2001–02 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
2001–02 season
Chairman England Bill Bell
Manager England Brian Horton
Stadium Vale Park
Football League Second Division 14th (58 Points)
FA Cup Second Round
League Cup Second Round
League Trophy Area Quarter-finalists
Player of the Year England Mark Goodlad
Top goalscorer League: Stephen McPhee (11)
All: Stephen McPhee (14)
Highest home attendance 10,344 vs. Stoke City (21 October 2001)
Lowest home attendance 2,664 vs. Carlisle United (16 October 2001)
Average home league attendance 5,210
Home colours

The 2001–02 season was Port Vale's ninetieth season of football in the Football League, and second successive season (thirty-ninth overall) in the Second Division. On the pitch Vale finished in mid-table, whilst exiting both the FA Cup and the League Cup at the Second Round, and the League Trophy at the Area Quarter-finals. Behind the scenes the club was heading for administration.

Striker Chris Killen.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

The pre-season saw Brian Horton sign numerous bit-part players on free transfers: Ashley Dodd (Manchester United); Ian Armstrong (Liverpool); Phil Hardy (an eleven-year Wrexham veteran); Rae Ingram (Macclesfield Town); and Alex Gibson (Stoke City). He also signed Stephen McPhee from Coventry City, who would go on to become a key player for the club.

The season opened with six points from three games, though this was followed by just one point from six games. In September, after failing secure Paul Hall's signature, New Zealand international striker Chris Killen was signed on loan from Manchester City. Simon Osborn also joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a one month contract,[1] before he moved on to Gillingham. In October, Steve Torpey was allowed to join Scarborough on a one month loan. Arriving in Burslem was Sean McClare, who joined on a one month loan from Barnsley,[2] before signing permanently when the loan deal finished. Frenchman Johan Gallon also had a trial at the club, but was not offered a contract. On 21 October, Vale played rivals Stoke City, and McPhee scored for Vale, before Chris Iwelumo buried a late equaliser for the "Potters".[3] The next month Danny Webber was taken in on loan from Manchester United.[4] Vale continued through the Christmas period in inconsistent form, despite the arrival of 36 year old John Durnin.[5] In January, Mvondo Atangana became the first Cameroonian to play for the Vale, when he joined on loan from Dundee United – he would only play two games before picking up a serious injury.[6] Meanwhile Richard Burgess was allowed to join Nuneaton Borough permanently. Vale then went on a sequence of seven wins in eight games to shoot up the table, including a 1–0 win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a Micky Cummins header,[7] as Horton was named Manager of the Month.[8] This run raised hopes of a play-off bid.[9] It also encouraged chairman Bill Bell to offer new contracts to the management team (Horton, Grew, Foyle and Glover), as well as seven players. Horton was also awarded the Manager of the Month award for February. Vale finished in poor form however, winning just one of their final eleven games.

Vale finished in fourteenth place with 58 points, quite some distance from either the play-offs or the relegation zone. The team lost 14 of their 23 league games away from home. Stoke finished nine places and 22 points above the Vale, and won promotion via the play-offs, never to meet the Vale again for the rest of the decade. McPhee hit fourteen goals to become the club's top-scorer, with Brooker and Cummins close behind in the scoring charts. Cummins was also an ever-present. Overworked goalkeeper Mark Goodlad was voted Player of the Year.

At the end of the season numerous players were allowed to leave on a free transfers: Sagi Burton (Crewe Alexandra); George O'Callaghan (Cork City); Danny Maye (Southend United); Paul Donnelly (Stone Dominoes); Steve Torpey (Prescot Cables); and Phil Hardy. Durnin also turned his hand to coaching, and was appointed as the club's under-17 coach.[10]

Finances[edit]

The collapse of ITV Digital cost the club £400,000 in revenue.[11] Chairman Bill Bell announced a 30% cut in the players' wage budget at the end of the campaign.[11] These ominous warnings belied a financial crisis that would hit the club hard the following season.[11] In August, former chairman Jim Lloyd returned to the club as a director. The next month, Chief Executive Dave Jolley was sacked. A Charles Machin led consortium made a £1 million bid for the club in December, but were turned away by Bill Bell, who claimed that Valiant2001 "won't last three months". Later in the month former commercial director Neil Hughes was arrested for fraud for allegedly stealing £20,000 from the club; he denied the offence. The club's debt stood at £1.7 million in February. The next month the Football Association's compliance unit began an investigation into the club, but found no wrongdoing. The club's shirt sponsors were Tunstall Assurance.

