Newcastle United and Chelsea were the other two teams who qualified for the UEFA Champions League. Liverpool had to settle for the UEFA Cup; they would be joined in Europe by Blackburn Rovers for their second successive season.
Newly promoted sides Manchester City and Birmingham finished in ninth and thirteenth, respectively. Sunderland broke the record for the fewest points and goals scored in a Premiership season, while West Brom and West Ham went with them to the First Division.
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, this was the season when Rooney also got his first Premiership straight red card, for a reckless foul on Birmingham City's Steve Vickers at St. Andrews, which ended Vickers' career.
|Manchester United (C)|
3rd Qualifying Round
|West Ham United (R)|
Nationwide Division 1
|West Bromwich Albion (R)|
1Since Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Cup via the league, their place in the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners reverted to the league and was awarded to Blackburn Rovers.
2Since Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners went to Southampton, who were the FA Cup runners-up. Manchester City qualified for the UEFA Cup as Fair Play winners.
Arsenal strengthened their double winning side, requiring the services of Swedish goalkeeper, Rami Shaaban, following the departure of Richard Wright to Everton. The only other signing Arsène Wenger brought in was Brazilian star Gilberto Silva, for a bargain price of £4.5 million. The deal proved valuable as Gilberto scored the winner in the newly named FA Community Shield, against Liverpool after coming on the second half.
Liverpool were one of the few sides who spent big during summer. Out went Jari Litmanen, Nick Barmby, Jamie Redknapp and ex-Arsenal star Nicolas Anelka, who was snubbed by the management board. Anelka eventually went to newly-promoted, Manchester City, in a deal worth £13 million. Gérard Houllier's preferred striker was Senegalese star El-Hadji Diouf who cost £10 million, which at the time was the club's record signing. French international winger, Bruno Cheyrou was also acquired by Houllier, for £4.5 million.
Leeds United suffered a manager crisis during the summer transfer period. David O'Leary was controversially sacked as manager, after failing to win a trophy in his four year spell. Despite reaching the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup semi-finals, O' Leary was given more than £100 million pounds in transfer funds, to produce a winning squad. He was replaced by former England boss, Terry Venables on a two year deal.
The quality of Arsenal's game grew in stature and a comfortable win at home to title rivals, Newcastle in late Autumn, capped by an inspirational performance by skipper, Patrick Vieira had cut the gap of regaining their position to just a point and quoted by the Guardian - "re-established them as England's most accomplished team".After qualifying for the second group stage of Europe's elite tournament, the month, November proved decisive, domestic wise. A 3-0 win against local rivals, Tottenham Hotspur which included a marvellous individual goal by last season's golden boot winner, Thierry Henry helped Arsenal leapfrog Liverpool at the top of the table, who were suffering from an unexpected blip. Henry proved once again vital as he reigned supreme against Roma by scoring his first UEFA Champions League hat trick and followed it up with two goals against Aston Villa (with one a bending free kick) to help Wenger's side maintain their spot as Champions-elect. Losing to Manchester United in their next domestic game had coincided with the best Red Devil performance of the season, which indicated that there was still work to be done. The defeat also ended a run of 56th consecutive games that Arsenal had scored in, which was the last of the season. The Gunners got back in track during the Christmas fixture list which included two back to back wins but were pegged back with a draw to Liverpool, in which Francis Jeffers was accused of 'conning' the referee by Houllier that led up to the spot kick equaliser by Henry. Still though, come the end of the year, Arsenal were heading the table five points ahead of nearest challengers, Chelsea who were beaten in the New Year's fixture despite a late comeback.
In a match where Birmingham couldn't afford to lose, the Gunners re-established their five point cushion at the top of the Premiership, with a sublime performance, notably from Frenchman, Thierry Henry whose two goals took his total for the club to 100.A week before, a solo effort by teammate and club legend, Dennis Bergkamp help him reach the coveted 100th goal landmark.By the start of February, Arsenal showed their ruthless side to the game by snatching a late winner at home to Fulham via Robert Pires and by the following weeks, Wenger's tactics paid dividends as the club from North London took a step towards regaining their title by thrashing Manchester City threw an attacking brand of swashbuckling football. The Gunners were earning all of the superlatives, and wins against Manchester United in the FA Cup and Charlton in the league had cemented an eight point gap (as United had a League Cup final to prepare for). The gap became two as the Gunners failed to beat Blackburn away, while United scrapped three points away to Villa. Four days later, elimination from the Champions League was confirmed after losing 2-1 to Valencia, which the manager had felt was the major turning point of the season.
