1999–2000 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1999–2000
Champions Charlton Athletic
Promoted Charlton Athletic
Manchester City
Ipswich Town
Relegated Chester City

The 19992000 season was the 100th completed season of The Football League.

The 1999–2000 season saw the league dispense with the traditional 1–11 numbering of players’ shirts in favour of squad numbers, a system that had been adopted by the Premier League a few seasons before. This also meant that players’ names appeared on the back of their shirts for the first time since the league’s inception.[1]

The three promotion places in Division One went to champions Charlton Athletic, runners-up Manchester City and playoff winners Ipswich Town.

1999–2000 also saw some of Division One’s biggest clubs miss out on promotion — the biggest of these were Blackburn Rovers (11th) and Nottingham Forest (14th). Steve Coppell ended his fourth spell as Crystal Palace manager after doing wonders to keep a virtually bankrupt club clear of the Division One relegation zone.

Going down were Walsall, Port Vale and Swindon Town. West Bromwich Albion just missed out on the drop zone thanks to a late turn-around in form during the final weeks of the season which followed the appointment of Gary Megson as manager.

David Moyes, 37, showed promise as one of the league’s most highly rated young managers after he guided Preston North End to the Division Two championship. Stan Ternent’s two-year rebuilding project at Burnley paid off as they finished runners-up in the division and would establish themselves as a second tier side for nine years until promotion to the Premier League happened at the end of the 2008–09 season. Joining them in Division One were Peter Taylor’s Gillingham, who had reached the upper half of the league for the first time in their history.

Going down were Cardiff City, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield. Narrowly avoiding the drop were Oxford United, who struggled all season long despite the club’s financial crisis being eased by the arrival of new Tanzanian chairman Firoz Kassam.

Swansea City, Rotherham United, Northampton Town and Peterborough United occupied the four promotion places in Division Three.

Chester City were relegated on the last day of the season, ending their 69-year league career and would be relegated from the League again nine years later while Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United saved themselves from Conference football.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1999–2000
Champions Plymouth Argyle (1st second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier League Plymouth Argyle,
Walsall
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offs Ipswich Town
Relegated Port Vale,
Swindon Town,
Walsall
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1391 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Andy Hunt (Charlton Athletic), 24 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Charlton Athletic 46 15 3 5 37 18 12 7 4 42 27 79 45 +34 91
2 Manchester City 46 17 2 4 48 17 9 9 5 30 23 78 40 +38 89
3 Ipswich Town 46 16 3 4 39 17 9 9 5 32 25 71 42 +29 87
4 Barnsley 46 15 4 4 48 24 9 6 8 40 43 88 67 +21 82
5 Birmingham City 46 15 5 3 37 16 7 6 10 28 28 65 44 +21 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 14 5 4 43 26 7 8 8 26 24 69 50 +19 76
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 5 3 45 20 6 6 11 19 28 64 48 +16 74
8 Huddersfield Town 46 14 5 4 43 21 7 6 10 19 28 62 49 +13 74
9 Fulham 46 13 7 3 33 13 4 9 10 16 28 49 41 +8 67
10 Queens Park Rangers 46 9 12 2 30 20 7 6 10 32 33 62 53 +9 66
11 Blackburn Rovers 46 10 9 4 33 20 5 8 10 22 31 55 51 +4 62
12 Norwich City 46 11 6 6 26 22 3 9 11 19 28 45 50 –5 57
13 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 8 5 35 27 5 4 14 22 41 57 68 –11 57
14 Nottingham Forest 46 9 10 4 29 18 5 4 14 24 37 53 55 –2 56
15 Crystal Palace 46 7 11 5 33 26 6 4 13 24 41 57 67 –10 54
16 Sheffield United 46 10 8 5 38 24 3 7 13 21 47 59 71 –12 54
17 Stockport County 46 8 8 7 33 31 5 7 11 22 36 55 67 –12 54
18 Portsmouth 46 9 6 8 36 27 4 6 13 19 39 55 66 –11 51
19 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 5 9 27 31 5 4 14 19 36 46 67 –21 51
20 Grimsby Town 46 10 8 5 27 25 3 4 16 14 42 41 67 –26 51
21 West Bromwich Albion 46 6 11 6 25 26 4 8 11 18 34 43 60 –17 49
22 Walsall 46 7 6 10 26 34 4 7 12 26 43 52 77 –25 46
23 Port Vale 46 6 6 11 27 30 1 9 13 21 39 48 69 –21 36
24 Swindon Town 46 5 6 12 23 37 3 6 14 15 40 38 77 –39 36
  • 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

