2002–03 FA Cup

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2002–03 FA Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Champions Arsenal (9th title)
Runners-up Southampton
Top goal scorer(s) Nigel Jemson
(5 goals)

The 2002–03 FA Cup was the 122nd staging of the world's oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. The competition was won by Arsenal with a 1–0 victory in the final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff against Southampton, courtesy of a Robert Pirès goal.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date (weekend of)
Extra Preliminary Round
Preliminary Round
First Round Qualifying
Second Round Qualifying
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 12 October 2002
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 26 October 2002
First Round Proper Saturday 16 November 2002
Second Round Saturday 7 December 2002
Third Round Saturday 4 January 2003
Fourth Round Saturday 25 January 2003
Fifth Round Saturday 15 February 2003
Sixth Round Saturday 8 March 2003
Semi-finals Sunday 13 April 2003
Final Saturday 17 May 2003

Early rounds[edit]

First Round Proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 2002–03 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

At this stage the 48 Second and Third Division clubs joined the 32 non-league clubs who came through the qualifying rounds.

The matches were scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday, 16 November 2002, with replays in the week commencing 25 November.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Chesterfield 1 – 2 Morecambe 16 November 2002 3,703 [1]
2 Bournemouth 2 – 1 Doncaster Rovers 16 November 2002 5,371 [2]
3 Barrow 2 – 0 Moor Green 16 November 2002 2,650 [3]
4 Bury 0 – 3 Plymouth Argyle 16 November 2002 2,987 [4]
5 Rochdale 3 – 2 Peterborough United 16 November 2002 2,566 [5]
6 Yeovil Town 0 – 2 Cheltenham Town 16 November 2002 6,455 [6]
7 Vauxhall Motors 0 – 0 Queen's Park Rangers 16 November 2002 3,507 [7]
Replay Queen's Park Rangers 1 – 1 Vauxhall Motors 26 November 2002 5,336 [8]
Vauxhall Motors won 4 – 3 on penalties
8 Northwich Victoria 0 – 3 Scunthorpe United 16 November 2002 1,724 [9]
9 Luton Town 4 – 0 Guiseley 16 November 2002 5,248 [10]
10 Swindon Town 1 – 0 Huddersfield Town 16 November 2002 4,210 [11]
11 Scarborough 0 – 0 Cambridge United 16 November 2002 2,084 [12]
Replay Cambridge United 2 – 1 Scarborough 26 November 2002 3,373 [13]
12 Shrewsbury Town 4 – 0 Stafford Rangers 16 November 2002 5,114 [14]
13 Wrexham 0 – 2 Darlington 16 November 2002 3,442 [15]
14 Tranmere Rovers 2 – 2 Cardiff City 16 November 2002 5,592 [16]
Replay Cardiff City 2 – 1 Tranmere Rovers 26 November 2002 6,853 [17]
15 Stockport County 4 – 1 St Albans City 16 November 2002 3,303 [18]
16 Wycombe Wanderers 2 – 4 Brentford 16 November 2002 5,673 [19]
17 Kidderminster Harriers 2 – 2 Rushden & Diamonds 16 November 2002 3,079 [20]
Replay Rushden & Diamonds 2 – 1 Kidderminster Harriers 26 November 2002 3,391 [21]
18 Barnsley 1 – 4 Blackpool 16 November 2002 6,857 [22]
19 Bristol Rovers 0 – 0 Runcorn Halton 16 November 2002 4,135 [23]
Replay Runcorn Halton 1 – 3 Bristol Rovers 26 November 2002 2,444 [24]
20 Northampton Town 3 – 2 Boston United 16 November 2002 4,373 [25]
21 Hull City 0 – 3 Macclesfield Town 16 November 2002 7,803 [26]
22 Carlisle United 2 – 1 Lincoln City 16 November 2002 4,388 [27]
23 Oldham Athletic 2 – 2 Burton Albion 16 November 2002 5,802 [28]
Replay Burton Albion 2 – 2 Oldham Athletic 27 November 2002 3,416 [29]
Oldham Athletic won 5 – 4 on penalties
24 Southend United 1 – 1 Hartlepool United 16 November 2002 4,984 [30]
Replay Hartlepool United 1 – 2 Southend United 26 November 2002 4,080 [31]
25 Port Vale 0 – 1 Crewe Alexandra 16 November 2002 5,507 [32]
26 Southport 4 – 2 Notts County 16 November 2002 3,519 [33]
27 Torquay United 5 – 0 Boreham Wood 16 November 2002 2,739 [34]
28 York City 2 – 1 Swansea City 26 November 2002[1] 2,948 [35]
29 Hereford United 0 – 1 Wigan Athletic 16 November 2002 4,005 [36]
30 Tiverton Town 1 – 1 Crawley Town 16 November 2002 1,840 [37]
Replay Crawley Town 3 – 2 Tiverton Town 26 November 2002 3,907 [38]
31 Colchester United 0 – 1 Chester City 16 November 2002 2,901 [39]
32 Leyton Orient 1 – 1 Margate 16 November 2002 3,605 [40]
Replay Margate 1 – 0 Leyton Orient 26 November 2002 2,048 [41]
33 Slough Town 1 – 2 Harrogate Railway Athletic 16 November 2002 1,687 [42]
34 Farnborough Town 5 – 1 Harrogate Town 16 November 2002 1,090 [43]
35 Forest Green Rovers 0 – 0 Exeter City 17 November 2002 2,147 [44]
Replay Exeter City 2 – 1 Forest Green Rovers 26 November 2002 2,951 [45]
36 Heybridge Swifts 0 – 7 Bristol City 16 November 2002 2,046 [46]
37 Stevenage Borough 1 – 0 Hastings United 16 November 2002 1,821 [47]
38 Dover Athletic 0 – 1 Oxford United 16 November 2002 4,186 [48]
39 Dagenham & Redbridge 3 – 2 Havant & Waterlooville 16 November 2002 1,546 [49]
40 Team Bath 2 – 4 Mansfield Town 16 November 2002 5,469 [50]

