1998-99 no futebol inglês

1998–99 in English football

A temporada 1998-99 foi a 119ª temporada de futebol competitivo na Inglaterra .

Futebol na Inglaterra
Temporada 1998-99
futebol masculino
Primeira Liga da FA Manchester United
Primeira divisão Sunderland
Segunda Divisão Fulham
Terceira Divisão Brentford
Conferência de futebol Cidade de Cheltenham
Copa FA Manchester United
Troféu da Liga de Futebol Wigan Atlético
Copa da Liga Tottenham Hotspur
Escudo de Caridade Arsenal
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Visão geral

Liga Premiada

O Manchester United superou a concorrência acirrada de Arsenal e Chelsea para conquistar seu quinto título da Premiership em sete temporadas. Eles passaram a ganhar a tripla do título da Premiership, FA Cup e European Cup , uma conquista que rendeu ao técnico Alex Ferguson um título de cavaleiro.

Nottingham Forest caiu para a primeira divisão apenas uma temporada depois de ganhar a promoção. Eles começaram a temporada de forma terrível depois que o técnico Dave Bassett foi demitido e o atacante holandês Pierre van Hooijdonk se recusou a jogar após uma disputa com o clube. O experiente Ron Atkinson foi contratado por um contrato temporário, mas não conseguiu evitar o rebaixamento . Juntando-se ao Forest na zona de queda da Premiership estavam o Blackburn Rovers , que havia sido campeão da Premiership apenas quatro anos antes, e o Charlton Athletic . O Southampton evitou o rebaixamento no último dia da temporada, e sua sobrevivência também sinalizou o aval para umnovo estádio que estaria em uso para a temporada 2001-02 .

Primeira Divisão

Sunderland foi coroado campeão da primeira divisão com 105 pontos, então um recorde, tendo perdido apenas três jogos durante toda a temporada. Os outros dois lugares de promoção foram garantidos por dois dos times menos desejados da divisão - o vice-campeão Bradford City (de volta à primeira divisão pela primeira vez em 77 anos) e o vencedor dos playoffs Watford , que assim conquistou sua segunda promoção consecutiva durante Graham Taylor segunda passagem de como treinador.

Bury , Oxford United e Bristol City ocuparam os três lugares de rebaixamento na primeira divisão. A temporada sombria de Oxford foi principalmente reduzida a dívidas de 10 milhões de libras que estavam colocando o clube em perigo real de fechamento, e também resultou na suspensão da construção de seu novo estádio perto da propriedade Blackbird Leys .

Segunda Divisão

Kevin Keegan completou seu período como técnico do Fulham antes de assumir o cargo na Inglaterra , levando os Cottagers ao campeonato da Segunda Divisão com 101 pontos. Depois deles foram o vice-campeão Walsall e o campeão dos playoffs Manchester City .

Descendo foram York City , Northampton Town , Lincoln City e Macclesfield Town . Evitando por pouco a queda para a terceira divisão estava o Oldham Athletic , que apenas cinco anos antes havia sido um time da Premiership e semifinalista da FA Cup .

Terceira Divisão

Brentford , Cambridge United , Cardiff City e Scunthorpe United ocuparam os quatro lugares de promoção na terceira divisão .

O Carlisle United garantiu seu status de liga com segundos de antecedência em seu último jogo. Eles entraram no jogo em último lugar e, com 90 minutos no relógio em seu jogo em casa contra o Plymouth Argyle , estavam empatando em 1 a 1 e precisavam de uma vitória para se manterem. O árbitro então concedeu 4 minutos de acréscimo e, a poucos segundos do fim, o goleiro Jimmy Glass entrou em campo e marcou de escanteio para preservar o lugar do seu clube na liga, que vinha sendo disputada desde 1928 . liga em 1987, foram rebaixados em seu lugar. Glass, de 25 anos, foi emprestado pelo Swindon Townapós o prazo de transferência porque uma crise de lesões deixou Carlisle sem goleiro nos últimos jogos da temporada.

Copa FA

O Manchester United venceu o Newcastle United por 2 a 0 para garantir seu terceiro triunfo duplo em seis temporadas e completou a segunda parte de sua tríplice coroa.

Copa da Liga

O Tottenham Hotspur , sob a gestão de George Graham , venceu a Copa da Liga ao derrotar o Leicester City na final. No caminho, eles nocautearam o Manchester United, impedindo o escocês Alex Ferguson de imitar o sucesso quádruplo de seus compatriotas Celtic em 1967.

Prêmios e recordes individuais

O meio- campista francês do Tottenham , David Ginola , foi eleito Jogador do Ano da PFA Players e Jogador do Ano da FWA depois de ajudar seu clube a vencer a Copa da Liga.

O atacante de 19 anos do Arsenal e da França, Nicolas Anelka , foi eleito o Jogador Jovem do Ano da PFA .

David Seaman se tornou o goleiro de maior sucesso na história da liga inglesa, depois de sofrer apenas 17 gols em uma temporada com o Arsenal .

Gerentes de sucesso

Alex Ferguson foi nomeado cavaleiro depois de levar o Manchester United à tríplice coroa do título da Premiership , da FA Cup e da Liga dos Campeões .

George Graham deu ao Tottenham sua primeira temporada de sucesso em quase uma década, guiando-os à glória da Copa da Liga .

Peter Reid levou o Sunderland para a Premiership como campeão da primeira divisão com 105 pontos.

Harry Redknapp levou o West Ham United ao quinto lugar na Premiership para garantir sua primeira qualificação europeia em quase 20 anos.

Paul Jewell encerrou a espera de 77 anos do Bradford City pelo retorno à primeira divisão.

Graham Taylor levou o Watford para a Premiership ao vencer os playoffs da primeira divisão e garantir sua segunda promoção consecutiva .

Kevin Keegan terminou seu período como técnico do Fulham , levando-os ao título da Segunda Divisão com 101 pontos, antes de sair para se concentrar em seu papel como técnico da Inglaterra.

Ray Graydon teve uma grande surpresa em sua primeira temporada como gerente do Walsall , ganhando a promoção para a primeira divisão .

Steve Cotterill , 35, guiou o Cheltenham Town para a Liga de Futebol como campeão da Conferência.

Brian Laws tirou o Scunthorpe United da divisão do porão da liga pela primeira vez em mais de uma década depois de vencer os playoffs da terceira divisão .

Eventos

Ferguson é nomeado cavaleiro após a tríplice coroa do United

O Manchester United completou a tríplice coroa do título da Premiership, FA Cup e European Cup.

A primeira parte da tríplice coroa do United foi concluída quando venceu o Tottenham por 2 a 1 no último dia da temporada para garantir que o Arsenal não retivesse o título da Premiership. Uma semana depois, eles completaram a segunda parte da tríplice coroa com uma vitória por 2 a 0 sobre o Newcastle United na final da FA Cup.

