1999 Football League First Division play-off Final

1999 Football League First Division play-off final
Date 31 May 1999
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee T Heilbron
Attendance 70,343

The 1999 Football League Championship play-off Final was contested between Bolton Wanderers and Watford, played at Wembley Stadium on 31 May 1999. The match was won by Watford through goals from Nick Wright and Allan Smart. As a result, Watford would play in the Premier League for the first time since its inception in 1992. It also meant that Watford had secured promotion for the second successive season, having been promoted as champions of Division Two in 1997–98.

Route to the final

Watford

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Watford were promoted from the Second Division in 1997–98. Elimination from their first games in the League Cup and FA Cup to Cambridge United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively enabled Watford to focus on their league campaign. After winning their opening three league games, Watford gradually moved from the top of the table to a mid-table position. Following consecutive defeats to Swindon Town, Ipswich Town and Sheffield United in February and early March, a play-off position appeared unlikely.[1] However, seven wins and a draw from the last eight games was enough to earn Watford a play-off spot on the last day of the season.[1]

Final league table

Key

Pos: League position P: Matches played W: Matches won D: Matches drawn L: Matches lost F: Goals for A: Goals against Pts: Points (C): Champions (P): Promoted (pl): Qualified for play-offs

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland (C) (P) 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City (P) 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town (pl) 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City (pl) 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford (P) (pl) 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers (pl) 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61

Semi-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
6th Bolton Wanderers* 4–4 Ipswich Town 3rd 1–0 3–4 aet
5th Watford 1–1 (7–6 pen) Birmingham City 4th 1–0 0–1 aet

* Bolton win on away goals


Match details

Bolton 0 – 2 Watford
Report Wright  38'
Smart  89'
Attendance: 70,343
Bolton:
GK1 Steve Banks
RB2 Neil Cox  89'
LB3 Robbie Elliott
CM4 Per Frandsen
CB5 Andy Todd
CB6 Mark Fish (captain)
RM7 Michael Johansen  66'
CM8 Claus Jensen
CF9 Eiður Guðjohnsen
CF10 Bob Taylor
LM11 Ricardo Gardner
Substitutes:
MF12 Bo Hansen  89'
MF13 Scott Sellars  66'
DF14 Guðni Bergsson
Manager:
Colin Todd
Watford:
GK1 Alec Chamberlain
RWB2 Darren Bazeley
LWB3 Peter Kennedy
CB4 Rob Page (captain)
CB5 Steve Palmer
CB6 Paul Robinson
CM7 Michel Ngonge 75'
CM8 Micah Hyde
CF9 Tommy Mooney
CM10 Richard Johnson
CF11 Nick Wright  87'
Substitutes:
MF12 Allan Smart  75'
GK13 Chris Day
DF14 Alon Hazan  87'
Manager:
Graham Taylor

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • 3 named substitutes.
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Key


See also

References

  1. 1 2 "Nationwide League Division 1 fixtures". Blind, Stupid and Desperate. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
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