1998–99 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1998–99
Champions Sunderland
Promoted Norwich City
Bradford City
Watford
Relegated Scarborough

The 19981999 season was the 99th completed season of The Football League.

Sunderland were crowned First Division champions with 105 points, then a record, having lost just three games all season, to prove right the many pundits who tipped them for promotion. The two other promotion places were secured by two of the division’s least fancied sides — runners-up Bradford City (back in the top division for the first time in 77 years) and playoff winners Watford (who had won their second successive promotion during Graham Taylor’s second spell as manager).

Bury, Oxford United and Bristol City occupied the three relegation places in the First Division. Oxford’s dismal season was mainly down to £10 million debts which were putting the club in real danger of closure, and had also resulted in the suspension of construction of their new stadium near the Blackbird Leys estate.

Kevin Keegan completed his spell as Fulham manager before taking the England job by guiding the Cottagers to the Second Division championship with a staggering 101 points. Following them up were runners-up Walsall and playoff winners Manchester City.

Going down were York City, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town. Narrowly avoiding the drop to the Third Division were Oldham Athletic, who just five years earlier had been a Premiership side who came within a whisker of reaching the FA Cup final.

Brentford, Cambridge United, Cardiff City and Scunthorpe United occupied the four promotion places in the Third Division.

Carlisle United kept their league status in remarkable fashion. They entered the final game of the season in bottom place, and with 90 minutes on the clock in their home game against Plymouth Argyle they were drawing 1–1 and needed a win to stay up. The referee then allowed 4 minutes of stoppage time and with just seconds to go, goalkeeper Jimmy Glass came upfield and scored from a rebounded corner to preserve his club’s place in the league which had been held since 1928. Scarborough, who had only joined the league in 1987, were relegated instead. Glass, 25, had been signed on loan from Swindon Town after the transfer line because an injury crisis had left Carlisle without a goalkeeper for the final few games of the season.

Final league tables and results[edit]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1998–99
Champions Sunderland (3rd second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier League Sunderland,
Bradford City
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offs Watford
Relegated Bristol City,
Bury,
Oxford United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1455 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Lee Hughes (West Bromwich Albion), 31 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Sunderland 46 19 3 1 50 10 12 9 2 41 18 91 28 +63 105
2 Bradford City 46 15 4 4 48 20 11 5 7 34 27 82 47 +35 87
3 Ipswich Town 46 16 1 6 37 15 10 7 6 32 17 69 32 +37 86
4 Birmingham City 46 12 7 4 32 15 11 5 7 34 22 66 37 +29 81
5 Watford 46 12 8 3 30 19 9 6 8 35 37 65 56 +9 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 13 6 4 44 25 7 10 6 34 34 78 59 +19 76
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 11 10 2 37 19 8 6 9 27 24 64 43 +21 73
8 Sheffield United 46 12 6 5 42 29 6 7 10 29 37 71 66 +5 67
9 Norwich City 46 7 12 4 34 28 8 5 10 28 33 62 61 +1 62
10 Huddersfield Town 46 11 9 3 38 23 4 7 12 24 48 62 71 –9 61
11 Grimsby Town 46 11 6 6 25 18 6 4 13 15 34 40 52 –12 61
12 West Bromwich Albion 46 12 4 7 43 33 4 7 12 26 43 69 76 –7 59
13 Barnsley 46 7 9 7 35 30 7 8 8 24 26 59 56 +3 59
14 Crystal Palace 46 11 10 2 43 26 3 6 14 15 45 58 71 –13 58
15 Tranmere Rovers 46 8 7 8 37 30 4 13 6 26 31 63 61 +2 56
16 Stockport County 46 7 9 7 24 21 5 8 10 25 39 49 60 –11 53
17 Swindon Town 46 7 8 8 40 44 6 3 14 19 37 59 81 –22 50
18 Crewe Alexandra 46 7 6 10 27 35 5 6 12 27 43 54 78 –24 48
19 Portsmouth 46 10 5 8 34 26 1 9 13 23 47 57 73 –16 47
20 Queens Park Rangers 46 9 7 7 34 22 3 4 16 18 39 52 61 –9 47
21 Port Vale 46 10 3 10 22 28 3 5 15 23 47 45 75 –30 47
22 Bury 46 9 7 7 24 27 1 10 12 11 33 35 60 –25 47
23 Oxford United 46 7 8 8 31 30 3 6 14 17 41 48 71 –23 44
24 Bristol City 46 7 8 8 35 36 2 7 14 22 44 57 80 –23 42
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
Promoted to FA Premier League
Participated in play-offs
Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
Relegated

First Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 16th; 2nd leg – May 19th/20th, 1999
Final at Wembley
May 31st, 1999
                     
3rd  Ipswich Town 0 4 4  
6th  Bolton Wanderers[notes 1] 1 3 4  
    5th  Watford 2
  6th  Bolton Wanderers 0
4th  Birmingham City 0 1 1 (6)
5th  Watford (pen.) 1 0 1 (7)  

[2]

  1. ^ Bolton Wanderers the first round of the play-offs against Ipswich Town on away goals after extra time.

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BIR BOL BRA BRI BRY CRE CPA GRI HUD IPS NOR OXF PVA POR QPR SHE STP SUN SWI TRA WAT WBA WOL
Barnsley 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 0–0 7–1 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–3
Birmingham City 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–0 3–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 0–1
Bolton Wanderers 3–3 3–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1
Bradford City 2–1 2–1 2–2 5–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 3–0 2–3 0–0 4–1 0–0 4–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 1–2 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1
Bristol City 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–3 1–1 5–2 1–1 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–6
Bury 0–0 2–4 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–5 3–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 0–0
Crewe Alexandra 3–1 0–0 4–4 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–3 3–2 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–2 5–1 2–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2
Grimsby Town 1–2 0–3 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 5–1 0–0
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–3 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–3 2–1
Ipswich Town 0–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 4–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–0
Norwich City 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 0–0 1–3 3–4 0–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0
Oxford United 1–0 1–7 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–2 3–3 2–4 2–1 3–0 4–1 0–2 5–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 0–2
Port Vale 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 2–1
Portsmouth 1–3 0–1 0–2 2–4 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 5–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 6–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–1
Sheffield United 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 1–1
Stockport County 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2
Sunderland 2–3 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 7–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 4–1 3–0 2–1
Swindon Town 1–3 0–1 3–3 1–4 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–6 1–1 4–1 1–1 3–3 3–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–3 1–4 2–2 1–0
Tranmere Rovers 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 2–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 3–1 1–2
Watford 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–0 1–3 2–3 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–5 3–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 4–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–1 2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1998–1999

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1998–99
Champions Fulham (1st third tier title)
Direct promotion Fulham,
Walsall
Promoted through play-offs Manchester City
Relegated Lincoln City,
Macclesfield Town,
Northampton,
York City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1358 (2.46 per match)
Top goalscorer Jamie Cureton (Bristol Rovers), 25 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Fulham 46 19 3 1 50 12 12 5 6 29 20 79 32 +47 101
2 Walsall 46 13 7 3 37 23 13 2 8 26 24 63 47 +16 87
3 Manchester City 46 13 6 4 38 14 9 10 4 31 19 69 33 +36 82
4 Gillingham 46 15 5 3 45 17 7 9 7 30 27 75 44 +31 80
5 Preston North End 46 12 6 5 46 23 10 7 6 32 27 78 50 +28 79
6 Wigan Athletic 46 14 5 4 44 17 8 5 10 31 31 75 48 +27 76
7 Bournemouth 46 14 7 2 37 11 7 6 10 26 30 63 41 +22 76
8 Stoke City 46 10 4 9 32 32 11 2 10 27 31 59 63 –4 69
9 Chesterfield 46 14 5 4 34 16 3 8 12 12 28 46 44 +2 64
10 Millwall 46 9 8 6 33 24 8 3 12 19 35 52 59 –7 62
11 Reading 46 10 6 7 29 26 6 7 10 25 37 54 63 –9 61
12 Luton Town 46 10 4 9 25 26 6 6 11 26 34 51 60 –9 58
13 Bristol Rovers 46 8 9 6 35 28 5 8 10 30 28 65 56 +9 56
14 Blackpool 46 7 8 8 24 24 7 6 10 20 30 44 54 –10 56
15 Burnley 46 8 7 8 23 33 5 9 9 31 40 54 73 –19 55
16 Notts County 46 8 6 9 29 27 6 6 11 23 34 52 61 –9 54
17 Wrexham 46 8 6 9 21 28 5 8 10 22 34 43 62 –19 53
18 Colchester United 46 9 7 7 25 30 3 9 11 27 40 52 70 –18 52
19 Wycombe Wanderers 46 8 5 10 31 26 5 7 11 21 32 52 58 –6 51
20 Oldham Athletic 46 8 4 11 26 31 6 5 12 22 35 48 66 –18 51
21 York City 46 6 8 9 28 33 7 3 13 28 47 56 80 –24 50
22 Northampton 46 4 12 7 26 31 6 6 11 17 26 43 57 –14 48
23 Lincoln City 46 9 4 10 27 27 4 3 16 15 47 42 74 –32 46
24 Macclesfield Town 46 7 4 12 24 30 4 6 13 19 33 43 63 –30 43
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Second Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 15th/16th; 2nd leg – May 19th, 1999
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 30th, 1999
                     
