1997–98 FA Premier League

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FA Premier League
Season1997–98
Dates09 August 1997–10 May 1998
ChampionsArsenal
1st Premier League title
11th English title
RelegatedBarnsley
Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Champions LeagueArsenal
Manchester United
Cup Winners' CupChelsea
Newcastle United
UEFA CupAston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United
Liverpool
UEFA Intertoto CupCrystal Palace
Matches played380
Goals scored1,019 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerDion Dublin
Michael Owen
Chris Sutton
(18 goals each)
Biggest home winManchester United 7–0 Barnsley
(25 October 1997)
Biggest away winBarnsley 0–6 Chelsea
(24 August 1997)
Highest scoringBlackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday
(25 August 1997)
Longest winning run10 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run18 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run15 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Longest losing run8 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Highest attendance55,306
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Lowest attendance7,668
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
Average attendance29,212

The 1997–98 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the FA Premier League. It saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991[citation needed] and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.

It was Arsenal's first full season under French manager Arsène Wenger, who became the third manager to win the Premier League. Wenger followed in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish and, while both Ferguson and Dalglish were Scottish, Wenger was the first manager from outside the British Isles to win a league title in England.

Season summary[edit]

At the end of the 1997–98 FA Premier League season, a record total of nine English teams qualified for European competition.

Premiership champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, while UEFA Cup places went to Liverpool, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. Qualifying for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup were Chelsea (as defending champions) and FA Cup runners-up Newcastle United. Crystal Palace, while finishing bottom, qualified for the Intertoto Cup.[2]

The gap between the Premier League and Division One of the Football League was highlighted at the end of 1997–98 when all three newly promoted teams were relegated. Crystal Palace were confined to bottom place in the final table having won just two home games all season. Barnsley's first season in the top division ended in relegation, although they did reach the FA Cup quarter finals and knock out Manchester United in the Fifth Round. Bolton Wanderers went down on goal difference, with 17th place being occupied by Everton: despite preserving top flight football there for the 45th season running, Howard Kendall quit as manager at Goodison Park after his third spell in charge.

Another mark of the gap was that the three relegated teams in the previous season took the top three places in the 1997–98 Football League. Had Sunderland not lost the play-off final to Charlton Athletic on penalty shootout, the 20 teams from 1998–99 Premier League would have been exactly the same as those in the 1996–97 Premier League.

Teams[edit]

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Bolton Wanderers (returning to the top flight after a season's absence), Barnsley (playing in the top flight for the first time) and Crystal Palace (playing in the top flight again after a two year absence). They replaced Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, who were relegated after top flight spells of one, two and three years respectively.

Stadiums and Locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,573
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 26,074
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium[a] 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,242
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,732
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,647
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park[b] 26,074
  1. ^ Derby County relocated to the Pride Park Stadium as their new home stadium after spending 102 years at Baseball Ground.
  2. ^ Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kits[edit]

A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997-98 FA Premier League.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal France Arsène Wenger England Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa England John Gregory England Gareth Southgate Reebok AST
Barnsley Northern Ireland Danny Wilson England Neil Redfearn Admiral Ora
Blackburn Rovers England Roy Hodgson England Tim Sherwood Asics CIS
Bolton Wanderers England Colin Todd Iceland Guðni Bergsson Reebok Reebok
Chelsea Italy Gianluca Vialli England Dennis Wise Umbro Autoglass
Coventry City Scotland Gordon Strachan Scotland Gary McAllister Le Coq Sportif Subaru
Crystal Palace England Ron Noades
England Ray Lewington (caretakers)
England Andy Linighan Adidas TDK
Derby County England Jim Smith Croatia Igor Štimac Puma Puma
Everton England Howard Kendall England Dave Watson Umbro One2One
Leeds United Scotland George Graham South Africa Lucas Radebe Puma Packard Bell
Leicester City Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill England Steve Walsh Fox Leisure Walkers
Liverpool England Roy Evans England Paul Ince Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester United Scotland Alex Ferguson Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United Scotland Kenny Dalglish England Robert Lee Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Sheffield Wednesday England Ron Atkinson England Peter Atherton Puma Sanderson
Southampton England Dave Jones England Matt Le Tissier Pony Sanderson
Tottenham Hotspur Switzerland Christian Gross England Gary Mabbutt Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United England Harry Redknapp Northern Ireland Steve Lomas Pony (no sponsor)
Wimbledon Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear Jamaica Robbie Earle Lotto Elonex

