1997–98 Stockport County F.C. season

During the 1997–98 English football season, Stockport County F.C. competed in the First Division.

Stockport County
1997–98 season
ManagerEngland Gary Megson
StadiumEdgeley Park
First Division8th
FA CupFourth round
League CupSecond round

Season summaryEdit

Stockport's return to the second flight after an absence of 60 years appeared to be in danger of being written off as a failure before a ball had been kicked, as manager Dave Jones, who had led County to promotion and the League Cup semi-final the previous season, left to join Southampton,[1] taking his assistant John Sainty, goalkeeper Paul Jones and defender Lee Todd with him to The Dell. Gary Megson was recruited from Blackpool as his replacement. Three points from the opening seven games left Stockport facing relegation, but four straight wins after that lifted Stockport up to eighth,[2] signalling the end of their relegation fears for the season. These fears were replaced with hopes of finally reaching the top flight, but ultimately County's poor away form saw them finish in eighth, nine points off the play-offs. Of course, this was still as success, for this was Stockport's highest-ever placing in England's footballing ladder while at the same time this season was Manchester City's worst season in their history.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
6 Sheffield United 46 19 17 10 69 54 +15 74 Qualification for First Division play-offs
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
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 1998. Source: Statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) number of goal scored; 3) goal difference.

ResultsEdit

Stockport County's scores comes first

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

First DivisionEdit

  • Stockport County 3-1 Manchester City (Cook, Angell, Armstrong)
  • Manchester City 4-1 Stockport County

FA CupEdit

League CupEdit

SquadEdit

Squad at end of season[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Eric Nixon
  DF Sean Connelly
  DF Mike Flynn
  DF Jim Gannon
  DF Simon Travis
  DF Ronnie Wallwork (on loan from Manchester United)
  DF Colin Woodthorpe
  DF Damon Searle
  DF Tom Bennett
No. Position Player
  DF Martin McIntosh
  MF Chris Byrne
  MF Paul Cook
  MF Kevin Cooper
  MF Tony Dinning
  MF Wayne Phillips
  FW Brett Angell
  FW Aaron Wilbraham
  FW Stephen Grant

Left club during seasonEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Neil Edwards (to Rochdale)
  DF Matthew Bound (to Swansea City)
  MF Chris Marsden (to Birmingham City)
  MF Lee Richardson (on loan from Oldham Athletic)
No. Position Player
  MF Eddie McGoldrick (on loan from Manchester City)
  FW Alun Armstrong (to Middlesbrough)
  FW Vasilios Kalogeracos (to Perth Glory)

ReferencesEdit