1998–99 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
1998–99 season
Chairman Lionel Pickering
Manager England Jim Smith
Stadium Pride Park Stadium
Premier League 8th
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Paulo Wanchope and Deon Burton (9)
Average home league attendance 29,193

The 1998–99 English football season was Derby County F.C.'s third consecutive season in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Derby's second tilt at European football was made in the 1998–99 season, the Rams peaking in 2nd place after 6 games with a 2–0 home win over Leicester City, eventually finishing one place better off in 8th. They reached the FA Cup Quarter finals for the third time in seven years, losing out only to late Nwankwo Kanu goal in a 0–1 away defeat to Arsenal, and recorded some memorable victories, including a league double over Liverpool 2–1 at Anfield and 3–2 at Pride Park and a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest in the teams first ever meeting at Pride Park. Derby County were a club on the up; Pride Park's capacity was expanded (32,913 fans attended the 3–2 victory over Liverpool) and Derby's players were getting noticed – five had represented their countries at the 1998 World Cup, and Christian Dailly was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £5.35m, comfortably the highest fee Derby had ever received. The key departure, however, was Steve McClaren – Smith's number two since he had taken the Derby managerial position 3 years earlier – who departed in February 1999 to become Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United, winning the treble in his first 3 months at Old Trafford. The 1998–99 season was Jim Smith's Derby County peak, as the financial demands of Premier League football began to catch up with them.

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]

Derby County's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 24,007
22 August 1998 Wimbledon H 0–0 21,037
29 August 1998 Middlesbrough A 1–1 34,121 Wanchope
9 September 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 26,209 Sturridge
12 September 1998 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 19,516 Wanchope, Baiano
19 September 1998 Leicester City H 2–0 26,738 Schnoor, Wanchope
26 September 1998 Aston Villa A 0–1 38,007
3 October 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–1 30,083
17 October 1998 Newcastle United A 1–2 36,750 Burton
24 October 1998 Manchester United H 1–1 30,867 Burton
31 October 1998 Leeds United H 2–2 27,034 Schnoor (pen), Sturridge
7 November 1998 Liverpool A 2–1 44,020 Harper, Wanchope
16 November 1998 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 24,014 Dorigo (pen), Carbonari
22 November 1998 West Ham United H 0–2 31,366
28 November 1998 Southampton A 1–0 14,762 Carbonari
5 December 1998 Arsenal H 0–0 29,018
12 December 1998 Chelsea H 2–2 29,056 Carbonari, Sturridge
19 December 1998 Coventry City A 1–1 16,627 Carsley
26 December 1998 Everton A 0–0 39,206
28 December 1998 Middlesbrough H 2–1 21,083 Sturridge, Hunt
9 January 1999 Wimbledon A 1–2 12,732 Wanchope
16 January 1999 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 27,386 Burton
30 January 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 24,440 Prior
3 February 1999 Manchester United A 0–1 55,174
7 February 1999 Everton H 2–1 27,603 Burton (2)
20 February 1999 Charlton Athletic H 0–2 27,853
27 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 35,392 Burton
10 March 1999 Aston Villa H 2–1 26,836 Baiano, Burton
13 March 1999 Liverpool H 3–2 32,913 Burton, Wanchope (2)
20 March 1999 Leeds United A 1–4 38,971 Baiano (pen)
3 April 1999 Newcastle United H 3–4 32,039 Burton, Baiano (pen), Wanchope
10 April 1999 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 32,217 Carbonari
17 April 1999 West Ham United A 1–5 25,485 Wanchope
24 April 1999 Southampton H 0–0 26,557
2 May 1999 Arsenal A 0–1 37,323
5 May 1999 Leicester City A 2–1 20,535 Sturridge, Beck
8 May 1999 Coventry City H 0–0 32,450
16 May 1999 Chelsea A 1–2 35,016 Carbonari

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Plymouth Argyle A 3–0 16,730 Burton (2), Eranio (pen)
R4 23 January 1999 Swansea City A 1–0 11,383 Harper
R5 13 February 1999 Huddersfield Town A 2–2 22,129 Burton, Dorigo (pen)
R5R 24 February 1999 Huddersfield Town H 3–1 28,704 Dorigo, Baiano (2)
QF 6 March 1999 Arsenal A 0–1 38,046

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Manchester City H 1–1 22,986 Delap
R2 2nd Leg 23 September 1998 Manchester City A 1–0 (won 2-1 on agg) 19,622 Wanchope
R3 28 October 1998 Arsenal H 1–2 25,621 Sturridge

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

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 Russell Hoult
2 Argentina DF Horacio Carbonari
3 Germany DF Stefan Schnoor
4 England DF Darryl Powell
5 England DF Tony Dorigo
6 Croatia MF Igor Štimac
7 Republic of Ireland MF Brian Launders
8 England FW Dean Sturridge
9 Costa Rica FW Paulo Wanchope
10 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Delap
11 Scotland MF Kevin Harper
12 England FW Malcolm Christie
14 Norway MF Lars Bohinen
No. Position Player
15 England MF Marc Bridge-Wilkinson
16 Denmark DF Jacob Laursen
17 England DF Spencer Prior
19 England DF Steve Elliott
20 Italy MF Stefano Eranio
21 Estonia GK Mart Poom
22 Greece DF Vassilis Borbokis
23 England MF Paul Boertien
24 Jamaica FW Deon Burton
25 Denmark FW Mikkel Beck
26 England FW Marvin Robinson
27 Italy FW Francesco Baiano
28 England MF Adam Murray

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
18 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Carsley (to Blackburn Rovers)
22 Scotland DF Christian Dailly (to Blackburn Rovers)
No. Position Player
25 England DF Robert Kozluk (to Sheffield United)
26 England MF Jonathan Hunt (to Sheffield 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
18 England DF Richard Jackson
29 England GK Richard Knight
Republic of Ireland GK Ged Doherty
No. Position Player
England DF Ian Evatt
England DF Chris Riggott

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[3]

References[edit]