1998–99 FA Premier League
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5th Premier League title
12th English title
Manchester United |
|Intertoto Cup||West Ham United|
|Goals scored||959 (2.52 per match)|
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink|
(18 goals each)
|Biggest home win||
Liverpool 7–1 Southampton|
(16 January 1999)
Everton 6–0 West Ham United
(8 May 1999)
|Biggest away win||
Nottingham Forest 1–8 Manchester United|
(6 February 1999)
Nottingham Forest 1–8 Manchester United|
(6 February 1999)
|Longest winning run||
|Longest unbeaten run||
|Longest winless run||
|Longest losing run||
Manchester United v Southampton
(27 February 1999)
Wimbledon v Coventry City
(5 December 1998)
The 1998–99 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) was the seventh season of the Premier League, the top division of English football, since its establishment in 1992. Manchester United won a unique treble of the league title, the FA Cup and the European Cup. They secured their fifth league championship in seven seasons after losing just three league games all season.
The season was also the 100th season of top flight football in England, not counting years lost to the two World Wars. Of the original clubs in the first Football League season, only Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Everton were present for this season.
Arsenal failed to retain their title, despite having the same points tally as last season 78 points, but had at one point looked as though they were on the brink of winning the title, after beating fellow rivals Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United had drawn against Liverpool, 2–2. However, Manchester United pushed on and took advantage of Arsenal's 1–0 defeat at Leeds United in the penultimate match of the season and despite going 1–0 down against Tottenham on the final day, came back to win 2–1 and clinch the title. Should they have failed to win, Arsenal would have been crowned champions once more.
To achieve their success, the Manchester United playing squad had been altered substantially during the close season. A total of more than £28 million had been spent on Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist, while several older players left the club; Gary Pallister returned to Middlesbrough after nine years for £2.5 million, while Brian McClair returned to Motherwell on a free transfer. In December, however, McClair was back in the Premier League as Brian Kidd's assistant at Blackburn Rovers.
At the end of 1998–99, the Premiership would have three Champions League places. Manchester United as well as runners-up Arsenal and third placed Chelsea would be playing in the following season's Champions League. There would only be one automatic UEFA Cup place from the league – taken by fourth-placed Leeds United. Fifth-placed West Ham United qualified for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup. Also qualifying were Newcastle United via the 1998–99 FA Cup final, and Tottenham Hotspur via the League Cup.
Bottom of the Premiership in the final table came Nottingham Forest, who suffered their third relegation in seven seasons. One notable low for Forest this season was an 8–1 drubbing at home, by Manchester United. Second from bottom came Blackburn Rovers, who just four seasons earlier had been Premiership champions. The final relegation place went to Charlton Athletic, who went down at the end of their first spell in the top flight for nine seasons. The only newly promoted club to survive was Middlesbrough, who finished in a respectable ninth place.
None of the teams relegated from the Premiership the previous season regained their top division status in 1999, although First Division champions Sunderland regained their Premiership place after a two-year exile. The other two relegation places went to long-term absentees from the top division. Playoff winners Watford regained their top division place after an absence of 11 years, but runners-up Bradford had been outside of the top division for 77 years. These two promotion winners surprised the observers more than any other Division One side during 1998–99.
Personnel and kits
(as of 16 May 1999)
Everton appointed Walter Smith as Howard Kendall's successor.
Blackburn Rovers sacked Roy Hodgson in November, with the club bottom of the table. Manchester United assistant Brian Kidd replaced him. Coincidentally relegation was confirmed in the penultimate game of the season against Kidd's former club.
Nottingham Forest sacked Dave Bassett in January and put Ron Atkinson in charge until the end of the season. Atkinson retired after failing to save Forest from relegation and former England captain David Platt, 33, was named as player-manager.
Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear was effectively forced to step down due to health problems in March, and did not return to the club. Coaches Mick Harford and Terry Burton took charge until the end of the season, when Norwegian coach Egil Olsen was appointed manager.
Final league table
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Manchester United (C)||38||22||13||3||80||37||+43||79||1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|3||Chelsea||38||20||15||3||57||30||+27||75||1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|4||Leeds United||38||18||13||7||62||34||+28||67||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round|
|5||West Ham United||38||16||9||13||46||53||−7||57||1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round|
|11||Tottenham Hotspur||38||11||14||13||47||50||−3||47||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round[a]|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||13||14||48||54||−6||46||1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round[b]|
|18||Charlton Athletic (R)||38||8||12||18||41||56||−15||36||Relegation to 1999–2000 Football League First Division|
|19||Blackburn Rovers (R)||38||7||14||17||38||52||−14||35|
|20||Nottingham Forest (R)||38||7||9||22||35||69||−34||30|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
|Average goals per game:||2.52|
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BLB||CHA||CHE||COV||DER||EVE||LEE||LEI||LIV||MUN||MID||NEW||NOT||SHW||SOU||TOT||WHU||WDN|
|West Ham United||0–4||0–0||2–0||0–1||1–1||2–0||5–1||2–1||1–5||3–2||2–1||0–0||4–0||2–0||2–1||0–4||1–0||2–1||3–4|
|1||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United||18|
|Dwight Yorke||Manchester United||18|
|Andy Cole||Manchester United||17|
|7||Dion Dublin||Aston Villa||14|
|Julian Joachim||Aston Villa||14|
|Alan Shearer||Newcastle United||14|
- Most wins – Manchester United and Arsenal (22)
- Fewest wins – Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest (7)
- Most draws – Chelsea and Middlesbrough (15)
- Fewest draws – Sheffield Wednesday (7)
- Most losses – Nottingham Forest (22)
- Fewest losses – Manchester United and Chelsea (3)
- Most goals scored – Manchester United (80)
- Fewest goals scored – Nottingham Forest (35)
- Most goals conceded – Nottingham Forest (69)
- Fewest goals conceded – Arsenal (17)
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
|August||Alan Curbishley (Charlton Athletic)||Michael Owen (Liverpool)|
|September||John Gregory (Aston Villa)||Alan Shearer (Newcastle United)|
|October||Martin O'Neill (Leicester City)||Roy Keane (Manchester United)|
|November||Harry Redknapp (West Ham United)||Dion Dublin (Aston Villa)|
|December||Brian Kidd (Blackburn Rovers)||David Ginola (Tottenham Hotspur)|
|January||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Dwight Yorke (Manchester United)|
|February||Alan Curbishley (Charlton Athletic)||Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal)|
|March||David O'Leary (Leeds United)||Ray Parlour (Arsenal)|
|April||Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)||Kevin Campbell (Everton)|