2000 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season 1999–2000
Champions Ipswich Town
(First Division)
Gillingham
(Second Division)
Peterborough United
(Third Division)
Matches played 15
Goals scored 49 (3.27 per match)
Biggest home win Peterborough 3–0 Barnet
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Birmingham 0–4 Barnsley
(First Division)
Highest scoring Ipswich 5–3 Bolton
(8 goals)
Highest attendance 73,427 – Barnsley v Ipswich
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance 4,535 – Barnet v Peterborough
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance 22,266
1999
2001

The Football League play-offs for the 1999–2000 season were held in May 2000, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London for the final time. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish 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 will go 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 are aiming to return to the top flight after 5 years outside the top flight, finished 2 points behind second placed Manchester City, who in turn finished 2 points behind champions Charlton Athletic, who returned to the top flight after being relegated last season. Barnsley who are aiming to return to the top flight after 2 seasons outside the top division, finished in fourth place in the table. Birmingham City, who are aiming to return to the top flight after 14 years outside the top division, finished in fifth place. Bolton Wanderers, who as well as Barnsley are aiming to return to the top flight after relegation 2 seasons ago, finished 1 point behind Birmingham City 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 Barnsley 46 24 10 12 88 67 +21 82
5 Birmingham City 46 22 11 13 65 44 +21 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 21 13 12 69 50 +19 76

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
13 May 2000
15:00
Birmingham City 0–4 Barnsley
Report Shipperley Goal 12'
Dyer Goal 48'60'
Hignett Goal 84'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 26,492
Referee: Mark Halsey

14 May 2000
13:00
Bolton Wanderers 2–2 Ipswich Town
Holdsworth Goal 5'
Guðjohnsen Goal 26'
Report Stewart Goal 36'65'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 18,814
Referee: Rob Styles
Second leg
17 May 2000
19:45
Ipswich Town 5–3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Magilton Goal 18' (pen.)'49'90'
Clapham Goal 94' (pen.)
Reuser Goal 110'
Report Holdsworth Goal 6'39'
Johnston Goal 50'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,543
Referee: Barry Knight

Ipswich Town won 7–5 on aggregate.


18 May 2000
19:45
Barnsley 1–2 Birmingham City
Dyer Goal 54' Report Rowett Goal 33'
Marcelo Goal 75'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 19,050
Referee: Mike Dean

Barnsley won 5–2 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

29 May 2000
15:00
Barnsley 2–4 Ipswich Town
Wright Goal 6' (o.g.)
Hignett Goal 78' (pen.)
Report Mowbray Goal 28'
Naylor Goal 52'
Stewart Goal 58'
Reuser Goal 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,427
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Gillingham 46 25 10 11 79 48 +31 85
4 Wigan Athletic 46 22 17 7 72 38 +34 83
5 Millwall 46 23 13 10 76 50 +26 82
6 Stoke City 46 23 13 10 68 42 +26 82

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
13 May 2000
15:00
Millwall 0–0 Wigan Athletic
Report
The New Den, London
Attendance: 14,091
Referee: Terry Heilbron

13 May 2000
15:00
Stoke City 3–2 Gillingham
Gunnlaugsson Goal 1'
Lightbourne Goal 8'
Thorne Goal 67'
Report Gooden Goal 18'
Hassenthaler Goal 90'
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 22,124
Referee: Mike Dean
Second leg
17 May 2000
19:45
Gillingham 3–0 (a.e.t.) Stoke City
Ashby Goal 55'
Onuora Goal 102'
Smith Goal 118'
Report
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
Attendance: 10,386
Referee: Rob Styles

Gillingham won 5–3 on aggregate.


17 May 2000
19:45
Wigan Athletic 1–0 Millwall
Sheridan Goal 61'
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 10,642
Referee: David Laws

Wigan Athletic won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

28 May 2000
15:00
Wigan Athletic 2–3 (a.e.t.) Gillingham
Haworth Goal 59'
Barlow Goal 99' (pen.)
Report McGibbon Goal 35' (o.g.)
Butler Goal 114'
Thomson Goal 118'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,764
Referee: Rob Styles

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Darlington 46 21 16 9 66 36 +30 79
5 Peterborough United 46 22 12 12 63 54 0+9 78
6 Barnet 46 21 12 13 59 53 0+6 75
7 Hartlepool United 46 21 9 16 60 49 +11 72

Semi-finals[edit]

First leg
13 May 2000
15:00
Barnet 1–2 Peterborough United
Arber Goal 22' Lee Goal 5'
Clarke Goal 68'
Underhill, London
Attendance: 4,535
Referee: David Laws

13 May 2000
15:00
Hartlepool United 0–2 Darlington
Liddle Goal 35'
Gabbiadini Goal 76' (pen.)
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 6,995
Referee: Barry Knight
Second leg
17 May 2000
19:45
Darlington 1–0 Hartlepool United
Strodder Goal 9' (o.g.)
Feethams, Darlington
Attendance: 8,238
Referee: Mark Halsey

Darlington won 3–0 on aggregate.


17 May 2000
19:45
Peterborough United 3–0 Barnet
Farrell Goal 28'70'89'
London Road, Peterborough
Attendance: 10,515
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Peterborough United won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

26 May 2000
19:45
Peterborough United 1–0 Darlington
Clarke Goal 74' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,383
Referee: Mike Dean

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