As aspirações triplas do United pareciam ter sido frustradas na final da Liga dos Campeões no estádio Nou Camp do Barcelona, ​​​​com o Bayern de Munique vencendo por 1 a 0 no final do tempo normal. O árbitro Pierluigi Collina permitiu 3 minutos de acréscimo e, no primeiro minuto, Teddy Sheringham forçou o empate. O gol de Sheringham parecia ter forçado a prorrogação, mas com o último chute do jogo Ole Gunnar Solskjær marcou o gol da vitória e os torcedores e jogadores do United foram à loucura.

Em 12 de junho, Alex Ferguson recebeu o título de cavaleiro em reconhecimento por seus serviços ao futebol, tornando-o o sétimo cavaleiro do futebol inglês e o terceiro cavaleiro a ser associado ao Manchester United depois de Matt Busby e Bobby Charlton .

Hoddle expulso

Em 2 de fevereiro, a FA rescindiu o contrato de Glenn Hoddle como técnico da Inglaterra depois que ele apareceu no The Times e sugeriu que pessoas com deficiência estavam sendo punidas por pecados em vidas anteriores. Seus comentários provocaram tanta indignação entre as pessoas com deficiência que a FA sentiu que não tinha outra opção a não ser demiti-lo.

Começou a caça ao seu sucessor. Um mês depois, o ex-técnico do Newcastle, Kevin Keegan , concordou em assumir o comando da equipe da Inglaterra, mas permaneceu como técnico do Fulham até o final da temporada, levando-os ao título da Segunda Divisão.

Novidades na Premiership

Um ano após a derrota nos playoffs para o Charlton Athletic na disputa de pênaltis, o Sunderland de Peter Reid voltou à Premiership depois de vencer o campeonato da primeira divisão com um recorde de 105 pontos. O Sunderland, que havia se mudado para sua nova casa - o Stadium of Light - dois anos antes, havia sido amplamente cotado para a promoção à primeira divisão.

O Bradford City , liderado pelo técnico Paul Jewell , estava fora da primeira divisão desde 1922. Seu único título foi um triunfo na FA Cup em 1911. Mas o inexperiente Jewell surpreendeu muitos observadores ao montar um forte time de Bradford que cruzou para o segundo lugar na primeira divisão e garantiu seu lugar na Premiership.

O terceiro e último lugar na Premiership foi para o Watford , vencedor dos playoffs, comandado por Graham Taylor pela segunda vez (ele já havia estado no comando de 1976 a 1987). Taylor finalmente alcançou algum sucesso no ano anterior na forma do campeonato da Segunda Divisão, tendo sofrido um período tórrido com a Inglaterra e depois com o Wolves. Watford garantiu uma segunda promoção consecutiva ao vencer o Bolton Wanderers por 2-0 na final dos playoffs.

O último gol de Glass mantém Carlisle na liga

O Carlisle United foi para o jogo final da terceira divisão de 1998-99 sabendo que precisava vencer o Plymouth Argyle para manter a vaga na Liga de Futebol que ocupava desde 1928. Em abril, uma crise de lesões forçou Carlisle a contratar o goleiro. Jimmy Glass , emprestado pelo Swindon e pela Football League, deu permissão para a transferência continuar, apesar do prazo de transferência já ter passado.

With 90 minutes on the clock for Carlisle's home fixture against Plymouth, the referee allowed 4 minutes of stoppage time. 10 seconds before the end of stoppage time, Jimmy Glass ran upfield after a corner was given and slammed the ball into the back of the net to keep Carlisle in the league and send Scarborough down to the Conference.

Blackburn go down

O Blackburn Rovers , campeão da Premiership em 1995, foi rebaixado da Premiership em 1999 com um time que havia perdido quase todos os jogadores vencedores do título. Roy Hodgson chegou como treinador em 1997 e alcançou a qualificação para a Taça UEFA na sua primeira temporada como treinador, apenas para ser demitido em novembro seguinte, quando o Blackburn se viu envolvido em uma batalha pelo rebaixamento. O bem-sucedido gerente assistente do Manchester United , Brian Kidd , foi contratado como seu sucessor. Mas a luta contra o rebaixamento do Blackburn foi finalmente perdida depois que eles empataram em 0-0 em casa para o Manchester United no penúltimo jogo da temporada. Presidente Jack Walkeragora precisava encontrar os fundos para construir um time que pudesse ganhar a promoção de volta à Premiership, 12 meses depois de entregar um talão de cheques aberto a Roy Hodgson na esperança de vencer a liga.

Cheltenham promovido

Cheltenham Town venceu a Conferência com Steve Cotterill guiando os Robins para a Liga de Futebol. Eles haviam conquistado o troféu da FA na temporada anterior, mas foram derrotados na promoção pelo Halifax Town . Eles substituíram Scarborough .

Tabelas de liga

Primeira Liga da FA

A sétima temporada da FA Premier League viu o Manchester United terminar campeão pela quinta vez, um ponto à frente do campeão da temporada anterior, o Arsenal. O United também encerrou a defesa do Arsenal na FA Cup, derrotando o Newcastle United na final para se tornar o primeiro time inglês a conquistar o título da liga e a dobradinha da FA Cup em três ocasiões, já tendo conquistado a dobradinha em 1994 e 1996. passou a ganhar a Copa da Europa para se tornar apenas o segundo clube inglês a ganhar três grandes troféus na mesma temporada. Isso fez deles o primeiro clube inglês a vencer a Copa da Europa em 15 anos, e o técnico Alex Ferguson foi condecorado.

O renascimento do Chelsea continuou com um terceiro lugar na liga, embora não tenha conseguido somar mais títulos às três taças conquistadas nas duas temporadas anteriores. Após a perda do gerente George Graham para o Tottenham no outono, o Leeds United terminou em quarto com seu novo gerente David O'Leary . O quinto lugar foi para o West Ham United, que se classificou para a Europa pela primeira vez em quase 20 anos. O Aston Villa, que liderou a tabela durante grande parte da primeira metade da temporada, só conseguiu terminar em sexto, enquanto o sétimo lugar do Liverpool foi um começo decepcionante para o novo técnico Gérard Houllier .

O Tottenham Hotspur terminou em 11º com o novo técnico George Graham, mas venceu a Copa da Liga para encerrar sua espera de oito anos por um grande troféu e um lugar na Europa. Eles também chegaram às semifinais da FA Cup.

O recém-promovido Nottingham Forest foi rebaixado em último lugar, seu terceiro rebaixamento em sete temporadas, levando o técnico Ron Atkinson (nomeado apenas em janeiro) a anunciar sua aposentadoria da administração. O Blackburn Rovers, campeão da liga apenas quatro anos antes, foi o próximo time a cair; a nomeação do assistente de longa data do Manchester United, Brian Kidd , como técnico, parecia ter virado a esquina após um terrível começo de temporada, mas uma falha em vencer qualquer uma das últimas oito partidas os viu rebaixados. O recém-promovido Charlton Athletic foi o último time a perder seu status de primeira divisão, caindo no último dia da temporada, quando o Southampton sobreviveu.

