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2003–04 Football Conference

Since its inception in 1979, The Football Conference has formed the fifth highest level of the overall English Football League System.

The 2003–04 Football Conference season was the 25th season of the Football Conference and the last consisting of a single division. The top team and the winner of the play-offs were promoted to Football League Two, while this season only one team were relegated.

Changes since the previous season

Overview

All teams participating were professional, except for Aldershot Town, who were part-timers. In fact, Aldershot’s performance exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Chester City clinched the league title and won promotion to Football League Two.

Shrewsbury Town also earned promotion to League Two following their 3–0 play-off win on penalties after a 1–1 draw with Aldershot Town.

No clubs were relegated on the basis of their performances, because the winners and runners-up of the Unibond League were unqualified for a place in the Football Conference.

Shrewsbury Town had the highest attendance, 84,150 in all, with an average of 4,007. Margate and Leigh RMI had the least spectators with 11,905 and 11,881, respectively, with an average of 567 and 566, respectively.

The total number of attendance was 880,220, yielding an average of 1905 per game, which was the all-time record for the Football Conference.[1]

The regular season began on August 9, 2003, and ended on April 24, 2004.

Final league table

Conference National
Season 2003–04 [1][2]
Champions Chester City (1st Football Conference title)
Promoted Chester City,
Shrewsbury Town
Relegated to Conference North/Conference South Margate (South)
Folded Telford United
Promoted for the next season Canvey Island,
Crawley Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1343 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Daryl Clare (Chester City), 29
Biggest home win HerefordHalifax 7–1 (25 Nov 2003)
Gravesend & NorthfleetMorecambe 6–0 (28 Feb 2004)
Biggest away win Dagenham & RedbridgeHereford 0–9 (Feb 27, 2004)
Highest scoring Dagenham & RedbridgeHereford 0–9 (Feb 27, 2004)
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run Chester City, 18 matches (26 Aug – 6 Dec)
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance Exeter City v Accrington Stanley, 8,256 (24 Apr)
Lowest attendance Margate v Forest Green Rovers, 255 (4 Apr 2003)
Average attendance 1,905 (Conference record, + 18% compared to the previous season)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chester City 42 16 4 1 45 18 11 7 3 40 16 85 34 +51 92
2 Hereford United 42 14 3 4 42 20 14 4 3 61 24 103 44 + 59 91
3 Shrewsbury Town 42 13 6 2 38 14 7 8 6 29 28 67 42 + 25 74
4 Barnet 42 11 6 4 30 17 8 8 5 30 29 60 46 + 14 71
5 Aldershot Town 42 12 6 3 40 24 8 4 9 40 43 80 67 + 13 70
6 Exeter City 42 10 7 4 33 24 9 5 7 38 33 71 57 + 14 69
7 Morecambe 42 14 4 3 43 25 6 3 12 23 41 66 66 ± 0 67
8 Stevenage Borough 42 10 5 6 29 22 8 4 9 29 30 58 52 + 6 63
9 Woking 42 10 9 2 40 23 5 7 9 25 29 65 52 + 13 61
10 Accrington Stanley 42 13 3 5 46 31 2 10 9 22 30 68 61 + 7 58
11 Gravesend & Northfleet 42 7 6 8 34 35 7 9 5 35 31 69 66 + 3 57
12 Telford United 42 10 3 8 28 28 5 7 9 21 23 49 51 – 2 55 [notes 1]
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 8 3 10 30 34 7 6 8 29 30 59 64 – 5 54
14 Burton Albion 42 7 4 10 30 29 8 3 10 27 30 57 59 – 2 51 [notes 2]
15 Scarborough 42 8 9 4 32 25 4 6 11 19 29 51 54 – 3 51
16 Margate 42 8 2 11 30 32 6 7 8 26 32 56 64 – 8 51 [notes 3]
17 Tamworth 42 9 6 6 32 30 4 4 13 17 38 49 68 – 19 49
18 Forest Green Rovers 42 6 8 7 32 36 6 4 11 26 44 58 80 – 22 48
19 Halifax Town 42 9 4 8 28 26 3 4 14 15 39 43 65 – 22 44
20 Farnborough Town 42 7 6 8 31 34 3 3 15 22 40 53 74 – 21 39
21 Leigh RMI 42 4 6 11 26 44 3 2 16 20 53 46 97 – 51 29
22 Northwich Victoria 42 2 8 11 15 38 2 3 16 15 42 30 80 – 50 23
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Points scored: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
  • Source:[1][3]
Key
Football Conference Champions, promoted to League Two
Promoted to League Two through play-offs
Participated in play-offs
FA Trophy winners, Hednesford Town (Southern Football League Premier Division)
Conference League Cup winners, competition not held
Relegated from the The Football League, see also Shrewsbury Town
New club in the Conference; see also Aldershot Town
Relegated to Conference South
Folded

