2003–04 Football League Cup

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2003-04 Football League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Teams 92
Champions Middlesbrough
Runners-up Bolton Wanderers
Matches played 93

The 2003–04 Football League Cup was the 44th staging of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition was sponsored by lager brand Carling and therefore officially known as the 2003–04 Carling Cup.

The competition began in August 2003 and ended with the final on 29 February 2004. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff hosted the final match, as it had done since 2001 as the reconstruction was still taking place on Wembley Stadium in London.

The winners were Middlesbrough who beat Bolton Wanderers in the final 2-1 and collected their first major piece of silverware in their history and as a result of their victory qualified for European football for the first time. Joseph Desire-Job gave Middlesbrough the lead with just 2 minutes gone and a Bolo Zenden penalty five minutes later doubled their advantage. Kevin Davies pulled a goal back in the 21st minute but Middlesbrough held on. It was to be until 2008 when another English manager won a domestic tournament when Harry Redknapp (then at Portsmouth) lifted the FA Cup.

First round[edit]

1 Score after 90 minutes

Second round[edit]

The 36 winners from the First Round joined 16 of the 20 Premier League clubs not participating in the UEFA Champions League in Round Two.

  • The draw was made on 16 August 2003.
  • Matches occurred during the week commencing 22 August.
  • Extra time played when the scores were level after 90 minutes.
Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Blackpool 1 – 0 Birmingham City 7,370
2 Bristol City 0 – 0 Watford 5,213
Bristol City win 1 – 0 after extra time
3 Cardiff City 2 – 3 West Ham 10,724
4 Charlton Athletic 3 – 3 Luton Town 10,905
4 – 4 after extra time - Charlton Athletic win 8 - 7 on penalties
5 Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Doncaster Rovers 4,904
6 Hartlepool United 1 – 2 West Bromwich Albion 5,265
7 Leicester City 1 – 0 Crewe Alexandra 27,675
8 Notts County 2 – 1 Ipswich Town 4,059
9 Portsmouth 5 – 2 Northampton Town 11,130
10 Rotherham United 1 – 0 Colchester United 2,474
11 Scunthorpe United 2 – 3 Burnley 2,915
12 Sheffield United 0 – 2 QPR 9,578
13 Stoke City 0 – 2 Gillingham 4,607
14 Sunderland 2 – 4 Huddersfield Town 13,516
15 Tranmere Rovers 0 – 0 Nottingham Forest 4,477
0 – 0 after extra time - Nottingham Forest win 4 - 1 on penalties
16 Wigan Athletic 1 – 0 Fulham 4,874
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 0 Darlington 10,232
18 Wycombe Wanderers 0 – 5 Aston Villa 6,072
19 Bolton Wanderers 3 – 1 Walsall 5,229
20 Coventry City 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur 15,474
21 Everton 3 – 0 Stockport County 19,807
22 Leeds United 2 – 2 Swindon Town 29,211
2 – 2 after extra time - Leeds United win 4 - 3 on penalties
23 Middlesbrough 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 10,435
Middlesbrough win 1 – 0 after extra time
24 Oxford United 1 – 3 Reading 9,870

1 Score after 90 minutes

Third round[edit]

Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United joined the 24 winners from the Second Round. Matches were played on the week commencing 27 October 2003

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance
1 Aston Villa 1 – 0 Leicester City 26,729
2 Blackburn Rovers 3 – 4 Liverpool 16,918
3 Chelsea 4 – 2 Notts County 35,997
4 Everton 1 – 0 Charlton Athletic 24,863
5 Newcastle United 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion 46,932
West Bromwich Albion win 2 – 1 after extra time
6 Nottingham Forest 2 – 4 Portsmouth 20,078
7 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur win 1 – 0 after extra time
8 Wigan Athletic 1 – 2 Middlesbrough 8,046
9 Arsenal 1 – 1 Rotherham United 27,451
1 – 1 after extra time - Arsenal win 9 - 8 on penalties
10 Blackpool 1 – 3 Crystal Palace 6,010
11 Bolton Wanderers 2 – 1 Gillingham 5,258
12 Bristol City 1 – 3 Southampton 17,408
13 Leeds United 1 – 1 Manchester United 37,546
Manchester United win 3 – 2 after extra time
14 QPR 0 – 3 Manchester City 16,773
15 Reading 1 – 0 Huddersfield Town 11,892
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 0 Burnley 18,548

