1999–2000 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1999-2000
League Division Two
Manager Nigel Worthington
(succeeded by Steve McMahon)
League position 22nd (relegated)
Top goalscorers League: John Murphy (10)
Combined: John Murphy (10)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Highest home attendance
Lowest home attendance
Previous season 1998-99
Next season 2000-01

The 1999-2000 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 92nd season (89th consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 24-team Division Two, then the third tier of English league football, finishing 22nd. As a result, they were relegated to the league's basement division.

Nigel Worthington resigned as manager during the season. He was replaced by the former Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon.

The club suffered a tragedy on 30 January 2000 with the death of striker Martin Aldridge in a car crash near Northampton at the age of 25. Aldridge, who had been at Blackpool for 18 months, was on loan at Rushden & Diamonds at the time of his death.

John Murphy was the club's top scorer, with ten goals in all competitions.

On 15 January, Bloomfield Road hosted a "Break The Gate" promotion for the visit of Luton Town. Chairman Karl Oyston pledged that revenue generated from home supporters in excess of the hardcore 3500 would be made available to Steve McMahon for team strengthening. Two days later it was announced that £12,000 had been raised.[1] The scheme was repeated for the visit of Brentford on 29 January.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Preston North End 46 28 11 7 74 37 +37 91
2 Burnley 46 25 13 8 69 47 +22 88
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
7 Bristol Rovers 46 23 11 12 69 45 +24 80
8 Notts County 46 18 11 17 61 55 +6 65
9 Bristol City 46 15 19 12 59 57 +2 64
10 Reading 46 16 14 16 57 63 –6 62
11 Wrexham 46 17 11 18 52 61 –9 62
12 Wycombe Wanderers 46 16 13 17 56 53 +3 61
13 Luton Town 46 17 10 19 61 65 –4 61
14 Oldham Athletic 46 16 12 18 50 55 –5 60
15 Bury 46 13 18 15 61 64 –3 57
16 Bournemouth 46 16 9 21 59 62 –3 57
17 Brentford 46 13 13 20 47 61 –14 52
18 Colchester United 46 14 10 22 59 82 –63 52
19 Cambridge United 46 12 12 22 64 65 –1 48
20 Oxford United 46 12 9 25 43 73 –30 45
21 Cardiff City 46 9 17 20 45 67 –22 44
22 Blackpool 46 8 17 21 49 77 –28 41
23 Scunthorpe United 46 9 12 25 40 74 –34 39
24 Chesterfield 46 7 15 24 34 63 –29 36

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Blackpool's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 7 August 1999 Wrexham H 2 – 1 5,008 Ormerod (2)
2 14 August 1999 Luton Town A 2 – 3 5,176 Ormerod, Nowland
3 21 August 1999 Gillingham H 1 – 1 4,203 Murphy
4 28 August 1999 Brentford A 0 – 2 5,353
5 30 August 1999 Oxford United H 1 – 1 3,670 Carlisle
6 4 September 1999 Bristol City A 2 – 5 8,439 Ormerod, Murphy
7 11 September 1999 Notts County A 1 – 2 5,512 Carlisle
8 18 September 1999 Bournemouth H 0 – 0 4,471
9 25 September 1999 Wycombe Wanderers H 1 – 2 3,452 Ormerod
10 2 October 1999 Bristol Rovers A 1 – 3 7,715 Ormerod
11 9 October 1999 Chesterfield A 0 – 0 2,804
12 16 October 1999 Bury H 0 – 5 5,270
13 19 October 1999 Oldham Athletic H 1 – 2 3,845 Murphy
14 23 October 1999 Wycombe Wanderers A 2 – 0 5,021 Nowland, Lee
15 2 November 1999 Cardiff City A 1 – 1 4,223 Murphy
16 6 November 1999 Wigan Athletic H 2 – 2 4,535 Murphy, Durnin
17 14 November 1999 Burnley A 0 – 1 12,898
18 23 November 1999 Millwall H 1 – 2 2,819 Murphy
19 27 November 1999 Cambridge United H 2 – 1 4,040 Murphy, Clarkson
20 4 December 1999 Wrexham A 1 – 1 2,668 Hills
21 18 December 1999 Preston North End A 0 – 3 16,821
22 26 December 1999 Stoke City H 1 – 2 5,214 Nowland
23 28 December 1999 Scunthorpe United A 0 – 1 4,476
24 3 January 2000 Colchester United H 1 – 1 3,462 Bent
25 8 January 2000 Reading A 1 – 1 7,297 Matthews
26 15 January 2000 Luton Town H 3 – 3 5,262 Ablett, Clarkson, Bushell
27 22 January 2000 Gillingham A 3 – 1 6,805 Richardson, Matthews, Bushell
28 29 January 2000 Brentford H 0 – 1 5,270
29 5 February 2000 Oxford United A 1 – 0 5,179 Murphy
30 8 February 2000 Reading H 0 – 2 4,791
31 12 February 2000 Bristol City H 1 – 2 5,066 Murphy
32 19 February 2000 Cambridge United A 2 – 0 4,636 Carlisle, Newell
33 26 February 2000 Bournemouth A 0 – 2 4,464
34 4 March 2000 Notts County H 2 – 1 4,277 Lumsdon, Clarkson
35 7 March 2000 Wigan Athletic A 1 – 5 6,451 Gill
36 11 March 2000 Cardiff City H 2 – 2 5,015 Gill, Hills
37 18 March 2000 Millwall A 1 – 1 10,506 Gill
38 21 March 2000 Burnley H 1 – 1 8,029 Gill
39 25 March 2000 Stoke City A 0 – 3 10,002
40 1 April 2000 Preston North End H 0 – 0 9,042
41 8 April 2000 Colchester United A 1 – 1 3,351 Thomas
42 15 April 2000 Scunthorpe United H 0 – 2 5,542
43 22 April 2000 Bury A 2 – 3 3,857 Gill, Newell
44 24 April 2000 Bristol Rovers H 2 – 1 5,635 Gill, Thomas
45 29 April 2000 Oldham Athletic A 1 – 1 6,290 Carlisle
46 6 May 2000 Chesterfield H 2 – 2 3,860 Gill, Coid

