2004 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 2003–04
Champions Crystal Palace
(First Division)
Brighton & Hove Albion
(Second Division)
Huddersfield Town
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 35 (2.33 per match)
Biggest home win West Ham 2–0 Ipswich
(First Division)
Biggest away win Mansfield 1–3 Northampton
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Crystal Palace 3–2 Sunderland
(5 goals)
Highest attendance 72,523 – Crystal Palace v West Ham
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 6,876 – Brighton v Swindon
(Second Division semi-final)
Average attendance 25,911
2003
2005

The Football League play-offs for the 2003–04 season were held in May 2004, 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, Sunderland, who are aiming to return to the top flight after relegation last season, finished 7 points behind second placed West Bromwich Albion, who in turn finished 8 points behind champions Norwich City, who returned to the Premier League for the first time since 1995. West Ham United who are also along with Sunderland aiming to return to the top flight after relegation last season, finished in fourth place in the table. Ipswich Town who are looking for a place back in the top flight at the second attempt, finished in fifth place. Crystal Palace finished level on points with Ipswich Town and were looking for a place back in the Premiership for the first time since 1998.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79
4 West Ham United 46 19 17 10 72 61 +11 74
5 Ipswich Town 46 21 10 15 84 72 +12 73
6 Crystal Palace 46 21 10 15 72 61 +11 73

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
14 May 2004
19:45
Crystal Palace 3–2 Sunderland
Shipperley Goal 52'
Butterfield Goal 64'
Johnson Goal 87'
Report Stewart Goal 51' (pen.)
Kyle Goal 85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 25,287
Referee: Richard Beeby

15 May 2004
12:15
Ipswich Town 1–0 West Ham United
Bent Goal 57' Report
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 28,435
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Second leg

Sunderland 4–4 Crystal Palace on aggregate. Crystal Palace won 5–4 on penalties.


18 May 2004
19:45
West Ham United 2–0 Ipswich Town
Etherington Goal 50'
Dailly Goal 71'
Report
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 34,002
Referee: Neale Barry

West Ham United won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

29 May 2004
15:00
Crystal Palace 1–0 West Ham United
Shipperley Goal 62' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,523
Referee: Graham Poll

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Bristol City 46 23 13 10 58 37 +21 82
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 22 11 13 64 43 +21 77
5 Swindon Town 46 20 13 13 76 58 +18 73
6 Hartlepool United 46 20 13 13 76 61 +15 73

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 2004
18:00
Hartlepool United 1–1 Bristol City
Porter Goal 74' Report Rougier Goal 5'
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 7,211
Referee: Paul Taylor

16 May 2004
16:00
Swindon Town 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Report Carpenter Goal 72'
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 14,034
Referee: Neale Barry
Second leg
19 May 2004
19:45
Bristol City 2–1 Hartlepool United
Goodfellow Goal 88'
Roberts Goal 90'
Report Sweeney Goal 63'
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 18,434
Referee: Graham Poll

Bristol City won 3–2 on aggregate.


Brighton & Hove Albion 2–2 Swindon Town on aggregate. Brighton & Hove Albion won 4–3 on penalties.

Final[edit]

30 May 2004
15:00
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 Bristol City
Knight Goal 84' (pen.) Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 65,167
Referee: Richard Beeby

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Huddersfield Town 46 23 11 12 68 52 +16 81
5 Mansfield Town 46 22 9 15 76 62 +14 75
6 Northampton Town 46 22 9 15 58 51 0+7 75
7 Lincoln City 46 19 17 10 68 47 +21 74

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 2004
15:00
Lincoln City 1–2 Huddersfield Town
Taylor-Fletcher Goal 51' Report Onuora Goal 5'
Mirfin Goal 72'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 9,202
Referee: Graham Laws

16 May 2004
15:00
Northampton Town 0–2 Mansfield Town
Report Day Goal 40'
Mendes Goal 67'
Sixfields Stadium, Northampton
Attendance: 6,960
Referee: Mike Jones
Second leg
19 May 2004
19:45
Huddersfield Town 2–2 Lincoln City
Schofield Goal 60' (pen.)
Edwards Goal 83'
Report Butcher Goal 38'
Bailey Goal 39'
Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 19,467
Referee: Mike Pike

Huddersfield Town won 4–3 on aggregate.


Mansfield Town 3–3 Northampton Town on aggregate. Mansfield Town won 5–4 on penalties.

Final[edit]

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