1997–98 West Ham United F.C. season

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West Ham United
1997–98 season
Chairman Terry Brown
Manager Harry Redknapp
Stadium Boleyn Ground
Premiership 8th
FA Cup Sixth round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Hartson (15)
All: Hartson (24)
Highest home attendance 25,909 (vs. Everton, 31 January)
Lowest home attendance 23,335 (vs. Crystal Palace, 3 December)
Average home league attendance 24,967

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

Season summary[edit]

After last season's near miss with relegation, West Ham United looked more convincing than they had done for years during 1997-98. John Hartson matured into one of the best strikers in the Premiership, with his partner Paul Kitson also providing a steady supply of goals. Young centre-back Rio Ferdinand remained loyal to his employers despite endless speculation of a move to a bigger club. Things at Upton Park were looking better than they had done in a long time.

West Ham finished 8th in the final table - just one place short of UEFA Cup qualification. Holding on to Hartson and Ferdinand gave Harry Redknapp's men an even more enhanced chance of achieving that goal next time round.

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 16 8 14 56 57  −1 56 13 4 2 40 18  +22 3 4 12 16 39  −23

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 A H A A H A H A H A H A A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H H H A H A H H A A H
Result W W L D W L L L W L W L L L W W L W L W W W L D W D D D W W L D D W L L D W
Position 2 3 7 5 3 6 6 10 7 9 8 11 13 15 12 10 10 10 10 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 8 6 7 10 9 8

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

Results[edit]

West Ham United's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 Barnsley A 2-1 18,667 Hartson, Lampard
13 August 1997 Tottenham Hotspur H 2-1 25,354 Hartson, Berkovic
23 August 1997 Everton A 1-2 34,356 Watson (own goal)
27 August 1997 Coventry City A 1-1 18,289 Kitson
30 August 1997 Wimbledon H 3-1 24,516 Hartson, Rieper, Berkovic
13 September 1997 Manchester United A 1-2 55,068 Hartson
20 September 1997 Newcastle United H 0-1 25,884
24 September 1997 Arsenal A 0-4 38,012
27 September 1997 Liverpool H 2-1 25,908 Hartson, Berkovic
4 October 1997 Southampton A 0-3 15,212
18 October 1997 Bolton Wanderers H 3-0 24,864 Berkovic, Hartson (2)
27 October 1997 Leicester City A 1-2 20,201 Berkovic
9 November 1997 Chelsea A 1-2 34,382 Hartson (pen)
23 November 1997 Leeds United A 1-3 30,031 Lampard
29 November 1997 Aston Villa H 2-1 24,976 Hartson (2)
3 December 1997 Crystal Palace H 4-1 23,335 Hartson, Berkovic, Unsworth, Lomas
6 December 1997 Derby County A 0-2 29,300
13 December 1997 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 24,344 Kitson
20 December 1997 Blackburn Rovers A 0-3 21,653
26 December 1997 Coventry City H 1-0 24,532 Kitson
28 December 1997 Wimbledon A 2-1 22,087 Kimble (own goal), Kitson
10 January 1998 Barnsley H 6-0 23,714 Lampard, Abou (2), Moncur, Hartson, Lazaridis
17 January 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1 30,284
31 January 1998 Everton H 2-2 25,909 Sinclair (2)
7 February 1998 Newcastle United A 1-0 36,736 Lazaridis
21 February 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 1-1 25,000 Sinclair
2 March 1998 Arsenal H 0-0 25,717
11 March 1998 Manchester United H 1-1 25,892 Sinclair
14 March 1998 Chelsea H 2-1 25,829 Sinclair, Unsworth
30 March 1998 Leeds United H 3-0 24,107 Hartson, Abou, Pearce
4 April 1998 Aston Villa A 0-2 39,372
11 April 1998 Derby County H 0-0 25,155
13 April 1998 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 28,036 Berkovic
18 April 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2-1 24,733 Hartson
25 April 1998 Southampton H 2-4 25,878 Sinclair, Lomas
2 May 1998 Liverpool A 0–5 44,414
5 May 1998 Crystal Palace A 3-3 19,129 Ćurčić (own goal), Omoyinmi (2)
10 May 1998 Leicester City H 4-3 25,781 Lampard, Abou (2), Sinclair

