2001–02 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season2001–02
Dates18 August 2001 – 11 May 2002
Champions Arsenal
2nd Premier League title
12th English title
Relegated Ipswich Town
Derby County
Leicester City
Champions League Arsenal
Liverpool
Manchester United
Newcastle United
UEFA Cup Leeds United
Chelsea
Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town
Intertoto Cup Aston Villa
Fulham
Matches played380
Goals scored1,001 (2.63 per match)
Average goals/game2.6
Top goalscorer Thierry Henry (24 goals)
Biggest home win Blackburn Rovers 7–1 West Ham United
(14 October 2001)
Biggest away win Ipswich Town 0–6 Liverpool
(9 February 2002)
Highest scoring Tottenham Hotspur 3–5 Manchester United
(29 September 2001)
Blackburn Rovers 7–1 West Ham United
(14 October 2001)
Charlton Athletic 4–4 West Ham United
(19 November 2001)
West Ham United 3–5 Manchester United
(16 March 2002)
Newcastle United 6–2 Everton
(29 March 2002)
Longest winning run13 games [1]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run21 games [1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run16 games [1]
Leicester City
Longest losing run7 games [1]
Derby County
Highest attendance67,638
Manchester United v Middlesbrough
(23 March 2002)
Lowest attendance15,415
Leicester City v Middlesbrough
(18 September 2001)
Average attendance34,249
2002–03

The 2001–02 FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the tenth season of the competition. It began with a new sponsor, Barclaycard, and was titled the FA Barclaycard Premiership, replacing the previous sponsor, Carling. The title race turned into a battle among four sides – Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United.

Contents

Arsenal clinched the title on 8 May 2002 after a convincing win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, in the penultimate game of the season. This new attacking Arsenal side had won the FA Cup five days before and made history by accomplishing their third double, their second under the reign of Arsène Wenger, who showed his commitment by signing a new four-year deal with Arsenal.

The season started on 18 August 2001 and ended on 11 May 2002.

Season summary

At the start of 2002 the title race was wide open, with the likes of Newcastle United and Leeds United contesting at the top of the table along with the usual likes of Arsenal and Manchester United. Newcastle, after back-to-back away wins at Arsenal and Leeds during the Christmas period, confirmed themselves as genuine title challengers and led the league at the turn of the year. Leeds had topped the table at Christmas prior to losing at Elland Road to Newcastle.

Despite being top of the table at the start of December – eleven points clear of Manchester United – Liverpool underwent a severe slump, falling to fifth place, five points behind United. Would-be contenders Chelsea, Newcastle United and Leeds United had by this point disappeared into the chasing pack.

January saw Liverpool travelling to both Highbury and Old Trafford in the space of a fortnight. Liverpool's Danny Murphy scored a late winner to give the Merseyside club all three points against United, and John Arne Riise then salvaged a point for Liverpool against Arsenal, allowing Manchester United to top the table for the first time that season.

In March, Arsenal were installed as strong favourites for the Premiership title after Liverpool's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal's April triumph against Bolton Wanderers brought them to within three points of a second Premier League title under Arsène Wenger.

Fittingly, the Premiership title would be decided at Old Trafford as Arsenal and Manchester United faced one another in a decisive encounter. Arsenal only required a draw to guarantee their second title in five seasons to go with their FA Cup victory against London rivals Chelsea four days previously; United had to win to take the title race to the last day. In the end, Arsenal emerged victorious as their record signing Sylvain Wiltord scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal was confirmed Premiership champions with a game to spare. Manchester United's disappointment was compounded by Liverpool leapfrogging them into second place by virtue of their 4–3 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

On the final day of the season Liverpool confirmed second place by trashing soon to be relegated Ipswich Town 5–0 at Anfield. Arsenal rounded off their successful league campaign in style, beating Everton 4–3 at Highbury. Manchester United limped to a poor draw against Charlton Athletic, completing a disappointing campaign for the deposed league champions.

For the first time in the history of the Premier League, all three promoted teams avoided relegation – Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers avoided relegation until 2011–12, when the three promoted teams of 2010–11 coincidentally avoided relegation again, whilst Fulham avoided relegation until the 2013–14 season.

Fulham had splashed out £34 million on new players during the close season, with their owner Mohamed Al-Fayed being one of the wealthiest benefactors in English football. He even boasted that they would win the Premiership title in 2001–02, and most pundits tipped Fulham, managed by former French international Jean Tigana, to push for a place in Europe. However, Fulham finished thirteenth, 47 points away from Arsenal.

