L15 | F36 | A53 | GD-17 | Pts 45 |
| 15 |
Wigan Athletic | P38 | W11 | D10 | L17 | F42 | A62 | GD-20 | Pts 43 |
| 16 | Aston Villa | P38 | W7 | D17 | L14 | F37 | A53 | GD-16 | Pts 38 |
| 17 |
Queens Park Rangers | P38 | W10 | D7 | L21 | F43 | A66 | GD-23 | Pts 37 |
| 18 |
Bolton Wanderers  | P38 | W10 | D6 | L22 | F46 | A77 | GD-31 | Pts 36 |

 2011-12 Results Summary 

| 1 | 27 Jul | n | Blackburn Rovers (PLAT) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 2 | 30 Jul | n | Chelsea (PLAT) | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 3 | 13 Aug | a | Fulham | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 4 | 20 Aug | h | Blackburn Rovers | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 5 | 23 Aug | h | Hereford United (LC R2) | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 6 | 27 Aug | h | Wolverhampton Wanderers | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 7 | 10 Sep | a | Everton | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 8 | 17 Sep | h | Newcastle United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 9 | 20 Sep | h | Bolton Wanderers (LC R3) | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 10 | 25 Sep | a | Queens Park Rangers | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 11 | 1 Oct | h | Wigan Athletic | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 12 | 15 Oct | a | Manchester City | L | 1-4 | Match Report

| 13 | 22 Oct | h | West Bromwich Albion | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 14 | 29 Oct | a | Sunderland | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 15 | 5 Nov | h | Norwich City | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 16 | 21 Nov | a | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 17 | 27 Nov | a | Swansea City | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 18 | 3 Dec | h | Manchester United | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 19 | 10 Dec | a | Bolton Wanderers | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 20 | 18 Dec | h | Liverpool | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 21 | 21 Dec | h | Arsenal | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 22 | 26 Dec | a | Stoke City | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 23 | 31 Dec | a | Chelsea | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 24 | 2 Jan | h | Swansea City | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 25 | 7 Jan | a | Bristol Rovers (FAC R3) | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 26 | 14 Jan | h | Everton | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 27 | 21 Jan | a | Wolverhampton Wanderers | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 28 | 29 Jan | a | Arsenal (FAC R4) | L | 2-3 | Match Report

| 29 | 1 Feb | h | Queens Park Rangers | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 30 | 5 Feb | a | Newcastle United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 31 | 12 Feb | h | Manchester City | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 32 | 25 Feb | a | Wigan Athletic | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 33 | 3 Mar | a | Blackburn Rovers | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 34 | 10 Mar | h | Fulham | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 35 | 24 Mar | a | Arsenal | L | 0-3 | Match Report

| 36 | 31 Mar | h | Chelsea | L | 2-4 | Match Report

| 37 | 7 Apr | a | Liverpool | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 38 | 9 Apr | h | Stoke City | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 39 | 15 Apr | a | Manchester United | L | 0-4 | Match Report

| 40 | 21 Apr | h | Sunderland | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 41 | 24 Apr | h | Bolton Wanderers | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 42 | 28 Apr | a | West Bromwich Albion | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 43 | 6 May | h | Tottenham Hotspur | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 44 | 13 May | a | Norwich City | L | 0-2 | Match Report

 

 2011-12 Season Summary

It's ironic, a 16th placed finish, 7 places lower than the previous demoralising campaign and Villa's equal lowest finish since 1990-91 but the season was a better one.

A manager who wanted to be at the club, who inherited a demoralised and depleted squad and who at least tried to bring positive signings to the club.

That though was as good as it got, known for dour football, freshly relegated with Villa's neighbours and far down the supporters' wish list, it was incredible that the club hierarchy had made the appointment. That they had done the chasing and paid considerable sums to make it happen made absolutely no sense.

The inevitable happened, Villa adopted a negative, dour approach, and achieved just 7 league wins all season, however that defensive outlook brought 17 crucial draws to save the club from an almost expected relegation.

