1997–98 Fulham F.C. season

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Fulham F.C.
1997–98 season
Chairman Mohammed Al Fayed
Manager Micky Adams (until 25 September)
Ray Wilkins (from 25 September - 3 May)
Kevin Keegan (from 3 May)
Second Division 6th
Play-offs Semi-finals
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Auto Windscreens Shield Quarter finals
Top goalscorer Moody (15)
Average home league attendance 9,018

The 1997–98 season was Fulham's 100th season in professional football. They played in the Second Division (previously known as the Third Division).

Season summary[edit]

Manager Micky Adams was sacked in September, soon after Mohammed Al Fayed's take-over. Ray Wilkins and Kevin Keegan were appointed as head coach and director of football respectively. The club managed to make the play-offs despite losing their last three games, but this wasn't good enough for Al Fayed, who sacked Wilkins and promoted Keegan to his position. Keegan was unable to navigate Fulham through the play-offs as they were defeated by Grimsby Town 2–1 on aggregate (1–1 and 1–0 over two legs) in the semi-finals.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Watford 46 13 7 3 36 22 11 9 3 31 19 67 41 +26 88
2 Bristol City 46 16 5 2 41 17 9 5 9 28 22 69 39 +30 85
3 Grimsby Town 46 11 7 5 30 14 8 8 7 25 23 55 37 +18 72
4 Northampton Town 46 14 5 4 33 17 4 12 7 19 20 52 37 +15 71
5 Bristol Rovers 46 13 2 8 43 33 7 8 8 27 31 70 64 +6 70
6 Fulham 46 12 7 4 31 14 8 3 12 29 29 60 43 +17 70
7 Wrexham 46 10 10 3 31 23 8 6 9 24 28 55 51 +4 70
8 Gillingham 46 13 7 3 30 18 6 6 11 22 29 52 47 +5 70
9 Bournemouth 46 11 8 4 28 15 7 4 12 29 37 57 52 +5 66
10 Chesterfield 46 13 7 3 31 19 3 10 10 15 25 46 44 +2 65
11 Wigan Athletic 46 12 5 6 41 31 5 6 12 23 35 64 66 –2 62
12 Blackpool 46 13 6 4 35 24 4 5 14 24 43 59 67 –8 62
13 Oldham Athletic 46 13 7 3 43 23 2 9 12 19 31 62 54 +8 61
14 Wycombe Wanderers 46 10 10 3 32 20 4 8 11 19 33 51 53 –2 60
15 Preston North End 46 10 6 7 29 26 5 8 10 27 30 56 56 ±0 59
16 York City 46 9 7 7 26 21 5 10 8 26 37 52 58 –6 59
17 Luton Town 46 7 7 9 35 38 7 8 8 25 26 60 64 –4 57
18 Millwall 46 7 8 8 23 23 7 5 11 20 31 43 54 –11 55
19 Walsall 46 10 8 5 26 16 4 4 15 17 36 43 52 –9 54
20 Burnley 46 10 9 4 34 23 3 4 16 21 42 55 65 –10 52
21 Brentford 46 9 7 7 33 29 2 10 11 17 42 50 71 –21 50
22 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 5 8 36 30 2 8 13 19 40 55 70 –15 49
23 Carlisle United 46 8 5 10 27 28 4 3 16 30 45 57 73 –16 44
24 Southend United 46 8 7 8 29 30 3 3 17 18 49 47 79 –32 43
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • NB: In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Results[edit]

