1998–99 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. season

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Tottenham Hotspur
1998–99 season
Chairman Alan Sugar
Manager Christian Gross (until 5 September)
Chris Hughton (caretaker)
George Graham (from 24 September)
Stadium White Hart Lane
Premiership 11th
FA Cup Semi-finals
Worthington Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Iversen (9)
All: Iversen (13)
Average home league attendance 34,149

During the 1998–99 season, Tottenham Hotspur participated in the English Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

A dismal start to the season saw Christian Gross lose his job as Tottenham manager less than a year after taking over.[1] There were a few raised eyebrows when the job went to George Graham – who had achieved so much success during his reign at Tottenham's deadly rivals Arsenal.[2] But the appointment brought instant success: though Tottenham were unable to progress beyond 11th place in the final Premiership table, they triumphed in the Worthington Cup to attain only their second European campaign of the post-Heysel era.[3]

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]

Tottenham Hotspur's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Wimbledon A 1–3 23,031 Fox
22 August 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–3 32,129
29 August 1998 Everton A 1–0 39,378 Ferdinand
9 September 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2–1 28,331 Nielsen, Ferdinand
13 September 1998 Middlesbrough H 0–3 30,345
19 September 1998 Southampton A 1–1 15,204 Fox
26 September 1998 Leeds United H 3–3 35,535 Vega, Iversen, Campbell
3 October 1998 Derby County A 1–0 30,083 Campbell
19 October 1998 Leicester City A 1–2 20,787 Ferdinand
24 October 1998 Newcastle United H 2–0 36,047 Iversen (2)
2 November 1998 Charlton Athletic H 2–2 32,202 Nielsen, Armstrong
7 November 1998 Aston Villa A 2–3 39,241 Anderton (pen), Vega
14 November 1998 Arsenal A 0–0 38,278
21 November 1998 Nottingham Forest H 2–0 35,832 Nielsen, Armstrong
28 November 1998 West Ham United A 1–2 26,044 Armstrong
5 December 1998 Liverpool H 2–1 36,125 Fox, Carragher (own goal)
12 December 1998 Manchester United H 2–2 36,097 Campbell (2)
19 December 1998 Chelsea A 0–2 34,881
26 December 1998 Coventry City A 1–1 23,098 Campbell
28 December 1998 Everton H 4–1 36,053 Ferdinand, Armstrong (3)
9 January 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–0 28,204
16 January 1999 Wimbledon H 0–0 32,422
30 January 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 1–1 29,643 Iversen
6 February 1999 Coventry City H 0–0 34,376
20 February 1999 Middlesbrough A 0–0 34,687
27 February 1999 Derby County H 1–1 35,392 Sherwood
2 March 1999 Southampton H 3–0 28,580 Armstrong, Iversen, Dominguez
10 March 1999 Leeds United A 0–2 34,521
13 March 1999 Aston Villa H 1–0 35,963 Sherwood
3 April 1999 Leicester City H 0–2 35,415
5 April 1999 Newcastle United A 1–1 36,655 Anderton (pen)
17 April 1999 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 25,181 Iversen
20 April 1999 Charlton Athletic A 4–1 20,043 Iversen, Campbell, Dominguez, Ginola
24 April 1999 West Ham United H 1–2 36,089 Ginola
1 May 1999 Liverpool A 2–3 44,007 Carragher (own goal), Iversen
5 May 1999 Arsenal H 1–3 36,019 Anderton
10 May 1999 Chelsea H 2–2 35,878 Iversen, Ginola
16 May 1999 Manchester United A 1–2 55,189 Ferdinand

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Watford H 5–2 36,022 Iversen (2), Anderton (pen), Nielsen, Fox
R4 23 January 1999 Wimbledon A 1–1 22,229 Ginola
R4R 2 February 1999 Wimbledon H 3–0 24,049 Sinton, Nielsen (2)
R5 13 February 1999 Leeds United A 1–1 39,696 Sherwood
R5R 24 February 1999 Leeds United H 2–0 32,307 Anderton, Ginola
QF 16 March 1999 Barnsley A 1–0 18,793 Ginola
SF 11 April 1999 Newcastle United N 0–2 53,609

