1997–98 Charlton Athletic F.C. season

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Charlton Athletic
1997–98 season
Chairman Richard Murray
Manager Alan Curbishley
Stadium The Valley
First Division 4th (promoted)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Mendonca (23)
All: Mendonca (28)
Average home league attendance 13,275

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

Season summary[edit]

The 1997–98 season was Charlton's best campaign for years. They reached the Division One play-off final and battled against Sunderland in a thrilling game which ended with a 4–4 draw after extra time. Charlton won 7–6 on penalties,[1] with the match described as "arguably the most dramatic game of football in Wembley's history",[2] and were promoted to the Premier League.

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 the 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 the 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 the 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]

Charlton Athletic's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Middlesbrough A 1–2 29,414 S Jones
16 August 1997 Oxford United H 3–2 10,230 S Jones, Mendonca, Lisbie
23 August 1997 Bury A 0–0 4,657
30 August 1997 Manchester City H 2–1 14,009 van Blerk (own goal), K Jones
13 September 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–3 22,683 Chapple
17 September 1997 Norwich City A 4–0 10,157 Mendonca (3), Chapple
21 September 1997 Bradford City H 4–1 11,583 Mendonca (2), Mortimer, Brown
27 September 1997 Stockport County H 1–3 12,083 Mortimer
4 October 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 4–2 14,825 Robinson (2), S Jones, Chapple
14 October 1997 Huddersfield Town A 3–0 9,596 Mendonca, Brown, Robinson
19 October 1997 Stoke City H 1–1 12,345 Kinsella
22 October 1997 Birmingham City H 1–1 10,072 Mendonca
25 October 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 2–2 5,911 Kinsella, Leaburn
1 November 1997 Ipswich Town H 3–0 12,627 Mendonca, Chapple, Leaburn
4 November 1997 Sunderland A 0–0 25,455
8 November 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 16,124
15 November 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 3–2 14,091 K Jones, Allen, Holmes
22 November 1997 Nottingham Forest A 2–5 18,532 Allen, Woan (own goal)
28 November 1997 Swindon Town H 3–0 13,769 K Jones, Mendonca (2, 1 pen)
6 December 1997 Reading A 0–2 8,076
9 December 1997 Sheffield United H 2–1 9,868 Mendonca (2, 1 pen)
13 December 1997 Port Vale H 1–0 11,077 Newton
20 December 1997 Portsmouth A 2–0 8,581 Robinson, Leaburn
26 December 1997 Norwich City H 2–1 14,472 Kinsella, Robinson
28 December 1997 Sheffield United A 1–4 18,677 Bright
10 January 1998 Middlesbrough H 3–0 15,742 Newton (2), Bright
17 January 1998 Oxford United A 2–1 7,234 Mendonca, Robinson
28 January 1998 Manchester City A 2–2 24,058 S Jones (2)
31 January 1998 Bury H 0–0 15,312
7 February 1998 Bradford City A 0–1 14,851
17 February 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 15,555 Robinson
21 February 1998 Stockport County A 0–3 7,705
25 February 1998 Stoke City A 2–1 10,027 Robinson, Barness
28 February 1998 Huddersfield Town H 1–0 12,908 Bright
3 March 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 5–0 10,893 Bright, Newton, Mendonca (2, 1 pen), Kinsella
7 March 1998 Ipswich Town A 1–3 19,831 Mendonca
15 March 1998 Sunderland H 1–1 15,355 Bright
21 March 1998 Crewe Alexandra A 3–0 5,252 Mills, Newton, Kinsella
28 March 1998 Nottingham Forest H 4–2 15,815 Bright, Mortimer, Mendonca (pen), Kinsella
4 April 1998 Swindon Town A 1–0 7,845 S Jones
7 April 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 13,743 Mendonca
10 April 1998 Reading H 3–0 14,220 Mendonca, Mortimer, Bright
13 April 1998 Port Vale A 1–0 9,973 Mendonca (pen)
18 April 1998 Portsmouth H 1–0 14,082 S Jones
25 April 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 2–0 15,393 Mendonca (2 pens)
3 May 1998 Birmingham City A 0–0 25,877

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 10 May 1998 Ipswich Town A 1–0 21,681 Clapham (own goal)
SF 2nd Leg 13 May 1998 Ipswich Town H 1–0 (won 2-0 on agg) 15,585 Newton
F 25 May 1998 Sunderland N 4–4 (won 7-6 on pens) 77,739 Mendonca (3), Rufus

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Nottingham Forest H 4–1 13,827 Robinson, Brown, Leaburn, Mendonca
R4 24 January 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 15,540 K Jones
R4R 3 February 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 20,429

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 13 August 1997 Ipswich Town H 0–1 6,598
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Ipswich Town A 1–3 (lost 1-4 on agg) 10,989 Mendonca

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
- Australia GK Andy Petterson
- Serbia and Montenegro GK Saša Ilić
- England GK Mike Salmon
- England DF Richard Rufus
- Wales DF Mark Bowen
- England DF Phil Chapple
- England DF Steve Brown
- England DF Anthony Barness
- Scotland DF Stuart Balmer
- England DF Danny Mills
- England DF Eddie Youds
- England DF Paul Konchesky
- England DF Jamie Stuart
- England DF David Kerslake (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
- England DF Jason Tindall
- England DF Anthony Allman
No. Position Player
- Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kinsella
- England MF Keith Jones
- Wales MF John Robinson
- England MF Shaun Newton
- England MF Matty Holmes
- England MF Paul Mortimer
- England MF Kevin Nicholls
- England MF Paul Emblen
- England MF Scott Parker
- England FW Clive Mendonca
- England FW Steve Jones
- England FW Mark Bright
- England FW Carl Leaburn
- England FW Bradley Allen
- England FW Neil Heaney (on loan from Manchester City)
- Jamaica FW Kevin Lisbie

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