2003–04 Ipswich Town F.C. season

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Ipswich Town
2003–04 season
Chairman England David Sheepshanks
Manager England Joe Royle
Stadium Portman Road
First Division 5th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Fourth round proper
Carling Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Darren Bent (15)
All:
Darren Bent (16)

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

Season summary[edit]

Ipswich Town, in their second consecutive season in English football's second tier, finished the campaign in fifth place. Having scored 84 goals, Town suffered from their poor defensive record: with 72 goals conceded, Town had the third worst defensive record in the whole division, and the worst of the top 18 teams. Town won the first leg of their play-off, against fourth-placed West Ham United, with a goal from teenage striker Darren Bent (who scored 15 goals in the league alone), but lost the second leg 2-0, condemning Town to another season in the new championship.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[1][2]

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 Kelvin Davis
2 Netherlands DF Fabian Wilnis
3 England DF Chris Makin
4 England DF John McGreal
5 Guinea DF Drissa Diallo
6 Scotland DF Matt Elliott (on loan from Leicester City)
7 Northern Ireland MF Jim Magilton
8 England MF Tommy Miller
9 Spain FW Pablo Couñago
10 England FW Alun Armstrong
11 England MF Jermaine Wright
12 England FW Richard Naylor
14 England DF Matt Richards
No. Position Player
15 Cape Verde MF Georges Santos
16 England FW Marcus Bent
17 England FW Dean Bowditch
18 England FW Darren Bent
20 England DF Aidan Collins
21 England DF Scott Mitchell
23 England MF Chris Bart-Williams
28 Republic of Ireland DF Gerard Nash
30 Netherlands MF Martijn Reuser
32 Finland FW Shefki Kuqi
33 England MF Ian Westlake
34 Wales GK Lewis Price

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
16 England FW Marcus Bent (on loan to Leicester City)
19 England GK Andy Marshall (on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Millwall)
22 England GK Nathan Abbey (to Burnley)
No. Position Player
25 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
26 England MF James Pullen (to Peterborough United)
27 England MF Matthew Bloomfield (to Wycombe Wanderers)

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
24 Netherlands MF Nabil Abidallah
26 England DF Scott Barron
No. Position Player
29 England DF Antonio Murray
31 England FW Sam Morrow

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