1999–2000 Birmingham City F.C. season

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Birmingham City F.C.
1999–2000 season
Chairman David Gold
Manager Trevor Francis
Ground St Andrew's
Football League First Division 5th
Play-offs Semi-final
(eliminated by Barnsley)
FA Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by Everton)
League Cup Fourth round
(eliminated by West Ham United)
Top goalscorer League: Paul Furlong (11)
All: Paul Furlong (11)
Highest home attendance 29,050 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1 April 2000
Lowest home attendance 17,150 vs Stockport County, 29 January 2000
Average home league attendance 21,895[1]

The 1999–2000 season was Birmingham City Football Club's 97th in the Football League. They finished in fifth place in the Football League First Division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, but lost the first leg of the semifinal 4–0 at home to Barnsley. Although they won the away leg, they were eliminated 5–2 on aggregate. Birmingham entered the 1999–2000 FA Cup at the third round and lost to Everton in the fourth, and after entering the League Cup in the first round and defeating Newcastle United in the third, lost to West Ham United in the fourth round.

Paul Furlong was top scorer with 11 goals, all scored in league competition.

Football League First Division[edit]

Match details[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
7 August 1999 6th Fulham A D 2–2 Hughes 62', Lazaridis 85' 24,042 [2]
14 August 1999 4th Norwich City A W 1–0 McCarthy 11' 15,261 [2]
21 August 1999 3rd Port Vale H W 4–2 Hughes (2) 8', 51', Furlong (2) 18', 34' 18,089 [2]
27 August 1999 4th Stockport County A L 0–2 6,115 [2]
30 August 1999 3rd Crewe Alexandra H W 5–1 M. Johnson 12', McCarthy 20', Furlong 30', Holdsworth 52', Ndlovu 77' 24,085 [2]
5 September 1999 2nd Bolton Wanderers A D 3–3 Holdsworth 26', Furlong (2) 37', 45' 11,668 [2]
11 September 1999 3rd West Bromwich Albion H D 1–1 A. Johnson 43' 25,945 [2]
18 September 1999 2nd Ipswich Town A W 1–0 Furlong 10' pen. 19,758 [2]
25 September 1999 1st Queens Park Rangers H W 2–0 Furlong (2) 44' pen., 64' pen. 18,748 [2]
2 October 1999 4th Charlton Athletic A L 0–1 19,753 [2]
8 October 1999 4th Walsall A L 0–1 7,164 [2]
16 October 1999 3rd Crystal Palace H W 2–0 Purse 10', McCarthy 48' 21,582 [2]
19 October 1999 4th Manchester City H L 0–1 22,126 [2]
23 October 1999 5th Grimsby Town A D 1–1 Wreh 37' 6,266 [2]
27 October 1999 5th Queens Park Rangers A D 2–2 Marcelo (2) 74', 76' 11,196 [2]
30 October 1999 4th Charlton Athletic H W 1–0 Hughes 25' 19,172 [2]
6 November 1999 6th Portsmouth A D 2–2 Lazaridis 59', M. Johnson 62' 12,756 [2]
20 November 1999 10th Barnsley A L 1–2 McCarthy 70' 14,520 [2]
23 November 1999 5th Tranmere Rovers H W 3–1 Grainger 2' pen., Marcelo 27', Hyde 45' 21,132 [2]
27 November 1999 7th Swindon Town H D 1–1 Grainger 26' 22,620 [2]
4 December 1999 7th Fulham A D 0–0 12,290 [2]
17 December 1999 8th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1–2 Hughes 15' 19,724 [2]
26 December 1999 11th Sheffield United H L 0–2 22,874 [2]
28 December 1999 13th Nottingham Forest A L 0–1 20,821 [2]
3 January 2000 12th Huddersfield Town H W 1–0 Hughes 1' 19,558 [2]
15 January 2000 11th Norwich City H W 2–0 Grainger 16', 30' 21,007 [2]
22 January 2000 11th Port Vale A L 1–3 Hughes 48' 7,702 [2]
29 January 2000 8th Stockport County H W 2–1 Holdsworth 62', Hughes 72' 17,150 [2]
5 February 2000 7th Crewe Alexandra A W 3–2 O'Connor 45' pen., Hughes 54', Adebola 70' 6,289 [2]
12 February 2000 6th Bolton Wanderers H W 2–1 Rankin 50', Adebola 66' 18,426 [2]
15 February 2000 6th Blackburn Rovers H W 1–0 O'Connor 33' 20,719 [2]
19 February 2000 5th Swindon Town A W 4–1 Purse 11', Rankin 21', Adebola 26', Grainger 74' 7,591 [2]
27 February 2000 5th Ipswich Town H D 1–1 Mowbray 17' o.g. 20,493 [2]
4 March 2000 5th West Bromwich Albion A W 3–0 Adebola 6', 8', Marcelo 86' 17,029 [2]
7 March 2000 5th Portsmouth H W 1–0 Marcelo 49' 19,573 [2]
11 March 2000 5th Tranmere Rovers A L 1–2 Rowett 45' 9,232 [2]
18 March 2000 5th Barnsley H W 3–1 Rankin 25', 63', Holdsworth 45' 25,108 [2]
22 March 2000 5th Blackburn Rovers A L 0–1 18,096 [2]
25 March 2000 6th Sheffield United A W 2–1 Kozluk 52' o.g., Hughes 54' 15,486 [2]
1 April 2000 5th Wolverhampton Wanderers H W 1–0 Holdsworth 53' 29,050 [2]
8 April 2000 5th Huddersfield Town A D 0–0 16,961 [2]
15 April 2000 6th Nottingham Forest H L 0–1 23,006 [2]
22 April 2000 5th Crystal Palace A W 2–0 Austin 45' o.g., Furlong 61' 17,144 [2]
24 April 2000 5th Walsall H W 2–0 Furlong (2) 70', 90' pen. 17,144 [2]
28 April 2000 5th Manchester City A L 0–1 32,062 [2]
7 May 2000 5th Grimsby Town H D 0–0 25,263 [2]

