1999–2000 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season1999–2000
Dates7 August 1999–14 May 2000
ChampionsManchester United
6th Premier League title
13th English title
RelegatedWatford
Wimbledon
Sheffield Wednesday
Champions LeagueManchester United
Arsenal
Leeds United
UEFA CupChelsea
Liverpool
Leicester City
Intertoto CupAston Villa
Bradford City
Matches played380
Goals scored1,060 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerKevin Phillips (30 goals)
Biggest home winNewcastle United 8–0 Sheffield Wednesday
(19 September 1999)
Biggest away winDerby County 0–5 Sunderland
(18 September 1999)
Highest scoringWest Ham United 5–4 Bradford City
(12 February 2000)
Tottenham Hotspur 7–2 Southampton
(11 March 2000)
Longest winning run11 games[1]
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run16 games[1]
Chelsea
Longest winless run11 games[1]
Sunderland
Watford
Longest losing run8 games[1]
Wimbledon
Highest attendance61,619
Manchester United v Derby County
(11 March 2000)
Lowest attendance8,248
Wimbledon v Sheffield Wednesday
(12 April 2000)
Average attendance30,755

The 1999–2000 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the eighth season of the FA Premier League, and Manchester United secured their sixth Premiership title. Like the previous season, they lost only three league games all season. Unlike in 1998–99 season, they won by a comfortable margin – 18 points as opposed to a single point.

Their only disappointment of the season came when they lost their defence of the European Cup following a 3–2 defeat against Real Madrid in the quarter finals. Manchester United had withdrawn from the 1999–2000 FA Cup to participate in the FIFA World Club Championship at the request of the FA who wanted Manchester United to compete to support England's bid to host the World Cup. Chelsea would go on to win the last FA Cup held at Wembley Stadium before its redevelopment. The League Cup final was won by Leicester City, for the second time in four seasons. In Europe, Leeds United reached the UEFA Cup semi final and Arsenal were on the losing side to Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup final.

Only one newly promoted team suffered relegation: Watford, who finished in last place, and achieved a record Premiership low of just 24 points (a record since broken by Sunderland (twice) and by Derby County, Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town), despite a decent start to their campaign which saw them beat both Liverpool (at Anfield) and Chelsea. The most successful promoted team was Sunderland, who finished seventh in the final table and spent much of the season pushing for a place in European competition. Bradford City, back in the top division for the first time since 1922, secured their Premiership survival on the last day of the season with a 1–0 win over Liverpool. The result meant that Liverpool lost out on a Champions League place, and Wimbledon were relegated after 14 years of top-division football. Second-from-bottom Sheffield Wednesday were relegated in their penultimate game of the season, having spent 15 of the previous 16 seasons in the top division. Wednesday's season included an 8–0 defeat at Newcastle. Amazingly Coventry City went all season without an away win but still managed to secure 14th place due to an impressive home record which saw them win 12 out of their 19 matches.

As well as Premiership champions Manchester United and runners-up Arsenal, third placed Leeds United qualified for the 2000–01 Champions League. UEFA Cup places went to fourth placed Liverpool, F.A Cup winners Chelsea, and League Cup winners Leicester City.

Promoted to the Premiership for 2000–01 were First Division champions Charlton Athletic, runners-up Manchester City and playoff winners Ipswich Town. For the first time since the formation of the Premiership, all of the promoted teams had been members of the Premiership before.

Teams[edit]

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Sunderland, Bradford City and Watford, returning after absences of two, seventy-seven and eleven years respectively. This was also Bradford City and Watford's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest. Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest were immediately relegated after a season's presence while Blackburn Rovers' seven year top flight spell came to an end.

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Greater London Premier League football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,573
Bradford City Bradford Valley Parade 25,136
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,242
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 35,049
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,732
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
Watford Watford Vicarage Road 19,920
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,647
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park[a] 26,074
  1. ^ Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 14 May 2000)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal France Arsène Wenger England Tony Adams Nike Dreamcast
Aston Villa England John Gregory England Gareth Southgate Reebok LDV Vans
Bradford City England Paul Jewell Scotland Stuart McCall Asics JCT600 Ltd
Chelsea Italy Gianluca Vialli England Dennis Wise Umbro Autoglass
Coventry City Scotland Gordon Strachan Scotland Gary McAllister CCFC Garments Subaru
Derby County England Jim Smith Jamaica Darryl Powell Puma EDS
Everton Scotland Walter Smith England Dave Watson Umbro One2One
Leeds United Republic of Ireland David O'Leary South Africa Lucas Radebe Puma Packard Bell
Leicester City Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill Scotland Matt Elliott Fox Leisure Walkers Crisps
Liverpool France Gérard Houllier England Jamie Redknapp Reebok Carlsberg Group
Manchester United Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough England Bryan Robson England Paul Ince Erreà BT Cellnet
Newcastle United England Bobby Robson England Alan Shearer Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Sheffield Wednesday Wales Peter Shreeves (caretaker) England Des Walker Puma Sanderson
Southampton England Glenn Hoddle England Matt Le Tissier Saints Friends Provident
Sunderland England Peter Reid England Steve Bould Asics Reg Vardy
Tottenham Hotspur Scotland George Graham England Sol Campbell Adidas Holsten
Watford England Graham Taylor Wales Rob Page Le Coq Sportif Phones4U
West Ham United England Harry Redknapp Northern Ireland Steve Lomas Fila Dr. Martens
Wimbledon England Terry Burton Jamaica Robbie Earle Lotto Tiny

