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1997–98 Chelsea F.C. season

Chelsea
1997–98 season
Chairman Ken Bates
Manager Ruud Gullit (until 12 February)
Gianluca Vialli (from 12 February)
Premiership 4th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Vialli/Flo (11)
All: Vialli (19)
Highest home attendance 34,845 (vs. Bolton Wanderers, 10 May)
Lowest home attendance 29,075 (vs. Blackpool, 19 Apr)
Average home league attendance 32,901

The 1997-98 season was Chelsea F.C.'s 83rd competitive season, their 9th consecutive season in the English top flight and 92nd year as a club.

Contents

  • Season summary 1
  • Final league table 2
  • Results 3
    • Premier League 3.1
    • FA Cup 3.2
    • League Cup 3.3
    • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 3.4
  • First team squad 4
    • Left club during season 4.1
    • Reserve squad 4.2
  • Statistics 5
  • Transfers 6
    • In 6.1
    • Out 6.2
  • References 7

Season summary

With conceding goals being a major issue last season, Chelsea signed Dutch international goalkeeper Ed de Goey, who proved to be a relative success. Chelsea's only other major signings were young Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo and Uruguayan international midfielder Gustavo Poyet from Real Zaragoza, who added more goals from an otherwise very defensive midfield. Chelsea were well on course for a top-five finish and success in the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Coca-Cola Cup when manager Ruud Gullit was sacked on 12 February following a dispute with chairman Ken Bates. His job went to 33-year-old striker Gianluca Vialli, who took on the role of player-manager and achieved instant success - within three months of his appointment, Vialli had guided the Blues to glory on the continent and at Wembley. This success gave Chelsea fans hope that the following season could spell the end of their title wait which began in 1955.

Final league table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C) 38 23 9 6 68 33 +35 78 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Manchester United 38 23 8 7 73 26 +47 77 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Liverpool 38 18 11 9 68 42 +26 65 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Chelsea 38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
5 Leeds United 38 17 8 13 57 46 +11 59 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
6 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 10 12 57 52 +5 58
7 Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 49 48 +1 57
8 West Ham United 38 16 8 14 56 57 −1 56
9 Derby County 38 16 7 15 52 49 +3 55
10 Leicester City 38 13 14 11 51 41 +10 53
11 Coventry City 38 12 16 10 46 44 +2 52
12 Southampton 38 14 6 18 50 55 −5 48
13 Newcastle United 38 11 11 16 35 44 −9 44 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 2
14 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 11 16 44 56 −12 44
15 Wimbledon 38 10 14 14 34 46 −12 44
16 Sheffield Wednesday 38 12 8 18 52 67 −15 44
17 Everton 38 9 13 16 41 56 −15 40
18 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 9 13 16 41 61 −20 40 Relegation to 1998–99 Football League First Division
19 Barnsley (R) 38 10 5 23 37 82 −45 35
20 Crystal Palace (R) 38 8 9 21 37 71 –34 33 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round 3
Relegation to the 1998–99 Football League First Division

Updated to games played on 10 May 1998.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Chelsea qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as defending champions and were the League Cup winners.
2 As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, their Cup Winners' Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the losing finalists.
3 Despite being relegated, Crystal Palace qualified for the 1998 Intertoto Cup.
(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.

Results Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 20 3 15 71 43 +28 63 13 2 4 37 14 +23 7 1 11 34 29 +5

Source: 1997-98 FA Premier League table

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A A A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H H A A A H H H H A H
Result L W W W W L D W L W L W W L W W W D W D L W L W L L L L W L W L W W W L L W
Position 14 11 6 4 3 5 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 3 4 4

Source: 11v11.com: 1997-98 Chelsea results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D=Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results

Premier League

FA Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4 January 1998 3 Manchester United H 3-5 34,792 Le Saux, Vialli (2)

League Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 October 1997 3 Blackburn Rovers H 1-1 18,671 Di Matteo
After extra time, Chelsea won on 4-1 on penalties
19 November 1997 4 Southampton H 2-1 20,968 Morris, Flo
7 January 1998 QF Ipswich Town A 2-2 22,088 Le Saux, Flo
After extra time, Chelsea won on 4-1 on penalties
28 January 1998 SF Arsenal A 1-2 38,144 Hughes
18 February 1998 SF Arsenal H 3-1 34,330 Petrescu, Di Matteo, Hughes
29 March 1998 F Middlesbrough N 2-0 77,698 Sinclair, Di Matteo

