2003 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season2002–03
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
(First Division)
Cardiff City
(Second Division)
Bournemouth
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored41 (2.73 per match)
Biggest home win Lincoln 5–3 Scunthorpe
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Reading 0–1 Wolves
(First Division)
Scunthorpe 0–1 Lincoln
(Third Division)
Highest scoring Lincoln 5–3 Scunthorpe
(8 goals)
Highest attendance69,473 – Sheffield United v Wolves
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance5,782 – Bury v Bournemouth
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance24,964
2002
2004

The Football League play-offs for the 2002–03 season were held in May 2003, with the finals taking place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals will go through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

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Background

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the First Division, Sheffield United, who are aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1994, finished 12 points behind second placed Leicester City, who in turn finished 6 points behind champions Portsmouth, who returned to the top flight for the first time since 1988. Reading who are aiming for a place in the top flight for the first time in their history, finished in fourth place in the table. Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are aiming to return to the top flight after nearly 20 years outside the top flight, finished in fifth place. Nottingham Forest finished 2 points behind Wolverhampton Wanderers and were looking for a place back in the Premiership for the first time since 1999.

First Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Sheffield United 462311127252+2080
4 Reading 46254176146+1579
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 462016108144+3776
6 Nottingham Forest 462014128250+3274

Semi-finals

First leg
Nottingham Forest 1–1 Sheffield United
Johnson Soccerball shade.svg 55' Report Brown Soccerball shade.svg 58' (pen.)
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 29,064
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Reading
Murty Soccerball shade.svg 75' (o.g.)
Naylor Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Report Forster Soccerball shade.svg 25'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 27,678
Referee: Alan Kaye
Second leg
Reading 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Report Rae Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Madjeski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 24,060
Referee: Howard Webb

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3–1 on aggregate.


Sheffield United 4–3 (a.e.t.) Nottingham Forest
Brown Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Kabba Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Peschisolido Soccerball shade.svg 112'
Walker Soccerball shade.svg 117' (o.g.)
Report Johnson Soccerball shade.svg 30'
Reid Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Page Soccerball shade.svg 119' (o.g.)
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 30,212
Referee: Peter Walton

Sheffield United won 5–4 on aggregate.

Final

Sheffield United 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Report Kennedy Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Blake Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Miller Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 69,473
Referee: Steve Bennett

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Bristol City 462411117948+3183
4 Queens Park Rangers 462411116945+2483
5 Oldham Athletic 46221686838+3082
6 Cardiff City 462312116843+2581

Semi-finals

First leg
Cardiff City 1–0 Bristol City
Thorne Soccerball shade.svg 74' Report
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 19,146
Referee: Howard Webb

Oldham Athletic 1–1 Queens Park Rangers
Eyres Soccerball shade.svg 28' Report Langley Soccerball shade.svg 47'
Boundary Park, Oldham
Attendance: 12,152
Referee: Steve Bennett
Second leg
Bristol City 0–0 Cardiff City
Report
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 16,307
Referee: Jeff Winter

Cardiff City won 1–0 on aggregate.


Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Oldham Athletic
Furlong Soccerball shade.svg 82' Report
Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 17,201
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Queens Park Rangers won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

Cardiff City 1–0 (a.e.t.) Queens Park Rangers
Campbell Soccerball shade.svg 114' Report
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 66,096
Referee: Howard Webb

Third Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
4 Bournemouth 462014126048+1274
5 Scunthorpe United 461915126849+1972
6 Lincoln City 461816124637+970
7 Bury 461816125756+170

Semi-finals

First leg
Bury 0–0 Bournemouth
Report
Gigg Lane, Bury
Attendance: 5,782
Referee: Jeff Winter

Lincoln City 5–3 Scunthorpe United
Weaver Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Mayo Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Yeo Soccerball shade.svg 82', 90'
Report Calvo García Soccerball shade.svg 26', 69'
Stanton Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Sincil Bank, Lincoln
Attendance: 8,902
Referee: Peter Walton
Second leg
Bournemouth 3–1 Bury
O'Connor Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Hayter Soccerball shade.svg 38', 60'
Report Preece Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Fitness First Stadium, Bournemouth
Attendance: 7,945
Referee: Mick Fletcher

Bournemouth won 3–1 on aggregate.


Scunthorpe United 0–1 Lincoln City
Report Yeo Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 8,295
Referee: Steve Bennett

Lincoln City won 6–3 on aggregate.

Final

Bournemouth 5–2 Lincoln City
S. Fletcher Soccerball shade.svg 29'
C. Fletcher Soccerball shade.svg 45', 77'
Purches Soccerball shade.svg 56'
O'Connor Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report Futcher Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Bailey Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 32,148
Referee: Alan Kaye

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