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1997–98 Newcastle United F.C. season

 

1997–98 Newcastle United F.C. season

Newcastle United
1997–98 season
Chairman Freddy Shepherd
Manager Kenny Dalglish
Stadium St James' Park
Premier League 13th
FA Cup Runners-up
League Cup Quarter-finals
Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Barnes (6)
All: Barnes/Shearer (7)
Highest home attendance 36,783 (vs. Aston Villa, 23 August)
Average home league attendance 36,672

In the 1997–98 football season, Newcastle United played in the FA Premier League. They finished 13th and reached the FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal.

Contents

  • Season summary 1
  • Transfers 2
    • In 2.1
    • Out 2.2
    • Coaching staff 2.3
  • Squad 3
    • Left club during season 3.1
  • Reserve squad 4
  • Statistics 5
    • Appearances, goals and cards 5.1
  • Matches 6
    • Pre-season 6.1
    • Premier League 6.2
    • Champions League 6.3
    • FA Cup 6.4
    • League Cup 6.5
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Season summary

During the summer, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand were sold to Tottenham Hotspur, and in a pre-season friendly match Alan Shearer sustained a horrific ankle injury which would keep him out for half the season.[1] Dalglish signed goal-keeper Shay Given, midfielder Temur Ketsbaia, striker John Barnes and be-wilderingly signed veteran striker Ian Rush, the club's eldest player signing aged 36.[2]

Kenny Dalglish

The highlight of the 1997–98 season was to be the club's time in the Champions League, seeing them beat Barcelona 3–2, after a hat-trick from striker Tino Asprilla.[3] The club's premier league form however began to suffer following Asprilla's departure from the club in January, and despite the return of Alan Shearer to the starting line-up, he was unable to recapture the form he had found under Keegan.[4] The club reached the FA Cup final only to fall to a 2–0 defeat by Arsenal.[5]

Controversy surrounded the club in March 1998 when two board members, Douglas Hall (son of chairman Sir John Hall) and Freddie Shepherd were filmed in a Spanish brothel making a series of remarks to an undercover tabloid journalist. They ridiculed Alan Shearer, boasted of "ripping off" supporters with the club shirts they sold, and called the women of Newcastle "dogs".[6][7] Almost unbelievably, Shepherd subsequently became chairman the following season.

Newcastle enjoyed a good run in the 1997–98 FA Cup and reached the final for the first time in 24 years. They never looked like winners, and the final whistle blew with a 2–0 scoreline giving the trophy to opponents Arsenal. But as Arsenal had completed the double, Newcastle entered the 1998–99 Cup Winners' Cup.

Dalglish's cautious brand of football proved unpopular with supporters used to Newcastle's previous swashbuckling style; more importantly this cautious style was not producing results. Many players signed by Dalglish were not considered to match the quality of those who had left the club this season. The team's 13th-place finish gave particular cause for concern, as Newcastle had finished runners-up in the last two seasons and had never finished below sixth since returning to the top flight in 1993. To add insult to injury, only 35 league goals were scored by the club all season.

Despite signing Dietmar Hamann, Nolberto Solano, and Gary Speed, several unsuccessful transfer deals along with a poor start to the 1998–99 season led to Dalglish being sacked.[8]

Transfers

In

Date Pos Name From Fee
June 1997 MF Paddy Kelly Celtic Free
June 1997 GK Shay Given Blackburn Rovers £1,500,000
June 1997 MF Temuri Ketsbaia AEK Athens Free
July 1997 FW Jon Dahl Tomasson Heerenveen £2,500,000[9]
July 1997 DF Stuart Pearce Nottingham Forest £3,000,000[10]
July 1997 DF Alessandro Pistone Inter Milan £4,500,000
July 1997 DF Brian Pinas Feyenoord Free
August 1997 MF John Barnes Liverpool Free
August 1997 FW Ian Rush Leeds United Free
November 1997 MF Ralf Keidel Schweinfurt Free
November 1997 FW Paul Dalglish Liverpool Free
November 1997 DF David Terrier West Ham United Free
January 1998 FW Andreas Andersson Milan £3,000,000
January 1998 DF Andy Griffin Stoke City £1,500,000
February 1998 MF Gary Speed Everton £5,500,000
March 1998 MF James Coppinger Darlington £250,000
March 1998 MF Paul Robinson Darlington £250,000
March 1998 MF Stephen Glass Aberdeen £650,000
March 1998 DF Nikos Dabizas Olympiacos £2,000,000
  • Total spending: Decrease £35,000,000

