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2001–02 Newcastle United F.C. season

Season summaryEdit

For Bobby Robson's first two seasons as manager, the club remained in the bottom half of the table, however during this period Robson had built up an exciting young squad. He felt that his side could aim for eighth place in the final table as the season began

Newcastle reached an Inter-Toto Cup final early in the season against Troyes AC, which they lost on away goals after a 4-4 draw at home.[1] They were soon looking like unlikely contenders for the Premiership title. Players such as Kieron Dyer (a Ruud Gullit signing), Craig Bellamy and Laurent Robert ensured the team were capable of once again punching their weight in the league. Newcastle achieved qualification for the lucrative Champions' League finishing in 4th place.[2]

This brought renewed hope for the club after four seasons of struggle, though in the end Newcastle fell short of winning the title that they had coveted since 1927. Nonetheless, fourth place was their highest since 1997, securing Champions League football for only the second time in the club's history.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
2 Liverpool 38 24 8 6 67 30 +37 80 Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
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
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.

Club transfersEdit

InEdit

Date Pos. Name From Fee
June 2001 FW   Craig Bellamy   Coventry City £6,000,000
July 2001 DF   Robbie Elliott   Bolton Wanderers Free
August 2001 MF   Laurent Robert   PSG £9,500,000
September 2001 DF   Sylvain Distin   PSG £500,000 (loan fee)
January 2002 MF   Jermaine Jenas   Nottingham Forest £5,000,000
  • Total spending:   £21m

OutEdit

Date Pos. Name To Fee
May 2001 MF   Des Hamilton   Cardiff City Free
May 2001 MF   Stephen Glass   Watford Free
May 2001 FW   Kevin Gallacher   Preston North End Free
May 2001 MF   Daniel Cordone   Racing Club Loan ended
May 2001 DF   Carl Serrant - Retired
October 2001 MF   Brian Kerr   Coventry City Loan
January 2002 MF   Christian Bassedas   Tenerife Loan
February 2002 DF   Warren Barton   Derby County Undisclosed
February 2002 MF   Rob Lee   Derby County Undisclosed
March 2002 DF   David Beharall   Oldham Athletic £150,000
  • Total spending:   £0.15m

PlayersEdit

First-team squadEdit

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 Shay Given
2   DF Warren Barton
3   DF Robbie Elliott
4   MF Nolberto Solano
5   DF Andy O'Brien
6   MF Clarence Acuña
7   MF Rob Lee
7   MF Jermaine Jenas
8   MF Kieron Dyer
9   FW Alan Shearer
10   MF Christian Bassedas
11   MF Gary Speed
12   DF Andy Griffin
No. Position Player
13   GK Steve Harper
14   DF Wayne Quinn
16   FW Carl Cort
17   FW Craig Bellamy
18   DF Aaron Hughes
20   FW Lomana LuaLua
22   MF Jamie McClen
23   FW Shola Ameobi
24   DF Sylvain Distin
25   MF Brian Kerr
32   MF Laurent Robert
34   DF Nikos Dabizas
35   DF Olivier Bernard

Reserve squadEdit

The following players did not appear for the first-team this season.[3]

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

No. Position Player
15   DF Marcelino
21   MF Diego Gavilán
26   MF James Coppinger
27   DF David Beharall
29   GK John Karelse
30   DF Steven Caldwell
31   MF Stuart Green
33   MF Pedro Dimas
No. Position Player
36   DF Gary Caldwell
37   FW Colin McMenamin
38   MF Ryan McGuffie
39   MF Mark Boyd
40   DF David Cowan
  GK Phil Pringle
  GK Adam Sadler

U-19 squadEdit

The following players made most of their appearances for the under-19 team this season, but may have also appeared for the under-17s or the reserves.[4]

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

No. Position Player
28   FW Michael Chopra
  GK Carl Bell
  GK Jonny Brain
  DF Aaron Labonte
  DF Lee Norton
  DF Bradley Orr
  DF Peter Ramage
  DF Joe Kendrick
  MF Karl Colley
  MF Tommy English
  MF Andy Ferrell
  MF Robert Kent
  MF Chris Moore
No. Position Player
  MF Craig Robson
  MF Damon Robson
  MF Carl Heiniger
  MF Stephen Brennan
  FW Jonathan Mann
  FW Richard Offiong
  Kevin Dixon
  Paul Dunn
  Ryan Hogg
  David Molloy
  Chris Meredith
  Matthew Patterson
  Stephen Pringle

