2002–03 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
2002–03 season
Chairman Gunnar Gíslason
Manager Steve Cotterill,
Dave Kevan,
Tony Pulis
Stadium Britannia Stadium
Football League First Division 21st (50 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Andy Cooke (6)
All: Chris Iwelumo (7)
Highest home attendance 21,023 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (5 March 2003)
Lowest home attendance 10,406 vs Walsall (26 February 2003)
Average home league attendance 14,532
Home colours

The 2002–03 season was Stoke City's 96th season in the Football League and the 36th in the second tier.

Stoke now back in the First Division appointed young manager Steve Cotterill prior to the start of the season. Cotterill had got an impressive reputation following his success with Cheltenham Town but after just 13 matches in charge he shocked the club by quitting in favour of becoming assistant manager at Sunderland. Dave Kevan took over as caretaker until Tony Pulis was appointed in November. His task was to ensure Stoke survived which looked a tough ask as Stoke went 16 matches without a win and when Stoke did manage to get a positive result they lost 6–0 at Nottingham Forest. Following that defeat Pulis improved his defence and results were slowly being ground out and it went to the final day of the season against Reading, with Stoke knowing that if they win they will stay up and thanks to Ade Akinbiyi they won 1–0 and finished four points above the relegation zone.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

With Gudjon Thordarson failing to gain a new contract the Stoke board moved to appoint Steve Cotterill from Cheltenham Town.[1] Cotterill was seen as one of the best young managers in the country and it was hoped that he would be a long term appointment.[2] He brought in Chris Greenacre a striker from Mansfield Town where he had been a prolific goalscorer. The season started with a 0–0 draw away at Sheffield Wednesday and their first win came at home to Bradford City. This was followed by a 4–3 defeat at Preston North End and defeats by Derby and Burnley.[1] Stoke then went five matches unbeaten to lift them away from danger but the club was shocked on 10 October 2002 as Cotterill quit the club in favour of becoming assistant manager at Sunderland.[1][3]

Dave Kevan assumed a caretaker manager role and in his four matches in charge Stoke lost them all to start a worrying run of results.[1] The board had expected to appoint George Burley as manager but somewhat surprisingly Tony Pulis was the man given the job.[1] Pulis had previously turned down the chance to manage the club in 1999 and his appointment was not a popular one with the supporters.[1] In his first match in charge away at Walsall he received a less than warm welcome and Stoke crashed to a 4–2 defeat.[1] It took Pulis' team nine more matches to register a victory and after it looked as though Stoke could start pulling away from relegation they suffered humiliation by losing 6–0 at Nottingham Forest and the survival bid looked grim.[1]

But Pulis signed a number of players on loan which included Ade Akinbiyi, Paul Warhurst, Lee Mills, and goalkeepers Steve Banks and Mark Crossley.[1] Pulis made Stoke a difficult team to beat and after three hard-fought goalless draws against teams trying to gain promotion Stoke gained vital victories against Watford, Rotherham United, Wimbledon and Coventry City.[1] This took the relegation fight to the last day of the season with Stoke needing a victory against Reading to ensure their stay in First Division would be extended.[1] A 55th-minute strike from Ade Akinbiyi sealed the win they needed and Stoke could start building for the future.[1][4]

FA Cup[edit]

Two 3–0 wins against Wigan Athletic and Bournemouth set up a tie against Premier League Chelsea and two second half goals gave the Londoners a 2–0 victory.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke lost in the first round to Bury 1–0 at Gigg Lane.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Portsmouth 46 29 11 6 97 45 +52 98
2 Leicester City 46 26 14 6 73 40 +33 92
3 Sheffield United 46 23 11 12 72 52 +20 80
4 Reading 46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 81 44 +37 76
6 Nottingham Forest 46 20 14 12 82 50 +32 74
7 Ipswich Town 46 19 13 14 80 64 +16 70
8 Norwich City 46 19 12 15 60 49 +11 69
9 Millwall 46 19 9 18 59 69 –10 66
10 Wimbledon 46 18 11 17 76 73 +3 65
11 Gillingham 46 16 14 16 56 65 –9 62
12 Preston North End 46 16 13 17 68 70 –2 61
13 Watford 46 17 9 20 54 70 –16 60
14 Crystal Palace 46 14 17 15 59 52 +7 59
15 Rotherham United 46 15 14 17 62 62 0 59
16 Burnley 46 15 10 21 65 89 –24 55
17 Walsall 46 15 9 22 57 69 –12 54
18 Derby County 46 15 7 24 55 74 –19 52
19 Bradford City 46 14 10 22 51 73 –22 52
20 Coventry City 46 12 14 20 46 62 –16 50
21 Stoke City 46 12 14 20 45 69 –24 50
22 Sheffield Wednesday 46 10 16 20 56 73 –17 46
23 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 11 12 23 49 67 –18 45
24 Grimsby Town 46 9 12 25 48 85 –37 39

