1999–2000 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday
1999–2000 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Howard Culley
Manager Danny Wilson (from 21 March)
Peter Shreeves (caretaker from 21 March)
Premier League 19th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Gilles De Bilde (10)
All: Gilled De Bilde (11)
Highest home attendance 39,640 (vs. Manchester United, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 10,993 (vs. Stoke City, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 26,800
(league)

The 1999–2000 season was Sheffield Wednesday's 133rd season in existence. They competed in the twenty-team Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club finished nineteenth and were relegated from the Premier League for the first time.

Season summary[edit]

A very poor start to the season saw Sheffield Wednesday fail to win any of their first nine league games (gaining just one solitary point away to Premier League newcomers Bradford City) and an 8–0 hammering at the hands of Newcastle United in September [1] saw most people tip the club as favourites for relegation, and this opinion was further strengthened by their failure to make a substantial improvement as the season went on as they won just once in their first 17 games (twice in their first 20). The board of directors decided that enough was enough and on 21 March, Danny Wilson's managerial contract was terminated,[2] three days after an appalling 1-0 defeat away to a struggling Watford side who had previously won only once in their previous 20 league games. Wilson's assistant Peter Shreeves took temporary charge, and kept the Owls in contention for survival right up to the penultimate day of the season. A failure to beat Arsenal confirmed their relegation after nine successive seasons of top division football, but they went down fighting by drawing 3–3 at Highbury.[3] Bradford City manager Paul Jewell was then given the uphill task of restoring Premier League football to the club, though the club's mounting debts triggered fears that further struggles would lie ahead.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 28 7 3 97 45  +52 91
2 Arsenal 38 22 7 9 73 43  +30 73
3 Leeds United 38 21 6 11 58 43  +15 69
4 Liverpool 38 19 10 9 51 30  +21 67
5 Chelsea 38 18 11 9 53 34  +19 65
6 Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46 35  +11 58
7 Sunderland 38 16 10 12 57 56  +1 58
8 Leicester City 38 16 7 15 55 55  0 55
9 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 52 53  −1 55
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 15 8 15 57 49  +8 53
11 Newcastle United 38 14 10 14 63 54  +9 52
12 Middlesbrough 38 14 10 14 46 52  −6 52
13 Everton 38 12 4 12 59 49  +10 50
14 Coventry City 38 12 8 18 47 54  −7 44
15 Southampton 38 12 8 18 45 62  −17 44
16 Derby County 38 9 11 18 44 57  −13 38
17 Bradford City 38 9 9 20 38 68  −30 36
18 Wimbledon 38 7 12 19 46 74  −28 33
19 Sheffield Wednesday 38 8 7 23 38 70  −32 31
20 Watford 38 6 6 26 35 77  −42 24
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Relegated to Division One

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 8 7 23 38 70 −32 31 6 3 10 21 23 −2 2 4 13 17 47 −30

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result L L D L L L L L L W L D L D L L L W L D W W L D L L D W L L L W W L L L D W
Position 14 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 19 19 19 19

