2003–04 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season
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|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,
|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)
- 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.
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|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|
|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|
|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.
|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.|