1999–2000 Wimbledon F.C. season

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Wimbledon
1999–2000 season
Chairman Sam Hammam, Lebanon
Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, Norway
Manager Egil Olsen (until 1 May)[1]
Terry Burton, England (caretaker)
Stadium Selhurst Park
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Carl Cort and John Hartson (9)
All:
Carl Cort (15)
Highest home attendance 26,129 (vs. Manchester United, 26 February)
Lowest home attendance 2,772 (vs. Cardiff City, 21 September)
Average home league attendance 17,156

During the 1999–2000 English football season, Wimbledon competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

The season began with a new manager, Norway's Egil Olsen, after the close season resignation of long-serving Joe Kinnear, but Olsen was ousted with two weeks of the season remaining and replaced by coach Terry Burton, who was unable to save Wimbledon from relegation after 14 successive seasons of top division football.

Season summary[edit]

The close-season resignation of former Joe Kinnear because of health problems (he would suffer from them again as manager of Newcastle United) after seven years as manager led to the appointment of former Norwegian national coach Egil Olsen as Wimbledon's new manager, giving Dons fans hope of beating the drop once again. The mid-season collapse of star striker John Hartson's move to Tottenham Hotspur was further good news to the cause, but a run of eight straight defeats during the final weeks of the season dragged Wimbledon into the depth of the relegation mire. Olsen was sacked after a 3–0 defeat away to Bradford City, to be replaced by former coach and assistant manager Terry Burton for the final two games of the season. A 2–2 draw at home to Aston Villa gave them hope going into their last game, away to Southampton. They were one place above the relegation zone on goal difference, but a 2–0 defeat at the Dell – combined with Bradford's 1–0 win over Liverpool – condemned Wimbledon to relegation and ended their 14-year stay in the top flight. The transition coincided with the end of one of the most remarkable rags-to-riches stories in football,[according to whom?] which had started with Wimbledon's election to the Football League in 1977 and seen them reach the top flight nine years later, before peaking as 1988 FA Cup Final winners. Their relegation was confirmed 12 years to the day that Wimbledon achieved their famous victory over Liverpool at Wembley.

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 7 12 19 46 74 −28 33 6 7 6 30 28 +2 1 5 13 16 46 −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 W L D D L L D D D L W D D W L D W D D L W L W L L D L W L L L L L L L L D L
Position 2 9 9 11 15 16 16 16 16 17 15 15 15 15 15 14 13 14 14 15 13 14 13 14 15 15 16 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 17 18

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

Results[edit]

Wimbledon's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 1999 Watford A 3–2 15,511 Cort, Gayle, Johnson (own goal)
10 August 1999 Middlesbrough H 2–3 11,036 Cort, Hartson
14 August 1999 Coventry City H 1–1 10,635 Cort
21 August 1999 Newcastle United A 3–3 35,809 Hughes, Ainsworth (2)
25 August 1999 Everton A 0–4 32,818
28 August 1999 Chelsea H 0–1 22,167
11 September 1999 Derby County H 2–2 12,282 Hartson, Euell
18 September 1999 Manchester United A 1–1 55,189 Badir
26 September 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 17,368 Hartson
2 October 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–5 18,077 Hartson
16 October 1999 Bradford City H 3–2 10,029 Hartson (2), Cort
23 October 1999 Aston Villa A 1–1 27,160 Earle
30 October 1999 Southampton H 1–1 15,754 Gayle
7 November 1999 Leeds United H 2–0 18,747 Hartson, Gayle
20 November 1999 Leicester City A 1–2 18,255 Gayle
27 November 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–0 31,400
4 December 1999 Watford H 5–0 14,021 Cort, Earle, Hartson, Euell, Gayle
18 December 1999 Arsenal A 1–1 38,052 Cort
26 December 1999 West Ham United H 2–2 21,180 Hreidarsson, Ardley
28 December 1999 Liverpool A 1–3 44,107 Gayle
3 January 2000 Sunderland H 1–0 17,621 Cort
15 January 2000 Coventry City A 0–2 19,012
22 January 2000 Newcastle United H 2–0 22,118 Earle, Gayle
6 February 2000 Everton H 0–3 13,172
12 February 2000 Chelsea A 1–3 34,826 Lund
26 February 2000 Manchester United H 2–2 26,129 Euell, Cort
4 March 2000 Derby County A 0–4 28,384
11 March 2000 Leicester City H 2–1 14,319 Ardley (pen), Euell
19 March 2000 Leeds United A 1–4 39,256 Euell
26 March 2000 West Ham United A 1–2 22,438 Hughes
1 April 2000 Arsenal H 1–3 25,858 Lund
8 April 2000 Sunderland A 1–2 41,592 Roy (own goal)
12 April 2000 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–2 8,248
16 April 2000 Liverpool H 1–2 26,102 Andresen
22 April 2000 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–2 33,086
30 April 2000 Bradford City A 0–3 18,276
6 May 2000 Aston Villa H 2–2 19,188 Ehiogu (own goal), Hartson
14 May 2000 Southampton A 0–2 15,249

