2002–03 Bradford City A.F.C. season

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Bradford City
2002–03 season
Chairman Gordon Gibb
Manager Nicky Law
Stadium Valley Parade
First Division 19th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Gray (15)
All:
Andy Gray (15)[1]
Highest home attendance 19,088 (vs. Portsmouth, 4 May)
Lowest home attendance 10,615 (vs. Wimbledon, 9 November)
Average home league attendance 12,500[2]

During the 2002–03 English football season, Bradford City competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Just after the end of the previous season, Bradford had been placed into administration, as a result of the collapse of ITV Digital, "six weeks of madness" in the transfer market in 2000 and the collapse of the sale of Benito Carbone (on weekly wages of £40,000) to Middlesbrough. The only way for Bradford, £13 million into debt, to move forward was to going into administration to try and save the club and find a buyer. Cuts had to be made, the most drastic being the cancelling of the contracts of sixteen members of the professional squad, leaving manager Nicky Law with five professionals with a handful of senior appearances among them and sixteen scholars.

After a summer of uncertainty, on 1 August the administrators managed to get creditors to accept a Creditors Voluntary Agreement, which would reschedule debts and reinstate the players, who had gone unpaid since April. One player not to return was Benito Carbone, who sacrificed a large chunk of the money owed to him on his contract and moved back to Italy. Chairman Richmond resigned from the board of directors on 10 August, after a reign of eight years. He was replaced as chairman by theme park magnate and new co-owner Gordon Gibb, who, along with Julian Rhodes, had completed a take-over of the club at the 11th hour before Bradford were due to lose their Football League status.[3]

On 30 August, agreement was finally reached with the Professional Footballers' Association over payment owed to the players. With agreement having already been made with the creditors, this now allowed the Football League to return Bradford City's share in the League, effectively bringing the club out of administration.

With a transfer embargo in place, manager Nicky Law had to show an eye for a bargain and unearthed some raw talent. Youngsters Danny Forrest and Simon Francis emerged while Law worked the loan system to cope with an horrific list of injuries.

Bradford eventually finished the season in 19th place; given all that had happened off the field, this was to be considered a success.[4]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Portsmouth 46 17 3 3 52 22 12 8 3 45 23 97 45 +52 98
2 Leicester City 46 16 5 2 40 12 10 9 4 33 28 73 40 +33 92
3 Sheffield United 46 13 7 3 38 23 10 4 9 34 29 72 52 +20 80
4 Reading 46 13 3 7 33 21 12 1 10 28 25 61 46 +15 79
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 9 10 4 40 19 11 6 6 41 25 81 44 +37 76
6 Nottingham Forest 46 14 7 2 57 23 6 7 10 25 27 82 50 +32 74
7 Ipswich Town 46 10 5 8 49 39 9 8 6 31 25 80 64 +16 70
8 Norwich City 46 14 4 5 36 17 5 8 10 24 32 60 49 +11 69
9 Millwall 46 11 6 6 34 32 8 3 12 25 37 59 69 –10 66
10 Wimbledon 46 12 5 6 39 28 6 6 11 37 45 76 73 +3 65
11 Gillingham 46 10 6 7 33 31 6 8 9 23 34 56 65 –9 62
12 Preston North End 46 11 7 5 44 29 5 6 12 24 41 68 70 –2 61
13 Watford 46 11 5 7 33 26 6 4 13 21 44 54 70 –16 60
14 Crystal Palace 46 8 10 5 29 17 6 7 10 30 35 59 52 +7 59
15 Rotherham United 46 8 9 6 27 25 7 5 11 35 37 62 62 ±0 59
16 Burnley 46 10 4 9 35 44 5 6 12 30 45 65 89 –24 55
17 Walsall 46 10 3 10 34 34 5 6 12 23 35 57 69 –12 54
18 Derby County 46 9 5 9 33 32 6 2 15 22 42 55 74 –19 52
19 Bradford City 46 7 8 8 27 35 7 2 14 24 38 51 73 –22 52
20 Coventry City 46 6 6 11 23 31 6 8 9 23 31 46 62 –16 50
21 Stoke City 46 9 6 8 25 25 3 8 12 20 44 45 69 –24 50
22 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 7 9 29 32 3 9 11 27 41 56 73 –17 46
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 6 10 29 31 4 6 13 20 36 49 67 –18 45
24 Grimsby Town 46 5 6 12 26 39 4 6 13 22 46 48 85 –37 39
  • 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]

