|Dates||09 August 1997–10 May 1998|
|Champions|| Arsenal |
1st Premier League title
11th English title
|Relegated|| Barnsley |
|Champions League|| Arsenal |
|Cup Winners' Cup|| Chelsea |
|UEFA Cup|| Aston Villa |
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||Crystal Palace|
|Goals scored||1,019 (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 run||10 games |
|Longest unbeaten run||18 games |
|Longest winless run||15 games |
|Longest losing run||8 games |
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
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 1991and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Arsenal||London (Highbury)||Arsenal Stadium||38,419|
|Aston Villa||Birmingham||Villa Park||42,573|
|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||33,597|
|Everton||Liverpool (Walton)||Goodison Park||40,569|
|Leeds United||Leeds||Elland Road||40,242|
|Leicester City||Leicester||Filbert Street||22,000|
|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|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London (Tottenham)||White Hart Lane||36,240|
|West Ham United||London (Upton Park)||Boleyn Ground||35,647|
|Wimbledon||London (Wimbledon)||Selhurst Park||26,074|
A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997–98 FA Premier League.
|Team||Manager||Captain||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|Arsenal||Arsène Wenger||Tony Adams||Nike||JVC|
|Aston Villa||John Gregory||Gareth Southgate||Reebok||AST|
|Barnsley||Danny Wilson||Neil Redfearn||Admiral||Ora|
|Blackburn Rovers||Roy Hodgson||Tim Sherwood||Asics||CIS|
|Bolton Wanderers||Colin Todd||Guðni Bergsson||Reebok||Reebok|
|Chelsea||Gianluca Vialli||Dennis Wise||Umbro||Autoglass|
|Coventry City||Gordon Strachan||Gary McAllister||Le Coq Sportif||Subaru|
|Crystal Palace|| Ron Noades |
Ray Lewington (caretakers)
|Derby County||Jim Smith||Igor Štimac||Puma||Puma|
|Everton||Howard Kendall||Dave Watson||Umbro||One2One|
|Leeds United||George Graham||Lucas Radebe||Puma||Packard Bell|
|Leicester City||Martin O'Neill||Steve Walsh||Fox Leisure||Walkers|
|Liverpool||Roy Evans||Paul Ince||Reebok||Carlsberg|
|Manchester United||Alex Ferguson||Roy Keane||Umbro||Sharp|
|Newcastle United||Kenny Dalglish||Robert Lee||Adidas||Newcastle Brown Ale|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Ron Atkinson||Peter Atherton||Puma||Sanderson|
|Southampton||Dave Jones||Matt Le Tissier||Pony||Sanderson|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Christian Gross||Gary Mabbutt||Pony||Hewlett-Packard|
|West Ham United||Harry Redknapp||Steve Lomas||Pony||(no sponsor)|
|Wimbledon||Joe Kinnear||Robbie Earle||Lotto||Elonex|
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Nottingham Forest||Stuart Pearce||End of caretaker spell||8 May 1997||Pre-season||Dave Bassett||8 May 1997|
|Everton||Dave Watson||10 May 1997||Howard Kendall||10 May 1997|
|Blackburn Rovers||Tony Parkes||1 June 1997||Roy Hodgson||1 June 1997|
|Southampton||Graeme Souness||Resigned||Dave Jones||23 June 1997|
|Sheffield Wednesday||David Pleat||Sacked||3 November 1997||20th||Peter Shreeves (caretaker)||3 November 1997|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Peter Shreeves (caretaker)||End of caretaker spell||14 November 1997||19th||Ron Atkinson (caretaker)||14 November 1997|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Gerry Francis||Resigned||19 November 1997||16th||Christian Gross||19 November 1997|
|Chelsea||Ruud Gullit||Sacked||12 February 1998||2nd||Gianluca Vialli||12 February 1998|
|Aston Villa||Brian Little||Resigned||24 February 1998||15th||John Gregory||25 February 1998|
|Crystal Palace||Steve Coppell||Promoted to director of football||13 March 1998||20th||Attilio Lombardo (caretaker)||13 March 1998|
|Attilio Lombardo||Resigned||29 April 1998||20th|| Ron Noades |
Ray Lewington (caretakers)
|29 April 1998|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Arsenal (C)||38||23||9||6||68||33||+35||78||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|2||Manchester United||38||23||8||7||73||26||+47||77||Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round|
