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The 2003–04 Scottish Premier League was won by Celtic.

Scottish Premier League
Season2003–04
Dates8 August 2003 – 15 May 2004
ChampionsCeltic
Champions LeagueCeltic
Rangers
UEFA CupHeart of Midlothian
Dunfermline
Intertoto CupHibernian
Top goalscorerHenrik Larsson (30)
Biggest home winCeltic 6–0 Hibernian (27 December)
Biggest away winKilmarnock 0–5 Celtic (1 November)
Highest attendance59,739 – Celtic v Dunfermline (2 May)
Lowest attendance2,677 – Livingston v Kilmarnock (7 April)

As league champions, Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League, with runners-up Rangers also qualifying. Third-placed Hearts qualified for the UEFA Cup, as did Dunfermline Athletic, who took the Scottish Cup place despite losing the final to Celtic.

During the season, Celtic set a Scottish record of 25 successive wins.[1]

Partick Thistle were relegated, and First Division winners Inverness Caledonian Thistle were promoted.

Celtic's Henrik Larsson was the top scorer with 30 goals.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegation from 2002–03Edit

Motherwell finished bottom of the 2002–03 Scottish Premier League but were spared relegation, as 2002–03 Scottish First Division champions Falkirk were denied promotion due to their lack of an appropriate stadium for the Scottish Premier League.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Aberdeen Celtic Dundee Dundee United
Pittodrie Stadium Celtic Park Dens Park Tannadice Park
Capacity: 20,866[2] Capacity: 60,411[3] Capacity: 11,506[4] Capacity: 14,223[5]
       
Dunfermline Athletic


Heart of Midlothian
East End Park Tynecastle Park
Capacity: 12,509[6] Capacity: 17,420[7]
   
Hibernian Kilmarnock
Easter Road Rugby Park
Capacity: 16,531[8] Capacity: 17,889[9]
   
Livingston Motherwell Partick Thistle Rangers
Almondvale Stadium Fir Park Firhill Stadium Ibrox Stadium
Capacity: 10,016[10] Capacity: 13,677[11] Capacity: 13,300[12] Capacity: 50,817[13]
       

PersonnelEdit

Team Manager
Aberdeen   Steve Paterson
Celtic   Martin O'Neill
Dundee   Jim Duffy
Dundee United   Ian McCall
Dunfermline Athletic   Jimmy Calderwood
Heart of Midlothian   Craig Levein
Hibernian   Tony Mowbray
Kilmarnock   Jim Jefferies
Livingston   David Hay
Motherwell   Terry Butcher
Partick Thistle   Gerry Britton
  Derek Whyte (co-managers)
Rangers   Alex McLeish

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Date of vacancy Manner of departure Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Partick Thistle   John Lambie 24 May 2003 Retired Pre-season   Gerry Collins 25 May 2003
Livingston   Jim Leishman 4 June 2003 Resigned   Márcio Máximo 4 June 2003
Livingston   Márcio Máximo 14 October 2003 Resigned 8th   David Hay 15 October 2003
Partick Thistle   Gerry Collins 30 November 2003 Sacked 12th   Gerry Britton
  Derek Whyte (co-managers)
30 November 2003 (interim)
23 December 2003 (permanent)
Hibernian   Bobby Williamson 20 April 2003 Signed by Plymouth Argyle 7th   Tony Mowbray 24 May 2004

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Celtic 38 31 5 2 105 25 +80 98 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Rangers 38 25 6 7 76 33 +43 81 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 38 19 11 8 56 40 +16 68 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
4 Dunfermline Athletic 38 14 11 13 45 52 −7 53
5 Dundee United 38 13 10 15 47 60 −13 49
6 Motherwell 38 12 10 16 42 49 −7 46
7 Dundee 38 12 10 16 48 57 −9 46
8 Hibernian 38 11 11 16 41 60 −19 44 Qualification for the UEFA Intertoto Cup second round[c]
9 Livingston 38 10 13 15 48 57 −9 43
10 Kilmarnock 38 12 6 20 51 74 −23 42
11 Aberdeen 38 9 7 22 39 63 −24 34
12 Partick Thistle 38 6 8 24 39 67 −28 26 Relegation to the Scottish First Division
Source: Scottish Professional Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored
Notes:
  1. ^ Teams played each other three times (33 matches), before the league split into two groups (the top six and the bottom six) for the last five matches.
  2. ^ As Celtic, the 2003–04 Scottish Cup winners, qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the place in the UEFA Cup was passed onto Dunfermline Athletic, the cup runners-up.
  3. ^ Hibernian qualified for the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup as the highest placed team to apply to participate in the competition.

Top scorersEdit

AttendancesEdit

The average attendances for SPL clubs during the 2003/04 season are shown below:

Team Average
Celtic 57,657
Rangers 48,992
Hearts 11,947
Aberdeen 10,389
Hibernian 9,137
Dundee United 7,785
Dundee 7,089
Kilmarnock 6,966
Dunfermline Athletic 6,235
Motherwell 6,225
Livingston 5,116
Partick Thistle 4,710

Source: SPL official website

Monthly awardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Celtic tipped to break 2004 25-game winning streak by Mjallby". The Daily Record. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Aberdeen Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Celtic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Dundee Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Dundee United Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Heart of Midlothian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Hibernian Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Kilmarnock Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Livingston Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Motherwell Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Partick Thistle Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Rangers Football Club". Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 4 November 2015.