1998–99 Coventry City F.C. season

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Coventry City
1998–99 season
Chairman Bryan Richardson
Manager Gordon Strachan
Stadium Highfield Road
Premiership 15th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Whelan (10)
All: Whelan (13)
Highest home attendance 23,098 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 26 December)
Lowest home attendance 6,631 (vs. Southend United, 16 September)
Average home league attendance 20,773

During the 1998–99 English football season, Coventry City competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Coventry City finished 15th in the Premiership – four places lower than last season – but were never in any real danger of being relegated, despite the loss of key striker Dion Dublin to local rivals Aston Villa.[1]

The biggest news of Coventry's season was the announcement of a move to a new 45,000-seat stadium at Foleshill, which was anticipated to be ready by 2002. Manager Gordon Strachan then signed Moroccan international football star Mustapha Hadji, knowing that it would be important to have a top quality team to match the forthcoming new home.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Manchester United 38 22 13 3 80 37  +43 79
2. Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17  +42 78
3. Chelsea 38 20 15 3 57 30  +27 75
4. Leeds United 38 18 13 7 62 34  +28 67
5. West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53  –7 57
6. Aston Villa 38 15 10 13 55 51  +4 55
7. Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49  +19 54
8. Derby County 38 13 13 12 40 45  –5 52
9. Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54  –6 51
10. Leicester City 38 12 13 13 40 46  –6 49
11. Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 14 13 47 50  –3 47
12. Sheffield Wednesday 38 13 7 18 41 42  –1 46
13. Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 48 54  –6 46
14. Everton 38 11 10 17 42 47  –5 43
15. Coventry City 38 11 9 18 39 51  –12 42
16. Wimbledon 38 10 12 16 40 63  –23 42
17. Southampton 38 11 8 19 37 64  –27 41
18. Charlton Athletic 38 8 12 18 41 56  –15 36
19. Blackburn Rovers 38 7 14 17 38 52  –14 35
20. Nottingham Forest 38 7 9 22 35 69  –34 30
Key
Qualified for the Champions League
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Relegated to Division 1

Results[edit]

Coventry City's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Chelsea H 2–1 23,042 Huckerby, Dublin
22 August 1998 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 22,546
29 August 1998 West Ham United H 0–0 20,818
9 September 1998 Liverpool A 0–2 41,771
12 September 1998 Manchester United A 0–2 55,193
19 September 1998 Newcastle United H 1–5 22,656 Whelan
26 September 1998 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 20,043 Whelan
3 October 1998 Aston Villa H 1–2 22,654 Soltvedt
18 October 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 16,006 Dublin
24 October 1998 Southampton A 1–2 15,152 Dublin
31 October 1998 Arsenal H 0–1 23,040
7 November 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 2–1 23,779 Huckerby, Whelan
15 November 1998 Everton H 3–0 19,290 Froggatt, Huckerby, Whelan
21 November 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–2 34,293
28 November 1998 Leicester City H 1–1 19,894 Huckerby
5 December 1998 Wimbledon A 1–2 11,717 McAllister (pen)
14 December 1998 Leeds United A 0–2 31,802
19 December 1998 Derby County H 1–1 16,627 Whelan
26 December 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 23,098 Aloisi
28 December 1998 West Ham United A 0–2 25,662
9 January 1999 Nottingham Forest H 4–0 17,172 Huckerby (3), Telfer
16 January 1999 Chelsea A 1–2 34,869 Huckerby
30 January 1999 Liverpool H 2–1 23,056 Boateng, Whelan
6 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 34,376
17 February 1999 Newcastle United A 1–4 36,352 Whelan
20 February 1999 Manchester United H 0–1 22,596
27 February 1999 Aston Villa A 4–1 38,799 Aloisi (2), Boateng (2)
6 March 1999 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 20,259 Whelan, Soltvedt
13 March 1999 Blackburn Rovers H 1–1 19,701 Aloisi
20 March 1999 Arsenal A 0–2 38,073
3 April 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 28,136 McAllister (pen), Whelan
5 April 1999 Southampton H 1–0 21,402 Boateng
11 April 1999 Everton A 0–2 32,341
17 April 1999 Middlesbrough H 1–2 19,231 McAllister
24 April 1999 Leicester City A 0–1 20,224
1 May 1999 Wimbledon H 2–1 21,200 Huckerby, Whelan
8 May 1999 Derby County A 0–0 32,450
16 May 1999 Leeds United H 2–2 23,049 Aloisi, Telfer

