1997–98 Middlesbrough F.C. season

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Middlesbrough
1997–98 season
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Bryan Robson
Stadium Riverside Stadium
First Division 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Beck (15)
All: Merson (16)
Average home league attendance 29,994

During the 1997–98 English football season, Middlesbrough F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Middlesbrough were promoted to the Premier League, also reaching the League Cup final, where the club lost its third domestic cup final in a year. Just reaching the final was a huge success, though, with the club not playing in the top flight and having lost international star players Fabrizio Ravanelli and Juninho following relegation.

The season also saw the arrivals of well-known players such as Paul Gascoigne from Rangers, Marco Branca from Inter Milan and Paul Merson from Arsenal, with Boro bucking the trend of players only being attracted by top-flight clubs.

Final 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 the 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 the 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 the 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.

Results[edit]

Middlesbrough's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 29,414 Festa, Ravanelli
23 August 1997 Stoke City H 0–1 30,122
30 August 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 2–0 12,095 Mustoe, Beck
2 September 1997 Stockport County A 1–1 8,257 Merson
13 September 1997 Bradford City A 2–2 17,767 Kinder, Ormerod
20 September 1997 Birmingham City H 3–1 30,125 Kinder, Beck, Emerson
28 September 1997 Sunderland A 2–1 35,384 Emerson, Mustoe
5 October 1997 Sheffield United H 1–2 30,000 Beck
18 October 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 1–1 5,759 Townsend
21 October 1997 Oxford United A 4–1 8,306 Emerson, Mustoe, Fleming, Merson
25 October 1997 Port Vale H 2–1 30,096 Merson (2 pens)
28 October 1997 Huddersfield Town H 3–0 29,965 Merson, Beck (2)
1 November 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 26,896
5 November 1997 Portsmouth H 1–1 29,724 Townsend
8 November 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 3–0 30,067 Beck, Merson, Ormerod
15 November 1997 Norwich City A 3–1 16,011 Beck, Merson, Ormerod
22 November 1997 Swindon Town A 2–1 15,228 Merson, Emerson
26 November 1997 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 30,143
29 November 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 30,164 Beck
2 December 1997 Ipswich Town A 1–1 13,619 Merson
6 December 1997 Bury A 1–0 8,016 Beck
13 December 1997 Reading H 4–0 29,876 Hignett (2), Beck (2)
20 December 1997 Manchester City A 0–2 28,097
26 December 1997 Huddersfield Town A 1–0 18,820 Gray (own goal)
28 December 1997 Stockport County H 3–1 30,166 Hignett, Beck (2)
10 January 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–3 15,742
17 January 1998 Ipswich Town H 1–1 30,081 Pearson
1 February 1998 Stoke City A 2–1 13,242 Pearson, Moreno
4 February 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 3–0 29,540 Hignett, Merson (2)
7 February 1998 Birmingham City A 1–1 20,639 Festa
14 February 1998 Bradford City H 1–0 30,165 Hignett
21 February 1998 Sunderland H 3–1 30,227 Branca (2), Armstrong
25 February 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 29,936 Maddison
1 March 1998 Nottingham Forest A 0–4 25,286
4 March 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 0–5 11,580
11 March 1998 Swindon Town H 6–0 29,581 Branca (2), Maddison (2), Armstrong (2)
14 March 1998 Portsmouth A 0–0 17,003
22 March 1998 Norwich City H 3–0 30,040 Maddison, Armstrong, Beck
4 April 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 20,620 Branca
7 April 1998 Sheffield United A 0–1 18,421
11 April 1998 Bury H 4–0 30,218 Ricard, Branca (3)
13 April 1998 Reading A 1–0 14,501 Branca
17 April 1998 Manchester City H 1–0 30,182 Armstrong
24 April 1998 Port Vale A 1–0 25,781 Merson
29 April 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 29,878 Ricard
3 May 1998 Oxford United H 4–1 30,228 Armstrong (2), Hignett (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 13,379 Hignett, Mustoe
R3R 13 January 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 21,817 Campbell, Mustoe
R4 24 January 1998 Arsenal H 1–2 28,264 Merson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Barnet H 1–0 9,611 Freestone
R2 Second Leg 23 September 1997 Barnet A 2–0 (won 3-0 on agg) 3,968 Beck, Merson (pen)
R3 15 October 1997 Sunderland H 2–0 26,451 Campbell, Hignett
R4 18 November 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 22,801 Summerbell, Hignett
R5 6 January 1998 Reading A 1–0 13,072 Hignett
SF 1st Leg 27 January 1998 Liverpool A 1–2 33,438 Merson
SF 2nd Leg 18 February 1998 Liverpool H 2–0 (won 3-2 on agg) 29,828 Merson (pen), Branca
F 29 March 1998 Chelsea N 0–2 77,698

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
- Australia GK Mark Schwarzer
- England GK Ben Roberts
- England GK Marlon Beresford
- Wales GK Andy Dibble
- Italy DF Gianluca Festa
- England DF Steve Vickers
- England DF Curtis Fleming
- England DF Nigel Pearson
- Slovakia DF Vladimír Kinder
- England DF Craig Harrison
- Scotland DF Derek Whyte
- England DF Steve Baker
- England DF Craig Liddle
- Scotland DF Robbie Stockdale
- Republic of Ireland DF Jason Gavin
- England DF Alan White
- England MF Paul Merson
- Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend
- England MF Robbie Mustoe
- Brazil MF Emerson
- England MF Neil Maddison
- England MF Michael Thomas
No. Position Player
- England MF Anthony Ormerod
- England MF Phil Stamp
- England MF Paul Gascoigne
- England MF Mark Summerbell
- Republic of Ireland MF Alan Moore
- Wales MF Clayton Blackmore
- Portugal MF Fabio Moreira
- Republic of Ireland MF Ronnie O'Brien
- Republic of Ireland MF Micky Cummins
- England MF Paul Connor
- England MF Andrew Swalwell
- Republic of Ireland MF John O'Loughlin
- Denmark FW Mikkel Beck
- England FW Craig Hignett
- Italy FW Marco Branca
- England FW Alun Armstrong
- England FW Andy Campbell
- Colombia FW Hamilton Ricard
- Italy FW Fabrizio Ravanelli
- Bolivia FW Jaime Moreno
- England FW Chris Freestone
- England FW Kris Trevor

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