2003–04 Isthmian League

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The 2003–04 season was the 89th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England.

At the end of the season, the Premier Division was replaced as a level 6 league (along with the Northern Premier League Premier Division and Southern Football League Premier Division) by the newly formed Conference North and Conference South. The Premier Division lost more than half its clubs to newle formed divisions, and the two divisions One had a number of their teams promoted to the Premier Division to replace them. Thus, the Isthmian League Premier Division became a level 7 league.

Premier Division[edit]

Isthmian League
Premier Division
Season 2003–04
Champions Canvey Island
Promoted Canvey Island
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,533 (2.78 per match)
Top goalscorer 42 goals – Lee Boylan (Canvey Island)
Highest attendance 1,260 – Kettering TownBedford Town, (12 April)
Total attendance 203,453
Average attendance 369 (-14.6% to previous season)

The Premier Division consisted of 24 clubs, including 19 clubs from the previous season and five new clubs:

Canvey Island won the division and were promoted to the Conference National. Clubs finished higher than 14th position were to transfer to the newly created Conference North and South divisions and clubs finished higher than 21st position plus winners of division One were to participate in the play-offs for a two final spots in Conference North/South. After play-offs was held Hendon decided not to take up their option to join the Conference, their place was taken by Basingstoke Town. At the end of the season Ford United were renamed Redbridge.

There were no relegation from the Premier Division this season, though, due to league reform, teams remained in the division downgraded from sixth tier to seventh.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Canvey Island (C) (P) 46 32 8 6 106 42 +64 104 Promoted to the Conference National
2 Sutton United 46 25 10 11 94 56 +38 85 Transferred to the Conference South
3 Thurrock 46 24 11 11 87 45 +42 83
4 Hendon 46 25 8 13 68 47 +21 83 Declined transfer to the Conference South
5 Hornchurch 46 24 11 11 63 35 +28 082 Transferred to the Conference South
6 Grays Athletic 46 22 15 9 82 39 +43 81
7 Carshalton Athletic 46 24 9 13 66 55 +11 81
8 Hayes 46 21 11 14 56 46 +10 74
9 Kettering Town 46 20 11 15 63 63 0 71 Transferred to the Conference North
10 Bognor Regis Town 46 20 10 16 69 67 +2 70 Transferred to the Conference South
11 Bishop's Stortford 46 20 9 17 78 61 +17 69
12 Maidenhead United 46 18 9 19 60 68 −8 63
13 Ford United 46 16 14 16 69 63 +6 62
14 Basingstoke Town 46 17 9 20 58 64 −6 60 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the Conference South
15 Bedford Town 46 14 13 19 62 63 −1 55 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the SFL Premier Division
16 Heybridge Swifts 46 14 11 21 57 78 −21 53 Qualified for the play-offs
17 Harrow Borough 46 12 14 20 47 63 −16 50
18 Kingstonian 46 12 13 21 40 56 −16 49
19 St Albans City (O) 46 12 12 22 55 83 −28 48 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the Conference South
20 Hitchin Town 46 13 8 25 55 89 −34 47 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the SFL Premier Division
21 Northwood 46 12 9 25 65 95 −30 45
22 Billericay Town 46 11 11 24 51 66 −15 44
23 Braintree Town 46 11 6 29 41 88 −47 39
24 Aylesbury United 46 5 14 27 41 101 −60 29 Transferred to the SFL Premier Division

Source: [1][2][3][4]
Hornchurch deducted one point.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2003–04 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
Carshalton Athletic
Carshalton Athletic
Ford United
Ford United
Grays Athletic
Grays Athletic
Harrow Borough
Harrow Borough
Hayes
Hayes
Hendon
Hendon
Hornchurch
Hornchurch
Kingstonian
Kingstonian
Northwood
Northwood
Sutton United
Sutton United
Thurrock
Thurrock
Locations of the Premier Division clubs
Club Stadium
Aylesbury United Buckingham Road
Basingstoke Town The Camrose
Bedford Town The Eyrie
Billericay Town New Lodge
Bishop's Stortford Woodside Park
Bognor Regis Town Nyewood Lane
Braintree Town Cressing Road
Canvey Island Brockwell Stadium
Carshalton Athletic War Memorial Sports Ground
Ford United Oakside
Grays Athletic New Recreation Ground
Harrow Borough Earlsmead Stadium
Hayes Church Road
Hendon Claremont Road
Heybridge Swifts Scraley Road
Hitchin Town Top Field
Hornchurch Hornchurch Stadium
Kettering Town Rockingham Road
Kingstonian Kingsmeadow (groundshare with AFC Wimbledon)
Maidenhead United York Road
Northwood Chestnut Avenue
St Albans City Clarence Park
Sutton United Gander Green Lane
Thurrock Ship Lane

