1998–99 Crewe Alexandra F.C. season

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Crewe Alexandra
1998–99 season
Chairman John Bowler
Manager Dario Gradi
Stadium Gresty Road
First Division 18th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Little (10)
All: Little (12)
Average home league attendance 5,269

During the 1998–99 English football season, Crewe Alexandra F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1998–99 season, Crewe had a disastrous first half of the campaign which saw them almost midway point at the bottom of the table with just 2 wins from 22 league games and 11 points from safety. Even though they managed to get another couple of wins together; by 20 February, Crewe were still bottom and 11 points from safety with 14 league matches remaining and their First Division status was in severe danger of being lost. From then on against the odds, Crewe went on a superb run of just 3 defeats from their remaining 14 league games, winning 7 of them on their way to completing the great escape, the key result being a 3-1 win against Portsmouth which saved them from the drop.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61
11. Grimsby Town 46 17 10 19 40 52 61
12. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 59
13. Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 16 16 58 71 58
15. Tranmere Rovers 46 12 20 14 63 61 56
16. Stockport County 46 12 17 17 49 60 53
17. Swindon Town 46 13 11 22 59 81 50
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 48
19. Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 47
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 12 11 23 52 61 47
21. Port Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 47
22. Bury 46 10 17 19 35 60 47
23. Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 44
24. Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 42
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Crewe Alexandra's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Norwich City A 1-2 15,016 Rivers
15 August 1998 Barnsley H 3-1 5,289 Smith (pen), Lightfoot (2)
22 August 1998 Bury A 0-1 5,073
28 August 1998 Bradford City H 2-1 5,759 Lunt, Collins
31 August 1998 Sheffield United A 1-3 15,922 Jack
8 September 1998 Crystal Palace H 0-1 4,977
12 September 1998 Stockport County A 1-1 7,302 J Wright
19 September 1998 Bolton Wanderers H 4-4 5,744 Little, Charnock, Rivers, Smith
26 September 1998 Bristol City A 2-5 9,810 Anthrobus (2)
29 September 1998 Grimsby Town A 1-1 5,024 Rivers
3 October 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 5,759
17 October 1998 Birmingham City A 1-3 20,087 Johnson
20 October 1998 Port Vale A 0-1 8,205
24 October 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 1-4 5,080 Little
31 October 1998 Oxford United A 1-1 5,607 Little
3 November 1998 Sunderland H 1-4 5,361 Little
7 November 1998 Swindon Town H 0-2 4,489
14 November 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 0-2 5,001
21 November 1998 Watford A 2-4 9,405 Jack, Little
28 November 1998 Ipswich Town H 0-3 5,165
5 December 1998 Portsmouth A 0-2 9,800
8 December 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 1-1 5,007 Anthrobus
12 December 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 1-0 11,296 J Wright
19 December 1998 Huddersfield Town H 1-2 5,102 Jack
26 December 1998 Bury H 3-1 5,333 Little, Rivers, J Wright
28 December 1998 Sunderland A 0-2 41,433
9 January 1999 Norwich City H 3-2 4,782 Street (2), Rivers
16 January 1999 Bradford City A 1-4 12,595 Little
30 January 1999 Sheffield United H 1-2 5,243 Jack
6 February 1999 Barnsley A 2-2 15,377 Jack (2)
13 February 1999 Crystal Palace A 1-1 14,823 Walton
20 February 1999 Stockport County H 0-2 5,473
27 February 1999 Bolton Wanderers A 3-1 19,437 Johnson, Jack (2)
13 March 1999 Swindon Town A 2-1 7,434 Jack, Charnock
16 March 1999 Grimsby Town H 0-0 4,855
20 March 1999 Oxford United H 3-1 4,791 Murphy, Little, Smith (pen)
26 March 1999 Tranmere Rovers A 0-3 9,359
30 March 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-3 24,197
2 April 1999 Birmingham City H 0-0 5,582
5 April 1999 West Bromwich Albion A 5-1 12,308 D Wright, J Wright (2), Johnson, Rivers
10 April 1999 Port Vale H 0-0 5,606
17 April 1999 Watford H 0-1 5,461
24 April 1999 Ipswich Town A 2-1 20,845 Rivers, Macauley
27 April 1999 Bristol City H 1-0 5,579 Johnson
1 May 1999 Portsmouth H 3-1 5,759 Little (2), Smith
9 May 1999 Huddersfield Town A 0-0 15,105

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Oxford United H 1-3 4,207 Johnson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 11 August 1998 Oldham Athletic A 2-3 3,766 Little (2)
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Oldham Athletic H 2-0 (won 4-3 on agg) 3,428 Jack (2)
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Bristol City A 1-1 3,082 Rivers
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Bristol City H 2-0 (won 4-1 on agg) 3,089 Rivers (2)
R3 28 October 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 0-1 5,403

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
- Australia GK Jason Kearton
- England DF Shaun Smith
- England DF Dave Walton
- England DF Marcus Bignot
- England DF David Wright
- England MF Jermaine Wright
- England MF Phil Charnock
- England MF Mark Rivers
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines FW Rodney Jack
- England FW Colin Little
- England FW Steve Anthrobus
- England DF Chris Lightfoot
- England MF Danny Murphy (on loan from Liverpool)
No. Position Player
- England GK Kevin Welsby
- England DF Lee Unsworth
- England DF Steve Macauley
- England MF Kenny Lunt
- England MF Kevin Street
- England MF Jamie Collins
- England DF Mark Foran
- England FW Mike Newell
- Wales FW Peter Smith
- England DF Stephen Foster
- England FW Rob Hulse
- England DF John Pemberton
- England FW Andy Lovelock

Left club during the 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
- England DF Matt Wicks (to Peterborough United)
No. Position Player
- England MF Seth Johnson (to Derby County)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crewe Alexandra 1998-1999 Results - statto.com". statto.com. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ "All Crewe Alexandra players: 1999". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2014-03-14.