2003–04 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
2003–04 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Steve Bruce
Ground St Andrew's
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fifth round
(eliminated by Sunderland)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Blackpool)
Top goalscorer League: Mikael Forssell (17)
All: Mikael Forssell (19)
Highest home attendance 29,588 vs Arsenal, 22 November 2003
Lowest home attendance 18,688 vs Blackburn Rovers, FA Cup 3rd round, 3 January 2004
Average home league attendance 29,073[1]

The 2003–04 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 101st season in the English football league system, their second season in the Premier League, and their 52nd season in the top tier of English football. They finished 10th in the 20-team league, three places higher than the previous season. They entered the FA Cup at the third round stage and lost to Sunderland in the fifth after a replay, and lost their opening second-round League Cup-tie to Blackpool. Top scorer was loan signing Mikael Forssell with 19 goals, 17 of which were scored in the league.

Pre-season[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
19 July 2004 Burton Albion A W 4–0 John (2) 8' 60', Dunn (2) 40' 43' 1,952 [2]
24 July 2004 Newcastle United1 A L 1–2 Devlin 73' (pen) [3][4]
26 July 2004 Malaysia XI1 A W 4–0 John (2) 8' 50', Clemence 76', Hughes 82' [5]
30 July 2004 Port Vale A L 0–2 [6]
2 August 2004 Burnley A W 2–2 Horsfield 8', Dunn 27' [7]
5 August 2004 Walsall A W 3–1 John, Dugarry, Carter 8,000 [8]
9 August 2004 Real Mallorca H D 0–0 [9]
  • Note 1: Matches were played as part of the FA Premier League Asia Cup tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Premier League[edit]

Season review[edit]

Having avoided relegation in their first season in the Premier League with seven wins from the last eleven games, Birmingham were expected to struggle.[10] They were unbeaten in the league at the end of September, and went into November still in fourth place. During a poor spell in the middle of the season Steve Bruce's side fell as low as tenth, though they rallied again and stood one point off fourth place with eight matches to go.[11] In contrast to the previous season, one win from the last eleven games gave Birmingham a tenth-place finish, six points behind city rivals Aston Villa, who had been struggling against relegation at the turn of the year.[10][12]

August

Birmingham's first game of the season was televised live on Sky Sports on August 16. They beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at St Andrew's, courtesy of a debut goal by David Dunn. The midfielder netted from the penalty spot after Anthony Gardner fouled Robbie Savage.

Steve Bruce's side battled to draw 0-0 at Southampton the following weekend. Both sides had chances to win the match as James Beattie struck the post and Stern John saw a shot cleared off the line.

Birmingham overcame Newcastle United 1-0 at St James' Park as their impressive form continued. Gary Speed brought down Damien Johnson in the box but Dunn saw his penalty saved. Dunn scored the rebound to give Birmingham a second league win in three games. In the game, referee Matt Messias unintentionally floored Blues midfielder Robbie Savage with a flying elbow as he signalled a free-kick.

The win saw Birmingham climb to 6th in the table as they entered September.

September

Birmingham signed Mikael Forssell on a season-long loan from Chelsea before the transfer window shut. The Finn impressed on his debut live on Sky Sports in a lively 2-2 draw against Fulham at St Andrew's. Louis Saha gave the away side an early lead but Forssell equalised moments before half-time. Sylvain Legwinski was harshly sent off for tripping David Dunn. Fulham still took a late lead through Luis Boa Morte but Forssell levelled from close range on 82 minutes. Darren Purse was then dismissed by referee Steve Dunn after an altercation with Boa Morte in the aftermath of the goal.

Leeds lost 2-0 to Birmingham at Elland Road after they had Roque Junior sent off on 77 minutes. He brought down Mikael Forssell in the box and David Dunn stepped up to take the spot-kick. He saw his penalty saved by Paul Robinson but the assistant referee deemed the goalkeeper moved before the ball was kicked. Robbie Savage made no mistake with the retake and Forssell's smart finish late on sealed the win.

