2003–04 Football League

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The Football League
Season 2003–04
Champions Norwich City
Promoted Norwich City
West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace
Relegated Carlisle United
York City

The 20032004 season was the 104th completed season of The Football League.

This season was the last association football season in the football league where the divisions were known as "First", "Second", and "Third". The following season saw the names of the divisions changed to "The Championship", "Football League One" and "Football League Two".

The first and second divisions had the format where the top two teams won automatic promotion to the division above, while teams finishing in third to sixth place played in a play-off competition. The winner gained the third promotion place.

The Third Division followed the same format except there were three automatic promotion places and teams in fourth to seventh place played in a play-off competition fought for a fourth promotion place.

Final league tables and results[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] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 2003–04
Champions Norwich City (3rd second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier League Norwich City,
West Bromwich Albion
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offs Crystal Palace
Relegated Bradford City,
Walsall,
Wimbledon
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1440 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Norwich City 46 18 3 2 44 15 10 7 6 35 24 79 39 +40 94
2 West Bromwich Albion 46 14 5 4 34 16 11 6 6 30 26 64 42 +22 86
3 Sunderland 46 13 8 2 33 15 9 5 9 29 30 62 45 +17 79
4 West Ham United 46 12 7 4 42 20 7 10 6 25 25 72 61 +22 74
5 Ipswich Town 46 12 3 8 49 36 9 7 7 35 36 84 72 +12 73
6 Crystal Palace 46 10 8 5 34 25 11 2 10 38 36 72 61 +11 73
7 Wigan Athletic 46 11 8 4 29 16 7 9 7 31 29 60 45 +15 71
8 Sheffield United 46 11 6 6 37 25 9 5 9 28 31 65 56 +9 71
9 Reading 46 11 6 6 29 25 9 4 10 26 32 55 57 – 2 70
10 Millwall 46 11 8 4 28 15 7 7 9 27 33 55 48 +7 69 UEFA Cup 2004–05
First round
11 Stoke City 46 11 7 5 35 24 7 5 11 23 31 58 55 +3 66
12 Coventry City 46 9 9 5 34 22 8 5 10 33 32 67 54 +13 65
13 Cardiff City 46 10 6 7 40 25 7 8 8 28 33 68 58 +10 65
14 Nottingham Forest 46 8 9 6 33 25 7 6 10 28 33 61 58 +3 60
15 Preston North End 46 11 7 5 43 29 4 7 12 26 42 69 71 – 2 59
16 Watford 46 9 8 6 31 28 6 4 13 23 40 54 68 – 14 57
17 Rotherham United 46 8 8 7 31 27 5 7 11 22 34 53 61 – 8 54
18 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 3 9 33 26 3 8 12 24 40 57 66 – 9 53
19 Burnley 46 9 6 8 37 32 4 8 11 23 45 60 77 – 17 53
20 Derby County 46 11 5 7 39 33 2 8 13 14 34 53 67 – 14 52
21 Gillingham 46 10 1 12 28 34 4 8 11 20 33 48 67 – 19 51
22 Walsall 46 8 7 8 29 31 5 5 13 16 34 45 65 – 20 51
23 Bradford City 46 6 3 14 23 35 4 3 16 15 34 38 69 – 31 36
24 Wimbledon 46 3 4 16 21 40 5 1 17 20 49 41 89 – 48 29

[1]

  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
FA Cup runners-up, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 14th/15th; 2nd leg – May 17th/18th, 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
May 29th, 2004
                     
3rd  Sunderland 2 2 4 (4)  
6th  Crystal Palace (pens.) 3 1 4 (5)  
    4th  West Ham United 0
  6th  Crystal Palace 1
4th  West Ham United 0 2 2
5th  Ipswich Town 1 0 1  

