1997–98 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1997–98 season
Chairman Jonathan Hayward,
then Sir Jack Hayward (from 7 September)
Manager Mark McGhee
Football League First Division 9th
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup 3rd round
Top goalscorer League: Robbie Keane (11)
All: Dougie Freedman (13)
Highest home attendance 28,244 (vs West Brom, 31 January 1998)
Lowest home attendance 17,862 (vs Fulham,
24 September 1997)
Average home league attendance 23,277 (league only)

The 1997–98 season was the 99th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

The team finished in ninth position in the league, failing to mount a serious promotion challenge after having finished third in the previous campaign. They did, however, reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in nineteen years, where they lost to eventual double winners Arsenal.

Results[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1997–98 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. Teams finishing level on points were firstly divided by the number of goals scored rather than goal difference.

The provisional fixture list was released on 16 June 1997, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.[1]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
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 0+2 65
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 11 17 57 53 0+4 65
10 West Bromwich Albion 46 16 13 17 50 56 0−6 61

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 18 11 17 57 53 +4 65 13 6 4 42 25 +17 5 5 13 15 28 −13

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result W D L W D L W D D L L W W L W W L D W W L W D W W W L W L L W L L D W D L W D L D L W L D L
Position 1 5 11 8 7 9 6 9 11 13 15 12 8 11 9 6 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9

Source: Statto.com

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of end of season. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
GK England Bray, JustinJustin Bray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Netherlands Segers, HansHans Segers 11 0 2 0 0 0 13 0 0 0
GK England Stowell, MikeMike Stowell 35 0 5 0 5 0 45 0 0 0
DF England Coleman, SimonSimon Coleman 3(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3(1) 0 0 0
DF England Curle, KeithKeith Curle (c) 40 1 7 1 0 0 47 2 0 0
DF Wales Green, RyanRyan Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Poland Kubicki, DariuszDariusz Kubicki ¤ 12 0 0 0 4 0 16 0 2 0
DF Australia Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat 22(2) 3 5 0 0 0 27(2) 3 9 0
DF England Naylor, LeeLee Naylor 14(2) 0 4 1 1 0 19(2) 1 1 0
DF England Richards, DeanDean Richards 13 0 7 1 0 0 20 1 1 0
DF England Smith, JamieJamie Smith 11 0 0 0 5 0 16 0 0 0
DF England Westwood, ChrisChris Westwood 3(1) 1 0 0 1(1) 0 4(2) 1 1 0
DF Wales Williams, AdrianAdrian Williams 20 0 2(2) 0 2 0 24(2) 0 3 0
DF Scotland Wright, StephenStephen Wright 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
MF England Atkins, MarkMark Atkins 30(4) 2 4(1) 0 5 0 39(5) 2 3 0
MF Australia Corica, SteveSteve Corica 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0 0
MF England Daley, TonyTony Daley 0(2) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 0(3) 0 0 0
MF Spain Díaz, IsidroIsidro Díaz 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
MF England Emblen, NeilNeil Emblen 6(1) 0 0 0 0 0 6(1) 0 1 0
MF Scotland Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson 22(4) 0 2 1 5 1 29(4) 2 8 0
MF England Froggatt, SteveSteve Froggatt 31(2) 2 3 0 3 1 37(2) 3 4 0
MF Barbados Gilkes, MichaelMichael Gilkes 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
MF England Osborn, SimonSimon Osborn 23(1) 2 3 0 0 0 26(1) 2 3 1
MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson 27(5) 3 7 1 4 0 38(5) 4 7 0
MF England Sedgley, SteveSteve Sedgley 18(1) 0 6 0 2 0 26(1) 0 4 2
MF Spain Sanjuán, Jesús GarcíaJesús García Sanjuán 4 0 0 0 2(1) 1 6(1) 1 1 0
MF England Simpson, PaulPaul Simpson 23(5) 4 2(2) 0 0 0 25(7) 4 0 1
MF Australia Slater, RobbieRobbie Slater 4(2) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 4(3) 0 0 0
MF England Wright, JermaineJermaine Wright 0(4) 0 0 0 0 0 0(4) 0 0 0
FW England Bull, SteveSteve Bull 24(7) 7 1(2) 0 5 2 30(9) 9 2 1
FW England Claridge, SteveSteve Claridge 4(1) 0 1 0 0 0 5(1) 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Crowe, GlenGlen Crowe ¤ 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Foley, DominicDominic Foley ¤ 1(4) 0 0 0 0(2) 0 1(6) 0 0 0
FW Scotland Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman 25(4) 10 5(1) 2 0 0 30(5) 12 8 0
FW England Goodman, DonDon Goodman 29(1) 8 6 1 2(1) 1 37(2) 10 4 0
FW England Jones, MarkMark Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane 34(4) 11 1(2) 0 3(1) 0 38(7) 11 2 0
FW England Leadbeater, RichardRichard Leadbeater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Finland Paatelainen, MixuMixu Paatelainen 10(13) 0 4(1) 4 4(1) 1 18(15) 5 6 0
FW Grenada Roberts, JasonJason Roberts ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
11 July 1997 England Steve Sedgley Ipswich Town £350,000[2]
6 August 1997 Poland Dariusz Kubicki Sunderland Free[3]
6 August 1997 Finland Mixu Paatelainen Bolton Wanderers £250,000[3]
1 September 1997 Spain Isidro Díaz Unattached Free
5 September 1997 Netherlands Hans Segers Unattached Free[4]
12 September 1997 Grenada Jason Roberts Hayes £250,000[5]
21 October 1997 Scotland Dougie Freedman Crystal Palace £800,000[6]
21 October 1997 Australia Kevin Muscat Crystal Palace £200,000[6]
11 November 1997 England Paul Simpson Derby County £75,000[7]
25 March 1998 England Neil Emblen Crystal Palace Undisclosed[8]
25 March 1998 Australia Robbie Slater Southampton £50,000[8]
26 March 1998 England Steve Claridge Leicester City £350,000[9]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 1997 Northern Ireland Robbie Dennison Released Free[10]
June 1997 Wales Brian Law Released Free[10]
June 1997 England Dennis Pearce Released Free[10]
June 1997 France Serge Romano Released Free[10]
June 1997 England Geoff Thomas Released Free[10]
June 1997 England Andy Thompson Released Free[10]
June 1997 Wales Eric Young Released Free[10]
7 July 1997 Wales Iwan Roberts Norwich City £850,000[11]
11 July 1997 England Mark Venus Ipswich Town £150,000[2]
13 August 1997 England Neil Emblen Crystal Palace £1.8 million[12]
30 September 1997 Spain Isidro Díaz Released Free
21 October 1997 England Jamie Smith Crystal Palace £1 million[6]
19 February 1998 England Jermaine Wright Crewe Alexandra £25,000[13]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
2 September 1997 England Simon Coleman Bolton Wanderers 2 October 1997[14]
15 September 1997 Spain Jesús García Sanjuán Real Zaragoza 15 December 1997[15]
10 October 1997 England Paul Simpson Derby County 10 November 1997[16]
17 October 1997 Scotland Dougie Freedman Crystal Palace 20 October 1997[17]
19 March 1998 Scotland Stephen Wright Rangers End of season[18]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
24 October 1997 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Cardiff City 9 December 1997
December 1997 Grenada Jason Roberts Torquay United 5 March 1998
24 February 1998 Republic of Ireland Dominic Foley Watford End of season[19]
4 March 1998 Poland Dariusz Kubicki Tranmere Rovers End of season[20]
25 March 1998 Grenada Jason Roberts Bristol City End of season[8]

