Season #110

| 1998-99 |

Games #4565 - #4609 |

1998-99 Club Summary

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President | John Alderson

Chairman | Herbert Douglas Ellis

Manager | John Gregory

Secretary | Steve Stride

 1998-99 Season Summary 


Manager | John Gregory |
Games | #4565 - #4609 |

Captain(s) | #710 Gareth Southgate |
Top Scorer | 16 | #717 Julian Joachim | 14 League | 1 FA Cup | 1 UEFA Cup | Goals |

 Most Appearances |  45 | #709 Alan Wright | 38 League | 2 FA Cup | 1 League Cup | 4 UEFA Cup | Appearances |
Final League Position | 6th Premier League |
FA Cup Progress | 4th Round |

League Cup Progress | 3rd Round |

UEFA Cup Progress | 2nd Round |
Biggest Win | 4-1 | Southampton (a) |
Highest Home Attendance | 39,241 | Newcastle United | Leicester City | Tottenham Hotspur | Liverpool | Manchester United |

 

 1998-99 Premier League Table 

| 4 | Leeds United | P38 | W18 | D13 | L7 | F62 | A34 | GD28 | Pts 67 |
| 5 |
West Ham United | P38 | W16 | D9 | L13 | F46 | A53 | GD-7 | Pts 57 |
| 6 | Aston Villa | P38 | W15 | D10 | L13 | F51 | A46 | GD5 | Pts 55 |
| 7 |
Liverpool | P38 | W15 | D9 | L14 | F68 | A49 | GD19 | Pts 54 |
| 8 |
Derby County | P38 | W13 | D13 | L12 | F40 | A45 | GD-5 | Pts 52 |

 

1998-99 Results 

| 1 | 15 Aug | a | Everton | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 2 | 23 Aug | h | Middlesbrough | W | 3-1 | Match Report

| 3 | 29 Aug | a | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 4 | 9 Sep | h | Newcastle United | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 5 | 12 Sep | h | Wimbledon | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 6 | 15 Sep | h | Strømsgodset IF (UEFA R1 L1) | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 7 | 19 Sep | a | Leeds United | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 8 | 26 Sep | h | Derby County | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 9 | 29 Sep | a | Strømsgodset IF (UEFA R1 L2) | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 10 | 3 Oct | a | Coventry City | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 11 | 17 Oct | a | West Ham United | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 12 | 20 Oct | a | RC Celta de Vigo (UEFA R2 L1) | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 13 | 24 Oct | h | Leicester City | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 14 | 28 Oct | a | Chelsea (LC R3) | L | 1-4 | Match Report

| 15 | 3 Nov | h | RC Celta de Vigo (UEFA R2 L2) | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 16 | 7 Nov | h | Tottenham Hotspur | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 17 | 14 Nov | a | Southampton | W | 4-1 | Match Report

| 18 | 21 Nov | h | Liverpool | L | 2-4 | Match Report

| 19 | 28 Nov | a | Nottingham Forest | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 20 | 5 Dec | h | Manchester United | D | 1-1 | Match Report

| 21 | 9 Dec | a | Chelsea | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 22 | 13 Dec | h | Arsenal | W | 3-2 | Match Report

| 23 | 21 Dec | a | Charlton Athletic | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 24 | 26 Dec | a | Blackburn Rovers | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 25 | 28 Dec | h | Sheffield Wednesday | W | 2-1 | Match Report

| 26 | 2 Jan | h | Hull City (FAC R3) | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 27 | 9 Jan | a | Middlesbrough | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 28 | 18 Jan | h | Everton | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 29 | 23 Jan | h | Fulham (FAC R4) | L | 0-2 | Match Report

| 30 | 30 Jan | a | Newcastle United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 31 | 6 Feb | h | Blackburn Rovers | L | 1-3 | Match Report

| 32 | 17 Feb | h | Leeds United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 33 | 21 Feb | a | Wimbledon | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 34 | 27 Feb | h | Coventry City | L | 1-4 | Match Report

| 35 | 10 Mar | a | Derby County | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 36 | 13 Mar | a | Tottenham Hotspur | L | 0-1 | Match Report

| 37 | 21 Mar | h | Chelsea | L | 0-3 | Match Report

| 38 | 2 Apr | h | West Ham United | D | 0-0 | Match Report

| 39 | 6 Apr | a | Leicester City | D | 2-2 | Match Report

| 40 | 10 Apr | h | Southampton | W | 3-0 | Match Report

| 41 | 17 Apr | a | Liverpool | W | 1-0 | Match Report

| 42 | 24 Apr | h | Nottingham Forest | W | 2-0 | Match Report

| 43 | 1 May | a | Manchester United | L | 1-2 | Match Report

| 44 | 8 May | h | Charlton Athletic | L | 3-4 | Match Report

| 45 | 16 May | a | Arsenal | L | 0-1 | Match Report

 

