1999–2000 FA Premier League
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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.
|Dates||7 August 1999–14 May 2000|
6th Premier League title
13th English title
|Champions League||Manchester United|
|Intertoto Cup||Aston Villa|
|Goals scored||1,060 (2.79 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Kevin Phillips (30 goals)|
|Biggest home win||Newcastle United 8–0 Sheffield Wednesday|
(19 September 1999)
|Biggest away win||Derby County 0–5 Sunderland|
(18 September 1999)
|Highest scoring||West Ham United 5–4 Bradford City|
(12 February 2000)
Tottenham Hotspur 7–2 Southampton
(11 March 2000)
|Longest winning run||11 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||16 games|
|Longest winless run||11 games|
|Longest losing run||8 games|
Manchester United v Derby County
(11 March 2000)
Wimbledon v Sheffield Wednesday
(12 April 2000)
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 Manchester United had withdrawn from the 1999–2000 FA Cup to participate in the FIFA World Club Championship at the request of the FA who wanted Manchester United to compete to support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 and Aston Villa), 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.
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 LocationsEdit
|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|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||Old Trafford||68,174|
|Newcastle United||Newcastle upon Tyne||St James' Park||52,387|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Sheffield||Hillsborough Stadium||39,732|
|Sunderland||Sunderland||Stadium of Light||49,000|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London (Tottenham)||White Hart Lane||36,240|
|West Ham United||London (Upton Park)||Boleyn Ground||35,647|
|Wimbledon||London (Wimbledon)||Selhurst Park[a]||26,074|
- 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 kitsEdit
(as of 14 May 2000)
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Wimbledon||Joe Kinnear||Resigned||9 June 1999||Pre-season||Egil Olsen||9 June 1999|
|Newcastle United||Ruud Gullit||Resigned||28 August 1999||19th||Bobby Robson||2 September 1999|
|Southampton||Dave Jones||Contract terminated||27 January 2000||17th||Glenn Hoddle||28 January 2000|
|Wimbledon||Egil Olsen||Sacked||1 May 2000||18th||Terry Burton||1 May 2000|
|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|
|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]|
|6||Aston Villa||38||15||13||10||46||35||+11||58||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round|
|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|
|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|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BRA||CHE||COV||DER||EVE||LEE||LEI||LIV||MUN||MID||NEW||SHW||SOU||SUN||TOT||WAT||WHU||WDN|
|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|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Top goal scorersEdit
|2||Alan Shearer||Newcastle United||23|
|3||Dwight Yorke||Manchester United||20|
|4||Michael Bridges||Leeds United||19|
|Andy Cole||Manchester United||19|
|7||Paolo Di Canio||West Ham United||16|
|8||Chris Armstrong||Tottenham Hotspur||14|
|Steffen Iversen||Tottenham Hotspur||14|
- Most wins – Manchester United (28)
- Fewest wins – Watford (6)
- Most draws – Everton (14)
- Fewest draws – Leeds United and Watford (6)
- Most losses – Watford (26)
- Fewest losses – Manchester United (3)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (97)
- Fewest goals scored – Watford (35)
- Most goals conceded – Watford (77)
- Fewest goals conceded – Liverpool (30)
|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 referencesEdit
- "English Premier League 1999–2000". statto.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "Ruud Gullit quits Newcastle". The Guardian. 28 August 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- "Robson takes Newcastle hotseat". BBC News. 3 September 1999. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- "Olsen axed by Wimbledon". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 May 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2012.