2002–03 Portsmouth F.C. season

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Portsmouth
2002–03 season
Chairman Serbia and Montenegro Milan Mandarić
Manager England Harry Redknapp
Stadium Fratton Park
First Division 1st (promoted)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Svetoslav Todorov (26)
All:
Svetoslav Todorov (26)
Average home league attendance 18,933

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

Season summary[edit]

Portsmouth led the First Division for most of the season, and eventually finished as champions, six points clear of second-placed Leicester City. As champions, Portsmouth gained promotion to the FA Premier League, returning to the top flight after an absence of 15 years.

Bulgarian striker Svetoslav Todorov silenced his critics by finishing top scorer in the division with 26 goals, overhauling Nottingham Forest's David Johnson with a hat-trick against Bradford City on the last day of the season, in the game that confirmed Portsmouth as Football League champions.

Kit[edit]

Portsmouth continue to produce their own kits under the club's own brand, Pompey Sport.

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]

Portsmouth's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 August 2002 Nottingham Forest H 2-0 18,910 Burton, Péricard
13 August 2002 Sheffield United A 1-1 16,093 Burton
17 August 2002 Crystal Palace A 3-2 18,315 Foxe, Crowe (2)
24 August 2002 Watford H 3-0 17,901 Merson, Todorov, Burton
26 August 2002 Grimsby Town A 1-0 5,770 Burchill
31 August 2002 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4-2 19,031 Taylor, Merson (pen), Todorov, Crowe
7 September 2002 Gillingham A 3-1 8,717 Merson, Burchill, O'Neil
14 September 2002 Millwall H 1-0 17,201 Todorov
17 September 2002 Wimbledon H 4-1 18,837 Péricard, Todorov, Williams (own goal), Taylor
21 September 2002 Norwich City A 0-1 21,335
28 September 2002 Bradford City H 3-0 18,459 Quashie (2), Péricard
5 October 2002 Rotherham United A 3-2 8,604 Péricard, Todorov, Merson (pen)
19 October 2002 Coventry City H 1-1 18,837 Péricard
26 October 2002 Burnley A 3-0 15,788 Quashie, Todorov, Harper
29 October 2002 Preston North End H 3-2 18,637 Stone, Merson, Taylor
2 November 2002 Leicester City H 0-2 19,107
6 November 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 27,022 Merson
9 November 2002 Derby County A 2-1 26,587 Todorov, Burchill
16 November 2002 Stoke City H 3-0 18,701 Burchill, Péricard, Todorov
23 November 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 3-1 16,602 Todorov (2), O'Neil
30 November 2002 Walsall H 3-2 17,701 Quashie, Todorov, Taylor
7 December 2002 Reading A 0-0 23,462
14 December 2002 Stoke City A 1-1 13,330 Crowe
21 December 2002 Ipswich Town H 1-1 19,130 Todorov
26 December 2002 Crystal Palace H 1-1 19,217 Merson
28 December 2002 Nottingham Forest A 2-1 28,165 Taylor, Péricard
1 January 2003 Watford A 2-2 15,048 Burton, Harper
13 January 2003 Sheffield United H 1-2 18,872 O'Neil
18 January 2003 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1-1 6,848 Todorov
1 February 2003 Grimsby Town H 3-0 19,248 Yakubu, Ford (own goal), Quashie
8 February 2003 Derby County H 6-2 19,503 Merson, Yakubu (2), Taylor, Todorov (2)
17 February 2003 Leicester City A 1-1 31,775 Taylor
22 February 2003 Gillingham H 1-0 19,521 de Zeeuw
1 March 2003 Millwall A 5-0 9,697 Yakubu (2), Sherwood, Todorov, Merson (pen)
4 March 2003 Wimbledon A 1-2 10,356 Merson
12 March 2003 Norwich City H 3-2 19,221 Yakubu, Todorov (2)
15 March 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 19,558 Stone
19 March 2003 Coventry City A 4-0 13,922 Caldwell (own goal), Stone, Harper, Merson
22 March 2003 Preston North End A 1-1 16,665 Yakubu
5 April 2003 Walsall A 2-1 7,899 Harper, Todorov
12 April 2003 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-2 19,524 Bradbury
15 April 2003 Burnley H 1-0 19,221 Todorov
18 April 2003 Ipswich Town A 0-3 29,396
21 April 2003 Reading H 3-0 19,535 Péricard (2), Todorov
27 April 2003 Rotherham United H 3-2 19,420 Merson (pen), Todorov (2)
4 May 2003 Bradford City A 5-0 19,088 Festa, Todorov (3, 1 pen), Stone

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 2003 Manchester United A 1-4 67,222 Stone

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 10 September 2002 Peterborough United H 2-0 8,581 Quashie, Primus
R2 1 October 2002 Wimbledon H 1-3 11,754 Péricard

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 Trinidad and Tobago GK Shaka Hislop[2]
2 England DF Jason Crowe
4 England DF Eddie Howe
5 Australia DF Hayden Foxe
6 Netherlands DF Arjan de Zeeuw
7 Scotland MF Kevin Harper[3]
8 Scotland FW Mark Burchill
9 Bulgaria FW Svetoslav Todorov
10 England FW Paul Merson
11 England MF Nigel Quashie[4]
13 Ivory Coast MF Lassina Diabaté
14 England MF Matthew Taylor
16 Wales MF Carl Robinson
17 France FW Vincent Péricard[5] (on loan from Juventus)
No. Position Player
18 England FW Lee Bradbury
19 England MF Steve Stone
20 Nigeria FW Yakubu Aiyegbeni (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)
21 England DF Lewis Buxton
22 Serbia and Montenegro GK Saša Ilić[6]
23 England DF Carl Tiler
25 Scotland MF Richard Hughes
26 England MF Gary O'Neil
29 Japan GK Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
30 England DF Linvoy Primus
34 Jamaica FW Deon Burton[7]
35 Italy DF Gianluca Festa
38 England MF Tim Sherwood

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
19 England FW Steve Lovell (to Dundee)
20 England FW Rory Allen (released)
22 England MF Tom Curtis (to Mansfield Town)
22 Greece DF Efstathios Tavlaridis (on loan from Arsenal)
No. Position Player
24 England DF Scott Hiley (to Exeter City)
24 Finland DF Markus Heikkinen (on loan from HJK Helsinki)
38 Scotland DF Paul Ritchie (on loan from Manchester City)

Reserve squad[edit]

The following players had squad numbers and/or professional contracts but did not make a first-team appearance during the season[8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 England DF Jamie Vincent
15 England MF Courtney Pitt
27 England MF Neil Barrett
28 England DF Shaun Cooper
31 England FW Luke Nightingale
No. Position Player
32 England FW Rowan Vine
33 England GK Chris Tardif
37 England MF Carl Pettefer
39 England MF Chris Clark
England DF Justin Edinburgh

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/portsmouth/2002-2003/results
  2. ^ Hislop was born in Hackney, England, but was raised in Trinidad and Tobago and made his international debut for Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, having previously been an unused substitute for England.
  3. ^ Harper was born in Oldham, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and represented them at U-21 level.
  4. ^ Quashie was born in Southwark, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and would make his international debut for Scotland in May 2004.
  5. ^ Péricard was born in Efok, Cameroon, but was raised in France and represented them at U-21 level.
  6. ^ Ilić was born in Melbourne, Australia, but also qualified to represent Serbia and Montenegro internationally and made his international debut for Serbia and Montenegro in 1998.
  7. ^ Burton was born in Berkshire, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1997.
  8. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/portsmouth/tab/players/season/2003
  9. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/portsmouth/tab/players/season/2003