1998–99 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
1998–99 season
Chairman Elton John
Manager Graham Taylor
Stadium Vicarage Road
Football League First Division 5th (promoted)
Play-offs Winners
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup First round
Top goalscorer Noel-Williams (10)
Average home league attendance 11,822

During the 1998–99 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1998–99 season, Watford's second successive promotion came true thanks to a 2-0 victory over Bolton in the playoff final which secured the club's promotion to the top flight for the first time since 1988.[1][2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61
11. Grimsby Town 46 17 10 19 40 52 61
12. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 59
13. Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 16 16 58 71 58
15. Tranmere Rovers 46 12 20 14 63 61 56
16. Stockport County 46 12 17 17 49 60 53
17. Swindon Town 46 13 11 22 59 81 50
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 48
19. Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 47
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 12 11 23 52 61 47
21. Port Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 47
22. Bury 46 10 17 19 35 60 47
23. Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 44
24. Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 42
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Portsmouth A 2-1 15,275 Thomson (own goal), Lee
15 August 1998 Bradford City H 1-0 10,731 Ngonge
22 August 1998 Bristol City A 4-1 13,063 Johnson (2), Yates, Hazan
25 August 1998 Sunderland A 1-4 36,587 Smart
28 August 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-2 12,016
8 September 1998 Huddersfield Town A 0-2 9,811
12 September 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 2-1 14,251 Millen, Smart
19 September 1998 Swindon Town A 4-1 8,781 Smart (2), Wright, Hazan
26 September 1998 Ipswich Town H 1-0 13,109 Kennedy (pen)
29 September 1998 Sheffield United H 1-1 9,090 Noel-Williams
4 October 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1-4 11,840 Kennedy (pen)
10 October 1998 Birmingham City H 1-1 10,096 Rowett (own goal)
17 October 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 2-3 6,753 Smart, Noel-Williams
20 October 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2-1 15,921 Noel-Williams, Kennedy (pen)
24 October 1998 Port Vale H 2-2 8,750 Guðmundsson (2)
31 October 1998 Bury A 3-1 4,342 Bazeley, Ngonge, Smart
3 November 1998 Norwich City H 1-1 10,011 Jackson (own goal)
7 November 1998 Oxford United H 2-0 10,137 Palmer, Noel-Williams
14 November 1998 Stockport County A 1-1 8,019 Johnson
21 November 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 4-2 9,405 Noel-Williams (2), Bazeley, Wright
28 November 1998 Crystal Palace A 2-2 19,521 Wright, Kennedy
5 December 1998 Barnsley H 0-0 10,165
12 December 1998 Stockport County H 4-2 9,250 Johnson, Wright, Noel-Williams (2)
19 December 1998 Grimsby Town A 1-2 6,679 Noel-Williams
26 December 1998 Bristol City H 1-0 15,081 Smart
29 December 1998 Norwich City A 1-1 19,255 Palmer
9 January 1999 Portsmouth H 0-0 12,057
16 January 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 23,408
23 January 1999 West Bromwich Albion H 0-2 11,664
30 January 1999 Sunderland H 2-1 20,188 Wright, Noel-Williams
6 February 1999 Bradford City A 0-2 14,142
16 February 1999 Huddersfield Town H 1-1 10,303 Mooney
20 February 1999 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 14,918 Wright, Smith
26 February 1999 Swindon Town H 0-1 8,692
2 March 1999 Ipswich Town A 2-3 18,818 Smith, Mooney
6 March 1999 Sheffield United A 0-3 15,943
13 March 1999 Oxford United A 0-0 8,137
20 March 1999 Bury H 0-0 9,336
3 April 1999 Tranmere Rovers H 2-1 8,682 Kennedy, Ngonge
5 April 1999 Birmingham City A 2-1 24,877 Mooney, Daley
10 April 1999 Bolton Wanderers H 2-0 13,001 Hyde, Mooney
17 April 1999 Crewe Alexandra A 1-0 5,461 Mooney
24 April 1999 Crystal Palace H 2-1 15,590 Hyde, Mooney
27 April 1999 Port Vale A 2-1 7,126 Mooney (2)
1 May 1999 Barnsley A 2-2 17,098 Ngonge, Mooney
9 May 1999 Grimsby Town H 1-0 20,303 Kennedy

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 16 May 1999 Birmingham City H 1-0 18,535 Ngonge
SF 2nd Leg 20 May 1999 Birmingham City A 0-1 (won 7-6 on pens) 29,100
F 31 May 1999 Bolton Wanderers N 2-0 70,343 Wright, Smart

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 2-5 36,022 Johnson, Kennedy

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 11 August 1998 Cambridge United A 0-1 3,073
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Cambridge United H 1-1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 6,817 Ngonge

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Alec Chamberlain
England GK Chris Day
England DF Darren Bazeley
England DF Clint Easton
England DF Nigel Gibbs
England DF Colin Miles
England DF Keith Millen
England DF Steve Palmer
England DF David Perpetuini
England DF Paul Robinson
England DF Darren Ward
England DF Dean Yates
Wales DF Rob Page (captain)
Nigeria DF Benedict Iroha
England MF Tony Daley
England MF Micah Hyde[5]
No. Position Player
England MF Gifton Noel-Williams
England MF Tommy Smith
Northern Ireland MF Peter Kennedy
France MF Alexandre Bonnot (on loan from Angers)
Iceland MF Jóhann Guðmundsson
Israel MF Alon Hazan
Israel MF Ronny Rosenthal
Australia MF Richard Johnson
England FW Jason Lee
England FW Tommy Mooney
England FW Stuart Slater
England FW Guy Whittingham
England FW Nick Wright
Scotland FW Allan Smart
Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Michel Ngonge[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watford back in the big time". BBC Sport. 31 May 1999. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ McGuinness, Mark (1 June 1999). "Football: You've Got Wat It Takes, Taylor: First Division Play-Off Special; Bolton 0 Watford 2 Graham back on a high with return to the top flight.". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/1998-1999
  4. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=2741&teamTabs=stats&season_id=128
  5. ^ Hyde was born in Newham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2001.
  6. ^ Ngonge was born in Huy, Belgium, but qualified to represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo (and its predecessor, Zaire) internationally.