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Nottingham Forest England Stuart Pearce End of caretaker spell 8 May 1997 Pre-season England Dave Bassett 8 May 1997
Everton England Dave Watson 10 May 1997 England Howard Kendall 10 May 1997
Blackburn Rovers England Tony Parkes 1 June 1997 England Roy Hodgson 1 June 1997
Southampton Scotland Graeme Souness Resigned England Dave Jones 23 June 1997
Sheffield Wednesday England David Pleat Sacked 3 November 1997[3] 20th Wales Peter Shreeves (caretaker) 3 November 1997
Sheffield Wednesday Wales Peter Shreeves (caretaker) End of caretaker spell 14 November 1997 19th England Ron Atkinson (caretaker) 14 November 1997
Tottenham Hotspur England Gerry Francis Resigned 19 November 1997 16th Switzerland Christian Gross 19 November 1997
Chelsea Netherlands Ruud Gullit Sacked 12 February 1998 2nd Italy Gianluca Vialli 12 February 1998
Aston Villa England Brian Little Resigned 24 February 1998 15th England John Gregory 25 February 1998
Crystal Palace England Steve Coppell Promoted to director of football 13 March 1998 20th Italy Attilio Lombardo (caretaker)[a] 13 March 1998
Italy Attilio Lombardo Resigned 29 April 1998 20th England Ron Noades
England Ray Lewington (caretakers)[b]
29 April 1998
  1. ^ Swedish striker Thomas Brolin served as Italian-to-English interpreter for Lombardo
  2. ^ Noades and Lewington acted as co-managers

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 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[b]
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[c]
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 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[d]
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 the 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
Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round[a]
Relegation to the Football League First Division
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team applied.
  2. ^ Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions. As they were also the League Cup winners, the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Aston Villa.
  3. ^ Aston Villa was rewarded entry to the UEFA Cup through UEFA Fair Play ranking.
  4. ^ As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS AST BAR BLB BOL CHE COV CRY DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN NEW SHW SOU TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 0–0 5–0 1–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 5–0
Aston Villa 1–0 0–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–2
Barnsley 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–1 0–6 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–2 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–2 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–4 5–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 3–4 5–3 1–1 1–3 1–0 7–2 1–0 0–3 3–0 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–5 5–2 3–3 0–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Chelsea 2–3 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 6–2 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Coventry City 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 0–3 0–3 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 3–3 0–3
Derby County 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–5 0–4 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1
Everton 2–2 1–4 4–2 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–0
Leeds United 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–3 0–2 4–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1
Leicester City 3–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–0 2–1 0–1
Liverpool 4–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–3 4–0 5–0 2–0
Manchester United 0–1 1–0 7–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 6–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0
Newcastle United 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 5–0 1–4 0–0 1–3 2–5 3–1 1–3 1–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Southampton 1–3 1–2 4–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 3–2 3–0 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–6 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0
West Ham United 0–0 2–1 6–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 4–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 2–1 3–1
Wimbledon 0–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–5 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–6 1–2
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Liverpool's Michael Owen was the joint top scorer, with 18 goals.
Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 England Dion Dublin Coventry City 18
England Michael Owen Liverpool
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers
4 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 16
Scotland Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Rovers
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Leeds United
7 England Andy Cole Manchester United 15
Wales John Hartson West Ham United
9 England Darren Huckerby Coventry City 14
10 Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope Derby County 13

Hat-tricks[edit]

