League Champions, Western Villa were defeated at Wembley in the Charity Shield, but early season form was patchy. Rovers made hard work despatching French opponents in the UEFA Cup, needing a Declan McKaffree away goal to progress.
Dec wasn't getting as many first-team chances as he would like, mainly thanks to the goalscoring form of Rocky Race. But just as things were looking up for Rovers and a title challenge emerging, Rocky's bad luck struck again. Away at Gatesfield, Rocky suffered serious ligament damage turning for the ball. It was a bad one.
Of course poor form followed, with just one point gained from the four matches without Rocky. More injuries hindered Roy's tactical changes, Keith Durham and Anton Gronvold both ruled out for long periods. But Roy inspired his young side, Per Enqvist and David Gates coming into the team and playing superbly.
However, it wouldn't be enough to prevent defeat in Europe. It was Karl Bruckner's UEFA Cup holders Rassburg turn to benefit from the away goals rule and put Rovers out.
But Premier League form was solid and the gap to Western Villa at the top was slowly eroded. In typical Roy of the Rovers fashion, Rocky would return from injury to fire the winner against Castlemere to keep Rovers in the title race. Not even Dion Templeton's injury gained scoring the winner at Melborough was enough to derail the Rovers train.
It would all go down to the last match against Champions and leaders Western Villa. Back in the starting line up, Rocky, of course grabbed the winner and his first league title!
G - Cooper, Marshall
D - Marcello, Wootten, Nash, Kerrigan, Lawrence, Gates
M - Gronvold, Bracken, Durham, Evans, Enqvist, Argent
F - Race, Templeton, McKaffree, Bishop
There's a lot of assumptions made in compiling the team elevens as so few images are given for the matches. However, Roy gives lots of hints about key players and injuries, so with the small squad it can be pieced together. Roy also names his entire squad in the 2000 Annual which is a great help.