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals Final
           
15 Bedford Town 3
20 Hitchin Town 1
15 Bedford Town 4
19 St Albans City 5
16 Heybridge Swifts 3
19 St Albans City 4
  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
 
  17 Harrow Borough 0(2)  
    18 Kingstonian 0(4)  
   
    Div1S Lewes 1
  18 Kingstonian 0
   
 
14 Basingstoke Town 1
    Div1S Lewes 4  
Div1N Yeading 0
  Div1S Lewes 1  
Final
     
Div1S Dulwich Hamlet 2(4)
Div1N Wealdstone 2(5)

Division One North[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One North
Season 2003–04
Champions Yeading
Relegated Enfield
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,745 (3.16 per match)
Top goalscorer 33 goals – DJ Campbell (Yeading)
Highest attendance 408 – WealdstoneHemel Hempstead Town, (24 April)
Total attendance 69,362
Average attendance 126 (-11.9% to previous season)

Division One North consisted of 24 clubs, including 18 clubs from the previous season, and six new clubs:

Before the start of the season Leyton Pennant was renamed Waltham Forest.

Yeading won the division, but lost in the play-offs for a place in the newly created Conference North and South and were placed in the Premier Division along with Leyton and Cheshunt. Chesham United, Dunstable Town and Hemel Hempstead Town were transferred to the Southern Football League Premier Division. They were followed by Wealdstone, who defeated Dulwich Hamlet from Division One South. Enfield finished bottom of the table and relegated to Division Two, going down from sixth to ninth tier in two years due to league system reform.

At the end of the season divisions One were merged, all the remaining Division One North teams were transferred to the Southern Football League Division Ones.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Yeading (C) 46 32 7 7 112 54 +58 103 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the Premier Division
2 Leyton 46 29 9 8 90 53 +37 96 Transferred to the Premier Division
3 Cheshunt 46 27 10 9 119 54 +65 91
4 Chesham United 46 24 9 13 104 60 +44 81 Transferred to the SFL Premier Division
5 Dunstable Town 46 23 9 14 86 61 +25 78
6 Hemel Hempstead Town 46 22 12 12 75 72 +3 78
7 Wealdstone (O) 46 23 7 16 81 51 +30 76 Qualified for the play-offs, then
transferred to the Premier Division
8 Arlesey Town 46 23 7 16 95 70 +25 76 Transferred to the SFL Division One East
9 Boreham Wood 46 20 13 13 82 59 +23 73
10 Harlow Town 46 20 10 16 75 51 +24 70
11 Wingate & Finchley 46 19 13 14 68 63 +5 70
12 East Thurrock United 46 19 11 16 62 54 +8 68
13 Uxbridge 46 15 14 17 59 57 +2 59
14 Aveley 46 15 14 17 67 71 −4 59
15 Thame United 46 16 9 21 72 83 −11 57 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
16 Waltham Forest 46 15 13 18 62 60 +2 055 Transferred to the SFL Division One East
17 Wivenhoe Town 46 15 10 21 79 104 −25 55
18 Barton Rovers 46 16 6 24 52 80 −28 54
19 Oxford City 46 14 11 21 55 65 −10 53 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
20 Berkhamsted Town 46 12 10 24 66 88 −22 46 Transferred to the SFL Division One East
21 Great Wakering Rovers 46 10 13 23 47 97 −50 43
22 Tilbury 46 10 9 27 56 100 −44 39
23 Barking & East Ham United 46 8 7 31 37 100 −63 31
24 Enfield (R) 46 5 7 34 44 138 −94 22 Relegated to Division Two

Source: [1][2][3]
Waltham Forest deducted three points.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2003–04 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
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Aveley
Aveley
Barking & East Ham United
Barking & East Ham United
Boreham Wood & Enfield
Boreham Wood & Enfield
Cheshunt
Cheshunt
Leyton
Leyton
Uxbridge
Uxbridge
Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest
Wealdstone
Wealdstone
Wingate & Finchley
Wingate & Finchley
Yeading
Yeading
Locations of the Division One North clubs
Club Stadium
Arlesey Town Hitchin Road
Aveley The Mill Field
Barking & East Ham United Mayesbrook Park
Barton Rovers Sharpenhoe Road
Berkhamsted Town Broadwater
Boreham Wood Meadow Park
Chesham United The Meadow
Cheshunt Cheshunt Stadium
Dunstable Town Creasey Park
East Thurrock United Rookery Hill
Enfield Meadow Park (groundshare with Boreham Wood)
Great Wakering Rovers Burroughs Park
Harlow Town Harlow Sportcentre
Hemel Hempstead Town Vauxhall Road
Leyton Leyton Stadium
Oxford City Marsh Lane
Thame United Windmill Road
Tilbury Chadfields
Uxbridge Honeycroft
Waltham Forest Wadham Lodge
Wealdstone White Lion (groundshare with Edgware Town)
Wingate & Finchley The Harry Abrahams Stadium
Wivenhoe Town Broad Lane
Yeading The Warren

Division One South[edit]

Isthmian League
Division One South
Season 2003–04
Champions Lewes
Promoted Lewes
Relegated Epsom & Ewell
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,709 (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorer 34 goals – Ian Hodges (Slough Town)
Highest attendance 932 – LewesWorthing, (12 April)
Total attendance 102,861
Average attendance 186 (+0.0% to previous season)

Division One South consisted of 24 clubs, including 21 clubs from the previous season, and three new clubs:

Lewes won the division and subsequent play-offs and were promoted to the Conference South. Teams finished second to sixth were transferred to the Premier Division. Epsom & Ewell finished bottom of the table and were relegated, remaining teams were to start next season in the merged Isthmian League Division One, going down with it from seventh to ninth level due to creation of Conference North/South.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lewes (C) (O) (P) 46 29 7 10 113 61 +52 94 Qualified for the play-offs
then promoted to the Conference South
2 Worthing 46 26 14 6 87 46 +41 92 Transferred to the Premier Division
3 Windsor & Eton 46 26 13 7 75 39 +36 91
4 Slough Town 46 28 6 12 103 63 +40 90
5 Hampton & Richmond 46 26 11 9 82 45 +37 89
6 Staines Town 46 26 9 11 85 52 +33 87
7 Dulwich Hamlet 46 23 15 8 77 57 +20 84 Qualified for the play-offs
8 Bromley 46 22 10 14 80 58 +22 76
9 Walton & Hersham 46 20 14 12 76 55 +21 74
10 Croydon Athletic 46 20 10 16 70 54 +16 70
11 Tooting & Mitcham United 46 20 9 17 82 68 +14 69
12 Ashford Town 46 18 13 15 69 62 +7 67 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
13 Leatherhead 46 19 9 18 83 88 −5 66
14 Bracknell Town 46 19 6 21 81 87 −6 63 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
15 Horsham 46 16 11 19 71 69 +2 59
16 Marlow 46 16 11 19 50 64 −14 59 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
17 Whyteleafe 46 17 4 25 66 93 −27 55
18 Banstead Athletic 46 15 8 23 56 73 −17 53
19 Molesey 46 12 6 28 45 84 −39 42
20 Metropolitan Police 46 9 14 23 58 84 −26 41
21 Croydon 46 10 10 26 57 88 −31 40
22 Egham Town 46 8 8 30 55 92 −37 32 Transferred to the SFL Division One West
23 Corinthian-Casuals 46 6 6 34 48 110 −62 24
24 Epsom & Ewell (R) 46 5 8 33 40 117 −77 23 Relegated to Division Two

Source: [1][2][3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Stadia and locations[edit]

