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.

FA Premier League
Season1999–2000
Dates7 August 1999 – 14 May 2000
ChampionsManchester United
6th Premier League title
13th English title
RelegatedWimbledon
Sheffield Wednesday
Watford
Champions LeagueManchester United
Arsenal
Leeds United
UEFA CupLiverpool
Chelsea
Leicester City
Intertoto CupAston Villa
Bradford City
Matches played380
Goals scored1,060 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorerKevin Phillips
(30 goals)
Best goalkeeperEd de Goey (16 clean sheets)
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
Manchester United
Longest unbeaten run16 games
Chelsea
Longest winless run11 games
Sunderland
Watford
Longest losing run8 games
Wimbledon
Highest attendance61,619
Manchester United 3–1 Derby County
(11 March 2000)
Lowest attendance8,248
Wimbledon 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday
(12 April 2000)
Total attendance11,677,585
Average attendance30,730

Manchester United lost their defence of the European Cup following a 3–2 defeat against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. The club had withdrawn from the 1999–2000 FA Cup to participate in the FIFA World Club Championship at the request of the FA who wanted Manchester United to compete to support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 won 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), Derby County, Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Norwich City (twice), Sheffield United and themselves), 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

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 both Bradford City and Watford's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest, who were relegated to the First Division. 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

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 Manchester 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 (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 26,074

Personnel and kits

(as of 14 May 2000)

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

Managerial changes

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
Sheffield Wednesday   Danny Wilson Sacked 21 March 2000 19th   Peter Shreeves (caretaker) 21 March 2000
Wimbledon   Egil Olsen Sacked 1 May 2000 18th   Terry Burton 1 May 2000

League table

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
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
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) Champions; (R) Relegated
Notes:

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BRA CHE COV DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN MID NEW SHW SOU SUN TOT WAT WHU WIM
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: 11v11
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

 
Sunderland's Kevin Phillips was the top scorer, with 30 goals.
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Kevin Phillips Sunderland 30
2   Alan Shearer Newcastle United 23
3   Dwight Yorke Manchester United 20
4   Michael Bridges Leeds United 19
  Andy Cole Manchester United
6   Thierry Henry Arsenal 17
7   Paolo Di Canio West Ham United 16
8   Chris Armstrong Tottenham Hotspur 14
  Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur
  Niall Quinn Sunderland

Hat-tricks

 
The 1999–2000 Premier League season would see Everton's Nick Barmby score his one and only hat-trick during his professional career.
Player For Against Result Date Ref
  Michael Bridges Leeds United Southampton 3–0 (A) 11 August 1999
  Andy Cole4 Manchester United Newcastle United 5–1 (H) 30 August 1999
  Kevin Phillips Sunderland Derby County 5–0 (A) 18 September 1999
  Alan Shearer5 Newcastle United Sheffield Wednesday 8–0 (H) 19 September 1999
  Nwankwo Kanu Arsenal Chelsea 3–2 (A) 23 October 1999
  Marc Overmars Arsenal Middlesbrough 5–1 (H) 21 November 1999
  Ole Gunnar Solskjær4 P Manchester United Everton 5–1 (H) 4 December 1999
  Nick Barmby Everton West Ham United 4–0 (A) 26 February 2000
  Stan Collymore Leicester City Sunderland 5–2 (H) 5 March 2000
  Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur Southampton 7–2 (H) 11 March 2000
  Dwight Yorke Manchester United Derby County 3–1 (H) 11 March 2000
  Paul Scholes Manchester United West Ham United 7–1 (H) 1 April 2000
  Dean Windass Bradford City Derby County 4–4 (H) 21 April 2000
Note: 5 Player scored 5 goals; 4 Player scored 4 goals; P Player scored a perfect hat-trick; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists

 
Manchester United's David Beckham was the joint top assist provider with 15 assists for the club in the 1999–2000 Premier League season.
Rank Player Club Assists
1   David Beckham Manchester United 15
  Nolberto Solano Newcastle United
3   Paolo Di Canio West Ham United 13
4   Ryan Giggs Manchester United 12
5   Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 9
6   Nick Barmby Everton 8
  Thierry Henry Arsenal
  Steffen Iversen Tottenham Hotspur
  Wim Jonk Sheffield Wednesday
  Paul Merson Aston Villa

Awards

Monthly awards

 
Alex Ferguson was Manager of the Month three times during the 1999–2000 Premier League season, and was later named Manager of the Season.
Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
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 Manchester United   Thierry Henry Arsenal

Annual awards

Award Winner Club
Premier League Manager of the Season   Alex Ferguson Manchester United
Premier League Player of the Season   Kevin Phillips Sunderland
PFA Players' Player of the Year   Roy Keane Manchester United
PFA Young Player of the Year   Harry Kewell Leeds United
FWA Footballer of the Year   Roy Keane Manchester United
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper   Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)
Defence   Gary Kelly (Leeds United)   Jaap Stam (Manchester United)   Sami Hyypiä (Liverpool)   Ian Harte (Leeds United)
Midfield   David Beckham (Manchester United)   Roy Keane (Manchester United)   Patrick Vieira (Arsenal)   Harry Kewell (Leeds United)
Attack   Andy Cole (Manchester United)   Kevin Phillips (Sunderland)

References

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