U-17 squadEdit

The following players made most of their appearances for the under-17 team this season, but may have appeared for the under-19s or the reserves.[5]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Adam Bartlett
  GK Adam Collin
  GK Ben Smith
  DF Liam Atkin
  DF Chris Carr
  DF Phil Cave
  DF Kris Gate
  DF Steven Taylor
  DF Chris Shanks
  MF James Beaumont
  MF Martin Brittain
  MF Ross Gardner
  MF Steven Istead
  MF Neale McDermott
  MF Ben Webster
  MF Alan O'Brien
No. Position Player
  FW Guy Bates
  FW Lewis Guy
  FW Marc Walton
  FW Calvin Zola
  MF Ben Jackson
  Michael Carr
  Ben Dixon
  Stephen Graham
  Mark Grant
  Danny Howe
  Scott Kerr
  Mark Laird
  Graeme Matthewson
  Wesley Richardson
  Gavin Stoker
  Jack Wanless

TrialistsEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Dries Boussatta (free agent)
No. Position Player
  MF Hamed Kavianpour (on trial from Persepolis)

Other playersEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Daryl Smylie
  MF Matty Pattison
No. Position Player
  FW Carl Finnigan

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Bobby Robson
Assistant manager   John Carver
First-team coach   Nigel Pearson
Goalkeeping coach   Andy Woodman
Development coach   Arthur Cox
Reserve team coach   Terry McDermott
Chief scout   Steve Clarke

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Appearances, goals and cardsEdit

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals    
1 GK   Shay Given 38 0 5 0 1 0 6 0 50 0 2 0
2 DF   Warren Barton 4+1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 11+1 0 2 0
3 DF   Robbie Elliott 26+1 1 3+1 0 2+1 0 6 0 37+3 1 5 0
4 MF   Nolberto Solano 37 7 5 1 4 0 6 4 52 12 4 0
5 DF   Andy O'Brien 31+3 2 4+1 1 3+1 0 0+1 0 38+6 3 4 0
6 MF   Clarence Acuña 10+6 3 3+2 1 1+1 0 0+1 0 14+10 4 4 0
7 MF   Rob Lee 15+1 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 21+1 1 4 0
7 MF   Jermaine Jenas 6+6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6+6 0 0 0
8 MF   Kieron Dyer 15+3 3 2 0 0+1 0 0 0 17+4 3 0 0
9 FW   Alan Shearer 36+1 23 5 2 4 2 0 0 45+1 27 3 0
10 MF   Christian Bassedas 1+1 0 0 0 1 0 3+1 0 5+2 0 2 0
11 MF   Gary Speed 28+1 5 2 0 3 0 6 2 39+1 7 5 0
12 DF   Andy Griffin 3+1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4+1 0 0 0
13 GK   Steve Harper 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
14 DF   Wayne Quinn 0 0 0+1 0 1 0 6 1 7+1 1 0 0
16 FW   Carl Cort 6+2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 8+2 1 0 0
17 FW   Craig Bellamy 26+1 9 3 0 2+1 4 6 1 37+2 14 9 0
18 DF   Aaron Hughes 34 0 5 1 3 0 6 2 48 3 2 0
20 FW   Lomana LuaLua 4+16 3 0+3 0 0+3 0 0+6 2 4+28 5 0 0
22 MF   Jamie McClen 3 0 3 1 0 0 0+2 0 6+2 1 0 0
23 FW   Shola Ameobi 4+11 0 0+1 0 2+1 2 6 3 12+13 5 3 0
24 DF   Sylvain Distin 20+8 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 27+8 0 6 0
25 MF   Brian Kerr 0 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
32 MF   Laurent Robert 34+2 8 3 1 3 1 0 0 40+2 10 7 0
34 DF   Nikos Dabizas 33+2 3 3 0 2 0 6 0 44+2 3 8 0
35 DF   Olivier Bernard 4+12 3 2 0 2 0 0+3 0 8+15 3 2 0

MatchesEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Intertoto CupEdit

Rob Lee TestimonialEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Newcastle keep Troyes at bay". BBC News. 7 August 2001.
  2. ^ "FA Barclay Card Premiership 2001/2002 final table". soccerbot.com. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  3. ^ https://www.nufc.com/html/2001-02html/2001-02reserve_apps.html
  4. ^ https://www.nufc.com/html/2001-02html/2001-02u19_squad.html
  5. ^ https://www.nufc.com/html/2001-02html/2001-02u17_squad.html

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