1999 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 1998–99
Champions Watford
(First Division)
Manchester City
(Second Division)
Scunthorpe United
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 28 (1.87 per match)
Biggest home win Scunthorpe 3–1 Swansea
(Third Division)
Biggest away win None
Highest scoring Ipswich 4–3 Bolton
(7 goals)
Highest attendance 76,935 – Gillingham v Manchester City
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance 6,762 – Wigan v Manchester City
(Second Division semi-final)
Average attendance 24,837
1998
2000

The Football League play-offs for the 1998–99 season were held in May 1999, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs and contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals went through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

Background[edit]

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the First Division, Ipswich Town, who were aiming to return to the top flight after a 4-year absence, finished one point behind second placed Bradford City, who in turn finished 18 points behind champions Sunderland, who returned to the top flight after being relegated 2 seasons previously. Birmingham City, who were aiming to return to the top flight after 13 years outside the top division, finished in fourth place in the table. Watford, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1988, finished in fifth place. Bolton Wanderers, who were aiming to return to the top flight after relegation the previous season, finished one point behind Watford in sixth place.

First Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Ipswich Town 46 25 12 9 71 42 +29 87
4 Birmingham City 46 24 10 12 88 67 +21 82
5 Watford 46 22 11 13 65 44 +21 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 21 13 12 69 50 +19 76

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
16 May 1999
13:00
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Ipswich Town
Johansen Goal 84'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 18,295
Referee: Mark Halsey

16 May 1999
13:00
Watford 1–0 Birmingham City
Ngonge Goal 5'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 18,535
Referee: Clive Wilkes
Second leg
19 May 1999
19:45
Ipswich Town 4–3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Holland Goal 14'116'
Dyer Goal 52'90'
Taylor Goal 51'96'
Frandsen Goal 84'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,755
Referee: John Kirkby

Ipswich Town 4–4 Bolton Wanderers on aggregate. Bolton Wanderers won on away goals.


Birmingham City 1–1 Watford on aggregate. Watford won 7–6 on penalties.

Final[edit]

31 May 1999
15:00
Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Watford
Report Wright Goal 38'
Smart Goal 89'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,343
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Manchester City 46 22 16 8 69 33 +36 82
4 Gillingham 46 22 14 10 75 44 +31 80
5 Preston North End 46 22 13 11 78 50 +28 79
6 Wigan Athletic 46 22 10 14 75 48 +27 76

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
15 May 1999
14:00
Wigan Athletic 1–1 Manchester City
Barlow Goal 1' Dickov Goal 76'
Springfield Park, Wigan
Attendance: 6,762
Referee: Alan Wiley

16 May 1999
15:00
Preston North End 1–1 Gillingham
Eyres Goal 54' Taylor Goal 79'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 18,584
Referee: John Kirkby
Second leg
19 May 1999
19:45
Gillingham 1–0 Preston North End
Hessenthaler Goal 2'
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
Attendance: 10,105
Referee: Mark Halsey

Gillingham won 2–1 on aggregate.


19 May 1999
19:45
Manchester City 1–0 Wigan Athletic
Goater Goal 27'
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 31,305
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Manchester City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

30 May 1999
15:00
Gillingham 2–2 (a.e.t.) Manchester City
Asaba Goal 81'
Taylor Goal 86'
Report Horlock Goal 89'
Dickov Goal 90'
  Penalties  
Smith Penalty missed
Pennock Penalty missed
Hodge Penalty scored
Butters Penalty missed
1–3 Penalty scored Horlock
Penalty missed Dickov
Penalty scored Cooke
Penalty scored Edghill
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 76,935
Referee: Mark Halsey

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Scunthorpe United 46 22 8 16 69 58 +11 74
5 Rotherham United 46 20 13 13 79 61 +18 73
6 Leyton Orient 46 19 15 12 68 59 0+9 72
7 Swansea City 46 19 14 13 56 48 0+8 71

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
16 May 1999
12:30
Leyton Orient 0–0 Rotherham United
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 9,419
Referee: Terry Heilbron

16 May 1999
12:30
Swansea City 1–0 Scunthorpe United
Bound Goal 44'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 7,828
Referee: David Pugh
Second leg

Rotherham United 0–0 Leyton Orient on aggregate. Leyton Orient won 4–2 on penalties.


19 May 1999
19:45
Scunthorpe United 3–1 (a.e.t.) Swansea City
Dawson Goal 2'
Sheldon Goal 92'102'
Bird Goal 98'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 7,089
Referee: Alan Wiley

Scunthorpe United won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

29 May 1999
15:00
Leyton Orient 0–1 Scunthorpe United
Report Calvo García Goal 6'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 36,985
Referee: Clive Wilkes

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