2003–04 Wimbledon F.C. season

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Wimbledon
2003–04 season
Chairman Pete Winkelman
Manager Stuart Murdoch
Stadium Selhurst Park (until September)
National Hockey Stadium (from September)
First Division 24th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Agyemang (6)
Average home league attendance 4,750

During the 2003–04 English football season, Wimbledon F.C. competed in the First Division. This was Wimbledon's last season before changing its club name to Milton Keynes Dons after being given permission by the Football League.

Season summary[edit]

Wimbledon entered administration in June 2003,[1] and played their first match at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes in September.[2] Although crowds improved at the club's new base, the administrator sold any player who could command a transfer fee and Murdoch's team finished bottom.[3] The club was brought out of administration at the end of the season,[4] and subsequently rebranded as Milton Keynes Dons.[5]

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]

Wimbledon's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 2003 Crewe Alexandra H 3-1 1,145 Agyemang, Tapp, Reo-Coker
16 August 2003 Stoke City A 1-2 12,550 Agyemang
23 August 2003 Crystal Palace H 1-3 6,113 Reo-Coker
26 August 2003 Norwich City A 2-3 16,082 Holdsworth, Leigertwood
30 August 2003 Reading H 0-3 2,066
13 September 2003 Wigan Athletic H 2-4 1,054 Agyemang, McAnuff
16 September 2003 Millwall A 0-2 7,855
20 September 2003 Ipswich Town A 1-4 23,428 Agyemang
27 September 2003 Burnley H 2-2 5,639 Holdsworth, Agyemang
30 September 2003 Sheffield United H 1-2 6,016 Nowland
4 October 2003 Preston North End A 0-1 13,801
15 October 2003 Coventry City A 0-1 10,872
18 October 2003 Nottingham Forest A 0-6 23,520
21 October 2003 West Bromwich Albion A 1-0 22,048 McAnuff
25 October 2003 Watford H 1-3 6,115 Leigertwood
1 November 2003 Bradford City H 2-1 3,334 Small, Reo-Coker
8 November 2003 Rotherham United H 1-3 5,777 Nowland
15 November 2003 Gillingham A 2-1 9,061 Nowland, Agyemang
22 November 2003 Cardiff City H 0-1 5,056
25 November 2003 West Ham United H 1-1 8,118 McAnuff
29 November 2003 Derby County A 1-3 22,025 Reo-Coker
6 December 2003 Rotherham United H 1-2 3,061 Holdsworth (pen)
13 December 2003 Walsall H 0-1 3,315
20 December 2003 Sunderland A 1-2 22,334 Thirlwell (own goal)
26 December 2003 Reading A 3-0 14,486 Small, Lewington, McAnuff
30 December 2003 West Bromwich Albion H 0-0 6,376
10 January 2004 Crewe Alexandra A 0-1 6,234
17 January 2004 Stoke City H 0-1 3,623
31 January 2004 Crystal Palace A 1-3 20,552 McAnuff
7 February 2004 Norwich City H 0-1 7,368
21 February 2004 Coventry City H 0-3 5,905
28 February 2004 Watford A 0-4 15,323
2 March 2004 Nottingham Forest H 0-1 6,317
9 March 2004 West Ham United A 0-5 29,818
13 March 2004 Walsall A 0-1 6,889
24 March 2004 Millwall H 0-1 3,037
27 March 2004 Ipswich Town H 1-2 6,389 Smith
3 April 2004 Wigan Athletic A 1-0 7,622 Chorley
6 April 2004 Sunderland H 1-2 4,800 Kamara
10 April 2004 Preston North End H 3-3 2,866 Gray (2), Chorley
12 April 2004 Sheffield United A 1-2 19,391 Gray (pen)
17 April 2004 Bradford City A 3-2 9,011 Kamara, Smith, Gray
20 April 2004 Burnley A 0-2 13,555
24 April 2004 Gillingham H 1-2 5,049 Smith
1 May 2004 Cardiff City A 1-1 15,337 Williams
9 May 2004 Derby County H 1-0 6,509 Darlington

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 2004 Stoke City H 1-1 3,609 Nowland
R3R 13 January 2004 Stoke City A 1-0 6,463 Nowland
R4 24 January 2004 Birmingham City A 0-1 22,159

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 12 August 2003 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-2 1,986

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 Scott Bevan
3 England DF Peter Hawkins
4 England MF Nick McKoy
5 Northern Ireland DF Mark Williams
6 England DF Darren Holloway
7 France DF Harry Ntimban-Zeh
8 England MF Wade Small
10 England FW Dean Holdsworth
12 England GK David Martin
14 England FW Lionel Morgan
15 Sierra Leone FW Albert Jarrett
16 England FW Jamie Mackie
17 Nigeria DF Shola Oyedele
No. Position Player
18 England FW Wayne Gray
19 England DF Ben Chorley
20 England MF Gary Smith (on loan from Middlesbrough)
21 Germany DF Nico Herzig
22 England DF Rob Gier
23 England MF Alex Tapp
24 England DF Jermaine Darlington
25 England DF Dean Lewington
26 England MF Jason Puncheon
27 England MF Michael Gordon
28 England MF Malvin Kamara
29 England MF Ben Harding
30 Wales GK Lee Worgan

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
30 England GK Shane Gore (to Barnet)
9 Australia FW Scott McDonald (to Motherwell)
11 Ghana FW Patrick Agyemang (to Gillingham)
26 England MF Nigel Reo-Coker (to West Ham United)
17 England MF Adam Nowland (to West Ham United)
20 England DF Mikele Leigertwood (to Crystal Palace)
No. Position Player
7 Jamaica MF Jobi McAnuff (to West Ham United)
13 England GK Paul Heald (Retired)
7 England MF Jamal Campbell-Ryce (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
1 England GK Steve Banks (to Gillingham)
2 England DF Warren Barton (Retired)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wimbledon go into administration". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 2003-06-06. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ Pryce, Robert (2003-09-29). "Wimbledon's happy ending is pure Hollywood". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ Milledge, Adrian (2004-04-07). "Wimbledon fall through trap-door". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Wimbledon to change name". BBC. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon become MK Dons FC". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-04.