1997–98 FA Premier League
1st Premier League title
11th English title
|Cup Winners' Cup||
Aston Villa |
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||Crystal Palace|
|Goals scored||1,019 (2.68 per match)|
(18 goals each)
|Biggest home win||
Manchester United 7–0 Barnsley|
(25 October 1997)
|Biggest away win||
Barnsley 0–6 Chelsea|
(24 August 1997)
Blackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday|
(25 August 1997)
|Longest winning run||
|Longest unbeaten run||
|Longest winless run||
|Longest losing run||
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
The 1997–98 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) 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.
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.
At the end of the 1997–98 FA Premier League season, a record total of nine English teams qualified for European competition.
|Arsenal||1||UEFA Champions League|
|Manchester United||2||UEFA Champions League|
|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
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
- PFA Players' Player of the Year and Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year was Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal.
- PFA Young Player of the Year was Michael Owen of Liverpool.
- FA Premier League Manager of the Year was Arsène Wenger of Arsenal.
- Carling Premiership Player of the Year was Michael Owen of Liverpool.
Personnel and kits
A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997-98 FA Premier League.
- Aston Villa manager Brian Little resigned in February 1998 and was replaced by John Gregory, previously of Wycombe Wanderers.
- Chelsea sacked Ruud Gullit after a dispute with the board in February 1998 and appointed 33-year-old striker Gianluca Vialli as their new manager.
- Crystal Palace manager Steve Coppell was named as Director of football in March 1998 and temporarily replaced by 31-year-old midfielder Attilio Lombardo and 28-year-old striker Thomas Brolin. Lombardo and Brolin themselves resigned two weeks before the season ended, and former club owner Ron Noades and coach Ray Lewington acted as caretakers for the remainder of the season. At the end of the season, Terry Venables was given the manager's job.
- Everton manager Howard Kendall resigned as Everton manager after one season of his third period as manager.
- Sheffield Wednesday sacked David Pleat in November 1997 and named Ron Atkinson as manager until the end of the season, after which he was replaced by Danny Wilson of Barnsley.
- Tottenham Hotspur manager Gerry Francis resigned in November 1997 and was replaced by Christian Gross of Swiss side Grasshopper Zürich.
Final league table
|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|
|5||Leeds United||38||17||8||13||57||46||+11||59||1998–99 UEFA Cup First round|
|8||West Ham United||38||16||8||14||56||57||−1||56|
|13||Newcastle United||38||11||11||16||35||44||−9||44||1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round|
|18||Bolton Wanderers (R)||38||9||13||16||41||61||−20||40||Relegation to 1998–99 Football League First Division|
|20||Crystal Palace (R)||38||8||9||21||37||71||−34||33|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- 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.
- As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.
- Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team applied.
|Home \ Away||ARS||AST||BAR||BLB||BOL||CHE||COV||CRY||DER||EVE||LEE||LEI||LIV||MUN||NEW||SHW||SOU||TOT||WHU||WDN|
|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|
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Top goal scorers
|West Ham United||15|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month|
References and notes
- "English Premier League 1997–98". statto.com. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- League tables and results for English football leagues, 1996–97 season. Retrieved 20 September 2006
- League tables and results for English football leagues, 1997–98 season. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
- "Seasonal Awards 1997/98" Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 21 September 2006.