There were bright spots, far more than in 2010-11, but honourable and dignified though the manager was his appointment was doomed to fail even before he started. That Lerner and Faulkner had made two poor managerial appointments in succession was tempered by the recruitment over the season of some solid players. Their next appointment would be crucial. Getting it wrong unthinkable, relegation inevitable.

 

 2011-12 Season Statistics 


Games | 44 |

Won | 10 | 23% |   
Drew |
 17 | 39% |  
Lost |
17 | 39% |

Unbeaten | 27 | 61% |


Goals Scored | 45 | 1.02 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 61 | 1.39 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 11 | 25% |

Average Home Attendance | 32,851 |

Longest winning run | 2 Games |

League winning run | 1 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 6 Games |
Longest losing run | 2 Games |

Games without a win | 10 Games |

 2011-12 Transfers

1 July 2011 - 30 June 2012


Incoming | 10 |

#840 Shay Given | Manchester City | £3,380,000 | Jul 11 | 35 | 

#841 Gary Gardner | Youth Team | Promoted to first team squad | Jul 11 | 19 | 

#842 Charles N’Zogbia | Wigan Athletic | £9,720,000 | Jul 11 | 25 | 

#857 Derrick Williams | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Jul 11 | 18 | 

#852 Graham Burke | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Jul 11 | 18 | 

Lewis Kinsella | Arsenal | Free | Jul 11 | 16 | 

#843 Alan Hutton | Tottenham Hotspur | £4,050,000 | Aug 11 | 26 | 

#844 Jermaine Jenas | Tottenham Hotspur | Loan | Aug 11 | 28 | 

#845 Robbie Keane | LA Galaxy | Loan | Jan 12 | 31 |

#851 Enda Stevens | Shamrock Rovers | £257,000 | Jan 12 | 21 |

Outgoing | 15 |

#801 Ashley Young | Manchester United | £16,200,000 | Jul 11 | 25 | 

#828 Stewart Downing | Liverpool | £20,520,000 | Jul 11 | 27 | 

#804 Nigel Reo-Coker | Bolton Wanderers | Free | Jul 11 | 27 | 

#812 Brad Friedel | Tottenham Hotspur | Free Jul 11 | 40 | 

#834 Robert Pirès | Unattached | Released | Jul 11 | 37 | 

#802 John Carew | West Ham United | Free | Aug 11 | 31 | 

#815 Luke Young | Queens Park Rangers | £1,010,000 | Aug 11 | 32 |

#798 Isaiah Osbourne | Hibernian | Free | Aug 11 | 23 | 

#830 Jonathan Hogg | Watford | Free | Aug 11 | 22 | 

#823 Shane Lowry | Millwall | £243,000 | Jan 12 | 22 | 

#822 Habib Beye | Doncaster Rovers | Free | Jan 12 | 34 |

Elliot Parish | Cardiff City | Free | Jan 12 | 21 |

#795 Stiliyan Petrov | Career Break | Mar 12 | 32 | 

#845 Robbie Keane | LA Galaxy | Loan | Mar 12 | 31 |

#844 Jermaine Jenas | Tottenham Hotspur | End of Loan | May 12 | 29 | 

Loans Out | 8 |

#829 Andreas Weimann Watford | 26 August 2011 to 23 September 2011

#837 Jean Makoun | Olympiacos Piraeus | 28 August 2011 to 30 June 2012 | 

#821 Habib Bèye | Doncaster Rovers | 1 November 2011 to 1 December 2011 | 

#838 Nathan Baker | Millwall | 22 November 2011 to 1 January 2012 | 

#823 Shane Lowry Millwall | 23 November 2011 to 26 January 2012 | 

#841 Gary Gardner | Coventry City | 24 November 2011 to 24 December 2011 | 

#814 Nathan Delfouneso | Leicester City | 1 January 2012 to 1 February 2012

#822 Fabian Delph | Leeds United | 20 January 2012 to 16 February 2012 | 

 

 2011-12 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 7 |

#840 Shay Given | Wednesday, 27 July 2011 | Blackburn Rovers (n), Premier League Asia Trophy | 35 | 

