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1999/00 season review

Season Review 1999/00
by Nathan on 09/03/2005

A season review of our 1999/00 season, which saw the start of the controversial reign of manager Steve Browne.

1999/00 Season Review
1999/00 Season Review
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.

September 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.

October 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 Swifts.

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

League Record:
Ply Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Pts
42 17 9 16 61 59 2 60

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