2003–04 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
2003–04 season
Chairman Simon Jordan
Manager Steve Kember
Kit Symons (caretaker)
Iain Dowie
Stadium Selhurst Park
First Division 6th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Winners
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Johnson (28)
All:
Andy Johnson (32)
Average home league attendance 19,968

During the 2003–04 English football season, Crystal Palace competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Crystal Palace started the season on the right foot, winning their first three games to top the table, but that was as good as it got under manager Steve Kember and, after a 5–0 defeat at newly promoted Wigan Athletic in November saw the club in 20th place, Kember was sacked (chairman Simon Jordan had previously declared that Kember would have a "job for life" at Palace). Kit Symons stepped up as caretaker until Northern Irishman and former Palace striker Iain Dowie was appointed. Under Dowie, Palace rocketed up the table to reach the play-offs. After beating Sunderland on penalties in the semi-final to reach the Millennium Stadium, they beat West Ham United to regain promotion to the Premiership.

Crucial to Palace's promotion was striker Andy Johnson, who scored 28 times in the league alone. He finished as the First Division's top scorer, and was voted as the club's Player of the Year.

Kit[edit]

English company Admiral Sportswear became Palace's kit manufacturers. The new home kit retained the navy shorts worn last season, albeit with a new blue and red striped design along the sides, and the navy socks, which now featured white trim. Palace's traditional blue and red striped shirts were modified with navy trim on the sleeves.

Churchill Insurance remained the kit sponsors for the fourth consecutive season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Norwich City 46 28 10 8 79 39 +40 94
2. West Bromwich Albion 46 25 11 10 64 42 +22 86
3. Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79
4. West Ham United 46 19 17 10 67 45 +22 74
5. Ipswich Town 46 21 10 15 84 72 +12 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 21 10 15 72 61 +11 73
7. Wigan Athletic 46 18 17 11 60 45 +15 71
8. Sheffield United 46 20 11 15 65 56 +9 71
9. Reading 46 20 10 16 55 57 -2 70
10. Millwall 46 18 15 13 55 48 +7 69
11. Stoke City 46 18 12 16 58 55 +3 66
12. Coventry City 46 17 14 15 67 54 +13 65
13. Cardiff City 46 17 14 15 68 58 +10 65
14. Nottingham Forest 46 15 15 16 61 51 +10 60
15. Preston North End 46 15 14 17 69 71 -2 59
16. Watford 46 15 12 19 54 68 -14 57
17. Rotherham United 46 13 15 18 53 61 -8 54
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 14 11 21 57 66 -9 53
19. Burnley 46 13 14 19 60 77 -17 53
20. Derby County 46 13 13 20 53 67 -14 52
21. Gillingham 46 14 9 23 48 67 -19 51
22. Walsall 46 13 12 21 45 65 -20 51
23. Bradford City 46 10 6 30 38 69 -31 36
24. Wimbledon (later MK Dons) 46 8 5 33 41 89 -48 29

