2001–02 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2001–02 season
Chairman John Williams
Manager Graeme Souness
FA Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Matt Jansen (10)
All:
Matt Jansen (16)
Average home league attendance 25,984

During the 2001–02 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Blackburn had a decidedly iffy start to the season, winning just four of their first 14 league games, a run which also included a staggering eight draws and just two defeats. However, they soon had little time to savour their Worthington Cup glory that resulted from a 2–1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 24 February - they were deep in the relegation mire and occupying third place from bottom following a dreadful winter period, as they won two and lost ten in 12 games, the two wins seeing them do a decidedly one-sided double over Charlton Athletic (2-0 away and 4-1 home). But Graeme Souness inspired his side, bolstered by the arrival of striker Andy Cole, to a considerable turnaround in form - seeing them win six in their final 12 games - which saw them climb to 10th place in the final table. UEFA Cup qualification had already been achieved thanks to the Worthington Cup triumph, but the club's fans were left wondering whether it could have been achieved automatically had it not been for the club's dismal winter period. Especially, their league record produced four more defeats than wins in contrast to a final goal difference of +4, concluding them as a comprehensively winning team despite their inconsistency.

At the end of the season, striker Mark Hughes retired at the age of 38, after a playing career spanning 22 years that had yielded two league titles, four FA Cups, a Cup Winners' Cup and three League Cups.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 26 9 3 79 36 +43 87 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Liverpool 38 24 8 6 67 30 +37 80
3 Manchester United 38 24 5 9 87 45 +42 77 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Newcastle United 38 21 8 9 74 52 +22 71
5 Leeds United 38 18 12 8 53 37 +16 66 2002–03 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Chelsea 38 17 13 8 66 38 +28 64
7 West Ham United 38 15 8 15 48 57 −9 53
8 Aston Villa 38 12 14 12 46 47 −1 50 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 49 53 −4 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 10 16 55 51 +4 46 2002–03 UEFA Cup First round 2
11 Southampton 38 12 9 17 46 54 −8 45
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 9 17 35 47 −12 45
13 Fulham 38 10 14 14 36 44 −8 44 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
14 Charlton Athletic 38 10 14 14 38 49 −11 44
15 Everton 38 11 10 17 45 57 −12 43
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 44 62 −18 40
17 Sunderland 38 10 10 18 29 51 −22 40
18 Ipswich Town (R) 38 9 9 20 41 64 −23 36 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 3
Relegation to the 2002–03 Football League First Division
19 Derby County (R) 38 8 6 24 33 63 −30 30 Relegation to the 2002–03 Football League First Division
20 Leicester City (R) 38 5 13 20 30 64 −34 28

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.

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

1Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Chelsea, the losing finalists.

2Blackburn Rovers qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners

3Despite relegation, Ipswich Town qualified for the 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying Round as Fair Play Award winners

Results[edit]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18 August 2001 Derby County A 1–2 28,236 Blake
22 August 2001 Manchester United H 2–2 29,836 Beckham (own goal), Gillespie
25 August 2001 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 24,992 Mahon, Duff
8 September 2001 Sunderland A 0–1 45,103
16 September 2001 Ipswich Town A 1–1 22,126 Jansen
19 September 2001 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 25,949 Neill
22 September 2001 Everton H 1–0 27,732 Grabbi
30 September 2001 Aston Villa A 0–2 28,623
14 October 2001 West Ham United H 7–1 22,712 Flitcroft, Dunn, Johnson, McCann (own goal), Tugay, Jansen, Hignett
20 October 2001 Arsenal A 3–3 38,108 Gillespie, Dunn (2)
29 October 2001 Leicester City H 0–0 21,873
3 November 2001 Southampton A 2–1 30,523 Tugay, Hignett
17 November 2001 Liverpool H 1–1 28,859 Jansen
24 November 2001 Chelsea A 0–0 37,978
1 December 2001 Middlesbrough H 0–1 23,849
9 December 2001 Leeds United H 1–2 28,309 Berg
15 December 2001 Newcastle United A 1–2 50,064 Dunn
22 December 2001 Charlton Athletic A 2–0 25,857 Duff, Dunn
26 December 2001 Sunderland H 0–3 29,869
29 December 2001 Derby County H 0–1 23,529
1 January 2002 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 35,131
12 January 2002 Charlton Athletic H 4–1 23,365 Tugay, Cole, Hignett, Jansen
19 January 2002 Manchester United A 1–2 67,552 Hignett
30 January 2002 Arsenal H 2–3 25,893 Jansen (2)
2 February 2002 West Ham United A 0–2 35,307
9 February 2002 Fulham A 0–2 19,580
2 March 2002 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 27,203 Jansen
5 March 2002 Aston Villa H 3–0 21,988 Dunn, Duff, Cole
13 March 2002 Ipswich Town H 2–1 23,305 Duff, Cole
17 March 2002 Leeds United A 1–3 39,857 Jansen
30 March 2002 Leicester City A 1–2 16,236 Hughes
1 April 2002 Southampton H 2–0 28,851 Duff, Yordi
10 April 2002 Chelsea H 0–0 25,441
20 April 2002 Middlesbrough A 3–1 26,932 Yordi, Cole, Dunn (pen)
23 April 2002 Newcastle United H 2–2 26,712 Gillespie, Cole
28 April 2002 Everton A 2–1 34,976 Jansen, Cole
8 May 2002 Liverpool A 3–4 40,663 Duff, Cole, Jansen
11 May 2002 Fulham H 3–0 30,487 Cole (2), Duff

