2003–04 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
2003-04 season
Chairman England Jim McCahill
Manager England Micky Adams
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Les Ferdinand (12)
All:
Les Ferdinand and Paul Dickov (13)
Highest home attendance 32,148 (vs. Newcastle United, 26 December)
Lowest home attendance 18,916 (vs. Manchester City, 14 January)
Average home league attendance 30,983

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

Season summary[edit]

Micky Adams had guided Leicester back to the Premiership at the first attempt, despite the club spending part of their Division One campaign in receivership before a takeover safeguarded their future. But he was unable to keep them there, and their relegation was confirmed at the beginning of May. A 4-0 thumping of fellow relegation rivals Leeds United in September appeared to have set the tone for the rest of the season but it was soon followed by a setback of five straight defeats despite promising displays. A run of three wins in five games in November kept Leicester in close contention of survival, with the 2-0 victory at Portsmouth seeing them rise to as high as 12th; however, it all went wrong as, after a creditable 1-1 draw with eventual champions Arsenal, the team went into freefall and endured a dreadful run of only one win in 22 games (though most scorelines were reasonably close and they dropped too many points from 12 games they drew which they could have won). Ultimately, Leicester were relegated in a 2-2 draw at Charlton Athletic, which left them eight points adrift of Manchester City with two games remaining. It was a traumatic end to a season which had seen the club plagued with crises on and off the field, including the La Manga controversy when players Keith Gillespie, Frank Sinclair and Paul Dickov were accused of sexual assault following an alleged incident at a hotel in Spain (all charges were finally dropped).

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Arsenal 38 26 12 0 73 26  +47 90
2. Chelsea 38 24 7 7 67 30  +37 79
3. Manchester United 38 23 6 9 64 35  +29 75
4. Liverpool 38 16 12 10 55 37  +18 60
5. Newcastle United 38 13 17 8 52 40  +12 56
6. Aston Villa 38 15 11 12 48 44  +4 56
7. Charlton Athletic 38 14 11 13 51 51  0 53
8. Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56  -8 53
9. Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46  +6 52
10. Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48  -5 50
11. Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52  -8 48
12. Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45  -1 47
13. Portsmouth 38 12 9 17 47 54  -7 45
14. Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47 57  -10 45
15. Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59  -8 44
16. Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54  +1 41
17. Everton 38 9 12 17 45 57  -12 39
18. Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48 65  -17 33
19. Leeds United 38 8 9 21 40 79  -39 33
20. Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 7 12 19 38 77  -39 33
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Relegated to the Championship

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 2003 Southampton H 2–2 31,611 Dickov (pen), Ferdinand
23 August 2003 Chelsea A 1–2 41,073 Scowcroft
26 August 2003 Middlesbrough H 0–0 30,823
30 August 2003 Aston Villa A 1–3 32,274 Izzet
15 September 2003 Leeds United H 4–0 30,460 Nalis, Dickov (2), Scowcroft
20 September 2003 Liverpool A 1–2 44,094 Bent
27 September 2003 Manchester United H 1–4 32,044 Sinclair
4 October 2003 Fulham A 0–2 14,562
19 October 2003 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–2 31,521 Dickov
25 October 2003 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–4 28,578 Ferdinand (2), Scimeca
2 November 2003 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 30,975 Bent, Howey
9 November 2003 Manchester City A 3–0 46,966 Stewart, Dickov (pen), Bent
22 November 2003 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 30,242 Ferdinand
29 November 2003 Portsmouth A 2–0 20,061 Ferdinand, Bent
6 December 2003 Arsenal H 1–1 32,108 Hignett
13 December 2003 Birmingham City H 0–2 30,639
20 December 2003 Everton A 2–3 37,007 Ferdinand, Scowcroft
26 December 2003 Newcastle United H 1–1 32,148 Dickov
28 December 2003 Bolton Wanderers A 2–2 28,353 Bent, Ferdinand
7 January 2004 Southampton A 0–0 31,053
11 January 2004 Chelsea H 0–4 31,547
17 January 2004 Middlesbrough A 3–3 27,125 Dickov (2), Bent
31 January 2004 Aston Villa H 0–5 31,056
7 February 2004 Newcastle United A 1–3 52,125 Ferdinand
10 February 2004 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 26,674 Ferdinand
22 February 2004 Tottenham Hotspur A 4–4 35,218 Doherty (own goal), Ferdinand, Thatcher, Bent
28 February 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 31,768
13 March 2004 Birmingham City A 1–0 29,491 Ferdinand
20 March 2004 Everton H 1–1 31,650 Bent
28 March 2004 Liverpool H 0–0 32,013
5 April 2004 Leeds United A 2–3 34,036 Dickov, Izzet
10 April 2004 Fulham H 0–2 28,392
13 April 2004 Manchester United A 0–1 67,749
17 April 2004 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 22,749
24 April 2004 Manchester City H 1–1 31,457 Scowcroft
1 May 2004 Charlton Athletic A 2–2 26,034 Bent, Ferdinand
8 May 2004 Portsmouth H 3–1 31,536 Dickov, Scowcroft, Taylor (own goal)
15 May 2004 Arsenal A 1–2 38,419 Dickov

