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.