As winter turned into spring, Arsenal's football and winning mentality failed to blossom as United went top for the first time in the season thanks to 3-0 win in the evening kick off to Fulham at home. By April, United came to Highbury knowing that a win would virtually give them the upper hand in the race for the title. Despite a tense draw and the game becoming inconclusive, United still topped the league by three points, a game in disadvantage to Arsenal who lost Patrick Vieira through injury during the match and Sol Campbell who was recklessly sent off. Arsenal won their next match at the Riverside to Middlesbrough, but squandered a two-goal lead away at Bolton Wanderers in the last ten minutes, leaving with just a point. Wenger conceded the fact that the destiny of the title was in Manchester United's hands, for the first time. Early May saw United edging out closer to the title by thumping Charlton Athletic 4-1, with van Nistelrooy bagging his third hat-trick of the season. Going to the last home match of the season, Arsenal couldn't afford any more slip ups to have a say in the championship race. But however it wasn't to be as a 88th minute strike by Mark Viduka ensured Leeds survival in the top flight and all but ended the Gunners from retaining their crown. However, if there was to be some consolation, Wenger's side won their last two matches, starting the famous unbeaten run which eventually lasted until October 2004, breaking the previous record. Arsenal was also awarded with an FA Cup win over Southampton and became the first team to retain the cup in more than 20 years.
Newly Promoted Birmingham City made their first ever showing in the Premier League as it is known today. Steve Bruce made astute signings such as Robbie Savage and Aliou Cisse who ensured Birmingham's survival, and led to them to, more pleasingly to the fans, finishing above local rivals Aston Villa - for the first time since the 1970s.
For the second season running, Bolton Wanderers were in the Premiership relegation battle, and for the second season running they beat the drop, though this time they had to win their final game of the season to be sure of staying up. Memorable moments included Bolton beating West Ham 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium thanks to a "goal of the season" effort from Jay-Jay Okocha, which effectively sealed West Hams fate, and kept Bolton in the Premier League.
The club finished the season in fine form with a 2-1 win over Liverpool, their rivals for the final Champions league berth, on matchday 38. This match was arguably one of the most significant in Chelsea's modern history, as it was later reported to be a deciding factor for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich backing Chelsea (rather than Liverpool) with a massive financial takeover the following summer.
Manager Jean Tigana's three-year reign as manager came to an end in March when chairman Mohammed al-Fayed sacked him, frustrated with a lack of success in Fulham's first two top division seasons since the 1960s. His dream of turning Fulham into a leading English club was rapidly turning into a nightmare, with a relegation battle rather than a title challenge now on the cards. Chris Coleman, who had recently retired from playing due to a long-term leg injury sustained in a car crash, was given the manager's job on a caretaker basis, although he insisted that he didn't want to take over permanently. Coleman managed to confirm Fulham's Premiership survival and was finally persuaded to take over on a permanent contract, but was now faced with an uphill battle to keep Fulham in the Premiership.
After a summer of change in management, Terry Venables' side got off to a dream start by destroying Manchester City and following the win with a free-flowing display against West Brom. Leeds finished fourth at the end of month one, a point behind Liverpool and Arsenal. However, the team lost the services of striker Robbie Keane, who transferred to Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of August. Rio Ferdinand returned to Elland Road in early September, and clearly wasn't missed as Leeds took their revenge, thanks to a Harry Kewell goal. The month ended on a sour note, as a rampant Arsenal side scored four goals at will. Still though, Leeds moved up to third still behind unbeaten Arsenal and Liverpool.
The team's fortunes turned dramatically in October and November and went from third place to sixteenth. Christmas didn't help, and the January transfer market saw Robbie Fowler, Olivier Dacourt and Jonathan Woodgate heading to Manchester City, AS Roma and Newcastle United, respectively.
A string of losses in January and February, confirmed the sacking of Terry Venables. He was replaced by ex-Sunderland boss Peter Reid, who was signed on a six month contract with a view of the Leeds United board to extend it at the end of the season. Reid didn't get the best of starts - Liverpool produced a thrilling display to beat Leeds and leave them five points ahead of Bolton, having placed one game more.
