1998–99 FA Premier League
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|Dates||15 August 1998 – 16 May 1999|
5th Premier League title
12th English title
|Champions League||Manchester United |
|UEFA Cup||Leeds United|
|Intertoto Cup||West Ham United|
|Goals scored||959 (2.52 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||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)
|Highest scoring||Nottingham Forest 1–8 Manchester United|
(6 February 1999)
|Longest winning run||7 games|
|Longest unbeaten run||21 games|
|Longest winless run||19 games|
|Longest losing run||8 games|
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 UEFA Champions League. 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 after achieving their highest league finish for thirteen years as they continued to make progress under Harry Redknapp, outperforming several "bigger" clubs with greater resources. 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.
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 Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough (both teams sealing an immediate return to the top flight) and Charlton Athletic (playing in the top flight after an eight-year absence). This was also Charlton Athletic's first season in the Premier League. They replaced Bolton Wanderers, Barnsley and Crystal Palace, with all three relegated teams immediately returning to the First Division after a mere season's presence.
Stadiums and Locations
- 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
(as of 16 May 1999)
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Incoming manager||Date of appointment|
|Sheffield Wednesday||Ron Atkinson||End of caretaker spell||17 May 1998||Pre-season||Danny Wilson||6 July 1998|
|Everton||Howard Kendall||Resigned||1 July 1998||Walter Smith||1 July 1998|
|Liverpool||Roy Evans (sole charge)||N/A[a]|| Roy Evans|
Gérard Houllier (co-managers)
|Newcastle United||Kenny Dalglish||Sacked||27 August 1998||13th||Ruud Gullit||27 August 1998|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Christian Gross||5 September 1998||14th|| David Pleat
Chris Hughton (co-caretakers)
|7 September 1998|
| David Pleat
|End of caretaker spell||1 October 1998||13th||George Graham||1 October 1998|
|Leeds United||George Graham||Signed by Tottenham||7th||David O'Leary|
|Liverpool||Roy Evans (as co-manager)||Resigned||12 November 1998||11th||Gérard Houllier (taking sole charge)||12 November 1998|
|Blackburn Rovers||Roy Hodgson||Sacked||21 November 1998||20th||Tony Parkes (caretaker)||21 November 1998|
|Tony Parkes||End of caretaker spell||4 December 1998||Brian Kidd||4 December 1998|
|Nottingham Forest||Dave Bassett||Sacked||5 January 1999||Ron Atkinson (caretaker)||5 January 1999|
|Wimbledon||Joe Kinnear||Illness||3 March 1999[b]||6th|| Terry Burton
Mick Harford (co-caretakers)
|3 March 1999|
- Houllier joined Evans as co-manager
- Kinnear remained contracted as manager until the season ended, and did not return to the club
|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||Qualification for the Champions League first group stage|
|3||Chelsea||38||20||15||3||57||30||+27||75||Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round|
|4||Leeds United||38||18||13||7||62||34||+28||67||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|5||West Ham United||38||16||9||13||46||53||−7||57||Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round|
|11||Tottenham Hotspur||38||11||14||13||47||50||−3||47||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[a]|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||13||14||48||54||−6||46||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round[b]|
|18||Charlton Athletic (R)||38||8||12||18||41||56||−15||36||Relegation to 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.
|1||Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United||18|
|Dwight Yorke||Manchester United|
|Andy Cole||Manchester United|
|7||Dion Dublin||Aston Villa||14|
|Julian Joachim||Aston Villa|
|Alan Shearer||Newcastle United|
|Clive Mendonca||Charlton Athletic||Southampton||5–0 (H)||22 August 1998|||
|Michael Owen||Liverpool||Newcastle United||4–1 (A)||30 August 1998|||
|Michael Owen4||Liverpool||Nottingham Forest||5–1 (H)||24 October 1998|||
|Dion Dublin||Aston Villa||Leicester City||4–1 (A)||14 November 1998|||
|Robbie Fowler||Liverpool||Aston Villa||4–2 (A)||21 November 1998|||
|Chris Armstrong||Tottenham Hotspur||Everton||4–1 (H)||28 December 1998|||
|Darren Huckerby||Coventry City||Nottingham Forest||4–0 (H)||9 January 1999|||
|Robbie FowlerP||Liverpool||Southampton||7–1 (H)||16 January 1999|||
|Dwight Yorke||Manchester United||Leicester City||6–2 (A)||16 January 1999|||
|Ole Gunnar Solskjær4||Manchester United||Nottingham Forest||8–1 (A)||6 February 1999|||
|Nicolas Anelka||Arsenal||Leicester City||5–0 (H)||20 February 1999|||
|Kevin Campbell||Everton||West Ham United||6–0 (H)||8 May 1999|||
- Note: 4 Player scored 4 goals; P Player scored a perfect hat-trick; Player scored hat-trick as a substitute; (H) – Home; (A) – Away
|Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink||Leeds United|
|3||David Beckham||Manchester United||11|
|Eyal Berkovic||West Ham United|
|Steve Guppy||Leicester City|
|Dwight Yorke||Manchester United|
|7||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur||10|
|8||Darren Anderton||Tottenham Hotspur||9|
|Harry Kewell||Leeds United|
|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|
|Premier League Manager of the Season||Alex Ferguson||Manchester United|
|Premier League Player of the Season||Dwight Yorke||Manchester United|
|PFA Players' Player of the Year||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur|
|PFA Young Player of the Year||Nicolas Anelka||Arsenal|
|FWA Footballer of the Year||David Ginola||Tottenham Hotspur|
|PFA Team of the Year|
|Goalkeeper||Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)|
|Defence||Gary Neville (Manchester United)||Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur)||Jaap Stam (Manchester United)||Denis Irwin (Manchester United)|
|Midfield||David Beckham (Manchester United)||Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal)||Patrick Vieira (Arsenal)||David Ginola (Tottenham Hotspur)|
|Attack||Dwight Yorke (Manchester United)||Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal)|
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