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2002–03 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Covid-19
Stadium  Elland Road
FA Cup  Sixth round
Premier League  15th
League Cup  Third round
Chairman  Peter Ridsdale (until 31 March) Professor John McKenzie
Manager  David O'Leary (until 27 June) Terry Venables (until 21 March) Peter Reid

The 2002–03 season saw Leeds United compete in the Premier League (known as the Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

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Season summary

As Leeds United's debts began racking up, the club began selling many first-team players to raise money, most notably defender and captain Rio Ferdinand, sold to arch-rivals Manchester United for around 30 million pounds - a world record for a defender at the time. Despite this mass exodus of players (which forced many youth players like James Milner and Matthew Kilgallon into the first team) Leeds managed to remain in the Premiership after finishing a safe 15th place, with no small thanks to striker Mark Viduka. Viduka struck 20 goals in the Premiership alone, making him the fourth highest scorer in the league that season. Harry Kewell was also influential, scoring 14 on his own and setting up several of Viduka's strikes, before departing to Liverpool in the summer.

Kit

Nike remained as Leeds United's kit sponsors, and introduced a new home kit for the season.

First-team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Reserve squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Starting 11

Considering starts in all competitions
  • GK: #13, Paul Robinson, 50
  • RB: #18, Danny Mills, 39
  • CB: #6, Jonathan Woodgate, 24
  • CB: #21, Dominic Matteo, 24
  • LB: #3, Ian Harte, 33
  • RM: #2, Gary Kelly, 34
  • CM: #16, Jason Wilcox, 31
  • CM: #19, Eirik Bakke, 41
  • LM: #10, Harry Kewell, 41
  • CF: #17, Alan Smith, 43
  • CF: #9, Mark Viduka, 36
  • Top scorers

  • Mark Viduka, 20
  • Harry Kewell, 14
  • Nick Barmby, 4
  • Ian Harte, 3
  • Alan Smith 3
  • Lee Bowyer 3
  • Robbie Fowler 2
  • James Milner 2
  • Danny Mills 1
  • Jason Wilcox 1
  • Jonathan Woodgate 1
  • Eirik Bakke 1
  • Teddy Lučić 1
  • Seth Johnson 1
  • Robbie Keane 1
  • In

  • Nick Barmby - Liverpool, 8 August 2002, £2,750,000
  • Paul Okon - Middlesbrough, 12 August 2002, free
  • Out

  • Rio Ferdinand - Manchester United, 22 July 2002, £30,000,000±
  • Robbie Keane - Tottenham Hotspur, 31 August 2002, £7,000,000
  • Lee Bowyer - West Ham United, 11 January 2003, £300,000
  • Jonathan Woodgate - Newcastle United, 31 January 2003, £9,000,000
  • Robbie Fowler - Manchester City, 13 February 2003, £6,000,000
  • Caleb Folan - Chesterfield, 14 February 2003, free
  • ±Current club record transfer fee received.

    Transfers in: £2,750,000 Transfers out: £52,300,000 Total spending: £49,550,000

    Loaned in

  • Teddy Lučić - AIK Solna, 31 August 2002
  • Raúl Bravo - Real Madrid, 31 January 2003
  • Loaned out

  • Simon Johnson - Hull City, 11 August 2002
  • Shaun Allaway - Grimsby Town, 20 August 2002
  • Danny Milosevic - Plymouth Argyle, 5 November 2002
  • Steven Ferguson - Hyde United, 5 November 2002
  • Harpal Singh - Bradford City, 7 November 2002
  • Shane Cansdell-Sherriff - Rochdale, 8 November 2002
  • Jamie McMaster - Coventry City, 19 November 2002
  • Craig Stiens - Swansea City, 13 December 2002
  • Olivier Dacourt - Roma, 8 January 2003
  • Frazer Richardson - Stoke City, 10 January 2003
  • Danny Milosevic - Crewe Alexandra, 20 January 2003
  • Tom Newey - Darlington, 29 March 2003
  • References

    2002–03 Leeds United A.F.C. season Wikipedia


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