Locations

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Locations of the Football Conference 2003–04 teams

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Locations of the Football Conference London teams 2003–2004

Results

Home \ Away[1]
Accrington Stanley 4–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–3 1–2 3–1 4–1 3–3 2–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–5 3–3
2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 4–3 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–1
Barnet 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–4 2–3 0–2 5–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0
Burton Albion 1–1 1–4 2–3 1–1 0–1 3–4 1–0 2–3 3–0 2–2 4–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–0
3–3 4–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–2 3–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 5–0 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–1
Dagenham & Redbridge 0–1 2–3 5–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–0 5–2 0–4 0–1 0–9 1–2 4–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 5–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0
Exeter City 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 3–2 0–3 1–2
1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–0 3–3 2–1 1–0
Forest Green Rovers 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–5 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–7 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–2
0–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–5 3–1 2–1 6–0 2–2 1–1 0–3 2–3 2–0 1–2 2–2
Halifax Town 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–4 0–3 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 5–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–2
Hereford United 1–0 4–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–3 7–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–1
Leigh RMI 1–2 2–2 1–4 0–1 2–6 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–5 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–4 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–1
Margate 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–3 0–1 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 3–2 1–0 1–2
Morecambe 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–3 3–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 3–3 3–0 2–1 3–3 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–1
Northwich Victoria 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–4 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–1 1–5 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–4
Scarborough 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–3 4–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–2
Shrewsbury Town 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–0
Stevenage Borough 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–2 3–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–1
Tamworth 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–5 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 4–3 1–1 2–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0
1–0 2–5 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 5–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–0
Woking 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 4–0 3–1
Source: The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Play-offs

The Conference National play-offs determine the second team that will be promoted to Football League Two. The teams placed second through fifth qualify for the play-offs. The semi-finals are played in a two-leg, home and away format, while the final is played as one leg.

Topscorers in Order of League Goals

Rank Player Club League Play-offs FA Cup LDV FA Trophy Total
1 Republic of Ireland Daryl Clare Chester City 29 0 1 0 0 30
2 England Steve Guinan Hereford United 25 0 3 1 0 29
= Scotland David McNiven Leigh RMI 25 0 0 0 1 26
4 England Giuliano Grazioli Barnet 24 0 2 0 0 26
5 England Roscoe D'Sane Aldershot 21 1 2 0 3 27
6 Republic of Ireland Sean Devine Exeter City 20 0 2 0 3 25
= England Paul Mullin Accrington Stanley 20 0 3 0 1 24
= England Darryn Stamp Chester City 20 0 0 0 0 20
9 England Tim Sills Aldershot 18 0 1 0 2 21
10 England Anthony Elding Stevenage Borough 17 0 2 0 0 19
= England Lutel James Accrington Stanley 17 0 1 0 0 18
= England Danny Carlton Morecambe 17 0 0 0 0 17
13 England Mark Cooper Tamworth 15 0 0 0 0 15
14 England David Brown Hereford United 14 0 0 2 0 16
= England Mark Quayle Scarborough 14 0 1 0 0 15

Source:[1]

References

External links

  • Official Football Conference website
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