2003 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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2003 Football League Second Division play-off Final
Date 25 May 2003
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee Howard Webb
Attendance 66,096

The 2003 Football League Second Division play-off Final was a football match played at Millennium Stadium on 25 May 2003, at the end of the 2002–03 season. It was the 17th play-off final in all at the third level of English football. The match determined the third and final team to gain promotion from Division Two to Division One, and was contested by Queens Park Rangers, who had finished fourth during the league season, and Cardiff City, who had finished sixth. Andy Campbell scored the only goal of the game in extra time to give Cardiff a 1-0 victory.[1]

Route to the final[edit]

Queens Park Rangers finished the 2002–03 season in fourth place, two places ahead of Cardiff City who secured their play-off place by just one point over Tranmere Rovers. In the Play-off semi-finals Queens Park Rangers progressed with a 2-1 aggregate win over fifth placed side Oldham Athletic[2] and Cardiff City beat Severnside rivals Bristol City 1-0 on aggregate.[3]

Match details[edit]

25 May 2003
Cardiff City Wales 1 – 0 (aet) England Queens Park Rangers
Campbell Goal 114' (Report)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 66,096
Referee: Howard Webb
Cardiff City
Queens Park Rangers
Cardiff City:
GK 1 Scotland Neil Alexander
DF 2 Wales Rhys Weston Substituted off 70'
DF 6 Wales Danny Gabbidon
DF 5 England Spencer Prior
DF 23 England Chris Barker
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Willie Boland
MF 8 Republic of Ireland Graham Kavanagh YC
MF 4 England Gareth Whalley
MF 3 Wales Andy Legg Substituted off 116'
FW 10 Wales Robert Earnshaw Substituted off 79'
FW 11 England Peter Thorne
GK 13 Wales Martyn Margetson
DF 26 England Gary Croft Substituted in 70'
MF 15 England Mark Bonner Substituted in 116'
MF 14 Wales Jason Bowen
FW 7 England Andy Campbell Substituted in 79' YC
England Lennie Lawrence
Queens Park Rangers:
GK 1 England Chris Day
DF 32 Republic of Ireland Stephen Kelly
DF 6 Nigeria Danny Shittu
DF 5 England Clarke Carlisle
DF 3 Argentina Gino Padula Substituted off 79'
MF 10 England Kevin Gallen
MF 8 Canada Marc Bircham YC
MF 4 England Steve Palmer YC
MF 15 England Kevin McLeod
FW 24 England Richard Pacquette Substituted off 60'
FW 29 England Paul Furlong YC
GK 13 England Nick Culkin
DF 2 England Terrell Forbes
DF 33 England Tom Williams Substituted in 79'
FW 27 Scotland Andy Thomson Substituted in 60'
FW 31 England Brett Angell
England Ian Holloway


  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • 5 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


  1. ^ "Andy Campbell backs bluebirds to reach Premier League". South Wales Echo. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Furlong sinks Oldham". BBC Sport. 2003-05-13. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Cardiff sink Robins". BBC Sport. 2003-05-13. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 

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