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The 1997–98 FA Premier League (known as the FA Carling Premiership for sponsorship reasons) saw Arsenal lift their first league title since 1991[citation needed] and, in so doing, became only the second team to win 'The Double' for the second time.

FA Premier League
Season1997–98
Dates09 August 1997–10 May 1998
ChampionsArsenal
1st Premier League title
11th English title
RelegatedBarnsley
Bolton Wanderers
Crystal Palace
Champions LeagueArsenal
Manchester United
Cup Winners' CupChelsea
Newcastle United
UEFA CupAston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United
Liverpool
UEFA Intertoto CupCrystal Palace
Matches played380
Goals scored1,019 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorerDion Dublin
Michael Owen
Chris Sutton
(18 goals each)
Biggest home winManchester United 7–0 Barnsley
(25 October 1997)
Biggest away winBarnsley 0–6 Chelsea
(24 August 1997)
Highest scoringBlackburn Rovers 7–2 Sheffield Wednesday
(25 August 1997)
Longest winning run10 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest unbeaten run18 games[1]
Arsenal
Longest winless run15 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Longest losing run8 games[1]
Crystal Palace
Highest attendance55,306
Manchester United v Wimbledon
(28 March 1998)
Lowest attendance7,668
Wimbledon v Barnsley
(23 September 1997)
Average attendance29,212

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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Season summaryEdit

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

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[2]

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.

TeamsEdit

Twenty teams competed in the league – the top seventeen teams from the previous season and the three teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were Bolton Wanderers (returning to the top flight after a season's absence), Barnsley (playing in the top flight for the first time) and Crystal Palace (playing in the top flight again after a two year absence). They replaced Sunderland (immediately relegated to the First Division after a season's presence), Middlesbrough (relegated after a two year presence) and Nottingham Forest (relegated after three years in the top flight).

Stadiums and LocationsEdit

Greater London Premier League football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Arsenal London (Highbury) Arsenal Stadium 38,419
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,573
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,287
Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Ewood Park 31,367
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Reebok Stadium 28,723
Chelsea London (Fulham) Stamford Bridge 42,055
Coventry City Coventry Highfield Road 23,489
Crystal Palace London (Selhurst) Selhurst Park 26,074
Derby County Derby Pride Park Stadium[a] 33,597
Everton Liverpool (Walton) Goodison Park 40,569
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 40,242
Leicester City Leicester Filbert Street 22,000
Liverpool Liverpool (Anfield) Anfield 45,522
Manchester United Old Trafford Old Trafford 68,174
Newcastle United Newcastle upon Tyne St James' Park 52,387
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,732
Southampton Southampton The Dell 15,200
Tottenham Hotspur London (Tottenham) White Hart Lane 36,240
West Ham United London (Upton Park) Boleyn Ground 35,647
Wimbledon London (Wimbledon) Selhurst Park[b] 26,074
  1. ^ Derby County relocated to the Pride Park Stadium as their new home stadium after spending 102 years at Baseball Ground.
  2. ^ Due to Wimbledon lacking a home stadium, they played their home games at Selhurst Park, which is the home stadium of Crystal Palace.

Personnel and kitsEdit

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 changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Nottingham Forest   Stuart Pearce End of caretaker spell 8 May 1997 Pre-season   Dave Bassett 8 May 1997
Everton   Dave Watson 10 May 1997   Howard Kendall 10 May 1997
Blackburn Rovers   Tony Parkes 1 June 1997   Roy Hodgson 1 June 1997
Southampton   Graeme Souness Resigned   Dave Jones 23 June 1997
Sheffield Wednesday   David Pleat Sacked 3 November 1997 19th   Ron Atkinson (caretaker) 14 November 1997
Tottenham Hotspur   Gerry Francis Resigned 19 November 1997 16th   Christian Gross 19 November 1997
Chelsea   Ruud Gullit Sacked 12 February 1998 2nd   Gianluca Vialli 12 February 1998
Aston Villa   Brian Little Resigned 24 February 1998 15th   John Gregory 25 February 1998
Crystal Palace   Steve Coppell Promoted to director of football 13 March 1998 20th   Attilio Lombardo (caretaker)[a] 13 March 1998
  Attilio Lombardo Resigned 29 April 1998 20th   Ron Noades
  Ray Lewington (caretakers)[b]
29 April 1998
  1. ^ Swedish striker Thomas Brolin served as Italian-to-English interpreter for Lombardo
  2. ^ Noades and Lewington acted as co-managers

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 Qualification for the Champions League second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[b]
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 Qualification for the 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 Qualification for the Cup Winners' Cup first round[c]
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 the 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
Qualification for the Intertoto Cup third round[a]
Relegation to the Football League First Division
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup as they were the only English team applied.
  2. ^ Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions. As they were also the League Cup winners, the UEFA Cup berth vacated was awarded to Aston Villa.
  3. ^ As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the runners-up.

ResultsEdit

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]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goal scorersEdit

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "English Premier League 1997–98". statto.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ League tables and results for English football leagues, 1997–98 season. Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  3. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Players' Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  4. ^ "England Player Honours – Football Writers' Association Footballers of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  5. ^ "England Player Honours – Professional Footballers' Association Young Players of the Year". Retrieved 21 September 2006.
  6. ^ a b "Seasonal Awards 1997/98" Archived 9 December 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 September 2006.

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