Bolton Wanderers went top of the Premiership after winning their first three fixtures of the season, causing an upset by beating Gérard Houllier's Liverpool in the latter stage of the game. Manager Sam Allardyce was boasting that his side were good enough to win their first ever league title, but Bolton's league form slumped after the first two months of the season and they finished 16th place – their survival confirmed in the penultimate game of the season.

Blackburn Rovers were the most successful of the promoted sides. Graeme Souness' men beat Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 in the League Cup final to lift the trophy for the first time, and then climbed from 18th place in the Premiership in late February to finish in a secure 10th place – higher than any other newly promoted team that season. Blackburn secured a UEFA Cup place for 2002–03.

Leicester City was the first team officially relegated from the Premiership, finishing bottom of table with just five Premiership wins in their last season at 111-year-old Filbert Street before relocation to the new 32 000-seat Walkers Stadium. The club went through the regime of two managers during the season – Peter Taylor was replaced by Dave Bassett in early October; six months later Bassett joined the club's board to be replaced by former assistant manager Micky Adams.

Just after the start of the 2002–03 season, Leicester's relegation (which cost them extensive television revenue) and the cost of their new stadium had created debts in excess of £30 million, and the club went into administration before being taken over by a new owner. Despite this setback, Leicester gained promotion back to the Premiership at the first time of asking, although they slipped back down again after just one season and Adams had since resigned to make way for new manager Craig Levein.

Next to go down were Derby County, who had been promoted alongside Leicester six years earlier. Manager Jim Smith resigned in early October to be replaced by assistant manager Colin Todd, who was sacked three months later after Derby were knocked out of the FA Cup by Division Three strugglers Bristol Rovers.

The last team to be relegated were Ipswich Town, who had qualified for the UEFA Cup and earned manager George Burley the Manager of the Year award the previous season after finishing fifth. Ipswich made a terrible start to the season, winning just one of their first 18 Premiership games. They then went on a strong run of form, winning seven out of eight games, which looked to have secured their Premiership survival, but they then suffered another setback which George Burley's men were unable to reverse, and their relegation was confirmed on the final day of the season by a 5–0 thrashing at Liverpool.

Teams

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, returning after a top flight absence of thirty-three, two and three years respectively. This was also Fulham's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Manchester City, Coventry City and Bradford City, ending their one, thirty-four and two-year top flight spells respectively.

Stadiums and Locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,573
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley 27,111
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 24,600
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,242
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street [lower-alpha 1] 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Southampton Southampton St Mary's Stadium [lower-alpha 2] 32,689
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,647
  1. This was Leicester City's last season at Filbert Street as they were scheduled to relocate to the King Power Stadium at the end of the season.
  2. Southampton had moved to St Mary's Stadium after spending 103 years at The Dell.

Personnel and kits

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of England.svg Tony Adams Nike Dreamcast/Sega 1
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Graham Taylor Flag of England.svg Paul Merson Diadora NTL
Blackburn Rovers Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Souness Flag of England.svg Garry Flitcroft Kappa Time
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Flag of Iceland.svg Guðni Bergsson Reebok Reebok
Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Kinsella Le Coq Sportif Redbus
Chelsea Flag of Italy.svg Claudio Ranieri Flag of France.svg Marcel Desailly Umbro Fly Emirates
Derby County Flag of England.svg John Gregory Flag of Jamaica.svg Darryl Powell Erreà Pedigree
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes Flag of Scotland.svg David Weir Puma One 2 One
Fulham Flag of France.svg Jean Tigana Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Andy Melville Adidas Pizza Hut
Ipswich Town Flag of Scotland.svg George Burley Flag of Ireland.svg Matt Holland Punch TXU Energi
Leeds United Flag of Ireland.svg David O'Leary Flag of England.svg Rio Ferdinand Nike Strongbow
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Micky Adams Flag of Scotland.svg Matt Elliott Le Coq Sportif LG
Liverpool Flag of France.svg Gérard Houllier Flag of England.svg Jamie Redknapp Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Sir Alex Ferguson Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Umbro Vodafone
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren Flag of England.svg Paul Ince Erreà BT Cellnet
Newcastle United Flag of England.svg Bobby Robson Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Adidas NTL
Southampton Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier Saints Friends Provident
Sunderland Flag of England.svg Peter Reid Flag of England.svg Michael Gray NikeReg Vardy
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Glenn Hoddle Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood Adidas Holsten
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Glenn Roeder Ulster Banner.svg Steve Lomas Fila Dr. Martens

