1997–98 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season1997–98
Dates09 August 1997–10 May 1998
Champions Arsenal
1st Premier League title
11th English title
Relegated Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Champions League Arsenal
Manchester United
Cup Winners' Cup Chelsea
Newcastle United
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United
Liverpool
UEFA Intertoto Cup Crystal Palace
Matches played380
Goals scored1,019 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Dion Dublin, Michael Owen, and Chris Sutton
(18 goals each)
Biggest home win Manchester United 7–0 Barnsley
(25 October 1997)
Biggest away win Barnsley 0–6 Chelsea
(24 August 1997)
Highest scoring Blackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday
(25 August 1997)
Longest winning run10 games [1]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run18 games [1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run15 games [1]
Crystal Palace
Longest losing run8 games [1]
Crystal Palace
Highest attendance55,306
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Lowest attendance7,668
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
Average attendance29,212
1998–99

The 1997–98 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the FA Premier League. It saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991 [2] and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.

Contents

It was Arsenal's first full season under French manager Arsène Wenger, who became the third manager to win the Premier League. Wenger followed in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish and, while both Ferguson and Dalglish were Scottish, Wenger was the first manager from outside the British Isles to win a league title in England.

Season summary

At the end of the 1997–98 FA Premier League season, a record total of nine English teams qualified for European competition.

Premiership champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, while UEFA Cup places went to Liverpool, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. Qualifying for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup were Chelsea (as defending champions) and FA Cup runners-up Newcastle United. Crystal Palace, while finishing bottom, qualified for the Intertoto Cup. [3]

The gap between the Premier League and Division One of the Football League was highlighted at the end of 1997–98 when all three newly promoted teams were relegated. Crystal Palace were confined to bottom place in the final table having won just two home games all season. Barnsley's first season in the top division ended in relegation, although they did reach the FA Cup quarter finals and knock out Manchester United in the Fifth Round. Bolton Wanderers went down on goal difference, with 17th place being occupied by Everton: despite preserving top flight football there for the 45th season running, Howard Kendall quit as manager at Goodison Park after his third spell in charge.

Another mark of the gap was that the three relegated teams in the previous season took the top three places in the 1997–98 Football League. Had Sunderland not lost the play-off final to Charlton Athletic on penalty shootout, the 20 teams from 1998–99 Premier League would have been exactly the same as those in the 1996–97 Premier League.

Teams

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Bolton Wanderers (returning to the top flight after a season's absence), Barnsley (playing in the top flight for the first time) and Crystal Palace (playing in the top flight again after a two-year absence). They replaced Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, who were relegated after top flight spells of one, two and three years respectively.

Stadiums and Locations

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Greater London Premier League football clubs
TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,573
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 26,074
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium [lower-alpha 1] 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,242
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 55,385
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,732
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,647
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park [lower-alpha 2] 26,074
  1. Derby County relocated to the Pride Park Stadium as their new home stadium after spending 102 years at Baseball Ground.
  2. Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kits

A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997–98 FA Premier League.

TeamManagerCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
Arsenal Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Flag of England.svg Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg John Gregory Flag of England.svg Gareth Southgate Reebok AST
Barnsley Ulster Banner.svg Danny Wilson Flag of England.svg Neil Redfearn Admiral Ora
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Flag of England.svg Tim Sherwood Asics CIS
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England.svg Colin Todd Flag of Iceland.svg Guðni Bergsson ReebokReebok
Chelsea Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Vialli Flag of England.svg Dennis Wise Umbro Autoglass
Coventry City Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Le Coq Sportif Subaru
Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Ron Noades
Flag of England.svg Ray Lewington (caretakers)
Flag of England.svg Andy Linighan Adidas TDK
Derby County Flag of England.svg Jim Smith Flag of Croatia.svg Igor Štimac Puma Puma
Everton Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall Flag of England.svg Dave Watson Umbro One2One
Leeds United Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham Flag of South Africa.svg Lucas Radebe Puma Packard Bell
Leicester City Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Flag of England.svg Steve Walsh Fox Leisure Walkers
Liverpool Flag of England.svg Roy Evans Flag of England.svg Paul Ince Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish Flag of England.svg Robert Lee Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson Flag of England.svg Peter Atherton PumaSanderson
Southampton Flag of England.svg Dave Jones Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier Pony Sanderson
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Switzerland.svg Christian Gross Flag of England.svg Gary Mabbutt Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Ulster Banner.svg Steve Lomas Pony(no sponsor)
Wimbledon Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kinnear Flag of Jamaica.svg Robbie Earle Lotto Elonex

