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2004 Football League Cup Final

2004 Football League Cup Final
Event 2003–04 Football League Cup
Date 29 February 2004
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Boudewijn Zenden[1]
Referee Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Attendance 72,634

The 2004 Football League Cup Final (known as the Carling Cup final for sponsorship reasons) was played between Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough at the Millennium Stadium on 29 February 2004. Middlesbrough won the game 2–1 to clinch their first major trophy. Middlesbrough forward Joseph-Désiré Job put Middlesbrough ahead inside two minutes from a tap-in after a Boudewijn Zenden cross. The goal was the fastest ever scored in a League Cup final, but this record would be broken a year later by Liverpool's John Arne Riise. Five minutes after Job's goal, Middlesbrough won a penalty when Job was tripped in the Bolton box by Emerson Thome. Boudewijn Zenden stepped up to take the spot kick and beat Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen.[2] Kevin Davies scored for Bolton on 21 minutes when an error by Middlesbrough goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer allowed Davies' shot to squirm inside his near post, but it proved to be a consolation as the match finished 2–1 to Middlesbrough.[3]

Road to Cardiff

Match details

29 February 2004
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Middlesbrough
Davies Goal 21' Report Job Goal 2'
Zenden Goal 7' (pen.)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,634
Referee: Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)
Bolton Wanderers
GK 22 Jussi Jääskeläinen
RB 18 Nicky Hunt Substituted off 87'
CB 5 Bruno N'Gotty
CB 26 Emerson Thome
LB 3 Simon Charlton
RM 8 Per Frandsen Booked 23' Substituted off 63'
CM 16 Iván Campo Booked 39'
CM 10 Jay-Jay Okocha (c)
CM 4 Kevin Nolan Substituted off 78'
LM 6 Youri Djorkaeff
CF 14 Kevin Davies
GK 1 Kevin Poole
DF 2 Anthony Barness
MF 7 Stelios Giannakopoulos Substituted in 87'
FW 9 Henrik Pedersen Substituted in 63'
FW 25 Javi Moreno Substituted in 78'
Sam Allardyce
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
RB 15 Danny Mills
CB 4 Ugo Ehiogu
CB 6 Gareth Southgate (c)
LB 3 Franck Queudrue
RM 14 Gaizka Mendieta
CM 7 George Boateng Booked 23'
CM 20 Doriva
LM 27 Boudewijn Zenden
AM 10 Juninho
CF 16 Joseph-Désiré Job Substituted off 65'
GK 35 Brad Jones
DF 5 Chris Riggott
MF 19 Stewart Downing
FW 9 Massimo Maccarone
FW 17 Michael Ricketts Booked 90' Substituted in 65'
Steve McClaren

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


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  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round

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