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1998 Emley H 2–1 18,629 Lampard, Hartson
R4 24 January 1998 Manchester City A 2-1 26,495 Berkovic, Lomas
R5 14 February 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2-2 25,729 Kitson, Berkovic
R5R 25 February 1998 Blackburn Rovers A 1-1 (5-4 on pens) 21,972 Hartson
QF 8 March 1998 Arsenal A 1-1 38,077 Pearce
QFR 17 March 1998 Arsenal H 1-1 (lost 3-4 on pens) 25,859 Hartson

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1997 Huddersfield Town A 0-1 8,525
R2 2nd Leg 29 September 1997 Huddersfield Town H 3-0 (won 3-1 on agg) 16,137 Hartson (3)
R3 15 October 1997 Aston Villa H 3-0 20,360 Hartson (2), Lampard
R4 19 November 1997 Walsall H 4-1 17,463 Lampard (3), Hartson
QF 6 January 1998 Arsenal H 1-2 24,770 Abou

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 Czech Republic GK Luděk Mikloško
2 England DF Tim Breacker
3 England DF Julian Dicks
4 England DF Steve Potts[3]
5 England DF Richard Hall
6 England DF David Unsworth
8 England MF Trevor Sinclair
9 England FW Paul Kitson
10 Wales FW John Hartson
11 Northern Ireland MF Steve Lomas[4]
13 England GK Stephen Bywater
15 England DF Rio Ferdinand
16 England MF John Moncur
17 Australia MF Stan Lazaridis
18 England MF Frank Lampard
19 England DF Ian Pearce
No. Position Player
20 England DF Andrew Impey
21 England GK Les Sealey
22 Canada GK Craig Forrest
23 England MF Scott Mean
24 France FW Samassi Abou
25 England MF Lee Hodges
26 France DF Mohamed Berthé
27 Nigeria FW Emmanuel Omoyinmi
28 Australia DF Chris Coyne
29 Israel MF Eyal Berkovic
30 England DF Joey Keith
31 England GK Neil Finn
32 France GK Bernard Lama
33 Republic of Ireland FW Lee Boylan
34 England FW Gary Alexander

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
7 England MF Ian Bishop (to Manchester City)
8 Denmark DF Marc Rieper (to Celtic)
12 Northern Ireland DF Keith Rowland (to Queens Park Rangers)
13 France DF David Terrier (to Newcastle United)
No. Position Player
14 Northern Ireland FW Iain Dowie[5] (to Queens Park Rangers)
24 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes (to Wimbledon)
30 England FW Ian Moore (to Nottingham Forest)
30 Portugal FW Paulo Alves (to Sporting Lisbon)

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 MF Jimmy Bullard
- England MF Craig Etherington
No. Position Player
- England DF Anthony Henry
- Wales DF David Partridge

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee
2 June 1997 MF Eyal Berkovic Maccabi Haifa £1,750,000
9 July 1997 DF David Terrier Metz Free transfer
21 July 1997 GK Craig Forrest Ipswich Town £500,000
15 August 1997 DF David Unsworth Everton Swap
18 September 1997 DF Ian Pearce Blackburn Rovers £2,300,000
26 September 1997 DF Andrew Impey QPR £1,200,000
28 October 1997 FW Samassi Abou Cannes £250,000
29 January 1998 MF Trevor Sinclair QPR £2,300,000
20 February 1998 GK Stephen Bywater Rochdale £300,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee
14 May 1997 DF Slaven Bilić Everton £4,500,000
15 August 1997 MF Danny Williamson Everton Swap
12 September 1997 DF Marc Rieper Celtic £1,400,000
25 September 1997 MF Michael Hughes Wimbledon £1,600,000
29 January 1998 DF Keith Rowland QPR Swap
29 January 1998 MF Iain Dowie QPR £1,600,000
26 March 1998 MF Ian Bishop Manchester City Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £8,600,000
Transfers out: Increase £7,500,000
Total spending: Decrease £1,100,000

Statistics[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions
Considering a 4-3-1-2 formation

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/west-ham-united/1997-1998/results
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1997-1998/faprem/westham.htm
  3. ^ Potts was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the United States.
  4. ^ Lomas was born in Hanover, Germany, but also qualified to represent Northern Ireland internationally and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1994.
  5. ^ Dowie was born in Hatfield, England, but also qualified to represent Northern Ireland internationally through his father and made his international debut for Northern Ireland in 1990.