The results soon came and by May, Leeds needed to beat current champions, Arsenal to avoid relegation. Despite losing the reverse fixture, Leeds beat the Gunners at Highbury - thus handing the title to Manchester United and made Reid permanent manager.
Harry Kewell was at his best during his last season at Elland Road, as his exploits were enough to keep Leeds United in the Premiership. Fellow Australian Mark Viduka also obliged and proceeded to go on an end of season scoring spree to contribute to Leed's survival.
Despite losing out to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield, The Reds started the season in impressive fashion, winning two and drawing one in the first month. A succession of 2-2 draws in September exploited Liverpool’s defense just before the start of the Champions League initial group stages. A late winner by Emile Heskey at Bolton Wanderers propelled a series of seven straight wins, which earned Houllier the right to be named Barclaycard Manager of the Month for October. Michael Owen was also amongst the goalscorers – scoring a clinical hat trick against Manchester City and Spartak Moscow to silence his Premiership critics. A second half goal by Salif Diao, in the early lunchtime kick off against Leeds United helped leapfrog Arsenal at the top of the Premiership after their 2-1 defeat at Everton. Pundits noted that Liverpool were winning games, without their full potential – An early sign of champions. Going into the match against Middleborough in early November, Liverpool had a four point lead at the top of the Premiership summit and only lost one in thirty league matches – to Tottenham in April 2002. The lead was cut after a late Gareth Southgate header bemused goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek and punished their cautious defensive approach to the game. It became a fortnight to forget for Liverpool as they crashed out of the Champions League away to Basle, the match at home to Sunderland ended stalemate despite 24 shots on target for Liverpool and a double strike from Sava wounded any chance of a Liverpool comeback at Fulham. The manager publicly pointed his finger directly at Gerrard after his poor performances and promptly dropped him from the team altogether. A defeat to Manchester United at Anfield sparked a dramatic change in form. Liverpool started December in second place but after a month without a win, Gérard Houllier found his team lying in sixth at the turn of the New Year.
A perfected free kick by Laurent Robert for Newcastle on New Year’s Day all but eliminated the team from the title race. Due to this, Houllier endured the worst run a Liverpool manager had for almost fifty years, having seeing his side just taking three points from eleven matches. The following week, Heskey ended his goalscoring drought and the Merseyside club finally took the three points, breaking Southampton’s unbeaten home run along the way. A draw to Arsenal at the end of January turned their attentions to fourth place and qualification to next season’s Champions League. They were trailing league leaders and current champions by 17 points and were five points behind their Merseyside rivals Everton, who were level with Chelsea in fourth place. A series of wins in March as well as earning their first piece of silverware put Liverpool on course for a possible Champions League place.
An empathic loss to rivals Manchester United meant that the Reds couldn’t afford any more slipups, but a loss at home to Manchester City in the penultimate game of the season meant that the race for fourth place would be decided on the final game of the season, after Newcastle guaranteed third spot. Despite starting positive against Chelsea and rewarded by a Sami Hyypia header, Liverpool in due course lost the match and had to settle for a UEFA Cup spot. Testing times for the Anfield boardroom as the boss was far from happy with his side.
Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe was loaned to City for the 2002-03 season, and scored nine goals in 35 Premiership games before returning to Olympique Lyonnais to consider his future. But tragedy struck on 26 June 2003, when Foe collapsed and died from an undetected heart condition during a Confederations Cup tie.
The Red Devils started their quest to regain the Premiership title at home to newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion and scrapped up three points thanks to a super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Results didn't flow as Ferguson hoped and as early Autumn approached, Manchester United got off to their worst start since the inauguration of the Premiership, lying in tenth place. Things didn't get better as losses to Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United were eclipsed by a derby day defeat to Manchester City in November which allowed a four point gap to open with leaders, Liverpool. Following an empathic win against Newcastle United, the team started a run of wins that included rivals Liverpool, struggling West Ham and champions Arsenal to help their Premiership challenge gather ominous momentum. Although losing at Boxing Day to Middlesbrough, the team finished a respectable third, five points behind Arsenal come the New Year. This, astonishingly was the last time they were on the losing side come the end of the season and remained unbeaten.