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale avoided losing to a non-league club for the second successive season by beating Aylesbury United 3–0 at Vale Park.[12] They exited at the Second Round after a 3–0 defeat to Cardiff City at Ninian Park.[13]

In the League Cup, for the second consecutive season Vale faced Third Division Chesterfield in the First Round, this time however the two-legged format was scrapped in favour of a standard knock-out tournament structure. Vale progressed with a 2–1 win thanks to a brace from McPhee. It was a bad-tempered affair, with three sendings-off.[14] Facing Premier League Charlton Athletic at The Valley in the Second Round, Alan Curbishley's men eliminated the Vale with a 2–0 win.

In the League Trophy, Vale advanced past Carlisle United and Rochdale to reach the Area Quarter-finals. where they faced Hull City at Boothferry Park. The "Tigers" eliminated the "Valiants" with a 2–1 win.[15]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Brighton & Hove Albion 46 25 15 6 66 42  +24 90
2. Reading 46 23 15 8 70 43  +27 84
3. Brentford 46 24 11 11 77 43  +34 83
4. Cardiff City 46 23 14 9 75 50  +25 83
5. Stoke City 46 23 11 12 67 40  +27 80
6. Huddersfield Town 46 21 15 10 65 47  +18 78
7. Bristol City 46 21 10 15 68 53  +15 73
8. Queens Park Rangers 46 19 14 13 60 49  +11 71
9. Oldham Athletic 46 18 16 12 77 65  +12 70
10. Wigan Athletic 46 16 16 14 66 51  +15 64
11. Wycombe Wanderers 46 17 13 16 58 64  -6 64
12. Tranmere Rovers 46 16 15 15 63 60  +3 63
13. Swindon Town 46 15 14 17 46 56  -10 59
14. Port Vale 46 16 10 20 51 62  -11 58
15. Colchester United 46 15 12 19 65 76  -11 57
16. Blackpool 46 14 14 18 66 69  -3 56
17. Peterborough United 46 15 10 21 64 59  +5 55
18. Chesterfield 46 13 13 20 53 65  -12 52
19. Notts County 46 13 11 22 59 71  -12 50
20. Northampton Town 46 14 7 25 54 79  -25 49
21. Bournemouth 46 10 14 22 56 71  -15 44
22. Bury 46 11 11 24 43 75  -32 44
23. Wrexham 46 11 10 25 56 89  -33 43
24. Cambridge United 46 7 13 26 47 93  -46 34

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
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 H A A H H A A H A H H A H A A H H A A H H A A H A H H A A H H A A H H A A H A H A H
Result W L W L L D L L L W L W D D L W W L D D D L L W W L L W W W D W W W W L L L D L D W L D L L
Position 3 10 6 11 13 15 15 19 19 18 19 16 18 17 18 17 17 17 17 17 18 19 19 17 16 16 17 16 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 14

