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2002–03 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

During the 2002–03 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the FA Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers
2002–03 season
ManagerScotland Graeme Souness
Premier League6th
FA CupFourth round
League CupSemi-finals
UEFA CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague:
Damien Duff (9)

All:
Dwight Yorke (13)[1]
Highest home attendance30,475 (vs. Manchester United, 22 December 2002)
Lowest home attendance21,096 (vs. Fulham, 30 November 2002)
Average home league attendance26,225[2]

Season summaryEdit

After a season of consolidation in the Premiership the previous season (capped with victory in the League Cup), Blackburn Rovers enjoyed their best season since winning the title in 1995, finishing in sixth place and qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the second year in a row. While their UEFA Cup campaign was not especially impressive (only beating CSKA Sofia on away goals before being knocked out by eventual runners-up Celtic), their continued progress under Graeme Souness gave the fans much hope for the following season. The star man for Blackburn this season was American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who was named as the goalkeeper in the PFA Team of the Year.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
4 Chelsea 38 19 10 9 68 38 +30 67 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
5 Liverpool 38 18 10 10 61 41 +20 64 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 12 10 52 43 +9 60
7 Everton 38 17 8 13 48 49 −1 59
8 Southampton 38 13 13 12 43 46 −3 52 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Cup via the league, their place in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners reverted to the league and was awarded to Blackburn Rovers as the highest-placed team not already qualified for European competitions.
  2. ^ Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners went to Southampton, who were the FA Cup runners-up.

First-team squadEdit

Squad at end of season

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 Brad Friedel
2   DF Lucas Neill
3   MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
4   DF Andy Todd
6   DF Craig Short
7   MF Garry Flitcroft
8   MF David Dunn
9   FW Andrew Cole
10   FW Matt Jansen
11   MF Damien Duff
12   FW Corrado Grabbi
13   GK Alan Kelly
14   DF Nils-Eric Johansson
15   FW Craig Hignett
16   MF Alan Mahon
No. Position Player
17   DF John Curtis
18   MF Keith Gillespie
19   FW Dwight Yorke
20   MF David Thompson
21   DF Martin Taylor
22   FW Egil Østenstad
23   DF Sebastian Pelzer
25   DF Henning Berg
26   DF Vratislav Greško (on loan from Parma)
29   MF Jonathan Douglas
31   FW Paul Gallagher
33   FW Hakan Şükür
34   DF Jay McEveley
35   MF Neil Danns
36   FW Marc Richards

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
5   DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye (retired)
10   FW Matt Jansen (on loan to Coventry City)
No. Position Player
20   MF Hakan Ünsal (to Galatasaray)
27   GK Alan Miller (retired)

Reserve squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
24   MF Darren Dunning
30   DF Gordon Greer
No. Position Player
32   GK Ryan Robinson

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   Brad Friedel 47 0 37 0 3 0 3 0 4 0
13 GK   Alan Kelly 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF   Lucas Neill 45 0 34 0 3 0 4 0 4 0
4 DF   Andy Todd 19 1 7+5 1 2 0 4 0 1 0
6 DF   Craig Short 30 1 26+1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
14 DF   Nils-Eric Johansson 39 0 20+10 0 1+1 0 2+1 0 4 0
17 DF   John Curtis 7 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
21 DF   Martin Taylor 42 2 29+4 2 3 0 3 0 3 0
23 DF   Sebastian Pelzer 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
25 DF   Henning Berg 19 1 15+1 1 1 0 0 0 1+1 0
26 DF   Vratislav Greško 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF   Jay McEveley 15 0 9 0 2 0 3+1 0 0 0
Midfielders
3 MF   Tugay Kerimoğlu 48 1 32+5 1 2+1 0 4 0 4 0
7 MF   Garry Flitcroft 40 4 33 2 2 2 3+1 0 1 0
8 MF   David Dunn 36 8 26+2 8 2 0 2 0 3+1 0
11 MF   Damien Duff 31 11 26 9 0 0 2 1 3 1
15 MF   Craig Hignett 4 1 1+2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 MF   Alan Mahon 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
18 MF   Keith Gillespie 34 0 10+15 0 0+2 0 2+2 0 0+3 0
20 MF   David Thompson 32 6 23 4 2 0 4 1 3 1
29 MF   Jonathan Douglas 5 0 0+1 0 1+2 0 0+1 0 0 0
35 MF   Neil Danns 6 0 1+1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
Forwards
9 FW   Andy Cole 43 13 32+2 7 2 2 4 4 2+1 0
10 FW   Matt Jansen 13 2 0+7 0 2 2 1+2 0 0+1 0
12 FW   Corrado Grabbi 15 3 1+10 1 0+1 0 1+1 1 1 1
19 FW   Dwight Yorke 43 13 25+8 8 3 3 4 2 3 0
22 FW   Egil Østenstad 25 2 8+9 1 1+2 0 0+2 0 2+1 1
31 FW   Paul Gallagher 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW   Hakan Şükür 9 2 7+2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW   Marc Richards 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
5 DF   Stig Inge Bjørnebye 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Last updated: 31 May 2003
Source: [3]

Starting 11Edit

Considering starts in all competitions[4][5]

TransfersEdit

InEdit

OutEdit

ResultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

UEFA CupEdit

Scores OverviewEdit

Opposition Home Score Away Score Double
Arsenal 2 – 0 2 – 1  Y
Aston Villa 0 – 0 0 – 3  N
Birmingham City 1 – 1 1 – 0  N
Bolton Wanderers 0 – 0 1 – 1  N
Charlton Athletic 1 – 0 1 – 3  N
Chelsea 2 – 3 2 – 1  N
Everton 0 – 1 1 – 2  N
Fulham 2 – 1 4 – 0  Y
Leeds United 1 – 0 3 – 2  Y
Liverpool 2 – 2 1 – 1  N
Manchester City 1 – 0 2 – 2  N
Manchester United 1 – 0 1 – 3  N
Middlesbrough 1 – 0 0 – 1  N
Newcastle United 5 – 2 1 – 5  N
Southampton 1 – 0 1 – 1  N
Sunderland 0 – 0 0 – 0  N
Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 4 – 0  N
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 2 – 0  N
West Ham United 2 – 2 1 – 2  N

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Goalscorers". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Attendance". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ https://www.11v11.com/teams/blackburn-rovers/tab/players/season/2003/
  4. ^ "Blackburn Rovers | Match | Club Statistics | Appearances". Rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ https://www.football-lineups.com/team/Blackburn_Rovers/FA_Premier_League_2002-2003/Analysis/
  6. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Todd signs for Blackburn". BBC News. 22 May 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn bag Pelzer". BBC News. 25 June 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  8. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn sign Yorke". BBC News. 26 July 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn grab Thompson". BBC News. 29 August 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  10. ^ Souness on Sukur (4 December 2002). "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Blackburn sign Sukur". BBC News. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  11. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackburn Rovers | Gresko seals Blackburn move". BBC News. 11 February 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  12. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Hughes faces retirement". BBC News. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  13. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Blackpool | Blackpool sign Grayson". BBC News. 19 July 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  14. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Football Transfers". BBC News. 1 August 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  15. ^ John Williams,Rovers chief executive (18 February 2003). "BBC SPORT | Football | Teams | Coventry City | Jansen completes Coventry move". BBC News. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  16. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Bjornebye quits football". BBC News. 11 March 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  17. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Blackburn Rovers | Miller forced to retire". BBC News. 7 April 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2012.

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