Managers - Gérard Houllier

Gérard Houllier
Birthdate: 3 September 1947
Birthplace: Thérouanne, France
Date of death: 14 December 2020
Other clubs as manager: Noeux Les Mines (1976-82), Lens (1982-85), Paris St Germain (1985-87 and 1988), France international team (1992-93), Lyon (2005-07), Aston Villa (2010-11)
Arrived from: France Football Fed.
Signed for LFC: 12 November 1998
LFC league games as manager: 216
Total LFC games as manager: 307
Honours: FA Cup winners 2001
League Cup winners 2001, 2003
UEFA Cup winners 2001
First game in charge: 14.11.1998
Contract Expiry: 24.05.2004

Manager Profile

One of the Frenchman’s first tasks was to bring ex-skipper Phil Thompson back to the club as his assistant. It was a popular appointment because everyone knew what the club meant to Phil. The Gérard Houllier reign started for real with a home defeat by Leeds United, the club’s 3rd loss at Anfield in a week. Other disappointments were to follow as the new management team introduced their own ideas to try to turn round what had so far been a disappointing season. There was an early exit from Europe where Celta Vigo beat Liverpool home and away but at the time there were still restrictions on the number of foreign players that could participate and this affected the team that could be named for those matches. Steven Gerrard was introduced into the first-team as a late substitute in the home fixture with Blackburn at the end of November but results were inconsistent and a finishing place of 7th was not enough to guarantee European football for the next season. The most heartbreaking result came at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 4th round when Liverpool held on to Michael Owen’s early goal until the match was virtually over, only to concede two goals in injury-time. Defeat to United was bad enough on its own; the fact that United went on to win that cup and the Treble just made it harder to bear.

The winds of change swept through Anfield in the summer. Sami Hyypia and Stephane Hechoz had arrived to bolster an at times fragile defence; and with immediate effect because 19 fewer goals were conceded in the league than during the previous season. Other arrivals included Titi Camara as a forward and Vladimir Smicer in midfield. But four league defeats before the end of September did not suggest that the club was suddenly about to challenge for the major prizes again. However, a decent second half to the season which included a run of only 1 defeat in 18 league matches saw the team climb the table until they were in with a realistic chance of claiming a place in the lucrative Champions’ League. But it all fell apart in the final weeks of the season. There were no wins in the final 5 fixtures and not even a goal to cheer. Defeat on the final day at Bradford City meant that the Yorkshiremen secured their place in the top division and at the same time consigned Liverpool to the UEFA Cup.

Several more signings of variable quality arrived. The experience of Babbel and McAllister was welcome and the latter became a real talisman for the side, especially in the closing weeks of what was to be a truly remarkable season. The same could not be said of Barmby, Ziege and Litmanen, whose Liverpool careers would only be brief. The team was proving difficult to beat and although 9 league defeats was the same as the previous season, three of those (all away) came during a depressing spell in November. The final league position was improved by one place to 3rd and although faced with having to win their final match again to qualify for the Champions League, this was achieved with some comfort at the Valley, where it should be noted that Charlton’s supporters gave the Liverpool team very genuine applause considering they had been on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.

It was in the cup competitions that Liverpool took their place in the history books with an unprecedented triple success. It took penalties to beat a stubborn Birmingham City side in the League cup and the team certainly enjoyed some huge slices of luck in the F.A. cup final with Arsenal, being outplayed for most of the match before Michael Owen’s two late strikes at last saw some sort of revenge for three previous final defeats by the Gunners. But perhaps the UEFA cup adventure was the most praiseworthy. The club certainly had some favourable draws in the two domestic knock-out competitions but the same could not be said of the final stages of the European equivalent, where Roma, Porto and Barcelona had to be faced in consecutive rounds.

Winning in Rome’s Olympic Stadium was a massive achievement, even if the second leg ended in controversy after the Spanish referee appeared to give the Italians a chance of equalising the aggregate score only to change his mind and give a corner-kick after seeming to originally point to the spot following a handball in the area by Babbel. Gary McAllister’s confident penalty was the only goal of the semi-final with Barcelona and he repeated that feat in Dortmund in a crazy match that finally saw Liverpool prevail over Alaves with a ‘golden goal’ own-goal in the closing minutes of extra-time.