1 Score after 90 minutes

Fourth round[edit]

  • The draw was made on 30 November 2003.
  • Matches were played in the week commencing 1 December.
  • Extra time played when scores level at 90 minutes.
2003-12-03
Aston Villa 3 – 0 Crystal Palace
Symons(og) Goal 22'
McCannGoal 70'
AngelGoal 79'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 24,258
Referee: Mike Dean

2003-12-03
Liverpool 2 – 3 Bolton Wanderers
Murphy Goal 66'
Šmicer Goal 88'
JardelGoal 4'
Okacha Goal 79'
Djorkaeff Goal 90' (pen.)
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 33,185
Referee: Mike Riley

2003-12-03
Middlesbrough 0 – 0 (a.e.t.)
5 – 4p
Everton
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 18,568
Referee: Mark Halsey

2003-12-03
Reading 0 – 1 Chelsea
Hasselbaink Goal 57'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 24,107
Referee: Steve Bennett (referee)

2003-12-03
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Manchester City
Anderton Goal 9'
Postiga Goal 30'
Kanouté Goal 90'
Fowler Goal 80'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 31,727
Referee: Paul Durkin

2003-12-03
West Bromwich Albion 2 – 0 Manchester United
Haas Goal 6'
Dobie Goal 56'
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Attendance: 25,282
Referee: Jeff Winter

2003-12-02
Arsenal 5 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Aliadière Goal 24'Goal 71'
Kanu Goal 68'
Wiltord Goal 79'
Fàbregas Goal 88'
Rae Goal 81'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 28,161
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

2003-12-02
Southampton 2 – 0 Portsmouth
Beattie Goal 33'Goal 90'
St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Attendance: 16,791
Referee: Graham Poll

Fifth round[edit]

The draw for the fifth round was made on 6 December 2003. Matches were played in the week beginning 15 December 2003. The only team from outside the Premier League competing in this round was West Bromwich Albion, who lost 2-0 to Arsenal.

2003-12-16
20:00
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Arsenal
Kanu Goal 25'
Aliadière Goal 57'

2003-12-16
20:00
Bolton 1 – 0 (a.e.t.) Southampton
Pedersen Goal 115'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 13,957
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

2003-12-17
19:45
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1
(a.e.t.)
4 – 5p
Middlesbrough
Anderton Goal 2' M. Ricketts Goal 86'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 25,307
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

2003-12-17
19:45
Aston Villa 2 - 1 Chelsea
Angel Goal 16'
McCann Goal 78'
J. Cole Goal 69'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 30,414
Referee: Neale Barry (North Lincolnshire)

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made on 20 December 2003 Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The ties were played in the weeks beginning 19 January and 20 January 26 January 2003, however the second leg of Middlesbrough v Arsenal was not played until 3 February 2003.

First leg[edit]

2004-01-20
Arsenal 0 – 1 Middlesbrough
Juninho Goal 53'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 31,070
Referee: Steve Dunn

2004-01-21
Bolton Wanderers 5 – 2 Aston Villa
Okocha Goal 2'80'
Nolan Goal 9'
Giannakopoulos Goal 17'
N'Gotty Goal 74'
Ángel Goal 20'56'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 16,302
Referee: Paul Durkin

Second leg[edit]

2004-01-27
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers
Hitzlsperger Goal 10'
Samuel Goal 88'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,883
Referee: Steve Bennett

Bolton Wanderers won 5–4 on aggregate.


2004-02-03
Middlesbrough 2 – 1 Arsenal
Zenden Goal 69'
Reyes Goal 85' (o.g.)
Edu Goal 77'
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 28,781
Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Middlesbrough won 3–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

For more details on this match, see 2004 Football League Cup Final.

The 2004 Carling Cup Final was played on 24 February 2004 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. It was contested by Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough won the match 2-1 and in doing so collected their first major piece of silverware in their history and qualified for the European football in the UEFA Cup for the first time.

2004-02-29
14:00
Bolton Wanderers 1 – 2 Middlesbrough
Davies Goal 21' Report Job Goal 2'
Zenden Goal 7' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,634
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)

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