1999 Football League First Division play-off Final

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1999 Football League First Division play-off final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Date 31 May 1999
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee T Heilbron
Attendance 70,343
1998
2000

The 1999 Football League Championship play-off Final was contested between Bolton Wanderers and Watford, played at Wembley Stadium on 31 May 1999. The match was won by Watford through goals from Nick Wright and Allan Smart. As a result, Watford would play in the Premier League for the first time since its inception in 1992. It also meant that Watford had secured promotion for the second successive season, having been promoted as champions of Division Two in 1997–98.

Route to the final[edit]

Bolton[edit]

Watford[edit]

Graph of Watford's league progress in 1998–99

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Watford were promoted from the Second Division in 1997–98. Elimination from their first games in the League Cup and FA Cup to Cambridge United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively enabled Watford to focus on their league campaign. After winning their opening three league games, Watford gradually moved from the top of the table to a mid-table position. Following consecutive defeats to Swindon Town, Ipswich Town and Sheffield United in February and early March, a play-off position appeared unlikely.[1] However, seven wins and a draw from the last eight games was enough to earn Watford a play-off spot on the last day of the season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Key

Pos: League position P: Matches played W: Matches won D: Matches drawn L: Matches lost F: Goals for A: Goals against Pts: Points (C): Champions (P): Promoted (pl): Qualified for play-offs

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland (C) (P) 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City (P) 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town (pl) 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City (pl) 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford (P) (pl) 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers (pl) 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
6th Bolton Wanderers* 4–4 Ipswich Town 3rd 1–0 3–4 aet
5th Watford 1–1 (7–6 pen) Birmingham City 4th 1–0 0–1 aet

* Bolton win on away goals


Match details[edit]

31 May 1999
15:00
Bolton 0 – 2 Watford
Report Wright Goal 38'
Smart Goal 89'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,343
Referee: Terry Heilbron
Bolton:
GK 1 England Steve Banks
RB 2 England Neil Cox Substituted off 89'
LB 3 England Robbie Elliott Booked
CM 4 Denmark Per Frandsen
CB 5 England Andy Todd
CB 6 South Africa Mark Fish (captain)
RM 7 Denmark Michael Johansen Substituted off 66'
CM 8 Denmark Claus Jensen
CF 9 Iceland Eiður Guðjohnsen
CF 10 England Bob Taylor
LM 11 Jamaica Ricardo Gardner
Substitutes:
MF 12 Denmark Bo Hansen Substituted in 89'
MF 13 England Scott Sellars Substituted in 66'
DF 14 Iceland Guðni Bergsson
Manager:
England Colin Todd
Watford:
GK 1 England Alec Chamberlain
RWB 2 England Darren Bazeley
LWB 3 Northern Ireland Peter Kennedy
CB 4 Wales Robert Page (captain)
CB 5 England Steve Palmer
CB 6 England Paul Robinson
CM 7 Democratic Republic of the Congo Michel Ngonge Substituted off 75'
CM 8 England Micah Hyde Booked
CF 9 England Tommy Mooney
CM 10 Australia Richard Johnson
CF 11 England Nick Wright Substituted off 87'
Substitutes:
MF 12 Scotland Allan Smart Substituted in 75'
GK 13 England Chris Day
DF 14 Israel Alon Hazan Substituted in 87'
Manager:
England Graham Taylor

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • 3 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Key


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nationwide League Division 1 fixtures". Blind, Stupid and Desperate. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 

External links[edit]