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 11 December 1999 Barnsley H 1–0 4,505 Cort
R4 8 January 2000 Fulham A 0–3 16,877

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 14 September 1999 Cardiff City A 1–1 7,613 Hughes
R2 2nd Leg 21 September 1999 Cardiff City H 3–1 (4–2 on agg) 2,772 Cort, Earle (2)
R3 12 October 1999 Sunderland H 3–2 4,790 Cort (3)
R4 30 November 1999 Huddersfield Town A 2–1 13,312 Kimble, Euell
QF 14 December 1999 Bolton Wanderers A 1–2 9,463 Cort

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
1 Scotland GK Neil Sullivan[3]
2 Republic of Ireland DF Kenny Cunningham
3 England DF Alan Kimble
4 England MF Andy Roberts
5 England DF Dean Blackwell
6 England DF Ben Thatcher[4]
7 England FW Carl Cort[5]
8 Jamaica MF Robbie Earle[6]
9 Wales FW John Hartson
10 England MF Jason Euell[7]
11 Jamaica FW Marcus Gayle[8]
12 England MF Neal Ardley
13 England GK Paul Heald
14 Norway DF Tore Pedersen
15 England FW Carl Leaburn
16 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes
No. Position Player
17 Scotland DF Brian McAllister
18 England MF Gareth Ainsworth
19 Israel DF Walid Badir
20 Norway MF Martin Andresen
21 Scotland DF Duncan Jupp
22 England DF Chris Willmott
23 England GK Kelvin Davis
24 England MF Damien Francis
27 England MF Stewart Castledine
28 England DF Peter Hawkins
29 Norway MF Trond Andersen
30 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson
31 Norway MF Kjetil Wæhler
32 England FW Wayne Gray
33 Republic of Ireland GK Brendan Murphy
34 Norway FW Andreas Lund

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
20 Nigeria FW Efan Ekoku[9] (to Grasshoppers)
25 Republic of Ireland FW Jon Goodman[10] (retired)
26 Wales MF Ceri Hughes (to Portsmouth)
No. Position Player
31 England DF Danny Hodges (released)
England DF Andy Pearce (to Aldershot Town)
England FW Patrick Agyemang (on loan to Brentford)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loaned out[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Only considering Premiership starts
Considering a 4–3–3 formation[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olsen axed by Wimbledon, BBC News, 1 May 2000
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/wimbledon/1999-2000/results
  3. ^ Sullivan was born in Sutton, England, but qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his debut for Scotland in 1997.
  4. ^ Thatcher was born in Swindon, England, and debuted for the England U21 side in 1996, but also qualified to represent Wales through his grandmother and would make his international debut for Wales in March 2004.
  5. ^ Cort was born in Southwark, England, but qualified to represent Guyana and would make his international debut for Guyana in 2011.
  6. ^ Earle was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally. He made his international debut for Jamaica in 1997, having previously being called up for England once without playing.
  7. ^ Euell was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2004.
  8. ^ Gayle was born in Hammersmith, London, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
  9. ^ Ekoku was born in Manchester, England, but qualified to represent Nigeria internationally and made his international debut for Nigeria in 1994.
  10. ^ Goodman was born in Walthamstow, England, but qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his debut for Ireland in 1997.
  11. ^ Wimbledon: Hammam's new man, BBC News
  12. ^ http://www.football-lineups.com/team/Wimbledon_FC/FA_Premier_League_1999-2000/fixture