2001–02 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2001–02 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Trevor Francis
(until 15 October)
Mick Mills and Jim Barron
(joint caretakers)
Steve Bruce
(from 12 December)
Ground St Andrew's
First Division 5th
Play-offs Winners
FA Cup Third round
(eliminated by Liverpool)
League Cup Third round
(eliminated by Manchester City)
Top goalscorer League: Tommy Mooney (13)
All: Tommy Mooney (15)
Highest home attendance 29,178 vs Sheffield United, 21 April 2002
Lowest home attendance 12,015 vs Southend United, League Cup first round, 22 August 2001
Average home league attendance 21,978[1]

The 2001–02 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 99th in the Football League. They finished in 5th position in the 24-team Football League First Division, thus qualifying for the play-offs, and were successful in the final, beating Norwich City in a penalty shootout to gain promotion to the Premier League. Birmingham entered the 2001–02 FA Cup at the third round and lost to Liverpool in that round, and after entering the League Cup in the first round, lost to Manchester City in the third.

Trevor Francis was dismissed as manager in October with Birmingham mid-table in the First Division. Mick Mills and Jim Barron acted as caretakers until December, when former Crystal Palace manager Steve Bruce was appointed.[2] French manufacturers Le Coq Sportif supplied Birmingham's kit for the fourth consecutive season, and mobile phone retailer Phones4U were the new shirt sponsors.[3] Tommy Mooney was top scorer with 15 goals, of which 13 were scored in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Trevor Francis was dismissed as manager in October with Birmingham mid-table in the First Division. Mick Mills and Jim Barron acted as caretakers until December, when former Crystal Palace manager Steve Bruce was appointed.[2] Under his management Birmingham improved to finish fifth in the First Division for the third season running, qualifying for the play-offs yet again. This season, however, Birmingham finally tasted success: after beating Millwall 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final, they faced Norwich City in the play-off final at the Millennium Stadium. After normal time ended goalless, the match went to extra time, only for Norwich's Iwan Roberts to score in the first minute of extra time. However, Geoff Horsfield equalised 11 minutes later and, with no further goals, the match went to a penalty shoot-out. Birmingham won 4-2 to finally gain promotion to the Premier League, 16 seasons after their previous top-flight campaign.[4]

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
11 August 2001 19th Wimbledon A L 1–3 B. Hughes 87' 9,142 [5]
19 August 2001 8th Millwall H W 4–0 B. Hughes 22', 27', Horsfield 30', Eaden 45' 19,091 [5]
25 August 2001 7th Walsall A W 2–1 Mooney 20', Horsfield 41' 7,245 [5]
27 August 2001 3rd Stockport County H W 2–1 Grainger 2', Mooney 21' pen. 18,478 [5]
8 September 2001 3rd Sheffield Wednesday H W 2–0 A. Johnson 43', B. Hughes 63' 19,421 [5]
15 September 2001 7th Manchester City A L 0–3 31,714 [5]
18 September 2001 9th Burnley H L 2–3 A. Johnson (2) 19', 40' 18,426 [5]
23 September 2001 14th Preston North End H L 0–1 23,004 [5]
26 September 2001 14th Watford A D 3–3 B. Hughes 4', Horsfield 47', Grainger 85' 13,091 [5]
29 September 2001 14th Crewe Alexandra A D 0–0 7,314 [5]
13 October 2001 12th Barnsley A W 3–1 Marcelo 36', Horsfield 55', Furlong 83' 11,910 [5]
18 October 2001 10th Nottingham Forest A D 0–0 18,210 [5]
20 October 2001 6th Bradford City H W 4–0 Marcelo (3) 37', 45', 48', Sonner 39' 25,011 [5]
23 October 2001 5th Gillingham H W 2–1 Horsfield (2) 36', 47' 27,101 [5]
26 October 2001 6th Grimsby Town A L 1–3 Marcelo 49' 5,419 [5]
30 October 2001 6th Portsmouth A D 1–1 Marcelo 25' 15,612 [5]
4 November 2001 10th Rotherham United H D 2–2 Branston 45' o.g., Horsfield 51' 28,436 [5]
7 November 2001 10th West Bromwich Albion H L 0–1 23,554 [5]
17 November 2001 12th Sheffield United A L 0–4 15,686 [5]
25 November 2001 11th Coventry City H W 2–0 Marcelo (2) 17', 61' 18,279 [5]
30 November 2001 11th Gillingham A D 1–1 Marcelo 63' 8,575 [5]
8 December 2001 10th Norwich City H W 4–0 Mooney (3) 30', 45', 58' pen., Marcelo 46' 17,310 [5]
11 December 2001 9th Crystal Palace H W 1–0 Mooney 64' pen. 20,119 [5]
16 December 2001 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1–2 Marcelo 40' 21,482 [5]
22 December 2001 7th Walsall H W 1–0 Purse 14' pen. 20,127 [5]
26 December 2001 8th Sheffield Wednesday A W 1–0 Horsfield 77' 24,335 [5]
29 December 2001 6th Stockport County A W 3–0 Vickers 18', Marcelo 49', Mooney 76' 5,827 [5]
1 January 2002 7th Nottingham Forest H D 1–1 Mooney 4' 19,770 [5]
10 January 2002 6th Millwall A D 1–1 Mooney 45' 11,856 [5]
19 January 2002 8th Wimbledon H L 0–2 17,766 [5]
29 January 2002 8th West Bromwich Albion A L 0–1 25,266 [5]
16 February 2002 9th Barnsley H W 1–0 John 51' 19,208 [5]
23 February 2002 9th Watford H W 3–2 Purse 21', Mooney (2) 42', 53' pen. 18,059 [5]
26 February 2002 8th Burnley A W 1–0 Mooney 25' 13,504 [5]
2 March 2002 9th Preston North End A L 0–1 15,543 [5]
5 March 2002 9th Manchester City H L 1–2 M. Johnson 4' 24,160 [5]
9 March 2002 10th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 John 36', Devlin 45' 22,104 [5]
12 March 2002 7th Bradford City A W 3–1 Purse 6', John 31', Horsfield 82' 13,105 [5]
15 March 2002 7th Norwich City A W 1–0 John 22' 18,258 [5]
24 March 2002 7th Coventry City A D 1–1 Horsfield 81' 17,945 [5]
30 March 2002 6th Grimsby Town H W 4–0 B. Hughes (2) 22', 31', John 50', D. Johnson 64' 23,249 [5]
1 April 2002 6th Crystal Palace A D 0–0 19,598 [5]
7 April 2002 6th Portsmouth H D 1–1 John 2' 25,030 [5]
10 April 2002 4th Crewe Alexandra H W 3–1 John 30', Carter 45', Mooney 49' 28,615 [5]
13 April 2002 4th Rotherham United A D 2–2 Grainger 38', Beech 70' o.g. 10,536 [5]
21 April 2002 5th Sheffield United H W 2–0 Horsfield 61', Grainger 63' 29,178 [5]

