Four goals at Hillsborough and two players sent off. That’s what happened in the 2-2 draw between Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham, with Shefki Kuqi very much the man in the spotlight.
Kuqi scored twice but was dismissed for an alleged dive in the 83rd minute of the game on August 16, 2003.
That was the second decision that enraged the home fans in a crowd of almost 25,000. They had earlier been angered by a harsh penalty decision that gave John Sheridan an early goal for Oldham.
The Owls responded through Kuqi before Oldham levelled on 55 minutes, just two minutes after Kuqi’s second goal. Oldham also finished with 10 mem, defender Danny Hall was dismissed in injury time for a second booking.
That was in Division Two, with Sheffield United, in Division One, claiming a priceless ;point in a 0-0 draw in a keenly-contested battle at Upton Park.
West Ham striker Jermaine Defoe treated home fans to an individual master class but as the game wore on United looked the more likely to snatch victory.
There was another sending off at Norwich where Martin McIntosh was sent off for a tackle from behind as the Millers lost 2-0.
He had earlier been wrongly booked for a shirt tug committed by Stewart Talbot but the sending off was a straight red czrd.
Rotherham played with spirit and attacking intent but the 30th minute goal from Mark Rivers proved too much.
Dean Gorre’s third goal of the season brought Barnsley a point at Bournemouth in the 2-2 draw. Steve Fletcher had put the home side in front before Craig Ireland struck an equaliser.
Steve Fletcher made it 2-1 but Gorre hit a fine individual goal.
Chesterfield drew 1-1 with Bristol City in an evenly-fought contest. City had gone ahead in the 10th minute but Chesterfield responded through Alan O’Hare after half an hour.
Doncaster Rovers celebrated their first home game in the Football League since the 1997-98 season with a 2-0 win over Southend at BeleVue.
Steve Foster headed Rovers into a first half lead and Paul Green added a second as Rovers charged to a third successive victory.
It was the week when Manchester United signed Christian Ronaldo in a £12.24m deal from Sporting Lisbon.
One interesting fact that came up concerned Ronaldo’s name. His father Jose Dinis Pereira said: “We decided to pick one name each and his mother picked Christian. I chose Ronaldo because at the time the US president was Ronald Reagan.”