1998–99 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United
1998-99 season
Chairman England Peter Ridsdale
Manager Scotland George Graham
(until 1 October)[1]
Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
Stadium Elland Road
Premier League 4th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (18)
All: Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (20)
Highest home attendance 40,255 vs Manchester United
(25 Apr 1999, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 27,561 vs Bradford City
(28 Oct 1998, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 36,028

During the '1998–99 season, Leeds United competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Shockwaves were sent around Elland Road when manager George Graham walked out on Leeds United to take charge of Tottenham Hotspur in early October, and Martin O'Neill of Leicester City seemed certain to take over the reins. But it was a shock to many when O'Neill turned his back on Leeds, and Graham's former assistant David O'Leary was appointed instead. He quickly worked wonders with a predominantly young, inexperienced side, and they managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup in fourth place - their highest finish since winning the title seven years earlier. The acquisition of brilliant young striker Michael Bridges from Sunderland at the end of the season gave Leeds fans hope of more success - and preferably silverware - next time round.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

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 Nigel Martyn
2 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Kelly
3 Scotland DF David Robertson
4 Norway DF Alf-Inge Håland
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
6 England DF David Wetherall
7 Netherlands MF Willem Korsten (on loan from Vitesse)
8 Suriname FW Clyde Wijnhard
9 Netherlands FW Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
10 Portugal MF Bruno Ribeiro
11 England MF Lee Bowyer
12 Scotland MF David Hopkin
14 Portugal GK Nuno Santos
15 England GK Mark Beeney
No. Position Player
16 England DF Danny Granville
17 Scotland FW Derek Lilley
18 Norway DF Gunnar Halle
19 Australia FW Harry Kewell
20 Republic of Ireland DF Ian Harte
21 Austria DF Martin Hiden
22 Norway MF Tommy Knarvik
23 England MF David Batty
25 England DF Jonathan Woodgate
30 Netherlands DF Robert Molenaar
36 England GK Paul Robinson
37 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McPhail[2]
39 England FW Alan Smith
40 Wales MF Matt Jones

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
7 England MF Lee Sharpe (on loan to Bradford City)
14 England FW Andy Gray[3] (to Nottingham Forest)
No. Position Player
16 England DF Danny Granville (on loan to Manchester City)

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
24 England MF Kevin Dixon
26 England FW Tony Hackworth
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
28 England DF Paul Shepherd
29 England DF Mark Jackson
31 Republic of Ireland DF Paul Donnelly
No. Position Player
32 England MF Andy Wright
33 Northern Ireland MF Wesley Boyle
34 England MF Andrew Quinn
35 England FW Lee Matthews
38 Republic of Ireland DF Damian Lynch

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[4]
Considering a 4-4-2 formation

Premier League[edit]

Matches[edit]

Topscorers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Transfers in: Decrease £7,500,000
Transfers out: Increase £1,950,000
Total spending: Decrease £5,550,000

Loaned in[edit]

Loaned out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From silverware to the sack". BBC News. 16 March 2001. 
  2. ^ McPhail was born in Westminster, England, but was raised in Dublin and would make his international debut for Ireland in May 2000.
  3. ^ Gray was born in Harrogate, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in April 2003.
  4. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leeds-united/tab/players/season/1999