Fulham's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Wrexham H 1–0 8,789 Conroy
16 August 1997 Walsall A 1–1 4,418 Keister (own goal)
23 August 1997 Luton Town H 0–0 8,142
30 August 1997 Wycombe Wanderers A 0–2 6,278
2 September 1997 Bristol City A 2–0 10,293 Newhouse, Carpenter
9 September 1997 Plymouth Argyle H 2–0 8,961 Moody (2)
13 September 1997 Grimsby Town H 0–2 6,874
20 September 1997 Southend United A 0–1 5,026
27 September 1997 Wigan Athletic A 1–2 4,951 Hayward
4 October 1997 Oldham Athletic H 3–1 8,805 Moody (2), Sinnott (own goal)
11 October 1997 Blackpool H 1–0 7,760 Conroy
18 October 1997 Bournemouth A 1–2 7,484 Vincent (own goal)
21 October 1997 Watford A 0–2 11,486
25 October 1997 Northampton Town H 1–1 9,848 Peschisolido
1 November 1997 Chesterfield H 1–1 7,998 Blake
4 November 1997 Millwall A 1–1 10,291 Peschisolido
8 November 1997 Bristol Rovers A 3–2 6,166 Carpenter, Scott (2)
18 November 1997 York City H 1–1 5,521 Peschisolido
21 November 1997 Gillingham H 3–0 8,274 Peschisolido (2), Watson
29 November 1997 Preston North End A 1–3 9,723 Scott
2 December 1997 Brentford H 1–1 10,767 Peschisolido
13 December 1997 Carlisle United A 0–2 4,574
19 December 1997 Burnley H 1–0 5,096 Cullip
26 December 1997 Plymouth Argyle A 4–1 9,469 Moody (2), Hayward, Trollope
28 December 1997 Bristol City H 1–0 13,273 Moody
10 January 1998 Wrexham A 3–0 5,338 Moody, Peschisolido, Trollope
17 January 1998 Wycombe Wanderers H 0–0 10,468
24 January 1998 Luton Town A 4–1 8,366 Moody (3, 1 pen), Hayward
31 January 1998 Grimsby Town A 1–1 6,785 Lightbourne
7 February 1998 Southend United H 2–0 9,122 Peschisolido, Lightbourne
14 February 1998 Oldham Athletic A 0–1 6,063
21 February 1998 Wigan Athletic H 2–0 7,791 Hayward, Peschisolido
24 February 1998 Bournemouth H 0–1 7,708
28 February 1998 Blackpool A 1–2 5,183 Coleman
3 March 1998 Bristol Rovers H 1–0 6,843 Thorpe
7 March 1998 Chesterfield A 2–0 5,129 Morgan, Blake
14 March 1998 Millwall H 1–2 12,318 Thorpe
21 March 1998 York City A 1–0 4,871 Peschisolido
28 March 1998 Gillingham A 0–2 10,507
4 April 1998 Preston North End H 2–1 8,814 Brazier, Collins
7 April 1998 Walsall H 1–1 6,733 Trollope
11 April 1998 Brentford A 2–0 10,510 Moody (2)
13 April 1998 Carlisle United H 5–0 9,243 Peschisolido (3), Moody (pen), Thorpe
18 April 1998 Burnley A 1–2 9,745 Moody
25 April 1998 Northampton Town A 0–1 7,443
2 May 1998 Watford H 1–2 17,114 Beardsley

Second Division play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 9 May 1998 Grimsby Town H 1–1 13,954 Beardsley (pen)
SF 2nd Leg 13 May 1998 Grimsby Town A 0–1 (lost 1-2 on agg) 8,689

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 16 November 1997 Margate A 2–1 5,100 Carpenter, Scott
R2 6 December 1997 Southend United H 1–0 8,537 Blake (pen)
R3 5 January 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–3 27,909 Smith

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 12 August 1997 Wycombe Wanderers A 2–1 4,360 Newhouse, Conroy
R1 2nd Leg 26 August 1997 Wycombe Wanderers H 4–4 (won 6-5 on agg) 5,055 Newhouse (2), Carpenter, Conroy
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–1 5,933
R2 2nd Leg 24 September 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 (lost 0-2 on agg) 17,862

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SR1 9 December 1997 Watford H 1–0 3,364 Moody
SR2 13 January 1998 Wycombe Wanderers H 3–1 4,319 Thomas (2), Freeman
SQF 27 January 1998 Luton Town H 1–2 5,103 Lightbourne

