1998–99 Oxford United F.C. season

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Oxford United
1998–99 season
Manager Malcolm Shotton
Stadium Manor Ground
First Division 23rd (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Windass (15)
All: Windass (18)
Average home league attendance 7,040

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

Season summary[edit]

During October 1998, the backroom staff at the Oxford United were unpaid due to the club's financial situation with the new stadium, and the threat of administration caused a group of fans to set up a pressure group called Fighting for Oxford United's Life (FOUL).[1] The group began to publicise the club's plight through a series of meetings and events, including a 'Scarf of Unity', which was a collection of scarfs from various clubs which was long enough to stretch around the perimeter of the pitch.[1] Chairman Robin Herd stepped down to concentrate on his engineering projects, and in April 1999 Firoz Kassam bought Herd's 89.9% controlling interest in Oxford United for £1, with which he also inherited the club's estimated £15 million debt.[2] Kassam reduced the £9 million of the debt to just £900,000, by virtue of a Company Voluntary Arrangement, by which unsecured creditors who were owed over £1,000 were reimbursed with 10p for every pound they were owed.[3] Secured creditors were paid off when Kassam sold the Manor to another of his companies, for £6 million. Kassam set about completing the unfinished stadium, gaining planning permission for a bowling alley, a multiplex cinema, and a hotel to sit next to the stadium, following a series of legal battles which were eventually all settled.[4] The season ended with relegation back to the Second Division.

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]

Oxford United's score comes first[5]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 August 1998 Bristol City A 2-2 13,729 Murphy, Windass
15 August 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-2 7,521
22 August 1998 Crystal Palace A 0-2 14,827
29 August 1998 Grimsby Town H 0-0 5,587
31 August 1998 Barnsley A 0-1 15,328
6 September 1998 Portsmouth H 3-0 6,626 Marsh, Windass (2, 1 pen)
9 September 1998 Swindon Town A 1-4 8,305 Banger
12 September 1998 Ipswich Town H 3-3 6,632 Banger, Windass, Thomson
19 September 1998 Sunderland A 0-7 34,567
26 September 1998 Queens Park Rangers H 4-1 7,489 Beauchamp, Murphy, Thomson, Windass
29 September 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 3-0 7,437 Beauchamp, Powell, Marsh
3 October 1998 Huddersfield Town A 0-2 10,968
10 October 1998 Tranmere Rovers H 1-2 5,862 Windass
17 October 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 1-1 17,064 Thomson
20 October 1998 Bury A 0-1 3,436
24 October 1998 Sheffield United H 0-2 6,586
31 October 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 1-1 5,607 Windass
7 November 1998 Watford A 0-2 10,137
14 November 1998 Birmingham City A 1-0 18,216 Murphy
21 November 1998 Port Vale H 2-1 5,964 Windass (pen), Powell
29 November 1998 Norwich City A 3-1 17,851 Wilsterman, Windass, Thomson
5 December 1998 Bradford City H 0-1 5,969
12 December 1998 Birmingham City H 1-7 7,189 Windass
19 December 1998 Stockport County A 0-2 6,500
26 December 1998 Crystal Palace H 1-3 8,375 Windass
28 December 1998 Portsmouth A 2-2 12,604 Banger (2)
9 January 1999 Bristol City H 0-0 9,434
16 January 1999 Grimsby Town A 0-1 6,626
30 January 1999 Barnsley H 1-0 6,174 Windass
6 February 1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-1 20,811 Windass
13 February 1999 Swindon Town H 2-0 8,179 Windass (2, 1 pen)
20 February 1999 Ipswich Town A 1-2 16,920 Rémy
27 February 1999 Sunderland H 0-0 9,044
3 March 1999 Queens Park Rangers A 0-1 9,040
6 March 1999 West Bromwich Albion A 0-2 13,875
9 March 1999 Huddersfield Town H 2-2 6,034 Cook, Beauchamp
13 March 1999 Watford H 0-0 8,137
20 March 1999 Crewe Alexandra A 1-3 4,791 Thomson
26 March 1999 Sheffield United A 2-1 14,115 Thomson, Banger
3 April 1999 Bolton Wanderers H 0-0 7,547
5 April 1999 Tranmere Rovers A 2-2 7,837 Weatherstone, Gilchrist
10 April 1999 Bury H 0-1 6,358
17 April 1999 Port Vale A 0-1 7,393
24 April 1999 Norwich City H 2-4 7,345 Wilsterman, Francis
1 May 1999 Bradford City A 0-0 15,064
9 May 1999 Stockport County H 5-0 6,830 Gilchrist, Powell, Beauchamp, Murphy, Thomson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Crewe Alexandra A 3-1 4,207 Windass, Murphy (2)
R4 25 January 1999 Chelsea H 1-1 9,059 Windass
R4R 3 February 1999 Chelsea A 2-4 32,106 Gilchrist, Windass (pen)

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 11 August 1998 Luton Town A 3-2 3,165 Murphy (2), Weatherstone
R1 2nd Leg 18 August 1998 Luton Town H 1-3 (lost 4-5 on agg) 5,099 Whelan

Squad[edit]

[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Paul Gerrard (on loan from Everton)
- England DF Les Robinson
- England DF Phil Gilchrist
- Canada DF Mark Watson
- England MF Paul Powell
- England MF Martin Gray
- England MF Joey Beauchamp
- England FW Matt Murphy
- Scotland FW Andy Thomson
- England FW Nicky Banger
- England MF Paul Tait
- Sweden GK Pål Lundin
- England DF Phil Whelan
No. Position Player
- Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Kevin Francis
- Netherlands DF Brian Wilsterman
- Wales FW Rob Folland
- France DF Christophe Rémy
- England FW Jamie Cook
- England MF Simon Weatherstone
- England MF Tony Wright
- England DF Mark Warren (on loan from Leyton Orient)
- England MF Mickey Lewis
- England DF Steve Davis
- England DF Andrew Rose
- England FW Mike Williams
- England GK Elliot Jackson

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
- England MF Danny Hill (to Cardiff City)
- England GK Phil Whitehead (to West Bromwich Albion)
- England DF Simon Marsh (to Birmingham City)
No. Position Player
- England GK Mike Salmon (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
- England MF David Smith (to Stockport County)
- England FW Dean Windass (to Bradford City)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brodetsky p.93.
  2. ^ Brodetsky p.94.
  3. ^ Conn, David (2006-03-29). "History repeats itself at Oxford United". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ Brodetsky p.97.
  5. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/oxford-united/1998-1999/results
  6. ^ http://www.11v11.com/teams/oxford-united/tab/players/season/1999