A series of late home wins against Sunderland and Chelsea in January helped pile the pressure on runaway leaders Arsenal, who were conciding with a minor goalkeeping crisis. After drawing at Bolton in the late evening kick-off, Arsenal had the chance to open a five point gap at the top of the Premiership summit all be it if they win at Maine Road. A five star performance ensured this through a rampant display of attacking football that all but put one hand on the trophy. The title race went down to two after Blackburn completed a sensational double over the reigning champions at home. Rovers' win gave United a chance to steal a march on their rivals; their victory over Aston Villa thanks to a solo David Beckham goal, narrowed the gap at the top to just two points.
April began with a ruthless win at Old Trafford against Liverpool, which helped them reclaim top spot all be it temporarily. However, Kolo Toure's late own goal gifted Aston Villa a point when Arsenal perhaps should have taken three. By the end of the week, just goal difference separated the top two, favouring the Gunners. A rout against Newcastle, led up to the game of the season - against Arsenal at Highbury. A stalemate draw didn't prove decisive, however favouring Manchester United who kept a three point lead, although the Gunners with a game in hand. Despite more European disappointment; this time at the hands of Real Madrid through an impressive Ronaldo performance, A thrilling comeback by Bolton Wanderers dented Arsenal's hopes of regaining the double and installed Manchester United as sole favourites to win the league. They didn't bluff - cruising to a home win against Charlton Athletic which virtually handed them title after Arsenal failed to better the result.
Middlesbrough enjoyed a good campaign in the Premier League finishing 11. However the season offered so much more for Middlesbrough as they lost two games at home all season. Middlesbrough unveiled they record 8.15 Million Pounds for Italian Striker Massimo Maccarone who finished the season with 9 goals next to his name. Boro away record cost them badly as they were placed 3rd after 9 games behind Liverpool and Arsenal. The highlight for them would have had to have been the 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Boxing day, with Boskic, Job and Nemeth netting for the Boro. Middlesbrough's 13-game unbeaten run ended at the hands of Aston Villa in a crushing 5-2 defeat. Against Arsenal (April 19) made it the first time they had not scored in a home fixture since the 27th of April the previous year against Chelsea.
Despite a landmark 300th career goal from Alan Shearer, it couldn’t prevent Newcastle from slumping to a 5-2 defeat against Blackburn, followed soon by an Arsenal masterclass. Results and goals soon flowed in November and with qualification into the second group stage of the UEFA Champions League ensured, thanks to a late winner from Craig Bellamy, Robson’s pressure from the Geordie faithful soon eased. By early December a sequence of home wins, most notably a Shearer brace against Everton kept the club in the chase in the race of the title and following a thrilling loss to Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle won their eighth straight home game convincingly against Tottenham. At the end of the year, Newcastle were in fourth position with a game in hand, eight adrift of Arsenal who were heading the table.
2002 turned into 2003 and Newcastle made a flawless start to the year, rewarded with Sir Bobby being named as Barclaycard Manager of the Month. Four wins and a draw kept the side in contention for the title and moved them into third spot, where they remained for the rest of the season. Laurent Robert's crisp equaliser against Arsenal left them eight points still behind the leaders in an exhilarating match and things went from better to worst after United’s European journey ended by Inter Milan. A dismal run in April effectively ended any chance of snatching the title away from Manchester United or Arsenal and winning at Birmingham City in the last home game of the season confirmed third place and with that, Champions League qualification for a second season.
Southampton suffered from gloomy start to the league campaign, having drawing two and losing two, notably a comfortable win for Liverpool in which El-Hadji Diouf helped guide his new team to the top of the Premiership table. Unfortunately for the Saints, they had to wait until mid September to record their first league win of the season; Substitute Marian Pahars scored with a debatable penalty 18 minutes from time as Everton’s hopes were left in tatters. Leaking goals in was causing problems for Strachan as well as scoring them, but by October moved fourth places into 13th place, largely down to the form of star striker, James Beattie. He recorded his first hat trick for Southampton in a sensational comeback which cancelled out Fulham’s 2-0 advantaged and left the Cottagers in despair. By the end of the season he scored an impressive 23 goals, two lower than the leader, Ruud van Nistelrooy and one behind Arsenal’s Thierry Henry.
