2003–04 Manchester City F.C. season

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Manchester City
Season 2003–04
Owner Publicly traded company
Chairman John Wardle
Manager Kevin Keegan
Team captain Sylvain Distin
Home stadium City of Manchester Stadium
(a.k.a. Eastlands and CoMS)
Premier0League Sixteenth
League Cup Fourth round
FA Cup Fifth round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: 0Nicolas Anelka (17 goals)
(5th highest in Premier League)
All comps: Nicolas Anelka (25 goals)
Average home
attendance
46,834 – over 19 PL home games
(3rd highest in Premier League)
Highest home
attendance
47,304 0v0 Chelsea
28 February 2004
Highest away
attendance
67,645 0v0 Manchester United
13 December 2003
Lowest home
attendance
29,067 0v0 Sporting Lokeren
24 September 2003
Lowest away
attendance
5,500 0v0 Groclin Dyskobolia
27 November 2003
2002–03 0 0 0 Soccerball current event.svg 0 0 0 2004–05
Results summary - all competitions
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 7 12 5 29.2%
Away 9 6 12 33.3%
Both 16 18 17 31.4%
Results summary - Premier League
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 5 9 5 26.3%
Away 4 5 10 21.1%
Both 9 14 15 23.7%

The 2003–04 season was Manchester City Football Club's second consecutive season playing in the Premier League, the top division of English football, and its seventh season since the Premier League was first created with Manchester City as one of the its original 22 founding member clubs. Overall, it was the team's 112th season playing in a division of English football, most of which have been spent in the top flight.

Season review[edit]

After finishing ninth during the club's final season at 80-year-old Maine Road, Manchester City's debut season at the City of Manchester Stadium was a major disappointment. A ninth-place finish had not been good enough to earn City an opportunity to play in the UEFA Cup but the team was rewarded with that opportunity anyway due to being awarded a "Fair Play" slot in the UEFA Cup competition this season. City reached the second round proper of the competition thanks to aggregate victories against The New Saints and Lokeren, but exited the competition on the away goals rule after two draws against Polish club Groclin.

Having embarked on a new era for the club by signing a host of experienced players in the summer, such as Claudio Reyna and Steve McManaman, to combine with such burgeoning talents coming through from the MCFC youth academy as Stephen Ireland and Shaun Wright-Phillips, City started their season very brightly with three wins in five games, sending them near the top of the table. They were still in the top-half of the table after winning five, drawing three and losing three of their first 11 games, with three notably big wins: a 3–0 opening-game away win at Charlton Athletic, a 4–1 home victory over Aston Villa and a 6–2 thumping of Bolton Wanderers. However, a dreadful 3–0 home defeat against unlikely opponents Leicester City in November started a gradual downturn in form and City then ended up battling against relegation. At one point, City went on a run of winning only one game out of 18 league and cup matches played, sparking media rumours of unrest in the squad.[1] Survival in the Premier League was not confirmed until City won their 36th game of the league season. That victory meant that City were six points ahead of the relegation places, but the club's survival was effectively confirmed due to it having a far superior goal difference to Leicester, Leeds and Wolves, who were relegated.

Perhaps the most memorable game played by Manchester City during this season was the FA Cup fourth round replay fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane which featured what many people consider to be one of the most extraordinary comebacks in the history of the competition.[1][2] City fell three goals behind during the first half, had Nicolas Anelka substituted due to injury and Joey Barton was sent off during half-time for verbally abusing the referee.[1] Despite having one man less than their opponents during the second half, City came all the way back to win 4–3 and reach the next round.[1] Rookie Icelandic goalkeeper Árni Arason made a key double save[1] and Jon Macken scored the winning goal.[1] In the next round, a Manchester derby at Old Trafford, City lost 4–2 to exit the competition.

Team kit[edit]

There was a change in the producer of the team kits for this season, with Reebok replacing the previous season's supplier, Le Coq Sportif. The shirt sponsorship was provided by the financial and legal services group First Advice who had also been the sponsors for the previous season.[3]

Home (version 1)
Home (version 2)
Away

First-team squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK David James
2 France DF David Sommeil
3 Belgium DF Daniel Van Buyten (on loan from Marseille)
4 Netherlands DF Gerard Wiekens
5 France DF Sylvain Distin
6 United States MF Claudio Reyna
8 England FW Robbie Fowler
9 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
10 France MF Antoine Sibierski
11 England FW Jon Macken
12 England GK Nicky Weaver
17 China DF Sun Jihai
18 Germany DF Michael Tarnat
19 Australia MF Danny Tiatto
20 England MF Steve McManaman
22 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
No. Position Player
24 England MF Joey Barton
25 Iceland GK Árni Gautur Arason
26 Netherlands MF Paul Bosvelt
27 Denmark DF Mikkel Bischoff
28 England MF Trevor Sinclair
29 England MF Shaun Wright-Phillips
30 France MF Christian Negouai
32 Denmark GK Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard
33 Denmark GK Kasper Schmeichel
39 France FW Nicolas Anelka
41 England DF Stephen Jordan
42 Republic of Ireland MF Glenn Whelan
43 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy McCarthy
44 Republic of Ireland MF Willo Flood
45 Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Elliott

