User talk:Mancini's Sandbox/2002–03
|Owner||Publicly traded company|
|Chairmen|| David Bernstein (until 5 Mar. 2003)
|Team captain||Ali Benarbia|
|Home stadium||Maine Road|
|League Cup||Third round|
|FA Cup||Third round|
|Top goalscorer||League: Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
(7th highest in Premier League)
All comps: Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
|34,564 – over 19 PL home games
(11th highest in Premier League)
28 September 2002
|67,646 Manchester United
9 February 2003
|21,820 Crewe Alexandra
1 October 2002
|15,007 Wigan Athletic
5 November 2002
|← 2001–02 2003–04 →|
|Results summary - all competitions|
|Results summary - Premier League|
The 2002–03 season was Manchester City Football Club's first season back playing in the Premier League again after having been relegated from it at the end of the 2000–01 season. This was the club's sixth season playing in the Premier League since its initial formation as the top tier of English football ten years earlier, with Manchester City as one of its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, this was Manchester City's 111th season playing in any division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.
- 1 Season review
- 2 Team kit
- 3 Historical league performance
- 4 Games
- 5 Goal scorers
- 6 Transfers and loans
- 7 See also
- 8 References
This season was the team's first one playing in the Premier League under the stewardship of Kevin Keegan who, having taken over the helm as manager from Joe Royle after the club had been relegated to the Football League First Division fifteen months earlier, had led the club to an immediate promotion back to the top flight. In fact, the previous season had seen Manchester City promoted in style, with the team breaking many prior club records as it became the new First Division champions. This successful campaign allowed Keegan to delve into the transfer market in the summer and he brought in a number of high profile players - such as striker Nicolas Anelka, defender Sylvain Distin and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel - in an effort to ensure that the team was strong enough to remain in the Premier League now that it was back there again.
By spending the £13m transfer fee required to bring Anelka to Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain the club broke its previous transfer record. Sylvain Distin also transferred over to Manchester City from PSG for £5m, while Peter Schmeichel joined the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Some of the other players Keegan brought in during the newly introduced summer transfer window were Marc-Vivien Foé, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Lyon, Vicente Matías Vuoso (from Independiente) and Mikkel Bischoff. Additionally, Robbie Fowler, David Sommeil and Djamel Belmadi were also signed by Keegan a few months later during the 2003 January transfer window.
The new year would also see the man that had been the main impetus behind the hiring of Kevin Keegan, chairman David Bernstein, fall out with his new hire and leave the club following a boardroom dispute over finances and managerial structure that followed closely on the back of the previous week's resignation of the club's managing director. The initial cause of this dispute had occurred back in January concerning the protracted transfer saga of Robbie Fowler (which Bernstein had originally brokered). He was succeeded as club chairman by former deputy chairman John Wardle.
This season's campaign would finally see Manchester City win its first Manchester Derby in over 13 years, allowing Peter Schmeichel to establish an exceptional record where he has never been on the losing side in a derby game. During his nine years playing with Manchester United the Reds were unbeaten against Manchester City, while in his single final season playing with the Blues, City won the derby game played at Maine Road and drew the one played at Old Trafford. This was also to be Manchester City's last season playing at its historic Maine Road ground before moving to its current home at City of Manchester Stadium. Consequently, the last game of the season was also the last game ever played at the club's old ground, and Marc-Vivien Foé would have the distinction of being recorded in the soccer annals as the player who scored the last ever goal at Maine Road.
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Historical league performance
Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991-92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).
Position in final standings
Updated to games played on 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League 2002-03
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.
Last updated: 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2002-03
Biggest & smallest
Biggest home win: 4–1 vs. Fulham, 29 January 2003
Results by round
Source: Premier League results 2002-03
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Individual match reports
|Leeds United||3 – 0||Manchester City|
|Manchester City||1 – 0||Newcastle United|
|Huckerby 36'||Guardian report|
|Aston Villa||1 – 0||Manchester City|
|Vassell 64'||Guardian report|
|Manchester City||3 – 1||Everton|
|Radzinski 14' (o.g.)
