1903–04 Football League

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The 19031904 season was the 16th season of The Football League.

Final league tables[1][2][edit]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[2] with home and away statistics separated.

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

Since the goal average was used for this purpose for such a long time, it is presented in the tables below even for the seasons prior to 1894–95, and since the goal difference is a more informative piece of information for a modern reader than the goal average, the goal difference is added in this presentation after the goal average.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is until the season, 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1903–04
Champions The Wednesday (2nd English title)
Relegated Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion
FA Cup winners Manchester City (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 306
Goals scored 939 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Bloomer (Derby County), 20
Biggest home win MiddlesbroughManchester City 6–0 (24 Oct 1903)
SunderlandBury 6–0 (23 Jan 1904)
Biggest away win Nottingham ForestAston Villa 3–7 (19 Dec 1903)
Nottingham ForestEverton 0–4 (27 Feb 1904)
Highest scoring Nottingham ForestAston Villa 3–7 (19 Dec 1903)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 The Wednesday 34 14 3 0 34 10 6 4 7 14 18 48 28 1.714 +20 47
2 Manchester City 34 10 4 3 35 19 9 2 6 36 26 71 45 1.578 +26 44
3 Everton 34 13 0 4 36 12 6 5 6 23 20 59 32 1.844 +27 43
4 Newcastle United 34 12 3 2 31 13 6 3 8 27 32 58 45 1.289 +13 42
5 Aston Villa 34 13 1 3 41 16 4 6 7 29 32 70 48 1.458 +22 41
6 Sunderland 34 12 3 2 41 15 5 2 10 22 34 63 49 1.286 +14 39
7 Sheffield United 34 9 6 2 40 21 6 2 9 22 36 62 57 1.088 +5 38
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 10 6 1 29 23 4 2 11 15 43 44 66 0.667 –22 36
9 Nottingham Forest 34 7 3 7 29 26 4 6 7 28 31 57 57 1.000 ±0 31
10 Middlesbrough 34 9 3 5 30 17 0 9 8 16 30 46 47 0.979 –1 30
11 Small Heath 34 8 5 4 25 19 3 3 11 14 33 39 52 0.750 –13 30
12 Bury 34 6 8 3 25 20 1 7 9 15 33 40 53 0.755 –13 29
13 Notts County 34 9 3 5 27 26 3 2 12 10 35 37 61 0.607 –24 29
14 Derby County 34 7 3 7 41 33 2 7 8 17 27 58 60 0.967 –2 28
15 Blackburn Rovers 34 7 5 5 29 23 4 1 12 19 37 48 60 0.800 –12 28
16 Stoke 34 9 2 6 45 26 1 5 11 9 31 54 57 0.947 –3 27
17 Liverpool 34 7 5 5 24 20 2 3 12 25 42 49 62 0.790 –13 26
18 West Bromwich Albion 34 4 8 5 19 19 3 2 12 17 41 36 60 0.600 –24 24

