2001–02 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
2001–02 season
Chairman Paul Stapleton
Manager Paul Sturrock
Third Division 1st
FA Cup Second round
League Cup First round
League Trophy First round
Top goalscorer League:
Coughlan (11)
All:
Coughlan / Friio (11)
Highest home attendance 18,517 (vs Cheltenham Town, 20 April 2002)
Lowest home attendance 3,850 (vs Swansea City, 11 September 2001)

The 2001–02 season was the 107th season in the history of Plymouth Argyle Football Club, their 77th in the Football League, and 5th in the fourth tier of the English football league system. Their 12th place finish in the 2000–01 season meant it was their fourth successive season playing in the Third Division.

Season summary[edit]

The club began the 2001–02 season in the Football League Third Division, following a disappointing 12th place finish the previous year.[1] There were signs of change at the club and they finished the season as champions, breaking numerous club records in the process, including a record haul of 102 points.[2] They achieved 31 wins, 9 draws, and 6 defeats, from 46 games. Their leading goalscorer was Graham Coughlan with 11 goals in all competitions - an outstanding achievement for a centre-back. The club reached the Second Round of the FA Cup, drawing 1–1 at home with Bristol Rovers before losing the replay 3–2. They entered the League Cup at the First Round stage and were eliminated away to Watford 1–0. They also competed in the Football League Trophy where they bowed out in the First Round after a 2–1 defeat away to Cheltenham Town. Notable players to begin their careers with the Pilgrims this season included Coughlan, Marino Keith, and Jason Bent.

Legend       Win       Draw       Loss

Football League[edit]

For more information, see Football League Second Division.

League Table[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Plymouth Argyle 46 31 9 6 71 28 +43 102
2 Luton Town 46 30 7 9 96 48 +48 97
3 Mansfield Town 46 24 7 15 72 60 +12 79
4 Cheltenham Town 46 21 15 10 66 49 +17 78
5 Rochdale 46 21 15 10 65 52 +13 78

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

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 31 9 6 71 28 +43 102 19 2 2 41 11 +30 12 7 4 30 17 +13

As of games played 20 April 2002[3]

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H H H A H H A A H A H H A H H A A H A H A A H
Result L D L W W W D W W D W D W W W W W D W W D W L D W W L W W L W W W W W D W W W W W L D W W W
Position 18 19 22 18 14 8 9 8 5 7 4 5 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1

Last updated: 20 April 2002.
Source: League Fixtures
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2001–02 FA Cup.

First Round

First Round Replay

Second Round

Second Round Replay

Football League Cup[edit]

For more information, see 2001–02 Football League Cup.

First Round

Football League Trophy[edit]

For more information, see Football League Trophy.

Southern Section First Round

Squad details[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Key

  * First appearance(s) for Plymouth Argyle.
  ¤ On loan to another club from Plymouth Argyle during season.
  ‡ On loan at Plymouth Argyle from another club during season.
  † Permanent player left club during the season.

# = Squad number; Pos = Playing position; P = Number of games played; G = Number of goals scored; A yellow card = Yellow cards; A red card = Red cards; GK = Goalkeeper; DF = Defender; MF = Midfielder; FW = Forward