There were now real hopes of mounting a serious challenge for the championship in 2001-2002. Once again Liverpool improved their final league position by one place. 80 points might have won the title in other seasons but it wasn’t enough to beat a very good Arsenal team. The manager proved that he wasn’t afraid to make difficult and controversial decisions. Sander Westerveld’s late error at Bolton meant that he was ruthlessly axed with Dudek and Kirkland immediately arriving to replace him. Houllier had already moved Ince on and it became clear the manager was not a man to mess with. But his own situation changed dramatically during the home match with Leeds in October. He failed to come out for the 2nd half and it was later announced that he had been rushed into hospital for immediate and life-saving heart surgery. It was a big shock to the whole club but Phil Thompson stepped in to deputise and did an admirable job until Houllier returned to take his place on the bench before an emotional match with Roma in the middle of March. The team got safely through the two group stages of the Champions’ League and had real hopes of further progress when they were paired with the Germans of Leverkusen. But a narrow home victory was not enough. Houllier controversially substituted Hamann for Smicer after an hour and the tie was eventually lost 4-3 on aggregate.

Optimism was higher than ever during the summer of 2002 and with good reason. The team made a blistering start to the league programme with 9 wins and 3 draws from the opening dozen matches. But the next match at Middlesbrough would prove to a real watershed in Liverpool’s season and probably looking back on Houllier’s management too. The manager was criticised for having too cautious an approach in a match that a confident team should have been capable of winning. It resulted in a 1-0 defeat. Liverpool would not taste victory again in a league match until the second half of January, a terrible run that hadn’t been seen since the relegation season of 1953-54. As the performances and results worsened, so did the criticism. A fortune had been spent in the summer on Diouf, Cheyrou and Diao. None of them proved to be worth a fraction of what the club had paid for them. The team had failed to negotiate the opening group stage of the Champions’ League and Liverpool were knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Celtic despite managing a decent 1-1 draw in the away leg in Glasgow. What probably saved the manager was another success in the League Cup, this time against bitter rivals Manchester United. But everyone knew that it wasn’t the sort of success the club really craved.  

Harry Kewell arrived from Leeds and the two French starlets le Tallec and Pongolle were also paraded pre-season. But there were many comparisons with 2002-2003 when it came to form and lack of entertainment. One difference however was that there was no Champions’ League football to look forward to and no consolation cup victory either. The manager’s excuses became more and more difficult to listen to. Playing in the Champions’ League was financially important for the club but many supporters found it difficult to associate a ‘target’ of finishing 4th the success as Houllier made it out to be. This target was reached, perhaps as much due to Newcastle’s faltering end to the season as his own team’s ability, but it wasn’t enough to pacify the Liverpool board and during the following week a press conference was called to announce that Houllier would be leaving the club with one year of his contract still to run. Who knows how much his life-threatening illness took out of Gérard Houllier? But he was never the same man after he returned. Certainly some of his expensive signings failed to deliver the goods but he also changed a lot of the negative culture that can be around a football club when it comes to diet and lifestyle. Houllier was also criticised for his failure to blood more youngsters in the team and there does seem to have been some friction between himself and Steve Heighway at the Academy. Four trophies in five seasons gave the supporters some unforgettable memories. Gérard Houllier had a dream for Liverpool Football club, a dream that he wasn’t allowed to fulfil. Right to the end, he still believed he was the man to take Liverpool that one step further, but it was the end of the road. He had made necessary changes to the club and modernized its way of thinking and almost gave his life in service for the club.

A year after leaving Liverpool, Houllier signed a two-year contract with Lyon, the French club which had just won four consecutive Ligue 1 championships. He increased that run to six but was unable to convert Lyon's dominance of their domestic game on to the European stage. Towards the end of May 2007 he left Lyon. The club's view was that he had asked to be released; the man himself declared that he needed a break after the stress of managing the club for two years.