First Division maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 2003–2004

First Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club League
1 England Andrew Johnson Crystal Palace 28
2 England Marlon Harewood West Ham United /
Nottingham Forest
25
3 Wales Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City 21
4 England Dean Ashton Crewe Alexandra 19
= England Robbie Blake Burnley 19
6 England Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 18
7 England Darren Bent Ipswich Town 17
= Jamaica Ricardo Fuller Preston North End 17
9 England Marcus Stewart Sunderland 16
10 Northern Ireland David Healy Preston North End 15
= England Martin Butler Rotherham United 15
= England Steve Jones Crewe Alexandra 15

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Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 2003–04
Champions Plymouth Argyle (2nd third tier title)
Direct promotion Plymouth Argyle,
Queens Park Rangers
Promoted through play-offs Brighton & Hove Albion
Relegated Grimsby Town,
Notts County,
Rushden & Diamonds,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1460 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Leon Knight (Brighton & Hove Albion), 25
Stephen McPhee (Port Vale), 25 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 5 1 52 13 9 7 7 33 28 85 41 +44 90
2 Queens Park Rangers 46 16 7 0 47 12 6 10 7 33 33 80 45 +35 83
3 Bristol City 46 15 6 2 34 12 8 7 8 24 25 58 37 +21 82
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 4 2 39 11 5 7 11 25 32 64 43 +21 77
5 Swindon Town 46 12 7 4 41 23 8 6 9 35 35 76 58 +18 73
6 Hartlepool United 46 10 8 5 39 24 10 5 8 37 37 76 61 +15 73
7 Port Vale 46 15 6 2 45 28 6 4 13 28 35 73 62 +10 73
8 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 7 3 36 18 4 9 10 23 38 59 56 +3 67
9 Bournemouth 46 11 8 4 35 25 6 7 10 21 26 56 51 +5 66
10 Luton Town 46 14 6 3 44 27 3 9 11 25 39 69 66 +3 66
11 Colchester United 46 11 8 4 33 23 6 5 12 19 33 52 56 – 4 64
12 Barnsley 46 7 12 4 25 19 8 5 10 29 39 54 58 – 4 62
13 Wrexham 46 9 6 8 27 21 8 3 12 23 39 50 60 – 10 60
14 Blackpool 46 9 5 9 31 28 7 6 10 27 37 58 65 – 7 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 9 8 6 37 25 3 13 7 29 35 66 60 +6 57
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 9 7 25 26 6 5 12 23 38 48 64 – 16 53
17 Brentford 46 9 5 9 34 38 5 6 12 18 31 52 69 – 17 53
18 Peterborough United 46 5 8 10 36 33 7 8 8 22 25 58 58 ±0 52
19 Stockport County 46 6 8 9 31 36 5 11 7 31 34 62 70 – 8 52
20 Chesterfield 46 9 7 7 34 31 3 8 12 15 40 49 71 – 22 51
21 Grimsby Town 46 10 5 8 36 26 3 6 14 19 55 55 31 – 26 50
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 9 5 9 37 34 4 4 15 23 40 60 74 – 14 48
23 Notts County 46 6 9 8 32 27 4 3 16 18 51 50 78 – 28 42
24 Wycombe Wanderers 46 5 7 11 31 39 1 12 10 19 36 50 75 – 25 37

[1]

  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Second Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 15th/16th; 2nd leg – May 19th/20th, 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
May 30th, 2004
                     
3rd  Bristol City 1 2 3  
6th  Hartlepool United 1 1 2  
    3rd  Bristol City 0
  4th  Brighton & Hove Albion 1
4th  Brighton & Hove Albion (pens.) 1 1 2 (4)
5th  Swindon Town 0 2 2 (3)  

Second Division maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 2003–2004

Second Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Leon Knight Brighton & Hove Albion 26
2 Scotland Stephen McPhee Port Vale 24
3 Republic of Ireland Paul Heffernan Notts County 20
= England Sam Parkin Swindon Town 20
5 England Tommy Mooney Swindon Town 19
6 England Kevin Gallen Queens Park Rangers 17
7 Ivory Coast Eugene Dadi Tranmere Rovers 16
= England Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers 16
= England Scott Taylor Blackpool 16
10 Jamaica Onandi Lowe Rushden & Diamonds 15