Statistics do not include minor competitions or games played for other clubs. All players are listed by position and then surname.[4]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline Notes
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg [5]
- GK England Chris Adamson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1* 0 [6]
- GK France Romain Larrieu 45 0 4 0 1 0 50 0 [7]
- GK England Luke McCormick 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [8]
- DF England Jon Beswetherick 32 0 3 0 0 0 35 0 [9]
- DF England Paul Connolly ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [10]
- DF Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan 46 11 4 0 1 0 51* 11 [11]
- DF Northern Ireland Brian McGlinchey 29 1 3 0 1 0 33 1 [12]
- DF England Craig Taylor 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 [13]
- DF Republic of Ireland David Worrell 42 0 4 0 0 0 46 0 [14]
- DF England Paul Wotton 46 5 4 0 0 0 50 5 [15]
- MF England Steve Adams 46 2 4 0 1 0 51 2 [16]
- MF Canada Jason Bent 21 3 3 1 0 0 24* 4 [17]
- MF England Joe Broad ¤ 7 0 0 0 1 0 8* 0 [18]
- MF England Sean Evers ¤ 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0 [19]
- MF France David Friio 41 8 4 2 1 0 46 10 [20]
- MF England Neil Heaney 8 0 0 0 0 0 8* 0 [21]
- MF England Lee Hodges 45 6 4 0 1 0 50 6 [22]
- MF England Martin Phillips 39 6 4 2 1 0 44 8 [23]
- MF England Kevin Wills 18 0 2 0 1 0 21 0 [24]
- FW England Nicky Banger 10 2 0 0 0 0 10* 2 [25]
- FW England Dean Crowe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1* 0 [26]
- FW Republic of Ireland Mickey Evans 38 7 3 0 1 0 42 7 [27]
- FW Scotland Martin Gritton ¤ 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 [28]
- FW England Steve Guinan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [29]
- FW Scotland Marino Keith 23 9 2 0 0 0 25* 9 [30]
- FW England Ian Stonebridge 42 8 4 1 1 0 47 9 [31]
- FW Scotland Blair Sturrock 19 1 2 0 0 0 21* 1 [32]

Goalscorers[edit]

Scorer Goals
Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan 11
France David Friio
Scotland Marino Keith 9
England Ian Stonebridge
England Martin Phillips 8
Republic of Ireland Mickey Evans 7
England Lee Hodges 6
England Paul Wotton
Canada Jason Bent 4
England Steve Adams 2
England Nicky Banger
Northern Ireland Brian McGlinchey 1
Scotland Blair Sturrock

Starting XI[edit]

The following players have been named in the most starting line-ups. This line-up may differ from the list of players with most appearances.

No. Nat. Position Name Starts
1 France GK Romain Larrieu 50
2 Republic of Ireland DF David Worrell 46
5 Republic of Ireland DF Graham Coughlan 51
6 England DF Paul Wotton 51
3 England DF Jon Beswetherick 28
7 England MF Martin Phillips 42
8 France MF David Friio 46
4 England MF Steve Adams 43
11 England MF Lee Hodges 47
9 England FW Ian Stonebridge 33
10 Republic of Ireland FW Mickey Evans 34

Awards[edit]

2001–02 Awards Pos. Player
Player of the Year DF Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan
Young Player of the Year MF England Steve Adams

Transfers[edit]

Permanent[edit]

In

Date Pos. Player From Fee
24 August 2001 FW England Nicky Banger Dundee Free
21 September 2001 MF Canada Jason Bent Colorado Rapids Free
6 November 2001 FW Scotland Marino Keith Livingston Free
1 December 2001 FW Scotland Blair Sturrock Dundee United Free
4 December 2001 MF England Neil Heaney Dundee United Undisclosed

Out

Date Pos. Player To Fee
3 July 2001 FW Wales Sean McCarthy Exeter City Free
8 July 2001 MF England Martin Barlow Exeter City Free
10 July 2001 GK England Jon Sheffield Yeovil Town Free
1 August 2001 MF Wales Michael Meaker Northwich Victoria Undisclosed
6 August 2001 DF England Michael Heathcote Shrewsbury Town Free
17 August 2001 MF England Stuart Elliott Carlisle United Free
26 November 2001 FW England Nicky Banger Free agent Released
28 March 2002 FW England Steve Guinan Shrewsbury Town Free
29 May 2002 DF England Jon Beswetherick Sheffield Wednesday Free

Loans[edit]

In

Start Date Pos. Player To End Date
10 August 2001 FW England Dean Crowe Stoke City 5 September 2001
10 January 2002 GK England Chris Adamson West Bromwich Albion 7 February 2002

Out

Start Date Pos. Player From End Date
24 November 2001 MF England Joe Broad Yeovil Town 24 December 2001
29 November 2001 FW Scotland Martin Gritton Shelbourne 31 May 2002
1 February 2002 DF England Paul Connolly Bideford 31 May 2002
28 March 2002 MF England Sean Evers Stevenage Borough 31 May 2002

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