As the season progressed, so did the form of the Saints. A fortnight after drawing to Manchester United at Old Trafford, James Beattie came up with the goods again, scoring twice as Southampton defeated the defending champions, Arsenal convincingly at St. Mary’s. However, the main talking point was the sending off of Sol Campbell, just after the break which Wenger couldn’t really dispute about the decision. Southampton’s surge in form continued and made a bright start to 2003 having moved into eighth place thanks to win against Tottenham. The side lost their first home game of the season; first since April 2002 to a revitalized Liverpool side, who failed to win in their last eleven games.
After booking their place in the FA Cup final, Southampton booked their place in Europe for the first time in 19 years and quickly turned their attention to their blip in domestic form. With only one loss in April, to Birmingham, the Saints moved into eighth place, where they remained for the rest of the season. May approached and the game that was billed as the curtain raiser for the FA Cup final, ended emphatically to Arsenal who shattered the Saints defence thanks to two hat tricks from Robert Pires and Jermaine Pennant. However, there was something to look forward to in the last day of the season, beating Manchester City in their last match at Maine Road.
With a total of 19 points, Sunderland earned the dubious record of having the worst season of a team in the history of the Premier League to date. The club would later break the record in the 2005-06 season, when they earned 15 points. The record was broken yet again in 2007–08, when Derby County earned just 11 points. Three players - Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry, and James Beattie - scored more goals than the entire Sunderland team in 2002–03. Henry would then repeat this feat in 2005-06.
A great start to the season saw Tottenham finish August top of the Premiership and Glenn Hoddle receiving the Manager of the Month award. While few people expected Tottenham to stay there, it was still a major disappointment when the side finished 10th in the final table and failed to make an impact in the cup competitions, placing Hoddle under intense pressure from fans and putting his future as manager in serious doubt.
Albion began their first top division season in nearly 20 years with a three-match losing run, but then came a three-match winning run which saw them occupy eighth place in mid September, suggesting that Gary Megson's team were good enough to achieve Premiership survival. However, they won just three more games all season and were relegated in 19th place with a mere 26 points and only Sunderland below them.
The season had started dreadfully for West Ham, and they didn't win a Premiership home fixture until January. A 6-0 exit to Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup was easily the worst performance of the season, and in late April manager Glenn Roeder was admitted to hospital for surgery after he collapsed with a brain tumour. Director of Football Trevor Brooking took over as temporary manager while Roeder recovered, but was unable to achieve survival.
|August||Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham Hotspur)||Sylvain Wiltord (Arsenal)|
|September||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)||Thierry Henry (Arsenal)|
|October||Gérard Houllier (Liverpool)||Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea)|
|November||David Moyes (Everton)||James Beattie (Southampton)|
|December||Gordon Strachan (Southampton)||Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)|
|January||Sir Bobby Robson (Newcastle United)||Paul Scholes (Manchester United)|
|February||Alan Curbishley (Charlton Athletic)||Robert Pires (Arsenal)|
|March||Glenn Roeder (West Ham United)||Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)|
|April||Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Manchester United)|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester United|
|Paul Scholes||Manchester United|
|Alan Shearer||Newcastle United|
The shortlist for the award was as follows:
|Craig Bellamy||Newcastle United|
|Jermain Defoe||West Ham United|
|Jermaine Jenas||Newcastle United|
|John O'Shea||Manchester United|
|Scott Parker||Charlton Athletic|
|Goalkeeper:||Brad Friedel (Blackburn Rovers)|
|Defence:||Stephen Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), William Gallas (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal)|
|Midfield:|| Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United), Robert Pires (Arsenal)|
|Attack:||Thierry Henry (Arsenal), Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Sunderland||Peter Reid||Sacked||7 October 2002||Howard Wilkinson||10 October 2002||17th|
|Leeds United||Terry Venables||Sacked||21 March 2003||Peter Reid||21 March 2003||15th|
|Fulham||Jean Tigana||Sacked||17 April 2003||Chris Coleman||15 May 2003||15th|
West Ham United manager Glenn Roeder was forced to take sick leave in mid-April after being diagnosed with a brain tumour during a Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Upton Park. Former Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking took temporary charge for the remaining three matches. Despite Brooking's efforts, the Hammers failed to beat the drop after drawing against Birmingham on the final day of the season. He drew 2-2.