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Macclesfield Town H 7–0 14,197 Froggatt, Whelan, Payne (own goal), Huckerby (3), Boateng
R4 23 January 1999 Leicester City A 3–0 21,207 Whelan, Froggatt, Telfer
R5 13 February 1999 Everton A 1–2 33,907 McAllister

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Southend United H 1–0 6,631 Hall
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Southend United A 4–0 (won 5-0 on agg) 6,292 Boateng, Dublin, Whelan, Soltvedt
R3 27 October 1998 Luton Town A 0–2 9,051

Squad[edit]

[4][5] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Sweden GK Magnus Hedman
2 Sweden DF Roland Nilsson
3 England DF David Burrows
4 England DF Paul Williams
5 England DF Richard Shaw
6 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Breen
7 England FW Darren Huckerby
8 England FW Noel Whelan
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Muhamed Konjić
10 Scotland MF Gary McAllister (captain)
11 Ghana MF George Boateng[6]
12 Scotland MF Paul Telfer
13 Italy FW Stefano Gioacchini
14 Norway MF Trond Egil Soltvedt
15 Jamaica FW Paul Hall
16 England GK Steve Ogrizovic
17 England DF Ian Brightwell
18 Belgium DF Philippe Clement
19 England DF Marcus Hall
20 Scotland MF Gavin Strachan
21 England FW Andy Ducros
22 Belgium MF Laurent Delorge
23 Australia GK Tynan Scope
No. Position Player
24 Republic of Ireland DF Liam Daish
25 Republic of Ireland MF Willie Boland
26 England MF Steve Froggatt
27 England DF Marc Edworthy
28 Australia FW John Aloisi
29 England DF Sam Shilton
30 Republic of Ireland DF Barry Quinn
31 England MF Chris Barnett
32 England MF John Eustace
33 England DF Mark Burrows
34 England DF Richard Colwell
35 Republic of Ireland FW Martin Devaney
36 England DF Jamie Williams
37 England FW Craig Faulconbridge
38 Republic of Ireland DF Barry Prenderville
39 England MF Rob Miller
40 England FW Gary McSheffrey
41 Scotland MF Craig Strachan
42 England FW Chukki Eribenne
43 England GK Chris Kirkland
44 England DF Craig Pead
45 Scotland DF Gerard Mooney
46 Scotland FW Stephen McPhee

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
9 England FW Dion Dublin (to Aston Villa)
9 Scotland FW Darren Jackson (on loan from Celtic)
No. Position Player
13 France DF Jean-Guy Wallemme (to Sochaux)
22 Wales FW Simon Haworth (to Wigan Athletic)

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
- Denmark GK Morten Hyldgaard
- Republic of Ireland DF Barry Ferguson
No. Position Player
- England MF Robert Betts
- Republic of Ireland MF Daire Doyle

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
4 June 1998 DF France Jean-Guy Wallemme France RC Lens Undisclosed
1 August 1998 DF Croatia Robert Jarni Spain Real Betis £2,600,000
7 August 1998 FW Jamaica Paul Hall England Portsmouth £300,000
26 August 1998 DF England Marc Edworthy England Crystal Palace £1,200,000
1 October 1998 MF England Steve Froggatt England Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,900,000
12 October 1998 MF Belgium Laurent Delorge Belgium Gent £1,250,000
17 December 1998 FW Australia John Aloisi England Portsmouth £650,000
30 December 1998 GK Denmark Morten Hyldgaard Denmark Ikast FS £200,000
13 January 1999 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina Muhamed Konjić France AS Monaco £2,000,000
28 May 1999 MF Morocco Youssef Chippo Portugal Porto £1,200,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
8 July 1998 MF England John Salako England Fulham Free transfer
16 July 1998 FW Romania Viorel Moldovan Turkey Fenerbahçe £4,000,000
15 August 1998 DF Croatia Robert Jarni Spain Real Madrid £3,400,000
2 October 1998 FW England Simon Haworth England Wigan Athletic £600,000
5 November 1998 FW England Dion Dublin England Aston Villa £5,750,000
30 December 1998 DF France Jean-Guy Wallemme France Sochaux £400,000
Transfers in: Decrease £11,300,000
Transfers out: Increase £14,150,000
Total spending: Increase £2,850,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Culley, Jon (6 November 1998). "Football: Villa win race for £5.75m Dublin". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Detonator' breaks bank at Coventry". The Guardian. 20 July 1999. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/coventry-city/1998-1999/results
  4. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1998-1999/faprem/coventry.htm
  5. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/coventry-city/tab/players/season/1999
  6. ^ Boateng was born in Nkawkaw, Ghana, but qualified to represent the Netherlands internationally and would make his international debut for the Netherlands in November 2001.