2003–04 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
2003–04 season
Chairman Terry Brown
Manager Glenn Roeder (until 24 August)
Sir Trevor Brooking (caretaker)
Alan Pardew (from October)
Stadium Boleyn Ground
First Division 4th (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Runners-up
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Marlon Harewood (13)
All:
Jermain Defoe (15)
Average home league attendance 31,325

During the 2003–04 English football season, West Ham United competed in the First Division. It was their first season in English football's second tier since the 1992–93 season, having been relegated from the Premiership in 18th place last season.

Season summary[edit]

Manager Glenn Roeder was sacked three games into the season. Sir Trevor Brooking took over as caretaker manager until October, when the club signed Alan Pardew of Reading as their new manager. Despite the loss of key players like Joe Cole, Paolo Di Canio and Glen Johnson before the start of the season, and David James and Jermain Defoe during the season, Pardew managed to guide the Hammers to fourth place, qualifying for the play-offs. West Ham managed to beat Ipswich Town in the semi-final, but were beaten in the final by Crystal Palace, meaning the Hammers were consigned to another season in English football's second tier.

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]

West Ham United's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Preston North End A 2-1 18,246 Defoe, Connolly
16 August 2003 Sheffield United H 0-0 28,972
23 August 2003 Rotherham United A 0-1 8,739
26 August 2003 Bradford City H 1-0 30,370 Defoe
30 August 2003 Ipswich Town A 2-1 29,679 Defoe, Connolly
13 September 2003 Reading H 1-0 32,634 Dailly
16 September 2003 Crewe Alexandra A 3-0 9,575 Connolly (2), Etherington
20 September 2003 Gillingham A 0-2 11,418
28 September 2003 Millwall H 1-1 31,626 Connolly
1 October 2003 Crystal Palace H 3-0 31,861 Defoe, Mellor (2)
4 October 2003 Derby County A 1-0 22,810 Hutchison
15 October 2003 Norwich City H 1-1 31,308 Edworthy (own goal)
18 October 2003 Burnley H 2-2 31,474 Connolly, Hutchison
22 October 2003 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 29,544 Defoe
25 October 2003 Cardiff City A 0-0 19,202
1 November 2003 Coventry City A 1-1 19,126 Defoe
8 November 2003 West Bromwich Albion H 3-4 30,359 Defoe, Deane (2)
22 November 2003 Watford A 0-0 20,950
25 November 2003 Wimbledon A 1-1 8,118 Deane
29 November 2003 Wigan Athletic H 4-0 34,375 Horlock, Jarrett (own goal), Harewood (2, 1 pen)
6 December 2003 West Bromwich Albion A 1-1 26,194 Deane
9 December 2003 Stoke City H 0-1 24,365
13 December 2003 Sunderland H 3-2 30,329 Defoe (2), Pearce
20 December 2003 Walsall A 1-1 9,272 Harewood
26 December 2003 Ipswich Town H 1-2 35,021 Defoe
28 December 2003 Nottingham Forest A 2-0 27,491 Harewood, Defoe
10 January 2004 Preston North End H 1-2 28,777 Connolly
17 January 2004 Sheffield United A 3-3 22,787 Carrick, Harley, Harewood
31 January 2004 Rotherham United H 2-1 34,483 Deane, Dailly
7 February 2004 Bradford City A 2-1 13,078 Zamora, Harewood
21 February 2004 Norwich City A 1-1 23,940 Harewood
28 February 2004 Cardiff City H 1-0 31,858 Zamora
2 March 2004 Burnley A 1-1 12,440 Connolly (pen)
6 March 2004 Walsall H 0-0 33,177
9 March 2004 Wimbledon H 5-0 29,818 Etherington (3), Zamora, Reo-Coker
13 March 2004 Sunderland A 0-2 29,533
17 March 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 4-2 31,158 Harewood (2), Reo-Coker, McAnuff
21 March 2004 Millwall A 1-4 14,055 Harewood (pen)
27 March 2004 Gillingham H 2-1 34,551 Zamora, Etherington
3 April 2004 Reading A 0-2 21,718
10 April 2004 Derby County H 0-0 28,207
12 April 2004 Crystal Palace A 0-1 23,977
17 April 2004 Coventry City H 2-0 27,890 Zamora, Connolly (pen)
24 April 2004 Stoke City A 2-0 18,227 Connolly, Harewood
1 May 2004 Watford H 4-0 34,685 Hutchison, Dailly, Harewood (2, 1 pen)
9 May 2004 Wigan Athletic A 1-1 20,669 Deane

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 15 May 2004 Ipswich Town A 0-1 28,435
SF 2nd Leg 18 May 2004 Ipswich Town H 2-0 (won 2-1 on agg) 34,002 Etherington, Dailly
F 29 May 2004 Crystal Palace N 0-1 72,523

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 Wigan Athletic A 2-1 11,793 Mullins, Connolly
R4 25 January 2004 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3-1 24,413 Deane, Harewood, Connolly
R5 14 February 2004 Fulham A 0-0 14,705
R5R 24 February 2004 Fulham H 0-3 27,934

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 13 August 2003 Rushden & Diamonds H 3-1 13,715 Connolly (2), Defoe
R2 23 September 2003 Cardiff City A 3-2 10,724 Defoe (3)
R3 30 October 2003 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 36,053

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Czech Republic DF Tomáš Řepka
3 England DF Rufus Brevett
4 Scotland MF Don Hutchison[1]
5 England MF Rob Lee
6 England MF Michael Carrick
7 Scotland DF Christian Dailly
8 Republic of Ireland FW David Connolly[2]
10 England FW Marlon Harewood
11 Northern Ireland MF Steve Lomas[3]
12 England MF Matthew Etherington
14 England DF Wayne Quinn (on loan from Newcastle United)
15 England DF Anton Ferdinand
16 Northern Ireland MF Kevin Horlock[4]
17 England MF Hayden Mullins
No. Position Player
18 France FW Youssef Sofiane
19 England MF Adam Nowland
20 England MF Nigel Reo-Coker
21 Australia MF Richard Garcia
22 Wales DF Andy Melville
24 England DF Jon Harley (on loan from Fulham)
25 England FW Bobby Zamora
26 Jamaica MF Jobi McAnuff[5]
27 England DF Shaun Byrne
29 England FW Brian Deane
30 Czech Republic GK Pavel Srníček
32 England GK Stephen Bywater
34 England DF Elliott Ward
35 England DF Chris Cohen

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK David James (to Manchester City)
9 England FW Jermain Defoe (to Tottenham Hotspur)
19 England DF Ian Pearce (to Fulham)
20 Sweden MF Niclas Alexandersson (on loan from Everton)
20 England MF Robbie Stockdale (on loan from Middlesbrough)
No. Position Player
22 England DF Matthew Kilgallon (on loan from Leeds United)
28 England MF David Noble (to Boston United)
30 France DF Sebastian Schemmel (to Portsmouth)
30 Sweden GK Rami Shaaban (on loan from Arsenal)
33 England FW Neil Mellor (on loan from Liverpool)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
31 Republic of Ireland GK David Forde
36 Republic of Ireland MF Daryl McMahon
No. Position Player
37 France MF Sébastien Carole (on loan from AS Monaco)
38 England MF Mark Noble

Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchison was born in Gateshead, England.
  2. ^ Connolly was born in Brent, England.
  3. ^ Lomas was born in Hanover, Germany.
  4. ^ Horlock was born in Bexley, England.
  5. ^ McAnuff was born in Enfield, England.