Roeder’s solution was to move centre back Ian Pearce up front – while Pearce scored two goals, West Ham conceded ten throughout a winless December. Ferdinand’s transfer fee was then squandered by manager Harry Redknapp on a collection of inferior players and the club had slipped to 15th place by May 2001. It just so happened in 2002/03 that the footballing gods decided to play a particularly cruel hand. The Telegraph claimed that 42 points gave a team a 98.4% chance of survival, meaning West Ham’s relegation was a two-in-one-hundred occurrence.

Nevertheless, Roeder managed to finish 7th in his first year in charge and expectations were high going into the 2002/03 season.

In future years, in the wake of the Tevez saga, Gold and Sullivan’s ownership and the Olympic Stadium, West Ham are no longer respected by neutral supporters but widely seen as a laughing stock.

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However, the board failed to take decisive action and publicly backed their manager. Playing each club twice is a more than satisfactory sample to weed out any anomalies like controversial refereeing decisions and provide a true litmus test of a team’s quality compared to the rest of the division. Most Appearances; 799: Billy Bonds (1967-1988) 670: Frank Lampard (1967-1985) 647 Indeed, that West Ham squad included nine players who either did play or went onto play for England, amassing a staggering 286 caps in total. Champions Arsenal were undefeated in 2002, but after sixty minutes classy goals from Cole and Kanoute had put West Ham 2-0 ahead. Over a decade may have passed and West Ham may have suffered a more embarrassing relegation since then, finishing the 2010/11 campaign in bottom place, but that place in the Premier League annals won’t be particularly comforting for West Ham fansl their relegation saw an exodus of incredible English talent to the Premier League’s top clubs – namely Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson – and players like Kanoute and Di Canio eventually move on before the club returned to the top flight. Everyone else wondered exactly the same. A 2019 survey claimed that 80% of British people have experienced one, although its very nature means we can only recognise one in hindsight.

Tied with 17th place Bolton Wanderers but far behind on goal difference, they headed into the last game of the season against Birmingham City needing at least a 7 goal win to be sure of escaping relegation. It was an incredible statistical anomaly, a once-in-a-life-time misfortune, that resulted in two years in the second tier and squandered the most promising raft of young players the club has produced since the 1960s. Before the final game of the season, numerous articles emphasised West Ham’s history and traditions, coming across as simpering sentimentality. The BBC predicted a repeat of the previous season’s position. The previous year an editorial in the magazine When Saturday Comes lamented the lack of ‘eyebrow-raising relegations’ in the first decade of the Premier League – West Ham’s relegation saw numerous pairs of eyebrows requiring planning permission in a different postcode. Please click the button "Send inquiry" which opens a new e-mail message. A glance at the squad list throws up a host of familiar names, including Michael Carrick, David James, Joe Cole, Ian Pearce, Jermain Defoe, Trevor Sinclair, Glen Johnson, Paolo Di Canio, Les Ferdinand, Freddie Kanoute and Steve Lomas. The club has arguably never fully recovered and only fleetingly demonstrated the potential of this collection of players. By Iain Dale     The team conceded numerous decisive late goals alongside several hammerings. Redknapp had built a team in his own boisterous image, full of enigmatic individuals, inconsistent defending and enough talent to beat anybody on their day. West Ham's 2002/03 side were the greatest team ever to be relegated from the Premier League, packed with quality players and going down with a record 42 points. They couldn't buy a win despite having Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe in the side. Remembering the West Ham United team that were relegated from the Premier League in 2003. Future plans also had to be revised. A lack of team spirit was evident, as was the constant inability to defend. A 2-1 defeat to Birmingham followed, but preceded back-to-back wins against Sunderland and Fulham before everything went wrong. From then on, results picked up drastically; the Irons picked up seven wins from their final 14 games, averaging 2.2 points per match, as the quality of the side truly began to tell.