 1998-99 Season Review 

Villa's season began as the previous campaign had finished - with a bang. John Gregory's first 12 games had seen him deliver a 77% win rate in 1997-98 and this season started just as impressively. The wins weren't huge but they were relentless. By mid September Villa were top of the league and they stayed there throughout the early months of the season and were still sitting proudly at the top of the pile at the turn of the year.

By then however Villa had suffered a 4 game blip without a win that had eaten into Villa's lead at the top that however was insignificant compared to the run Villa suffered from January to April 1999 when the team failed to win in 11 games, losing 8. By the end of that torrid spell Villa had been knocked off the top and were down in 6th place.

 

Villa turned things round however and posted a 5 game unbeaten run with 3 wins that took them to 5th in the table but 3 reverses in the last 3 games meant that in a season that had promised so much Villa had to settle for 6th place.

 

Nevertheless although form had tailed off Gregory's Villa had certainly made their mark.

 1998-99 Season Statistics 


Games | 45 |

Won | 19 | 42% |   
Drew |
10 | 22% |  
Lost |
16 | 36% |

Unbeaten | 29 | 64% |


Goals Scored | 63 | 1.40 Goals per game |
Goals Conceded | 57 | 1.27 Goals per game |
Clean Sheets | 18 | 40% |

Average Home Attendance | 36,308 |

Longest winning run | 5 Games |

League winning run | 4 Games |
Longest unbeaten run | 13 Games |
Longest losing run | 4 Games |

Games without a win | 11 Games |

 1998-99 Transfers

1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999 


Incoming | 11 |

#730 Darius Vassell | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Jul 98 | 18 |

David Unsworth | West Ham United | £4,140,000 | Jul 98 | 24 |

Gavin Melaugh | Youth Team | Signed professional forms | Aug 98 | 17 |

#731 Paul Merson | Middlesbrough | £5,400,000 | Sep 98 | 30 |

#733 Steve Watson | Newcastle United | £5,400,000 | Oct 98 | 24 |

#735 Dion Dublin | Coventry City | £7,740,000 | Nov 98 | 29 |

#739 Colin Calderwood | Tottenham Hotspur | £297,000 | Jan 99 | 33 |

#743 Peter Enckelman | TPS Turku | £513,000 | Feb 99 | 21 |

#738 Steve Stone | Nottingham Forest | £7,200,000 | Mar 99 | 27 |

#74Mark Delaney | Cardiff City | £338,000 | Mar 99 | 22 |

#741 David James | Liverpool| £2,160,000 | Jun 99 | 28 |

Outgoing | 9 |

#674 Steve Staunton | Liverpool | Free | Jul 98 | 29 |

#722 Fernando Nélson | FC Porto | £1,020,000 | Jul 98 | 26 |

#712 Savo Milošević | Real Zaragoza | Free | Jul 98 | 24 |

David Unsworth | Everton | £4,140,000 | Aug 98 | 24 |

#672 Dwight Yorke | Manchester United | £12,600,000 | Aug 98 | 26 |

#718 Neil Davis | Walsall | Free | Nov 98 | 25 |

#707 Gary Charles | S.L. Benfica | £1,500,000 | Jan 99 | 28 |

Lee Collins | Stoke City | Free | Feb 99 | 21 |

Ben Petty | Stoke City | Free | 27 Nov 98 | 21 |

 1998-99 Squad Changes 


Debut Appearances | 12 |

#729 Alan Thompson | Saturday, 15 August 1998 | Everton (a) | 24 |

#73Darius Vassell | Sunday, 23 August 1998 | Middlesbrough (h) | 18 |

#731 Paul MersonSaturday, 12 September 1998 | Wimbledon (h) | 30 |

#732 Fabio Ferraresi | Tuesday, 29 September 1998 | Strømsgodset IF (a), UEFA Cup | 19 |

#733 Steve WatsonSaturday, 24 October 1998 | Leicester City (h) | 24 |

#734 Tommy Jaszczun | Wednesday, 28 October 1998 | Chelsea (a), League Cup | 21 |

