1999–2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1999–2000 season
Chairman Sir Jack Hayward OBE
Manager Colin Lee
Football League First Division 7th
FA Cup 4th round
League Cup 1st round
Top goalscorer League: Ade Akinbiyi (16)
All: Ade Akinbiyi (16)
Highest home attendance 25,500 (vs West Brom, 3 October 1999)
Lowest home attendance 13,723 (vs Wycombe, 24 August 1999)
Average home league attendance 21,470 (league only)

The 1999–2000 season was the 101st season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

For a second consecutive season the team finished in seventh position, missing out on the play-offs by one place. Defeat in their penultimate match to play-off rivals Bolton Wanderers ultimately doomed them to miss out.

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Wolves spent several weeks of pre-season training in Sölvesborg, Sweden. They played against four local sides during this tour, their first visit to the country since 1994, before returning home to face further opposition.

"Wolves XI" pre season results (all away): 0–1 vs Hereford United (21 July), 3–1 vs Tiverton (28 July), A–A vs Telford United (2 August, abandoned at half time due to lightning)

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1999–2000 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats.

The provisional fixture list was released on 24 June 1999, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.[1]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5 Birmingham City 46 22 11 13 65 44 +21 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 21 13 12 69 50 +19 76
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 21 11 14 64 48 +16 74
8 Huddersfield Town 46 21 11 14 62 49 +13 74

Source: Statto.com

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
46 21 11 14 64 48 +16 74 15 5 3 45 20 +25 6 6 11 19 28 −9

Source: Statto.com

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 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result W D D L L D L D D W W W D W D W D L L W L W L W D L W W D W L W W L L W W W D L W L W W L W
Position 5 6 7 13 18 19 21 22 20 18 12 10 10 9 10 10 11 11 11 10 12 10 12 10 11 11 10 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7

Source: Statto.com

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of the season's end. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1 GK England Stowell, MikeMike Stowell 18 0 0 0 2 0 20 0 0 0
2 DF Australia Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat 45 4 2 0 2 0 49 4 8 1
3 DF England Bazeley, DarrenDarren Bazeley 46 3 3 0 2 0 51 3 3 0
4 MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson 21(12) 3 3 1 2 0 26(12) 4 5 0
5 DF England Curle, KeithKeith Curle (c) 44(1) 2 2 0 2 1 48(1) 3 6 0
6 MF England Emblen, NeilNeil Emblen 45(1) 5 3 0 2 1 50(1) 6 0 0
7 MF England Simpson, PaulPaul Simpson 1(12) 0 0(2) 0 0(1) 0 1(15) 0 0 0
8 MF England Osborn, SimonSimon Osborn 22(3) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 22(4) 0 7 1
9 FW Norway Flo, HåvardHåvard Flo 9(10) 4 0(2) 0 2 0 11(12) 4 1 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane 2 2 0 0 0(1) 0 2(1) 2 0 0
10 FW Nigeria Akinbiyi, AdeAde Akinbiyi 36(1) 16 3 0 0 0 39(1) 16 4 1
11 MF England Sinton, AndyAndy Sinton 31(4) 0 3 0 2 0 36(4) 0 1 0
12 DF England Naylor, LeeLee Naylor 24(6) 2 3 0 2 0 29(6) 2 4 0
13 GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF Australia Corica, SteveSteve Corica 10(5) 1 1(1) 0 2 0 13(6) 1 0 0
14 MF Denmark Nielsen, AllanAllan Nielsen 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2 0 0
15 MF England Sedgley, SteveSteve Sedgley 32(6) 5 2 1 0 0 34(6) 6 3 0
16 MF Germany Niestroj, RobertRobert Niestroj ¤ 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
17 FW England Jones, MarkMark Jones ¤ 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
18 DF Wales Green, RyanRyan Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF Wales Williams, AdrianAdrian Williams ¤ 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
20 GK Australia Mautone, SteveSteve Mautone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 FW England Branch, MichaelMichael Branch 25(2) 6 2 0 0 0 27(2) 6 1 0
21 MF Republic of Ireland Andrews, KeithKeith Andrews 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0
22 FW Republic of Ireland Larkin, ColinColin Larkin 1 0 0 0 0(1) 1 1(1) 1 0 0
23 DF France Pollet, LudovicLudovic Pollet 38(1) 5 3 0 0 0 41(1) 5 5 1
24 MF England Taylor, ScottScott Taylor 18(10) 3 0 0 0 0 18(10) 3 4 0
25 DF Northern Ireland Simms, GordonGordon Simms 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 FW Nigeria Ndah, GeorgeGeorge Ndah 3(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3(1) 0 0 0
27 GK England Oakes, MichaelMichael Oakes 28 0 3 0 0 0 31 0 0 0
28 MF England Tudor, ShaneShane Tudor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 DF England Lescott, JoleonJoleon Lescott 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 GK Australia Petterson, AndyAndy Petterson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Proudlock, AdamAdam Proudlock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Awards[edit]

