1998–99 Nottingham Forest F.C. season

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Nottingham Forest
1998–99 season
Chairman Nigel Wray (until 13 April)
Eric Barnes (from 13 April)
Manager Dave Bassett (until 5 January)
Ron Atkinson (from 11 January)
Stadium City Ground
Premiership 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Freedman (9)
All: Freedman (12)
Average home league attendance 24,415

During the 1998–99 English football season, Nottingham Forest F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Nottingham Forest's campaign back in the Premiership got off to a fairly good start in the first three games in the season, losing narrowly 2-1 at Arsenal and winning the other two against Coventry City and at Southampton; however, it would be 19 games until their next victory and they went on a very poor run of only one win in 25 league games - in addition to two wins in 32 games - and winning their final three games did not matter as they were already relegated. Pierre Van Hooijdonk, top scorer in Forest's promotion-winning 1997-98 campaign, went AWOL before the start of the season following the sale of strike partner Kevin Campbell and it appeared that he would never play for the club again. He returned in October, but Forest were already deep in relegation trouble and it was too late to save manager Dave Bassett's job. Ron Atkinson made what appeared to be his final return to management, but was unable to save Forest from relegation in bottom place - the third time in seven years that they had endured this fate. With just 7 wins and 30 points all season, they had never really looked like beating the drop, due to embarrassing results like the 1-8 beating at home to Manchester United. A win at Goodison Park was the highlight of Atkinson's ill-fated tenure.

When Atkinson's contract was not renewed, Brian Little, Glenn Hoddle and Roy Evans were just some of the many high profile names linked with the manager's job, but in the end it was 33-year-old former England captain David Platt who took on the role as player-manager.

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]

Nottingham Forest's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
17 August 1998 Arsenal A 1–2 38,064 Thomas
22 August 1998 Coventry City H 1–0 22,546 Stone
29 August 1998 Southampton A 2–1 14,942 Darcheville, Stone
8 September 1998 Everton H 0–2 25,610
12 September 1998 Chelsea A 1–2 34,809 Darcheville
19 September 1998 West Ham United H 0–0 26,463
26 September 1998 Newcastle United A 0–2 36,760
3 October 1998 Charlton Athletic H 0–1 22,661
17 October 1998 Leeds United H 1–1 23,911 Stone
24 October 1998 Liverpool A 1–5 44,595 Freedman
1 November 1998 Middlesbrough A 1–1 34,223 Harewood
7 November 1998 Wimbledon H 0–1 21,362
16 November 1998 Derby County H 2–2 24,014 Freedman, van Hooijdonk
21 November 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–2 35,832
28 November 1998 Aston Villa H 2–2 25,753 Bart-Williams, Freedman
7 December 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–3 19,321 Bonalair, van Hooijdonk
12 December 1998 Leicester City A 1–3 20,891 van Hooijdonk
19 December 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2–2 22,013 Chettle (pen), Freedman
26 December 1998 Manchester United A 0–3 55,216
28 December 1998 Southampton H 1–1 23,456 Chettle (pen)
9 January 1999 Coventry City A 0–4 17,172
16 January 1999 Arsenal H 0–1 26,021
30 January 1999 Everton A 1–0 34,175 van Hooijdonk
6 February 1999 Manchester United H 1–8 30,025 Rogers
13 February 1999 West Ham United A 1–2 25,458 Hjelde
20 February 1999 Chelsea H 1–3 26,351 van Hooijdonk
27 February 1999 Charlton Athletic A 0–0 20,007
10 March 1999 Newcastle United H 1–2 22,852 Freedman
13 March 1999 Wimbledon A 3–1 12,149 Rogers, Freedman, Shipperley
20 March 1999 Middlesbrough H 1–2 21,468 Freedman
3 April 1999 Leeds United A 1–3 39,645 Rogers
5 April 1999 Liverpool H 2–2 28,374 Freedman, van Hooijdonk
10 April 1999 Derby County A 0–1 32,217
17 April 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–1 25,181
24 April 1999 Aston Villa A 0–2 34,492
1 May 1999 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–0 20,480 Porfírio, Rogers
8 May 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 2–1 24,565 Freedman, Bart-Williams
16 May 1999 Leicester City H 1–0 25,353 Bart-Williams

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Portsmouth H 0–1 10,092

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Leyton Orient A 5–1 4,906 Johnson, Freedman (2), Stone, Harewood
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Leyton Orient H 0–0 (won 5-1 on agg) 6,382
R3 27 October 1998 Cambridge United H 3–3 (won 4-3 on pens) 9,192 Freedman, Armstrong, Harewood
R4 11 November 1998 Manchester United A 1–2 37,237 Stone

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
1 England GK Dave Beasant
2 France DF Matthieu Louis-Jean (on loan from Le Havre)
3 England DF Alan Rogers
4 England MF Nigel Quashie[3]
5 England DF Steve Chettle
6 Norway DF Jon Olav Hjelde
9 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 Wales MF Andy Johnson[4]
11 England DF Chris Bart-Williams
12 Scotland DF Chris Doig
13 Wales GK Mark Crossley
14 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman
15 Scotland DF Richard Gough (on loan from San Jose Clash)
16 England MF Geoff Thomas
17 France DF Thierry Bonalair
18 England MF Ian Woan
No. Position Player
19 France FW Jean-Claude Darcheville
20 England MF Carlton Palmer
21 England FW Steve Guinan
22 England DF Des Lyttle
23 France FW Bernard Allou
24 Wales DF Christian Edwards
25 Sweden DF Jesper Mattsson
26 England MF Steve Melton
27 Scotland FW Andy Gray
28 Scotland MF Gareth Williams
29 England FW Marlon Harewood
30 United States MF John Harkes (on loan from DC United)
31 Portugal MF Hugo Porfírio (on loan from Benfica)
32 Norway DF Ståle Stensaas (on loan from Rangers)
33 Switzerland GK Marco Pascolo
39 England GK Mark Goodlad
40 Netherlands FW Pierre van Hooijdonk
- Republic of Ireland MF John Burns

