SEASON: 2008-09

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Coca-Cola Championship (Tier 2)
Colin Calderwood, John Pemberton, Billy Davies
FA Cup:
4th Round (Derby County (H) 2-3)
League Cup:
2nd Round (Sunderland (H) 1-2)

Player Of The Year:
Chris Cohen
Top Goalscorer:
Robert Earnshaw (17 goals)


CHAMPIONSHIP (Tier 2) - 2008-09
Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ResultHomeAway
1Wolverhampton Wanderers4627910805215534421124736312890Promoted as Champions0-11-5
2Birmingham City462314954371454301799524201783Promoted1-10-2
3Sheffield United462214106439126535221085291725800-10-0
5Burnley4621131272601454422378830371276Promoted via playoffs1-20-5
6Preston North End462111146654163439205810273412742-11-2
7Cardiff City461917106553145440235126253012740-10-2
8Swansea City461620106350119340225117232813681-11-3
9Ipswich Town461715146253896302696832279661-11-2
10Bristol City46151615545471333023831224310613-22-2
11Queens Park Rangers4615161542441274281939111425-2612-21-2
12Sheffield Wednesday4616131751581166261457112544-7612-10-1
14Doncaster Rovers46177224253959161882132635-11582-40-0
15Crystal Palace461512195255986261964132636-3570-22-1
17Coventry City461315184758887262657112132-11541-02-2
18Derby County461412205567977312655132441-12541-31-1
19Nottingham Forest461314195065878272857112337-1553
21Plymouth Argyle4613122144577511313567101322-13512-00-1
22Norwich City461210245770959352835152242-1346Relegated1-23-2
24Charlton Athletic46815235274689333827141936-2239Relegated0-02-0

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Competitive Games:
Competitive Goals:
Goals per game:
League Games:
League Points:
53 out of 138 (3 points per win)
Points Percentage:

Goals scored, conceded and win and loss margins
Goal count:1 goal2 goals3 goals4 goals5+ goals
Scored20 times11 times5 times1 time
Conceded16 times16 times3 times1 time2 times
Won By9 times4 times1 time1 time
Lost By13 times6 times1 time1 time

Analysis of the league positions
This table shows:
(a) how many days we spent in each of the league positions
(b) how we did when we played teams in each of the league positions.

Position days Record against teams in each position
Num Days Opp
PWDLFAPointsResults (Green=win; Blue=draw; Red=loss)
1 11--1010 Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-1)
2 22-11261 Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-5), Birmingham City (1-1)
3 34112244 Preston North End (1-2), Birmingham City (0-2), Reading (1-0), Sheffield United (0-0)
4 421-1233 Cardiff City (0-2), Preston North End (2-1)
5 51--1010 Cardiff City (0-1)
6 61--1050 Burnley (0-5)
7 72-11231 Sheffield United (0-1), Queens Park Rangers (2-2)
8 81-1-001 Charlton Athletic (0-0)
9 94211767 Watford (3-2), Sheffield Wednesday (0-1), Swansea City (1-1), Bristol City (3-2)
10 101-1-221 Bristol City (2-2)
11 112--2240 Queens Park Rangers (1-2), Ipswich Town (1-2)
12 1211--213 Sheffield Wednesday (2-1)
136 131-1-111 Derby County (1-1)
148 1411--103 Coventry City (1-0)
15 15211-204 Reading (0-0), Plymouth Argyle (2-0)
1614 163111344 Crystal Palace (2-1), Blackpool (0-0), Derby County (1-3)
1711 17312-435 Barnsley (1-0), Coventry City (2-2), Blackpool (1-1)
1821 183-12241 Plymouth Argyle (0-1), Ipswich Town (1-1), Watford (1-2)
193 192-11231 Norwich City (1-2), Barnsley (1-1)
2040 2021-1343 Crystal Palace (0-2), Norwich City (3-2)
2131 2111--203 Southampton (2-0)
2246 22-------
2349 234112564 Swansea City (1-3), Burnley (1-2), Doncaster Rovers (0-0), Southampton (3-1)
2438 2421-1443 Doncaster Rovers (2-4), Charlton Athletic (2-0)

