1997–98 Coventry City F.C. season

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Coventry City
1997-98 season
Chairman Bryan Richardson
Manager Gordon Strachan
Stadium Highfield Road
Premiership 11th
FA Cup Quarter-finals
League Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Dublin (18)
All: Dublin (23)
Highest home attendance 23,054 (vs. Manchester United, 28 December)
Lowest home attendance 15,900 (vs. Crystal Palace, 24 September)
Average home league attendance 19,718

During the 1997–98 English football season, Coventry City competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

After a last-day "houdini" act and the bonus of Middlesbrough having 3 points deducted kept Coventry up in the 1996-97 season, manager Gordon Strachan was determined to avoid another season of struggle. He achieved it, and an 11th-place finish was Coventry's highest in four seasons. However, even though they only suffered 10 defeats all season (the fourth least amount, after Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool), they staggeringly drew 16 games which ultimately prevented them from finishing any higher. Their secure finish was helped no end by the loyalty of striker Dion Dublin, who pledged his future to the club after turning down an offer from Blackburn Rovers. Right up to the final day of the season, the Sky Blues were within a shout of a UEFA Cup place, but they were beaten to it by local rivals Aston Villa. The two places above them were occupied by two other local rivals - Derby County and Leicester City.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 +5 58
7 Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 +1 57
8 West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 −1 56
9 Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 +3 55
10 Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 +10 53
11 Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 +2 52
12 Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 −5 48
13 Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 −9 44 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 2
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 −12 44
15 Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 −12 44
16 Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 −15 44
17 Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 −15 40
18 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 9 13 16 41 61 −20 40 Relegation to 1998–99 Football League First Division
19 Barnsley (R) 38 10 5 23 37 82 −45 35
20 Crystal Palace (R) 38 8 9 21 37 71 –34 33 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 3
Relegation to the 1998–99 Football League First Division

Updated to games played on 10 May 1998.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions and were the League Cup winners.
2 As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the losing finalists.
3 Despite being relegated, Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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
38 12 16 10 46 44  +2 52 8 9 2 26 17  +9 4 7 8 20 27  −7

Source: 1997-98 FA Premier League table

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
Ground H A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A
Result W L D D L W D D D D L D W D L L L W L L W L D W W W W W D W D L D D D D W D
Position 1 9 10 12 12 8 11 11 12 12 15 15 12 10 12 15 16 14 16 17 13 16 15 13 12 10 10 10 10 9 10 11 10 11 10 11 11 11

Source: 11v11.com: 1997-98 Coventry City results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Coventry City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Chelsea H 3-2 22,686 Dublin (3)
11 August 1997 Arsenal A 0-2 37,324
23 August 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2-2 16,633 Telfer, Huckerby
27 August 1997 West Ham United H 1-1 18,289 Huckerby
30 August 1997 Manchester United A 0-3 55,074
13 September 1997 Southampton H 1-0 18,659 Soltvedt
20 September 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 0-0 21,087
24 September 1997 Crystal Palace H 1-1 15,900 Dublin
28 September 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-0 19,086
4 October 1997 Leeds United H 0-0 17,770
20 October 1997 Barnsley A 0-2 17,463
25 October 1997 Everton H 0-0 18,760
1 November 1997 Wimbledon A 2-1 11,201 Huckerby, Dublin
8 November 1997 Newcastle United H 2-2 22,679 Dublin (2)
22 November 1997 Derby County A 1-3 29,351 Huckerby
29 November 1997 Leicester City H 0-2 18,309
6 December 1997 Aston Villa A 0-3 33,250
13 December 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 4-0 19,499 Huckerby (2), Breen, Hall
20 December 1997 Liverpool A 0-1 39,707
26 December 1997 West Ham United A 0-1 24,532
28 December 1997 Manchester United H 3-2 23,054 Whelan, Dublin (pen), Huckerby
10 January 1998 Chelsea A 1-3 34,647 Telfer
17 January 1998 Arsenal H 2-2 22,864 Whelan, Dublin (pen)
31 January 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 5-1 25,000 Whelan, Huckerby (2), Dublin (2)
7 February 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 18,375 Dublin (pen)
18 February 1998 Southampton A 2-1 15,091 Whelan, Huckerby
21 February 1998 Barnsley H 1-0 20,265 Dublin (pen)
28 February 1998 Crystal Palace A 3-0 21,810 Telfer, Moldovan, Dublin
14 March 1998 Newcastle United A 0-0 36,767
28 March 1998 Derby County H 1-0 18,705 Huckerby
4 April 1998 Leicester City A 1-1 21,137 Whelan
11 April 1998 Aston Villa H 1-2 22,792 Whelan
13 April 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 1-1 33,463 Dublin
19 April 1998 Liverpool H 1-1 22,721 Dublin (pen)
25 April 1998 Leeds United A 3-3 36,522 Huckerby (3)
29 April 1998 Wimbledon H 0-0 17,968
2 May 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2-0 18,794 Dublin (pen), Boateng
10 May 1998 Everton A 1-1 40,109 Dublin

