1999–2000 Watford F.C. season

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Watford
1999–2000 season
ChairmanElton John
ManagerGraham Taylor
StadiumVicarage Road
Premiership20th (relegated)
FA CupThird round
League CupThird round
Top goalscorerHelguson (6)
Highest home attendance21,590 vs Sunderland
(27 November, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance6,628 vs Wigan Athletic
(14 September, League Cup)
Average home league attendance18,544

During the 1999–2000 English football season, Watford F.C. competed in the FA Premier League, after being promoted from the First Division last season.

Season summary[edit]

Watford managed some encouraging early results, including victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, suggesting that experienced manager Graham Taylor might be able to keep the club in the Premier League against all expectations. However, after the victory against Chelsea on 18 September, Watford only managed three more wins all season, and it soon became obvious that this campaign was a bridge too far after two successive promotions; the club were eventually relegated with the then-lowest points total in Premier League history, although observers widely predicted that Taylor would at least stabilise the club in Division One again, and maybe even get the club to make an immediate return to the Premiership.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
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.
(R) Relegated.
Results summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 6 6 26 35 77  −42 24 5 4 10 24 31  −7 1 2 16 11 46  −35

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
ResultLLWWLLLWLLLLLDDLLLLWLLLLDLLLWDLDLLLLDW
Position131914911151514141516181919191919191919191920202020202020202020202020202020
Source: Statto.com
W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Results[edit]

Watford's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 August 1999 Wimbledon H 2–3 15,511 Kennedy (pen), Ngonge
10 August 1999 Sunderland A 0–2 40,630
14 August 1999 Liverpool A 1–0 44,174 Mooney
21 August 1999 Bradford City H 1–0 15,564 Mooney
24 August 1999 Aston Villa H 0–1 19,161
30 August 1999 Leicester City A 0–1 17,920
11 September 1999 West Ham United A 0–1 25,310
18 September 1999 Chelsea H 1–0 21,144 Smart
25 September 1999 Arsenal A 0–1 38,127
3 October 1999 Leeds United H 1–2 19,677 Williams
16 October 1999 Manchester United A 1–4 55,188 Johnson
24 October 1999 Middlesbrough H 1–3 16,081 Smith
31 October 1999 Coventry City A 0–4 21,700
6 November 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–2 21,658 Ngonge, Page
20 November 1999 Newcastle United H 1–1 19,539 Ngonge
27 November 1999 Sunderland H 2–3 21,590 Ngonge, Johnson (pen)
4 December 1999 Wimbledon A 0–5 14,021
18 December 1999 Everton H 1–3 17,346 Ngonge
26 December 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–4 36,089
28 December 1999 Southampton H 3–2 18,459 Perpetuini, Gravelaine (2)
3 January 2000 Derby County A 0–2 28,072
15 January 2000 Liverpool H 2–3 21,367 Johnson, Helguson
22 January 2000 Bradford City A 2–3 16,864 Hyde, Helguson
5 February 2000 Aston Villa A 0–4 27,647
12 February 2000 Leicester City H 1–1 16,814 Wooter
26 February 2000 Chelsea A 1–2 34,928 Smart
4 March 2000 West Ham United H 1–2 18,619 Helguson
11 March 2000 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,433
18 March 2000 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 15,840 Smart
25 March 2000 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 20,050 Smart
1 April 2000 Everton A 2–4 31,960 Smart, Hyde
8 April 2000 Derby County H 0–0 16,579
15 April 2000 Southampton A 0–2 15,252
23 April 2000 Arsenal H 2–3 19,670 Helguson, Hyde
29 April 2000 Manchester United H 2–3 20,250 Helguson, Smith
3 May 2000 Leeds United A 1–3 36,324 Foley
6 May 2000 Middlesbrough A 1–1 32,930 Ward
14 May 2000 Coventry City H 1–0 18,977 Helguson

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 11 December 1999 Birmingham City H 0–1 8,144

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 14 September 1999 Wigan Athletic H 2–0 6,628 Easton, Hyde
R2 2nd Leg 21 September 1999 Wigan Athletic A 1–3 (won on away goals) 5,006 Kennedy
R3 13 October 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–1 8,843

Squad[edit]

[2][3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Alec Chamberlain
2 England DF Des Lyttle
3 Northern Ireland DF Peter Kennedy
4 Wales DF Rob Page (captain)
5 England DF Steve Palmer
6 England DF Paul Robinson
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Michel Ngonge[4]
8 England MF Micah Hyde[5]
9 England FW Tommy Mooney
10 Australia MF Richard Johnson
11 England FW Nick Wright
12 Scotland FW Allan Smart
13 England GK Chris Day
14 Netherlands MF Nordin Wooter[6]
15 England FW Gifton Noel-Williams
16 England DF Nigel Gibbs
No. Position Player
17 England FW Tommy Smith
19 England MF Clint Easton
20 Iceland MF Jóhann Guðmundsson
23 England DF Darren Ward
24 France MF Alexandre Bonnot
25 Belgium MF Adrian Bakalli
26 England DF David Perpetuini
27 England DF James Panayi
31 England FW Steve Brooker
32 Northern Ireland DF Mark Williams[7]
33 Republic of Ireland FW Dominic Foley
34 Austria GK Herwig Walker
35 Scotland MF Charlie Miller
36 England DF Neil Cox
37 Iceland FW Heiðar Helguson

