During the 1997–98 English football season, Wimbledon F.C. competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons). They finished 15th in the final table to secure a 13th successive top flight campaign, although their final position was disappointing given their performance earlier in the season.
Despite the early season sale of Dean Holdsworth to Bolton Wanderers, Wimbledon showed the "Crazy Gang" spirit once more as they were still standing fourth at the beginning of December. Manager Joe Kinnear was hopeful that this could finally be the season when Wimbledon achieved a UEFA Cup place, but the team's form steadily deteriorated during the second half of the season. Their 15th-place finish was their worst since reaching the top flight in 1986, though they had never looked to be in any real danger of relegation.
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.
^Sullivan was born in Sutton, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his debut for Scotland in 1997.
^Thatcher was born in Swindon, England, and played for the England U21 side during the season, but also qualified to represent Wales through his grandmother and made his international debut for Wales in March 2004.
^Earle was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, but qualified to represent Jamaica internationally. He made his international debut for Jamaica in 1997, having previously being called up for England once without playing.
^Ekoku was born in Manchester, England, but also qualified to represent Nigeria internationally and made his international debut for Nigeria in 1994.
^Gayle was born in Hammersmith, London, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 1998.
^Goodman was born in Walthamstow, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and would make his debut for Ireland in 1997.
^Jupp was born in Haslemere, England, but also qualified to represent Scotland internationally and made his debut for the Scotland U21 side in 1996.
^Euell was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally and would make his international debut for Jamaica in 2004.
^Cort was born in Southwark, England, but qualified to represent Guyana and would make his international debut for Guyana in 2011.
^Jones was born in Watford, England, but qualified to represent Wales through his maternal grandfather, and made his international debut for Wales in 1994.
^O'Connor was born in Wandsworth, England, but also qualified to represent Anguilla internationally and would make his debut for Anguilla in 2000.