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Stuart Pearce End of caretaker spell8 May 1997Pre-season Flag of England.svg Dave Bassett 8 May 1997
Everton Flag of England.svg Dave Watson 10 May 1997 Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall 10 May 1997
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Tony Parkes 1 June 1997 Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson 1 June 1997
Southampton Flag of Scotland.svg Graeme Souness Resigned Flag of England.svg Dave Jones 23 June 1997
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg David Pleat Sacked3 November 1997 [4] 20th Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Peter Shreeves (caretaker)3 November 1997
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Peter Shreeves (caretaker)End of caretaker spell14 November 199719th Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson (caretaker)14 November 1997
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of England.svg Gerry Francis Resigned19 November 199716th Flag of Switzerland.svg Christian Gross 19 November 1997
Chelsea Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Gullit Sacked12 February 19982nd Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Vialli 12 February 1998
Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Brian Little Resigned24 February 199815th Flag of England.svg John Gregory 25 February 1998
Crystal Palace Flag of England.svg Steve Coppell Promoted to director of football 13 March 199820th Flag of Italy.svg Attilio Lombardo (caretaker) [lower-alpha 1] 13 March 1998
Flag of Italy.svg Attilio Lombardo Resigned29 April 199820th Flag of England.svg Ron Noades
Flag of England.svg Ray Lewington (caretakers) [lower-alpha 2]
29 April 1998
  1. Swedish striker Thomas Brolin served as Italian-to-English interpreter for Lombardo
  2. Noades and Lewington acted as co-managers

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C)3823966833+3578Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 3823877326+4777Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38181196842+2665Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Chelsea 38203157143+2863Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
5 Leeds United 38178135746+1159Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 2]
6 Blackburn Rovers 381610125752+558
7 Aston Villa 38176154948+157
8 West Ham United 38168145657156
9 Derby County 38167155249+355
10 Leicester City 381314115141+1053
11 Coventry City 381216104644+252
12 Southampton 38146185055548
13 Newcastle United 381111163544944Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round [lower-alpha 3]
14 Tottenham Hotspur 3811111644561244
15 Wimbledon 3810141434461244
16 Sheffield Wednesday 381281852671544
17 Everton 389131641561540
18 Bolton Wanderers (R)389131641612040Relegation to the Football League First Division
19 Barnsley (R)381052337824535
20 Crystal Palace (R)38892137713433
Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round [lower-alpha 4]
Relegation to the Football League First Division
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions. As they were also the League Cup winners, the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Blackburn Rovers.
  2. Aston Villa was rewarded entry to the UEFA Cup through UEFA Fair Play ranking.
  3. As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.
  4. Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team who applied.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BAR BLB BOL CHE COV CRY DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN NEW SHW SOU TOT WHU WIM
Arsenal 0–05–01–34–1 2–0 2–01–01–04–02–12–10–1 3–2 3–11–03–0 0–0 4–05–0
Aston Villa 1–00–10–41–30–23–03–12–12–11–01–12–10–20–12–21–14–12–01–2
Barnsley 0–20–31–12–10–62–01–01–02–22–30–22–30–22–22–14–31–11–22–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–45–02–13–11–00–02–21–03–23–45–31–11–31–07–21–00–33–00–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–10–11–12–11–01–55–23–30–02–32–01–10–01–03–20–01–11–11–0
Chelsea 2–3 0–12–00–12–03–16–24–02–0 0–0 1–04–10–11–01–04–22–02–11–1
Coventry City 2–21–21–02–02–23–21–11–00–00–0 0–2 1–13–22–21–01–04–01–10–0
Crystal Palace 0–01–10–11–22–20–30–33–11–30–20–30–30–31–21–01–11–33–30–3
Derby County 3–00–11–03–14–00–13–10–03–10–5 0–4 1–02–21–03–04–02–12–01–1
Everton 2–21–44–21–03–23–11–11–21–22–01–1 2–0 0–20–01–30–20–22–10–0
Leeds United 1–11–12–14–02–0 3–1 3–30–24–30–00–10–21–04–11–20–11–03–11–1
Leicester City 3–31–01–01–10–02–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–11–00–00–00–01–13–33–02–10–1
Liverpool 4–03–00–10–02–14–21–02–14–0 1–1 3–11–2 1–3 1–02–12–34–05–02–0
Manchester United 0–1 1–07–04–01–12–23–02–02–02–03–00–1 1–1 1–16–11–02–02–12–0
Newcastle United 0–11–02–11–12–13–10–01–20–01–01–13–31–20–12–12–11–00–11–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–01–32–10–05–01–40–01–32–53–11–31–03–32–02–11–01–01–11–1
Southampton 1–31–24–13–00–11–01–21–00–22–10–22–11–11–02–12–33–23–00–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 3–23–00–01–01–61–10–11–01–10–11–13–30–22–03–21–11–00–0
West Ham United 0–02–16–02–13–02–11–04–10–02–23–04–32–11–10–11–02–42–13–1
Wimbledon 0–12–14–10–10–00–21–20–10–00–01–02–11–12–50–01–11–02–61–2
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics

