1997–98 FA Cup

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1997–98 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Arsenal
Runners-up Newcastle United

The 1997–98 FA Cup was the 117th season of the world's oldest cup competition, the Football Association Cup or FA Cup. The competition was won by Arsenal with a 2-0 victory against Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium.

Calendar[edit]

Round Initial Matches New Entries Clubs
Preliminary Round Saturday 30 August 1997 318 563 → 404
First Round Qualifying Saturday 13 September 1997 129 404 → 260
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 27 September 1997 none 260 → 188
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 11 October 1997 none 188 → 152
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 25 October 1997 20 152 → 124
First Round Proper Saturday 15 November 1997 52 124 → 84
Second Round Proper Saturday 6 December 1997 none 84 → 64
Third Round Proper Saturday 3 January 1998 44 64 → 32
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 24 January 1998 none 32 → 16
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 14 February 1998 none 16 → 8
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 7 March 1998 none 8 → 4
Semi-Finals Saturday 5 April 1998 none 4 → 2
Final Saturday 16 May 1998 none 2 → 1

First round proper[edit]

For the qualifying rounds, see 1997–98 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The First Round featured those non-league teams who had come through the qualifying rounds and the teams from the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system. The matches were played on 14 November 1997. There were fourteen replays, with four ties requiring a penalty shootout to settle them.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Blackpool 4–3 Blyth Spartans 15 November 1997
2 Chester City 2–1 Winsford United 15 November 1997
3 Chesterfield 1–0 Northwich Victoria 15 November 1997
4 Darlington 1–1 Solihull Borough 15 November 1997
Replay Solihull Borough 3–3 Darlington 26 November 1997
Darlington won 4–2 on penalties
5 Bournemouth 3–0 Heybridge Swifts 15 November 1997
6 Barnet 1–2 Watford 15 November 1997
7 Bristol City 1–0 Millwall 15 November 1997
8 Preston North End 3–2 Doncaster Rovers 15 November 1997
9 Rochdale 0–2 Wrexham 15 November 1997
10 Walsall 2–0 Lincoln United 15 November 1997
11 Woking 0–2 Southend United 15 November 1997
12 Notts County 2–0 Colwyn Bay 16 November 1997
13 Lincoln City 1–1 Gainsborough Trinity 15 November 1997
Replay Lincoln City 3–2 Gainsborough Trinity 25 November 1997
14 Luton Town 0–1 Torquay United 15 November 1997
15 Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Grimsby Town 15 November 1997
Replay Grimsby Town 4–0 Shrewsbury Town 25 November 1997
16 Wycombe Wanderers 2–2 Basingstoke Town 15 November 1997
Replay Basingstoke Town 2–2 Wycombe Wanderers 25 November 1997
Basingstoke Town won 5–4 on penalties
17 Brentford 2–2 Colchester United 15 November 1997
Replay Colchester United 0–0 Brentford 25 November 1997
Colchester United won 4–2 on penalties
18 Bristol Rovers 2–2 Gillingham 14 November 1997
Replay Gillingham 0–2 Bristol Rovers 25 November 1997
19 King's Lynn 1–0 Bromsgrove Rovers 15 November 1997
20 Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Cambridge United 15 November 1997
Replay Cambridge United 3–2 Plymouth Argyle 25 November 1997
21 Hull City 0–2 Hednesford Town 15 November 1997
22 Carlisle United 0–1 Wigan Athletic 15 November 1997
23 Oldham Athletic 1–1 Mansfield Town 15 November 1997
Replay Mansfield Town 0–1 Oldham Athletic 25 November 1997
24 Exeter City 1–1 Northampton Town 15 November 1997
Replay Northampton Town 2–1 Exeter City 25 November 1997
25 Scunthorpe United 2–1 Scarborough 15 November 1997
26 Margate 1–2 Fulham 16 November 1997
27 Cheltenham Town 2–1 Tiverton Town 15 November 1997
28 Southport 0–4 York City 15 November 1997
29 Morecambe 1–1 Emley 15 November 1997
Replay Emley 3–3 Morecambe 25 November 1997
Emley won 3–1 on penalties
30 Carshalton Athletic 0–0 Stevenage Borough 15 November 1997
Replay Stevenage Borough 5–0 Carshalton Athletic 24 November 1997
31 Hereford United 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 November 1997
32 Rotherham United 3–3 Burnley 15 November 1997
Replay Burnley 0–3 Rotherham United 25 November 1997
33 Hayes 0–1 Boreham Wood 15 November 1997
34 Hendon 2–2 Leyton Orient 15 November 1997
Replay Leyton Orient 0–1 Hendon 25 November 1997
35 Ilkeston Town 2–1 Boston United 15 November 1997
36 Slough Town 1–1 Cardiff City 15 November 1997
Replay Cardiff City 3–2 Slough Town 25 November 1997
37 Swansea City 1–4 Peterborough United 14 November 1997
38 Farnborough Town 0–1 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 November 1997
39 Hartlepool United 2–4 Macclesfield Town 15 November 1997
40 Billericay Town 2–3 Wisbech Town 15 November 1997

