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The 1999–2000 Football League (known as the Nationwide Football League for sponsorship reasons) was the 101st completed season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1999–2000
ChampionsCharlton Athletic
PromotedCharlton Athletic
Manchester City
Ipswich Town
RelegatedChester City

The 1999–2000 season saw the league dispense with the traditional 1–11 numbering of players’ shirts in favour of squad numbers, a system that had been adopted by the Premier League a few seasons before. This also meant that players’ names appeared on the back of their shirts for the first time since the league’s inception.[1]

The three promotion places in Division One went to champions Charlton Athletic, runners-up Manchester City and playoff winners Ipswich Town.

1999–2000 also saw some of Division One’s biggest clubs miss out on promotion — the biggest of these were Blackburn Rovers (11th) and Nottingham Forest (14th). Steve Coppell ended his fourth spell as Crystal Palace manager after doing wonders to keep a virtually bankrupt club clear of the Division One relegation zone.

Going down were Walsall, Port Vale and Swindon Town. West Bromwich Albion just missed out on the drop zone thanks to a late turn-around in form during the final weeks of the season which followed the appointment of Gary Megson as manager.

David Moyes, 37, showed promise as one of the league’s most highly rated young managers after he guided Preston North End to the Division Two championship. Stan Ternent’s two-year rebuilding project at Burnley paid off as they finished runners-up in the division and would establish themselves as a second tier side for nine years until promotion to the Premier League happened at the end of the 2008–09 season. Joining them in Division One were Peter Taylor’s Gillingham, who had reached the upper half of the league for the first time in their history.

Going down were Cardiff City, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Chesterfield. Narrowly avoiding the drop were Oxford United, who struggled all season long despite the club’s financial crisis being eased by the arrival of new Tanzanian chairman Firoz Kassam.

Swansea City, Rotherham United, Northampton Town and Peterborough United occupied the four promotion places in Division Three.

Chester City were relegated on the last day of the season, ending their 69-year league career and would be relegated from the League again nine years later while Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United saved themselves from Conference football.

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First DivisionEdit

Football League, First Division
Season1999–2000
ChampionsCharlton Athletic (1st second tier title)
Direct promotion to FA Premier LeagueCharlton Athletic,
Manchester City
Promoted to FA Premier League through play-offsIpswich Town
RelegatedPort Vale,
Swindon Town,
Walsall
Matches played552
Goals scored1,391 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerAndy Hunt (Charlton Athletic), 24 [2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Charlton Athletic 46 15 3 5 37 18 12 7 4 42 27 +34 91 Football League Champions, promoted to FA Premier League
2 Manchester City 46 17 2 4 48 17 9 9 5 30 23 +38 89 Promoted to FA Premier League
3 Ipswich Town 46 16 3 4 39 17 9 9 5 32 25 +29 87 Promoted to Premier League through play-offs
4 Barnsley 46 15 4 4 48 24 9 6 8 40 43 +21 82 Participated in play-offs
5 Birmingham City 46 15 5 3 37 16 7 6 10 28 28 +21 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 14 5 4 43 26 7 8 8 26 24 +19 76
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 5 3 45 20 6 6 11 19 28 +16 74
8 Huddersfield Town 46 14 5 4 43 21 7 6 10 19 28 +13 74
9 Fulham 46 13 7 3 33 13 4 9 10 16 28 +8 67
10 Queens Park Rangers 46 9 12 2 30 20 7 6 10 32 33 +9 66
11 Blackburn Rovers 46 10 9 4 33 20 5 8 10 22 31 +4 62
12 Norwich City 46 11 6 6 26 22 3 9 11 19 28 −5 57
13 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 8 5 35 27 5 4 14 22 41 −11 57
14 Nottingham Forest 46 9 10 4 29 18 5 4 14 24 37 −2 56
15 Crystal Palace 46 7 11 5 33 26 6 4 13 24 41 −10 54
16 Sheffield United 46 10 8 5 38 24 3 7 13 21 47 −12 54
17 Stockport County 46 8 8 7 33 31 5 7 11 22 36 −12 54
18 Portsmouth 46 9 6 8 36 27 4 6 13 19 39 −11 51
19 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 5 9 27 31 5 4 14 19 36 −21 51
20 Grimsby Town 46 10 8 5 27 25 3 4 16 14 42 −26 51
21 West Bromwich Albion 46 6 11 6 25 26 4 8 11 18 34 −17 49
22 Walsall 46 7 6 10 26 34 4 7 12 26 43 −25 46 Relegated
23 Port Vale 46 6 6 11 27 30 1 9 13 21 39 −21 36
24 Swindon Town 46 5 6 12 23 37 3 6 14 15 40 −39 36
Source: [3]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).