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
South Africa GK Andre Arendse
Germany GK Maik Taylor[3]
Wales GK Mark Walton
England DF Jimmy Aggrey
England DF Mark Blake
England DF Rufus Brevett
England DF Danny Cullip
Wales DF Chris Coleman
Argentina DF Robbie Herrera
England DF Matt Lawrence
Republic of Ireland DF Shaun Maher
Scotland DF Steve McAnespie
England DF Simon Morgan
Germany DF Alan Neilson[4]
England DF Rob Scott
England DF Simon Stewart
England DF Martin Thomas
England DF Paul Watson
England MF Paul Bracewell
England MF Matt Brazier
England MF Paul Brooker
England MF Richard Carpenter
England MF Glenn Cockerill
No. Position Player
England MF Wayne Collins
England MF Nick Cusack
England MF Sean Davis
England MF Steve Hayward
Northern Ireland MF Rod McAree
England MF Ian Selley
England MF Neil Smith
Wales MF Paul Trollope[5]
England FW Andy Arnott
England FW Peter Beardsley (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
England FW Luke Cornwall
Scotland FW Mike Conroy
England FW Darren Freeman
Bermuda FW Kyle Lightbourne (on loan from Coventry City)
England FW Leon McKenzie (on loan from Crystal Palace)
England FW Paul Moody
England FW Aidan Newhouse
Canada FW Paul Peschisolido
England FW Tony Thorpe

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 August 1997 DF England Jimmy Aggrey England Chelsea Free transfer
1 August 1997 FW England Andy Arnott England Leyton Orient £23,000
1 August 1997 MF England Neil Smith England Gillingham Transfer
1 August 1997 GK South Africa Andre Arendse South Africa Cape Town Spurs £200,000[6]
1 August 1997 FW England Paul Moody England Oxford United £200,000
1 August 1997 DF England Ian McGuckin England Hartlepool United £75,000
1 August 1997 MF England Steve Hayward England Carlisle United £175,000
10 October 1997 MF England Paul Bracewell England Sunderland £75,000
17 October 1997 MF England Ian Selley England Arsenal £500,000
24 October 1997 FW Canada Paul Peschisolido England West Bromwich Albion £1,100,000
14 November 1997 GK England Maik Taylor England Southampton £700,000
26 November 1997 DF Wales Alan Neilson England Southampton £250,000
27 November 1997 MF Scotland Steve McAnespie England Bolton Wanderers £100,000
27 November 1997 MF Wales Paul Trollope England Derby County £600,000
1 December 1997 DF Wales Chris Coleman England Blackburn Rovers £2,000,000
1 December 1997 MF Republic of Ireland Shaun Maher Republic of Ireland Bohemians £35,000
22 January 1998 MF England Wayne Collins England Sheffield Wednesday £400,000
30 January 1998 DF England Rufus Brevett England Queens Park Rangers £375,000
26 February 1998 FW England Tony Thorpe England Luton Town £800,000
20 March 1998 MF England Matt Brazier England Queens Park Rangers £65,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 August 1997 DF England Terry Angus England Slough Town Free transfer
1 August 1997 DF England John Hamsher England Rushden & Diamonds Free transfer
1 August 1997 MF England Michael Mison England Rushden & Diamonds Free transfer
31 October 1997 FW England Aidan Newhouse Wales Swansea City £30,000
31 October 1997 MF England Nick Cusack Wales Swansea City £50,000
7 November 1997 MF England Glenn Cockerill England Brentford Free transfer
19 December 1997 DF England Paul Watson England Brentford £50,000
6 February 1998 GK Wales Mark Walton England Gillingham £40,000
18 February 1998 DF England Danny Cullip England Brentford £75,000
26 March 1998 FW Scotland Mike Conroy England Blackpool £50,000
Transfers in: Decrease £7,473,000
Transfers out: Increase £295,000
Total spending: Decrease £7,178,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/fulham/1997-1998/results
  2. ^ "All Fulham players: 1998". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  3. ^ Taylor was born in Hildesheim, Germany, but also qualified to represent any of the home nations internationally as he was a British passport holder born abroad. He would make his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1999.
  4. ^ Neilson was born in Wegberg, Germany, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally, and made his international debut for Wales in 1992.
  5. ^ Trollope was born in Swindon, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally, and made his international debut for Wales in 1997.
  6. ^ http://www.fulhamweb.co.uk/player/98/andre-arendse.aspx

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