1999 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1998–99
Champions Watford
(First Division)
Manchester City
(Second Division)
Scunthorpe United
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored28 (1.87 per match)
Biggest home win Scunthorpe 3–1 Swansea
(Third Division)
Biggest away winNone
Highest scoring Ipswich 4–3 Bolton
(7 goals)
Highest attendance76,935 Gillingham v Manchester City
(Second Division final)
Lowest attendance6,762 Wigan v Manchester City
(Second Division semi-final)
Average attendance24,837
1998
2000

The Football League play-offs for the 1998–99 season were held in May 1999, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London. The play-off semi-finals were played over two legs and contested by the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in the Football League First Division and Football League Second Division and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams in the Football League Third Division table. The winners of the semi-finals went through to the finals, with the winner of the matches gaining promotion for the following season.

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Background

The Football League play-offs have been held every year since 1987. They take place for each division following the conclusion of the regular season and are contested by the four clubs finishing below the automatic promotion places.

In the First Division, Ipswich Town, who were aiming to return to the top flight after a 4-year absence, finished one point behind second placed Bradford City, who in turn finished 18 points behind champions Sunderland, who returned to the top flight after being relegated two seasons previously. Birmingham City, who were aiming to return to the top flight after 13 years outside the top division, finished in fourth place in the table. Watford, who were aiming to return to the top flight for the first time since 1988, finished in fifth place. Bolton Wanderers, who were aiming to return to the top flight after relegation the previous season, finished one point behind Watford in sixth place.

First Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Ipswich Town 46251297142+2987
4 Birmingham City 462410128867+2182
5 Watford 462211136544+2177
6 Bolton Wanderers 462113126950+1976

Semi-finals

First leg
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Ipswich Town
Johansen Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 18,295
Referee: Mark Halsey

Watford 1–0 Birmingham City
Ngonge Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 18,535
Referee: Clive Wilkes
Second leg
Ipswich Town 4–3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Holland Soccerball shade.svg 14', 116'
Dyer Soccerball shade.svg 52', 90'
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 51', 96'
Frandsen Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,755
Referee: John Kirkby

Ipswich Town 4–4 Bolton Wanderers on aggregate. Bolton Wanderers won on away goals.


Birmingham City 1–1 Watford on aggregate. Watford won 7–6 on penalties.

Final

Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Watford
Report Wright Soccerball shade.svg 38'
Smart Soccerball shade.svg 89'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 70,343
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Second Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
3 Manchester City 46221686933+3682
4 Gillingham 462214107544+3180
5 Preston North End 462213117850+2879
6 Wigan Athletic 462210147548+2776

Semi-finals

First leg
Wigan Athletic 1–1 Manchester City
Barlow Soccerball shade.svg 1' Dickov Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Springfield Park, Wigan
Attendance: 6,762
Referee: Alan Wiley

Preston North End 1–1 Gillingham
Eyres Soccerball shade.svg 54' Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 79'
Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 18,584
Referee: John Kirkby
Second leg
Gillingham 1–0 Preston North End
Hessenthaler Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
Attendance: 10,105
Referee: Mark Halsey

Gillingham won 2–1 on aggregate.


Manchester City 1–0 Wigan Athletic
Goater Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 31,305
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Manchester City won 2–1 on aggregate.

Final

Gillingham 2–2 (a.e.t.) Manchester City
Asaba Soccerball shade.svg 82'
Taylor Soccerball shade.svg 87'
Report Horlock Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Dickov Soccerball shade.svg 90+5'
Penalties
Smith Soccerball shade cross.svg
Pennock Soccerball shade cross.svg
Hodge Soccerball shad check.svg
Butters Soccerball shade cross.svg
1–3Soccerball shad check.svg Horlock
Soccerball shade cross.svg Dickov
Soccerball shad check.svg Cooke
Soccerball shad check.svg Edghill
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 76,935
Referee: Mark Halsey

Third Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
4 Scunthorpe United 46228166958+1174
5 Rotherham United 462013137961+1873
6 Leyton Orient 461915126859+972
7 Swansea City 461914135648+871

Semi-finals

First leg
Leyton Orient 0–0 Rotherham United
Brisbane Road, London
Attendance: 9,419
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Swansea City 1–0 Scunthorpe United
Bound Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Vetch Field, Swansea
Attendance: 7,828
Referee: David Pugh
Second leg

Rotherham United 0–0 Leyton Orient on aggregate. Leyton Orient won 4–2 on penalties.


Scunthorpe United 3–1 (a.e.t.) Swansea City
Dawson Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Sheldon Soccerball shade.svg 92', 102'
Bird Soccerball shade.svg 98'
Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Attendance: 7,089
Referee: Alan Wiley

Scunthorpe United won 3–2 on aggregate.

Final

Leyton Orient 0–1 Scunthorpe United
Report Calvo García Soccerball shade.svg 6'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 36,985
Referee: Clive Wilkes

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