Kit[edit]

The season retained the home kit of the previous year: a "wolf head" design created using their traditional gold and black colours. A new away kit comprising a white away shirt with a dark green collar and dark green shorts was introduced. Both were manufactured by Puma and sponsored by Goodyear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Complete FA Carling Premiership and Nationwide League fixtures 1997–98". The Independent. 17 June 1997. 
  2. ^ a b "Sedge swoop". The Mirror. 12 July 1997. 
  3. ^ a b "Bargain hunter McGhee". The Mirror. 7 August 1997. 
  4. ^ "Magilton makes the switch to Wednesday". The Independent. 6 September 1997. 
  5. ^ "Celtic capture £1.5m Rieper". The Independent. 13 September 1997. 
  6. ^ a b c "Sporting Digest". The Independent. 22 October 1997. 
  7. ^ "Kirk out for month". The News Letter. 6 November 1997. 
  8. ^ a b c "McGhee is halfway to clinching four-timer". Birmingham Post. 26 March 1998. 
  9. ^ "Claridge signs for Wolves". Birmingham Evening Mail. 26 March 1998. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Cooper's blunder". The Independent. 18 May 1997. 
  11. ^ "Football". The Independent. 8 July 1997. 
  12. ^ "Coppell chases Pearce". The Mirror. 14 August 1997. 
  13. ^ "Ablett gets thumbs up for clash with Blades". Birmingham Post. 20 February 1998. 
  14. ^ "McGhee still fears for job". Daily Mail. 3 September 1997. 
  15. ^ "Barnet secure sponsorship deal with Loaded magazine". The Independent. 16 September 1997. 
  16. ^ "No punishment for O'Neill". The Independent. 11 October 1997. 
  17. ^ "McGhee surviving on borrowed time and players". The Independent. 18 October 1997. 
  18. ^ "McGhee to cast net in last throw of the dice". Birmingham Post. 20 March 1998. 
  19. ^ "Candid Curle leaves Wolves no room for manoeuvre". Birmingham Post. 25 February 1998. 
  20. ^ "Equation is simple one as Wolves lick wounds". Birmingham Post. 4 March 1998.