1998–99 Leeds United A.F.C. season

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Leeds United
1998-99 season
Chairman Peter Ridsdale
Manager George Graham
(until 1 October)[1]
David O'Leary (from 1 October)
Stadium Elland Road
Premiership 4th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Fourth round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Hasselbaink (18)
All: 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.

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]

Leeds United's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–0 34,162
24 August 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 30,652 Hasselbaink
29 August 1998 Wimbledon A 1–1 16,437 Bowyer
8 September 1998 Southampton H 3–0 30,637 Marshall (own goal), Harte, Wijnhard
12 September 1998 Everton A 0–0 36,687
19 September 1998 Aston Villa H 0–0 33,446
26 September 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–3 35,535 Halle, Hasselbaink, Wijnhard
3 October 1998 Leicester City H 0–1 32,606
17 October 1998 Nottingham Forest A 1–1 23,911 Halle
25 October 1998 Chelsea H 0–0 36,292
31 October 1998 Derby County A 2–2 27,034 Molenaar, Kewell
8 November 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–1 30,012 Hasselbaink, Woodgate
14 November 1998 Liverpool A 3–1 44,305 Smith, Hasselbaink (2)
21 November 1998 Charlton Athletic H 4–1 32,487 Hasselbaink, Bowyer, Smith, Kewell
29 November 1998 Manchester United A 2–3 55,172 Hasselbaink, Kewell
5 December 1998 West Ham United H 4–0 36,320 Bowyer (2), Molenaar, Hasselbaink
14 December 1998 Coventry City H 2–0 31,802 Hopkin, Bowyer
20 December 1998 Arsenal A 1–3 38,025 Hasselbaink
26 December 1998 Newcastle United A 3–0 36,783 Kewell, Bowyer, Hasselbaink
29 December 1998 Wimbledon H 2–2 39,816 Ribeiro, Hopkin
9 January 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 27,620
16 January 1999 Middlesbrough H 2–0 37,473 Smith, Bowyer
30 January 1999 Southampton A 0–3 15,236
6 February 1999 Newcastle United H 0–1 40,202
17 February 1999 Aston Villa A 2–1 37,510 Hasselbaink (2)
20 February 1999 Everton H 1–0 36,344 Korsten
1 March 1999 Leicester City A 2–1 18,101 Kewell, Smith
10 March 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 34,521 Smith, Kewell
13 March 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–0 28,142 Hasselbaink, Hopkin
20 March 1999 Derby County H 4–1 38,971 Bowyer, Hasselbaink, Korsten, Harte
3 April 1999 Nottingham Forest H 3–1 39,645 Hasselbaink, Harte, Smith
12 April 1999 Liverpool H 0–0 39,451
17 April 1999 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 20,043 Woodgate
25 April 1999 Manchester United H 1–1 40,255 Hasselbaink
1 May 1999 West Ham United A 5–1 25,997 Hasselbaink, Smith, Harte (pen), Bowyer, Håland
5 May 1999 Chelsea A 0–1 34,762
11 May 1999 Arsenal H 1–0 40,124 Hasselbaink
16 May 1999 Coventry City A 2–2 23,049 Wijnhard, Hopkin

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Rushden & Diamonds A 0–0 6,431
R3R 13 January 1999 Rushden & Diamonds H 3–1 39,159 Smith (2), Hasselbaink
R4 23 January 1999 Portsmouth A 5–1 18,864 Wetherall, Harte, Kewell, Ribeiro, Wijnhard
R5 13 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 39,696 Harte
R5R 24 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–2 32,307

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 28 October 1998 Bradford City H 1–0 27,561 Kewell
R4 11 November 1998 Leicester City A 1–2 20,161 Kewell

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Marítimo H 1–0 38,033 Hasselbaink
R1 2nd Leg 29 September 1998 Marítimo A 0–1 (won 4-1 on pens) 10,000
R2 1st Leg 20 October 1998 Roma A 0–1 43,003
R2 2nd Leg 3 November 1998 Roma H 0–0 (lost 0-1 on agg) 39,161

Squad[edit]

[3] 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
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
No. Position Player
22 Norway MF Tommy Knarvik
23 England MF David Batty
24 England MF Kevin Dixon
25 England DF Jonathan Woodgate
26 England FW Tony Hackworth
27 Republic of Ireland DF Alan Maybury
28 England DF Paul Shepherd
29 England DF Mark Jackson
30 Netherlands DF Robert Molenaar
31 Republic of Ireland DF Paul Donnelly
32 England MF Andy Wright
33 Northern Ireland MF Wesley Boyle
34 England MF Andrew Quinn
35 England FW Lee Matthews
36 England GK Paul Robinson
37 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen McPhail[4]
38 Republic of Ireland DF Damian Lynch
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[5] (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
- Australia DF Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
- England DF Gareth Evans
- Wales DF Kevin Evans
No. Position Player
- England DF Jamie Price
- Northern Ireland MF Simon Watson
- Northern Ireland FW Warren Feeney

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6]
Considering a 4-4-2 formation

Topscorers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
19 June 1998 DF Danny Granville Chelsea £1,600,000
13 October 1998 GK Nuno Santos Vitória de Setúbal Signed
8 December 1998 MF David Batty Newcastle United £4,400,000
25 May 1999 MF Eirik Bakke Sogndal £1,750,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
19 June 1998 MF Jason Blunt Blackpool Free transfer
29 August 1998 DF Andy Gray Nottingham Forest £200,000
Transfers in: Decrease £7,750,000
Transfers out: Increase £200,000
Total spending: Decrease £7,550,000

Loaned in[edit]

Loaned out[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From silverware to the sack". BBC News. 16 March 2001. 
  2. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/leeds-united/1998-1999/results
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1998-1999/faprem/leeds.htm
  4. ^ McPhail was born in Westminster, England, but was raised in Dublin and would make his international debut for Ireland in May 2000.
  5. ^ Gray was born in Harrogate, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in April 2003.
  6. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/leeds-united/tab/players/season/1999