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 Steve Stone (to Aston Villa)
8 Scotland MF Scot Gemmill (to Everton)
15 England DF Craig Armstrong (to Huddersfield Town)
20 Wales MF Glyn Hodges (to Scarborough)
No. Position Player
23 England DF Andy Dawson (to Scunthorpe United)
England DF Stuart Thom (to Oldham Athletic)
England MF Chris Allen (to Port Vale)
England FW Paul McGregor (to Preston North End)

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 DF Kevin Dawson
- Australia DF Gareth Edds
- Croatia DF Nikola Jerkan
- England MF Richard Cooper
- England MF Richard Hodgson
No. Position Player
- Spain MF Carlos Merino
- England MF David Prutton
- England MF Andy Todd
- Republic of Ireland FW David Freeman

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK England Dave Beasant 26 0 1 0 3 0 30 0 1 0
2 DF France Matthieu Louis-Jean 15+1 0 1 0 2+1 0 18+2 0 4 1
3 DF England Alan Rogers 34 4 0 0 4 0 38 4 9 0
4 MF England Nigel Quashie 12+4 0 0+1 0 2 0 14+5 0 4 0
5 DF England Steve Chettle 32+2 2 1 0 3 0 36+2 2 8 1
6 DF Norway Jon-Olav Hjelde 16+1 1 1 0 2 0 19+1 1 4 0
7 MF England Steve Stone 26 3 1 0 3 2 30 5 5 0
8 MF Scotland Scot Gemmill 18+2 0 1 0 2 0 21+2 2 3 0
9 FW England Neil Shipperley 12+8 1 1 0 0 0 13+8 1 1 0
10 MF Wales Andy Johnson 25+3 0 1 0 2 1 28+3 1 7 0
11 MF England Chris Bart-Williams 20+4 3 1 0 2 0 23+4 3 3 0
12 DF Scotland Chris Doig 1+1 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 3 0 0
13 GK Wales Mark Crossley 12 0 2 0 1+1 0 13+1 0 0 0
14 FW Scotland Dougie Freedman 20+11 9 1 0 4 3 25+11 12 2 0
15 DF England Craig Armstrong 20+2 0 0 0 4 1 24+2 1 3 0
15 DF Scotland Richard Gough 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 3 1
16 MF England Geoff Thomas 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 0
17 MF France Thierry Bonalair 24+4 1 0 0 0 0 27+4 1 5 1
18 MF England Ian Woan 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 1 0
19 FW France Jean-Claude Darcheville 14+2 2 0 0 1+2 0 15+4 2 4 0
20 MF Wales Glyn Hodges 3+2 0 0 0 0 0 3+2 1 1 0
20 MF England Carlton Palmer 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 3 1
22 DF England Des Lyttle 5+5 0 1 0 1+1 0 7+6 0 1 0
23 DF England Andy Dawson 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
23 FW France Bernard Allou 0+2 0 0 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
24 DF Wales Christian Edwards 7+5 0 0 0 0 0 7+5 0 1 0
25 DF Sweden Jesper Mattsson 5+1 0 0 0 0 0 5+1 0 1 0
26 DF England Steve Melton 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
27 FW England Andy Gray 3+5 0 0+1 0 2+1 0 5+7 0 0 0
29 FW England Marlon Harewood 11+12 1 0+1 0 2+2 2 13+15 3 6 0
30 MF United States John Harkes 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
31 MF Portugal Hugo Porfirio 3+6 1 0 0 0 0 3+6 1 4 0
32 DF Norway Ståle Stensaas 6+1 0 0 0 0 0 6+1 0 1 0
40 FW Netherlands Pierre Van Hooijdonk 19+2 6 0 0 0+1 0 19+3 6 5 1

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[5]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 August 1998 FW Scotland Dougie Freedman England Wolverhampton Wanderers £950,000
21 August 1998 MF Scotland Nigel Quashie England Queens Park Rangers £2,500,000
29 August 1998 FW Scotland Andy Gray England Leeds United £200,000
21 September 1998 FW England Neil Shipperley England Crystal Palace £1,500,000
10 December 1998 DF Sweden Jesper Mattsson Sweden Halmstads £300,000
19 January 1999 MF England Carlton Palmer England Southampton £1,100,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
6 June 1998 MF England John Finnigan England Lincoln City Free transfer
29 July 1998 FW England Kevin Campbell Turkey Trabzonspor £2,500,000
1 August 1998 FW England Ian Thomas-Moore England Stockport County £800,000
18 August 1998 DF England Colin Cooper England Middlesbrough £2,500,000
16 October 1998 DF England Stuart Thom England Oldham Athletic £45,000
20 February 1999 DF England Craig Armstrong England Huddersfield Town £750,000
5 March 1999 MF England Chris Allen England Port Vale Free transfer
11 March 1999 MF England Steve Stone England Aston Villa £5,500,000
19 March 1999 DF England Andy Dawson England Scunthorpe United £50,000
25 March 1999 MF Scotland Scot Gemmill England Everton Nominal
Transfers in: Decrease £6,550,000
Transfers out: Increase £12,145,000
Total spending: Increase £5,595,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/nottingham-forest/1998-1999/results
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1998-1999/faprem/nottmf.htm
  3. ^ Quashie was born in Southwark, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally through his grandfather and would make his international debut for Scotland in 2004.
  4. ^ Johnson was born in Bristol, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in 1998.
  5. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/nottingham-forest/tab/players/season/1999