#841 Gary Gardner | Saturday, 30 July 2011 | Chelsea (n) | Premier League Asia Trophy | 19 | 
#842 Charles N’Zogbia | Saturday, 13 August 2011 | Fulham (a) | 25 | 
#843 Alan Hutton | Saturday, 10 September 2011 | Everton (a) | 26 | 
#844 Jermaine Jenas | Saturday, 5 November 2011 | Norwich City (h) | 28 | 
#845 Robbie Keane | Saturday, 14 January 2012 | Everton (h) | 31 |
#846 Samir Carruthers | Saturday, 7 April 2012 | Liverpool (a) | 19 |

Final Appearances | 12 |

#815 Luke Young Saturday, 20 August 2011 | Blackburn Rovers (h) | 32 |

#837 Jean Makoun Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Hereford United (h), League Cup | 28 | `

#821 Habib Beye Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | Hereford United (h), League Cup | 34 |

#844 Jermaine Jenas Saturday, 3 December 2011 | Manchester United (h) | 28 | 

#845 Robbie Keane Saturday, 25 February 2012 | Wigan Athletic (a) | 31 |

#795 Stiliyan Petrov | Saturday, 24 March 2012 | Arsenal (a) | 32 |

#846 Samir Carruthers | Saturday, 28 April 2012 | West Bromwich Albion (a) | 19 |
#827 Richard Dunne | Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Norwich City (a) | 32 |
#826 James Collins | Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Norwich City (a) | 28 |
#819 Emile Heskey | Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Norwich City (a) | 34 | `
#816 Carlos Cuéllar | Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Norwich City (a) | 30 |
#825 Stephen Warnock | Sunday, 13 May 2012 | Norwich City (a) | 30 |

 2011-12 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 37 | (-2) | 
Average Age | 25.26 | (+0.85) | 

Average 1st XI Age | 27.90 | +0.13 |

Youngest 1st XI | 24.84 | Manchester United (a) | -1.01 |

Oldest 1st XI | 29.56 | Tottenham Hotspur (a) | -0.08 |

Youngest Player(s) | 19 | 

Gary Gardner | 29-Jun-1992

Oldest Player(s) | 36 | 

Shay Given | 20-Apr-1976

 2011-12 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 45 | League Goals | 37 | FA Cup Goals | 5 | League Cup Goals | 2 | Other Goals | 1 |

| 11 |

Darren Bent | Goals | 11 | League | 9 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 1 |  

| 6 |
Gabby Agbonlahor | Goals | 6 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 

| 4 |
Stiliyan Petrov | Goals | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 |  

| 3 |
Marc Albrighton | Goals | 3 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 |  
Robbie Keane | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 

| 2 |
Stephen Warnock | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 |  
Richard Dunne | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
Eric Lichaj | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | Other | 0 | 
Ciaran Clark | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
Charles N’Zogbia | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
Andreas Weimann | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 

| 1 |

Emile Heskey | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
Nathan Delfouneso | Goals | 1 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | Other | 0 |  
Barry Bannan | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
Stephen Ireland | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 
James Collins  | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 |  
Chris Herd | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | Other | 0 | 

 2011-12 First Team Squad

 

#794 | 11 | Gabby Agbonlahor | 24 | 
#795
 | 19 | Stiliyan Petrov | 32 | 

#798 | - | Isaiah Osbourne | 23 | LEFT 10 AUGUST 2011
#802
 | - | John Carew | 31 | LEFT 6 AUGUST 2011

#814 | 14 | Nathan Delfouneso | 20 | LOANED OUT 1 JANUARY 2012 to 1 FEBRUARY 2012 | 

#815 | 2 | Luke Young | 32 | LEFT 27 AUGUST 2011

#816 | 24 | Carlos Cuéllar | 29 | 

#817 | 22 | Brad Guzan | 26 | 

#818 | 25 | Barry Bannan | 21 | 

#819 | 18 | Emile Heskey | 33 | 

#820 | 12 | Marc Albrighton | 21 | 

#821 | 23 | Habib Beye | 34 | LOANED OUT 1 NOVEMBER 2011 to 1 DECEMBER 2011 | LEFT 1 JANUARY 2012

#822 | - | Fabian Delph | 21 | LOANED OUT 20 JANUARY 2012 to 16 FEBRUARY 2012 | 

#823 | - | Shane Lowry | 22 | LOANED OUT 23 NOVEMBER 2011 to 26 JANUARY 2012 | LEFT 27 JANUARY 2012

