2001–02 Walsall F.C. season

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Walsall
2001–02 season
Chairman Jeff Bonser
Manager Ray Graydon (until 22 January)
Colin Lee (from 24 January)
Stadium Bescot Stadium
First Division 18th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Leitão (8)
All: Leitão (10)
Average home league attendance 6,832

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

Season summary[edit]

After a disappointing start to the 2001–02 season, pressure was piling on Graydon and following an abject performance and 2–0 defeat, live on Sky Sports against local rivals West Brom, Jeff Bonser dismissed Graydon.[1] His replacement, ex-Wolves manager Colin Lee polarised supporters, but ultimately proved to be a success.[2] The style of football improved and Lee's signings improved the team dramatically. Relegation was avoided thanks to vital away wins against Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

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

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 Jimmy Walker
2 England DF Matt Carbon
3 Netherlands DF Gus Uhlenbeek (on loan from Sheffield United)
4 Scotland MF Tom Bennett
5 England MF Martin O'Connor
6 England DF Ian Roper
7 England MF Darren Wrack
9 England FW Don Goodman
10 England MF Dean Keates
12 Jamaica MF Fitzroy Simpson
14 Portugal FW Jorge Leitão
15 Spain DF Zigor Aranalde
16 Nigeria MF Adolphus Ofodile
17 England GK Lee Harper
18 England MF Mark Wright
No. Position Player
19 Portugal MF Carlos Andre (on loan from Vitória S.C.)
20 Sweden MF Gary Birch
21 England DF Matt Gadsby
22 England FW Karl Hawley
23 Portugal MF Carlos Garrocho
24 England DF Dion Scott
25 England DF Tony Barras
26 Brazil MF Moreira Herivelto
27 Spain MF Pedro Matías
28 France DF Frédéric Biancalani
29 England DF David Holdsworth (on loan from Birmingham City)
31 Brazil FW Marcelo
32 Australia MF Steve Corica

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
23 England DF Ian Gaunt (Released)
19 Jamaica MF Paul Hall (to Rushden & Diamonds)
29 England MF Tom Curtis (on loan from Portsmouth)
30 England DF Steve Chettle (on loan from Barnsley)
29 Denmark DF Thomas Thorgersen (on loan from Portsmouth)
No. Position Player
5 England DF Andy Tillson (to Rushden & Diamonds)
33 Scotland DF Greg Shields (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
3 England DF Ian Brightwell (to Stoke City)
11 England FW Brett Angell (to Rushden & Diamonds)
8 England FW Darren Byfield (to Rotherham United)

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
- France MF Xavier Barrau
No. Position Player
- Australia MF Dino Mennillo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walsall sack Graydon". BBC Sport. 22 January 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lee is new Bescot boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2014.