Gérard returned to the English game in September 2010, taking over from Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa. One of his first jobs was to appoint Gary McAllister to be his Assistant Manager, Gary being a man he knew well from his Liverpool days. However, Villa did not start the 2010-11 season in good form and only collected 21 points from the opening 20 Premier League games. They were knocked out of the League cup by local rivals and eventual winners, Birmingham City. The first-team squad suffered numerous injuries and lost heavily in the F.A. cup to Manchester City. On the 20th of April Houllier was taken to hospital to undergo tests after falling ill in the night. It wasn't a major surprise when Aston Villa announced early in June 2011 that Houllier would be leaving the club less than a year after he was appointed to be manager. Villa officials were said to be concerned that a return to the dugout could cause further health issues. Gerard himself declared  "I am extremely disappointed that I will not have the opportunity to manage Aston Villa next season. My health has improved considerably since I was taken ill on the 20th of April. I now intend to take the next few months to concentrate on recuperating fully before I may return to football." Since July 2012, Houllier had been head of global football for Red Bull. He was responsible for the company's teams in Salzburg, Leipzig and New York. Houllier died on 14 December 2020, the very same day Liverpool drew Red Bull Leipzig in the last 16 in the Champions League. Houllier is remembered as a warm and generous person who revolutionized Liverpool's way of thinking and brought them into the 21st Century.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost Goals for Goals against
Grand totals 307 160 73 74 516 298
League 216 108 54 54 354 212
FA Cup 19 12 2 5 32 15
League Cup 18 13 0 5 50 24
Europe 52 26 17 9 78 45
Other 2 1 0 1 2 2
Matches that are won or lost in a penalty shoot-out are counted as a win/loss not as a draw.
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Related Quotes

"The players country is Liverpool Football Club and their language is football."

Gerard Houllier

Gerard told me at the end of our time: 'Phil, if you ever go to another football club in your work, first thing you must do, because you run the club, is to think: 'What is your legacy?' We changed the face of the football club from being on the front pages and took it to the back pages again. We were a proper football club again. We brought the club back from the players. We left one of the best training grounds in Europe. New people who come in will say: 'What a good job they did' and we did.

In the Liverpool Echo when we finished they had: '10 million pounds of cost to get rid of us.' They had pictures of us in the newspaper like we were criminals. That was absolutely dreadful. We put the smiles back on the faces of the Liverpool fans. We had the first European final for many years. People had only heard of the legends of European finals. We beat Manchester United in the League cup. That wasn't anything to be sniffed at. We had a wonderful day down at Cardiff. Over the few years we were there we gave some fantastic times. We were going down to Cardiff on a regular basis so it wasn't a failure. We were a part of the history of the club. We came, we served, we left. The club needs to move on. If people think that we took the club as far as we can, no problem, maybe it was."

Phil Thompson on his time with Houllier in an exclusive interview with

"At Liverpool, I was lucky enough to be playing for a great club but unfortunately things didn't go well with Gerard Houllier. The memories I have from Anfield will stay with me right until my final days.

It's not that I lacked ambition. The first season went very well, but after that Gerard Houllier wanted to stop me playing for Guinea. He wasn't happy when I left and when I got back, he decided to sideline me. It was sad for the fans, because I'd given quite a lot to Liverpool and I'd also learned a lot from Liverpool in return.

That's part of a footballer's life. There are times when a coach decides a footballer's fate and it's sad."

Camara in 2004

"Technically, I thought Gerard was brilliant. Melwood, the training ground, is like a five-star hotel and it is all due to him. He said 'I want this there, that there, I want the swimming pool'. We've got the lot there but tactically, I just don't know. I went to a lot of the games at home and I wasn't too pleased at what I saw and obviously something had to happen."

Yeats' post-Houllier analysis

"Houllier did a lot of work - he built a great training centre. He was much appreciated by the Englishmen and I can see why. But a lot of the French players didn't have a chance to play and express themselves. We had to work twice as hard to play. So, I have a mixed view on Houllier. Today I proved that it is not down to him that I was there - I deserve to play for Reds. Personally, in the end, I didn't trust him anymore. I was upset.

So many times I knocked on his door saying I wanted to leave the club. It was frustrating because I didn't play. And nothing changed. If he would have stayed then I would not be at Liverpool anymore. We, the Frenchmen, were frustrated because we saw how it worked at Arsenal."

Djimi Traore in June 2005

"One, you run the team and the staff, you have responsibility for improving results and winning trophies.

"Two, you have an impact on the running of the club, help build up the facilities.

"And three, you leave a legacy, to make sure the club will achieve in the future, whether it is with me or somebody else. Paisley had a better record than Shankly, but he completed what Shankly had built up.

"I don't believe in being Mr Motivator, more in creating the best environment for the players to fulfil their potential. Then it is up to their professionalism and desire to be winners."