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson
Flag of England.svg Terry Venables
Mutual consent5 June 2001 [2] Pre-season Flag of England.svg Steve McClaren 12 June 2001 [3]
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Glenn Roeder (caretaker)End of caretaker spell14 June 2001 [4] Flag of England.svg Glenn Roeder 14 June 2001
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Peter Taylor Sacked30 September 200120th Flag of England.svg Dave Bassett 10 October 2001
Southampton Flag of England.svg Stuart Gray 1 October 200112th Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan 1 October 2001
Derby County Flag of England.svg Jim Smith Resigned7 October 200119th Flag of England.svg Colin Todd 8 October 2001 [5]
Flag of England.svg Colin Todd Sacked14 January 2002 [6] 19th Flag of England.svg John Gregory 30 January 2002
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg John Gregory Resigned24 January 2002 [7] 7th Flag of England.svg Graham Taylor 5 February 2002
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg Walter Smith Sacked10 March 200216th Flag of Scotland.svg David Moyes 16 March 2002
Leicester City Flag of England.svg Dave Bassett Promoted to director of football position6 April 200220th Flag of England.svg Micky Adams 7 April 2002 [8]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C)3826937936+4387Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
2 Liverpool 3824866730+3780
3 Manchester United 3824598745+4277Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Newcastle United 3821897452+2271
5 Leeds United 38181285337+1666Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
6 Chelsea 38171386638+2864
7 West Ham United 38158154857953
8 Aston Villa 381214124647150Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38148164953450
10 Blackburn Rovers 381210165551+446Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 2]
11 Southampton 38129174654845
12 Middlesbrough 381291735471245
13 Fulham 381014143644844Qualification for the Intertoto Cup second round
14 Charlton Athletic 3810141438491144
15 Everton 3811101745571243
16 Bolton Wanderers 389131644621840
17 Sunderland 3810101829512240
18 Ipswich Town (R)38992041642336
Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round [lower-alpha 3]
Relegation to the Football League First Division
19 Derby County (R)38862433633030Relegation to the Football League First Division
20 Leicester City (R)385132030643428
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Chelsea, the losing finalists.
  2. Blackburn Rovers qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
  3. Ipswich Town qualified for the UEFA Cup qualifying round as the winners of Premiership Fair Play League by The Football Association, one of the UEFA Fair Play ranking winners.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BLB BOL CHA CHE DER EVE FUL IPS LEE LEI LIV MUN MID NEW SOU SUN TOT WHU
Arsenal 3–23–31–12–4 2–1 1–04–34–12–01–24–01–1 3–1 2–11–31–13–0 2–1 2–0
Aston Villa 1–22–03–21–01–12–10–02–02–10–10–21–21–10–01–12–10–01–12–1
Blackburn Rovers 2–33–01–14–10–00–11–03–02–11–20–01–12–20–12–22–00–32–17–1
Bolton Wanderers 0–23–21–10–02–21–32–20–04–10–32–22–10–41–00–40–10–21–11–0
Charlton Athletic 0–31–20–21–22–11–01–21–13–20–22–00–20–20–01–11–12–23–14–4
Chelsea 1–1 1–30–05–10–12–13–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–04–00–32–21–12–44–04–05–1
Derby County 0–23–12–11–01–11–13–40–11–30–12–30–12–20–12–31–00–11–00–0
Everton 0–13–21–23–10–30–01–02–11–20–02–2 1–3 0–22–01–32–01–01–15–0
Fulham 1–30–02–03–00–0 1–1 0–02–01–10–00–00–22–32–13–12–12–00–20–1
Ipswich Town 0–20–01–11–20–10–03–10–01–01–22–00–60–11–00–11–35–02–12–3
Leeds United 1–11–13–10–00–0 0–0 3–03–20–12–02–20–4 3–4 1–03–42–02–0 2–1 3–0
Leicester City 1–32–22–10–51–12–30–30–00–01–10–21–40–11–20–00–41–02–11–1
Liverpool 1–21–34–31–12–01–02–0 1–1 0–05–01–11–0 3–1 2–03–01–11–01–02–1
Manchester United 0–1 1–02–11–20–00–35–04–13–24–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–13–16–14–14–00–1
Middlesbrough 0–42–11–31–10–00–25–11–02–10–02–21–01–20–1 1–4 1–3 2–0 1–12–0
Newcastle United 0–23–02–13–23–01–21–06–21–12–23–11–00–24–3 3–0 3–11–10–23–1
Southampton 0–21–31–20–01–00–22–00–11–13–30–12–22–01–31–13–12–01–02–0
Sunderland 1–11–11–01–02–20–01–11–01–11–02–02–10–11–3 0–1 0–11–11–21–0
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 0–01–03–20–1 2–3 3–11–14–01–22–12–11–03–52–11–32–02–11–1
West Ham United 1–11–12–02–12–02–14–01–00–23–10–01–01–13–51–03–02–03–00–1
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