#735 Dion Dublin | Saturday, 7 November 1998 | Tottenham Hotspur (h) | 29 |

#736 Adam Rachel | Saturday, 26 December 1998 | Blackburn Rovers (a) | 22 |

#737 Aaron Lescott | Saturday, 2 January 1999 | Hull City (h), FA Cup | 20 |

#738 Steve Stone | Saturday, 13 March 1999 | Tottenham Hotspur (a) | 27 |

#739 Colin CalderwoodSunday, 21 March 1999 | Chelsea (h) | 33 |

#74Mark Delaney | Saturday, 24 April 1999 | Nottingham Forest (h) | 22 |

Unused Substitutes | 5 |

Ben PettySaturday, 15 August 1998 | Everton (a) | 21 |

#745 | Jlloyd Samuel | Wednesday, 28 October 1998 | Chelsea (a), League Cup | 17 |

Alan Lee | Saturday, 30 January 1999 | Newcastle United (a) | 20 |

#743 Peter Enckelman Saturday, 6 February 1999 | Blackburn Rovers (h) | 21 |

Michael Standing | Saturday, 6 February 1999 | Blackburn Rovers (h) | 17 |

Final Appearances | 11 |

#672 Dwight Yorke | Saturday, 15 August 1998 | Everton (a) || 26 |

#732 Fabio Ferraresi | Tuesday, 29 September 1998 | Strømsgodset IF (a), UEFA Cup | 18 |

#734 Tommy Jaszczun | Wednesday, 28 October 1998 | Chelsea (a), League Cup | 21 |

#726 Darren Byfield | Wednesday, 28 October 1998 | Chelsea (a), League Cup | 22 |

#736 Adam Rachel | Saturday, 26 December 1998 | Blackburn Rovers (a) | 22 |

#737 Aaron Lescott | Saturday, 2 January 1999 | Hull City (h), FA Cup | 20 |

#707 Gary CharlesSaturday, 2 January 1999 | Hull City (h), FA Cup | 28 |

#724 Stan Collymore | Sunday, 21 March 1999 | Chelsea (h) | 28 |

#692 Mark Bosnich | Saturday, 17 April 1999 | Liverpool (a) | 27 |

#713 Riccardo Scimeca | Sunday, 16 May 1999 | Arsenal (a) | 23 |

#725 Simon Grayson | Sunday, 16 May 1999 | Arsenal (a) | 29 |

 1998-99 Squad Statistics 

Squad Size | 35 | +5 |
Average Age | 23.9 | -0.1 |

Average 1st XI Age | 26.25 | -0.12|

Youngest 1st XI | 25.03 | Hull City (h), FA Cup | -0.16 |

Oldest 1st XI | 28.56 | Manchester United (a) | +1.44 |

Youngest Player(s) | 17 |

Gareth Barry | 23-Feb-1981

Oldest Player(s) | 34 |

Colin Calderwood | 20-Jan-1965

 1998-99 Scorers 

Goals Scored | 63 | League Goals | 51 | FA Cup Goals | 3 | League Cup Goals | 1 | UEFA Cup Goals | 8 | 

| 16 |

Julian Joachim | Goals | 16 | League | 14 | FA Cup | 1 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 1 | 

| 11 |
Dion Dublin | Goals | 11 | League | 11 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

| 7 |
Stan Collymore | Goals | 7 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 2 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 4 | 

| 5 |
Paul Merson | Goals | 5 | League | 5 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

| 4 |
Ian Taylor | Goals | 4 | League | 4 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

| 3 |
Lee Hendrie | Goals | 3 | League | 3 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 
Mark Draper | Goals | 3 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 1 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

| 2 |
Gary Charles | Goals | 2 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 1 | 
Alan Thompson | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 
Darius Vassell | Goals | 2 | League | 0 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 2 | 
Ugo Ehiogu | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 
Gareth Barry | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 
Riccardo Scimeca | Goals | 2 | League | 2 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

| 1 |
Gareth Southgate | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 
Own Goal | Goals | 1 | League | 1 | FA Cup | 0 | League Cup | 0 | UEFA Cup | 0 | 