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Wimbledon Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear Resigned 9 June 1999 Pre-season Norway Egil Olsen 9 June 1999
Newcastle United Netherlands Ruud Gullit Resigned 28 August 1999[2] 19th England Bobby Robson 2 September 1999[3]
Southampton England Dave Jones Contract terminated 27 January 2000 17th England Glenn Hoddle 28 January 2000
Wimbledon Norway Egil Olsen Sacked 1 May 2000[4] 18th England Terry Burton 1 May 2000

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 28 7 3 97 45 +52 91 Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
2 Arsenal 38 22 7 9 73 43 +30 73
3 Leeds United 38 21 6 11 58 43 +15 69 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Liverpool 38 19 10 9 51 30 +21 67 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]
5 Chelsea 38 18 11 9 53 34 +19 65
6 Aston Villa 38 15 13 10 46 35 +11 58 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
7 Sunderland 38 16 10 12 57 56 +1 58
8 Leicester City 38 16 7 15 55 55 0 55 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]
9 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 52 53 −1 55
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 15 8 15 57 49 +8 53
11 Newcastle United 38 14 10 14 63 54 +9 52
12 Middlesbrough 38 14 10 14 46 52 −6 52
13 Everton 38 12 14 12 59 49 +10 50
14 Coventry City 38 12 8 18 47 54 −7 44
15 Southampton 38 12 8 18 45 62 −17 44
16 Derby County 38 9 11 18 44 57 −13 38
17 Bradford City 38 9 9 20 38 68 −30 36 Qualification for the Intertoto Cup second round
18 Wimbledon (R) 38 7 12 19 46 74 −28 33 Relegation to the Football League First Division
19 Sheffield Wednesday (R) 38 8 7 23 38 70 −32 31
20 Watford (R) 38 6 6 26 35 77 −42 24
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Chelsea qualified for the UEFA Cup as FA Cup winners.
  2. ^ Leicester City qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS AST BRA CHE COV DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN MID NEW SHW SOU SUN TOT WAT WHU WDN
Arsenal 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 5–1 0–0 3–3 3–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1
Aston Villa 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1
Bradford City 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–4 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–1 3–2 0–3 3–0
Chelsea 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–1
Coventry City 3–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–4 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 4–1 4–1 0–1 3–2 0–1 4–0 1–0 2–0
Derby County 1–2 0–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–0 3–3 2–0 0–5 0–1 2–0 1–2 4–0
Everton 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–4 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 5–0 2–2 4–2 1–0 4–0
Leeds United 0–4 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 4–1
Leicester City 0–3 3–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 5–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 2–1
Liverpool 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 0–2 2–3 0–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–1
Manchester United 1–1 3–0 4–0 3–2 3–2 3–1 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 5–1 4–0 3–3 4–0 3–1 4–1 7–1 1–1
Middlesbrough 2–1 0–4 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 2–1 0–0 0–3 1–0 3–4 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–0
Newcastle United 4–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 8–0 5–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–3
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–3 4–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 3–1 5–1
Southampton 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–3 2–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–0
Sunderland 0–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 2–4 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–3 1–0 3–1 2–3 3–1 0–1 7–2 3–1 4–0 0–0 2–0
Watford 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–3 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 2–3
West Ham United 2–1 1–1 5–4 0–0 5–0 1–1 0–4 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–4 0–1 2–1 4–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1
Wimbledon 1–3 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 2–2
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 England Kevin Phillips Sunderland 30
2 England Alan Shearer Newcastle United 23
3 Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke Manchester United 20
4 England Michael Bridges Leeds United 19
England Andy Cole Manchester United 19
6 France Thierry Henry Arsenal 17
7 Italy Paolo Di Canio West Ham United 16
8 England Chris Armstrong Tottenham Hotspur 14
Norway Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur 14
Republic of Ireland Niall Quinn Sunderland 14

Overall[edit]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager Player
August Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Robbie Keane (Coventry City)
September Walter Smith (Everton) Muzzy Izzet (Leicester City)
October Peter Reid (Sunderland) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland)
November Martin O'Neill (Leicester City) Sami Hyypiä (Liverpool)
December Gérard Houllier (Liverpool) Roy Keane (Manchester United)
January Danny Wilson (Sheffield Wednesday) Gareth Southgate (Aston Villa)
February Bobby Robson (Newcastle United) Paul Merson (Aston Villa)
March Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Dwight Yorke (Manchester United)
April Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "English Premier League 1999–2000". statto.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Ruud Gullit quits Newcastle". The Guardian. 28 August 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Robson takes Newcastle hotseat". BBC News. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Olsen axed by Wimbledon". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 May 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2012.

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