2002–03 Reading F.C. season

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Reading
2002–03 season
Chairman Sir John Madejski
Manager Alan Pardew
First Division 4th
FA Cup Third Round vs Walsall
League Cup First Round vs Cambridge United
Top goalscorer League: Nicky Forster (15)
All: Nicky Forster (16)

The 2002–03 season was Reading's first season back in the First Division, since their promotion from the Second Division in 2002.

Season review[edit]

See also Football League First Division 2002–03

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 Phil Whitehead
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty
3 England DF Nicky Shorey
4 England MF Kevin Watson
5 England DF Adrian Viveash
6 England DF John Mackie
7 Trinidad and Tobago FW Tony Rougier
8 Wales DF Adrian Williams
9 England FW Martin Butler
10 England FW Nicky Forster
11 England MF Andy Hughes
12 England FW Jamie Cureton
14 England MF Sammy Igoe
15 England MF James Harper
16 England MF Glen Little
17 England MF John Salako
19 Republic of Ireland MF Joe Gamble
No. Position Player
20 England FW Bas Savage
21 England GK Jamie Ashdown
22 England FW Nathan Tyson
23 England MF Andre Boucaud[1]
24 England FW Darius Henderson
25 England MF Ricky Newman
26 England DF Alex Smith
27 England MF Steve Sidwell
28 England MF Steve Warren
29 England DF Steve Brown
30 England MF Luke Chadwick
31 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann
32 England GK Jamie Young
34 Scotland MF Darren Campbell[2]
35 England DF Ahmet Rifat
37 England DF Peter Castle

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
16 England MF Phil Parkinson (to Colchester)
18 England DF Adrian Whitbread (Retired)
No. Position Player
27 England DF Ricky Allaway (Released)
29 England DF Matthew Upson (returned to Arsenal after loan)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Fee
8 August 2002 GK United States Marcus Hahnemann Fulham Free
19 December 2002 DF England Steve Brown Charlton Athletic Free
20 January 2003 MF England Steve Sidwell Arsenal Undisclosed Fee[3]
20 March 2003 Mario Noto Tottenham Hotspur Free

Out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Fee
1 July 2002 DF England Matthew Robinson Oxford United Free
9 August 2002 GK Australia Frank Talia Wycombe Wanderers Free
16 August 2002 DF England Neil Smith Stevenage Free
1 November 2002 DF England Ricky Allaway Basingstoke Town Free
25 February 2003 MF England Phil Parkinson Colchester United Free

Loans in[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name From Until
5 September 2002 DF England Matthew Upson Arsenal 8 December 2002[4]
7 February 2003 MF England Luke Chadwick Manchester United 19 March 2003
27 March 2003 MF England Luke Chadwick Manchester United 15 May 2003
1 April 2003 MF England Glen Little Burnley 15 May 2003

Loans out[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name To Until
12 December 2002 DF England Alex Smith Shrewsbury Town 4 May 2003

Released[edit]

Date Position Nationality Name Joined Date
9 April 2003 DF England Adrian Whitbread Retired
2 June 2003 DF England Adrian Viveash Swindon Town
2 June 2003 England Steve Warren
1 July 2003 DF England Alex Smith Chester City November 2003

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
First Division 4th 10 August 2002 4 May 2003
FL Cup R1 R1 10 September 2002 10 September 2002
FA Cup 3R 3R 4 January 2003 14 January 2003

Last updated: match played 4 May 2003
Source: Competitions

Division One[edit]

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
46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79 13 3 7 33 21 +12 12 1 10 28 25 +3

Fixtures and results[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Reading lost 3–1 on aggregate

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Portsmouth (C) (P) 46 29 11 6 97 45 +52 98 Promotion to 2003–04 FA Premier League
2 Leicester City (P) 46 26 14 6 73 40 +33 92
3 Sheffield United 46 23 11 12 72 52 +20 80 Qualification to 2002–03 First Division Playoffs
4 Reading 46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (P) 46 20 16 10 81 44 +37 76
6 Nottingham Forest 46 20 14 12 82 50 +32 74
7 Ipswich Town 46 19 13 14 80 64 +16 70
8 Norwich City 46 19 12 15 60 45 +15 69
9 Millwall 46 19 9 18 59 69 −10 66
10 Wimbledon 46 18 11 17 76 73 +3 65
11 Gillingham 46 16 14 16 56 65 −9 62
12 Preston North End 46 16 13 17 68 70 −2 61
13 Watford 46 17 9 20 54 70 −16 60
14 Crystal Palace 46 14 17 15 59 52 +7 59
15 Rotherham United 46 15 14 17 62 62 0 59
16 Burnley 46 15 10 21 65 89 −24 55
17 Walsall 46 15 9 22 57 69 −12 54
18 Derby County 46 15 7 24 55 74 −19 52
19 Bradford City 46 14 10 22 51 73 −22 52
20 Coventry City 46 12 14 20 46 62 −16 50
21 Stoke City 46 12 14 20 45 69 −24 50
22 Sheffield Wednesday (R) 46 10 16 20 56 73 −17 46 Relegation to 2003–04 League One
23 Brighton & Hove Albion (R) 46 11 12 23 49 67 −18 45
24 Grimsby Town (R) 46 9 12 25 48 85 −37 39