Second Round Proper[edit]

The second round of the competition featured the winners of the first round ties. The matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 6 December 1997, with eight replays and three penalty shootouts required, each of which featured a team who won on penalties in the previous round.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Chester City 0–2 Wrexham 5 December 1997
2 Bournemouth 3–1 Bristol City 7 December 1997
3 Preston North End 2–2 Notts County 6 December 1997
Replay Notts County 1–2 Preston North End 16 December 1997
4 Wisbech Town 0–2 Bristol Rovers 6 December 1997
5 Grimsby Town 2–2 Chesterfield 6 December 1997
Replay Chesterfield 0–2 Grimsby Town 16 December 1997
6 Macclesfield Town 0–7 Walsall 6 December 1997
7 Lincoln City 2–2 Emley 6 December 1997
Replay Emley 3–3 Lincoln City 17 December 1997
Emley won 4–3 on penalties
8 Hednesford Town 0–1 Darlington 6 December 1997
9 Fulham 1–0 Southend United 6 December 1997
10 Northampton Town 1–1 Basingstoke Town 6 December 1997
Replay Basingstoke Town 0–0 Northampton Town 16 December 1997
Northampton Town won 4–3 on penalties
11 Oldham Athletic 2–1 Blackpool 6 December 1997
12 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Ilkeston Town 6 December 1997
Replay Ilkeston Town 1–2 Scunthorpe United 17 December 1997
13 Cardiff City 3–1 Hendon 6 December 1997
14 Cheltenham Town 1–1 Boreham Wood 6 December 1997
Replay Boreham Wood 0–2 Cheltenham Town 16 December 1997
15 Torquay United 1–1 Watford 6 December 1997
Replay Watford 2–1 Torquay United 16 December 1997
16 Rotherham United 6–0 King's Lynn 6 December 1997
17 Wigan Athletic 2–1 York City 6 December 1997
18 Peterborough United 3–2 Dagenham & Redbridge 6 December 1997
19 Colchester United 1–1 Hereford United 6 December 1997
Replay Hereford United 1–1 Colchester United 16 December 1997
Hereford United won 5–4 on penalties
20 Cambridge United 1–1 Stevenage Borough 6 December 1997
Replay Stevenage Borough 2–1 Cambridge United 15 December 1997

Third round proper[edit]

