2001–02 Leeds United A.F.C. season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Leeds United
2001-02 season
Chairman England Peter Ridsdale
Manager Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
Stadium Elland Road
Premier League 5th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
England Robbie Fowler & Australia Mark Viduka (12)

All:
Australia Mark Viduka (17)
Highest home attendance 40,287 vs. Newcastle United,
(22 Dec 2001, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 24,512 vs. PSV Eindhoven,
(28 Feb 2002, UEFA Cup)
Average home league attendance 39,460

The 2001–02 season saw Leeds United A.F.C. compete in the FA Premier League (known as the Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Leeds topped the Premiership for much of the first half of the season, but - despite the wealth of options available to manager David O'Leary - they only finished fifth, meaning they would be competing in the UEFA Cup the next season. Some contribute their downfall to their FA Cup third round exit at Ninian Park; table-topping Leeds played mid-table Division 2 side Cardiff City but suffered a 2–1 defeat with goals from Graham Kavanagh and Scott Young. Leeds did not look like the same team after this, and didn't win another game for nearly two months. While they won seven of their last ten games, their poor mid-season run ultimately proved to be too much to recover from, and they finished five points adrift of Newcastle United, who occupied the final Champions League spot.

After the end of the season, chairman Peter Ridsdale decided that enough was enough and sacked O'Leary after four years and tens of millions of pounds in new signings had failed to translate into silverware; many also believe the infamous book "Leeds United: On Trial", written by O'Leary himself, destroyed morale in the dressing-room and accelerated his departure from the club. In came former England manager Terry Venables as his successor.

Plans were unveiled on 5 September for a new 50,000-seat stadium at Skelton to replace Elland Road, with Ridsdale hoping to have it ready by the summer of 2004. In fact, Ridsdale was aware that millions of pounds had been staked on Champions League qualification - by not qualifying in successive years, the club was heading for financial meltdown.

First-team 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 England GK Nigel Martyn
2 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Kelly
3 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
4 France MF Olivier Dacourt
6 England DF Jonathan Woodgate
7 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane
9 Australia FW Mark Viduka
10 Australia FW Harry Kewell
11 England MF Lee Bowyer
13 England GK Paul Robinson
No. Position Player
16 England MF Jason Wilcox
17 England FW Alan Smith
18 England DF Danny Mills
19 Norway MF Eirik Bakke
20 England MF Seth Johnson
21 Scotland DF Dominic Matteo
22 England DF Michael Duberry
23 England MF David Batty
27 England FW Robbie Fowler
29 England DF Rio Ferdinand (captain)

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
14 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McPhail (on loan to Millwall)
26 Australia GK Danny Milosevic (on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury (to Hearts)
No. Position Player
33 Northern Ireland MF Wesley Boyle (released)
Republic of Ireland DF Damian Lynch (to Nottingham Forest)

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
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
8 England FW Michael Bridges
24 New Zealand DF Danny Hay
25 Australia MF Jacob Burns
28 England MF Jamie McMaster
32 England MF Harpal Singh
34 England DF Frazer Richardson
35 Australia DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
50 England GK Shaun Allaway
No. Position Player
England FW Craig Farrell
England FW Simon Johnson
England DF Christopher Kamara
Republic of Ireland MF Paul Keegan
England DF Matthew Kilgallon
England DF Tom Newey
Wales FW Craig Stiens
Northern Ireland FW Michael Ward

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001-02 UEFA Cup

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £18,000,000
Transfers out: Increase £1,350,000
Total spending: Decrease £16,650,000

Loaned out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds United - 2001/02". FootballSquads. Retrieved 2010-09-16.