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Liverpool A 3-1 33,888 Huckerby, Dublin, Telfer
R4 24 January 1998 Derby County H 2-0 22,824 Dublin (2)
R5 14 February 1998 Aston Villa A 1-0 36,979 Moldovan
QF 7 March 1998 Sheffield United H 1-1 23,084 Dublin (pen)
QFR 17 March 1998 Sheffield United A 1-1 (lost 1-3 on pens) 29,034 Telfer

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1997 Blackpool A 0-1 5,884
R2 2nd Leg 1 October 1997 Blackpool H 3-1 (won 3-2 on agg) 9,565 McAllister (2, 1 pen), Dublin
R3 15 October 1997 Everton H 4-1 10,087 Hall, Salako (2), Haworth
R4 18 November 1997 Arsenal A 0-1 30,199

Squad[edit]

[2] 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 Steve Ogrizovic
2 England DF Richard Shaw
3 England DF David Burrows
4 England DF Paul Williams
5 Republic of Ireland DF Liam Daish[3]
6 Republic of Ireland DF Gary Breen[4]
7 England FW Darren Huckerby
8 England FW Noel Whelan
9 England FW Dion Dublin
10 Scotland MF Gary McAllister (captain)
12 Scotland DF Paul Telfer
13 Sweden GK Magnus Hedman
14 Norway MF Trond Egil Soltvedt
15 Belgium MF Philippe Clement
16 Ghana MF George Boateng[5]
17 Republic of Ireland MF Willie Boland
18 England DF Marcus Hall
No. Position Player
19 Denmark MF Martin Johansen
20 Northern Ireland MF Michael O'Neill
21 England FW Andy Ducros
22 Wales FW Simon Haworth
23 Sweden DF Roland Nilsson
24 Romania FW Viorel Moldovan
28 Scotland MF Gavin Strachan
29 England DF Scott Goodwin
30 England MF John Eustace
31 England FW Adam Willis
32 Republic of Ireland DF Barry Prenderville
33 England MF Chris Barnett
34 Republic of Ireland MF Barry Quinn
35 England FW Craig Faulconbridge
36 Republic of Ireland DF John Andrews
37 England DF Sam Shilton

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
11 England MF John Salako (to Bolton Wanderers)
15 Bermuda FW Kyle Lightbourne (to Stoke City)
16 England MF Kevin Richardson (to Southampton)
No. Position Player
24 England DF Brian Borrows (to Swindon Town)
26 Scotland GK Scott Howie (on loan from Motherwell)

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 MF Martin Devaney
No. Position Player
- England FW Chukki Eribenne

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
19 June 1997 MF Trond Egil Soltvedt Rosenborg £500,000
4 July 1997 FW Kyle Lightbourne Walsall £500,000
7 July 1997 GK Magnus Hedman AIK Free transfer
19 June 1997 MF Martin Johansen Copenhagen Free transfer
29 July 1997 DF Roland Nilsson Helsingborgs £200,000
18 December 1997 DF George Boateng Feyenoord £250,000
2 January 1998 FW Viorel Moldovan Grasshoppers £3,250,000
26 March 1998 MF Philippe Clement Racing Genk £625,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
1 July 1997 MF Chris McMenamin Peterborough United Free transfer
4 July 1997 MF Eoin Jess Aberdeen £700,000
14 July 1997 FW Peter Ndlovu Birmingham City £1,600,000
1 August 1997 GK John Filan Blackburn Rovers £700,000
1 August 1997 GK Jed Sumner Cambridge United Free transfer
9 September 1997 MF Kevin Richardson Southampton Transfer
14 November 1997 DF Brian Borrows Swindon Town Free transfer
16 February 1998 FW Kyle Lightbourne Stoke City £500,000
Transfers in: Decrease £5,325,000
Transfers out: Increase £3,500,000
Total spending: Decrease £1,825,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6]