2002–03 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
2002–03 season
Chairman Derek Dooley
Manager Neil Warnock
Stadium Bramall Lane
First Division 3rd (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Brown (16)
All: Brown (22)[1]
Average home league attendance 18,113

During the 2002–03 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The season turned out to be one of the most successful in Sheffield United's history. United reached the semi-finals of both the FA and League Cups before being eliminated by Arsenal and Liverpool respectively; both sides went on to win the respective cups. United also managed to qualify for the play-offs for promotion to the Premiership. United reached the play-off final after beating Nottingham Forest over two legs in the semi-final, but were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Portsmouth 46 17 3 3 52 22 12 8 3 45 23 97 45 +52 98
2 Leicester City 46 16 5 2 40 12 10 9 4 33 28 73 40 +33 92
3 Sheffield United 46 13 7 3 38 23 10 4 9 34 29 72 52 +20 80
4 Reading 46 13 3 7 33 21 12 1 10 28 25 61 46 +15 79
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 9 10 4 40 19 11 6 6 41 25 81 44 +37 76
6 Nottingham Forest 46 14 7 2 57 23 6 7 10 25 27 82 50 +32 74
7 Ipswich Town 46 10 5 8 49 39 9 8 6 31 25 80 64 +16 70
8 Norwich City 46 14 4 5 36 17 5 8 10 24 32 60 49 +11 69
9 Millwall 46 11 6 6 34 32 8 3 12 25 37 59 69 –10 66
10 Wimbledon 46 12 5 6 39 28 6 6 11 37 45 76 73 +3 65
11 Gillingham 46 10 6 7 33 31 6 8 9 23 34 56 65 –9 62
12 Preston North End 46 11 7 5 44 29 5 6 12 24 41 68 70 –2 61
13 Watford 46 11 5 7 33 26 6 4 13 21 44 54 70 –16 60
14 Crystal Palace 46 8 10 5 29 17 6 7 10 30 35 59 52 +7 59
15 Rotherham United 46 8 9 6 27 25 7 5 11 35 37 62 62 ±0 59
16 Burnley 46 10 4 9 35 44 5 6 12 30 45 65 89 –24 55
17 Walsall 46 10 3 10 34 34 5 6 12 23 35 57 69 –12 54
18 Derby County 46 9 5 9 33 32 6 2 15 22 42 55 74 –19 52
19 Bradford City 46 7 8 8 27 35 7 2 14 24 38 51 73 –22 52
20 Coventry City 46 6 6 11 23 31 6 8 9 23 31 46 62 –16 50
21 Stoke City 46 9 6 8 25 25 3 8 12 20 44 45 69 –24 50
22 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 7 9 29 32 3 9 11 27 41 56 73 –17 46
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 6 10 29 31 4 6 13 20 36 49 67 –18 45
24 Grimsby Town 46 5 6 12 26 39 4 6 13 22 46 48 85 –37 39
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Sheffield United's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st leg 10 May 2003 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 29,064 Brown (pen)
SF 2nd leg 15 May 2003 Nottingham Forest H 4-3 (won 5-4 on agg) 30,212 Brown, Kabba, Peschisolido, Walker (own goal)
F 26 May 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 0-3 69,473

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2002–03 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 2003 Cheltenham Town H 4-0 9,166 Murphy, McGovern, Kabba (2)
R4 25 January 2003 Ipswich Town H 4-3 12,757 Brown (2), Jagielka, Peschisolido
R5 15 February 2003 Walsall H 2-0 17,510 Mooney, Ndlovu
QF 9 March 2003 Leeds United H 1-0 24,633 Kabba
SF 13 April 2003 Arsenal N 0-1 59,170

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 10 September 2002 York City H 1-0 4,675 McGovern
R2 1 October 2002 Wycombe Wanderers H 4-1 4,389 Boulding, Brown (2), Montgomery
R3 6 November 2002 Leeds United H 2-1 26,663 Jagielka, Ndlovu
R4 3 December 2002 Sunderland H 2-0 27,068 Murphy, Allison
R5 17 December 2002 Crystal Palace H 3-1 22,211 Asaba, Peschisolido (2)
SF 1st leg 8 January 2003 Liverpool H 2-1 30,095 Tonge (2)
SF 2nd leg 21 January 2003 Liverpool A 0-2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 43,837

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 Simon Tracey
2 England DF Rob Kozluk
3 England DF Rob Ullathorne
4 England DF Steve Yates
5 Australia DF Shaun Murphy
6 Wales DF Rob Page (captain)
7 England MF Michael Brown
8 Scotland MF Stuart McCall (assistant manager)
9 England FW Carl Asaba
10 Canada FW Paul Peschisolido
11 Netherlands FW Laurens ten Heuvel
12 Scotland MF Nick Montgomery
14 England FW Wayne Allison
15 England DF Ben Doane
16 Zimbabwe FW Peter Ndlovu
17 England MF Phil Jagielka
18 England MF Michael Tonge
19 France DF Benoît Croissant
No. Position Player
20 France MF Jean-Philippe Javary
21 Republic of Ireland MF Colin Cryan
22 Scotland DF Grant Smith
23 Republic of Ireland GK Paddy Kenny
24 Republic of Ireland GK Gary Kelly
25 England FW Rob Nugent
26 England FW Mark Rankine (on loan from Preston North End)
27 England FW Lewis Killeen
28 Republic of Ireland FW Owen Morrison
29 England MF Adam Baum
30 England FW Tyrone Thompson
31 England FW Ryan Mallon
32 England FW Dean Windass
34 England FW Steve Kabba
36 England DF John Curtis (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
37 England DF Danny Wood
38 Netherlands MF Marcel Cas
39 Scotland FW Iffy Onoura

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
13 Netherlands GK Wilko de Vogt
14 England DF Shane Nicholson
24 England FW Tommy Mooney (on loan from Birmingham City)
24 Scotland MF Jon-Paul McGovern (on loan from Celtic)
26 England DF Jon Harley (on loan from Fulham)
No. Position Player
26 England DF Wayne Quinn (on loan from Newcastle United)
28 England MF Lee Featherstone
35 England MF Michael Boulding (on loan from Aston Villa)
36 England DF Richard Edghill

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