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The Clubs: Sunderland

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
608 153 159 296 612 904 -292 618 16

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
John O’Shea 189
Sebastian Larsson 176
Phil Bardsley 174
Lee Cattermole 170
Michael Gray 170
Kevin Phillips 139
Kieran Richardson 134
Niall Quinn 129
Thomas Sorensen 126
Adam Johnson 122

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Kevin Phillips 61
Jermain Defoe 34
Darren Bent 32
Niall Quinn 29
Kenwyne Jones 26
Steven Fletcher 23
Adam Johnson 19
Stephane Sessegnon 17
Fabio Borini 14
Kieran Richardson 14

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Derby County 0-5 Sunderland 18th September 1999 1999-2000
Bradford City 0-4 Sunderland 2nd October 1999 1999-2000
Sunderland 4-0 West Bromwich Albion 13th December 2008 2008-2009
Sunderland 4-0 Bolton Wanderers 9th March 2010 2009-2010
Sunderland 4-0 Stoke City 18th September 2011 2011-2012
Sunderland 4-0 Cardiff City 27th April 2014 2013-2014
Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland 4th February 2017 2016-2017
Sunderland 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th September 2009 2009-2010
Nottingham Forest 1-4 Sunderland 21st August 1996 1996-1997
Sunderland 4-1 Chelsea 4th December 1999 1999-2000

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 18th October 2014 2014-2015
Everton 7-1 Sunderland 24th November 2007 2007-2008
Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland 16th January 2010 2009-2010
Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland 29th April 2013 2012-2013
Manchester United 5-0 Sunderland 21st December 1996 1996-1997
Everton 5-0 Sunderland 26th December 1999 1999-2000
Ipswich Town 5-0 Sunderland 29th December 2001 2001-2002
Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland 1st November 2008 2008-2009
Manchester City 5-0 Sunderland 3rd April 2011 2010-2011
Chelsea 6-2 Sunderland 16th March 1997 1996-1997

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Peter Reid 5 7th October 2002
Howard Wilkinson 1 10th March 2003
Mick McCarthy 2 6th March 2006
Roy Keane 2 4th December 2008
Ricky Sbragia 1 24th May 2009
Steve Bruce 3 30th November 2011
Martin O’Neill 2 30th March 2013
Paolo Di Canio 2 22nd September 2013
Gus Poyet 2 16th March 2015
Dick Advocaat 2 4th October 2015
Sam Allardyce 1 21st July 2016
David Moyes 1 22nd May 2017

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool FC 13th April 2002 48,355 2001-2002
Sunderland 1-3 Manchester United 13th October 2001 48,305 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle United 24th February 2002 48,290 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United 31st March 2001 48,285 2000-2001
Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle United 21st April 2001 48,277 2000-2001
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United 31st January 2001 48,260 2000-2001
Sunderland 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur 14th April 2001 48,029 2000-2001
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal 27th October 2001 48,029 2001-2002
Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea 9th December 2001 48,017 2001-2002
Sunderland 1-0 Everton 22nd December 2001 48,013 2001-2002

 

Intro

Sunderland have undergone some tough times recently. They became the first club since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2013 to experience the indignity of back-to-back relegations to the third-tier of English football. The Black Cats made their Premier League debut in 1996 and achieved two finishes in the top 10 at the start of the millennium under Peter Reid’s tenure. Before their 2017 relegation, they were becoming the survival specialists, edging to safety in the closing weeks of each season from 2012-2013 to 2015-2016.

 

1996-1997

Sunderland initially coped well with the step-up to Premier League level and by the end of January, sat in 11th position in the table. Arsenal, Chelsea and reigning champions Manchester United were among the teams to experience defeat in what was the final campaign at the historic Roker Park ground. February was the month it started to go wrong with four successive defeats and a 6-2 beating at Stamford Bridge in March left them in a precarious position. The Black Cats beat Everton 3-0 in their last-ever match at Roker Park but on the final day, they lost 1-0 to Wimbledon and were relegated by just a single point after Coventry’s surprising victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

 

1999-2000

After two seasons back in the First Division, Sunderland returned to the Premier League in 1999-2000 and enjoyed a thrilling campaign back in the top-flight. It started badly with a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea but they bounced back superbly. A memorable 2-1 success over Newcastle United in August saw the end of Ruud Gullit’s explosive tenure as manager and Peter Reid’s side enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten run off the back of that. Sunderland eventually finished in a creditable seventh position and with 30 goals scored, Kevin Phillips had a season to remember, winning the Golden Boot.