Location of clubsEdit

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1999–2000

Play-offsEdit

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th/14th;
2nd leg – May 17th/18th, 2000
Final at Wembley
May 29th, 2000
                     
3rd Ipswich Town (a.e.t.) 2 5 7  
6th Bolton Wanderers 2 3 5  
    3rd Ipswich Town 4
  4th Barnsley 2
4th Barnsley 4 1 5
5th Birmingham City 0 2 2  

[3]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAR BIR BLB BOL CHA CRE CRY FUL GRI HUD IPS MCI NWC NOT PTV POR QPR SHU STP SWI TRA WAL WBA WOL
Barnsley 2–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–0 3–0 4–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–2 1–2
Birmingham City 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 5–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 4–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–2 3–3 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 4–3 1–1 2–1
Charlton Athletic 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 2–3 0–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–3 2–0 1–0
Crystal Palace 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 2–2 3–2 0–2 1–1
Fulham 1–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1
Grimsby Town 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–5 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–3 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0
Huddersfield Town 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–3 1–2 3–0 7–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 4–1 0–2 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
Ipswich Town 6–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–0
Manchester City 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–3 6–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Norwich City 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0
Nottingham Forest 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 1–1
Port Vale 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–1
Portsmouth 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–2 5–1 2–0 2–3
Queens Park Rangers 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1
Sheffield United 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 6–0 3–0
Stockport County 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–2
Swindon Town 1–2 1–4 2–1 0–4 1–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–4 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2
Tranmere Rovers 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–4 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Walsall 1–4 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–4 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 0–3 2–2 4–4 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–1
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second DivisionEdit

Football League, Second Division
Season1999–2000
ChampionsPreston North End (2nd third tier title)
Direct promotionPreston North End,
Burnley
Promoted through play-offsGillingham
RelegatedBlackpool,
Cardiff City,
Chesterfield,
Scunthorpe United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,404 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerAndy Payton (Burnley), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Preston North End 46 15 4 4 37 23 13 7 3 37 14 +37 95 Division Champions, promoted
2 Burnley 46 16 3 4 42 23 9 10 4 27 24 +22 88 Promoted
3 Gillingham 46 16 3 4 46 21 9 7 7 33 27 +31 85 Promoted through play-offs
4 Wigan Athletic 46 15 3 5 37 14 7 14 2 35 24 +34 83 Participated in play-offs
5 Millwall 46 14 7 2 41 18 9 6 8 35 32 +26 82
6 Stoke City 46 13 7 3 37 18 10 6 7 31 24 +26 82
7 Bristol Rovers 46 13 7 3 34 19 10 4 9 35 26 +24 80
8 Notts County 46 9 6 8 32 27 9 5 9 29 28 +6 65
9 Bristol City 46 7 14 2 31 18 8 5 10 28 39 +2 64
10 Reading 46 10 9 4 28 18 6 5 12 29 45 −6 62
11 Wrexham 46 9 6 8 23 24 8 5 10 29 37 −9 62
12 Wycombe Wanderers 46 11 4 8 32 24 5 9 9 24 29 +3 61
13 Luton Town 46 10 7 6 41 35 7 3 13 20 30 −4 61
14 Oldham Athletic 46 8 5 10 27 28 8 7 8 23 27 −5 60
15 Bury 46 8 10 5 38 33 5 8 10 23 31 −3 57
16 Bournemouth 46 11 6 6 37 19 5 3 15 22 43 −3 57
17 Brentford 46 8 6 9 27 31 5 7 11 20 30 −14 52
18 Colchester United 46 9 4 10 36 40 5 6 12 23 42 −23 52
19 Cambridge United 46 8 6 9 38 33 4 6 13 26 32 −1 48
20 Oxford United 46 6 5 12 24 38 6 4 13 19 35 −30 45
21 Cardiff City 46 5 10 8 23 34 4 7 12 22 33 −22 44 Relegated
22 Blackpool 46 4 10 9 26 37 4 7 12 23 40 −28 41
23 Scunthorpe United 46 4 6 13 16 34 5 6 12 24 40 −34 39
24 Chesterfield 46 5 7 11 17 25 2 8 13 17 38 −29 36
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).

