1997–98 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1997–98 season
Chairman Ron Noades
Manager Steve Coppell (until 13 March)
Attilio Lombardo (from 13 March - 29 April)
Ray Lewington (from 29 April)
Stadium Selhurst Park
Premiership 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Shipperley (7)
All: Dyer (8)
Highest home attendance 26,186 (vs. Chelsea, 13 September)
Lowest home attendance 14,410 (vs. Wimbledon, 9 February)
Average home league attendance 21,983

During the 1997–98 English football season, Crystal Palace competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Experienced Italian midfielder Attilio Lombardo was one of the most famous names to wear a Palace shirt when he arrived at Selhurst Park early in the season, and his influential form looked to have secured Palace's top flight status as they stood 10th as late as November. Within the first 14 games of the season, they were enjoying reasonable mid-table form, losing and winning five each and drawing four games; all of their wins at the time were away from home. Their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur cumulated their good form though and from then on, they would struggle. Lombardo's fellow countryman Michele Padovano was also signed, but proved to be a complete flop, as did Swedish forward Tomas Brolin, and Palace were soon deep in relegation trouble.

With a takeover by computer tycoon Mark Goldberg on the horizon, Steve Coppell relinquished his managerial duties to become Director of Football.[1] Lombardo and Brolin became joint player-managers on a short-term contract,[2] but were unable to stave off relegation, which was confirmed on 27 April after a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United and they were soon on their way out of the club and Ray Lewington was appointed for the final three league games of the season. It was a season to forget for the club which saw them win just two home league games all season and it took them a staggering eight months to record their first home league win: against Derby County in April.

When the Goldberg takeover was completed, Terry Venables returned to the manager's seat after an eventful 18 years away, with the new chairman boasting that Palace would be a European force by 2003.[3]

Kit[edit]

Palace retained the previous season's home kit, manufactured by German company Adidas and sponsored by TDK.

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 8 9 21 37 71  −34 33 2 5 12 15 39  −24 6 4 9 22 32  −10

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 A H A A H H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A A A H H A H H A H H
Result W L W L L L W D D L D W D W L L D L D D D L L L L L L L L W L L L W L L D W
Position 2 9 5 8 9 13 10 9 11 13 14 12 12 10 10 12 12 15 13 13 14 17 17 17 18 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

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

Results[edit]

Crystal Palace's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Everton A 2–1 35,716 Lombardo, Dyer (pen)
12 August 1997 Barnsley H 0–1 21,547
23 August 1997 Leeds United A 2–0 29,076 Warhurst, Lombardo
27 August 1997 Southampton A 0–1 15,032
30 August 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 20,849 Dyer
13 September 1997 Chelsea H 0–3 26,186
20 September 1997 Wimbledon A 1–0 16,747 Lombardo
24 September 1997 Coventry City A 1–1 15,900 Fullarton
27 September 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 2–2 17,134 Warhurst, Gordon
4 October 1997 Manchester United A 0–2 55,143
18 October 1997 Arsenal H 0–0 26,180
25 October 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 3–1 22,072 Hreidarsson, Rodger, Shipperley
8 November 1997 Aston Villa H 1–1 21,097 Shipperley
24 November 1997 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–0 25,634 Shipperley
29 November 1997 Newcastle United H 1–2 26,085 Shipperley
3 December 1997 West Ham United A 1–4 23,335 Shipperley
6 December 1997 Leicester City A 1–1 19,191 Padovano
13 December 1997 Liverpool H 0–3 25,790
20 December 1997 Derby County A 0–0 26,590
26 December 1997 Southampton H 1–1 22,853 Shipperley
28 December 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 2–2 23,872 Dyer, Warhurst
10 January 1998 Everton H 1–3 23,311 Dyer (pen)
17 January 1998 Barnsley A 0–1 17,819
31 January 1998 Leeds United H 0–2 25,248
9 February 1998 Wimbledon H 0–3 14,410
21 February 1998 Arsenal A 0–1 38,094
28 February 1998 Coventry City H 0–3 21,810
11 March 1998 Chelsea A 2–6 31,917 Hreidarsson, Bent
14 March 1998 Aston Villa A 1–3 33,781 Jansen
18 March 1998 Newcastle United A 2–1 36,565 Lombardo, Jansen
28 March 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–3 26,116 Shipperley
11 April 1998 Leicester City H 0–3 18,771
13 April 1998 Liverpool A 1–2 43,007 Bent
18 April 1998 Derby County H 3–1 18,101 Jansen, Ćurčić, Bent
27 April 1998 Manchester United H 0–3 26,180
2 May 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2–5 24,449 Gordon, Bent
5 May 1998 West Ham United H 3–3 19,129 Bent, Rodger, Lombardo
10 May 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 16,876 Morrison

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Scunthorpe United H 2–0 11,624 Emblen (2)
R4 24 January 1998 Leicester City H 3–0 15,489 Dyer (3)
R5 15 February 1998 Arsenal A 0–0 37,164
R5R 25 February 1998 Arsenal H 1–2 15,674 Dyer

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1997 Hull City A 0–1 9,323
R2 2nd Leg 30 September 1997 Hull City H 2–1 (lost on away goals) 6,407 Veart, Ndah

First-team squad[edit]