2003–04 Isthmian League is located in South-east England
Ashford Town
Ashford Town
Banstead Athletic & Epsom & Ewell
Banstead Athletic & Epsom & Ewell
Bromley
Bromley
Corinthian-Casuals
Corinthian-Casuals
Croydon
Croydon
Croydon Athletic
Croydon Athletic
Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich Hamlet
Egham Town
Egham Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Metropolitan Police
Metropolitan Police
Molesey
Molesey
Staines Town
Staines Town
Tooting & Mitcham United
Tooting & Mitcham United
Whyteleafe
Whyteleafe
Locations of Division One South clubs
Club Stadium
Ashford Town Short Lane
Banstead Athletic Merland Rise
Bracknell Town Larges Lane
Bromley Hayes Lane
Corinthian-Casuals King George's Field
Croydon Croydon Sports Arena
Croydon Athletic Keith Tuckey Stadium
Dulwich Hamlet Champion Hill
Egham Town The Runnymede Stadium
Epsom & Ewell Merland Rise (groundshare with Banstead Athletic)
Hampton & Richmond Borough Beveree Stadium
Horsham Queen Street
Leatherhead Fetcham Grove
Lewes The Dripping Pan
Marlow Alfred Davis Memorial Ground
Metropolitan Police Imber Court
Molesey Walton Road Stadium
Slough Town Stag Meadow (groundshare with Windsor & Eton)
Staines Town Wheatsheaf Park
Tooting & Mitcham United Imperial Fields
Walton & Hersham The Sports Ground
Whyteleafe Church Road
Windsor & Eton Stag Meadow
Worthing Woodside Road

Division two[edit]

Isthmian League
Division Two
Season 2003–04
Champions Leighton Town
Matches played 315
Goals scored 1,021 (3.24 per match)
Top goalscorer 29 goals – John Frendo (Ware) and Matt Rawdon (Leighton Town)
Highest attendance 394 – DorkingHertford Town, (12 April)
Total attendance 23,880
Average attendance 76 (+1.3% to previous season)

After Hungerford Town resigned from the league, Division Two consisted of 15 clubs, including 12 clubs from the previous season, and three new clubs:

Leighton Town won the division and were transferred to Southern Football League Division One, while runners-up Dorking were transferred to the merged Isthmian League Division One. At the end of the season Wokingham Town merged into Emmbrook Sports to create new club Wokingham & Emmbrook F.C., who joined Hellenic Football League.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Leighton Town (C) 42 28 7 7 111 36 +75 91 Transferred to the SFL Division One East
2 Dorking 42 27 8 7 87 47 +40 89 Transferred to Division One
3 Hertford Town 42 24 9 9 74 35 +39 81
4 Chertsey Town 42 22 9 11 75 53 +22 75
5 Flackwell Heath 42 22 5 15 71 53 +18 71
6 Witham Town 42 20 10 12 75 54 +21 70
7 Kingsbury Town 42 14 11 17 60 64 −4 53
8 Ware 42 14 10 18 67 60 +7 52
9 Abingdon Town 42 15 6 21 83 81 +2 51
10 Camberley Town 42 15 6 21 51 71 −20 51
11 Wembley 42 13 9 20 46 67 −21 48
12 Wokingham Town 42 12 7 23 55 94 −39 43 Merged into Emmbrook Sports
13 Edgware Town 42 12 6 24 62 88 −26 42
14 Chalfont St Peter 42 12 6 24 57 89 −32 42
15 Clapton 42 8 5 29 47 129 −82 29

Source: [1][2][3]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Locations of Division Two clubs
Greater London Division Two clubs
Club Stadium
Abingdon Town Culham Road
Camberley Town Kroomer Park
Chalfont St Peter Mill Meadow
Chertsey Town Alwyns Lane
Clapton The Old Spotted Dog Ground
Dorking Meadowbank Stadium
Edgware Town White Lion
Flackwell Heath Wilks Park
Hertford Town Hertingfordbury Park
Kingsbury Town Avenue Park
Leighton Town Bell Close
Ware Wodson Park
Wembley Vale Farm
Witham Town Spa Road
Wokingham Town Cantley Park

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Robinson, M. (2010). Non-League Football Tables 1889-2010. Soccer Books Ltd. ISBN 9781862232044. 
  2. ^ a b c d England - Isthmian League
  3. ^ a b c d 2003–04 Isthmian League
  4. ^ nonleaguefooty website

External links[edit]