1997–98 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
1997–98 season
Chairman Lionel Pickering
Manager Jim Smith
Stadium Pride Park Stadium
FA Premier League 9th
FA Cup Fourth round
Coca-Cola Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Wanchope (13)
All: Wanchope (17)
Highest home attendance 30,492 vs. Liverpool (10 May 1998)
Lowest home attendance 25,625 vs. Southampton (27 September 1997)
Average home league attendance 29,105

The 1997–98 English football season was Derby County's second consecutive season in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Derby County began life at their new stadium by progressing further on the previous season's solid 12th place finish. Jim Smith's team emerged as surprise contenders for a UEFA Cup place, and European qualification (for the first time in over 20 years) was still a possibility on the final day of the season. But results didn't go Derby's way, and that final European place went to Aston Villa.

The end-of-season arrival of Argentine defender Horacio Carbonari gave Derby fans fresh hope of challenging for a place in Europe.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33 78
2. Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 77
3. Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 65
4. Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 63
5. Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 59
6. Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 58
7. Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 57
8. West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 56
9. Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 55
10. Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 53
11. Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 52
12. Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 48
13. Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 44
14. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 44
15. Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 44
16. Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 44
17. Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 40
18. Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 41 61 40
19. Barnsley 38 10 5 23 37 82 35
20. Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 37 71 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division 1

Results[edit]

Derby County's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-1 23,557
23 August 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 0-1 25,886
30 August 1997 Barnsley H 1-0 27,232 Eranio (pen)
13 September 1997 Everton H 3-1 27,828 Hunt, C Powell, Sturridge
20 September 1997 Aston Villa A 1-2 35,444 Baiano
24 September 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 5-2 22,391 Baiano (2), Laursen, Wanchope, Burton
27 September 1997 Southampton H 4-0 25,625 Eranio, Wanchope, Baiano, Sturridge
6 October 1997 Leicester City A 2-1 19,585 Baiano (2)
18 October 1997 Manchester United H 2-2 30,014 Baiano, Wanchope
22 October 1997 Wimbledon H 1-1 28,595 Baiano
25 October 1997 Liverpool A 0-4 38,017
1 November 1997 Arsenal H 3-0 30,004 Wanchope (2), Sturridge
8 November 1997 Leeds United A 3-4 33,572 Sturridge (2), Asanović
22 November 1997 Coventry City H 3–1 29,351 Baiano, Eranio (pen), Wanchope
29 November 1997 Chelsea A 0-4 34,544
6 December 1997 West Ham United H 2–0 29,300 Mikloško (own goal), Sturridge
14 December 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 3-3 23,037 Eranio, Baiano (2)
17 December 1997 Newcastle United A 0-0 36,289
20 December 1997 Crystal Palace H 0-0 26,590
26 December 1997 Newcastle United H 1-0 30,232 Eranio (pen)
28 December 1997 Barnsley A 0–1 18,686
11 January 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 3–1 27,823 Sturridge (2), Wanchope
17 January 1998 Wimbledon A 0–0 13,031
31 January 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 30,187 Sturridge, Wanchope
7 February 1998 Aston Villa H 0-1 30,251
14 February 1998 Everton A 2-1 34,876 Štimac, Wanchope
21 February 1998 Manchester United A 0-2 55,170
28 February 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-0 30,203 Wanchope (2), Rowett
15 March 1998 Leeds United H 0-5 30,217
28 March 1998 Coventry City A 0-1 18,705
5 April 1998 Chelsea H 0-1 30,062
11 April 1998 West Ham United A 0-0 25,155
13 April 1998 Bolton Wanderers H 4-0 29,126 Wanchope, Burton (2), Baiano
18 April 1998 Crystal Palace A 1-3 18,101 Bohinen
26 April 1998 Leicester City H 0-4 29,855
29 April 1998 Arsenal A 0–1 38,121
2 May 1998 Southampton A 2-0 15,202 Dailly, Sturridge
10 May 1998 Liverpool H 1-0 30,492 Wanchope

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Southampton H 2–0 27,992 Baiano, C Powell
R4 24 January 1998 Coventry City A 0–2 22,824

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Southend United A 1-0 4,011 Wanchope
R2 Second Leg 1 October 1997 Southend United H 5-0 18,490 Rowett (2), Wanchope, Sturridge, Trollope
R3 15 October 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 2-1 20,390 Wanchope (2)
R4 18 November 1997 Newcastle United H 0-1 27,364

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Russell Hoult
2 England DF Gary Rowett
3 England DF Chris Powell
4 Jamaica DF Darryl Powell
5 England DF Dean Yates
6 Croatia MF Igor Štimac
7 Netherlands MF Robbie van der Laan
8 England FW Dean Sturridge
9 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
10 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Delap
11 Netherlands FW Ron Willems
14 Norway MF Lars Bohinen
15 England MF Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
No. Position Player
16 Denmark DF Jacob Laursen
18 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Carsley
19 England DF Steve Elliott
20 Italy MF Stefano Eranio
21 Estonia GK Mart Poom
22 Scotland DF Christian Dailly
23 Costa Rica DF Mauricio Solis
24 Jamaica FW Deon Burton
25 England DF Robert Kozluk
26 England MF Jonathan Hunt
27 Italy FW Francesco Baiano
28 England DF Craig Smith
29 England GK Richard Knight

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
10 Croatia MF Aljoša Asanović (to Napoli)
12 England FW Ashley Ward (to Barnsley)
14 England MF Paul Simpson (to Wolverhampton Wanderers)
15 Wales MF Paul Trollope (to Fulham)
No. Position Player
17 England DF Matt Carbon (to West Bromwich Albion)
19 England MF Sean Flynn (to West Bromwich Albion)
28 England DF Wayne Sutton (to Woking)
England FW Nick Wright (to Carlisle United)

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England DF Andy Tretton

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