 

2000-2001

After scoring 44 goals in a fruitful partnership the previous season, the Niall Quinn/Kevin Phillips duo contributed to another 26 goals in 2000-2001 as Sunderland finished seventh for the second successive campaign. A 2-0 away victory at West Ham in mid-January had Peter Reid’s side in the dizzying heights of second place in the table but they only managed another three victories to slide out of European contention.

 

2001-2002

Sunderland’s form took a drastic slide in 2001-2002. They were the lowest scorers in the division, mustering just 29 goals in 38 matches. They were in ninth position after a 3-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers at Boxing Day which was their biggest win of the season but a 5-0 reverse only a few days later at Ipswich started a worrying run of form with just three victories in 19 games. Survival was only secured by a home 1-1 draw with Derby County on the last day of the season.

 

2002-2003

Sunderland’s 2002-2003 season was a nightmare. After winning just two of their first nine matches, Peter Reid parted company with the club after over six years at the helm. Howard Wilkinson was the shock choice as his successor and although there were notable home victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC, the Black Cats looked in real trouble and were in the drop zone at Christmas.

A calamitous first half at home to Charlton Athletic which saw Sunderland concede three own goals in the space of eight minutes virtually spelt the end for Wilkinson. He was sacked in mid-March. Mick McCarthy was brought in but it was already too late. He lost every single game and Sunderland went down in abject fashion. They were relegated on 12th April after a 2-0 defeat away at Birmingham City and finished with just 19 points, losing 15 successive matches.

 

2005-2006

Mick McCarthy stayed on as Sunderland manager after their relegation and guided them back to the top-flight at the second attempt of asking but once again, his squad were simply not good enough for Premier League football. Sunderland lost their first five matches and recorded just three wins all campaign. McCarthy was sacked in early March and Kevin Ball took over on a caretaker basis until the end of the season. Sunderland’s third Premier League relegation was confirmed in mid-April after a gutsy goalless draw at Old Trafford but ended with only 15 points – the second lowest tally ever recorded in Premier League history.

 

2007-2008

Former title-winning Premier League skipper Roy Keane was at the helm for Sunderland’s Premier League return in 2007. He brought in 12 new faces in pre-season and it took time for everything to gel, despite a brilliant opening day victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Sunderland won just two of their first 16 games and also lost 7-1 away at Everton in November. Keane though stuck to his principles and a vital away victory at Villa Park in March started a three-game winning sequence that eventually saw them survive in 15th place with 39 points.

 

2008-2009

Sunderland began the 2008-2009 season in solid form, winning three of their first nine matches, including a memorable 2-1 Tyne & Wear Derby success over Newcastle United. Manager Roy Keane though resigned on 4th December, five days after a damaging 4-1 home defeat to Bolton Wanderers. Ricky Sbragia took over and after impressive early victories in his tenure (4-0) over West Bromwich Albion and (4-1) away at Hull City, Sunderland slipped into relegation trouble. Despite winning just one of their last 13 matches, the poor form of Hull and Newcastle meant Sunderland survived. Sbragia resigned at the season’s end and owner Niall Quinn began his pursuit of Wigan boss Steve Bruce.

 

2009-2010

Steve Bruce agreed to leave Wigan Athletic in June to take the Sunderland post and he helped break the club-record transfer fee in the summer to acquire the services of Darren Bent for £10 million from Tottenham Hotspur. Bent’s response was to score 24 goals in the Premier League and finish third in the race for the Golden Boot, only below Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney. Sunderland ended the season in a mediocre 13th place in the table but did achieve home wins over Liverpool FC, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur during the campaign.

 

2010-2011

Apart from an embarrassing 5-1 clobbering from Newcastle United on Halloween, Sunderland enjoyed a brilliant first half of the 2010-2011 campaign. Darren Bent was still scoring goals, Asamoah Gyan settled quickly after his summer arrival and even the champions Chelsea were outclassed in a shock 3-0 defeat to the Black Cats in November.

After a 2-1 victory away at Blackpool in January, Sunderland sat in sixth position but Bent was sold to Aston Villa and a run of nine games without a win, losing eight of those matches took them onto the edges of the relegation battle. Late season wins away at Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United saw the club sneak a 10th place finish at the season’s conclusion.

 

2011-2012

Bruce spent £28 million in the summer transfer window but pre-season expectations of a European challenge quickly faded and after a 2-1 home defeat to bottom-placed Wigan Athletic at the end of November; he became the first managerial casualty of the season. Martin O’Neill quickly came in as his successor and won seven of his first 10 games in-charge to see Sunderland rise from 17th to 8th in the table. They eventually finished 13th after failing to win any of their last eight matches.