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
3rd Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 25 11 10 76 43 +33 86
4th Millwall 46 22 11 13 69 47 +22 77
5th Birmingham City 46 21 13 12 70 49 +21 76
6th Norwich City 46 22 9 15 60 51 +9 75
7th Burnley 46 21 12 13 70 62 +8 75
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [6]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 21 13 12 70 49 +21 76 14 4 5 44 20 +24 7 9 7 26 29 −3

Source: [6]

Play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Semifinal 1st leg 28 April 2002 Millwall H D 1–1 B. Hughes 56' 28,282 [5]
Semifinal 2nd leg 2 May 2002 Millwall A W 1–0
2–1 agg.
John 90' 16,391 [5]

Final[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 5 January 2002 Liverpool A L 0–3 40,875

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
First round 22 August 2001 Southend United H W 3–0 Mooney (2) 7', 90' pen., Whelan 16' o.g. 12,015 [5]
Second round 11 September 2001 Bristol Rovers A W 3–0 A. Johnson 45', M. Johnson 62', B. Hughes 68' 5,582 [5]
Third round 10 October 2001 Manchester City A L 0–6 13,112 [5]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
18 June 2001 Nico Vaesen Huddersfield Town) Undisclosed [7]
1 July 2001 Tommy Mooney (Watford) Free [8]
1 July 2001 Chris Ward Lancaster City £25,000 [9]
8 August 2001 Kevin Poole Unattached Free [10]
17 December 2001 Steve Vickers Middlesbrough £425,000 [11]
31 January 2002 Jeff Kenna Blackburn Rovers Free [12]
8 February 2002 Stern John Nottingham Forest £100,000 [13]
8 March 2002 Damien Johnson Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed [14]
13 March 2002 Tom Williams Peterborough United Undisclosed [15]
22 March 2002 Olivier Tébily Celtic £700,000 [16]
8 May 2002 Paul Devlin Sheffield United c. £200,000 [17]
dagger Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
13 July 2001 Jon Bass Free Hartlepool United [18]
26 October 2001 Kevin Poole Free Bolton Wanderers [19]
7 February 2002 Marcelo Undisclosed Walsall [20]
7 February 2002 Martyn O'Connor Undisclosed Walsall [20]
8 March 2002 David Burrows Released (Sheffield Wednesday) [21]
8 March 2002 Jacques Williams Released (Scarborough) [21]
8 March 2002 Mickael Sabathier Released [21]
15 March 2002 Ross Diamond Released [22]
30 June 2002 Jon McCarthy Released (Port Vale) [23]
30 June 2002 Dele Adebola Released (Crystal Palace) [23]
30 June 2002 Danny Sonner Released (Walsall) [23]
10 July 2002 David Holdsworth Released (Bolton Wanderers) [24]
dagger Brackets round a club denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
10 August 2001 Carlos Ferrari Mirassol 5 March 2002 [25][26]
24 August 2001 Alan Kelly Blackburn Rovers One month [27]
6 September 2001 Bjørn Otto Bragstad Derby County One month [28]
15 November 2001 Curtis Fleming Middlesbrough One month [29]
16 November 2001 Steve Vickers Middlesbrough One month [30]
21 December 2001 Arkadiusz Bąk Polonia Warsaw 18 February 2002 [31]
24 December 2001 Jeff Kenna Blackburn Rovers One month [32]
4 February 2002 Paul Devlin Sheffield United Three months [26][33]
11 March 2002 Tom Williams Peterborough United 13 March 2002 [15]
28 March 2002 Michael Hughes Wimbledon End of season [34]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
17 August 2001 Graham Hyde Chesterfield Two months [35][36]
21 September 2001 Tony Capaldi Hereford United 1 January 2002 [37]
2 October 2001 Chris Ward Forest Green Rovers One month [38]
18 January 2002 David Holdsworth Walsall End of season [39][40]
4 February 2002 Paul Furlong Sheffield United One month [33]
20 March 2002 Dele Adebola Oldham Athletic One month [41]
28 March 2002 Jon McCarthy Sheffield Wednesday One month [42]
29 March 2002 Chris Ward Southport One month [43]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Total Discipline[44]
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0 0