#824 | 21 | Ciaran Clark | 21 |

#825 | - | Stephen Warnock | 29 | 

#826 | - | James Collins | 27 | 

#827 | - | Richard Dunne | 31 | 

#828 | - | Stewart Downing | 27 | 

#829 | 26 | Andreas Weimann | 20 | LOANED OUT 26 AUGUST 2011 to 23 SEPTEMBER 2011 | 

#830 | - | Jonathan Hogg | 22 | LEFT 27 AUGUST 2011

#831 | 30 | Eric Lichaj | 22 | 

#832 | 7 | Stephen Ireland | 24 | 

#833 | 31 | Chris Herd | 22 | 

#836 | 9 | Darren Bent | 27 | 

#837 | 17 | Jean Makoun | 28 | LOANED OUT 28 AUGUST 2011 to 30 JUNE 2012 | 

#838 | 32 | Nathan Baker | 20 | LOANED OUT 22 NOVEMBER 2011 to 1 JANUARY 2012 | 
#840 | 1 | Shay Given | 35 |
#841 | 38 |
Gary Gardner | 19 | LOANED OUT 24 NOVEMBER 2011 to 24 DECEMBER 2011 | 
#842 | 10 | Charles N’Zogbia | 25 | 
#843 | 2 |
Alan Hutton | 26 | 
#844 | 8 |
Jermaine Jenas | 28 | 
#845 | 20 |
Robbie Keane | 31 | LOANED IN 8 JANUARY 2012 - 1 MARCH 2012
#846
 | 40 | Samir Carruthers | 18 | 

#870 | - | Jack Grealish | 16 |

| - | Andy Marshall | 36 | 

| - | Daniel Johnson | 18 | 

 2011-12 Appearances 

| 40 | 

#825 Stephen Warnock | Appearances | 40 | League | 34 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 38 | 

#794 Gabby Agbonlahor | Appearances | 38 | League | 32 (1) | FA Cup | 1 (1) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 36 | 

#840 Shay Given | Appearances | 36 | League | 32 (0) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#826 James Collins | Appearances | 36 | League | 31 (1) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 34 | 

#827 Richard Dunne | Appearances | 34 | League | 28 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#843 Alan Hutton | Appearances | 34 | League | 29 (2) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#818 Barry Bannan | Appearances | 34 | League | 9 (17) | FA Cup | 0 (2) | League Cup | 2 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 32 | 

#795 Stiliyan Petrov | Appearances | 32 | League | 26 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#842 Charles N'Zogbia | Appearances | 32 | League | 24 (6) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (1) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 31 | 

#819 Emile Heskey | Appearances | 31 | League | 18 (10) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

#820 Marc Albrighton | Appearances | 31 | League | 15 (11) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 29 | 

#832 Stephen Ireland | Appearances | 29 | League | 19 (5) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 2 (0) | Other | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

| 27 | 

#836 Darren Bent | Appearances | 27 | League | 21 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 20 | 

#833 Chris Herd | Appearances | 20 | League | 19 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#824 Ciaran Clark | Appearances | 20 | League | 13 (2) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 19 | 

#816 Carlos Cuéllar | Appearances | 19 | League | 17 (1) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 17 | 

#841 Gary Gardner | Appearances | 17 | League | 5 (9) | FA Cup | 0 (2) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (1) | . Player Profile

| 15 | 

#829 Andreas Weimann | Appearances | 15 | League | 5 (9) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (1) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 13 | 

#822 Fabian Delph | Appearances | 13 | League | 10 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 11 | 

#831 Eric Lichaj | Appearances | 11 | League | 9 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 10 | 

#814 Nathan Delfouneso | Appearances | 10 | League | 1 (5) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (1) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

| 9 | 

#817 Brad Guzan | Appearances | 9 | League | 6 (1) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 8 | 