Highest League Attendance:
29,140 (Derby County)
Lowest League Attendance:
17,568 (Preston North End)
Average League Attendance:
Highest Cup Attendance:
29,001 (Derby County)
Lowest Cup Attendance:
4,030 (Morecambe)

Clean Sheets:
Yellow Cards:
Red Cards:
4   (Matt Thornhill, Wes Morgan, Lewis McGugan, Kelvin Wilson)
Own goals (for):
4   (scored by opponents for us)
Own goals (against):
6   (scored by us for opponents)   (Paul Smith (2006), Wes Morgan, Chris Cohen, Ian Breckin, Joe Garner, James Perch)
Penalties scored:
Penalties conceded:
Penalties missed:
Penalties saved:

Manager: Colin Calderwood
1Sun Aug 10, 2008ReadingH0-021,57113
2Sat Aug 16, 2008Swansea CityA1-316,61120Perch (35')
3Sat Aug 23, 2008WatfordH3-220,00514Martin (10'), Earnshaw (35'), Tyson (69')
4Sat Aug 30, 2008Wolverhampton WanderersA1-525,30116Richard Stearman (55' OG)
5Sat Sep 13, 2008BurnleyH1-220,50421Earnshaw (52')
6Tue Sep 16, 2008Preston North EndA1-213,14522Youl Mawene (67' OG)
7Sat Sep 20, 2008Charlton AthleticH0-018,77123
8Sat Sep 27, 2008Plymouth ArgyleA0-112,59424
9Tue Sep 30, 2008Sheffield WednesdayA0-120,82324
10Sat Oct 04, 2008Crystal PalaceH0-222,81124
11Sat Oct 18, 2008Queens Park RangersA1-215,12224McGugan (84')
12Tue Oct 21, 2008Ipswich TownH1-119,45524McCleary (31')
13Sat Oct 25, 2008Cardiff CityH0-119,46824
14Tue Oct 28, 2008Crystal PalaceA2-115,16223Cohen (28'), Thornhill (81')
15Sun Nov 02, 2008Derby CountyA1-133,07023Emanuel Villa (55' OG)
16Sat Nov 08, 2008Birmingham CityH1-121,41523Perch (52')
17Sat Nov 15, 2008Bristol CityA2-217,44023Garner (11'), Tyson (47')
18Sat Nov 22, 2008Norwich CityH1-218,56624Anderson (38')
19Tue Nov 25, 2008Doncaster RoversA0-012,61224
20Sat Nov 29, 2008BarnsleyH1-024,97423Garner (36')
21Sat Dec 06, 2008Coventry CityA2-217,54223Earnshaw (27'), Garner (61')
22Tue Dec 09, 2008Sheffield UnitedH0-119,54123
23Sat Dec 13, 2008BlackpoolH0-019,10322
24Sat Dec 20, 2008SouthamptonA2-026,58022Morgan (42'), Garner (75')
25Fri Dec 26, 2008Doncaster RoversH2-426,50122Sam Hird (68' OG), Garner (85')
Manager: John Pemberton
26Sun Dec 28, 2008Norwich CityA3-225,47521Thornhill (17'), McGugan (30'), Earnshaw (89')
Manager: Billy Davies
27Sat Jan 10, 2009Charlton AthleticA2-024,55320Tyson (34'), Earnshaw (36')
28Sat Jan 17, 2009Plymouth ArgyleH2-020,39218Earnshaw (24'), Anderson (51')
29Tue Jan 27, 2009Sheffield WednesdayH2-122,61817Tyson (34'), Chambers (75')
30Sat Jan 31, 2009Cardiff CityA0-218,77917
31Sat Feb 07, 2009Queens Park RangersH2-225,85918McGugan (45' pen), Cohen (67')
32Sat Feb 14, 2009Birmingham CityA0-217,63119
33Wed Feb 18, 2009Ipswich TownA1-219,93020Tyson (77')
34Sat Feb 21, 2009Derby CountyH1-329,14021Earnshaw (87')
35Sat Feb 28, 2009ReadingA1-021,19621McGugan (61')
36Tue Mar 03, 2009Preston North EndH2-117,56818Earnshaw (58', 71')
37Sat Mar 07, 2009Swansea CityH1-120,47520McGugan (76')
38Tue Mar 10, 2009WatfordA1-214,73020Thornhill (17')
39Sat Mar 14, 2009BurnleyA0-513,05521
40Sat Mar 21, 2009Wolverhampton WanderersH0-124,51022
41Sat Apr 04, 2009BarnsleyA1-119,68122Earnshaw (68')
42Sat Apr 11, 2009Bristol CityH3-222,77621Earnshaw (32'), Garner (83'), Blackstock (90')
43Mon Apr 13, 2009Sheffield UnitedA0-028,37422
44Sat Apr 18, 2009Coventry CityH1-027,85620Perch (46')
45Sat Apr 25, 2009BlackpoolA1-19,27920Blackstock (9')
46Sun May 03, 2009SouthamptonH3-129,00819Garner (73'), Chambers (87'), Earnshaw (90')Safe

