2002–03 Football League Cup

Football tournament season

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2002–03 Football League Cup
Worthington Cup, League Cup
Tournament details
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Defending champions Blackburn Rovers
Final positions
Champions Liverpool (7th title)
Runner-up Manchester United
Tournament statistics
Top goal scorer(s) Nathan Ellington
(5 goals)

The 2002–03 Football League Cup (known as the Worthington Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 43rd staging of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England’s top 92 football clubs.

The competition began on 20 August 2002, and ended with the final on 2 March 2003. The holders were Blackburn Rovers, but they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Manchester United.

The tournament was won by Liverpool, who beat Manchester United 2–0 in the final, thanks to goals from Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.[1]

Preliminary round[edit]

A preliminary round was necessary to reduce the number of teams by one, because of the extra UEFA Cup place awarded to newly relegated Ipswich Town through the Fair Play league.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Bristol Rovers 0–2 Boston United 20 August 2002

First round[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Boston United 1–5 Cardiff City 11 September 2002
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Exeter City 11 September 2002
Brighton win 2–1 after extra time
3 Coventry City 3–0 Colchester United 11 September 2002
4 Macclesfield Town 1–1 Barnsley 11 September 2002
Macclesfield Town win 4–1 after extra time
5 Nottingham Forest 4–0 Kidderminster Harriers 11 September 2002
6 Preston North End 1–1 Scunthorpe United 11 September 2002
Preston win 2–1 after extra time
7 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Rochdale 11 September 2002
8 Swansea City 2–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 September 2002
9 Swindon Town 0–0 Wycombe Wanderers 11 September 2002
Wycombe Wanderers win 2–1 after extra time
10 AFC Bournemouth 3–3 Brentford 10 September 2002
3–3 after extra time — Brentford win 4–2 on penalties
11 Bristol City 0–1 Oxford United 10 September 2002
12 Burnley 3–0 Blackpool 10 September 2002
13 Bury 1–0 Stoke City 10 September 2002
14 Crystal Palace 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 10 September 2002
Crystal Palace win 2–1 after extra time
15 Cambridge United 3–1 Reading 10 September 2002
16 Grimsby Town 0–1 Chesterfield 10 September 2002
17 Hartlepool United 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 10 September 2002
18 Huddersfield Town 2–0 Darlington 10 September 2002
19 Hull City 1–1 Leicester City 10 September 2002
Leicester City win 4–2 after extra time
20 Leyton Orient 3–2 Queens Park Rangers 10 September 2002
21 Lincoln City 1–3 Stockport County 10 September 2002
22 Mansfield Town 1–3 Derby County 10 September 2002
23 Northampton Town 0–1 Wigan Athletic 10 September 2002
24 Norwich City 0–3 Cheltenham Town 10 September 2002
25 Oldham Athletic 3–2 Notts County 10 September 2002
26 Port Vale 0–2 Crewe Alexandra 10 September 2002
27 Portsmouth 2–0 Peterborough United 10 September 2002
28 Rotherham United 3–1 Carlisle United 10 September 2002
29 Rushden & Diamonds 0–0 Millwall 10 September 2002
0–0 after extra time — Rushden & Diamonds win 5–3 on penalties
30 Sheffield United 1–0 York City 10 September 2002
31 Southend United 1–4 Wimbledon 10 September 2002
32 Torquay United 0–1 Gillingham 10 September 2002
33 Walsall 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 10 September 2002
34 Watford 1–2 Luton Town 10 September 2002
35 Wrexham 2–1 Bradford City 10 September 2002

Second round[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Aston Villa 3–0 Luton Town 2 October 2002
2 Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Bury 2 October 2002
3 Crystal Palace 7–0 Cheltenham Town 2 October 2002
4 Coventry City 8–0 Rushden & Diamonds 2 October 2002
5 Derby County 1–1 Oldham Athletic 2 October 2002
Oldham Athletic win 2–1 after extra time
6 Leyton Orient 2–3 Birmingham City 2 October 2002
7 Nottingham Forest 1–2 Walsall 2 October 2002
8 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Leicester City 2 October 2002
Leicester City win 2–1 after extra time
9 Southampton 6–1 Tranmere Rovers 2 October 2002
10 Wigan Athletic 3–1 West Bromwich Albion 2 October 2002
11 Brentford 1–4 Middlesbrough 1 October 2002
12 Cambridge United 0–7 Sunderland 1 October 2002
13 Charlton Athletic 0–0 Oxford United 1 October 2002
0–0 after extra time — Oxford United win 6–5 on penalties
14 Chesterfield 1–1 West Ham 1 October 2002
1–1 after extra time — West Ham win 5–4 on penalties
15 Huddersfield Town 0–1 Burnley 1 October 2002
16 Macclesfield Town 1–2 Preston North End 1 October 2002
17 Manchester City 3–2 Crewe Alexandra 1 October 2002
18 Portsmouth 1–3 Wimbledon 1 October 2002
19 Rotherham United 3–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 October 2002
4–4 after extra time — Rotherham United win 4–2 on penalties
20 Sheffield United 4–1 Wycombe Wanderers 1 October 2002
21 Stockport County 1–1 Gillingham 1 October 2002
Gillingham win 2–1 after extra time
22 Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Cardiff City 1 October 2002
23 Wrexham 0–3 Everton 1 October 2002
24 Ipswich Town 3–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 24 September 2002

