Looking back at 2011

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Sheffield United's new manager Danny Wilson speaks during the press conference at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 27, 2011. See PA Story: SOCCER Sheff Utd. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. 'RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
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Promotions, relegations, sackings, appointments and protests in car parks - 2011 has had them all. Here we look back at the highlights and lowlights of the last 12 months.

JANUARY

In his first full month in charge, Sheffield United boss Micky Adams sees his side lose 3-1 to Aston Villa in an FA Cup tie with ex-Blade Kyle Walker getting on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, in the South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell, Barnsley beat Doncaster 2-0.

Chesterfield maintain their status as League Two leaders thanks to an unbeaten month.

FEBRUARY

After a poor run of results, Alan Irvine is dismissed by Sheffield Wednesday and is replaced by Gary Megson just 24 hours later.

The Blades remain in the relegation zone after a winless start to 2011.

Barnsley salvage a 3-3 draw at Elland Road against Leeds.

Rotherham United remain in the top three in League Two after a solid month of results.

MARCH

Rovers beat Derby county 3-1 in what proves to be their last win of the league season. Ronnie Moore is dismissed by Rotherham after a 5-0 humbling at the hands of the Spireites.

Sheffield United gain vital home wins over Leeds and Nottingham Forest, whilst Wednesday slip as low as 17th.

APRIL

The Blades relegation to League One is confirmed after a 2-2 draw with Barnsley at Bramall Lane. The Millers unveil Andy Scott as their new manager to replace Moore.

The Owls record four home wins on the spin to dismiss any relegation fears.

MAY

Micky Adams is sacked by Sheffield United and shortly after, replaced by ex-Owls manager Danny Wilson with his unveiling prompting angry protests from Blades fans.

Chesterfield celebrate a successful season by lifting the League Two title.

Barnsley part company with Mark Robins after a 17th place league finish.

JUNE

The Tykes unveil Rochdale’s Keith Hill as the new boss at Oakwell. The Tykes also sign Craig Davies from neighbours Chesterfield, who themselves sign highly-rated Mark Randall from Arsenal

Elsewhere, Rovers snap up Tommy Spurr from Wednesday

JULY

Owls swoop for Jose Semedo and Julian Bennett on free transfers

Sheffield United snap up new signings Chris Porter and Ryan Flynn.

Rotherham sign Lewis Grabban.

AUGUST

Strong starts for both city clubs with The Blades winning 4/5 and Wednesday winning 3/5.

Rotherham sit top of League Two at the end of the first month of the season, but also see prolific hitman Adam Le Fondre depart the club for Reading.

Doncaster Rovers enjoy a mixed start to the campaign, with 5 points from 5 games.

SEPTEMBER

After six defeats out of seven, Doncaster part company with Sean O’Driscoll and hire Dean Saunders as replacement. Sheffield United go top of League One after a 3-0 win over Colchester, whilst The Owls maintain their 100% Hillsborough record.

OCTOBER

The first Steel City derby of the season finishes 2-2 in a typically lively encounter.

Sheffield United went two goals up through Quinn and Evans but Wednesday snatched a point with late goals from O’Grady and Madine.

Chesterfield pick up one point from six games in a wretched month for John Sheridan’s side whilst Rotherham stretch their winless run to nine.

NOVEMBER

The footballing world mourns the loss of former Sheffield United boss Gary Speed. Tributes pour in at Bramall Lane, where Speed spent nearly three years, as both player and manager.

Doncaster make headways in the transfer market by signing Diouf, Beye, Chimbonda, Goulon and Fortune but still remain rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

Blades re-sign fan favourite James Beattie on a temporary deal until January, while Wednesday move up to second in League One and Barnsley record a valuable 2-1 win away at Leeds.

DECEMBER

Wednesday play out a pulsating 4-4 draw with Huddersfield but are soon after overtaken by United who beat Notts County to record seven wins in a row and move up to 2nd.

Rotherham start spreading the news that their new stadium is to be called the “New York Stadium”.

Chesterfield appoint ex-Owl Chris Turner as chief executive.