1999–2000 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
1999–2000 season
Chairman Elton John
Manager Graham Taylor
Stadium Vicarage Road
FA Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Heiðar Helguson (6)
All:
Heiðar Helguson (6)
Average home league attendance 18,544

During the 1999–2000 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the FA Premier League, after being promoted from the First Division last season.

Season summary[edit]

Watford managed some encouraging early results, including victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, suggesting that experienced manager Graham Taylor might be able to keep the club in the Premier League against all expectations. However, after the victory against Chelsea on 18 September, Watford only managed three more wins all season, and it soon became obvious that this campaign was a bridge too far after two successive promotions. The club were eventually relegated with the then-lowest points total in Premier League history, although observers widely predicted that Taylor would at least stabilise the club in Division One again, and maybe even get the club to make an immediate return to the Premiership.

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 14 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 1

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 1999 Wimbledon H 2–3 15,511 Kennedy (pen), Ngonge
10 August 1999 Sunderland A 0–2 40,630
14 August 1999 Liverpool A 1–0 44,174 Mooney
21 August 1999 Bradford City H 1–0 15,564 Mooney
24 August 1999 Aston Villa H 0–1 19,161
30 August 1999 Leicester City A 0–1 17,920
11 September 1999 West Ham United A 0–1 25,310
18 September 1999 Chelsea H 1–0 21,144 Smart
25 September 1999 Arsenal A 0–1 38,127
3 October 1999 Leeds United H 1–2 19,677 Williams
16 October 1999 Manchester United A 1–4 55,188 Johnson
24 October 1999 Middlesbrough H 1–3 16,081 Smith
31 October 1999 Coventry City A 0–4 21,700
6 November 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 21,658 Ngonge, Page
20 November 1999 Newcastle United H 1–1 19,539 Ngonge
27 November 1999 Sunderland H 2–3 21,590 Ngonge, Johnson (pen)
4 December 1999 Wimbledon A 0–5 14,021
18 December 1999 Everton H 1–3 17,346 Ngonge
26 December 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–4 36,089
28 December 1999 Southampton H 3–2 18,459 Perpetuini, Gravelaine (2)
3 January 2000 Derby County A 0–2 28,072
15 January 2000 Liverpool H 2–3 21,367 Johnson, Helguson
22 January 2000 Bradford City A 2–3 16,864 Hyde, Helguson
5 February 2000 Aston Villa A 0–4 27,647
12 February 2000 Leicester City H 1–1 16,814 Wooter
26 February 2000 Chelsea A 1–2 34,928 Smart
4 March 2000 West Ham United H 1–2 18,619 Helguson
11 March 2000 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,433
18 March 2000 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 15,840 Smart
25 March 2000 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 20,050 Smart
1 April 2000 Everton A 2–4 31,960 Smart, Hyde
8 April 2000 Derby County H 0–0 16,579
15 April 2000 Southampton A 0–2 15,252
23 April 2000 Arsenal H 2–3 19,670 Helguson, Hyde
29 April 2000 Manchester United H 2–3 20,250 Helguson, Smith
3 May 2000 Leeds United A 1–3 36,324 Foley
6 May 2000 Middlesbrough A 1–1 32,930 Ward
14 May 2000 Coventry City H 1–0 18,977 Helguson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 11 December 1999 Birmingham City H 0–1 8,144

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 14 September 1999 Wigan Athletic H 2–0 6,628 Easton, Hyde
R2 2nd Leg 21 September 1999 Wigan Athletic A 1–3 (won on away goals) 5,006 Kennedy
R3 13 October 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–1 8,846

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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 Alec Chamberlain
2 England DF Des Lyttle
3 Northern Ireland DF Peter Kennedy
4 Wales DF Robert Page (captain)
5 England DF Steve Palmer
6 England DF Paul Robinson
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Michel Ngonge[3]
8 England MF Micah Hyde[4]
9 England FW Tommy Mooney
10 Australia MF Richard Johnson
11 England FW Nick Wright
12 Scotland FW Allan Smart
13 England GK Chris Day
14 Netherlands MF Nordin Wooter[5]
15 England FW Gifton Noel-Williams
No. Position Player
16 England DF Nigel Gibbs
17 England FW Tommy Smith
19 England MF Clint Easton
20 Iceland MF Jóhann Guðmundsson
23 England DF Darren Ward
24 France MF Alexandre Bonnot
25 Belgium MF Adrian Bakalli
26 England DF David Perpetuini
27 England DF James Panayi
31 England FW Steve Brooker
32 Northern Ireland DF Mark Williams[6]
33 Republic of Ireland FW Dominic Foley
35 Scotland MF Charlie Miller
36 England DF Neil Cox
37 Iceland FW Heiðar Helguson

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
2 England DF Des Lyttle (on loan to West Bromwich Albion)
14 Israel MF Alon Hazan (released)
18 Nigeria DF Benedict Iroha (retired)
21 England DF Keith Millen (to Bristol City)
No. Position Player
21 France MF Xavier Gravelaine (to Le Havre)
28 England DF Colin Pluck (to Greenock Morton)
34 Austria GK Herwig Walker (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
22 England DF Dean Yates
29 England MF Lee Johnson
No. Position Player
30 England DF Matthew Langston

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions
Considering a 5-3-2 formation

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/1999-2000/results
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1999-2000/faprem/watford.htm
  3. ^ Ngonge was born in Huy, Belgium, but qualified to represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo (and its predecessor, Zaire) internationally.
  4. ^ Hyde was born in Newham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2001.
  5. ^ Wooter was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, but also qualifies to represent the Netherlands internationally and has represented the Netherlands at U-19 and U-21 level.
  6. ^ Williams was born in Stalybridge, England, but qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1999.
  7. ^ Tommy Staniforth (14 September 1999). "Football: Watford in record buy as Wooter signs for pounds 950,000". The Independent.