Anelka 16' 85'
|Guardian report||29' (pen.) Unsworth|
|Arsenal||2 – 1||Manchester City|
|Guardian report||29' Anelka|
|Manchester City||2 – 2||Blackburn Rovers|
|Guardian report|| 26' Thompson
|Manchester City||0 – 3||Liverpool|
|Guardian report||4' 64' 89' Owen|
|Southampton||2 – 0||Manchester City|
|Ormerod 2' 43'||Guardian report|
|Manchester City||0 – 3||Chelsea|
|Guardian report|| 69' 84' Zola
|Birmingham City||0 – 2||Manchester City|
|Guardian report|| 24' Jihai
|West Bromwich Albion||1 – 2||Manchester City|
|Clement 62'||Guardian report|| 51' Anelka
|Manchester City||3 – 1||Manchester United|
Goater 26' 51'
|Manchester City||0 – 1||Charlton Athletic|
|Guardian report||79' Bartlett|
|Middlesbrough||3 – 1||Manchester City|
|Guardian report|| 68' Anelka
|Manchester City||2 – 0||Bolton Wanderers|
|Sunderland||0 – 3||Manchester City|
|Guardian report|| 44' Foé
|Charlton Athletic||2 – 2||Manchester City|
|Euell 50' (pen.)
|Guardian report||74' 86' Foé|
|Manchester City||2 – 3||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Guardian report|| 38' Perry
|Manchester City||3 – 1||Aston Villa|
|Foé 15' 80'
|Guardian report||41' Dublin|
|Everton||2 – 2||Manchester City|
|Guardian report|| 33' Anelka
|Manchester City||2 – 1||Leeds United|
|Guardian report||90' Kewell|
|Newcastle United||2 – 0||Manchester City|
|Manchester City||4 – 1||Fulham|
|Guardian report||2' Malbranque|
|Manchester City||1 – 2||West Bromwich Albion|
|Gilchrist 22' (o.g.)||Guardian report|| 18' Clement
|Manchester United||1 – 1||Manchester City|
|van Nistelrooy 18'||Guardian report||86' Goater|
|Manchester City||1 – 5||Arsenal|
|Anelka 87'||Guardian report|| 4' Bergkamp
|Blackburn Rovers||1 – 0||Manchester City|
|Dunn 13'||Guardian report|
|Manchester City||1 – 0||Birmingham City|
|Chelsea||5 – 0||Manchester City|
|Guardian report||90' Jihai|
|Bolton Wanderers||2 – 0||Manchester City|
Iván Campo 52'
|Manchester City||0 – 0||Middlesbrough|
|Tottenham Hotspur||0 – 2||Manchester City|
|Guardian report|| 3' Sommeil
|Manchester City||3 – 0||Sunderland|
|Foé 36' 80'
|Manchester City||0 – 1||West Ham United|
|Guardian report||81' Kanoute|
|Liverpool||1 – 2||Manchester City|
|Baroš 59'||Guardian report
|74' (pen.) 90+3' Anelka|
|Manchester City||0 – 1||Southampton|
|Guardian report||34' Svensson|
|Manchester City||3 – 2||Crewe Alexandra|
Walker 84' (o.g.)
|Guardian report|| 1' Jack
|Wigan Athletic||1 – 0||Manchester City|
|Roberts 35'||Guardian report|
|Manchester City||0 – 1||Liverpool|
|Guardian report||47' (pen.) Murphy|
League Cup and FA Cup
Information current as of 11 May 2003 (end of season)
Transfers and loans
- "Bernstein quits: bad news for the Blues?". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-03-05. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
- "Man City chairman quits". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-03-05. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
- "Man City takes First Advice in £5m shirt deal". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited. 2002-04-18. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- "Man City preview". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002-08-13. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Tranmere snap up Loran". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Charvet leaves Maine Road". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002-10-17. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Whitley leaves Maine Road". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Whitley joins Sunderland". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-08-04. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Schmeichel announces retirement". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-04-13. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- "Flowers joins Man City". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002-08-16. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Belmadi makes Man City switch". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-01-03. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Paul Ritchie - Career". soccerbase.com. (Racing Post). Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Pompey eye Scots pair". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002-09-26. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Thompson seeks more signings". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002-11-25. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Boston bid for McCarthy". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-02-24. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Deadline-day transfers". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2003-03-27. Retrieved 2011-03-05.