[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 Kevin Miller
2 England DF Marc Edworthy
3 England DF Dean Gordon
4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia MF Saša Ćurčić
5 England DF Dave Tuttle
6 England DF Andy Linighan (captain)
7 Italy MF Attilio Lombardo
8 England DF Paul Warhurst
9 England FW Neil Shipperley
10 England FW Bruce Dyer
11 Italy FW Michele Padovano
12 Sweden FW Tomas Brolin
13 England GK Carlo Nash
14 England MF Simon Rodger
No. Position Player
15 England FW Marcus Bent
16 Republic of Ireland MF Rob Quinn[6]
17 England DF Jamie Smith
18 France DF Valérien Ismaël
20 England FW Leon McKenzie
21 England DF Sagi Burton[7]
22 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson
26 Scotland MF Jamie Fullarton
27 England FW Matt Jansen
32 Republic of Ireland DF Danny Boxall[8]
34 Republic of Ireland MF Rory Ginty
35 England FW Clinton Morrison[9]
40 Republic of Ireland MF Tony Folan[10]

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 England MF Andy Roberts (to Wimbledon)
11 Scotland FW Dougie Freedman (to Wolves)
12 Australia FW Carl Veart (to Millwall)
15 Wales DF Gareth Davies[11] (to Reading)
17 Australia DF Kevin Muscat (to Wolves)
18 England FW George Ndah (to Swindon Town)
24 England MF Neil Emblen (to Wolves)
No. Position Player
27 Israel MF Itzik Zohar (to Maccabi Haifa)
33 England DF Dean Wordsworth (to Stevenage Borough)
33 Italy MF Ivano Bonetti (to Genoa)
33 Italy MF Patrizio Billio (on loan from AC Milan)
34 Republic of Ireland MF Tony Scully (to Manchester City)
England FW Jason Harris (to Leyton Orient)

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
19 England MF Darren Pitcher
23 England MF Hayden Mullins
25 South Africa GK Gareth Ormshaw
28 Scotland MF Steven Thomson
29 England FW David Stevens
30 Northern Ireland MF Gareth Graham
36 Wales FW Andy Martin
No. Position Player
37 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Kennedy
38 England DF James Hibburt
41 Northern Ireland DF Wayne Carlisle
42 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Clarke
England DF David Woozley
England FW Richard Harris

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
12 June 1997 GK Kevin Miller Watford £1,550,000
1 August 1997 MF Attilio Lombardo Juventus £1,600,000
1 August 1997 GK Gareth Ormshaw Ramblers Free transfer
1 August 1997 DF Paul Warhurst Blackburn Rovers Signed
1 August 1997 DF Hermann Hreiðarsson ÍBV Unknown
1 August 1997 MF Jamie Fullarton SC Bastia Free transfer
12 August 1997 MF Neil Emblen Wolverhampton Wanderers £2,000,000
19 August 1997 MF Itzik Zohar Beitar Jerusalem £1,200,000
21 October 1997 DF Jamie Smith Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,000,000
12 November 1997 FW Michele Padovano Juventus £1,700,000
8 January 1998 FW Marcus Bent Brentford £300,000
15 January 1998 DF Valérien Ismaël Strasbourg £2,750,000
10 February 1998 FW Matt Jansen Carlisle United £1,000,000
26 March 1998 MF Saša Ćurčić Aston Villa £1,000,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
15 July 1997 MF Ray Houghton Reading Free transfer
21 July 1997 MF David Hopkin Leeds United £3,250,000
1 August 1997 DF Andy Cyrus Exeter City Free transfer
1 August 1997 GK Chris Day Watford Swap
10 August 1997 MF Tony Scully Manchester City £200,000
26 September 1997 FW Jason Harris Leyton Orient £25,000
2 October 1997 DF Dean Wordsworth Bromley Free transfer
21 October 1997 DF Kevin Muscat Wolverhampton Wanderers £200,000
21 October 1997 FW Dougie Freedman Wolverhampton Wanderers £800,000
30 October 1997 MF Ivano Bonetti Genoa Free transfer
21 November 1997 FW George Ndah Swindon Town £500,000
11 December 1997 FW Carl Veart Millwall £100,000
9 March 1998 MF Andy Roberts Wimbledon £2,000,000
26 March 1998 MF Neil Emblen Wolverhampton Wanderers Signed
Transfers in: Decrease £14,100,000
Transfers out: Increase £7,075,000
Total spending: Decrease £7,025,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palace target Venables as Coppell steps aside". BBC News. 25 February 1998. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lombardo rules at Palace". BBC News. 13 March 1998. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Haylett, Trevor (10 June 1998). "Football: Venables launches new era at Palace". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/crystal-palace/1997-1998/results
  5. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1997-1998/faprem/cpalace.htm
  6. ^ Quinn was born in London, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 and B level.
  7. ^ Burton was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualified to represent Saint Kitts and Nevis internationally and would make his international debut for Saint Kitts and Nevis in June 2004.
  8. ^ Boxall was born in Croydon, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-21 level.
  9. ^ Morrison was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his grandmother and would make his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in August 2001.
  10. ^ Folan was born in Lewisham, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and has represented them at U-17, U-19 and U-21 level.
  11. ^ Davies was born in Hereford, England, but was raised in Wales and has represented them at U-21 level.