1997–98 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1997–98 season
Chairman Tom Smeaton
Manager Martin O'Neill
Stadium Filbert Street
Premiership 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
UEFA Cup First round
Player of the Year Matt Elliott
Top goalscorer League: Heskey (10)
All: Heskey/Marshall (10)
Highest home attendance 21,699 vs Newcastle United
(29 Apr 1998, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 18,553 vs Wimbledon
(10 Nov 1997, Premier League)
Average home league attendance 20,615
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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

Season summary[edit]

Leicester City's return to European competition for the first time since the 1960s was short-lived, and they suffered a first-hurdle defeat at the hands of Spanish team Atlético Madrid. Their challenges in the domestic cups fared little better, and a 10th place finish in the final table was not enough for another UEFA Cup adventure. But they managed to hold on to star players like Neil Lennon and Emile Heskey, and, most importantly, highly-rated manager Martin O'Neill, giving fans hope of another challenge for honours in 1998–99.

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 13 14 11 51 41 +10 53 6 10 3 21 15 +6 7 4 8 30 26 +4

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 H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A A H A H A A H H A
Result W W D D L W W D W L L W D L D W D L L L D D D W W D W L L L D W D D W D W L
Position 5 4 4 4 6 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 5 7 6 6 6 7 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 9 12 12 10 10 10 9 9 8 10

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

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Aston Villa H 1–0 20,034 Marshall
13 August 1997 Liverpool A 2–1 35,007 Elliott, Fenton
23 August 1997 Manchester United H 0–0 21,221
27 August 1997 Arsenal H 3–3 21,089 Heskey, Elliott, Walsh
30 August 1997 Sheffield Wednesday A 0–1 24,851
13 September 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–0 20,683 Walsh, Guppy, Heskey
20 September 1997 Leeds United A 1–0 29,620 Walsh
24 September 1997 Blackburn Rovers H 1–1 19,921 Izzet
27 September 1997 Barnsley A 2–0 18,660 Marshall, Fenton
6 October 1997 Derby County H 1–2 19,585 Elliott
18 October 1997 Chelsea A 0–1 33,356
27 October 1997 West Ham United H 2–1 20,201 Heskey, Marshall
1 November 1997 Newcastle United A 3–3 36,754 Marshall (2), Elliott
10 November 1997 Wimbledon H 0–1 18,553
22 November 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 0–0 20,464
29 November 1997 Coventry City A 2–0 18,309 Fenton, Elliott (pen)
6 December 1997 Crystal Palace H 1–1 19,191 Izzet
13 December 1997 Southampton A 1–2 15,121 Savage
20 December 1997 Everton H 0–1 20,628
26 December 1997 Arsenal A 1–2 38,023 Lennon
28 December 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 20,800 Guppy
10 January 1998 Aston Villa A 1–1 36,429 Parker (pen)
17 January 1998 Liverpool H 0–0 21,633
31 January 1998 Manchester United A 1–0 55,156 Cottee
7 February 1998 Leeds United H 1–0 21,244 Parker (pen)
14 February 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 28,355 Cottee
21 February 1998 Chelsea H 2–0 21,335 Heskey (2)
28 February 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 3–5 24,854 Wilson, Izzet, Ullathorne
14 March 1998 Wimbledon A 1–2 13,229 Savage
28 March 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 0–2 25,000
4 April 1998 Coventry City H 1–1 21,137 Wilson
11 April 1998 Crystal Palace A 3–0 18,771 Heskey (2), Elliott
14 April 1998 Southampton H 3–3 20,708 Lennon, Elliott, Parker (pen)
18 April 1998 Everton A 1–1 33,642 Marshall
26 April 1998 Derby County A 4–0 29,855 Heskey (2), Izzet, Marshall
29 April 1998 Newcastle United H 0–0 21,699
2 May 1998 Barnsley H 1–0 21,293 Zagorakis
10 May 1998 West Ham United A 3–4 25,781 Cottee (2), Heskey

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Northampton Town H 4–0 20,608 Marshall, Parker (pen), Savage, Cottee
R4 24 January 1998 Crystal Palace A 0–3 15,489

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 14 October 1997 Grimsby Town A 1–3 7,738 Marshall

