2001–02 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
2001–02 season
Chairman Sir Jack Hayward OBE
Manager Dave Jones
Football League First Division 3rd (lost in play-offs)
FA Cup 3rd Round
League Cup 1st Round
Top goalscorer League: Dean Sturridge (21)
All: Dean Sturridge (21)
Highest home attendance 28,015 (vs Manchester City, 1 April 2002)
Lowest home attendance 7,598 (vs Swindon, 22 August 2001)
Average home league attendance 23,796 (league only)

The 2001–02 season was the 103rd season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

The season proved a notable disappointment for the club after being denied promotion in the play-offs. The team had sat in the automatic promotion spots for the majority of the campaign, but a late slump in form saw local rivals West Bromwich Albion pip them to second place.[1] Defeat to Norwich City in the semi-finals then ended their hopes of returning to the top flight for the first time since 1984.[2]

The club had spent in excess of £11 million before and during the season to try and achieve promotion, in this, manager Dave Jones' first full season in charge.[2]

Results[edit]

Pre season[edit]

Wolves' pre season saw them spend a week in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal (13–22 July), training and playing three Portuguese sides. This schedule was a change from their initial plans to compete in the Toronto Soccer Festival against both Canadian sides and other overseas entrants. However this event was cancelled two months beforehand.

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 2001–02 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats.

The provisional fixture list was released on 21 June 2001, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.[3]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 46 31 6 9 108 52 +56 99
2 West Bromwich Albion 46 27 8 11 61 29 +32 89
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 25 11 10 76 43 +33 86
4 Millwall 46 22 11 13 69 48 +21 77
5 Birmingham City 46 21 13 12 70 49 +21 76
6 Norwich City 46 22 9 15 60 51 +21 75

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 25 11 10 76 43 +33 86 13 4 6 33 18 +15 12 7 4 43 25 +18

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

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
Result D W W D W D W W W W W L L D W W L D W W L D L W D L W W W L W W W W W W W D D L D W L L W D
Position 10 6 4 6 5 8 4 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3

Source: Statto.com

Play-offs[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of the season's end. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1 GK England Oakes, MichaelMichael Oakes 48 0 1 0 1 0 50 0 0 0
2 DF Australia Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat 37 0 1 0 0 0 38 0 4 1
3 DF England Naylor, LeeLee Naylor 26(1) 0 0 0 0 0 26(1) 0 3 0
4 MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson 15(8) 2 0 0 1 0 16(8) 2 1 0
5 DF England Lescott, JoleonJoleon Lescott 46 5 0 0 0 0 46 5 4 1
6 DF Republic of Ireland Butler, PaulPaul Butler 45 1 1 0 1 0 47 1 8 1
7 FW England Branch, MichaelMichael Branch ¤ 5(2) 0 0 0 0 0 5(2) 0 1 0
8 MF Republic of Ireland Andrews, KeithKeith Andrews 4(7) 0 0 0 0 0 4(7) 0 2 0
9 FW England Proudlock, AdamAdam Proudlock ¤ 12(8) 3 0 0 1 0 13(8) 3 2 0
10 FW Georgia (country) Ketsbaia, TemuriTemuri Ketsbaia 0(2) 0 0 0 1 0 1(2) 0 0 0
10 MF England Cooper, KevinKevin Cooper 6(1) 1 0 0 0 0 6(1) 1 2 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Kennedy, MarkMark Kennedy 35(1) 5 1 0 1 0 37(1) 5 2 0
12 GK England Bywater, StephenStephen Bywater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK England Beresford, MarlonMarlon Beresford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK Australia Milosevic, DannyDanny Milosevic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW Nigeria Ndah, GeorgeGeorge Ndah 1(14) 1 0 0 0 0 1(14) 1 0 0
15 FW Belgium Roussel, CédricCédric Roussel 6(11) 2 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 6(13) 2 1 0
16 MF England Sinton, AndyAndy Sinton 3(4) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 3(5) 1 1 0
17 FW England Taylor, RobertRobert Taylor ¤ † 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF England Connelly, SeanSean Connelly 5(3) 0 0 0 1 0 6(3) 0 0 0
20 MF England Newton, ShaunShaun Newton 47 8 1 0 1 0 49 8 8 0
21 MF Scotland Cameron, ColinColin Cameron 40(3) 4 1 0 0 0 41(3) 4 7 0
22 FW Republic of Ireland Larkin, ColinColin Larkin ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF France Pollet, LudovicLudovic Pollet 5(3) 0 1 0 1 0 7(3) 0 0 0
24 MF England Dinning, TonyTony Dinning ¤ † 4 0 0 0 1 1 5 1 0 0
24 MF Scotland Rae, AlexAlex Rae 33(5) 7 1 0 0 0 34(5) 7 10 0
25 DF Guinea Camara, MoMo Camara 25(4) 0 1 0 1 0 27(4) 0 7 0
26 FW Scotland Miller, KennyKenny Miller 5(17) 2 0(1) 0 0 0 5(18) 2 1 0
27 FW Wales Blake, NathanNathan Blake 40(1) 11 1 0 0 0 41(1) 11 7 0
28 MF England Tudor, ShaneShane Tudor ¤ † 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Denmark Laursen, JacobJacob Laursen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF Wales Green, RyanRyan Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW England Sturridge, DeanDean Sturridge 29 21 1 0 0 0 30 21 5 0
30 GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF Norway Halle, GunnarGunnar Halle 6(1) 0 0 0 0 0 6(1) 0 0 0
32 MF Republic of Ireland Melligan, JohnJohn Melligan ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 GK England Solly, LewisLewis Solly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Awards[edit]

