2003–04 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
2003–04 season
Chairman Nigel Doughty
Manager Paul Hart (until 7 February)
Joe Kinnear (from 10 February)
Stadium City Ground
First Division 14th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Andy Reid (13)
All:
Andy Reid (13)
Average home league attendance 24,824
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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

Season summary[edit]

The 2003-2004 season saw Paul Hart suffer from a squad that was low in confidence and with no money. However, Forest started reasonably well, winning five of their first seven games and after 15 games, they won seven and lost five and were in the top half of the table. Unfortunately, when they went into the bottom three, after going 14 games without a win, the Forest chairman Nigel Doughty called time on Hart's reign as Forest manager.

Joe Kinnear was then brought in to replace Hart. The club's directors looked to have made a good decision when Kinnear revitalised Forest, bringing out the best in key players like Michael Dawson and Andy Reid, and they climbed up the table to secure a safe 14th place.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Norwich City 46 28 10 8 79 39 +40 94
2. West Bromwich Albion 46 25 11 10 64 42 +22 86
3. Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79
4. West Ham United 46 19 17 10 67 45 +22 74
5. Ipswich Town 46 21 10 15 84 72 +12 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 21 10 15 72 61 +11 73
7. Wigan Athletic 46 18 17 11 60 45 +15 71
8. Sheffield United 46 20 11 15 65 56 +9 71
9. Reading 46 20 10 16 55 57 -2 70
10. Millwall 46 18 15 13 55 48 +7 69
11. Stoke City 46 18 12 16 58 55 +3 66
12. Coventry City 46 17 14 15 67 54 +13 65
13. Cardiff City 46 17 14 15 68 58 +10 65
14. Nottingham Forest 46 15 15 16 61 51 +10 60
15. Preston North End 46 15 14 17 69 71 -2 59
16. Watford 46 15 12 19 54 68 -14 57
17. Rotherham United 46 13 15 18 53 61 -8 54
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 14 11 21 57 66 -9 53
19. Burnley 46 13 14 19 60 77 -17 53
20. Derby County 46 13 13 20 53 67 -14 52
21. Gillingham 46 14 9 23 48 67 -19 51
22. Walsall 46 13 12 21 45 65 -20 51
23. Bradford City 46 10 6 30 38 69 -31 36
24. Wimbledon (later MK Dons) 46 8 5 33 41 89 -48 29

