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Season V - 1997/98
FINAL TABLE
posteam nameManager£ Final Squad CostWeekly Averagetransfers£ prize moneytotal points
01Jimmy Hills ChinRoss Peggs45.79.11510.00345
02Spartak Cheese'S AvengenceMichael Lucchesi81.18.7336.50330
03Magicmen; The Final Assault?Matthew Jermy55.97.9225.00302
04You Took Your Eggs And You LeftGiles Harrison18.07.643.50289
05Butt Kickers IVLawrence Baynes66.57.2192.50273
06Crockfords Crackers Take IIIPeter Crockford33.56.47 243
07The Facts Of Life - The Shocking Truth.Martin Edwards52.06.223 237
08The Flying PigsAdam Pritchard34.45.26 196
DIVISION ONE FINAL TABLE
posteam nameManager£ Final Squad CostWeekly Averagetransfers£ prize moneytotal points
01Bud & Eli SupremePeter Fuller, Matthew Earl50.36.7202.50254
02P.P.P.P. Part DeuxScott Pritchard41.75.213 198
03Greek GodsPaul Cooper30.95.23 197
04The 3 AmigosCharlotte Jermy, Nicola Hunting and Wendy Harvey25.25.05 191
05Too HotAaron Fenn35.45.07 190
06COBUWIFNick Jermy44.64.615 173
07If Only .....Phil Peggs21.04.34 163
08Apples & Pears TreeAndrew Prior20.23.65 138
SEASON HONOURS
SFP CHAMPION
Jimmy Hills Chin
Ross Peggs
SFP CHAMPION
WINNINGS
10
SFP CUP
Magicmen; The Final Assault?
Matthew Jermy
SFP CUP
14:7
VS
You Took Your Eggs and You Left
WINNINGS
5
DIV ONE
Bud & Eli Supreme
Peter Fuller, Matthew Earl
DIV ONE
WINNINGS
2.5
WORLD CUP WINNER
Adam Walters
CLICK HERE TO READ THE SEASON STORY

The 1997/98 season remains among one of the best of all time.

It wasn’t so much for the title race itself, but it had reached a level where it was now more than scraps of paper and handwritten scoring. There was now a fully operational spreadsheet in place, a regular newsletter, a double edition mix tape, and for the first time, two leagues with promotion and relegation. The promotions and relegations were set to happen at the three quarter stages of the campaign.

The season started again with an auction in the Jermy’s St James back garden, with 19 managers in charge of 18 different teams. A new auction record was set when Matthew Jermy paid £10.7m for Alan Shearer.

Ross Peggs started things off on top, and remained so for the next 4 months or so before the usual rise of Lawrence Baynes, who took pole for 5 weeks at Christmas. But something different happened this season, as Ross regained top spot, and then stayed there for the rest of the campaign, ending Baynes’s domination of the nineties. In fact, Lawrence would finish as low as 5th and his first season not as champion. Ross became the 3rd person to get his name of the trophy.

In the SFP Division One, it was the double act of Eli and Fuller who would claim the honour.

In the SFP Cup, Matthew Jermy would face off against Giles Harrison and claimed his first SFP Cup honour with a 14-7 victory.

SEASON STATS
Number Of Teams
16
Budget
30
Plus Bonus
£5m
Squad Size
15
Auction Venue
Matt and Nick's Garden,
St James
Web Site
No
Entry Fee
2.50
Prize Fund
1st £10, 2nd £6.50, 3rd £5, 4th £3.50, 5th £2.50, Div One £2.50
Manual By Matt
GK and DEF 4pts clean sheet
GK and DEF -1 for every goal conceeded
All players 2 pts assist
All players 3 pts goal
MOST EXPENSIVE IN SEASON
19.1 Klinsmann
Ross Peggs
Most Points In A Week
46
Most Points In A Week
Jimmy Hills Chin
Most Consecutive Wks top
15
Most Consecutive Wks top
Jimmy Hills Chin
Most Expensive at Auction
10.7 Shearer
Most Expensive at Auction
Matthew Jermy
LEAGUE TOP SCORER
Dublin
78 points
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS SQUAD STATS
Jimmy Hills Chin
NO.POSPLAYERTEAM£COSTPTS
1GKHedmanCOV0.010
2DFStimacDER0.05
3DFRobertsonLEE0.010
4DFDuberryCHE0.0-1
5DFPistoneNEW0.42
6MDBerkovicWHM0.743
7FDMadarEVE0.022
8FDHeskeyLEI4.046
9FDWrightARS9.136
10FDKlinsmannTOT19.135
11MDBarmbyEVE0.07
12DFValeryBLA0.310
13DFMatty ElliotLEI0.033
14FDMoldovonCOV0.03
15FDWanchopeDER12.112
      
      
      
NO.POSPLAYERTEAM£COSTPTS
1DFBlondeauSFW1.3-3
2FDHasslebainkLEE1.97
3MDAndertonTOT1.70
4FDEkokuWIM3.29
5FDWarhurstCRY2.612
6MDLampardWHM0.00
7FDBurtonDER0.00
8GKGerrardLIV0.0-8
9MDAsanovicDER4.30
10MDAndertonTOT0.02
11FDHughesCHE4.416
12FDCadamateriEVE6.02
13DFSinclairCHE0.014
14DFR. JonesLIV2.3-2
15FDWanchopeDER6.023
      
      
      
Points from Defence
Most £m Spend
19.1
Klinsmann
Total Spend
79.4
Points from Midfield
Points from Forwards
Weekly Average
9.1
Transfers
15
TOP SCORER
Heskey
46
SEASON FORM
SFP TAPE

The third of the original SFP tape trilogy was recorded and released in the 1997/98 season. If the Chairman may say so himself, it was the pick of the bunch.

Great song choices, and the addition of a 4 track mixing desk, made for a much smoother production. Chubby Brown's tape recorder was still used for interviews, and a double tape edition was released for the second successive year.

My personal highlight is the first side of Tape B, but I apologise again for some of the finale choices. If I had my time again, the Spice Girls and some of the other wishy washy stuff would not have made it on that final side ...

FIFTEEN MEN AND A FANTASY

In the 1997/98 season the league was again supported by a weekly (when possible) newsletter produced by Ross Peggs. Fifteen Men & A Fantasy would turn up on a Friday night at Scouts updating all managers on the latest league positions, cup information and transfer activity. Ross would also go the extra mile with interviews, stats and facts. To view these newsletters, click on the link above to open a PDF.

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