FA Cup
Manager: John Pemberton
Sat Jan 03, 2009Manchester City3A3-031,869Tyson (38'), Earnshaw (42'), Garner (75')
Manager: Billy Davies
Fri Jan 23, 2009Derby County4A1-132,035Earnshaw (64')
Wed Feb 04, 2009Derby County41H2-329,001Cohen (2'), Tyson (14' pen)

League Cup
Manager: Colin Calderwood
Wed Aug 13, 2008Morecambe1H4-04,030Cohen (14'), Earnshaw (62', 89'), Newbold (81')
Wed Aug 27, 2008Sunderland2H1-29,198Earnshaw (60')

Pre-Season Friendly
Manager: Colin Calderwood
Fri Jul 18, 2008Offenbach KickersGermanyA2-15,000McCleary (?), Davies (?)
Tue Jul 22, 2008Burton AlbionEnglandA3-12,340Davies (23'), McGugan (47'), Tyson (81')
Wed Jul 23, 2008Telford UnitedEnglandA4-11,441Thornhill (7'), Sinclair (8'), McCleary (20'), Newbold (37')
Fri Jul 25, 2008EvertonEnglandH1-115,448Nuno Valente (56' OG)
Mon Jul 28, 2008Curzon AshtonEnglandA1-2524Sinclair (68')
Wed Jul 30, 2008SunderlandEnglandH0-112,573
Sat Aug 02, 2008Notts CountyEnglandA3-27,665Earnshaw (27', 74'), Bennett (34')

Manager: Colin Calderwood
Thu Oct 09, 2008Republic of Ireland XIIrelandA0-24,040

Transfers before, during and immediately after the season.
In (25) - £5,975,000 Out (16) - £0
Date Player Details Fee Date Player Details Fee
Andy ColeBoughtAndy ColeRetired
Hughes (2008)BoughtBarry RichardsonReleased
Lee CampLoan InDale RobertsSold
Lee CampBoughtHughes (2008)Sold
Paul AndersonBoughtPatrick GambleSold
Ryan WhitehurstBoughtSahr SenesieSold
2008Mickael DarnetBoughtJul 23, 2008Reece StaplesReleased
Jan 10, 2008James DunneLoan InMay 03, 2009Ian BreckinReleased
Jul 18, 2008Guy MoussiBought£245,000May 14, 2009Adam NewboldReleased
Jul 18, 2008Robert EarnshawBought£2,650,000May 14, 2009Emile SinclairReleased
Jul 28, 2008Richard TaitBoughtFreeMay 14, 2009Hamza BencherifReleased
Aug 13, 2008Lee MartinLoan InMay 14, 2009Liam HookReleased
Sep 25, 2008Joel LynchLoan In£175,000May 14, 2009Paddy GreenwoodReleased
Oct 09, 2008Joe GarnerBought£1,130,000May 14, 2009Richard TaitReleased
Oct 18, 2008Carl FletcherLoan InMay 14, 2009Ryan WhitehurstReleased
Oct 18, 2008Paul AndersonLoan InMay 14, 2009Tom SharpeReleased
Mar 03, 2009Isaiah OsbourneLoan In
Mar 07, 2009Gary McSheffreyLoan In
Mar 14, 2009Chris GunterLoan In
Mar 21, 2009Iain TurnerLoan In
Mar 26, 2009Dexter BlackstockLoan In
Jul 20, 2009Chris GunterBought£1,750,000
Jul 21, 2009Joel LynchBought£200,000
Jul 22, 2009Dexter BlackstockBought
Aug 09, 2014Karl DarlowLoan In