3rd  Manchester City 1 1 2  
6th  Wigan Athletic 1 0 1  
    3rd  Manchester City (pen.) 2 (3)
  4th  Gillingham 2 (1)
4th  Gillingham 1 1 2
5th  Preston North End 1 0 1  

[2]

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1998–1999

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1998–99
Champions Brentford (2nd fourth tier title)
Direct promotion Brentford,
Cambridge United,
Cardiff City
Promoted through play-offs Scunthorpe United
Relegated to Conference Scarborough
New club in the league None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1395 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Marco Gabbiadini (Darlington), 23 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Brentford 46 16 5 2 45 18 10 2 11 34 38 79 56 +23 85
2 Cambridge United 46 13 6 4 41 21 10 6 7 37 27 78 48 +30 81
3 Cardiff City 46 13 7 3 35 17 9 7 7 25 22 60 39 +21 80
4 Scunthorpe United 46 14 3 6 42 28 8 5 10 27 30 69 58 +11 74
5 Rotherham United 46 11 8 4 41 26 9 5 9 38 35 79 61 +18 73
6 Leyton Orient 46 12 6 5 40 30 7 9 7 28 29 68 59 +9 72
7 Swansea City 46 11 9 3 33 19 8 5 10 23 29 56 48 +8 71
8 Mansfield Town 46 15 2 6 38 18 4 8 11 22 40 60 58 +2 67
9 Peterborough United 46 11 4 8 41 29 7 8 8 31 27 72 56 +16 66
10 Halifax Town 46 10 8 5 33 25 7 7 9 25 31 58 56 +2 66
11 Darlington 46 10 6 7 41 24 8 5 10 28 34 69 58 +11 65
12 Exeter City 46 13 5 5 32 18 4 7 12 15 32 47 40 +7 63
13 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 6 6 32 19 6 4 13 26 35 58 54 +4 61
14 Chester 46 6 12 5 28 30 7 6 10 29 36 57 66 –9 57
15 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 6 6 36 29 3 8 12 16 34 52 63 –11 56
16 Barnet 46 10 5 8 30 31 4 8 11 24 40 54 61 –7 55
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 8 3 12 25 35 8 4 11 24 31 49 66 –17 55
18 Southend United 46 8 6 9 24 21 6 6 11 28 37 52 58 –6 54
19 Rochdale 46 9 8 6 22 21 4 7 12 20 34 42 55 –13 54
20 Torquay United 46 9 9 5 29 20 3 8 12 18 38 47 58 –11 53
21 Hull City 46 8 5 10 25 28 6 6 11 19 34 44 62 –18 53
22 Hartlepool United 46 8 7 8 33 27 5 5 13 19 38 52 65 –13 51
23 Carlisle United 46 8 8 7 25 21 3 8 12 18 32 43 53 –10 49
24 Scarborough 46 8 3 12 30 39 6 3 14 20 38 50 77 –27 48
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New club in the league
Relegated to Conference

Third Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 16th; 2nd leg – May 19th, 1999
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 29th, 1999
                     
4th  Scunthorpe United 0 3 3  
7th  Swansea City 1 1 2  
    4th  Scunthorpe United 1
  6th  Leyton Orient 0
5th  Rotherham United 0 0 0 (2)
6th  Leyton Orient (pen.) 0 0 0 (4)  

[2]

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1998–1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

The tables above are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[2] with home and away statistics separated. Play-off results are from the same website.

  1. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d "England 1998–99". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.