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 UEFA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 16 September 1997 Atlético Madrid A 1–2 35,000 Marshall
R1 2nd Leg 30 September 1997 Atlético Madrid H 0–2 20,776

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 United States GK Kasey Keller
4 England DF Julian Watts
5 England DF Steve Walsh (captain)
6 Turkey MF Muzzy Izzet
7 Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon
8 England MF Scott Taylor
9 England FW Steve Claridge
10 England MF Garry Parker
11 England FW Emile Heskey
14 Wales MF Robbie Savage
15 Sweden DF Pontus Kåmark
16 Scotland MF Stuart Campbell
17 England DF Spencer Prior
18 Scotland DF Matt Elliott (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
19 England DF Robert Ullathorne
20 England FW Ian Marshall
21 England MF Graham Fenton
22 France GK Pegguy Arphexad
23 England MF Sam McMahon
24 England MF Steve Guppy
25 England MF Stuart Wilson
26 Sweden FW Lars-Gunnar Carlstrand
27 England FW Tony Cottee [nb 1]
29 England MF Stefan Oakes
30 England GK Ian Andrews [nb 2]
33 England DF Martin Fox
37 Greece MF Theodoros Zagorakis
  1. ^ Issued number 8 in the UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ Issued number 13 in the UEFA Cup.

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
3 England DF Mike Whitlow (to Bolton Wanderers)
9 England FW Steve Claridge (to Wolves)
No. Position Player
12 England FW Mark Robins (to CD Ourense)

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 DF Guy Branston
- England FW Lawrie Dudfield
No. Position Player
- Scotland DF Gary Neil

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
23 July 1997 MF Robbie Savage Crewe Alexandra £400,000
8 August 1997 MF Graham Fenton Blackburn Rovers £1,100,000
14 August 1997 FW Tony Cottee Selangor £500,000
20 August 1997 GK Pegguy Arphexad Lens Free transfer
5 February 1998 MF Theodoros Zagorakis PAOK £750,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
17 June 1997 MF Jamie Lawrence Bradford City £50,000
22 June 1997 DF Neil Lewis Peterborough United £75,000
23 July 1997 DF Simon Grayson Aston Villa £1,350,000
2 August 1997 GK Kevin Poole Birmingham City Free transfer
19 September 1997 DF Mike Whitlow Bolton Wanderers £500,000
16 January 1998 FW Mark Robins Ourense Signed
26 March 1998 FW Steve Claridge Wolverhampton Wanderers £350,000
Transfers in: Decrease £2,750,000
Transfers out: Increase £2,325,000
Total spending: Decrease £525,000

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK United States Kasey Keller 32 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 37 0 2 0
4 DF England Julian Watts 0+3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2+3 0 0 0
5 DF England Steve Walsh 23+3 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 26+3 3 3 0
6 MF Turkey Muzzy Izzet 36 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 40 4 6 0
7 MF Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 37 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 42 2 8 0
9 FW England Steve Claridge 10+7 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 10+8 0 0 0
10 MF England Garry Parker 15+7 3 2 1 0 0 2 0 19+7 4 1 0
11 FW England Emile Heskey 35 10 2 0 0 0 2 0 39 10 4 1
14 MF Wales Robbie Savage 28+7 2 2 1 1 0 0+1 0 31+8 3 4 0
15 DF Sweden Pontus Kåmark 35 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 39 0 2 0
16 MF Scotland Stuart Campbell 6+5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7+5 0 1 0
17 DF England Spencer Prior 28+2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 31+2 0 2 0
18 DF Scotland Matt Elliott 37 7 2 0 1 0 2 0 42 7 7 0
19 DF England Robert Ullathorne 3+3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3+3 1 0 1
20 FW England Ian Marshall 22+2 7 2 1 1 1 2 1 27+2 10 2 0
21 FW England Graham Fenton 9+13 3 0+1 0 1 0 0+2 0 10+17 3 1 0
22 GK France Pegguy Arphexad 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
23 MF England Sam McMahon 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
24 MF England Steve Guppy 37 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 42 2 4 0
25 MF England Stuart Wilson 0+11 2 0+2 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+14 2 0 0
27 FW England Tony Cottee 7+12 4 0+2 1 1 0 0+1 0 8+15 5 0 0
37 MF Greece Theodoros Zagorakis 12+2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12+2 1 1 0

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[3]