Out

Date Pos. Name From Fee
June 1997 MF Lee Clark Sunderland £2,500,000[11]
July 1997 DF Robbie Elliott Bolton Wanderers £2,500,000[12]
July 1997 MF David Ginola Tottenham Hotspur £2,000,000[13]
July 1997 FW Les Ferdinand Tottenham Hotspur £6,000,000
August 1997 MF Peter Beardsley Bolton Wanderers £450,000
January 1998 FW Faustino Asprilla Parma £6,000,000
February 1998 DF John Beresford Southampton £1,500,000
March 1998 MF Jim Crawford Reading £100,000
March 1998 FW Paul Brayson Reading Free
May 1998 FW Brian Pinas Feyenoord £200,000
May 1998 FW Ian Rush Wrexham Free
  • Total income: Increase £30,000,000

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Kenny Dalglish
Assistant Manager Steve Clarke
Goalkeeping Coach Andy Woodman
Development Coach John Carver

Last updated: 3 May 2011
Source: [1]

Squad

[14]

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 Shay Given
2 DF Warren Barton
4 MF David Batty
5 DF Darren Peacock
6 DF Steve Howey
7 MF Rob Lee
8 FW Ian Rush
9 FW Alan Shearer
10 MF John Barnes
11 MF Gary Speed
12 DF Stuart Pearce
14 MF Temuri Ketsbaia
15 GK Shaka Hislop
16 FW Jon Dahl Tomasson
18 MF Keith Gillespie
19 DF Steve Watson
20 MF Bjarni Guðjónsson
No. Position Player
21 GK Pavel Srníček
22 MF Des Hamilton
23 DF Alessandro Pistone
24 MF Brian Pinas
26 MF David Burt
27 DF Philippe Albert
28 DF Aaron Hughes
29 GK Steve Harper
30 DF Paddy Kelly
31 MF Stuart Elliott
32 MF Ralf Keidel
33 DF David Terrier
34 DF Nikos Dabizas
35 FW Paul Robinson
38 DF Andy Griffin
39 GK Peter Keen
40 FW Andreas Andersson

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
3 DF John Beresford (to Southampton)
8 MF Peter Beardsley (to Bolton Wanderers)
11 FW Faustino Asprilla (to Parma)
No. Position Player
17 MF Jimmy Crawford (to Reading)
25 FW Paul Brayson (to Reading)

Reserve squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
- DF David Beharall
- DF Steven Caldwell
- MF Paul Arnison
- MF James Coppinger
No. Position Player
- MF Jamie McClen
- FW Michael Chopra
- FW Paul Dalglish

