2002–03 Cardiff City F.C. season

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Cardiff City
2002–03 season
Chairman Lebanon Sam Hammam
Manager England Lennie Lawrence
Division Two 6th
FA Cup Third round
Carling Cup Second round
LDV Vans Trophy Quarter-finals
FAW Premier Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Robert Earnshaw (31)

All:
Robert Earnshaw (35)
Highest home attendance 15,245 vs Queens Park Rangers (5 April 2003)
Lowest home attendance 11,389 vs Notts County (8 March 2003)
Average home league attendance 13,049

During the 2002-03 season Cardiff City played in the Football League Division Two. They finished in six place and were promoted to Division One after beating Queens Park Rangers in the play-off final in Cardiff.

The season also saw Robert Earnshaw break the 56 year record of 30 league goals held by Stan Richards and the joint record of Hughie Ferguson and John Toshack of 31 goals in all competitions.[1]

Squad[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Championship[2] FA Cup League Cup LDV Vans Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland Neil Alexander 48 0 43 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
2 DF Wales Rhys Weston 50 2 42 2 5 0 2 0 1 0
3 DF Wales Andy Legg 46 3 38 3 5 0 2 0 1 0
4 MF England Gareth Whalley 23 0 22 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
5 DF England Spencer Prior 46 0 40 0 4 0 2 0 0 0
6 DF Wales Danny Gabbidon 28 0 27 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
7 FW England Andy Campbell 40 7 31 4 5 2 2 0 2 1
8 MF Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh 50 4 47 4 1 0 2 0 0 0
9 FW England Leo Fortune-West 28 4 19 2 5 1 2 0 2 1
10 FW Wales Robert Earnshaw 55 35 49 31 4 1 2 3 0 0
11 FW England Peter Thorne 55 16 49 14 4 1 1 1 1 0
12 MF Republic of Ireland Willie Boland 50 1 44 0 4 1 2 0 0 0
13 GK Wales Martyn Margetson 10 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
14 FW Wales Jason Bowen 18 4 11 3 5 0 0 0 2 1
15 MF England Mark Bonner 19 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
16 MF Wales Leyton Maxwell 22 0 16 0 3 0 2 0 1 0
17 DF Wales James Collins 7 2 2 0 3 2 0 0 2 0
18 DF Wales Scott Young 14 1 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF England Michael Simpkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 MF England Gareth Ainsworth 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 FW England Gavin Gordon 11 3 10 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
21 MF Wales David Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 GK Wales Mark Walton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF England Chris Barker 50 0 43 0 5 0 1 0 1 0
24 MF Wales Gethin Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF England Des Hamilton 12 0 6 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
26 DF England Gary Croft 51 1 45 1 4 0 2 0 0 0
27 DF Wales Ryan Green 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
27 DF Wales Josh Low 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon 15 2 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Scotland Andy Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF Wales Kevin Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF Wales Martyn Giles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK Wales Lee Kendall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF Wales Steve Jenkins 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF China Fan Zhiyi 7 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Fixtures & results[edit]

