2002–03 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season

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Bolton Wanderers
2002–03 season
Chairman England Phil Gartside
Manager England Sam Allardyce
Stadium Reebok Stadium
Premier League 17th
FA Cup Third Round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Youri Djorkaeff
Jay-Jay Okocha
Henrik Pedersen (7)
All:
Youri Djorkaeff
Jay-Jay Okocha
Henrik Pedersen (7)
Highest home attendance 27,409 (vs. Manchester United, 22 February)
Lowest home attendance 10,123 (vs. Sunderland
4 January)

The 2002–03 season was the 124th season in Bolton Wanderers F.C.'s existence, and was their second consecutive season in the top-flight. This article covers the period from 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003.[1]

Season summary[edit]

A home victory over Aston Villa and a memorable 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford got Bolton off to another promising start to the season, but their subsequent form was memorable for all the wrong reasons as they only won 2 of their next 21 games, causing most pundits to write them off by the start of 2003. A 4-2 win over Birmingham City on February 1 finally kickstarted their campaign and the club only lost two more games (away to Chelsea and Liverpool) during the rest of the season, leaving them in control of their destiny on the final day. They achieved survival with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

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
2 France DF Bernard Mendy (on loan from PSG)
3 England DF Mike Whitlow
4 Iceland DF Guðni Bergsson
5 France DF Bruno N'Gotty
6 England DF Paul Warhurst
8 Denmark MF Per Frandsen
9 Denmark FW Henrik Pedersen
10 Nigeria FW Jay-Jay Okocha
11 Jamaica MF Ricardo Gardner
12 Republic of Ireland FW Jonathan Walters[2]
13 France FW Youri Djorkaeff
14 Republic of Ireland MF Gareth Farrelly
15 England MF Kevin Nolan
16 Spain DF Iván Campo (on loan from Real Madrid)
17 France DF Florent Laville (on loan from Lyon)
No. Position Player
18 France FW Pierre-Yves André (on loan from Nantes)
19 England FW Delroy Facey[3]
20 Spain FW Salva Ballesta (on loan from Valencia)
21 England FW Chris Armstrong
22 Finland GK Jussi Jääskeläinen
23 England DF Danny Livesey
24 England DF Anthony Barness
25 England DF Simon Charlton
28 Jamaica MF Jermaine Johnson
29 Denmark MF Stig Tøfting
30 England GK Kevin Poole
33 Scotland DF Colin Hendry
34 England MF Jeff Smith
36 England DF Nicky Hunt

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
1 England GK Steve Banks (to Stoke City)
7 Turkey MF Bülent Akın (released)
17 England FW Michael Ricketts (to Middlesbrough)
18 England FW Dean Holdsworth (to Coventry City)
20 England MF Nicky Southall (to Gillingham)
21 Denmark FW Bo Hansen (to Midtjylland)
No. Position Player
26 England MF David Norris (to Plymouth Argyle)
38 Northern Ireland MF Wayne Buchanan (released)
39 Republic of Ireland MF Ciaran Ryan (released)
36 England DF David Holdsworth (to Scarborough)
41 Republic of Ireland DF Alan O'Hare (to Chesterfield)

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
27 French Polynesia MF Gerald Forschelet
35 England DF Leam Richardson
37 Jamaica MF Cleveland Taylor[4]
No. Position Player
40 England MF Chris Downey
42 Scotland MF Derek Niven
50 France GK Jeremy Bon

Results[edit]

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
17 August 2002 Fulham A 1 – 4 Ricketts 4' (pen) 16,338
24 August 2002 Charlton Athletic H 1 – 2 Djorkaeff 2' 21,753
1 September 2002 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 Ricketts 56' (pen) 22,500
11 September 2002 Manchester United A 1 – 0 Nolan 76' 67,623
14 September 2002 Liverpool H 2 – 3 Gardner 54', Campo 87' 27,328
21 September 2002 Arsenal A 1 – 2 Farrelly 47' 37,974
28 September 2002 Southampton H 1 – 1 Djorkaeff 90' 22,692
5 October 2002 Middlesbrough A 0 – 2 31,005
20 October 2002 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 3 Djorkaeff 63' 35,909
28 October 2002 Sunderland H 1 – 1 Babb 80' (og) 23,036
2 November 2002 Birmingham City A 1 – 3 Okocha 72' 27,224
9 November 2002 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 Frandsen 89' 23,630
17 November 2002 Leeds United A 4 – 2 Pedersen (2) 3', 90', Djorkaeff 80' Ricketts 89' (pen) 36,627
23 November 2002 Chelsea H 1 – 1 Pedersen 63' 25,476
30 November 2002 Manchester City A 0 – 2 34,860
7 December 2002 Blackburn Rovers H 1 – 1 Okocha 8' 24,556
16 December 2002 Leeds United H 0 – 3 23,378
21 December 2002 West Ham United A 1 – 1 Ricketts 65' 34,892
26 December 2002 Newcastle United H 4 – 3 Okocha 5', Gardner 9', Ricketts (2) 45', 63' 27,314
28 December 2002 Everton A 0 – 0 39,480
1 January 2003 Aston Villa A 0 – 2 31,838
11 January 2003 Fulham H 0 – 0 25,156
18 January 2003 Charlton Athletic A 1 – 1 Djorkaeff 85' 26,057
22 January 2003 Newcastle United A 0 – 1 52,005
28 January 2003 Everton H 1 – 2 Facey 90' 25,119
1 February 2003 Birmingham City H 4 – 2 Cunningham 12' (o.g.), Pedersen 46', Djorkaeff 84', Facey 87' 24,342
8 February 2003 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 1 Pedersen 18' 26,933
22 February 2003 Manchester United H 1 – 1 N'Gotty 90' 27,409
8 March 2003 Liverpool A 0 – 2 41,462
15 March 2003 Sunderland A 2 – 0 Okocha 50', Pedersen 55' 42,124
24 March 2003 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 0 Okocha 90' (pen) 23,084
5 April 2003 Manchester City H 2 – 0 Pedersen 32', Campo 52' 26,949
12 April 2003 Chelsea A 0 – 1 39,852
19 April 2003 West Ham United H 1 – 0 Okocha 38' 27,160
21 April 2003 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 0 28,862
26 April 2003 Arsenal H 2 – 2 Djorkaeff 74', Keown 84' (og) 27,253
3 May 2003 Southampton A 0 – 0 30,951
11 May 2003 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 Frandsen 10', Okocha 21' 27,241
Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
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 38 10 12 16 42 59  -17 42

