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2002–03 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

During the 2002–03 English football season, Nottingham Forest competed in the Football League First Division.

Nottingham Forest
2002–03 season
ChairmanNigel Doughty
ManagerPaul Hart
StadiumCity Ground
First Division6th
Play-offsSemi-finals
FA CupThird round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: David Johnson (25)
All: David Johnson (29)

Contents

Season summaryEdit

Nottingham Forest rebounded from the previous season's disappointment to finish 6th in the First Division, setting up a play-off with third-placed Sheffield United. Forest were beaten 5-4 on aggregate over two epic semi-final legs, consigning the club to another season in English football's second tier.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Portsmouth 46 29 11 6 97 45 +52 98
2. Leicester City 46 23 14 6 73 40 +33 92
3. Sheffield United 46 23 11 12 72 52 +20 80
4. Reading 46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79
5. Wolves 46 20 16 10 81 44 +37 76
6. Nottingham Forest 46 20 14 12 82 50 +32 74
7. Ipswich Town 46 19 13 14 80 64 +16 70
8. Norwich City 46 19 12 15 60 49 +11 69
9. Millwall 46 19 9 18 59 69 -10 66
10. Wimbledon 46 18 11 17 76 73 +3 65
11. Gillingham 46 16 14 16 56 65 -9 62
12. Preston North End 46 16 13 17 68 70 -2 61
13. Watford 46 17 9 20 54 70 -16 65
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 17 15 59 52 +7 59
15. Rotherham United 46 15 14 17 62 62 0 59
16. Burnley 46 15 10 21 65 89 -24 55
17. Walsall 46 15 9 22 57 69 -12 54
18. Derby County 46 15 7 24 55 74 -19 52
19. Bradford City 46 14 10 22 51 73 -22 52
20. Coventry City 46 12 14 20 46 62 -16 50
21. Stoke City 46 12 14 20 45 69 -24 50
22. Sheffield Wednesday 46 10 16 20 56 73 -17 46
23. Brighton and Hove Albion 46 11 12 23 49 67 -18 45
24. Grimsby Town 46 9 12 25 48 85 -37 39

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 Darren Ward
2   DF Matthieu Louis-Jean
3   DF Jim Brennan
4   DF Des Walker
5   DF Jon Olav Hjelde
6   MF Riccardo Scimeca
7   MF Darren Huckerby (on loan from Manchester City)
8   MF Gareth Williams
9   FW David Johnson
10   FW Jack Lester
11   FW Marlon Harewood
12   GK Barry Roche
14   DF Chris Doig
15   DF John Thompson
16   MF Eugen Bopp
17   DF Michael Dawson
No. Position Player
18   MF Brian Cash
19   FW Craig Westcarr
20   MF Andy Reid
21   DF Davy Oyen
22   MF Eoin Jess
23   MF Benjamin Gavanon (on loan from Marseille)
27   MF Matt Bodkin
28   DF James Biggins
29   FW Richard Jeffrey
31   GK Pascal Formann
32   DF Tony Vaughan
33   DF Christian Edwards
34   FW Mickael Antoine-Curier
35   DF Gregor Robertson
36   DF Wes Morgan

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
7   MF David Prutton (to Southampton)
21   FW Gary Jones (to Tranmere Rovers)
23   DF Marcus Hall (to Southampton)
No. Position Player
30   MF Keith Foy (to Doncaster Rovers)
34   FW David Freeman

