2003–04 Birmingham City F.C. season

Birmingham City F.C.
2003–04 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Steve Bruce
Ground St Andrew's
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fifth round
(eliminated by Sunderland)
League Cup Second round
(eliminated by Blackpool)
Top goalscorer League: Mikael Forssell (17)
All: Mikael Forssell (19)
Highest home attendance 29,588 vs Arsenal, 22 November 2003
Lowest home attendance 18,688 vs Blackburn Rovers, FA Cup 3rd round, 3 January 2004
Average home league attendance 29,073[1]

The 2003–04 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 101st season in the English football league system, their second season in the Premier League, and their 52nd season in the top tier of English football. They finished 10th in the 20-team league, three places higher than the previous season. They entered the FA Cup at the third round stage and lost to Sunderland in the fifth after a replay, and lost their opening second-round League Cup-tie to Blackpool. Top scorer was loan signing Mikael Forssell with 19 goals, 17 of which were scored in the league.

Premier League

Season review

Having avoided relegation in their first season in the Premier League with seven wins from the last eleven games, Birmingham were expected to struggle.[2] They were unbeaten in the league at the end of September, and went into November still in fourth place. During a poor spell in the middle of the season Steve Bruce's side fell as low as tenth, though they rallied again and stood one point off fourth place with eight matches to go.[3] In contrast to the previous season, one win from the last eleven games gave Birmingham a tenth-place finish, six points behind city rivals Aston Villa, who had been struggling against relegation at the turn of the year.[2][4]

Match details

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
16 August 2003 6th Tottenham Hotspur H W 1–0 Dunn 36' pen. 29,358 [5]
23 August 2003 6th Southampton A D 0–0 31,656 [5]
30 August 2003 6th Newcastle United A W 1–0 Dunn 61' 52,006 [5]
14 September 2003 8th Fulham H D 2–2 Forssell (2) 45', 82' 27,250 [5]
20 September 2003 7th Leeds United A W 2–0 Savage 79' pen., Forssell 84' 34,305 [5]
27 September 2003 4th Portsmouth H W 2–0 Clemence 21', Lazaridis 50' 29,057 [5]
4 October 2003 5th Manchester United A L 0–3 67,633 [5]
14 October 2003 4th Chelsea H D 0–0 29,460 [5]
19 October 2003 4th Aston Villa H D 0–0 29,546 [5]
25 October 2003 4th Bolton Wanderers A W 1–0 Forssell 31' 25,023 [5]
3 November 2003 4th Charlton Athletic H L 1–2 Dugarry 64' 27,225 [5]
8 November 2003 5th Wolverhampton Wanderers A D 1–1 Forssell 49' 28,831 [5]
22 November 2003 5th Arsenal H L 0–3 29,588 [5]
30 November 2003 8th Liverpool A L 1–3 Forssell 33' 42,683 [5]
6 December 2003 8th Blackburn Rovers H L 0–4 29,354 [5]
13 December 2003 8th Leicester City A W 2–0 Morrison 42', Forssell 66' 30,639 [5]
26 December 2003 8th Manchester City H W 2–1 Kenna 81', Forssell 87' 29,520 [5]
28 December 2003 9th Everton A L 0–0 39,631 [5]
7 January 2004 10th Tottenham Hotspur A L 1–4 Savage 68' pen. 30,016 [5]
10 January 2004 8th Southampton H W 2–1 Clemence 16', Kenna 67' 29,071 [5]
18 January 2004 9th Chelsea A D 0–0 41,073 [5]
31 January 2004 9th Newcastle United H D 1–1 John 90' 29,513 [5]
8 February 2004 10th Manchester City A D 0–0 46,967 [5]
11 February 2004 9th Everton H W 3–0 Johnson 8', Lazaridis 39', Forssell 49' 23,331 [5]
22 February 2004 8th Aston Villa A D 0–0 40,061 [5]
3 March 2004 7th Middlesbrough H W 3–1 Martin Taylor 23', Savage 57', Forssell 79' 29,369 [5]
6 March 2004 5th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Forssell 24', Hughes 69' 28,003 [5]
13 March 2004 6th Leicester City H L 0–1 29,491 [5]
20 March 2004 7th Middlesbrough A L 3–5 Forssell (2) 23', 59', Morrison 45' 30,244 [5]
27 March 2004 6th Leeds United H W 4–1 Hughes (2) 12', 67, Forssell (2) 69', 82' pen. 29,069 [5]
3 April 2004 6th Fulham A D 0–0 14,667 [5]
10 April 2004 6th Manchester United H L 1–2 Grainger 53' 29,548 [5]
12 April 2004 8th Portsmouth A L 1–3 John 67' 20,104 [5]
17 April 2004 8th Charlton Athletic A D 1–1 Morrison 84' 29,115 [5]
25 April 2004 9th Wolverhampton Wanderers H D 2–2 Forssell 34', Morrison 41' 29,494 [5]
1 May 2004 9th Arsenal A D 0–0 38,061 [5]
8 May 2004 10th Liverpool H L 0–3 29,553 [5]
15 May 2004 10th Blackburn Rovers A D 1–1 John 83' 26,070 [5]

