1997–98 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton F.C.
1997–98 season
Chairman Rupert Lowe
Manager Dave Jones
Stadium The Dell
Premiership 12th
FA Cup Third round
Coca-Cola Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Le Tissier/Østenstad (11)
All: Le Tissier (14)
Highest home attendance 15,255 vs. Tottenham Hotspur (25 October 1997)
Lowest home attendance 14,815 vs. Wimbledon (11 April 1998)
Average home league attendance 15,159

During the 1997–98 English football season, Southampton Football Club competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Under the management of Dave Jones, with no managerial experience beyond Division Two, Southampton were most people's favourites for relegation to Division One. After all, they had endured close brushes with relegation on no less than five occasions in the previous seven seasons, and most of the club's new signings were drafted in from the lower leagues.

But the Saints were more convincing than they had been in a long time, and most bookmakers had stopped placing bets on them being relegated before Christmas. In the end, a 12th place finish gave the players and fans alike something to be proud of.

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 1

Results[edit]

Southampton's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 0-1 15,206
13 August 1997 Manchester United A 0-1 55,008
23 August 1997 Arsenal H 1-3 15,246 Maddison
27 August 1997 Crystal Palace H 1-0 15,032 Davies
30 August 1997 Chelsea A 2-4 30,008 Davies, Monkou
13 September 1997 Coventry City A 0-1 18,659
20 September 1997 Liverpool H 1-1 15,252 Davies
24 September 1997 Leeds United H 0-2 15,102
27 September 1997 Derby County A 0-4 25,625
4 October 1997 West Ham United H 3-0 15,212 Østenstad, Davies, Dodd
18 October 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-1 24,130
25 October 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 3-2 15,255 Vega (own goal), Hirst
2 November 1997 Everton A 2-0 29,565 Le Tissier, Davies
8 November 1997 Barnsley H 4-1 15,018 Le Tissier (pen), Palmer, Davies, Hirst
22 November 1997 Newcastle United A 1-2 36,759 Davies
29 November 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-3 15,244 Hirst, Palmer
7 December 1997 Wimbledon A 0-1 12,009
13 December 1997 Leicester City H 2-1 15,121 Le Tissier, Benali
20 December 1997 Aston Villa A 1-1 29,343 Østenstad
26 December 1997 Crystal Palace A 1-1 22,853 Oakley
29 December 1997 Chelsea H 1-0 15,231 Davies
10 January 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 0-0 23,333
19 January 1998 Manchester United H 1-0 15,241 Davies
31 January 1998 Arsenal A 0-3 38,056
7 February 1998 Liverpool A 3-2 43,550 Hirst, Østenstad
18 February 1998 Coventry City H 1-2 15,091 Le Tissier (pen)
21 February 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 3-0 15,162 Østenstad (2), Hirst
28 February 1998 Leeds United A 1-0 28,791 Hirst
7 March 1998 Everton H 2-1 15,102 Le Tissier (pen), Østenstad
14 March 1998 Barnsley A 3-4 18,368 Østenstad, Le Tissier (2)
28 March 1998 Newcastle United H 2-1 15,251 Pearce (own goal), Le Tissier (pen)
4 April 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-1 29,677
11 April 1998 Wimbledon H 0-1 14,815
14 April 1998 Leicester City A 3-3 20,708 Østenstad (2), Hirst
18 April 1998 Aston Villa H 1-2 15,238 Le Tissier
25 April 1998 West Ham United A 4-2 25,878 Le Tissier, Østenstad (2), Palmer
2 May 1998 Derby County H 0-2 15,202
10 May 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 35,995 Le Tissier

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Derby County A 0-2 27,992

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 17 September 1997 Brentford H 3-1 8,004 Monkou, Davies, Evans
R2 2nd Leg 30 September 1997 Brentford A 2-0 (won 5-1 on agg) 3,957 Le Tissier (2)
R3 15 October 1997 Barnsley A 2-1 9,019 Le Tissier, Davies
R4 19 November 1997 Chelsea A 1-2 20,968 Davies

Squad[edit]

[2][3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Paul Jones
2 England DF Jason Dodd
3 England DF Lee Todd
4 England MF Carlton Palmer
5 Suriname DF Ken Monkou
6 Norway DF Claus Lundekvam
7 England MF Matt Le Tissier (captain)
8 England MF Matt Oakley
10 Norway FW Egil Østenstad
12 England DF Richard Dryden
13 England GK Neil Moss
14 England DF John Beresford
15 England DF Francis Benali
No. Position Player
16 England FW Kevin Davies
17 Italy FW Cosimo Sarli
18 England MF Kevin Richardson
20 England GK Darryl Flahavan
21 England DF Andy Williams
23 England MF Duncan Spedding
24 England FW Steve Basham
25 Norway FW Stig Johansen
26 Wales MF David Hughes
27 England FW David Hirst
28 England MF Kevin Gibbens
29 England DF Phil Warner

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
4 Northern Ireland MF Jim Magilton (to Sheffield Wednesday)
9 Republic of Ireland FW Mickey Evans (to West Bromwich Albion)
11 Australia MF Robbie Slater (to Wolves)
13 Northern Ireland GK Maik Taylor (to Fulham)
14 England MF Neil Maddison (to Middlesbrough)
17 England DF Simon Charlton (to Birmingham City)
No. Position Player
18 Netherlands DF Ulrich van Gobbel (to Feyenoord)
19 Wales DF Alan Neilson (to Fulham)
20 England GK Dave Beasant (to Nottingham Forest)
22 England DF Matthew Robinson (to Portsmouth)
28 Wales FW Jason Bowen (on loan from Birmingham City)
England MF Christer Warren (to Bournemouth)

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
- England GK Scott Bevan
- England DF Wayne Bridge
- England DF Stephen Jenkins
No. Position Player
- England DF Garry Monk
- England MF Russell Watkinson
- England FW Shayne Bradley

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
1 July 1997 GK Paul Jones Stockport County £900,000
1 July 1997 DF Lee Todd Stockport County £850,000
6 August 1997 FW Stig Johansen FK Bodø/Glimt £600,000
9 September 1997 MF Kevin Richardson Coventry City Transfer
23 September 1997 MF Carlton Palmer Leeds United £1,000,000
17 October 1997 FW David Hirst Sheffield Wednesday £2,000,000
6 February 1998 DF John Beresford Newcastle United £1,500,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
1 August 1997 MF Andy Sullivan Farnborough Free transfer
14 August 1997 DF Ulrich van Gobbel Feyenoord £800,000
9 September 1997 DF Jim Magilton Sheffield Wednesday £1,600,000
10 October 1997 MF Christer Warren Bournemouth £50,000
24 October 1997 FW Mickey Evans West Bromwich Albion £750,000
28 October 1997 MF Neil Maddison Middlesbrough £250,000
3 November 1997 GK Dave Beasant Nottingham Forest Free transfer
14 November 1997 GK Maik Taylor Fulham £700,000
26 November 1997 DF Alan Neilson Fulham £250,000
8 January 1998 DF Simon Charlton Birmingham City £200,000
1 February 1998 DF David Piper Yeovil Town Signed
20 February 1998 DF Matthew Robinson Portsmouth £50,000
26 March 1998 MF Robbie Slater Wolverhampton Wanderers Signed
Transfers in: Decrease £7,050,000
Transfers out: Increase £4,650,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,400,000

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