[3]

Location of clubs[edit]

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1999–2000

First Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th/14th;
2nd leg – May 17th/18th, 2000
Final at Wembley
May 29th, 2000
                     
3rd  Ipswich Town (a.e.t.) 2 5 7  
6th  Bolton Wanderers 2 3 5  
    3rd  Ipswich Town 4
  4th  Barnsley 2
4th  Barnsley 4 1 5
5th  Birmingham City 0 2 2  

[3]

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BIR BLB BOL CHA CRE CPA FUL GRI HUD IPS MNC NOR NOT PVA POR QPR SHE STP SWI TRA WAL WBA WOL
Barnsley 2–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–0 3–0 4–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–2 1–2
Birmingham City 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 5–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–2 3–3 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 4–3 1–1 2–1
Charlton Athletic 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 2–3 0–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–3 2–0 1–0
Crystal Palace 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 2–2 3–2 0–2 1–1
Fulham 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1
Grimsby Town 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–5 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
Huddersfield Town 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–3 1–2 3–0 7–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 4–1 0–2 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
Ipswich Town 6–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–0
Manchester City 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–3 6–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Norwich City 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Nottingham Forest 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 1–1
Port Vale 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–1
Portsmouth 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–2 5–1 2–0 2–3
Queens Park Rangers 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1
Sheffield United 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 6–0 3–0
Stockport County 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–2
Swindon Town 1–2 1–4 2–1 0–4 1–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2
Tranmere Rovers 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–4 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Walsall 1–4 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–4 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 0–3 2–2 4–4 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 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.

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1999–2000
Champions Preston North End (2nd third tier title)
Direct promotion Preston North End,
Burnley
Promoted through play-offs Gillingham
Relegated Blackpool,
Cardiff City,
Chesterfield,
Scunthorpe United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1404 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Andy Payton (Burnley), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Preston North End 46 15 4 4 37 23 13 7 3 37 14 74 37 +37 95
2 Burnley 46 16 3 4 42 23 9 10 4 27 24 69 47 +22 88
3 Gillingham 46 16 3 4 46 21 9 7 7 33 27 79 48 +31 85
4 Wigan Athletic 46 15 3 5 37 14 7 14 2 35 24 72 38 +34 83
5 Millwall 46 14 7 2 41 18 9 6 8 35 32 76 50 +26 82
6 Stoke City 46 13 7 3 37 18 10 6 7 31 24 68 42 +26 82
7 Bristol Rovers 46 13 7 3 34 19 10 4 9 35 26 69 45 +24 80
8 Notts County 46 9 6 8 32 27 9 5 9 29 28 61 55 +6 65
9 Bristol City 46 7 14 2 31 18 8 5 10 28 39 59 57 +2 64
10 Reading 46 10 9 4 28 18 6 5 12 29 45 57 63 –6 62
11 Wrexham 46 9 6 8 23 24 8 5 10 29 37 52 61 –9 62
12 Wycombe Wanderers 46 11 4 8 32 24 5 9 9 24 29 56 53 +3 61
13 Luton Town 46 10 7 6 41 35 7 3 13 20 30 61 65 –4 61
14 Oldham Athletic 46 8 5 10 27 28 8 7 8 23 27 50 55 –5 60
15 Bury 46 8 10 5 38 33 5 8 10 23 31 61 64 –3 57
16 Bournemouth 46 11 6 6 37 19 5 3 15 22 43 59 62 –3 57
17 Brentford 46 8 6 9 27 31 5 7 11 20 30 47 61 –14 52
18 Colchester United 46 9 4 10 36 40 5 6 12 23 42 59 82 –23 52
19 Cambridge United 46 8 6 9 38 33 4 6 13 26 32 64 65 –1 48
20 Oxford United 46 6 5 12 24 38 6 4 13 19 35 43 73 –30 45
21 Cardiff City 46 5 10 8 23 34 4 7 12 22 33 45 67 –22 44
22 Blackpool 46 4 10 9 26 37 4 7 12 23 40 49 77 –28 41
23 Scunthorpe United 46 4 6 13 16 34 5 6 12 24 40 40 74 –34 39
24 Chesterfield 46 5 7 11 17 25 2 8 13 17 38 34 63 –29 36
  • 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

