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1997–98 Football League First Division

The 1997–98 Football League First Division (referred to as the Nationwide First Division for sponsorship reasons) was the sixth season of the league under its current league division format.

Football League First Division
Season1997–98
ChampionsNottingham Forest
3rd First Division title
PromotedNottingham Forest
Middlesbrough
Charlton Athletic
RelegatedManchester City
Stoke City
Reading
Matches played552
Goals scored1,410 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorerKevin Phillips
Pierre van Hooijdonk (29)[1]
Biggest home winSheffield United 5–1
Stockport County
(21 October 1997)
Huddersfield Town 5–1
Oxford United
(10 January 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–1 Huddersfield Town
(14 February 1998)
Stockport County 5–1
Reading
(3 March 1998)
Oxford United 5–1
Stoke City
(14 March 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–1
Port Vale
(18 April 1998)
Biggest away winStoke City 0–7
Birmingham City
(10 January 1998)
Highest scoringNottingham Forest 5–2
Charlton Athletic
(22 November 1997)
Stoke City 0–7
Birmingham City
(10 January 1998)
Ipswich Town 5–2
Oxford United
(24 February 1998)

Changes from previous seasonEdit

TeamsEdit

Stadium and locationsEdit

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 25,877
Bradford City Bradford Valley Parade 17,848
Bury Bury Gigg Lane 11,840
Charlton Athletic Charlton The Valley 15,815
Crewe Alexandra Crewe Gresty Road 10,153
Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Alfred McAlpine Stadium 24,500
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,311
Manchester City Manchester Maine Road 35,150
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 30,000
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 24,663
Nottingham Forest West Bridgford City Ground 30,576
Oxford United Oxford Manor Ground 9,500
Port Vale Burslem Vale Park 19,052
Portsmouth Portsmouth Fratton Park 21,100
Queens Park Rangers White City Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Elm Park 14,800
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 29,034
Stockport County Stockport Edgeley Park 10,841
Stoke City Stoke-on-Trent Britannia Stadium 27,743
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 42,000
Swindon Town Swindon County Ground 15,728
Tranmere Rovers Birkenhead Prenton Park 16,567
West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich The Hawthorns 22,986
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux Stadium 28,525

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Birmingham City   Trevor Francis   Steve Bruce Pony Auto Windscreens
Bradford City   Paul Jewell   Wayne Jacobs Beaver JCT600
Bury   Stan Ternent   Chris Lucketti Super League Birthdays
Charlton Athletic   Alan Curbishley   Mark Kinsella Quaser Viglen
Crewe Alexandra   Dario Gradi   Gareth Whalley Adidas Boldon James
Huddersfield Town   Peter Jackson   Barry Horne Pony Panasonic
Ipswich Town   George Burley   Jason Cundy Punch Greene King
Manchester City   Joe Royle   Kit Symons Kappa Brother
Middlesbrough   Bryan Robson   Nigel Pearson Erreà Cellnet
Norwich City   John Faulkner (caretaker)   Matt Jackson Pony Colman's
Nottingham Forest   Dave Bassett   Steve Chettle Umbro Pinnacle
Oxford United   Malcolm Shotton   Phil Gilchrist Own Brand Unipart
Port Vale   John Rudge   Allen Tankard Mizuno Tunstall Assurance
Portsmouth   Alan Ball   Adrian Whitbread Admiral KJC
Queens Park Rangers   Ray Harford   Steve Morrow Le Coq Sportif Ericsson
Reading   Tommy Burns   Phil Parkinson Mizuno Auto Trader
Sheffield United   Steve Thompson (caretaker)   David Holdsworth Le Coq Sportif Wards
Stockport County   Gary Megson   Mike Flynn Adidas Robinsons
Stoke City   Alan Durban (caretaker)   Lárus Sigurðsson Asics Britannia
Sunderland   Peter Reid   Kevin Ball Asics Lambtons
Swindon Town   Steve McMahon   Brian Borrows Mizuno Nationwide
Tranmere Rovers   John Aldridge   Liam O'Brien Mizuno Wirral
West Bromwich Albion   Denis Smith   Sean Flynn Patrick West Bromwich Building Society
Wolverhampton Wanderers   Mark McGhee   Keith Curle Puma Goodyear

