1997–98 FA Premier League

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 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.[2]

European qualification

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

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

Personnel and kits

A list of personnel and kits of the clubs in the 1997-98 FA Premier League.

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

Managerial changes

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[lower-alpha 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[lower-alpha 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[lower-alpha 3]
Relegation to the 1998–99 Football League First Division
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  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.

Results

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BARBLBBOLCHECOVCRYDEREVELEELEILIVMUNNEWSHWSOUTOTWHUWDN
Arsenal 00 50 13 41 20 20 10 10 40 21 21 01 32 31 10 30 00 40 50
Aston Villa 10 01 04 13 02 30 31 21 21 10 11 21 02 01 22 11 41 20 12
Barnsley 02 03 11 21 06 20 10 10 22 23 02 23 02 22 21 43 11 12 21
Blackburn Rovers 14 50 21 31 10 00 22 10 32 34 53 11 13 10 72 10 03 30 00
Bolton Wanderers 01 01 11 21 10 15 52 33 00 23 20 11 00 10 32 00 11 11 10
Chelsea 23 01 20 01 20 31 62 40 20 00 10 41 01 10 10 42 20 21 11
Coventry City 22 12 10 20 22 32 11 10 00 00 02 11 32 22 10 10 40 11 00
Crystal Palace 00 11 01 12 22 03 03 31 13 02 03 03 03 12 10 11 13 33 03
Derby County 30 01 10 31 40 01 31 00 31 05 04 10 22 10 30 40 21 20 11
Everton 22 14 42 10 32 31 11 12 12 20 11 20 02 00 13 02 02 21 00
Leeds United 11 11 21 40 20 31 33 02 43 00 01 02 10 41 12 01 10 31 11
Leicester City 33 10 10 11 00 20 11 11 12 01 10 00 00 00 11 33 30 21 01
Liverpool 40 30 01 00 21 42 10 21 40 11 31 12 13 10 21 23 40 50 20
Manchester United 01 10 70 40 11 22 30 20 20 20 30 01 11 11 61 10 20 21 20
Newcastle United 01 10 21 11 21 31 00 12 00 10 11 33 12 01 21 21 10 01 13
Sheffield Wednesday 20 13 21 00 50 14 00 13 25 31 13 10 33 20 21 10 10 11 11
Southampton 13 12 41 30 01 10 12 10 02 21 02 21 11 10 21 23 32 30 01
Tottenham Hotspur 11 32 30 00 10 16 11 01 10 11 01 11 33 02 20 32 11 10 00
West Ham United 00 21 60 21 30 21 10 41 00 22 30 43 21 11 01 10 24 21 31
Wimbledon 01 21 41 01 00 02 12 01 00 00 10 21 11 25 00 11 10 26 12

Source:
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

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

Awards

Monthly awards

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

See also

References and notes

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