*Age = Player age on August 1stSeason Record (Competitive Games only)
Pos Num Player Country Age* P W D L Goals Yellows Reds Went Off Came On Unused Sub Notes
GK1 Paul Smith (2006) England28331071613
GK20 Iain Turner Scotland243111On loan from Everton (March to June 09)
GK21 Lee Camp England23154741On loan from Queens Park Rangers (Oct to Dec)
GK30 Dale Roberts England217Went on loan to Rushden and Diamonds (Oct to June)
GK30 Karl Darlow England17
GK31 Patrick Gamble England1913Went on loan to Mansfield (Aug to Dec)
GK39 Barry Richardson England38
GK40 Shane Redmond Rep. of Ire.193Went on loan to Eastwood Town (Sep to June)
D4 Luke Chambers England224413141724676
D5 Wes Morgan England24461313201711
D6 Ian Breckin England3328126104269
D17 Chris Gunter Wales1983321On loan from Tottenham (March to June)
D25 Richard Tait Scotland18
D32 Hamza Bencherif Algeria201
D35 Tom Sharpe England19Went on loan to Stalybridge Celtic (Sep to June)
D39 Gavin Kavanagh Rep. of Ire.20
D45 Aaron Mitchell England18
M2 Kelvin Wilson England22398131821322
M3 Joel Lynch England20247983633On loan from Brighton (Sept to June)
M7 James Perch England224211121939611
M15 Chris Cohen England2146131320473Player Of The Year
M18 Isaiah Osbourne England20824231On loan from Aston Villa (March 09 to June 09)
M19 Guy Moussi France2317539261Bought from Angers SCO in July
M20 Carl Fletcher Wales28532121On loan from Crystal Palace (Oct to Nov)
M24 Mark Byrne Rep. of Ire.1921127
M26 Matt Thornhill England19281071132171214
M27 Brendan Moloney Rep. of Ire.19124354434Went on loan to Rushden and Diamonds (Oct to Nov)
M29 Julian Bennett England23131482322
M33 Liam Hook England18
M34 Reece Staples England18
M36 Joe Heath England1912435424
M38 Mickael Darnet France19
M41 James Reid England181112
M42 Ryan Whitehurst England18
M46 James Dunne England18On loan from Arsenal (Oct to Dec)
F8 Lewis McGugan England1936131112531108
F9 Nathan Tyson England2639910207488
F10 Robert Earnshaw Wales27361410121711561Bought from Derby County in May
F11 Paul Anderson England20281110722112On loan from Liverpool (June 2008 - June 2009)
F12 Garath McCleary England21431113191410276
F14 Arron Davies Wales241674514127
F16 Joe Garner England2030111098811114Bought from Carlisle United in July
F17 Lee Martin England211424811642On loan from Manchester United (Aug to Dec)
F18 Andy Cole England3611128326Bought from Sunderland in July; Retired in October
F22 Gary McSheffrey England254133On loan from Birmingham City (March)
F23 Dexter Blackstock Antigua22633212On loan from Queens Park Rangers (March to June)
F28 Emile Sinclair England20411243Went on loan to Mansfield (Oct to June)
F37 Adam Newbold England1861141163


Number of different scorers: 15
Goals (Pens)PlayerGames
17Robert Earnshaw36
8Joe Garner30
7 (1)Nathan Tyson39
5 (1)Lewis McGugan36
4Chris Cohen46
4Own Goals51
3James Perch42
3Matt Thornhill28
2Dexter Blackstock6
2Luke Chambers44
2Paul Anderson28
1Adam Newbold6
1Garath McCleary43
1Lee Martin14
1Wes Morgan46

Home and away victories for the season
Game 1 Game 2
Opponent Date H/A Score Date H/A Score
SouthamptonSat Dec 20, 2008Away2-0Sun May 03, 2009Home3-1

Home and away losses for the season
Game 1 Game 2
Opponent Date H/A Score Date H/A Score
BurnleySat Sep 13, 2008Home1-2Sat Mar 14, 2009Away0-5
Cardiff CitySat Oct 25, 2008Home0-1Sat Jan 31, 2009Away0-2
Wolverhampton WanderersSat Aug 30, 2008Away1-5Sat Mar 21, 2009Home0-1