2002–03 Sunderland A.F.C. season

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Sunderland A.F.C.
2002–03 season
Chairman Bob Murray
Manager Peter Reid
(until 7 October)
Howard Wilkinson
(from 10 October until 10 March)
Mick McCarthy
(from 12 March)
Stadium Stadium of Light
FA Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Kevin Phillips (6)

All:
Kevin Phillips (9)
Highest home attendance 47,586 (vs. Manchester United, 31 August)
Lowest home attendance 14,550 (vs. Bolton Wanderers, 14 January)
Average home league attendance 36,885

During the 2002–03 season, Sunderland competed in the FA Premier League.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
8 July 2002 MF Republic of Ireland Sean Thornton Tranmere Rovers £225,000[1]
15 August 2002 DF England Stephen Wright Liverpool £3,000,000
21 August 2002 MF England Matt Piper Leicester City £3,500,000
30 August 2002 FW Norway Tore Andre Flo Rangers £6,750,000
30 August 2002 FW England Marcus Stewart Ipswich Town £3,250,000
15 November 2002 GK Estonia Mart Poom Derby County Loan

January[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
10 January 2003 GK Estonia Mart Poom Derby County £2,500,000
31 January 2003 DF Morocco Talal El Karkouri Paris Saint Germain Loan

Out[edit]

Summer[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
31 October 2002 MF Wales John Oster Grimsby Town Loan
1 November 2002 FW Republic of Ireland Michael Reddy York City Loan
7 November 2002 MF Republic of Ireland Sean Thornton Blackpool Loan
22 November 2002 GK Northern Ireland Michael Ingham Darlington Loan

January[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
11 January 2003 FW Scotland Dene Shields Raith Rovers £60,000
24 January 2003 GK Northern Ireland Michael Ingham York City Loan
30 January 2003 FW Republic of Ireland Michael Reddy Sheffield Wednesday Loan
12 February 2003 DF Slovakia Stanislav Varga Celtic Free
21 February 2003 MF Wales John Oster Grimsby Town Loan
27 March 2003 FW Republic of Ireland Keith Graydon York City Loan

First-team 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 Denmark GK Thomas Sørensen
2 England DF Stephen Wright
3 England DF Michael Gray (captain)
4 United States MF Claudio Reyna
5 Republic of Ireland DF Phil Babb
6 Brazil DF Emerson Thome
7 England MF Matt Piper
8 England MF Gavin McCann
9 Norway FW Tore André Flo
10 England FW Kevin Phillips
11 Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Kilbane
12 Sweden DF Joachim Björklund
14 Republic of Ireland MF Thomas Butler
15 France FW David Bellion
16 Republic of Ireland MF Jason McAteer
17 England DF Jody Craddock
18 England DF Darren Williams
19 Scotland FW Kevin Kyle
No. Position Player
20 Sweden MF Stefan Schwarz
21 England MF Paul Thirlwell
22 Morocco DF Talal El Karkouri (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
23 Argentina MF Nicolás Medina
24 Republic of Ireland MF Sean Thornton
25 England DF Ben Clark
26 Norway GK Thomas Myhre
27 Northern Ireland DF George McCartney
28 Wales MF John Oster
29 England MF Chris Black
30 Austria GK Jürgen Macho
31 England FW Marcus Stewart
32 England FW Michael Proctor
33 Argentina DF Julio Arca
34 Republic of Ireland DF Mark Rossiter
36 Republic of Ireland MF Richie Ryan
37 England MF Jonjo Dickman
40 Estonia GK Mart Poom

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
22 Slovakia DF Stanislav Varga (to Celtic)
22 Switzerland DF Bernt Haas (on loan to Basel)
No. Position Player
29 Republic of Ireland FW Niall Quinn (retired)

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
13 Northern Ireland GK Michael Ingham
35 Republic of Ireland DF Cliff Byrne
No. Position Player
38 England GK Craig Turns
41 England DF Patrick Collins

Results[edit]

Football League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 October 2002 Second round Cambridge United Abbey Stadium 7-0 8,175 Reyna, McCann, Arca, Flo (2), Stewart (2)
6 November 2002 Third round Arsenal Highbury 3-2 19,059 Kyle, Stewart (2)
3 December 2002 Fourth round Sheffield United Bramall Lane 0-2 27,068

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4 January 2003 Third round Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 1-1 10,132 Phillips
14 January 2003 Third round replay Bolton Wanderers Stadium of Light 2-0 14,550 Arca, Proctor
25 January 2003 Fourth round Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 3-3 14,315 Stewart, Proctor and Phillips
5 February 2003 Fourth round replay Blackburn Rovers Stadium of Light 2-2 a.e.t.
(won 3-0 on penalties)
15,745 McCann, Phillips
15 February 2003 Fifth round Watford Stadium of Light 0-1 26,916