Chelsea's Gianluca Vialli and Tottenham's Jürgen Klinsmann both scored four goals in a match during the 1997–98 Premier League season. In addition, Vialli scored a perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header).
Player For Against Result Date Ref
England Dion Dublin Coventry City Chelsea 3–2 (A) 9 August 1997 [4]
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers Aston Villa 4–0 (A) 13 August 1997 [5]
Italy Gianluca Vialli4 Chelsea Barnsley 6–0 (A) 24 August 1997 [6]
Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal Leicester City 3–3 (H) 27 August 1997 [7]
England Ian Wright Arsenal Bolton Wanderers 4–1 (H) 13 September 1997 [8]
Czech Republic Patrik Berger Liverpool Chelsea 4–2 (H) 5 October 1997 [9]
England Andy Cole Manchester United Barnsley 7–0 (H) 25 October 1997 [10]
England Andy Booth Sheffield Wednesday Bolton Wanderers 5–0 (H) 8 November 1997 [11]
Italy Gianfranco Zola Chelsea Derby County 4–0 (H) 29 November 1997 [12]
Norway Tore André Flo Chelsea Tottenham Hotspur 6–1 (A) 6 December 1997 [13]
Scotland Duncan Ferguson Everton Bolton Wanderers 3–2 (H) 28 December 1997 [14]
Scotland Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Rovers Aston Villa 5–0 (H) 17 January 1998 [15]
England Michael Owen Liverpool Sheffield Wednesday 3–3 (A) 14 February 1998 [16]
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers Leicester City 5–3 (A) 28 February 1998 [17]
England Darren Huckerby Coventry City Leeds United 3–3 (A) 25 April 1998 [18]
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann4 Tottenham Hotspur Wimbledon 6–2 (A) 2 May 1998 [19]
Note: 4 Player scored 4 goals; (H) – Home; (A) – Away

Top assists[edit]

Manchester United's David Beckham assisted 13 goals for the club in the 1997–98 Premier League season.
Rank Player Club Assists[20]
1 England David Beckham Manchester United 13
2 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 12
3 Israel Eyal Berkovic West Ham United 10
England Dion Dublin Coventry City
England Steve Guppy Leicester City
England Michael Owen Liverpool
England Teddy Sheringham Manchester United
8 Wales Ryan Giggs Manchester United 9
England David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur
England Matt Le Tissier Southampton

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
Manager Club Player Club
August England Roy Hodgson Blackburn Rovers Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
September Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill Leicester City Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal
October Scotland Alex Ferguson Manchester United Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope Derby County
November Scotland George Graham Leeds United England Andy Cole
England Kevin Davies
Manchester United
Southampton
December England Roy Hodgson Blackburn Rovers England Steve McManaman Liverpool
January England Howard Kendall Everton England Dion Dublin Coventry City
February Scotland Gordon Strachan Coventry City England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers
March France Arsène Wenger Arsenal Austria Alex Manninger Arsenal
April France Arsène Wenger Arsenal France Emmanuel Petit Arsenal

Annual awards[edit]

Award Winner Club
Premier League Manager of the Season France Arsène Wenger[21] Arsenal
Premier League Player of the Season England Michael Owen[21] Liverpool
PFA Players' Player of the Year Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp[22] Arsenal
PFA Young Player of the Year England Michael Owen[23] Liverpool
FWA Footballer of the Year Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp[24] Arsenal
PFA Team of the Year
Goalkeeper England Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)
Defence England Gary Neville (Manchester United) England Gary Pallister (Manchester United) Scotland Colin Hendry (Blackburn Rovers) England Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea)
Midfield England David Beckham (Manchester United) England Nicky Butt (Manchester United) England David Batty (Newcastle United) Wales Ryan Giggs (Manchester United)
Attack England Michael Owen (Liverpool) Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

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  15. ^ Culley, Jon (18 January 1998). "Football: Villa cut down by Gallacher". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
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  17. ^ Hodgson, Guy (2 March 1998). "Football: Why Sutton should eat humble pie". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  18. ^ Rodgers, Ian. "Leeds 3 Coventry 3". Sporting Life. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  19. ^ Griffiths, Wyn (4 May 1996). "Football: Klinsmann muddies the water". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  20. ^ "Statistical Leaders – 1998". Premier League. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Seasonal Awards 1997/98" Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  22. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  23. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  24. ^ "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.

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