2003–04 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
2003–04 season
Manager Paul Sturrock August–March
Kevin Summerfield (caretaker) March–April
Bobby Williamson April onwards
Division Two champions 26 wins, 12 draws, 8 defeats,
85 goals for, 41 goals against,
90 points
FA Cup First Round
League Cup First Round
Football League Trophy Second Round (South)
Top goalscorer David Friio (14 goals)
Highest home attendance Queens Park Rangers (19,888)
Away: Sheffield Wednesday (20,090)
Lowest home attendance Wycombe Wanderers (4,298)
Away: Colchester United (2,367)
Biggest win 7-0 Chesterfield (home)
Biggest defeat 3-0 Queens Park Rangers (away)
3-0 Tranmere Rovers (away)
4-1 Oldham Athletic (away)

Summary of Plymouth Argyle for the 2003/04 season:

Notable events[edit]

  • 22 October 2003: Plymouth Argyle defeat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsborough to go top of Division Two.
  • 24 October 2003: Argyle receive performance of the week award for their 5-1 victory over Port Vale.
  • 1 November 2003: Paul Sturrock named Division Two Manager of the Month for October.
  • 6 November 2003: David Friio announced as Division Two player of the month for October.
  • 23 December 2003: Paul Sturrock signs a four and a half year contract with Argyle.
  • 26 December 2003: Paul Wotton scores Argyle's 5000th League goal in a 2-0 victory over A.F.C. Bournemouth. Plymouth Argyle become the first League side to score 50 goals in that season.
  • 2 January 2004: Paul Sturrock named Division Two Manager of the Month for December.
  • 3 January 2004: David Friio scores the first hat-trick for Argyle since Paul McGregor in March 2000.
  • 6 January 2004: Paul Sturrock named as winner of the second quarter of the League managers Association's Tissot Managers' Performance League.
  • 17 January 2004: Billy Rafferty and Paul Mariner make a guest appearance at Home Park. Argyle played Rushden & Diamonds on that day and won 3-0.
  • 5 February 2004: Graham Coughlan announced as Division Two player of the month for January.
  • 19 February 2004: The club's first retail outlet in Plymouth city centre opens. The club also unveils next season's away kit - the first to be voted for by fans.
  • 2 March 2004: Plymouth Argyle complete the second "double" over Sheffield Wednesday in their history, by beating them for a second time in the season. Argyle won the match 2-0.
  • 3 March 2004: Paul Sturrock agrees personal terms to take over as Southampton manager.
  • 4 March 2004: Sturrock is unveiled by Southampton as their new manager at a press conference.
  • 17 March 2004: The club announces that next year's away kit will be white, instead of tangergreen, due to supporter demands.
  • 27 March 2004: One hundred former Argyle players returned to Home Park for the game against Wrexham.
  • 31 March 2004: Tony Capaldi becomes the first Plymouth Argyle player to win a cap for a home nation since Dave Phillips (Wales) in 1984. Capaldi plays for Northern Ireland.
  • 10 April 2004: It becomes mathematically certain that Plymouth Argyle will achieve promotion or a play-off place, following a 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
  • 20 April 2004: Bobby Williamson is unveiled as the permanent successor to Paul Sturrock, following much speculation about the managerial vacancy.
  • 24 April 2004: A 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers hands Argyle both promotion and the Division Two title.
  • 6 May 2004: Graham Coughlan is named as the Division Two player of the season.
  • 8 May 2004: Mickey Evans is announced as the club's player of the season and Luke McCormick as the most promising player as decided by fans. Plymouth Argyle are presented with the Division Two trophy after their 2-0 win over Colchester United
  • 17 May 2004: Paul Sturrock is named as the Division Two manager of the season for his efforts at Argyle.
  • 21 May 2004: The club holds its centenary ball to celebrate the previous season. The Plymouth Argyle team of the century, decided by supporters, is announced.

