2002–03 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2002-03 season
Chairman Martin George
Manager Micky Adams
Stadium Walkers Stadium
First Division 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Dickov (17)
All: Dickov (20)
Highest home attendance 32,082 (vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 28 September 2002)
Lowest home attendance 22,978 (vs. Reading, 24 August 2002)
Average home league attendance 29,230[1]

During the 2002-03 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division after being relegated from the FA Premier League the previous season. Despite being placed into administration, Leicester managed to regain promotion to the Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

In October 2002, Leicester went into administration with debts of £30 million. Some of the reasons were the loss of TV money (ITV Digital, itself in administration, had promised money to First Division clubs for TV rights), the large wage bill, lower fees for players transferred to other clubs than expected and the £37 million cost of the new stadium. Manager Micky Adams was banned from the transfer market for most of the season, until the club was rescued by a takeover by a consortium led by former Leicester striker Gary Lineker. Adams guided Leicester to runners-up spot in Division One and automatic promotion back to the Premiership with 92 points. After several First Division clubs complained to the Football League, the Football League introduced a ruling that any club placed in administration would be deducted ten points.

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

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 August 2002 Watford H 2-0 31,022 Deane (2)
14 August 2002 Stoke City A 1-0 14,028 Scowcroft
18 August 2002 Ipswich Town A 1-6 27,374 Stevenson
24 August 2002 Reading H 2-1 22,978 Deane, Dickov (pen)
27 August 2002 Crystal Palace A 0-0 15,440
31 August 2002 Gillingham H 2-0 30,067 Lewis, Dickov
7 September 2002 Wimbledon A 3-2 2,165 Benjamin, Izzet (pen), Stewart
14 September 2002 Derby County H 3-1 31,049 Izzet, Deane, Dickov
17 September 2002 Bradford City H 4-0 24,651 Deane, Elliott, Dickov (pen), Scowcroft
21 September 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 22,219
28 September 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 32,082 Dickov (pen)
5 October 2002 Norwich City A 0-0 20,952
19 October 2002 Burnley H 0-1 26,254
26 October 2002 Nottingham Forest A 2-2 29,497 Deane, Dickov
29 October 2002 Coventry City H 2-1 27,139 Taggart, Deane
2 November 2002 Portsmouth A 2-0 19,107 Scowcroft, Elliott
9 November 2002 Walsall H 2-0 25,243 Heath, Scowcroft
16 November 2002 Millwall A 2-2 10,772 Heath, Stewart
23 November 2002 Rotherham United H 2-1 31,714 Dickov, Stewart
26 November 2002 Preston North End A 0-2 13,048
30 November 2002 Grimsby Town A 2-1 7,310 Scowcroft, Izzet
7 December 2002 Sheffield United H 0-0 26,718
14 December 2002 Millwall H 4-1 31,904 Scowcroft (2), Elliott, Dickov
20 December 2002 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-0 6,592 Deane
26 December 2002 Ipswich Town H 1-2 31,426 Dickov (pen)
28 December 2002 Watford A 2-1 16,017 Elliott, Deane
11 January 2003 Stoke City H 0-0 25,038
18 January 2003 Gillingham A 2-3 8,609 Sinclair, Wright
28 January 2003 Reading A 3-1 17,156 Dickov (2, 1 pen), Heath
1 February 2003 Crystal Palace H 1-0 27,005 Dickov
8 February 2003 Walsall A 4-1 8,741 Dickov, Scowcroft (2), Elliott
17 February 2003 Portsmouth H 1-1 31,775 Benjamin
22 February 2003 Wimbledon H 4-0 31,438 Dickov (3, 2 pens), Benjamin
1 March 2003 Derby County A 1-1 24,307 Deane
4 March 2003 Bradford City A 0-0 11,531
8 March 2003 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 27,463 McLaren (own goal)
15 March 2003 Preston North End H 2-1 30,713 Deane (2)
18 March 2003 Burnley A 2-1 14,554 Dickov, Benjamin
22 March 2003 Coventry City A 2-1 16,610 McKinlay
5 April 2003 Grimsby Town H 2-0 31,014 Benjamin, Davidson
8 April 2003 Nottingham Forest H 1-0 32,065 Wright
12 April 2003 Rotherham United A 1-1 9,888 Benjamin
19 April 2003 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2-0 31,909 Izzet, Stewart
21 April 2003 Sheffield United A 1-2 21,277 Deane
27 April 2003 Norwich City H 1-1 31,639 Benjamin
4 May 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 28,190 Benjamin (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 2003 Bristol City H 2-0 25,868 Elliott, Dickov
R4 25 January 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-4 28,164 Dickov (pen)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 10 September 2002 Hull City A 4-2 (a.e.t.) 7,061 Rogers (2), Dickov, Scowcroft
R2 2 October 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-1 (a.e.t.) 10,472 Izzet, Benjamin
R3 5 November 2002 Manchester United A 0-2 47,848

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
1 England GK Tim Flowers
2 England DF Andy Impey
3 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair
4 Northern Ireland DF Gerry Taggart
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet
7 Wales MF Matt Jones
10 England FW James Scowcroft
12 England GK Simon Royce
13 England GK Michael Price
14 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
15 England DF Alan Rogers
16 England GK Ian Walker
17 England MF Stefan Oakes
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott
19 Republic of Ireland GK Paul Murphy
No. Position Player
20 Jamaica FW Trevor Benjamin
21 England MF Martin Reeves
22 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
23 England DF Jordan Stewart
24 England DF Matt Heath
25 England MF Jon Stevenson
26 England DF Junior Lewis
27 England FW Brian Deane
28 England DF Jon Ashton
29 England FW Chris O'Grady
30 Finland FW Tomi Petrescu
32 Scotland MF Billy McKinlay
33 England MF Nicky Summerbee
34 England MF Tom Williamson
35 England FW Tommy Wright

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
8 England MF Lee Marshall (to West Bromwich Albion)
9 England FW Darren Eadie (retired)
11 England MF Dennis Wise (to Millwall)
No. Position Player
29 England FW Matt Piper (to Sunderland)
31 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Delaney (to Hull City)
Denmark DF Jacob Laursen (released)

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