1997–98 Tranmere Rovers F.C. season

During the 1997–98 English football season, Tranmere Rovers F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Tranmere Rovers
1997–98 season
ChairmanFrank Corfe
ManagerJohn Aldridge (player-manager)
StadiumPrenton Park
First Division14th
FA CupFifth round
League CupThird round
Top goalscorerLeague: Kelly (11)
All: Kelly (14)
Average home league attendance7,999

Season summaryEdit

In the 1997–98 season, Tranmere had a poor start to the campaign with just three wins from their opening 14 league games which increased the pressure on player-manager Aldridge and by February were in the relegation zone, two points adrift from safety but then a brilliant run of 6 wins from 10 league games helped Tranmere on their way to escaping the drop.

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
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
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

Tranmere Rovers' score comes first[1]

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League First DivisionEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
9 August 1997 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 16,727 Kelly
15 August 1997 Queens Park Rangers H 2–1 7,467 Kelly, L Jones
22 August 1997 Manchester City A 1–1 26,336 L Jones
30 August 1997 Middlesbrough H 0–2 12,095
2 September 1997 Birmingham City H 0–3 6,620
7 September 1997 Bury A 0–1 5,073
13 September 1997 Swindon Town A 1–2 6,811 L Jones
20 September 1997 Reading H 6–0 5,565 Morrissey, Kelly (2), L Jones, G Jones, Thompson
27 September 1997 Crewe Alexandra A 1–2 4,845 Stevens
4 October 1997 Norwich City H 2–0 6,674 Kelly, L Jones
18 October 1997 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 17,009 L Jones, Thompson
22 October 1997 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–2 20,841 G Jones
25 October 1997 Charlton Athletic H 2–2 5,911 Branch, L Jones
1 November 1997 Sheffield United A 1–2 16,578 Kelly
4 November 1997 Huddersfield Town H 1–0 5,127 Irons
8 November 1997 Port Vale H 1–2 7,063 Irons
15 November 1997 Bradford City A 1–0 16,494 Aldridge
22 November 1997 Stoke City H 3–1 8,009 L Jones, Aldridge, O'Brien
29 November 1997 Sunderland A 0–3 26,674
6 December 1997 Ipswich Town H 1–1 5,720 L Jones
13 December 1997 Stockport County A 1–3 7,903 Aldridge
20 December 1997 Oxford United H 0–2 5,181
26 December 1997 Bury H 0–0 9,146
28 December 1997 Birmingham City A 0–0 19,533
9 January 1998 West Bromwich Albion H 0–0 8,058
17 January 1998 Queens Park Rangers A 0–0 12,033
31 January 1998 Manchester City H 0–0 12,830
4 February 1998 Middlesbrough A 0–3 29,540
7 February 1998 Reading A 3–1 7,069 Irons, Kelly, Branch
10 February 1998 Swindon Town H 3–0 5,288 Thompson, Branch, Morrissey
18 February 1998 Norwich City A 2–0 12,105 O'Brien, Kelly
21 February 1998 Crewe Alexandra H 0–3 7,534
24 February 1998 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 7,377
28 February 1998 Portsmouth A 0–1 12,250
4 March 1998 Port Vale A 1–0 5,465 Kelly
14 March 1998 Huddersfield Town A 0–3 10,844
21 March 1998 Bradford City H 3–1 9,463 Irons, G Jones, Kelly
28 March 1998 Stoke City A 3–0 16,692 G Jones, Mellon, Kelly
3 April 1998 Sunderland H 0–2 14,116
7 April 1998 Portsmouth H 2–2 8,020 G Jones, Challinor
11 April 1998 Ipswich Town A 0–0 18,039
13 April 1998 Stockport County H 3–0 8,070 G Jones (2), Mellon
18 April 1998 Oxford United A 1–1 6,489 Mahon
25 April 1998 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 15,393
28 April 1998 Sheffield United H 3–3 7,526 O'Brien, G Jones, Parkinson
3 May 1998 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 11,144 Aldridge (2, 1 pen)

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 13 January 1998 Hereford United A 3–0 7,473 G Jones (2), Hill
R4 24 January 1998 Sunderland H 1–0 14,055 Parkinson
R5 14 February 1998 Newcastle United A 0–1 36,675

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 First Leg 12 August 1997 Hartlepool United H 3–1 3,878 L Jones, Morrissey, Kelly
R1 Second Leg 26 August 1997 Hartlepool United A 1–2 (won 4-3 on agg) 1,626 O'Brien
R2 First Leg 16 September 1997 Notts County A 2–0 1,779 G Jones, Kelly
R2 Second Leg 23 September 1997 Notts County H 0–1 (won 2-1 on agg) 3,287
R3 14 October 1997 Oxford United H 1–1 (lost 5-6 on pens) 3,878 Kelly

SquadEdit

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Steve Simonsen
2   DF Andy Thompson
3   DF John McGreal
4   DF Dave Challinor
5   DF Gary Stevens
6   MF Gary Jones
7   MF Liam O'Brien
8   MF Kenny Irons
9   MF Micky Mellon
10   FW Lee Jones
11   FW David Kelly
12   MF John Morrissey
13   GK Danny Coyne
14   DF Andy Thorn
15   MF Graham Branch
No. Position Player
16   MF Alan Morgan
17   DF Clint Hill
18   DF Dariusz Kubicki
19   MF Paul Cook
20   FW Andy Parkinson
21   FW John Aldridge (player-manager)
22   DF Stephen Frail
23   MF Alan Mahon
24   MF Kevin McIntyre
25   MF Jason Koumas
26   MF Dirk Hebel
27   MF Ryan Williams
28   DF Michael Howard
29   MF Neil Gibson
30   DF Gareth Powell

ReferencesEdit