1997–98 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1997–98 season
Chairman Alan Sugar
Manager Gerry Francis (until 19 November)
Chris Hughton (caretaker 19-20 November)
Christian Gross (from 20 November)
Stadium White Hart Lane
FA Premier League 14th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Klinsmann (9)
All: Klinsmann/Ginola (9)
Highest home attendance 35,995 (vs. Southampton, 10 May)[1]
Lowest home attendance 19,255 (vs. Carlisle United, 17 September)[1]
Average home league attendance 28,306
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1997–98 season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the English Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Despite the pre-season capture of Newcastle stars David Ginola and Les Ferdinand, Tottenham Hotspur began the season badly and looked nothing like a side who were hoping to challenge for a European place. By the time Gerry Francis resigned in November, Spurs were in the relegation zone and chairman Alan Sugar was the target of more hostility than ever before. Swiss coach Christian Gross was named as Francis's successor, and soon after arriving he brought in former Spurs star Jürgen Klinsmann - who had been so successful and popular during his first spell three seasons earlier.

In the end, Tottenham beat the drop and finished 14th in the final table. Klinsmann retired from playing, to draw the curtain on a brilliant career.

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]

Tottenham Hotspur's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
10 August 1997 Manchester United H 0–2 26,359
13 August 1997 West Ham United A 1–2 25,354 Ferdinand
23 August 1997 Derby County H 1–0 25,886 Calderwood
27 August 1997 Aston Villa H 3–2 26,317 Ferdinand (2), Fox
30 August 1997 Arsenal A 0–0 38,102
13 September 1997 Leicester City A 0–3 20,683
20 September 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 0–0 26,573
23 September 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 23,433 Armstrong
27 September 1997 Wimbledon H 0–0 26,261
4 October 1997 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,709
19 October 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–2 25,097 Dominguez, Armstrong, Ginola
25 October 1997 Southampton A 2–3 15,255 Dominguez, Ginola
1 November 1997 Leeds United H 0–1 26,441
8 November 1997 Liverpool A 0–4 38,006
24 November 1997 Crystal Palace H 0–1 25,634
29 November 1997 Everton A 2–0 36,670 Vega, Ginola
6 December 1997 Chelsea H 1–6 28,476 Vega
13 December 1997 Coventry City A 0–4 19,499
20 December 1997 Barnsley H 3–0 28,232 Nielsen (2), Ginola
26 December 1997 Aston Villa A 1–4 38,644 Calderwood
28 December 1997 Arsenal H 1–1 29,610 Nielsen
10 January 1998 Manchester United A 0–2 55,281
17 January 1998 West Ham United H 1–0 30,284 Klinsmann
31 January 1998 Derby County A 1–2 30,187 Fox
7 February 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 3–0 30,388 Berti, Armstrong, Fox
14 February 1998 Leicester City H 1–1 28,355 Calderwood
21 February 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–1 29,871
1 March 1998 Bolton Wanderers H 1–0 29,032 Nielsen
4 March 1998 Leeds United A 0–1 31,394
14 March 1998 Liverpool H 3–3 30,245 Klinsmann, Ginola, Vega
28 March 1998 Crystal Palace A 3–1 26,116 Berti, Armstrong, Klinsmann
4 April 1998 Everton H 1–1 35,624 Armstrong
11 April 1998 Chelsea A 0–2 34,149
13 April 1998 Coventry City H 1–1 33,463 Berti
18 April 1998 Barnsley A 1–1 18,692 Calderwood
25 April 1998 Newcastle United H 2–0 35,847 Klinsmann, Ferdinand
2 May 1998 Wimbledon A 6–2 25,820 Ferdinand, Klinsmann (4), Saib
10 May 1998 Southampton H 1–1 35,995 Klinsmann

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1998 Fulham H 3–1 27,909 Clemence, Calderwood, Taylor (own goal)
R4 24 January 1998 Barnsley H 1–1 28,722 Campbell
R4R 4 February 1998 Barnsley A 1–3 18,220 Ginola

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 17 September 1997 Carlisle United H 3–2 19,255 Fenn, Fox, Mahorn
R2 2nd Leg 30 September 1997 Carlisle United A 2–0 (won 5-2 on agg) 13,571 Ginola (pen), Armstrong
R3 15 October 1997 Derby County H 1–2 20,390 Ginola

Squad[edit]

[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 England GK Ian Walker
2 England DF Dean Austin
3 England DF Justin Edinburgh
4 England MF David Howells
5 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood (vice-captain)
6 England DF Gary Mabbutt (captain)
7 Montserrat MF Ruel Fox[4]
8 Denmark MF Allan Nielsen
9 England MF Darren Anderton
10 England FW Les Ferdinand
11 England FW Chris Armstrong
12 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
13 Norway GK Espen Baardsen
14 France MF David Ginola
15 Switzerland DF Ramon Vega
16 England DF Clive Wilson
17 England DF John Scales
No. Position Player
18 Norway FW Steffen Iversen
20 Portugal MF José Dominguez
21 England FW Rory Allen
22 England MF Andy Sinton
23 England DF Sol Campbell
24 Republic of Ireland FW Neale Fenn[5]
25 England MF Stephen Clemence
26 Northern Ireland FW Paul McVeigh
27 England MF Danny Hill
29 South Africa DF Mark Arber
31 England GK Simon Brown
32 Scotland MF Garry Brady
33 Germany FW Jürgen Klinsmann
34 Algeria MF Moussa Saïb
35 Italy MF Nicola Berti
36 Norway GK Frode Grodås
37 Republic of Ireland MF Peter Gain[6]

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
19 England DF Stuart Nethercott (to Millwall)
28 England DF Jamie Clapham (to Ipswich Town)
No. Position Player
30 England FW Paul Mahorn (to Port Vale)
- Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Maher[7] (to Southend United)

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 Alan Marriott
- England DF Luke Young
No. Position Player
- England MF Jason Dozzell
- England MF Mark Gower

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
15 July 1997 MF David Ginola Newcastle United £2,000,000
28 July 1997 FW Les Ferdinand Newcastle United £6,000,000
8 August 1997 MF José Dominguez Sporting CP £1,600,000
8 January 1998 MF Nicola Berti Inter Milan Free transfer
30 January 1998 GK Frode Grodås Chelsea £250,000
23 February 1998 MF Moussa Saïb Valencia £2,300,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
27 June 1997 FW Teddy Sheringham Manchester United £3,500,000
1 August 1997 MF Simon Wormull Brentford Free transfer
10 August 1997 FW Ronny Rosenthal Watford Free transfer
19 September 1997 DF Leon Townley Brentford £55,000
23 January 1998 MF Kevin Maher Southend United Free transfer
13 March 1998 DF Jamie Clapham Ipswich Town £300,000
20 March 1998 FW Paul Mahorn Port Vale Non-contract
Transfers in: Decrease £12,150,000
Transfers out: Increase £3,855,000
Total spending: Decrease £8,295,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[8][9]