2003–04 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2003–04 season
ManagerGraeme Souness
FA Premier League15th
FA CupThird round
League CupThird round
UEFA CupFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague: Andrew Cole (11)
All: Andrew Cole (11)
Highest home attendance30,074 (vs. Liverpool, 13 September 2003)
Lowest home attendance19,939 (vs. Charlton Athletic, 20 October 2003)
Average home league attendance24,376

During the 2003–04 English football season, Blackburn Rovers competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Barclaycard Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Finishing sixth in the Premiership at the end of 2002–03 had booked Blackburn Rovers their second successive UEFA Cup campaign, but it was short-lived, and their Premiership form was far too dismal to give the side any hope of a third successive European qualification. Indeed, much of the season was spent battling against relegation; a decent finish to the season saw relegation fears eradicated by the end of April. Rovers finished 15th in the final table, putting intense pressure on manager Graeme Souness to turn things around.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 Portsmouth 38 12 9 17 47 54 −7 45
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 13 6 19 47 57 −10 45
15 Blackburn Rovers 38 12 8 18 51 59 −8 44
16 Manchester City 38 9 14 15 55 54 +1 41
17 Everton 38 9 12 17 45 57 −12 39
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill
3 Slovakia DF Vratislav Greško
5 Italy DF Lorenzo Amoruso
6 England DF Craig Short
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
8 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
9 England FW Andrew Cole
10 England FW Matt Jansen
11 Germany DF Markus Babbel (on loan from Liverpool)
12 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Reid[1]
14 Sweden DF Nils-Eric Johansson
No. Position Player
15 England DF Andy Todd
17 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
18 England FW Jonathan Stead
19 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
20 England MF David Thompson
23 Australia MF Brett Emerton
24 Scotland MF Barry Ferguson
25 Norway MF Martin Andresen (on loan from Stabæk)
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas
30 England MF Neil Danns
31 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
33 England DF Michael Gray

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
4 England DF Martin Taylor (to Birmingham City)
13 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly (retired)
16 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon (on loan to Ipswich Town; to Wigan Athletic)
18 Italy FW Corrado Grabbi (to Ancona)
21 Italy MF Dino Baggio (on loan from Lazio)
No. Position Player
22 Norway FW Egil Østenstad (to Rangers)
25 Germany DF Sebastian Pelzer (to Eintracht Trier)
26 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas (on loan to Blackpool)
27 Scotland DF Gordon Greer (to Kilmarnock)
30 England MF Neil Danns (on loan to Blackpool and Hartlepool United)

Reserve squad[edit]

The following players did not appear for the first-team this season.

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

No. Position Player
22 England MF Ciaran Donnelly
28 Germany GK David Yelldell[2]
29 England DF Jay McEveley[3]
England DF Alex Bruce
England DF Michael Taylor
Scotland DF Craig Barr
Republic of Ireland DF John Fitzgerald
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland DF Gavin Peers
England MF Jerome Watt
Scotland MF Ian Black
Scotland MF Gary Harkins
Scotland MF Alan Morgan
England FW Matt Derbyshire
United States FW Jemal Johnson

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK United States Brad Friedel 40 1 36 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
31 GK Finland Peter Enckelman 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Australia Lucas Neill 35 2 30+2 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
3 DF Slovakia Vratislav Greško 28 1 22+2 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
5 DF Italy Lorenzo Amoruso 14 3 11+1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0
6 DF England Craig Short 20 1 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
11 DF Germany Markus Babbel 28 3 23+2 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
14 DF Sweden Nils-Eric Johansson 15 0 7+7 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
15 DF England Andy Todd 21 0 19 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
33 DF England Michael Gray 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF England Garry Flitcroft 33 3 29+2 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
8 MF Turkey Tugay Kerimoğlu 40 1 30+6 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
12 MF Republic of Ireland Steven Reid 19 0 9+7 0 0 0 1 0 1+1 0
20 MF England David Thompson 14 1 10+1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
23 MF Australia Brett Emerton 40 3 31+6 2 0 0 0+1 0 2 1
24 MF Scotland Barry Ferguson 16 2 14+1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
25 MF Norway Martin Andresen 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 MF Republic of Ireland Jonathan Douglas 14 1 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF England Neil Danns 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW England Andy Cole 37 11 27+7 11 1 0 1 0 0+1 0
10 FW England Matt Jansen 21 3 9+10 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
17 FW Scotland Paul Gallagher 28 3 12+14 3 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
18 FW England Jon Stead 15 6 13 6 0 0 0 0 1+1 0
19 FW Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke 27 6 15+8 4 0+1 0 1 2 1+1 0
Players transferred out during the season
4 DF England Martin Taylor 14 0 10+1 0 0+1 0 1 0 0+1 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon 4 0 1+2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW Italy Corrado Grabbi 7 0 0+5 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0
21 MF Italy Dino Baggio 12 1 0+9 1 0+1 0 0 0 1+1 0

Last updated: 31 May 2004
Source: [4]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering appearances in all competitions[5]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Premiership[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid was born in Kingston upon Thames, England, but also qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his mother, and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  2. ^ Yelldell was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, but also qualified to represent the United States internationally and made his international debut for the United States in March 2011
  3. ^ McEveley was born in Liverpool, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his full international debut for Scotland in August 2007
  4. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/blackburn-rovers/tab/players/season/2004
  5. ^ https://www.football-lineups.com/team/Blackburn_Rovers/FA_Premier_League_2003-2004/analysis