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The 2003–04 Football League (known as the Nationwide Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 105th completed season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season2003–04
ChampionsNorwich City
PromotedNorwich City
West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace
RelegatedCarlisle United
York City

This was the last season of the Football League with the Nationwide Building Society as title sponsor, and the last in which the divisions were known as the First, Second and Third Divisions: from the following season they would be known as the Championship, League One and League Two respectively.

Norwich City won the First Division, thus returning to the Premier League for the first time since 1994–95. Also promoted to the top flight were West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace. Plymouth Argyle won the Second Division, while Doncaster Rovers won the Third.

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Final league tables and resultsEdit

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[1] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

First DivisionEdit

Football League First Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsNorwich City (3rd second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier LeagueNorwich City,
West Bromwich Albion
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offsCrystal Palace
RelegatedBradford City,
Walsall,
Wimbledon
Matches played552
Goals scored1,435 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorerAndrew Johnson (Crystal Palace), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Norwich City (C, P) 46 28 10 8 79 39 +40 94 Promotion to the FA Premier League
2 West Bromwich Albion (P) 46 25 11 10 64 42 +22 86
3 Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79 Qualification for the First Division play-offs
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 (P) 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 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
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 (R) 46 13 12 21 45 65 −20 51 Relegation to Football League One
23 Bradford City (R) 46 10 6 30 38 69 −31 36
24 Wimbledon (R) 46 8 5 33 41 89 −48 29
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the FA Cup winners Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their place in the UEFA Cup went to Millwall, who were the FA Cup runners-up.

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 14/15 May; 2nd leg – 17/18 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
29 May 2004
                     
3rd Sunderland 2 2 4 (4)  
6th Crystal Palace (pens.) 3 1 4 (5)  
    4th West Ham United 0
  6th Crystal Palace 1
4th West Ham United 0 2 2
5th Ipswich Town 1 0 1  

MapsEdit

Locations of the London teams in the 2003–04 First Division

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club League
1   Andrew Johnson Crystal Palace 28
2   Marlon Harewood West Ham United /
Nottingham Forest
25
3   Robert Earnshaw Cardiff City 21
4   Dean Ashton Crewe Alexandra 19
=   Robbie Blake Burnley 19
6   Nathan Ellington Wigan Athletic 18
7   Darren Bent Ipswich Town 17
=   Ricardo Fuller Preston North End 17
9   Marcus Stewart Sunderland 16
10   David Healy Preston North End 15
=   Martin Butler Rotherham United 15
=   Steve Jones Crewe Alexandra 15

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Second DivisionEdit

Football League Second Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsPlymouth Argyle (2nd third tier title)
Direct promotionPlymouth Argyle,
Queens Park Rangers
Promoted through play-offsBrighton & Hove Albion
RelegatedGrimsby Town,
Notts County,
Rushden & Diamonds,
Wycombe Wanderers
Matches played552
Goals scored1,460 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorerLeon Knight (Brighton & Hove Albion), 25
Stephen McPhee (Port Vale), 25 [2]


Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 5 1 52 13 9 7 7 33 28 +44 90 Division Champions, promoted
2 Queens Park Rangers 46 16 7 0 47 12 6 10 7 33 33 +35 83 Promoted
3 Bristol City 46 15 6 2 34 12 8 7 8 24 25 +21 82 Participated in play-offs
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 4 2 39 11 5 7 11 25 32 +21 77 Promoted through play-offs
5 Swindon Town 46 12 7 4 41 23 8 6 9 35 35 +18 73 Participated in play-offs
6 Hartlepool United 46 10 8 5 39 24 10 5 8 37 37 +15 73
7 Port Vale 46 15 6 2 45 28 6 4 13 28 35 +10 73
8 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 7 3 36 18 4 9 10 23 38 +3 67
9 Bournemouth 46 11 8 4 35 25 6 7 10 21 26 +5 66
10 Luton Town 46 14 6 3 44 27 3 9 11 25 39 +3 66
11 Colchester United 46 11 8 4 33 23 6 5 12 19 33 −4 64
12 Barnsley 46 7 12 4 25 19 8 5 10 29 39 −4 62
13 Wrexham 46 9 6 8 27 21 8 3 12 23 39 −10 60
14 Blackpool 46 9 5 9 31 28 7 6 10 27 37 −7 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 9 8 6 37 25 3 13 7 29 35 +6 57
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 7 9 7 25 26 6 5 12 23 38 −16 53
17 Brentford 46 9 5 9 34 38 5 6 12 18 31 −17 53
18 Peterborough United 46 5 8 10 36 33 7 8 8 22 25 0 52
19 Stockport County 46 6 8 9 31 36 5 11 7 31 34 −8 52
20 Chesterfield 46 9 7 7 34 31 3 8 12 15 40 −22 51
21 Grimsby Town 46 10 5 8 36 26 3 6 14 19 55 −26 50 Relegated
22 Rushden & Diamonds 46 9 5 9 37 34 4 4 15 23 40 −14 48
23 Notts County 46 6 9 8 32 27 4 3 16 18 51 −28 42
24 Wycombe Wanderers 46 5 7 11 31 39 1 12 10 19 36 −25 37
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 15/16 May; 2nd leg – 19/20 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
30 May 2004
                     
