|Relegated|| Ipswich Town|
|Domestic cup winners|
|Worthington Cup||Blackburn Rovers|
|FA Charity Shield||Liverpool|
|Continental cup qualifiers|
|Champions League|| Arsenal|
|UEFA Cup|| Leeds United|
|Top goalscorer||Thierry Henry (24)|
|Highest scoring||Tottenham 3 - 5 Man Utd|
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.
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
|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|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||Old Trafford||68,174|
|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||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Middlesbrough|| Bryan Robson|
|Mutual consent||5 June 2001||Pre-season||Steve McClaren||12 June 2001|
|Leicester City||Peter Taylor||Sacked||30 September 2001||20th||Dave Bassett||10 October 2001|
|Southampton||Stuart Gray||1 October 2001||12th||Gordon Strachan||1 October 2001|
|Derby County||Jim Smith||Resigned||7 October 2001||19th||Colin Todd||8 October 2001|
|Colin Todd||Sacked||14 January 2002||19th||John Gregory||30 January 2002|
|Aston Villa||John Gregory||Resigned||24 January 2002||7th||Graham Taylor||5 February 2002|
|Everton||Walter Smith||Sacked||10 March 2002||16th||David Moyes||16 March 2002|
|Leicester City||Dave Bassett||Promoted to director of football position||6 April 2002||20th||Micky Adams||7 April 2002|
|1||Arsenal (C)||38||26||9||3||79||36||43||87||Champions League First group stage|
|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|
|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|
|10||Blackburn Rovers (Q)||38||12||10||16||55||51||4||46||UEFA Cup First round|
|13||Fulham (Q)||38||10||14||14||36||44||-8||44||Intertoto Cup Second round|
|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
|2||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Chelsea||23|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester United||23|
|Alan Shearer||Newcastle United||23|
|6||Ole Gunnar Solskjær||Manchester United||17|
|7||Robbie Fowler||Liverpool/Leeds United||15|
|10||Andrew Cole||Manchester United/Blackburn Rovers||13|
- Most wins – Arsenal (26)
- Fewest wins – Leicester City (5)
- Most draws – Aston Villa, Fulham and Charlton Athletic (14)
- Fewest draws – Manchester United (5)
- Most losses – Derby County (24)
- Fewest losses – Arsenal (3)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (87)
- Fewest goals scored – Sunderland (29)
- Most goals conceded – Ipswich Town and Leicester City (64)
- Fewest goals conceded – Liverpool (30)
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player 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)|
|Premier League 2001-02|
Arsenal · Aston Villa · Blackburn Rovers · Bolton Wanderers · Charlton Athletic · Chelsea · Derby County · Everton · Fulham · Ipswich Town · Leeds United · Leicester City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Middlesbrough · Newcastle United · Southampton · Sunderland · Tottenham Hotspur · West Ham United
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