1997–98 FA Premier League
|Dates||09 August 1997–10 May 1998|
1st Premier League title
11th English title
|Champions League||Arsenal |
|Cup Winners' Cup||Chelsea|
|UEFA Cup||Aston Villa |
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||Crystal Palace|
|Goals scored||1,019 (2.68 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Dion Dublin|
(18 goals each)
|Biggest home win||Manchester United 7–0 Barnsley|
(25 October 1997)
|Biggest away win||Barnsley 0–6 Chelsea|
(24 August 1997)
|Highest scoring||Blackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday|
(25 August 1997)
|Longest winning run||10 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||18 games|
|Longest winless run||15 games|
|Longest losing run||8 games|
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
The 1997–98 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991 and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.
It was Arsenal's first full season under French manager Arsène Wenger, who became the third manager to win the Premier League. Wenger followed in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish and, while both Ferguson and Dalglish were Scottish, Wenger was the first manager from outside the British Isles to win a league title in England.
At the end of the 1997–98 FA Premier League season, a record total of nine English teams qualified for European competition.
Premiership champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, while UEFA Cup places went to Liverpool, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. Qualifying for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup were Chelsea (as defending champions) and FA Cup runners-up Newcastle United. Crystal Palace, while finishing bottom, qualified for the Intertoto Cup
The gap between the Premier League and Division One of the Football League was highlighted at the end of 1997–98 when all three newly promoted teams were relegated. Crystal Palace were confined to bottom place in the final table having won just two home games all season. Barnsley's first season in the top division ended in relegation, although they did reach the FA Cup quarter finals and knock out Manchester United in the Fifth Round. Bolton Wanderers went down on goal difference, with 17th place being occupied by Everton: despite preserving top flight football there for the 45th season running, Howard Kendall quit as manager at Goodison Park after his third spell in charge.
Another mark of the gap was that the three relegated teams in the previous season took the top three places in the 1997–98 Football League. Had Sunderland not lost the play-off final to Charlton Athletic on penalty shootout, the 20 teams from 1998–99 Premier League would have been exactly the same as those in the 1996–97 Premier League.
Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Bolton Wanderers (returning to the top flight after a season's absence), Barnsley (playing in the top flight for the first time) and Crystal Palace (playing in the top flight again after a two year absence). They replaced Sunderland (immediately relegated to the First Division after a season's presence), Middlesbrough (relegated after a two year presence) and Nottingham Forest (relegated after three years in the top flight).
Stadiums and Locations
|Arsenal||London (Highbury)||Arsenal Stadium||38,419|
|Aston Villa||Birmingham||Villa Park||42,573|
|Blackburn Rovers||Blackburn||Ewood Park||31,367|
|Bolton Wanderers||Bolton||Reebok Stadium||28,723|
|Chelsea||London (Fulham)||Stamford Bridge||42,055|
|Coventry City||Coventry||Highfield Road||23,489|
|Crystal Palace||London (Selhurst)||Selhurst Park||26,074|
|Derby County||Derby||Pride Park Stadium[a]||33,597|
|Everton||Liverpool (Walton)||Goodison Park||40,569|
|Leeds United||Leeds||Elland Road||40,242|
|Leicester City||Leicester||Filbert Street||22,000|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||Old Trafford||68,174|
|Newcastle United||Newcastle upon Tyne||St James' Park||52,387|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Sheffield||Hillsborough Stadium||39,732|
|Tottenham Hotspur||London (Tottenham)||White Hart Lane||36,240|
|West Ham United||London (Upton Park)||Boleyn Ground||35,647|
|Wimbledon||London (Wimbledon)||Selhurst Park[b]||26,074|
- Derby County relocated to the Pride Park Stadium as their new home stadium after spending 102 years at Baseball Ground.
- Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.