Pos Equipe Pld C D eu GF GA GD Pontos Qualificação ou rebaixamento
1 Manchester United (C) 38 22 13 3 80 37 +43 79 Qualificação para a primeira fase de grupos da Liga dos Campeões
2 Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17 +42 78
3 Chelsea 38 20 15 3 57 30 +27 75 Qualificação para a terceira pré-eliminatória da Liga dos Campeões
4 Leeds United 38 18 13 7 62 34 +28 67 Qualificação para a primeira fase da Taça UEFA
5 West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53 −7 57 Qualificação para a terceira fase da Taça Intertoto
6 Vila Aston 38 15 10 13 51 46 +5 55
7 Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49 +19 54
8 Condado de Derby 38 13 13 12 40 45 −5 52
9 Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54 −6 51
10 Cidade de Leicester 38 12 13 13 40 46 −6 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 14 13 47 50 −3 47 Qualificação para a primeira eliminatória da Taça UEFA [a]
12 Sheffield quarta-feira 38 13 7 18 41 42 −1 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 48 54 −6 46 Qualificação para a primeira fase da Taça UEFA [b]
14 Everton 38 11 10 17 42 47 −5 43
15 Cidade de Coventry 38 11 9 18 39 51 −12 42
16 Wimbledon 38 10 12 16 40 63 −23 42
17 Southampton 38 11 8 19 37 64 −27 41
18 Charlton Atlético (R) 38 8 12 18 41 56 −15 36 Rebaixamento para a Primeira Divisão da Liga de Futebol
19 Blackburn Rovers (R) 38 7 14 17 38 52 −14 35
20 Nottingham Forest (R) 38 7 9 22 35 69 −34 30
Fonte: Regras da Premier League para classificação: 1) pontos;
2) saldo de gols; 3) número de gols marcados.
(C) Campeão; (R) Notas Relegadas
:
  1. O Tottenham Hotspur qualificou-se para a Taça UEFA como vencedor da Taça da Liga .
  2. Como o Manchester United se classificou para a Liga dos Campeões, sua vaga na Copa da UEFA como vencedor da FA Cup foi para o Newcastle United, vice-campeão .

Maior artilheiro: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds), Michael Owen (Liverpool) e Dwight Yorke (Manchester United) – 18

Primeira Divisão

Após a decepção final do play-off do ano anterior, o Sunderland voltou ao primeiro escalão de forma recorde, ganhando 105 pontos; em seguida, um novo recorde sob os 3 pontos para um sistema de vitória. O Bradford City, que havia evitado por pouco o rebaixamento nas duas temporadas anteriores, voltou à primeira divisão pela primeira vez em mais de 80 anos, já que Paul Jewell desfrutou de uma primeira temporada completa de muito sucesso como gerente. Watford derrotou o Bolton Wanderers, favorito da pré-temporada, na final do play-off, ganhando sua segunda promoção consecutiva e também dando ao técnico Graham Taylor o recorde conjunto de mais promoções conquistadas por um único técnico.

O Wolves ficou de fora dos playoffs depois que a demissão de Mark McGhee em novembro abriu o caminho para seu assistente Colin Lee assumir e supervisionar uma forte sequência de forma que levou o time à metade superior da tabela para terminar em sétimo. Steve Bruce começou sua carreira gerencial guiando o Sheffield United ao oitavo lugar antes de suceder Peter Jackson no Huddersfield Town. O sonho de Mark Goldberg de transformar o Crystal Palace em uma grande força do futebol rapidamente se transformou em um pesadelo, já que problemas financeiros quase levaram o clube à falência, com o técnico Terry Venables saindo no meio da temporada e Steve Coppellassumindo o comando pela quarta vez em 15 anos para levar o Palace ao 14º lugar.

O Bristol City terminou em último e sofreu o rebaixamento imediato de volta à Segunda Divisão, já que a decisão do clube de substituir o gerente vencedor da promoção John Ward por Benny Lennartsson apenas algumas semanas na temporada não deu resultado. O Oxford United terminou em segundo lugar em meio à crescente turbulência financeira, e o Bury foi rebaixado no último dia devido ao uso de gols marcados pela Liga por diferença de gols para lados separados no mesmo número de pontos (o Port Vale teria sido rebaixado devido à sua diferença de gols consideravelmente pior). Somando-se à frustração de Bury, a diferença de gols foi restabelecida na temporada seguinte.

Pos Equipe Pld C D eu GF GA GS Pontos Promoção ou rebaixamento
1 Sunderland 46 31 12 3 91 28 91 105 Campeões da Liga de Futebol, promovidos à FA Premier League
2 Cidade de Bradford 46 26 9 11 82 47 82 87 Promovido à FA Premier League
3 Cidade de Ipswich 46 26 8 12 69 32 69 86 Participou dos play-offs
4 Cidade de Birmingham 46 23 12 11 66 37 66 81
5 Watford 46 21 14 11 65 56 65 77 Promovido para a Premier League através de play-offs
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 20 16 10 78 59 78 76 Participou dos play-offs
7 Andarilhos de Wolverhampton 46 19 16 11 64 43 64 73
8 Sheffield United 46 18 13 15 71 66 71 67
9 Cidade de Norwich 46 15 17 14 62 61 62 62
10 Cidade de Huddersfield 46 15 16 15 62 71 62 61
11 Cidade de Grimsby 46 17 10 19 40 52 40 61
12 West Bromwich Albion 46 16 11 19 69 76 69 59
13 Barnsley 46 14 17 15 59 56 59 59
14 Palácio de Cristal 46 14 16 16 58 71 58 58
15 Rovers Tranmere 46 12 20 14 63 61 63 56
16 Condado de Stockport 46 12 17 17 49 60 49 53
17 Cidade de Swindon 46 13 11 22 59 81 59 50
18 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 12 22 54 78 54 48
19 Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 57 73 57 47
20 Guardas do Parque Queens 46 12 11 23 52 61 52 47
21 Porto Vale 46 13 8 25 45 75 45 47
22 Enterrar 46 10 17 19 35 60 35 47 Rebaixado
23 Oxford United 46 10 14 22 48 71 48 44
24 Bristol City 46 9 15 22 57 80 57 42
Fonte: [ citação necessária ]
Regras de classificação: Na Liga de Futebol os golos marcados (F) têm precedência sobre o saldo de golos (GD).

Maior artilheiro: Lee Hughes (West Bromwich Albion) – 31

Segunda Divisão

Apesar do técnico Kevin Keegan fazer malabarismos com o cargo de técnico da Inglaterra na segunda metade da temporada, o Fulham conquistou o título da divisão e ganhou sua segunda promoção em três temporadas, embora Keegan tenha saído após o término da temporada. Walsall provou o pacote surpresa da divisão e entrou na segunda divisão apenas pela terceira vez em sua história. O Manchester City, que havia sofrido uma queda espetacular nos últimos anos, imediatamente conquistou a promoção durante sua primeira temporada neste nível, derrotando Gillingham em uma dramática final de play-off.