Third round[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Arsenal 2–3 Sunderland 6 November 2002
2 Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Walsall 6 November 2002
2–2 after extra time — Blackburn Rovers win 5–4 on penalties
3 Burnley 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 November 2002
4 Crystal Palace 3–0 Coventry City 6 November 2002
5 Chelsea 2–1 Gillingham 6 November 2002
6 Fulham 3–1 Bury 6 November 2002
7 Ipswich Town 3–1 Middlesbrough 6 November 2002
8 Liverpool 3–1 Southampton 6 November 2002
9 Newcastle United 2–2 Everton 6 November 2002
3–3 after extra time — Everton win 3–2 on penalties
10 Oxford United 0–3 Aston Villa 6 November 2002
11 Sheffield United 2–1 Leeds United 6 November 2002
12 West Ham 0–1 Oldham Athletic 6 November 2002
13 Birmingham City 0–2 Preston North End 5 November 2002
14 Wimbledon 1–3 Rotherham United 5 November 2002
15 Manchester United 2–0 Leicester City 5 November 2002
16 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Manchester City 5 November 2002

Fourth round[edit]

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2002-12-04
Aston Villa 5–0 Preston North End
Vassell .mw-parser-output .fb-goal>span{} 44′, 55′
Dublin 80′
Ángel 84′
Hitzlsperger 87′
Report
Attendance: 23,042
Referee: Clive Wilkes

2002-12-04
Blackburn Rovers 4–0 Rotherham United
Yorke 12′, 39′
Cole 16′
Duff 43′
Report
Attendance: 11,220
Referee: Matt Messias

2002-12-04
Chelsea 4–1 Everton
Hasselbaink 26′, 71′
Petit 44′
Stanić 69′
Report Naysmith 80′
Attendance: 32,322
Referee: Paul Durkin

2002-12-04
Liverpool 1–1
(a.e.t.)
5–4p
Ipswich Town
Diouf 54′ (pen.) Report Miller 14′
Attendance: 26,305

2002-12-04
Wigan Athletic 2–1 Fulham
Ellington 20′, 28′ Report Boa Morte 86′
Attendance: 7,615
Referee: Mark Halsey

2002-12-03
Burnley 0–2 Manchester United
Report Forlán 35′
Solskjær 65′
Attendance: 22,034
Referee: Neale Barry

2002-12-03
Crystal Palace 2–0 Oldham Athletic
Black 11′, 74′ Report
Attendance: 7,431
Referee: Chris Foy

2002-12-03
Sheffield United 2–0 Sunderland
Murphy 54′
Allison 56′
Report
Attendance: 27,068
Referee: Alan Wiley

Quarter-finals[edit]

2002-12-18
Aston Villa 3–4 Liverpool
Vassell 23′
Hitzlsperger 72′
Henchoz 88′ (o.g.)
Report Murphy 27′, 90′
Baroš 54′
Gerrard 67′
Attendance: 38,530
Referee: Graham Barber

2002-12-17
Manchester United 1–0 Chelsea
Forlán 80′ Report
Attendance: 57,985
Referee: Steve Bennett

2002-12-17
Sheffield United 3–1 Crystal Palace
Asaba 35′
Peschisolido 86′, 88′
Report Page 82′ (o.g.)
Attendance: 22,211

2002-12-17
Wigan Athletic 0–2 Blackburn Rovers
Report Cole 16′, 80′
Attendance: 16,922
Referee: Andy D’Urso

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg[edit]

2003-01-08
20:00
Sheffield United 2–1 Liverpool
Tonge 76′, 82′ Report Mellor 35′
Attendance: 30,095
Referee: Mike Dean

2003-01-07
20:00
Manchester United 1–1 Blackburn Rovers
Scholes 58′ Report Thompson 61′
Attendance: 62,740
Referee: Uriah Rennie

Second leg[edit]

2003-01-21
20:00
Liverpool 2–0 (a.e.t.) Sheffield United
Diouf 9′
Owen 107′
Report
Attendance: 43,837
Referee: Alan Wiley

Liverpool win 3-2 on aggregate.


2003-01-22
20:00
Blackburn Rovers 1–3 Manchester United
Cole 12′ Report Scholes 30′, 42′
Van Nistelrooy 77′ (pen.)
Attendance: 29,048
Referee: Jeff Winter

Manchester United win 4–2 on aggregate

Final[edit]

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The 2003 Football League Cup final was played on 2 March 2003 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The game was contested between Manchester United and Liverpool. Liverpool won the game 2–0.

2003-03-02
14:00
Manchester United 0–2 Liverpool
Report Gerrard 39′
Owen 86′
Attendance: 74,500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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