1997–98 FA Premier League

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Premier League
Season 1997–98
Champions Arsenal
1st Premier League title
11th English title
Promoted Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Relegated Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Champions League Arsenal
Manchester United
Cup Winners' Cup Chelsea
Newcastle United
UEFA Cup Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United
Liverpool
UEFA Intertoto Cup Crystal Palace
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,019 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Dion Dublin
Michael Owen
Chris Sutton
(18 goals each)
Biggest home win Manchester United 7–0 Barnsley
(25 October 1997)
Biggest away win Barnsley 0–6 Chelsea
(24 August 1997)
Highest scoring Blackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday
(25 August 1997)
Longest winning run 10 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run 18 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run 15 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Longest losing run 8 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Highest attendance 55,306
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Lowest attendance 7,668
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
Average attendance 29,212

The 1997–98 FA Carling Premiership saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991 and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.

It was Arsenal's first full season under French manager Arsène Wenger, who became the third manager to win the Premier League. Wenger followed in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish and, while both Ferguson and Dalglish were Scottish, Wenger was the first manager from outside the British Isles to win a league title in England.

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Promoted to the Premiership for the 1997–98 season were Bolton Wanderers (Division One champions with 98 points), Barnsley (runners-up and promoted to the top division for the first time) and 1996–97 play-off winners Crystal Palace.[2]

European qualification[edit]

At the end of the 1997–98 FA Premier League season, a record total of nine English teams qualified for European competition.

Team League Position Competition
Arsenal 1 UEFA Champions League
Manchester United 2 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 3 UEFA Cup
Chelsea 4 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Leeds United 5 UEFA Cup
Blackburn Rovers 6 UEFA Cup
Aston Villa 7 UEFA Cup
Newcastle United 13 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Crystal Palace 20 UEFA Intertoto Cup

Premiership champions Arsenal and runners-up Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, while UEFA Cup places went to Liverpool, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. Qualifying for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup were Chelsea (as defending champions) and FA Cup runners-up Newcastle United. Crystal Palace, while finishing bottom, qualified for the Intertoto Cup[3]

Relegated teams[edit]

The gap between the Premier League and Division One of the Football League was highlighted at the end of 1997–98 when all three newly promoted teams were relegated. Crystal Palace were confined to bottom place in the final table having won just two home games all season. Barnsley's first season in the top division ended in relegation, although they did reach the FA Cup quarter finals and knock out Manchester United in the Fifth Round. Bolton Wanderers went down on goal difference, with 17th place being occupied by Everton: despite preserving top flight football there for the 45th season running, Howard Kendall quit as manager at Goodison Park after his third spell in charge.

Another mark of the gap was that the three relegated teams in the previous season took the top three places in the 1997–98 Football League. Had Sunderland not lost the play-off final to Charlton Athletic on penalty shootout, the 20 teams from 1998–99 Premier League would have been exactly the same as those in the 1996–97 Premier League.

Player and managerial awards[edit]

Personnel and kits[edit]

(as of 10 May 1998)