O Ambitious Reading só conseguiu terminar em 11º lugar em sua primeira temporada no impressionante novo Madejski Stadium , enquanto a promessa inicial do Stoke City sob Brian Little durou pouco e um oitavo lugar não foi suficiente para um lugar nos playoffs. Stoke então se voltou para Gary Megson em sua busca para voltar à Primeira Divisão.

Esta temporada foi um passo longe demais para Macclesfield, que havia sido promovido da Conferência e da Terceira Divisão em anos sucessivos, e foi rebaixado em último lugar. O Lincoln City não conseguiu se recuperar de um início de temporada terrível e ocupou o segundo lugar, retornando também à terceira divisão depois de apenas um ano. Northampton Town sofreu uma temporada extremamente decepcionante depois de terminar em quarto no ano anterior e foi rebaixado em terceiro lugar. A cidade de York caiu cruelmente no último dia, depois de passar por uma desastrosa segunda metade da temporada e cair na zona de rebaixamento com apenas alguns segundos restantes da partida final.

Oldham Athletic terminou um lugar e um ponto à frente da zona de rebaixamento e evitou um terceiro rebaixamento em seis temporadas.

Pos Equipe Pld C D eu GF GA GS Pontos Promoção ou rebaixamento
1 Fulham 46 31 8 7 79 32 79 101 Campeões da Divisão, promovidos
2 Walsall 46 26 9 11 63 47 63 87 Promovido
3 Cidade de Manchester 46 22 16 8 69 33 69 82 Promovido através de play-offs
4 Gillingham 46 22 14 10 75 44 75 80 Participou dos play-offs
5 Preston North End 46 22 13 11 78 50 78 79
6 Wigan Atlético 46 22 10 14 75 48 75 76
7 Bournemouth 46 21 13 12 63 41 63 76
8 Stoke City 46 21 6 19 59 63 59 69
9 Chesterfield 46 17 13 16 46 44 46 64
10 Millwall 46 17 11 18 52 59 52 62
11 Lendo 46 16 13 17 54 63 54 61
12 Cidade de Luton 46 16 10 20 51 60 51 58
13 Bristol Rovers 46 13 17 16 65 56 65 56
14 Blackpool 46 14 14 18 44 54 44 56
15 Burnley 46 13 16 17 54 73 54 55
16 Condado de Notts 46 14 12 20 52 61 52 54
17 Wrexham 46 13 14 19 43 62 43 53
18 Colchester United 46 12 16 18 52 70 52 52
19 Wycombe Wanderers 46 13 12 21 52 58 52 51
20 Oldham Athletic 46 14 9 23 48 66 48 51
21 York City 46 13 11 22 56 80 56 50 Rebaixado
22 Cidade de Northampton 46 10 18 18 43 57 43 48
23 Lincoln City 46 13 7 26 42 74 42 46
24 Cidade de Macclesfield 46 11 10 25 43 63 43 43
Fonte: [ citação necessária ]
Regras de classificação: Na Liga de Futebol os golos marcados (GF) têm precedência sobre o saldo de golos (GD).

Maior artilheiro: Jamie Cureton (Bristol Rovers) – 25

Terceira Divisão

A decisão pouco ortodoxa do presidente do Brentford, Ron Noades , de se nomear como gerente valeu a pena de maneira surpreendente, e eles ganharam a promoção de volta à Segunda Divisão como campeões. O Cambridge United realmente liderou a divisão durante a maior parte da temporada, mas sofreu por empatar muitos jogos como nos meses finais da temporada e, portanto, teve que se contentar com o segundo lugar. O Cardiff City conquistou a última vaga de promoção automática, já que Frank Burrows trouxe sucesso imediato ao clube em sua segunda passagem como técnico. O Scunthorpe United venceu os play-offs, ganhando sua primeira promoção desde 1983, dando-lhes futebol acima da quarta divisão pela primeira vez em Glanford Park .

Em um dos finais mais dramáticos de uma temporada na memória recente, o Scarborough foi rebaixado para a Conferência de Futebol. Eles estiveram em último lugar durante a maior parte da segunda metade da temporada, mas pareciam ter virado a esquina com duas vitórias e um empate nas últimas três partidas; Infelizmente, o Carlisle United, que estava abaixo deles antes da partida final da temporada, ganhou uma vitória chocante nos acréscimos do goleiro Jimmy Glass , salvando seu status na Liga e derrubando Scarborough.

O Hull City estava na batalha pelo rebaixamento até o penúltimo jogo da temporada, logo após o Southend United vencer sua batalha contra o terceiro rebaixamento consecutivo.

Pos Equipe Pld C D eu GF GA GS Pontos Promoção ou rebaixamento
1 Brentford 46 26 7 13 79 56 79 85 Campeões da Divisão, promovidos
2 Cambridge United 46 23 12 11 78 48 78 81 Promoted
3 Cardiff City 46 22 14 10 60 39 60 80
4 Scunthorpe United 46 22 8 16 69 58 69 74 Promoted through play-offs
5 Rotherham United 46 20 13 13 79 61 79 73 Participated in play-offs
6 Leyton Orient 46 19 15 12 68 59 68 72
7 Swansea City 46 19 14 13 56 48 56 71
8 Mansfield Town 46 19 10 17 60 58 60 67
9 Peterborough United 46 18 12 16 72 56 72 66
10 Halifax Town[a] 46 17 15 14 58 56 58 66
11 Darlington 46 18 11 17 69 58 69 65
12 Exeter City 46 17 12 17 47 50 47 63
13 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 10 19 58 54 58 61
14 Chester City 46 13 18 15 57 66 57 57
15 Shrewsbury Town 46 14 14 18 52 63 52 56
16 Barnet 46 14 13 19 54 71 54 55
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 16 7 23 49 66 49 55
18 Southend United 46 14 12 20 52 58 52 54
19 Rochdale 46 13 15 18 42 55 42 54
20 Torquay United 46 12 17 17 47 58 47 53
21 Hull City 46 14 11 21 44 62 44 53
22 Hartlepool United 46 13 12 21 52 65 52 51
23 Carlisle United 46 11 16 19 43 53 43 49
24 Scarborough 46 14 6 26 50 77 50 48 Relegated to Conference
Source: [citation needed]
Rules for classification: In the Football League goals scored (GF) takes precedence over goal difference (GD).
Notes:
  1. ^ New club in the league

Leading goalscorer: Marco Gabbiadini (Darlington) – 24

Diary of the season

16 July 1998 – Former French national coach Gérard Houllier is appointed joint manager of Liverpool to work alongside Roy Evans. It is the first time in the club's 106-year history that two managers have been placed in charge of the first team.

