1998–99 Middlesbrough F.C. season

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Middlesbrough
1998–99 season
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Bryan Robson
Stadium Riverside Stadium
Premiership 9th
FA Cup Third round
Worthington Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Ricard (15)
All: Ricard (18)
Highest home attendance 34,687 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 20 February)
Lowest home attendance 11,531 (vs. Wycombe Wanderers, 16 September)
Average home league attendance 34,386

During the 1998–99 English football season, Middlesbrough competed in the FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Middlesbrough were the only newly promoted side to avoid relegation in 1998–99. They attained an impressive ninth-place finish in the final table - too high for relegation, but not quite high enough for a UEFA Cup place; they drew 15 games throughout the league season which ultimately prevented them from finishing any higher. Still, it was their highest finish for more than 20 years and a step in the right direction for manager Bryan Robson – who had come close to European qualification (via the cup competitions) in the previous two campaigns.

Final league table[edit]

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
2 Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17 +42 78
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
6 Aston Villa 38 15 10 13 51 46 +5 55
7 Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49 +19 54
8 Derby County 38 13 13 12 40 45 −5 52
9 Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54 −6 51
10 Leicester City 38 12 13 13 40 46 −6 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 14 13 47 50 −3 47 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 1
12 Sheffield Wednesday 38 13 7 18 41 42 −1 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 48 54 −6 46 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 2
14 Everton 38 11 10 17 42 47 −5 43
15 Coventry City 38 11 9 18 39 51 −12 42
16 Wimbledon 38 10 12 16 40 63 −23 42
17 Southampton 38 11 8 19 37 64 −27 41
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

Updated to games played on 16 May 1999.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
2 As Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the losing finalists.
(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 12 15 11 48 54  −6 51 7 9 3 25 18  +7 5 6 8 23 36  −13

Source: 1998-99 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 H A H A A H A H H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A A H H H A H A H A
Result D L D W W D L W W D D D D W D D W W L L D L D L L D L W W D W W D W L D L L
Position 12 17 17 12 6 6 12 3 3 4 4 4 7 6 7 7 4 4 6 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 13 12 11 11 9 8 7 7 7 7 9 9

Source: 11v11.com: 1998-99 Middlesbrough results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Middlesbrough's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Leeds United H 0–0 34,162
23 August 1998 Aston Villa A 1–3 29,559 Beck
29 August 1998 Derby County H 1–1 34,121 Ricard
9 September 1998 Leicester City A 1–0 20,635 Gascoigne
13 September 1998 Tottenham Hotspur A 3–0 30,437 Ricard (2), Kinder
19 September 1998 Everton H 2–2 34,563 Ricard (2)
26 September 1998 Chelsea A 0–2 34,811
3 October 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 4–0 34,163 Beck (2), Ricard, Gascoigne
17 October 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 2–1 34,413 Ricard (pen), Fleming
24 October 1998 Wimbledon A 2–2 14,114 Mustoe, Ricard
1 November 1998 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 34,223 Deane
7 November 1998 Southampton A 3–3 15,202 Gascoigne, Lundekvam (own goal), Festa
15 November 1998 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 20,043 Stamp
21 November 1998 Coventry City H 2–0 34,293 Gordon, Ricard
29 November 1998 Arsenal A 1–1 38,075 Deane
6 December 1998 Newcastle United H 2–2 34,629 Townsend, Cooper
12 December 1998 West Ham United H 1–0 34,623 Deane
19 December 1998 Manchester United A 3–2 55,152 Ricard, Gordon, Deane
26 December 1998 Liverpool H 1–3 34,626 Deane
28 December 1998 Derby County A 1–2 32,726 Beck
9 January 1999 Aston Villa H 0–0 34,643
16 January 1999 Leeds United A 0–2 37,473
30 January 1999 Leicester City H 0–0 34,631
6 February 1999 Liverpool A 1–3 44,384 Stamp
17 February 1999 Everton A 0–5 31,606
20 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0 34,687
27 February 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–3 24,534 Mustoe
14 March 1999 Southampton H 3–0 33,387 Beck, Ricard, Vickers
20 March 1999 Nottingham Forest A 2–1 21,468 Ricard, Deane
3 April 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 0–0 27,482
5 April 1999 Wimbledon H 3–1 33,999 Ricard (2), Festa
10 April 1999 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 34,529 Ricard, Mustoe
14 April 1999 Chelsea H 0–0 34,406
17 April 1999 Coventry City A 2–1 19,231 Kinder, Gordon
24 April 1999 Arsenal H 1–6 34,630 Armstrong
1 May 1999 Newcastle United A 1–1 36,552 Mustoe
9 May 1999 Manchester United H 0–1 34,665
16 May 1999 West Ham United A 0–4 25,902

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1999 Manchester United A 1–3 52,232 Townsend

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 16 September 1998 Wycombe Wanderers H 2–0 11,531 Ricard, Festa
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Wycombe Wanderers A 1–1 (won 3-1 on agg) 5,698 Ricard
R3 28 October 1998 Everton H 2–3 20,748 Summerbell, Ricard