Despite boasting several current or future England internationals, including David James, Trevor Sinclair, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Michael Carrick, a disastrous start to the season saw them w… Everton beat them 1-0 at Upton Park on 27 October and the Hammers didn’t win again until victory against Blackburn on 29 January. This decision would prove fatal. The Telegraph claimed that 42 points gave a team a 98.4% chance of survival, meaning West Ham’s relegation was a two-in-one-hundred occurrence. Their poor form in all competitions was put into perspective on 21 April 2003, when manager Glenn Roeder collapsed after a 1-0 Premiership win against Middlesbrough; it was revealed he was suffering from a non-malignant brain tumour, which was later operated on successfully. McCarra praised the club’s ‘tasteful restraint and footballing ideals’. 291 comments. This statistical anomaly saw one of the most talented squads in the club’s history sold piece-by-piece, mostly to … Yet, when stretched over the Premier League’s 25-year history, there is perhaps one exception to the rule – the West Ham side that plummeted out of the top flight in 2002/03 with 42 points, the most of any team to be relegated since the Premier League switched from a 42-game to a 38-game campaign. In fact, that return would have seen West Ham finish in 14th last season.

When A Point Is More Than A Point. See more information. While the squad had evident potential, they horrendously underperformed until it was too late. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Two points from their opening six games was not the best start, but then a 3-2 win against Chelsea gave supporters hope. West Ham shattered Leicester's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a surprise 3-0 win, while Oriol Romeu's superb strike inspired Southampton's 2-0 victory against West …

Within the next twelve months, James and Carrick had also departed.

January signings Les Ferdinand and Rufus Brevett plugged gaping holes in attack and defence, a teenage Glen Johnson emerged as a talented right back while underperforming players such as Sinclair and Kanoute finally performed to their abilities. Arrive at a destination five minutes before or after you intended and opportunities that seem pre-ordained would not exist. Scottish champions Celtic signed Switzerland striker Albian Ajeti from West Ham in a reported £5 million ($6.5 million) deal on Thursday.... more » 25.07.2020 03:07 “That team should have been easily competing for top six, top seven. All the hallmarks of a relegation season soon became apparent. Following a successful debut campaign for new manager Glenn Roeder the previous year that saw them finish 7th in the Premiership - two places short of a club record 5th three seasons earlier - hopes were high for the young squad to expand on this and aim for an equal or higher finish in the 2002-03 season. Despite Thierry Henry pulling a spectacular goal back for Arsenal, West Ham were quickly awarded a penalty after Joe Cole was tripped by namesake Ashley. After a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool in February, Guardian journalist Kevin McCarra noted that ‘there is a seeming calmness at Upton Park that masquerades deep paralysis’ as complacency took hold. Rubbing salt into already gaping wounds, ex-manager Redknapp was promoted to the Premiership with his new club Portsmouth. Something else less tangible was also lost in 2003. Alternatively, this was also a team that mustered 6 points from 14 games during the winter, evidence of a capacity to perform well within their abilities. Castigated as a cost-cutting measure, the difference between Redknapp and Roeder was stark.

The seasons before and after, 42 points would have seen West Ham finish in 16th, and The Telegraph even claim 42 points gives a team a 98.4% chance of staying up – meaning West Ham going down was a less than two-in-one-hundred occurrence. For supporters of West Ham United one season encapsulates the phenomenon. If completed, it would have been the biggest club stadium in London at the time. Tip: you can opt into reply email alerts when you add your email address in account settings. Showing some of the fighting spirit painfully lacking earlier in the season, Cole ‘mistook the final whistle as the first bell of a boxing encounter’, invoking a mental image of a Cockney Scrappy Doo. When looking at the quality West Ham had in their ranks that season and knowing they eventually went down, recording the highest points haul of any relegated side is no great surprise – the Irons’ 2002/03 squad has a pretty strong case for being the best Premier League team ever not to avoid the drop. West Ham’s shortlist for a new manager included highly tipped British prospects such as Steve McLaren, Alan Curbishley and Alex McLeish, a description that seems scarcely believable now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002–03_West_Ham_United_F.C._season