League table (part)[edit]

Final Division One table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
3rd Ipswich Town 46 25 12 9 71 42 +31 87
4th Barnsley 46 24 10 12 88 67 +21 82
5th Birmingham City 46 22 11 13 65 44 +21 77
6th Bolton Wanderers 46 21 13 12 69 50 +19 76
7th Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 21 11 14 64 48 +16 74
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 [3]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 22 11 13 65 44 +21 77 15 5 3 37 16 +21 7 6 10 28 28 0

Source: [3]

Play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Semifinal 1st leg 13 May 2000 Barnsley H L 0–4 26,492 [2]
Semifinal 2nd leg 18 May 2000 Barnsley A W 2–1
2–5 agg.
Rowett 33', Marcelo 75' 19,050 [2]


FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
Third round 11 December 1999 Watford A W 1–0 Rowett 66' 8,144 [2]
Fourth round 8 January 2000 Everton A L 0–2 25,405 [2]


League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Report
First round 1st leg 10 August 1999 Exeter City H W 3–0 A. Johnson 17', Richardson 42' o.g., Adebola 75' 18,976 [4]
First round 2nd leg 24 August 1999 Exeter City A W 2–1
5–1 agg.
Richardson 22' o.g., O'Connor 50' 2,338 [5]
Second round 1st leg 14 September 1999 Bristol Rovers H W 2–0 O'Connor 51' pen., Holdsworth 67' 17,457 [6]
Second round 2nd leg 21 September 1999 Bristol Rovers A W 1–0
3–0 agg.
Rowett 48' 5,456 [7]
Third round 12 October 1999 Newcastle United H W 2–0 O'Connor 45' pen., Purse 60' 19,795 [2]
Fourth round 30 November 1999 West Ham United H L 2–3 Hyde 8', Grainger 44' 17,728 [2]


Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Clubdagger Fee Ref
6 July 1999 Eddie Newton (Chelsea) Free [8]
16 July 1999 Trésor Luntala Rennes Free
16 July 1999 Jacques Williams Bordeaux Free
28 July 1999 Stan Lazaridis West Ham United £2m [9]
25 October 1999 Marcelo Sheffield United £500,000 [10]
dagger Brackets round club names indicate the player's contract with that club had expired before he joined Birmingham.

Out[edit]

Date Player Fee Joineddagger Ref
7 July 1999 Tony Hey Free Peterborough United
23 September 1999 Howard Forinton £250,000 Peterborough United
2 November 1999 Simon Rea Free Peterborough United
31 December 1999 Gary Ablett Released (Blackpool) [11]
3 February 2000 Chris Holland £100,000 Huddersfield Town [12]
22 March 2000 Eddie Newton Released (Oxford United) [13]
30 June 2000 Simon Charlton Released (Bolton Wanderers) [14]
30 June 2000 Darren Wassall Released (Burton Albion) [14]
dagger Brackets round a club denote the player joined that club after his Birmingham City contract expired.

