1997–98 Queens Park Rangers F.C. season

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Queens Park Rangers
1997–98 season
Chairman Chris Wright
Manager Stewart Houston (until 10 November)
John Hollins (caretaker from 11 November - 5 December)
Ray Harford (from 5 December)
Stadium Loftus Road
First Division 21st
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Sheron (11)
Average home league attendance 13,083

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

Season summary[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, QPR did start the campaign brightly but in November, Houston was sacked as manager with the club in 13th place and only four points adrift from the playoff places. Ray Harford was appointed as Houston's replacement and QPR went on to struggle with only three wins at the end of the season since his appointment and only managed to avoid relegation by one point at the expense of Manchester City, Stoke City and Reading.

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 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.

Results[edit]

Queens Park Rangers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Ipswich Town H 0–0 17,614
15 August 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 1–2 7,467 Peacock
23 August 1997 Stockport County H 2–1 11,108 Sinclair (2)
30 August 1997 Nottingham Forest A 0–4 18,804
2 September 1997 Reading A 2–1 10,203 Spencer, Swales (own goal)
13 September 1997 West Bromwich Albion H 2–0 14,399 Sheron, Peacock
20 September 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 3–2 5,348 Spencer, Maddix, Sinclair
24 September 1997 Portsmouth H 1–0 12,620 Spencer
27 September 1997 Port Vale A 0–2 7,197
4 October 1997 Charlton Athletic H 2–4 14,825 Sheron (2)
18 October 1997 Sheffield United A 2–2 18,006 Murray, Morrow
21 October 1997 Bury A 1–1 4,602 Spencer
26 October 1997 Manchester City H 2–0 14,451 Ready, Peacock (pen)
1 November 1997 Birmingham City H 1–1 12,715 Barker
5 November 1997 Swindon Town A 1–3 10,132 Peacock
8 November 1997 Middlesbrough A 0–3 30,067
15 November 1997 Stoke City H 1–1 11,923 Barker (pen)
22 November 1997 Huddersfield Town H 2–1 16,066 Quashie (2)
29 November 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–3 23,645 Sheron, Peacock
3 December 1997 Norwich City H 1–1 10,141 Peacock
6 December 1997 Sunderland H 0–1 15,266
12 December 1997 Oxford United A 1–3 6,664 Peacock
21 December 1997 Bradford City H 1–0 8,853 Peacock (pen)
26 December 1997 Portsmouth A 1–3 12,314 Sheron
28 December 1997 Reading H 1–1 13,015 Spencer
10 January 1998 Ipswich Town A 0–0 12,672
17 January 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 0–0 12,033
24 January 1998 Nottingham Forest H 0–1 13,220
31 January 1998 Stockport County A 0–2 7,958
7 February 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 3–2 13,429 Kennedy (2), Ready
14 February 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1–1 19,143 Dowie
17 February 1998 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 15,555 Peacock (pen)
21 February 1998 Port Vale H 0–1 14,198
25 February 1998 Sheffield United H 2–2 9,560 Sheron, Ready
28 February 1998 Norwich City A 0–0 12,730
4 March 1998 Middlesbrough H 5–0 11,580 Vickers (own goal), Bruce, Gallen, Sheron (2)
7 March 1998 Birmingham City A 0–1 18,298
14 March 1998 Swindon Town H 1–2 13,486 Quashie
21 March 1998 Stoke City A 1–2 11,051 Barker (pen)
28 March 1998 Huddersfield Town A 1–1 13,681 Jones
1 April 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–0 12,337
10 April 1998 Sunderland A 2–2 40,014 Sheron (2)
14 April 1998 Oxford United H 1–1 12,859 Gallen
19 April 1998 Bradford City A 1–1 14,871 Gallen
25 April 1998 Manchester City A 2–2 32,040 Sheron, Pollock (own goal)
3 May 1998 Bury H 0–1 15,210

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Middlesbrough H 2–2 13,379 Spencer, Gallen
R3R 13 January 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–2 21,817

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–2 8,355
R1 Second Leg 27 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–1 (lost 2-3 on agg) 18,398 Peacock, Murray

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
England GK Lee Harper
Wales GK Tony Roberts
United States GK Juergen Sommer
Wales DF Karl Ready
Northern Ireland DF Steve Morrow
Jamaica DF Danny Maddix
England DF Rufus Brevett
England MF Gavin Peacock
Scotland MF Nigel Quashie
England MF Paul Murray
England MF Trevor Sinclair
England FW Mike Sheron
Scotland FW John Spencer
England FW Kevin Gallen
England DF Steve Yates
England MF Simon Barker
England DF Matthew Rose
England DF David Bardsley
Australia DF George Kulcsar
Northern Ireland FW Iain Dowie
Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kennedy (on loan from Liverpool)
No. Position Player
England DF Ian Baraclough
England MF Matt Brazier
Wales MF Vinnie Jones
Northern Ireland DF Keith Rowland
England DF Neil Ruddock (on loan from Liverpool)
Republic of Ireland MF Tony Scully
England DF Mark Perry
England FW Steve Slade
England DF Paul Bruce
Finland DF Antti Heinola
England MF Michael Mahoney-Johnson
Northern Ireland MF Mark Graham
England DF Chris Plummer
England DF Trevor Challis
England MF Andy Impey
Wales MF Leon Jeanne
Jamaica MF Richard Langley
England DF Rik Lopez
England DF Karl Owen
England FW Wayne Purser
Republic of Ireland DF David Whittle

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