1997–98 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1997–98 season
Chairman Robert Coar
Manager Roy Hodgson
Stadium Ewood Park
Premiership 6th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Sutton (18)
All: Sutton (21)
Average home league attendance 25,253

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

Season summary[edit]

After last season's slip-up, Blackburn Rovers emerged as title contenders under new manager Roy Hodgson, and even sixth place in the final table was enough for a UEFA Cup place. Chris Sutton's continued return to form saw him come joint top of the Premiership goalscoring charts with 18 goals, and led to him earning a long-awaited international call-up, though he didn't make the final squad for the World Cup after refusing to play for the England B team.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78
2. Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77
3. Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65
4. Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63
5. Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59
6. Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 +5 58
7. Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 +1 57
8. West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 –1 56
9. Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 +3 55
10. Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 +10 53
11. Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 +2 52
12. Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 –5 48
13. Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 –9 44
14. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 –12 44
15. Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 –12 44
16. Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 –15 44
17. Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 –15 40
18. Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 41 61 –20 40
19. Barnsley 38 10 5 23 37 82 –45 35
20. Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 37 71 –34 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division 1

Results[edit]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Derby County H 1–0 23,557 Gallacher
13 August 1997 Aston Villa A 4–0 37,112 Sutton (3), Gallacher
23 August 1997 Liverpool H 1–1 30,187 Dahlin
25 August 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 7–2 19,618 Gallacher (2), Hyde (own goal), Wilcox, Sutton (2), Bohinen
30 August 1997 Crystal Palace A 2–1 20,849 Sutton, Gallacher
14 September 1997 Leeds United H 3–4 21,956 Gallacher, Sutton (pen), Dahlin
20 September 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 26,573
24 September 1997 Leicester City A 1–1 19,921 Sutton
28 September 1997 Coventry City H 0–0 19,086
4 October 1997 Wimbledon A 1–0 15,600 Sutton
18 October 1997 Southampton H 1–0 24,130 Sherwood
25 October 1997 Newcastle United A 1–1 36,716 Sutton
1 November 1997 Barnsley A 1–1 18,665 Sherwood
8 November 1997 Everton H 3–2 25,397 Gallacher, Duff, Sherwood
22 November 1997 Chelsea H 1–0 27,683 Croft
30 November 1997 Manchester United A 0–4 55,175
6 December 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 3–1 25,503 Gallacher, Sutton, Wilcox
13 December 1997 Arsenal A 3–1 38,147 Wilcox, Gallacher, Sherwood
20 December 1997 West Ham United H 3–0 21,653 Ripley, Duff (2)
26 December 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–0 33,502
28 December 1997 Crystal Palace H 2–2 23,872 Gallacher, Sutton
11 January 1998 Derby County A 1–3 27,823 Sutton
17 January 1998 Aston Villa H 5–0 24,834 Sherwood, Gallacher (3), Ripley
31 January 1998 Liverpool A 0–0 43,890
7 February 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–3 30,388
21 February 1998 Southampton A 0–3 15,162
28 February 1998 Leicester City H 5–3 24,854 Dahlin, Sutton (3), Hendry
11 March 1998 Leeds United A 0–4 32,933
14 March 1998 Everton A 0–1 33,423
31 March 1998 Barnsley H 2–1 24,179 Dahlin, Gallacher
6 April 1998 Manchester United H 1–3 30,547 Sutton (pen)
11 April 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 1–2 25,000 Duff
13 April 1998 Arsenal H 1–4 28,212 Gallacher
18 April 1998 West Ham United A 1–2 24,733 Wilcox
25 April 1998 Wimbledon H 0–0 24,848
29 April 1998 Chelsea A 1–0 33,311 Gallacher
2 May 1998 Coventry City A 0–2 18,794
10 May 1998 Newcastle United H 1–0 29,300 Sutton

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Wigan Athletic H 4–2 22,402 McGibbon (own goal), Gallacher (2), Sherwood
R4 26 January 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–0 15,940 Sutton, Sherwood, Duff
R5 14 February 1998 West Ham United A 2–2 25,729 Gallacher, Sutton
R5R 25 February 1998 West Ham United H 1–1 (lost 4-5 on pens) 21,972 Ripley

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 17 September 1997 Preston North End H 6–0 22,564 Dahlin (2), Sutton, Gallacher, Andersson, Bohinen
R2 2nd Leg 30 September 1997 Preston North End A 0–1 (won 6-1 on agg) 11,472
R3 15 October 1997 Chelsea A 1–1 (lost 1-4 on pens) 18,671 McKinlay

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Tim Flowers
2 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
3 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
4 England MF Tim Sherwood (captain)
5 Scotland DF Colin Hendry
6 Norway DF Tore Pedersen
7 England MF Stuart Ripley
8 Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher
9 England FW Chris Sutton
10 Sweden FW Martin Dahlin
11 England MF Jason Wilcox
13 Australia GK John Filan
14 Sweden FW Anders Andersson
15 England MF Garry Flitcroft
No. Position Player
16 Denmark FW Per Pedersen
17 Scotland DF Billy McKinlay
20 England DF Gary Croft
22 France DF Patrick Valéry
24 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
25 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
26 England DF Marlon Broomes
32 Wales GK Anthony Williams
33 Northern Ireland GK Alan Fettis
34 England FW James Beattie
35 Northern Ireland DF Damien Johnson
36 England MF Wayne Gill
37 England DF Adam Reed

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
12 Norway MF Lars Bohinen (to Derby County)
18 England DF Ian Pearce (to West Ham United)
No. Position Player
19 Wales DF Chris Coleman (to Fulham)
21 Greece MF Giorgos Donis (to AEK Athens)

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 GK Gareth Stewart
- Republic of Ireland DF Graham Coughlan
- Republic of Ireland DF Peter Murphy
- England DF Leam Richardson
- England DF Martin Taylor
- Republic of Ireland DF David Worrell
- England MF Ryan Baldacchino
No. Position Player
- England MF David Dunn
- Northern Ireland MF Darren Dunning
- England MF Andy McAvoy
- England MF Ian Richards
- England MF Luke Staton
- Northern Ireland FW Gary Hamilton
- Wales FW James Thomas

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
17 June 1997 DF Stéphane Henchoz HSV £3,000,000
24 June 1997 DF Patrick Valéry Bastia Free transfer
8 July 1997 FW Martin Dahlin Roma £2,500,000
8 July 1997 FW Anders Andersson Malmö FF £500,000
1 August 1997 GK John Filan Coventry City £700,000
8 September 1997 DF Tore Pedersen FC St. Pauli £500,000
10 September 1997 GK Alan Fettis Nottingham Forest £300,000
10 February 1998 DF Callum Davidson St. Johnstone £1,750,000
21 May 1998 MF Jimmy Corbett Gillingham £525,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
21 July 1997 MF Matty Holmes Charlton Athletic £250,000
1 August 1997 MF Graham Fenton Leicester City £1,100,000
1 August 1997 DF Nicky Marker Sheffield United Signed
1 August 1997 DF Paul Warhurst Crystal Palace Signed
8 August 1997 DF Graeme Le Saux Chelsea £7,000,000
11 August 1997 DF Henning Berg Manchester United £5,000,000
18 September 1997 DF Ian Pearce West Ham United £2,300,000
22 September 1997 MF Giorgos Donis AEK Athens Free transfer
1 December 1997 DF Chris Coleman Fulham £2,000,000
25 March 1998 MF Lars Bohinen Derby County £1,450,000
Transfers in: Decrease £9,775,000
Transfers out: Increase £19,100,000
Total spending: Increase £9,325,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[3][4]

Top scorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

References[edit]