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BLB BRY DER EVE LIV MNC MID NEW NOT NTC SHE SMH STO SUN WED WBA WOL
Aston Villa 2–3 0–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 6–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 0–3 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–3 2–5 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 2–0 1–1
Bury 2–2 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–3 2–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–0
Derby County 2–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 2–3 2–2 1–3 2–6 0–1 3–5 4–1 5–0 7–2 0–2 4–2 2–1
Everton 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 5–2 1–0 2–0 4–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 5–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Liverpool 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–2
Manchester City 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–0 0–1 4–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 6–3 4–1
Middlesbrough 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 6–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 4–1 3–1 2–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 1–2
Newcastle United 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–3 4–0 1–0 3–0
Nottingham Forest 3–7 0–1 2–2 5–1 0–4 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 5–0
Notts County 0–0 4–2 0–0 2–2 0–3 4–2 0–3 3–2 3–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–2
Sheffield United 1–2 2–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 5–3 3–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 7–2
Small Heath 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 3–0 3–3 2–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0
Stoke City 2–0 6–2 4–1 1–1 2–3 5–2 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–3 0–2 3–4 1–0 3–1 3–1 5–0 5–1
Sunderland 6–1 2–0 6–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1
The Wednesday 4–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 4–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–2 4–2 1–6 2–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1903–04
Champions Preston North End (1st title)
Failed re-election Stockport County
Matches played 306
Goals scored 942 (3.08 per match)
Top goalscorer Percy Smith (Preston North End), 26 [3]
Biggest home win Woolwich ArsenalBurton United 8–0 (19 Sept 1903)
Woolwich ArsenalLeicester Fosse 8–0 (26 Oct 1903)
Biggest away win BlackpoolBurnley 0–5 (13 Feb 1904)
GlossopManchester United 0–5 (19 Sept 1903)
Highest scoring Woolwich ArsenalBurton United 8–0 (19 Sept 1903)
Woolwich ArsenalLeicester Fosse 8–0 (26 Oct 1903)
GlossopBurnley 6–2 (21 Nov 1903)
Burslem Port ValeLeicester Fosse 6–2 (27 Feb 1904)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Preston North End 34 13 4 0 38 10 7 6 4 24 14 62 24 2.583 +38 50
2 Woolwich Arsenal 34 15 2 0 67 5 6 5 6 24 17 91 22 4.136 +69 49
3 Manchester United 34 14 2 1 42 14 6 6 5 23 19 65 33 1.970 +32 48
4 Bristol City 34 14 2 1 53 12 4 4 9 20 29 73 41 1.780 +32 42
5 Burnley 34 12 2 3 31 20 3 7 7 19 35 50 55 0.909 –5 39
6 Grimsby Town 34 12 5 0 39 12 2 3 12 11 37 50 49 1.020 +1 36
7 Bolton Wanderers 34 10 3 4 38 11 2 7 8 21 30 59 41 1.439 +18 34
8 Barnsley 34 10 5 2 25 12 1 5 11 13 45 38 57 0.667 –19 32
9 Gainsborough Trinity 34 10 2 5 34 17 4 1 12 19 43 53 60 0.883 –7 31
10 Bradford City 34 8 5 4 30 25 4 2 11 15 34 45 59 0.763 –14 31
11 Chesterfield 34 8 5 4 22 12 3 3 11 15 33 37 45 0.822 –8 30
12 Lincoln City 34 9 4 4 25 18 2 4 11 16 40 41 58 0.707 –17 30
13 Burslem Port Vale 34 10 3 4 44 20 0 6 11 10 32 54 52 1.038 +2 29
14 Burton United 34 8 6 3 33 16 3 1 13 12 45 45 61 0.738 –16 29
15 Blackpool 34 8 2 7 25 27 3 3 11 15 40 40 67 0.597 –27 27
16 Stockport County[4] 34 7 7 3 28 23 1 4 12 12 49 40 72 0.556 –32 27
17 Glossop 34 7 4 6 42 25 3 2 12 15 39 57 64 0.891 –7 26
18 Leicester Fosse 34 5 8 4 26 21 1 2 14 16 61 42 82 0.512 –40 22
  1. ^ a b "England 1903-04". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ Upon failing to be re-elected to the Football League, Stockport County joined The Combination.
    Doncaster Rovers took their place for the following season.

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions
Promoted
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLP BOL BRA BRI BUR BPV BUR CHS GAI GLP GRI LEI LIN MNU PRE STP WOO
Barnsley 2–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–1
Blackpool 0–2 1–4 0–1 0–1 0–5 1–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–3 4–1 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 5–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 5–0 3–0 4–0 5–0 0–1 4–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–1
Bradford City 3–1 0–2 3–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–6 1–3 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 0–3
Bristol City 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 2–1 4–0 3–2 2–1 5–0 4–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 6–0 0–4
Burnley 2–2 1–4 0–0 3–2 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–4 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Burslem Port Vale 3–0 5–0 2–3 5–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 6–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–3
Burton United 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–3 1–2 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 5–2 2–2 0–0 7–0 3–1
Chesterfield 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 6–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 4–1 1–0
Gainsborough Trinity 4–2 3–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 4–2 4–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–2
Glossop 7–0 0–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 6–2 4–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 5–0 5–0 0–5 2–2 5–1 1–3
Grimsby Town 5–1 4–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 4–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 4–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–2
Leicester Fosse 2–0 5–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–2 4–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–4 3–0 0–0
Lincoln City 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–6 3–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 6–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–2
Manchester United 4–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–2 3–1 2–0 5–2 2–0 0–2 3–1 1–0
Preston North End 1–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 4–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0
Stockport County 2–2 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–4 3–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–3 1–5 0–0
Woolwich Arsenal 3–0 3–0 3–0 4–1 2–0 4–0 0–0 8–0 6–0 6–0 2–1 5–1 8–0 4–0 4–0 0–0 5–2

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.