Sourced from Statto.[16]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2001 Notts County H 4–2 6,076 O'Callaghan (2), McPhee, Dodd
18 August 2001 Brentford A 0–2 4,561
25 August 2001 Peterborough United H 4–1 4,925 Hardy, Cummins, Brooker, McPhee
27 August 2001 Colchester United A 0–2 3,611
1 September 2001 Reading H 0–2 5,196
8 September 2001 Bristol City A 1–1 12,560 O'Callaghan
15 September 2001 Queens Park Rangers A 1–4 9,295 Brooker
18 September 2001 Swindon Town H 0–2 3,737
22 September 2001 Northampton Town H 0–1 4,419
25 September 2001 Wrexham A 3–1 3,091 McPhee (2), Killen
29 September 2001 Wycombe Wanderers A 1–3 5,714 Killen
5 October 2001 Cambridge United H 5–0 4,119 Killen (2), Cummins, Armstrong, Brooker
13 October 2001 Chesterfield A 1–1 4,348 Brooker
21 October 2001 Stoke City H 1–1 10,344 McPhee
24 October 2001 Cardiff City H 0–2 4,552
27 October 2001 Wigan Athletic A 1–0 5,634 Killen
3 November 2001 Bury H 1–0 4,688 Killen
10 November 2001 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–1 6,648
20 November 2001 Bournemouth A 0–0 4,428
24 November 2001 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 5,026 Cummins
1 December 2001 Blackpool H 1–1 5,390 Cummins
15 December 2001 Tranmere Rovers A 1–3 7,859 Cummins
21 December 2001 Oldham Athletic A 0–2 4,317
26 December 2001 Bristol City H 1–0 5,682 McPhee
29 December 2001 Colchester United H 3–1 4,444 Armstrong, Rowland, Brooker
1 January 2002 Reading A 0–2 10,743
8 January 2002 Peterborough United A 0–3 3,747
12 January 2002 Brentford H 2–1 4,588 McPhee (pen), Armstrong
19 January 2002 Notts County A 3–1 6,006 Brooker (2), McPhee (pen)
22 January 2002 Oldham Athletic H 3–2 4,408 McClare, Brooker, McPhee
2 February 2002 Wycombe Wanderers H 1–1 4,737 Durnin
10 February 2002 Stoke City A 1–0 23,019 Cummins
13 February 2002 Cambridge United A 1–0 2,379 McPhee
16 February 2002 Chesterfield H 4–1 5,529 Cummins (2), Bridge-Wilkinson (2)
23 February 2002 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 6,228 Bridge-Wilkinson
26 February 2002 Northampton Town A 0–1 5,155
2 March 2002 Swindon Town A 0–3 5,867
5 March 2002 Wrexham H 1–3 4,436 McPhee
9 March 2002 Tranmere Rovers H 1–1 4,630 Bridge-Wilkinson
16 March 2002 Blackpool A 0–4 7,811
23 March 2002 Bury A 1–1 3,700 Bridge-Wilkinson
30 March 2002 Wigan Athletic H 1–0 4,359 Brooker
1 April 2002 Cardiff City A 0–1 15,556
6 April 2002 Bournemouth H 0–0 3,514
13 April 2002 Huddersfield Town A 1–2 12,270 Bridge-Wilkinson
20 April 2002 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0–1 8,812

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 17 November 2001 Aylesbury United H 3–0 4,956 Burgess, Cummins, Brooker
R2 8 December 2001 Cardiff City A 0–3 9,650

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 21 August 2001 Chesterfield H 2–1 2,723 McPhee (2)
R2 12 September 2001 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 7,247

League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 October 2001 Carlisle United H 2–1 2,664 Armstrong, Brooker
R2 30 October 2001 Rochdale A 2–1 1,639 Burton (pen), Armstrong
RQF 4 December 2001 Hull City A 1–2 5,326 McPhee

Player statistics[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "McClare's loan extension hope". BBC Sport. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Port Vale 1-1 Stoke". BBC Sport. 21 October 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Webber joins Vale on loan". BBC Sport. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vale offer Durnin a chance". BBC Sport. 18 December 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Atangana blow for Vale". BBC Sport. 5 February 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stoke 0-1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 10 February 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Horton Rewarded for Fab Feb". LMA. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Port Vale push on". BBC Sport. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Durnin lands Vale role". BBC Sport. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "Clubs in Crisis". BBC Inside Out. 21 October 2002. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Port Vale 3-0 Aylesbury". BBC Sport. 17 November 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cardiff 3-0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 8 December 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Port Vale 2-1 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 21 August 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hull 2-1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  16. ^ Port Vale 2001–2002 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.