Location of clubsEdit

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1999–2000

Play-offsEdit

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th; 2nd leg – May 17th, 2000
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 28th, 2000
                     
3rd Gillingham 2 3 5  
6th Stoke City 3 0 3  
    3rd Gillingham (a.e.t.) 3
  4th Wigan Athletic 2
4th Wigan Athletic 0 1 1
5th Millwall 0 0 0  

[3]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BLP BOU BRE BRC BRR BUR BRY CAM CAR CHF COL GIL LUT MIL NTC OLD OXF PNE REA SCU STO WIG WRE WYC
Blackpool 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–5 2–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–2
Bournemouth 2–0 4–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0
Brentford 2–0 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–3 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–0
Bristol City 5–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 4–0 0–0
Bristol Rovers 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–1 1–0
Burnley 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–2 4–3 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–3 3–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 5–0 1–0
Bury 3–2 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 4–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–0
Cambridge United 0–2 0–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 5–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 3–4 1–2
Cardiff City 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–4 2–1 3–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–2
Chesterfield 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–2
Colchester United 1–1 3–1 0–3 3–4 5–4 1–2 1–3 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–2 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0
Gillingham 1–3 4–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–1 5–1 2–2
Luton Town 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–4 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–2 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 4–2 0–2 3–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Millwall 1–1 3–1 3–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 5–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 0–0 1–1
Notts County 2–1 5–1 0–1 4–4 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–1
Oldham Athletic 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–4 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2
Oxford United 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–5 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 2–3 1–0 0–4 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–4 0–0
Preston North End 3–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 0–2 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–4 1–0 3–2
Reading 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–1
Scunthorpe United 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–4 1–2 1–4 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–1
Stoke City 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1
Wigan Athletic 5–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 2–1
Wrexham 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 1–3
Wycombe Wanderers 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 5–3 2–1 0–4 0–2 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third DivisionEdit

Football League, Third Division
Season1999–2000
ChampionsSwansea City (1st fourth tier title)
Direct promotionSwansea City,
Northampton,
Rotherham United
Promoted through play-offsPeterborough United
Relegated to ConferenceChester
Matches played552
Goals scored1,303 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorerMarco Gabbiadini (Darlington), 24 [2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Swansea City 46 15 6 2 32 11 9 7 7 19 19 +21 85 Division Champions, promoted
2 Rotherham United 46 13 5 5 43 17 11 7 5 29 19 +36 84 Promoted
3 Northampton Town 46 16 2 5 36 18 9 5 9 27 27 +18 82
4 Darlington 46 13 9 1 43 15 8 7 8 23 21 +30 79 Participated in play-offs
5 Peterborough United 46 14 4 5 39 30 8 8 7 24 24 +9 78 Promoted through play-offs
6 Barnet 46 12 6 5 36 24 9 6 8 23 29 +6 75 Participated in play-offs
7 Hartlepool United 46 16 1 6 32 17 5 8 10 28 32 +11 72
8 Cheltenham Town[a] 46 13 4 6 28 17 7 6 10 22 25 +8 70
9 Torquay United 46 12 6 5 35 20 7 6 10 27 32 +10 69
10 Rochdale 46 8 7 8 21 25 10 7 6 36 29 +3 68
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 7 6 38 25 7 9 7 26 21 +18 67
12 Plymouth Argyle 46 12 10 1 38 18 4 8 11 17 33 +4 66
13 Macclesfield Town 46 9 7 7 36 30 9 4 10 30 31 +5 65
14 Hull City 46 7 8 8 26 23 8 6 9 17 20 0 59
15 Lincoln City 46 11 6 6 38 23 4 8 11 29 46 −2 59
16 Southend United 46 11 5 7 37 31 4 6 13 16 30 −8 56
17 Mansfield Town 46 9 6 8 33 26 7 2 14 17 39 −15 56
18 Halifax Town 46 7 5 11 22 24 8 4 11 22 34 −14 54
19 Leyton Orient 46 7 7 9 22 22 6 6 11 25 30 −5 52
20 York City 46 7 10 6 21 21 5 6 12 18 32 −14 52
21 Exeter City 46 8 6 9 27 30 3 5 15 19 42 −26 44
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 5 6 12 20 27 4 7 12 20 40 −27 40
23 Carlisle United 46 6 8 9 23 27 3 4 16 19 48 −33 39
24 Chester City 46 5 5 13 20 36 5 4 14 24 43 −35 39 Relegated to Conference
Source: [3]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Notes:
  1. ^ New club in the league

Locations of clubsEdit

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1999–2000

Play-offsEdit

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 13th; 2nd leg – May 17th, 2000
Final at Wembley Stadium
May 26th, 2000
                     
4th Darlington 2 1 3  
7th Hartlepool United 0 0 0  
    4th Darlington 0
  5th Peterborough United 1
5th Peterborough United 2 3 5
6th Barnet 1 0 1  

[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Put your shirt on squad numbers next season". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 1999-04-09. Retrieved 2008-07-15.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ a b c d e "England 1999–00". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.