2002 Football League Cup Final

The 2002 Football League Cup Final was played between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Sunday, 24 February 2002. Blackburn won the match 2–1.[2]

2002 Football League Cup Final
2002 Football League Cup Final match programme cover.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2001–02 Football League Cup
Date24 February 2002
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the MatchBrad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers)[1]
RefereeGraham Poll (Hertfordshire)[2]

Tottenham were forced to produce a one-off yellow shirt for the final when The Football League decided both of their home and away strips, respectively white and light blue, clashed with Blackburn's blue-and-white home strip.

Blackburn were without defender Craig Short and midfielders Gary Flitcroft and Tugay Kerimoğlu due to suspension. This led to 38 year-old veteran striker Mark Hughes starting in central midfield. Blackburn were also without injured back-up goalkeeper Alan Kelly and cup-tied right-back Lucas Neill.

Blackburn opened the scoring with a goal from Matt Jansen, but Christian Ziege soon equalised for Spurs. Andy Cole scored the winner in the 68th minute with a typical instinctive strike after mistakes in the Spurs defence. Les Ferdinand could have made the match square after a close one-on-one chance with Friedel, but failed to make anything of it. In the final minute Teddy Sheringham had a claim for a penalty turned down by referee Graham Poll.[2]

Road to CardiffEdit



Blackburn Rovers2–1Tottenham Hotspur
Jansen   25'
Cole   68'
Report Ziege   33'
Attendance: 72,500[2]
Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1   Brad Friedel
RB 28   Martin Taylor
CB 4   Henning Berg (c)
CB 14   Nils-Eric Johansson
LB 5   Stig Inge Bjørnebye
RM 18   Keith Gillespie   75'
CM 8   David Dunn
CM 12   Mark Hughes
LM 11   Damien Duff
CF 10   Matt Jansen   74'
CF 9   Andy Cole
GK 27   Alan Miller
DF 2   John Curtis
MF 15   Craig Hignett   75'
MF 16   Alan Mahon
FW 17   Yordi   74'
  Graeme Souness
GK 1   Neil Sullivan
RWB 3   Mauricio Taricco     79'
CB 26   Ledley King
CB 6   Chris Perry
CB 18   Ben Thatcher
LWB 23   Christian Ziege  
CM 8   Tim Sherwood  
AM 14   Gustavo Poyet   84'
CM 7   Darren Anderton
CF 9   Les Ferdinand
CF 10   Teddy Sheringham
GK 13   Kasey Keller
DF 30   Anthony Gardner
MF 29   Simon Davies   79'
FW 11   Serhiy Rebrov
FW 16   Steffen Iversen   84'
  Glenn Hoddle

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Cole strike stuns Spurs". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 February 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round

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