Premier League season: 2001-2002

07 December 2011 05:05
The 2001-02 Premier League season was the tenth season of the competition and the first under new sponsorship from Barclaycard.

Winners of the previous season, Manchester United would battle with Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle United for the FA Barclaycard Premiership title.

Newcastle had set the pace at the start of the season and confirmed themselves as genuine title contenders following back-to-back away wins at Arsenal and Leeds.

Leeds had topped the table at Christmas prior to the defeat against Newcastle.

Liverpool who were 11 points clear of Man United, lost form after a late Danny Murphy penalty secured all 3 points for Liverpool against United.

After losing to Tottenham, Liverpool were almost out of the race, with Newcastle and Leeds having also fallen out of contention.

Arsenal having moved within 3 points of a second Premier League title under Arsene Wenger following a win at Bolton meant the title would be decided at Old Trafford.

They went into the game having lifted the FA Cup four days earlier with a 2-0 win over rivals Chelsea.

Only needing a draw to secure the title, Arsenal went to Old Trafford and emerged victorious after Sylvain Wiltord scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win.

Liverpool finished second after ending the season with a 5-0 win over relegated Ipswich Town.

Newly promoted Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers made it the only time in the history of the Premier League that all 3 newly promoted clubs survived.

Joining Ipswich, who had finished fifth the previous year, were Derby County and Leicester City.

Leicester were playing their final season at 111-year-old Filbert Street before starting life at the new Walkers Stadium.

Manchester City returned to the top flight alongside Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.

Blackburn Rovers were also victorious in the League Cup.

Graeme Souness' side were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur.

Final League Table
1Arsenal38269379364387UEFA Champions League 2002–03 First group stage
3Manchester United38245987454277UEFA Champions League 2002–03 Third qualifying round
4Newcastle United38218974522271
5Leeds United381812853371666UEFA Cup 2002–03 First round
7West Ham United38158154857−953
8Aston Villa381214124647−1502002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
9Tottenham Hotspur38148164953−450
10Blackburn Rovers381210165551446UEFA Cup 2002–03 First round
13Fulham381014143644−8442002 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
14Charlton Athletic381014143849−1144
16Bolton Wanderers38913164462−1840
18Ipswich Town3899204164−2336Relegation to Football League First Division 2002–03
19Derby County3886243363−3030
20Leicester City38513203064−3428

Top Goalscorers
1Thierry HenryArsenal24
2Jimmy Floyd HasselbainkChelsea23
Ruud van NistelrooyManchester United23
Alan ShearerNewcastle United23
5Michael OwenLiverpool19
6Ole Gunnar SolskjærManchester United17
7Robbie FowlerLiverpool/Leeds15
8Eiður GuðjohnsenChelsea14
Marian PaharsSouthampton14
10Andrew ColeManchester United/Blackburn Rovers13

Games Of The Season

Juan Sebastian Veron scores against Tottenham during a 5-3 win:

Veron image

Manchester United vs Tottenham - First Half:

Second Half:

Charlton Athletic vs West Ham United:

Source: DSG

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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