1997–98 Stockport County F.C. season

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Stockport County
1997–98 season
Manager England Gary Megson
Stadium Edgeley Park
First Division 8th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round

During the 1997–98 English football season, Stockport County F.C. competed in the First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Stockport's return to the second flight after an absence of 60 years appeared to be in danger of being written off as a failure before a ball had been kicked, as manager Dave Jones, who had led County to promotion and the League Cup semi-final the previous season, left to join Southampton,[1] taking his assistant John Sainty, goalkeeper Paul Jones and defender Lee Todd with him to The Dell. Gary Megson was recruited from Blackpool as his replacement. Three points from the opening seven games left Stockport facing relegation, but four straight wins after that lifted Stockport up to eighth,[2] signalling the end of their relegation fears for the season. These fears were replaced with hopes of finally reaching the top flight, but ultimately County's poor away form saw them finish in eighth, nine points off the play-offs. Of course, this was still as success, for this was Stockport's highest-ever placing in England's footballing ladder.

Final league table[edit]

Results[edit]

Stockport County's scores comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

First Division[edit]

  • Stockport County 3-1 Manchester City (Cook, Angell, Armstrong)
  • Manchester City 4-1 Stockport County

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup

League Cup[edit]

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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 Eric Nixon
England DF Sean Connelly
England DF Mike Flynn
England DF Jim Gannon
England DF Simon Travis
England DF Ronnie Wallwork (on loan from Manchester United)
England DF Colin Woodthorpe
Wales DF Damon Searle
Scotland DF Tom Bennett
No. Position Player
Scotland DF Martin McIntosh
England MF Chris Byrne
England MF Paul Cook
England MF Kevin Cooper
England MF Tony Dinning
Wales MF Wayne Phillips
England FW Brett Angell
England FW Aaron Wilbraham
Republic of Ireland FW Stephen Grant

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
Wales GK Neil Edwards (to Rochdale)
England DF Matthew Bound (to Swansea City)
England MF Chris Marsden (to Birmingham City)
England MF Lee Richardson (on loan from Oldham Athletic)
No. Position Player
Republic of Ireland MF Eddie McGoldrick (on loan from Manchester City)
England FW Alun Armstrong (to Middlesbrough)
Australia FW Vasilios Kalogeracos (to Perth Glory)

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