19 July 1998 – Manchester United deny reports that they will be joining a proposed European Super League of up to 32 clubs.

3 August 1998 – Newcastle United pay £5.25million for Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann from Bayern Munich.

9 August 1998 – Arsenal claim their third trophy of 1998 with a 3–0 win over Manchester United in the Charity Shield.

12 August 1998 – Newcastle United sign Nolberto Solano, the Peruvian midfielder, from Boca Juniors for £2.48million.

15 August 1998 – The Premier League season begins with champions Arsenal beating newly promoted Nottingham Forest 2–1 at Highbury. Chelsea begin with a surprise 2–1 defeat at Coventry City. Manchester United are held to a 2–2 home draw by Leicester City. Wimbledon take the lead of the Premier League on the opening day with a 3–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur. Charlton Athletic mark their return to the elite by drawing 0–0 at Newcastle.

20 August 1998 – Manchester United pay a club record £12.6million for Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke.

22 August 1998 – Charlton Athletic demolish Southampton 5–0 at The Valley. Tottenham's dismal start continued when they lose 3–0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Manchester United are held to a draw again, this time 0–0 against West Ham United at Upton Park. Newcastle United lose 4–1 at home to Liverpool.

27 August 1998 – Kenny Dalglish is sacked after 19 months as manager of Newcastle United.

31 August 1998 – Newcastle United appoint Ruud Gullit as their new manager, the day before his 36th birthday. The first month of the league season ends with newly promoted Charlton Athletic top of the Premier League, but the end-of-month table has little significance as only two games have been played so far.[1] Sunderland head the race for a place in next season's Premier League as Division One leaders, with Wolverhampton Wanderers in second place. Hopes are high of a successful season for Midlands clubs as West Bromwich Albion are third and Birmingham City stand fourth. Norwich City, rebuilding under new manager Bruce Rioch occupy fifth, while the top six is completed by a Watford side who are searching for a second successive promotion. Just outside the playoff zone are Bury, whose excellent start to the season has sparked speculation that they might match Swansea City and Wimbledon's record of three promotions in four seasons.[2]

6 September 1998 – Christian Gross is sacked after nine months as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.[3]

8 September 1998 – Aston Villa pay Middlesbrough £6.75million for midfielder Paul Merson.

9 September 1998 –

    • – An inquest records a verdict of suicide on former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker Justin Fashanu, who was found hanged at a lock-up garage in London four months ago.
      • – Manchester United record a Premier League win at the fourth attempt by beating Charlton Athletic 4–1 at Old Trafford. Wimbledon continue their recent resurgence with a 4–3 win at West Ham.
        • – Manchester United accepts a £623.4million takeover bid from BSkyB.

12 September 1998 –

19 September 1998 – Newcastle United show signs of a return to their old form with a 5–1 away win over Coventry City. Newly promoted Charlton Athletic hold Liverpool to a 3–3 draw at Anfield.

20 September 1998 – Arsenal beat Manchester United 3–0 in the league at Highbury – the fourth defeat they have inflicted upon Alex Ferguson's team in less than a year.

23 September 1998 – Everton sign 22-year-old goalkeeper Steve Simonsen from Tranmere Rovers for £3.3million.

30 September 1998 – September ends with Aston Villa as Premier League leaders 5 points above second-placed Derby County are putting up a surprise title challenge after being predicted by many to struggle in the battle against relegation. Manchester United, Liverpool and Wimbledon complete the top five. Southampton prop up the top flight with one point from their opening six games, while Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers completing the relegation zone.[4] Sunderland remain top of Division One, level on points with surprise promotion challengers Huddersfield Town. Bolton Wanderers, Watford, Birmingham City and Norwich City occupy the playoff places, while surprise promotion contenders Bury are keeping up the pressure on the top six.[5]

1 October 1998 – George Graham quits Leeds United after two years as manager to take over at Tottenham Hotspur.

3 October 1998 – Middlesbrough's return to the top flight continues with a 4–0 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.

9 October 1998 – Everton sign Ivorian striker Ibrahima Bakayoko from Montpellier for £4.5million.

15 October 1998 – Steve Watson, Newcastle United's longest serving player (who joined the club on leaving school in 1990), is sold to Aston Villa for £4.5million.

25 October 1998 – Leicester City confirm that manager Martin O'Neill will not be moving to Leeds United.[6] Caretaker David O'Leary, formerly assistant manager at Elland Road, gets the manager's job on a permanent basis.[7]

28 October 1998 – Chelsea player-manager Gianluca Vialli scores a hat-trick in the 4–1 League Cup third round win over Aston Villa. Making his debut as a late substitute is 17-year-old defender John Terry. On the same day, striker Brian Laudrup's departure from Chelsea is announced after just four months at the club.[8]

31 October 1998 – Ron Reeves, a 55-year-old steward, is killed outside Highfield Road stadium after being crushed by the Arsenal team coach just before a game with Coventry City. The month ends with Aston Villa still top, a point ahead of second placed Manchester United, while Arsenal are close behind in third place. A wide gap is beginning to open up between the top three and the rest of the division, with Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Leicester City and West Ham United putting up the nearest competition. Southampton, still only with one win to their name, occupy bottom place and are joined in the relegation zone by Coventry City and Nottingham Forest.[9] Sunderland and Huddersfield Town continue to head the race for Premier League football, with the top six being completed by Birmingham City, Ipswich Town, Watford and Norwich City. Grimsby Town (eighth) have emerged as surprise contenders for a second successive promotion, but Bury's challenge is falling away and they now occupy 15th place. Wolverhampton Wanderers fare little better after their dismal start to the season, now occupying 12th place.[10]

5 November 1998: Wolverhampton Wanderers sack manager Mark McGhee after three years at the helm.

12 November 1998 – Peter Schmeichel, goalkeeper of Manchester United since 1991, announces his intention to leave the club at the end of this season. Roy Evans resigns as joint manager of Liverpool after nearly five years in charge and more than 30 years on the club's payroll, leaving Gérard Houllier in sole charge.[11]

14 November 1998 – Colchester United fall victim to arguably the biggest upset of the FA Cup fourth round when they are defeated 4–1 by non-league Bedlington Terriers. Other Football League clubs to be eliminated by non-league counterparts include Barnet, Southend United and Shrewsbury Town.

