1997–98 Newcastle United F.C. season

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Newcastle United
1997–98 season
Chairman England Freddy Shepherd
Manager Scotland Kenny Dalglish
Stadium St James' Park
Premier League 13th
FA Cup Runners-up
League Cup Quarter-finals
Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
John Barnes (6)
All:
John Barnes and Alan Shearer (7)
Highest home attendance 36,783 (vs. Aston Villa, 23 August)
Average home league attendance 36,672
Home colours
Away colours

In the 1997–98 football season, Newcastle United played in the FA Premier League. They finished 13th and reached the FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal.

Season summary[edit]

During the summer, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand were sold to Tottenham Hotspur, and in a pre-season friendly match Alan Shearer sustained a horrific ankle injury which would keep him out for half the season.[1] Dalglish signed goal-keeper Shay Given, midfielder Temur Ketsbaia, striker John Barnes and be-wilderingly signed veteran striker Ian Rush, the club's eldest player signing aged 36.[2]

Kenny Dalglish

The highlight of the 1997–98 season was to be the club's time in the Champions League, seeing them beat Barcelona 3–2, after a hat-trick from striker Tino Asprilla.[3] The club's premier league form however began to suffer following Asprilla's departure from the club in January, and despite the return of Alan Shearer to the starting line-up, he was unable to recapture the form he had found under Keegan.[4] The club reached the FA Cup final only to fall to a 2–0 defeat by Arsenal.[5]

Controversy surrounded the club in March 1998 when two board members, Douglas Hall (son of chairman Sir John Hall) and Freddie Shepherd were filmed in a Spanish brothel making a series of remarks to an undercover tabloid journalist. They ridiculed Alan Shearer, boasted of "ripping off" supporters with the club shirts they sold, and called the women of Newcastle "dogs".[6][7] Almost unbelievably, Shepherd subsequently became chairman the following season.

Newcastle enjoyed a good run in the 1997–98 FA Cup and reached the final for the first time in 24 years. They never looked like winners, and the final whistle blew with a 2–0 scoreline giving the trophy to opponents Arsenal. But as Arsenal had completed the double, Newcastle entered the 1998–99 Cup Winners' Cup.

Dalglish's cautious brand of football proved unpopular with supporters used to Newcastle's previous swashbuckling style; more importantly this cautious style was not producing results. Many players signed by Dalglish were not considered to match the quality of those who had left the club this season. The team's 13th-place finish gave particular cause for concern, as Newcastle had finished runners-up in the last two seasons and had never finished below sixth since returning to the top flight in 1993. To add insult to injury, only 35 league goals were scored by the club all season.

Despite signing Dietmar Hamann, Nolberto Solano, and Gary Speed, several unsuccessful transfer deals along with a poor start to the 1998–99 season led to Dalglish being sacked.[8]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
June 1997 MF Republic of Ireland Paddy Kelly Scotland Celtic Free
June 1997 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given England Blackburn Rovers £1,500,000
June 1997 MF Georgia (country) Temuri Ketsbaia Greece AEK Athens Free
July 1997 FW Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson Netherlands Heerenveen £2,500,000[9]
July 1997 DF England Stuart Pearce England Nottingham Forest £3,000,000[10]
July 1997 DF Italy Alessandro Pistone Italy Inter Milan £4,500,000
July 1997 DF Netherlands Brian Pinas Netherlands Feyenoord Free
August 1997 MF England John Barnes England Liverpool Free
August 1997 FW Wales Ian Rush England Leeds United Free
November 1997 MF Germany Ralf Keidel Germany Schweinfurt Free
November 1997 FW Scotland Paul Dalglish England Liverpool Free
November 1997 DF England David Terrier England West Ham United Free
January 1998 FW Sweden Andreas Andersson Italy Milan £3,000,000
January 1998 DF England Andy Griffin England Stoke City £1,500,000
February 1998 MF Wales Gary Speed England Everton £5,500,000
March 1998 MF England James Coppinger England Darlington £250,000
March 1998 MF England Paul Robinson England Darlington £250,000
March 1998 MF Scotland Stephen Glass Scotland Aberdeen £650,000
March 1998 DF Greece Nikos Dabizas Greece Olympiacos £2,000,000
  • Total spending: Decrease £35,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
June 1997 MF England Lee Clark England Sunderland £2,500,000[11]
July 1997 DF England Robbie Elliott England Bolton Wanderers £2,500,000[12]
July 1997 MF France David Ginola England Tottenham Hotspur £2,000,000[13]
July 1997 FW England Les Ferdinand England Tottenham Hotspur £6,000,000
August 1997 MF England Peter Beardsley England Bolton Wanderers £450,000
January 1998 FW Colombia Faustino Asprilla Italy Parma £6,000,000
February 1998 DF England John Beresford England Southampton £1,500,000
March 1998 MF England Jim Crawford England Reading £100,000
March 1998 FW England Paul Brayson England Reading Free
May 1998 FW Netherlands Brian Pinas Netherlands Feyenoord £200,000
May 1998 FW Wales Ian Rush Wales Wrexham Free
  • Total income: Increase £30,000,000

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Scotland Kenny Dalglish
Assistant Manager Scotland Steve Clarke
Goalkeeping Coach England Andy Woodman
Development Coach England John Carver