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Arsenal France Arsène Wenger England Tony Adams Nike JVC
Aston Villa England John Gregory England Gareth Southgate Reebok AST
Barnsley Northern Ireland Danny Wilson England Neil Redfearn Admiral Ora
Blackburn Rovers England Roy Hodgson England Tim Sherwood Asics CIS
Bolton Wanderers England Colin Todd Iceland Guðni Bergsson Reebok Reebok
Chelsea Italy Gianluca Vialli England Dennis Wise Umbro Autoglass
Coventry City Scotland Gordon Strachan Scotland Gary McAllister Le Coq Sportif Subaru
Crystal Palace England Ron Noades
England Ray Lewington (caretakers)
England Andy Linighan Adidas TDK
Derby County England Jim Smith Croatia Igor Štimac Puma Puma
Everton England Howard Kendall England Dave Watson Umbro One2One
Leeds United Scotland George Graham South Africa Lucas Radebe Puma Packard Bell
Leicester City Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill England Steve Walsh Fox Leisure Walkers
Liverpool England Roy Evans England Paul Ince Reebok Carlsberg
Manchester United Scotland Alex Ferguson Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Umbro Sharp
Newcastle United Scotland Kenny Dalglish England Robert Lee Adidas Newcastle Brown Ale
Sheffield Wednesday England Ron Atkinson England Peter Atherton Puma Sanderson
Southampton England Dave Jones England Matt Le Tissier Pony Sanderson
Tottenham Hotspur Switzerland Christian Gross England Gary Mabbutt Pony Hewlett-Packard
West Ham United England Harry Redknapp Northern Ireland Steve Lomas Pony (no sponsor)
Wimbledon Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear Jamaica Robbie Earle Lotto Elonex

Managerial changes[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 +5 58
7 Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 +1 57
8 West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 −1 56
9 Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 +3 55
10 Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 +10 53
11 Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 +2 52
12 Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 −5 48
13 Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 −9 44 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 2
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 −12 44
15 Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 −12 44
16 Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 −15 44
17 Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 −15 40
18 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 9 13 16 41 61 −20 40 Relegation to 1998–99 Football League First Division
19 Barnsley (R) 38 10 5 23 37 82 −45 35
20 Crystal Palace (R) 38 8 9 21 37 71 –34 33 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 3
Relegation to the 1998–99 Football League First Division

Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions and were the League Cup winners, so the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Aston Villa.
2 As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.
3 Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team applied.

(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[edit]

Home ╲ Away ARS AST BAR BLB BOL CHE COV CRY DER EVE LEE LEI LIV MUN NEW SHW SOU TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 0–0 5–0 1–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 5–0
Aston Villa 1–0 0–1 0–4 1–3 0–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–2
Barnsley 0–2 0–3 1–1 2–1 0–6 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–2 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–2 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–4 5–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 3–4 5–3 1–1 1–3 1–0 7–2 1–0 0–3 3–0 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–5 5–2 3–3 0–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Chelsea 2–3 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 6–2 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Coventry City 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–3 3–1 1–3 0–2 0–3 0–3 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 3–3 0–3
Derby County 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–5 0–4 1–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1
Everton 2–2 1–4 4–2 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–0
Leeds United 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 3–3 0–2 4–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1
Leicester City 3–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–0 2–1 0–1
Liverpool 4–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–3 4–0 5–0 2–0
Manchester United 0–1 1–0 7–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 6–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0
Newcastle United 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 5–0 1–4 0–0 1–3 2–5 3–1 1–3 1–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Southampton 1–3 1–2 4–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 3–2 3–0 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–6 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 0–0
West Ham United 0–0 2–1 6–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 4–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 4–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 2–1 3–1
Wimbledon 0–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–5 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–6 1–2

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 England Dion Dublin Coventry City 18
England Michael Owen Liverpool 18
England Chris Sutton Blackburn Rovers 18
4 Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal 16
Scotland Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Rovers 16
Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Leeds United 16
7 England Andy Cole Manchester United 15
Wales John Hartson West Ham United 15
9 England Darren Huckerby Coventry City 14
10 Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope Derby County 13

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month
August England Roy Hodgson (Blackburn Rovers) Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
September Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (Leicester City) Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
October Scotland Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) Costa Rica Paulo Wanchope (Derby County)
November Scotland George Graham (Leeds United) England Andy Cole (Manchester United) & England Kevin Davies (Southampton)
December England Roy Hodgson (Blackburn Rovers) England Steve McManaman (Liverpool)
January England Howard Kendall (Everton) England Dion Dublin (Coventry City)
February Scotland Gordon Strachan (Coventry City) England Chris Sutton (Blackburn Rovers)
March France Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) Austria Alex Manninger (Arsenal)
April France Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) France Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal)

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]