2002–03 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season 2002–03
Champions Manchester United
8th Premier League title
15th English title
Promoted West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City
Birmingham City
Relegated Sunderland
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion
Champions League Manchester United
Arsenal
Newcastle United
Chelsea
UEFA Cup Southampton
Blackburn Rovers
Liverpool
Manchester City
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1000 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy (25)
Biggest home win Chelsea 5–0 Manchester City
(22 March 2003)
Arsenal 6–1 Southampton
(7 May 2003)
Biggest away win West Bromwich Albion 0–6 Liverpool
(26 April 2003)
Highest scoring Manchester United 5–3 Newcastle United
(23 November 2002)
Newcastle United 2–6 Manchester United
(12 April 2003)
Longest winning run Liverpool (7)
Longest unbeaten run Manchester United (18)
Longest winless run Sunderland (20)
Longest losing run Sunderland (15)
Highest attendance 67,721
Manchester United 4–1 Charlton Athletic
Lowest attendance 14,017
Fulham 0–4 Blackburn Rovers
Average attendance 35,470

The 2002–03 FA Premier League (referred to as the 2002–03 Barclaycard Premiership, due to sponsorship rights) was the eleventh season of the Premier League, the top division in English football. The first matches were played on 17 August 2002 and the last were played on 11 May 2003.

Manchester United ended the campaign as champions for the eighth time in eleven years – an achievement made all the more remarkable by virtue of defending champions Arsenal having led by eight points on 2 March. Although this was a season of breaking new English domestic records for the Gunners,[nb 1] and leading at all fronts come the halfway stage, they threw away a priceless lead against Bolton Wanderers and finally surrendered the title with a 3–2 home defeat to Leeds United, in the third-last game of the season. This result all but saved Leeds from relegation. Newcastle United and Chelsea were the remaining two teams, who qualified for the UEFA Champions League at the expense of Liverpool who had to settle for the UEFA Cup; they would be joined in Europe by Blackburn Rovers for their second successive season.

Michael Ricketts had the honour of scoring the first goal of the new season for Bolton against Fulham, inside five minutes. The first hat-trick of the season was scored by Michael Owen in the match between Liverpool and Manchester City, at Maine Road in late September.[1] Wayne Rooney, at the young age of 16, made his breakthrough at Everton, scoring an impressive goal against Arsenal, helping the Toffees to a 2–1 win.[2] However, Rooney also got his first Premiership straight red card two months later on Boxing Day, for a reckless foul on Birmingham City's Steve Vickers at St. Andrew's.[3]

Teams[edit]

Stadium and locations[edit]

2002–03 FA Premier League is located in England
Arsenal
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Chelsea
Chelsea
Everton
Everton
Fulham
Fulham
Liverpool
Liverpool
Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough
Southampton
Southampton
Sunderland
Sunderland
Tottenham
Tottenham
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Locations of the Premier League 2002–03 teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal Holloway Highbury 38,419
Aston Villa Witton Villa Park 42,573
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 30,009
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Horwich Reebok Stadium 28,723
Charlton Athletic Charlton The Valley 27,111
Chelsea Fulham Stamford Bridge 42,055
Everton Walton Goodison Park 40,569
Fulham[nb 2] Fulham Loftus Road 19,148
Leeds United Beeston Elland Road 40,242
Liverpool Anfield Anfield 45,522
Manchester City[nb 3] Manchester Maine Road 35,150
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,689
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham White Hart Lane 36,240
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 28,003
West Ham United Upton Park Upton Park 35,647

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal Arsène Wenger Patrick Vieira Nike O2
Aston Villa Graham Taylor Steve Staunton Diadora Rover Company
Birmingham City Steve Bruce Jeff Kenna Le Coq Sportif Phones4U
Blackburn Rovers Graeme Souness Garry Flitcroft Kappa AMD Processors
Bolton Wanderers Sam Allardyce Guðni Bergsson Reebok Reebok
Charlton Athletic Alan Curbishley Graham Stuart Le Coq Sportif All Sport
Chelsea Claudio Ranieri Marcel Desailly Umbro Fly Emirates
Everton David Moyes David Weir Puma Kejian
Fulham Chris Coleman Andy Melville Adidas Betfair
Leeds United Peter Reid Dominic Matteo Nike Strongbow
Liverpool Gérard Houllier Sami Hyypiä Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester City Kevin Keegan Ali Benarbia Le Coq Sportif First Advice
Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson Roy Keane Nike Vodafone
Middlesbrough Steve McClaren Gareth Southgate Erreà Dial-a-Phone
Newcastle United Sir Bobby Robson Alan Shearer Adidas NTL
Southampton Gordon Strachan Jason Dodd Saints Friends Provident
Sunderland Mick McCarthy Michael Gray Nike Reg Vardy
Tottenham Hotspur Glenn Hoddle Teddy Sheringham Kappa Thomson
West Bromwich Albion Gary Megson Sean Gregan The Baggies (by club) West Bromwich Building Society
West Ham United Trevor Brooking (caretaker) Joe Cole Fila Dr. Martens

