1997–98 Bradford City A.F.C. season

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Bradford City
1997–98 season
Chairman Geoffrey Richmond
Manager Chris Kamara (until 6 January)
Paul Jewell (from 6 January)
Stadium Valley Parade
First Division 13th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Steiner/Edinho (10)
All: Steiner/Edinho (11)
Average home league attendance 15,564

During the 1997–98 English football season, Bradford City A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, Bradford started well with 13 points from a possible 15 which saw the Bantams top of the table after five games, but results declined and chairman Geoffrey Richmond sacked Kamara on 6 January, three days after a 2–0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City.[1]

Richmond turned to Jewell, who was by now Kamara's assistant, and he won his first game 2–1 to Stockport County. In his 21 games in charge, Jewell won six games and drew five to guide Bradford to 13th, their highest position since Jewell had joined the club. He was rewarded with a permanent contract when others expected Richmond to turn to a big name.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Nottingham Forest (C) 46 28 10 8 82 42 +40 94 Promotion to 1998–99 FA Premier League
2 Middlesbrough (P) 46 27 10 9 77 41 +36 91
3 Sunderland 46 26 12 8 86 50 +36 90 Qualification to First Division play-offs
4 Charlton Athletic (P) 46 26 10 10 80 49 +31 88
5 Ipswich Town 46 23 14 9 77 43 +34 83
6 Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 +15 74
7 Birmingham City 46 19 17 10 60 35 +25 74
8 Stockport County 46 19 8 19 71 69 +2 65
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 11 17 57 53 +4 65
10 West Bromwich Albion 46 16 13 17 50 56 −6 61
11 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 5 23 58 65 −7 59
12 Oxford United 46 16 10 20 60 64 −4 58
13 Bradford City 46 14 15 17 46 59 −13 57
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 14 18 54 57 −3 56
15 Norwich City 46 14 13 19 52 69 −17 55
16 Huddersfield Town 46 14 11 21 50 72 −22 53
17 Bury 46 11 19 16 42 58 −16 52
18 Swindon Town 46 14 10 22 42 73 −31 52
19 Port Vale 46 13 10 23 56 66 −10 49
20 Portsmouth 46 13 10 23 51 63 −12 49
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 19 17 51 63 −12 49
22 Manchester City (R) 46 12 12 22 56 57 −1 48 Relegation to 1998–99 Second Division
23 Stoke City (R) 46 11 13 22 44 74 −30 46
24 Reading (R) 46 11 9 26 39 78 −39 42

Updated to games played on 3 May 1998.
Source: Statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Bradford City's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Stockport County H 2–1 14,312 Edinho, Steiner
15 August 1997 Stoke City H 0–0 13,823
23 August 1997 Ipswich Town H 2–1 13,913 Steiner, Cundy (own goal)
30 August 1997 Reading A 3–0 7,163 Lawrence, Pepper (2)
2 September 1997 Huddersfield Town A 2–1 13,159 Edinho, Blake
5 September 1997 Sunderland H 0–4 16,484
13 September 1997 Middlesbrough H 2–2 17,767 Steiner, Edinho
21 September 1997 Charlton Athletic A 1–4 11,583 Edinho
27 September 1997 Oxford United A 0–0 6,468
4 October 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 15,236 Steiner, Kulcsar
18 October 1997 Port Vale A 0–0 7,148
21 October 1997 Portsmouth A 1–1 6,827 Edinho
25 October 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 15,333 Edinho
1 November 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 0–0 16,212
4 November 1997 Birmingham City A 0–0 14,552
8 November 1997 Swindon Town A 0–1 10,029
15 November 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 0–1 16,494
18 November 1997 Sheffield United H 1–1 16,127 McGinlay
22 November 1997 Manchester City A 0–1 29,746
29 November 1997 Norwich City H 2–1 16,637 Steiner (2)
6 December 1997 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 17,943 Steiner, Pepper
13 December 1997 Bury H 1–0 15,812 McGinlay
21 December 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1 8,853
26 December 1997 Sunderland A 0–2 40,055
28 December 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 17,842 Blake
10 January 1998 Stockport County A 2–1 8,460 Jacobs, Blake
16 January 1998 Stoke City A 1–2 10,459 McGinlay
24 January 1998 Swindon Town H 1–1 15,130 Edinho
27 January 1998 Reading H 4–1 13,021 Lawrence, Edinho (2), Blake
31 January 1998 Ipswich Town A 1–2 11,864 Blake
7 February 1998 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 14,851 Blake
14 February 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–1 30,165
18 February 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 21,510 Blake
21 February 1998 Oxford United H 0–0 14,190
24 February 1998 Port Vale H 2–1 13,293 Melville, Pepper
28 February 1998 Sheffield United A 1–2 17,848 Steiner
7 March 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 13,281 Steiner
14 March 1998 Birmingham City H 0–0 16,392
21 March 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 1–3 9,463 Youds
28 March 1998 Manchester City H 2–1 17,099 Pepper, Edinho
4 April 1998 Norwich City A 3–2 13,260 Jacobs, Lawrence, Blake (pen)
11 April 1998 Nottingham Forest H 0–3 17,248
13 April 1998 Bury A 0–2 6,570
19 April 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 14,871 Steiner
25 April 1998 Crewe Alexandra A 0–5 5,054
3 May 1998 Portsmouth H 1–3 15,890 Ramage

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Manchester City A 0–2 23,686

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Huddersfield Town A 1–2 8,720 Steiner
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 (lost 2-3 on agg) 8,065 Edinho

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
England GK Gary Walsh
England GK Mark Prudhoe
Australia GK Robert Zabica
England DF Chris Wilder
England DF Eddie Youds
England DF Wayne Jacobs
Republic of Ireland DF Andy O'Brien
Jamaica MF Jamie Lawrence
England MF Nigel Pepper
England MF Peter Beagrie
England MF Shaun Murray
Brazil FW Edinho
Sweden FW Robert Steiner
England MF Craig Ramage
England MF Robbie Blake
Jamaica DF Darren Moore
England DF John Dreyer
Australia MF George Kulcsar
Scotland FW John McGinlay
No. Position Player
England DF Lee Sinnott (on loan from Oldham Athletic)
Scotland DF Steve McAnespie (on loan from Fulham)
Wales DF Andy Melville (on loan from Sunderland)
England DF John O'Kane (on loan from Manchester United)
England DF Bryan Small
England MF Paul Bolland
Wales FW Lawrence Davies
England FW Gareth Grant
England DF Mark Bower
Norway FW Ole Bjørn Sundgot
Netherlands FW Dennis Sepp
England FW Craig Midgley
England DF Danny Verity
England DF Richard Liburd
England FW Gordon Watson
England DF Nicky Mohan
England DF Ian McLean
Scotland MF Andrew Patterson

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nixon, Alan (7 January 1998). "Football: Kamara the rebel sacked". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bradford's Jewell role". The Free Library. The Mirror. 27 January 1998. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/bradford-city/1997-1998/results