2001–02 Portsmouth F.C. season

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Portsmouth
2001–02 season
Chairman Milan Mandaric
Manager Graham Rix (until 25 March)
Harry Redknapp (from 25 March)
Stadium Fratton Park
First Division 17th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Crouch (18)
All: Crouch (19)
Average home league attendance 15,121

During the 2001–02 English football season, Portsmouth F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Portsmouth were involved in a relegation battle for much of the season, following the sale of striker Peter Crouch to Aston Villa. A string of poor results, including a 4–1 home loss in the FA Cup to bottom of the Football League Leyton Orient, meant that Director of Football Harry Redknapp was given more responsibilities until he eventually replaced Rix as team manager toward the end of the season. The creativity of veteran Croatian midfielder Robert Prosinečki played a crucial role in saving Portsmouth from relegation. Despite only spending the one season with the club before moving to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana, such was the role Prosinečki played that he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever grace Fratton Park.

Tragedy struck the club when goalkeeper Aaron Flahavan was killed in a car crash near Bournemouth on 5 August. Both Portsmouth and Flahavan's youth club Southampton retired the number 1 jersey during the season, out of respect for Flahavan.

Kit[edit]

Portsmouth retained the previous season's kit, manufactured by the club's own brand, Pompey Sport, and sponsored by Bishop's Printers.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Manchester City 46 19 3 1 63 19 12 3 8 45 33 108 52 +56 99
2 West Bromwich Albion 46 15 4 4 36 11 12 4 7 25 18 61 29 +32 89
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 13 4 6 33 18 12 7 4 43 25 76 43 +33 86
4 Millwall 46 15 3 5 43 22 7 8 8 26 26 69 48 +21 77
5 Birmingham City 46 14 4 5 44 20 7 9 7 26 29 70 49 +21 76
6 Norwich City 46 15 6 2 36 16 7 3 13 24 35 60 51 +9 75
7 Burnley 46 11 7 5 39 29 10 5 8 31 33 70 62 +8 75
8 Preston North End 46 13 7 3 45 21 7 5 11 26 38 71 59 +12 72
9 Wimbledon 46 9 8 6 30 22 9 5 9 33 35 63 57 +6 67
10 Crystal Palace 46 13 3 7 42 22 7 3 13 28 40 70 62 +8 66
11 Coventry City 46 12 4 7 33 19 8 2 13 26 34 59 53 +6 66
12 Gillingham 46 12 5 6 38 26 6 5 12 26 41 64 67 –3 64
13 Sheffield United 46 8 8 7 34 30 7 7 9 19 24 53 54 –1 60
14 Watford 46 10 5 8 38 30 6 6 11 24 26 62 56 +6 59
15 Bradford City 46 10 1 12 41 39 5 9 9 28 37 69 76 –7 55
16 Nottingham Forest 46 7 11 5 26 21 5 7 11 24 30 50 51 –1 54
17 Portsmouth 46 9 6 8 36 31 4 8 11 24 41 60 72 –12 53
18 Walsall 46 10 6 7 29 27 3 6 14 22 44 51 71 –20 51
19 Grimsby Town 46 9 7 7 34 28 3 7 13 16 44 50 72 –22 50
20 Sheffield Wednesday 46 6 7 10 28 37 6 7 10 21 34 49 71 –22 50
21 Rotherham United 46 7 13 3 32 29 3 6 14 20 37 52 66 –14 49
22 Crewe Alexandra 46 8 8 7 23 32 4 5 14 24 44 47 76 –29 49
23 Barnsley 46 9 9 5 37 33 2 6 15 22 53 59 86 –27 48
24 Stockport County 46 5 1 17 19 44 1 7 15 23 58 42 102 –60 26
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Portsmouth's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–2 23,012 Crouch, Crowe
18 August 2001 Bradford City H 0–1 17,239
25 August 2001 Stockport County A 1–0 5,090 Prosinečki
27 August 2001 Grimsby Town H 4–2 13,614 Burchill (2), Crouch (2)
8 September 2001 Gillingham H 2–1 17,224 Barrett, Zamperini
12 September 2001 Wimbledon A 3–3 7,138 Burchill, Crouch, Bradbury (pen)
15 September 2001 Crystal Palace H 4–2 18,149 Zamperini, Prosinečki, Burchill (pen), Crouch
18 September 2001 Walsall A 0–0 6,153
22 September 2001 Coventry City A 0–2 18,303
25 September 2001 West Bromwich Albion H 1–2 17,287 Prosinečki (pen)
28 September 2001 Barnsley A 4–1 11,660 Vincent, Crouch, Bradbury (2, 1 pen)
12 October 2001 Rotherham United A 1–2 6,427 Crouch
20 October 2001 Sheffield United H 1–0 15,538 Edinburgh
23 October 2001 Norwich City A 0–0 19,962
27 October 2001 Preston North End H 0–1 15,402
30 October 2001 Birmingham City H 1–1 15,612 Bradbury
3 November 2001 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–2 18,212 Crouch (2), Barrett
10 November 2001 Burnley A 1–1 14,123 Crouch
17 November 2001 Manchester City H 2–1 19,103 Bradbury, Crouch
25 November 2001 Watford A 0–3 15,631
28 November 2001 Nottingham Forest H 3–2 14,837 Hjelde (own goal), Bradbury (2, 1 pen)
2 December 2001 Norwich City H 1–2 13,286 Harper
8 December 2001 Crewe Alexandra H 2–4 14,430 Lovell, Crouch
13 December 2001 Millwall A 0–1 11,527
22 December 2001 Stockport County H 2–0 13,887 Crouch, Lovell
26 December 2001 Gillingham A 0–2 10,477
29 December 2001 Grimsby Town A 1–3 5,217 Crouch
12 January 2002 Bradford City A 1–3 14,306 Primus
17 January 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–3 13,105 Quashie, Prosinečki
30 January 2002 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 26,476 Prosinečki
2 February 2002 Barnsley H 4–4 12,756 Prosinečki (3, 1 pen), Primus
9 February 2002 Sheffield United A 3–4 17,553 Crouch, Prosinečki, Quashie
16 February 2002 Rotherham United H 0–0 13,313
23 February 2002 West Bromwich Albion A 0–5 21,028
26 February 2002 Coventry City H 1–0 12,336 Crouch
2 March 2002 Walsall H 1–1 13,203 Crouch
5 March 2002 Crystal Palace A 0–0 15,915
9 March 2002 Millwall H 3–0 15,221 Biagini, O'Neil, Pitt
12 March 2002 Wimbledon H 1–2 13,118 Biagini
16 March 2002 Crewe Alexandra A 1–1 7,170 Crouch
23 March 2002 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–0 14,819
30 March 2002 Preston North End A 0–2 16,832
1 April 2002 Burnley H 1–1 18,020 Todorov
7 April 2002 Birmingham City A 1–1 25,030 Pitt
13 April 2002 Watford H 0–1 16,302
21 April 2002 Manchester City A 1–3 34,657 Pitt