#838 Nathan Baker | Appearances | 8 | League | 6 (2) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 7 | 

#845 Robbie Keane | Appearances | 7 | League | 5 (1) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 4 | 

#815 Luke Young | Appearances | 4 | League | 2 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

| 3 | 

#844 Jermaine Jenas | Appearances | 3 | League | 1 (2) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#837 Jean Makoun | Appearances | 3 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | Other | 1 (1) | . Player Profile

#846 Samir Carruthers | Appearances | 3 | League | 0 (3) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 1 | 

#821 Habib Beye | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (1) | . Player Profile

| 0 | 

#870 Jack Grealish | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Andy Marshall | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#830 Jonathan Hogg | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#823 Shane Lowry | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Daniel Johnson | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | Other | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

2011-12 'Keepers
 

Brad Guzan | Appearances | 9 | Conceded | 9 | Ratio 1.00 |

Shay Given | Appearances | 36 | Conceded | 50 | Ratio 1.39 |

 

 2011-12 Managerial Record 

Alex McLeish's sole campaign as Villa boss.

 McLeish's Villa had achieved a win rate of just 23%, losing 39% of their 44 League and Cup matches under his leadership.

As a result McLeish had returned 1.06 points per game* across his 44 games in charge of Villa. In doing so McLeish was level with Tommy Cummings (1.06 in 67) and ahead of only Billy McNeill (1.05 in 42) of all the managers to take charge of Villa since 1879.

*Rankings based on 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw in all competitions  

 2011-12 Kits 

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 2011-12 Season Results 

 Game #5170

Matchday | #1 |  
Manager Game | #1 |
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Premier League Asia Trophy | Neutral | Blackburn Rovers | Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong | 33,967 |

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

Referee | NG Chiu Kok | 
FT Result | Won |

FT Score | 1-0 |

Last 5 Games | LDWWW |

Scorers | Darren Bent | 49’ |

Line Up |

GK Shay Given | DEBUT |
RB Luke Young |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Jean Makoun |
SUB OFF | 63' |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
SUB OFF | 74' |
M Barry Bannan | SUB OFF | 63' |
CF Emile Heskey
F Darren Bent |
GOAL | 49' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | SUB OFF | 63' |

Substitutes |

W Marc Albrighton for M Barry Bannan | 63’ | 
F Nathan Delfouneso for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 63’ | 
M Fabian Delph for M Jean Makoun | 63’ | 
CB Ciaran Clark for M Stiliyan Petrov | 74’ | 

Match Report

 On this day 27 July 2011 

Goalkeeper Shay Given made his Villa debut aged 35 after joining from Manchester City for a fee of £3,380,000 earlier this month.

After being banished from first team consideration under the previous manager for reasons unclear, Stephen Warnock is immediately recalled to the starting XI by new boss Alex McLeish

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 Game #5171

Matchday | #2 |  
Manager Game | #2 |
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Premier League Asia Trophy | Neutral | Chelsea | Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong | 38,911 |

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

Referee | Mike Dean |
FT Result | Lost |

FT Score | 0-2 |

Last 5 Games | DWWWL |

Line Up |

GK Shay Given |
RB Luke Young |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
SUB OFF | 82' |
CB James Collins |
M Stephen Ireland |
SUB OFF | 62' |
M Stiliyan Petrov | BOOKED | SUB OFF | 74' |
M Fabian Delph | SUB OFF | 75' |
W Marc Albrighton | BOOKED |
F Nathan Delfouneso | SUB OFF | 62' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

Substitutes |

F Darren Bent for M Stephen Ireland | 62’ | 
M Barry Bannan for F Nathan Delfouneso | 62’ | 
M Gary Gardner for M Stiliyan Petrov | 74’ | 
M Jean Makoun for M Fabian Delph | 75’ |
CB Ciaran  Clark for CB Richard Dunne | 82’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Marc Albrighton |

 Yellow | Stiliyan Petrov |

Match Report

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 Game #5172

Matchday | #3 |
League Game | #1 |
Manager Game | #3 |
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Premier League | Away | Fulham | Craven Cottage | 25,700 |

