1997–98 Chelsea F.C. season

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Chelsea
1997–98 season
Chairman Ken Bates
Manager Ruud Gullit (until 12 February)
Gianluca Vialli (from February)
FA Premier League 4th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Vialli/Flo (11)
All: Vialli (19)
Highest home attendance 34,845 (vs. Bolton Wanderers, 10 May)
Lowest home attendance 29,075 (vs. Blackpool, 19 Apr)
Home colours
Away colours

The 1997-98 season was Chelsea F.C.'s 83rd competitive season, their 9th consecutive season in the English top flight and 92nd year as a club.

Season summary[edit]

With conceding goals being a major issue last season, Chelsea signed Dutch international goalkeeper Ed de Goey, who proved to be a relative success. Chelsea's only other major signings were young Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo and Uruguayan international midfielder Gustavo Poyet from Real Zaragoza, who added more goals from an otherwise very defensive midfield. Chelsea were well on course for a top-five finish and success in the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Coca-Cola Cup when manager Ruud Gullit was sacked on 12 February following a dispute with chairman Ken Bates. His job went to 33-year-old striker Gianluca Vialli, who took on the role of player-manager and achieved instant success - within three months of his appointment, Vialli had guided the Blues to glory on the continent and at Wembley. This success gave Chelsea fans hope that the following season could spell the end of their title wait which began in 1955.

First team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[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 Netherlands GK Ed de Goey
2 Romania DF Dan Petrescu
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro
5 France DF Frank Leboeuf
6 Scotland DF Steve Clarke
7 France DF Bernard Lambourde
8 Uruguay MF Gustavo Poyet
9 Italy FW Gianluca Vialli
10 Wales FW Mark Hughes
11 England MF Dennis Wise (captain)
12 England DF Michael Duberry
13 England GK Kevin Hitchcock
14 England DF Graeme Le Saux
15 England DF David Lee
16 Italy MF Roberto Di Matteo
No. Position Player
17 England DF Danny Granville
18 England DF Andy Myers
19 Norway FW Tore André Flo
20 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair[2]
21 England MF Paul Hughes
22 England FW Mark Nicholls
23 Russia GK Dmitri Kharine
24 England MF Eddie Newton
25 Italy FW Gianfranco Zola
26 France DF Laurent Charvet (on loan from Cannes)
28 England MF Jody Morris
32 Scotland MF Steven Hampshire
34 England MF Nick Crittenden
35 England DF Jon Harley

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
4 Netherlands DF Ruud Gullit (retired)
England MF David Rocastle (on loan to Hull City)
No. Position Player
30 Norway GK Frode Grodas (to Tottenham Hotspur)

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
29 England DF Neil Clement
31 Republic of Ireland GK Nick Colgan
No. Position Player
33 England FW Joe Sheerin
England MF David Rocastle

Statistics[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League FA Cup Football League Cup Cup Winners Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 Netherlands GK Ed de Goey 42 0 28 0 1 0 4 0 9 0
2 Romania DF Dan Petrescu 42 8 31 5 1 0 3 1 7 2
3 Nigeria DF Celestine Babayaro 13 0 8 0 0 0 1+1 0 3 0
4 Netherlands MF Ruud Gullit 10 0 0+6 0 0 0 3+1 0 0 0
5 France DF Frank Leboeuf 46 6 32 5 1 0 4 0 9 1
6 Scotland DF Steve Clarke 40 1 22+4 1 1 0 4+2 0 7 0
7 France DF Bernard Lambourde 13 0 5+2 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
8 Uruguay MF Gustavo Poyet 18 5 11+3 4 0 0 0 0 4 1
9 Italy FW Gianluca Vialli 33 19 14+7 11 0+1 2 2+1 0 8 6
10 Wales FW Mark Hughes 39 12 25+4 9 1 0 3+3 2 3 1
11 England MF Dennis Wise 39 3 26 3 0 0 4 0 9 0
12 England DF Michael Duberry 33 0 23 0 1 0 3 0 6 0
13 England GK Kevin Hitchcock 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
14 England DF Graeme Le Saux 34 3 26 1 1 1 4 1 3 0
15 England DF David Lee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
16 Italy MF Roberto Di Matteo 43 10 28+2 4 1 0 4 3 8 3
17 England DF Danny Granville 20 1 9+4 0 0 0 3 0 4 1
18 England DF Andy Myers 17 0 11+1 0 0+1 0 1 0 3 0
19 Norway FW Tore André Flo 44 15 16+18 11 1 0 3+1 2 5 2
20 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair 32 2 20+2 1 0 0 4+1 1 5 0
21 England MF Paul Hughes 11 0 5+4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
22 England FW Mark Nicholls 24 3 8+11 3 1 0 2 0 2 0
23 Russia GK Dmitri Kharine 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 England MF Eddie Newton 29 0 17+1 0 0 0 3+1 0 7 0
25 Italy FW Gianfranco Zola 40 12 23+4 8 1 0 4 0 8 4
26 France DF Laurent Charvet 13 2 7+4 2 0 0 1 0 1 0
28 England MF Jody Morris 14 2 9+2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
32 Scotland FW Steven Hampshire 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 England MF Nick Crittenden 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 England DF Jon Harley 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Statistics taken from [1]. Squad details and shirt numbers from [2] and [3].

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Final table
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
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

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4 January 1998 3 Manchester United H 3-5 34,792 Le Saux, Vialli (2)

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 October 1997 3 Blackburn Rovers H 1-1 18,671 Di Matteo
After extra time, Chelsea won on 4-1 on penalties
19 November 1997 4 Southampton H 2-1 20,968 Morris, Flo
7 January 1998 QF Ipswich Town A 2-2 22,088 Le Saux, Flo
After extra time, Chelsea won on 4-1 on penalties
28 January 1998 SF Arsenal A 1-2 38,144 Hughes
18 February 1998 SF Arsenal H 3-1 34,330 Petrescu, Di Matteo, Hughes
29 March 1998 F Middlesbrough N 2-0 77,698 Sinclair, Di Matteo

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 September 1997 1 Slovan Bratislava H 2-0 23,067 Danny Granville, Di Matteo
2 October 1997 1 Slovan Bratislava A 2-0 13,850 Di Matteo, Vialli
23 October 1997 2 Tromsø A 2-3 6,438 Vialli (2)
6 November 1997 2 Tromsø H 7-1 29,363 Leboeuf, Petrescu (2), Vialli (3), Zola
5 March 1998 QF Real Betis A 2-1 31,000 Flo (2)
19 March 1998 QF Real Betis H 3-1 32,300 Sinclair, Di Matteo, Zola
2 April 1998 SF Vicenza A 0-1 19,319
16 April 1998 SF Vicenza H 3-1 33,810 Poyet, Zola, Hughes
3 May 1998 F VfB Stuttgart N 1-0 30,216 Zola

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1996-1997/faprem/chelsea.htm
  2. ^ Sinclair was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally.