FOOTBALL SPECIAL: THE STATISTICAL STORY OF THE PREMIERSHIP IN 2001-02.(sport)

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TEAM OF THE YEAR

CARRAGHER

Liverpool

FERDINAND

Leeds

JAMES

West Ham

HYYPIA

Liverpool

BECKHAM

Man Utd

KEANE

Man Utd

SOLSKJAER

Man Utd

SCHOLES

Man Utd

HENRY

Arsenal

PIRES

Arsenal

RIISE

Liverpool

GOALKEEPERS

DAVID JAMES

WEST HAM keeper James may be third choice for England but he finished in a clear first place at the top of the ratings ahead of two London rivals, Seaman and Van der Sar.

TOP 10

Opta rating

1 D James West Ham 991

2 D Seaman Arsenal 821

3 E van der Sar Fulham 818

4 J Dudek Liverpool 811

5 D Kiely Charlton 785

6 N Sullivan Tottenham 764

7 S Given Newcastle 750

8 T Sorensen Sunderland 741

9 N Martyn Leeds 738

10 B Friedel Blackburn 723

DEFENDERS

SAMI HYYPIA

FINNISH star Hyypia played a crucial role as Liverpool conceded fewer goals than any other team in the top flight.

TOP 10

Opta rating

1 S Hyypia Liverpool 1056

2 R Ferdinand Leeds 924

3 J A Riise Liverpool 903

4 I Harte Leeds 897

5 A Cole Arsenal 839

6 M Desailly Chelsea 836

7 J Carragher Liverpool 835

8 N Dabizas Newcastle 820

9 J Terry Chelsea 810

10 A Stubbs Everton 806

MIDFIELDERS

ROBERT PIRES

FRENCH star Pires missed the end of the season through injury but the Player of the Year did enough to top these charts ahead of a posse of stars from Old Trafford.

TOP 10

Opta rating

1 R Pires Arsenal 1229

2 R Keane Man Utd 1211

3 D Beckham Man Utd 1177

4 P Scholes Man Utd 1093

5 J S Veron Man Utd 1060

6 R Giggs Man Utd 1006

7 F Ljungberg Arsenal 983

8 D Duff Blackburn 866

9 D Dunn Blackburn 864

10 L Robert Newcastle 852

STRIKERS

THIERRY HENRY

TWO goals on the final day of the season took the Frenchman's Premiership total to 24, enough to win him the Golden Boot and secure top place in the ratings ahead of Manchester United duo Solskjaer and Van Nistelrooy.

TOP 10

Opta rating

1 T Henry Arsenal 1262

2 O G Solskjaer Man Utd 1118

3 R van N'rooy Man Utd 1028

4 J Hasselbaink Chelsea 1018

5 C Bellamy Newcastle 1009

6 S Wiltord Arsenal 989

7 M Owen Liverpool 988

8 D Bergkamp Arsenal 916

9 A Cole Blackburn 913

10 A Shearer Newcastle 899

DIRTIEST

PATRICK VIEIRA

NO-nonsense Arsenal man tops the hit list

TOP 10

F Y R Pts

1 P Vieira 87 10 1 123

2 R Savage 68 14 0 110

3 G Boateng 93 5 0 108

4 G Flitcroft 81 7 2 102

5 B Hayles 84 6 0 102 6 G McCann 72 9 0 99

7 D Batty 75 8 0 99

8 M Izzet 65 9 1 98

9 A Shearer 85 2 1 97

10 N Dabizas 78 6 0 96

F: Fouls (1 point), Y: Yellow cards (3 points), R: Red cards (6 points)

FAIR PLAY LEAGUE

F Y R Pts

1 Liverpool 471 41 3 612

2 Ipswich Town 520 44 1 658

3 Manchester Utd 490 54 1 658

4 Aston Villa 556 44 2 700

5 Tottenham 514 59 5 721 6 Newcastle 558 51 2 723

7 Fulham 547 55 2 724

8 Southampton 593 36 5 731

9 Middlesbrough 552 53 7 753

10 Charlton 559 63 3 766

MOST SHOTS

KEVIN PHILLIPS

SUNDERLAND star who never stops trying

TOP 10

Shots

1 K Phillips Sunderland 138

2 T Henry Arsenal 134

3 J Hasselbaink Chelsea 123

4 R Fowler Leeds 91

5 T Sheringham Tottenham 90

6 Van Nistelrooy Man Utd 87

7 A Shearer Newcastle 84

8 F Kanoute West Ham 82

9 L Saha Fulham 81

10 M Viduka Leeds 79

F Y R Pts

11 Chelsea 546 69 3 771

12 West Ham Utd 570 66 3 786

13 Derby County 551 73 3 788

14 Bolton 588 58 7 804

15 Blackburn 608 59 4 809 16 Sunderland 616 68 1 826

17 Everton 637 57 3 826

18 Leeds Utd 625 69 5 862

19 Arsenal 615 71 6 864

20 Leicester City 611 76 5 869

REFEREES

MIKE RILEY

MESS with Mike at your peril - along with Andy D'Urso, he showed more red cards than any other official. …