Houllier on his role at Liverpool

"When people told me I had to stop being a manager, I told them I would rather stop breathing than give up football. I took the decision to carry on after my operation even though I know I'm taking some risks. But I've taken risks all my life - I was taking risks before I went into the operating theatre. Life is only interesting if you live on the edge.

My obsession is still as great as ever. I'm not a very good sleeper, so what do you if you can't sleep? You either read or watch films, it just happens that I watch football videos. But the intensity of football makes it impossible to take time away, there are so many games in such a little space of time that I can't see a way of taking time off. I would like to take more breaks but the fixture list just makes that impossible.

"I have tried to cut down my involvement, but it is very difficult. The most important relationship in football is between a a manager and his players - you cannot ignore that."

Gerard Houllier explains why he continued as Liverpool manager after his heart operation

According to genial Houllier at the time, Robbie was merely suffering from a touch of Mad Cow Disease brought to the club by Rigobert Song:

'It was just a joke. The Metz players would get down behind each other and pretend to eat the grass. Rigobert, who used to play for them, did it in training and we all had a laugh. Robbie did this in front of the Everton fans, but if the goal had been scored at the other end, he would have done it there.

It was just a goal ceremony. It had nothing to do with drugs. At the moment, everything he does seems to be open to interpretation. When your heart is racing, maybe you don't think of the circumstances. We had a laugh about in in the dressing room. Robbie has been surprised by the reaction to this."

Houllier on Fowler's celebration when he pretended to snort cocaine after scoring against Everton

"There's a huge difference. Rafa and Pako have got a completely different way of training. We train harder, we train for longer and we work harder than we used to. Everything is about tactics as well. You know that they know what they are doing and that's the main thing. If you ask Pako, he tells you what we will be doing in training in two weeks time. That's unusual because when sometimes things don't go right, people change things. What he does is very impressive.

We work on tactics almost every day and if you look at our goals against record, that is a massive improvement. We played Valencia a few years ago when Rafa was in charge there and that was probably the hardest game ever for us. It was hard to get the ball and once we had it, we couldn't play. We got beat 1-0 at home and I think we only had half a chance through Emile Heskey. We were completely outplayed and couldn't get anywhere near them. When you work with them and see the way they train us now, you can see why Valencia played the way they did."

Hamann on the difference between Rafa and Houllier

"I thought to myself 'I can't believe I'm hearing this'. And I said to him: 'You've had months to tell me but you decided you were going to do it just before pre-season. I can't believe this - it's total crap! I just wanted to punch Houllier in the face. If I was younger I would have. He would have deserved it."

Ince wasn't happy when Houllier told him to leave Liverpool

"At Anfield the fans are fantastic - the best in the world. You'll see the singing at the beginning of the game and it makes you shiver, it gives you some kind of different feeling. They're very supportive of their team. They like good football and they like their team to win, but not necessarily in an ugly way - they want their team to win in style. Liverpool are a prestigious club. To me they are one of the best, if not the best, in Europe, with fantastic people, a great coach and good players. I will definitely be at the game and I don't think I will show my feelings and emotions who ever scores, but everyone knows that Liverpool is deep in my heart and always will be.

Houllier on Lyon TV in October 2009 before the Liverpool - Lyon in the Champions League

I remember recovering from a long injury lay-off and sitting stewing on the bench for Liverpool, not getting as much match action as I thought I deserved. We were playing Newcastle and when I was finally sent on, I rose above Duncan Ferguson to score a rare header and win the game. I ran as fast as I could towards the manager, my own manager, Gerard Houllier. I screamed every expletive imaginable in his direction. It was an explosion of emotion. The injustice overcomes you.

Jamie Redknapp on his goal vs Newcastle on 25th March 2000

"Roy is a great manager, a great man and a football man and I am sure the players will love him. He talks football, drinks football and has a great capacity to make teams work together. Wherever he has been across Europe, his teams have worked and played for each other and he has made his players improve. He is a man with great experience who attends all the big tournaments. He is very close to the people and all I can say is he is the right man for Liverpool."

Gerard Houllier on Roy Hodgson's appointment on

"It is a profession that breeds feelings of anger, paranoia and insecurity in some of the most powerful personalities in the game. My press conferences would be entertaining too, although whether this would sit comfortably with those who’d prefer a quiet manager I’m not so sure. Of all the managers I’ve worked with, I suspect I’d have more in common with Houllier, in that he lost his temper much more than Benitez and Evans."

