2002–03 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
2002–03 season
OwnerPublicly traded company
ChairmanDavid Bernstein (until 5 Mar. 2003)
John Wardle
ManagerKevin Keegan
StadiumMaine Road
Premier League9th
League CupThird round
FA CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague: Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
(7th highest in Premier League)

All: Nicolas Anelka (14 goals)
Highest home attendance35,141 0v0 Liverpool
28 September 2002
Lowest home attendance21,820 0v0 Crewe Alexandra
1 October 2002
Average home league attendance34,564 – over 19 PL home games
(11th highest in Premier League)
Results summary - all competitions
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 10 2 9 47.6%
Away 6 4 10 30.0%
Both 16 6 19 39.0%
Results summary - Premier League
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 9 2 8 47.4%
Away 6 4 9 31.6%
Both 15 6 17 39.5%

The 2002–03 season was Manchester City Football Club's first season back playing in the Premier League again after having been relegated from it at the end of the 2000–01 season. This was the club's sixth season playing in the Premier League since its initial formation as the top tier of English football ten years earlier, with Manchester City as one of its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, this was Manchester City's 111th season playing in any division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

This season was the team's first one playing in the Premier League under the stewardship of Kevin Keegan who, having taken over the helm as manager from Joe Royle after the club had been relegated to the Football League First Division fifteen months earlier, had led the club to an immediate promotion back to the top flight. In fact, the previous season had seen Manchester City promoted in style, with the team breaking many prior club records as it became the new First Division champions. This successful campaign allowed Keegan to delve into the transfer market in the summer and he brought in a number of high-profile players - such as striker Nicolas Anelka, defender Sylvain Distin and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel - in an effort to ensure that the team was strong enough to remain in the Premier League now that it was back there again.

By spending the £13m transfer fee required to bring Anelka to Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain the club broke its previous transfer record. Sylvain Distin also transferred over to Manchester City from PSG for £5m, while Peter Schmeichel joined the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Some of the other players Keegan brought in during the newly introduced summer transfer window were Marc-Vivien Foé, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Lyon, Vicente Matías Vuoso (from Independiente) and Mikkel Bischoff. Additionally, Robbie Fowler, David Sommeil and Djamel Belmadi were also signed by Keegan a few months later during the 2003 January transfer window.

The new year would also see the man that had been the main impetus behind the hiring of Kevin Keegan, chairman David Bernstein, fall out with his new hire and leave the club following a boardroom dispute over finances and managerial structure that followed closely on the back of the previous week's resignation of the club's managing director. The initial cause of this dispute had occurred back in January concerning the protracted transfer saga of Robbie Fowler (which Bernstein had originally brokered).[1] He was succeeded as club chairman by former deputy chairman John Wardle.[2]

This season's campaign would finally see Manchester City win its first Manchester Derby in over 13 years, allowing Peter Schmeichel to establish an exceptional record where he has never been on the losing side in a derby game. During his nine years playing with Manchester United the Reds were unbeaten against Manchester City, while in his single final season playing with the Blues, City won the derby game played at Maine Road and drew the one played at Old Trafford. This was also to be Manchester City's last season playing at its historic Maine Road ground before moving to its current home at City of Manchester Stadium. Consequently, the last game of the season was also the last game ever played at the club's old ground, and Marc-Vivien Foé would have the distinction of being recorded in the soccer annals as the player who scored the last ever goal for Manchester City at Maine Road.

Team kit[edit]

The team kit was produced by Le Coq Sportif and the shirt sponsorship was provided by the financial and legal services group First Advice.[3]

Home
Away
Third
Squad at end of season[4]

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Peter Schmeichel
2 France DF David Sommeil
3 Denmark DF Niclas Jensen
4 Netherlands DF Gerard Wiekens
5 France DF Sylvain Distin
6 Northern Ireland MF Kevin Horlock
7 England FW Darren Huckerby
8 Algeria MF Ali Benarbia
9 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
10 Bermuda FW Shaun Goater
11 England FW Jon Macken
12 England GK Nicky Weaver
13 France MF Christian Negouai
14 Israel DF Eyal Berkovic
15 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
16 Scotland DF Paul Ritchie
17 China DF Sun Jihai
19 Australia MF Danny Tiatto
20 England GK Carlo Nash
No. Position Player
21 Argentina FW Vicente Matías Vuoso
22 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
23 Cameroon MF Marc-Vivien Foé (on loan from Lyon)
24 England DF Steve Howey
25 Cameroon DF Lucien Mettomo
27 Denmark DF Mikkel Bischoff
28 Netherlands DF Tyrone Loran
29 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips
30 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy McCarthy
31 Algeria MF Djamel Belmadi (on loan from Marseille)
32 Denmark GK Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard
33 England FW Robbie Fowler
34 England DF Stephen Jordan
35 Republic of Ireland GK Brian Murphy
36 Republic of Ireland MF Glenn Whelan
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
40 England MF Chris Shuker
41 England MF Joey Barton

