2001–02 Football League Cup

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2001-02 Football League Cup
Worthington Cup, League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Blackburn Rovers
Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur
Top goal scorer(s) Matt Jansen
(6 goals)

The 2001–02 Football League Cup (known as the Worthington Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 42nd season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with lager brand Worthington.

The competition began on 20 August 2001, and ended with the final on 26 February 2002 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as reconstruction work had just commenced at Wembley Stadium.

The tournament was won by Blackburn Rovers, who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 in the final, thanks to single strikes from Matt Jansen and Andy Cole, sandwiched by an equaliser from Christian Ziege. Blackburn had only just returned to the Premier League at the beginning of the season after relegation several years earlier.

First round[edit]

The 70 First, Second and Third Division clubs compete from the First Round, except Manchester City and Coventry. Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 2000–01 season.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Birmingham City 3–0 Southend United 22 August 2001
2 Cambridge United 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 22 August 2001
1–1 after extra time – West Bromwich Albion won 4–3 on penalties
3 Stoke City 0–0 Oldham Athletic 22 August 2001
0–0 after extra time – Oldham Athletic won 6–5 on penalties
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Swindon Town 22 August 2001
5 Barnsley 2–0 Halifax Town 21 August 2001
6 Blackpool 3–2 Wigan Athletic 21 August 2001
7 Bournemouth 0–2 Torquay United 21 August 2001
8 Brentford 1–0 Norwich City 21 August 2001
9 Brighton 2–1 Wimbledon 21 August 2001
10 Bristol City 2–1 Cheltenham Town 21 August 2001
11 Burnley 2–3 Rushden and Diamonds 21 August 2001
12 Bury 1–3 Sheffield Wednesday 21 August 2001
13 Exeter City 0–1 Walsall 21 August 2001
14 Grimsby Town 2–1 Lincoln City 21 August 2001
15 Huddersfield Town 0–1 Rochdale 21 August 2001
16 Kidderminster Harriers 2–2 Preston 21 August 2001
Preston won 3–2 after extra time
17 Leyton Orient 2–4 Crystal Palace 21 August 2001
18 Macclesfield Town 1–1 Bradford City 21 August 2001
Bradford City won 2–1 after extra time
19 Mansfield Town 3–4 Notts County 21 August 2001
20 Millwall 2–1 Cardiff City 21 August 2001
21 Northampton Town 1–1 Q.P.R. 21 August 2001
Northampton Town won 2–1 after extra time
22 Oxford United 1–1 Gillingham 21 August 2001
Gillingham won 2–1 after extra time
23 Port Vale 2–1 Chesterfield 21 August 2001
24 Portsmouth 1–2 Colchester United 21 August 2001
25 Reading 4–0 Luton Town 21 August 2001
26 Stockport County 3–0 Carlisle United 21 August 2001
27 Swansea City 0–2 Peterborough United 21 August 2001
28 Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury Town 21 August 2001
29 Watford 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 21 August 2001
30 Wrexham 2–3 Hull City 21 August 2001
31 Wycombe Wanderers 0–1 Bristol Rovers 21 August 2001
32 York City 1–1 Crewe Alexandra 21 August 2001
2–2 after extra time – Crewe Alexandra won 6–5 on penalties
33 Darlington 0–1 Sheffield United 20 August 2001
34 Hartlepool United 0–2 Nottingham Forest 20 August 2001
35 Scunthorpe United 0–2 Rotherham United 20 August 2001

Second round[edit]

The 35 winners from the First Round joined the 13 Premier League, clubs not participating in European competition in the Second Round, plus Manchester City and Coventry (who received byes for their league position the previous season). Matches were played on 10–13 September.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Torquay United 13 September 2001
2 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Oldham Athletic 12 September 2001
3 Bristol City 2–3 Watford 12 September 2001
4 Charlton Athletic 2–0 Port Vale 12 September 2001
5 Derby County 3–0 Hull City 12 September 2001
6 Everton 1–1 Crystal Palace 12 September 2001
1–1 after extra time – Crystal Palace won 5–4 on penalties
7 Newcastle United 1–1 Brentford 12 September 2001
Newcastle United won 4–1 after extra time
8 Nottingham Forest 1–1 Stockport County 12 September 2001
1–1 after extra time – Nottingham Forest won 8–7 on penalties
9 Sheffield Wednesday 2–2 Sunderland 12 September 2001
Sheffield Wednesday won 4–2 after extra time
10 Bolton Wanderers 3–3 Walsall 11 September 2001
Bolton Wanderers won 4–3 after extra time
11 Brighton 0–3 Southampton 11 September 2001
12 Bristol Rovers 0–3 Birmingham City 11 September 2001
13 Colchester United 1–3 Barnsley 11 September 2001
14 Crewe Alexandra 0–0 Rushden and Diamonds 11 September 2001
Crewe Alexandra won 2–0 after extra time
15 Gillingham 2–1 Millwall 11 September 2001
16 Grimsby Town 2–2 Sheffield United 11 September 2001
3–3 after extra time – Grimsby Town won 4–2 on penalties
17 Middlesbrough 3–1 Northampton Town 11 September 2001
18 Notts County 2–2 Manchester City 11 September 2001
Manchester City won 4–2 after extra time
19 Peterborough United 2–2 Coventry City 11 September 2001
2–2 after extra time – Coventry City won 4–2 on penalties
20 Reading 0–0 West Ham 11 September 2001
0–0 after extra time – Reading won 6–5 on penalties
21 Rochdale 1–1 Fulham 11 September 2001
2–2 after extra time – Fulham won 6–5 on penalties
22 Rotherham United 0–4 Bradford City 11 September 2001
23 Tranmere Rovers 4–1 Preston 11 September 2001
24 West Brom 0–0 Swindon Town 11 September 2001
West Brom won 2–0 after extra time
25 Blackpool 0–1 Leicester City 10 September 2001