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

Referee | Lee Mason |
FT Result | Drew |

FT Score | 0-0 |

Last 5 Games | WWWLD |

League Position | 10th | - |

Line Up |

GK Shay Given |
RB Luke Young |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
BOOKED | 84' |
CB James Collins |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
BOOKED | 82' | SUB OFF | 89' |
M Fabian Delph |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
DEBUT | SUB OFF | 67' |
CF Emile Heskey | BOOKED | 58' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | BOOKED | 45' |
F Darren Bent |

Substitutes |

W Marc Albrighton for W Charles N’Zogbia | 67’ | 
CB Ciaran Clark for M Stiliyan Petrov | 89’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 45’ |

 Yellow | Emile Heskey | 58’ |

 Yellow | Stiliyan Petrov | 82’ |

 Yellow | Richard Dunne | 84’ |  

Match Report

 On this day 13 August 2011 
Winger Charles N’Zogbia made his Villa debut aged 25 after moving from Wigan Athletic for a fee of £9,720,000 in July 2011

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 Game #5173

Matchday | #4 |
League Game | #2 |
Manager Game | #4 |
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Premier League | Home | Blackburn Rovers | Villa Park | 32,319 |

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

Referee | Stuart Attwell |
FT Result | Won |

FT Score | 3-1 |

Last 5 Games | WWLDW |

League Position | 4th | +6 |

Scorers | Gabby Agbonlahor | 12’ | Emile Heskey | 25’ | Darren Bent | 67’ |
Assists | Darren Bent | 12’ | Gabby Agbonlahor | 25’ | Stiliyan Petrov | 67’ |

Line Up |

GK Shay Given |
RB Luke Young |
SUB OFF | 56' | FINAL |
LB Stephen Warnock |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB James Collins |
M Stiliyan Petrov |
ASSIST | 67' | BOOKED | 80' |
M Fabian Delph | BOOKED | 58' |
W Charles N’Zogbia |
CF Emile Heskey |
GOAL | 25' | BOOKED | 55' | SUB OFF | 80' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | GOAL | 12' | ASSIST | 25' | SUB OFF | 46' |
F Darren Bent | ASSIST | 12' | GOAL | 67' |

Substitutes |

W Marc Albrighton for F Gabriel Agbonlahor | 46’ | 
CB Ciaran Clark for RB Luke Young | 56’ | 
M Barry Bannan for CF Emile Heskey | 66’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Emile Heskey | 55’ |

 Yellow | Fabian Delph | 58’ |

 Yellow | Stiliyan Petrov | 80’ |

Match Report

 On this day 20 August 2011 

Right back Luke Young played his final game for Villa aged 32 after asking to leave the club for personal reasons. Young moved to Queens Park Rangers for £1,010,000 shortly after. A player that many feel Villa should have signed far earlier in his career, Young was a consummate professional who fitted into Villa perfectly. Overall Young made 89 appearances for Villa and scored twice during his time with the club.

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 Game #5174

Matchday | #5 |
Manager Game | #5 |
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
League Cup | 2nd Round | Home | Hereford United | Villa Park | 21,058 |

Manager | Alex McLeish | 

Referee | Kevin Wright |
FT Result | Won |

FT Score | 2-0 |

Last 5 Games | WLDWW |

Scorers | Eric Lichaj | 80’ | Nathan Delfouneso | 88’ |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
CB Richard Dunne |
CB Ciaran Clark |
D Eric Lichaj |
BOOKED | 70' | GOAL | 80' |
M Stephen Ireland |
M Jean Makoun |
FINAL | 
M Barry Bannan |
M Chris Herd |
SUB OFF | 87' |
W Charles N’Zogbia | SUB OFF | 58' |
W Marc Albrighton |
F Darren Bent |
SUB OFF | 72' |

Substitutes |

F Nathan Delfouneso GOAL | 88' | for W Charles N’Zogbia | 58’ | 
F Andreas Weimann
BOOKED | 77' | for F Darren Bent | 72’ | 
RB Habib Beye
FINAL | for M Chris Herd | 87’ |

Cards |

 Yellow | Eric Lichaj | 70’ |