2003–04 Football League

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The Football League
Season2003–04
ChampionsNorwich City
PromotedNorwich City
West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace
RelegatedCarlisle United
York City

The 2003–04 Football League (known as the Nationwide Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 105th completed season of The Football League.

This was the last season of the Football League with the Nationwide Building Society as title sponsor, and the last in which the divisions were known as the First, Second and Third Divisions: from the following season they would be known as the Championship, League One and League Two respectively.

Norwich City won the First Division, thus returning to the Premier League for the first time since 1994–95. Also promoted to the top flight were West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace. Plymouth Argyle won the Second Division, while Doncaster Rovers won the Third.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[1] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

First Division[edit]

Football League First Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsNorwich City (3rd second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier LeagueNorwich City,
West Bromwich Albion
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offsCrystal Palace
RelegatedBradford City,
Walsall,
Wimbledon
Matches played552
Goals scored1,435 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerAndrew Johnson (Crystal Palace), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Norwich City 46 18 3 2 44 15 10 7 6 35 24 79 39 +40 94
2 West Bromwich Albion 46 14 5 4 34 16 11 6 6 30 26 64 42 +22 86
3 Sunderland 46 13 8 2 33 15 9 5 9 29 30 62 45 +17 79
4 West Ham United 46 12 7 4 42 20 7 10 6 25 25 67 45 +22 74
5 Ipswich Town 46 12 3 8 49 36 9 7 7 35 36 84 72 +12 73
6 Crystal Palace 46 10 8 5 34 25 11 2 10 38 36 72 61 +11 73
7 Wigan Athletic 46 11 8 4 29 16 7 9 7 31 29 60 45 +15 71
8 Sheffield United 46 11 6 6 37 25 9 5 9 28 31 65 56 +9 71
9 Reading 46 11 6 6 29 25 9 4 10 26 32 55 57 –2 70
10 Millwall 46 11 8 4 28 15 7 7 9 27 33 55 48 +7 69 2004–05 UEFA Cup
First round
11 Stoke City 46 11 7 5 35 24 7 5 11 23 31 58 55 +3 66
12 Coventry City 46 9 9 5 34 22 8 5 10 33 32 67 54 +13 65
13 Cardiff City 46 10 6 7 40 25 7 8 8 28 33 68 58 +10 65
14 Nottingham Forest 46 8 9 6 33 25 7 6 10 28 33 61 58 +3 60
15 Preston North End 46 11 7 5 43 29 4 7 12 26 42 69 71 –2 59
16 Watford 46 9 8 6 31 28 6 4 13 23 40 54 68 –14 57
17 Rotherham United 46 8 8 7 31 27 5 7 11 22 34 53 61 –8 54
18 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 3 9 33 26 3 8 12 24 40 57 66 –9 53
19 Burnley 46 9 6 8 37 32 4 8 11 23 45 60 77 –17 53
20 Derby County 46 11 5 7 39 33 2 8 13 14 34 53 67 –14 52
21 Gillingham 46 10 1 12 28 34 4 8 11 20 33 48 67 –19 51
22 Walsall 46 8 7 8 29 31 5 5 13 16 34 45 65 –20 51
23 Bradford City 46 6 3 14 23 35 4 3 16 15 34 38 69 –31 36
24 Wimbledon 46 3 4 16 21 40 5 1 17 20 49 41 89 –48 29

[1]

  • Pld = Matches; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
FA Cup runners-up, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 14/15 May; 2nd leg – 17/18 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
29 May 2004
                     
3rd Sunderland 2 2 4 (4)  
6th Crystal Palace (pens.) 3 1 4 (5)  
    4th West Ham United 0
  6th Crystal Palace 1
4th West Ham United 0 2 2
5th Ipswich Town 1 0 1  

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the London teams in the 2003–04 First Division

First Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club League
1 England Andrew Johnson Crystal Palace 28
2 England Marlon Harewood West Ham United /
Nottingham Forest
25
3 Wales Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City 21
4 England Dean Ashton Crewe Alexandra 19
= England Robbie Blake Burnley 19
6 England Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 18
7 England Darren Bent Ipswich Town 17
= Jamaica Ricardo Fuller Preston North End 17
9 England Marcus Stewart Sunderland 16
10 Northern Ireland David Healy Preston North End 15
= England Martin Butler Rotherham United 15
= England Steve Jones Crewe Alexandra 15

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Second Division[edit]

Football League Second Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsPlymouth Argyle (2nd third tier title)
Direct promotionPlymouth Argyle,
Queens Park Rangers
Promoted through play-offsBrighton & Hove Albion
RelegatedGrimsby Town,
Notts County,
Rushden & Diamonds,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played552
Goals scored1,460 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerLeon Knight (Brighton & Hove Albion), 25
Stephen McPhee (Port Vale), 25 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 5 1 52 13 9 7 7 33 28 85 41 +44 90
2 Queens Park Rangers 46 16 7 0 47 12 6 10 7 33 33 80 45 +35 83
3 Bristol City 46 15 6 2 34 12 8 7 8 24 25 58 37 +21 82
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 4 2 39 11 5 7 11 25 32 64 43 +21 77
5 Swindon Town 46 12 7 4 41 23 8 6 9 35 35 76 58 +18 73
6 Hartlepool United 46 10 8 5 39 24 10 5 8 37 37 76 61 +15 73
7 Port Vale 46 15 6 2 45 28 6 4 13 28 35 73 62 +10 73
8 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 7 3 36 18 4 9 10 23 38 59 56 +3 67
9 Bournemouth 46 11 8 4 35 25 6 7 10 21 26 56 51 +5 66
10 Luton Town 46 14 6 3 44 27 3 9 11 25 39 69 66 +3 66
11 Colchester United 46 11 8 4 33 23 6 5 12 19 33 52 56 –4 64
12 Barnsley 46 7 12 4 25 19 8 5 10 29 39 54 58 –4 62
13 Wrexham 46 9 6 8 27 21 8 3 12 23 39 50 60 –10 60
14 Blackpool 46 9 5 9 31 28 7 6 10 27 37 58 65 –7 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 9 8 6 37 25 3 13 7 29 35 66 60 +6 57
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 9 7 25 26 6 5 12 23 38 48 64 –16 53
17 Brentford 46 9 5 9 34 38 5 6 12 18 31 52 69 –17 53
18 Peterborough United 46 5 8 10 36 33 7 8 8 22 25 58 58 0 52
19 Stockport County 46 6 8 9 31 36 5 11 7 31 34 62 70 –8 52
20 Chesterfield 46 9 7 7 34 31 3 8 12 15 40 49 71 –22 51
21 Grimsby Town 46 10 5 8 36 26 3 6 14 19 55 55 31 –26 50
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 9 5 9 37 34 4 4 15 23 40 60 74 –14 48
23 Notts County 46 6 9 8 32 27 4 3 16 18 51 50 78 –28 42
24 Wycombe Wanderers 46 5 7 11 31 39 1 12 10 19 36 50 75 –25 37

[1]

  • Pld = Matches; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 15/16 May; 2nd leg – 19/20 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
30 May 2004
                     
3rd Bristol City 1 2 3  
6th Hartlepool United 1 1 2  
    3rd Bristol City 0
  4th Brighton & Hove Albion 1
4th Brighton & Hove Albion (pens.) 1 1 2 (4)
5th Swindon Town 0 2 2 (3)  

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the London teams in the 2003–04 Second Division

Second Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Leon Knight Brighton & Hove Albion 26
2 Scotland Stephen McPhee Port Vale 24
3 Republic of Ireland Paul Heffernan Notts County 20
= England Sam Parkin Swindon Town 20
5 England Tommy Mooney Swindon Town 19
6 England Kevin Gallen Queens Park Rangers 17
7 Ivory Coast Eugene Dadi Tranmere Rovers 16
= England Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers 16
= England Scott Taylor Blackpool 16
10 Jamaica Onandi Lowe Rushden & Diamonds 15

