2000–01 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
2000–01 season
Chairman Simon Jordan
Manager Alan Smith (until 29 April)
Steve Kember (caretaker from 29 April)
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 21st
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Morrison (14)
All: Morrison (19)
Average home league attendance 17,061

During the 2000–01 English football season, Crystal Palace F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Singapore financer Jerry Lim purchased an almost bankrupt Crystal Palace in July 2000, and immediately sold the club to mobile phone tycoon and lifelong fan Simon Jordan who, following defeats to non-league sides in pre-season, replaced Coppell with Alan Smith – who had previously been manager from 1993 to 1995. The takeover solved Palace's financial problems, but their on-the-field form slumped and despite reaching the League Cup semi-finals, Smith was sacked in April 2001 with relegation to Division Two looking imminent. With two away games remaining, at Portsmouth and Stockport County, Palace were in 22nd place, three points behind Portsmouth (with an inferior goal difference) and having played a game more, and four points behind Huddersfield (who had played the same number of games and had a superior goal difference). Long serving coach Steve Kember was put in temporary charge of the first team alongside Terry Bullivant, and after making changes to the playing side, Palace travelled to Portsmouth and came away with a much needed 4-2 victory. When the last day of the season arrived, Palace were in 20th place, one goal better off than Portsmouth. With 87 minutes of the game at Stockport gone, the score was 0-0, a result that would have resulted in Palace's relegation, but Dougie Freedman burst into the Stockport County penalty area and lashed a shot past Stockport 'keeper Lee Jones into the back of the net, triggering the relegation of Huddersfield Town and saving Palace. The goal was controversial, as there had been a clear handball by Palace midfielder David Hopkin just moments before, which the referee had not awarded a free-kick for. Still, the Palace fans didn't care, and many of the 3,000 who had travelled poured onto Stockport's Edgeley Park pitch, celebrating with the players.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Fulham 46 30 11 5 90 32  +58 101
2. Blackburn Rovers 46 26 13 7 76 39  +37 91
3. Bolton Wanderers 46 24 15 7 76 45  +31 87
4. Preston North End 46 23 9 14 64 52  +12 78
5. Birmingham City 46 23 9 14 59 48  +11 78
6. West Bromwich Albion 46 21 11 14 60 52  +8 74
7. Burnley 46 21 9 16 50 54  -4 72
8. Wimbledon 46 17 18 11 71 50  +21 69
9. Watford 46 20 9 17 76 67  +9 69
10. Sheffield United 46 19 11 16 52 49  +3 68
11. Nottingham Forest 46 20 8 18 55 53  +2 68
12. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 14 13 19 45 48  -3 55
13. Gillingham 46 13 16 17 61 66  -5 55
14. Crewe Alexandra 46 15 10 21 47 62  -15 55
15. Norwich City 46 14 12 20 46 58  -12 54
16. Barnsley 46 15 9 22 49 62  -13 54
17. Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 8 23 52 71  -19 53
18. Grimsby Town 46 14 10 22 43 62  -19 52
19. Stockport County 46 11 18 17 58 65  -7 51
20. Portsmouth 46 10 19 17 47 59  -12 49
21. Crystal Palace 46 12 13 21 57 70  -13 49
22. Huddersfield Town 46 11 15 20 48 57  -9 48
23. Queens Park Rangers 46 7 19 20 45 75  -30 40
24. Tranmere Rovers 46 9 11 26 46 77  -31 38
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 2000 Blackburn Rovers A 0-2 18,733
20 August 2000 Queens Park Rangers H 1-1 19,020 Forssell
26 August 2000 Huddersfield Town A 2-1 10,670 Gray, Ruddock
28 August 2000 Nottingham Forest H 2-3 18,865 Black, Zhiyi
3 September 2000 West Bromwich Albion A 0-1 13,980
9 September 2000 Burnley H 0-1 18,531
12 September 2000 Barnsley H 1-0 16,297 Morrison
16 September 2000 Norwich City A 0-0 16,828
23 September 2000 Sheffield United H 0-1 17,521
30 September 2000 Preston North End A 0-2 13,028
14 October 2000 Birmingham City A 1-2 17,191 Morrison
18 October 2000 Fulham A 1-3 16,040 Ruddock
21 October 2000 Portsmouth H 2-3 15,693 Black (2)
24 October 2000 Grimsby Town H 0-1 16,685
28 October 2000 Bolton Wanderers A 3-3 12,879 Freedman (2), Morrison
4 November 2000 Sheffield Wednesday H 4-1 15,333 Freedman, Morrison, Pollock (2)
11 November 2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3-1 17,658 Freedman, Morrison (2)
18 November 2000 Tranmere Rovers H 3-2 14,221 Staunton, Pollock, Morrison
25 November 2000 Stockport County H 2-2 18,819 Forssell (2)
2 December 2000 Grimsby Town A 2-2 5,802 Forssell, Morrison
5 December 2000 Wimbledon H 3-1 16,699 Forssell, Morrison (2)
9 December 2000 Watford H 1-0 16,049 Morrison
16 December 2000 Crewe Alexandra A 1-1 5,752 Freedman
22 December 2000 Blackburn Rovers H 2-3 15,010 Forssell, Mullins
26 December 2000 Gillingham A 1-4 10,518 Freedman (pen)
30 December 2000 Queens Park Rangers H 1-1 14,439 Morrison
14 January 2001 Nottingham Forest A 3-0 21,198 Forssell (2), Freedman
20 January 2001 Gillingham H 2-2 18,823 Freedman, Forssell
3 February 2001 West Bromwich Albion H 2-2 16,692 Forssell, Pollock
10 February 2001 Burnley A 2-1 14,973 Forssell, Morrison
17 February 2001 Norwich City H 1-1 16,417 Forssell
20 February 2001 Barnsley A 0-1 12,909
24 February 2001 Sheffield United A 0-1 18,924
3 March 2001 Preston North End H 0-2 15,160
6 March 2001 Birmingham City H 1-2 13,987 Austin
10 March 2001 Wimbledon A 0-1 13,167
17 March 2001 Fulham H 0-2 21,133
31 March 2001 Crewe Alexandra H 1-0 20,872 Austin
3 April 2001 Huddersfield Town H 0-0 15,324
7 April 2001 Watford A 2-2 15,598 Austin (pen), Black
14 April 2001 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-4 19,877 Morrison
16 April 2001 Bolton Wanderers H 0-2 16,842
21 April 2001 Tranmere Rovers A 1-1 8,119 Hopkin
28 April 2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-2 18,993
2 May 2001 Portsmouth A 4-2 19,013 Forssell, Riihilahti, Freedman (2)
6 May 2001 Stockport County A 1-0 9,782 Freedman

