2003–04 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2003–04 season
Manager Scotland Graeme Souness
FA Premier League 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
UEFA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Andrew Cole (11)
All:
Andrew Cole (11)
Highest home attendance 30,074 (vs. Liverpool, 13 September 2003)
Lowest home attendance 19,939 (vs. Charlton Athletic, 20 October 2003)
Average home league attendance 24,376

During the 2003–04 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Finishing sixth in the Premiership at the end of 2002–03 had booked Blackburn Rovers their second successive UEFA Cup campaign, but it was short-lived, and their Premiership form was far too dismal to give the side any hope of a third successive European qualification. Indeed, much of the season was spent battling against relegation; a decent finish to the season saw relegation fears eradicated by the end of April. Rovers finished 15th in the final table, putting intense pressure on manager Graeme Souness to turn things around.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill
3 Slovakia DF Vratislav Greško
5 Italy DF Lorenzo Amoruso
6 England DF Craig Short
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
8 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
9 England FW Andrew Cole
10 England FW Matt Jansen
11 Germany DF Markus Babbel (on loan from Liverpool)
12 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Reid[1]
14 Sweden DF Nils-Eric Johansson
No. Position Player
15 England DF Andy Todd
17 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
18 England FW Jonathan Stead
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
20 England MF David Thompson
23 Australia MF Brett Emerton
24 Scotland MF Barry Ferguson
25 Norway MF Martin Andresen (on loan from Stabæk)
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas
30 England MF Neil Danns
31 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
33 England DF Michael Gray

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 England DF Martin Taylor (to Birmingham City)
13 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly (retired)
16 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon (on loan to Ipswich Town; to Wigan Athletic)
18 Italy FW Corrado Grabbi (to Ancona)
21 Italy MF Dino Baggio (on loan from Lazio)
No. Position Player
22 Norway FW Egil Østenstad (to Rangers)
25 Germany DF Sebastian Pelzer (to Eintracht Trier)
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas (on loan to Blackpool)
27 Scotland DF Gordon Greer (to Kilmarnock)
30 England MF Neil Danns (on loan to Blackpool and Hartlepool United)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22 England MF Ciaran Donnelly
28 Germany GK David Yelldell[2]
No. Position Player
29 England DF Jay McEveley[3]

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering appearances in all competitions[4]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Premiership[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid was born in Kingston upon Thames, England, but also qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his mother, and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  2. ^ Yelldell was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, but also qualified to represent the United States internationally and made his international debut for the United States in March 2011
  3. ^ McEveley was born in Liverpool, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his full international debut for Scotland in August 2007
  4. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/blackburn-rovers/tab/players/season/2004