1997–98 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United
1997–98 season
Chairman Bill Fotherby (until 23 June)
Peter Ridsdale
Manager George Graham
Stadium Elland Road
FA Premier League 5th
FA Cup Quarter finals
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Hasselbaink (16)
All: Hasselbaink (22)
Highest home attendance 39,952 vs Manchester United
(27 Sep 1997, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 8,806 vs Bristol City
(17 Sep 1997, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 34,725

During the 1997–98 season, Leeds United competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

After a goal-shy Leeds side managed only an 11th place finish the previous season, the acquisition of Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bolstered their attack substantially and they were soon back to their winning ways after two seasons of struggle. George Graham's hard work in his second season as manager soon paid off with a fifth-place finish – the club's highest for three years – and UEFA Cup qualification.

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]

Leeds United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Arsenal H 1–1 37,993 Hasselbaink
13 August 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–1 31,520 Wallace (2), Ribeiro
23 August 1997 Crystal Palace H 0–2 29,076
26 August 1997 Liverpool H 0–2 39,775
30 August 1997 Aston Villa A 0–1 39,027
14 September 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 4–3 21,956 Wallace (2), Molenaar, Hopkin
20 September 1997 Leicester City H 0–1 29,620
24 September 1997 Southampton A 2–0 15,102 Molenaar, Wallace
27 September 1997 Manchester United H 1–0 39,952 Wetherall
4 October 1997 Coventry City A 0–0 17,770
18 October 1997 Newcastle United H 4–1 39,834 Ribeiro, Kewell, Beresford (own goal), Wetherall
25 October 1997 Wimbledon A 0–1 15,718
1 November 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 26,441 Wallace
8 November 1997 Derby County H 4–3 33,572 Wallace, Kewell, Hasselbaink (pen), Bowyer
23 November 1997 West Ham United H 3–1 30,031 Hasselbaink (2), Håland
29 November 1997 Barnsley A 3–2 18,690 Håland, Wallace, Lilley
6 December 1997 Everton H 0–0 34,869
13 December 1997 Chelsea A 0–0 34,690
20 December 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2–0 31,163 Ribeiro, Hasselbaink
26 December 1997 Liverpool A 1–3 43,854 Håland
28 December 1997 Aston Villa H 1–1 36,287 Hasselbaink
10 January 1998 Arsenal A 1–2 38,018 Hasselbaink
17 January 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–2 33,166 Pembridge (own goal)
31 January 1998 Crystal Palace A 2–0 25,248 Wallace, Hasselbaink
7 February 1998 Leicester City A 0–1 21,244
22 February 1998 Newcastle United A 1–1 36,511 Wallace
28 February 1998 Southampton H 0–1 28,791
4 March 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 31,394 Kewell
11 March 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 32,933 Bowyer, Hasselbaink, Håland (2)
15 March 1998 Derby County A 5–0 30,217 Laursen (own goal), Halle, Bowyer, Kewell, Hasselbaink
30 March 1998 West Ham United A 0–3 24,107
4 April 1998 Barnsley H 2–1 37,749 Hasselbaink, Moses (own goal)
8 April 1998 Chelsea H 3–1 37,276 Hasselbaink (2), Wetherall
11 April 1998 Everton A 0–2 37,099
18 April 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 3–2 25,000 Håland, Halle, Hasselbaink
25 April 1998 Coventry City H 3–3 36,522 Hasselbaink (2), Kewell
4 May 1998 Manchester United A 0–3 55,167
10 May 1998 Wimbledon H 1–1 38,172 Håland

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Oxford United H 4–0 20,568 Radebe, Hasselbaink (pen), Kewell (2)
R4 24 January 1998 Grimsby Town H 2–0 29,598 Molenaar, Hasselbaink
R5 14 February 1998 Birmingham City H 3–2 35,463 Wallace, Hasselbaink (2)
QF 7 March 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–1 39,902

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 17 September 1997 Bristol City H 3–1 8,806 Wetherall, Hasselbaink (pen), Ribeiro
R2 2nd leg 30 September 1997 Bristol City A 1–2 (won 4-3 on agg) 10,857 Hasselbaink
R3 15 October 1997 Stoke City A 3–1 (a.e.t.) 16,203 Kewell, Wallace (2)
R4 18 November 1997 Reading H 2–3 15,069 Wetherall, Bowyer

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 Nigel Martyn
2 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Kelly
3 Scotland DF David Robertson
4 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
6 England DF David Wetherall
7 England MF Lee Sharpe
8 England FW Rod Wallace
9 Netherlands FW Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
10 Portugal MF Bruno Ribeiro
11 England MF Lee Bowyer
12 Scotland MF David Hopkin
14 England FW Andy Gray[2]
15 England GK Mark Beeney
17 Scotland FW Derek Lilley
18 Norway DF Gunnar Halle
19 Australia FW Harry Kewell
No. Position Player
20 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
21 Austria DF Martin Hiden
22 Wales MF Matt Jones
24 England MF Jason Blunt
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
28 England DF Paul Shepherd
29 England DF Mark Jackson
30 Netherlands DF Robert Molenaar
31 England MF Martin Foster
32 England MF Andy Wright
33 Northern Ireland MF Wesley Boyle
35 England FW Lee Matthews
37 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McPhail[3]
38 Republic of Ireland DF Damian Lynch
39 England GK Simon Briggs
40 Republic of Ireland DF John Butler
45 England GK Paul Robinson

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
16 England DF Richard Jobson (to Manchester City)
21 Ghana FW Tony Yeboah (Hamburg)
22 Wales FW Ian Rush (to Newcastle United)
No. Position Player
25 France FW Pierre Laurent (to Bastia)
26 England MF Carlton Palmer (to Southampton)
36 Sweden FW Tomas Brolin (to Crystal Palace)

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 MF Kevin Dixon
- England DF Gareth Evans
- Wales DF Kevin Evans
- Northern Ireland FW Warren Feeney
No. Position Player
- England DF Sean Hessey
- Norway MF Tommy Knarvik
- England FW Alan Smith
- England DF Jonathan Woodgate

Top scorers[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £9,150,000
Transfers out: Increase £4,250,000
Total spending: Decrease £4,900,000

Loaned out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leeds-united/1997-1998/results
  2. ^ Gray was born in Harrogate, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in April 2003.
  3. ^ McPhail was born in Westminster, England, but was raised in Dublin and would make his international debut for Ireland in May 2000.