2001–02 Watford F.C. season

2001–02 season
Chairman Elton John
Manager Gianluca Vialli
Stadium Vicarage Road
First Division 14th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Quarter finals
Top goalscorer Smith (11)
Average home league attendance 14,896

During the 2001–02 English football season, Watford competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary

In the 2001-02 season, Gianluca Vialli was named as Taylor's managerial replacement.[1] Vialli made several high-profile signings, and wage bills at the club soared, with Vialli himself earning almost a million pounds a year. However, the season was disappointing, with the club finishing 14th in the division, and Vialli was sacked after only one season, having refused to resign.[2]

Final league table

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1Manchester City46193163191238453310852+5699
2West Bromwich Albion4615443611124725186129+3289
3Wolverhampton Wanderers4613463318127443257643+3386
5Birmingham City461445442079726297049+2176
6Norwich City4615623616731324356051+975
8Preston North End4613734521751126387159+1272
10Crystal Palace4613374222731328407062+866
11Coventry City4612473319821326345953+666
13Sheffield United46887343077919245354–160
14 Watford 4610583830661124266256+659
15Bradford City4610112413959928376976–755
16Nottingham Forest4671152621571124305051–154
19Grimsby Town469773428371316445072–2250
20Sheffield Wednesday4667102837671021344971–2250
21Rotherham United4671333229361420375266–1449
22Crewe Alexandra468872332451424444776–2949
24Stockport County46511719441715235842102–6026
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs


Watford's score comes first[3]


Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division

11 August 2001Manchester CityA0–333,939
18 August 2001Rotherham UnitedH3–213,839Smith (2), Nielsen
25 August 2001Wolverhampton WanderersA0–120,257
27 August 2001WalsallH2–114,652Galli, Nielsen
9 September 2001WimbledonH3–015,466Wooter, Gayle, Robinson
15 September 2001West Bromwich AlbionH1–215,726Gayle
18 September 2001Norwich CityA1–317,885Vega
22 September 2001Crewe AlexandraA0–16,507
26 September 2001Birmingham CityH3–313,091Smith, Cox, Glass
30 September 2001Preston North EndH1–118,911Jackson (own goal)
13 October 2001Sheffield WednesdayH3–114,456Hyde, Noel-Williams, Helguson
20 October 2001Grimsby TownA3–05,506Hyde (2), Noble
23 October 2001Nottingham ForestH1–216,355Noel-Williams
27 October 2001Bradford CityA3–416,860Helguson, Smith (2, 1 pen)
30 October 2001Sheffield UnitedA2–014,338Helguson, Smith
3 November 2001BarnsleyH3–013,964Smith, Helguson (2)
10 November 2001Stockport CountyH1–112,576Smith
13 November 2001BurnleyA0–113,162
18 November 2001GillinghamA0–08,733
25 November 2001PortsmouthH3–015,631Robinson, Cox, Issa
1 December 2001Nottingham ForestA0–024,015
9 December 2001Coventry CityA2–013,251Glass (2, 1 pen)
15 December 2001Crystal PalaceH1–016,499Noel-Williams
22 December 2001Wolverhampton WanderersH1–117,389Smith
29 December 2001WalsallA3–06,882Fisken, Nielsen, Smith
1 January 2002MillwallH1–415,300Helguson
12 January 2002Rotherham UnitedA1–16,409Swailes (own goal)
15 January 2002MillwallA0–112,531
20 January 2002Manchester CityH1–217,074Smith
31 January 2002Preston North EndA1–112,749Noel-Williams
6 February 2002BurnleyH1–212,160Pennant
10 February 2002Grimsby TownH2–012,163Robinson, Noel-Williams
16 February 2002Sheffield WednesdayA1–218,244Noel-Williams
19 February 2002WimbledonA0–05,551
23 February 2002Birmingham CityA1–218,059Pennant, Johnson (own goal)
26 February 2002Norwich CityH2–112,622Hyde, Nielsen
2 March 2002Crewe AlexandraH0–115,199
5 March 2002West Bromwich AlbionA1–119,580Brown
9 March 2002Crystal PalaceA2–016,817Nielsen, Gayle
16 March 2002Coventry CityH3–015,833Brown (2), Gayle
23 March 2002BarnsleyA0–212,449
29 March 2002Bradford CityH0–014,001
1 April 2002Stockport CountyA1–24,086Webber
6 April 2002Sheffield UnitedH0–313,377
13 April 2002PortsmouthA1–016,302Webber
21 April 2002GillinghamH2–315,674McNamee, Nielsen

FA Cup

R35 January 2002ArsenalH2–420,105Noel-Williams, Gayle

League Cup

R121 August 2001Plymouth ArgyleH1–09,230Gayle
R212 September 2001Bristol CityA3–27,256Gayle (pen), Vega, Hyde
R39 October 2001Bradford CityH4–18,613Hyde, Noel-Williams (2), Vega
R427 November 2001Charlton AthleticH3–2 (a.e.t.)12,621Vernazza, Robinson, Helguson
QF19 December 2001Sheffield WednesdayA0–420,319


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

No. Position Player
1 GK Espen Baardsen
2 DF Patrick Blondeau
3 DF Paul Robinson
4 MF Paolo Vernazza
5 DF Filippo Galli
6 DF Ramon Vega
7 MF Allan Nielsen
8 MF Micah Hyde
9 FW Tommy Smith
10 MF Stephen Hughes
11 MF Stephen Glass
12 FW Nordin Wooter
13 GK Alec Chamberlain
14 MF Richard Johnson
15 FW Gifton Noel-Williams
16 DF Nigel Gibbs
17 MF Nick Wright
18 FW Heiðar Helguson
19 DF James Panayi
20 MF David Noble (on loan from Arsenal)
No. Position Player
21 FW Dominic Foley
22 MF Lee Cook
24 MF Paul Okon
25 MF Gary Fisken
26 MF Fabien Forde
27 FW Marcus Gayle
28 MF Pierre Issa
29 DF Neil Cox
30 MF Danny Webber (on loan from Manchester United)
31 MF Sam Swonnell
32 DF Jerel Ifil
33 MF Anthony McNamee
34 DF Lloyd Doyley
35 FW Jason Norville
36 MF Jamie Hand
37 GK Richard Lee
39 MF Gavin Mahon
40 DF Nick Williams

Left club during season

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

No. Position Player
33 MF David Perpetuini (to Gillingham)
28 DF Rob Page (to Sheffield United)
23 DF Darren Ward (to Millwall)
35 DF Barrie Matthews (Released)
31 FW Allan Smart (to Oldham Athletic)
No. Position Player
24 DF Tom Neill (Released)
23 MF Jermaine Pennant (on loan from Arsenal)
30 DF Matthew Langston (Released)
30 DF Wayne Brown (on loan from Ipswich Town)


  1. "Vialli named new Watford boss". BBC Sport. 2 May 2001. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  2. "Watford sack Vialli". BBC Sport. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/2001-2002/results
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