Third round[edit]

The 25 winners from the Second Round joined the seven Premiership clubs participating in European competition in the Third Round. Matches were played on 8–10 October.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Arsenal 4–0 Manchester United 5 November 2001
2 Aston Villa 1–0 Reading 10 October 2001
3 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Middlesbrough 10 October 2001
Blackburn Rovers won 2–1 after extra time
4 Fulham 5–2 Derby County 10 October 2001
5 Manchester City 6–0 Birmingham City 10 October 2001
6 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Crystal Palace 10 October 2001
2–2 after extra time – Sheffield Wednesday won 3–1 on penalties
7 Barnsley 0–1 Newcastle United 9 October 2001
8 Coventry City 0–2 Chelsea 9 October 2001
9 Crewe Alexandra 2–3 Ipswich Town 9 October 2001
10 Gillingham 0–2 Southampton 9 October 2001
11 Leicester City 0–6 Leeds United 9 October 2001
12 Liverpool 0–0 Grimsby Town 9 October 2001
Grimsby Town won 2–1 after extra time
13 Tranmere Rovers 0–4 Tottenham Hotspur 9 October 2001
14 Watford 4–1 Bradford City 9 October 2001
15 West Brom 0–1 Charlton Athletic 9 October 2001
16 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Nottingham Forest 8 October 2001

Fourth round[edit]

The matches were played on 27–29 November.

29 November 2001
Fulham 1 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Hayles Goal 45' Rebrov Goal 15'
Davies Goal 86'
Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,006
Referee: Mark Halsey

28 November 2001
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday
Ekoku Goal 40'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 26,526
Referee: Clive Wilkes

28 November 2001
Blackburn Rovers 2 – 0 Manchester City
Johansson Goal 45'
Johnson Goal 90'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 17,907
Referee: Uriah Rennie

28 November 2001
Leeds United 0 – 2 Chelsea
Guðjohnsen Goal 59' Goal 80'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 33,841
Referee: Jeff Winter

27 November 2001
Arsenal 2 – 0 Grimsby Town
Edu Goal 4'
Wiltord Goal 74'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 16,917
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

27 November 2001
Bolton Wanderers 2 – 2 (a.e.t.)
6 – 5p
Southampton
Holdsworth Goal 55' (pen.)
Ricketts Goal 110'
Davies Goal 80'
El Khalej Goal 111'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 8,404
Referee: Andy D'Urso

27 November 2001
Newcastle United 4 – 1 Ipswich Town
Robert Goal 18'
Ameobi Goal 26'
Shearer Goal 37' Goal 40'
Bent Goal 77'
St. James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 32,576
Referee: Alan Wiley

26 November 2001
Watford 3 – 2 (a.e.t.) Charlton Athletic
Vernazza Goal 17'
Robinson Goal 60'
Helguson Goal 99'
Brown Goal 43'
Robinson Goal 90'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 12,621
Referee: Neale Barry

Fifth round[edit]

The four matches were played on 11–12 and 19 December.

19 December 2001
Sheffield Wednesday 4 – 0 Watford
Sibon Goal 40'
Hamshaw Goal 73'
O'Donnell Goal 89'
Soltvedt Goal 90'
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 20,319
Referee: Andy Butler

12 December 2001
Chelsea 1 – 0 Newcastle United
Hasselbaink Goal 90'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 27,613
Referee: David Elleray

11 December 2001
Blackburn Rovers 4 – 0 Arsenal
Jansen Goal 11' Goal 15' Goal 68'
Hughes Goal 21'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 13,278
Referee: Paul Durkin

11 December 2001
Tottenham Hotspur 6 – 0 Bolton Wanderers
Davies Goal 21'
Ferdinand Goal 29' Goal 30' Goal 38'
Barness Goal 79' (o.g.)
Iversen Goal 84'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 28,430
Referee: Graham Barber

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made in December 2001 after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The ties were played in the weeks beginning 7 and 21 January 2002.

First leg[edit]

8 January 2002
19:45
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 2 Blackburn Rovers
Ekoku Goal 52' Hignett Goal 28'
Cole Goal 39'
Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 30,883
Referee: Andy D'Urso

9 January 2002
20:05
Chelsea 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Hasselbaink Goal 10' Goal 77' Ferdinand Goal 65'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 37,264
Referee: Alan Wiley

Second leg[edit]

22 January 2002
19:45
Blackburn Rovers 4 – 2 Sheffield Wednesday
Jansen Goal 35'
Duff Goal 37'
Cole Goal 82'
Hignett Goal 88'
Ekoku Goal 59' (pen.)
Soltvedt Goal 85'
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 26,884
Referee: Mike Riley

Blackburn Rovers won 6-3 on aggregate.


23 January 2002
20:05
Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 1 Chelsea
Iversen Goal 2'
Sherwood Goal 33'
Sheringham Goal 50'
Davies Goal 76'
Rebrov Goal 87'
Forssell Goal 90'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 36,100
Referee: Mark Halsey

Tottenham won 6–3 on aggregate

Final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2002 Football League Cup Final.

The 2002 Worthington Cup Final was played on 24 February 2002 and was contested between Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Blackburn won the game 2-1.

24 February 2002
14:00
Blackburn Rovers 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jansen Goal 25'
Cole Goal 69'
(Report) Ziege Goal 33'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Graham Poll
Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur

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