1998–99 Aston Villa F.C. season

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Aston Villa
1998–99 season
Chairman Doug Ellis
Manager John Gregory
Stadium Villa Park
Premier League 6th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Joachim (14)
All: Joachim (16)
Average home league attendance 36,937

During the 1998–99 English football season, Aston Villa competed in the Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons). The season was Villa's eighth in the Premier League, and their eleventh consecutive season in the top division of English football.

Season summary[edit]

The early-season sale of Dwight Yorke to Manchester United[1] seemed to rule out Villa's chances of challenging for a UEFA Cup place, but new signings Dion Dublin and Paul Merson soon revitalised the attack and spent much of the first half of the season top of the league. By Christmas Villa were top of the Premiership, though eventually the challenge from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea was too strong and Villa's season capitulated, tailing off into sixth place – this season it wasn't even enough for a UEFA Cup place.

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 51 46  +5 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]

Aston Villa's results[2]

Date Opponent Venue Result Competition Scorers
15/08/1998 Everton A 0–0 Premier League
23/08/1998 Middlesbrough H 3–1 Premier League Joachim, Charles, Thompson
29/08/1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 Premier League Joachim
09/09/1998 Newcastle United H 1–0 Premier League Hendrie (pen.)
12/09/1998 Wimbledon H 2–0 Premier League Merson, Taylor
12/09/1998 Strømsgodset A 3–2 UEFA Cup Charles, Vassell (2)
19/09/1998 Leeds United A 0–0 Premier League
26/09/1998 Derby County H 1–0 Premier League Merson
29/09/1998 Strømsgodset H 3–0 UEFA Cup Stan Collymore (3)
03/10/1998 Coventry City A 2–1 Premier League Taylor (2)
17/10/1998 West Ham United A 0–0 Premier League
20/10/1998 Celta de Vigo H 1–0 UEFA Cup Joachim
24/10/1998 Leicester City H 1–1 Premier League Ehiogu
28/10/1998 Chelsea A 1–4 League Cup Mark Draper
03/11/1998 Celta de Vigo A 1–3 UEFA Cup Stan Collymore (pen.)
07/11/1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–2 Premier League Dublin (2), Collymore
14/11/1998 Southampton A 4–1 Premier League Dublin (3), Merson
21/11/1998 Liverpool H 2–4 Premier League Dublin (2)
28/11/1998 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 Premier League Joachim (2)
05/12/1998 Manchester United H 1–1 Premier League Joachim
09/12/1998 Chelsea A 1–2 Premier League Hendrie
13/12/1998 Arsenal H 3–2 Premier League Joachim, Dublin (2)
21/12/1998 Charlton Athletic A 1–0 Premier League Rufus (og)
26/12/1998 Blackburn Rovers A 1–2 Premier League Scimeca
28/12/1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–1 Premier League Southgate, Ehiogu
02/01/1999 Hull City H 3–0 FA Cup Collymore (2), Joachim
09/01/1999 Middlesbrough H 0–0 Premier League
18/01/1999 Everton H 3–0 Premier League Joachim (2), Merson
22/01/1999 Fulham H 0–2 FA Cup
30/01/1999 Newcastle United A 1–2 Premier League Merson
06/02/1999 Blackburn Rovers H 1–3 Premier League Joachim
17/02/1999 Leeds United H 1–2 Premier League Scimeca
21/02/1999 Wimbledon A 0–0 Premier League
27/02/1999 Coventry City H 1–4 Premier League Dublin (pen.)
10/03/1999 Derby County A 1–2 Premier League Thompson
13/03/1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 Premier League
21/03/1999 Chelsea H 0–3 Premier League
02/04/1999 West Ham United H 0–0 Premier League
06/04/1999 Leicester City A 2–2 Premier League Joachim, Hendrie
10/04/1999 Southampton H 3–0 Premier League Draper, Joachim, Dublin
17/04/1999 Liverpool A 1–0 Premier League Taylor
24/04/1999 Nottingham Forest H 2–0 Premier League Draper, Barry
01/05/1999 Manchester United A 1–2 Premier League Joachim
08/05/1999 Charlton Athletic H 3–4 Premier League Barry, Joachim (2)
16/05/1999 Arsenal A 0–1 Premier League

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 Australia GK Mark Bosnich
3 England DF Alan Wright
4 England DF Ugo Ehiogu
5 England DF Gareth Southgate
6 England DF Steve Watson
7 England MF Ian Taylor
8 England MF Mark Draper
9 England FW Stan Collymore
10 England FW Paul Merson
11 England MF Alan Thompson
12 England FW Julian Joachim
13 England GK Michael Oakes
14 England FW Dion Dublin
15 England DF Gareth Barry
16 England MF Simon Grayson
17 England MF Lee Hendrie
18 Italy MF Fabio Ferraresi
No. Position Player
20 England MF Riccardo Scimeca
21 Jamaica FW Darren Byfield
22 England FW Darius Vassell
23 Wales DF David Hughes
24 Wales DF Mark Delaney
25 Republic of Ireland FW Alan Lee
26 England MF Steve Stone
27 England FW Michael Standing
28 England DF Tommy Jaszczun
29 England FW Richard Walker
30 England GK Adam Rachel
31 Trinidad and Tobago DF Jlloyd Samuel
32 England DF Aaron Lescott
34 Scotland DF Colin Calderwood
39 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
40 England GK Matthew Ghent

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
10 Trinidad and Tobago FW Dwight Yorke (to Manchester United)
6 England DF David Unsworth (to Everton)
26 England DF Ben Petty (to Stoke City)
No. Position Player
2 England DF Gary Charles (to Benfica)
24 England DF Lee Collins (to Stoke City)

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 DF Reuben Hazell
- England MF Michael Blackwood
- Northern Ireland MF Gavin Melaugh
No. Position Player
- England FW Darren Middleton
- Scotland FW Neil Tarrant

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

# Pos Player From Fee Date
11 MF England Alan Thompson England Bolton Wanderers F.C. £4,500,000 June 1998
18 MF Italy Fabio Ferraresi Italy A.C. Cesena Free June 1998
6 FW England David Unsworth England West Ham United F.C. £3,000,000 June 1998
10 MF England Paul Merson England Middlesbrough F.C. £6,750,000 September 1998
2 DF England Steve Watson England Newcastle United F.C. £4,000,000 October 1998
9 FW England Dion Dublin England Coventry City F.C. £5,750,000 November 1998
39 GK Finland Peter Enckelman Finland TPS Turku £200,000 February 1999
24 DF Wales Mark Delaney Wales Cardiff City F.C. £250,000 March 1999
26 MF England Steve Stone England Nottingham Forest F.C. £5,500,000 March 1999
34 DF Scotland Colin Calderwood England Tottenham Hotspur F.C. £225,000 March 1999
14 FW Scotland Neil Tarrant Scotland Ross County F.C. £250,000 April 1999

Out[edit]

# Pos Player To Fee Date
10 FW Trinidad and Tobago Dwight Yorke England Manchester United F.C. £12,600,000 August 1998
6 DF England David Unsworth England Everton F.C. £3,000,000 August 1998
26 GK England Ben Petty England Stoke City F.C. Free November 1998
2 DF England Gary Charles Portugal S.L. Benfica £1,000,000 January 1999
24 DF England Lee Collins England Stoke City F.C. Free February 1999


Transfers in: Decrease £30,425,000
Transfers out: Increase £21,200,000
Total spending: Decrease £9,225,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[4]