1997–98 Everton F.C. season

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Everton
1997–98 season
Chairman Peter Johnson
Manager Howard Kendall
Stadium Goodison Park
Premiership 17th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer Ferguson (11)
Average home league attendance 35,376

During the 1997–98 English football season, Everton competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Everton began the season with three significant new signings – Slaven Bilić, John Oster and Gareth Farrelly – but the big news at Goodison Park was the return of Howard Kendall for his third spell as manager.

With financial problems growing and fans growing ever more hostile towards chairman Peter Johnson, Kendall was soon facing the biggest struggle of his managerial career. Everton – top division members continuously since 1954 – were battling against relegation and looked anything but a trophy-winning team that they so often had been during Kendall's earlier spells. They ended up surviving, but only avoided relegation to Division One because they had a greater goal difference than 18th-placed Bolton Wanderers.[1] That kept Everton up, but Kendall resigned just weeks later and was replaced by the former Rangers manager Walter Smith.[2][3]

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 9 13 16 41 56  −15 40 7 5 7 25 27  −2 2 8 9 16 29  −13

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 H H A A H A H A H A H A A A H A H A A H A H A A H A H A H H A H A H H A H
Result L W L D L W L D L W D L L L L L D D W L W W W D D L D D L W L D W D D L L D
Position 16 11 15 14 18 13 16 16 18 15 16 17 17 20 20 20 19 19 19 19 18 15 13 14 15 16 16 16 16 16 17 17 15 16 16 17 18 17

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

Results[edit]

Everton's score comes first[4]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Crystal Palace H 1–2 35,716 Ferguson
23 August 1997 West Ham United H 2–1 34,356 Speed, Stuart
27 August 1997 Manchester United H 0–2 40,079
1 September 1997 Bolton Wanderers A 0–0 23,131
13 September 1997 Derby County A 1–3 27,828 Stuart
20 September 1997 Barnsley H 4–2 32,659 Speed (2, 1 pen), Cadamarteri, Oster
24 September 1997 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,705
27 September 1997 Arsenal H 2–2 35,457 Ball, Cadamarteri
4 October 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–3 24,486 Cadamarteri
18 October 1997 Liverpool H 2–0 40,112 Ruddock (own goal), Cadamarteri
25 October 1997 Coventry City A 0–0 18,760
2 November 1997 Southampton H 0–2 29,565
8 November 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 2–3 25,397 Speed, Ferguson
22 November 1997 Aston Villa A 1–2 36,389 Speed (pen)
26 November 1997 Chelsea A 0–2 34,148
29 November 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–2 36,670
6 December 1997 Leeds United A 0–0 34,869
13 December 1997 Wimbledon H 0–0 28,533
20 December 1997 Leicester City A 1–0 20,628 Speed (pen)
26 December 1997 Manchester United A 0–2 55,167
28 December 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 3–2 37,149 Ferguson (3)
10 January 1998 Crystal Palace A 3–1 23,311 Barmby, Ferguson, Madar
18 January 1998 Chelsea H 3–1 32,355 Speed, Ferguson, Duberry (own goal)
31 January 1998 West Ham United A 2–2 25,909 Barmby, Madar
7 February 1998 Barnsley A 2–2 18,672 Ferguson, Grant
14 February 1998 Derby County H 1–2 34,876 Thomsen
23 February 1998 Liverpool A 1–1 44,501 Ferguson
28 February 1998 Newcastle United H 0–0 37,972
7 March 1998 Southampton A 1–2 15,102 Tiler
14 March 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 33,423 Madar
28 March 1998 Aston Villa H 1–4 36,471 Madar
4 April 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 35,624 Madar
11 April 1998 Leeds United H 2–0 37,099 Hutchison, Ferguson
13 April 1998 Wimbledon A 0–0 15,131
18 April 1998 Leicester City H 1–1 33,642 Madar
25 April 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–3 35,497 Ferguson
3 May 1998 Arsenal A 0–4 38,269
10 May 1998 Coventry City H 1–1 40,109 Farrelly