 

2012-2013

Martin O’Neill managed to get his long-time transfer target signed up in the summer as Steven Fletcher joined from relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers and he made a flying start, scoring five goals in his first four matches to win the Premier League Player of the Month award for September. Sunderland didn’t lose a top-flight match until a 3-0 loss at Manchester City in early October but never climbed higher than 11th in the table all season. After a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United, O’Neill was surprisingly sacked despite an eight-game winless run. The temperamental Paolo Di Canio was his successor and two wins over Everton and famously, Newcastle United at St James’ Park saw Sunderland finish three points clear of the relegation zone.

 

2013-2014

With reports of dressing room mutiny and just one point from five games, Paolo Di Canio was dismissed by owner Ellis Short in late September. His successor was the likeable Gus Poyet and he helped Sunderland to another great escape. When the Black Cats won 3-0 at St James’ Park in early February for the second consecutive campaign, they rose to 14th place despite being bottom of the table on Christmas Day. However, they gathered just one point from their next eight games and relegation looked a certainty after a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The lost cause though turned into a fabulous run of form. A draw at Manchester City was followed by crucial home wins over Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion and even more surprising, victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford. Sunderland ended the campaign clear of trouble in 14th place. They also enjoyed a run to the League Cup final before losing 3-1 to Manchester City.

 

2014-2015

It looked like another long season for Sunderland supporters when they failed to win any of their first six matches, despite drawing five of these. A humiliating 8-0 loss to Southampton had the alarm bells ringing and despite another famous victory at St James’ Park before Christmas, Sunderland were fighting again against the threat of relegation. After a dreadful 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa in mid-March, Gus Poyet was sacked.

Dick Advocaat was his replacement and once again, the late managerial change worked. Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League after his spell in the MLS and scored a memorable goal in a home Derby victory over Newcastle and survival was secured by a goalless draw at Arsenal in the final week of the season. Advocaat was reduced to tears at the final whistle and confirmed shortly afterwards he would be stepping down. However, he had a change of heart later in the summer and remained in the post as first-team manager.

 

2015-2016

The Dick Advocaat magic faded away relatively quickly and once again, Sunderland were looking for a new boss when the Dutchman resigned in early October without a win to their name. Sam Allardyce was the next man in the hotseat but the initial bounce of victories over Newcastle United and Crystal Palace gave way to a dreadful December. Sunderland failed to collect a single point from five December matches and went into 2016 seven points adrift of safety.

Sunderland’s situation looked bleak after losing 2-0 at home to champions-elect Leicester City on 10th April but that was their final loss of the season. A crucial 3-0 away victory at Norwich City saw them regain destiny of their fate in the relegation battle and back-to-back home victories in May over Chelsea and Everton guided Sunderland to safety once again.

 

2016-2017

After England’s exit from the European Championships in the summer at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson resigned and eventually, Sam Allardyce was tempted away from Sunderland to take control of the England national team. His successor was David Moyes but he looked flat and so did the team from the early stages of the campaign.

There were few high spots. Defoe continued to score goals and there was an enjoyable 4-0 away victory over Crystal Palace in early February over Allardyce, who was now Palace manager after his England experience turned sour. They were in the bottom three virtually all campaign and their 10-year spell in the top-flight ended in late April with a 1-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth. Sunderland finished bottom of the table and Moyes quit at the season’s end.

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Seasonal Stories: Sunderland (1999-2000)

Storming to seventh

Sunderland returned to the elite of English football in 1999 after two seasons in Division One. The Black Cats had coasted to the title in the previous campaign and had learned their lessons from their painful relegation on the final day in 1997.

Peter Reid’s side played some thrilling football all campaign and finished in a fine seventh position, just outside of the European qualifying positions. They also had the top scorer of the Premier League season in their ranks with Kevin Phillips scoring 30 goals in his debut top-flight campaign.

Adding experience

Manager Peter Reid largely kept trust with the squad that had brought Premier League football back to Sunderland for the 1999-2000 season. Just £5.5 million was spent in the summer transfer window but some useful experience was added, especially to the defence.

The main arrival was that of Steve Bould. The central defender, a serial winner of FA Cups and league championships during his time at Arsenal, was signed in early July for £500,000 and was appointed as the new captain of the side upon his arrival. He was joined by 1996 European Championship winner Thomas Helmer from Bayern Munich on a free transfer. However, he made just two appearances all season for Reid.

