1998–99 Sheffield Wednesday F.C. season

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Sheffield Wednesday
1998–99 season
Chairman Dave Richards
Manager Danny Wilson
Premiership 12th
FA Cup Fifth round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Carbone (8)
All: Carbone (9)
Highest home attendance 39,475 (vs. Manchester United, Premiership)
Lowest home attendance 8,921 (vs. Cambridge United, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 26,745 (league)

The 1998–99 season was Sheffield Wednesday F.C.'s 132nd season in existence. They competed in the twenty-team Premiership, the top tier of English football, finishing twelfth. It was the club's 100th season at their Hillsborough ground.

Season summary[edit]

Danny Wilson's return to Hillsborough as manager[1] saw them begin the season among the favourites for relegation of many pundits. But they performed reasonably well throughout the season, being one of just three sides to beat treble winners Manchester United in addition to being one of just four sides to beat second-placed Arsenal, who would finish just one point behind Manchester United. Up to 27 February 1999 – their 3–1 home win over Middlesbrough – they were boasting somewhat inconsistent yet very stable, promising mid-table form: 10th in the table, winning ten, drawing five and losing 11 of their first 26 games with an impressive goal-difference of +9 and were looking like good bets for a UEFA Cup slot. However, they couldn't quite keep up the momentum and would lose their next five games which ultimately ended such hopes. However, winning three of their final seven matches ensured that they would finish 12th at the end of a campaign during which they had never faced any serious threat of relegation; a significant improvement to the previous season. The only major concern at the club was a growing mountain of debts which would have been even more of a worry had the Owls suffered relegation.

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 One

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 West Ham United H 0–1 30,236
22 August 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–0 32,129 Atherton, Di Canio, Hinchcliffe
29 August 1998 Aston Villa H 0–1 25,989
9 September 1998 Derby County A 0–1 26,209
12 September 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 3–0 20,846 Atherton, Hinchcliffe, Di Canio
19 September 1998 Wimbledon A 1–2 13,163 Di Canio
26 September 1998 Arsenal H 1–0 27,949 Briscoe
3 October 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–4 34,163
18 October 1998 Coventry City A 0–1 16,006
24 October 1998 Everton H 0–0 26,592
31 October 1998 Southampton H 0–0 30,078
8 November 1998 Leeds United A 1–2 30,012 Booth
14 November 1998 Newcastle United A 1–1 36,698 Rudi
21 November 1998 Manchester United H 3–1 39,475 Alexandersson (2), Jonk
28 November 1998 Chelsea A 1–1 34,451 Booth
7 December 1998 Nottingham Forest H 3–2 19,321 Alexandersson, Carbone (2)
12 December 1998 Charlton Athletic H 3–0 26,010 Booth, Carbone, Rudi
19 December 1998 Liverpool A 0–2 40,003
26 December 1998 Leicester City H 0–1 33,513
28 December 1998 Aston Villa A 1–2 39,217 Carbone
9 January 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 28,204
16 January 1999 West Ham United A 4–0 25,642 Hinchcliffe, Rudi, Humphreys, Carbone (pen)
30 January 1999 Derby County H 0–1 24,440
6 February 1999 Leicester City A 2–0 20,113 Jonk, Carbone
20 February 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 4–1 24,643 Sonner, Rudi (2), Booth
27 February 1999 Middlesbrough H 3–1 24,534 Booth (2), Sonner
3 March 1999 Wimbledon H 1–2 24,116 Thome
9 March 1999 Arsenal A 0–3 37,792
13 March 1999 Leeds United H 0–2 28,142
20 March 1999 Southampton A 0–1 15,201
3 April 1999 Coventry City H 1–2 28,136 Rudi
5 April 1999 Everton A 2–1 35,270 Carbone (2)
17 April 1999 Manchester United A 0–3 55,270
21 April 1999 Newcastle United H 1–1 21,545 Scott
25 April 1999 Chelsea H 0–0 21,652
1 May 1999 Nottingham Forest A 0–2 20,480
8 May 1999 Liverpool H 1–0 27,383 Cresswell
16 May 1999 Charlton Athletic A 1–0 20,043 Sonner

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1999 Norwich City H 4–1 18,737 Humphreys (2), Rudi, Stefanović
R4 23 January 1999 Stockport County H 2–0 20,984 Thome, Carbone
R5 13 February 1999 Chelsea H 0–1 29,410

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Cambridge United H 0–1 8,921
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Cambridge United A 1–1 (lost 1–2 on agg) 8,502 Campbell (own goal)

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[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 Kevin Pressman
2 England DF Peter Atherton (captain)
3 England DF Ian Nolan
4 Netherlands MF Wim Jonk
5 England DF Jon Newsome
6 England DF Des Walker
7 England FW Guy Whittingham
8 Italy FW Benito Carbone
10 England FW Andy Booth
12 Scotland MF Philip Scott
13 England GK Matt Clarke
14 Italy FW Francesco Sanetti
15 Argentina DF Juan Cobián
16 England MF Ritchie Humphreys
17 England MF Lee Briscoe
18 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Dejan Stefanović
19 England MF Scott Oakes
No. Position Player
20 England DF Andy Hinchcliffe
21 England FW Richard Cresswell
22 Brazil DF Emerson Thome
23 Ghana FW Junior Agogo
25 Norway MF Petter Rudi
26 Sweden MF Niclas Alexandersson
27 England DF Earl Barrett
28 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Quinn
29 England MF Krystof Kotylo
30 England FW Andrew Douglas
31 Republic of Ireland MF Mark McKeever
32 Northern Ireland MF Danny Sonner
33 Czech Republic GK Pavel Srníček
34 Northern Ireland MF Owen Morrison
35 England DF Steve Haslam
36 England MF Alex Higgins

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
21 Republic of Macedonia DF Goce Sedloski (to Dinamo Zagreb)
11 Italy FW Paolo Di Canio (to West Ham United)
12 England MF Graham Hyde (to Birmingham City)
No. Position Player
25 Northern Ireland MF Jim Magilton (to Ipswich Town)
England MF Mark Platts (to Torquay United)

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[4]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
6 August 1998 MF Wim Jonk PSV Eindhoven £2,500,000
11 August 1998 DF Juan Cobián Boca Juniors Undisclosed
14 October 1998 MF Danny Sonner Ipswich Town £75,000
11 November 1998 GK Pavel Srníček AS Consenza Free
25 March 1999 FW Richard Cresswell York City £950,000
25 March 1999 MF Philip Scott St. Johnstone £75,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
27 January 1999 FW Paolo Di Canio West Ham United £1,750,000
5 February 1999 MF Graham Hyde Birmingham City Free
22 March 1999 MF Jim Magilton Ipswich Town £682,500
25 March 1999 MF Mark Platts Torquay United Free
Transfers in: Decrease £3,600,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,432,500
Total spending: Decrease £1,167,500

References[edit]

  • Dickinson, Jason (1999). One Hundred Years at Hillsborough. Sheffield: The Hallamshire Press/Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. pp. 246–247, 387. ISBN 978-1-874718-29-1. 
  • Dickinson, Jason; Brodie, John (2005). The Wednesday Boys: A Definitive Who's Who of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club 1880–2005. Sheffield: Pickard Communication. pp. 347, 350. ISBN 978-0-9547264-9-2. 
  • Drake, A. "1998–99 Players". The Owl Football Historian. Retrieved 5 August 2008.