1997–98 Norwich City F.C. season

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Norwich City
1997–98 season
Chairman Barry Lockwood
Manager Mike Walker (until 30 April)
John Faulkner (caretaker from 30 April)
Stadium Carrow Road
First Division 15th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Bellamy (13)
Average home league attendance 14,444

During the 1997–98 English football season, Norwich City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1997–98 season, Norwich had a season of two halves where they had a satisfying first season in which the Canaries were lying in 12th place and 9 points adrift from the playoffs but from the end of January, Norwich went on a poor run of 14 games without a win with only 7 points picked up during that spell and also resulted in Walker resigning at the end of April and ended up finishing in a disappointing 15th place.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Nottingham Forest (C) 46 28 10 8 82 42 +40 94 Promotion to 1998–99 FA Premier League
2 Middlesbrough (P) 46 27 10 9 77 41 +36 91
3 Sunderland 46 26 12 8 86 50 +36 90 Qualification for First Division play-offs
4 Charlton Athletic (P) 46 26 10 10 80 49 +31 88
5 Ipswich Town 46 23 14 9 77 43 +34 83
6 Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 +15 74
7 Birmingham City 46 19 17 10 60 35 +25 74
8 Stockport County 46 19 8 19 71 69 +2 65
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 11 17 57 53 +4 65
10 West Bromwich Albion 46 16 13 17 50 56 −6 61
11 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 5 23 58 65 −7 59
12 Oxford United 46 16 10 20 60 64 −4 58
13 Bradford City 46 14 15 17 46 59 −13 57
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 14 18 54 57 −3 56
15 Norwich City 46 14 13 19 52 69 −17 55
16 Huddersfield Town 46 14 11 21 50 72 −22 53
17 Bury 46 11 19 16 42 58 −16 52
18 Swindon Town 46 14 10 22 42 73 −31 52
19 Port Vale 46 13 10 23 56 66 −10 49
20 Portsmouth 46 13 10 23 51 63 −12 49
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 19 17 51 63 −12 49
22 Manchester City (R) 46 12 12 22 56 57 −1 48 Relegation to 1998–99 Second Division
23 Stoke City (R) 46 11 13 22 44 74 −30 46
24 Reading (R) 46 11 9 26 39 78 −39 42

Updated to games played on 3 May 1998.
Source: Statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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[edit]

Norwich City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–2 17,230
15 August 1997 Nottingham Forest A 1–4 16,524 O'Neill
23 August 1997 Crewe Alexandra H 0–2 11,821
30 August 1997 Sunderland A 1–0 29,204 Sutch
2 September 1997 Portsmouth A 1–1 10,577 Adams
13 September 1997 Port Vale H 1–0 11,269 Fleck
17 September 1997 Charlton Athletic H 0–4 10,157
20 September 1997 Manchester City A 2–1 27,258 Adams, Coote
26 September 1997 Ipswich Town H 2–1 18,911 Eadie, Cundy (own goal)
4 October 1997 Tranmere Rovers A 0–2 6,674
18 October 1997 Stockport County H 1–1 12,689 Eadie
21 October 1997 Reading H 0–0 17,781
25 October 1997 Swindon Town A 0–1 9,256
1 November 1997 Bury H 2–2 14,419 Bellamy, Adams
4 November 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 13,949
8 November 1997 Birmingham City A 2–1 16,464 Forbes (2)
15 November 1997 Middlesbrough H 1–3 16,011 Roberts
22 November 1997 Oxford United H 2–1 11,241 Fleck, Bellamy
29 November 1997 Bradford City A 1–2 16,637 Bellamy
3 December 1997 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 10,141 Forbes
6 December 1997 Sheffield United H 2–1 11,745 Vonk (own goal), Fuglestad
13 December 1997 Huddersfield Town A 3–1 11,436 Forbes, Bellamy, Grant
20 December 1997 Stoke City H 0–0 12,265
26 December 1997 Charlton Athletic A 1–2 14,472 Bellamy (pen)
30 December 1997 Portsmouth H 2–0 16,441 Jackson, Bellamy
10 January 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–5 23,703
17 January 1998 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 17,059 Roberts
28 January 1998 Sunderland H 2–1 15,940 Eadie, Craddock (own goal)
31 January 1998 Crewe Alexandra A 0–1 5,559
7 February 1998 Manchester City H 0–0 15,274
14 February 1998 Port Vale A 2–2 6,664 Grant, Jackson
18 February 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 0–2 12,105
21 February 1998 Ipswich Town A 0–5 21,858
24 February 1998 Stockport County A 2–2 7,471 Grant, Coote
28 February 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0 12,730
4 March 1998 Birmingham City H 3–3 9,819 Bellamy (2), Llewellyn
7 March 1998 Bury A 0–1 5,154
14 March 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 24,663 Bellamy
22 March 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–3 30,040
28 March 1998 Oxford United A 0–2 7,869
4 April 1998 Bradford City H 2–3 13,260 Llewellyn, Bellamy
11 April 1998 Sheffield United A 2–2 16,915 Bellamy, Llewellyn
13 April 1998 Huddersfield Town H 5–0 16,550 Fleming, Adams (pen), Roberts (2), Fuglestad
18 April 1998 Stoke City A 0–2 13,098
25 April 1998 Swindon Town H 5–0 18,443 Llewellyn, Jackson, Roberts, Bellamy, Fenn
3 May 1998 Reading A 1–0 14,817 Bellamy

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Grimsby Town A 0–3 8,161

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Barnet H 2–1 5,429 Roberts, Adams
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Barnet A 1–3 (lost 3-4 on agg) 2,846 Roberts

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
England GK Andy Marshall
Scotland GK Bryan Gunn
England GK Robert Green
England DF Daryl Sutch
England DF Matt Jackson
Spain DF Victor Segura
England DF Craig Fleming
Norway DF Erik Fuglestad
Scotland MF Peter Grant
England MF Neil Adams
England MF Adrian Forbes
England MF Darren Eadie
Wales FW Craig Bellamy
Wales FW Iwan Roberts
Scotland FW Robert Fleck
Republic of Ireland MF Mike Milligan
Wales MF Chris Llewellyn
Northern Ireland FW Adrian Coote
No. Position Player
England DF Danny Mills
Republic of Ireland MF Shaun Carey
England DF Rob Newman
England DF John Polston
England DF Darren Kenton
Republic of Ireland FW Neale Fenn
Republic of Ireland MF Keith O'Neill
England MF Karl Simpson
England MF Lee Marshall
England DF Carl Bradshaw
England DF Kevin Scott (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
England FW Drewe Broughton
England MF Darel Russell
England MF Jamie Shore
England DF Che Wilson
Wales GK Mark Walton (on loan from Gillingham)
England FW Damien Hilton

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