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1999–2000 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 30 October 1999 Stoke City H 2 – 0 4,721 Carlisle, Nowland
R2 20 November 1999 Hendon H 2 – 0 2,975 Clarkson, Durnin
R3 13 December 1999 Arsenal A 1 – 3 34,143 Clarkson

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 1st Leg 10 August 1999 Tranmere Rovers H 2 – 1 3,298 Hughes, Clarkson
R1 2nd Leg 24 August 1999 Tranmere Rovers A 1 – 3 4,800 Clarkson

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 7 December 1999 Notts County A 1 – 0 4,721 Clarkson
R2 11 January 2000 Mansfield Town A 1 – 0 1,844 Matthews
QF 25 January 2000 Stoke City H 1 – 2 4,943 Jaszczun

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 England GK Tony Caig
2 England DF Andy Couzens
3 England DF John Hills
4 England DF David Bardsley
5 England DF Clarke Carlisle
6 Wales DF Ian Hughes
7 England MF Junior Bent
8 England MF Phil Clarkson
10 England MF Steve Bushell
11 England FW Brett Ormerod
12 England FW Mike Newell
14 England MF Adam Nowland
15 England DF Barry Shuttleworth
16 England DF Phil Thompson
17 England MF Phil Robinson
18 England MF Steve Garvey
No. Position Player
19 England MF Richard Forsyth
20 England DF Paul Beesley
21 England GK Phil Barnes
22 England MF Wayne Gill
23 England FW Darren Connell
24 England DF Danny Coid
25 England MF Rickie Lambert
26 England FW John Murphy
27 England DF Gary Ablett
28 England GK Adam Rachel
30 England MF Kevin Richardson
31 England DF Tommy Jaszczun
33 Wales FW James Thomas (on loan from Blackburn Rovers)
34 Wales DF Eifion Jones
35 England MF Richie Wellens
36 England DF Wayne Maden

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
9 England FW Martin Aldridge (died)
12 England MF Marvin Bryan (to Bury)
22 England MF David Lee (on loan from Wigan Athletic)
22 England MF Rob Matthews (on loan from Stockport County)
22 England MF Chris Lumsdon (on loan from Sunderland)
No. Position Player
27 Northern Ireland MF Jim Whitley (on loan from Manchester City)
27 England MF John Durnin (on loan from Portsmouth)
27 England FW Brian Quailey (on loan from West Bromwich)
29 Northern Ireland DF Nigel Worthington (player-manager; to Norwich)
32 Jamaica FW Darren Byfield (on loan from Aston Villa)

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 
General
  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.