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2001–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2002 Barnsley A 1–1 12,314 Hignett
R3R 16 January 2002 Barnsley H 3–1 10,203 Grabbi, Dunn (pen), Johansson
R4 26 January 2002 Millwall A 1–0 15,004 Cole
R5 16 February 2002 Middlesbrough A 0–1 20,921

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 12 September 2001 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 9,559 Jansen, Dunning
R3 10 October 2001 Middlesbrough H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 9,536 Hignett, Short
R4 28 November 2001 Manchester City H 2–0 17,907 Johansson, Johnson
R5 11 December 2001 Arsenal H 4–0 13,278 Jansen (3), Hughes
SF First Leg 16 January 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 30,883 Hignett, Cole
SF Second Leg 22 January 2002 Sheffield Wednesday H 4–2 (won 6-3 on agg) 26,844 Jansen, Duff, Cole, Hignett
F 24 February 2002 Tottenham Hotspur N 2–1 72,500 Jansen, Cole

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 England DF John Curtis
3 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
4 Norway DF Henning Berg
5 Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye
6 England DF Craig Short
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
8 England MF David Dunn
9 England FW Andrew Cole
10 England FW Matt Jansen
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
12 Wales FW Mark Hughes
14 Sweden DF Nils-Eric Johansson
15 England MF Craig Hignett
No. Position Player
16 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon
17 Spain FW Yordi (on loan from Real Zaragoza)
18 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
20 Norway FW Egil Østenstad
21 Italy FW Corrado Grabbi
22 Turkey DF Hakan Ünsal
23 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
24 England MF Darren Dunning
27 England GK Alan Miller
28 England DF Martin Taylor
29 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas
30 Scotland DF Gordon Greer
31 Australia DF Lucas Neill

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
9 England FW Marcus Bent (to Ipswich Town)
13 Australia GK John Filan (to Wigan Athletic)
14 Wales FW Nathan Blake (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
17 Republic of Ireland MF Jason McAteer (to Sunderland)
No. Position Player
19 Northern Ireland MF Damien Johnson (to Birmingham City)
22 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna (to Birmingham City)
29 England DF Marlon Broomes (to Sheffield Wednesday)
Republic of Ireland DF Fred Murray (to Cambridge United)

Reserve 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
25 England DF Simon Grayson
26 Wales FW James Thomas
No. Position Player
32 England GK Ryan Robinson
34 England FW Marc Richards

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Football League Cup Final line-up[edit]

24 February 2002
14:00
Blackburn Rovers 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jansen Goal 25'
Cole Goal 69'
Report Ziege Goal 33'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)
Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur
BLACKBURN ROVERS:
GK 1 United States Brad Friedel
RB 14 Sweden Nils-Eric Johansson
CB 28 England Martin Taylor
CB 4 Norway Henning Berg (c)
LB 5 Norway Stig Inge Bjørnebye
RM 18 Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie Substituted off 75'
CM 8 England David Dunn
CM 12 Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Damien Duff
CF 10 England Matt Jansen Substituted off 74'
CF 9 England Andrew Cole
Substitutes:
GK 27 England Alan Miller
DF 2 England John Curtis
MF 15 England Craig Hignett Substituted in 75'
MF 16 Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon
FW 17 Spain Yordi Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Scotland Graeme Souness
Blackburn vs Tottenham 2002-02-24.svg
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK 1 Scotland Neil Sullivan
RB 18 Wales Ben Thatcher
CB 6 England Chris Perry
CB 26 England Ledley King
LB 3 Argentina Mauricio Taricco Booked Substituted off 79'
RM 7 England Darren Anderton
CM 8 England Tim Sherwood Booked
CM 14 Uruguay Gustavo Poyet Substituted off 84'
LM 23 Germany Christian Ziege Booked
CF 10 England Teddy Sheringham
CF 9 England Les Ferdinand
Substitutes:
GK 13 United States Kasey Keller
DF 30 England Anthony Gardner
MF 29 Wales Simon Davies Substituted in 79'
FW 11 Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov
FW 16 Norway Steffen Iversen Substituted in 84'
Manager:
England Glenn Hoddle

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