2003–04 Scottish Premier League

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Scottish Premier League
Season 2003–04
Champions Celtic
Champions League Celtic
Rangers
UEFA Cup Hearts
Dunfermline
Intertoto Cup Hibernian
Top goalscorer Henrik Larsson (30)
Biggest home win Celtic 6–0 Hibernian (27 December)
Biggest away win Kilmarnock 0–5 Celtic (1 November)
Highest attendance 59,739 - Celtic v Dunfermline (2 May)
Lowest attendance 2,677 - Livingston v Kilmarnock (7 April)

The 2003–04 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic.

As league champions, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Rangers also qualifying. Third-placed Hearts qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dunfermline Athletic, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.

During the season, Celtic set a Scottish record of 25 successive wins.[1]

Partick Thistle were relegated, and First Division winners Inverness Caledonian Thistle were promoted.

Celtic's Henrik Larsson was the top scorer with 30 goals.

Table[edit]

P Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic 38 31 5 2 105 25 +80 98 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Rangers 38 25 6 7 76 33 +43 81 2004–05 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Hearts 38 19 11 8 56 40 +16 68 2004–05 UEFA Cup First round
4 Dunfermline Athletic 38 14 11 13 45 52 –7 53 2004–05 UEFA Cup First round
5 Dundee United 38 13 10 15 47 60 –13 49
6 Motherwell 38 12 10 16 42 49 –7 46
7 Dundee 38 12 10 16 48 57 –9 46
8 Hibernian 38 11 11 16 41 60 –19 44 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
9 Livingston 38 10 13 15 48 57 –9 43
10 Kilmarnock 38 12 6 20 51 74 –23 42
11 Aberdeen 38 9 7 22 39 63 –24 34
12 Partick Thistle 38 6 8 24 39 67 –28 26 Relegated to 2004–05 First Division

Source: SPL official website

Top scorers[edit]

Player Club Goals
Sweden Henrik Larsson Celtic 30
England Chris Sutton Celtic 19
Spain Nacho Novo Dundee 19
Scotland James Grady Partick Thistle 15
Scotland Kris Boyd Kilmarnock 15
Scotland Derek Riordan Hibernian 15
Scotland Stevie Crawford Dunfermline Athletic 13
Suriname Mark de Vries Hearts 13
Scotland Derek Lilley Livingston 12
Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze Rangers 12
Scotland David Clarkson Motherwell 11
England Alan Thompson Celtic 11

Source: SPL official website

Attendances[edit]

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2003/04 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 57,657
Rangers 48,992
Hearts 11,947
Aberdeen 10,389
Hibernian 9,137
Dundee United 7,785
Dundee 7,089
Kilmarnock 6,966
Dunfermline Athletic 6,235
Motherwell 6,225
Livingston 5,116
Partick Thistle 4,710

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player Young Player
August Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) England Michael Ball (Rangers) Spain Mikel Arteta (Rangers)
September Scotland Alex McLeish (Rangers) Georgia (country) Shota Arveladze (Rangers) Georgia (country) Zurab Khizanishvili (Rangers)
October Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Celtic) Scotland Roddy McKenzie (Livingston) Republic of Ireland Liam Miller (Celtic)
November Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Celtic) England Chris Sutton (Celtic) Scotland Stephen Hughes (Rangers)
December Scotland Steve Paterson (Aberdeen) Scotland Craig Brewster (Dunfermline Athletic) Scotland Craig Gordon (Hearts)
January Scotland Jim Duffy (Dundee) Bulgaria Stilian Petrov (Celtic) Scotland David Clarkson (Motherwell)
February England Terry Butcher (Motherwell) Scotland Steven Pressley (Hearts) Scotland Alexander Diamond (Aberdeen)
March Scotland Ian McCall (Dundee United) Northern Ireland Neil Lennon (Celtic) Scotland David Marshall (Celtic)
April Scotland Jimmy Calderwood (Dunfermline Athletic) Scotland Barry Nicholson (Dunfermline Athletic) Scotland Derek Riordan (Hibernian)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celtic tipped to break 2004 25-game winning streak by Mjallby". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2010-12-29.