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 16 January 2002 Leyton Orient H 1–4 12,936 Smith (own goal)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 21 August 2001 Colchester United H 1–2 7,078 Crouch

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
2 England DF Jason Crowe
3 England DF Jamie Vincent
4 England MF Shaun Derry
5 England DF Eddie Howe
6 England DF Carl Tiler
7 Scotland MF Kevin Harper
8 Croatia MF Robert Prosinečki
10 England FW Lee Bradbury
11 England MF Nigel Quashie
13 Italy DF Alessandro Zamperini
14 Guernsey GK Chris Tardif
15 England MF Courtney Pitt
16 Denmark DF Thomas Thøgersen
17 England MF Tom Curtis
19 England FW Luke Nightingale
20 England FW Rory Allen
21 England DF Justin Edinburgh
22 Slovenia FW Mladen Rudonja
23 Scotland MF Garry Brady
24 England DF Scott Hiley
No. Position Player
25 England FW Steve Lovell
26 England MF Gary O'Neil
27 Brazil MF Stefani Miglioranzi
28 Greece MF Michael Panopoulos
29 England MF Mark Summerbell (on loan from Middlesbrough)
30 England DF Linvoy Primus
31 England GK Dave Beasant
32 England FW Rowan Vine
33 England DF Lewis Buxton
34 England MF Neil Barrett
35 Scotland FW Mark Burchill
36 France MF Uliano Courville
37 Japan GK Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
38 England MF Carl Pettefer
39 Scotland DF Scott Wilson (on loan from Rangers)
40 England GK Alan Knight
41 Argentina FW Leonardo Biagini (on loan from Mallorca)
42 England DF Shaun Cooper
43 Bulgaria FW Svetoslav Todorov

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
1 England GK Aaron Flahavan (deceased)
5 Jamaica DF Darren Moore (to West Bromwich Albion)
9 England FW Peter Crouch (to Aston Villa)
18 Guernsey DF David Waterman (to Oxford United)
No. Position Player
22 England FW Lee Mills (to Coventry City)
29 Wales MF Ceri Hughes (to Cardiff City)
37 Australia GK Saša Ilić (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
39 Australia GK Andy Petterson (to West Bromwich Albion)

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