Statistics

Appearances, goals and cards

(Substitute appearances in brackets)
No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Shay Given 24 0 4 0 0 0 6 0 34 0 1 0
2 DF Warren Barton 17+6 3 4+1 0 2 0 5 0 28+7 3 11 0
3 DF John Beresford 17+1 2 2+1 0 3 0 7 3 29+2 5 6 0
4 MF David Batty 32 1 6 1 2 0 7 0 47 2 14 3
5 DF Darren Peacock 19+1 0 1 0 2+1 0 4+1 0 26+3 0 6 0
6 DF Steve Howey 11+3 0 5 0 1 0 1+2 0 18+5 0 2 0
7 MF Robert Lee 26+2 4 6 0 2 0 6 0 40+2 4 5 0
8 FW Ian Rush 6+4 0 0+1 1 2 1 1 0 9+5 2 0 0
9 FW Alan Shearer 15+2 2 6 5 0 0 0 0 21+2 7 5 0
10 MF John Barnes 22+4 6 3+2 0 3 0 5 1 33+6 7 0 0
11 FW Faustino Asprilla 8+2 2 1 0 0 0 5 4 14+2 6 1 0
11 MF Gary Speed 13 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 2 1 0
12 DF Stuart Pearce 25 0 7 0 0 0 3+1 1 35+1 1 5 0
14 MF Temuri Ketsbaia 16+1 3 2+4 1 1+1 0 3+5 1 22+11 5 3 0
15 GK Shaka Hislop 13 0 3 0 3 0 2 0 21 0 0 0
16 FW Jon Dahl Tomasson 17+6 3 2 0 2+1 1 6+1 0 27+8 4 2 0
18 MF Keith Gillespie 25+4 4 5 0 2 0 5+2 0 37+6 4 6 0
19 DF Steve Watson 27+2 1 3+1 0 2+1 0 8 0 40+4 1 5 0
21 GK Pavel Srníček 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 DF Des Hamilton 7+5 0 1 0 1+1 1 2 0 11+6 1 0 0
23 DF Alessandro Pistone 28 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 39 0 9 0
25 FW Paul Brayson 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0
27 DF Philippe Albert 21+2 0 2+1 0 3 0 7+1 0 34+4 0 10 0
28 FW Aaron Hughes 4 0 0+1 0 1 0 0+2 0 5+3 0 0 0
34 DF Nikos Dabizas 10+1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 12+1 1 3 0
38 DF Andy Griffin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
40 FW Andreas Andersson 10+2 2 2+1 0 0 0 0 0 12+3 2 0 0

Matches

[15][16][17]

Pre-season

Premier League

Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
12 Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 -5 48
13 Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 -9 44
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 -12 44

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Points allocation: Three points awarded for a win; one for a drawn match; none for a loss.

Champions League

FA Cup

League Cup

References

  1. ^ "Football: Shearer out 'for months' as pounds 6m Ferdinand joins Spurs". The Independent (London). 28 July 1997. 
  2. ^ "Toon Army dreams of absent friend as thrills turn to chills". The Independent. 10 January 1998. 
  3. ^ Toonpedia: Newcastle United 3–2 Barcelona 17 September 1997. Black and White Toon. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Shearer the Geordie gem". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 June 2001. 
  5. ^ ]
  6. ^ "Newcastle Utd directors resign". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 24 March 1998. 
  7. ^ "A Sad Episode for Newcastle". New York Times. 25 March 1998. 
  8. ^ Dalglish Sacked by Newcastle. On This Football Day. Retrieved 14 August 2013
  9. ^ "Dahl joins Toon for Pete's sake". Daily Mirror (The Free Library). 18 July 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Irwin, Mark (19 July 1997). "Pounds 1m; a year Pearce joins Kenny; Top-flight says Stu". Daily Mirror (The Free Library). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Clark: Glad to be Wear". Daily Mirror. 28 August 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Millar, Steve (4 September 1997). "Elliott: I'll bounce back". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ginola bit part as Spurs draw blank". Daily Mirror. 19 July 1997. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  14. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1997-1998/faprem/newcas.htm
  15. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (Soccerbase)". Soccerbase. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (NUFC.com)". NUFC.com. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Newcastle United 1997–98 Results (toon1892.com)". Toon1892.com. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Andrews, Phil (28 July 1997). "Dalglish's striking problem". The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

External links

  • FootballSquads - Newcastle United - 1997–98
  • Newcastle United Football Club - Fixtures 1997–98
  • Soccerbase - Newcastle United player appearances 1997–98
  • Season Details - 1997–98 - toon1892
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