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

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-Season Friendlies[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 14 July 2002 Newcastle Town A 7–1 3,379 Winters, Goodfellow (2), Greenacre (3), Neal
2 22 July 2002 Wacker Burghausen A 0–2
3 26 July 2002 Sturm Graz A 1–1 Handyside
4 31 July 2002 West Bromwich Albion H 0–0 6,241
5 3 August 2002 Birmingham City H 0–2 5,781

Football League First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Reports
1 10 August 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–0 26,746 Report
2 14 August 2002 Leicester City H 0–1 14,028 Report
3 17 August 2002 Bradford City H 2–1 12,424 Cooke 4', Marteinsson 34' Report
4 24 August 2002 Preston North End A 3–4 15,422 Clarke (2) 7', 65' (2 pens), Cooke 90+2' Report
5 26 August 2002 Norwich City H 1–1 13,931 Commons 74' Report
6 31 August 2002 Derby County A 0–2 21,723 Report
7 14 September 2002 Burnley A 1–2 14,244 Guðjónsson 74' Report
8 17 September 2002 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–1 6,369 Mooney 17' (pen), Cooke 90' Report
9 21 September 2002 Ipswich Town H 2–1 14,587 Shtanyuk 17', Cooke 80' Report
10 25 September 2002 Nottingham Forest H 2–2 14,554 Shtanyuk 13', Goodfellow 72' Report
11 28 September 2002 Reading A 1–1 13,646 Vandeurzen 39' Report
12 5 October 2002 Crystal Palace H 1–1 14,214 Iwelumo 85' Report
13 19 October 2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–2 16,885 Report
14 23 October 2002 Sheffield United A 1–2 15,163 Greenacre 84' Report
15 26 October 2002 Rotherham United A 0–4 7,078 Report
16 30 October 2002 Watford H 1–2 11,215 Mooney 72' Report
17 2 November 2002 Walsall A 2–4 6,391 Cooke (2) 77', 81' Report
18 9 November 2002 Grimsby Town H 1–2 11,488 Mooney 50' (pen) Report
19 16 November 2002 Portsmouth A 0–3 18,701 Report
20 23 November 2002 Millwall H 0–1 13,776 Report
21 30 November 2002 Gillingham A 1–1 8,150 Clarke 56' Report
22 7 December 2002 Coventry City H 1–2 12,760 Hoekstra 35' Report
23 14 December 2002 Portsmouth H 1–1 13,330 Gunnarsson 34' Report
24 21 December 2002 Wimbledon A 1–1 1,697 Iwelumo 88' Report
25 26 December 2002 Bradford City A 2–4 14,575 Marteinsson 9', Karl Henry 23' Report
26 28 December 2002 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–2 16,042 Iwelumo (2) 16', 66', Gunnarsson 90+4' Report
27 1 January 2003 Preston North End H 2–1 14,862 Gunnarsson 43', Hoekstra 45' Report
28 11 January 2003 Leicester City A 0–0 25,058 Report
29 18 January 2003 Derby County H 1–3 17,308 Greenacre 63' Report
30 1 February 2003 Norwich City A 2–2 20,186 Gunnarsson 63', Mills 88' Report
31 8 February 2003 Grimsby Town A 0–2 5,657 Report
32 22 February 2003 Nottingham Forest A 0–6 24,085 Report
33 26 February 2003 Walsall H 1–0 10,409 Mills 19' Report
34 1 March 2003 Burnley H 0–1 12,874 Report
35 5 March 2003 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 21,023 Greenacre 83' Report
36 8 March 2003 Ipswich Town A 0–0 24,547 Report
37 15 March 2003 Sheffield United H 0–0 14,449 Report
38 18 March 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–0 25,235 Report
39 22 March 2003 Watford A 2–1 12,570 Hoekstra (2) 34' 49', (1 pen) Report
40 5 April 2003 Gillingham H 0–0 12,746 Report
41 9 April 2003 Rotherham United H 2–0 19,553 Warhurst 21', Cooke 40' Report
42 12 April 2003 Millwall A 1–3 8,725 Shtanyuk 73' Report
43 19 April 2003 Wimbledon H 2–1 12,587 Gunnarsson 29', Akinbiyi 45' Report
44 21 April 2003 Coventry City A 1–0 12,675 Montgomery 87' (o.g.) Report
45 26 April 2003 Crystal Palace A 0–1 16,604 Report
46 4 May 2003 Reading H 1–0 20,477 Akinbiyi 55' Report