Carragher on management in "Carra: My Autobiography"

Players bought
Player Club Fee Date
Jean Michel Ferri Istanbulspor £1,500,000 27 November 1998
Frode Kippe Lillestrøm £700,000 4 January 1999
Rigobert Song Salernitana £2,600,000 26 January 1999
Djimi Traoré Laval £550,000 17 February 1999
Sami Hyypia Willem II £2,500,000 19 May 1999
Vladimir Smicer Lens £3,750,000 24 May 1999
Titi Camara Marseille £2,600,000 1 June 1999
Stephane Henchoz Blackburn Rovers £3,500,000 3 June 1999
Sander Westerveld Vitesse Arnhem £4,000,000 15 June 1999
Erik Meijer Free Transfer Free * 1 July 1999
Didi Hamann Newcastle United £8,000,000 22 July 1999
Emile Heskey Leicester City £11,000,000 10 March 2000
Bernard Diomede Auxerre £3,000,000 7 June 2000
Gary McAllister Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2000
Pegguy Arphexad Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2000
Markus Babbel Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2000
Nick Barmby Everton £6,000,000 18 July 2000
Christian Ziege Middlesbrough £5,500,000 25 August 2000
Gregory Vignal Montpellier £500,000 22 September 2000
Daniel Sjolund West Ham United £1,000,000 28 November 2000
Igor Biscan Dynamo Zagreb £5,500,000 7 December 2000
Jari Litmanen Barcelona Free 4 January 2001
John Arne Riise AS Monaco £4,000,000 20 June 2001
Milan Baros Banik Ostrava £3,200,000 26 July 2001
Chris Kirkland Coventry City £6,000,000 * 31 August 2001
Jerzy Dudek Feyenoord £4,850,000 31 August 2001
Nicolas Anelka Paris St Germain On Loan * 20 December 2001
Abel Xavier Everton £750,000 30 January 2002
Bruno Cheyrou Lille £3,700,000 16 May 2002
El Hadji Diouf Lens £10,000,000 1 June 2002
Alou Diarra Bayern Munich Free 9 July 2002
Patrice Luzi Free Transfer Free * 29 July 2002
Salif Diao Sedan £4,700,000 6 August 2002
Anthony Le Tallec Le Havre £1,500,000 * 1 July 2003
Florent Sinama-Pongolle Le Havre £1,500,000 * 1 July 2003
Steve Finnan Fulham £3,500,000 1 July 2003
Harry Kewell Leeds United £5,000,000 9 July 2003
Carl Medjani Saint-Étienne Free 8 August 2003
Paul Jones Southampton On Loan * 9 January 2004
Djibril Cissé Auxerre £14,500,000 * 1 July 2004
Players sold
Player Club Fee Date
Jason McAteer Blackburn Rovers £4,000,000 27 January 1999
Steve Harkness Benfica £350,000 9 March 1999
Rob Jones West Ham United Free 27 May 1999
Gareth Roberts Panionios £50,000 1 June 1999
David James Aston Villa £1,800,000 17 June 1999
Steve McManaman Real Madrid Free * 1 July 1999
Tony Warner Millwall Free * 1 July 1999
Jean Michel Ferri Sochaux £1,500,000 14 July 1999
Jamie Cassidy Cambridge United Free 22 July 1999
Paul Ince Middlesbrough £1,000,000 30 July 1999
Sean Dundee VfB Stuttgart £1,500,000 30 July 1999
Øyvind Leonhardsen Tottenham £2,800,000 6 August 1999
Bjørn Tore Kvarme Saint-Étienne £750,000 30 August 1999
Karl-Heinz Riedle Fulham £200,000 28 September 1999
Stig Inge Bjørnebye Blackburn Rovers £300,000 26 June 2000
Phil Babb Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2000
David Thompson Coventry City £2,750,000 3 August 2000
Dominic Matteo Leeds United £4,750,000 18 August 2000
Brad Friedel Blackburn Rovers Free 3 November 2000
Rigobert Song West Ham United £2,500,000 28 November 2000
