2003 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2002–03
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
(First Division)
Cardiff City
(Second Division)
Bournemouth
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 41 (2.73 per match)
Biggest home win Lincoln 5–3 Scunthorpe
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Reading 0–1 Wolves
(First Division)
Scunthorpe 0–1 Lincoln
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Lincoln 5–3 Scunthorpe
(8 goals)
Highest attendance 69,473 – Sheffield United v Wolves
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 5,782 – Bury v Bournemouth
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance 24,964
2002
2004

The Football League play-offs for the 2002–03 season were held in May 2003, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

Background[edit]

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the First Division, Sheffield United, who are aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1994, finished 12 points behind second placed Leicester City, who in turn finished 6 points behind champions Portsmouth, who returned to the top flight for the first time since 1988. Reading who are aiming for a place in the top flight for the first time in their history, finished in fourth place in the table. Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are aiming to return to the top flight after nearly 20 years outside the top flight, finished in fifth place. Nottingham Forest finished 2 points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and were looking for a place back in the Premiership for the first time since 1999.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Sheffield United 46 23 11 12 72 52 +20 80
4 Reading 46 25 4 17 61 46 +15 79
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 81 44 +37 76
6 Nottingham Forest 46 20 14 12 82 50 +32 74

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 2003
12:15
Nottingham Forest 1–1 Sheffield United
Johnson Goal 55' Report Brown Goal 58' (pen.)
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 29,064
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

10 May 2003
17:30
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Reading
Murty Goal 75' (o.g.)
Naylor Goal 84'
Report Forster Goal 25'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 27,678
Referee: Alan Kaye
Second leg
14 May 2003
19:45
Reading 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Report Rae Goal 81'
Madjeski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 24,060
Referee: Howard Webb

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3–1 on aggregate.


15 May 2003
19:45
Sheffield United 4–3 (a.e.t.) Nottingham Forest
Brown Goal 60'
Kabba Goal 68'
Peschisolido Goal 112'
Walker Goal 117' (o.g.)
Report Johnson Goal 30'
Reid Goal 58'
Page Goal 119' (o.g.)
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 30,212
Referee: Peter Walton

Sheffield United won 5–4 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

26 May 2003
15:00
Sheffield United 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Report Kennedy Goal 6'
Blake Goal 22'
Miller Goal 45'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 69,473
Referee: Steve Bennett

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Bristol City 46 24 11 11 79 48 +31 83
4 Queens Park Rangers 46 24 11 11 69 45 +24 83
5 Oldham Athletic 46 22 16 8 68 38 +30 82
6 Cardiff City 46 23 12 11 68 43 +25 81

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 2003
15:00
Cardiff City 1–0 Bristol City
Thorne Goal 74' Report
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,146
Referee: Howard Webb

10 May 2003
15:00
Oldham Athletic 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
Eyres Goal 28' Report Langley Goal 47'
Boundary Park, Oldham
Attendance: 12,152
Referee: Steve Bennett
Second leg
13 May 2003
19:45
Bristol City 0–0 Cardiff City
Report
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 16,307
Referee: Jeff Winter

Cardiff City won 1–0 on aggregate.


14 May 2003
19:45
Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Oldham Athletic
Furlong Goal 82' Report
Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 17,201
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Queens Park Rangers won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

25 May 2003
15:00
Cardiff City 1–0 (a.e.t.) Queens Park Rangers
Campbell Goal 114' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 66,096
Referee: Howard Webb

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Bournemouth 46 20 14 12 60 48 +12 74
5 Scunthorpe United 46 19 15 12 68 49 +19 72
6 Lincoln City 46 18 16 12 46 37 0+9 70
7 Bury 46 18 16 12 57 56 0+1 70

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
10 May 2003
15:00
Bury 0–0 Bournemouth
Report
Gigg Lane, Bury
Attendance: 5,782
Referee: Jeff Winter

10 May 2003
15:00
Lincoln City 5–3 Scunthorpe United
Weaver Goal 15'
Mayo Goal 18'
Smith Goal 55'
Yeo Goal 82'90'
Report Calvo García Goal 26'69'
Stanton Goal 70'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 8,902
Referee: Peter Walton
Second leg
13 May 2003
19:45
Bournemouth 3–1 Bury
O'Connor Goal 21'
Hayter Goal 38'60'
Report Preece Goal 67'
Fitness First Stadium, Bournemouth
Attendance: 7,945
Referee: Mick Fletcher

Bournemouth won 3–1 on aggregate.


14 May 2003
19:45
Scunthorpe United 0–1 Lincoln City
Report Yeo Goal 88'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 8,295
Referee: Steve Bennett

Lincoln City won 6–3 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

24 May 2003
15:00
Bournemouth 5–2 Lincoln City
Fletcher Goal 29'45'77'
Purches Goal 56'
O'Connor Goal 60'
Report Futcher Goal 35'
Bailey Goal 75'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 32,148
Referee: Alan Kaye

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