2002–03 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
Season 2002–03
Owner Publicly traded company
Chairmen David Bernstein (until 5 Mar. 2003)
John Wardle
Manager หรรม
Team captain Ali Benarbia
Home stadium Maine Road
Premier0League Ninth
League Cup Third round
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: 0 Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
(7th highest in Premier League)
All comps: Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
Average home
attendance
34,564 – over 19 PL home games
(11th highest in Premier League)
Highest home
attendance
35,141 0v0 Liverpool
28 September 2002
Highest away
attendance
67,646 0v0 Manchester United
9 February 2003
Lowest home
attendance
21,820 0v0 Crewe Alexandra
1 October 2002
Lowest away
attendance
15,007 0v0 Wigan Athletic
5 November 2002
2001–02 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2003–04
Results summary - all competitions
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 10 2 9 47.6%
Away 6 4 10 30.0%
Both 16 6 19 39.0%
Results summary - Premier League
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 9 2 8 47.4%
Away 6 4 9 31.6%
Both 15 6 17 39.5%

The 2002–03 season was Manchester City Football Club's first season back playing in the Premier League again after having been relegated from it at the end of the 2000–01 season. This was the club's sixth season playing in the Premier League since its initial formation as the top tier of English football ten years earlier, with Manchester City as one of its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, this was Manchester City's 111th season playing in any division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

This season was the team's first one playing in the Premier League under the stewardship of Kevin Keegan who, having taken over the helm as manager from Joe Royle after the club had been relegated to the Football League First Division fifteen months earlier, had led the club to an immediate promotion back to the top flight. In fact, the previous season had seen Manchester City promoted in style, with the team breaking many prior club records as it became the new First Division champions. This successful campaign allowed Keegan to delve into the transfer market in the summer and he brought in a number of high profile players - such as striker Nicolas Anelka, defender Sylvain Distin and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel - in an effort to ensure that the team was strong enough to remain in the Premier League now that it was back there again.

By spending the £13m transfer fee required to bring Anelka to Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain the club broke its previous transfer record. Sylvain Distin also transferred over to Manchester City from PSG for £5m, while Peter Schmeichel joined the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Some of the other players Keegan brought in during the newly introduced summer transfer window were Marc-Vivien Foé, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Lyon, Vicente Matías Vuoso (from Independiente) and Mikkel Bischoff. Additionally, Robbie Fowler, David Sommeil and Djamel Belmadi were also signed by Keegan a few months later during the 2003 January transfer window.

The new year would also see the man that had been the main impetus behind the hiring of Kevin Keegan, chairman David Bernstein, fall out with his new hire and leave the club following a boardroom dispute over finances and managerial structure that followed closely on the back of the previous week's resignation of the club's managing director. The initial cause of this dispute had occurred back in January concerning the protracted transfer saga of Robbie Fowler (which Bernstein had originally brokered).[1] He was succeeded as club chairman by former deputy chairman John Wardle.[2]

This season's campaign would finally see Manchester City win its first Manchester Derby in over 13 years, allowing Peter Schmeichel to establish an exceptional record where he has never been on the losing side in a derby game. During his nine years playing with Manchester United the Reds were unbeaten against Manchester City, while in his single final season playing with the Blues, City won the derby game played at Maine Road and drew the one played at Old Trafford. This was also to be Manchester City's last season playing at its historic Maine Road ground before moving to its current home at City of Manchester Stadium. Consequently, the last game of the season was also the last game ever played at the club's old ground, and Marc-Vivien Foé would have the distinction of being recorded in the soccer annals as the player who scored the last ever goal for Manchester City at Maine Road.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit was produced by Le Coq Sportif and the shirt sponsorship was provided by the financial and legal services group First Advice.[3]

Home
Away
Third
Squad at end of season[4]

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
1 Denmark GK Peter Schmeichel
2 France DF David Sommeil
3 Denmark DF Niclas Jensen
4 Netherlands DF Gerard Wiekens
5 France DF Sylvain Distin
6 Northern Ireland MF Kevin Horlock
7 England FW Darren Huckerby
8 Algeria MF Ali Benarbia
9 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
10 Bermuda FW Shaun Goater
11 England FW Jon Macken
12 England GK Nicky Weaver
13 France MF Christian Negouai
14 Israel DF Eyal Berkovic
15 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
16 Scotland DF Paul Ritchie
17 China DF Sun Jihai
19 Australia MF Danny Tiatto
20 England GK Carlo Nash
No. Position Player
21 Argentina FW Vicente Matías Vuoso
22 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
23 Cameroon MF Marc-Vivien Foé (on loan from Lyon)
24 England DF Steve Howey
25 Cameroon DF Lucien Mettomo
27 Denmark DF Mikkel Bischoff
28 Netherlands DF Tyrone Loran
29 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips
30 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy McCarthy
31 Algeria MF Djamel Belmadi (on loan from Marseille)
32 Denmark GK Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard
33 England FW Robbie Fowler
34 England DF Stephen Jordan
35 Republic of Ireland GK Brian Murphy
36 Republic of Ireland MF Glenn Whelan
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
40 England MF Chris Shuker
41 England MF Joey Barton

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
18 Northern Ireland MF Jeff Whitley (released)
31 France DF Laurent Charvet (to Sochaux)
33 New Zealand FW Chris Killen (to Oldham Athletic)
33 England GK Tim Flowers (on loan from Leicester City)
No. Position Player
37 Canada MF Terry Dunfield (to Bury)
38 Wales MF Rhys Day (to Mansfield Town)
44 Algeria MF Karim Kerkar (released)

Historical league performance[edit]

Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991–92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).