Birmingham made their best start to a league season courtesy of their win over Portsmouth at St Andrews on September 27. Stephen Clemence and Stan Lazaridis each scored for Blues and moved their side to fourth in the table.

October

Manchester United stunted Birmingham's strong start by beating them 3-0 at Old Trafford on 4 October. Goalkeeper Maik Taylor was sent off by referee Mike Dean on 38 minutes after he fouled Paul Scholes. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored the penalty and Scholes and Ryan Giggs added to the lead in the second period.

Birmingham held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at St Andrew's on 14 October. Birmingham's watertight defence kept Chelsea at bay and ensured they remained 4th in the league.

Aston Villa came to St Andrews's in search of their first win over arch-rivals Birmingham in the Premiership. They lost the two encounters the season before. Stephen Clemence came the closest for Birmingham with a long-range effort, which was denied by a fine Thomas Sorensen save.

Birmingham beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at the end of the month to notch their fifth league win of the season. The lively Forssell scored on 31 minutes after a swift counterattack. The clean sheet ensured Birmingham only conceded three goals in the whole of October.

November

A Matt Holland brace condemned Birmingham to their second defeat of the season as Charlton moved up to seventh place in the Premiership on November 3. The game saw Christophe Dugarry score his last goal for Birmingham with a powerful header on 64 minutes but the hosts were unable to rescue a late point.

Mikael Forssell scored his fifth league goal of the season in Birmingham's 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers to give his side a 48th minute advantage, but the impressive forward Stefan Iversen snatched his side a draw.

Birmingham slipped to eighth after a 3-0 home loss to Arsenal on November 22. Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires scored as Arsenal made it 13 games unbeaten.

The defeat was followed another loss as Liverpool rallied to beat Birmingham 3-1 at Anfield. Forssell gave Birmingham the lead on 33 minutes but Liverpool's dogged resilience saw them fight back. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Harry Kewell and Emile Heskey saw The Reds celebrate their first win over Birmingham in the Premiership.

December

December began badly for Birmingham as Blackburn Rovers thrashed them 4-0 at St Andrew's. Barry Ferguson grabbed his first Premiership goal since his switch from Rangers to set Rovers on their way in the 66th minute. Lucas Neill added the second just two minutes later, Tugay made sure of a vital three points with a superb piledriver before Paul Gallagher added a fourth. Christophe Dugarry was sent off on 72 minutes after receiving two yellow cards.

But Birmingham bounced back to defeat Leicester City 2-0 at the Walker's Stadium in a highly charged Midlands derby. Referee Mike Riley sent off Leicester skipper Matt Elliott after he caught David Dunn with his forearm in an aerial challenge. Minutes later Clinton Morrison opened his account for the season, latching onto Jamie Clapham's excellent cross. Leicester goalkeeper Ian Walker was sent off for handling outside his penalty area on 61 minutes before Forssell headed home City's second.

Birmingham scored twice in the last 10 minutes to come from behind and beat Manchester City at St Andrews on Boxing Day 2003. Robbie Fowler put Manchester City ahead on 14 minutes but Blues defender Jeff Kenna scored a rare goal to equalise on 81 minutes from a free-kick. And Birmingham won it on 87 minutes after Mikael Forssell netted for the eighth time in the league that season.

Wayne Rooney grabbed the only goal of the game when Birmingham made the trip up to Everton on December 28. Birmingham ended the calendar year in 10th place in the table.

January

Stephane Dalmat impressed and scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur thumped Birmingham 4-1 at White Hart Lane. Robbie Savage scored from the penalty spot on 68 minutes but Birmingham conceded three in a dismal first half and a late Robbie Keane strike.

Jeff Kenna struck against his former club in Birmingham's 2-1 win over Southampton at St Andrew's. It was Birmingham's first victory in three games but they had to come from behind after Brett Ormerod put Saints ahead on six minutes. A Fitz Hall own goal restored parity on 16 minutes after a header from a corner deflected off the defender and in. Kenna scored the winner after playing a great one-two with Clinton Morrison and side-footing past Antti Niemi. David Prutton was sent off minutes later for elbowing Kenna.