Second Round Proper[edit]

The matches were scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday, 7 December 2002, with replays in the week commencing 16 December.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Blackpool 3 – 1 Torquay United 7 December 2002 5,014 [51]
2 Darlington 4 – 1 Stevenage Borough 7 December 2002 3,351 [52]
3 Macclesfield Town 2 – 0 Vauxhall Motors 7 December 2002 2,972 [53]
4 Crewe Alexandra 3 – 0 Mansfield Town 7 December 2002 4,563 [54]
5 Shrewsbury Town 3 – 1 Barrow 7 December 2002 4,210 [55]
6 Stockport County 0 – 3 Plymouth Argyle 7 December 2002 3,571 [56]
7 Bristol Rovers 1 – 1 Rochdale 7 December 2002 4,369 [57]
Replay Rochdale 3 – 2 Bristol Rovers 17 December 2002 2,206 [58]
8 Oldham Athletic 1 – 2 Cheltenham Town 7 December 2002 4,416 [59]
9 Southend United 1 – 1 Bournemouth 7 December 2002 5,721 [60]
Replay Bournemouth 3 – 2 Southend United 17 December 2002 5,456 [61]
10 Exeter City 3 – 1 Rushden & Diamonds 7 December 2002 2,277 [62]
11 Scunthorpe United 0 – 0 Carlisle United 7 December 2002 3,590 [63]
Replay Carlisle United 0 – 1 Scunthorpe United 23 December 2002[2] 6,809 [64]
12 Margate 0 – 3 Cardiff City 7 December 2002 1,362 [65]
13 Southport 0 – 3 Farnborough Town 7 December 2002 2,534 [66]
14 Morecambe 3 – 2 Chester City 7 December 2002 4,293 [67]
15 York City 1 – 2 Brentford 7 December 2002 3,517 [68]
16 Wigan Athletic 3 – 0 Luton Town 7 December 2002 4,544 [69]
17 Cambridge United 2 – 2 Northampton Town 7 December 2002 5,076 [70]
Replay Northampton Town 0 – 1 Cambridge United 17 December 2002 4,591 [71]
18 Harrogate Railway Athletic 1 – 3 Bristol City 8 December 2002 3,500 [72]
19 Crawley Town 1 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 7 December 2002 4,516 [73]
20 Oxford United 1 – 0 Swindon Town 8 December 2002 11,645 [74]

Third Round Proper[edit]

This round was the first in which Division 1 and Premier League (top-flight) teams entered the competition. The matches were scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday, 4 January 2003, with replays in the week commencing 13 January.

