Newcastle 2001/02 - Season Summary


NUFC Squad 2001/02
Premiership4th ManagerB Robson
Intertoto CupFin ChairmanF Shepherd
FA CupQF CoachJ Carver
League CupQF CaptainA Shearer
Attendance51,373 Top ScorerA Shearer (27)

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Shepherd and Hall had declared last season that with the ground redevelopemment complete, the money was once more available to compete at the top end of the market.

Craig Bellamy and Laurent Robert were not exactly household names, but they brought speed, skill and shooting ability which invigorated the United attack.

The side brought back memories of Keegan's entertainers and as they attacked home and away the number of goals scored in the Premiership increased from 44 to 74. As a result they launched a genuine title challenge. Although they couldn't quite keep up with the pace a 4th placed finish was a great achievement.

The Magpies also made good progress in the domestic Cup competitions where they reached the Quarter-Finals of both, unluckily being drawn against Arsenal and Chelsea.

They also reached the final of the Intertoto Cup but lost on the away goals rule despite coming back from 4-1 down at home to Troyes to draw.

Credit for United's more progressive approach is also due to new first-team coach John Carver who took over from Mick Wadsworth.

The fans lapped it up although there was disappointment for the supporters who were forced to move seats last season despite having bonds. They launched a Save our Seats campaign, but lost their case in the Court of Appeal in July 2001.



Competitions


Premiership
19/8/01 A Chelsea D 1-1
26/8/01 H Sunderland D 1-1
08/9/01 A Middlesbrough W 4-1
15/9/01 H Manchester Utd W 4-3
23/9/01 A WHU L 0-3
26/9/01 H Leicester W 1-0
30/9/01 H Liverpool L 0-2
13/10/01 A Bolton W 4-0
21/10/01 H Tottenham L 0-2
27/10/01 A Everton W 3-1
03/11/01 H Aston Villa W 3-0
17/11/01 A Fulham L 1-3
24/11/01 H Derby W 1-0
01/12/01 A Charlton D 1-1
09/12/01 A Ipswich W 1-0
15/12/01 H Blackburn W 2-1
18/12/01 A Arsenal W 3-1
22/12/01 A Leeds Utd W 4-3
26/12/01 H Middlesbrough W 3-0
29/12/01 H Chelsea L 1-2
02/1/02 A Manchester Utd L 1-3
12/1/02 H Leeds Utd W 3-1
19/1/02 A Leicester D 0-0
30/1/02 A Tottenham W 3-1
02/2/02 H Bolton W 3-2
09/2/02 H Southampton W 3-1
24/2/02 A Sunderland W 1-0
02/3/02 H Arsenal L 0-2
06/3/02 A Liverpool L 0-3
16/3/02 H Ipswich D 2-2
29/3/02 H Everton W 6-2
02/4/02 A Aston Villa D 1-1
08/4/02 H Fulham D 1-1
13/4/02 A Derby W 3-2
20/4/02 H Charlton W 3-0
23/4/02 A Blackburn D 2-2
27/4/02 H WHU W 3-1
11/5/02 A Southampton L 1-3
W D L F A Pts
01 Arsenal 26 9 3 79 36 87
02 Liverpool 24 8 6 67 30 80
03 Manchester United 24 5 9 87 45 77
04 Newcastle 21 8 9 74 52 71
05 Leeds 18 12 8 53 37 66
06 Chelsea 17 13 8 66 38 64
07 West Ham 15 8 15 48 57 53
08 Aston Villa 12 14 12 46 47 50
09 Tottenham 14 8 16 49 53 50
10 Blackburn 12 10 16 55 51 46
11 Southampton 12 9 17 46 54 45
12 Middlesbrough 12 9 17 35 47 45
13 Fulham 10 14 14 36 44 44
14 Charlton 10 14 14 38 49 44
15 Everton 11 10 17 45 57 43
16 Bolton Wanderers 62 40
17 Sunderland 10 10 18 29 51 40
18 Ipswich 9 9 20 41 64 36
19 Derby 8 6 24 33 63 30
20 Leicester 5 13 20 30 64 28

United made an reasonable start to the season and after the first 12 games were handily placed in sixth place. Within that period there was a thrilling 4-3 victory over Manchester United at St James' which famously saw Roy Keane sent-off for throwing a punch at Shearer.

They then really hit form to the end of the year with six wins and a draw which took them to the top of the table. The run included fantastic away wins at second-placed Arsenal (3-1) and third-placed Leeds (4-3).

They continued to perform well in 2002 although crucially they lost against rivals Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The loss of Craig Bellamy at the end of February was certainly a factor, although the team was probably just not quite good enough.


Intertoto Cup
R1 L1 14/7/01 A Lokeren W 4-0
R1 L2 21/7/01 H Lokeren W -10
SF L1 25/7/01 A TSV 1860 Munich W 3-2
SF L2 01/8/01 H TSV 1860 Munich W 3-1
Fin L1 07/8/01 A Troyes D 0-0
Fin L2 21/8/01 H Troyes D 4-4

FA Cup
R3 05/1/02 H Crystal Palace W 2-0
R4 27/1/02 A Peterborough Utd W 4-2
R5 17/2/02 H Man City W 1-0
QF 09/3/02 H Arsenal D 1-1
QFr 23/3/02 A Arsenal L 0-3

League Cup
R2 12/9/01 H Brentford W 4-1
R3 09/10/01 A Barnsley W 1-0
R4 27/11/01 H Ipswich W 4-1
QF 12/12/01 A Chelsea L 0-1

Players


Squad
Player A S G
Acuna C 14 10 4
Ameobi Sh 12 13 5
Barton W 11 1
Bassedas C 5 2
Bellamy C 37 2 14
Bernard O 8 15 3
Caldwell S 0 3
Cort C 8 2 1
Dabizas N 44 2 3
Distin S 27 8
Dyer K 17 4 3
Elliott R 37 3 2
Given S 50 0
Griffin A 4 1
Harper S 3 0
Hughes A 48 0 2
Jenas J 6 6
Kerr B 0 2
Lee R 21 1 1
Lua Lua L 4 28 5
McClen J 6 2 1
O'Brien A 38 6 3
Quinn W 7 1 1
Robert L 40 2 10
Shearer A 45 1 27
Solano N 52 0 12
Speed G 39 1 7
own goals 2

Toon In
Name Date Age Club Fee
Bellamy Craig 06/01 20 Coventry £6.5m
Elliot Robbie 07/01 27 Unattached
Robert Laurent 08/01 26 Psg £9.2m
Jenas Jermaine 02/02 18/19 Nottm F £5m

C Bellamy

L Robert

J Jenas


Toon Oot
Name Date Age Club Fee
Hamilton Des 07/01 24 Released £0
Barton Warren 02/02 30 Derby £300,000
Lee Robert 02/02 36 Derby £400,000
Beherall David 03/02 22 Oldham £150,000

W Barton

D Hamilton

R Lee


Drop In
NameClubFromToFee
Distin Sylvain PSG 09/01 05/02 £500,000

Drop Oot
NameClubFromToFee
Coppinger James Hartlepool
Caldwell Steve Blackpool
Caldwell Steve Bradford City
Bassedas ChristianTenerife
Gavillan DiegoEstudiantes
Quinn Wayne Sheffield United
Bernard OliverDarlington
Beherall Dave Grimsby
Beherall Dave Oldham 11/01 02/02