The third round of the season's FA Cup was scheduled for Saturday, 3 January 1998, although six matches were postponed until later dates. This round marked the point at which the teams in the two highest divisions in the English league system, the Premier League and the Football League First Division (now known as the Football League Championship). There were eight replays, with two of these games requiring a penalty shootout to settle it.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 0–4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 January 1998
2 Bournemouth 0–1 Huddersfield Town 13 January 1998
3 Liverpool 1–3 Coventry City 3 January 1998
4 Preston North End 1–2 Stockport County 3 January 1998
5 Watford 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 January 1998
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Watford 14 January 1998
Sheffield Wednesday won 5–3 on penalties
6 Leicester City 4–0 Northampton Town 3 January 1998
7 Blackburn Rovers 4–2 Wigan Athletic 3 January 1998
8 Grimsby Town 3–0 Norwich City 3 January 1998
9 Crewe Alexandra 1–2 Birmingham City 3 January 1998
10 West Bromwich Albion 3–1 Stoke City 13 January 1998
11 Derby County 2–0 Southampton 3 January 1998
12 Everton 0–1 Newcastle United 4 January 1998
13 Swindon Town 1–2 Stevenage Borough 3 January 1998
14 Sheffield United 1–1 Bury 3 January 1998
Replay Bury 1–2 Sheffield United 13 January 1998
15 Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Fulham 5 January 1998
16 Manchester City 2–0 Bradford City 3 January 1998
17 Queens Park Rangers 2–2 Middlesbrough 3 January 1998
Replay Middlesbrough 2–0 Queens Park Rangers 13 January 1998
18 Barnsley 1–0 Bolton Wanderers 3 January 1998
19 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Ipswich Town 3 January 1998
Replay Ipswich Town 1–0 Bristol Rovers 13 January 1998
20 Portsmouth 2–2 Aston Villa 3 January 1998
Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Portsmouth 14 January 1998
21 West Ham United 2–1 Emley 3 January 1998
22 Crystal Palace 2–0 Scunthorpe United 3 January 1998
23 Chelsea 3–5 Manchester United 4 January 1998
24 Wimbledon 0–0 Wrexham 4 January 1998
Replay Wrexham 2–3 Wimbledon 13 January 1998
25 Cardiff City 1–0 Oldham Athletic 3 January 1998
26 Charlton Athletic 4–1 Nottingham Forest 3 January 1998
27 Arsenal 0–0 Port Vale 3 January 1998
Replay Port Vale 1–1 Arsenal 14 January 1998
Arsenal won 4–3 on penalties
28 Cheltenham Town 1–1 Reading 13 January 1998
Replay Reading 2–1 Cheltenham Town 20 January 1998
29 Leeds United 4–0 Oxford United 3 January 1998
30 Hereford United 0–3 Tranmere Rovers 13 January 1998
31 Rotherham United 1–5 Sunderland 3 January 1998
32 Peterborough United 0–2 Walsall 13 January 1998

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

The Fourth Round ties were played with the thirty-two winners of the previous round. The matches were originally scheduled for Saturday, 24 January 1998. There were five replays, with one penalty shootout.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Aston Villa 4–0 West Bromwich Albion 24 January 1998
2 Sheffield Wednesday 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 26 January 1998
3 Middlesbrough 1–2 Arsenal 24 January 1998
4 Ipswich Town 1–1 Sheffield United 24 January 1998
Replay Sheffield United 1–0 Ipswich Town 3 February 1998
5 Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Sunderland 24 January 1998
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Barnsley 24 January 1998
Replay Barnsley 3–1 Tottenham Hotspur 4 February 1998
7 Manchester City 1–2 West Ham United 25 January 1998
8 Coventry City 2–0 Derby County 24 January 1998
9 Manchester United 5–1 Walsall 24 January 1998
10 Crystal Palace 3–0 Leicester City 24 January 1998
11 Huddersfield Town 0–1 Wimbledon 24 January 1998
12 Cardiff City 1–1 Reading 24 January 1998
Replay Reading 1–1 Cardiff City 3 February 1998
Reading won 4–3 on penalties
13 Charlton Athletic 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 January 1998
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Charlton Athletic 3 February 1998
14 Leeds United 2–0 Grimsby Town 24 January 1998
15 Birmingham City 2–1 Stockport County 24 January 1998
16 Stevenage Borough 1–1 Newcastle United 25 January 1998
Replay Newcastle United 2–1 Stevenage Borough 4 February 1998

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The Fifth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 14 February 1998. There were four replays, with one penalty shootout.

