2003–04 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
2003–04 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Ray Lewington
Stadium Vicarage Road
First Division 16th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Scott Fitzgerald (10)

All:
Scott Fitzgerald (11)
Average home league attendance 14,855

During the 2003–04 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The ongoing financial difficulties saw a large number of players released that summer, including record signing Allan Nielsen and strikers Tommy Smith and Gifton Noel-Williams. To make matters worse, Manchester United loanee Jimmy Davis was killed in a car crash on the opening day of the new campaign. This had a huge effect on the team's form at the beginning of the season, and notably on his close friend Danny Webber. But a strong finish to the season saw the club finish in mid-table.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Norwich City 46 28 10 8 79 39 +40 94
2. West Bromwich Albion 46 25 11 10 64 42 +22 86
3. Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79
4. West Ham United 46 19 17 10 67 45 +22 74
5. Ipswich Town 46 21 10 15 84 72 +12 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 21 10 15 72 61 +11 73
7. Wigan Athletic 46 18 17 11 60 45 +15 71
8. Sheffield United 46 20 11 15 65 56 +9 71
9. Reading 46 20 10 16 55 57 -2 70
10. Millwall 46 18 15 13 55 48 +7 69
11. Stoke City 46 18 12 16 58 55 +3 66
12. Coventry City 46 17 14 15 67 54 +13 65
13. Cardiff City 46 17 14 15 68 58 +10 65
14. Nottingham Forest 46 15 15 16 61 51 +10 60
15. Preston North End 46 15 14 17 69 71 -2 59
16. Watford 46 15 12 19 54 68 -14 57
17. Rotherham United 46 13 15 18 53 61 -8 54
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 14 11 21 57 66 -9 53
19. Burnley 46 13 14 19 60 77 -17 53
20. Derby County 46 13 13 20 53 67 -14 52
21. Gillingham 46 14 9 23 48 67 -19 51
22. Walsall 46 13 12 21 45 65 -20 51
23. Bradford City 46 10 6 30 38 69 -31 36
24. Wimbledon (later MK Dons) 46 8 5 33 41 89 -48 29

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 2003 Crystal Palace A 0-1 15,333
23 August 2003 West Bromwich Albion H 0-1 15,023
25 August 2003 Sunderland A 0-2 23,600
30 August 2003 Gillingham H 2-2 12,793 Helguson, Webber
13 September 2003 Millwall H 3-1 11,305 Dyer, Cox (pen), Young
17 September 2003 Derby County A 2-3 18,459 Gayle, Young
20 September 2003 Wigan Athletic A 0-1 9,211
27 September 2003 Ipswich Town H 1-2 15,350 Fitzgerald
30 September 2003 Burnley H 1-1 11,573 Fitzgerald
4 October 2003 Crewe Alexandra A 1-0 7,055 Webber
14 October 2003 Walsall H 1-1 12,231 Baird (own goal)
18 October 2003 Bradford City H 1-0 12,399 Fitzgerald
21 October 2003 Coventry City H 1-1 13,487 Fitzgerald
25 October 2003 Wimbledon A 3-1 6,115 Devlin, Webber, Fitzgerald
28 October 2003 Cardiff City A 0-3 14,011
1 November 2003 Rotherham United H 1-0 18,067 Webber
4 November 2003 Preston North End A 1-2 11,152 Webber
8 November 2003 Nottingham Forest A 1-1 21,229 Cook
15 November 2003 Norwich City A 2-1 16,420 Fitzgerald, Cox (pen)
22 November 2003 West Ham United H 0-0 20,950
29 November 2003 Reading A 1-2 14,521 Cook
6 December 2003 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 14,988 Fitzgerald
13 December 2003 Sheffield United A 2-2 18,637 Smith, Helguson
20 December 2003 Stoke City H 1-3 13,732 Helguson
26 December 2003 Gillingham A 0-1 8,971
28 December 2003 Cardiff City H 2-1 15,512 Fitzgerald, Cook
10 January 2004 Coventry City A 0-0 12,226
17 January 2004 Crystal Palace H 1-5 15,017 Helguson (pen)
31 January 2004 West Bromwich Albion A 1-3 23,958 Fitzgerald
7 February 2004 Sunderland H 2-2 16,798 Mahon, Cox (pen)
14 February 2004 Preston North End H 2-0 12,675 Bouazza, Devlin
21 February 2004 Walsall A 1-0 6,684 Cook
28 February 2004 Wimbledon H 4-0 15,323 Cook, Cox (pen), Smith, Ardley
3 March 2004 Stoke City A 1-3 13,108 Helguson
9 March 2004 Bradford City A 0-2 17,143
13 March 2004 Sheffield United H 0-2 13,861
16 March 2004 Derby County H 2-1 13,931 Helguson, Mahon
20 March 2004 Ipswich Town A 1-4 23,524 Fitzgerald
27 March 2004 Wigan Athletic H 1-1 13,382 Helguson
10 April 2004 Crewe Alexandra H 2-1 18,041 Hyde, Wright (own goal)
12 April 2004 Burnley A 3-2 11,413 Devlin, Helguson, Cook
17 April 2004 Rotherham United A 1-1 7,221 Dyer
20 April 2004 Millwall A 2-1 10,263 Dyer, Cook
24 April 2004 Norwich City H 1-2 19,290 Blizzard
1 May 2004 West Ham United A 0-4 34,685
9 May 2004 Reading H 1-0 17,979 Young

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 Chelsea H 2-2 21,121 Helguson, Mahon
R3R 14 January 2004 Chelsea A 0-4 38,763

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 August 2003 Bournemouth H 1-0 9,561 Fitzgerald
R2 23 September 2003 Bristol City A 0-1 5,213

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 Alec Chamberlain
2 England MF Neal Ardley
3 England DF Paul Mayo
4 England MF Paolo Vernazza
5 England DF Neil Cox
6 England DF Sean Dyche
7 England FW Bruce Dyer
8 Jamaica MF Micah Hyde
9 England FW Danny Webber
12 England MF Gavin Mahon
13 England GK Richard Lee
14 England DF Wayne Brown
15 Jamaica DF Marcus Gayle
16 England MF Anthony McNamee
17 England MF Jamie Hand
No. Position Player
18 Iceland FW Heiðar Helguson
19 England DF Jerel Ifil
20 England DF Lloyd Doyley
21 England FW Scott Fitzgerald
22 England FW Lee Cook
23 England MF Gary Fisken
24 Trinidad and Tobago FW Jason Norville
25 Scotland MF Paul Devlin
27 England MF Ashley Young
30 England GK Lenny Pidgeley (on loan from Chelsea)
31 England GK Kevin Hitchcock
33 England MF Dominic Blizzard
34 England DF Jack Smith
35 Algeria FW Hameur Bouazza

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
3 England DF Paul Robinson (to West Bromwich Albion)
10 Australia MF Richard Johnson (to Colchester United)
10 Northern Ireland DF Chris Baird (on loan from Southampton)
No. Position Player
11 England MF Jimmy Davis (on loan from Manchester United)
32 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Kelly (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford 2003–2004 Results". Tony Brown. Statto.com. Retrieved 16 January 2011.