League table (part)

Final Premier League table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
8th Bolton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 48 56 −8 53
9th Fulham 38 14 10 14 52 46 −6 52
10th Birmingham City 38 12 14 12 43 48 −5 50
11th Middlesbrough 38 13 9 16 44 52 −8 48
12th Southampton 38 12 11 15 44 45 −1 47
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
Source [4]

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 12 14 12 43 48 −5 50 8 5 6 26 24 +2 4 9 6 17 24 −7

Source: [4]

FA Cup

Main article: 2003–04 FA Cup

Birmingham reached the fifth round of the 2003–04 FA Cup before losing to Sunderland of Division One after a replay.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 3 January 2004 Blackburn Rovers H W 4–0 Morrison 23', Clemence 36', Forssell 78', Hughes 84' 18,688 [5]
Fourth round 24 January 2004 Wimbledon H W 1–0 Hughes 4' 22,159 [5]
Fifth round 14 February 2004 Sunderland A D 1–1 Forssell 28' 24,966 [5]
Fifth round replay 25 February 2004 Sunderland H L 0–2 25,645 [5]

League Cup

Birmingham lost in the second round of the 2003–04 League Cup to Blackpool of Division Two.

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Second round 23 September 2003 Blackpool A L 0–1 7,370 [5]

Transfers

In

Date Player Club Fee Ref
1 July 2003 Christophe Dugarry Bordeaux Free [6]
7 July 2003 David Dunn Blackburn Rovers £5.5m [7]
23 July 2003 Luciano Figueroa Rosario Central £2.5m [8]
2 February 2004 Martin Taylor Blackburn Rovers £1.25m [9]

Out

Date Player Fee Joined Ref
8 July 2003 Tommy Mooney Free Swindon Town [10]
8 August 2003 Joey Hutchinson Free Darlington [11]
14 August 2003 Michael Johnson Nominal Derby County [11]
5 September 2003 Geoff Horsfield £500,000 Wigan Athletic [12]
12 September 2003 Paul Devlin £150,000 Watford [12]
23 December 2003 Luciano Figueroa Contract cancelled (Cruz Azul) [13]
5 February 2004 Jovan Kirovski Released (Los Angeles Galaxy) [14]
11 March 2004 Christophe Dugarry Released (Qatar SC) [15]
12 March 2004 Jeff Kenna Free Derby County [16]
25 March 2004 Craig Fagan Free Colchester United [17]
30 March 2004 Tommy Williams Released Peterborough United [18]
18 June 2004 Darren Purse £750,000 West Bromwich Albion [19]
30 June 2004 Bryan Hughes Released (Charlton Athletic) [20]
Brackets round club names denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in

