1998–99 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1998–99 season
Chairman John Elsom
Manager Martin O'Neill
Stadium Filbert Street
Premier League 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Runners up
Top goalscorer League: Cottee (10)
All: Cottee (16)
Highest home attendance 22,091 (vs. Manchester United, 16 January)
Lowest home attendance 17,725 (vs. Wimbledon, 27 September)
Average home league attendance 20,469
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1998–99 English football season, Leicester City competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Leicester City repeated the previous season's 10th place in the Premiership, earning Martin O'Neill more credit for achieving strong finishes on a relatively limited budget. But the club's best chance of a UEFA Cup place was blown in late March when they lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the Worthington Cup final.[1] At least City fans had the satisfaction of holding on to the highly rated O'Neill, who had seemed certain to desert the club for Leeds United early in the season.[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 Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 12 13 13 40 46 −6 49 7 6 6 25 25 0 5 7 7 15 21 −6

Source: Statto

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result D W L L D L D W W D W D L L D W W L W D D L D L L L W D W D D D W W L L W L
Position 4 2 8 13 14 17 17 16 11 11 7 6 9 12 13 12 8 11 10 10 10 12 12 13 14 14 14 13 13 14 13 13 12 11 11 11 10 10

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Manchester United A 2–2 55,052 Heskey, Cottee
22 August 1998 Everton H 2–0 21,037 Cottee, Izzet
29 August 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 0–1 22,544
9 September 1998 Middlesbrough H 0–1 20,635
12 September 1998 Arsenal H 1–1 21,628 Heskey
19 September 1998 Derby County A 0–2 26,738
27 September 1998 Wimbledon H 1–1 17,725 Elliott
3 October 1998 Leeds United A 1–0 32,606 Cottee
19 October 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 20,787 Heskey, Izzet
24 October 1998 Aston Villa A 1–1 39,241 Cottee
31 October 1998 Liverpool H 1–0 21,837 Cottee
7 November 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 20,021
14 November 1998 West Ham United A 2–3 6,190 Izzet, Lampard (own goal)
21 November 1998 Chelsea H 2–4 21,401 Izzet, Guppy
28 November 1998 Coventry City A 1–1 19,894 Heskey
5 December 1998 Southampton H 2–0 18,423 Heskey, Walsh
12 December 1998 Nottingham Forest H 3–1 20,891 Heskey, Elliott (pen), Guppy
19 December 1998 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,718
26 December 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 33,513 Cottee
28 December 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 1–1 21,083 Walsh
9 January 1999 Everton A 0–0 32,792
16 January 1999 Manchester United H 2–6 22,091 Zagorakis, Walsh
30 January 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–0 34,631
6 February 1999 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–2 20,113
20 February 1999 Arsenal A 0–5 38,069
1 March 1999 Leeds United H 1–2 18,101 Cottee
6 March 1999 Wimbledon A 1–0 11,801 Guppy
13 March 1999 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 20,220 Lennon
3 April 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–0 35,415 Elliott, Cottee
6 April 1999 Aston Villa H 2–2 20,652 Savage, Cottee
10 April 1999 West Ham United H 0–0 20,402
18 April 1999 Chelsea A 2–2 34,535 Duberry (own goal), Guppy
21 April 1999 Liverpool A 1–0 36,019 Marshall
24 April 1999 Coventry City H 1–0 20,224 Marshall
1 May 1999 Southampton A 1–2 15,228 Marshall
5 May 1999 Derby County H 1–2 20,535 Sinclair
8 May 1999 Newcastle United H 2–0 21,125 Izzet, Cottee
16 May 1999 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 25,353

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Birmingham City H 4–2 19,846 Sinclair, Ullathorne, Cottee, Guppy
R4 23 January 1999 Coventry City H 0–3 21,207

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Chesterfield H 3–0 13,480 Heskey (2), Taggart
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Chesterfield A 3–1 (won 6-1 on agg) 4,565 Heskey, Fenton, Wilson
R3 27 October 1998 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 19,671 Cottee (2)
R4 11 November 1998 Leeds United H 2–1 20,161 Izzet, Parker
QF 2 December 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 19,442 Lennon
SF 1st Leg 26 January 1999 Sunderland A 2–1 38,332 Cottee (2)
SF 2nd Leg 17 February 1999 Sunderland H 1–1 (won 3-2 on agg) 21,231 Cottee
F 21 March 1999 Tottenham Hotspur N 0–1 77,892

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Kasey Keller
3 Jamaica DF Frank Sinclair
4 Northern Ireland DF Gerry Taggart
5 England DF Steve Walsh (captain)
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet
7 Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon
8 England MF Scott Taylor
9 England FW Emile Heskey
10 England MF Garry Parker
11 England MF Steve Guppy
13 Iceland FW Arnar Gunnlaugsson
14 Wales MF Robbie Savage
15 Sweden DF Pontus Kåmark
16 Scotland MF Stuart Campbell
No. Position Player
17 Scotland MF Charlie Miller (on loan from Rangers)
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott
19 England DF Rob Ullathorne
20 England FW Ian Marshall
21 England FW Graham Fenton
22 France GK Pegguy Arphexad
24 England MF Andrew Impey
25 England MF Stuart Wilson
27 England FW Tony Cottee
28 England DF Steve Wenlock
29 England MF Stefan Oakes
30 England GK Ian Andrews
37 Greece MF Theodoros Zagorakis

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
17 England DF Spencer Prior (to Derby County)
No. Position Player
23 England MF Sam McMahon (to Cambridge 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
- England GK John Hodges
- England DF Jon Ashton
- England DF Guy Branston
- England DF Tommy Goodwin
No. Position Player
- Northern Ireland MF Tim McCann
- England FW Lawrie Dudfield
- England FW Lee Tomlin

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[5]