2004 Football League Cup Final

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2004 Football League Cup Final
Event 2003–04 Football League Cup
Date 29 February 2004
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Boudewijn Zenden[1]
Referee Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Attendance 72,634

The 2004 Football League Cup Final (known as the Carling Cup final for sponsorship reasons) was played between Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough at the Millennium Stadium on 29 February 2004. Middlesbrough won the game 2–1 to clinch their first major trophy. Middlesbrough forward Joseph-Désiré Job put Middlesbrough ahead inside two minutes from a tap-in after a Boudewijn Zenden cross. The goal was the fastest ever scored in a League Cup final, but this record would be broken a year later by Liverpool's John Arne Riise. Five minutes after Job's goal, Middlesbrough won a penalty when Job was tripped in the Bolton box by Emerson Thome. Boudewijn Zenden stepped up to take the spot kick and beat Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen.[2] Kevin Davies scored for Bolton on 21 minutes when an error by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer allowed Davies' shot to squirm inside his near post, but it proved to be a consolation as the match finished 2–1 to Middlesbrough.[3]

Road to Cardiff[edit]

Match details[edit]

29 February 2004
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Middlesbrough
Davies Goal 21' Report Job Goal 2'
Zenden Goal 7' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,634
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Bolton Wanderers
GK 22 Finland Jussi Jääskeläinen
RB 18 England Nicky Hunt Substituted off 87'
CB 5 France Bruno N'Gotty
CB 26 Brazil Emerson Thome
LB 3 England Simon Charlton
RM 8 Denmark Per Frandsen Booked 23' Substituted off 63'
CM 16 Spain Iván Campo Booked 39'
CM 10 Nigeria Jay-Jay Okocha (c)
CM 4 England Kevin Nolan Substituted off 78'
LM 6 France Youri Djorkaeff
CF 14 England Kevin Davies
GK 1 England Kevin Poole
DF 2 England Anthony Barness
MF 7 Greece Stelios Giannakopoulos Substituted in 87'
FW 9 Denmark Henrik Pedersen Substituted in 63'
FW 25 Spain Javi Moreno Substituted in 78'
England Sam Allardyce
Bolton vs Middlesbrough 2004-02-29.svg
GK 1 Australia Mark Schwarzer
RB 15 England Danny Mills
CB 4 England Ugo Ehiogu
CB 6 England Gareth Southgate (c)
LB 3 France Franck Queudrue
RM 14 Spain Gaizka Mendieta
CM 7 Netherlands George Boateng Booked 23'
CM 20 Brazil Doriva
LM 27 Netherlands Boudewijn Zenden
AM 10 Brazil Juninho
CF 16 Cameroon Joseph-Désiré Job Substituted off 65'
GK 35 Australia Brad Jones
DF 5 England Chris Riggott
MF 19 England Stewart Downing
FW 9 Italy Massimo Maccarone
FW 17 England Michael Ricketts Booked 90' Substituted in 65'
England Steve McClaren

Man of the match

Match rules

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


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gareth's day of destiny". Daily Mirror. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Zenden's slip ends anguish for Boro". Guardian UK. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round