Personnel and kits
A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997-98 FA Premier League.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Nottingham Forest||Stuart Pearce||End of caretaker spell||8 May 1997||Pre-season||Dave Bassett||8 May 1997|
|Everton||Dave Watson||10 May 1997||Howard Kendall||10 May 1997|
|Blackburn Rovers||Tony Parkes||1 June 1997||Roy Hodgson||1 June 1997|
|Southampton||Graeme Souness||Resigned||Dave Jones||23 June 1997|
|Sheffield Wednesday||David Pleat||Sacked||3 November 1997||19th||Ron Atkinson (caretaker)||14 November 1997|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Gerry Francis||Resigned||19 November 1997||16th||Christian Gross||19 November 1997|
|Chelsea||Ruud Gullit||Sacked||12 February 1998||2nd||Gianluca Vialli||12 February 1998|
|Aston Villa||Brian Little||Resigned||24 February 1998||15th||John Gregory||25 February 1998|
|Crystal Palace||Steve Coppell||Promoted to director of football||13 March 1998||20th||Attilio Lombardo (caretaker)[a]||13 March 1998|
|Attilio Lombardo||Resigned||29 April 1998||20th|| Ron Noades
Ray Lewington (caretakers)[b]
|29 April 1998|
- Swedish striker Thomas Brolin served as Italian-to-English interpreter for Lombardo
- Noades and Lewington acted as co-managers
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Arsenal (C)||38||23||9||6||68||33||+35||78||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|2||Manchester United||38||23||8||7||73||26||+47||77||Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round|
|3||Liverpool||38||18||11||9||68||42||+26||65||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|4||Chelsea||38||20||3||15||71||43||+28||63||Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[b]|
|5||Leeds United||38||17||8||13||57||46||+11||59||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|8||West Ham United||38||16||8||14||56||57||−1||56|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||11||16||35||44||−9||44||Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[c]|
|18||Bolton Wanderers (R)||38||9||13||16||41||61||−20||40||Relegation to the Football League First Division|
|20||Crystal Palace (R)||38||8||9||21||37||71||−34||33|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team applied.
- Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions. As they were also the League Cup winners, the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Aston Villa.
- As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BAR||BLB||BOL||CHE||COV||CRY||DER||EVE||LEE||LEI||LIV||MUN||NEW||SHW||SOU||TOT||WHU||WDN|
|West Ham United||0–0||2–1||6–0||2–1||3–0||2–1||1–0||4–1||0–0||2–2||3–0||4–3||2–1||1–1||0–1||1–0||2–4||2–1||3–1|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Top goal scorers
|1||Dion Dublin||Coventry City||18|
|Chris Sutton||Blackburn Rovers||18|
|Kevin Gallacher||Blackburn Rovers||16|
|Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United||16|
|7||Andy Cole||Manchester United||15|
|John Hartson||West Ham United||15|
|9||Darren Huckerby||Coventry City||14|
|10||Paulo Wanchope||Derby County||13|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Roy Hodgson (Blackburn Rovers)||Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)|
|September||Martin O'Neill (Leicester City)||Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)|
|October||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Paulo Wanchope (Derby County)|
|November||George Graham (Leeds United)||Andy Cole (Manchester United) & Kevin Davies (Southampton)|
|December||Roy Hodgson (Blackburn Rovers)||Steve McManaman (Liverpool)|
|January||Howard Kendall (Everton)||Dion Dublin (Coventry City)|
|February||Gordon Strachan (Coventry City)||Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers)|
|March||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)||Alex Manninger (Arsenal)|
|April||Arsène Wenger (Arsenal)||Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal)|
Player and managerial awards
- PFA Players' Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year was Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal.
- PFA Young Player of the Year was Michael Owen of Liverpool.
- Premier League Manager of the Year was Arsène Wenger of Arsenal.
- Premier League Player of the Year was Michael Owen of Liverpool.
References and notes
- "English Premier League 1997–98". statto.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- League tables and results for English football leagues, 1997–98 season. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "Seasonal Awards 1997/98" Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 September 2006.