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Scorers Attendance
17 August 2002 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 0-0 27,122
24 August 2002 Everton Stadium of Light 0-1 37,698
28 August 2002 Leeds United Elland Road 1-0 Jason McAteer 46' 39,929
31 August 2002 Manchester United Stadium of Light 1-1 Flo 70' 47,586
10 September 2002 Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 0-3 32,155
14 September 2002 Fulham Stadium of Light 0-3 35,432
21 September 2002 Newcastle United St James' Park 0-2 52,181
28 September 2002 Aston Villa Stadium of Light 1-0 David Bellion 70' 40,492
6 October 2002 Arsenal Highbury 1-3 Jody Craddock 83' 37,902
19 October 2002 West Ham United Stadium of Light 0-1 44,352
28 October 2002 Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 1-1 Michael Gray 45' 23,036
3 November 2002 Charlton Athletic The Valley 1-1 Flo 15' 26,284
10 November 2002 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium of Light 2-0 Kevin Phillips 60', Flo 62' 40,024
17 November 2002 Liverpool Anfield 0-0 43,074
23 November 2002 Birmingham City Stadium of Light 0-1 38,803
30 November 2002 Chelsea Stamford Bridge 0-3 38,946
9 December 2002 Manchester City Stadium of Light 0-3 36,511
15 December 2002 Liverpool Stadium of Light 2-1 Gavin McCann 36', Michael Proctor 85' 37,118
21 December 2002 West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns 2-2 Kevin Phillips 56', 64' 26,703
26 December 2002 Leeds United Stadium of Light 1-2 Michael Proctor 34' 44,029
28 December 2002 Southampton St Mary's Stadium 1-2 Flo 77' 36,242
1 January 2003 Manchester United Old Trafford 1-2 Juan Sebastián Verón 4' o.g. 67,609
11 January 2003 Blackburn Rovers Stadium of Light 0-0 36,529
18 January 2003 Everton Goodison Park 1-2 Kevin Kilbane 34' 37,409
28 January 2003 Southampton Stadium of Light 0-1 34,102
1 February 2003 Charlton Athletic Stadium of Light 1-3 Kevin Phillips 81' pen. 36,042
8 February 2003 Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 1-4 Kevin Phillips 26' 36,075
22 February 2003 Middlesbrough Stadium of Light 1-3 Kevin Phillips 56' 42,134
1 March 2003 Fulham Loftus Road 0-1 16,286
15 March 2003 Bolton Wanderers Stadium of Light 0-2 42,124
22 March 2003 West Ham United Boleyn Ground 0-2 35,033
5 April 2003 Chelsea Stadium of Light 1-2 Sean Thornton 12' 40,011
12 April 2003 Birmingham City St. Andrew's 0-2 29,132
19 April 2003 West Bromwich Albion Stadium of Light 1-2 Marcus Stewart 70' 36,025
21 April 2003 Manchester City Maine Road 0-3 34,357
26 April 2003 Newcastle United Stadium of Light 0-1 45,067
3 May 2003 Aston Villa Villa Park 0-1 36,963
11 May 2003 Arsenal Stadium of Light 0-4 40,188

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 25 8 5 74 34 +40 83 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Arsenal 38 23 9 6 85 42 +43 78
3 Newcastle United 38 21 6 11 63 48 +15 69 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Chelsea 38 19 10 9 68 38 +30 67
5 Liverpool 38 18 10 10 61 41 +20 64 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round 1
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 12 10 52 43 +9 60
7 Everton 38 17 8 13 48 49 −1 59
8 Southampton 38 13 13 12 43 46 −3 52 2003–04 UEFA Cup First round 2
9 Manchester City 38 15 6 17 47 54 −7 51 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round 3
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 51 62 −11 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 10 15 48 44 +4 49
12 Charlton Athletic 38 14 7 17 45 56 −11 49
13 Birmingham City 38 13 9 16 41 49 −8 48
14 Fulham 38 13 9 16 41 50 −9 48
15 Leeds United 38 14 5 19 58 57 +1 47
16 Aston Villa 38 12 9 17 42 47 −5 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 14 14 41 51 −10 44
18 West Ham United (R) 38 10 12 16 42 59 −17 42 Relegation to First Division
19 West Bromwich Albion (R) 38 6 8 24 29 65 −36 26
20 Sunderland (R) 38 4 7 27 21 65 −44 19

Updated to games played on 11 May 2003.
Source: FA Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Since Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Cup via the league, their place in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners reverted to the league and was awarded to Blackburn Rovers.
2Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners went to Southampton, who were the FA Cup runners-up.
3Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Cup as Fair Play winners.
(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.

Statistics[edit]

Goal scorers[edit]

Position Nation Number Name FA Premier League League Cup FA Cup Total
FW England 10 Kevin Phillips 6 0 3 9
FW England 31 Marcus Stewart 1 4 1 6
FW Norway 9 Tore André Flo 4 2 0 6
FW England 32 Michael Proctor 2 0 2 4
MF England 8 Gavin McCann 1 1 1 3
MF Argentina 33 Julio Arca 0 1 1 2
DF England 3 Micky Gray 1 0 0 1
DF England 17 Jody Craddock 1 0 0 1
MF Republic of Ireland 24 Sean Thornton 1 0 0 1
MF Republic of Ireland 11 Kevin Kilbane 1 0 0 1
FW France 15 David Bellion 1 0 0 1
MF Republic of Ireland 16 Jason McAteer 1 0 0 1
FW Scotland 19 Kevin Kyle 0 1 0 1
MF United States 4 Claudio Reyna 0 1 0 1
Own goal 1 0 0 1
/ / / Total 21 10 8 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ The fee was compensation agreed at an FA tribunal.