1997–98 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
1997–98 season
Chairman Tony Hale
Manager Ray Harford (until 4 December)
Richie Barker and John Trewick (caretaker managers until 24 December)
Denis Smith (from 24 December)
Stadium The Hawthorns
First Division 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Hughes (14)
All: Hunt/Hughes (14)
Highest home attendance 23,013 v Nottingham Forest
Lowest home attendance 7,227 v Luton Town
Average home league attendance 17,004 (16,635 all competitions)

During the 1997–98 English football season, West Bromwich Albion F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the first few months of the 1997–98 season, West Brom established themselves in the top six. Harford then stunned Albion supporters by moving to QPR after less than a year in charge, making way for Denis Smith,[1][2] who struggled to maintain the momentum created by Harford, and the Baggies could only finish 10th.

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]

West Bromwich Albion's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Tranmere Rovers H 2–1 16,727 Kilbane, Hunt
16 August 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 3–2 5,234 Hunt (pen), Hughes (2)
24 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 22,511 Curle (own goal)
30 August 1997 Ipswich Town A 1–1 13,508 Sneekes
3 September 1997 Stoke City A 0–0 17,500
7 September 1997 Reading H 1–0 15,966 Hunt
13 September 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2 14,399
20 September 1997 Swindon Town H 0–0 16,237
27 September 1997 Bury A 3–1 6,439 Peschisolido (3)
4 October 1997 Oxford United H 1–2 15,889 Hunt
18 October 1997 Portsmouth A 3–2 9,158 Mardon, Hunt (2)
21 October 1997 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 19,243
25 October 1997 Sheffield United H 2–0 17,311 Hunt, Hughes
1 November 1997 Bradford City A 0–0 16,212
4 November 1997 Norwich City H 1–0 13,949 Hughes
8 November 1997 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 16,124 Hunt
15 November 1997 Port Vale A 2–1 11,124 Hunt, Hamilton
23 November 1997 Birmingham City H 1–0 18,444 Sneekes
29 November 1997 Middlesbrough A 0–1 30,164
2 December 1997 Manchester City H 0–1 17,904
6 December 1997 Stockport County H 3–2 14,957 Sneekes, Hughes, Hunt
13 December 1997 Sunderland A 0–2 29,231
20 December 1997 Huddersfield Town H 0–2 14,619
26 December 1997 Reading A 1–2 10,154 Kilbane
28 December 1997 Stoke City H 1–1 19,690 Hunt
9 January 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 0–0 8,058
17 January 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 0–1 15,257
27 January 1998 Ipswich Town H 2–3 12,403 Murphy, Flynn
31 January 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–0 28,244 Hunt
7 February 1998 Swindon Town A 2–0 9,861 Carbon, Evans
14 February 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 20,143 Hughes
17 February 1998 Oxford United A 1–2 9,412 Taylor
21 February 1998 Bury H 1–1 15,840 Hughes
24 February 1998 Portsmouth H 0–3 12,757
28 February 1998 Manchester City A 0–1 28,460
3 March 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–5 10,893
7 March 1998 Bradford City H 1–1 13,281 Burgess
14 March 1998 Norwich City A 1–1 16,663 Hughes
21 March 1998 Port Vale H 2–2 14,242 Flynn, Taylor
28 March 1998 Birmingham City A 0–1 23,260
4 April 1998 Middlesbrough H 2–1 21,620 Quinn (2, 1 pen)
11 April 1998 Stockport County A 1–2 7,943 Hughes
13 April 1998 Sunderland H 3–3 22,181 Hughes (2), Kilbane
18 April 1998 Huddersfield Town A 0–1 11,704
25 April 1998 Sheffield United A 4–2 21,248 Hunt, Hughes (2), Kilbane
3 May 1998 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 23,013 Hughes (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 13 January 1998 Stoke City H 3–1 17,598 Sneekes (2), Kilbane
R4 24 January 1998 Aston Villa A 0–4 39,372

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Cambridge United A 1–1 3,520 Peschisolido
R1 Second Leg 27 August 1997 Cambridge United H 2–1 (won 3-2 on agg) 10,264 Hunt, Sneekes (pen)
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Luton Town A 1–1 3,437 Taylor
R2 Second Leg 23 September 1997 Luton Town H 4–2 (won 5-3 on agg) 7,227 Raven, McDermott, Peschisolido (2)
R3 15 October 1997 Liverpool H 0–2 22,986

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 Alan Miller
England GK Chris Adamson
England GK Paul Crichton
England GK Nigel Spink
England DF Paul Holmes
Wales DF Paul Mardon
England DF Matt Carbon
England DF Daryl Burgess
England DF Shane Nicholson
Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Kilbane
Netherlands MF Richard Sneekes
England MF Peter Butler
England MF Ian Hamilton
England MF Sean Flynn
England FW Andy Hunt
England FW Lee Hughes
England MF David Smith
Australia DF Shaun Murphy
No. Position Player
Australia DF Andy McDermott
Northern Ireland FW James Quinn
England FW Bob Taylor
Scotland DF Steve Nicol
England DF Paul Raven
Australia DF Jason van Blerk
England DF Paul Beesley (on loan from Manchester City)
England MF Stacy Coldicott
England DF Tony Dobson
Canada FW Paul Peschisolido
England DF Graham Potter
Republic of Ireland FW Mickey Evans
England FW Franz Carr
Wales FW James Thomas
Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Brian Quailey
England MF Dave Gilbert
England MF Dean Bennett
England FW Michael Rodosthenous
England GK Neil Wypior

References[edit]

  1. ^ Irwin, Mark (4 December 1997). "QPR's Harf measure". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Moore, David (24 December 1997). "Football: Albion job for Smith". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/west-bromwich-albion/1997-1998/results