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Huddersfield Town   Brian Horton Sacked 6 October 1997 24th   Peter Jackson 7 October 1997[2]
Queens Park Rangers   Stewart Houston Sacked 10 November 1997 13th   Ray Harford 5 December 1997
West Bromwich Albion   Ray Harford Resigned 4 December 1997 4th   Denis Smith 24 December 1997
Oxford United   Denis Smith Signed by West Bromwich Albion 24 December 1997 16th   Malcolm Shotton 24 January 1998
Bradford City   Chris Kamara Sacked 6 January 1998 11th   Paul Jewell 6 January 1998
Portsmouth   Terry Fenwick Sacked 14 January 1998 24th   Alan Ball 26 January 1998
Stoke City   Chic Bates Mutual consent 22 January 1998 20th   Chris Kamara 22 January 1998[3]
Manchester City   Frank Clark Sacked 17 February 1998 22nd   Joe Royle 18 February 1998[4]
Sheffield United   Nigel Spackman Resigned 2 March 1998 5th   Steve Bruce 2 July 1998
Reading   Terry Bullivant Resigned 18 March 1998[5] 23rd   Tommy Burns 25 March 1998[6]
Stoke City   Chris Kamara Mutual consent 8 April 1998[7] 24th   Brian Little 13 May 1998
Norwich City   Mike Walker Resigned 30 April 1998 16th   Bruce Rioch 12 June 1998

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Nottingham Forest (C) 46 28 10 8 82 42 +40 94 Promotion to 1998–99 FA Premier League
2 Middlesbrough (P) 46 27 10 9 77 41 +36 91
3 Sunderland 46 26 12 8 86 50 +36 90 Qualification for First Division play-offs
4 Charlton Athletic (P) 46 26 10 10 80 49 +31 88
5 Ipswich Town 46 23 14 9 77 43 +34 83
6 Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 +15 74
7 Birmingham City 46 19 17 10 60 35 +25 74
8 Stockport County 46 19 8 19 71 69 +2 65
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 11 17 57 53 +4 65
10 West Bromwich Albion 46 16 13 17 50 56 −6 61
11 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 5 23 58 65 −7 59
12 Oxford United 46 16 10 20 60 64 −4 58
13 Bradford City 46 14 15 17 46 59 −13 57
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 14 18 54 57 −3 56
15 Norwich City 46 14 13 19 52 69 −17 55
16 Huddersfield Town 46 14 11 21 50 72 −22 53
17 Bury 46 11 19 16 42 58 −16 52
18 Swindon Town 46 14 10 22 42 73 −31 52
19 Port Vale 46 13 10 23 56 66 −10 49
20 Portsmouth 46 13 10 23 51 63 −12 49
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 19 17 51 63 −12 49
22 Manchester City (R) 46 12 12 22 56 57 −1 48 Relegation to 1998–99 Second Division
23 Stoke City (R) 46 11 13 22 44 74 −30 46
24 Reading (R) 46 11 9 26 39 78 −39 42
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 1998. Source: Statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Play-offsEdit

  Semi-finals
First leg – 10 May; Second leg – 13 May 1998
Final at Wembley
25 May 1998
                     
3rd Sunderland 1 2 3  
6th Sheffield United 2 0 2  
    3rd Sunderland 4 (6)
  4th Charlton Athletic (pen.) 4 (7)
4th Charlton Athletic 1 1 2
5th Ipswich Town 0 0 0  

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BIR BRA Bury CHA CRE HUD IPS MCI MID NWC NOT OXF PTV POR QPR REA SHU STP STK SUN SWI TRA WBA WOL
Birmingham City 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Bradford City 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–4 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0
BRY 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–3
Charlton Athletic 1–1 4–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–0 1–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–2 5–0 1–2 0–3 2–5 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–3 0–2
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–3 0–2 5–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0
Ipswich Town 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 5–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 0–1 5–2 5–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0
Manchester City 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 0–1 0–1 6–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Middlesbrough 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 3–1 6–0 3–0 1–0 1–1
Norwich City 3–3 2–3 2–2 0–4 0–2 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 0–2 1–1 0–2
Nottingham Forest 1–0 2–2 3–0 5–2 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 4–0 2–3 1–3 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–0
Oxford United 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 2–4 3–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0
Port Vale 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–3 4–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–2
Portsmouth 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3 3–0 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–4 0–1 1–0 2–3 3–2
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–4 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 5–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Reading 2–0 0–3 1–1 2–0 3–3 0–2 0–4 3–0 0–1 0–1 3–3 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–0
Sheffield United 0–0 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–4 1–0
Stockport County 2–2 1–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 1–0
Stoke City 0–7 2–1 3–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–5 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–0
Sunderland 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 2–2 4–1 4–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–1
Swindon Town 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–1 4–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–0
Tranmere Rovers 0–3 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 6–0 3–3 3–0 3–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 3–3 0–0 2–1 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–3 2–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–1 0–0 3–4 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Edwards, John (7 October 1997). "Mystery man replaces Horton". The Mirror. The Free Library. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  3. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (23 January 1998). "Kamara takes charge of Stoke as Bates steps down". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ Nixon, Alan (18 February 1998). "Clark sacked, Royle in at City". The Mirror. The Free Library. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ Nixon, Alan (19 March 1998). "Bullivant ends Reading rule". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Burns takes the reins at Reading". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. 26 March 1998. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
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