2001–02 Fulham F.C. season

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Fulham F.C.
2001-02 season
League FA Premier League
Manager France Jean Tigana
League position 13th
Top goalscorers Jamaica Barry Hayles
France Louis Saha
France Steed Malbranque (8)
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Fourth round
Previous season 2000–01
Next season 2002–03

The 2001–02 season was Fulham F.C.'s 104th season of professional football and their first season in the Premier League. They were managed by Jean Tigana, who had also overseen their promotion from the First Division the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

After the high-profile signings of Juventus goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Lyon striker Steve Marlet, amongst others, Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed boasted that the newly promoted side would win the Premiership title. As it was, Fulham never came anywhere near matching the pace set by the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, but the Cottagers still impressed upon their return to the top flight, peaking as high as eighth at one point. The club's good form gave hope to fans that their team could challenge for European qualification either through the league or their FA Cup run, but a run of nine games without a win dragged the club down to 16th with four games left to play and four points between them and 18th-placed Ipswich.[1] Seven points from the club's last four games lifted Fulham to safety in 13th, and, despite the poor league form and elimination from the FA Cup in the semi-finals, Fulham managed to achieve European qualification via the Intertoto Cup.

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]

Fulham's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 2001 Manchester United A 2–3 67,534 Saha (2)
22 August 2001 Sunderland H 2–0 20,197 Hayles, Saha
25 August 2001 Derby County H 0–0 15,641
9 September 2001 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 20,451 Boa Morte
15 September 2001 Arsenal H 1–3 20,805 Malbranque
22 September 2001 Leicester City A 0–0 18,918
30 September 2001 Chelsea H 1–1 20,197 Hayles
14 October 2001 Aston Villa A 0–2 28,579
21 October 2001 Ipswich Town H 1–1 17,221 Hayles
27 October 2001 Southampton H 2–1 18,771 Malbranque (2)
3 November 2001 West Ham United A 2–0 26,217 Legwinski, Malbranque
17 November 2001 Newcastle United H 3–1 21,159 Saha, Legwinski, Hayles
24 November 2001 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 23,848
2 December 2001 Leeds United H 0–0 20,918
8 December 2001 Everton H 2–0 19,338 Hayles (2)
12 December 2001 Liverpool A 0–0 37,163
15 December 2001 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–4 36,054
26 December 2001 Charlton Athletic H 0–0 17,900
30 December 2001 Manchester United H 2–3 21,159 Legwinski, Marlet
2 January 2002 Derby County A 1–0 28,165 Carbonari (own goal)
12 January 2002 Middlesbrough H 2–1 18,975 Saha, Marlet
19 January 2002 Sunderland A 1–1 45,124 Malbranque
30 January 2002 Ipswich Town A 0–1 25,156
2 February 2002 Aston Villa H 0–0 20,041
9 February 2002 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 19,580 Hayles, Malbranque
19 February 2002 Middlesbrough A 1–2 26,235 Marlet
23 February 2002 Arsenal A 1–4 38,029 Marlet
2 March 2002 Liverpool H 0–2 21,103
6 March 2002 Chelsea A 2–3 39,744 Saha (2, 1 pen)
16 March 2002 Everton A 1–2 34,639 Malbranque
24 March 2002 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–2 15,885
30 March 2002 Southampton A 1–1 31,616 Marlet
1 April 2002 West Ham United H 0–1 19,416
8 April 2002 Newcastle United A 1–1 50,017 Saha
20 April 2002 Leeds United A 1–0 39,111 Malbranque
23 April 2002 Bolton Wanderers H 3–0 18,107 Goldbaek, Marlet, Hayles
27 April 2002 Leicester City H 0–0 21,106
11 May 2002 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 30,487

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 8 January 2002 Wycombe Wanderers A 2–2 9,921 Legwinski, Marlet
R3R 15 January 2002 Wycombe Wanderers H 1–0 11,894 Hayles
R4 26 January 2002 York City A 2–0 7,563 Malbranque, Marlet
R5 16 February 2002 Walsall A 2–1 8,766 Bennett (own goal), Barry Hayles
QF 10 March 2002 West Bromwich Albion A 1–0 24,811 Marlet
SF 14 April 2002 Chelsea N 0–1 36,147

