1998–99 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
1998–99 season
Chairman Terry Brown
Manager Harry Redknapp
Stadium Upton Park
Premiership 5th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer Wright (9)
Highest home attendance 26,044 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 28 November)
Lowest home attendance 23,153 (vs. Southampton, 28 September)
Average home league attendance 25,639

During the 1998–99 English football season, West Ham United F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

In the 1998-99 season, the Hammers finished fifth in the Premier League, their second-best placing ever in the top-flight, securing UEFA Cup qualification to mark a return to European competitions after 19 years in the wilderness (though the Hammers would have qualified for the UEFA Cup through their third place finish in 1986 had it not been for the ban on English clubs in European competitions).

New additions to the side for the season were goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, defender Neil Ruddock, Marc Keller and Arsenal goalscoring legend Ian Wright, while mid-season arrivals came in the shape of midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé, defender Scott Minto and striker Paolo Di Canio. During the course of the season, several key players left the club, including veteran defender Tim Breacker, unsettled striker John Hartson (who signed for Wimbledon after being linked with a move to a Manchester United side who won the league title, FA Cup and European Cup that season) and winger Andy Impey. April saw the retirement of defender Richard Hall, who had struggled with injuries since his arrival from Southampton in July 1996.

The season also saw the emergence of highly promising midfielder Joe Cole, who played his first eight league games that campaign and made a further appearance in the FA Cup, though he failed to score.

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]

West Ham United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 30,236 Wright
22 August 1998 Manchester United H 0–0 26,039
29 August 1998 Coventry City A 0–0 20,818
9 September 1998 Wimbledon H 3–4 25,311 Hartson, Wright (2)
12 September 1998 Liverpool H 2–1 26,029 Hartson, Berkovic
19 September 1998 Nottingham Forest A 0–0 26,463
28 September 1998 Southampton H 1–0 23,153 Wright
3 October 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 25,213
17 October 1998 Aston Villa H 0–0 26,002
24 October 1998 Charlton Athletic A 2–4 20,043 Rufus (own goal), Berkovic
31 October 1998 Newcastle United A 3–0 36,744 Wright (2), Sinclair
8 November 1998 Chelsea H 1–1 26,023 Ruddock
14 November 1998 Leicester City H 3–2 25,642 Kitson, Lomas, Lampard
22 November 1998 Derby County A 2–0 31,366 Hartson, Keller
28 November 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 26,044 Sinclair (2)
5 December 1998 Leeds United A 0–4 36,320
12 December 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–1 34,623
19 December 1998 Everton H 2–1 25,998 Keller, Sinclair
26 December 1998 Arsenal A 0–1 38,098
28 December 1998 Coventry City H 2–0 25,662 Wright, Hartson
10 January 1999 Manchester United A 1–4 55,180 Lampard
16 January 1999 Sheffield Wednesday H 0–4 25,642
30 January 1999 Wimbledon A 0–0 23,035
6 February 1999 Arsenal H 0–4 26,042
13 February 1999 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 25,458 Pearce, Lampard
20 February 1999 Liverpool A 2–2 44,511 Lampard (pen), Keller
27 February 1999 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 25,529 Pearce, Di Canio
6 March 1999 Southampton A 0–1 15,240
13 March 1999 Chelsea A 1–0 34,765 Kitson
20 March 1999 Newcastle United H 2–0 25,997 Di Canio, Kitson
2 April 1999 Aston Villa A 0–0 36,813
5 April 1999 Charlton Athletic H 0–1 26,041
10 April 1999 Leicester City A 0–0 20,402
17 April 1999 Derby County H 5–1 25,485 Di Canio, Berkovic, Wright, Ruddock, Sinclair
24 April 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 36,089 Wright, Keller
1 May 1999 Leeds United H 1–5 25,997 Di Canio
8 May 1999 Everton A 0–6 40,049
16 May 1999 Middlesbrough H 4–0 25,902 Lampard, Keller, Sinclair, Di Canio

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Swansea City H 1–1 26,039 Dicks
R3R 13 January 1999 Swansea City A 0–1 10,116