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
18 Nigeria DF Benedict Iroha (retired)
21 England DF Keith Millen (to Bristol City)
21 France MF Xavier Gravelaine (to Le Havre)
No. Position Player
28 England DF Colin Pluck (to Greenock Morton)
42 England MF Stuart Slater (to Charlton Athletic)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
22 England DF Dean Yates
29 England MF Lee Johnson
30 England MF Lee Cook
38 England DF Jerel Ifil
No. Position Player
39 England MF Matthew Langston
40 England MF Gary Fisken
41 England MF Danny Grieves
43 England FW David Warner

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
7 July 1999 DF Mark Williams Chesterfield Free
8 July 1999 DF Des Lyttle Nottingham Forest Free
9 July 1999 FW Dominic Foley Wolverhampton Wanderers Free
1 August 1999 MF Alexandre Bonnot Angers Free
6 August 1999 GK Herwig Walker Vorwärts Steyr Free
13 September 1999 MF Nordin Wooter Real Zaragoza £950,000
29 September 1999 MF Charlie Miller Rangers £450,000
1 November 1999 MF Lee Cook Aylesbury Free
4 November 1999 DF Neil Cox Bolton Wanderers £500,000
9 November 1999 MF Xavier Gravelaine Paris Saint-Germain Free
2 January 2000 FW David Warner Brook House Free
11 January 2000 FW Heiðar Helguson Lillestrøm £1,500,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
22 June 1999 MF Tony Daley Walsall Free transfer
6 July 1999 DF Darren Bazeley Wolverhampton Wanderers Free
18 August 1999 MF Stuart Slater Charlton Athletic Free
11 November 1999 DF Keith Millen Bristol City £35,000
29 January 2000 MF Xavier Gravelaine Le Havre £300,000
5 February 2000 DF Colin Pluck Greenock Morton Free
Transfers in: Decrease £3,400,000
Transfers out: Increase £335,000
Total spending: Decrease £3,065,000

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of 14 May 2000
No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Alec Chamberlain 31 0 27 0 1 0 3 0
2 DF England Des Lyttle 12 0 11 0 0 0 1 0
3 DF Northern Ireland Peter Kennedy 21 2 17+1 1 0 0 3 1
4 DF Wales Rob Page 40 1 36 1 1 0 3 0
5 DF England Steve Palmer 42 0 38 0 1 0 3 0
6 DF England Paul Robinson 36 0 29+3 0 1 0 3 0
7 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo Michel Ngonge 27 5 16+7 5 1 0 2+1 0
8 MF England Micah Hyde 38 4 33+1 3 1 0 3 1
9 FW England Tommy Mooney 13 2 8+4 2 0 0 1 0
10 MF Australia Richard Johnson 25 3 20+3 3 1 0 1 0
11 FW England Nick Wright 6 0 1+3 0 1 0 1 0
12 FW Scotland Allan Smart 16 5 13+1 5 0 0 1+1 0
13 GK England Chris Day 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
14 FW Netherlands Nordin Wooter 22 4 16+4 4 1 0 1 0
15 FW England Gifton Noel-Williams 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF England Nigel Gibbs 20 0 11+6 0 0+1 0 2 0
17 FW England Tommy Smith 23 2 13+9 2 0 0 0+1 0
19 MF England Clint Easton 19 1 13+4 0 0 0 1+1 1
20 MF Iceland Johann Gudmundsson 11 2 1+8 2 0+1 0 0+1 0
21 MF France Xavier Gravelaine 7 2 7 2 0 0 0 0
23 DF England Darren Ward 9 1 7+2 1 0 0 0 0
24 MF France Alex Bonnot 12 0 7+5 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Belgium Adrian Bakalli 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF England David Perpetuini 13 1 12+1 1 0 0 0 0
27 DF England James Panayi 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW England Steve Brooker 2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
32 MF Northern Ireland Mark Williams 24 1 20+2 1 0 0 2 0
33 FW Republic of Ireland Dominic Foley 13 1 5+7 1 0 0 0+1 0
35 MF Scotland Charlie Miller 16 0 9+5 0 1 0 1 0
36 DF England Neil Cox 22 0 20+1 0 1 0 0 0
37 FW Iceland Heidar Helguson 16 6 14+2 6 0 0 0 0

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions
Considering a 5-3-2 formation

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/watford/1999-2000/results
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1999-2000/faprem/watford.htm
  3. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/watford/tab/players/season/2000
  4. ^ Ngonge was born in Huy, Belgium, but qualified to represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo (and its predecessor, Zaire) internationally.
  5. ^ Hyde was born in Newham, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2001.
  6. ^ Wooter was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, but also qualifies to represent the Netherlands internationally and has represented the Netherlands at U-19 and U-21 level.
  7. ^ Williams was born in Stalybridge, England, but qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1999.