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 11 September 2001 Rochdale A 2–2 (won 6-5 on pens) 6,303 Boa Morte, Brevett
R3 10 October 2001 Derby County H 5–2 9,217 Hayles, Legwinski, Collins, Saha, Malbranque (pen)
R4 29 November 2001 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 17,006 Hayles

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
1 Netherlands GK Edwin van der Sar
2 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Finnan
3 England DF Rufus Brevett
4 Wales DF Andy Melville
5 Wales DF Chris Coleman
7 England MF Jon Harley
8 England MF Lee Clark
9 France FW Steve Marlet
10 Scotland MF John Collins
12 Northern Ireland GK Maik Taylor[3]
14 France MF Steed Malbranque[4]
15 Jamaica FW Barry Hayles[5]
16 England DF Zat Knight
18 France MF Sylvain Legwinski
19 Denmark FW Bjarne Goldbaek
No. Position Player
20 France FW Louis Saha
22 Portugal FW Luis Boa Morte
23 England MF Sean Davis
24 France DF Alain Goma
25 Morocco DF Abdeslam Ouaddou
30 England GK Glyn Thompson
31 United States MF Eddie Lewis
32 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann
33 England FW Calum Willock[6]
34 Ghana FW Elvis Hammond
35 Scotland DF Kieran McAnespie
36 England DF Mark Hudson
38 England FW Luke Cornwall
40 Latvia MF Andrejs Stolcers

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
6 Wales DF Kit Symons (to Crystal Palace)
26 England MF Kevin Betsy[7] (to Barnsley)
No. Position Player
29 Wales MF Paul Trollope[8] (to Coventry City)
Wales DF Alan Neilson (to Grimsby Town)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 August 2001 GK Netherlands Edwin van Der Sar Italy Juventus Undisclosed (estimated £7,000,000)[9]
1 August 2001 DF Morocco Abdeslam Ouaddou France Nancy £2,000,000[10]
2 August 2001 MF France Steed Malbranque France Lyon £5,000,000
8 August 2001 DF England Jon Harley England Chelsea £3,500,000[11]
22 August 2001 MF France Sylvain Legwinski France Bordeaux £3,300,000
29 August 2001 FW France Steve Marlet France Lyon £11,500,000

Out[edit]

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager France Jean Tigana
First Team Coach England Ray Lewington
Goalkeeping Coach England Mike Kelly
Reserve Team Coach Scotland Billy McKinlay
Academy Coach England Gary Brazil
Head of Youth Development England John Murtough
Physiotherapist Australia Jason Palmer
Club Doctor England Steve Nance
Chief Scout England John Marshall

Last updated: 21 Sep 2007
Source: Fulham FC

Other information[edit]

Chairman Egypt Mohamed Al Fayed
Managing Director Scotland David McNally
Technical Director England Les Reed
Director Egypt Omar Fayed
Director Egypt Karim Fayed
Director England Mark Collins
Director England Stuart Benson
Commercial Manager England Olly Dale
Commercial Manager England Mark Maunders
Secretary England Zoe Ward
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Craven Cottage (26,600 / 112x72 yards)

Source: Fulham article on 15 Aug 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/stats/england/premier-league/2001-2002/table/2002-04-13
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/fulham/2001-2002/results
  3. ^ Taylor was born in Hildesheim, West Germany (now Germany), but qualifies to represent any of the home nations internationally as he holds a British passport; he made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1999.
  4. ^ Malbranque was born in Mouscron, Belgium, but also qualifies to represent France internationally; he represented them at U-21 level and would be called up to the senior international side in February 2004, but he would not play.
  5. ^ Hayles was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in June 2001, having previously represented the Cayman Islands internationally despite being ineligible to do so.
  6. ^ Willock was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualifies to represent Saint Kitts and Nevis internationally and would make his international debut for Saint Kitts and Nevis in 2004.
  7. ^ Betsy was born in Woking, England, but also qualifies to represent Seychelles internationally and would make his international debut for Seychelles in 2011.
  8. ^ Trollope was born in Swindon, England, but qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in May 1997.
  9. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/1467554.stm
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/1469088.stm
  11. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/1477811.stm