1998–99 Football League: Wikis

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Statistics of The Football League in season 1998/1999.

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Overview

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First Division

Sunderland were crowned Division One champions with 105 points, then a record, having lost just three games all season, to prove right the many pundits who tipped them for promotion. The two other promotion places were secured by two of the division's least fancied sides - runners-up Bradford City (back in the top division for the first time in 77 years) and playoff winners Watford (who had won their second successive promotion during Graham Taylor's second spell as manager).

Bury, Oxford United and Bristol City occupied the three relegation places in Division One. Oxford's dismal season was mainly down to £10 million debts which were putting the club in real danger of closure, and had also resulted in the suspension of construction of their new stadium near the Blackbird Leys estate.

Second Division

Kevin Keegan completed his spell as Fulham manager before taking the England job by guiding the Cottagers to the Division Two championship with a staggering 101 points. Following them up were runners-up Walsall and playoff winners Manchester City.

Going down were York City, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town. Narrowly avoiding the drop to Division Three were Oldham Athletic, who just five years earlier had been a Premiership side who came within a whisker of reaching the FA Cup final.

Third Division

Brentford, Cambridge United, Cardiff City and Scunthorpe United occupied the four promotion places in Division Three.

Carlisle United kept their league status in remarkable fashion. They entered the final game of the season in bottom place, and with 90 minutes on the clock in their home game against Plymouth Argyle they were drawing 1-1 and needed a win to stay up. The referee then allowed 4 minutes of stoppage time and with just seconds to go, goalkeeper Jimmy Glass came upfield and scored from a rebounded corner to preserve his club's place in the league which had been held since 1928. Scarborough, who had only joined the league in 1987, were relegated instead. Glass, 25, had been signed on loan from Swindon Town after the transfer line because an injury crisis had left Carlisle without a goalkeeper for the final few games of the season.

League standings

First Division

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers 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
11. Grimsby Town 46 17 10 19 40 52 61
12. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 59
13. Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 16 16 58 71 58
15. Tranmere Rovers 46 12 20 14 63 61 56
16. Stockport County 46 12 17 17 49 60 53
17. Swindon Town 46 13 11 22 59 81 50
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 48
19. Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 47
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 12 11 23 52 61 47
21. Port Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 47
22. Bury 46 10 17 19 35 60 47
23. Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 44
24. Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 42

See also: Play-off results

Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Two

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Second Division

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Fulham 46 31 8 7 79 32 101
2. Walsall 46 26 9 11 63 47 87
3. Manchester City 46 22 16 8 69 33 82
4. Gillingham 46 22 14 10 75 44 80
5. Preston North End 46 22 13 11 78 50 79
6. Wigan Athletic 46 22 10 14 75 48 76
7. A.F.C. Bournemouth 46 21 13 12 63 41 76
8. Stoke City 46 21 6 19 59 63 69
9. Chesterfield 46 17 13 16 46 44 64
10. Millwall 46 17 11 18 52 59 62
11. Reading 46 16 13 17 54 63 61
12. Luton Town 46 16 10 20 51 60 58
13. Bristol Rovers 46 13 17 16 65 56 56
14. Blackpool 46 14 14 18 44 54 56
15. Burnley 46 13 16 17 54 73 55
16. Notts County 46 14 12 20 52 61 54
17. Wrexham 46 13 14 19 43 62 53
18. Colchester United 46 12 16 18 52 70 52
19. Wycombe Wanderers 46 13 12 21 52 58 51
20. Oldham Athletic 46 14 9 23 48 66 51
21. York City 46 13 11 22 56 80 50
22. Northampton Town 46 10 18 18 43 57 48
23. Lincoln City 46 13 7 26 42 74 46
24. Macclesfield Town 46 11 10 25 43 63 43

See also: Play-off results

Key
Promoted to Division 1
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 3

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Third Division

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1. Brentford 46 26 7 13 79 56 85
2. Cambridge United 46 23 12 11 78 48 81
3. Cardiff City 46 22 14 10 60 39 80
4. Scunthorpe United 46 22 8 16 69 58 74
5. Rotherham United 46 20 13 13 79 61 73
6. Leyton Orient 46 19 15 12 68 59 72
7. Swansea City 46 19 14 13 56 48 71
8. Mansfield Town 46 19 10 17 60 58 67
9. Peterborough United 46 18 12 16 72 56 66
10. Halifax Town 46 17 15 14 58 56 66
11. Darlington 46 18 11 17 69 58 65
12. Exeter City 46 17 12 17 47 40 63
13. Plymouth Argyle 46 17 10 19 58 54 61
14. Chester City 46 13 18 15 57 66 57
15. Shrewsbury Town 46 14 14 18 52 63 56
16. Barnet 46 14 13 19 54 61 55
17. Brighton & Hove Albion 46 16 7 23 49 66 55
18. Southend United 46 14 12 20 52 58 54
19. Rochdale 46 13 15 18 42 55 54
20. Torquay United 46 12 17 17 47 58 53
21. Hull City 46 14 11 21 44 62 53
22. Hartlepool United 46 13 12 21 52 65 51
23. Carlisle United 46 11 16 19 43 53 49
24. Scarborough 46 14 6 26 50 77 48

See also

References


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