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
1 England GK David Seaman (retired)
7 England FW Darren Huckerby (to Norwich City)
14 Israel MF Eyal Berkovic (to Portsmouth)
15 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland (retired)
No. Position Player
16 Scotland DF Paul Ritchie (to Walsall)
25 Cameroon DF Lucien Mettomo (to Kaiserslautern)
40 England MF Chris Shuker (to Barnsley)

Historical league performance[edit]

Prior to this season, the history of Manchester City's performance in the English football league hierarchy since the creation of the Premier League in 1992 is summarised by the following timeline chart – which commences with the last season (1991–92) of the old Football League First Division (from which the Premier League was formed).

Friendly games[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

First game ever played at CoMS[edit]

Competitive games[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Final Positions[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
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
18 Leicester City 38 6 15 17 48 65 −17 33

Updated to games played on 15 May 2004 (end of season).
Source: Premier League 2003–04
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.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 9 14 15 55 54  +1 41 5 9 5 31 24  +7 4 5 10 24 30  −6

Last updated: 15 May 2004 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2003–04

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A H
Result W D W L W D D L W L W L L L D L D L D D L D L D L W L W L D D D D L D W L W

Last updated: 15 May 2004 (end of season).
Source: Premier League results 2003–04
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Individual match reports[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Final aggregate score 1–1 with Groclin winning due to away goals counting double


League Cup[edit]


FA Cup[edit]

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 England David James 18 0 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK England Nicky Weaver 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
25 GK Iceland Árni Gautur Arason 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
32 GK Denmark Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard 5 0 2+2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF France David Sommeil 25 2 18 1 2 0 1 0 4 1
3 DF Belgium Daniel Van Buyten 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF Netherlands Gerard Wiekens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
5 DF France Sylvain Distin 50 3 38 2 5 1 2 0 5 0
17 DF China Sun Jihai 42 2 29+4 1 3 0 1 0 5 1
18 DF Germany Michael Tarnat 41 4 32 3 4 1 2 0 3 0
22 DF Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne 40 0 28+1 0 5 0 2 0 3+1 0
27 DF Netherlands Mikkel Bischoff 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
41 DF England Stephen Jordan 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF United States Claudio Reyna 31 1 19+4 1 3 0 1 0 2+2 0
19 MF Australia Danny Tiatto 9 0 1+4 0 0 0 0 0 2+2 0
20 MF England Steve McManaman 30 0 20+2 0 2+1 0 0+1 0 4 0
24 MF England Joey Barton 39 1 24+4 1 3+1 0 2 0 2+3 0
26 MF Netherlands Paul Bosvelt 35 1 22+3 0 4 1 1 0 4+1 0
28 MF England Trevor Sinclair 38 2 20+9 1 3+1 0 2 0 3 1
29 MF England Shaun Wright-Phillips 46 11 32+2 7 3+1 1 2 2 4+2 1
30 MF France Christian Negouai 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
42 MF Republic of Ireland Glenn Whelan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
44 MF Republic of Ireland Willo Flood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Forwards
8 FW England Robbie Fowler 41 10 23+8 7 4 1 2 1 4 1
9 FW Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope 26 6 12+10 6 0 0 0 0 1+3 0
10 FW France Antoine Sibierski 30 7 18+5 5 3+2 1 0+1 0 1 1
11 FW England Jon Macken 21 4 7+8 1 1+2 2 0+1 1 1+1 0
39 FW France Nicolas Anelka 43 24 31+1 16 4 4 2 0 5 4
45 FW Republic of Ireland Stephen Elliott 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
1 GK England David Seaman 26 0 19 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
7 FW England Darren Huckerby 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
14 MF Israel Eyal Berkovic 7 0 1+3 0 0 0 0+1 0 2 0

Starting 11[edit]

No.
Pos.
Nat.
Name
MS Notes
1 GK England David Seaman 26
17 RB China Sun Jihai 38
22 CB Republic of Ireland Richard Dunne 38
5 CB France Sylvain Distin 50
18 LB Germany Michael Tarnat 41
28 RM England Trevor Sinclair 28
24 CM England Joey Barton 31 Steve McManaman had 26 starts
26 CM Netherlands Paul Bosvelt 31
29 LM England Shaun Wright-Phillips 41
8 CF England Robbie Fowler 33
39 CF France Nicolas Anelka 42

Goal scorers[edit]

Information current as of 15 May 2004 (end of season)

Transfers and loans[edit]

See also[edit]

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