2002–03 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
2002–03 season
Chairman Simon Jordan
Manager Trevor Francis (until 18 April)
Steve Kember (caretaker from 18 April)
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 14th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League:
Johnson (11)[2]
All:
Johnson (14)[1]
Average home league attendance 16,867

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

Season summary[edit]

Under Francis, Palace were unable to mount a serious promotion challenge and they finished mid-table in Division One. The main highlight of the season was in February 2003 when Palace knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in a fourth round replay at Anfield. Having drawn the first match 0-0 at Selhurst Park, Palace went to Anfield as the clear underdogs. A goal from Julian Gray and an own goal from Liverpool's Stephen Henchoz meant that Palace progressed to a 5th round where they played at home against Leeds United. They lost 2-1 in controversial circumstances, as Palace were denied a first half goal despite the ball clearly crossing the line. Francis resigned on 18 April after another difficult season, and was replaced by long-serving coach Steve Kember.

The end of Francis' tenure, however, saw the beginning of a remarkable, two-year-long transfer saga. Clinton Morrison, a youth team product who had been one of the team's most reliable goalscorers, headed to Birmingham for a £4 million fee in a part-exchange deal which saw Andrew Johnson come to Selhurst Park for £750,000, having been deemed surplus to requirements by Blues boss Steve Bruce. Johnson went on to become an even bigger success at Palace than Morrison, and helped take the club into the Premier League before eventually moving on to Everton for a fee of £8.6million in 2006; Morrison's return to Selhurst Park a year earlier cost Palace £2 million, meaning the club were left with the same player and a total profit of £9,850,000.

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

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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 Matt Clarke
2 Republic of Ireland DF Curtis Fleming
3 England DF Danny Granville
4 England DF Danny Butterfield
5 Wales DF Kit Symons
6 Australia DF Tony Popovic
7 England MF Hayden Mullins
8 England FW Andy Johnson
9 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
10 England MF Shaun Derry
11 England MF Julian Gray
12 England DF Jamie Smith
13 Latvia GK Aleksandrs Koliņko
14 Scotland MF Steve Thomson
15 Finland MF Aki Riihilahti
No. Position Player
16 England MF Tommy Black
22 England MF Wayne Routledge
23 Wales FW Gareth Williams
24 Ghana DF Will Antwi
26 England MF Ben Surey
27 England DF David Hunt
31 Nigeria FW Dele Adebola
32 England DF Darren Powell
33 France GK Cedric Berthelin
35 England FW Noel Whelan (on loan from Middlesbrough)
38 England DF Gary Borrowdale
42 England MF Ben Watson
43 England DF Sam Togwell
55 Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi

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
17 Latvia FW Andrejs Rubins (released)
18 England DF Dean Austin (to Woking)
20 England FW Steve Kabba (to Sheffield United)
21 England DF Andy Frampton (to Brentford)
No. Position Player
25 United States DF Gregg Berhalter (to Energie Cottbus)
25 Germany GK Sven Scheuer (to Grazer AK)
33 Greece GK Nikolaos Michopoulos (on loan from Burnley)

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
19 England DF Craig Harrison
28 England MF Robert Smith
No. Position Player
29 England MF Gavin Heeroo
30 England GK Lance Cronin

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