The biggest surprise of the round was arguably Barnsley's 3-2 win (in the replay that followed a 1-1 draw) over Manchester United. Barnsley were in their first season as a top division side (and ended it with relegation), while United were defending league champions and were also in contention for the league title and the European Cup at this time, although they ended the season trophyless.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Aston Villa 0–1 Coventry City 14 February 1998
2 Sheffield United 1–0 Reading 13 February 1998
3 Newcastle United 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 14 February 1998
4 West Ham United 2–2 Blackburn Rovers 14 February 1998
Replay Blackburn Rovers 1–1 West Ham United 25 February 1998
West Ham United won 5–4 on penalties
5 Manchester United 1–1 Barnsley 15 February 1998
Replay Barnsley 3–2 Manchester United 25 February 1998
6 Wimbledon 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 February 1998
Replay Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Wimbledon 25 February 1998
7 Arsenal 0–0 Crystal Palace 15 February 1998
Replay Crystal Palace 1–2 Arsenal 25 February 1998
8 Leeds United 3–2 Birmingham City 14 February 1998

Sixth Round Proper[edit]

The Sixth Round ties were scheduled for the weekend of the 7th and 8 March 1998. Two replays were played on the 17th, both of which went to penalties.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, Division One sides, both progressed to the semi-finals at the expense of Premier League sides. Wolverhampton Wanderers were particularly impressive in doing this, as the side they eliminated from the cup (Leeds United) went on to finish fifth in the Premier League.

7 March 1998
15:00
Coventry City 1 – 1 Sheffield United
Dublin Goal 32' (pen) Marcelo Goal 45'
Highfield Road, Coventry
Attendance: 23,084
Referee: Steve Dunn
7 March 1998
15:00
Leeds United 0 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Goodman Goal 82'
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 27,743
Referee: Paul Durkin
8 March 1998
15:00
Arsenal 1 – 1 West Ham United
Bergkamp Goal 26' (pen) Pearce Goal 12'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 38,077
Referee: Mike Reed
8 March 1998
17:30
Newcastle United 3 – 1 Barnsley
Ketsbaia Goal 16'
Speed Goal 27'
Batty Goal 90'
Liddell Goal 57'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 36,695
Referee: Neale Barry

Replays[edit]

17 March 1998
19:45
Sheffield United 1 – 1 Coventry City
Holdsworth Goal 89' Telfer Goal 10'
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Attendance: 29,034
Referee: Steve Dunn

Sheffield United won 3–1 on penalties.

17 March 1998
19:45
West Ham United 1 – 1 Arsenal
Hartson Goal 81' Anelka Goal 45'
Bergkamp Red card
Upton Park, West Ham, London
Attendance: 35,519
Referee: Mike Reed

Arsenal won 4–3 on penalties.

Semi-Finals[edit]

The two semi-final matches were played on Sunday 5 April 1998. Both ties were played at neutral venues, and resulted in a clear victories for Arsenal and Newcastle United, who went on to meet in the final at Wembley. The losing sides were both non-Premiership teams, who endured further disappointment over the next few weeks by being pipped to promotion from Division One.

5 April 1998
12:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 – 1 Arsenal
Wreh Goal 12'
Villa Park, Aston Villa
Attendance: 39,372
Referee: Stephen Lodge (West Yorkshire)

5 April 1998
15:00
Newcastle United 1 – 0 Sheffield United
Shearer Goal 60'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 53,452
Referee: Graham Poll

Final[edit]

Main article: 1998 FA Cup Final

The 1998 FA Cup Final was contested by Arsenal and Newcastle United at Wembley on 16 May 1998. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals by Marc Overmars and Nicolas Anelka to complete their second league title/FA Cup double. They joined Manchester United as only the second English team to achieve this, although Arsenal did so with an entirely different set of players (their first double was in 1971, whereas United's doubles were in 1994 and 1996).

16 May 1998
15:00 BST
Arsenal 2 – 0 Newcastle United
Overmars Goal 23'
Anelka Goal 69'
(Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 79,183
Referee: Paul Durkin (Dorset)
Arsenal
Newcastle United

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