2002–03 in English Football - League Competitions - Football League Second Division

Football League Second Division

Wigan won their first-ever promotion beyond the Second Division, helped by considerable investment in the team. Crewe managed a promotion on considerably less resources, while play-off winners Cardiff were another big-spending team that were able to earn promotion.

An ill-advised managerial change mid-season helped send Northampton down. Mansfield Town's first season out of the bottom division in over a decade ended as their previous spell had; with immediate relegation. Huddersfield started badly, and a financial crisis later in the season helped condemn them to relegation, only three years after they looked Premiership-bound. Cheltenham came close to survival, but a defeat on the final day of the season saw them return to Division Three.

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Wigan Athletic 46 29 13 4 68 25 +43 100
2. Crewe Alexandra 46 25 11 10 76 40 +36 86
3. Bristol City 46 24 11 11 79 48 +31 83
4. Queens Park Rangers 46 24 11 11 69 35 +24 83
5. Oldham Athletic 46 22 16 8 68 38 +30 82
6. Cardiff City 46 23 12 11 68 43 +25 81
7. Tranmere Rovers 46 23 11 12 66 57 +9 80
8. Plymouth Argyle 46 17 14 15 63 52 +11 65
9. Luton Town 46 17 14 15 67 62 +5 65
10. Swindon Town 46 16 12 18 59 63 -4 60
11. Peterborough United 46 14 16 16 51 54 -3 58
12. Colchester United 46 14 16 16 52 56 -4 58
13. Blackpool 46 15 13 18 56 64 -8 58
14. Stockport County 46 15 10 21 65 70 -5 55
15. Notts County 46 13 16 17 62 70 -8 55
16. Brentford 46 14 12 20 47 56 -9 54
17. Port Vale 46 14 11 21 54 70 -16 53
18. Wycombe Wanderers 46 13 13 20 59 66 -7 52
19. Barnsley 46 13 13 20 51 64 -13 52
20. Chesterfield 46 14 8 24 43 73 -30 50
21. Cheltenham Town 46 10 18 18 53 68 -15 48
22. Huddersfield Town 46 11 12 23 39 61 -22 45
23. Mansfield Town 46 12 8 26 66 97 -31 44
24. Northampton Town 46 10 9 27 40 79 -39 39

Leading goalscorer: Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), 31

Key
Promoted to Division 1
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 3

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