Games[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Position in final standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
7 Everton 38 17 8 13 48 49 −1 59
8 Southampton 38 13 13 12 43 46 −3 52
9 Manchester City 38 15 6 17 47 54 −7 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 51 62 −11 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 10 15 48 44 +4 49

Updated to games played on 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League 2002-03
Rules for classification:
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 15 6 17 47 54 −7 51 9 2 8 28 26 +2 6 4 9 19 28 −9

Last updated: 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2002-03

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A H H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A A H
Result L W L W L D D L L L W W W L L W W D L W W D W L W L D L L W L L D W W L W L

Last updated: 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2002-03
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]

17 August 2002
15:00
Leeds United 3 – 0 Manchester City
Barmby Goal 15'
Viduka Goal 45'
Keane Goal 80'
Guardian report
Elland Road
Leeds
Attendance: 40,195

24 August 2002
12:15
Manchester City 1 – 0 Newcastle United
Huckerby Goal 36' Guardian report
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,776

28 August 2002
19:45
Aston Villa 1 – 0 Manchester City
Vassell Goal 64' Guardian report
Villa Park
Birmingham
Attendance: 33,494

31 August 2002
15:00
Manchester City 3 – 1 Everton
Radzinski Goal 14' (o.g.)
Anelka Goal 16' Goal 85'
Guardian report Goal 29' (pen.) Unsworth
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,835

10 September 2002
15:00
Arsenal 2 – 1 Manchester City
Wiltord Goal 26'
Henry Goal 42'
Guardian report Goal 29' Anelka
Highbury
London
Attendance: 37,878

15 September 2002
15:00
Manchester City 2 – 2 Blackburn Rovers
Anelka Goal 80'
Goater Goal 90'
Tiatto Red card 67'
Guardian report Goal 26' Thompson
Goal 54' Cole
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,130

21 September 2002
15:00
West Ham United 0 – 0 Manchester City
Guardian report
Boleyn Ground
London
Attendance: 35,550

28 September 2002
15:00
Manchester City 0 – 3 Liverpool
Guardian report Goal 4' Goal 64' Goal 89' Owen
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 35,141

5 October 2002
15:00
Southampton 2 – 0 Manchester City
Ormerod Goal 2' Goal 43' Guardian report
St Mary's Stadium
Southampton
Attendance: 31,009

19 October 2002
15:00
Manchester City 0 – 3 Chelsea
Guardian report Goal 69' Goal 84' Zola
Goal 85' Hasselbaink
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,953

26 October 2002
15:00
Birmingham City 0 – 2 Manchester City
Guardian report Goal 24' Sun
Goal 87' Anelka
St Andrew's Stadium
Birmingham
Attendance: 29,316

2 November 2002
15:00
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 2 Manchester City
Clement Goal 62' Guardian report Goal 51' Anelka
Goal 71' Goater
The Hawthorns
West Bromwich
Attendance: 27,044

9 November 2002
12:15
Manchester City 3 – 1 Manchester United
Anelka Goal 5'
Goater Goal 26' Goal 51'
Guardian report
MCFC video
Goal 8' Solskjær
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,649

16 November 2002
15:00
Manchester City 0 – 1 Charlton Athletic
Guardian report Goal 79' Bartlett
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 33,455

23 November 2002
15:00
Middlesbrough 3 – 1 Manchester City
Ehiogu Goal 53'
Bokšić Goal 62'
Geremi Goal 84'
Guardian report Goal 68' Anelka
Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 72' Wright-Phillips
Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough
Attendance: 31,510

30 November 2002
15:00
Manchester City 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers
Howey Goal 25'
Berkovic Goal 56'
Guardian report
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,860

9 December 2002
15:00
Sunderland 0 – 3 Manchester City
Guardian report Goal 44' Foé
Goal 62' Sun
Goal 87' Goater
Stadium of Light
Sunderland
Attendance: 36,511

14 December 2002
15:00
Charlton Athletic 2 – 2 Manchester City
Euell Goal 50' (pen.)
Jensen Goal 63'
Guardian report Goal 74' Goal 86' Foé
The Valley
London
Attendance: 26,434

23 December 2002
15:00
Manchester City 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Howey Goal 29'
Benarbia Goal 90'
Guardian report Goal 38' Perry
Goal 48' Davies
Goal 83' Poyet
Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 86' Ziege
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,563