Bradford City's score comes first[5]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 13,223
13 August 2002 Crystal Palace A 1-1 15,205 Tod
17 August 2002 Stoke City A 1-2 12,424 Gray
24 August 2002 Grimsby Town H 0-0 10,914
26 August 2002 Ipswich Town A 2-1 25,457 Evans, Proctor
31 August 2002 Rotherham United H 4-2 12,385 Ward (2), Uhlenbeek, Proctor
14 September 2002 Walsall A 1-0 4,678 Gray
17 September 2002 Leicester City A 0-4 24,651
21 September 2002 Burnley H 2-2 14,561 Gray, Proctor
24 September 2002 Coventry City H 1-1 11,655 Evans
28 September 2002 Portsmouth A 0-3 18,459
5 October 2002 Preston North End H 1-1 13,215 Proctor
12 October 2002 Derby County H 0-0 13,385
19 October 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-2 17,191 Warnock
26 October 2002 Norwich City H 2-1 12,888 Reid (2)
29 October 2002 Reading A 0-1 12,110
2 November 2002 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2-3 6,319 Gray (2, 1 pen)
9 November 2002 Wimbledon H 3-5 10,615 Facey, Standing (2)
16 November 2002 Nottingham Forest A 0-3 19,653
23 November 2002 Sheffield United H 0-5 13,364
30 November 2002 Millwall A 0-1 8,510
7 December 2002 Gillingham H 1-3 10,711
14 December 2002 Nottingham Forest H 1-0 12,245 Molenaar
21 December 2002 Watford A 0-1 12,579
26 December 2002 Stoke City H 4-2 14,575 Gray (2, 1 pen), Handyside (own goal), Jørgensen
28 December 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2-1 25,812 Jørgensen, Gray
18 January 2003 Rotherham United A 2-3 6,939 Jørgensen, Gray (pen)
25 January 2003 Grimsby Town A 2-1 5,582 Gray, Jørgensen
1 February 2003 Ipswich Town H 2-0 12,080 Jørgensen, Forrest
8 February 2003 Wimbledon A 2-2 1,178 Jørgensen, Ward
15 February 2003 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0-1 11,520
22 February 2003 Coventry City A 2-0 12,525 Gray, Jørgensen
1 March 2003 Walsall H 1-2 10,893 Forrest
4 March 2003 Leicester City H 0-0 11,531
8 March 2003 Crystal Palace H 2-1 11,016 Atherton, Francis
15 March 2003 Derby County A 2-1 23,735 Jørgensen, Lawrence
18 March 2003 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 14,452 Gray (pen)
22 March 2003 Reading H 0-1 11,385
25 March 2003 Burnley A 2-0 11,095 Jørgensen, Gray
29 March 2003 Norwich City A 2-3 18,536 Forrest, Jørgensen (pen)
5 April 2003 Millwall H 0-1 10,676
19 April 2003 Watford H 2-1 11,145 Jørgensen, Gray (pen)
21 April 2003 Gillingham A 0-1 6,281
26 April 2003 Preston North End A 0-1 13,652
29 April 2003 Sheffield United A 0-3 18,297
4 May 2003 Portsmouth H 0-5 19,088

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 2003 West Bromwich Albion A 1-3 19,909 Danks

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 10 September 2002 Wrexham A 1-2 2,232 Cadamarteri

First-team 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
1 England GK Gary Walsh
2 England DF Peter Atherton
3 England DF Andy Myers
4 England MF Tom Kearney
5 England DF David Wetherall (captain)
6 England DF Mark Bower
8 England FW Danny Cadamarteri
9 England FW Ashley Ward
10 Wales MF Paul Evans
11 Scotland FW Andy Gray
12 Netherlands DF Robert Molenaar
14 Suriname DF Gus Uhlenbeek
15 Spain MF Juanjo
16 England MF Michael Standing
17 Northern Ireland GK Aidan Davison
No. Position Player
18 England DF Lewis Emanuel
19 Faroe Islands MF Claus Bech Jørgensen
20 Scotland DF Andy Tod
21 England MF Andy Lee
22 England DF Wayne Jacobs
24 Australia MF Paul Reid
34 England DF Simon Francis
35 England FW Mark Danks
38 England FW Danny Forrest
39 England FW Kevin Sanasy
41 England MF Tom Penford
43 England FW Ben Muirhead
45 Netherlands FW Laurens ten Heuvel (on loan from Sheffield United)

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
7 Jamaica MF Jamie Lawrence (to Walsall)
10 Italy FW Benito Carbone (to Como)
11 Scotland MF Eoin Jess (to Nottingham Forest)
13 England GK Steve Banks (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
14 Scotland MF Gary Locke (to Kilmarnock)
23 England FW Michael Proctor (on loan from Sunderland)
25 England DF Stephen Warnock (on loan from Liverpool)
No. Position Player
26 England GK Dave Beasant (to Wigan Athletic)
27 England MF Harpal Singh (on loan from Leeds United)
28 Grenada FW Delroy Facey (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
29 Wales GK Boaz Myhill (on loan from Aston Villa)
34 England FW Damian Hatton (retired)
37 England FW Graeme Tomlinson (to Bedford Town)
42 England GK Neil Bennett (to Rochdale)

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
30 Denmark GK Stefan Magnusson
31 England MF Craig Fishlock
32 England DF Robert Morgan
33 England DF Keith Brodie
No. Position Player
36 England GK Nicky Beach
40 England FW Daniel Ekoku
44 England DF Frazer McHugh
46 England DF Jake Wright

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6]

References[edit]