Award Winner
Fans' Player of the Season Ludovic Pollet
Young Player of the Season Joleon Lescott

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
6 July 1999 England Darren Bazeley Unattached Free[2]
6 July 1999 England Andy Sinton Unattached Free[2]
5 August 1999 Australia Steve Mautone Unattached Free[3]
7 September 1999 Nigeria Ade Akinbiyi Bristol City £3.5 million[4]
9 October 1999 England Scott Taylor Unattached Free[5]
21 October 1999 Nigeria George Ndah Swindon Town £1 million[6]
22 October 1999 France Ludovic Pollet Lens £350,000[7]
29 October 1999 England Michael Oakes Aston Villa £500,000[8]
20 January 2000 England Michael Branch Everton £500,000[9]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 1999 England Mark Atkins Released Free[10]
June 1999 England Justin Bray Released Free[10]
June 1999 Scotland Darren Ferguson Released Free[10]
June 1999 Republic of Ireland Dominic Foley Released Free[11]
June 1999 Barbados Michael Gilkes Released Free[12]
June 1999 Spain Fernando Gómez Released Free[10]
June 1999 England Darren Middleton Released Free[10]
June 1999 England Dean Richards Released Free[13]
June 1999 Republic of Ireland Andy Turner Released Free[10]
13 July 1999 England Steve Bull Retired [14]
18 August 1999 Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane Coventry City £6 million[15]
5 November 1999 Australia Steve Mautone Released Free
14 March 2000 Australia Steve Corica Sanfrecce Hiroshima £150,000[16]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
15 September 1999 France Ludovic Pollet Lens 22 October 1999[17]
25 November 1999 England Michael Branch Everton 20 January 2000[18]
14 February 2000 Australia Andy Petterson Portsmouth End of season[19]
23 March 2000 Denmark Allan Nielsen Tottenham Hotspur End of season[20]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
4 October 1999 England Mark Jones Cheltenham Town 4 November 1999[21]
6 December 1999 Germany Robert Niestroj FC Nuremberg End of season[22]
16 February 2000 Wales Adrian Williams Reading 16 March 2000[23]
22 March 2000 Wales Adrian Williams Reading End of season[20]

Kit[edit]

The season retained the club's home kit from the previous season, but brought a new away kit that was again a white shirt but with a change to a black collar. Both were manufactured by Puma and sponsored by Goodyear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Around the world in 80 games". The Mirror. 25 June 1999. 
  2. ^ a b "New blood for Wolves on old boy network". Birmingham Post. 7 July 1999. 
  3. ^ "Curle warns City over promotion expectations". Birmingham Post. 7 August 1999. 
  4. ^ "Akinbiyi training sights on Wolves' golden Premiership goal". Birmingham Post. 8 September 1999. 
  5. ^ "Lee defiant after Akinbiyi strike secures Wolves win". Sunday Mercury. 10 October 1999. 
  6. ^ "Ndah's boost to Wolves morale". Birmingham Post. 22 October 1999. 
  7. ^ "Lee bids to sign Oakes". Birmingham Evening Mail. 22 October 1999. 
  8. ^ "Oakes completes Wolves' post-Keane rebuilding job". Birmingham Post. 30 October 1999. 
  9. ^ "Sinton will take needle for chance to face former team". Birmingham Post. 20 January 2000. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Wolves hoping Richards will fall back on Molineux". Birmingham Post. 13 May 1999. 
  11. ^ "Foley goes". Birmingham Evening Mail. 16 July 1999. 
  12. ^ "Jilted Gilkes hopes Wolves will howl for his return". Sunday Mercury. 16 May 1999. 
  13. ^ "Dean joins Saints". Birmingham Evening Mail. 14 July 1999. 
  14. ^ "Golden years ending as Bull calls it quits". Birmingham Post. 14 July 1999. 
  15. ^ "Robbie's my £6m Jobbie". The Mirror. 19 August 1999. 
  16. ^ "Corica hopes new Eastern promise will kick-start career". Birmingham Post. 14 March 2000. 
  17. ^ "Impressed Wolves take long loan look at Pollet". Birmingham Post. 15 September 1999. 
  18. ^ "Lee's anger at Stowell blunder". Birmingham Evening Mail. 25 November 1999. 
  19. ^ "Second time lucky as Lee's persuasive powers go to work". Birmingham Post. 15 February 2000. 
  20. ^ a b "Lee calls for calm as Nielsen joins pack". Birmingham Post. 23 March 2000. 
  21. ^ "Wolves block Lee's move for Windass". Birmingham Post. 5 October 1999. 
  22. ^ "Robert Niestroj to return to Germany on loan". Birmingham Evening Mail. 6 December 1999. 
  23. ^ "Wolves wary of Rovers Cup spur". Birmingham Post. 16 February 2000.