1998–99 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
1998-99 Premier League title celebrations.jpg
Season1998–99
Dates15 August 1998 – 16 May 1999
Champions Manchester United
5th Premier League title
12th English title
Relegated Charlton Athletic
Nottingham Forest
Blackburn Rovers
Champions League Manchester United
Arsenal
Chelsea
UEFA Cup Leeds United
Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur
Intertoto Cup West Ham United
Matches played380
Goals scored959 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Michael Owen
Dwight Yorke
(18 goals each)
Biggest home win Liverpool 7–1 Southampton
(16 January 1999)
Everton 6–0 West Ham United
(8 May 1999)
Biggest away winNottingham Forest 1–8 Manchester United
(6 February 1999)
Highest scoringNottingham Forest 1–8 Manchester United
(6 February 1999)
Longest winning run7 games [1]
Leeds United
Longest unbeaten run21 games [1]
Chelsea
Longest winless run19 games [1]
Nottingham Forest
Longest losing run8 games [1]
Charlton Athletic
Highest attendance55,316
Manchester United v Southampton
(27 February 1999)
Lowest attendance11,717
Wimbledon v Coventry City
(5 December 1998)
Average attendance30,591

The 1998–99 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Premier League, the top division of English football, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester United won a unique treble of the league title, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. They secured their fifth league championship in seven seasons after losing just three league games all season.

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The season was also the 100th season of top flight football in England, not counting years lost to the two World Wars. Of the original clubs in the first Football League season, only Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Everton were present for this season.

Arsenal failed to retain their title, despite having the same points tally as last season 78 points, but had at one point looked as though they were on the brink of winning the title, after beating fellow rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United had drawn against Liverpool, 2–2. However, Manchester United pushed on and took advantage of Arsenal's 1–0 defeat at Leeds United in the penultimate match of the season and despite going 1–0 down against Tottenham on the final day, came back to win 2–1 and clinch the title. Should they have failed to win, Arsenal would have been crowned champions once more.

To achieve their success, the Manchester United playing squad had been altered substantially during the close season. A total of more than £28 million had been spent on Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, while several older players left the club; Gary Pallister returned to Middlesbrough after nine years for £2.5 million, while Brian McClair returned to Motherwell on a free transfer. In December, however, McClair was back in the Premier League as Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.

Season summary

At the end of 1998–99, the Premiership would have three Champions League places. Manchester United as well as runners-up Arsenal and third placed Chelsea would be playing in the following season's Champions League. There would only be one automatic UEFA Cup place from the league – taken by fourth-placed Leeds United. Fifth-placed West Ham United qualified for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup after achieving their highest league finish for thirteen years as they continued to make progress under Harry Redknapp, outperforming several "bigger" clubs with greater resources. Also qualifying were Newcastle United via the 1998–99 FA Cup final, and Tottenham Hotspur via the League Cup.

Bottom of the Premiership in the final table came Nottingham Forest, who suffered their third relegation in seven seasons. One notable low for Forest this season was an 8–1 drubbing at home, by Manchester United. Second from bottom came Blackburn Rovers, who just four seasons earlier had been Premiership champions. The final relegation place went to Charlton Athletic, who went down at the end of their first spell in the top flight for nine seasons. The only newly promoted club to survive was Middlesbrough, who finished in a respectable ninth place.

None of the teams relegated from the Premiership the previous season regained their top division status in 1999, although First Division champions Sunderland regained their Premiership place after a two-year exile. The other two relegation places went to long-term absentees from the top division. Playoff winners Watford regained their top division place after an absence of 11 years, but runners-up Bradford had been outside of the top division for 77 years. These two promotion winners surprised the observers more than any other Division One side during 1998–99.

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 Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough (both teams sealing an immediate return to the top flight) and Charlton Athletic (playing in the top flight after an eight-year absence). This was also Charlton Athletic's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Bolton Wanderers, Barnsley and Crystal Palace, with all three relegated teams immediately returning to the First Division after a mere season's presence.