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R3 4 January 2003 Wigan Athletic H 3–0 9,618 Greenacre (2) 20', 67' Iwelumo 31' Report
R4 25 January 2003 Bournemouth H 3–0 12,004 Iwelumo (2) 45', 51' (1 pen), Hoekstra 84' Report
R5 16 February 2003 Chelsea H 0–2 26,615 Report

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Report
R1 10 September 2002 Bury A 0–1 2,581 Report

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Neil Cutler 20 0 1 0 1 0 22 0
2 DF England Wayne Thomas 41 0 3 0 1 0 45 0
3 DF Republic of Ireland Clive Clarke 27(4) 3 0 0 0 0 27(4) 3
4 DF Scotland Peter Handyside 44 0 2 0 1 0 47 0
5 DF Belarus Sergei Shtanuk 44 3 2 0 1 0 47 3
6 MF Iceland Brynjar Gunnarsson 40 5 3 0 1 0 44 5
7 MF Iceland Bjarni Guðjónsson 25(11) 1 2(1) 0 1 0 28(12) 1
8 FW England Andy Cooke 24(7) 6 0 0 1 0 25(7) 6
9 FW England Lee Mills 7(4) 2 0 0 0 0 7(4) 2
10 FW England Chris Greenacre 18(12) 4 3 2 0 0 21(12) 6
11 MF Netherlands Peter Hoekstra 26(4) 4 2(1) 1 0(1) 0 28(6) 5
12 GK Finland Jani Viander 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 GK England Ben Foster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 FW Scotland Chris Iwelumo 15(17) 4 3 3 1 0 19(17) 7
16 FW England Tommy Mooney 11(1) 3 0 0 0 0 11(1) 3
16 DF England Frazer Richardson 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
17 MF Republic of Ireland James O'Connor 43 0 3 0 1 0 47 0
18 MF England Lewis Neal 7(9) 0 1(2) 0 0 0 8(11) 0
19 FW England Marc Goodfellow 6(14) 1 0(3) 0 0(1) 0 6(18) 1
20 MF England Mark Wilson 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
21 MF Iceland Pétur Marteinsson 7(5) 2 1(1) 0 0 0 8(6) 2
22 MF England Brian Wilson 1(2) 0 0 0 0 0 1(2) 0
23 MF England Karl Henry 15(3) 1 2(1) 0 0(1) 0 17(5) 1
24 MF Scotland Kris Commons 6(2) 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
25 DF Wales Gareth Owen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 FW Nigeria Ade Akinbiyi 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
27 MF Belgium Jurgen Vandeurzen 7(5) 1 0 0 0 0 7(5) 1
27 FW England Paul Warhurst 4(1) 1 0 0 0 0 4(1) 1
28 GK Wales Mark Crossley 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
29 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Keogh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF England Marcus Hall 23(1) 0 3 0 0 0 26(1) 0
31 GK England Steve Banks 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
32 DF Northern Ireland Mark Williams 5(1) 0 0 0 0 0 5(1) 0
33 FW England Laurence Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 1 0 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Stoke City season review 2002-03 City leave it late to ensure survival". The Sentinel. 15 May 2003. 
  2. ^ "Cotterill unveiled by Stoke". London: The Telegraph. 27 May 2002. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stoke 'shocked' by Cotterill walkout". London: The Guardian. 10 October 2002. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Akinbiyi keeps Stoke up". BBC Sport. 4 May 2003. Retrieved 12 June 2007.