The 1997 North Queensland Cowboys season was the third in the club's history. Coached by Tim Sheens and captained by Ian Roberts, they competed in Super League's 1997 Telstra Cup, finishing in last place, but managed to attract an average of almost 17,000 per home game.
This year the Cowboys also provided their first representative players, when Steve Walters and Owen Cunningham were selected to play for Queensland, Ian Roberts was selected to play for New South Wales and Tyran Smith and John Lomax were selected to play for New Zealand. Walters also represented Australia.
(*) Ian Roberts captained 10 games and Steve Walters captained 8 games.