2001–02 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2001–02 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager John Gregory (until 24 January)[1]
John Deehan and Stuart Gray (caretakers)
Graham Taylor (from 5 February)
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 8th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Intertoto Cup Winners
UEFA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Darius Vassell and Juan Pablo Ángel (12)
All:
Juan Pablo Ángel (16)
Average home league attendance 35,012

During the 2001–02 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Aston Villa's early season form was good and the Midlanders even went top briefly at the end of November, but followed that with a run of eleven games with only one win, falling out of the title race. Still, it came as a shock when John Gregory announced his resignation after four years as Villa manager on 24 January. A host of names were linked with the vacancy, but in the end it was Graham Taylor, who took Villa to promotion in 1988 and second place in the league in 1990, who was appointed manager. Taylor was unable to improve Villa's form, but two wins against Southampton and Chelsea at the end of the season where enough to see Villa finish eighth: this was hardly amazing, but it at least meant that Villa would be finishing in the top 10 for the seventh year in succession.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 26 9 3 79 36 +43 87 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 24 8 6 67 30 +37 80
3 Manchester United 38 24 5 9 87 45 +42 77 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Newcastle United 38 21 8 9 74 52 +22 71
5 Leeds United 38 18 12 8 53 37 +16 66 2002–03 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Chelsea 38 17 13 8 66 38 +28 64
7 West Ham United 38 15 8 15 48 57 −9 53
8 Aston Villa 38 12 14 12 46 47 −1 50 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 49 53 −4 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 10 16 55 51 +4 46 2002–03 UEFA Cup First round 2
11 Southampton 38 12 9 17 46 54 −8 45
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 9 17 35 47 −12 45
13 Fulham 38 10 14 14 36 44 −8 44 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
14 Charlton Athletic 38 10 14 14 38 49 −11 44
15 Everton 38 11 10 17 45 57 −12 43
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 44 62 −18 40
17 Sunderland 38 10 10 18 29 51 −22 40
18 Ipswich Town (R) 38 9 9 20 41 64 −23 36 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 3
Relegation to the 2002–03 Football League First Division
19 Derby County (R) 38 8 6 24 33 63 −30 30 Relegation to the 2002–03 Football League First Division
20 Leicester City (R) 38 5 13 20 30 64 −34 28

Source:[citation needed]
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; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Chelsea, the losing finalists.

2Blackburn Rovers qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners

3Despite relegation, Ipswich Town qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round as Fair Play Award winners

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18 August 2001 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 36,059
26 August 2001 Manchester United H 1–1 42,632 Vassell
8 September 2001 Liverpool A 3–1 44,102 Dublin, Hendrie, Vassell
16 September 2001 Sunderland H 0–0 31,668
24 September 2001 Southampton A 3–1 26,794 Boateng, Ángel, Hadji
30 September 2001 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 27,732 Ángel, Vassell
14 October 2001 Fulham H 2–0 28,579 Vassell, Taylor
20 October 2001 Everton A 2–3 33,352 Hadji, Schmeichel
24 October 2001 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 27,701 Kachloul
27 October 2001 Bolton Wanderers H 3–2 33,599 Ángel (2, 1 pen), Vassell
3 November 2001 Newcastle United A 0–3 51,057
17 November 2001 Middlesbrough H 0–0 35,424
25 November 2001 Leeds United A 1–1 40,159 Kachloul
1 December 2001 Leicester City H 0–2 30,711
5 December 2001 West Ham United A 1–1 28,377 Dublin
9 December 2001 Arsenal A 2–3 38,074 Merson, Stone
17 December 2001 Ipswich Town H 2–1 29,320 Ángel (2)
22 December 2001 Derby County A 1–3 28,001 Ángel
26 December 2001 Liverpool H 1–2 42,602 Hendrie
29 December 2001 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 41,134 Ángel (pen)
1 January 2002 Sunderland A 1–1 45,324 Taylor
12 January 2002 Derby County H 2–1 28,881 Vassell, Ángel
21 January 2002 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 25,681 Vassell, Ángel
30 January 2002 Everton H 0–0 32,460
2 February 2002 Fulham A 0–0 20,041
9 February 2002 Chelsea H 1–1 41,137 Merson
23 February 2002 Manchester United A 0–1 67,592
2 March 2002 West Ham United H 2–1 37,341 Ángel, Vassell
5 March 2002 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 21,988
17 March 2002 Arsenal H 1–2 41,520 Dublin
23 March 2002 Ipswich Town A 0–0 25,247
30 March 2002 Bolton Wanderers A 2–3 24,600 Warhurst (own goal), Taylor
2 April 2002 Newcastle United H 1–1 36,597 Crouch
6 April 2002 Middlesbrough A 1–2 26,003 Ángel
13 April 2002 Leeds United H 0–1 40,039
20 April 2002 Leicester City A 2–2 18,125 Vassell, Hitzlsperger
27 April 2002 Southampton H 2–1 35,255 Vassell (2)
11 May 2002 Chelsea A 3–1 40,709 Crouch, Vassell, Dublin

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2002 Manchester United H 2–3 38,444 Taylor, Neville (own goal)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 10 October 2001 Reading H 1–0 23,431 Dublin
R4 28 November 2001 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–1 26,526

Intertoto Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 First Leg 14 July 2001 NK Slaven Belupo A 1–2 3,000 Ginola
R3 Second Leg 21 July 2001 NK Slaven Belupo H 2–0 (won 3-2 on agg) 27,580 Hendrie (2)
SF First Leg 25 July 2001 Rennes A 1–2 15,753 Vassell
SF Second Leg 1 August 2001 Rennes H 1–0 (won on away goals) 30,782 Dublin
F First Leg 7 August 2001 Basel A 1–1 25,879 Merson
F Second Leg 21 August 2001 Basel H 4–1 (won 5-2 on agg) 39,593 Vassell, Ángel (2), Ginola

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 20 September 2001 NK Varteks H 2–3 27,132 Ángel (2)
R1 Second Leg 27 September 2001 NK Varteks A 1–0 (lost on away goals) 12,100 Hadji

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Peter Schmeichel
2 Wales DF Mark Delaney
3 England DF Alan Wright
4 Sweden DF Olof Mellberg
5 Turkey DF Alpay Özalan
6 Netherlands MF George Boateng[4]
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Ángel
9 England FW Dion Dublin
10 England MF Paul Merson
11 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
12 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
13 England GK Boaz Myhill[5]
14 France MF David Ginola
15 England DF Gareth Barry
16 England FW Peter Crouch
17 England MF Lee Hendrie
No. Position Player
18 England MF Steve Stone
19 Croatia FW Boško Balaban
20 Morocco MF Mustapha Hadji
21 Germany MF Thomas Hitzlsperger
22 England FW Darius Vassell
23 England FW Stefan Moore
24 Republic of Ireland MF John McGrath
25 England FW Jon Bewers
28 Northern Ireland MF Gavin Melaugh
29 England MF Stephen Cooke
30 Morocco MF Hassan Kachloul
31 England DF Jlloyd Samuel[6]
39 Republic of Ireland GK Wayne Henderson
42 Republic of Ireland FW Peter Hynes
43 England DF Liam Ridgewell
46 England DF Ben Willetts

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
England DF Rob Edwards
England DF Danny Jackman
Republic of Ireland DF Seán Dillon
England MF Ryan Amoo
No. Position Player
England MF Alexis Nicolas
England MF Jay Smith
Republic of Ireland MF Keith Fahey
England FW Michael Husbands

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]