Award Winner[4]
Fans' Player of the Season Alex Rae
Young Player of the Season Joleon Lescott

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
4 July 2001 Republic of Ireland Mark Kennedy Manchester City £2 million[5]
7 August 2001 England Shaun Newton Charlton Athletic £850,000[6]
24 August 2001 Scotland Colin Cameron Hearts £1.75 million[7]
13 September 2001 Wales Nathan Blake Blackburn Rovers £1.5 million[8]
19 September 2001 Scotland Alex Rae Sunderland £1.2 million[9]
13 December 2001 Scotland Kenny Miller Rangers £3 million[10]
24 December 2001 England Dean Sturridge Leicester City £350,000[11]
27 March 2002 England Kevin Cooper Wimbledon £1 million[12]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 2001 Republic of Ireland Seamus Crowe Released Free
June 2001 Norway Håvard Flo Released Free[13]
June 2001 Northern Ireland Aaron Kerr Released Free
June 2001 Germany Robert Niestroj Released Free
June 2001 England Mike Stowell Released Free[14]
June 2001 England Scott Taylor Released Free[13]
11 July 2001 England Neil Emblen Norwich City £500,000[15]
10 September 2001 England Tony Dinning Wigan Athletic £750,000[16]
18 October 2001 Georgia (country) Temuri Ketsbaia Dundee £500,000[17]
19 October 2001 Wales Ryan Green Millwall Free[18]
21 November 2001 England Shane Tudor Cambridge United Free[19]
28 March 2002 England Robert Taylor Released Free

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
14 July 2001 England Stephen Bywater West Ham United 16 August 2001[20][21]
18 August 2001 England Marlon Beresford Middlesbrough 18 September 2001[22]
7 September 2001 Scotland Kenny Miller Rangers 6 December 2001[23]
23 November 2001 England Dean Sturridge Leicester City 23 December 2001[24]
21 December 2001 Australia Danny Milosevic Leeds United 28 December 2001[25]
27 March 2002 Denmark Jacob Laursen Leicester City End of season[26]
28 March 2002 Norway Gunnar Halle Bradford City End of season[27]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
29 August 2001 England Robert Taylor Queens Park Rangers 26 September 2001[28]
7 September 2001 England Tony Dinning Wigan Athletic 10 September 2001
13 September 2001 Republic of Ireland Colin Larkin Kidderminster Harriers End of season[29]
9 October 2001 England Robert Taylor Gillingham 3 January 2002
24 October 2001 England Shane Tudor Cambridge United 24 November 2001
29 November 2001 Republic of Ireland John Melligan Bournemouth 9 February 2002
17 January 2002 England Robert Taylor Grimsby Town 17 February 2002[30]
19 March 2002 England Adam Proudlock Nottingham Forest 16 April 2002[31][32]
21 March 2002 England Michael Branch Reading End of season[33]