The most expensive arrival was midfielder Stefan Schwarz. The Swede was a £4 million capture from Valencia and had Premier League experience on his CV too from a one-season spell with Arsenal in 1994-1995.

Rude awakening

Sunderland made a disastrous start on the opening day at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. It wasn’t going to be an easy beginning but they lost 4-0 with future Sunderland manager Gus Poyet scoring an early contender for Goal of the Season.

Their first victory came three days later in their first-ever Premier League match at The Stadium of Light. Kevin Phillips scored twice to beat his former club and fellow Premier League promoted side Watford 2-0.

Sunderland’s season received proper lift-on towards the end of August when they travelled to St James’ Park for a local derby with Newcastle United. It was a filthy evening weather-wise but a joyous one for the visiting fans. Niall Quinn and Phillips scored second half goals as the Black Cats recovered from a goal down at the interval to win 2-1. The result sealed Ruud Gullit’s fate and ended his reign as Newcastle manager.

The win on Tyneside began an 11-match unbeaten run in the top-flight with one of the highlights coming at Pride Park where they ran riot at Derby County. Phillips scored his first Premier League treble in a 5-0 victory which still remains Sunderland’s biggest-ever Premier League victory. When his two goals downed Aston Villa 2-1 a month later, the Black Cats were sitting in impressive company in the table.

18th OCTOBER 1999 TABLE

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Leeds United 11 8 1 2 21 12 +9 25
2 Manchester United 11 7 3 1 27 16 +11 24
3 SUNDERLAND 11 7 2 2 20 9 +11 23
4 Arsenal 11 7 1 3 17 10 +7 22
5 Leicester City 11 6 2 3 19 14 +5 20
6 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 15 4 +11 19

Dishing out revenge on Chelsea

Sunderland’s unbeaten run came to an end on 20th November when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Liverpool FC. It was their first home defeat of the campaign. However, they bounced back again with another run of three successive victories. The second of those wins was probably the sweetest of the season on home soil.

Chelsea turned up at The Stadium of Light on a difficult run of form domestically that saw them down in the upper reaches of mid-table. Nevertheless, no-one could have forecasted the amazing first half performance Sunderland put in. The Phillips/Quinn axis was working a treat and both scored a brace. Sunderland supporters were dreaming at half-time and they richly deserved their 4-0 lead. They eventually won 4-1 and dished out the perfect revenge on the Blues for their opening day drubbing.

Before Christmas, Phillips had already scored 19 Premier League goals and he was leading the race for the Golden Boot. Sunderland went into Christmas still in third spot in the table and only below Leeds United and Manchester United.

Boxing Day was a horror story at Everton, folding to a 5-0 defeat in what was the club’s worst defeat of the season. This result started an 11-game sequence that ultimately saw any European hopes dashed.

Only five points were collected in this period but there were spirted draws at home to both Manchester United and Newcastle United. A 5-2 loss to Leicester City in early March forced Reid into some tactical adjustment for the run-in with the club having dropped into ninth position in the table.

Kev reaches the 30-goal mark

Despite the winless run, Phillips had still scored another six goals and it became clear that he wasn’t going to be caught by anyone in the Golden Boot battle. Only England captain Alan Shearer from Newcastle United was putting up any sort of challenge but Phillips finished well-clear.

In Sunderland’s final home game of the season, he scored the only goal of the game against West Ham United and it saw him reach a personal milestone. He became a member of the 30-goal club in a Premier League season, only becoming the third player to achieve this mark after Shearer and Andy Cole. Since then, only Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie have achieved a similar total in any Premier League season meaning Phillips is in very elite company.

A final day 3-1 loss at White Hart Lane to Tottenham Hotspur meant Sunderland missed out on overhauling Aston Villa in the league table in the final reckoning. Nevertheless, a seventh place final position had most definitely exceeded expectations from the start of the season.

Going down in 1997 had hurt everyone connected with Sunderland Football Club but they had learned lessons from that experience which made them better and more knowledgeable for the experience. The 1999-2000 season had been an enjoyable campaign for the club and most especially, for Kevin Phillips who won England international recognition for his goalscoring heroics in this campaign.

