2002–03 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
2002–03 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager Graham Taylor
Premier League 16th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter-finals
UEFA Intertoto Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Dion Dublin (10)
All:
Dion Dublin (14)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2002–03 season was Aston Villa's 11th season in the Premier League, and their 15th consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1]

Season review[edit]

Fans had hoped that the return of successful former manager Graham Taylor would spark a serious challenge for honours once more, but unfortunately the actual result was Villa's worst Premier League campaign to date, with the club in serious danger of relegation throughout the season. Survival was only achieved in the penultimate game of the season with a victory over already-doomed Sunderland; Taylor was soon on his way out of the club for good.

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 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
2 Wales DF Mark Delaney
3 England DF Alan Wright
4 Sweden DF Olof Mellberg
5 Turkey DF Alpay Özalan
6 England DF Gareth Barry
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Angel
9 England FW Dion Dublin
10 England FW Darius Vassell
11 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
12 Germany MF Thomas Hitzlsperger
13 Netherlands GK Stefan Postma
14 Sweden FW Marcus Allbäck
15 Ecuador DF Ulises de la Cruz
No. Position Player
16 England FW Peter Crouch
17 England MF Lee Hendrie
19 Croatia FW Boško Balaban
20 Morocco MF Mustapha Hadji
21 England DF Jlloyd Samuel[3]
22 Morocco MF Hassan Kachloul
24 England DF Liam Ridgewell
25 England FW Stefan Moore
26 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
27 Norway DF Ronny Johnsen
28 Norway MF Øyvind Leonhardsen
29 England MF Peter Whittingham
30 Wales DF Rob Edwards
31 England DF Stephen Cooke
33 Iceland DF Joey Guðjónsson (on loan from Real Betis)

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
6 Netherlands MF George Boateng (to Middlesbrough)
10 England FW Paul Merson (to Portsmouth)
No. Position Player
18 England MF Steve Stone (to Portsmouth)
23 England MF Michael Boulding (to Grimsby Town)

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
32 England FW Luke Moore
37 England GK Boaz Myhill[4]
38 Republic of Ireland MF John McGrath
No. Position Player
39 Republic of Ireland GK Wayne Henderson
40 Republic of Ireland MF Keith Fahey

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]