Shrewsbury, who ended the season with relegation from the Football League, achieved the biggest upset of the round (if not the whole competition), with a surprise 2-1 win over an Everton side who were pushing for a place in Europe and featuring a 17-year-old striker called Wayne Rooney - one of the most promising young players in the game.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Blackpool 1 – 2 Crystal Palace 4 January 2003 9,062 [75]
2 Darlington 2 – 3 Farnborough Town 4 January 2003 4,260 [76]
3 Bournemouth 0 – 0 Crewe Alexandra 4 January 2003 7,252 [77]
Replay Crewe Alexandra 2 – 2 Bournemouth 14 January 2003 4,540 [78]
Bournemouth won 3 – 1 on penalties
4 Preston North End 1 – 2 Rochdale 4 January 2003 8,762 [79]
5 Southampton 4 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4 January 2003 25,589 [80]
6 Walsall 0 – 0 Reading 4 January 2003 5,987 [81]
Replay Reading 1 – 1 Walsall 14 January 2003 8,767 [82]
Walsall won 4 – 1 on penalties
7 Gillingham 4 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday 7 January 2003 6,434 [83]
8 Leicester City 2 – 0 Bristol City 4 January 2003 25,868 [84]
9 Aston Villa 1 – 4 Blackburn Rovers 4 January 2003 23,884 [85]
10 Bolton Wanderers 1 – 1 Sunderland 4 January 2003 10,123 [86]
Replay Sunderland 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers 14 January 2003 14,550 [87]
11 Grimsby Town 2 – 2 Burnley 4 January 2003 5,350 [88]
Replay Burnley 4 – 0 Grimsby Town 14 January 2003 5,436 [89]
12 Macclesfield Town 0 – 2 Watford 4 January 2003 4,244 [90]
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 2 Newcastle United 5 January 2003 27,316 [91]
14 West Bromwich Albion 3 – 1 Bradford City 4 January 2003 19,909 [92]
15 Shrewsbury Town 2 – 1 Everton 4 January 2003 7,800 [93]
16 Sheffield United 4 – 0 Cheltenham Town 4 January 2003 9,166 [94]
17 Ipswich Town 4 – 0 Morecambe 4 January 2003 18,529 [95]
18 Manchester City 0 – 1 Liverpool 5 January 2003 28,586 [96]
19 Fulham 3 – 1 Birmingham City 5 January 2003 9,203 [97]
20 Brentford 1 – 0 Derby County 4 January 2003 8,709 [98]
21 West Ham United 3 – 2 Nottingham Forest 4 January 2003 29,612 [99]
22 Manchester United 4 – 1 Portsmouth 4 January 2003 67,222 [100]
23 Norwich City 3 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 January 2003[3] 17,205 [101]
24 Plymouth Argyle 2 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 4 January 2003 11,885 [102]
Replay Dagenham & Redbridge 2 – 0 Plymouth Argyle 14 January 2003 4,530 [103]
25 Chelsea 1 – 0 Middlesbrough 4 January 2003 29,796 [104]
26 Scunthorpe United 0 – 2 Leeds United 4 January 2003 8,329 [105]
27 Cardiff City 2 – 2 Coventry City 4 January 2003 16,013 [106]
Replay Coventry City 3 – 0 Cardiff City 15 January 2003 11,997 [107]
28 Charlton Athletic 3 – 1 Exeter City 4 January 2003 18,107 [108]
29 Arsenal 2 – 0 Oxford United 4 January 2003 35,432 [109]
30 Stoke City 3 – 0 Wigan Athletic 4 January 2003 9,618 [110]
31 Rotherham United 0 – 3 Wimbledon 4 January 2003 4,527 [111]
32 Cambridge United 1 – 1 Millwall 4 January 2003 6,864 [112]
Replay Millwall 3 – 2 Cambridge United 14 January 2003 7,031 [113]