Scoring

Top scorers

Liverpool's Michael Owen was the joint top scorer, with 18 goals. Ou Wen  (2013).jpg
Liverpool's Michael Owen was the joint top scorer, with 18 goals.
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Coventry City18
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen Liverpool
Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal16
Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Rovers
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Leeds United
7 Flag of England.svg Andy Cole Manchester United15
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Hartson West Ham United
9 Flag of England.svg Darren Huckerby Coventry City14
10 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Paulo Wanchope Derby County13

Hat-tricks

Gianluca Vialli.jpg
Trainer Klinsmann.JPG
Chelsea's Gianluca Vialli and Tottenham's Jürgen Klinsmann both scored four goals in a match during the 1997–98 Premier League season. In addition, Vialli scored a perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header).
PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Coventry CityChelsea3–2 (A)9 August 1997 [5]
Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Blackburn RoversAston Villa4–0 (A)13 August 1997 [6]
Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Vialli 4PChelseaBarnsley6–0 (A)24 August 1997 [7]
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp ArsenalLeicester City3–3 (A)27 August 1997 [8]
Flag of England.svg Ian Wright ArsenalBolton Wanderers4–1 (H)13 September 1997 [9]
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Patrik Berger LiverpoolChelsea4–2 (H)5 October 1997 [10]
Flag of England.svg Andy Cole Manchester UnitedBarnsley7–0 (H)25 October 1997 [11]
Flag of England.svg Andy Booth Sheffield WednesdayBolton Wanderers5–0 (H)8 November 1997 [12]
Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola ChelseaDerby County4–0 (H)29 November 1997 [13]
Flag of Norway.svg Tore André Flo ChelseaTottenham Hotspur6–1 (A)6 December 1997 [14]
Flag of Scotland.svg Duncan Ferguson EvertonBolton Wanderers3–2 (H)28 December 1997 [15]
Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher Blackburn RoversAston Villa5–0 (H)17 January 1998 [16]
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen LiverpoolSheffield Wednesday3–3 (A)14 February 1998 [17]
Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Blackburn RoversLeicester City5–3 (A)28 February 1998 [18]
Flag of England.svg Darren Huckerby Coventry CityLeeds United3–3 (A)25 April 1998 [19]
Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Klinsmann 4Tottenham HotspurWimbledon6–2 (A)2 May 1998 [20]
Note:4 Player scored 4 goals; P Player scored a perfect hat-trick; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists

Manchester United's David Beckham assisted 13 goals for the club in the 1997-98 Premier League season. 1999 FA Cup Final Beckham corner (cropped).jpg
Manchester United's David Beckham assisted 13 goals for the club in the 1997–98 Premier League season.
RankPlayerClubAssists [21]
1 Flag of England.svg David Beckham Manchester United13
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal12
3 Flag of Israel.svg Eyal Berkovic West Ham United10
Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Coventry City
Flag of England.svg Steve Guppy Leicester City
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen Liverpool
Flag of England.svg Teddy Sheringham Manchester United
8 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs Manchester United9
Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of England.svg Matt Le Tissier Southampton

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Blackburn Rovers Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
September Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Leicester City
October Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Manchester United Flag of Costa Rica.svg Paulo Wanchope Derby County
November Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham Leeds United Flag of England.svg Andy Cole
Flag of England.svg Kevin Davies
Manchester United
Southampton
December Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Steve McManaman Liverpool
January Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall Everton Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Coventry City
February Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan Coventry City Flag of England.svg Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers
March Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger Arsenal Flag of Austria.svg Alex Manninger Arsenal
April Flag of France.svg Emmanuel Petit Arsenal

Annual awards

AwardWinnerClub
Premier League Manager of the Season Flag of France.svg Arsène Wenger [22] Arsenal
Premier League Player of the Season Flag of England.svg Michael Owen [22] Liverpool
PFA Players' Player of the Year Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp [23] Arsenal
PFA Young Player of the Year Flag of England.svg Michael Owen [24] Liverpool
FWA Footballer of the Year Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp [25] Arsenal
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper Flag of England.svg Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)
Defence Flag of England.svg Gary Neville (Manchester United) Flag of England.svg Gary Pallister (Manchester United) Flag of Scotland.svg Colin Hendry (Blackburn Rovers) Flag of England.svg Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea)
Midfield Flag of England.svg David Beckham (Manchester United) Flag of England.svg Nicky Butt (Manchester United) Flag of England.svg David Batty (Newcastle United) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Attack Flag of England.svg Michael Owen (Liverpool) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)

See also

References and notes

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