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
4 January 2003 Round 3 Sunderland H 1 – 1 Ricketts 18' 10,123
14 February 2003 Round 3 replay Sunderland A 0 – 2 (aet) 14,550

Coca-Cola Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
2 October 2002 Round 2 Bury H 0 – 1 12,621

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Bolton used a total of 32 players during the season.

P Player Position PL FAC LC Total
1 Finland Jussi Jääskeläinen Goalkeeper 38 0(0) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 38 0(0)
2 France Youri Djorkaeff Midfielder 36 0(0) 01 0(0) 00 0(0) 37 0(0)
3 Denmark Per Frandsen Midfielder 34 0(0) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 34 0(0)
4= Denmark Henrik Pedersen Striker 31 0(2) 00 0(0) 00 0(1) 31 0(3)
4= Spain Iván Campo Defender/Midfielder 28 0(3) 02 0(0) 01 0(0) 31 0(3)
6 Jamaica Ricardo Gardner Midfielder 31 0(1) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 31 0(1)
7 Iceland Guðni Bergsson Defender 31 0(0) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 31 0(0)
8 England Simon Charlton Defender 27 0(4) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 27 0 (4)
9 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha Midfielder 26 0(5) 00 0(1) 00 0(0) 26 0(6)
10 France Bruno N'Gotty Defender 23 0(0) 01 0(0) 00 0(0) 24 0(0)
11 England Anthony Barness Defender 21 0(4) 01 0(0) 00 0(0) 22 0(4)
12 France Bernard Mendy Defender 20 0(1) 01 0(0) 01 0(0) 22 0(1)
13 England Kevin Nolan Midfielder 15 (18) 01 0(1) 00 0(1) 16 (20)
14 England Mike Whitlow Defender 14 0(3) 01 0(1) 00 0(0) 15 0(4)
15 England Michael Ricketts Striker 13 0 (9) 01 0(0) 00 0(0) 14 0(9)
16 France Florent Laville Defender 10 0(0) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 10 0(0)
17 Republic of Ireland Gareth Farrelly Midfielder 06 0(2) 02 0(0) 00 0(0) 08 0(2)
18 Denmark Stig Tøfting Midfielder 02 0(6) 02 0(0) 01 0(0) 05 0(6)
19 England Dean Holdsworth Striker 05 0(4) 00 0(0) 00 0(1) 05 0(5)
20 England Paul Warhurst Defender/Midfielder 05 0(2) 00 0(1) 00 0(0) 05 0(3)
21 Grenada Delroy Facey Striker 01 0(8) 02 0(0) 00 0(0) 03 0(8)
22= England Kevin Poole Goalkeeper 00 0(0) 02 0(0) 01 0(0) 03 0(0)
22= England Jeff Smith Midfielder 00 0(0) 02 0(0) 01 0(0) 03 0(0)
24 England Danny Livesey Defender 00 0(2) 01 0(0) 01 0(0) 02 0(2)
25 Turkey Bülent Akın Midfielder 00 0(1) 01 0(0) 01 0(0) 02 0(1)
26= Republic of Ireland Jonathan Walters Striker 00 0(4) 00 0(1) 01 0(0) 01 0(5)
26= Spain Salva Ballesta Striker 01 0(5) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 01 0(5)
28 Jamaica Jermaine Johnson Midfielder 00 0(2) 00 0(0) 01 0(0) 01 0(2)
29 England Nicky Hunt Defender 00 0(0) 01 0(1) 00 0(0) 01 0(1)
30= England Chris Armstrong Striker 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 01 0(0) 01 0(0)
30= England David Holdsworth Defender 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 01 0(0) 01 0(0)
32 France Pierre-Yves André Striker 00 0(9) 00 0(0) 00 0(0) 00 0(9)

Top scorers[edit]

P Player Position PL FAC LC Total
1= France Youri Djorkaeff Midfielder 7 0 0 7
1= Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha Midfielder 7 0 0 7
1= Denmark Henrik Pedersen Striker 7 0 0 7
4 England Michael Ricketts Striker 5 1 0 6
5 Own Goals 3 0 0 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 2001/02". bwfcstats.com. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Walters was born in Moreton, England, but also qualified to represent Ireland internationally through his mother, and made his international debut for Ireland at U-21 level in October 2003.
  3. ^ Facey was born in Huddersfield, England, but also qualified to represent Grenada, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, and made his international debut for Grenada in July 2009.
  4. ^ Taylor was born in Leicester, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally, and has played for Jamaica at youth level.