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2000–01 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2001 Sunderland A 0-0 30,908
R3R 17 January 2001 Sunderland H 2-4 (a.e.t.) 15,454 Morrison, Thomson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 23 August 2000 Cardiff City H 2-1 5,983 Morrison, Ruddock
R1 2nd Leg 5 September 2000 Cardiff City A 0-0 4,904
R2 1st Leg 19 September 2000 Burnley A 2-2 5,889 Forssell, Black
R2 2nd Leg 26 September 2000 Burnley H 1-1 (won on away goals) 5,720 Linighan
R3 1 November 2000 Leicester City A 3-0 12,965 Morrison, Thomson, Rubins
R4 28 November 2000 Tranmere Rovers H 0-0 (won 6-5 on pens) 10,271
R5 19 December 2000 Sunderland H 2-1 15,945 Forssell, Morrison
SF 1st Leg 10 January 2001 Liverpool H 2-1 25,933 Rubins, Morrison
SF 2nd Leg 24 January 2001 Liverpool A 0-5 41,854

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Jamie Smith
3 England DF Matthew Upson (on loan from Arsenal)
4 England DF Dean Austin
5 China MF Fan Zhiyi
6 England DF Neil Ruddock
7 England MF Hayden Mullins
8 England MF Simon Rodger
9 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
10 Republic of Ireland FW Clinton Morrison
11 England MF Tommy Black
12 England MF Julian Gray
13 Canada GK Hubert Busby
14 Scotland MF Steve Thomson
15 Finland FW Mikael Forssell (on loan from Chelsea)
16 England DF Andy Frampton
17 Latvia FW Andrejs Rubins
18 Northern Ireland MF Wayne Carlisle
19 England DF David Woozley
20 England DF Richard Harris
No. Position Player
21 England GK Matt Gregg
22 Wales FW Andy Martin
23 Wales DF Stephen Evans
24 England DF James Hibburt
25 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Hunt
26 England DF Sean Hankin
27 England DF Steve Kabba
28 England FW Roscoe D'Sane
29 England DF Jonathan Boardman
30 England FW Chris Sharpling
31 United States DF Gregg Berhalter
32 England MF Jamie Pollock
33 England DF Craig Harrison
34 Jamaica FW Ricardo Fuller
35 Latvia GK Aleksandrs Koļinko
37 England DF Richard Howell
38 Scotland MF David Hopkin
39 Belgium DF Kenny Verhoene
40 Finland MF Aki Riihilahti

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Stuart Taylor (on loan from Arsenal)
17 England DF Andy Linighan (to Oxford United)
34 England FW Paul Kitson (on loan from West Ham United)
9 England FW Leon McKenzie (to Peterborough United)
3 Scotland MF Jamie Fullarton (to Dundee United)
No. Position Player
31 Wales GK Lee Kendall (to Cardiff City)
34 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton (on loan from Liverpool)
36 Scotland DF Andy Morrison (on loan from Manchester City)
13 England GK Fraser Digby (Released)
36 Slovenia DF Amir Karić (on loan from Ipswich Town)

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