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Sunderland Peter Reid Sacked 7 October 2002[4] 17th Howard Wilkinson 10 October 2002[5]
Sunderland Howard Wilkinson Sacked 10 March 2003[4] 20th Mick McCarthy 12 March 2003[6]
Leeds United Terry Venables Sacked 21 March 2003[7] 15th Peter Reid 21 March 2003[8]
Fulham Jean Tigana Sacked 17 April 2003[9] 15th Chris Coleman 15 May 2003[10]
West Ham United Glenn Roeder Temporary[nb 4] 17 April 2003[11] 18th Trevor Brooking 11 May 2003[12]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 25 8 5 74 34 +40 83 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Arsenal 38 23 9 6 85 42 +43 78
3 Newcastle United 38 21 6 11 63 48 +15 69 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Chelsea 38 19 10 9 68 38 +30 67
5 Liverpool 38 18 10 10 61 41 +20 64 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 12 10 52 43 +9 60
7 Everton 38 17 8 13 48 49 −1 59
8 Southampton 38 13 13 12 43 46 −3 52 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round 2
9 Manchester City 38 15 6 17 47 54 −7 51 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 3
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 51 62 −11 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 10 15 48 44 +4 49
12 Charlton Athletic 38 14 7 17 45 56 −11 49
13 Birmingham City 38 13 9 16 41 49 −8 48
14 Fulham 38 13 9 16 41 50 −9 48
15 Leeds United 38 14 5 19 58 57 +1 47
16 Aston Villa 38 12 9 17 42 47 −5 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 14 14 41 51 −10 44
18 West Ham United (R) 38 10 12 16 42 59 −17 42 Relegation to 2003–04 Football League First Division
19 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 6 8 24 29 65 −36 26
20 Sunderland (R) 38 4 7 27 21 65 −44 19

Updated to games played on 11 May 2003.
Source: FA Premier League
Rules for classification:
1Since Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Cup via the league, their place in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners reverted to the league and was awarded to Blackburn Rovers.
2Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners went to Southampton, who were the FA Cup runners-up.
3Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Cup as Fair Play winners.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BLB BOL CHA CHE EVE FUL LEE LIV MNC MNU MID NEW SOT SUN TOT WBA WHU
Arsenal 3–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 6–1 3–1 3–0 5–2 3–1
Aston Villa 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 4–1
Birmingham City 0–4 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 2–2 1–0 4–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Charlton Athletic 0–3 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–1 1–6 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 4–2
Chelsea 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 4–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 5–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–3
Everton 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–0
Fulham 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–4 4–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 3–0 0–1
Leeds United 1–4 3–1 2–0 2–3 2–4 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 2–3 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 1–0
Liverpool 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–0
Manchester City 1–5 3–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–3 3–1 4–1 2–1 0–3 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–3 1–2 0–1
Manchester United 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 5–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–0
Middlesbrough 0–2 2–5 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 5–1 3–0 2–2
Newcastle United 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–0 2–6 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 4–0
Southampton 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 3–2 0–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Sunderland 0–4 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–4 3–1 2–2 0–0 4–3 1–1 2–0 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–3 0–1 2–1 4–1 3–1 3–2
West Bromwich Albion 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–3 0–6 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–2
West Ham United 2–2 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–4 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–1

Source: FA Premier League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Overall[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[13]
1 Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 25
2 Thierry Henry Arsenal 24
3 James Beattie Southampton 23
4 Mark Viduka Leeds United 20
5 Michael Owen Liverpool 19
6 Alan Shearer Newcastle United 17
7 Nicolas Anelka Manchester City 15
8 Gianfranco Zola Chelsea 14
Robert Pirès Arsenal 14
Harry Kewell Leeds United 14
Paul Scholes Manchester United 14

