1998–99 Portsmouth F.C. season

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Portsmouth
1998–99 season
Chairman Martin Gregory (until 18 December)
Les Parris (from 18 December - 18 May 1999)
Manager Alan Ball
Stadium Fratton Park
Football League First Division 19th
FA Cup Fourth round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Aloisi (14)
All: Aloisi (17)
Average home league attendance 11,973

During the 1998–99 English football season, Portsmouth F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Portsmouth's centenary season, 1998-99, saw a serious financial crisis hit the club and in December 1998, chairman Martin Gregory quit his post after being targeted of abuse from Portsmouth fans which gave him no choice but to sell his 97% ownership of the club[1] and in February 1999, Portsmouth went into receivership.[2] They avoided relegation again that season, and were then saved from closure by new chairman Milan Mandarić, who saved the club with a takeover deal in May 1999. The new chairman immediately started investing.[3]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61
11. Grimsby Town 46 17 10 19 40 52 61
12. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 59
13. Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 16 16 58 71 58
15. Tranmere Rovers 46 12 20 14 63 61 56
16. Stockport County 46 12 17 17 49 60 53
17. Swindon Town 46 13 11 22 59 81 50
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 48
19. Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 47
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 12 11 23 52 61 47
21. Port Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 47
22. Bury 46 10 17 19 35 60 47
23. Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 44
24. Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 42
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Portsmouth's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Watford H 1-2 15,275 Aloisi
15 August 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 1-1 6,714 Aloisi
22 August 1998 Ipswich Town H 0-0 12,002
29 August 1998 Huddersfield Town A 3-3 10,085 Aloisi (2), McLoughlin (pen)
31 August 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 3-0 12,106 Aloisi, McLoughlin, Phillips
6 September 1998 Oxford United A 0-3 6,626
8 September 1998 Bury A 1-2 4,310 McLoughlin (pen)
12 September 1998 Swindon Town H 5-2 10,105 Aloisi (2), Igoe (2), Claridge
19 September 1998 Port Vale A 2-0 5,992 Aloisi, Durnin
26 September 1998 Sunderland H 1-1 17,022 Igoe
29 September 1998 Birmingham City H 0-1 11,843
3 October 1998 Sheffield United A 1-2 15,386 Aloisi
10 October 1998 Bristol City A 2-2 13,056 Igoe, Claridge
17 October 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 13,681 McLoughlin (pen)
20 October 1998 Bradford City H 2-4 10,062 Aloisi (2)
24 October 1998 Barnsley A 1-2 15,152 Durnin
7 November 1998 Crystal Palace A 1-4 20,188 Aloisi
10 November 1998 Norwich City H 1-2 9,335 Aloisi
14 November 1998 Grimsby Town A 1-1 6,236 Aloisi
21 November 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 2-1 11,144 Nightingale (2)
28 November 1998 Stockport County A 0-2 7,504
5 December 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 2-0 19,284 McLoughlin, Claridge
13 December 1998 Grimsby Town H 0-1 8,180
19 December 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 1-3 15,981 Igoe
26 December 1998 Ipswich Town A 0-3 21,805
28 December 1998 Oxford United H 2-2 12,604 Claridge (2, 1 pen)
9 January 1999 Watford A 0-0 12,057
16 January 1999 Huddersfield Town H 1-0 10,334 Claridge
30 January 1999 Queens Park Rangers A 1-1 12,270 Nightingale
6 February 1999 Tranmere Rovers H 1-1 10,597 Whittingham
13 February 1999 Bury H 2-1 9,062 Robinson, Whittingham
20 February 1999 Swindon Town A 3-3 10,230 Claridge (2), Péron
27 February 1999 Port Vale H 4-0 12,838 McLoughlin (pen), Whittingham (3)
2 March 1999 Sunderland A 0-2 37,656
6 March 1999 Birmingham City A 1-4 20,617 Whittingham
9 March 1999 Sheffield United H 1-0 10,287 Awford
13 March 1999 Crystal Palace H 1-1 15,120 Whittingham
20 March 1999 Norwich City A 0-0 16,662
28 March 1999 Barnsley H 1-3 13,337 Durnin
3 April 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-2 23,262
5 April 1999 Bristol City H 0-1 13,026
10 April 1999 Bradford City A 1-2 13,552 Durnin
17 April 1999 West Bromwich Albion A 2-2 12,750 Durnin (2)
24 April 1999 Stockport County H 3-1 11,212 Claridge, Simpson, Durnin
1 May 1999 Crewe Alexandra A 1-3 5,759 McLoughlin
9 May 1999 Bolton Wanderers H 0-2 16,015

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Nottingham Forest A 1-0 10,092 Claridge
R4 23 January 1999 Leeds United H 1-5 18,864 Nightingale

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 11 August 1998 Plymouth Argyle A 3-1 4,380 McLoughlin (pen), Vlachos, Aloisi
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Plymouth Argyle H 3-2 (won 6-3 on agg) 5,479 Hillier, McLoughlin (pen), Aloisi
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Wimbledon H 2-1 7,010 Aloisi, McLoughlin
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Wimbledon A 1-4 (lost 3-5 on agg) 3,756 Whitbread

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[5]

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 Aaron Flahavan
England GK Alan Knight
England GK Chris Tardif
Australia GK Andy Petterson
England DF Andy Awford
England DF Russell Perrett
England DF Robbie Pethick
England DF Lee Russell
England DF Adrian Whitbread
Denmark DF Thomas Thøgersen
Greece DF Michalis Vlachos
England MF David Hillier
England MF Sammy Igoe
England MF Martin Phillips
England MF Matthew Robinson
No. Position Player
England MF Steve Soley
England MF David Waterman
Republic of Ireland MF Alan McLoughlin
France MF Jeff Péron
Brazil MF Stefani Miglioranzi
Jamaica MF Fitzroy Simpson
England FW Steve Claridge
England FW John Durnin
England FW Luke Nightingale
England FW Robbie Simpson
England FW Andy Thomson
England FW Guy Whittingham
Sweden FW Sven Andreasson
Greece FW Nikos Kyzeridis
Australia FW John Aloisi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football: Pompey chief is forced out.". The Free Library. The Mirror. 19 December 1998. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Football: Portsmouth Saved By Bank.". The Free Library. The Mirror. 2 February 1999. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Lee (18 May 1999). "FOOTBALL: MILAN'S ON THE BALL.". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/portsmouth/1998-1999
  5. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=2049&teamTabs=stats&season_id=128