1997–98 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1997–98 season
Chairman England Ron Noades
Manager England Steve Coppell (until March)
Italy Atilio Lombardo and
Sweden Tomas Brolin (temporary joint player-managers)
England Ray Lewington
Stadium Selhurst Park
FA Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Neil Shipperley (7)
All:
Bruce Dyer (8)
Highest home attendance 26,186 (vs. Chelsea, 13 September)
Lowest home attendance 14,410 (vs. Wimbledon, 9 February)
Average home league attendance 21,983

During the 1997–98 English football season, Crystal Palace competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Experienced Italian midfielder Atilio Lombardo was one of the most famous names to wear a Palace shirt when he arrived at Selhurst Park early in the season, and his influential form looked to have secured Palace's top flight status as they stood 10th as late as November. Within the first 14 games of the season, they were enjoying reasonable mid-table form, losing and winning five each and drawing four games; all of their wins at the time were away from home. Their 1-0 win at Spurs cumulated their good form though and from then on, they would struggle. Lombardo's fellow countryman Michele Padovano was also signed, but proved to be a complete flop, as did Swedish forward Tomas Brolin, and Palace were soon deep in relegation trouble.

With a takeover by computer tycoon Mark Goldberg on the horizon, Steve Coppell relinquished his managerial duties to become Director of Football. Lombardo and Brolin became joint player-managers on a short-term contract, but were unable to stave off relegation and were soon on their way out of the club. It was a season to forget for the club which saw them win just two home league games all season and it took them a staggering eight months to record their first home league win: against Derby County in April.

When the Goldberg takeover was completed, Terry Venables returned to the manager's seat after an eventful 18 years away, with the new chairman boasting that Palace would be a European force by 2003.

Kit[edit]

Palace retained the previous season's home kit, manufactured by German company Adidas and sponsored by TDK.

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 36 71  −35 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division One

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

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Everton A 2–1 35,716 Lombardo, Dyer (pen)
12 August 1997 Barnsley H 0–1 21,547
23 August 1997 Leeds United A 2–0 29,076 Warhurst, Lombardo
27 August 1997 Southampton A 0–1 15,032
30 August 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 20,849 Dyer
13 September 1997 Chelsea H 0–3 26,186
20 September 1997 Wimbledon A 1–0 16,747 Lombardo
24 September 1997 Coventry City A 1–1 15,900 Fullarton
27 September 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2–2 17,134 Warhurst, Gordon
4 October 1997 Manchester United A 0–2 55,143
18 October 1997 Arsenal H 0–0 26,180
25 October 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–1 22,072 Hreidarsson, Rodger, Shipperley
8 November 1997 Aston Villa H 1–1 21,097 Shipperley
24 November 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 25,634 Shipperley
29 November 1997 Newcastle United H 1–2 26,085 Shipperley
3 December 1997 West Ham United A 1–4 23,335 Shipperley
6 December 1997 Leicester City A 1–1 19,191 Padovano
13 December 1997 Liverpool H 0–3 25,790
20 December 1997 Derby County A 0–0 26,590
26 December 1997 Southampton H 1–1 22,853 Shipperley
28 December 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 2–2 23,872 Dyer, Warhurst
10 January 1998 Everton H 1–3 23,311 Dyer (pen)
17 January 1998 Barnsley A 0–1 17,819
31 January 1998 Leeds United H 0–2 25,248
9 February 1998 Wimbledon H 0–3 14,410
21 February 1998 Arsenal A 0–1 38,094
28 February 1998 Coventry City H 0–3 21,810
11 March 1998 Chelsea A 2–6 31,917 Hreidarsson, Bent
14 March 1998 Aston Villa A 1–3 33,781 Jansen
18 March 1998 Newcastle United A 2–1 36,565 Lombardo, Jansen
28 March 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–3 26,116 Shipperley
11 April 1998 Leicester City H 0–3 18,771
13 April 1998 Liverpool A 1–2 43,007 Bent
18 April 1998 Derby County H 3–1 18,101 Jansen, Ćurčić, Bent
27 April 1998 Manchester United H 0–3 26,180
2 May 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2–5 24,449 Gordon, Bent
5 May 1998 West Ham United H 3–3 19,129 Bent, Rodger, Lombardo
10 May 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 16,876 Morrison

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Scunthorpe United H 2–0 11,624 Emblen (2)
R4 24 January 1998 Leicester City H 3–0 15,489 Dyer (3)
R5 15 February 1998 Arsenal A 0–0 37,164
R5R 25 February 1998 Arsenal H 1–2 15,674 Dyer

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Hull City A 0–1 9,323
R2 Second Leg 30 September 1997 Hull City H 2–1 (lost on away goals) 6,407 Veart, Ndah

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
1 England GK Kevin Miller
2 England DF Marc Edworthy
3 England DF Dean Gordon
4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Saša Ćurčić
5 England DF Dave Tuttle
6 England DF Andy Linighan (captain)
7 Italy MF Attilio Lombardo (temporary joint player-manager)
8 England DF Paul Warhurst
9 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 England FW Bruce Dyer
11 Italy FW Michele Padovano
12 Sweden FW Tomas Brolin (temporary joint player-manager)
13 England GK Carlo Nash
14 England MF Simon Rodger
15 England FW Marcus Bent
16 Republic of Ireland MF Rob Quinn[2]
17 England DF Jamie Smith
18 France DF Valérien Ismaël
No. Position Player
19 England MF Darren Pitcher
20 England FW Leon McKenzie
21 England DF Sagi Burton[3]
22 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson
23 England MF Hayden Mullins
25 South Africa GK Gareth Ormshaw
26 Scotland MF Jamie Fullarton
27 England FW Matt Jansen
28 Scotland MF Steven Thomson
29 England FW David Stevens
30 Northern Ireland MF Gareth Graham
32 Republic of Ireland DF Danny Boxall[4]
34 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Ginty
35 England FW Clinton Morrison[5]
40 Republic of Ireland MF Tony Folan[6]
41 Northern Ireland DF Wayne Carlisle
42 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Clarke

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 England MF Andy Roberts (to Wimbledon)
11 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
12 Australia FW Carl Veart (to Millwall)
15 Wales DF Gareth Davies[7] (to Reading)
17 Australia DF Kevin Muscat (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
18 England FW George Ndah (to Swindon Town)
24 England MF Neil Emblen (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
No. Position Player
27 Israel MF Itzik Zohar (to Maccabi Haifa)
33 England DF Dean Wordsworth (to Stevenage Borough)
33 Italy MF Ivano Bonetti (to Genoa)
33 Italy MF Patrizio Billio (on loan from AC Milan)
34 Republic of Ireland MF Tony Scully (to Manchester City)
England FW Jason Harris (to Leyton Orient)

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 DF David Woozley
No. Position Player
- England FW Richard Harris

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crystal Palace 1997-1998 Home - statto.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ Quinn was born in London, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 and B level.
  3. ^ Burton was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualified to represent Saint Kitts and Nevis internationally and would make his international debut for Saint Kitts and Nevis in June 2004.
  4. ^ Boxall was born in Croydon, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.
  5. ^ Morrison was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and would make his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in August 2001.
  6. ^ Folan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
  7. ^ Davies was born in Hereford, England, but was raised in Wales and has represented them at U-21 level.
  8. ^ Brolin was given a two-week trial on 5 January; due to an injury crisis, he was asked to play in the club's home fixture against Everton on 10 January. He was awarded a contract on 16 January.