2003–04 Watford F.C. season

Watford
2003–04 season
Chairman Graham Simpson
Manager Ray Lewington
Stadium Vicarage Road
First Division 16th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Scott Fitzgerald (10)

All:
Scott Fitzgerald (11)
Average home league attendance 14,855

During the 2003–04 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the First Division.

Season summary

The ongoing financial difficulties saw a large number of players released that summer, including record signing Allan Nielsen and strikers Tommy Smith and Gifton Noel-Williams. To make matters worse, Manchester United loanee Jimmy Davis was killed in a car crash on the opening day of the new campaign. This had a huge effect on the team's form at the beginning of the season, and notably on his close friend Danny Webber. But a strong finish to the season saw the club finish in mid-table.

Final league table

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Norwich City 46 28 10 8 79 39 +40 94
2. West Bromwich Albion 46 25 11 10 64 42 +22 86
3. Sunderland 46 22 13 11 62 45 +17 79
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 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
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 46 13 12 21 45 65 -20 51
23. Bradford City 46 10 6 30 38 69 -31 36
24. Wimbledon (later MK Dons) 46 8 5 33 41 89 -48 29

Results

Watford's score comes first[1]

Legend

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division

DateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceScorers
16 August 2003Crystal PalaceA0-115,333
23 August 2003West Bromwich AlbionH0-115,023
25 August 2003SunderlandA0-223,600
30 August 2003GillinghamH2-212,793Helguson, Webber
13 September 2003MillwallH3-111,305Dyer, Cox (pen), Young
17 September 2003Derby CountyA2-318,459Gayle, Young
20 September 2003Wigan AthleticA0-19,211
27 September 2003Ipswich TownH1-215,350Fitzgerald
30 September 2003BurnleyH1-111,573Fitzgerald
4 October 2003Crewe AlexandraA1-07,055Webber
14 October 2003WalsallH1-112,231Baird (own goal)
18 October 2003Bradford CityH1-012,399Fitzgerald
21 October 2003Coventry CityH1-113,487Fitzgerald
25 October 2003WimbledonA3-16,115Devlin, Webber, Fitzgerald
28 October 2003Cardiff CityA0-314,011
1 November 2003Rotherham UnitedH1-018,067Webber
4 November 2003Preston North EndA1-211,152Webber
8 November 2003Nottingham ForestA1-121,229Cook
15 November 2003Norwich CityA2-116,420Fitzgerald, Cox (pen)
22 November 2003West Ham UnitedH0-020,950
29 November 2003ReadingA1-214,521Cook
6 December 2003Nottingham ForestH1-114,988Fitzgerald
13 December 2003Sheffield UnitedA2-218,637Smith, Helguson
20 December 2003Stoke CityH1-313,732Helguson
26 December 2003GillinghamA0-18,971
28 December 2003Cardiff CityH2-115,512Fitzgerald, Cook
10 January 2004Coventry CityA0-012,226
17 January 2004Crystal PalaceH1-515,017Helguson (pen)
31 January 2004West Bromwich AlbionA1-323,958Fitzgerald
7 February 2004SunderlandH2-216,798Mahon, Cox (pen)
14 February 2004Preston North EndH2-012,675Bouazza, Devlin
21 February 2004WalsallA1-06,684Cook
28 February 2004WimbledonH4-015,323Cook, Cox (pen), Smith, Ardley
3 March 2004Stoke CityA1-313,108Helguson
9 March 2004Bradford CityA0-217,143
13 March 2004Sheffield UnitedH0-213,861
16 March 2004Derby CountyH2-113,931Helguson, Mahon
20 March 2004Ipswich TownA1-423,524Fitzgerald
27 March 2004Wigan AthleticH1-113,382Helguson
10 April 2004Crewe AlexandraH2-118,041Hyde, Wright (own goal)
12 April 2004BurnleyA3-211,413Devlin, Helguson, Cook
17 April 2004Rotherham UnitedA1-17,221Dyer
20 April 2004MillwallA2-110,263Dyer, Cook
24 April 2004Norwich CityH1-219,290Blizzard
1 May 2004West Ham UnitedA0-434,685
9 May 2004ReadingH1-017,979Young

FA Cup

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceGoalscorers
R33 January 2004ChelseaH2-221,121Helguson, Mahon
R3R14 January 2004ChelseaA0-438,763

League Cup

RoundDateOpponentVenueResultAttendanceGoalscorers
R112 August 2003BournemouthH1-09,561Fitzgerald
R223 September 2003Bristol CityA0-15,213

Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Alec Chamberlain
2 MF Neal Ardley
3 DF Paul Mayo
4 MF Paolo Vernazza
5 DF Neil Cox
6 DF Sean Dyche
7 FW Bruce Dyer
8 MF Micah Hyde
9 FW Danny Webber
12 MF Gavin Mahon
13 GK Richard Lee
14 DF Wayne Brown
15 DF Marcus Gayle
16 MF Anthony McNamee
17 MF Jamie Hand
No. Position Player
18 FW Heiðar Helguson
19 DF Jerel Ifil
20 DF Lloyd Doyley
21 FW Scott Fitzgerald
22 FW Lee Cook
23 MF Gary Fisken
24 FW Jason Norville
25 MF Paul Devlin
27 MF Ashley Young
30 GK Lenny Pidgeley (on loan from Chelsea)
31 GK Kevin Hitchcock
33 MF Dominic Blizzard
34 DF Jack Smith
35 FW Hameur Bouazza

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 DF Paul Robinson (to West Bromwich Albion)
10 MF Richard Johnson (to Colchester United)
10 DF Chris Baird (on loan from Southampton)
No. Position Player
11 MF Jimmy Davis (on loan from Manchester United)
32 DF Stephen Kelly (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

References

  1. "Watford 2003–2004 Results". Tony Brown. Statto.com. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
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