|Team||Kit maker||Shirt sponsor||Notes|
|Arsenal||Nike||O2||O2 takes over from SEGA Dreamcast as sponsors, which would be worth in the region of £6 to £10 million. New home and blue away kit, including newly designed club crest. The previous metallic gold shirt of last season would become the third kit. Note that the shirt would only be worn twice - away to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day and a FA Cup semi-final tie to Sheffield United.|
|Aston Villa||Diadora||Rover||Rover takes over from NTL: as shirt sponsors in a multi million pound sponsorship deal, effective from the start of this season and lasting until 2004. As a result, the home and away kit will feature the Rover and MG brands respectively rather than having MG Rover Group on both.|
|Birmingham City||le coq sportif||Phones 4U||New away kit.|
|Blackburn Rovers||Lonsdale||TIME||New away kit.|
|Bolton Wanderers||Reebok||Reebok||New yellow away kit.|
|Charlton Athletic||le coq sportif||all:sports||New home and away kit.|
|Chelsea||Umbro||Fly Emirates||Home shirt from 2001/02. New black and blue away kit.|
|Everton||Puma||Kejian||Kejian replaces One 2 One as shirt sponsors. New home and away kit.|
|Fulham||adidas||Betfair.com||Betfair becomes official shirt sponsors, replacing Pizza Hut. Adidas will remain as shirt suppliers, until the end of the season.|
|Leeds United||Nike||Strongbow||New home and blue/yellow away kit.|
|Liverpool||Reebok||Carlsberg||The Merseyside club launched a new home design with the club crest tweaked and a gray and black away shirt. The away kit from the previous season will become third choice and the European jersey will remain the same. Reebok incidentally signed a new contract with the club which lasted until 2006.|
|Manchester City||le coq sportif||Eidos||New home and away.|
|Manchester United||Nike||Vodafone||Nike replaces Umbro as kit sponsors, in a multi-million pound sponsorship deal. Due to this, the club launched a new home, away and third kit released in August 2002.|
|Middlesbrough||Errea||Dial-a-Phone||New home and away kit.|
|Newcastle United||adidas||Ntl:||New away kit. Home kit from previous season.|
|Southampton||Friends Provident||New away kit.|
|Sunderland||Nike||Reg Vardy||New home and away kit.|
|Tottenham Hotspur||adidas||Holsten||New away kit. Home kit from previous season.|
|West Bromwich Albion||West Bromwich Building Society||New home and away kit.|
|West Ham United||Fila||Dr. Martens||New away kit.|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||68,174|
|Newcastle United||St James' Park||52,387|
|Sunderland||Stadium of Light||48,707|
|Aston Villa||Villa Park||42,573|
|Leeds United||Elland Road||40,242|
|Tottenham Hotspur||White Hart Lane||36,240|
|West Ham United||Boleyn Ground||35,647|
|Manchester City||Maine Road||35,150|
|Southampton||St Mary's Stadium||32,689|
|Blackburn Rovers||Ewood Park||31,367|
|Birmingham City||St Andrews Stadium||30,009|
|Charlton Athletic||The Valley||27,111|
|Bolton Wanderers||Reebok Stadium||28,723|
|West Bromwich Albion||The Hawthorns||28,003|
Manchester United hold the record for the longest unbeaten run - 18, starting against Birmingham and lasting throughout the entire season.
Arsenal hold the record for the most goals scored in the season - 83, while Manchester United conceded the least amount of goals - 34, four better than Chelsea. Arsenal also broke the record for the most away games without defeat, goals scored in consecutive games and equalled Manchester United's unbeaten record. However, the Gunners failed to set a new all-time English football record of 15 consecutive victories after drawing to West Ham United in August 2002.
Birmingham City were given the most yellow cards in the season, while Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur were given the most red cards. Manchester United were the most disciplined side with only one red card and 45 yellow cards.
The most goals in one match were between Manchester United and Newcastle, which involved 8 goals. The biggest home win was between Chelsea's 5-0 win against Manchester City, while the biggest away win was Liverpool's 6–0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Sunderland ended the season relegated with the fewest points, while West Ham United became the first team to be relegated with more than 40 points. Sunderland also had the longest losing run of 15 games.
The highest attendance in the season was 67,721 who watched Manchester United against Charlton at Old Trafford, while the lowest attendance was between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road. 14,017 watched the match. The average attendance of the season was 35,470.
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||Manchester United|
|Mark Viduka||Leeds United|
|Alan Shearer||Newcastle United|
|Nicolas Anelka||Manchester City|