FINAL 1999-2000 TABLE – 6th to 11th

POS TABLE P W D L F A GD PTS
6 Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46 35 +11 58
7 SUNDERLAND 38 16 10 12 57 56 +1 58
8 Leicester City 38 16 7 15 55 55 0 55
9 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 52 53 -1 55
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 15 8 15 57 48 +8 53
11 Newcastle United 38 14 10 14 63 54 +9 52

Great Goals: Gary Cahill – ASTON VILLA vs. Birmingham City (April 2006)

The Second City Derby is one of the most passionate rivalries in English football. This match in April 2006 was of massive significance to both Aston Villa and Birmingham City. Neither club was safe from relegation. With Portsmouth’s improvement in form; it was becoming more likely that one of these sides would finish the campaign in the bottom three.

The game was finely poised at 1-1 after Milan Baros and Chris Sutton had exchanged goals in the first half. In the 56th minute, a tame header from Olivier Tebily started a pinball battle in the Birmingham penalty area. Kevin Phillips had two attempts blocked. The ball span in the air and youngster Gary Cahill then improvised – in breathtaking fashion.

He leapt highest in the air and produced a sensational volley that flew past Maik Taylor. He was mobbed by his teammates and supporters and rightly so. It was the perfect time and place for him to score his first Aston Villa goal. David O’Leary’s side eventually won 3-1. They stayed up and Birmingham went down at the end of the season.

Premier League Rewind: 4th-6th December 1999

Results: Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle United, Bradford City 1-1 Middlesbrough, Leicester City 0-3 Arsenal, Manchester United 5-1 Everton, Southampton 0-0 Coventry City, Sunderland 4-1 Chelsea, Wimbledon 5-0 Watford, Derby County 0-1 Leeds United, Liverpool FC 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 West Ham United

December 1999 was the final month of the 20th century and the 1999-2000 season was a campaign that was seeing plenty of goals and a lot of drama too. On this particular weekend, fans at Premier League grounds up-and-down the country would see either no goals at all or a host of efforts hitting the back of the net.

The league leaders going into the weekend were David O’Leary young, exciting Leeds United side. Leeds had lost just one of their last 12 matches and been top of the table since early October. They travelled to Derby County looking to protect their narrow advantage over Manchester United. This was the repeat round of fixtures from the opening weekend of the season and for the second time in the campaign; it looked like Derby were going to get a goalless draw.

Then, referee Paul Alcock gave a slightly fortuitous penalty to the away side and Ian Harte dispatched the spot-kick to give the visitors a narrow 1-0 win and regain their two-point cushion at the head of the Premier League table.

Manchester United had spent a day at the summit after thumping Everton 5-1 at Old Trafford. For the second time in 1999, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored four times in a match as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side turned on the style in their first game back since winning the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo.

Arsenal and Sunderland kept their challenges going with convincing wins. Arsenal enjoyed a good victory at Filbert Street; a ground which had caused them trouble in previous seasons. Marc Overmars was among the scorers in the 3-0 victory, although Leicester would later get revenge by knocking Arsene Wenger’s side out of the FA Cup two months later.

Sunderland’s season had been built around a deadly strike partnership and they tore Chelsea apart at The Stadium of Light. Both Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips scored twice as they raced into a 4-0 lead before half-time. Gianluca Vialli’s side were eventually beaten 4-1 and were miles off the pace. Since beating Manchester United 5-0 in early October, Chelsea had won just one of their last seven matches, slipped to ninth in the table and were now 14 points off the pace.

Liverpool FC recovered from conceding an early goal to Niclas Alexandersson of Sheffield Wednesday, eventually overcoming the league’s bottom side 4-1. This game was notable for the first goal in a Liverpool shirt for a youngster by the name of Steven Gerrard. He would score another 185 goals in all competitions for the club he cared about the most. With just one win from 16 games, Sheffield Wednesday’s situation already looked rather desperate.

They were joined in the bottom three by Derby County and Watford. Graham Taylor’s men were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing by Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. This scoreline was Wimbledon’s biggest victory in their Premier League career and had them closer to mid-table than the drop zone at this stage of the season. Their downward plight would only begin in the new millennium.

What else happened in December 1999?

  • Celebrations take place across the world to herald the millennium. In the UK, this sees the unveiling of the London Eye and the opening of the Millennium Dome.
  • After eight years in power, Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia.
  • Former Beatles singer George Harrison is attacked in his home in Oxfordshire, suffering minor stab wounds.
  • After 442 years of Portuguese settlement, the sovereignty of Macau is transferred to the People’s Republic of China.
  • Tori Murden became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone, when she reached Guadeloupe from the Canary Islands. She had been rowing for 81 days.
  • 137 people are killed by Storm Lothar which sweeps through southern parts of Germany, France and Switzerland.
  • Torrential rains cause catastrophic floods and mudslides in coastal regions of Venezuela, killing an estimated 25,000 people and leaving 100,000 others homeless.

