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2001–02 Leeds United A.F.C. season

Season summaryEdit

Leeds topped the Premiership for much of the first half of the season, but - despite the wealth of options available to manager David O'Leary - they only finished fifth, meaning they would be competing in the UEFA Cup the next season. Some contribute their downfall to their FA Cup third round exit at Ninian Park; table-topping Leeds played mid-table Division 2 side Cardiff City but suffered a 2–1 defeat with goals from Graham Kavanagh and Scott Young. Leeds did not look like the same team after this, and didn't win another game for nearly two months. While they won seven of their last ten games, their poor mid-season run ultimately proved to be too much to recover from, and they finished five points adrift of Newcastle United, who occupied the final Champions League spot.

After the end of the season, chairman Peter Ridsdale decided that enough was enough and sacked O'Leary after four years and tens of millions of pounds in new signings had failed to translate into silverware; many also believe the infamous book "Leeds United: On Trial", written by O'Leary himself, destroyed morale in the dressing-room and accelerated his departure from the club. In came former England manager Terry Venables as his successor.

Plans were unveiled on 5 September for a new 50,000-seat stadium at Skelton to replace Elland Road, with Ridsdale hoping to have it ready by the summer of 2004. In fact, Ridsdale was aware that millions of pounds had been staked on Champions League qualification - by not qualifying in successive years, the club was heading for financial meltdown.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
3 Manchester United 38 24 5 9 87 45 +42 77 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Newcastle United 38 21 8 9 74 52 +22 71
5 Leeds United 38 18 12 8 53 37 +16 66 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
6 Chelsea 38 17 13 8 66 38 +28 64
7 West Ham United 38 15 8 15 48 57 −9 53
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Chelsea, the losing finalists.
Results summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 12 8 53 37  +16 66 9 6 4 31 21  +10 9 6 4 22 16  +6

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAAHAHAAHAHAHAAHHHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH
ResultWWDDWWWDDDWLDDWDWLWWWLDLLDDDWWWLLWWLWW
Position32231111121223343343123566655656666665
Source: Statto.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Nigel Martyn
2   DF Gary Kelly
3   DF Ian Harte
4   MF Olivier Dacourt
6   DF Jonathan Woodgate
7   FW Robbie Keane
9   FW Mark Viduka
10   FW Harry Kewell
11   MF Lee Bowyer
13   GK Paul Robinson
16   MF Jason Wilcox
17   FW Alan Smith
No. Position Player
18   DF Danny Mills
19   MF Eirik Bakke
20   MF Seth Johnson
21   DF Dominic Matteo
22   DF Michael Duberry
23   MF David Batty
25   MF Jacob Burns
27   FW Robbie Fowler
28   MF Jamie McMaster
29   DF Rio Ferdinand (captain)
32   MF Harpal Singh
34   DF Frazer Richardson

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
14   MF Stephen McPhail (on loan to Millwall)
26   GK Danny Milosevic (on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
27   DF Alan Maybury (to Hearts)
No. Position Player
33   MF Wesley Boyle (released)
  DF Damian Lynch (to Nottingham Forest)

Reserve squadEdit

The following players did not appear in a first-team squad this season.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
5   DF Lucas Radebe
8   FW Michael Bridges
24   DF Danny Hay
35   DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
50   GK Shaun Allaway
  FW Craig Farrell
  FW Simon Johnson
No. Position Player
  DF Christopher Kamara
  MF Paul Keegan
  DF Matthew Kilgallon
  DF Tom Newey
  FW Craig Stiens
  FW Michael Ward

ResultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

UEFA CupEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK   Nigel Martyn 49 0 38 0 1 0 2 0 8 0
Defenders
2 DF   Gary Kelly 25 0 19+1 0 1 0 0+1 0 3 0
3 DF   Ian Harte 47 6 34+2 5 1 0 2 0 8 1
6 DF   Jonathan Woodgate 15 0 11+2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
18 DF   Danny Mills 39 1 28 1 1 0 2 0 8 0
21 DF   Dominic Matteo 40 0 32 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
22 DF   Michael Duberry 7 0 3 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 1 0
29 DF   Rio Ferdinand 41 0 31 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Olivier Dacourt 25 0 16+1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
10 MF   Harry Kewell 35 11 26+1 8 0 0 1 1 7 2
11 MF   Lee Bowyer 30 7 24+1 5 1 0 1 0 3 2
16 MF   Jason Wilcox 17 0 4+9 0 0 0 1 0 2+1 0
17 MF   Alan Smith 31 5 19+4 4 1 0 1+1 0 4+1 1
19 MF   Eirik Bakke 35 4 20+7 2 0 0 2 1 6 1
20 MF   Seth Johnson 14 0 12+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF   David Batty 44 0 30+6 0 1 0 1 0 5+1 0
Forwards
7 FW   Robbie Keane 33 9 16+9 3 0 0 2 3 6 3
9 FW   Mark Viduka 42 17 33 12 1 1 1 1 7 3
27 FW   Robbie Fowler 23 12 22 12 1 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
14 MF   Stephen McPhail 4 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0 0+1 0
27 DF   Alan Maybury 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 15 May 2002
Source: Competitions

Top scorersEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

UEFA CupEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

TransfersEdit

InEdit

OutEdit

Transfers in:   £18,000,000
Transfers out:   £1,350,000
Total spending:   £16,650,000

Loaned outEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Leeds United - 2001/02". FootballSquads. Retrieved 16 September 2010.