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Owen, MichaelMichael Owen Liverpool Manchester City 3–0 28 September 2002
Beattie, JamesJames Beattie Southampton Fulham 4–2 27 October 2002
van Nistelrooy, RuudRuud van Nistelrooy Manchester United Newcastle United 5–3 23 November 2002
Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane Tottenham Hotspur Everton 4–3 12 January 2003
Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Arsenal West Ham United 3–1 27 January 2003
van Nistelrooy, RuudRuud van Nistelrooy Manchester United Fulham 3–0 22 March 2003
Viduka, MarkMark Viduka Leeds United Charlton Athletic 6–1 5 April 2003
Scholes, PaulPaul Scholes Manchester United Newcastle United 6–2 12 April 2003
Owen, MichaelMichael Owen4 Liverpool West Bromwich Albion 6–0 26 April 2003
van Nistelrooy, RuudRuud van Nistelrooy Manchester United Charlton Athletic 4–1 3 May 2003
Pennant, JermaineJermaine Pennant Arsenal Southampton
6–1
7 May 2003
Pirès, RobertRobert Pirès
Ljungberg, FredrikFredrik Ljungberg Arsenal Sunderland 4–0 11 May 2003
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Michael Ricketts for Bolton Wanderers against Fulham (17 August 2002)[14]
  • Fastest goal of the season:
  • Largest winning margin: 6 goals[15]
    • West Bromwich Albion 0–6 Liverpool (26 April 2003)
  • Highest scoring game: 8 goals[15]
    • Manchester United 5–3 Newcastle United (23 November 2002)
    • Newcastle United 2–6 Manchester United (12 April 2003)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a losing team: 3 goals[16]
    • West Ham United 3–4 Leeds United (10 November 2002)
    • Manchester United 5–3 Newcastle United (23 November 2002)
    • Bolton Wanderers 4–3 Newcastle United (26 December 2002)
    • Tottenham Hotspur 4–3 Everton (12 January 2003)

Clean sheets[edit]

Discipline[edit]

  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 pt per yellow card, 3 pts per red card):
  • Best overall disciplinary record:
  • Most yellow cards (club):
  • Most yellow cards (player): 13Iván Campo (Bolton Wanderers)[17]
  • Most red cards (club):
  • Most red card (player): 3[17]
  • Most fouls (player):

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August Glenn Hoddle[18] Tottenham Hotspur Sylvain Wiltord[19] Arsenal
September Arsène Wenger[20] Arsenal Thierry Henry[20] Arsenal
October Gérard Houllier[21] Liverpool Gianfranco Zola[21] Chelsea
November David Moyes[22] Everton James Beattie[23] Southampton
December Gordon Strachan[24] Southampton Alan Shearer[25] Newcastle United
January Sir Bobby Robson[26] Newcastle United Paul Scholes[27] Manchester United
February Alan Curbishley[28] Charlton Athletic Robert Pirès[29] Arsenal
March Glenn Roeder[30] West Ham United Steven Gerrard[31] Liverpool
April Sir Alex Ferguson[32] Manchester United Ruud van Nistelrooy[32] Manchester United

Annual awards[edit]

PFA Players' Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Players' Player of the Year award for 2003 was won by Thierry Henry of Arsenal.[33] This was the Frenchman's first award of the season and he beat off competition from the previous winner Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, in alphabetical order, was as follows:

Player Team
James Beattie Southampton
Thierry Henry Arsenal
Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
Paul Scholes Manchester United
Alan Shearer Newcastle United
Gianfranco Zola Chelsea

PFA Young Player of the Year[edit]

The PFA Young Player of the Year award was won by Jermaine Jenas of Newcastle United.[34] Wayne Rooney was voted runner-up, and John O'Shea finished third in one of his first full seasons as a United player.

The shortlist for the award was as follows:

Player Team
Craig Bellamy Newcastle United
Jermain Defoe West Ham United
Jermaine Jenas Newcastle United
John O'Shea Manchester United
Scott Parker Charlton Athletic
Wayne Rooney Everton

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers)
Defence: Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), William Gallas (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
Midfield: Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United), Robert Pirès (Arsenal)
Attack: Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)

Barclaycard Manager of the Year[edit]

The award was won by Sir Alex Ferguson[35] for winning his eighth title and regaining the league after a superb second half to the season, involving an 18-match unbeaten run.

Barclaycard Player of the Year[edit]

The award was given to Ruud van Nistelrooy,[36] whose form, creativity and goals all helped Manchester United regain the league from Arsenal.

Barclaycard Golden Boot[edit]

This award was also won by Ruud van Nistelrooy who scored 25 goals in 38 league matches and 44 in all competitions. He also equalled his record of eight goals in eight successive matches at the beginning of the season, a milestone he had reached the previous season. Van Nistelrooy finished one goal ahead of Arsenal's Thierry Henry while James Beattie managed 23 league goals for Southampton. Since the reduction of the number of games from 42 to 38 in 1996, only Kevin Phillips had scored more Premiership goals in one season – 30 for Sunderland in the 1999–2000 season.