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

First-team 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
1 Republic of Ireland GK Shay Given
2 England DF Warren Barton
4 England MF David Batty
5 England DF Darren Peacock
6 England DF Steve Howey
7 England MF Rob Lee
8 Wales FW Ian Rush
9 England FW Alan Shearer
10 England MF John Barnes
11 Wales MF Gary Speed
12 England DF Stuart Pearce
14 Georgia (country) MF Temuri Ketsbaia
15 Trinidad and Tobago GK Shaka Hislop
No. Position Player
16 Denmark FW Jon Dahl Tomasson
18 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
19 England DF Steve Watson
21 Czech Republic GK Pavel Srníček
22 England MF Des Hamilton
23 Italy DF Alessandro Pistone
27 Belgium DF Philippe Albert
28 Northern Ireland DF Aaron Hughes
29 England GK Steve Harper
34 Greece DF Nikos Dabizas
38 England DF Andy Griffin
40 Sweden FW Andreas Andersson

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
3 England DF John Beresford (to Southampton)
11 Colombia FW Faustino Asprilla (to Parma)
No. Position Player
17 Republic of Ireland MF Jimmy Crawford (to Reading)
25 England FW Paul Brayson (to Reading)

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
20 Iceland MF Bjarni Guðjónsson
24 Netherlands MF Brian Pinas
26 England MF David Burt
30 Republic of Ireland DF Paddy Kelly
31 England MF Stuart Elliott
No. Position Player
32 Germany MF Ralf Keidel
33 France DF David Terrier
35 England FW Paul Robinson
39 England GK Peter Keen

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Republic of Ireland Shay Given 24 0 4 0 0 0 6 0 34 0 1 0
2 DF England Warren Barton 17+6 3 4+1 0 2 0 5 0 28+7 3 11 0
3 DF England John Beresford 17+1 2 2+1 0 3 0 7 3 29+2 5 6 0
4 MF England David Batty 32 1 6 1 2 0 7 0 47 2 14 3
5 DF England Darren Peacock 19+1 0 1 0 2+1 0 4+1 0 26+3 0 6 0
6 DF England Steve Howey 11+3 0 5 0 1 0 1+2 0 18+5 0 2 0
7 MF England Robert Lee 26+2 4 6 0 2 0 6 0 40+2 4 5 0
8 FW Wales Ian Rush 6+4 0 0+1 1 2 1 1 0 9+5 2 0 0
9 FW England Alan Shearer 15+2 2 6 5 0 0 0 0 21+2 7 5 0
10 MF England John Barnes 22+4 6 3+2 0 3 0 5 1 33+6 7 0 0
11 FW Colombia Faustino Asprilla 8+2 2 1 0 0 0 5 4 14+2 6 1 0
11 MF Wales Gary Speed 13 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 2 1 0
12 DF England Stuart Pearce 25 0 7 0 0 0 3+1 1 35+1 1 5 0
14 MF Georgia (country) Temuri Ketsbaia 16+1 3 2+4 1 1+1 0 3+5 1 22+11 5 3 0
15 GK Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop 13 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 21 0 0 0
16 FW Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 17+6 3 2 0 2+1 1 6+1 0 27+8 4 2 0
18 MF Northern Ireland Keith Gillespie 25+4 4 5 0 2 0 5+2 0 37+6 4 6 0
19 DF England Steve Watson 27+2 1 3+1 0 2+1 0 8 0 40+4 1 5 0
21 GK Czech Republic Pavel Srníček 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 DF England Des Hamilton 7+5 0 1 0 1+1 1 2 0 11+6 1 0 0
23 DF Italy Alessandro Pistone 28 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 39 0 9 0
25 FW England Paul Brayson 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
27 DF Belgium Philippe Albert 21+2 0 2+1 0 3 0 7+1 0 34+4 0 10 0
28 FW Northern Ireland Aaron Hughes 4 0 0+1 0 1 0 0+2 0 5+3 0 0 0
34 DF Greece Nikos Dabizas 10+1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 12+1 1 3 0
38 DF England Andy Griffin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
40 FW Sweden Andreas Andersson 10+2 2 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 12+3 2 0 0

Matches[edit]

[14][15][16]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
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

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Points allocation: Three points awarded for a win; one for a drawn match; none for a loss.

Champions League[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football: Shearer out 'for months' as pounds 6m Ferdinand joins Spurs". The Independent (London). 28 July 1997. 
  2. ^ "Toon Army dreams of absent friend as thrills turn to chills". The Independent. 10 January 1998. 
  3. ^ Toonpedia: Newcastle United 3–2 Barcelona 17 September 1997. Black and White Toon. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Shearer the Geordie gem". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 June 2001. 
  5. ^ [dead link]
  6. ^ "Newcastle Utd directors resign". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 March 1998. 
  7. ^ "A Sad Episode for Newcastle". New York Times. 25 March 1998. 
  8. ^ Dalglish Sacked by Newcastle. On This Football Day. Retrieved 14 August 2013
  9. ^ "Dahl joins Toon for Pete's sake". Daily Mirror (The Free Library). 18 July 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Irwin, Mark (19 July 1997). "Pounds 1m; a year Pearce joins Kenny; Top-flight says Stu". Daily Mirror (The Free Library). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Clark: Glad to be Wear". Daily Mirror. 28 August 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Millar, Steve (4 September 1997). "Elliott: I'll bounce back". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ginola bit part as Spurs draw blank". Daily Mirror. 19 July 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (Soccerbase)". Soccerbase. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (NUFC.com)". NUFC.com. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (toon1892.com)". Toon1892.com. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Andrews, Phil (28 July 1997). "Dalglish's striking problem". The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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