Little Margins

It’s the end of the 2001/02 season and as you can see from the title, it’s another big one for Aston Villa. With Auxerre still in the Champions League, it could yet be a big season for me and to top it all off, the World Cup is round the corner. Shall we?

League Cup

As ever, the first final is the league cup – this time contested between Aston Villa and Gordon Milne’s resurgent Chelsea. It’s a close one, but Chelsea nick it on penalties

LC Final 02 result

That is day time TV’s Jeff Brazier on the scoresheet, who has somehow forged a decent career

brazier chelsea

FA Cup

Meanwhile, the FA Cup is still ticking along and somehow, Division 1 Crystal Palace are hanging in there. Can they cause an upset to meet Arsenal in the final?

fa cup semis 02No.

SF replay 02It takes penalties after 240 minutes of goalless action, but Man Utd prevail.

In the final, they have no such trouble and Fergie has another FA Cup for his collection.

fa cup final 02

The Premier League

A fascinating finale, as going into the last games of the season, Man Utd and Aston Villa are level on points separated by only goal difference (in Man Utd’s favour). The door swings open for Villa as Chelsea claim a draw.

last day 02Villa can’t take advantage though, as a stubborn Coventry hold out with 10 men and deny their midlands rivals the title.

villa last dayThe final table:

prem top 02 finalNewcastle and Blackburn finish a creditable 6 points behind the top two but there’s a definite hierarchy with Man Utd & Villa at the top.

prem bottom 02 finalThe three promoted clubs go down with Fulham managing a feeble 14 points, getting Ray Wilkins the sack in the process.

Top scorers:

prem top scorers 02 finalUEFA Cup

It’s rare I mention the UEFA Cup but look at Leicester go

UEFA SF 02A very brave effort. Bayern take care of the final in their ruthless efficient manner.

UEFA Cup fina0 2

The Champions League

The semi finals saw my Auxerre side go toe to toe with Man Utd, but it wasn’t to be. A narrow 1-0 loss at Old Trafford gave us a chance, but Faulconbridge missed a pen on the way to a 1-1 draw at home. Unfortunate!

CL SF 02 exitReal Madrid go on to win the final, which is just as well for them as they come 2nd in La Liga and runners up in the Copa del Rey both to Barcelona

CL final 02

Ligue 1

As I mentioned previously, Ligue 1 is no longer a priority. I’ll be leaving at the end of the season regardless, and it’s worth peanuts, so I’ve been preserving players for the big CL games. We finish a very average 9th

ligue 1 top 02 finalI will be tendering my resignation after the World Cup. Meanwhile, Villa get over the disappointment by doing this:

Henry to villaWhilst Fulham bring an old favourite back to England

hodgson to fulhamAll that’s left then is to sum up Auxerre’s squad that I’ll be leaving them with. It’s a huge improvement over what I inherited and I imagine whoever takes it on will have few issues.

Auxerre squad 02In the next update, I’ll cover the World Cup 2002 tournament and see if there are any jobs going

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