Auto Windscreens Shield - 1999/2000

Participating teams

48: 24 each from the Second and Third Divisions. 24 teams in each area group.
North: Blackpool, Burnley, Bury, Carlisle, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Halifax, Hartlepool, Hull, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Mansfield, Notts County, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Stoke, Wigan, Wrexham, York.
South: Barnet, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Colchester, Exeter, Gillingham, Leyton Orient, Luton, Millwall, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Southend, Swansea, Torquay, Wycombe.

Format

First round: 8 single-game ties in each area, with 8 teams receiving byes to the second round. Winners advance to the second round.
Second round: 8 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area quarter-finals.
Area quarter-finals: 4 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area semi-finals.
Area semi-finals: 2 single-game ties in each area. Winners advance to the area finals.
Area finals: 1 two-legged tie in each area. Winners advance to the national final.
Final: a single game, played at Wembley.

First round

North

Byes: Carlisle, Chester, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Macclesfield, Oldham, Rochdale, Scunthorpe.

7 Dec Hartlepool 1 - 0 Halifax
Mansfield 2 - 1 Bury (aet)
Notts County 0 - 1 Blackpool
Preston 4 - 1 Wrexham
Rotherham 2 - 1 Shrewsbury
Stoke 3 - 2 Darlington (aet)
Wigan 2 - 1 Burnley (aet)
York 0 - 1 Hull

South

Byes: Bournemouth, Brentford, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Exeter, Peterborough, Plymouth, Wycombe.

7 Dec Brighton 1 - 0 Millwall
Gillingham 0 - 3 Torquay
Northampton 1 - 0 Cardiff
Oxford 2 - 0 Luton
Southend 0 - 1 Cheltenham
Swansea 3 - 1 Colchester
8 Dec Reading 1 - 0 Leyton Orient
11 Jan Cambridge 1 - 2 Barnet (aet)

Second round

North

8 Jan Lincoln 1 - 2 Scunthorpe
10 Jan Preston 1 - 2 Hartlepool
11 Jan Hull 2 - 0 Chester
Mansfield 0 - 1 Blackpool
Oldham 0 - 1 Stoke
(Abandoned after 57 minutes)
Rochdale 3 - 2 Macclesfield (aet)
Rotherham 1 - 4 Chesterfield
18 Jan Oldham 0 - 1 Stoke (aet)
25 Jan Carlisle 2 - 1 Wigan

South

11 Jan Bournemouth 1 - 0 Brighton (aet)
Exeter 2 - 0 Swansea
Northampton 0 - 0 Bristol Rovers (aet)
(Bristol Rovers won on penalties)
Oxford 1 - 1 Wycombe (aet)
(Oxford won on penalties)
Peterborough 0 - 1 Brentford
Plymouth 0 - 1 Torquay
12 Jan Bristol City 3 - 1 Cheltenham
18 Jan Barnet 1 - 2 Reading (aet)

Area quarter-finals

North

25 Jan Blackpool 1 - 2 Stoke
Rochdale 0 - 0 Hull (aet)
(Rochdale won on penalties)
Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Chesterfield
22 Feb Carlisle 2 - 1 Hartlepool
(Played at Hartlepool)

South

24 Jan Bristol Rovers 1 - 2 Reading
25 Jan Brentford 2 - 0 Oxford
Bristol City 1 - 1 Bournemouth (aet)
(Bristol City won on penalties)
Exeter 1 - 0 Torquay

Area semi-finals

North

15 Feb Chesterfield 0 - 1 Stoke
7 Mar Carlisle 0 - 1 Rochdale

South

15 Feb Bristol City 4 - 0 Reading
Exeter 3 - 2 Brentford

Area finals

North

14 Mar Rochdale 1 - 3 Stoke
22 Mar Stoke 1 - 0 Rochdale
(Stoke won 4-1 on aggregate)

South

29 Feb Bristol City 4 - 0 Exeter
14 Mar Exeter 1 - 1 Bristol City
(Bristol City won 5-1 on aggregate)

Final

Sunday 16th April 2000, at Wembley

Stoke City 2 - 1 Bristol City