1997–98 Bury F.C. season

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Bury
1997–98 season
Chairman Terry Robinson
Manager Stan Ternent
Stadium Gigg Lane
First Division 17th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Battersby/Ellis/Swan (6)
All: Johnson (8)
Average home league attendance 6,177

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

Season summary[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, newly promoted Bury were battling against relegation for most of the campaign and were destined to be heading straight back down by the beginning of February where they sat in the bottom three with only 4 wins from 30 games, but from then on Bury went on an amazing nine game unbeaten run and winning 7 in their final 16 league games to secure survival against the odds.

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]

Bury's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Reading H 1–1 5,065 Armstrong
16 August 1997 Stockport County A 0–0 7,260
23 August 1997 Charlton Athletic H 0–0 4,657
30 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–4 21,141 Battersby, Johnson
2 September 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 2–1 4,447 Johnson, Swan
7 September 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 1–0 5,073 Swan
12 September 1997 Manchester City H 1–1 11,216 Johnson
20 September 1997 Port Vale A 1–1 6,781 Swan
27 September 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 1–3 6,439 Lucketti
4 October 1997 Stoke City A 2–3 11,760 Swan, Gray (pen)
11 October 1997 Swindon Town A 1–3 7,640 Battersby
18 October 1997 Birmingham City H 2–1 5,700 Johnson, Swan
21 October 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 4,602 Battersby
25 October 1997 Ipswich Town A 0–2 10,478
1 November 1997 Norwich City A 2–2 14,419 Battersby, Johnrose
4 November 1997 Nottingham Forest H 2–0 6,137 Swan, Johnson
8 November 1997 Portsmouth H 0–2 5,065
15 November 1997 Oxford United A 1–1 5,811 C Swailes
22 November 1997 Sunderland H 1–1 7,790 Lucketti
29 November 1997 Huddersfield Town A 0–2 11,929
6 December 1997 Middlesbrough H 0–1 8,016
13 December 1997 Bradford City A 0–1 15,812
20 December 1997 Sheffield United H 1–1 6,012 Johnrose
26 December 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 0–0 9,146
28 December 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 1–1 5,661 Patterson
10 January 1998 Reading A 1–1 7,499 Gray
18 January 1998 Stockport County H 0–1 5,699
27 January 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–3 6,134 Battersby
31 January 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 15,312
7 February 1998 Port Vale H 2–2 5,285 Battersby, Ellis
14 February 1998 Manchester City A 1–0 28,885 Butler
17 February 1998 Stoke City H 0–0 5,802
21 February 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 15,840 Ellis
25 February 1998 Birmingham City A 3–1 20,021 Rigby, Patterson, Ellis
28 February 1998 Swindon Town H 1–0 5,002 Daws
3 March 1998 Portsmouth A 1–1 12,462 Johnrose
7 March 1998 Norwich City H 1–0 5,154 Jemson (pen)
14 March 1998 Nottingham Forest A 0–3 18,846
21 March 1998 Oxford United H 1–0 5,159 Ellis
28 March 1998 Sunderland A 1–2 37,425 Small
4 April 1998 Huddersfield Town H 2–2 8,042 Butler, Ellis
11 April 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–4 30,218
13 April 1998 Bradford City H 2–0 6,570 Ellis, Daws
18 April 1998 Sheffield United A 0–3 16,056
25 April 1998 Ipswich Town H 0–1 7,830
3 May 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 1–0 15,210 Armstrong

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Sheffield United A 1–1 14,009 Gray
R3R 13 January 1998 Sheffield United H 1–2 4,920 Gray

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 3–2 2,618 Armstrong, Jepson (pen), Johnson
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 3–3 (won 6-5 on agg) 3,296 Gray, Johnson, Battersby (pen)
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Sunderland A 1–2 18,775 Daws
R2 Second Leg 23 September 1997 Sunderland H 1–2 (lost 2-4 on agg) 3,928 Johnson

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
Republic of Ireland GK Dean Kiely
England DF Andy Woodward
England DF Chris Lucketti
Republic of Ireland DF Paul Butler
England DF Bryan Small (on loan from Bradford City)
England MF Nick Daws
England MF Lenny Johnrose
England MF Gordon Armstrong
England FW Tony Battersby
England FW Peter Swan
England FW Tony Ellis
England MF Andy A Gray
England MF Mark Patterson
Jamaica FW David Johnson
Wales DF Ian Hughes
England DF Chris Swailes
No. Position Player
England FW Nigel Jemson
England MF Rob Matthews
England MF Tony Rigby
England FW Ronnie Jepson
Scotland FW Andy D Gray (on loan from Leeds United)
England DF Steve Morgan (on loan from Wigan Athletic)
England DF Dean West
England MF Jason Peake
England MF Adrian Randall
Scotland FW Paul Dalglish (on loan from Newcastle United)
England FW David Pugh
England DF Danny Swailes
England DF Brian Linighan
England DF Matt Barrass
England MF Martyn Forrest

References[edit]