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 Australia GK Mark Schwarzer
2 Republic of Ireland DF Curtis Fleming
3 England DF Dean Gordon
4 England DF Steve Vickers
5 Italy DF Gianluca Festa
6 England DF Gary Pallister
7 England MF Robbie Mustoe
8 England MF Paul Gascoigne
9 Italy FW Marco Branca
10 England FW Brian Deane
11 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Moore
13 England GK Marlon Beresford
14 England MF Phil Stamp
15 England MF Neil Maddison
16 Republic of Ireland MF Andy Townsend[3] (captain)
No. Position Player
17 Slovakia DF Vladimír Kinder
18 England FW Andy Campbell
19 Colombia FW Hamilton Ricard
20 England FW Alun Armstrong
21 England DF Craig Harrison
22 England MF Mark Summerbell
23 Republic of Ireland MF Keith O'Neill
24 England DF Steve Baker
25 England GK Ben Roberts
27 England MF Anthony Ormerod
28 Scotland DF Robbie Stockdale
29 England DF Colin Cooper
30 Republic of Ireland MF Micky Cummins
31 Republic of Ireland DF Jason Gavin

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
10 England MF Paul Merson (to Aston Villa)
12 Denmark FW Mikkel Beck (to Derby)
23 Wales DF Clayton Blackmore (to Barnsley)
No. Position Player
26 Argentina DF Gustavo Lombardi (on loan from River Plate)
England FW Kris Trevor (to Gateshead)

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
- Australia GK Brad Jones
- England DF Christian Hanson
- England MF Richard Kell
- Republic of Ireland MF Ronnie O'Brien
No. Position Player
- Republic of Ireland MF John O'Loughlin
- England MF Andrew Swalwell
- England FW Paul Connor

Statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

(Starting appearances + substitute appearances)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Australia Mark Schwarzer 34 0 1 0 0 0 35 0 1 0
2 DF Republic of Ireland Curtis Fleming 12+2 1 1 0 1 0 14+2 1 2 0
3 DF England Dean Gordon 38 3 1 0 2 0 41 3 3 0
4 DF England Steve Vickers 30+1 1 0 0 3 0 33+1 1 5 0
5 DF Italy Gianluca Festa 25 2 0 0 2 1 27 3 9 0
6 DF England Gary Pallister 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0 5 0
7 MF England Robbie Mustoe 32+1 4 1 0 1 0 34+1 4 8 1
8 MF England Paul Gascoigne 25+1 3 1 0 2 0 28+1 3 13 0
9 FW Italy Marco Branca 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
10 FW England Brian Deane 24+2 6 1 0 0+1 0 25+3 6 3 0
10 MF England Paul Merson 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Alan Moore 3+1 0 0 0 1 0 4+1 0 0 0
12 FW Denmark Mikkel Beck 13+14 5 0+1 0 2 0 15+15 5 2 0
13 GK England Marlon Beresford 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 0 0 0
14 MF England Phil Stamp 5+11 2 0+1 0 3 0 8+12 2 1 1
15 MF England Neil Maddison 10+10 0 1 0 1 0 12+10 0 1 0
16 MF Republic of Ireland Andy Townsend 35 1 1 1 1 0 37 2 10 0
17 DF Slovakia Vladimír Kinder 0+5 2 0 0 1 0 1+5 2 1 0
18 FW England Andy Campbell 1+7 0 0 0 1+2 0 2+9 0 1 0
19 FW Colombia Hamilton Ricard 32+4 15 1 0 3 3 36+4 18 6 0
20 FW England Alun Armstrong 0+6 1 0 0 0 0 0+6 1 0 0
21 DF England Craig Harrison 3+1 0 0 0 1+1 0 4+2 0 0 0
22 MF England Mark Summerbell 7+4 0 0 0 0+2 1 7+6 1 4 0
23 DF Wales Clayton Blackmore 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
23 MF Republic of Ireland Keith O'Neill 4+2 0 0 0 0 0 4+2 0 2 0
24 DF England Steve Baker 1+1 0 0 0 0 0 1+1 0 0 0
27 MF England Anthony Ormerod 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
28 DF Scotland Robbie Stockdale 17+2 0 0 0 3 0 20+2 0 4 0
30 DF England Colin Cooper 32+1 1 1 0 1 0 34+1 1 5 0
31 MF Republic of Ireland Micky Cummins 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 DF Republic of Ireland Jason Gavin 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[4]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
6 July 1998 DF Dean Gordon Crystal Palace £900,000
6 July 1998 DF Gary Pallister Manchester United £2,500,000
18 August 1998 DF Colin Cooper Nottingham Forest £2,500,000
12 October 1998 FW Brian Deane Benfica £3,000,000
18 March 1999 MF Keith O'Neill Norwich City £700,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 July 1998 DF Craig Liddle Darlington Free transfer
8 September 1998 MF Paul Merson Aston Villa £6,750,000
25 February 1999 DF Clayton Blackmore Barnsley Free transfer
25 March 1999 FW Mikkel Beck Derby County £500,000
25 March 1999 FW Kris Trevor Gateshead Free transfer
20 May 1999 FW Paul Connor Stoke City Free transfer
Transfers in: Decrease £9,600,000
Transfers out: Increase £7,250,000
Total spending: Decrease £2,350,000

References[edit]