Barclaycard Golden Gloves[edit]

The award was given to Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who proved vital in their quest for UEFA Champions League football. He kept twelve clean sheets – the most in the season – and only conceded 35 goals. Viewers of ITV's On the Ball voted Cudicini, ahead of Southampton keeper Antti Niemi, and Blackburn Rovers' Brad Friedel.[37]

Goal of the season[edit]

The annual award was won by a wonder goal from Thierry Henry against Tottenham Hotspur, on 16 November 2002, voted by viewers of ITV's The Premiership.

Henry – chance for a break out, Wiltord to his right, Bergkamp to his left...they'll do well to catch up with Thierry Henry though...he's drifted away from Carr – HENRY! What a fabulous solo goal by Thierry Henry. A long distance goal followed by a long distance celebration...and Arsenal are back in the goalscoring business, after their midweek blank. Henry's been short of a goal or two just recently...but look at the confidence as he breaks from inside his own half, shrugging off Etherington, stepping away from Carr and from King...and picking his spot – he had options...but he had eyes for only one thing – the back of Kasey Keller's net. Thierry Henry moves into double figures for the season.

Clive Tyldesley on Thierry Henry's solo goal when commentating the North London derby for The Premiership on ITV1.[38]

The French striker picked up the ball from his side of the pitch and ran almost 30 yards (27 m), twisting and turning the Spurs defence to unleash a thunderous shot. In celebration, he ran the distance of the whole pitch and skidded in front of the Spurs faithful. The goal proved important as it helped them regain their position at the top of the Premiership from Liverpool.

Barclaycard Premiership Fair Play Award[edit]

The Fair Play Award was won by Manchester United.[39]

Pos Club Games
played
Red/Yellow
cards
Positive
play
Respect toward
opponents
Respect toward
referee
Behaviour of
team officials
Points Score Average
1 Manchester United 38 332 325 223 226 206 1312 328.00 8.63
2 Newcastle United 38 325 318 217 218 200 1278 319.50 8.41
3 Chelsea 38 314 306 213 221 200 1254 313.50 8.25
4 Liverpool 38 324 301 224 225 180 1254 313.50 8.25
5 Manchester City 38 310 288 224 231 194 1247 311.75 8.20
6 Arsenal 38 315 319 214 212 180 1240 310.00 8.16
7 Middlesbrough 38 318 290 224 229 173 1234 308.50 8.12
8 Blackburn Rovers 38 307 292 219 222 178 1218 304.50 8.01
9 Aston Villa 38 304 283 212 218 201 1218 304.50 8.01
10 Everton 38 304 293 217 214 185 1213 303.25 7.98
11 Sunderland 38 314 255 220 226 196 1211 302.75 7.97
12 Fulham 38 304 284 203 211 203 1205 301.25 7.93
13 Leeds United 38 304 290 206 210 194 1204 301.00 7.92
14 West Bromwich Albion 38 316 273 219 214 181 1203 300.75 7.91
15 Southampton 38 323 282 221 220 154 1200 300.00 7.89
16 Tottenham Hotspur 38 309 291 215 207 174 1196 299.00 7.87
17 West Ham United 38 298 281 211 212 191 1193 298.25 7.85
18 Charlton Athletic 38 316 270 210 214 177 1187 296.75 7.81
19 Bolton Wanderers 38 299 279 218 217 161 1174 293.50 7.72
20 Birmingham City 38 295 271 201 213 179 1159 289.75 7.63

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ After defeating Birmingham at the start of the season, Arsenal equalled a top-flight record of fourteen straight wins but in their next game at West Ham United failed to extend it, being held to a 2–2 draw. They remained unbeaten for 30 Premiership games, (23 of which were played away) until late October and Arsène Wenger's all conquering Gunners scored in 55 consecutive league games up until the visit to Old Trafford.
  2. ^ Fulham temporarily relocated to Loftus Road after Craven Cottage was in need of a refurbishment. They were on course to move back in August 2004.
  3. ^ This was the last season Manchester City played in Maine Road. They would move to the redeveloped 48,000 seater City of Manchester Stadium. Highlights of the season was the last ever Manchester derby, which was won emphatically by City. However, Manchester City did lose their last game at the stadium to Southampton.
  4. ^ West Ham United manager Glenn Roeder was forced to take sick leave in mid-April after being diagnosed with a brain tumour during a Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Upton Park. Former Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking took temporary charge for the remaining three matches. Despite Brooking's efforts, the Hammers failed to beat the drop after drawing against Birmingham on the final day of the season.

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