3rd Bristol City 1 2 3  
6th Hartlepool United 1 1 2  
    3rd Bristol City 0
  4th Brighton & Hove Albion 1
4th Brighton & Hove Albion (pens.) 1 1 2 (4)
5th Swindon Town 0 2 2 (3)  

MapsEdit

Locations of the London teams in the 2003–04 Second Division

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Leon Knight Brighton & Hove Albion 26
2   Stephen McPhee Port Vale 24
3   Paul Heffernan Notts County 20
=   Sam Parkin Swindon Town 20
5   Tommy Mooney Swindon Town 19
6   Kevin Gallen Queens Park Rangers 17
7   Eugene Dadi Tranmere Rovers 16
=   Paul Furlong Queens Park Rangers 16
=   Scott Taylor Blackpool 16
10   Onandi Lowe Rushden & Diamonds 15

[4]

Third DivisionEdit

Football League Third Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsDoncaster Rovers (3rd fourth tier title)
Direct promotionDoncaster Rovers,
Hull City,
Torquay United
Promoted through play-offsHuddersfield Town
Relegated to ConferenceCarlisle United,
York City
New clubs in the leagueDoncaster Rovers,
Yeovil Town
Matches played552
Goals scored1,398 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorerSteven MacLean (Scunthorpe United), 23[2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Doncaster Rovers[a] 46 17 4 2 47 13 10 7 6 32 24 +42 92 Division Champions, promoted
2 Hull City 46 16 4 3 50 21 9 9 5 32 23 +38 88 Promoted
3 Torquay United 46 15 6 2 44 18 8 6 9 24 26 +24 81
4 Huddersfield Town 46 16 4 3 42 18 7 8 8 26 34 +16 81 Promoted through play-offs
5 Mansfield Town 46 13 5 5 44 25 9 4 10 32 37 +14 75 Participated in play-offs
6 Northampton Town 46 13 4 6 30 23 9 5 9 28 28 +7 75
7 Lincoln City 46 9 11 3 36 23 10 6 7 32 24 +21 74
8 Yeovil Town[a] 46 14 3 6 40 19 9 2 12 30 38 +13 74
9 Oxford United 46 14 8 1 34 13 4 9 10 21 31 +11 71
10 Swansea City 46 9 8 6 36 26 6 6 11 22 35 −3 59
11 Boston United 46 11 7 5 35 21 5 4 14 15 33 −4 59
12 Bury 46 10 7 6 29 26 5 4 14 25 38 −10 56
13 Cambridge United 46 6 7 10 26 32 8 7 8 29 35 −12 56
14 Cheltenham Town 46 11 4 8 37 38 3 10 10 20 33 −14 56
15 Bristol Rovers 46 9 7 7 29 26 5 6 12 21 35 −11 55
16 Kidderminster Harriers 46 9 5 9 28 29 5 8 10 17 30 −14 55
17 Southend United 46 8 4 11 27 29 6 8 9 24 34 −12 54
18 Darlington 46 10 4 9 30 28 4 7 12 23 33 −8 53
19 Leyton Orient 46 8 9 6 28 27 5 5 13 20 38 −17 53
20 Macclesfield Town 46 8 9 6 28 25 5 4 14 26 44 −15 52
21 Rochdale 46 7 8 8 28 26 5 6 12 21 32 −9 50
22 Scunthorpe United 46 7 10 6 36 27 4 6 13 33 45 −3 49
23 Carlisle United 46 8 5 10 23 27 4 4 15 23 42 −23 45 Relegated to Conference
24 York City 46 7 6 10 22 29 3 8 12 13 37 −31 44
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Notes:
  1. ^ a b New club in the league

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
1st leg – 15/16 May; 2nd leg – 19/20 May 2004
Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
31 May 2004
                     
4th Huddersfield Town 2 2 4  
7th Lincoln City 1 2 3  
    4th Huddersfield Town (pens.) 0 (4)
  5th Mansfield Town 0 (1)
5th Mansfield Town (pens.) 2 1 3 (5)
6th Northampton Town 0 3 3 (4)  

[1]

MapsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club League
1   Steven MacLean Scunthorpe United 23
2   David Graham Torquay United 22
3   Leon Constantine Southend United 21
4   Liam Lawrence Mansfield Town 19
5   Gregg Blundell Doncaster Rovers 18
=   Ben Burgess Hull City 18
7   Gary Fletcher Lincoln City 17
=   Lee Trundle Swansea City 17
9   Matthew Tipton Macclesfield Town 16
=   Jon Stead Huddersfield Town 16

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "England 2003–04". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  4. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com
  5. ^ soccernet.espn.go.com