1998–99 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
1998–99 season
Chairman Sir Jack Hayward OBE
Manager Mark McGhee
(until 5 November)
Colin Lee
(from 28 November)
Football League First Division 7th
FA Cup 4th round
League Cup 2nd round
Top goalscorer League: Robbie Keane (11)
All: Robbie Keane (16)
Highest home attendance 27,589 (vs Bradford, 9 May 1999)
Lowest home attendance 15,296 (vs Barnet, 18 August 1998)
Average home league attendance 22,620 (league only)

The 1998–99 season was the 100th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. They played the season in the second tier of the English football system, the Football League First Division.

The season began with Mark McGhee as manager but he left "by mutual agreement" on 5 November after a run of two victories from fourteen games; the team having begun with four consecutive league wins.[1] Upon McGhee's departure his assistant Colin Lee was placed in charge of the team and, after taking ten points from a possible twelve, he was handed the post for the remainder of the season.[2]

The team finished in seventh place, one position short of the play-offs. Results on the final day, including their own, failed to go in their favour and so they missed out on a chance of promotion to the Premier League. Nonetheless, following the final match, the Wolves board announced that Colin Lee was to be given a permanent contract as manager.[3]

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the Football League First Division in the 1998–99 season. Each team played every other team twice: once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. Teams finishing level on points were firstly divided by the number of goals scored rather than goal difference.

The provisional fixture list was released on 15 June 1998, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage or police concerns.[4]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
5 Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 0+9 77
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 +19 76
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 +21 73
8 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 0+5 67

Source: Statto.com

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 19 16 11 64 43 +21 73 11 10 2 37 19 +18 8 6 9 27 24 +3

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result W W W W D L D L W L D L L W D L W W D W L D D L L W W D W D W L D W W D W W W D D W D D D L
Position 1 1 4 1 2 4 4 7 4 7 8 10 14 12 10 11 8 7 7 5 8 10 11 12 12 12 10 11 9 9 7 8 7 9 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 7

Source: Statto.com

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of end of season. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
GK England Bray, JustinJustin Bray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK Denmark Nielsen, JørgenJørgen Nielsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GK England Stowell, MikeMike Stowell 46 0 2 0 4 0 52 0 0 0
DF England Curle, KeithKeith Curle (c) 44 4 2 0 3 0 49 4 8 1
DF Wales Green, RyanRyan Green 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DF Australia Muscat, KevinKevin Muscat 17(6) 4 2 0 4 0 23(6) 4 12 0
DF England Naylor, LeeLee Naylor 24(6) 1 0 0 4 0 28(6) 1 0 0
DF England Richards, DeanDean Richards 40(1) 3 1 0 4 0 45(1) 3 5 0
DF Northern Ireland Simms, GordonGordon Simms 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DF Wales Williams, AdrianAdrian Williams 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
MF England Atkins, MarkMark Atkins 15 0 2 0 0(1) 0 17(1) 0 0 1
MF Australia Corica, SteveSteve Corica 18(5) 2 1 0 1(1) 0 20(6) 2 1 0
MF England Emblen, NeilNeil Emblen 30(3) 2 2 0 2(1) 0 34(4) 2 3 0
MF Scotland Ferguson, DarrenDarren Ferguson ¤ 2(2) 0 0 0 0(2) 1 2(4) 1 1 0
MF England Froggatt, SteveSteve Froggatt 8 0 0 0 2(1) 0 10(1) 0 2 0
MF Barbados Gilkes, MichaelMichael Gilkes 25(4) 0 2 0 0(1) 0 27(5) 0 3 0
MF Spain Gómez, FernandoFernando Gómez 18(1) 2 1 0 2 0 21(1) 2 0 0
MF England Middleton, DarrenDarren Middleton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF Germany Niestroj, RobertRobert Niestroj 2(2) 0 1 0 0 0 3(2) 0 1 0
MF England Osborn, SimonSimon Osborn 35(2) 2 1 0 4 1 40(2) 3 9 0
MF Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson 19(5) 8 2 0 1 0 22(5) 8 4 0
MF England Sedgley, SteveSteve Sedgley 41(3) 3 0(1) 0 3 0 44(4) 3 8 0
MF England Simpson, PaulPaul Simpson ¤ 8(3) 2 0(1) 0 1 0 9(4) 2 0 0
MF Republic of Ireland Turner, AndyAndy Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Bull, SteveSteve Bull 11(4) 3 0 0 2 3 13(4) 6 1 0
FW England Claridge, SteveSteve Claridge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Republic of Ireland Connolly, DavidDavid Connolly 18(14) 6 0(1) 0 2 0 20(15) 6 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Crowe, GlenGlen Crowe ¤† 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Norway Flo, HåvardHåvard Flo 18(1) 5 1 1 0 0 19(1) 6 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Foley, DominicDominic Foley ¤ 2(3) 2 0 0 0 0 2(3) 2 0 0
FW England Jones, MarkMark Jones 0(2) 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0(4) 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane 30(3) 11 2 2 4 3 36(3) 16 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Larkin, ColinColin Larkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW Finland Paatelainen, MixuMixu Paatelainen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Proudlock, AdamAdam Proudlock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FW England Whittingham, GuyGuy Whittingham 9(1) 1 0 0 0 0 9(1) 1 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
5 August 1998 Spain Fernando Gómez Valencia Free[5]
13 November 1998 Germany Robert Niestroj Fortuna Düsseldorf £500,000[6]
13 January 1999 Norway Håvard Flo Werder Bremen £700,000[7]
25 March 1999 England Darren Middleton Aston Villa Free[8]
25 March 1999 Republic of Ireland Andy Turner Crystal Palace Free[9]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 1998 England Tony Daley Released Free[10]
June 1998 England Don Goodman Released Free[11]
June 1998 Poland Dariusz Kubicki Released Free[10]
June 1998 England Richard Leadbeater Released Free[10]
June 1998 Netherlands Hans Segers Released Free[12]
June 1998 Australia Robbie Slater Released Free[10]
June 1998 England Chris Westwood Released Free[10]
6 August 1998 Scotland Dougie Freedman Nottingham Forest £950,000[13]
6 August 1998 Grenada Jason Roberts Bristol Rovers £250,000[14]
10 August 1998 England Steve Claridge Portsmouth £200,000[15]
11 September 1998 Finland Mixu Paatelainen Hibernian £75,000[16]
1 October 1998 England Steve Froggatt Coventry City £1.9 million[17]
27 January 1999 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Plymouth Argyle Free[18]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
20 August 1998 Republic of Ireland David Connolly Feyenoord End of season[19]
2 November 1998 England Guy Whittingham Sheffield Wednesday 28 December 1998
25 March 1999 Denmark Jørgen Nielsen Liverpool End of season[8]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
1 August 1998 Republic of Ireland Glen Crowe Exeter City 26 September 1998
18 September 1998 England Paul Simpson Walsall 5 October 1998[20]
8 December 1998 Republic of Ireland Dominic Foley Notts County 31 December 1998[21]
11 December 1998 England Paul Simpson Walsall 11 January 1999[22]
26 January 1999 Scotland Darren Ferguson Sparta Rotterdam 26 April 1999[18]
4 February 1999 Republic of Ireland Dominic Foley Ethnikos Piraeus 24 March 1999