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 Manchester City A 2–2 30,617 Dickov, Bent
R3R 14 January 2004 Manchester City H 1–3 18,916 Ferdinand

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 23 September 2003 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 27,675 Dickov (pen)
R3 29 October 2003 Aston Villa A 0–1 26,729

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 England GK Ian Walker
2 England DF Andrew Impey
3 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair[1]
5 England MF Craig Hignett
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet[2]
7 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
8 France MF Lilian Nalis
9 England FW Les Ferdinand
10 England FW James Scowcroft
11 England MF Jordan Stewart
12 England MF Paul Brooker
13 Germany MF Steffen Freund (on loan from 1. FC Kaiserslautern)
14 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
15 England DF Alan Rogers
No. Position Player
16 Wales GK Danny Coyne
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott[3]
20 Jamaica FW Trevor Benjamin[4]
21 England DF Riccardo Scimeca
22 Scotland FW Paul Dickov
25 England DF Matt Heath
27 England MF Steve Guppy
28 Scotland MF Peter Canero
32 Scotland MF Billy McKinlay
33 Wales DF Ben Thatcher[5]
34 France DF Nicolas Priet
38 England FW Marcus Bent (on loan from Ipswich Town)
44 Greece DF Nikos Dabizas

Left club during the 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 Northern Ireland DF Gerry Taggart (to Stoke City)
24 England DF Steve Howey (to Bolton Wanderers)
27 England FW Brian Deane (to West Ham United)
No. Position Player
28 England MF Jon Ashton (to Oxford United)
29 England DF John Curtis (to Portsmouth)
England MF Nicky Summerbee (to Bradford City)

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
17 Wales MF Matt Jones
19 Republic of Ireland GK Paul Murphy
23 England MF Tommy Wright
24 England FW Lee Morris
No. Position Player
26 England MF Junior Lewis
30 Finland FW Tomi Petrescu
England MF Tom Williamson
England FW Chris O'Grady

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6]
Considering a 4-3-3 formation

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan in[edit]

Loan out[edit]

Awards[edit]

Club awards[edit]

At the end of the season, Leicester's annual award ceremony, including categories voted for by the players and backroom staff, the supporters and the supporters club, saw the following players recognised for their achievements for the club throughout the 2003-04 season.

Player of the Season Les Ferdinand[29]
Players' Player of the Season Les Ferdinand[29]
Supporters' Club Player of the Season N/A
Academy Player of the Season Richard Stearman[30]
Goal of the Season Lilian Nalis[30] (vs. Leeds United, 15 September 2003)[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sinclair was born in Lambeth, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  2. ^ Izzet was born in Tower Hamlets, England, but qualified to represent Turkey internationally and made his international debut for Turkey in 2000.
  3. ^ Elliott was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his full international debut for Scotland in November 1997.
  4. ^ Benjamin was born in Kettering, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in November 2002.
  5. ^ Thatcher was born in Swindon, England, but qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in March 2004.
  6. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leicester-city/tab/players/season/2004
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  8. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Foxes snap up Scimeca". BBC News. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  9. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Brooker joins Leicester". BBC News. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  10. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Leicester sign Coyne". BBC News. 2003-07-03. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
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  13. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Ferdinand signs for Leicester". BBC News. 2003-07-11. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  14. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Foxes sign Thatcher". BBC News. 2003-07-17. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  15. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Leicester swoop for Hignett". BBC News. 2003-07-18. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  16. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Leicester land Morris". BBC News. 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  17. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Northampton Town | Reeves pens Cobblers deal". BBC News. 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  18. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Charlton Athletic | Royce returns to Charlton". BBC News. 2003-06-26. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
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  20. ^ "Jones forced to retire". BBC Sport. 4 June 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | West Ham Utd | West Ham sign Deane". BBC News. 2003-10-31. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  22. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Bolton Wanderers | Howey completes Bolton switch". BBC News. 2004-01-29. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  23. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Portsmouth | Pompey land LuaLua". BBC News. 2004-02-02. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  24. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Stoke City | Taggart joins Stoke City". BBC News. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  25. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Bent makes Leicester move". BBC News. 2003-09-01. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  26. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Dabizas to join Leicester". BBC News. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  27. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Leicester City | Leicester land Freund". BBC News. 2004-01-30. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  28. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Stoke City | Taggart joins Stoke". BBC News. 2003-12-09. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  29. ^ a b "Leicester City Annual Player Awards". LCFC.co.uk. 17 Nov 2004. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  30. ^ a b Awards Ceremony Picture Special, LCFC.com, 17 Nov 2004, retrieved 19 Jan 2011 
  31. ^ "Dickov leaves Leeds reeling". BBC Sport. 15 Sep 2003. Retrieved 19 Jan 2011.