1998–99 Swindon Town F.C. season

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Swindon Town
1998–99 season
Chairman Rikki Hunt
Manager Steve McMahon (until 23 September)
Mike Walsh (caretaker 23 September - 2 October)
Jimmy Quinn (from 2 October)
Stadium County Ground
First Division 17th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Onoura (20)
Average home league attendance 6,651

During the 1998–99 English football season, Swindon Town F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

When the 1998–99 season kicked off, Swindon failed to win their first five games, scoring just three goals and the calls for McMahon's sacking began to be heard. Chairman Rikki Hunt and McMahon seemed united – McMahon saying he wouldn't resign, Hunt saying he wouldn't sack him. Two consecutive derby wins, against Bristol City and Oxford, only strengthened their position. This was followed by a 5–2 defeat at Portsmouth – and when Watford then won 4–1 at the County Ground, the fans held an on-pitch protest, sitting in the centre circle at the end of the match, demonstrating that both McMahon and Hunt should resign. McMahon left the club "by mutual consent".[1] Jimmy Quinn was appointed as McMahon's replacement and managed to keep Swindon in the division with the club finishing the season in 17th place.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A Pts
1. Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 105
2. Bradford City 46 26 9 11 82 47 87
3. Ipswich Town 46 26 8 12 69 32 86
4. Birmingham City 46 23 12 11 66 37 81
5. Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 77
6. Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 76
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 19 16 11 64 43 73
8. Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 67
9. Norwich City 46 15 17 14 62 61 62
10. Huddersfield Town 46 15 16 15 62 71 61
11. Grimsby Town 46 17 10 19 40 52 61
12. West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 59
13. Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59
14. Crystal Palace 46 14 16 16 58 71 58
15. Tranmere Rovers 46 12 20 14 63 61 56
16. Stockport County 46 12 17 17 49 60 53
17. Swindon Town 46 13 11 22 59 81 50
18. Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 48
19. Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 47
20. Queens Park Rangers 46 12 11 23 52 61 47
21. Port Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 47
22. Bury 46 10 17 19 35 60 47
23. Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 44
24. Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 42
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Results[edit]

Swindon Town's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Sheffield United A 1-2 15,937 Holdsworth (own goal)
15 August 1998 Sunderland H 1-1 10,207 Onoura
22 August 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-1 21,537
29 August 1998 Port Vale H 1-1 7,800 Hall
31 August 1998 Bury A 0-3 4,513
5 September 1998 Bristol City H 3-2 8,537 Walters, Ndah, Onoura
9 September 1998 Oxford United H 4-1 8,305 Ndah (2), Onoura (2)
12 September 1998 Portsmouth A 2-5 10,105 Onoura, Ndah
19 September 1998 Watford H 1-4 8,781 Ndah
25 September 1998 Tranmere Rovers A 0-0 5,501
29 September 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 1-2 16,497 Onoura
3 October 1998 Stockport County H 2-3 7,961 Onoura, Walters
9 October 1998 Huddersfield Town H 3-0 8,316 Onoura, Walters, Bullock
17 October 1998 Ipswich Town A 0-1 13,212
20 October 1998 Birmingham City A 1-1 19,485 Gooden
24 October 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 2-2 8,967 Hall, Walters
31 October 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 3-1 8,500 Walters (2), Onoura
7 November 1998 Crewe Alexandra A 2-0 4,469 Onoura (2)
14 November 1998 Bradford City A 0-3 14,897
21 November 1998 Crystal Palace H 2-0 11,718 Walters, Ndah
28 November 1998 Grimsby Town A 0-1 8,657
5 December 1998 Norwich City H 1-1 9,262 Walters
12 December 1998 Bradford City H 1-4 7,447 Onoura
19 December 1998 Barnsley A 3-1 15,342 Onoura (2), Hay
26 December 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 11,627 Onoura
28 December 1998 Bristol City A 1-3 16,257 Ndah
9 January 1999 Sheffield United H 2-2 7,583 Ndah, Onoura
16 January 1999 Port Vale A 1-0 5,405 Ndah
30 January 1999 Bury H 1-1 7,797 West (own goal)
6 February 1999 Sunderland A 0-2 41,304
13 February 1999 Oxford United A 0-2 8,179
20 February 1999 Portsmouth H 3-3 10,110 Hay (2), Onoura
26 February 1999 Watford A 1-0 8,692 Howe
3 March 1999 Tranmere Rovers H 2-3 5,726 Ndah, Reeves
6 March 1999 Bolton Wanderers H 3-3 8,392 Howe, Hay, Walters
9 March 1999 Stockport County A 1-2 6,098 Walters
13 March 1999 Crewe Alexandra H 1-2 7,434 Hay
20 March 1999 Queens Park Rangers A 0-4 11,184
3 April 1999 Ipswich Town H 0-6 10,337
5 April 1999 Huddersfield Town A 2-1 11,719 Howe, Hay
10 April 1999 Birmingham City H 0-1 8,896
13 April 1999 West Bromwich Albion A 1-1 9,601 Ndah
17 April 1999 Crystal Palace A 1-0 18,660 Onoura
24 April 1999 Grimsby Town H 2-0 7,197 Onoura, Ndah
1 May 1999 Norwich City A 1-2 17,307 Onoura
9 May 1999 Barnsley H 1-3 8,182 Griffin

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Barnsley H 0-0 8,016
R3R 19 January 1999 Barnsley A 1-3 10,510 Walters

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 12 August 1998 Wycombe Wanderers H 2-1 4,682 Reeves, Ndah
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Wycombe Wanderers A 0-2 (lost 2-3 on agg) 2,478

Squad[edit]

[4] 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 Frank Talia
- England DF Brian Borrows
- England DF Gareth Hall
- England DF Mark Robinson
- England DF Alan Reeves
- England MF Ty Gooden
- England MF Mark Walters
- Scotland MF Scott Leitch
- England MF Bobby Howe
- Scotland FW Iffy Onoura
- England FW George Ndah
- Scotland FW Chris Hay
- England DF Sol Davis
- England MF Darren Bullock
- England GK Jimmy Glass
- England DF Craig Taylor
- England DF David Kerslake
No. Position Player
- England DF Adam Willis
- England MF Kevin Watson
- England MF Robin Hulbert
- England DF Des Linton (on loan from Peterborough United)
- England FW Shayne Bradley (on loan from Southampton)
- England DF Gareth Davies
- France MF Philippe Cuervo
- England FW Steve Cowe
- Scotland MF Lee Collins
- England FW Charlie Griffin
- England DF Jimmy Williams
- England MF Frazer McHugh
- England DF Sam Campagna
- Northern Ireland MF Paul McAreavey
- England GK Steve Mildenhall
- England MF Peter Holcroft
- England MF Jamie Mills

Left club during the 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
- Republic of Ireland FW Neale Fenn (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
- England MF Darren Bullock (to Bury)
No. Position Player
- England DF Phil King (to Brighton & Hove Albion)

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