2000 Football League play-offs

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Football League play-offs
Season1999–2000
Champions Ipswich Town
(First Division)
Gillingham
(Second Division)
Peterborough United
(Third Division)
Matches played15
Goals scored49 (3.27 per match)
Biggest home win Peterborough 3–0 Barnet
(Third Division)
Biggest away win Birmingham 0–4 Barnsley
(First Division)
Highest scoring Ipswich 5–3 Bolton
(8 goals)
Highest attendance73,427 – Barnsley v Ipswich
(First Division final)
Lowest attendance4,535 – Barnet v Peterborough
(Third Division semi-final)
Average attendance22,266
1999
2001

The Football League play-offs for the 1999–2000 season were held in May 2000, with the finals taking place at the old Wembley Stadium in London for the final time. The play-off semi-finals will be played over two legs and will be contested by the teams who finish 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 will go 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 are aiming to return to the top flight after 5 years outside the top flight, finished 2 points behind second placed Manchester City, who in turn finished 2 points behind champions Charlton Athletic, who returned to the top flight after being relegated last season. Barnsley who are aiming to return to the top flight after 2 seasons outside the top division, finished in fourth place in the table. Birmingham City, who are aiming to return to the top flight after 14 years outside the top division, finished in fifth place. Bolton Wanderers, who as well as Barnsley are aiming to return to the top flight after relegation 2 seasons ago, finished 1 point behind Birmingham City in sixth place.

First Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Ipswich Town 46251297142+2987
4 Barnsley 462410128867+2182
5 Birmingham City 462211136544+2177
6 Bolton Wanderers 462113126950+1976

Semi-finals

First leg
Birmingham City 0–4 Barnsley
Report Shipperley Soccerball shade.svg 12'
Dyer Soccerball shade.svg 48', 60'
Hignett Soccerball shade.svg 84'
St Andrew's, Birmingham
Attendance: 26,492
Referee: Mark Halsey

Bolton Wanderers 2–2 Ipswich Town
Holdsworth Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Guðjohnsen Soccerball shade.svg 26'
Report Stewart Soccerball shade.svg 36', 65'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 18,814
Referee: Rob Styles
Second leg
Ipswich Town 5–3 (a.e.t.) Bolton Wanderers
Magilton Soccerball shade.svg 18' (pen.), 49', 90'
Clapham Soccerball shade.svg 94' (pen.)
Reuser Soccerball shade.svg 110'
Report Holdsworth Soccerball shade.svg 6', 39'
Johnston Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 21,543
Referee: Barry Knight

Ipswich Town won 7–5 on aggregate.


Barnsley 1–2 Birmingham City
Dyer Soccerball shade.svg 54' Report Rowett Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Marcelo Soccerball shade.svg 75'
Oakwell, Barnsley
Attendance: 19,050
Referee: Mike Dean

Barnsley won 5–2 on aggregate.

Final

Barnsley 2–4 Ipswich Town
Wright Soccerball shade.svg 6' (o.g.)
Hignett Soccerball shade.svg 78' (pen.)
Report Mowbray Soccerball shade.svg 28'
Naylor Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Stewart Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Reuser Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 73,427
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
3 Gillingham 462510117948+3185
4 Wigan Athletic 46221777238+3483
5 Millwall 462313107650+2682
6 Stoke City 462313106842+2682

Semi-finals

First leg
Millwall 0–0 Wigan Athletic
Report
The New Den, London
Attendance: 14,091
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Stoke City 3–2 Gillingham
Gunnlaugsson Soccerball shade.svg 1'
Lightbourne Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Thorne Soccerball shade.svg 67'
Report Gooden Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Hassenthaler Soccerball shade.svg 90'
Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent
Attendance: 22,124
Referee: Mike Dean
Second leg
Gillingham 3–0 (a.e.t.) Stoke City
Ashby Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Onuora Soccerball shade.svg 102'
Smith Soccerball shade.svg 118'
Report
Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham
Attendance: 10,386
Referee: Rob Styles

Gillingham won 5–3 on aggregate.


Wigan Athletic 1–0 Millwall
Sheridan Soccerball shade.svg 61'
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 10,642
Referee: David Laws

Wigan Athletic won 1–0 on aggregate.

Final

Wigan Athletic 2–3 (a.e.t.) Gillingham
Haworth Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Barlow Soccerball shade.svg 99' (pen.)
Report McGibbon Soccerball shade.svg 35' (o.g.)
Butler Soccerball shade.svg 114'
Thomson Soccerball shade.svg 118'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 53,764
Referee: Rob Styles

Third Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
4 Darlington 46211696636+3079
5 Peterborough United 462212126354+978
6 Barnet 462112135953+675
7 Hartlepool United 46219166049+1172

Semi-finals

First leg
Barnet 1–2 Peterborough United
Arber Soccerball shade.svg 22' Lee Soccerball shade.svg 5'
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Underhill, London
Attendance: 4,535
Referee: David Laws

Hartlepool United 0–2 Darlington
Liddle Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Gabbiadini Soccerball shade.svg 76' (pen.)
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Attendance: 6,995
Referee: Barry Knight
Second leg
Darlington 1–0 Hartlepool United
Strodder Soccerball shade.svg 9' (o.g.)
Feethams, Darlington
Attendance: 8,238
Referee: Mark Halsey

Darlington won 3–0 on aggregate.


Peterborough United 3–0 Barnet
Farrell Soccerball shade.svg 28', 70', 89'
London Road, Peterborough
Attendance: 10,515
Referee: Terry Heilbron

Peterborough United won 5–1 on aggregate.

Final

Peterborough United 1–0 Darlington
Clarke Soccerball shade.svg 74' Report
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,383
Referee: Mike Dean

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