Season 1998-99

After a record-breaking start when seven successive wins were recorded, the 1998/99 season saw the club repeat its fourth place finish in the Nationwide Conference, with the season fading quickly after a home defeat by eventual champions Cheltenham Town who scored twice in the dying minutes of the game. Early season promise had been brought via signings such as Michael McElhatton and Jon Brady, with additional players arriving during the season such as Ray Warburton.

The Northants Senior Cup was won for the second time in the clubs brief history, but the highlight of the season was undoubtedly the FA Cup run which culminated in a Third Round clash with Premiership side Leeds United. In January, before a ground record crowd of 6,431, the Diamonds secured a memorable 0-0 draw. Over 39,000 watched the replay at Elland Road eleven days later but, after taking an 11th minute lead through Carl Heggs, the cup dream was ended as the Premiership side stepped up a gear and ran out 3-1 winners.

The game at home to Kingstonian on 20th April 1999 was the 400th in the Diamonds History – see here for a reflection on that milestone.

See below for a match summary as well as links to match reports. The final league table for the season can be seen here.

See here for a detailed summary of all the games during the season, including team-line up for each game and match timings.

Date V Lge Opponent Result Scorers Att
Sat 15/08/98 A Conf Forest Grn Rvs Won 2-0 Whyte, og 1120
Tue 18/08/98 H Conf Welling Utd Won 3-1 Collins/2, Foster 2264
Sat 22/08/98 H Conf Barrow Won 4-0 Brady, Mison, Foster, Underwood 2259
Tue 25/08/98 A Conf Kingstonian Won 5-1 Foster/3, Wooding, Collins 2605
Sat 29/08/98 A Conf Southport Won 1-0 Collins 1860
Mon 31/08/98 H Conf Hayes Won 5-0 Collins/2, Wooding, Foster/2 3208
Sat 05/09/98 A Conf Yeovil Town Won 1-0 Foster 2876
Tue 08/09/98 A Conf Dover Athletic Drew 1-1 Foster 1360
Sat 12/09/98 H Conf Telford Utd Lost 2-3 Foster, Collins 2909
Sat 19/09/98 A Conf Doncaster Rvrs Drew 1-1 Foster 3768
Tue 22/09/98 A Conf Leek Town (10) Void 1-0 Underwood 927
Sat 26/09/98 H Conf Hereford Utd Drew 1-1 Collins 3521
Sat 03/10/98 H Conf Northwich Vic Lost 1-2 West 2803
Sat 10/10/98 A Conf Farnborough Tn Won 2-1 Rodwell, Collins 958
Sat 17/10/98 H FAC3q Forest Grn Rvrs Won 2-0 Mison, Collins 2376
Sat 24/10/98 H Conf Morecambe Won 3-1 Collins, Hamsher, Heggs 2394
Sat 07/11/98 A Conf Hednesford Town Drew 1-1 Hanlon 1387
Mon 09/11/98 A FAC4q Leatherhead Drew 1-1 Warburton 1143
Wed 11/11/98 H FAC4qr Leatherhead Won 4-0 Collins, West, Heggs, Brady 1855
Sat 14/11/98 H FAC1 Shrewsbury Town Won 1-0 Underwood 4121
Sat 21/11/98 H FAT2 Bath City Won 2-0 Brady, og 1989
Sat 28/11/98 A Conf Cheltenham Town Lost 0-1 4051
Sat 05/12/98 A FAC2 Doncaster Rvrs Drew 0-0 5396
Sat 12/12/98 A Conf Telford Utd Drew 2-2 Heggs, De Souza 867
Tue 15/12/98 H FAC2r Doncaster Rvrs Won 4-2 Hamsher(P), West/2, Brady 5564
Sat 19/12/98 H Conf Farnborough Tn Won 1-0 West 2481
Tue 22/12/98 A ET2 Farnborough Tn Lost 1-3 Foster 642
Sat 26/12/98 A Conf Stevenage Boro Drew 0-0 4390
Mon 28/12/98 H Conf Woking Won 2-0 Foster, de Souza 4307
Sat 02/01/99 H FAC3 Leeds Utd Drew 0-0 (V) 6431
Sat 09/01/99 A Conf Barrow Won 2-0 Cooper, de Souza 2003
Wed 13/01/99 A FAC3r Leeds Utd Lost 1-3 Heggs (V) 39159
Sat 23/01/99 H Conf Doncaster Rvrs Lost 1-3 og 4507
Mon 25/01/99 A FAT3 Slough Town Won 2-1 West/2 729
Sat 30/01/99 A Conf Northwich Vic Lost 1-2 De Souza 1802
Tue 02/02/99 H Conf Kidderminster H Drew 1-1 Foster 2374
Sat 06/02/99 A FAT4 Woking Drew 0-0 2788
Tue 09/02/99 H FAT4r Woking Lost 1-2 Warburton 1955
Sat 13/02/99 A Conf Kidderminster H Drew 0-0 2337
Tue 16/02/99 A Conf Welling Utd Won 1-0 Collins 667
Sat 20/02/99 H Conf Hednesford Town Won 1-0 Collins 3123
Tue 23/02/99 H Conf Southport Won 3-1 McElhatton, Cooper, Foster 2135
Tue 02/03/99 A HSCSF Cogenhoe Utd Drew 2-2 AET Cramman, Rodwell 379
Sat 06/03/99 A Conf Hayes Lost 1-2 og 1302
Tue 09/03/99 H Conf Stevenage Boro Won 2-1 Collins/2 3169
Sat 13/03/99 H Conf Leek Town Won 2-0 Collins, McElhatton 2833
Tue 16/03/99 H Conf Dover Athletic Drew 2-2 Heggs, Cooper 2744
Sat 20/03/99 A Conf Morecambe Won 3-2 McElhatton, Rodwell, Cooper 1099
Tue 23/03/99 A Conf Leek Town Won 3-2 Wooding, De Souza, Underwood 809
Sat 27/03/99 A Conf Kettering Town Drew 0-0 5039
Sat 03/04/99 H Conf Cheltenham Town Lost 1-2 De Souza 6312
Mon 05/04/99 A Conf Woking Drew 1-1 Foster 2808
Sat 10/04/99 H HSCSFr Cogenhoe Utd Won 3-1 De Souza/2, West 1310
Tue 13/04/99 H Conf Yeovil Town Lost 1-2 West 2367
Sun 18/04/99 A HSCF Raunds Town Won 2-0 West, De Souza 823
Tue 20/04/99 H Conf Kingstonian Drew 0-0 1818
Sat 24/04/99 A Conf Hereford Utd Lost 2-3 Collins, Cooper 2044
Mon 26/04/99 H Conf Forest Grn Rvrs Won 4-0 Collins, Cooper, De Souza, Brady 1626
Sat 01/05/99 H Conf Kettering Town Lost 1-2 McElhatton 4700

Note – those games with a (P) in the scorers column will have match photos in the report, and those with a (V) will have a link to video highlights of the game.

Note 10: Match abandoned after 86 mins due to fire at adjacent chemical factory


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