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Dave Jones
Assistant Manager John Ward
Reserve Team Coach Terry Connor
Academy Director Chris Evans
Under-19's Coach John Perkins
Under-17's Coach Keith Downing
Club Doctor Dr Peter Ackroyd
Club Physio Barry Holmes

Kit[edit]

The season retained the home kit from the previous year; a darker "old gold" style shirt with black shorts. A new away kit, however, was launched: an all-silver design with blue trims; their previous light blue away kit became a third choice strip. All were manufactured by WWFC, the club's own label, and sponsored by Goodyear (for a twelfth and final year).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolves capitulate in Division One, 2001-02". When Saturday Comes. 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "How Wolves threw it away". BBC Sport. 2 May 2002. 
  3. ^ "Keegan v Vialli showdown". BBC Sport. 21 June 2001. 
  4. ^ "Player of the Year". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 15 April 2002. 
  5. ^ "Wolves unveil Kennedy". BBC Sport. 4 July 2001. 
  6. ^ "Wolves seal Newton deal". BBC Sport. 7 August 2001. 
  7. ^ "Cameron makes Wolves move". BBC Sport. 24 August 2001. 
  8. ^ "Wolves sign Blake". BBC Sport. 13 September 2001. 
  9. ^ "Rae completes move". BBC Sport. 19 September 2001. 
  10. ^ "Wolves seal Miller deal". BBC Sport. 13 December 2001. 
  11. ^ "Sturridge seals Wolves move". BBC Sport. 24 December 2001. 
  12. ^ "Cooper signs for Wolves". BBC Sport. 27 March 2002. 
  13. ^ a b "Flo, Taylor head for Wolves exit". BBC Sport. 16 May 2001. 
  14. ^ "Stowell and Molineux part ways". BBC Sport. 22 May 2001. 
  15. ^ "Canaries complete Emblen deal". BBC Sport. 12 July 2001. 
  16. ^ "Dinning makes Wigan move". BBC Sport. 10 September 2001. 
  17. ^ "Dundee catch Ketsbaia". BBC Sport. 17 October 2002. 
  18. ^ "Green joins Millwall". BBC Sport. 19 October 2002. 
  19. ^ "Tudor signs new deal". BBC Sport. 21 November 2002. 
  20. ^ "Wolves turn to Bywater". BBC Sport. 14 July 2001. 
  21. ^ "Bywater recalled". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 16 August 2001. 
  22. ^ "Keeper signs on loan". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 18 August 2001. 
  23. ^ "Miller starts Wolves loan". BBC Sport. 7 September 2001. 
  24. ^ "Sturridge joins Wolves". BBC Sport. 23 November 2001. 
  25. ^ "Keeper on loan". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 21 December 2001. 
  26. ^ "Pre-deadline signing number two". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 27 March 2002. 
  27. ^ "Halle heads for Wolves". BBC Sport. 28 March 2002. 
  28. ^ "Rangers grab Taylor". BBC Sport. 29 August 2001. 
  29. ^ "Larkin out on loan". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 13 September 2001. 
  30. ^ "Grimsby swoop for Taylor". BBC Sport. 17 January 2002. 
  31. ^ "Forest take Proudlock". BBC Sport. 19 March 2002. 
  32. ^ "Wolves recall Proudlock". BBC Sport. 16 April 2002. 
  33. ^ "Royals clinch Branch deal". BBC Sport. 21 March 2002.