1997–98 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1997–98 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager Brian Little (until 24 February)
John Gregory (from 25 February)
Stadium Villa Park
FA Premier League 7th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Yorke (12)
All: Yorke (14)
Average home league attendance 36,137

During the 1997–98 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

When Brian Little resigned as Aston Villa manager in February, Villa were 15th in the Premiership and were starting to look like outside bets for relegation.[1] Ruud Gullit, recently sacked by Chelsea, was linked with the vacancy, but the surprise choice for the job was Wycombe manager John Gregory, a former Villa coach.[2] He influenced a late run of form which saw Villa climb to seventh place and become the lowest-placed English team to achieve automatic UEFA Cup qualification.[3]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33 78
2. Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 77
3. Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 65
4. Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 63
5. Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 59
6. Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 58
7. Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 57
8. West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 56
9. Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 55
10. Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 53
11. Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 52
12. Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 48
13. Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 44
14. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 44
15. Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 44
16. Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 44
17. Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 40
18. Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 41 61 40
19. Barnsley 38 10 5 23 37 82 35
20. Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 37 71 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division 1

Results[edit]

Aston Villa's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Leicester City A 0–1 20,304
13 August 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0–4 37,112
23 August 1997 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,783
27 August 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–3 26,317 Yorke, Collymore
30 August 1997 Leeds United H 1–0 39,027 Yorke
13 September 1997 Barnsley A 3–0 18,649 Ehiogu, Draper, Taylor
20 September 1997 Derby County H 2–1 35,444 Yorke, Joachim
22 September 1997 Liverpool A 0–3 34,843
27 September 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–2 32,044 Staunton, Taylor
4 October 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 1–0 24,186 Milošević
18 October 1997 Wimbledon H 1–2 32,087 Taylor
26 October 1997 Arsenal A 0–0 38,061
1 November 1997 Chelsea H 0–2 39,372
8 November 1997 Crystal Palace A 1–1 21,097 Joachim
22 November 1997 Everton H 2–1 36,389 Milošević, Ehiogu
29 November 1997 West Ham United A 1–2 24,976 Yorke
6 December 1997 Coventry City H 3–0 33,250 Collymore, Hendrie, Joachim
15 December 1997 Manchester United A 0–1 55,151
20 December 1997 Southampton H 1–1 29,343 Taylor
26 December 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 4–1 38,644 Draper (2), Collymore (2)
28 December 1997 Leeds United A 1–1 36,287 Milošević
10 January 1998 Leicester City H 1–1 36,429 Joachim
17 January 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 0–5 24,834
1 February 1998 Newcastle United H 0–1 38,266
7 February 1998 Derby County A 1–0 30,251 Yorke
18 February 1998 Manchester United H 0–2 39,372
21 February 1998 Wimbledon A 1–2 13,131 Milošević
28 February 1998 Liverpool H 2–1 39,372 Collymore (2)
8 March 1998 Chelsea A 1–0 33,018 Joachim
11 March 1998 Barnsley H 0–1 29,519
14 March 1998 Crystal Palace H 3–1 33,781 Taylor, Milošević (2, 1 pen)
28 March 1998 Everton A 4–1 36,471 Joachim, Charles, Yorke (2, 1 pen)
4 April 1998 West Ham United H 2–0 39,372 Joachim, Milošević
11 April 1998 Coventry City A 2–1 22,792 Yorke (2)
18 April 1998 Southampton A 2–1 15,238 Hendrie, Yorke
25 April 1998 Bolton Wanderers H 1–3 38,392 Taylor
2 May 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–1 34,177 Yorke, Hendrie, Joachim
10 May 1998 Arsenal H 1–0 39,372 Yorke (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Portsmouth A 2–2 16,013 Staunton, Grayson
R3R 14 January 1998 Portsmouth H 1–0 23,355 Milošević
R4 24 January 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 4–0 39,372 Grayson, Yorke (2), Collymore
R5 14 February 1998 Coventry City H 0–1 36,979

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 15 October 1997 West Ham United A 0–3 20,360

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 16 September 1997 Bordeaux A 0–0 16,000
R1 2nd leg 30 September 1997 Bordeaux H 1–0 (won 1-0 on agg) 33,072 Milošević
R2 1st leg 21 October 1997 Athletic Bilbao A 0–0 46,000
R2 2nd leg 4 November 1997 Athletic Bilbao H 2–1 (won 2-1 on agg) 35,915 Taylor, Yorke
R3 1st leg 25 November 1997 Steaua Bucharest A 1–2 24,000 Yorke
R3 2nd leg 9 December 1997 Steaua Bucharest H 2–0 (won 3-2 on agg) 35,102 Milošević, Taylor
QF 1st leg 3 March 1998 Atlético Madrid A 0–1 45,000
QF 2nd leg 17 March 1998 Atlético Madrid H 2–1 (lost on away goals) 39,163 Taylor, Collymore

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
2 England DF Gary Charles
3 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Staunton
4 England DF Gareth Southgate
5 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 England MF Mark Draper
9 Serbia and Montenegro FW Savo Milošević[5]
10 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke
11 England FW Stan Collymore
12 England FW Julian Joachim
13 England GK Michael Oakes
14 England DF Alan Wright
No. Position Player
15 Portugal DF Fernando Nélson
16 England DF Simon Grayson
17 England MF Lee Hendrie
19 Wales DF David Hughes
20 England DF Riccardo Scimeca
21 England DF Lee Collins
22 England FW Darius Vassell
23 England FW Neil Davis
24 England DF Gareth Barry
25 England FW Darren Byfield[6]
27 England FW Richard Walker
29 England GK Matthew Ghent
30 England GK Adam Rachel

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[7] (to Middlesbrough)
18 Serbia and Montenegro MF Saša Ćurčić (to Crystal Palace)
24 England MF Scott Murray (to Bristol City)
No. Position Player
29 England GK Paul Crichton (on loan from West Bromwich)
31 England GK Stuart Brock (to Kidderminster Harriers)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England MF Michael Blackwood
- England DF Reuben Hazell
- England DF Tommy Jaszczun
- Republic of Ireland FW Alan Lee
No. Position Player
- England DF Aaron Lescott
- England FW Darren Middleton
- England DF Ben Petty
- England MF Michael Standing

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]