2002–03 Dundee United F.C. season

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Dundee United F.C.
2002–03 season
Chairman Jim McLean (until 26 September)
Eddie Thompson (from 26 September)
Manager Alex Smith (until 7 October)
Paul Hegarty (until 30 January as caretaker)
Ian McCall (from 30 January)
Bank of Scotland Premierleague 11th
W:7 D:11 L:20 F:35 A:68 P:32
Tennent's Scottish Cup Third round
CIS Insurance Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Jim McIntyre (9)
All: Jim McIntyre, Steven Thompson (9)
Highest home attendance 12,402 (vs Dundee, 31 August)
Lowest home attendance 5,572 (vs Livingston, 19 October)

The 2002–03 season was the 94th year of football played by Dundee United, and covers the period from 2002-07-01 to 2003-06-30. United finished the season in eighth place.

United were knocked out of the Tennent's Scottish Cup by Hibernian in the third round, and were beaten by Celtic in the CIS Insurance Cup semi-finals.

Review and events[edit]

What had begun with optimism and hopes that United could continue the progress made the previous year would end up being statistically the club's worst season since before World War II. Eddie Thompson took over as chairman with the season barely a month old and quickly sacked Alex Smith, though a run of just two wins from the first ten games did not help the manager's cause. After a failed attempt to recruit Ian McCall, Paul Hegarty was put in charge provisionally until the end of the season. While the former club hero got off to a decent start with 7 points from five matches, a dismal run of ten weeks without a win followed, leading to Hegarty being dismissed at the end of January and McCall being successfully recruited.

The key factor in McCall's change of heart was that while his previous club Falkirk were runaway leaders of the First Division, it was by now evident that they were unlikely to be promoted as their ground did not meet the SPL's requirements. McCall still had the task of keeping United off the bottom of the table in the unlikely event that the SPL had a change of heart or one of the chasing pack overhauled Falkirk, and he ultimately managed this with an excellent run of form after the SPL split, leaving them to finish eleventh. However, this good finish could not mask what had been an extremely poor season by any measure, and left McCall facing a major reconstruction job.

Match results[edit]

Dundee United played a total of 43 competitive matches during the 2002-03 season.[1] The team finished eleventh in the Scottish Premier League.

In the cup competitions, United were knocked out of the Tennent's Scottish Cup in the third round, losing at home to Hibernian. Celtic knocked United out of the CIS Cup in the semi-finals.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

All results are written with Dundee United's score first.

Bank of Scotland Premierleague[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 August 2002 Partick Thistle A 0-0 6,375
10 August 2002 Kilmarnock H 1-2 6,366 Thompson
17 August 2002 Celtic A 0-5 56,907
25 August 2002 Motherwell H 1-1 5,795 McIntyre
31 August 2002 Dundee H 0-0 12,402
11 September 2002 Aberdeen A 2-1 10,724 Thompson (2)
14 September 2002 Dunfermline H 1-2 6,041 Lilley
21 September 2002 Hearts A 0-2 11,532
28 September 2002 Rangers H 0-3 10,013
5 October 2002 Hibernian A 1-2 11,532 Thompson
19 October 2002 Livingston H 2-3 5,572 Lilley, McIntyre
26 October 2002 Partick Thistle H 1-1 6,369 Thompson
2 November 2002 Kilmarnock A 2-1 5,417 Thompson, McIntyre
10 November 2002 Celtic H 0-2 10,664
16 November 2002 Motherwell A 2-1 5,381 Hamilton (2)
23 November 2002 Dundee A 2-3 11,539 Hamilton, McIntyre
30 November 2002 Aberdeen H 1-1 8,621 Hamilton
4 December 2002 Dunfermline A 1-4 4,342 McIntyre
7 December 2002 Hibernian H 1-1 5,673 Wilson
14 December 2002 Rangers A 0-3 47,639
21 December 2002 Hearts H 0-3 6,025
26 December 2002 Livingston A 0-3 5,103
29 December 2002 Partick Thistle A 0-0 5,109
2 January 2003 Kilmarnock H 2-2 7,183 Dodds, McIntyre
29 January 2003 Celtic A 0-2 55,204
1 February 2003 Motherwell H 2-1 6,672 Tod, Miller
9 February 2003 Dundee H 1-1 10,457
16 February 2003 Aberdeen A 0-3 9,146
1 March 2003 Dunfermline H 3-0 6,004 Craig Easton, Tod, Ogunmade
9 March 2003 Hibernian A 1-1 7,518 McIntyre
15 March 2003 Livingston H 0-1 6,247
5 April 2003 Hearts A 1-2 9,663 Griffin
13 April 2003 Rangers H 1-4 10,013 Dodds
26 April 2003 Hibernian H 1-2 6,758 McCracken
3 May 2003 Motherwell A 2-2 9,056 Miller, McIntyre
10 May 2003 Livingston A 2-1 6,314 McIntyre, Miller
17 May 2003 Partick Thistle A 1-0 6,357 Paterson
24 May 2003 Aberdeen H 0-2 8,516

