2002 Football League Cup Final

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2002 Football League Cup Final
Event2001–02 Football League Cup
Date24 February 2002
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchBrad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers)[1]
RefereeGraham Poll (Hertfordshire)[2]

The 2002 Football League Cup Final was played between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Sunday, 24 February 2002. Blackburn won the match 2–1.[2]

Tottenham were forced to produce a one-off yellow shirt for the final when The Football League decided both of their home and away strips, respectively white and light blue, clashed with Blackburn's blue-and-white home strip.

Blackburn opened the scoring with a goal from Matt Jansen, but Christian Ziege soon equalised for Spurs. Andy Cole scored the winner in the 68th minute with a typical instinctive strike after mistakes in the Spurs defence. Les Ferdinand could have made the match square after a close one-on-one chance with Friedel, but failed to make anything of it. In the final minute Teddy Sheringham had a claim for a penalty turned down by referee Graham Poll.[2]

Road to Cardiff[edit]



Blackburn Rovers2–1Tottenham Hotspur
Jansen Goal 25'
Cole Goal 68'
Report Ziege Goal 33'
Attendance: 72,500[2]
Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1 United States Brad Friedel
RB 28 England Martin Taylor
CB 4 Norway Henning Berg (c)
CB 14 Sweden Nils-Eric Johansson
LB 5 Norway Stig Inge Bjørnebye
RM 18 Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie Substituted off 75'
CM 8 England David Dunn
CM 12 Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11 Republic of Ireland Damien Duff
CF 10 England Matt Jansen Substituted off 74'
CF 9 England Andy Cole
GK 27 England Alan Miller
DF 2 England John Curtis
MF 15 England Craig Hignett Substituted in 75'
MF 16 Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon
FW 17 Spain Yordi Substituted in 74'
Scotland Graeme Souness
Blackburn vs Tottenham 2002-02-24.svg
GK 1 Scotland Neil Sullivan
RWB 3 Argentina Mauricio Taricco Yellow card Substituted off 79'
CB 26 England Ledley King
CB 6 England Chris Perry
CB 18 Wales Ben Thatcher
LWB 23 Germany Christian Ziege Yellow card
CM 8 England Tim Sherwood Yellow card
AM 14 Uruguay Gustavo Poyet Substituted off 84'
CM 7 England Darren Anderton
CF 9 England Les Ferdinand
CF 10 England Teddy Sheringham
GK 13 United States Kasey Keller
DF 30 England Anthony Gardner
MF 29 Wales Simon Davies Substituted in 79'
FW 11 Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov
FW 16 Norway Steffen Iversen Substituted in 84'
England Glenn Hoddle

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Cole strike stuns Spurs". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 February 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round

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