[4]

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 2003–04
Champions Doncaster Rovers (3rd fourth tier title)
Direct promotion Doncaster Rovers,
Hull City,
Torquay United
Promoted through play-offs Huddersfield Town
Relegated to Conference Carlisle United,
York City
New club in the league Doncaster Rovers,
Yeovil Town
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1398 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve MacLean (Scunthorpe United), 23 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 4 2 47 13 10 7 6 32 24 79 37 +42 92
2 Hull City 46 16 4 3 50 21 9 9 5 32 23 82 44 +38 88
3 Torquay United 46 15 6 2 44 18 8 6 9 24 26 68 44 +24 81
4 Huddersfield Town 46 16 4 3 42 18 7 8 8 26 34 68 52 +16 81
5 Mansfield Town 46 13 5 5 44 25 9 4 10 32 37 76 62 +14 75
6 Northampton Town 46 13 4 6 30 23 9 5 9 28 28 58 51 +7 75
7 Lincoln City 46 9 11 3 36 23 10 6 7 32 24 68 47 +21 74
8 Yeovil Town 46 14 3 6 40 19 9 2 12 30 38 70 57 +13 74
9 Oxford United 46 14 8 1 34 13 4 9 10 21 31 55 44 +11 71
10 Swansea City 46 9 8 6 36 26 6 6 11 22 35 58 61 – 3 59
11 Boston United 46 11 7 5 35 21 5 4 14 15 33 50 54 – 4 59
12 Bury 46 10 7 6 29 26 5 4 14 25 38 54 64 – 10 56
13 Cambridge United 46 6 7 10 26 32 8 7 8 29 35 55 67 – 12 56
14 Cheltenham Town 46 11 4 8 37 38 3 10 10 20 33 57 71 – 14 56
15 Bristol Rovers 46 9 7 7 29 26 5 6 12 21 35 50 61 – 11 55
16 Kidderminster Harriers 46 9 5 9 28 29 5 8 10 17 30 45 59 – 14 55
17 Southend United 46 8 4 11 27 29 6 8 9 24 34 51 63 – 12 54
18 Darlington 46 10 4 9 30 28 4 7 12 23 33 53 61 – 8 53
19 Leyton Orient 46 8 9 6 28 27 5 5 13 20 38 48 65 – 17 53
20 Macclesfield Town 46 8 9 6 28 25 5 4 14 26 44 54 69 – 15 52
21 Rochdale 46 7 8 8 28 26 5 6 12 21 32 49 58 – 9 50
22 Scunthorpe United 46 7 10 6 36 27 4 6 13 33 45 69 72 – 3 49
23 Carlisle United 46 8 5 10 23 27 4 4 15 23 42 46 69 – 23 45
24 York City 46 7 6 10 22 29 3 8 12 13 37 35 66 – 31 44

[1]

  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New club in the league, see also Doncaster Rovers
Relegated to Conference

Third Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 15th/16th; 2nd leg – May 19th/20th, 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
May 31st, 2004
                     
4th  Huddersfield Town 2 2 4  
7th  Lincoln City 1 2 3  
    4th  Huddersfield Town (pens.) 0 (4)
  5th  Mansfield Town 0 (1)
5th  Mansfield Town (pens.) 2 1 3 (5)
6th  Northampton Town 0 3 3 (4)  

[1]

Third Division maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 2003–2004

Third Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club League
1 Scotland Steven MacLean Scunthorpe United 23
2 Scotland David Graham Torquay United 22
3 England Leon Constantine Southend United 21
4 England Liam Lawrence Mansfield Town 19
5 England Gregg Blundell Doncaster Rovers 18
= England Ben Burgess Hull City 18
7 England Gary Fletcher Lincoln City 17
= England Lee Trundle Swansea City 17
9 England Matthew Tipton Macclesfield Town 16
= England Jon Stead Huddersfield Town 16

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "England 2003–04". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  4. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  5. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com