Division One[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 Aug Oldham Athletic A W 2 - 1 8,033 Campbell, Earnshaw
13 Aug Port Vale H W 3 - 1 13,296 Thorne, Fortune-West, Legg
17 Aug Northampton Town H L 1 - 2 13,321 Kavanagh
24 Aug Swindon Town A W 1 - 0 7,564 Fortune-West
26 Aug Luton Town H D 0 - 0 13,564
31 Aug Cheltenham Town A D 1 - 1 4,395 Campbell
14 Sep Stockport County H W 2 - 1 11,546 Earnshaw, Kavanagh
17 Sep Brentford H W 2 - 0 12,032 Legg, Earnshaw
21 Sep Notts County A W 1 - 0 6,118 Croft
24 Sep Plymouth Argyle A D 2 - 2 11,606 Earnshaw (2)
28 Sep Crewe Alexandra H W 2 - 1 13,208 Earnshaw (2)
5 Oct Wigan Athletic A D 2 - 2 8,047 Earnshaw (2)
12 Oct Wycombe Wanderers H W 1 - 0 13,120 Kavanagh
19 Oct Blackpool A L 0 - 1 7,744
26 Oct Tranmere Rovers H W 4 - 0 12,096 Thorne (2), Earnshaw, Weston
29 Oct Mansfield Town A W 1 - 0 3,441 Thorne
2 Nov Peterborough United H W 3 - 0 12,918 Kavanagh, Earnshaw, Weston
9 Nov Barnsley A L 2 - 3 10,894 Earnshaw (2)
24 Nov Chesterfield H W 1 - 0 13,331 Thorne
29 Nov Queens Park Rangers A W 4 - 0 14,345 Earnshaw (3), Campbell
14 Dec Bristol City H L 0 - 2 15,239
20 Dec Colchester United A W 2 - 1 3,096 Earnshaw (2)
26 Dec Luton Town A L 0 - 2 7,805
29 Dec Huddersfield Town H W 4 - 0 13,703 Bowen (2), Earnshaw (2)
1 Jan Swindon Town H D 1 - 1 13,062 Earnshaw
18 Jan Cheltenham Town H W 2 - 1 11,605 Thorne, Earnshaw
25 Jan Huddersfield Town A L 0 - 1 9,462
31 Jan Oldham Athletic H D 1 - 1 12,579 Bowen
4 Feb Northampton Town A W 1 - 0 4,553 Earnshaw
8 Feb Barnsley H D 1 - 1 12,759 Gordon
21 Feb Plymouth Argyle H D 1 - 1 14,006 Earnshaw
25 Feb Port Vale A W 2 - 0 3,831 Gordon, Thorne
1 Mar Stockport County A D 1 - 1 5,385 Thorne
4 Mar Brentford A W 2 - 0 5,727 Young, Earnshaw
8 Mar Notts County H L 0 - 2 11,389
14 Mar Tranmere Rovers A D 3 - 3 9,637 Earnshaw (3)
18 Mar Blackpool H W 2 - 1 11,788 Earnshaw, Mahon
21 Mar Mansfield Town H W 1 - 0 13,009 Earnshaw
5 Apr Queens Park Rangers H L 1 - 2 15,245 Thorne
8 Apr Wycombe Wanderers A W 4 - 0 5,889 Thorne (2), Mahon, Legg
13 Apr Chesterfield A W 3 - 0 4,398 Kavanagh, Thorne (2)
16 Apr Peterborough United A L 0 - 2 4,984
19 Apr Colchester United H L 0 - 3 12,633
22 Apr Bristol City A L 0 - 2 15,615
26 Apr Wigan Athletic H D 0 - 0 14,702
3 May Crewe Alexandra A D 1 - 1 9,562 Earnshaw

Play-Offs[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 May Semi-final (first leg) Bristol City H W 1 - 0 19,146 Thorne
13 May Semi-final (second leg) Bristol City A D 0 - 0 16,307
25 May Final Queens Park Rangers N W 1 - 0 (aet) 66,096 Campbell

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 Sep One Boston United A W 5 - 1 2,280 Earnshaw (3), OG, Thorne
1 Oct Two Tottenham Hotspur A L 0 - 1

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 Nov One Tranmere Rovers A D 2 - 2 5,592 Collins, Kavanagh
26 Nov One (replay) Tranmere Rovers H W 2 - 1 6,853 Campbell, Collins
7 Dec Two Margate A W 3 - 0 1,362 Thorne, Boland, Fortune-West
4 Jan Three Coventry City H D 2 - 2 16,013 Earnshaw, Campbell
15 Jan Three (replay) Coventry City A L 0 - 3 11,997

LDV Vans Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 Nov One Exeter City A W 3 - 0 1,360 Bowen, Campbell, Fortune-West
10 Dec Quarter-final Bournemouth A L 1 - 2 3,615 Gordon

FAW Premier Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
- Quarter-final Total Network Solutions A W 3 - 1 - Gordon (2), Fleetwood
24 Mar Semi-final Newport County A L 0 - 0
(Lost 4 - 5 on pens)
1,160

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Earnie sends records tumbling". BBC Sport. 22 March 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Includes play-off matches and goals

See also[edit]