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
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Charlton Athletic London (Charlton) The Valley 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
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
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 30,000
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,445
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 1] 26,074
  1. 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

(as of 16 May 1999)

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 LDV Vans
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd Flag of England.svg Garry Flitcroft Uhlsport CIS
Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Flag of Ireland.svg Mark Kinsella Le Coq Sportif Mesh Computers
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
Derby County Flag of England.svg Jim Smith Flag of Croatia.svg Igor Štimac Puma EDS
Everton Flag of Scotland.svg Walter Smith Flag of England.svg Dave Watson Umbro One2One
Leeds United Flag of Ireland.svg David O'Leary 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 France.svg Gérard Houllier Flag of England.svg Paul Ince Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester United Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Umbro Sharp
Middlesbrough Flag of England.svg Bryan Robson Flag of Ireland.svg Andy Townsend Erreà Cellnet
Newcastle United Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Gullit Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson Flag of England.svg Steve Chettle UmbroPinnacle Insurance
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Danny Wilson 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 Scotland.svg George Graham Flag of England.svg Sol Campbell Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp Ulster Banner.svg Steve Lomas Pony Dr. Martens
Wimbledon Flag of England.svg Terry Burton
Flag of England.svg Mick Harford (caretaker)
Flag of Jamaica.svg Robbie Earle Lotto Elonex

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableIncoming managerDate of appointment
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson End of caretaker spell17 May 1998Pre-season Flag of England.svg Danny Wilson 6 July 1998
Everton Flag of England.svg Howard Kendall Resigned1 July 1998 Flag of Scotland.svg Walter Smith 1 July 1998
Liverpool Flag of England.svg Roy Evans (sole charge)N/A [lower-alpha 1] Flag of England.svg Roy Evans
Flag of France.svg Gérard Houllier (co-managers)
Newcastle United Flag of Scotland.svg Kenny Dalglish Sacked27 August 199813th Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ruud Gullit 27 August 1998
Tottenham Hotspur Flag of Switzerland.svg Christian Gross 5 September 199814th Flag of England.svg David Pleat
Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton (co-caretakers)
7 September 1998
Flag of England.svg David Pleat
Flag of Ireland.svg Chris Hughton
End of caretaker spell1 October 199813th Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham 1 October 1998
Leeds United Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham Signed by Tottenham7th Flag of Ireland.svg David O'Leary
Liverpool Flag of England.svg Roy Evans (as co-manager)Resigned12 November 199811th Flag of France.svg Gérard Houllier (taking sole charge)12 November 1998
Blackburn Rovers Flag of England.svg Roy Hodgson Sacked21 November 199820th Flag of England.svg Tony Parkes (caretaker)21 November 1998
Flag of England.svg Tony Parkes End of caretaker spell4 December 1998 Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd 4 December 1998
Nottingham Forest Flag of England.svg Dave Bassett Sacked5 January 1999 Flag of England.svg Ron Atkinson (caretaker)5 January 1999
Wimbledon Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Kinnear Illness3 March 1999 [lower-alpha 2] 6th Flag of England.svg Terry Burton
Flag of England.svg Mick Harford (co-caretakers)
3 March 1999
  1. Houllier joined Evans as co-manager
  2. Kinnear remained contracted as manager until the season ended, and did not return to the club