|3||Liverpool||38||18||11||9||68||42||+26||65||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|4||Chelsea||38||20||3||15||71||43||+28||63||Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|5||Leeds United||38||17||8||13||57||46||+11||59||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|8||West Ham United||38||16||8||14||56||57||−1||56|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||11||16||35||44||−9||44||Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round|
|18||Bolton Wanderers (R)||38||9||13||16||41||61||−20||40||Relegation to the Football League First Division|
|20||Crystal Palace (R)||38||8||9||21||37||71||−34||33|
|1||Dion Dublin||Coventry City||18|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers|
|Kevin Gallacher||Blackburn Rovers|
|Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United|
|7||Andy Cole||Manchester United||15|
|John Hartson||West Ham United|
|9||Darren Huckerby||Coventry City||14|
|10||Paulo Wanchope||Derby County||13|
|Dion Dublin||Coventry City||Chelsea||3–2 (A)||9 August 1997|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||Aston Villa||4–0 (A)||13 August 1997|
|Gianluca Vialli 4P||Chelsea||Barnsley||6–0 (A)||24 August 1997|
|Dennis Bergkamp||Arsenal||Leicester City||3–3 (A)||27 August 1997|
|Ian Wright||Arsenal||Bolton Wanderers||4–1 (H)||13 September 1997|
|Patrik Berger||Liverpool||Chelsea||4–2 (H)||5 October 1997|
|Andy Cole||Manchester United||Barnsley||7–0 (H)||25 October 1997|
|Andy Booth||Sheffield Wednesday||Bolton Wanderers||5–0 (H)||8 November 1997|
|Gianfranco Zola||Chelsea||Derby County||4–0 (H)||29 November 1997|
|Tore André Flo||Chelsea||Tottenham Hotspur||6–1 (A)||6 December 1997|
|Duncan Ferguson||Everton||Bolton Wanderers||3–2 (H)||28 December 1997|
|Kevin Gallacher||Blackburn Rovers||Aston Villa||5–0 (H)||17 January 1998|
|Michael Owen||Liverpool||Sheffield Wednesday||3–3 (A)||14 February 1998|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||Leicester City||5–3 (A)||28 February 1998|
|Darren Huckerby||Coventry City||Leeds United||3–3 (A)||25 April 1998|
|Jürgen Klinsmann 4||Tottenham Hotspur||Wimbledon||6–2 (A)||2 May 1998|
|1||David Beckham||Manchester United||13|
|3||Eyal Berkovic||West Ham United||10|
|Dion Dublin||Coventry City|
|Steve Guppy||Leicester City|
|Teddy Sheringham||Manchester United|
|8||Ryan Giggs||Manchester United||9|
|David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Matt Le Tissier||Southampton|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Roy Hodgson||Blackburn Rovers||Dennis Bergkamp||Arsenal|
|September||Martin O'Neill||Leicester City|
|October||Alex Ferguson||Manchester United||Paulo Wanchope||Derby County|
|November||George Graham||Leeds United|| Andy Cole |
|December||Roy Hodgson||Blackburn Rovers||Steve McManaman||Liverpool|
|January||Howard Kendall||Everton||Dion Dublin||Coventry City|
|February||Gordon Strachan||Coventry City||Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers|
|March||Arsène Wenger||Arsenal||Alex Manninger||Arsenal|
|Premier League Manager of the Season||Arsène Wenger||Arsenal|
|Premier League Player of the Season||Michael Owen||Liverpool|
|PFA Players' Player of the Year||Dennis Bergkamp||Arsenal|
|PFA Young Player of the Year||Michael Owen||Liverpool|
|FWA Footballer of the Year||Dennis Bergkamp||Arsenal|
|PFA Team of the Year|
|Goalkeeper||Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)|
|Defence||Gary Neville (Manchester United)||Gary Pallister (Manchester United)||Colin Hendry (Blackburn Rovers)||Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea)|
|Midfield||David Beckham (Manchester United)||Nicky Butt (Manchester United)||David Batty (Newcastle United)||Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)|
|Attack||Michael Owen (Liverpool)||Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)|
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