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Brentford A 3–2 11,831 Carr, Vega, Dominguez
R2 2nd Leg 23 September 1998 Brentford H 3–2 (won 6-4 on agg) 22,980 Campbell, Nielsen, Armstrong
R3 27 October 1998 Northampton Town A 3–1 7,422 Armstrong (2), Campbell
R4 10 November 1998 Liverpool A 3–1 20,772 Iversen, Scales, Nielsen
QF 2 December 1998 Manchester United H 3–1 35,702 Armstrong (2), Ginola
SF 1st Leg 27 January 1999 Wimbledon H 0–0 35,997
SF 2nd Leg 16 February 1999 Wimbledon A 1–0 (won 1-0 on agg) 25,204 Iversen
F 21 March 1999 Leicester City N 1–0 77,892 Nielsen

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
1 England GK Ian Walker
2 Republic of Ireland DF Stephen Carr
3 Italy DF Paolo Tramezzani
4 Germany MF Steffen Freund
5 Norway DF Roger Nilsen
6 Denmark MF Allan Nielsen
7 Montserrat MF Ruel Fox
8 Algeria MF Moussa Saïb
9 England MF Darren Anderton
10 England FW Les Ferdinand
11 England FW Chris Armstrong
12 England DF Justin Edinburgh
13 Norway GK Espen Baardsen
14 France MF David Ginola
15 Switzerland DF Ramon Vega
16 England DF Clive Wilson
No. Position Player
17 England DF John Scales
18 Norway FW Steffen Iversen
19 Argentina DF Mauricio Taricco
20 Portugal MF José Dominguez
21 England FW Rory Allen
22 England MF Andy Sinton
23 England DF Sol Campbell (captain)
24 England MF Tim Sherwood
25 England MF Stephen Clemence
26 England DF Ledley King
29 Northern Ireland FW Paul McVeigh
30 Netherlands GK Hans Segers
31 England GK Simon Brown
32 England DF Luke Young
33 England MF Mark Gower
35 England DF Alton Thelwell

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 Italy MF Nicola Berti (to Alavés)
5 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood (to Aston Villa)
24 England FW Neale Fenn (on loan to Lincoln City)
No. Position Player
34 England MF Peter Gain (to Lincoln City)
- South Africa DF Mark Arber (to Barnet)

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 GK Alan Marriott
- England MF David Lee
- England MF Stuart Thurgood
No. Position Player
- England FW Peter Crouch
- England FW Ian Stonebridge

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6][7]
Considering a 4-4-2 formation

Top scorers[edit]

Premiership[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
29 June 1998 DF Paolo Tramezzani Piacenza £1,350,000
9 November 1998 DF Mauricio Taricco Ipswich Town £1,775,000
24 December 1998 MF Steffen Freund Borussia Dortmund £750,000
4 February 1999 MF Tim Sherwood Blackburn Rovers £4,000,000
25 March 1999 DF Roger Nilsen Sheffield United Free transfer
17 May 1999 MF Willem Korsten Vitesse Arnhem £1,500,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
14 June 1998 MF David Howells Southampton Free transfer
17 June 1998 MF Danny Hill Oxford United Free transfer
1 July 1998 DF Dean Austin Crystal Palace Free transfer
7 July 1998 MF Garry Brady Newcastle United Free transfer
20 November 1998 DF Mark Arber Barnet £75,000
31 December 1998 MF Nicola Berti Alavés Free transfer
23 March 1999 DF Colin Calderwood Aston Villa £225,000
25 March 1999 MF Peter Gain Lincoln City £15,000
18 May 1999 MF Ross Fitzsimon Norwich City Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £9,375,000
Transfers out: Increase £315,000
Total spending: Decrease £9,060,000

References[edit]