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 1999 Liverpool H 1-2 34,853 Carbone
11 August 1999 Manchester United A 0-4 54,941
14 August 1999 Bradford City A 1-1 18,276 De Bilde
21 August 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 1-2 24,027 Carbone (pen)
25 August 1999 Derby County H 0-2 20,943
28 August 1999 Southampton A 0-2 14,815
11 September 1999 Everton H 0-2 23,539
19 September 1999 Newcastle United A 0-8 36,619
25 September 1999 Sunderland A 0-1 41,132
2 October 1999 Wimbledon H 5-1 18,077 Jonk, De Bilde (2), Rudi, Sibon
16 October 1999 Leeds United A 0-2 39,437
23 October 1999 Coventry City H 0-0 23,296
30 October 1999 Leicester City A 0-3 19,046
6 November 1999 Watford H 2-2 21,658 De Bilde (2, 1 pen)
21 November 1999 West Ham United A 3-4 23,015 Rudi, Jonk, Booth
5 December 1999 Liverpool A 1-4 42,517 Alexandersson
18 December 1999 Aston Villa A 1-2 23,885 De Bilde (pen)
26 December 1999 Middlesbrough H 1-0 28,531 Atherton
29 December 1999 Chelsea A 0-3 32,938
3 January 2000 Arsenal H 1-1 26,155 Sibon
15 January 2000 Bradford City H 2-0 24,682 Alexandersson, O'Brien (own goal)
22 January 2000 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-0 35,897 Alexandersson
2 February 2000 Manchester United H 0-1 39,640
5 February 2000 Derby County A 3-3 30,100 De Bilde, Sibon, Donnelly
12 February 2000 Southampton H 0-1 23,470
26 February 2000 Newcastle United H 0-2 29,212
4 March 2000 Everton A 1-1 32,020 Quinn
11 March 2000 West Ham United H 3-1 21,147 Cresswell, Hinchcliffe, Alexandersson
18 March 2000 Watford A 0-1 15,840
25 March 2000 Middlesbrough A 0-1 32,748
5 April 2000 Aston Villa H 0-1 18,136
12 April 2000 Wimbledon A 2-0 8,248 De Bilde, Sibon
15 April 2000 Chelsea H 1-0 21,743 Jonk (pen)
22 April 2000 Sunderland H 0-2 28,072
30 April 2000 Leeds United H 0-3 23,416
6 May 2000 Coventry City A 1-4 19,921 De Bilde
9 May 2000 Arsenal A 3-3 37,271 Sibon, De Bilde, Quinn
14 May 2000 Leicester City H 4-0 21,656 Quinn, Booth, Alexandersson, De Bilde

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 11 December 1999 Bristol City H 1-0 11,644 Booth
R4 8 January 2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 18,506 Alexandersson
R4R 18 January 2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 (won 4-3 on pens) 25,201
R5 29 January 2000 Gillingham A 1-3 10,130 Sibon

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 14 September 1999 Stoke City A 0-0 9,313
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1999 Stoke City H 3-1 (won 3-1 on agg) 10,993 Alexandersson (2), De Bilde
R3 13 October 1999 Nottingham Forest H 4-1 15,524 Cresswell, Booth, Sonner, Rudi
R4 30 November 1999 Bolton Wanderers A 0-1 12,543

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Kevin Pressman
2 England DF Peter Atherton
3 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe
4 Netherlands MF Wim Jonk
6 England DF Des Walker
7 Northern Ireland MF Danny Sonner
9 Netherlands FW Gerald Sibon
10 England FW Andy Booth
11 Scotland MF Phil O'Donnell
12 England FW Richard Cresswell
13 England GK Barry Richardson (on loan from Lincoln City)
14 Norway MF Petter Rudi
15 Scotland MF Philip Scott
16 Sweden MF Niclas Alexandersson
17 Northern Ireland DF Ian Nolan
18 Scotland MF Simon Donnelly
19 England DF Jon Newsome
No. Position Player
20 England FW Ritchie Humphreys
21 England MF Lee Briscoe
22 England DF Steve Haslam
23 Belgium FW Gilles De Bilde
24 Republic of Ireland MF Mark McKeever
25 England MF Scott Oakes
26 Wales MF Barry Horne
28 Czech Republic GK Pavel Srníček
29 England MF Matt Hamshaw
30 Republic of Ireland DF Derek Geary
32 Northern Ireland FW Owen Morrison
33 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
34 England MF Alex Higgins
35 England MF Peter Holmes
36 England MF Tony Crane
37 England DF Tom Staniforth
38 England DF Kevin Nicholson

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 Brazil DF Emerson Thome (to Chelsea)
8 Italy FW Benito Carbone (to Aston Villa)
No. Position Player
27 England DF Earl Barrett (retired)
31 Ghana FW Junior Agogo (released)

Reserve squad[edit]

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 Stuart Jones
- England DF Scott Bettney
- England DF Leigh Bromby
- Republic of Ireland MF Dean Brennan
No. Position Player
- England MF John Hibbins
- England FW James Coubrough
- England FW John Hutton
- England FW Andy Douglas

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
29 June 1999 MF Phil O'Donnell Celtic Free transfer
29 June 1999 MF Simon Donnelly Celtic Free transfer
10 July 1999 FW Gerald Sibon Ajax £2,000,000
10 July 1999 FW Gilles De Bilde PSV Eindhoven £3,000,000
23 March 2000 MF Barry Horne Huddersfield Town Non-contract