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
18 Northern Ireland MF Jeff Whitley (released)
31 France DF Laurent Charvet (to Sochaux)
33 New Zealand FW Chris Killen (to Oldham Athletic)
33 England GK Tim Flowers (on loan from Leicester City)
No. Position Player
37 Canada MF Terry Dunfield (to Bury)
38 Wales MF Rhys Day (to Mansfield Town)
44 Algeria MF Karim Kerkar (released)

Historical league performance[edit]

Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991–92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).

Games[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Position in final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
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[a]
9 Manchester City 38 15 6 17 47 54 −7 51 Qualification for the UEFA Cup qualifying round[b]
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 14 8 16 51 62 −11 50
11 Middlesbrough 38 13 10 15 48 44 +4 49
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 place in the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners went to Southampton, who were the FA Cup runners-up.
  2. ^ Manchester City qualified as the highest-ranked team not already qualified for European competitions of Premiership Fair Play League by The Football Association, the top association among UEFA Fair Play ranking winners.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 15 6 17 47 54  −7 51 9 2 8 28 26  +2 6 4 9 19 28  −9

Last updated: 11 May 2003 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2002–03

Results by round[edit]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHHAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAAH
ResultLWLWLDDLLLWWWLLWWDLWWDWLWLDLLWLLDWWLWL
Source: Premier League results 2002–03
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Individual match reports[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]


FA Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Denmark Peter Schmeichel 31 0 29 0 1 0 1 0
20 GK England Carlo Nash 10 0 9 0 0 0 1 0
Defenders
2 DF France David Sommeil 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0
3 DF Denmark Niclas Jensen 36 1 32+1 1 1 0 2 0
4 DF Netherlands Gerard Wiekens 8 0 5+1 0 1 0 0+1 0
5 DF France Sylvain Distin 36 0 34 0 1 0 1 0
17 DF China Sun Jihai 31 2 25+3 2 1 0 2 0
22 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne 26 0 24+1 0 0 0 1 0
24 DF England Steve Howey 26 2 24 2 0 0 2 0
25 DF Cameroon Lucien Mettomo 6 0 3+1 0 1 0 1 0
27 DF Denmark Mikkel Bischoff 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
34 DF England Stephen Jordan 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF Northern Ireland Kevin Horlock 33 0 22+8 0 1 0 1+1 0
8 MF Algeria Ali Benarbia 36 3 21+12 3 1 0 2 0
14 MF Israel Eyal Berkovic 29 2 27 1 0+1 0 1 1
19 MF Australia Danny Tiatto 13 0 10+3 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foé 38 9 35 9 1 0 2 0
31 MF Algeria Djamel Belmadi 8 0 2+6 0 0 0 0 0
40 MF England Chris Shuker 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
41 MF England Joey Barton 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
Forwards
7 FW England Darren Huckerby 19 2 6+10 1 0+1 0 0+2 1
10 FW Bermuda Shaun Goater 29 7 14+12 7 0+1 0 2 0
11 FW Republic of Ireland Jon Macken 5 0 0+5 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW England Shaun Wright-Phillips 34 1 23+8 1 1 0 1+1 0
33 FW England Robbie Fowler 13 2 12+1 2 0 0 0 0
39 FW France Nicolas Anelka 41 14 38 14 1 0 2 0

Last updated: 31 June 2003
Source: [5][6]

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 11 May 2003 (end of season)

Transfers and loans[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Man City chairman quits". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 March 2003. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Man City takes First Advice in £5m shirt deal". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media Limited. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2002-2003/faprem/mancity.htm
  5. ^ https://www.11v11.com/teams/manchester-city/tab/players/season/2003/comp/56/
  6. ^ https://www.football-lineups.com/team/Manchester_City/FA_Premier_League_2002-2003/Analysis/
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  10. ^ "Whitley leaves Maine Road". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 March 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Whitley joins Sunderland". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 4 August 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
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  13. ^ "Flowers joins Man City". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 16 August 2002. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Belmadi makes Man City switch". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 January 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
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