AppearancesEdit

  • Playoff stats are included under Division 1.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Division 1 FA Cup Worthington Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Darren Ward 50 0 47 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF   Matthieu Louis-Jean 45 1 43 1 1 0 1 0
3 DF   Jim Brennan 49 1 47 1 1 0 1 0
4 DF   Des Walker 33 0 31+2 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF   Jon Olav Hjelde 29 0 19+8 0 1 0 +1 0
6 MF   Riccardo Scimeca 45 4 42 3 1 0 2 1
7 MF   David Prutton 26 1 24 1 1 0 1 0
7 FW   Darren Huckerby 11 5 11 5 0 0 0 0
8 MF   Gareth Williams 43 3 41+1 3 0 0 1 0
9 FW   David Johnson 47 29 42+2 27 1 0 2 2
10 MF   Jack Lester 35 9 20+14 7 0 0 1 2
11 FW   Marlon Harewood 49 21 44+2 20 1 1 2 0
12 GK   Barry Roche 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
14 DF   Chris Doig 13 0 4+6 0 1 0 2 0
15 DF   John Thompson 25 3 19+3 3 1 0 1+1 0
16 MF   Eugen Bopp 15 2 10+3 2 0 0 2 0
17 DF   Michael Dawson 42 5 39 5 1 0 2 0
18 MF   Brian Cash 2 0 +1 0 0 0 +1 0
19 FW   Craig Westcarr 13 1 2+9 1 0 0 1+1 0
20 MF   Andy Reid 35 3 24+8 2 1 1 1+1 0
21 DF   Davy Oyen 4 0 +4 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF   Eoin Jess 33 3 17+15 3 0 0 +1 0
23 DF   Marcus Hall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF   Benjamin Gavanon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF   Matt Bodkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF   James Biggins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW   Richard Jeffrey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF   Keith Foy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK   Pascal Formann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF   Tony Vaughan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF   Christian Edwards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 FW   Mickael Antoine-Curier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF   Gregor Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF   Wes Morgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ResultsEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League First DivisionEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 August 2002 Portsmouth A 0-2 18,910
14 August 2002 Preston North End H 2-2 18,065 Johnson, Jess
17 August 2002 Sheffield Wednesday H 4-0 21,129 Harewood, Lester, Scimeca (2)
24 August 2002 Walsall A 1-2 5,096 Prutton
28 August 2002 Wimbledon H 2-0 16,431 Johnson (2)
31 August 2002 Coventry City A 1-0 13,732 Scimeca
14 September 2002 Watford H 0-1 17,865
18 September 2002 Gillingham H 4-1 16,073 Harewood (3), Johnson
21 September 2002 Grimsby Town A 3-0 7,072 Johnson (3)
25 September 2002 Stoke City A 2-2 14,554 Dawson, Johnson
28 September 2002 Rotherham United A 3-2 25,089 Johnson (2), Bopp
5 October 2002 Millwall A 2-1 10,521 Johnson (2)
20 October 2002 Derby County A 0-0 30,547
26 October 2002 Leicester City A 2-2 29,497 Johnson, Lester
29 October 2002 Norwich City A 0-0 20,986
2 November 2002 Sheffield United H 3-0 22,579 Lester (2), Johnson
9 November 2002 Crystal Palace A 0-0 18,971
16 November 2002 Bradford City H 3-0 19,653 Lester, Johnson, Louis-Jean
23 November 2002 Wolves H 1-2 27,953 Harewood
27 November 2002 Brighton H 3-2 29,137 Harewood, Johnson, Lester
30 November 2002 Ipswich Town H 2-0 24,898 Johnson (2),
7 December 2002 Burnley A 0-1 13,869
14 December 2002 Bradford City A 0-1 12,245
21 December 2002 Reading A 2-0 25,831 Johnson, Harewood,
26 December 2002 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-2 26,362
28 December 2002 Portsmouth H 1-2 28,165 Dawson
1 January 2003 Walsall H 1-1 28,441 Thompson
18 January 2003 Coventry City H 1-1 24,487 Williams
25 January 2003 Preston North End A 1-1 13,508 Johnson
1 February 2003 Wimbledon A 3-2 3,382 Harewood (2), Johnson,
8 February 2003 Crystal Palace H 2-1 26,012 Dawson, Harewood
22 February 2003 Stoke City H 6-0 24,085 Harewood (4), Johnson, Jess
1 March 2003 Watford A 1-1 17,934 Huckerby
4 March 2003 Gillingham A 4-1 7,277 Huckerby (2), Harewood, Thompson
10 March 2003 Grimsby Town H 2-2 25,507 Reid, Williams
15 March 2003 Brighton A 0-1 6,830
19 March 2003 Derby County H 3-0 29,725 Harewood (2), Huckerby
22 March 2003 Norwich City H 4-0 27,296 Huckerby, Harewood, Williams, Brennan
5 April 2003 Ipswich Town A 4-3 29,503 Harewood (2), Thompson, OG
8 April 2003 Leicester City A 0-1 32,065
11 April 2003 Wolves H 2-2 27,209 Johnson, Dawson
15 April 2003 Sheffield United A 0-1 23,317
18 April 2003 Reading A 0-1 21,612
21 April 2003 Burnley H 2-0 25,403 Dawson, Johnson
26 April 2003 Millwall H 3-3 29,763 Jess, Bopp, Johnson
4 May 2003 Rotherham United A 2-2 9,942 Lester, Westcarr

Play OffsEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
10 May 2003 Sheffield United H 1-1 29,064 Johnson
15 May 2003 Sheffield United A 3-4 24,477 Johnson, Reid, OG

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 2003 West Ham United A 2-3 11,843 Reid, Harewood

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 11 September 2002 Kidderminster Harriers H 4-0 4,950 Lester (2), Johnson, Scimeca
R2 2 October 2002 Walsall A 1-2 4,477 Johnson

ReferencesEdit