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Burnley A 3-2 12,976 Freedman (3, 1 pen)
16 August 2003 Watford H 1-0 15,333 Shipperley
23 August 2003 Wimbledon A 3-1 6,113 Butterfield, Freedman (pen), Hughes
26 August 2003 Sheffield United H 1-2 15,466 Johnson
30 August 2003 Millwall A 1-1 14,425 Watson
13 September 2003 Sunderland A 1-2 27,324 Johnson
16 September 2003 Bradford City H 0-1 13,514
20 September 2003 West Bromwich Albion H 2-2 17,477 Freedman, Johnson
27 September 2003 Norwich City A 1-2 16,425 Derry
1 October 2003 West Ham United A 0-3 31,861
4 October 2003 Cardiff City H 2-1 16,160 Routledge, Shipperley
14 October 2003 Derby County H 1-1 14,344 Butterfield
18 October 2003 Rotherham United H 1-1 18,715 Freedman
21 October 2003 Ipswich Town H 3-4 15,483 Johnson, Freedman (2, 1 pen)
25 October 2003 Gillingham A 0-1 8,889
1 November 2003 Wigan Athletic A 0-5 6,796
8 November 2003 Preston North End H 1-1 14,608 Johnson
22 November 2003 Walsall A 0-0 6,910
25 November 2003 Stoke City A 1-0 10,277 Johnson
29 November 2003 Coventry City H 1-1 14,622 Edwards
6 December 2003 Preston North End A 1-4 12,836 Derry
9 December 2003 Crewe Alexandra H 1-3 12,259 Butterfield
13 December 2003 Nottingham Forest H 1-0 16,935 Johnson
20 December 2003 Reading A 3-0 12,743 Johnson (2), Routledge
26 December 2003 Millwall H 0-1 19,737
28 December 2003 Ipswich Town A 3-1 27,629 Johnson, Gray
10 January 2004 Burnley H 0-0 15,276
17 January 2004 Watford A 5-1 15,017 Johnson (2, 1 pen), Routledge, Gray, Freedman
24 January 2004 Bradford City A 2-1 10,310 Johnson, Shipperley
31 January 2004 Wimbledon H 3-1 20,552 Johnson (2), Granville
7 February 2004 Sheffield United A 3-0 23,816 Johnson, Popovic, Shipperley
14 February 2004 Stoke City H 6-3 16,715 Johnson (3, 2 pens), Hughes, Shipperley, Routledge
21 February 2004 Derby County A 1-2 21,856 Hughes
28 February 2004 Gillingham H 1-0 17,485 Butterfield
6 March 2004 Reading H 2-2 17,853 Freedman, Johnson
13 March 2004 Nottingham Forest A 2-3 28,306 Shipperley, Granville
20 March 2004 Norwich City H 1-0 23,798 Routledge
27 March 2004 West Bromwich Albion A 0-2 24,990
6 April 2004 Rotherham United A 2-1 6,001 Gray, Shipperley
10 April 2004 Cardiff City A 2-0 16,656 Johnson, Routledge
12 April 2004 West Ham United H 1-0 23,977 Freedman
17 April 2004 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 18,799 Granville
21 April 2004 Sunderland H 3-0 18,291 Johnson (pen), Shipperley, Freedman
24 April 2004 Crewe Alexandra A 3-2 8,136 Johnson (3, 1 pen)
1 May 2004 Walsall H 1-0 21,518 Johnson
9 May 2004 Coventry City A 1-2 22,195 Freedman

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 14 May 2004 Sunderland H 3-2 25,287 Shipperley, Butterfield, Johnson
SF 2nd Leg 17 May 2004 Sunderland A 1-2 (won 5-4 on pens) 34,536 Powell
F 29 May 2004 West Ham United H 1-0 72,523 Shipperley

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-3 32,340

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 August 2003 Torquay United A 1-1 (won 3-1 on pens) 3,366 Freedman
R2 23 September 2003 Doncaster Rovers H 2-1 4,904 Johnson (2 pens)
R3 28 October 2003 Blackpool H 3-1 6,010 Johnson (2), Freedman
R4 3 December 2003 Aston Villa A 0-3 24,258

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
2 Republic of Ireland DF Curtis Fleming[2]
3 England DF Danny Granville
4 England DF Danny Butterfield
5 Wales DF Kit Symons[3]
6 Australia DF Tony Popovic
8 England FW Andy Johnson
9 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
10 England MF Shaun Derry
11 England FW Neil Shipperley
12 England DF Jamie Smith
13 France GK Cedric Berthelin
14 England MF Ben Watson
15 Finland MF Aki Riihilahti
16 England MF Tommy Black
No. Position Player
17 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes
18 England DF Gary Borrowdale
20 England DF Mark Hudson (on loan from Fulham)
21 England MF Julian Gray
22 England MF Wayne Routledge
23 Wales FW Gareth Williams[4]
24 England MF Mikele Leigertwood[5]
26 England MF Ben Surey
27 Belgium GK Nico Vaesen (on loan from Birmingham City)
28 England MF Tom Soares
29 Mauritius MF Gavin Heeroo[6]
30 England GK Lance Cronin
32 England MF Darren Powell
36 England DF Tariq Nabil

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
1 England GK Matt Clarke (retired)
7 England MF Hayden Mullins (to West Ham United)
19 Wales DF Rob Edwards (on loan from Aston Villa)
No. Position Player
25 Norway GK Thomas Myhre (on loan from Sunderland)
31 Nigeria FW Ade Akinbiyi (to Stoke City)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Crystal_Palace/Crystal_Palace.htm
  2. ^ Fleming was born in Manchester, England.
  3. ^ Symons was born in Basingstoke, England, but qualified to represent Wales internationally through his father and made his international debut for Wales in February 1992.
  4. ^ Williams was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.
  5. ^ Leigertwood was born in Enfield, England, but qualified to represent Antigua and Barbuda internationally and made his international debut for Antigua and Barbuda in November 2008.
  6. ^ Heeroo was born in Haringey, England, but qualified to represent Mauritius internationally and made his international debut for Mauritius in 2002.