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2002–03 Leeds United A.F.C. season

The 2002–03 season saw Leeds United compete in the Premier League (known as the Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Leeds United
2002–03 season
ChairmanEngland Peter Ridsdale
(until 31 March)[1]
England Professor John McKenzie
ManagerRepublic of Ireland David O'Leary
(until 27 June)[2]
England Terry Venables
(until 21 March)[3]
England Peter Reid
StadiumElland Road
Premier League15th
FA CupSixth round
League CupThird round
UEFA CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague: Australia Mark Viduka (20)
All: Australia Mark Viduka (22)
Highest home attendance40,205 vs Aston Villa
(11 May 2003, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance29,359 vs Gillingham
(4 Feb 2003, FA Cup)
Average home league attendance37,768

Contents

Season summaryEdit

As Leeds United's debts began racking up, the club began selling many first-team players to raise money, most notably defender and captain Rio Ferdinand, sold to arch-rivals Manchester United for around 30 million pounds - a world record for a defender at the time. Despite this mass exodus of players (which forced many youth players like James Milner and Matthew Kilgallon into the first team) Leeds managed to remain in the Premiership after finishing a safe 15th place, with no small thanks to striker Mark Viduka. Viduka struck 20 goals in the Premiership alone, making him the fourth highest scorer in the league that season. Harry Kewell was also influential, scoring 14 on his own and setting up several of Viduka's strikes, before departing to Liverpool in the summer.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Birmingham City 38 13 9 16 41 49 −8 48
14 Fulham 38 13 9 16 41 50 −9 48
15 Leeds United 38 14 5 19 58 57 +1 47
16 Aston Villa 38 12 9 17 42 47 −5 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 14 14 41 51 −10 44
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

KitEdit

Nike remained as Leeds United's kit sponsors, and introduced a new home kit for the season.

First-team squadEdit

[4]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
5   DF Lucas Radebe
8   FW Michael Bridges
9   FW Mark Viduka
10   FW Harry Kewell
11   MF Raúl Bravo (on loan from Real Madrid)
12   MF Nick Barmby
13   GK Paul Robinson
14   MF Stephen McPhail
15   DF Teddy Lučić (on loan from AIK)
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 (captain)
22   DF Michael Duberry
23   MF David Batty
24   MF Paul Okon
25   MF Jacob Burns
26   GK Danny Milosevic
28   MF Jamie McMaster
34   DF Frazer Richardson
36   DF Matthew Kilgallon
38   MF James Milner
39   FW Simon Johnson

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
6   DF Jonathan Woodgate (to Newcastle United)
7   FW Robbie Keane (to Tottenham Hotspur)
11   MF Lee Bowyer (to West Ham United)
No. Position Player
27   FW Robbie Fowler (to Manchester City)
  GK Shaun Allaway (on loan to Grimsby Town)

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
32   MF Harpal Singh
35   DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
No. Position Player
37   MF Paul Keegan
  FW Emmanuel Ibhadon

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
13 GK   Paul Robinson 50 0 38 0 5 0 1 0 6 0
Defenders
2 DF   Gary Kelly 35 1 24+1 0 4 1 0 0 6 0
3 DF   Ian Harte 36 3 24+3 3 3 0 1 0 5 0
5 DF   Lucas Radebe 26 0 16+3 0 4 0 0 0 3 0
11 DF   Raúl Bravo 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF   Teddy Lučić 21 1 16+1 1 2+1 0 1 0 0 0
18 DF   Danny Mills 41 1 32+1 1 4 0 1 0 2+1 0
21 DF   Dominic Matteo 24 0 20 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
22 DF   Michael Duberry 21 0 11+3 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 3+1 0
34 DF   Frazer Richardson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
36 DF   Matthew Kilgallon 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
4 MF   Olivier Dacourt 9 0 4+3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 MF   Harry Kewell 41 16 31 14 4 1 1 0 5 1
12 MF   Nick Barmby 25 5 16+3 4 0+2 0 1 0 3 1
14 MF   Stephen McPhail 19 0 7+6 0 0 0 0+1 0 2+3 0
16 MF   Jason Wilcox 33 1 23+2 1 4 0 1 0 3 0
19 MF   Eirik Bakke 45 4 31+3 1 3+1 2 1 0 6 1
20 MF   Seth Johnson 13 1 3+6 1 3+1 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF   Paul Okon 21 0 15 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
25 MF   Jacob Burns 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF   Jamie McMaster 4 0 0+4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF   James Milner 22 2 1+17 2 0+4 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
8 FW   Michael Bridges 9 0 1+4 0 0 0 0+1 0 1+2 0
9 FW   Mark Viduka 40 22 29+4 20 4 2 1 0 2 0
17 FW   Alan Smith 43 9 33 3 4 1 0 0 6 5
39 FW   Simon Johnson 4 0 1+3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
6 DF   Jonathan Woodgate 24 1 18 1 1 0 1 0 4 0
7 FW   Robbie Keane 3 1 0+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 MF   Lee Bowyer 22 3 15 3 1 0 1 0 5 0
27 FW   Robbie Fowler 10 2 2+6 2 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0

Last updated: 30 May 2003
Source: Competitions

Top scorersEdit

ResultsEdit

Premier LeagueEdit

UEFA CupEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

Leeds United won 5–1 on aggregate.

Third roundEdit

Málaga won 2–1 on aggregate.

TransfersEdit

InEdit

OutEdit

±Current club record transfer fee received.

Transfers in:   £2,750,000
Transfers out:   £52,300,000
Total spending:   £49,550,000

Loaned inEdit

Loaned outEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ridsdale resigns from struggling Leeds". Citywire. 31 March 2003.
  2. ^ "O'Leary sacked by Leeds". BBC News. 27 June 2002.
  3. ^ "Venables leaves Leeds". BBC News. 21 March 2003.
  4. ^ "Leeds United - 2002/03". FootballSquads. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Nick checks in at Leeds". The Guardian. 8 August 2002.
  6. ^ "Sunderland target Piper in £13m spending spree". The Telegraph. 13 August 2002.
  7. ^ "Man Utd seal Rio deal". BBC News. 22 July 2002.
  8. ^ "Robbie Keane joins Spurs". BBC News. 31 August 2002.
  9. ^ "Bowyer signs for Hammers". BBC News. 11 January 2003.
  10. ^ "Woodgate 'thrilled' to be at Toon". The Guardian. 31 January 2003.
  11. ^ "Fowler joins Man City". BBC News. 13 February 2003.
  12. ^ "Chesterfield sign Folan". BBC News. 14 February 2003.
  13. ^ "Leeds land Lucic". BBC News. 31 August 2002.
  14. ^ "Leeds sign Real defender". BBC News. 31 January 2003.
  15. ^ a b "Transfers - August 2002". BBC News. 5 September 2002.
  16. ^ a b c d e "Transfers - November 2002". BBC News. 2 December 2002.
  17. ^ "Swansea escape with reprimand". BBC News. 31 March 2003.
  18. ^ "Dacourt joins Leeds exodus". The Guardian. 9 January 2003.
  19. ^ "Richardson loan extended". BBC News. 6 February 2003.
  20. ^ "Milosevic goes to Crewe". BBC News. 20 January 2003.
  21. ^ "Transfers - March 2003". BBC News. 14 April 2003.