2002–03 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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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)

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

Season summary[edit]

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 table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
4 Reading 46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79 Qualification for First Division Playoffs
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers (O, P) 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
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2003. Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.

First-team squad[edit]

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

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

Appearances[edit]

  • 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 Wales Darren Ward 50 0 47 0 1 0 2 0
2 DF France Matthieu Louis-Jean 45 1 43 1 1 0 1 0
3 DF Canada Jim Brennan 49 1 47 1 1 0 1 0
4 DF England Des Walker 33 0 31+2 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF Norway Jon Olav Hjelde 29 0 19+8 0 1 0 +1 0
6 MF England Riccardo Scimeca 45 4 42 3 1 0 2 1
7 MF England David Prutton 26 1 24 1 1 0 1 0
7 FW England Darren Huckerby 11 5 11 5 0 0 0 0
8 MF Scotland Gareth Williams 43 3 41+1 3 0 0 1 0
9 FW England David Johnson 47 29 42+2 27 1 0 2 2
10 MF England Jack Lester 35 9 20+14 7 0 0 1 2
11 FW England Marlon Harewood 49 21 44+2 20 1 1 2 0
12 GK Republic of Ireland Barry Roche 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
14 DF Scotland Chris Doig 13 0 4+6 0 1 0 2 0
15 DF Republic of Ireland John Thompson 25 3 19+3 3 1 0 1+1 0
16 MF Germany Eugen Bopp 15 2 10+3 2 0 0 2 0
17 DF England Michael Dawson 42 5 39 5 1 0 2 0
18 MF Republic of Ireland Brian Cash 2 0 +1 0 0 0 +1 0
19 FW England Craig Westcarr 13 1 2+9 1 0 0 1+1 0
20 MF Republic of Ireland Andy Reid 35 3 24+8 2 1 1 1+1 0
21 DF Belgium Davy Oyen 4 0 +4 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF Scotland Eoin Jess 33 3 17+15 3 0 0 +1 0
23 DF England Marcus Hall 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF France Benjamin Gavanon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF England Matt Bodkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF England James Biggins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW England Richard Jeffrey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF Republic of Ireland Keith Foy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK Germany Pascal Formann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF England Tony Vaughan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF Wales Christian Edwards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 FW France Mickael Antoine-Curier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF Scotland Gregor Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 DF England Wes Morgan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

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 Offs[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

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

League Cup[edit]

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

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