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

Date Player Transfer To Fee
12 September 2003 Brian McGlinchey Three month loan Torquay United -
24 September 2003 Joe Broad Sale Torquay United Free
2 October 2003 David Beresford One month loan Macclesfield Town -
4 November 2003 David Beresford Sale Tranmere Rovers Free
9 January 2004 Jani Viander Sale Brentford Free
13 January 2004 Brian McGlinchey Sale Torquay United Free
1 June 2004 Martin Phillips Release - -
1 June 2004 Jason Bent Release - -
1 June 2004 Eugene Kangulungu Release - -
1 June 2004 Wayne O'Sullivan Release - -
6 July 2004 Matthew Villis Season loan Torquay United -
30 July 2004 Ian Stonebridge Sale Wycombe Wanderers Free

Results[edit]

Date Score Notes
2003
August 9 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 2 Grimsby Town
August 12 Colchester United 2 - 1 Plymouth Argyle League Cup
August 16 Rushden & Diamonds 2 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
August 23 Plymouth Argyle 3 - 1 Stockport County
August 25 Chesterfield 1 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
August 30 Plymouth Argyle 3 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion
September 6 Brentford 1 - 3 Plymouth Argyle
September 13 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 1 Luton Town
September 16 Peterborough United 2 - 2 Plymouth Argyle
September 20 Wrexham 2 - 2 Plymouth Argyle
September 27 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Barnsley
September 30 Plymouth Argyle 0 - 1 Bristol City
October 4 Wycombe Wanderers 0 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
October 11 Plymouth Argyle 6 - 0 Tranmere Rovers
October 14 Plymouth Argyle 4 - 0 Bristol City LDV Vans Trophy
October 18 Port Vale 1 - 5 Plymouth Argyle
October 22 Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 3 Plymouth Argyle
October 25 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 0 Blackpool
November 1 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 2 Oldham Athletic
November 4 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 2* Wycombe Wanderers LDV Vans Trophy
November 8 Northampton Town 3 - 2 Plymouth Argyle FA Cup
November 15 Queens Park Rangers 3 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
November 22 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Hartlepool United
November 29 Colchester United 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle
December 13 Swindon Town 2 - 3 Plymouth Argyle
December 20 Plymouth Argyle 3 - 0 Notts County
December 26 AFC Bournemouth 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle
December 28 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Brentford
2004
January 3 Plymouth Argyle 7 - 0 Chesterfield
January 10 Grimsby Town 0 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
January 17 Plymouth Argyle 3 - 0 Rushden & Diamonds
January 24 Stockport County 0 - 2 Plymouth Argyle
January 31 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
February 7 Plymouth Argyle 0 - 0 AFC Bournemouth
February 17 Tranmere Rovers 3 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
February 21 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 1 Port Vale
February 28 Blackpool 0 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
March 2 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
March 6 Notts County 0 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
March 13 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 1 Swindon Town
March 16 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Peterborough United
March 20 Luton Town 1 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
March 27 Plymouth Argyle 0 - 0 Wrexham
April 3 Barnsley 1 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
April 10 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 1 Wycombe Wanderers
April 13 Bristol City 1 - 0 Plymouth Argyle
April 17 Oldham Athletic 4 - 1 Plymouth Argyle
April 24 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers
May 1 Hartlepool United 1 - 3 Plymouth Argyle
May 8 Plymouth Argyle 2 - 0 Colchester United

*Wycombe Wanderers won the penalty shootout 4 - 2 and hence the game.

Date Opposition Venue Result Score Competition Comments
10 July 2004 St Blazey Away Blaise Park Won 4-2 Friendly
10 July 2004 Plymouth Parkway Away Bolitho Park Won 3-0 Friendly
12 July 2004 Liskeard Away Lux Park Won 5-1 Friendly
14 July 2004 Torquay United Home Home Park Won 2-1 Friendly Testimonial for Dave Smith
17 July 2004 Bad Aussee Away Obertraun Won 4-0 Friendly
20 July 2004 Wacker Burghausen Neutral Obertraun Lost 1-3 Friendly
23 July 2004 Ceske Budejovice Neutral Obertraun Lost 0-2 Friendly
24 July 2004 Blau Weiss Linz Neutral Obertraun Postponed P-P Friendly Match called off due to waterlogged pitch.
28 July 2004 Portsmouth Home Home Park Lost 1-5 Friendly
31 July 2004 Southampton Home Home Park Won 3-1 Friendly Former manager, Paul Sturrock returns with his new club.

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