Location of clubs[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1999–2000

Second Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th; 2nd leg – May 17th, 2000
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 28th, 2000
                     
3rd  Gillingham 2 3 5  
6th  Stoke City 3 0 3  
    3rd  Gillingham (a.e.t.) 3
  4th  Wigan Athletic 2
4th   Wigan Athletic 0 1 1
5th  Millwall 0 0 0  

[3]

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1999–2000
Champions Swansea City (1st fourth tier title)
Direct promotion Swansea City,
Northampton,
Rotherham United
Promoted through play-offs Peterborough United
Relegated to Conference Chester
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1303 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer Marco Gabbiadini (Darlington), 24 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Swansea City 46 15 6 2 32 11 9 7 7 19 19 51 30 +21 85
2 Rotherham United 46 13 5 5 43 17 11 7 5 29 19 72 36 +36 84
3 Northampton 46 16 2 5 36 18 9 5 9 27 27 63 45 +18 82
4 Darlington 46 13 9 1 43 15 8 7 8 23 21 66 36 +30 79
5 Peterborough United 46 14 4 5 39 30 8 8 7 24 24 63 54 +9 78
6 Barnet 46 12 6 5 36 24 9 6 8 23 29 59 53 +6 75
7 Hartlepool United 46 16 1 6 32 17 5 8 10 28 32 60 49 +11 72
8 Cheltenham Town 46 13 4 6 28 17 7 6 10 22 25 50 42 +8 70
9 Torquay United 46 12 6 5 35 20 7 6 10 27 32 62 52 +10 69
10 Rochdale 46 8 7 8 21 25 10 7 6 36 29 57 54 +3 68
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 7 6 38 25 7 9 7 26 21 64 47 +17 67
12 Plymouth Argyle 46 12 10 1 38 18 4 8 11 17 33 55 51 +4 66
13 Macclesfield Town 46 9 7 7 36 30 9 4 10 30 31 66 61 +5 65
14 Hull City 46 7 8 8 26 23 8 6 9 17 20 43 43 ±0 59
15 Lincoln City 46 11 6 6 38 23 4 8 11 29 46 67 69 –2 59
16 Southend United 46 11 5 7 37 31 4 6 13 16 30 53 61 –8 56
17 Mansfield Town 46 9 6 8 33 26 7 2 14 17 39 50 65 –15 56
18 Halifax Town 46 7 5 11 22 24 8 4 11 22 34 44 58 –14 54
19 Leyton Orient 46 7 7 9 22 22 6 6 11 25 30 47 52 –5 52
20 York City 46 7 10 6 21 21 5 6 12 18 32 39 53 –14 52
21 Exeter City 46 8 6 9 27 30 3 5 15 19 42 46 72 –26 44
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 5 6 12 20 27 4 7 12 20 40 40 67 –27 40
23 Carlisle United 46 6 8 9 23 27 3 4 16 19 48 42 75 –33 39
24 Chester 46 5 5 13 20 36 5 4 14 24 43 44 79 –35 39
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

[3]

  • 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

Locations of clubs[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1999–2000

Third Division play-offs[edit]

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th; 2nd leg – May 17th, 2000
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 26th, 2000
                     
4th  Darlington 2 1 3  
7th  Hartlepool United 0 0 0  
    4th  Darlington 0
  5th  Peterborough United 1
5th  Peterborough United 2 3 5
6th  Barnet 1 0 1  

[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Put your shirt on squad numbers next season". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 1999-04-09. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "England 1999–00". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.