 1998-99 First Team Squad 

#672 | 10 | Dwight Yorke | 26 | LEFT AUGUST 1998

#68| 5 | Ugo Ehiogu | 25 |

#692 | 1 | Mark Bosnich | 26 | 

#703 | 13 | Michael Oakes | 24 |

#705 | 7 | Ian Taylor | 30 |

#707 | 2 | Gary Charles | 28 | LEFT JANUARY 1999

#709 | 3 | Alan Wright | 26 | 

#710 | 4 | Gareth Southgate | 27 |

#711 | 8 | Mark Draper | 27 |

#713 | 20 | Riccardo Scimeca | 23 |

#716 | 17 | Lee Hendrie | 21 |

#717 | 12 | Julian Joachim | 23 |

#718 | - | Neil Davis | 25 |

#723 | - | David Hughes | 20 |

#724 | 9 | Stan Collymore | 27 |

#725 | 16 | Simon Grayson | 28 |

#726 | 21 | Darren Byfield | 21 |

#727 | - | Richard Walker | 20 |

#728 | 15 | Gareth Barry | 17 |

#729 | 11 | Alan Thompson | 24 |

#730 | 22 | Darius Vassell | 18 |

#731 | 10 | Paul Merson | 30 |

#732 | 18 | Fabio Ferraresi | 19 |

#733 | 6 | Steve Watson | 24 |

#734 | 28 | Tommy Jaszczun | 20 |

#735 | 14 | Dion Dublin | 29 |

#736 | 30 | Adam Rachel | 21 | 

#737 | 32 | Aaron Lescott | 19 |

#738 | 26 | Steve Stone | 27 |

#739 | 34 | Colin Calderwood | 33 |  

#740 | 24 | Mark Delaney | 22 |

#743 Peter Enckelman | 21 |

#745 | - | Jlloyd Samuel | 17 |

| - | Lee Collins | 20 |

| - | Ben Petty | 21 |

| - | Alan Lee | 20 |

| - | Michael Standing | 17 |

| - | Matthew Ghent | 17 |

 1998-99 Appearances 

| 45 |

#709 Alan Wright | Appearances | 45 | League | 38 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 44 |

#710 Gareth Southgate | Appearances | 44 | League | 38 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 43 |

#717 Julian Joachim | Appearances | 43 | League | 29 (7) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 38 |

#705 Ian Taylor | Appearances | 38 | League | 31 (2) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 2 (1) | . Player Profile

| 37 |

#716 Lee Hendrie | Appearances | 37 | League | 31 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

#728 Gareth Barry | Appearances | 37 | League | 27 (5) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 31 |

#680 Ugo Ehiogu | Appearances | 31 | League | 23 (2) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 30 |

#733 Steve Watson | Appearances | 30 | League | 26 (1) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 29 |

#711 Mark Draper | Appearances | 29 | League | 13 (10) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 3 (1) | . Player Profile

| 28 |

#703 Michael Oakes | Appearances | 28 | League | 23 (0) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#729 Alan Thompson | Appearances | 28 | League | 20 (4) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (1) | UEFA Cup | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 27 |

#731 Paul Merson | Appearances | 27 | League | 21 (5) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 24 |

#735 Dion Dublin | Appearances | 24 | League | 24 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#724 Stan Collymore | Appearances | 24 | League | 11 (9) | FA Cup | 1 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 3 (0) | . Player Profile

| 23 |

#714 Riccardo Scimeca | Appearances | 23 | League | 15 (2) | FA Cup | 2 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 1 (2) | . Player Profile

| 19 |

#725 Simon Grayson | Appearances | 19 | League | 4 (10) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 2 (1) | . Player Profile

| 17 |

#692 Mark Bosnich | Appearances | 17 | League | 15 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 2 (0) | . Player Profile

#707 Gary Charles | Appearances | 17 | League | 10 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 4 (0) | . Player Profile

| 11 |

#730 Darius Vassell | Appearances | 11 | League | 0 (6) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (1) | UEFA Cup | 0 (3) | . Player Profile

| 10 |

#738 Steve Stone | Appearances | 10 | League | 9 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 8 |

#739 Colin Calderwood | Appearances | 8 | League | 8 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 2 |

#726 Darren Byfield | Appearances | 2 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 1 (0) | UEFA Cup | 1 (0) | . Player Profile

#740 Mark Delaney | Appearances | 2 | League | 0 (2) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 1 |

#672 Dwight Yorke | Appearances | 1 | League | 1 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#732 Fabio Ferraresi | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (1) | . Player Profile

#734 Tommy Jaszczun | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (1) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#736 Adam Rachel | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (1) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#737 Aaron Lescott | Appearances | 1 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (1) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

| 0 |

Ben Petty | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#723 David Hughes | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#745 Jlloyd Samuel | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Matthew Ghent | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Alan Lee | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Michael Standing | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#743 Peter Enckelman | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

Lee Collins | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#718 Neil Davis | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | . Player Profile

#727 Richard Walker | Appearances | 0 | League | 0 (0) | FA Cup | 0 (0) | League Cup | 0 (0) | UEFA Cup | 0 (0) | .