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 September 1997 1 Slovan Bratislava H 2-0 23,067 Danny Granville, Di Matteo
2 October 1997 1 Slovan Bratislava A 2-0 13,850 Di Matteo, Vialli
23 October 1997 2 Tromsø A 2-3 6,438 Vialli (2)
6 November 1997 2 Tromsø H 7-1 29,363 Leboeuf, Petrescu (2), Vialli (3), Zola
5 March 1998 QF Real Betis A 2-1 31,000 Flo (2)
19 March 1998 QF Real Betis H 3-1 32,300 Sinclair, Di Matteo, Zola
2 April 1998 SF Vicenza A 0-1 19,319
16 April 1998 SF Vicenza H 3-1 33,810 Poyet, Zola, Hughes
13 May 1998 F VfB Stuttgart N 1-0 30,216 Zola

First team squad

Squad at end of season[1]
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 Ed de Goey
2 DF Dan Petrescu
3 DF Celestine Babayaro
5 DF Frank Leboeuf
6 DF Steve Clarke
7 DF Bernard Lambourde
8 MF Gustavo Poyet
9 FW Gianluca Vialli
10 FW Mark Hughes
11 MF Dennis Wise (captain)
12 DF Michael Duberry
13 GK Kevin Hitchcock
14 DF Graeme Le Saux
15 DF David Lee
16 MF Roberto Di Matteo
17 DF Danny Granville
No. Position Player
18 DF Andy Myers
19 FW Tore André Flo
20 DF Frank Sinclair[2]
21 MF Paul Hughes
22 FW Mark Nicholls
23 GK Dmitri Kharine
24 MF Eddie Newton
25 FW Gianfranco Zola
26 DF Laurent Charvet (on loan from Cannes)
28 MF Jody Morris
29 DF Neil Clement
31 GK Nick Colgan
32 MF Steven Hampshire
33 FW Joe Sheerin
34 MF Nick Crittenden
35 DF Jon Harley

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
30 GK Frode Grodas (to Tottenham Hotspur)
4 DF Ruud Gullit (retired)
No. Position Player
MF David Rocastle (on loan to Hull City)

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 Stephen Broad
- DF John Terry
No. Position Player
- DF Mark Stein

Statistics

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup Football League Cup Cup Winners Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Ed de Goey 42 0 28 0 1 0 4 0 9 0
2 DF Dan Petrescu 42 8 31 5 1 0 3 1 7 2
3 DF Celestine Babayaro 13 0 8 0 0 0 1+1 0 3 0
4 MF Ruud Gullit 10 0 0+6 0 0 0 3+1 0 0 0
5 DF Frank Leboeuf 46 6 32 5 1 0 4 0 9 1
6 DF Steve Clarke 40 1 22+4 1 1 0 4+2 0 7 0
7 DF Bernard Lambourde 13 0 5+2 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
8 MF Gustavo Poyet 18 5 11+3 4 0 0 0 0 4 1
9 FW Gianluca Vialli 33 19 14+7 11 0+1 2 2+1 0 8 6
10 FW Mark Hughes 39 12 25+4 9 1 0 3+3 2 3 1
11 MF Dennis Wise 39 3 26 3 0 0 4 0 9 0
12 DF Michael Duberry 33 0 23 0 1 0 3 0 6 0
13 GK Kevin Hitchcock 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
14 DF Graeme Le Saux 34 3 26 1 1 1 4 1 3 0
15 DF David Lee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0+2 0 0 0
16 MF Roberto Di Matteo 43 10 28+2 4 1 0 4 3 8 3
17 DF Danny Granville 20 1 9+4 0 0 0 3 0 4 1
18 DF Andy Myers 17 0 11+1 0 0+1 0 1 0 3 0
19 FW Tore André Flo 44 15 16+18 11 1 0 3+1 2 5 2
20 DF Frank Sinclair 32 2 20+2 1 0 0 4+1 1 5 0
21 MF Paul Hughes 11 0 5+4 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
22 FW Mark Nicholls 24 3 8+11 3 1 0 2 0 2 0
23 GK Dmitri Kharine 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF Eddie Newton 29 0 17+1 0 0 0 3+1 0 7 0
25 FW Gianfranco Zola 40 12 23+4 8 1 0 4 0 8 4
26 DF Laurent Charvet 13 2 7+4 2 0 0 1 0 1 0
28 MF Jody Morris 14 2 9+2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0
32 FW Steven Hampshire 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 MF Nick Crittenden 3 0 0+2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
35 DF Jon Harley 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Statistics taken from [1]. Squad details and shirt numbers from [2] and [3].

Transfers

In

Out

References

  1. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1996-1997/faprem/chelsea.htm
  2. ^ Sinclair was born in Lambeth, England, but also qualified to represent Jamaica internationally.
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