[4]

Third Division[edit]

Football League Third Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsDoncaster Rovers (3rd fourth tier title)
Direct promotionDoncaster Rovers,
Hull City,
Torquay United
Promoted through play-offsHuddersfield Town
Relegated to ConferenceCarlisle United,
York City
New clubs in the leagueDoncaster Rovers,
Yeovil Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,398 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerSteven MacLean (Scunthorpe United), 23[2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 4 2 47 13 10 7 6 32 24 79 37 +42 92
2 Hull City 46 16 4 3 50 21 9 9 5 32 23 82 44 +38 88
3 Torquay United 46 15 6 2 44 18 8 6 9 24 26 68 44 +24 81
4 Huddersfield Town 46 16 4 3 42 18 7 8 8 26 34 68 52 +16 81
5 Mansfield Town 46 13 5 5 44 25 9 4 10 32 37 76 62 +14 75
6 Northampton Town 46 13 4 6 30 23 9 5 9 28 28 58 51 +7 75
7 Lincoln City 46 9 11 3 36 23 10 6 7 32 24 68 47 +21 74
8 Yeovil Town 46 14 3 6 40 19 9 2 12 30 38 70 57 +13 74
9 Oxford United 46 14 8 1 34 13 4 9 10 21 31 55 44 +11 71
10 Swansea City 46 9 8 6 36 26 6 6 11 22 35 58 61 –3 59
11 Boston United 46 11 7 5 35 21 5 4 14 15 33 50 54 –4 59
12 Bury 46 10 7 6 29 26 5 4 14 25 38 54 64 –10 56
13 Cambridge United 46 6 7 10 26 32 8 7 8 29 35 55 67 –12 56
14 Cheltenham Town 46 11 4 8 37 38 3 10 10 20 33 57 71 –14 56
15 Bristol Rovers 46 9 7 7 29 26 5 6 12 21 35 50 61 –11 55
16 Kidderminster Harriers 46 9 5 9 28 29 5 8 10 17 30 45 59 –14 55
17 Southend United 46 8 4 11 27 29 6 8 9 24 34 51 63 –12 54
18 Darlington 46 10 4 9 30 28 4 7 12 23 33 53 61 –8 53
19 Leyton Orient 46 8 9 6 28 27 5 5 13 20 38 48 65 –17 53
20 Macclesfield Town 46 8 9 6 28 25 5 4 14 26 44 54 69 –15 52
21 Rochdale 46 7 8 8 28 26 5 6 12 21 32 49 58 –9 50
22 Scunthorpe United 46 7 10 6 36 27 4 6 13 33 45 69 72 –3 49
23 Carlisle United 46 8 5 10 23 27 4 4 15 23 42 46 69 –23 45
24 York City 46 7 6 10 22 29 3 8 12 13 37 35 66 –31 44

[1]

  • Pld = Matches; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New club in the league (also Doncaster Rovers)
Relegated to Conference

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 15/16 May; 2nd leg – 19/20 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
31 May 2004
                     
4th Huddersfield Town 2 2 4  
7th Lincoln City 1 2 3  
    4th Huddersfield Town (pens.) 0 (4)
  5th Mansfield Town 0 (1)
5th Mansfield Town (pens.) 2 1 3 (5)
6th Northampton Town 0 3 3 (4)  

[1]

Third Division maps[edit]

Third Division topscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club League
1 Scotland Steven MacLean Scunthorpe United 23
2 Scotland David Graham Torquay United 22
3 England Leon Constantine Southend United 21
4 England Liam Lawrence Mansfield Town 19
5 England Gregg Blundell Doncaster Rovers 18
= England Ben Burgess Hull City 18
7 England Gary Fletcher Lincoln City 17
= England Lee Trundle Swansea City 17
9 England Matthew Tipton Macclesfield Town 16
= England Jon Stead Huddersfield Town 16

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "England 2003–04". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  4. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  5. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com