21 November 1998 – Blackburn Rovers lose 2–0 at home to Southampton, leaving them bottom of the Premier League with a mere nine points from their opening 14 games. Manager Roy Hodgson resigns within hours of the defeat. Long-serving coach Tony Parkes is put in charge of the first team on a temporary basis. On the same day, Manchester United suffer a shock 3–1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.[12]

30 November 1998 – November draws to a close with Aston Villa still leading Manchester United by a single point, but a surprise title challenge is creeping upon them from a West Ham United side with no previous top division titles to their name, and who haven't finished in the top five for more than a decade. Arsenal and Chelsea complete the top five. Blackburn Rovers now prop up the top flight, having started the season among the teams tipped by many to challenge for the title. Southampton and Nottingham Forest remain in the drop zone.[13] Sunderland continue to lead Division One, their nearest threat coming from Ipswich Town. Watford, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United complete the top six, with Wolverhampton Wanderers providing the closest competition for the top six after a rejuvenation under new manager Colin Lee.[14]

4 December 1998 – Brian Kidd steps down as Manchester United assistant manager to succeed Roy Hodgson as manager of Blackburn Rovers.

5 December 1998 – Blackburn beat Charlton 1–0 in their first game under Brian Kidd at Ewood Park.

8 December 1998 – Five years after leaving them from Blackburn Rovers, David Batty returns to Leeds United in a £4.4 million move from Newcastle United.

16 December 1998 – Brian McClair, who was among the names linked with succeeding Brian Kidd as assistant manager at Manchester United, is appointed as Kidd's assistant at Blackburn.[15]

19 December 1998 – Manchester United lost 3–2 at home to Middlesbrough – their first home defeat for nine months. United are managed by coach Jimmy Ryan, as Alex Ferguson misses the game on compassionate grounds following the death of his sister-in-law, and United have yet to find a permanent successor to Brian Kidd as assistant manager.

23 December 1998 – The Independent reports that up to ten Premier League clubs could break away to join a European Super League if the Premier League loses its forthcoming High Court case with the Office of Fair Trading. The case will see the Office of Fair Trading bring a case against the Football League, BSkyB and the BBC in the hope of ending collective bargaining for television deals by Premier League clubs.[16]

26 December 1998 – The key drama on Boxing Day sees defender Ronny Johnsen score twice in Manchester United's 3–0 home win over Nottingham Forest,

30 December 1998 – French defender Didier Domi joins Newcastle United in a £4 million move from Paris Saint-Germain.

31 December 1998 – 1998 draws to a close with Aston Villa still leading the Premier League, but with Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Leeds United and West Ham United all posing a fairly close threat. Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Charlton Athletic occupy the bottom three places.[17] Sunderland and Ipswich Town continue to lead the way in the race for a Premier League place, with the playoff zone being occupied by Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Watford and an ever-improving Bradford City.[18]

4 January 1999 – Arsenal began their defence of the FA Cup by beating Preston North End 2–0 in the third round at Deepdale, while last year's runners-up Newcastle United win 2–1 at home to Crystal Palace. Manchester United, many people's favourites for the trophy, get off to a good start in the competition by beating Middlesbrough 3–1 at Old Trafford. However, Leeds United are held to a goalless draw at Conference side Rushden & Diamonds.

5 January 1999 – Nottingham Forest, bottom of the Premier League and winless for 17 games, sack manager Dave Bassett after less than two years in charge.[19] Micky Adams, former Swansea City and Brentford manager, is placed in temporary charge of Forest.[20]

8 January 1999 – 15-year-old Notts County schoolboy forward Jermaine Pennant signs for Arsenal's academy in a £2 million deal.

9 January 1999 – The first Premier League games of 1999 include Coventry City's 4–0 home win over Nottingham Forest – the 18th successive league game that the visitors have failed to win. Southampton beat fellow relegation strugglers Charlton Athletic 3–1 at The Dell.

11 January 1999 – Ron Atkinson is appointed manager of Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.[21]

13 January 1999 – Leeds United avoid what would have been one of the biggest FA Cup upsets of modern times and beat Rushden and Diamonds 3–1 in the third round replay at Elland Road.

14 January 1999 – Wimbledon pay a club record £7.5 million for West Ham United striker John Hartson, who six months ago was a transfer target for Manchester United.

16 January 1999 – Two high scoring games in the Premier League sees Dwight Yorke and Robbie Fowler score hat tricks for their respective clubs as Manchester United thrash Leicester City 6–2 at Filbert Street, while Liverpool crush Southampton 7–1 at Anfield.

18 January 1999 – Bryan Kidd boosts his Blackburn Rovers side in their battle against relegation by signing Crystal Palace striker Matt Jansen for £4.1 million.

23 January 1999 – Aston Villa suffer a shock FA Cup exit at home to Division Two leaders Fulham in the fourth round.

24 January 1999 – Two late goals see Manchester United overturn Liverpool's 1–0 lead and win 2–1 in the fourth round tie at Old Trafford.

25 January 1999 – Cash-strapped Division One strugglers Oxford United hold Chelsea to an impressive 1–1 draw at the Manor Ground.

27 January 1999 – Two midfielders change clubs for £4 million – Marc-Vivien Foé from Lens to West Ham United and Jason McAteer from Liverpool to Blackburn Rovers.

28 January 1999 – Steve McManaman agrees to sign for Real Madrid from Liverpool at the end of the season.

30 January 1999 – Glenn Hoddle appears in an interview in The Sunday Times in which he suggests that disabled people are paying for their sins in a previous life.[22] Nottingham Forest end their 19-match winless run in the league with a 1–0 away win over Everton.

31 January 1999 – January ends with Manchester United now top of the Premier League, but former leaders Aston Villa still only a point behind bracketed on points with Chelsea. Arsenal, meanwhile, have crept into the title frame and now stand fourth – just two points off the top. West Ham United's challenge has crumbled and they now stand ninth, with 11 points separating them from top spot. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, have gone from bad to worse and now prop up the table. They are joined in the drop zone by Southampton and Charlton Athletic after Brian Kidd guided Blackburn Rovers out of the bottom three.[23] Sunderland and Bradford City lead the way in Division One, with Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, Watford and Birmingham City completing the top six. Grimsby Town are back in form and giving the top six a serious run for their money.[24]

2 February 1999 – Glenn Hoddle is sacked as England manager two days after his controversial remarks.[25]

3 February 1999 – Oxford United's luck in the FA Cup runs out: 17-year-old Mikael Forssell bags a brace on his first start for 4–2 victors Chelsea in the fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge.[26]

4 February 1999 - Tim Sherwood signs for Tottenham Hotspur from Blackburn Rovers for £4 million, and Silvio Marić joins Newcastle United from Croatia Zagreb for $5.8 million.[27]

5 February 1999 - Derby County assistant manager Steve McClaren is named as Manchester United's new assistant manager.[28]

6 February 1999 – Manchester United record the highest ever away win in the Premier League by beating Nottingham Forest 8–1 at the City Ground. Substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjær scores four times.[29]

28 February 1999 – February draws to a close with Manchester United now top of the Premier League four points, although nearest rivals Chelsea have a game in hand. Arsenal, Aston Villa and Leeds United complete the top five. Nottingham Forest remain bottom and are now ten points adrift of safety, while Southampton remain in the bottom three but Charlton Athletic have jumped clear at the expense of Blackburn Rovers.[30] Sunderland are still top of Division One, their nearest competition coming from Bradford City and Ipswich Town who are level on points. Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Watford complete the top six. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Grimsby Town and West Bromwich Albion continue to keep up the pressure in the push for a playoff place.[31]

5 March 1999 – Former Doncaster Rovers chairman Ken Richardson is sentenced to four years in prison for paying a friend to start a fire at the club's Belle Vue ground in 1995. The arsonist, 41-year-old Alan Kristiansen, receives a one-year prison sentence, while two other men receive suspended sentences for their part in the fire, which caused £100,000 worth of damage.[32]

7 March 1999 – Manchester United draw 0–0 with Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford, with Paul Scholes being sent off for United and Roberto Di Matteo for Chelsea in a game which kicked off just hours after the death was announced of legendary former United striker Dennis Viollet from cancer at age 65.