Loan in[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
4 August 1999 Richard Knight Derby County Two months
7 October 1999 John Beresford Southampton One month [15]
15 October 1999 Allan Johnston Sunderland Two months [16]
21 October 1999 Christopher Wreh Arsenal 14 December 1999 [17]
19 January 2000 Isaiah Rankin Bradford City 7 April 2000 [18]
23 February 2000 Michael Carrick West Ham United 14 March 2000 [19]
23 March 2000 Stuart Campbell Leicester City 28 April 2000 [20]
31 March 2000 Thomas Myhre Everton End of season [21]

Loan out[edit]

Date Player Club Return Ref
24 August 1999 Simon Rea Peterborough United Made permanent
2 December 1999 Gary Ablett Wycombe Wanderers One month
23 March 2000 Jon Bass Gillingham 12 May 2000 [22]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Numbers in parentheses denote appearances as substitute.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season 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 Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow rectangular card A red rectangular card
1 GK  ENG Kevin Poole 18 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 24 0 0 0
2 DF  ENG Gary Rowett 45 1 2 1 5 1 2 1 54 4 4 0
3 DF  ENG Martin Grainger 34 5 2 0 2 1 1 0 39 6 6 0
4 MF  ENG Bryan Hughes 41 (4) 10 2 0 3 (1) 0 2 0 48 (5) 10 4 1
5 DF  ENG Graham Hyde 20 (10) 1 2 0 2 (1) 1 0 0 24 (11) 2 4 1
6 DF  ENG David Holdsworth 43 (1) 5 1 0 5 1 2 0 51 (1) 6 8 0
7 MF  NIR Jon McCarthy 21 4 0 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 27 (1) 4 4 0
8 MF  CAY Martyn O'Connor 38 (1) 2 1 0 6 3 2 0 47 (1) 5 7 1
9 FW  ENG Paul Furlong 17 (2) 11 0 0 2 0 2 0 21 (2) 11 6 0
10 FW  NGA Dele Adebola 21 (21) 5 0 (1) 0 3 (2) 1 0 (1) 0 24 (25) 6 1 0
11 FW  ZIM Peter Ndlovu 2 (11) 1 0 0 3 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 6 (13) 1 0 0
12 DF  ENG Simon Charlton 19 (1) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 (1) 0 1 0
13 GK  ENG Ian Bennett 21 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 23 0 0 0
14Left club during playing season MF  ENG Eddie Newton 2 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 2 (2) 0 0 0 4 (5) 0 1 0
15 DF  ENG Darren Purse 33 (5) 2 1 0 5 1 2 0 41 (5) 3 6 1
16Left club during playing season FW  ENG Isaiah Rankin* 11 (2) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 (2) 4 6 1
17 DF  JAM Michael Johnson 29 (5) 2 2 0 3 0 2 0 36 (5) 2 7 0
18 MF  ENG Steve Robinson 5 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 6 (2) 0 1 0
19 DF  ENG Darren Wassall 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 DF  ENG Jon Bass 5 (3) 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 8 (3) 0 1 0
21 DF  ENG Simon Marsh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22Left club during playing season MF  ENG Chris Holland 2 (12) 0 1 0 3 (1) 0 0 0 6 (13) 0 0 0
22Left club during playing season MF  ENG Michael Carrick* 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 0
23 DF  ENG Jerry Gill 2 (9) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 1 0 5 (10) 0 1 0
24Left club during playing season FW  ENG Howard Forinton 0 (1) 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 0 0 1 (3) 0 0 0
24 MF  SCO Stuart Campbell* 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 0 0
25 DF  ENG James Dyson 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0 1 0
26 FW  ENG Andrew Johnson 15 (8) 1 0 0 4 (1) 1 1 (1) 0 20 (10) 2 2 0
28 MF  AUS Stan Lazaridis 26 (5) 2 1 0 5 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 33 (8) 2 0 0
29Left club during playing season GK  ENG Richard Knight* 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
29Left club during playing season DF  ENG John Beresford* 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 GK  NOR Thomas Myhre* 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 9 0 0 0
30 MF  SCO Allan Johnston* 7 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 (1) 0 1 0
31 MF  NIR Jimmy Haarhoff 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 0
32 MF  LBR Christopher Wreh* 6 (1) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 (1) 1 2 0
33 FW  BRA Marcelo 14 (10) 5 1 0 0 0 1 (1) 1 16 (11) 6 3 0
34 MF  COD Trésor Luntala 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players not included in matchday squads
No. Pos Nat Name
16Left club during playing season DF  ENG Gary Ablett
27Left club during playing season DF  ENG Simon Rea
35 MF  ENG Jacques Williams

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Rollin & Rollin, Playfair Football Annual 2000–2001, p. 139.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az "Birmingham City Reports – 1999–2000". sportinglife.com (365 Media Group). Archived from the original on 23 May 2012.  Individual match reports are linked from this page.
  3. ^ a b "Birmingham City 1999–2000 : English Division One Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
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