Date Player Club Return Ref
8 August 2003 Maik Taylor Fulham End of season [21]
28 August 2003 Mikael Forssell Chelsea End of season [11][22]

Loan out

Date Player Club Return Ref
1 August 2003 Craig Fagan Colchester United 25 March 2004 [17]
10 October 2003 Andrew Barrowman Crewe Alexandra One month [23]
21 November 2003 Mat Sadler Northampton Town Two months [24]
24 December 2003 Nico Vaesen Gillingham One month [25]
1 January 2004 Tommy Williams Peterborough United Three months [26][18]
12 February 2004 Martin Grainger Coventry City 18 March 2004 [27]
13 February 2004 Nico Vaesen Bradford City One month [28]
18 March 2004 Nico Vaesen Crystal Palace End of season [29]

Appearances and goals

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked left the club during the playing season.
Players with names in italics and marked * were on loan from another club for the whole of their season with Birmingham.
Players included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals!
1 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 4 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 4 (2) 0 0 0
2 DF  IRE Jeff Kenna 14 (3) 2 4 0 0 0 18 (3) 2 1 0
3 DF  ENG Martin Grainger 3 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 3 (1) 1 0 0
4 DF  IRE Kenny Cunningham 36 0 4 0 1 0 41 0 3 1
5 DF  ENG Darren Purse 9 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 1 1
6 MF  SEN Aliou Cissé 5 (10) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 6 (11) 0 6 1
7 MF  SCO Paul Devlin 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 9 0
8 MF  WAL Robbie Savage 31 3 4 0 0 0 34 3 12 0
9 FW  ENG Geoff Horsfield 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 0 0
9 FW  FIN Mikael Forssell 32 17 3 (1) 2 0 (1) 0 35 (2) 19 1 0
10 MF  ENG Bryan Hughes 17 (9) 3 3 (1) 2 0 0 20 (10) 5 0 0
11 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 25 (5) 2 2 0 1 0 28 (5) 2 0 0
12 GK  NIR Maik Taylor 34 0 4 0 1 0 39 0 2 2
13 GK  IRE Colin Doyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW  TRI Stern John[lower-alpha 1] 7 (22) 4 1 (1) 0 1 0 9 (23) 4 0 0
15 FW  USA Jovan Kirovski 0 (6) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (8) 0 0 0
15 DF  ENG Martin Taylor 11 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 11 (1) 1 0 0
16 MF  ENG David Dunn 20 (1) 2 3 0 1 0 24 (1) 2 2 0
18 GK  BEL Nico Vaesen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW  IRE Clinton Morrison 19 (13) 4 4 1 1 0 24 (13) 5 1 0
21 FW  FRA Christophe Dugarry 12 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 0 0 12 (3) 1 6 1
22 MF  NIR Damien Johnson[lower-alpha 2] 35 1 4 0 1 0 40 1 7 0
23 DF  ENG Jamie Clapham 22 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 23 (4) 0 0 0
24 MF  ENG Darren Carter 1 (4) 0 0 (3) 0 0 0 1 (7) 0 0 0
25 DF  ENG Matthew Upson 30 0 2 0 1 0 33 0 2 0
26 DF  CIV Olivier Tébily 17 (10) 0 2 0 0 0 19 (10) 0 4 0
27 FW  SCO Andrew Barrowman 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
28 MF  ENG Carl Motteram 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF  ENG Stephen Clemence 32 (3) 2 1 (1) 1 1 0 34 (4) 3 4 0
35 FW  ARG Luciano Figueroa 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name
20 MF  ENG Tom Williams
27 DF  ENG Joey Hutchinson
29 DF  ENG Craig Fagan
30 DF  ENG Mat Sadler
34 MF  ENG Neil Kilkenny

References

General

  • Source for match dates, league positions and results:
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 442–43.
  • Source for goal times:
  • Source for transfers:

Specific

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