10 March 1999 – Dwight Yorke keeps Manchester United in line for the treble as he scores both their goals in the 2–0 quarter-final replay win at Chelsea.

11 March 1999 – Aston Villa sign midfielder Steve Stone from Nottingham Forest for £5.5 million.

13 March 1999 – Nottingham Forest keep their faint survival hopes alive with a 3–1 away win over Wimbledon, only their third league win of the season.

16 March 1999 – Barnsley, the only non-Premier League team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, bow out at Oakwell when David Ginola scores the only goal of the game for Tottenham Hotspur, who remain in contention for a cup double.

17 March 1999 – The Monopolies and Mergers Commission vetoes BSkyB's takeover of Manchester United.

21 March 1999 – Tottenham Hotspur end their eight-year wait for a major trophy (and European qualification) thanks to a 1–0 win over Leicester City in the League Cup final.

22 March 1999 – Blackburn Rovers pay Derby County £3.4 million for midfielder Lee Carsley.

31 March 1999 – March ends with Manchester United still top of the Premier League by a four-point margin, with Arsenal and Chelsea as their nearest contenders. Leeds United, occupying fourth place, are still within a shout of the league title. West Ham United complete the top five, competing with most of the rest of the "safe" Premier League teams for a UEFA Cup place. Nottingham Forest's dreadful run of form has continued and they now need a miracle to escape relegation. Charlton Athletic and Southampton complete the bottom three.[33] Sunderland are now 12 points ahead of their nearest rivals Ipswich Town at the top of Division One. Bradford City, Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers remain in the playoff zone, where they are joined by a Wolverhampton Wanderers side whose form is continuing to improve.[34]

3 April 1999 – Both league-leaders Manchester United and second-placed Arsenal drop points as they are both held, by Wimbledon and Southampton respectively. Elsewhere, Liverpool win the Merseyside derby 3–2, and Leeds United rack up their seventh win on the bounce–a club record–by beating Nottingham Forest.[35]

11 April 1999 – Manchester United and Arsenal, competing head to head for both the Premier League title and the FA Cup, draw 0–0 at Villa Park in the FA Cup semi-final. In other semi-final, at Old Trafford, two goals in extra time from Alan Shearer send Newcastle United through to the final for the second year running and spell an end to Tottenham's hopes of a cup double.

14 April 1999 – One of the most thrilling games so far this season sees Manchester United beat Arsenal 2–1 in extra time in the FA Cup semi-final replay. United had taken the lead after 17th minutes thanks to David Beckham, only for Dennis Bergkamp to equalise after 69 minutes. Bergkamp could have won the game for Arsenal with just a minute remaining, but Peter Schmeichel saved his penalty shot and forced extra time, in which Ryan Giggs won it for United with a spectacular 109th-minute goal.

21 April 1999 – Manchester United reach their first European Cup final for 31 years – and only their second of all time – by recording a 4–3 aggregate win over Juventus. They won 3–2 in tonight's clash in Turin, having been 2–0 down at half-time. They drew 1–1 in the first leg at Old Trafford on 7 April.

23 April 1999 – UEFA rejects calls from English clubs for four, rather than three, Champions League qualification places to be available for next season's competition – this will only happen in the unlikely event of Manchester United winning the European Cup next month and finishing outside the top three of the Premier League.[36]

24 April 1999 – Nottingham Forest's Premier League relegation is confirmed with a 2–0 defeat to Aston Villa, after which manager Ron Atkinson announces that he will retire at the end of this season.[37]

30 April 1999 – April draws to a close with Arsenal now leading the Premier League, but Manchester United are a point behind with a game in hand. Chelsea and Leeds United remain in distant contention, while the final European place is being contested by Aston Villa, West Ham United, Middlesbrough, Derby County, Liverpool and Leicester City. Nottingham Forest's inevitable relegation has now been confirmed, with Southampton, Charlton Athletic, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday all in the battle of avoid going down as well.[38] Sunderland are definitely in the Premier League next season, as champions of Division One. Bradford City and Ipswich Town are level on points in the race for second place, with Birmingham City now the only team who can catch either of them. Bolton Wanderers and Wolverhampton Wanderers complete the top six, but Watford are pushing hard for a playoff place.[39]

6 May 1999 – Blackburn Rovers are relegated to Division One just four years after being Premier League champions.

8 May 1999 – On-loan goalkeeper Jimmy Glass scored an injury-time winner for Carlisle United on the final day of the season to save their Football League status, and relegate Scarborough to the Conference.

9 May 1999 – Sunderland's 2–1 win over Birmingham City on the final day of the Division One season has given them an English league record of 105 points this season. They will be joined in the elite next season by Bradford City, whose second-place finish has given them top flight football for the first time since 1922. Ipswich Town, Birmingham City, Watford and Bolton Wanderers will contest the playoffs.[40] Meanwhile, Manchester United go back on top of the Premier League with a 1–0 win at Middlesbrough.

11 May 1999 – Arsenal lose their penultimate league game of the season 1–0 at Leeds United, losing their chance to go top of the Premier League – meaning that a win for Manchester United against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday will make it almost certain (regardless of final day results) that the league title will return to Old Trafford.

13 May 1999 – Manchester United are held to a goalless draw by former assistant manager Brian Kidd's Blackburn at Ewood Park – a result which confirms Blackburn's relegation (just four years after being champions) and allows the title destiny to remain firmly in United's hands.[41]

16 May 1999 – Manchester United clinch their fifth Premier League title in seven seasons after beating Tottenham 2–1 at home on the final day of the season, rendering Arsenal's 1–0 home win over Aston Villa useless. Third placed Chelsea beat Derby County 2–1, while Leeds United end David O'Leary's first season in management in fourth place with a 2–2 draw at Coventry. West Ham's 4–0 home win over Middlesbrough secures them a fifth-place finish and a place in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, their highest finish for 13 years and their first European campaign in 19 years. The last relegation place goes to Charlton Athletic, who lose 1–0 at home to 12th placed Sheffield Wednesday, while Southampton confirm their survival with a 2–0 win over Everton.[42]

18 May 1999 – Liverpool sign Finnish defender Sami Hyypiä from Dutch side Willem II for £3 million.

22 May 1999 – Manchester United complete a unique third 'double' of the league title and FA Cup with a 2–0 win over Newcastle United at Wembley. Teddy Sheringham opens the scoring in the 11th minute and Paul Scholes adds to United's tally in the 53rd minute. In four days' time, they will be competing in the European Cup final to challenge for a unique treble.