Arsenal's Thierry Henry was the top scorer, with 24 goals. Thierry Henry Arsenal U19s Vs Olympiacos (cropped).jpg
Arsenal's Thierry Henry was the top scorer, with 24 goals.
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry Arsenal24
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea23
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Newcastle United
5 Flag of England.svg Michael Owen Liverpool19
6 Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United17
7 Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler Liverpool
Leeds United
15
8 Flag of Iceland.svg Eiður Guðjohnsen Chelsea14
Flag of Latvia.svg Marians Pahars Southampton
10 Flag of England.svg Andy Cole Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers
13

Hat-tricks

The 2001-02 Premier League season would see Robbie Fowler score his final hat-tricks of his professional career. Robbie Fowler.jpg
The 2001–02 Premier League season would see Robbie Fowler score his final hat-tricks of his professional career.
PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler LiverpoolLeicester City4–1 (A)20 October 2001 [9]
Flag of England.svg Paul Kitson West Ham UnitedCharlton Athletic4–4 (A)19 November 2001 [10]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester UnitedSouthampton6–1 (H)22 December 2001 [11]
Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler Leeds UnitedBolton Wanderers3–0 (A)26 December 2001 [12]
Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester UnitedBolton Wanderers4–0 (A)29 January 2002 [13]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink PChelseaTottenham Hotspur4–0 (H)13 March 2002 [14]
Flag of Germany.svg Fredi Bobic Bolton WanderersIpswich Town4–1 (H)6 April 2002 [15]
Note:P Player scored a perfect hat-trick; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists

Arsenal's Robert Pires was the top assist provider with 15 goals for the club in the 2001-02 Premier League season. Robert Pires1.JPG
Arsenal's Robert Pires was the top assist provider with 15 goals for the club in the 2001–02 Premier League season.
RankPlayerClubAssists [16]
1 Flag of France.svg Robert Pires Arsenal15
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal12
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs Manchester United
4 Flag of France.svg Laurent Robert Newcastle United11
5 Flag of Peru.svg Nolberto Solano Newcastle United9
Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United
Flag of England.svg Mark Venus Ipswich Town
8 Flag of England.svg David Beckham Manchester United8
Flag of Italy.svg Benito Carbone Derby County
Middlesbrough
Flag of England.svg Steven Gerrard Liverpool

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of England.svg Sam Allardyce Bolton Wanderers Flag of France.svg Louis Saha Fulham
September Flag of England.svg John Gregory Aston Villa Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Sebastián Verón Manchester United
October Flag of England.svg Glenn Hoddle Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Rio Ferdinand Leeds United
November Flag of England.svg Phil Thompson Liverpool Flag of England.svg Danny Murphy Liverpool
December Flag of England.svg Bobby Robson Newcastle United Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
January Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Southampton Flag of England.svg Marcus Bent Ipswich Town
February Flag of England.svg Bobby Robson Newcastle United Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
March Flag of France.svg Gérard Houllier
Flag of England.svg Phil Thompson
Liverpool Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
April Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Arsenal Flag of Sweden.svg Freddie Ljungberg

Annual awards

AwardWinnerClub
Premier League Manager of the Season Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Arsenal
Premier League Player of the Season Flag of Sweden.svg Freddie Ljungberg Arsenal
PFA Players' Player of the Year Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United
PFA Young Player of the Year Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy Newcastle United
FWA Footballer of the Year Flag of France.svg Robert Pires Arsenal
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper Flag of Ireland.svg Shay Given (Newcastle United)
Defence Flag of Ireland.svg Steve Finnan (Fulham) Flag of England.svg Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United) Flag of Finland.svg Sami Hyypiä (Liverpool) Flag of England.svg Wayne Bridge (Southampton)
Midfield Flag of France.svg Robert Pires (Arsenal) Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane (Manchester United) Flag of France.svg Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Attack Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United) Flag of France.svg Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

See also

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