2001–02 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2001–02 season
Chairman John Elsom
Manager Peter Taylor (until 30 September)
Dave Bassett (from October to 8 April)
Micky Adams (from 8 April)[1]
Stadium Filbert Street
FA Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Deane (6)
All: Scowcroft (7)
Average home league attendance 19,783

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

Season summary[edit]

A terrible start to the season saw Peter Taylor sacked at the end of September and Dave Bassett named as his replacement, with Micky Adams joining as assistant manager. For a while, it looked as though Bassett was capable of keeping the Foxes in the Premiership, but a four-month winless run beginning in December killed their survival hopes and they were relegated on 6 April after losing 1–0 at home to Manchester United.

Just before relegation was confirmed, Bassett became Director of Football and Adams was promoted to the manager's seat, with former Cardiff City boss Alan Cork being named as his assistant.

On 12 May 2002, Leicester played their final game at Filbert Street before moving into their new 32,000-seat home. They ended up beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 to attain some satisfaction from winning the final game at their 111-year-old home; it was only their fifth league win of the season. The cost of relocation combined with the money lost from relegation plunged Leicester into a serious financial crisis. The priority for next season would be to secure the club's future financially, before thinking about a promotion challenge.

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]

Leicester City's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18 August 2001 Bolton Wanderers H 0–5 19,987
25 August 2001 Arsenal A 0–4 37,909
8 September 2001 Ipswich Town H 1–1 18,774 Sturridge
15 September 2001 Derby County A 3–2 26,863 Sturridge (2), Izzet (pen)
17 September 2001 Middlesbrough H 1–2 15,412 Jones
22 September 2001 Fulham H 0–0 18,918
26 September 2001 Newcastle United A 0–1 49,185
29 September 2001 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 20,451
13 October 2001 Chelsea A 0–2 40,370
20 October 2001 Liverpool H 1–4 21,886 Wise
29 October 2001 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 21,873
3 November 2001 Sunderland H 1–0 20,573 Akinbiyi
17 November 2001 Manchester United A 0–2 67,651
24 November 2001 Everton H 0–0 21,539
1 December 2001 Aston Villa A 2–0 30,711 Akinbiyi, Scowcroft
8 December 2001 Southampton H 0–4 20,321
16 December 2001 Leeds United A 2–2 38,337 Deane, Scowcroft
22 December 2001 West Ham United H 1–1 20,131 Izzet
26 December 2001 Ipswich Town A 0–2 24,403
29 December 2001 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 23,037 Ricketts (own goal), Deane
12 January 2002 West Ham United A 0–1 34,698
19 January 2002 Newcastle United H 0–0 21,354
23 January 2002 Arsenal H 1–3 21,344 Izzet
30 January 2002 Liverpool A 0–1 42,305
2 February 2002 Chelsea H 2–3 19,950 Scowcroft (2)
9 February 2002 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–2 35,973 Oakes
23 February 2002 Derby County H 0–3 21,620
2 March 2002 Middlesbrough A 0–1 25,734
9 March 2002 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 18,562 Scowcroft
16 March 2002 Southampton A 2–2 30,012 Deane (2)
23 March 2002 Leeds United H 0–2 18,976
30 March 2002 Blackburn Rovers H 2–1 16,236 Dickov (2)
1 April 2002 Sunderland A 1–2 44,950 Dickov
6 April 2002 Manchester United H 0–1 21,447
13 April 2002 Everton A 2–2 35,580 Deane (2)
20 April 2002 Aston Villa H 2–2 18,125 Izzet (pen), Stevenson
27 April 2002 Fulham A 0–0 21,106
11 May 2002 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 21,716 Dickov, Piper

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2002 Mansfield Town H 2–1 14,466 Scowcroft (2)
R4 26 January 2002 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 26,820

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 10 September 2001 Blackpool A 1–0 4,866 Akinbiyi
R3 9 October 2001 Leeds United H 0–6 16,316

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 England GK Tim Flowers
2 England DF Gary Rowett
3 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair[4]
4 Northern Ireland DF Gerry Taggart
5 England DF Alan Rogers
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet[5]
7 Wales MF Matt Jones
8 Wales MF Robbie Savage
9 England MF Darren Eadie
10 England FW James Scowcroft
11 England MF Dennis Wise
12 England GK Simon Royce
14 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
15 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Delaney
16 England GK Ian Walker
17 England MF Stefan Oakes
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott[6]
No. Position Player
20 England FW Trevor Benjamin[7]
21 Denmark DF Jacob Laursen
22 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
23 England DF Jordan Stewart
24 England DF Andrew Impey
25 England MF Junior Lewis
26 England DF Lee Marshall
27 England FW Brian Deane
28 England DF Matt Heath
29 England MF Matt Piper
30 England GK Michael Price
31 England GK Ian Andrews
32 England FW Jon Stevenson
33 England MF Martin Reeves
35 England DF Jon Ashton
36 England FW Tommy Wright
38 England MF Tom Williamson

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
35 England FW Kevin Ellison (to Stockport County)
21 England FW Dean Sturridge (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
22 Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi (to Crystal Palace)
No. Position Player
England MF Danny Thomas (to Bournemouth)
13 Iceland FW Arnar Gunnlaugsson (to Stoke City)

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 Ashley Lyth
Republic of Ireland DF Leon McSweeney
England MF Brett Darby
No. Position Player
England MF Alex Mortimer
Republic of Ireland FW Éamon Zayed

Statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £400,000
Transfers out: Increase £0
Total spending: Decrease £400,000

Awards[edit]

Club awards[edit]

At the end of the season, Leicester's annual award ceremony, including categories voted for by the players and backroom staff, the supporters and the supporters club, saw the following players recognised for their achievements for the club throughout the 2001–02 season.

Player of the Season Robbie Savage[8]
Players' Player of the Season Frank Sinclair[8]
Academy Player of the Season Matt Piper[8]
Away Player of the Season Robbie Savage[8]
Most Improved Player of the Season Matt Piper[8]
Goal of the Season James Scowcroft (vs. Leeds United, 16 December 2001)[8]
Save of the Season Ian Walker (vs. Blackburn Rovers, 30 March 2002)[8]
Team Performance of the Season vs. Derby County at Pride Park Stadium[8] (15 September 2001)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leicester appoint Adams". BBC News. 4 April 2002. 
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leicester-city/2001-2002/results
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2001-2002/faprem/leicester.htm
  4. ^ Sinclair was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  5. ^ Izzet was born in Tower Hamlets, England, but also qualified to represent Turkey internationally and made his international debut for Turkey in 2000.
  6. ^ Elliott was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his international debut for Scotland in 1997.
  7. ^ Benjamin was born in Kettering, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in November 2002.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Savage Named Player Of The Season, LCFC.com, 17 Nov 2004, retrieved 19 Jan 2011 
  9. ^ "Izzet finishes fraught Derby". BBC Sport. 15 September 2001. Retrieved 19 Jan 2011.