1998–99 Southampton F.C. season

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Southampton F.C.
1998–99 season
Chairman Rupert Lowe
Manager Dave Jones
Stadium The Dell
Premier League 17th
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Le Tissier/Østenstad (7)
All: Østenstad (8)
Highest home attendance 15,255 (vs. Arsenal, 3 April)
Lowest home attendance 11,645 (vs. Fulham, 23 September)
Average home league attendance 15,140

During the 1998–99 English football season, Southampton Football Club competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

An embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Premiership debutants Charlton Athletic at The Valley in Southampton's second league game prompted a horrendous start to which would set the tone for a long season for The Saints, seeing them lose their first five games and gaining just two points from their first nine games and winning just three out of their first 20 games, picking up just 14 points from a possible 60. Form gradually improved from mid-December but was ultimately inconsistent and they boasted reasonable, improved home form; they would not lose again at home after their 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea on Boxing Day. However, it was cancelled out by their abysmal away form. Before their 2-0 away win at Wimbledon in their penultimate game of the season, they had the poorest away form in the Premier League with only six points out of a possible 51 and just one win (at Blackburn). This meant that - in addition to not being helped by their poor start - they were in the relegation zone all season long until April, when a late run of good form saw the Saints draw two and win their final three games and saved them from relegation at the expense of Charlton Athletic. Winning their final game of the season was a double delight, not only because they had attained survival, but because it meant that they would be able to press ahead with a move to a new 32,000-seat stadium on the banks of the River Itchen, knowing that they would only have to play two more seasons at their dilapidated century-old Dell before making the long-awaited move to a capacious new home.[1]

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]

Southampton's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 1998 Liverpool H 1–2 15,202 Østenstad
22 August 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–5 16,488
29 August 1998 Nottingham Forest H 1–2 14,942 Le Tissier (pen)
8 September 1998 Leeds United A 0–3 30,637
12 September 1998 Newcastle United A 0–4 36,454
19 September 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 15,204 Le Tissier
28 September 1998 West Ham United A 0–1 23,153
3 October 1998 Manchester United H 0–3 15,251
17 October 1998 Arsenal A 1–1 38,027 Howells
24 October 1998 Coventry City H 2–1 15,152 Le Tissier, Østenstad
31 October 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–0 30,078
7 November 1998 Middlesbrough H 3–3 15,202 Monkou, Beattie, Østenstad
14 November 1998 Aston Villa H 1–4 15,242 Le Tissier
21 November 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 2–0 22,812 Oakley, Basham
28 November 1998 Derby County H 0–1 14,762
5 December 1998 Leicester City A 0–2 18,423
12 December 1998 Everton A 0–1 32,073
19 December 1998 Wimbledon H 3–1 14,354 Østenstad (2), Kachloul
26 December 1998 Chelsea H 0–2 15,253
28 December 1998 Nottingham Forest A 1–1 23,456 Kachloul
9 January 1999 Charlton Athletic H 3–1 15,222 Kachloul, Colleter, Beattie
16 January 1999 Liverpool A 1–7 44,011 Østenstad
30 January 1999 Leeds United H 3–0 15,236 Kachloul, Oakley, Østenstad
6 February 1999 Chelsea A 0–1 34,920
20 February 1999 Newcastle United H 2–1 15,244 Beattie, Dodd (pen)
27 February 1999 Manchester United A 1–2 55,316 Le Tissier
2 March 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–3 25,529
6 March 1999 West Ham United H 1–0 15,240 Kachloul
14 March 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–3 33,387
20 March 1999 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 15,201 Le Tissier
3 April 1999 Arsenal H 0–0 15,255
5 April 1999 Coventry City A 0–1 21,402
10 April 1999 Aston Villa A 0–3 32,203
17 April 1999 Blackburn Rovers H 3–3 15,209 Marsden, Hughes, Wright, Pahars
24 April 1999 Derby County A 0–0 26,557
1 May 1999 Leicester City H 2–1 15,228 Marsden, Beattie
8 May 1999 Wimbledon A 2–0 24,068 Beattie, Le Tissier
16 May 1999 Everton H 2–0 15,254 Pahars (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Fulham H 1–1 12,549 Østenstad
R3R 13 January 1999 Fulham A 0–1 17,448

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Fulham A 1–1 10,222 Beattie
R2 2nd Leg 23 September 1998 Fulham H 0–1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 11,645

Squad[edit]

[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 Wales GK Paul Jones
2 England DF Jason Dodd
3 England DF John Beresford
4 England MF Chris Marsden
5 Norway DF Claus Lundekvam
6 Suriname DF Ken Monkou
7 England FW Matt Le Tissier (captain)
8 England MF Matt Oakley
9 Wales FW Mark Hughes
10 Norway FW Egil Østenstad
11 England MF David Howells
12 England DF Richard Dryden
13 England GK Neil Moss
14 England MF Stuart Ripley
15 England DF Francis Benali
16 England FW James Beattie
17 England FW Mark Paul
No. Position Player
18 England DF Wayne Bridge
19 Scotland DF Scott Marshall
20 England GK Scott Bevan
21 Wales DF Andy Williams[4]
22 Wales MF David Hughes[5]
23 England DF Scott Hiley
24 England FW Steve Basham
25 England DF Garry Monk
27 England FW David Hirst
28 England MF Kevin Gibbens
29 England DF Phil Warner
30 Morocco MF Hassan Kachloul
31 England FW Shayne Bradley
32 Denmark GK Michael Stensgaard
33 France DF Patrick Colleter
35 Latvia FW Marian Pahars
- Portugal MF Dani Rodrigues

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
4 England MF Carlton Palmer (to Nottingham Forest)
No. Position Player
26 Italy FW Cosimo Sarli (to Eendracht Aalst)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
14 June 1998 MF England David Howells England Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer
6 July 1998 MF England Stuart Ripley England Blackburn Rovers £1,500,000
9 July 1998 FW England Mark Paul England King's Lynn £60,000
10 July 1998 FW England James Beattie England Blackburn Rovers £1,000,000
11 July 1998 FW Wales Mark Hughes England Chelsea £650,000
21 August 1998 DF England Scott Hiley England Manchester City Free transfer
16 October 1998 MF Morocco Hassan Kachloul France Metz £250,000
2 December 1998 GK Denmark Michael Stensgaard Denmark Copenhagen Free transfer
24 December 1998 DF France Patrick Colleter France Marseille £100,000
1 February 1999 MF England Chris Marsden England Birmingham City £800,000
16 February 1999 FW Latvia Marian Pahars Latvia Skonto £800,000
23 February 1999 MF Portugal Dani Rodrigues Portugal Feirense £170,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 June 1998 FW England Kevin Davies England Blackburn Rovers £7,500,000
1 July 1998 MF England Duncan Spedding England Northampton Town Free transfer
15 July 1998 MF England Kevin Richardson England Barnsley Signed
1 August 1998 DF England Lee Todd England Bradford City £250,000
24 August 1998 FW Norway Stig Johansen Sweden Helsingborgs £250,000
19 January 1999 MF England Carlton Palmer England Nottingham Forest £1,100,000
8 February 1999 FW Italy Cosimo Sarli Belgium Eendracht Aalst Signed
Transfers in: Decrease £5,330,000
Transfers out: Increase £9,100,000
Total spending: Increase £3,770,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thorpe, Martin (10 May 1999). "Saints plot great escape". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Southampton 1998-1999 Home - statto.com
  3. ^ FootballSquads - Southampton - 1998/99
  4. ^ Williams was born in Bristol, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in November 1997.
  5. ^ Hughes was born in St Albans, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.