2003–04 Plymouth Argyle F.C. season

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Plymouth Argyle
2003–04 season
Manager Paul Sturrock August–March
Kevin Summerfield (caretaker) March–April
Bobby Williamson April onwards
Division Two champions 26 wins, 12 draws, 8 defeats,
85 goals for, 41 goals against,
90 points
FA Cup First Round
League Cup First Round
Football League Trophy Second Round (South)
Top goalscorer David Friio (14 goals)
Highest home attendance Queens Park Rangers (19,888)
Away: Sheffield Wednesday (20,090)
Lowest home attendance Wycombe Wanderers (4,298)
Away: Colchester United (2,367)
Biggest win 7-0 Chesterfield (home)
Biggest defeat 3-0 Queens Park Rangers (away)
3-0 Tranmere Rovers (away)
4-1 Oldham Athletic (away)

The 2003/04 football season saw Plymouth Argyle regain a place in the second tier of English football for the first time in twelve seasons, Along the way to capturing the Division Two championship they accumulated 90 league points, 21 clean sheets and a club record of 7 straight clean sheets whilst also losing arguably the most successful manager in recent history in Paul Sturrock to Southampton F.C..

Current squad[edit]

As of 04 November 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Romain Larrieu
2 Republic of Ireland DF David Worrell
3 England MF Lee Hodges
4 France MF David Friio
5 Republic of Ireland DF Graham Coughlan
6 England MF Steve Adams
7 England MF David Norris
8 Canada MF Jason Bent
9 England FW Michael Evans
10 England FW Ian Stonebridge
11 England MF Martin Phillips
No. Position Player
14 Northern Ireland DF Tony Capaldi
15 England DF Paul Wotton (club-captain)
16 England DF Hasney Aljofree
18 England FW Nathan Lowndes
19 Scotland MF Marino Keith
21 England MF David Beresford
21 Scotland FW Blair Sturrock
22 England DF Paul Connolly
23 England GK Luke McCormick
24 England DF Peter Gilbert
25 England DF Matt Villis

Last updated: 4 November 2014
Source:Greens on Screen

Pre-Season[edit]

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 5 November 2014
Source:Greens on Screen

Football League Division Two[edit]

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 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Ground H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A H H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H
Result D L W D D W W D D W L D W W W W D L W W W W W W W D W W L D L W W W D W W D D L W L L W W W
Position 11 17 14 16 15 11 7 9 8 5 8 9 5 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 4 November 2014.
Source: Statto
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 8 November 2014
Source:Soccerbase

FA Cup[edit]

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 9 November 2014
Source:Soccerbase

League Cup[edit]

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 9 November 2014
Source:Soccerbase

Football League Trophy[edit]

Matches[edit]

Last updated: 9 November 2014
Source:Soccerbase

Notable events[edit]

  • 22 October 2003: Plymouth Argyle defeat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsborough to go top of Division Two.
  • 24 October 2003: Argyle receive performance of the week award for their 5-1 victory over Port Vale.
  • 1 November 2003: Paul Sturrock named Division Two Manager of the Month for October.
  • 6 November 2003: David Friio announced as Division Two player of the month for October.
  • 23 December 2003: Paul Sturrock signs a four and a half year contract with Argyle.
  • 26 December 2003: Paul Wotton scores Argyle's 5000th League goal in a 2-0 victory over A.F.C. Bournemouth. Plymouth Argyle become the first League side to score 50 goals in that season.
  • 2 January 2004: Paul Sturrock named Division Two Manager of the Month for December.
  • 3 January 2004: David Friio scores the first hat-trick for Argyle since Paul McGregor in March 2000.
  • 6 January 2004: Paul Sturrock named as winner of the second quarter of the League managers Association's Tissot Managers' Performance League.
  • 17 January 2004: Billy Rafferty and Paul Mariner make a guest appearance at Home Park. Argyle played Rushden & Diamonds on that day and won 3-0.
  • 5 February 2004: Graham Coughlan announced as Division Two player of the month for January.
  • 19 February 2004: The club's first retail outlet in Plymouth city centre opens. The club also unveils next season's away kit - the first to be voted for by fans.
  • 2 March 2004: Plymouth Argyle complete the second "double" over Sheffield Wednesday in their history, by beating them for a second time in the season. Argyle won the match 2-0.
  • 3 March 2004: Paul Sturrock agrees personal terms to take over as Southampton manager.
  • 4 March 2004: Sturrock is unveiled by Southampton as their new manager at a press conference.
  • 17 March 2004: The club announces that next year's away kit will be white, instead of tangergreen, due to supporter demands.
  • 27 March 2004: One hundred former Argyle players returned to Home Park for the game against Wrexham.
  • 31 March 2004: Tony Capaldi becomes the first Plymouth Argyle player to win a cap for a home nation since Dave Phillips (Wales) in 1984. Capaldi plays for Northern Ireland.
  • 10 April 2004: It becomes mathematically certain that Plymouth Argyle will achieve promotion or a play-off place, following a 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
  • 20 April 2004: Bobby Williamson is unveiled as the permanent successor to Paul Sturrock, following much speculation about the managerial vacancy.
  • 24 April 2004: A 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers hands Argyle both promotion and the Division Two title.
  • 6 May 2004: Graham Coughlan is named as the Division Two player of the season.
  • 8 May 2004: Mickey Evans is announced as the club's player of the season and Luke McCormick as the most promising player as decided by fans. Plymouth Argyle are presented with the Division Two trophy after their 2-0 win over Colchester United
  • 17 May 2004: Paul Sturrock is named as the Division Two manager of the season for his efforts at Argyle.
  • 21 May 2004: The club holds its centenary ball to celebrate the previous season. The Plymouth Argyle team of the century, decided by supporters, is announced.

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

Date Player Transfer To Fee
12 September 2003 Brian McGlinchey Three month loan Torquay United -
24 September 2003 Joe Broad Sale Torquay United Free
2 October 2003 David Beresford One month loan Macclesfield Town -
4 November 2003 David Beresford Sale Tranmere Rovers Free
9 January 2004 Jani Viander Sale Brentford Free
13 January 2004 Brian McGlinchey Sale Torquay United Free
1 June 2004 Martin Phillips Release - -
1 June 2004 Jason Bent Release - -
1 June 2004 Eugene Kangulungu Release - -
1 June 2004 Wayne O'Sullivan Release - -
6 July 2004 Matthew Villis Season loan Torquay United -
30 July 2004 Ian Stonebridge Sale Wycombe Wanderers Free

References[edit]

[1]

  1. ^ "2003/04 Championship Season". Greens On Screen. Greens On Screen. Retrieved 10 November 2014.