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

  • Matches played weekend of 25 January 2003
  • Four replays played week commencing 3 February 2003
Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Rochdale 2 – 0 Coventry City 25 January 2003
2 Southampton 1 – 1 Millwall 25 January 2003 23,809
Replay Millwall 1 – 2 Southampton 5 February 2003 10,197
3 Watford 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion 25 January 2003 16,975
4 Walsall 2 – 0 Wimbledon 25 January 2003 6,693
5 Gillingham 1 – 1 Leeds United 25 January 2003 11,093
Replay Leeds United 2 – 1 Gillingham 4 February 2003 29,359
6 Blackburn Rovers 3 – 3 Sunderland 25 January 2003 14,315
Replay Sunderland 2 – 2 Blackburn Rovers 5 February 2003 15,745
Sunderland won 3 – 0 on penalties
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 – 1 Leicester City 25 January 2003 28,164
8 Shrewsbury Town 0 – 4 Chelsea 26 January 2003 7,950
9 Sheffield United 4 – 3 Ipswich Town 25 January 2003 12,757
10 Fulham 3 – 0 Charlton Athletic 26 January 2003 12,203
11 Brentford 0 – 3 Burnley 25 January 2003 9,563
12 Manchester United 6 – 0 West Ham United 26 January 2003 67,181
13 Norwich City 1 – 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 25 January 2003 21,164
14 Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Liverpool 26 January 2003 26,054
Replay Liverpool 0 – 2 Crystal Palace 5 February 2003 35,109
15 Farnborough Town 1 – 5 Arsenal 25 January 2003 35,108[4]
16 Stoke City 3 – 0 Bournemouth 26 January 2003 12,004

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

  • Matches played weekend of 15 February 2003
  • One replay played 26 February 2003
Tie no Home team Score Away team Date Attendance Summary
1 Southampton 2 – 0 Norwich City 15 February 2003 31,103 [114]
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 1 Rochdale 16 February 2003 23,921 [115]
3 Sunderland 0 – 1 Watford 15 February 2003 26,916 [116]
4 Sheffield United 2 – 0 Walsall 15 February 2003 17,510 [117]
5 Fulham 1 – 1 Burnley 16 February 2003 13,062 [118]
Replay Burnley 3 – 0 Fulham 26 February 2003 11,635 [119]
6 Manchester United 0 – 2 Arsenal 15 February 2003 67,209 [120]
7 Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Leeds United 16 February 2003 24,512 [121]
8 Stoke City 0 – 2 Chelsea 16 February 2003 26,615 [122]

Final rounds[edit]

Holders Arsenal moved closer to retaining the trophy by beating Chelsea 3-1 in a replay that followed a 2-2 draw. They were paired in the semi-finals with Sheffield United, while the other semi-final would be contested between Southampton and Watford.

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

8 March 2003
17:15
Arsenal 2 – 2 Chelsea
Jeffers Goal 36'
Henry Goal 45'
(Summary) Terry Goal 3'
Lampard Goal 83'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 38,104
Referee: Paul Durkin (Dorset)

9 March 2003
11:30
Sheffield United 1 – 0 Leeds United
Kabba Goal 78' (Summary)
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 24,633
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)

9 March 2003
13:30
Watford 2 – 0 Burnley
Smith Goal 74'
Glass Goal 80'
(Summary)
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 20,336
Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

9 March 2003
16:00
Southampton 2 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Marsden Goal 56'
Butler Goal 81' (o.g.)
(Summary)
St Mary's, Southampton
Attendance: 31,715
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Replay[edit]

25 March 2003
19:45
Chelsea 1 – 3 Arsenal
Terry Goal 79' (Summary) Terry Goal 25' (o.g.)
Wiltord Goal 34'
Lauren Goal 82'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,456
Referee: David Elleray (Middlesex)

Semi-finals[edit]

For the 11th season running, the FA Cup final would be contested by top division clubs - Arsenal and Southampton. However, their opponents (Sheffield United and Watford respectively) were both Division One sides.

13 April 2003
13:30
Arsenal 1 – 0 Sheffield United
Ljungberg Goal 34' (Summary)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 59,170
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)

13 April 2003
16:30
Watford 1 – 2 Southampton
Gayle Goal 88' (Summary) Ormerod Goal 43'
Robinson Goal 80' (o.g.)
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 42,602
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)

Final[edit]

Main article: 2003 FA Cup Final

The final took place on Saturday, 17 May 2003 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and ended 1–0 with a goal by Robert Pirès separating the sides.

It was the third consecutive year the final was played at the Millennium Stadium, due to the ongoing reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the final's usual venue. There were 73,726 spectators at the game. Arsenal retained the trophy, winning it for the ninth time in their history - a record second only to that of Manchester United.

It was also Southampton's first FA Cup final since 1976, when they won the trophy for the only time to date.

17 May 2003
15:00 BST
Arsenal 1 – 0 Southampton
Pirès Goal 38' (Report)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,726
Referee: Graham Barber (Hertfordshire)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Postponed due to waterlogged pitch
  2. ^ Match postponed due to frozen pitch
  3. ^ Original match postponed because of power failure
  4. ^ Played at Highbury

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