2003–04 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
2003–04 season
Chairman Freddie Shepherd
Manager Bobby Robson
Stadium St James' Park
FA Premier League 5th
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Third Round
Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Alan Shearer (22)
All:
Alan Shearer (28)
Average home league attendance 51,996
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

During the 2003-04 season, Newcastle United participated in the FA Premier League. This season saw the club reach the semi-finals of the 2003–04 UEFA Cup.

Newcastle finished 5th in the Premiership at the end of the season, which ensured qualification for the UEFA Cup once again for the 2004-05 season. Many fans were left disgruntled that United did not make it into the Champions League.

Season summary[edit]

Newcastle had finished the 2002-03 season third in the Premier League,[1] entering the qualification rounds for the Champions League.

However, Newcastle did not qualify for the Champions League. They beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 away from home, but then lost 1-0 at St James' Park and were eliminated via the penalty shootout.[2] This defeat dropped Newcastle into the first round of the UEFA Cup.

Newcastle reached the semi finals of the UEFA Cup, defeating Breda,[3] Basel,[4] Vålerenga,[5] Mallorca[6] and PSV [7] in the competition. Newcastle were knocked out by Olympique Marseille in the semi-finals 2-0 on aggregate.[8]

In the league, the team were unable to repeat the success of the previous two seasons as Liverpool pipped them to the fourth Champions League spot in the last week of the season. Newcastle were able to nip in ahead of Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic to take fifth place and qualify for the UEFA Cup.

The club could have finished higher if they hadn't started and ended the season with terrible runs. Newcastle failed to win until October in the league and ended the season by winning only one of their last seven league games. The club's away form was a major Achilles heel, with the club registering only 2 away wins (at Middlesbrough and Fulham in the space of 4 days) and a staggering 12 away draws.

Image gallery[edit]

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2003-04 season was produced by Adidas and the main shirt sponsor was Northern Rock.

Club transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
July 2003 MF England Lee Bowyer England West Ham United Free[9]
2 February 2004 CF England Michael Bridges England Leeds United Three-month loan[10]
  • Total spending: Decrease £0

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
14 October 2003 MF Chile Clarence Acuña Argentina Rosario Central Released[11]
1 January 2004 DF Greece Nikos Dabizas England Leicester City Free[12]
25 January 2004 FW England Carl Cort England Wolverhampton Wanderers £2,000,000[13]
30 January 2004 MF Peru Nolberto Solano England Aston Villa £1,500,000[14]
30 January 2004 DF Scotland Gary Caldwell Scotland Hibernian Released[15]
  • Total spending: Increase £3,500,000

First-team 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 Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given
2 England DF Andy Griffin
3 England DF Robbie Elliott
5 Republic of Ireland DF Andy O'Brien
7 England MF Jermaine Jenas
8 England MF Kieron Dyer
9 England FW Alan Shearer (captain)
10 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
11 Wales MF Gary Speed ((vice-captain)
12 England GK Steve Harper
14 England FW Michael Bridges
17 England MF Darren Ambrose
18 Northern Ireland DF Aaron Hughes
19 England DF Titus Bramble
20 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Lomana LuaLua
21 Paraguay MF Diego Gavilán
No. Position Player
22 England DF Jamie McClen
23 Nigeria FW Shola Ameobi
24 England GK Tony Caig
25 Scotland MF Brian Kerr
27 England DF Jonathan Woodgate
28 England FW Michael Chopra
29 England MF Lee Bowyer
30 Scotland DF Steven Caldwell
32 France MF Laurent Robert
33 England GK Adam Collin
35 France DF Olivier Bernard
37 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Calvin Zola
38 England DF Steven Taylor
39 England MF Martin Brittain
40 England MF Bradley Orr
45 Portugal MF Hugo Viana

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
4 Peru MF Nolberto Solano (to Aston Villa)
6 Chile MF Clarence Acuña (released)
14 England DF Wayne Quinn (on loan to West Ham United)
No. Position Player
16 England FW Carl Cort (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
34 Greece DF Nikos Dabizas (to Leicester City)
36 Scotland DF Gary Caldwell (to Hibernian)

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)[16]
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Champions League UEFA Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 38 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 11 0 53 0 1 0
2 DF England Andy Griffin 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 2 0
4 MF Peru Nolberto Solano 8+4 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 2+1 0 15+5 1 0 0
5 DF Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien 27+1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 10+1 0 40+2 1 5 2
7 MF England Jermaine Jenas 26+5 2 2 0 1 0 0+2 0 10 1 39+7 3 5 0
8 MF England Kieron Dyer 25 1 0 2 2 2 2 0 4+1 0 33+1 3 2 0
9 FW England Alan Shearer 37 22 2 0 0+1 0 2 0 10 6 51+1 28 3 0
10 FW Wales Craig Bellamy 13+3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 6+1 5 20+4 9 4 0
11 MF Wales Gary Speed 37+1 3 2 0 0+1 0 2 0 11 1 52+2 4 6 0
12 GK England Steve Harper 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
14 FW England Michael Bridges 0+6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1+2 0 1+8 0 1 0
17 MF England Darren Ambrose 10+14 2 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0 6+5 1 16+21 3 3 0
18 DF Northern Ireland Aaron Hughes 34 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 47 0 1 0
19 DF England Titus Bramble 27+2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 11 3 40+2 3 9 0
20 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Lomana LuaLua 2+5 2 0+1 0 1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 3+8 0 1 0
23 FW Nigeria Shola Ameobi 18+8 7 0+1 0 1 0 1+1 3 7+4 3 27+14 10 2 0
27 DF England Jonathan Woodgate 18 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 27 0 3 0
28 FW England Michael Chopra 1+5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1+5 0 0 0
29 MF England Lee Bowyer 17+7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 17+8 2 6 0
30 DF Scotland Steven Caldwell 3+2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 4+3 0 1 0
32 MF France Laurent Robert 31+4 6 2 2 1 1 1+1 0 11+1 3 46+6 12 1 1
35 DF France Olivier Bernard 35 1 2 0 1 0 2+0 0 11 0 51 0 1 0
38 DF England Steven Taylor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 1+1 0 0 0
39 MF England Martin Brittain 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+2 0 0 0
45 MF Portugal Hugo Viana 5+11 0 0+1 0 1 0 1 0 4+4 0 11+16 0 3 0

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager England Bobby Robson
Assistant Manager England John Carver
First Team coach England Nigel Pearson
Goalkeeping Coach England Andy Woodman
Development Coach England Arthur Cox
Reserve Team Coach Scotland Steve Clarke
Chief scout France David Ginola

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Champions League[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]