Birmingham recorded their second 0-0 draw against Chelsea that season when they visited Stamford Bridge on January 18. Defender Oliver Tebily cleared superbly off the line to deny William Gallas and Maik Taylor pulled off several fine saves to keep a clean sheet.

Newcastle visited St Andrew's on January 31. Gary Speed had given them the lead with an excellent 30-yard thunderbolt but, in a lively second-half, Bryan Hughes hit the bar and Shay Given denied Forssell with a smart stop. Deep in stoppage time, Stern John dramatically rescued a point for Birmingham when he turned home a long Kenny Cunningham free-kick.

February

Another Maik Taylor masterclass shutout Manchester City when Birmingham travelled to Eastlands on February 8. The game ended goalless after Taylor pulled off some stunning saves to deny Robbie Fowler, Antoine Sibierski and Jon Macken in particular.

Three days later Birmingham won impressively at Everton, thanks to goals by Damien Johnson, Stan Lazardis and Mikael Forssell. Birmingham took the lead on eight minutes through Johnson and doubled their advantage when Lazardis scored a spectacular second. Forssell's strike, his 10th league goal of the season, sealed a comfortable away victory.

But Birmingham fell two goals behind to Aston Villa in the Second City Derby on February 22 within 47 minutes. Darius Vassell and Thomas Hitzelsperger gave Villa the handsome advantage but Forssell rifled home for Blues on 60 minutes. Deep in stoppage time, Stern John pounced from two yards out to rescue a point for the plucky away side.

March

Birmingham City made it seven games without defeat after they beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at St Andrew's on March 3. Martin Taylor opened the scoring, deflecting in Mikael Forssell's shot to score his first goal for Birmingham. Robbie Savage then curled in a fine free-kick on 57 minutes. Szilard Nemeth pulled a goal back with a low shot for the visitors but Forssell scored on 79 minutes to seal his side's win. It was his 13th goal of the campaign. Boudewijn Zenden was sent off late on for receiving a second yellow card after a foul on the lively Damien Johnson.

Birmingham recorded back-to-back wins by doing the double over Bolton Wanderers a week later. Forssell scored for the fourth game in a row to give Steve Bruce's side a 29th minute advantage and Bryan Hughes netted his first goal of the season for Birmingham in the second half. The victory saw the club climb to fifth in the table.

