1997–98 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday F.C.
1997–98 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Manager David Pleat
Ron Atkinson
Premiership 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Di Canio (12)
All: Di Canio (14)
Highest home attendance 39,427 (vs. Manchester United, Premiership)
Lowest home attendance 11,120 (vs. Grimsby Town, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 28,706 (league)

The 1997–98 season was Sheffield Wednesday F.C.'s 131st season. They competed in the twenty-team Premiership, the top tier of English football, finishing sixteenth.

Season summary[edit]

Having narrowly missed out on a UEFA Cup place in 1996–97, the club record £5.7 million signing of Italian striker Paolo Di Canio from Celtic gave Owls fans hopes of another challenge for Europe. But it was not to be, and by the time they lost 6–1 to Manchester United in November, relegation was looking a real possibility. Manager David Pleat was swiftly sacked, and Ron Atkinson – manager of the 1991 promotion and League Cup winning side – returned to the manager's seat on a short-term contract. He achieved safety in 16th place, and was disappointed on being told that his contract would not be renewed. He was succeeded by Danny Wilson, a former Owls player who played for them in the early, more successful part of the decade.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Arsenal 38 23 9 6 68 33  +35 78
2. Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26  +47 77
3. Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42  +26 65
4. Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43  +28 63
5. Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46  +11 59
6. Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52  +5 58
7. Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48  +1 57
8. West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57  −1 56
9. Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49  +3 55
10. Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41  +10 53
11. Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44  +2 52
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
15. Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46  −12 44
16. Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67  −15 44
17. Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56  −15 40
18. Bolton Wanderers 38 9 13 16 41 61  −20 40
19. Barnsley 38 10 5 23 37 82  −45 35
20. Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 37 71  −34 32
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated to Division One

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Newcastle United A 1–2 36,711 Carbone
13 August 1997 Leeds United H 1–3 31,520 Hyde
23 August 1997 Wimbledon A 1–1 11,503 Di Canio
27 August 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 2–7 19,618 Carbone (2)
30 August 1997 Leicester City H 1–0 24,851 Carbone (pen)
13 September 1997 Liverpool A 1–2 34,705 Collins
20 September 1997 Coventry City H 0–0 21,087
24 September 1997 Derby County H 2–5 22,391 Di Canio, Carbone (pen)
27 September 1997 Aston Villa A 2–2 32,044 Collins, Whittingham
4 October 1997 Everton H 3–1 24,486 Carbone (2, 1 pen), Di Canio
19 October 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–3 25,097 Collins, Di Canio
25 October 1997 Crystal Palace H 1–3 22,072 Collins
1 November 1997 Manchester United A 1–6 55,259 Whittingham
8 November 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 5–0 25,027 Di Canio, Whittingham, Booth (3)
22 November 1997 Arsenal H 2–0 34,373 Booth, Whittingham
29 November 1997 Southampton A 3–2 15,244 Atherton, Collins, Di Canio
8 December 1997 Barnsley H 2–1 29,086 Stefanović, Di Canio
13 December 1997 West Ham United A 0–1 24,344
20 December 1997 Chelsea H 1–4 28,334 Pembridge
26 December 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0–0 33,502
28 December 1997 Leicester City A 1–1 20,800 Booth
10 January 1998 Newcastle United H 2–1 29,446 Di Canio, Newsome
17 January 1998 Leeds United A 2–1 33,166 Newsome, Booth
31 January 1998 Wimbledon H 1–1 22,655 Mark Pembridge
7 February 1998 Coventry City A 0–1 18,375
14 February 1998 Liverpool H 3–3 35,405 Carbone, Di Canio, Hinchcliffe
21 February 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–0 29,871 Di Canio
28 February 1998 Derby County A 0–3 30,203
7 March 1998 Manchester United H 2–0 39,427 Atherton, Di Canio
14 March 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2–3 24,847 Booth, Atherton
28 March 1998 Arsenal A 0–1 38,087
4 April 1998 Southampton H 1–0 29,677 Carbone
11 April 1998 Barnsley A 1–2 18,692 Stefanović
13 April 1998 West Ham United H 1–1 28,036 Magilton
19 April 1998 Chelsea A 0–1 29,075
25 April 1998 Everton A 3–1 35,497 Pembridge (2), Di Canio
2 May 1998 Aston Villa H 1–3 34,177 Sanetti
10 May 1998 Crystal Palace A 0–1 16,876

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Watford A 1–1 18,306 Alexandersson
R3R 14 January 1998 Watford H 0–0 (won 5–3 on pens) 18,707
R4 26 January 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 0–3 15,940

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 First Leg 17 September 1997 Grimsby Town A 0–2 6,429
R2 Second Leg 1 October 1997 Grimsby Town H 3–2 (lost 3–4 on agg) 11,120 Davison (own goal), Di Canio (2)

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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 Kevin Pressman
2 England DF Peter Atherton
3 England DF Ian Nolan
4 Wales MF Mark Pembridge
5 England DF Jon Newsome
6 England DF Des Walker
7 England FW Guy Whittingham
8 Italy FW Benito Carbone
10 England FW Andy Booth
11 Italy FW Paolo Di Canio
12 England MF Graham Hyde
13 England GK Matt Clarke
14 Scotland DF Steve Nicol
15 Austria FW Christian Mayrleb
No. Position Player
16 England FW Ritchie Humphreys
17 England MF Lee Briscoe
18 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Dejan Stefanović
19 England MF Scott Oakes
20 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe
21 Republic of Macedonia DF Goce Sedloski
22 Brazil DF Emerson Thome
23 Ghana FW Junior Agogo
24 Northern Ireland MF Jim Magilton
25 Norway MF Petter Rudi
26 Sweden MF Niclas Alexandersson
27 England DF Earl Barrett
28 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
30 Italy FW Francesco Sanetti

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
9 England FW David Hirst (to Southampton)
15 France DF Patrick Blondeau (to Bordeaux)
20 England MF Wayne Collins (to Fulham)
21 Australia MF Adem Poric (to Notts County)
No. Position Player
22 England FW O'Neill Donaldson (to Stoke City)
26 Zimbabwe GK Bruce Grobbelaar (to Oldham Athletic)
27 England FW Nigel Clough (on loan from Manchester City)

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
29 England MF Krystof Kotylo

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[3]

References[edit]

  • Dickinson, Jason (1999). One Hundred Years at Hillsborough. Sheffield: The Hallamshire Press/Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. pp. 244–245, 386. ISBN 978-1-874718-29-1. 
  • Dickinson, Jason; Brodie, John (2005). The Wednesday Boys: A Definitive Who's Who of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club 1880–2005. Sheffield: Pickard Communication. pp. 346–347, 350. ISBN 978-0-9547264-9-2. 
  • Drake, A. "1997–98 Players". The Owl Football Historian. Retrieved 5 August 2008.