Premier League
Premier League Logo (2001-2004)
Season information
Winners Arsenal
Relegated Ipswich Town
Derby County
Leicester City
Domestic cup winners
FA Cup Arsenal
Worthington Cup Blackburn Rovers
FA Charity Shield Liverpool
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Arsenal
Manchester United
Newcastle United
UEFA Cup Leeds United
Intertoto Cup Fulham
Season statistics
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1001
Average 2.6
Top goalscorer Thierry Henry (24)
Highest scoring Tottenham 3 - 5 Man Utd
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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 between four different sides – Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United.

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 & 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, their owner Mohamed Al-Fayed 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 different 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 was sacked 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.

Promotion and relegation

Start of season

Teams promoted from the First Division 2000-01

End of season

Teams relegated to the First Division 2002-03


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. Manchester City were immediately relegated to the First Division while Coventry City and Bradford City ended their thirty-four and two year top flight spells respectively.

Stadiums and Locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
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 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 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

Personnel and kits

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

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Middlesbrough England Bryan Robson
England Terry Venables
Mutual consent 5 June 2001 Pre-season England Steve McClaren 12 June 2001
Leicester City England Peter Taylor Sacked 30 September 2001 20th England Dave Bassett 10 October 2001
Southampton England Stuart Gray 1 October 2001 12th Scotland Gordon Strachan 1 October 2001
Derby County England Jim Smith Resigned 7 October 2001 19th England Colin Todd 8 October 2001
England Colin Todd Sacked 14 January 2002 19th England John Gregory 30 January 2002
Aston Villa England John Gregory Resigned 24 January 2002 7th England Graham Taylor 5 February 2002
Everton Scotland Walter Smith Sacked 10 March 2002 16th Scotland David Moyes 16 March 2002
Leicester City England Dave Bassett Promoted to director of football position 6 April 2002 20th England Micky Adams 7 April 2002

League table

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Comments
1 Arsenal (C) 38 26 9 3 79 36 43 87 Champions League First group stage
2 Liverpool (Q) 38 24 8 6 67 30 37 80
3 Manchester United (Q) 38 24 5 9 87 45 42 77 Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Newcastle United (Q) 38 21 8 9 74 52 22 71
5 Leeds United (Q) 38 18 12 8 53 37 16 66 UEFA Cup First round
6 Chelsea (Q) 38 17 13 8 66 38 28 64
7 West Ham United 38 15 8 15 48 57 -9 53
8 Aston Villa (Q) 38 12 14 12 46 47 -1 50 Intertoto Cup Third round
9 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 49 53 -4 50
10 Blackburn Rovers (Q) 38 12 10 16 55 51 4 46 UEFA Cup First round
11 Southampton 38 12 9 17 46 54 -8 45
12 Middlesbrough 38 12 9 17 35 47 -12 45
13 Fulham (Q) 38 10 14 14 36 44 -8 44 Intertoto Cup Second round
14 Charlton Athletic 38 10 14 14 38 49 -11 44
15 Everton 38 11 10 17 45 57 -12 43
16 Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 44 62 -18 40
17 Sunderland 38 10 10 18 29 51 -22 40
18 Ipswich Town (R) 38 9 9 20 41 64 -23 36 Relegated to the First Division
19 Derby County (R) 38 8 6 24 33 63 -30 30
20 Leicester City (R) 38 5 13 20 30 64 -34 28

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored.
P = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points;
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (Q) = Qualified to respective tournament; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Premier League 2001-02 Winners
2nd Premier League title
12th English title

Top goalscorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Thierry Henry Arsenal 24
2 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea 23
Ruud van Nistelrooy Manchester United 23
Alan Shearer Newcastle United 23
5 Michael Owen Liverpool 19
6 Ole Gunnar Solskjær Manchester United 17
7 Robbie Fowler Liverpool/Leeds United 15
8 Eiður Guðjohnsen Chelsea 14
Marians Pahars Southampton 14
10 Andrew Cole Manchester United/Blackburn Rovers 13



Monthly awards

MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the Month
August Sam Allardyce (Bolton Wanderers) Louis Saha (Fulham)
September John Gregory (Aston Villa) Juan Sebastián Verón (Manchester United)
October Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham Hotspur) Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United)
November Phil Thompson (Liverpool) Danny Murphy (Liverpool)
December Bobby Robson (Newcastle United) Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
January Gordon Strachan (Southampton) Marcus Bent (Ipswich Town)
February Bobby Robson (Newcastle United) Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)
March Gérard Houllier & Phil Thompson (Liverpool) Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
April Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal)

External links

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