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
16 August 2003 6th Tottenham Hotspur H W 1–0 Dunn 36' pen. 29,358 [13]
23 August 2003 6th Southampton A D 0–0 31,656 [13]
30 August 2003 6th Newcastle United A W 1–0 Dunn 61' 52,006 [13]
14 September 2003 8th Fulham H D 2–2 Forssell (2) 45', 82' 27,250 [13]
20 September 2003 7th Leeds United A W 2–0 Savage 79' pen., Forssell 84' 34,305 [13]
27 September 2003 4th Portsmouth H W 2–0 Clemence 21', Lazaridis 50' 29,057 [13]
4 October 2003 5th Manchester United A L 0–3 67,633 [13]
14 October 2003 4th Chelsea H D 0–0 29,460 [13]
19 October 2003 4th Aston Villa H D 0–0 29,546 [13]
25 October 2003 4th Bolton Wanderers A W 1–0 Forssell 31' 25,023 [13]
3 November 2003 4th Charlton Athletic H L 1–2 Dugarry 64' 27,225 [13]
8 November 2003 5th Wolverhampton Wanderers A D 1–1 Forssell 49' 28,831 [13]
22 November 2003 5th Arsenal H L 0–3 29,588 [13]
30 November 2003 8th Liverpool A L 1–3 Forssell 33' 42,683 [13]
6 December 2003 8th Blackburn Rovers H L 0–4 29,354 [13]
13 December 2003 8th Leicester City A W 2–0 Morrison 42', Forssell 66' 30,639 [13]
26 December 2003 8th Manchester City H W 2–1 Kenna 81', Forssell 87' 29,520 [13]
28 December 2003 9th Everton A L 0–1 39,631 [13]
7 January 2004 10th Tottenham Hotspur A L 1–4 Savage 68' pen. 30,016 [13]
10 January 2004 8th Southampton H W 2–1 Clemence 16', Kenna 67' 29,071 [13]
18 January 2004 9th Chelsea A D 0–0 41,073 [13]
31 January 2004 9th Newcastle United H D 1–1 John 90' 29,513 [13]
8 February 2004 10th Manchester City A D 0–0 46,967 [13]
11 February 2004 9th Everton H W 3–0 Johnson 8', Lazaridis 39', Forssell 49' 23,331 [13]
22 February 2004 8th Aston Villa A D 2–2 Forssell 60', John 90' 40,061 [13]
3 March 2004 7th Middlesbrough H W 3–1 Martin Taylor 23', Savage 57', Forssell 79' 29,369 [13]
6 March 2004 5th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Forssell 24', Hughes 69' 28,003 [13]
13 March 2004 6th Leicester City H L 0–1 29,491 [13]
20 March 2004 7th Middlesbrough A L 3–5 Forssell (2) 23', 59', Morrison 45' 30,244 [13]
27 March 2004 6th Leeds United H W 4–1 Hughes (2) 12', 67, Forssell (2) 69', 82' pen. 29,069 [13]
3 April 2004 6th Fulham A D 0–0 14,667 [13]
10 April 2004 6th Manchester United H L 1–2 Grainger 53' 29,548 [13]
12 April 2004 8th Portsmouth A L 1–3 John 67' 20,104 [13]
17 April 2004 8th Charlton Athletic A D 1–1 Morrison 84' 29,115 [13]
25 April 2004 9th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 Forssell 34', Morrison 41' 29,494 [13]
1 May 2004 9th Arsenal A D 0–0 38,061 [13]
8 May 2004 10th Liverpool H L 0–3 29,553 [13]
15 May 2004 10th Blackburn Rovers A D 1–1 John 83' 26,070 [13]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Premier League table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
8th Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56 −8 53
9th Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46 −6 52
10th Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48 −5 50
11th Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 −8 48
12th Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 −1 47
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [12]

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 12 14 12 43 48  −5 50 8 5 6 26 24  +2 4 9 6 17 24  −7

Source: [12]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup

Birmingham reached the fifth round of the 2003–04 FA Cup before losing to Sunderland of Division One after a replay.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 3 January 2004 Blackburn Rovers H W 4–0 Morrison 23', Clemence 36', Forssell 78', Hughes 84' 18,688 [13]
Fourth round 24 January 2004 Wimbledon H W 1–0 Hughes 4' 22,159 [13]
Fifth round 14 February 2004 Sunderland A D 1–1 Forssell 28' 24,966 [13]
Fifth round replay 25 February 2004 Sunderland H L 0–2 25,645 [13]

League Cup[edit]

Birmingham lost in the second round of the 2003–04 League Cup to Blackpool of Division Two.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Second round 23 September 2003 Blackpool A L 0–1 7,370 [13]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Club Fee Ref
1 July 2003 Christophe Dugarry Bordeaux Free [14]
7 July 2003 David Dunn Blackburn Rovers £5.5m [15]
23 July 2003 Luciano Figueroa Rosario Central £2.5m [16]
2 February 2004 Martin Taylor Blackburn Rovers £1.25m [17]