26 December 2002
15:00
Manchester City 3 – 1 Aston Villa
Foé Goal 15' Goal 80'
Benarbia Goal 78'
Guardian report Goal 41' Dublin
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 33,991

28 December 2002
15:00
Fulham 0 – 1 Manchester City
Guardian report Goal 15' Anelka
Loftus Road
London
Attendance: 17,937

1 January 2003
15:00
Everton 2 – 2 Manchester City
Watson Goal 6'
Radzinski Goal 90'
Guardian report Goal 33' Anelka
Goal 82' Foé
Goodison Park
Liverpool
Attendance: 40,163

11 January 2003
15:00
Manchester City 2 – 1 Leeds United
Goal 29'
Jensen Goal 50'
Guardian report Goal 90' Kewell
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,884

18 January 2003
15:00
Newcastle United 2 – 0 Manchester City
Shearer Goal 1'
Bellamy Goal 64'
Guardian report
St James' Park
Newcastle
Attendance: 52,152
Referee: Graham Poll

29 January 2003
15:00
Manchester City 4 – 1 Fulham
Anelka Goal 21'
Benarbia Goal 47'
Foé Goal 61'
Wright-Phillips Goal 70'
Guardian report Goal 2' Malbranque
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 33,260
Referee: Steve Bennett

1 February 2003
15:00
Manchester City 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
Gilchrist Goal 22' (o.g.) Guardian report Goal 18' Clement
Goal 79' Gregan
Red card 81' Roberts
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,765
Referee: Neale Barry

9 February 2003
12:30
Manchester United 1 – 1 Manchester City
van Nistelrooy Goal 18' Guardian report Goal 86' Goater
Old Trafford
Manchester
Attendance: 67,646
Referee: Alan Wiley

22 February 2003
15:00
Manchester City 1 – 5 Arsenal
Anelka Goal 87' Guardian report Goal 4' Bergkamp
Goal 12' Pires
Goal 15' Henry
Goal 19' Campbell
Goal 53' Vieira
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,960
Referee: Paul Durkin

1 March 2003
15:00
Blackburn Rovers 1 – 0 Manchester City
Dunn Goal 13' Guardian report
Ewood Park
Blackburn
Attendance: 28,647
Referee: Steve Dunn

16 March 2003
14:00
Manchester City 1 – 0 Birmingham City
Fowler Goal 72'
Jensen BookedRed card 79'
Guardian report
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,596
Referee: Matt Messias

22 March 2003
15:00
Chelsea 5 – 0 Manchester City
Hasselbaink Goal 37'
Terry Goal 43'
Stanić Goal 58'
Lampard Goal 69'
Gallas Goal 79'
Guardian report Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 90' Sun
Stamford Bridge
London
Attendance: 41,105
Referee: Phil Dowd

5 April 2003
12:00
Bolton Wanderers 2 – 0 Manchester City
Pedersen Goal 32'
Iván Campo Goal 52'
Guardian report
Reebok Stadium
Bolton
Attendance: 26,949
Referee: Chris Wilkes

12 April 2003
15:00
Manchester City 0 – 0 Middlesbrough
Guardian report
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,793
Referee: Andy D'Urso

18 April 2003
15:00
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 2 Manchester City
Guardian report Goal 3' Sommeil
Goal 21' Barton
White Hart Lane
London
Attendance: 36,075
Referee: Mike Riley

21 April 2003
15:00
Manchester City 3 – 0 Sunderland
Foé Goal 36' Goal 80'
Fowler Goal 38'
Guardian report
MCFC video
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,357
Referee: Graham Barber

27 April 2003
14:00
Manchester City 0 – 1 West Ham United
Guardian report Goal 81' Kanoute
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,815
Referee: Rob Styles

3 May 2003
15:00
Liverpool 1 – 2 Manchester City
Baroš Goal 59' Guardian report
MCFC video
Goal 74' (pen.) Goal 90+3' Anelka
Anfield
Liverpool
Attendance: 44,220
Referee: Neale Barry

11 May 2003
15:00
Manchester City 0 – 1 Southampton
Guardian report Goal 34' M. Svensson
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 34,957
Referee: Mike Dean

League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

1 October 2002
19:45
Manchester City 3 – 2 Crewe Alexandra
Berkovic Goal 69'
Walker Goal 84' (o.g.)
Huckerby Goal 87'
Guardian report Goal 1' Jack
Goal 86' Hulse
Maine Road
Manchester
Attendance: 21,820
Referee: Roy Pearson

Third round[edit]

5 November 2002
20:00
Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Manchester City
Roberts Goal 35' Guardian report
JJB Stadium
Wigan
Attendance: 15,007
Referee: Mike Dean

FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

5 January 2003
13:00
Manchester City 0 – 1 Liverpool
Guardian report Goal 47' (pen.) Murphy

Statistics[edit]

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 11 May 2003 (end of season)

Transfers and loans[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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