Steve Staunton Aston Villa Free 6 December 2000
Erik Meijer Hamburg SV Free 11 December 2000
Titi Camara West Ham United £2,600,000 21 December 2000
Haukur I. Gudnason Keflavik Free 27 December 2000
Jon Newby Bury £100,000 20 March 2001
Ian Armstrong Port Vale Free * 1 July 2001
Layton Maxwell Cardiff City Free 4 July 2001
Christian Ziege Tottenham £4,000,000 17 July 2001
Robbie Fowler Leeds United £12,000,000 29 November 2001
Sander Westerveld Real Sociedad £3,750,000 17 December 2001
Alan Navarro Tranmere Rovers £225,000 23 January 2002
Frode Kippe Lillestrøm Free 1 March 2002
Jamie Redknapp Tottenham Free 16 April 2002
John Miles Stoke City Free 20 April 2002
Nicolas Anelka Paris St Germain Returns from loan * 12 May 2002
Gary McAllister Coventry City Free 13 May 2002
Jørgen Nielsen Farum Free * 1 July 2002
Nick Barmby Leeds United £3,750,000 8 August 2002
Stephen Wright Sunderland £3,000,000 15 August 2002
Jari Litmanen Ajax Free 30 August 2002
Patrik Berger Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2003
Bernard Diomede Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2003
Vegard Heggem Unknown Free 1 July 2003
Pegguy Arphexad Free Transfer Free * 1 July 2003
Daniel Sjolund Djurgården Free 15 January 2004
Paul Jones Southampton Returns from loan * 28 January 2004
Abel Xavier Hannover 96 Free * 2 February 2004
Emile Heskey Birmingham City £6,250,000 * 18 May 2004
Players used
Player Appearances Minutes Goals Assists
Sami Hyypia 264 23655 21 7
Jamie Carragher 260 22459 1 9
Steven Gerrard 240 19023 28 44
Michael Owen 233 18023 124 27
Danny Murphy 230 15917 44 40
Emile Heskey 223 15710 60 26
Didi Hamann 208 17372 10 16
Stephane Henchoz 201 17672 0 0
Vladimir Smicer 168 9835 18 31
John Arne Riise 147 11847 14 17
Jerzy Dudek 133 11927 0 0
Patrik Berger 117 8011 17 16
Sander Westerveld 103 9341 0 0
Robbie Fowler 102 6590 37 15
Gary McAllister 87 4994 9 11
Igor Biscan 83 5289 1 0
El Hadji Diouf 80 5325 6 7
Djimi Traoré 75 6089 1 0
Markus Babbel 73 6152 6 5
Milan Baros 61 3041 14 7
Jamie Redknapp 59 4572 10 6
Nick Barmby 58 3521 8 6
Dominic Matteo 53 4639 2 8
Harry Kewell 49 4155 11 4
Vegard Heggem 49 2932 3 5
Bruno Cheyrou 48 2346 5 0
Salif Diao 47 2575 2 3
David Thompson 43 2615 4 7
Jari Litmanen 43 1890 9 6
Steve Staunton 42 2952 1 4
Rigobert Song 38 2736 0 2
Titi Camara 37 2180 10 2
Christian Ziege 32 1849 2 6
Chris Kirkland 31 2785 0 0
Steve Finnan 31 2430 0 3
Karl-Heinz Riedle 29 1288 5 1
Erik Meijer 27 1123 2 2
David James 25 2223 0 0
Paul Ince 25 2172 7 3
Anthony Le Tallec 23 863 1 1
Florent Sinama-Pongolle 23 672 2 1
Nicolas Anelka 22 1399 5 3
Abel Xavier 21 1751 2 3
Stephen Wright 21 1556 1 1
Phil Babb 20 1594 0 2
Stig Inge Bjørnebye 20 1569 0 2
Gregory Vignal 20 1328 0 0
Steve McManaman 17 1246 3 3
Brad Friedel 10 837 0 0
Øyvind Leonhardsen 8 589 1 0
Bjørn Tore Kvarme 7 266 0 0
Pegguy Arphexad 6 515 0 0
Jon Otsemobor 6 456 0 0
Neil Mellor 6 320 1 0
Bernard Diomede 5 348 0 1
Jason McAteer 5 257 0 0
Steve Harkness 5 213 0 0
Jon Newby 4 33 0 1
John Welsh 3 49 0 0
Sean Dundee 3 37 0 0
Paul Jones 2 180 0 0
Frode Kippe 2 122 0 0
Jean Michel Ferri 2 50 0 0
Layton Maxwell 1 90 1 0
Richie Partridge 1 67 0 0
Patrice Luzi 1 13 0 0
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