1998–99 Sheffield United F.C. season

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Sheffield United
1998–99 season
Chairman Mike McDonald
Manager Steve Bruce
Stadium Bramall Lane
First Division 8th
FA Cup Fifth round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Marcelo (16)
All:
Marcelo (20)
Average home league attendance 16,243

During the 1998–99 English football season, Sheffield United competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

The 1998–99 season saw more managerial change, with Steve Bruce taking over first team affairs. The Blades challenged once again for a play-off place but eventually finished eighth. However, there was drama in the FA Cup where the Blades were controversially beaten by Arsenal when Bruce attempted to take his team off the pitch, claiming that Arsenal had broken an unwritten rule of sportsmanship by failing to return the ball to the Blades, who had intentionally kicked it out of play to allow an injured player to be attended to. Although the game eventually continued to a finish, it was later declared void and replayed; United lost.[1][2] In May, Bruce resigned after just one season in charge, citing turmoil in the club's boardroom and a shortage of funds for transfers.[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]

Sheffield United's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Swindon Town H 2-1 15,977 Stuart, Borbokis
15 August 1998 West Bromwich Albion A 1-4 16,901 Saunders
22 August 1998 Birmingham City H 0-2 17,528
29 August 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2-2 18,263 Saunders, Taylor
31 August 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 3-1 15,922 Hunt, I Hamilton, Woodhouse
5 September 1998 Huddersfield Town A 0-1 12,192
8 September 1998 Grimsby Town H 3-2 12,293 Marker (2), McDermott (own goal)
12 September 1998 Bradford City A 2-2 13,169 Saunders, Stuart
19 September 1998 Norwich City H 2-1 16,155 Marcelo (2)
27 September 1998 Crystal Palace A 0-1 20,370
29 September 1998 Watford A 1-1 9,090 Marker
3 October 1998 Portsmouth H 2-1 15,386 Saunders, Dellas
17 October 1998 Barnsley H 1-1 23,180 Quinn
20 October 1998 Stockport County H 1-1 12,657 Marcelo
24 October 1998 Oxford United A 2-0 6,586 Saunders, Kachura
31 October 1998 Port Vale A 3-2 6,737 Stuart, Kachura, Saunders
7 November 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 2-2 15,844 Saunders, Borbokis
10 November 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-2 20,804 Stuart
14 November 1998 Bury H 3-1 14,164 Kachura (3)
21 November 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 12,558 Stuart, Kachura
28 November 1998 Sunderland H 0-4 25,612
5 December 1998 Bristol City A 0-2 11,134
11 December 1998 Bury A 3-3 5,002 Woodhouse, Marcelo (2)
20 December 1998 Ipswich Town H 1-2 12,944 Devlin
26 December 1998 Birmingham City A 0-1 22,005
28 December 1998 Huddersfield Town H 2-1 17,359 Gray (own goal), Twiss
9 January 1999 Swindon Town A 2-2 7,583 Stuart, Holdsworth
16 January 1999 Bolton Wanderers H 1-2 15,787 Campbell
30 January 1999 Crewe Alexandra A 2-1 5,243 Marcelo, Devlin
6 February 1999 West Bromwich Albion H 3-0 16,566 Morris, Marcelo (2)
19 February 1999 Bradford City H 2-2 14,675 Woodhouse, Marcelo
27 February 1999 Norwich City A 1-1 14,224 Devlin
2 March 1999 Crystal Palace H 1-1 12,896 Morris
6 March 1999 Watford H 3-0 15,943 Devlin, Morris, I Hamilton
9 March 1999 Portsmouth A 0-1 10,287
13 March 1999 Tranmere Rovers A 3-2 6,588 Morris, Dellas (2)
20 March 1999 Port Vale H 3-0 15,515 Devlin, Marcelo, Hunt
26 March 1999 Oxford United H 1-2 14,115 Marcelo
3 April 1999 Barnsley A 1-2 17,566 Marcelo
5 April 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-1 21,761 Marcelo
10 April 1999 Stockport County A 0-1 7,551
17 April 1999 Queens Park Rangers H 2-0 14,341 Marcelo (2, 1 pen)
20 April 1999 Grimsby Town A 2-1 5,109 Campbell (2)
24 April 1999 Sunderland A 0-0 41,179
1 May 1999 Bristol City H 3-1 17,310 Marcelo, Morris (2)
9 May 1999 Ipswich Town A 1-4 21,689 Donis

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Notts County H 1-1 12,264 Marcelo
R3R 23 January 1999 Notts County A 4-3 7,489 Borbokis, Holdsworth, Marcelo (2)
R4 27 January 1999 Cardiff City H 4-1 13,296 Devlin, Holdsworth, Morris, Stuart
R5 23 February 1999 Arsenal A 1-2[2] 37,161 Morris

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 11 August 1998 Darlington H 3-1 5,035 Borbokis, Saunders, Taylor
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Darlington A 2-2 (won 5-3 on agg) 3,756 Saunders (2)
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Grimsby Town H 2-1 4,689 I Hamilton, Ford
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Grimsby Town A 0-2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 4,287

First-team 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 Simon Tracey
England GK Leigh Walker
Scotland GK Andy Goram
Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
England DF Steve Bruce (player-manager)
England DF David Holdsworth
England DF Robert Kozluk
England DF Nicky Marker
England DF Jon O'Connor
England DF Wayne Quinn
England DF Lee Sandford
England DF Chris Wilder
Greece DF Vassilis Borbokis
Greece DF Traianos Dellas
Norway DF Anders Jacobsen
Norway DF Roger Nilsen
Ivory Coast DF Olivier Tébily
England MF Jon Cullen
England MF Kevin Davies
No. Position Player
England MF Shaun Derry
England MF Des Hamilton (on loan from Newcastle United)
England MF Ian Hamilton
England MF Nick Henry
England MF Bobby Ford
England MF Ryan Ludham
England MF Graham Stuart
England MF Michael Twiss (on loan from Manchester United)
England MF Curtis Woodhouse
Scotland MF Paul Devlin
Greece MF Giorgos Donis
England FW Andy Campbell (on loan from Middlesbrough)
England FW Jonathan Hunt (on loan from Derby County)
England FW Lee Morris
Wales FW Dean Saunders
Wales FW Gareth Taylor
Belarus FW Pyotr Kachura
Brazil FW Cipriano
Brazil FW Marcelo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell Kempson (1999-02-15). "'The goal was an accident. I am sorry' – Football". The Times. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ a b Matt Barlow (1999-02-23). "Fifa Green Light Clears Blades For Rematch". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Football: Bruce out of Blades.". The Free Library. The Mirror. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/sheffield-united/1998-1999
  5. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/teams/team.sd?team_id=2328&teamTabs=stats&season_id=128