Seasonal Records: 1999-2000

For all the statistical fans out there, here are some of the season’s records from the 1999-2000 Premier League campaign, which saw the biggest margin of victory between the top two in Premier League history.

FINAL TABLE

Position Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester United 38 28 7 3 97 45 +52 91
2 Arsenal 38 22 7 9 73 43 +30 73
3 Leeds United 38 21 6 11 58 43 +15 69
4 Liverpool FC 38 19 10 9 51 30 +21 67
5 Chelsea 38 18 11 9 53 34 +19 65
6 Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46 35 +11 58
7 Sunderland 38 16 10 12 57 56 +1 58
8 Leicester City 38 16 7 15 55 55 0 55
9 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 52 53 -1 55
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 15 8 15 57 49 +8 53
11 Newcastle United 38 14 10 14 63 54 +9 52
12 Middlesbrough 38 14 10 14 46 52 -6 52
13 Everton 38 12 14 12 59 49 +10 50
14 Coventry City 38 12 8 18 47 54 -7 44
15 Southampton 38 12 8 18 45 62 -17 44
16 Derby County 38 9 11 18 44 57 -13 38
17 Bradford City 38 9 9 20 38 68 -30 36
18 Wimbledon 38 7 12 19 46 74 -28 33
19 Sheffield Wednesday 38 8 7 23 38 70 -32 31
20 Watford 38 6 6 26 35 77 -42 24

 

THE BASIC STATS

Goals Scored 1060
European qualifiers Manchester United (UEFA Champions League), Arsenal (UEFA Champions League), Leeds United (UEFA Champions League), Liverpool FC (UEFA Cup), Chelsea (UEFA Cup), Leicester City (UEFA Cup), Aston Villa (UEFA Intertoto Cup), Bradford City (UEFA Intertoto Cup)
Longest winning run 11 games (Manchester United)
Longest unbeaten run 16 games (Chelsea)
Longest winless run 11 games (Sunderland & Watford)
Longest losing run 8 games (Wimbledon)
Highest attendance 61,629 (Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur)
Lowest attendance 8,248 (Wimbledon vs. Sheffield Wednesday)

 

AWARDS

PFA Players’ Player of the Year Roy Keane (Manchester United)
PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kewell (Leeds United)
Football Writers’ Award Roy Keane (Manchester United)
PFA Team of the Year Nigel Martyn, Ian Harte, Gary Kelly, Sami Hyypia, Jaap Stam, Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, David Beckham, Harry Kewell, Andy Cole, Kevin Phillips
Manager of the Year Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
Premier League Goal of the Season Paolo di Canio (WEST HAM UNITED vs. Wimbledon)

HAT-TRICK HEROES

Player Teams Score Date
Michael Bridges Southampton vs. Leeds United 0-3 11th August 1999
Andy Cole (4) Manchester United vs. Newcastle United 5-1 30th August 1999
Kevin Phillips Derby County vs. Sunderland 0-5 18th September 1999
Alan Shearer (5) Newcastle United vs. Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 19th September 1999
Kanu Chelsea vs. Arsenal 2-3 23rd October 1999
Marc Overmars Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough 5-1 21st November 1999
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4) Manchester United vs. Everton 5-1 4th December 1999
Nick Barmby West Ham United vs. Everton 0-4 26th February 2000
Stan Collymore Leicester City vs. Sunderland 5-2 5th March 2000
Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton 7-2 11th March 2000
Dwight Yorke Manchester United vs. Derby County 3-1 11th March 2000
Paul Scholes Manchester United vs. West Ham United 7-1 1st April 2000
Dean Windass Bradford City vs. Derby County 4-4 21st April 2000

 

TOP SCORERS

Position Player Teams No of Goals
1 Kevin Phillips Sunderland 30
2 Alan Shearer Newcastle United 23
3 Dwight Yorke Manchester United 21
4 Michael Bridges Leeds United 19
5 Andy Cole Manchester United 18
6 Thierry Henry Arsenal 17
7 Paolo di Canio West Ham United 16
8= Niall Quinn Sunderland 14
8= Chris Armstrong Tottenham Hotspur 14
10= Tony Cottee Leicester City 13
10= Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur 13
10= Marian Pahars Southampton 13
13= Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 12
13= Kanu Arsenal 12
13= Dion Dublin Aston Villa 12
13= Paulo Wanchope West Ham United 12
13= Hamilton Ricard Middlesbrough 12
13= Kevin Campbell Everton 12
13= Robbie Keane Coventry City 12
20= Michael Owen Liverpool FC 11
20= Gary McAllister Coventry City 11
22= Harry Kewell Leeds United 10
22= Emile Heskey Leicester City & Liverpool FC 10
22= Tore Andre Flo Chelsea 10
22= Nick Barmby Everton 10