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C)38221338037+4379Qualification for the Champions League first group stage
2 Arsenal 38221245917+4278
3 Chelsea 38201535730+2775Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
4 Leeds United 38181376234+2867Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
5 West Ham United 38169134653757Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round
6 Aston Villa 381510135146+555
7 Liverpool 38159146849+1954
8 Derby County 381313124045552
9 Middlesbrough 381215114854651
10 Leicester City 381213134046649
11 Tottenham Hotspur 381114134750347Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 1]
12 Sheffield Wednesday 38137184142146
13 Newcastle United 381113144854646Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round [lower-alpha 2]
14 Everton 381110174247543
15 Coventry City 381191839511242
16 Wimbledon 3810121640632342
17 Southampton 381181937642741
18 Charlton Athletic (R)388121841561536Relegation to Football League First Division
19 Blackburn Rovers (R)387141738521435
20 Nottingham Forest (R)38792235693430
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
  2. As Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AVL BLB CHA CHE COV DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN MID NEW NFO SHW SOU TOT WHU WIM
Arsenal 1–01–00–0 1–0 2–01–01–03–15–00–03–01–13–02–13–01–1 0–0 1–05–1
Aston Villa 3–21–33–40–31–41–03–01–21–12–41–13–11–02–02–13–03–20–02–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–22–11–03–41–20–01–21–01–01–30–00–00–01–21–40–21–13–03–1
Charlton Athletic 0–10–10–00–11–11–21–21–10–01–00–11–12–20–00–15–01–44–22–0
Chelsea 0–0 2–11–12–12–12–13–1 1–0 2–22–10–02–01–12–11–11–02–00–13–0
Coventry City 0–11–21–12–12–11–13–02–2 1–1 2–10–11–21–54–01–01–01–10–02–1
Derby County 0–02–11–00–22–20–02–12–2 2–0 3–21–12–13–4 1–0 1–00–00–10–20–0
Everton 0–20–00–04–10–02–00–00–00–0 0–0 1–45–01–00–11–21–00–16–01–1
Leeds United 1–00–01–04–1 0–0 2–04–11–00–10–01–12–00–13–12–13–02–04–02–2
Leicester City 1–12–21–11–12–4 1–0 1–2 2–01–21–02–60–12–0 3–1 0–22–02–10–01–1
Liverpool 0–00–12–03–31–12–01–2 3–2 1–30–1 2–2 3–14–25–12–07–13–22–23–0
Manchester United 1–12–13–24–11–12–01–03–13–22–2 2–0 2–30–03–03–02–12–14–15–1
Middlesbrough 1–60–02–12–00–02–01–12–20–00–01–30–1 2–2 1–14–03–00–01–03–1
Newcastle United 1–12–11–10–00–14–12–11–30–31–01–41–2 1–1 2–01–14–01–10–33–1
Nottingham Forest 0–12–22–20–11–31–0 2–2 0–21–1 1–0 2–2 1–8 1–21–22–01–10–10–00–1
Sheffield Wednesday 1–00–13–03–00–01–20–10–00–20–11–03–13–11–13–20–00–00–11–2
Southampton 0–01–43–33–10–22–10–12–03–02–11–20–33–32–11–21–01–11–03–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 1–02–12–22–20–01–14–13–30–22–12–20–32–02–00–33–01–20–0
West Ham United 0–40–02–00–11–12–05–12–11–53–22–10–04–02–02–10–41–02–13–4
Wimbledon 1–00–01–12–11–22–12–11–21–10–11–01–12–21–11–32–10–23–10–0
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 for the second time, with 18 goals. Ou Wen  (2013).jpg
Liverpool's Michael Owen was the joint top scorer for the second time, with 18 goals.
RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Leeds United18
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen Liverpool
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke Manchester United
4 Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka Arsenal17
Flag of England.svg Andy Cole Manchester United
6 Flag of Colombia.svg Hámilton Ricard Middlesbrough15
7 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Aston Villa14
Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler Liverpool
Flag of England.svg Julian Joachim Aston Villa
Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Newcastle United

Hat-tricks

Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first player to score a hat-trick as a substitute in the Premier League. Solskjaer cropped.jpg
Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjær became the first player to score a hat-trick as a substitute in the Premier League.
PlayerForAgainstResultDateRef
Flag of England.svg Clive Mendonca Charlton AthleticSouthampton5–0 (H)22 August 1998 [2]
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen LiverpoolNewcastle United4–1 (A)30 August 1998 [3]
Flag of England.svg Michael Owen 4LiverpoolNottingham Forest5–1 (H)24 October 1998 [4]
Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Aston VillaLeicester City4–1 (A)14 November 1998 [5]
Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler LiverpoolAston Villa4–2 (A)21 November 1998 [6]
Flag of England.svg Chris Armstrong Tottenham HotspurEverton4–1 (H)28 December 1998 [7]
Flag of England.svg Darren Huckerby Coventry CityNottingham Forest4–0 (H)9 January 1999 [8]
Flag of England.svg Robbie Fowler PLiverpoolSouthampton7–1 (H)16 January 1999 [9]
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke Manchester UnitedLeicester City6–2 (A)16 January 1999 [10]
Flag of Norway.svg Ole Gunnar Solskjær 4Dagger-14-plain.pngManchester UnitedNottingham Forest 8–1 (A) 6 February 1999 [11]
Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka ArsenalLeicester City5–0 (H)20 February 1999 [12]
Flag of England.svg Kevin Campbell EvertonWest Ham United6–0 (H)8 May 1999 [13]
Note:4 Player scored 4 goals; P Player scored a perfect hat-trick; Dagger-14-plain.png Player scored hat-trick as a substitute; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists

Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp was the joint top assist provider with 13 goals for the club in the 1998-99 Premier League season. Dennis Bergkamp.jpg
Arsenal's Dennis Bergkamp was the joint top assist provider with 13 goals for the club in the 1998–99 Premier League season.
RankPlayerClubAssists [14]
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal13
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Leeds United
3 Flag of England.svg David Beckham Manchester United11
Flag of Israel.svg Eyal Berkovic West Ham United
Flag of England.svg Steve Guppy Leicester City
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke Manchester United
7 Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur10
8 Flag of England.svg Darren Anderton Tottenham Hotspur9
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Harry Kewell Leeds United
10 Flag of England.svg James Beattie Southampton7

Awards

Monthly awards

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
ManagerClubPlayerClub
August Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Charlton Athletic Flag of England.svg Michael Owen Liverpool
September Flag of England.svg John Gregory Aston Villa Flag of England.svg Alan Shearer Newcastle United
October Ulster Banner.svg Martin O'Neill Leicester City Flag of Ireland.svg Roy Keane Manchester United
November Flag of England.svg Harry Redknapp West Ham United Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Aston Villa
December Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd Blackburn Rovers [15] Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
January Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Manchester United Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke Manchester United
February Flag of England.svg Alan Curbishley Charlton Athletic Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka Arsenal
March Flag of Ireland.svg David O'Leary Leeds United Flag of England.svg Ray Parlour Arsenal
April Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Manchester United Flag of England.svg Kevin Campbell Everton

Annual awards

AwardWinnerClub
Premier League Manager of the Season Flag of Scotland.svg Alex Ferguson Manchester United
Premier League Player of the Season Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke Manchester United
PFA Players' Player of the Year Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
PFA Young Player of the Year Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka Arsenal
FWA Footballer of the Year Flag of France.svg David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
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 Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jaap Stam (Manchester United) Flag of Ireland.svg Denis Irwin (Manchester United)
Midfield Flag of England.svg David Beckham (Manchester United) Flag of France.svg Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal) Flag of France.svg Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) Flag of France.svg David Ginola (Tottenham Hotspur)
Attack Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) Flag of France.svg Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal)

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 "English Premier League 1998–99". statto.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. Brown, Geoff (22 August 1998). "Football Round-up: Mendonca's Valley high". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  3. Moore, Glenn (31 August 1998). "Football: Owen defines Gullit's task with hat-trick". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  4. "Soccer – England: Owen Returns With Four Goals". The New York Times. 26 October 1998. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  5. Fox, Norman (15 November 1998). "Football: Dublin's treble leaves Villa in clover". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 July 2009.
  6. Townsend, Nick (22 November 1998). "Football Fowler trick trumps Villa". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  7. Rowbottom, Mike (29 December 1998). "Football: Armstrong treble traumatises Everton". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  8. Mackay, Duncan (9 January 1999). "Huckerby hat-trick fells forlorn Forest". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  9. Bramwell, Neil (17 January 1999). "Football: Fowler preys on sorry Saints". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  10. Curtis, John. "Leicester 2–6 Manchester United". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  11. "United romp to record win". BBC News. 7 February 1999. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  12. Townsend, Nick (21 February 1999). "Football: Arsenal fired by Anelka hat-trick". The Independent. London. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  13. Taylor, Louise (9 May 1999). "Everton joy as Campbell serves up treble treat". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  14. "Statistical Leaders – 1999". Premier League. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  15. Collins, Roy (5 February 1999). "Kidd's silent runnings". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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