THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1res 25099925 September ~ Birmingham led Division One for the first and only time this season after two penalties from Paul Furlong beat QPR. They slipped back to fifth after losing three of their next four games and finished in the same position, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Dave Bassett's Barnsley who were beaten at Wembley by Ipswich. Manchester City had a chance to regain the top spot with a match at Ipswich the following day but they lost 2-1.

Managed by Joe Royle, City spent the bulk of the season in the automatic promotion places and eventually finished second after going unbeaten in their last 11 games. City's Shaun Goater was the division's top scorer with 25, one ahead of Andy Hunt of champions Charlton.

Leaders from January, Charlton were 16 points clear at one stage but finished only two points ahead of Man City after failing to win any of their last seven games. Key players included Dean Kiely in goal, Richard Rufus and the club's recent manager Chris Powell in defence, and Graham Stuart and Mark Kinsella in midfield. Charlton had been relegated from the Premier League in 1998-99 after only one season but this time they were to spend seven years at the top level.

After beating Swindon, Port Vale won only four more games. Both clubs were relegated with several weeks to go and neither has been back to the second level since. Walsall went down on the final day after losing to Ipswich while rivals West Brom, who were level on points, beat Charlton.

One of Stockport's goals in their draw with Norwich was scored by midfielder Tony Dinning whose late penalty clinched a 2-1 win at Man City in December – Stockport's only victory at City in their ten League meetings, the first of which was in 1902-03. Stockport were on the fringe of the play-offs for several months but fell away to finish 17th.

Ian Wright, on loan from West Ham, got one of Forest's goals in their defeat at Bolton. Other notable scorers included Lee Carsley for Blackburn, Ken Monkou and Marcus Stewart for Huddersfield, and Ricardo Gardner and Dean Holdsworth for Bolton.

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Results & table from statto.com

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