BIGGEST VICTORIES

Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday 19th September 1999
Manchester United 7-1 West Ham United 1st April 2000
Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Southampton 11th March 2000
Chelsea 5-0 Manchester United 3rd October 1999
Derby County 0-5 Sunderland 18th September 1999
West Ham United 5-0 Coventry City 22nd April 2000
Newcastle United 5-0 Southampton 16th January 2000
Everton 5-0 Sunderland 26th December 1999
Wimbledon 5-0 Watford 4th December 1999
Manchester United 5-1 Everton 4th December 1999

 

HIGHEST SCORING GAMES

No of Goals Teams Date
9 Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Southampton 11th March 2000
9 West Ham United 5-4 Bradford City 12th February 2000
8 Newcastle United 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday 19th September 1999
8 Manchester United 7-1 West Ham United 1st April 2000
8 Everton 4-4 Leeds United 24th October 1999
8 Bradford City 4-4 Derby County 21st April 2000
7 Leicester City 5-2 Sunderland 5th March 2000
7 Middlesbrough 3-4 Manchester United 10th April 2000
7 Coventry City 3-4 Leeds United 11th September 1999
7 West Ham United 4-3 Sheffield Wednesday 21st November 1999
6 Manchester United 5-1 Newcastle United 29th August 1999
6 Manchester United 5-1 Everton 4th December 1999
6 Arsenal 5-1 Middlesbrough 20th November 1999
6 Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Wimbledon 2nd October 1999
6 West Ham United 2-4 Manchester United 18th December 1999
6 Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Aston Villa 15th April 2000
6 Newcastle United 4-2 Arsenal 14th May 2000
6 Everton 4-2 Watford 1st April 2000
6 Southampton 4-2 Newcastle United 15th August 1999
6 Manchester United 3-3 Southampton 25th September 1999

 

YOUNGEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Gary McSheffrey Sunderland 1-1 Coventry City 17 years, 16 days 29th August 1999
Jonathan Bewers Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Aston Villa 17 years, 7 months, 5 days 15th April 2000
Joe Cole West Ham United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur 17 years, 8 months, 30 days 7th August 1999
Carlos Marinelli Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Middlesbrough 17 years, 9 months, 12 days 26th December 1999
Jordan Stewart Leicester City 1-3 West Ham United 17 years, 10 months, 19 days 22nd January 2000
Adam Murray Derby County 0-1 Bradford City 17 years, 11 months, 26 days 25th September 1999
Michael Carrick Bradford City 0-3 West Ham United 18 years, 1 month 28th August 1999
Graham Barrett Leicester City 0-3 Arsenal 18 years, 1 month, 28 days 4th December 1999
Steve Brooker Watford 2-3 Wimbledon 18 years, 2 months, 17 days 7th August 1999
Robert Betts West Ham United 5-0 Coventry City 18 years, 4 months, 1 day 22nd April 2000

 

OLDEST PLAYERS USED

Player Teams Age at the time Date
Steve Ogrizovic Coventry City 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday 42 years, 7 months, 24 days 6th May 2000
Neville Southall Bradford City 1-2 Leeds United 41 years, 5 months, 25 days 12th March 2000
Dave Watson Everton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 years, 1 month, 26 days 15th January 2000
Richard Gough Leicester City 1-1 Everton 38 years, 3 days 8th April 2000
Barry Horne Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 Leicester City 37 years, 11 months, 26 days 14th May 2000
Stuart Pearce West Ham United 2-0 Southampton 37 years, 10 months, 13 days 8th March 2000
Steve Bould Sunderland 2-1 Everton 37 years, 4 months, 9 days 25th March 2000
Raimond van der Gouw Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United 37 years, 1 month, 20 days 14th May 2000
John Dreyer Bradford City 1-0 Liverpool FC 36 years, 11 months, 3 days 14th May 2000
David Seaman Arsenal 3-3 Sheffield Wednesday 36 years, 7 months, 20 days 9th May 2000

 