Updated to games played on 2 December 2011.
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup

First team statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of match played 14 May 2003[5]
No. Nat Pos Player Total First Division Play-offs FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Phil Whitehead 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty 48 0 43+1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
3 England DF Nicky Shorey 48 2 43 2 2 0 2 0 1 0
4 England MF Kevin Watson 33 1 24+8 1 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
5 England DF Adrian Viveash 5 0 4+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 England DF John Mackie 28 0 20+5 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
7 Trinidad and Tobago FW Tony Rougier 22 3 13+7 3 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
8 Wales DF Ady Williams 41 1 38 1 2 0 0 0 0+1 0
9 England FW Martin Butler 24 2 12+9 2 0 0 2 0 1 0
10 England FW Nicky Forster 44 17 35+5 16 1 1 1+1 0 1 0
11 England MF Andy Hughes 47 9 41+2 9 2 0 0+1 0 1 0
12 England FW Jamie Cureton 32 9 13+14 9 1+1 0 1+1 0 1 0
14 England FW Sammy Igoe 18 0 8+7 0 0 0 2 0 0+1 0
15 England MF James Harper 40 2 34+2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
16 England MF Glenn Little 7 1 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
17 England MF John Salako 46 4 33+10 4 0 0 0+2 0 1 0
21 England GK Jamie Ashdown 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 England FW Nathan Tyson 27 1 9+14 1 0+1 0 2 0 0+1 0
24 England FW Darius Henderson 25 4 1+21 4 2 0 0+1 0 0 0
25 England MF Ricky Newman 32 0 21+7 0 2 0 1 0 0+1 0
26 England DF Alex Smith 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England MF Steve Sidwell 15 2 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
29 England DF Steve Brown 25 1 21 1 2 0 2 0 0 0
30 England MF Luke Chadwick 17 1 15 1 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
31 United States GK Marcus Hahnemann 46 0 41 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
34 Scotland MF Darren Campbell 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 England DF Peter Castle 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who appeared for Reading but left during the season:
16 England MF Phil Parkinson 7 0 0+6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 England DF Matthew Upson 15 1 13+1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Top scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Number Name First Division Play Off FA Cup League Cup Total
1 FW England 10 Nicky Forster 16 1 0 0 17
2 FW England 12 Jamie Cureton 9 0 0 0 9
MF England 11 Andy Hughes 9 0 0 0 9
4 MF England 17 John Salako 4 0 0 0 4
FW England 24 Darius Henderson 4 0 0 0 4
6 FW Trinidad and Tobago 7 Tony Rougier 3 0 0 0 3
7 MF England 15 James Harper 2 0 0 0 2
DF England 3 Nicky Shorey 2 0 0 0 2
FW England 9 Martin Butler 2 0 0 0 2
MF England 27 Steve Sidwell 2 0 0 0 2
11 DF England 29 Steve Brown 1 0 0 0 1
MF England 4 Kevin Watson 1 0 0 0 1
FW England 22 Nathan Tyson 1 0 0 0 1
MF England 30 Luke Chadwick 1 0 0 0 1
DF Wales 8 Ady Williams 1 0 0 0 1
MF England 16 Glen Little 1 0 0 0 1
DF England 29 Matthew Upson 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 58 1 0 1 60

Disciplinary record[edit]

Number Nation Position Name First Division Play Off FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
25 England MF Ricky Newman 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
6 England DF John Mackie 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7 1
29 England DF Steve Brown 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
8 Wales DF Ady Williams 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
7 Trinidad and Tobago FW Tony Rougier 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
4 England MF Kevin Watson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
14 England MF Sammy Igoe 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
10 England FW Nicky Forster 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
11 England MF Andy Hughes 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
3 England DF Nicky Shorey 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
27 England MF Steve Sidwell 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
29 England DF Matthew Upson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
22 England FW Nathan Tyson 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
9 England FW Martin Butler 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2 Scotland DF Graeme Murty 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 England MF John Salako 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
5 England DF Adrian Viveash 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
15 England MF James Harper 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
24 England FW Darius Henderson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 62 2 3 1 4 0 1 0 70 4

Team kit[edit]

Reading's kit for the 2002–03 was manufactured by Kit@, and the main sponsor was Westcoast.

2002–03 home colours
2002–03 away colours

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boucaud was born in Enfield, England, and but chose to represent Trinidad and Tobago, qualifying through his parents. Boucaud represented Trinidad and Tobago 13 days after being released by Reading.
  2. ^ Campbell was born in Cambridge, England, and but chose to represent Scotland, qualifying through his parents. Campbell represented the England U-17's in 2002 and then the Scotland U-17 team 2003.
  3. ^ "Sidwell joins Reading". BBC Sport. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Reading secure Upson deal". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Reading F.C. player appearances: 2002–03". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 

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