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 4 January 1998 Newcastle United H 0–1 20,885

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 16 September 1997 Scunthorpe United A 1–0 7,145 Farrelly
R2 2nd leg 1 October 1997 Scunthorpe United H 5–0 (won 6-0 on agg) 11,562 Stuart, Oster, Barmby (2), Cadamarteri
R3 15 October 1997 Coventry City A 1–4 10,087 Barmby

Squad (at end of season)[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
4 England MF Danny Williamson
5 England DF Dave Watson
6 Republic of Ireland MF Terry Phelan
7 France FW Mickaël Madar
8 England FW Nick Barmby
9 Scotland FW Duncan Ferguson
10 Scotland MF Don Hutchison
11 Scotland FW John Spencer (on loan from QPR)
12 England DF Craig Short
13 England GK Paul Gerrard
14 England MF Tony Grant
15 England MF Peter Beagrie (on loan from Bradford City)
16 England FW Michael Branch
17 Republic of Ireland MF Gareth Farrelly
18 England MF Joe Parkinson
No. Position Player
19 Wales MF John Oster
20 England DF Tony Thomas
21 England MF Mitch Ward
22 England MF Gavin McCann
23 England DF Carl Tiler
25 England DF Michael Ball
26 England FW Graham Allen
27 Republic of Ireland DF Richard Dunne
28 Croatia DF Slaven Bilić
29 England FW Danny Cadamarteri
30 England FW Phil Jevons
31 Norway GK Thomas Myhre
32 England DF John O'Kane
33 England GK John O'Toole
34 England FW Francis Jeffers

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
1 Wales GK Neville Southall (to Stoke City)
2 England DF Earl Barrett (to Sheffield Wednesday)
3 England MF Andy Hinchcliffe (to Sheffield Wednesday)
7 England MF Graham Stuart (to Sheffield United)
10 Wales MF Gary Speed (to Newcastle United)
No. Position Player
15 Denmark DF Claus Thomsen (to AB)
24 England DF Jon O'Connor (to Sheffield United)
32 England MF Chris Lane (to Hereford United)
35 England DF John Hills (to Blackpool)

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
- Republic of Ireland GK Dean Delany
- England DF Adam Eaton
- England DF Adam Farley
- England MF Matt McKay
No. Position Player
- England MF Jamie Milligan
- England MF Mick O'Brien
- England DF Carl Regan

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
1 July 1997 MF Gareth Farrelly Aston Villa Transfer
1 August 1997 MF John Oster Grimsby Town £1,500,000
6 August 1997 DF Tony Thomas Tranmere Rovers £400,000
15 August 1997 MF Danny Williamson West Ham United Swap
27 November 1997 GK Thomas Myhre Viking £800,000
28 November 1997 MF Mitch Ward Sheffield United £750,000
28 November 1997 DF Carl Tiler Sheffield United £750,000
30 December 1997 FW Mickaël Madar Deportivo La Coruña Free transfer
28 January 1998 DF John O'Kane Manchester United £400,000
26 February 1998 MF Don Hutchison Sheffield United £1,000,000
26 March 1998 MF Matt McKay Chester City Signed

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
15 August 1997 DF David Unsworth West Ham United Swap
28 November 1997 MF Graham Stuart Sheffield United £500,000
30 January 1998 MF Andy Hinchcliffe Sheffield Wednesday £3,000,000
6 February 1998 MF Gary Speed Newcastle United £5,500,000
13 February 1998 DF John Hills Blackpool Signed
24 February 1998 DF Earl Barrett Sheffield Wednesday Free transfer
26 February 1998 DF Jon O'Connor Sheffield United Transfer
3 March 1998 DF Claus Thomsen AB £500,000
12 March 1998 GK Neville Southall Stoke City Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £5,600,000
Transfers out: Increase £9,500,000
Total spending: Increase £3,900,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[6][7]

References[edit]