CLEAN SHEETS

Position Player Teams No of Clean Sheets
1 Ed de Goey Chelsea 16
2 Sander Westerveld Liverpool FC 14
3 Nigel Martyn Leeds United 13
4 David James Aston Villa 12
5 Mark Bosnich Manchester United 11
6 Paul Gerrard Everton 10
7= Thomas Sorensen Sunderland 9
7= Mark Schwarzer Middlesbrough 9
7= Magnus Hedman Coventry City 9
7= Mart Poom Derby County 9

Premier League Rewind: 11th May 2002

Results: Arsenal 4-3 Everton, Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Fulham, Chelsea 1-3 Aston Villa, Leeds United 1-0 Middlesbrough, Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool FC 5-0 Ipswich Town, Manchester United 0-0 Charlton Athletic, Southampton 3-1 Newcastle United, Sunderland 1-1 Derby County, West Ham United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Although the destiny of the championship had been settled a few days earlier, there was still some issues to address on the final day of the 2001-2002 season. The main factor at stake was the final relegation spot. Who would be joining Derby County and Leicester City on a one-way ticket to the First Division?

The favourites to join them in the second-tier were Ipswich Town. George Burley’s side had finished fifth the previous campaign but apart from a brief revival early in 2002, they had failed to find the form that took them so close to UEFA Champions League qualification in 2000-2001. They went to Anfield and had to win to stand any chance of survival.

Liverpool FC were in no mood to be easy either. Midweek results meant a victory here would guarantee their best-ever finishing position in the Premier League of runners-up. They had beaten Ipswich 6-0 at Portman Road in February and another thrashing was on the cards when John Arne Riise fired Liverpool into an 11th minute lead. Ipswich did hit the bar and the Reds’ lost Steven Gerrard to a groin injury which would destroy his World Cup hopes. However, as soon as Riise doubled his tally just before the half-hour mark, the Tractor Boys’ fate was sealed. A mistake from Titus Bramble allowed Michael Owen to score a third seconds into the restart and further goals from substitute Vladimir Smicer and Nicolas Anelka put the seal on the 5-0 final scoreline. Ipswich went down and Liverpool FC had beaten Manchester United in a final league standings table for the first time since 1990.

Ipswich’s nightmare on Merseyside meant Sunderland would survive, regardless of their result at home to Derby County. Kevin Phillips scored the opening goal and although Derby equalised, these sides would be playing in different divisions in 2002-2003. It was a worrying drop for Peter Reid’s side though – a fall of 10 positions on their previous two seasons.

It was a day of parties and celebration at Highbury. Arsenal’s midweek magic at Old Trafford had meant they’d won the double for the second time in four years. Thierry Henry scored twice in an entertaining 4-3 final day victory over Everton to pip Alan Shearer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to the Golden Boot award. It was the first of four occasions that the Frenchman would come out on top in this race. At the end of the match, Tony Adams lifted aloft the Barclaycard Premiership title which confirmed Arsenal were back at the summit of English football. Adams and Lee Dixon would announce their retirements from professional football shortly after the celebrations had concluded.

Another player saying farewell was Matt Le Tissier. ‘Saint Le Tiss’ had struggled with injuries for the past couple of seasons and had already played his last game for the club. However, he received a guard of honour and presentations on-field before Southampton’s final match of the season which was a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United.

At Old Trafford, there were no trophies to lift at the end of an unsuccessful season but David Beckham did sign a new contract on the eve of a sterile goalless draw between the former champions and Charlton Athletic. Beckham would only feature in one more Premier League season before joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2003.

After 111 years, Leicester City played their final match at Filbert Street before moving to the Walkers’ Stadium (later known as the King Power Stadium). They ended on a high – beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. The ground was demolished a year later. Elsewhere, Leeds United overtook Chelsea on the final day to finish fifth after beating Middlesbrough 1-0. David O’Leary was sacked though in June and Blackburn’s 3-0 triumph against Fulham ensured a top-10 finish on their return to the top-flight.

What else happened in May 2002?

  • Tragedy hits the rail industry with the fatal accident at Potters Bar railway station. A points’ failure was to blame, leaving seven dead and 76 injured.
  • After 21 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical “Cats” appears for the last time of its original run at London’s West End. It is revived in 2014.
  • Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones debuts at cinemas.
  • Latvia wins the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • African newcomers Senegal stun holders France to win 1-0 in the opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • After 26 years of occupation by Indonesia, East Timor regains its independence.
  • McLaren’s David Coulthard wins the Monaco Grand Prix for the second time in his career. It is the last time a team other than Ferrari will win a Formula One event for 10 months.