Tennent's Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25 January 2003 Hibernian H 2-3 8,986 O'Donnell, Hamilton

CIS Insurance Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
24 September 2002 Queen's Park H 4-1 3,600 O'Donnell (3), Thompson
29 October 2002 Airdrie United A 2-1 1,768 Thompson (2)
13 November 2002 Livingston A 2-0 3,592 Lilley (2)
6 February 2003 Celtic N 0-3 18,856

Player details[edit]

During the 2002–03 season, United used 32 different players, with a further played named as a substitute who did not make an appearance on the pitch. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[2]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Bank of Scotland Premierleague Tennent's Scottish Cup CIS Insurance Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Scotland GK Paul Gallacher 38 0 34 0 1 0 3 0
22 Scotland GK Alan Combe 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
2 Scotland DF Jamie McCunnie 21 0 17 0 1 0 3 0
3 Scotland DF Warren Cummings 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
4 Northern Ireland DF Danny Griffin 17 1 17 1 0 0 0 0
5 Scotland DF Kevin McGowne 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
5 Scotland DF Gary Bollan 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0
6 Scotland DF Jim Lauchlan 28 0 24 0 1 0 3 0
14 England DF Hasney Aljofree 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
24 Scotland DF David McCracken 30 1 25 1 1 0 4 0
27 Scotland DF Mark Wilson 31 1 26 1 1 0 4 0
35 Italy DF Daniele Chiarini 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
18 Scotland DF Andy Tod 13 2 13 2 0 0 0 0
7 Scotland MF Craig Easton 41 1 36 1 1 0 4 0
8 Scotland MF Charlie Miller 38 4 34 4 1 0 3 0
11 Scotland MF Jim Paterson 38 1 33 1 1 0 4 0
15 Scotland MF Stuart Duff 38 0 34 0 0 0 4 0
16 Scotland MF Stephen Carson 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
18 Greece MF Tassos Venetis 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
21 Iceland MF Arnar Gunnlaugsson 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0
21 Trinidad and Tobago MF Russell Latapy 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
28 Scotland MF Stephen O'Donnell 14 4 11 0 1 1 2 3
9 Scotland FW Derek Lilley 37 4 33 2 0 0 4 2
10 Scotland FW Jim McIntyre 37 9 32 9 1 0 4 0
12 Scotland FW Allan Smart 18 0 17 0 0 0 1 0
14 Scotland FW Billy Dodds 16 2 14 2 1 0 1 0
17 Scotland FW Jim Hamilton 16 5 13 4 1 1 2 0
19 Scotland FW Steven Thompson 23 9 20 6 0 0 3 3
23 Scotland FW David Winters 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
29 Scotland FW Daniel Ogunmade 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
39 Scotland FW Stephen McGowan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
47 Scotland FW Aaron Conway 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

Playing kit[edit]

Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The jerseys were sponsored by Telewest for the last time.

Awards[edit]

November 2002

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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