Results[edit]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Sunderland H 2-0 23,579 Harewood, Louis-Jean
16 August 2003 Reading A 0-3 16,833
23 August 2003 Cardiff City H 1-2 23,407 Harewood
27 August 2003 Coventry City A 3-1 17,586 Reid (2), Johnson
30 August 2003 Norwich City H 2-0 21,058 Johnson, Harewood (pen)
13 September 2003 Sheffield United H 3-1 25,209 Harewood (2, 1 pen), Reid
16 September 2003 Burnley A 3-0 12,530 Harewood, Reid, Taylor
20 September 2003 Crewe Alexandra A 1-3 8,685 Harewood
27 September 2003 Derby County H 1-1 29,059 Reid
1 October 2003 Preston North End H 0-1 22,278
4 October 2003 Stoke City A 1-2 13,755 Williams
14 October 2003 Rotherham United H 2-2 20,168 Harewood (2)
18 October 2003 Wimbledon H 6-0 23,520 Harewood (2, 1 pen), Reid, Taylor, Dawson, Morgan
22 October 2003 West Ham United A 1-1 29,544 Reid
25 October 2003 Bradford City A 2-1 11,654 Jess, Reid
1 November 2003 Millwall A 0-1 9,635
4 November 2003 Walsall A 1-4 7,321 Reid
8 November 2003 Watford H 1-1 21,229 Bopp
22 November 2003 Wigan Athletic A 2-2 10,403 Thompson, Harewood
29 November 2003 West Bromwich Albion H 0-3 27,331
3 December 2003 Ipswich Town H 1-1 21,588 Morgan
6 December 2003 Watford A 1-1 14,988 Reid
13 December 2003 Crystal Palace A 0-1 16,935
26 December 2003 Norwich City A 0-1 16,429
28 December 2003 West Ham United H 0-2 27,491
10 January 2004 Sunderland A 0-1 26,340
17 January 2004 Reading H 0-1 23,116
31 January 2004 Cardiff City A 0-0 17,913
7 February 2004 Coventry City H 0-1 23,075
14 February 2004 Walsall H 3-3 25,012 Impey, King, Taylor
21 February 2004 Rotherham United A 1-1 9,046 Jess
25 February 2004 Gillingham H 0-0 26,473
28 February 2004 Bradford City H 2-1 26,021 Reid, Taylor
2 March 2004 Wimbledon A 1-0 6,317 Taylor
6 March 2004 Gillingham A 1-2 9,096 Barmby
13 March 2004 Crystal Palace H 3-2 28,306 Williams (2), Reid
17 March 2004 Burnley H 1-1 26,885 Taylor
20 March 2004 Derby County A 2-4 32,390 Taylor, Williams
27 March 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 2-0 24,347 King (2)
3 April 2004 Sheffield United A 2-1 22,339 King, Taylor
10 April 2004 Stoke City H 0-0 28,758
12 April 2004 Preston North End A 2-2 15,117 King, Williams
17 April 2004 Millwall H 2-2 22,263 Reid, Johnson
24 April 2004 Ipswich Town A 2-1 27,848 Johnson (2)
1 May 2004 Wigan Athletic H 1-0 29,172 Johnson
9 May 2004 West Bromwich Albion A 2-0 26,821 Williams, Johnson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 West Bromwich Albion H 1-0 11,843 King
R4 25 January 2004 Sheffield United H 0-3 17,306

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 August 2003 Port Vale A 0-0 (won 3-2 on pens) 4,950
R2 23 September 2003 Tranmere Rovers A 0-0 (won 4-1 on pens) 4,477
R3 29 October 2003 Portsmouth H 2-4 20,078 Bopp (2)

First-team 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
1 Wales GK Darren Ward[1]
2 France DF Matthieu Louis-Jean
4 England DF Des Walker
5 England DF Michael Dawson
6 Republic of Ireland DF John Thompson
7 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Reid
8 Scotland MF Gareth Williams
9 Jamaica FW David Johnson
10 Wales FW Gareth Taylor
11 Jamaica FW Marlon King[2]
12 Republic of Ireland GK Barry Roche
14 Scotland MF Eoin Jess
15 Germany MF Eugen Bopp
No. Position Player
16 Scotland DF Chris Doig
17 Scotland MF Michael Stewart (on loan from Manchester United)
18 Wales MF Paul Evans[3]
19 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Cash
20 England FW Craig Westcarr
21 Northern Ireland MF Danny Sonner[4]
22 England GK Paul Gerrard (on loan from Everton)
23 England DF Wes Morgan
24 Scotland DF Gregor Robertson
26 England DF James Biggins
32 England MF Ross Gardner
34 England DF Alan Rogers (on loan from Leicester City)
35 England MF Andy Impey (on loan from Leicester City)

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
3 Belgium DF Davy Oyen (to K.V.S.K. United Overpelt-Lommel)
11 England FW Marlon Harewood (to West Ham United)
18 Iceland DF Brynjar Gunnarsson (to Stoke City)
No. Position Player
22 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McPhail (on loan from Leeds United)
22 England FW Michael Chopra (on loan from Newcastle United)
36 England MF Nick Barmby (on loan from Leeds United)

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
25 England MF Matt Bodkin
27 England FW Richard Jeffrey
28 England MF Andy Haskins
29 England DF James Perch
No. Position Player
30 Germany GK Pascal Formann
31 Australia DF David Tarka
33 England MF James Beaumont

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward was born in Worksop, England.
  2. ^ King was born in Southwark, England.
  3. ^ Evans was born in Oswestry, England.
  4. ^ Sonner was born in Wigan, England.