26 May 1999 – Two late goals (the equaliser from Teddy Sheringham and the winner from Ole Gunnar Solskjær) save Manchester United from the jaws of defeat and they beat Bayern Munich 2–1 in the Champions League final at the Camp Nou to complete a unique treble.

30 May 1999 – Watford seal promotion to the Premier League with a 2–0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Division One playoff final at Wembley. They are first team since Notts County in 1991 to reach the top flight with two successive promotions.

31 May 1999 – Two late goals save Manchester City from the jaws of defeat as they pull Gillingham back to 2–2 in the Division Two Play-Off Final at Wembley. They go on to win 3–1 on penalties to attain their first promotion in ten years.

12 June 1999 – Alex Ferguson receives a knighthood just over two weeks after guiding Manchester United to the treble.


Famous debutants

The season saw several future England players make their first-team debuts.

  • Steven Gerrard, 18, appeared as a late substitute for Liverpool in their win over Blackburn Rovers in November 1998, starting a long career at the heart of the Reds' first-team.
  • Future England defender Wayne Bridge made his first-team debut for Southampton in their 2–1 home loss to Liverpool in August 1998.
  • 19-year-old Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson enjoyed several first-team appearances, the first being a goalless draw with Chelsea in October 1998.
  • Robinson's Leeds teammate Alan Smith, 18, made an immediate impact at Liverpool the following month, coming off the bench to score almost instantly.
  • Jonathan Woodgate, 18, played for Leeds in their 1–1 draw with Nottingham Forest in October 1998 and ended the season as part of the England side.
  • Defender John Terry, 17, played for Chelsea for the first time in the final minutes of a League Cup win over Aston Villa in October 1998.
  • 17-year-old Joe Cole made his debut for West Ham United in a 4–1 defeat to Manchester United

Retirements

Deaths

  • 2 September 1998: Jackie Blanchflower, 65, was a Manchester United and Northern Ireland centre-half during the 1950s. He suffered a fractured pelvis in the Munich air disaster of 1958 and retired from football following medical advice a year later. He was the younger brother of former Tottenham Hotspur captain Danny Blanchflower (1926–1993).
  • 23 September 1998: Ray Bowden, 89, was the last surviving member of Arsenal great interwar side, having played for them as an inside-forward from 1933 and 1937, during which time he collected three league titles and an FA Cup winner's medal.[48]
  • 18 October 1998: Dick Sheppard, 53, played 39 league games in goal for West Bromwich Albion during the 1960s before a six-year spell at Bristol Rovers which yielded 151 league appearances. He later served the West Country club as a goalkeeping coach.
  • 7 November 1998: John Osborne, 57, who died of cancer, kept goal for West Bromwich Albion in their 1968 FA Cup triumph. He began his career with Chesterfield and after reaching the pinnacle of his career with Albion he wound up with Walsall.
  • 24 December 1998: Matt Gillies, 77, managed Leicester City to their first major trophy in 1964 when they won the League Cup during his club record 10-year spell as manager. They also reached two FA Cup finals when he was in charge, losing both times. He had also played more than 100 league games for the club as a player in the 1950s, signing from Bolton Wanderers after starting his career with Motherwell in his native Scotland.
  • 25 December 1998: John McGrath, 60, was manager of Preston North End when they won promotion to the Third Division in 1987. As a player, he was centre-half for clubs including Newcastle United and Southampton. He died of a heart attack on Christmas Day, six years after leaving his final managerial post at Halifax Town.
  • 18 January 1999: Horace Cumner, 80, who was capped three times as a forward for Wales in the late 1930s, starting his playing career at Arsenal, playing 14 league games and scoring three goals before signing for Notts County after the end of World War II. He later turned out for Watford, Scunthorpe United and Bradford City in a career which continued into the 1950s.
  • 4 February 1999: Arthur Mann, 51, began his footballing career at Hearts before moving south of the border to play for Manchester City and later Notts County, Shrewsbury Town, Mansfield Town and finally non-league Kettering Town. Was later assistant manager to Alan Buckley at Grimsby Town (1989–1994) and later West Bromwich Albion (1994–1997). Died in an accident at a scrapyard in Birmingham.
  • 23 February 1999: Les Howe, 86, scored 26 league goals in 165 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur as a wing-half in the 1930s before his career was effectively ended by the war.
  • 1 March 1999: Albert "Digger" Kettle, 76, was a defender in the Colchester United side which was elected to the Football League in 1950, and played a total of 145 games for the club in the Southern League and Football League.
  • 6 March 1999: Dennis Viollet, 65, was another former Manchester United player (centre-forward) and Munich air disaster survivor. He continued playing after the tragedy and remained on United's payroll until he joined Stoke City in 1962, by which time he had scored 179 goals in all competitions for the club and scored 32 league goals in the 1959–60 season, a club record. At the time of his death from cancer, he was living in the United States of America, having coached various teams there since the 1970s. Despite his goalscoring success at the highest level, he was only capped twice by England.
  • 16 March 1999: John Liddell, 65, had a prolific start to his senior career in his native Scotland after joining St Johnstone in his mid twenties, scoring 32 goals in 35 league games before moving south of the border to Oldham Athletic in 1961, where he played 23 league games and scored 10 goals before joining non-league Mossley a year later. He then turned out for Worcester City.
  • 28 April 1999: Sir Alf Ramsey, 79, managed England to their finest moment – World Cup glory in 1966. Had played for Tottenham and England during the postwar years and had proved himself as a club manager by winning the league title for Ipswich Town in 1962 – at the end of their first season as a top division club. Remained at the helm with England until 1974, and later had a brief spell as manager of Birmingham City.
  • 29 April 1999: Les Bennett, 81, played 272 league games at inside-forward for Tottenham Hotspur between 1946 and 1954, and was a key player in the title winning side of 1951. He completed his senior career with West Ham United before playing for a further five years at non-league level, finally hanging up his boots in 1960 at the age of 42.
  • 14 May 1999: Bobby Veck, 79, played 23 league games for Southampton in the immediate postwar years before signing for Gillingham on their return to the Football League in 1950, playing 36 league games and scoring 12 goals for them before retiring from senior football to play in the non-league divisions.
  • 2 June 1999: Ron Reynolds, 71, began his career as a goalkeeper at Aldershot at the end of World War II, playing 114 games in the Third Division North before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 1950. He was at White Hart Lane for 10 years and played 86 league games for the club. He then signed for Southampton and made 90 league appearances for the Saints before his career was ended by injury in 1963.

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