2 DF  ENG Nicky Eaden 25 (5) 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 28 (5) 0 0 0
3 DF  ENG Martin Grainger 40 (1) 4 0 0 3 0 3 0 46 (1) 4 12 1
4 MF  NIR Danny Sonner 10 (5) 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 13 (5) 1 2 2
5 DF  ENG Darren Purse 36 (1) 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 40 (1) 3 11 1
6 DF  ENG David Holdsworth 3 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 (1) 0 0 0
7 MF  NIR Jon McCarthy 3 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 0 0 0
8Left club during playing season FW  BRA Marcelo 17 (5) 12 0 (1) 0 0 (3) 0 0 0 17 (9) 12 1 0
8 FW  TRI Stern John 15 8 0 0 0 0 3 1 18 8 0 0
9 FW  ENG Geoff Horsfield 34 (7) 11 1 0 3 0 3 1 41 (7) 12 7 0
10 MF  ENG Bryan Hughes 28 (4) 7 0 (1) 0 2 1 3 1 33 (5) 9 4 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 23 (10) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 (3) 0 24 (14) 0 1 0
12Left club during playing season MF  CAY Martyn O'Connor 24 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 24 (2) 0 5 0
12 MF  NIR Michael Hughes 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
13 MF  ENG Graham Hyde 1 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (4) 0 1 0
14 MF  ENG Curtis Woodhouse 18 (10) 0 1 0 2 (1) 0 0 0 21 (11) 0 7 1
15 DF  ENG Jerry Gill 14 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 17 0 2 0
16 FW  ENG Tommy Mooney 30 (4) 13 1 0 1 2 3 0 35 (4) 14 2 0
17 DF  JAM Michael Johnson 31 (2) 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 35 (2) 2 3 0
18 GK  BEL Nico Vaesen 22 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 27 (1) 0 1 0
19 FW  ENG Andrew Johnson 9 (14) 3 1 0 2 1 0 (2) 0 12 (16) 4 3 0
20 MF  CYP Tom Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
21 MF  COD Trésor Luntala 9 (6) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 (6) 0 0 0
22Left club during playing season DF  ENG David Burrows 9 (3) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 11 (4) 0 0 0
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson 5 (3) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 (3) 1 2 0
25 FW  ENG Paul Furlong 2 (9) 1 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0 2 (11) 1 3 0
26 DF  CIV Olivier Tébily 7 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 0 0 0
28 DF  ENG Joey Hutchinson 0 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 (3) 0 0 0
29 GK  AUS Clint Davies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30Left club during playing season GK  ENG Kevin Poole 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
30 DF  IRL Curtis Fleming 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0
30 MF  POL Arkadiusz Bąk 2 (2) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 (2) 0 0 0
31 FW  BRA Carlos Ferrari 0 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0 0 0
32 GK  ENG Neil Barnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 GK  IRL Alan Kelly 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
33 DF  NOR Bjørn Otto Bragstad 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
33 MF  ENG Darren Carter 13 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 14 (2) 1 0 0
35 DF  ENG Steve Vickers 13 (1) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 16 (1) 1 0 0
36 DF  IRL Jeff Kenna 22 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 25 0 1 0
37 MF  SCO Paul Devlin 11 (2) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 (2) 1 2 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos. Nat. Name
20Left club during playing season MF  ENG Jacques Williams
23 FW  ENG Chris Ward
24 FW  NGA Dele Adebola
26Left club during playing season MF  ENG Ross Diamond
27 DF  NIR Tony Capaldi
29Left club during playing season MF  FRA Mickael Sabathier
34 FW  ENG Craig Fagan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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