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2003–04 Football League First Division

The 2003–04 Football League First Division (referred to as the Nationwide First Division for sponsorship reasons) was the twelfth and final season of the league under the First Division name, and the twelfth season under its current league division format.

Football League First Division
Season2003–04
ChampionsNorwich City
PromotedNorwich City
West Bromwich Albion
Crystal Palace
RelegatedBradford City
Walsall
Wimbledon
UEFA CupMillwall (as FA Cup runners-up)
Matches played552

Contents

Changes from last seasonEdit

Team overviewEdit

League tableEdit

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-finalsEdit

First legEdit

Crystal Palace3 – 2Sunderland
Shipperley   52'
Butterfield   64'
Johnson   87'
Statistics Stewart   51' (pen)
Kyle   85'
Attendance: 25,287
Referee: Richard Beeby

Ipswich Town1 – 0West Ham United
Bent   57' Statistics
Attendance: 28,435

Second legEdit

Sunderland2 – 1
(a.e.t.)
(4 - 5p)
Crystal Palace
Kyle   42'
Stewart   45'
Statistics Powell   90'
Attendance: 34,536
Referee: David Pugh
  • Aggregate score 4-4. Crystal Palace win 5-4 on penalties.

West Ham United2 – 0Ipswich Town
Etherington   50'
Dailly   71'
Statistics
Attendance: 34,002
Referee: Neale Barry
  • West Ham United win 2-1 on aggregate.

FinalEdit

Crystal Palace1 – 0West Ham United
Shipperley   62' Statistics
Attendance: 72,523
Referee: Graham Poll

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