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
8 July 2003 Tommy Mooney Free Swindon Town [18]
8 August 2003 Joey Hutchinson Free Darlington [19]
14 August 2003 Michael Johnson Nominal Derby County [19]
5 September 2003 Geoff Horsfield £500,000 Wigan Athletic [20]
12 September 2003 Paul Devlin £150,000 Watford [20]
23 December 2003 Luciano Figueroa Contract cancelled (Cruz Azul) [21]
2 February 2004 Jovan Kirovski Released (Los Angeles Galaxy) [22]
11 March 2004 Christophe Dugarry Released (Qatar SC) [23]
12 March 2004 Jeff Kenna Free Derby County [24]
25 March 2004 Craig Fagan Free Colchester United [25]
30 March 2004 Tommy Williams Released Peterborough United [26]
18 June 2004 Darren Purse £750,000 West Bromwich Albion [27]
30 June 2004 Bryan Hughes Released (Charlton Athletic) [28]
dagger Brackets round club names denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
8 August 2003 Maik Taylor Fulham End of season [29]
28 August 2003 Mikael Forssell Chelsea End of season [19][30]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
1 August 2003 Craig Fagan Colchester United 25 March 2004 [25]
10 October 2003 Andrew Barrowman Crewe Alexandra One month [31]
21 November 2003 Mat Sadler Northampton Town Two months [32]
24 December 2003 Nico Vaesen Gillingham One month [33]
1 January 2004 Tommy Williams Peterborough United Three months [26][34]
12 February 2004 Martin Grainger Coventry City 18 March 2004 [35]
13 February 2004 Nico Vaesen Bradford City One month [36]
18 March 2004 Nico Vaesen Crystal Palace End of season [37]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Birmingham.
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals! A yellow rectangle, denoting the yellow penalty card shown to a player being cautioned A red rectangle, denoting the red penalty card shown to a player being sent off
1 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
2Left club during playing season DF  IRE Jeff Kenna 14 (3) 2 4 0 0 0 18 (3) 2 1 0
3 DF  ENG Martin Grainger 3 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1 0 0
4 DF  IRE Kenny Cunningham 36 0 4 0 1 0 41 0 3 1
5 DF  ENG Darren Purse 9 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 1 1
6 MF  SEN Aliou Cissé 5 (10) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 6 (11) 0 6 1
7Left club during playing season MF  SCO Paul Devlin 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 9 0
8 MF  WAL Robbie Savage 31 3 4 0 0 0 34 3 12 0
9Left club during playing season FW  ENG Geoff Horsfield 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
9 FW  FIN Mikael Forssell 32 17 3 (1) 2 0 (1) 0 35 (2) 19 1 0
10 MF  ENG Bryan Hughes 17 (9) 3 3 (1) 2 0 0 20 (10) 5 0 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 25 (5) 2 2 0 1 0 28 (5) 2 0 0
12 GK  NIR Maik Taylor 34 0 4 0 1 0 39 0 2 2
13 GK  IRE Colin Doyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW  TRI Stern John[a] 7 (22) 4 1 (1) 0 1 0 9 (23) 4 0 0
15Left club during playing season FW  USA Jovan Kirovski 0 (6) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (8) 0 0 0
15 DF  ENG Martin Taylor 11 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 11 (1) 1 0 0
16 MF  ENG David Dunn 20 (1) 2 3 0 1 0 24 (1) 2 2 0
18 GK  BEL Nico Vaesen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW  IRE Clinton Morrison 19 (13) 4 4 1 1 0 24 (13) 5 1 0
21Left club during playing season FW  FRA Christophe Dugarry 12 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 0 0 12 (3) 1 6 1
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson[b] 35 1 4 0 1 0 40 1 7 0
23 DF  ENG Jamie Clapham 22 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 23 (4) 0 0 0
24 MF  ENG Darren Carter 1 (4) 0 0 (3) 0 0 0 1 (7) 0 0 0
25 DF  ENG Matthew Upson 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0 2 0
26 DF  CIV Olivier Tébily 17 (10) 0 2 0 0 0 19 (10) 0 4 0
27 FW  SCO Andrew Barrowman 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
28 MF  ENG Carl Motteram 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF  ENG Stephen Clemence 32 (3) 2 1 (1) 1 1 0 34 (4) 3 4 0
35Left club during playing season FW  ARG Luciano Figueroa 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
  1. ^ Soccerbase omits four substitute appearances in the Premier League by Stern John.
  2. ^ Soccerbase counts four of Damien Johnson's Premier League starts as substitute appearances.
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name
20Left club during playing season MF  ENG Tom Williams
27Left club during playing season DF  ENG Joey Hutchinson
29Left club during playing season DF  ENG Craig Fagan
30 DF  ENG Mat Sadler
34 MF  ENG Neil Kilkenny

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