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Northampton Town A 0–2 7,254
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Northampton Town H 1–0 (lost 1-2 on agg) 25,435 Lampard

Squad[edit]

[2]

No. Player Position Lge apps Lge Gls FAC apps FAC Gls LC apps LC Gls Date signed Previous club
West Ham United XI 1998-1999
12 Trinidad and Tobago Shaka Hislop (Hammer of the Year) GK 37 0 2 0 2 0 July 1998 Newcastle United
15 England Rio Ferdinand CB 31 0 1 0 1 0 November 1995 Academy
19 England Ian Pearce CB 33 0 1 0 2 0 September 1997 Blackburn Rovers
6 England Neil Ruddock CB 27 0 2 0 1 0 July 1998 Liverpool
8 England Trevor Sinclair RM 36 7 2 2 January 1998 Queens Park Rangers
11 Northern Ireland Steve Lomas (captain) CM 30 2 March 1997 Manchester City
18 England Frank Lampard CM 38 5 1 1 2 July 1995 Academy
7 France Marc Keller LM 17+4 5 0 0 1 0 July 1998 Karlsruher
29 Israel Eyal Berkovic AM 28+2 3 1+1 1 June 1997 Southampton
10 Wales John Hartson CF 16+1 4 2 1 February 1997 Arsenal
14 England Ian Wright CF 20+2 9 1 2 August 1998 Arsenal
Important players
10 Italy Paolo Di Canio CF 12+1 4 January 1999 Sheffield Wednesday
20 England Scott Minto LWB 14+1 January 1999 Benfica
9 England Paul Kitson CF 13+4 3 February 1997 Newcastle United
13 Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foé CM 13 January 1999 Lens
4 England Steve Potts CB 11+8 1 2 May 1984 Academy
17 Australia Stan Lazaridis LWB 11+4 2 1 September 1995 West Adelaide
3 England Julian Dicks D 9 2 1 1 October 1994 Liverpool
16 England John Moncur CM 6+8 1 June 1994 Swindon Town
Other players
20 England Andy Impey RWB 6+2 1 September 1997 Queens Park Rangers
30 Chile Javier Margas CB 3 July 1998 Universidad Católica
26 England Joe Cole M 2+6 0+1 July 1997 Academy
2 England Tim Breacker RB 2+1 1 0+1 October 1990 Luton Town
24 France Samassi Abou CF 2+1 0+1 1 October 1997 Cannes
22 Canada Craig Forrest GK 1+1 July 1995 Ipswich Town
27 England Emmanuel Omoyinmi F 0+3 1+1 0+1 May 1995 Academy
28 Australia Chris Coyne CB 0+1 January 1996 Perth SC
25 England Lee Hodges M 0+1 March 1995 Academy
40 England Gavin Holligan F 0+1 January 1999 Kingstonian
5 England Richard Hall CB 0+1 July 1996 Southampton

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
13 July 1998 FW England Ian Wright England Arsenal £500,000
30 July 1998 DF England Neil Ruddock England Liverpool £100,000
30 July 1998 DF Chile Javier Margas Chile Universidad £1,800,000
25 November 1998 FW England Gavin Holligan England Kingstonian £100,000
14 January 1999 DF England Scott Minto Portugal Benfica £1,000,000
27 January 1999 FW Italy Paolo Di Canio England Sheffield Wednesday £1,750,000
27 January 1999 MF Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foé France Lens £4,000,000
9 February 1999 MF England Jimmy Bullard England Ebbsfleet United £30,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 August 1998 DF England Lee Goodwin England Dagenham & Redbridge Free transfer
24 November 1998 MF England Andy Impey England Leicester City £1,600,000
25 December 1998 GK Czech Republic Luděk Mikloško England Queens Park Rangers Nominal
14 January 1999 FW Wales John Hartson England Wimbledon £7,500,000
10 February 1999 DF England Tim Breacker England Queens Park Rangers Free transfer
12 March 1999 DF England David Partridge Scotland Dundee United £40,000
24 May 1999 MF England Joe Keith England Colchester United Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £9,280,000
Transfers out: Increase £9,140,000
Total spending: Decrease £140,000

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