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Season 1997–98 was an unqualified disaster for Hibs, as the club was relegated to the First Division by finishing bottom of the Premier Division. There was also disappointment in the cup competitions, as the club were beaten by First Division club Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup, and Dundee United in the League Cup. Manager Jim Duffy was sacked and replaced by Alex McLeish midway through the season.

Hibernian
1997–98 season
ManagerJim Duffy
(until 2 February)[1]
Alex McLeish
(from 11 February)[1]
Premier Division10th (relegated)
Scottish CupR3
League CupR3
Top goalscorerLeague: Crawford, 9
All: Crawford, 9
Lavety, 9
Highest home attendance15565[2]
Lowest home attendance9126[2]
Average home league attendance12025[2] (up 1464)

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League seasonEdit

Hibs got off to a good start to the season, winning 2–1 against Celtic on the opening day, with Chic Charnley scoring a memorable winning goal.[3] The season "rapidly turned into a nightmare", however.[3] With the club four points adrift at the bottom of the league, manager Jim Duffy was sacked after a 6–2 defeat by Motherwell.[4] Alex McLeish was hired as Duffy's replacement, but he was unable to save the club from relegation to the First Division,[3] despite improved levels of performance and determination.[5]

ResultsEdit

Final tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 36 22 8 6 64 24 +40 74 1998–99 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Rangers 36 21 9 6 76 38 +38 72 1998–99 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
3 Heart of Midlothian 36 19 10 7 70 46 +24 67 Cup Winners' Cup 1998-99
Qualifying round
4 Kilmarnock 36 13 11 12 40 52 −12 50 1998–99 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
5 St Johnstone 36 13 9 14 38 42 −4 48
6 Aberdeen 36 9 12 15 39 53 −14 39
7 Dundee United 36 8 13 15 43 51 −8 37
8 Dunfermline Athletic 36 8 13 15 43 68 −25 37
9 Motherwell 36 9 7 20 46 64 −18 34
10 Hibernian (R) 36 6 12 18 38 59 −21 30 Relegation to First Division

Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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.

Scottish League CupEdit

ResultsEdit

Scottish CupEdit

ResultsEdit

TransfersEdit

Player statsEdit

During the 1997–98 season, Hibs used 32 different players in competitive games. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.[6]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier Division Scottish Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   Olafur Gottskalksson 17 0 16 0 0 0 1 0
GK   Bryan Gunn 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
GK   Chris Reid 10 0 8 0 1 0 1 0
DF   Jean-Marc Adjovi-Bocco 32 0 29 0 1 0 2 0
DF   Shaun Dennis 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
DF   Darren Dods 32 1 29 1 1 0 2 0
DF   David Elliot 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
DF   John Hughes 27 1 25 1 0 0 2 0
DF   Stuart McCaffrey 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
DF   Jamie McQuilken 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
DF   Willie Miller 34 0 31 0 1 0 2 0
DF   Michael Renwick 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
DF   Brian Welsh 17 1 17 1 0 0 0 0
MF   Scott Bannerman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
MF   Grant Brebner 9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0
MF   Chic Charnley 23 4 20 3 1 0 2 1
MF   Graeme Donald 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
MF   Andy Dow 35 0 32 0 1 0 2 0
MF   Brian Grant 7 0 5 0 0 0 2 0
MF   Kevin Harper 29 1 27 1 1 0 1 0
MF   Chris Jackson 16 0 15 0 1 0 0 0
MF   Bjarni Larusson 7 1 7 1 0 0 0 0
MF   Pat McGinlay 36 6 33 4 1 1 2 1
MF   Greg Miller 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
MF   Eric Paton 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF   Tony Rougier 31 3 30 3 0 0 1 0
FW   Stephen Crawford 38 9 35 9 1 0 2 0
FW   Barry Lavety 29 9 26 7 1 0 2 2
FW   Kenny Miller 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
FW   Lee Power 6 1 5 1 0 0 1 0
FW   Paul Tosh 16 1 15 1 0 0 1 0
FW   Andy Walker 9 3 8 3 1 0 0 0

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Manager History for Hibernian". Soccerbase. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Average Home League Game Attendances". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Hardie, David (21 November 2009). "Chic Charnley slams old boss Alex McLeish over time at Hibs". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Football: Duffy is sacked by Hibernian". The Independent. 3 February 1998. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  5. ^ McGarry, Ian (16 March 1998). "McLeish peers over precipice; Another escape act looks unlikely for Hibs manager". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Hibernian 1997/1998 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 15 February 2010.

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