2002–03 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2002–03 season
Manager Scotland Graeme Souness
Premier League 6th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Semi-finals
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Damien Duff (9)
All:
Dwight Yorke (13)[1]
Highest home attendance 30,475 (vs. Manchester United, 22 December 2002)
Lowest home attendance 21,096 (vs. Fulham, 30 November 2002)
Average home league attendance 26,225[2]

During the 2002–03 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

After a season of consolidation in the Premiership the previous season (capped with victory in the League Cup), Blackburn Rovers enjoyed their best season since winning the title in 1995, finishing in sixth place and qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the second year in a row. While their UEFA Cup campaign was not especially impressive (only beating CSKA Sofia on away goals before being knocked out by eventual runners-up Celtic), their continued progress under Graeme Souness gave the fans much hope for the following season. The star man for Blackburn this season was American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who was named as the goalkeeper in the PFA Team of the Year.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill
3 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
4 England DF Andy Todd
6 England DF Craig Short
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
8 England MF David Dunn
9 England FW Andrew Cole
10 England FW Matt Jansen
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
12 Italy FW Corrado Grabbi
13 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
14 Sweden DF Nils-Eric Johansson
15 England FW Craig Hignett
16 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon
No. Position Player
17 England DF John Curtis
18 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
20 England MF David Thompson
21 England DF Martin Taylor
22 Norway FW Egil Østenstad
23 Germany DF Sebastian Pelzer
25 Norway DF Henning Berg
26 Slovakia DF Vratislav Greško (on loan from Parma)
29 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas
31 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
33 Turkey FW Hakan Şükür
34 England DF Jay McEveley
35 England MF Neil Danns
36 England FW Marc Richards

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
5 Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye (retired)
10 England FW Matt Jansen (on loan to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
20 Turkey MF Hakan Ünsal (to Galatasaray)
27 England GK Alan Miller (retired)

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
24 England MF Darren Dunning
30 Scotland DF Gordon Greer
No. Position Player
32 England GK Ryan Robinson

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[3]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Topscorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Goalscorers". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Attendance". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Appearances". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Todd signs for Blackburn". BBC News. 2002-05-22. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn bag Pelzer". BBC News. 2002-06-25. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn sign Yorke". BBC News. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn grab Thompson". BBC News. 2002-08-29. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ Souness on Sukur (2002-12-04). "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn sign Sukur". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Gresko seals Blackburn move". BBC News. 2003-02-11. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  10. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Hughes faces retirement". BBC News. 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackpool | Blackpool sign Grayson". BBC News. 2002-07-19. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  12. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Football Transfers". BBC News. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  13. ^ John Williams,Rovers chief executive (2003-02-18). "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Coventry City | Jansen completes Coventry move". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  14. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Bjornebye quits football". BBC News. 2003-03-11. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  15. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Miller forced to retire". BBC News. 2003-04-07. Retrieved 2012-08-03.