1997–98 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
1997–98 season
Chairman Mike McDonald
Manager Nigel Spackman (until 2 March)
Russell Slade (caretaker from 2 March - 9 March)
Steve Thompson (caretaker from 3 March)
Stadium Bramall Lane
First Division 6th
FA Cup Semi finals
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Deane (10)
All: Deane (12)
Fjørtoft (12)
Average home league attendance 17,942

During the 1997–98 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

On 5 August 1997, Nigel Spackman was appointed appointed as permanent manager of Sheffield United and his side had a good start to the season but huge losses and high wages from the previous season's promotion failure led to enforced sales of key personnel. The final straw being the sale of both of the club's top scoring strikers (Brian Deane – 11 league goals – went to S.L. Benfica & Jan Åge Fjørtoft – 9 league goals – to Barnsley) on the same day. Even though leaving midseason, Deane would go on to become the team's top scorer that year, such was the lack of replacements. Spackman was unhappy over this and resigned in March 1998, leaving Thompson and Slade in caretaker charge until the end of the season. The Blades finished in the playoffs but came up short in the playoff semi-finals against Sunderland, losing 3-2 on aggregate.

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]

Sheffield United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 August 1997 Sunderland H 2–0 17,324 Fjørtoft, Borbokis
16 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–0 23,102
23 August 1997 Portsmouth H 2–1 15,895 Fjørtoft (2)
30 August 1997 Huddersfield Town A 0–0 14,268
13 September 1997 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 24,536 Taylor
20 September 1997 Oxford United A 4–2 7,514 Deane, Fjørtoft (pen), Holdsworth, Whitehouse
27 September 1997 Birmingham City H 0–0 20,553
5 October 1997 Middlesbrough A 2–1 30,000 Deane, Whitehouse
18 October 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 18,006 Borbokis, Marcelo
21 October 1997 Stockport County H 5–1 16,241 Whitehouse, Fjørtoft (3), Deane
25 October 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 17,311
1 November 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 2–1 16,578 Tiler, Taylor
4 November 1997 Reading A 1–0 8,132 Patterson
9 November 1997 Ipswich Town A 2–2 9,695 Taylor, Ward
15 November 1997 Manchester City H 1–1 23,850 Deane
18 November 1997 Bradford City A 1–1 16,127 Deane
22 November 1997 Port Vale A 0–0 8,017
29 November 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 1–0 16,973 Fjørtoft
2 December 1997 Stoke City H 3–2 14,347 Taylor, Fjørtoft, Deane
6 December 1997 Norwich City A 1–2 11,745 Deane
9 December 1997 Charlton Athletic A 1–2 9,868 Marker
13 December 1997 Swindon Town H 2–1 18,115 Holdsworth, Saunders
20 December 1997 Bury A 1–1 6,012 Deane
26 December 1997 Stoke City A 2–2 19,723 Taylor, Deane
28 December 1997 Charlton Athletic H 4–1 18,677 Taylor, Saunders, Deane, Marker
10 January 1998 Sunderland A 2–4 36,391 Saunders, Taylor
17 January 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 22,144 Marcelo
27 January 1998 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 16,535 Saunders
31 January 1998 Portsmouth A 1–1 12,003 Knight (own goal)
7 February 1998 Oxford United H 1–0 16,881 Ford
22 February 1998 Birmingham City A 0–2 17,965
25 February 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 9,560 Saunders, Stuart
28 February 1998 Bradford City H 2–1 17,848 Taylor (2)
3 March 1998 Ipswich Town H 0–1 14,120
14 March 1998 Reading H 4–0 15,473 Stuart, Marcelo, Taylor, Quinn
21 March 1998 Manchester City A 0–0 28,496
28 March 1998 Port Vale H 2–1 15,860 Marcelo, Saunders
1 April 1998 Nottingham Forest A 0–3 21,512
7 April 1998 Middlesbrough H 1–0 18,421 Saunders
11 April 1998 Norwich City H 2–2 16,915 Stuart, Borbokis
13 April 1998 Swindon Town A 1–1 5,956 Marcelo
18 April 1998 Bury H 3–0 16,056 Stuart (pen), Saunders (2)
25 April 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 2–4 21,248 Stuart (pen), Marcelo
28 April 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 3–3 7,526 Quinn, Saunders, Devlin
30 April 1998 Crewe Alexandra A 1–2 5,759 Hamilton
3 May 1998 Stockport County A 0–1 9,683

First Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF First Leg 10 May 1998 Sunderland H 2–1 23,800 Marcelo, Borbokis
SF Second Leg 13 May 1998 Sunderland A 0–2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 40,092

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Bury H 1–1 14,009 Fjørtoft
R3R 13 January 1998 Bury A 2–1 4,920 Saunders, Fjørtoft
R4 24 January 1998 Ipswich Town A 1–1 14,654 Saunders
R4R 3 February 1998 Ipswich Town H 1–0 14,144 Hutchison (pen)
R5 13 February 1998 Reading H 1–0 17,845 Sandford
QF 7 March 1998 Coventry City A 1–1 23,084 Marcelo
QFR 17 March 1998 Coventry City H 1–1 (won 3-1 on pens) 29,034 Holdsworth
SF 5 April 1998 Newcastle United N 0–1 53,452

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Wrexham A 1–1 3,644 Borbokis
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Wrexham H 3–1 (won 4-2 on agg) 7,181 Deane, Whitehouse, Fjørtoft
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Watford A 1–1 7,154 Scott
R2 Second Leg 23 September 1997 Watford H 4–0 (won 5-1 on agg) 7,511 Day (own goal), Whitehouse (2), Deane
R3 14 October 1997 Walsall A 1–2 8,239 Borbokis

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 Simon Tracey
England GK Alan Kelly
Wales GK Andy Dibble
Greece DF Vassilis Borbokis
England DF Nicky Marker
England DF David Holdsworth
England DF Wayne Quinn
England MF Graham Stuart
England MF Bobby Ford
England MF Dane Whitehouse
England FW Brian Deane
Wales FW Dean Saunders
Wales FW Gareth Taylor
England FW Mark Patterson
Norway FW Jan Åge Fjørtoft
Norway DF Roger Nilsen
England DF Carl Tiler
England DF Lee Sandford
Scotland MF Don Hutchison
Brazil FW Marcelo
England DF Paul McGrath
England MF Shaun Derry
England DF Ian Hamilton
England DF Chris Wilder
No. Position Player
Belarus FW Pyotr Kachura
Greece DF Traianos Dellas
England DF Earl Barrett
England DF Chris Short
Scotland MF Paul Devlin
England DF David Lee (on loan from Chelsea)
England MF Curtis Woodhouse
Wales FW Ian Rush (on loan from Newcastle United)
Netherlands DF Michel Vonk
England MF Mitch Ward
England MF Nick Henry
England FW Lee Morris
England DF Jon O'Connor (on loan from Everton)
England MF Jon Cullen
England MF Mark Beard
England FW Andy Scott
England MF David White
Scotland FW Andy Walker
Finland FW Ville Lehtinen
England MF Kevin Davies
England MF Ryan Ludlam
England MF Steve Hawes
England MF Adam Burley
England GK Matthew George

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