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
15 June 1999 MF Krystof Kotylo Nuneaton Borough Free transfer
22 June 1999 GK Matt Clarke Bradford City Free transfer
1 July 1999 DF Juan Cobián Charlton Athletic Signed
13 July 1999 FW Guy Whittingham Portsmouth Free transfer
20 October 1999 FW Benito Carbone Aston Villa Nominal
23 December 1999 DF Emerson Thome Chelsea £2,700,000
23 December 1999 DF Emerson Thome Chelsea £2,700,000
9 March 2000 GK Stuart Jones Torquay United £30,000
Transfers in: Decrease £5,000,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,730,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,270,000

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 14 May 2000
Players with no appearances not included in the list
No. Nat Pos Player Total FA Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Kevin Pressman 21 0 18+1 0 0 0 2 0
2 England DF Peter Atherton 42 1 35 1 4 0 3 0
3 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe 35 1 29 1 4 0 2 0
4 Netherlands MF Wim Jonk 36 3 29+1 3 4 0 2 0
6 England DF Des Walker 45 0 37 0 4 0 4 0
7 England MF Danny Sonner 34 1 18+9 0 2+1 0 3+1 1
9 Netherlands FW Gerald Sibon 34 6 12+16 5 3+1 1 1+1 0
10 England FW Andy Booth 28 4 20+3 2 1 1 4 1
11 Scotland MF Phil O'Donnell 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
12 England FW Richard Cresswell 25 2 2+18 1 0+3 0 1+1 1
14 Norway MF Petter Rudi 25 3 18+2 2 0+1 0 4 1
15 Scotland MF Philip Scott 7 0 2+3 0 1+1 0 0 0
16 Sweden MF Niclas Alexandersson 44 8 37 5 3 1 4 2
17 Northern Ireland DF Ian Nolan 37 0 28+1 0 4 0 3+1 0
18 Scotland MF Simon Donnelly 18 1 3+9 1 0+3 0 1+2 0
19 England DF Jon Newsome 6 0 5+1 0 0 0 0 0
21 England MF Lee Briscoe 19 0 7+9 0 0 0 2+1 0
22 England DF Steve Haslam 27 0 16+7 0 3 0 0+1 0
23 Belgium FW Gilles De Bilde 45 11 37+1 10 4 0 3 1
24 Republic of Ireland MF Mark McKeever 4 0 1+1 0 0+1 0 0+1 0
26 Wales MF Barry Horne 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
28 Czech Republic GK Pavel Srníček 26 0 20 0 4 0 2 0
33 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn 22 3 18+1 3 2+1 0 0 0
Players featured for club who have left:
5 Brazil DF Emerson Thome (to Chelsea) 22 0 16+1 0 1 0 3+1 0
8 Italy FW Benito Carbone (to Aston Villa) 8 2 3+4 2 0 0 0+1 0

Source:[6]

Disciplinary record[edit]

As of 14 May 2000
No. Pos. Name FA Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
1 GK Kevin Pressman 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 DF Peter Atherton 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
4 MF Wim Jonk 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
5 DF Emerson Thome 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
7 MF Danny Sonner 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
9 FW Gerald Sibon 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
10 FW Andy Booth 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
11 MF Phil O'Donnell 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
12 FW Richard Cresswell 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
14 MF Petter Rudi 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
15 MF Philip Scott 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 MF Niclas Alexandersson 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
17 DF Ian Nolan 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
18 MF Simon Donnelly 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
19 DF Jon Newsome 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
21 MF Lee Briscoe 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
23 FW Gilles De Bilde 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
33 MF Alan Quinn 3 0 1 1 0 0 4 1
Total 45 1 4 1 2 0 51 2

Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newcastle hit eight". BBC News. 19 September 1999. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Owls sack Wilson". BBC Sport. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday relegated". BBC Sport. 9 May 2000. Archived from the original on 30 May 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Sheffield Wednesday 1999-2000 Results - statto.com Archived 31 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ FootballSquads - Sheffield Wednesday - 1999/00 Archived 17 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Sheffield Wednesday Squad Stats – 1999/2000". 11v11. Retrieved 17 August 2014.