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Season 2002-03

The 2002–03 FA Premier League (referred to as the 2002–03 Barclaycard Premiership, due to sponsorship rights) was the eleventh season of the Premier League, the top division in English football. The first matches were played on 17 August 2002 and the last were played on 11 May 2003.

Manchester United ended the campaign as champions for the eighth time in eleven years – an achievement made all the more remarkable by virtue of defending champions Arsenal having led by eight points on 2 March. Although this was a season of breaking new English domestic records for the Gunners,[nb 1] and leading at all fronts come the halfway stage, they threw away a priceless lead against Bolton Wanderers and finally surrendered the title with a 3–2 home defeat to Leeds United, in the third-last game of the season. This result all but saved Leeds from relegation. Newcastle United and Chelsea were the remaining two teams, who qualified for the UEFA Champions League at the expense of Liverpool who had to settle for the UEFA Cup; they would be joined in Europe by Blackburn Rovers for their second successive season.

Michael Ricketts had the honour of scoring the first goal of the new season for Bolton against Fulham, inside five minutes. The first hat-trick of the season was scored by Michael Owen in the match between Liverpool and Manchester City, at Maine Road in late September. Wayne Rooney, at the young age of 16, made his breakthrough at Everton, scoring an impressive goal against Arsenal, helping the Toffees to a 2–1 win. However, Rooney also got his first Premiership straight red card two months later on Boxing Day, for a reckless foul on Birmingham City's Steve Vickers at St. Andrew's.

Source: Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Season matches ordered by date

1.clubNameManchester United
2.clubNameArsenal
3.clubNameNewcastle United
4.clubNameChelsea
5.clubNameLiverpool
6.clubNameBlackburn Rovers
7.clubNameEverton
8.clubNameSouthampton
9.clubNameManchester City
10.clubNameTottenham Hotspur
11.clubNameMiddlesbrough
12.clubNameCharlton Athletic
13.clubNameBirmingham City
14.clubNameFulham
15.clubNameLeeds United
16.clubNameAston Villa
17.clubNameBolton Wanderers
18.clubNameWest Ham United
19.clubNameWBA
20.clubNameSunderland

Full standing - Home, Away, Total

HomeAwayTotal
#ClubTWDLGDPTWDLGDPTWDLGDP
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2.ArsenalArsenal00000:0000000:0038239685:4278
3.Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United00000:0000000:00382161163:4869
4.ChelseaChelsea00000:0000000:00381910968:3867
5.LiverpoolLiverpool00000:0000000:003818101061:4164
6.Blackburn RoversBlackburn Rovers00000:0000000:003816121052:4360
7.EvertonEverton00000:0000000:00381781348:4959
8.SouthamptonSouthampton00000:0000000:003813131243:4652
9.Manchester CityManchester City00000:0000000:00381561747:5451
10.Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur00000:0000000:00381481651:6250
11.MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough00000:0000000:003813101548:4449
12.Charlton AthleticCharlton Athletic00000:0000000:00381471745:5649
13.Birmingham CityBirmingham City00000:0000000:00381391641:4948
14.FulhamFulham00000:0000000:00381391641:5048
15.Leeds UnitedLeeds United00000:0000000:00381451958:5747
16.Aston VillaAston Villa00000:0000000:00381291742:4745
17.Bolton WanderersBolton Wanderers00000:0000000:003810141441:5144
18.West Ham UnitedWest Ham United00000:0000000:003810121642:5942
19.WBAWBA00000:0000000:0038682429:6526
20.SunderlandSunderland00000:0000000:0038472721:6519