Kit[edit]

The season brought a new home kit as the design returned to a plain gold shirt with black collar. The away kit, a white away shirt with a dark green collar and dark green shorts, was retained from the previous season. Both were manufactured by Puma and sponsored by Goodyear.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolves axe McGhee". The Mirror. 6 November 1998. 
  2. ^ "Wolves 'gamble' on boss Lee". Sunday Mirror. 29 November 1998. 
  3. ^ "Stunned Wolves leave it to Lee". The Birmingham Post. 10 May 1999. 
  4. ^ "Champions to tackle Forest fire". The Independent. 16 June 1998. 
  5. ^ "McGhee taking another Spanish step forward". Birmingham Post. 5 August 1998. 
  6. ^ "Reinforcements for Lee's cause". Birmingham Post. 14 November 1998. 
  7. ^ "Flo in at Wolves". The Mirror. 13 January 1999. 
  8. ^ a b "Loan raider Lee notches one-in-three strike rate". Birmingham Post. 26 March 1999. 
  9. ^ "Wolves get Turner prize but still want extra rewards". Birmingham Post. 25 March 1999. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Daley cuts his Wolves losses for fresh fields". Birmingham Post. 6 May 1998. 
  11. ^ "Goodman gets a free but has regrets at leaving Molineux". Birmingham Post. 16 April 1998. 
  12. ^ "Healthy dose of pessimism can pep up McGhee". Birmingham Post. 5 August 1998. 
  13. ^ "Forest Freed transfer deal". The Mirror. 7 August 1998. 
  14. ^ "Wolves allow Roberts to go". Birmingham Evening Mail. 6 August 1998. 
  15. ^ "Fernando waiting on debut call at Wolves". Birmingham Post. 11 August 1998. 
  16. ^ "Hibs pay £75,000 for Paatelainen as McLeish says there's no panic". Daily Record. 12 September 1998. 
  17. ^ "Strachan's plans leave Froggatt on firm ground". Birmingham Post. 2 October 1998. 
  18. ^ a b "Wolves banking on mutual benefits if Ferguson departs". Birmingham Post. 27 January 1999. 
  19. ^ "Connolly to strike chord as McGhee gets his way". Birmingham Post. 21 August 1998. 
  20. ^ "Walsall light up the Sky". Birmingham Evening Mail. 19 September 1998. 
  21. ^ "Foley goes to County". The Mirror. 9 December 1998. 
  22. ^ "Returning Simpson could ease Graydon's nagging headache". Birmingham Post. 12 December 1998.