Season 1999/00 started well for the Rebels, with only one defeat in
their opening six league games. During those opening games, Slough
picked up three good wins, 1-0 at St. Albans City on the opening day of
the season, 3-0 at home to Purfleet and a 4-0 win when Slough hosted
Billericay at the end of August.
1999 saw the Rebels progress in two Cup competitions, plus another 7
league points, with wins against Dulwich Hamlet and Farnborough Town.
The FA Cup campaign began with a 3-1 home win over Cowes Sports, and in
the Ryman League Cup, Grays Athletic were beaten 1-0 at home thanks to a
goal from Al-James Hannigan.
saw a change of manager following Graham Roberts controversial departure
and his assistant Steve Browne taking over. It also saw the first cup
tie out of three cup games between the Rebels and Carshalton Athletic,
and that's not including the two league meeting between the two sides!
The Rebels started off the month with passage into the 4th qualifying
round of the FA Cup with the first cup win over Carshalton. Their was
disappointment in the FA Trophy however, as the Rebels bowed out at home
to Hendon in the 1st round via a 2-0 scoreline.
The Rebels missed out on a FA Cup 1st round tie with Wigan Athletic
when Cambridge City visited Wexham Park. Although the game ended 1-1,
the Rebels lost the replay at Cambridge 3-2. Slough failed to hit back
when they lost 3-0 at Chesham the following Saturday, but it wasn't all
over for the Rebels when Staines were easily beaten 4-1 at Wexham Park
in the Full Members Cup.
November turned out to be a bad month for the Rebels. Already fading
fast in the league, Slough didn't do themselves any favours in the
opening game of the month, losing 2-1 at home to rivals Aylesbury
United. Their second game with Carshalton wasn't nearly as good as their
first, losing 1-0 at home in the Ryman League Cup, but they gained their
revenge barely a week later in the Full Members Cup, a 2-1 scoreline
enough to see the Rebels through to the next round.
Only three games in December, and six points out of a possible nine.
A great 3-2 win at Dulwich was enough to see the Rebels achieve the
double over the London club, followed by a 1-0 win at Harrow, before the
last game of the millennium when the Rebels entertained Basingstoke
Town. A disastrous 4-1 defeat sent Slough into the year 2000 in a
thoroughly miserable mood.
The Rebels started the new millennium with a 2-2 draw at Aylesbury
United, followed by a 2-1 home defeat to Farnborough Town. Then came the
start of the Berks & Bucks cup campaign, and a trip to local rivals
Maidenhead United. The game at York road ended 1-1, with the Rebels
winning the replay at Wexham Park by 1 goal AET.
Slough picked up their first league win of 2000 with a excellent 3-0
win at home to Hitchin Town, but that was as good as it got in January
because afterwards, when St. Albans visited Wexham Park, the Rebels were
brushed aside at the Saints strolled to a an easy 3-0 win.
The final meeting of 99/00 between Carshalton and Slough marked the
start of February, and it ended with the Rebels taking all three points
via a 2-1 scoreline, with Ben Strevens scoring both goals. Further
progress was made in both the Full Members and Berks & Bucks cups. The
Rebels travelled to Leatherhead and picked up a 3-0 win to progress in
the Full Members Cup, while at Wexham Park a week later Hungerford were
beaten by the same scoreline to set up a Quarter-Final tie at Aylesbury.
March marked the end of Slough's interest in any cup competitions for
the rest of the season as Slough's Full Members Cup run came to an end
at Gravesend, the Kent club winning 3-2 despite a late consolation goal
for the Rebels scored Dwight Marshall, and Aylesbury sending Slough out
of the Berks & Bucks cup, beating them 4-2 as Slough failed to beat
their Buckinghamshire rivals after three attempts. Despite their cup
disappointment, the Rebels picked up a further six league points after
wins over Walton & Hersham and Enfield, but all this was marred by
defeats to Canvey Island and Aldershot Town in between.
With the season all but over, Slough went into April with nothing to
play for but pride. They picked up 10 points from a possible 24 with wins
against Chesham United and Enfield and a win and a draw with Heybridge
The final two games of the season saw Slough draw at home to Aldershot
Town and lose 2-1 at league champions Dagenham & Redbridge on the last
day of the season.
Final League Position: 9th
See the matchday programme from the 1999/00 season: