1997–98 Football League First Division

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Football League First Division
Season 1997–98
Champions Nottingham Forest
3rd First Division title
Promoted Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough
Charlton Athletic
Relegated Manchester City
Stoke City
Reading
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1410 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevin Phillips
Pierre van Hooijdonk (29)[1]
Biggest home win Sheffield United 5–1
Stockport County
(21 October 1997)
Huddersfield Town 5–1
Oxford United
(10 January 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–1 Huddersfield Town
(14 February 1998)
Stockport County 5–1
Reading
(3 March 1998)
Oxford United 5–1
Stoke City
(14 March 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–1
Port Vale
(18 April 1998)
Biggest away win Stoke City 0–7
Birmingham City
(10 January 1998)
Highest scoring Nottingham Forest 5–2
Charlton Athletic
(22 November 1997)
Stoke City 0–7
Birmingham City
(10 January 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–2
Oxford United
(24 February 1998)

The 1997–98 Football League First Division was the second season of the league under its Nationwide sponsorship and fifth season under the then-current league division format.

Changes from previous season[edit]

Team changes[edit]

From First Division[edit]

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to Second Division

To First Division[edit]

Promoted from Second Division

Relegated from Premier League

Teams[edit]

Stadium and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's
Bradford City Bradford Valley Parade
Bury Bury Gigg Lane
Charlton Athletic Charlton The Valley
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Alfred McAlpine Stadium
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road
Manchester City Manchester Maine Road
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground
Oxford United Oxford Manor Ground
Port Vale Burslem Vale Park
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park
Queens Park Rangers White City Loftus Road
Reading Reading Elm Park
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane
Stockport County Stockport Edgeley Park
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux Stadium

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Birmingham City England Trevor Francis England Steve Bruce Pony Auto Windscreens
Bradford City England Paul Jewell England Wayne Jacobs Beaver JCT600
Bury England Stan Ternent England Chris Lucketti Super League Birthdays
Charlton Athletic England Alan Curbishley Republic of Ireland Mark Kinsella Quaser Viglen
Crewe Alexandra England Dario Gradi England Gareth Whalley Adidas Boldon James
Huddersfield Town England Peter Jackson Wales Barry Horne Pony Panasonic
Ipswich Town Scotland George Burley England Jason Cundy Punch Greene King
Manchester City England Joe Royle Wales Kit Symons Kappa Brother
Middlesbrough England Bryan Robson England Nigel Pearson Erreà Cellnet
Norwich City England John Faulkner (caretaker) England Matt Jackson Pony Colman's
Nottingham Forest England Dave Bassett England Steve Chettle Umbro Pinnacle
Oxford United England Malcolm Shotton England Phil Gilchrist Own Brand Unipart
Port Vale England John Rudge England Allen Tankard Mizuno Tunstall Assurance
Portsmouth England Alan Ball England Adrian Whitbread Admiral KJC
Queens Park Rangers England Ray Harford Northern Ireland Steve Morrow Le Coq Sportif Ericsson
Reading Scotland Tommy Burns England Phil Parkinson Mizuno Auto Trader
Sheffield United England Steve Thompson (caretaker) England David Holdsworth Le Coq Sportif Wards
Stockport County England Gary Megson England Mike Flynn Adidas Robinsons
Stoke City Wales Alan Durban (caretaker) Iceland Lárus Sigurðsson Asics Britannia
Sunderland England Peter Reid England Kevin Ball Asics Lambtons
Swindon Town England Steve McMahon England Brian Borrows Mizuno Nationwide
Tranmere Rovers Republic of Ireland John Aldridge Republic of Ireland Liam O'Brien Mizuno Wirral
West Bromwich Albion England Denis Smith England Sean Flynn Patrick West Bromwich Building Society
Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Mark McGhee England Keith Curle Puma Goodyear

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Huddersfield Town England Brian Horton Sacked 6 October 1997 24th England Peter Jackson 7 October 1997[2]
Queens Park Rangers Scotland Stewart Houston Sacked 10 November 1997 13th England Ray Harford 5 December 1997
West Bromwich Albion England Ray Harford Resigned 4 December 1997 4th England Denis Smith 24 December 1997
Oxford United England Denis Smith Signed by West Bromwich Albion 24 December 1997 16th England Malcolm Shotton 24 January 1998
Bradford City England Chris Kamara Sacked 6 January 1998 11th England Paul Jewell 6 January 1998
Portsmouth England Terry Fenwick Sacked 14 January 1998 24th England Alan Ball 26 January 1998
Stoke City England Chic Bates Mutual consent 22 January 1998 20th England Chris Kamara 22 January 1998[3]
Manchester City England Frank Clark Sacked 17 February 1998 22nd England Joe Royle 18 February 1998[4]
Sheffield United England Nigel Spackman Resigned 2 March 1998 5th England Steve Bruce 2 July 1998
Reading England Terry Bullivant Resigned 18 March 1998[5] 23rd Scotland Tommy Burns 25 March 1998[6]
Stoke City England Chris Kamara Mutual consent 8 April 1998[7] 24th England Brian Little 13 May 1998
Norwich City Wales Mike Walker Resigned 30 April 1998 16th Scotland Bruce Rioch 12 June 1998

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.

Play-offs[edit]

  Semi-finals
First leg – 10 May; Second leg – 13 May 1998
Final at Wembley
25 May 1998
                     
3rd  Sunderland 1 2 3  
6th  Sheffield United 2 0 2  
    3rd  Sunderland 4 (6)
  4th  Charlton Athletic (pen.) 4 (7)
4th  Charlton Athletic 1 1 2
5th  Ipswich Town 0 0 0  

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BIR BRA BRY CHA CRE HUD IPS MCI MID NOR NOT OXF PTV POR QPR REA SHU STP STK SUN SWI TRA WBA WOL
Birmingham City 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Bradford City 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–4 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0
Bury 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–3
Charlton Athletic 1–1 4–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–0 1–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–2 5–0 1–2 0–3 2–5 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–3 0–2
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–3 0–2 5–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0
Ipswich Town 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 5–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 0–1 5–2 5–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0
Manchester City 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 0–1 0–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Middlesbrough 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 3–1 6–0 3–0 1–0 1–1
Norwich City 3–3 2–3 2–2 0–4 0–2 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 0–2 1–1 0–2
Nottingham Forest 1–0 2–2 3–0 5–2 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 4–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–0
Oxford United 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 2–4 3–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0
Port Vale 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–3 4–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2
Portsmouth 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 3–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–1 1–0 2–3 3–2
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–4 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 5–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Reading 2–0 0–3 1–1 2–0 3–3 0–2 0–4 3–0 0–1 0–1 3–3 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–0
Sheffield United 0–0 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–4 1–0
Stockport County 2–2 1–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 1–0
Stoke City 0–7 2–1 3–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–5 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–0
Sunderland 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 2–2 4–1 4–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–1
Swindon Town 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–1 4–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–0
Tranmere Rovers 0–3 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 6–0 3–3 3–0 3–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 3–3 0–0 2–1 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–3 2–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 0–0 3–4 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Kevin Phillips Sunderland 29
Netherlands Pierre van Hooijdonk Nottingham Forest
3 England Kevin Campbell 23
England Clive Mendonca Charlton Athletic
5 England David Johnson Ipswich Town 20
6 England Brett Angell Stockport County 18
7 England Paul Furlong Birmingham City 15
England Marcus Stewart Huddersfield Town

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Netherlands van Hooijdonk, PierrePierre van Hooijdonk Nottingham Forest Queens Park Rangers 4–0 30 August 1997
Charlton Athletic 5–2 22 November 1997
England Campbell, KevinKevin Campbell Crewe Alexandra 4–1 7 March 1998
England Mendonca, CliveClive Mendonca Charlton Athletic Norwich City 4–0 17 September 1997
Norway Fjørtoft Åge, JanJan Åge Fjørtoft Sheffield United Stockport County 5–1 21 October 1997
England Furlong, PaulPaul Furlong Birmingham City Stoke City 7–0 10 January 1998
Stockport County 4–1 27 January 1998
Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman Wolverhampton Wanderers Norwich City 5–0 10 January 1998
Scotland Mathie, AlexAlex Mathie Ipswich Town Norwich City 5–0 21 February 1998
England Johnson, DavidDavid Johnson Oxford United 5–2 24 February 1998
Republic of Ireland Quinn, NiallNiall Quinn Sunderland Stockport County 4–1 7 March 1998
Italy Branca, MarcoMarco Branca Middlesbrough Bury 4–0 11 April 1998
England Little, ColinColin Little Crewe Alexandra Bradford City 5–0 25 April 1998

References[edit]

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