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1879-80 in English football

1979–80 in English football

The 1979-80 season was the 100th season of competitive football (soccer) in England.

Overview

First Division

Bob Paisley's Liverpool retained their league championship trophy after fighting off a determined challenge by Dave Sexton's Manchester United. Nottingham Forest failed to make a serious title challenge but compensated for this by retaining the European Cup.

Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers were relegated after brief and uneventful spells in the First Division, but Derby County's relegation came just five years after they had been league champions.

Kevin Keegan ended his three-year spell with Hamburger SV in Germany and returned to England in a shock £400,000 move to Southampton. Lawrie McMenemy's new signing was the transfer surprise of the season. Keegan was the current European Footballer of the Year and rated as one of the best strikers in the world, while Southampton were still struggling to establish themselves as a First Division side. But this move showed that Southampton had ambition and were determined to compete with the best.

Second Division

Leicester City, Sunderland and Birmingham City ended their relatively short spells in the Second Division and occupied the division's three promotion places. Going down were Fulham, Burnley and Charlton Athletic.

Third Division

Grimsby Town, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday all achieved some long-awaited success by gaining promotion from the Third Division. Bury, Southend United, Mansfield Town and Wimbledon occupied the Third Division's relegation places.

Fourth Division

Fallen giants Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth finally achieved some success by gaining promotion from the Fourth Division. Newport County achieved their first promotion since 1939 and Walsall were also promoted.

FA Cup

Second Division West Ham United, managed by John Lyall, won the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 with a Trevor Brooking goal. To this day they are the last team to win the FA Cup outside of the top league.

League Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers overcame the challenge of European champions Nottingham Forest to lift their second League Cup. The match finished 1-0 with a goal by Andy Gray following a mix-up between goalkeeper Peter Shilton and defender David Needham.

European football

Brian Clough's side made up for disappointment in the League by retaining the European Cup and becoming the first team to have won more European Cups than league championships. Arsenal faced Valencia CF of Spain in the Cup Winners Cup final, days after their FA Cup final loss. It finished goalless after extra time, and Arsenal lost the penalty shootout after misses from Liam Brady and Graham Rix.

Star players

Liverpool's Terry McDermott was voted Player of the Year by both the PFA and FWA. Team-mate Kenny Dalglish enjoyed another good season. PFA Young Player of the Year was Tottenham's outstanding young midfielder Glenn Hoddle. Also hitting the headlines were West Bromwich Albion's Cyrille Regis and Bryan Robson.

Star managers

Deaths

Honours

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Liverpool Manchester United
Second Division Leicester City Sunderland
Third Division Grimsby Town Blackburn Rovers
Fourth Division Huddersfield Town Walsall
FA Cup West Ham United Arsenal
League Cup Wolverhampton Wanderers Nottingham Forest
Charity Shield Liverpool Arsenal
Home Championship

League table

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 81 30 +51 60
2 Manchester United 42 24 10 8 65 35 +30 58
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 9 11 68 39 +29 53
4 Arsenal 42 18 16 8 52 36 +16 52
5 Nottingham Forest 42 20 8 14 63 43 +20 48
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 19 9 14 58 47 +11 47
7 Aston Villa 42 16 14 12 51 50 +1 46
8 Southampton 42 18 9 15 65 53 +12 45
9 Middlesbrough 42 16 12 14 50 44 +6 44
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 19 12 54 50 +4 41
11 Leeds United 42 13 14 15 46 50 -4 40
12 Norwich City 42 13 14 15 58 66 -8 40
13 Crystal Palace 42 12 16 14 41 50 -9 40
14 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 10 17 52 62 -10 40
15 Coventry City 42 16 7 19 56 66 -10 39
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 15 16 47 57 -10 37
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 43 66 -23 37
18 Stoke City 42 13 10 19 44 58 -14 36
19 Everton 42 9 17 16 43 51 -8 35
20 Bristol City 42 9 13 20 37 66 -29 31
21 Derby County 42 11 8 23 47 67 -20 30
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 5 15 22 38 73 -35 25

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Leicester City 42 21 13 8 58 38 +20 55
2 Sunderland 42 21 12 9 69 42 +27 54
3 Birmingham City 42 21 11 10 58 38 +20 53
4 Chelsea 42 23 7 12 66 52 +14 53
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 18 13 11 75 53 +22 49
6 Luton Town 42 16 17 9 66 45 +21 49
7 West Ham United 42 20 7 15 54 43 +11 47
8 Cambridge United 42 14 16 12 61 53 +8 44
9 Newcastle United 42 15 14 13 53 49 +4 44
10 Preston North End 42 12 19 11 56 52 +4 43
11 Oldham Athletic 42 16 11 15 49 53 -4 43
12 Swansea City 42 17 9 16 48 53 -5 43
13 Shrewsbury Town 42 18 5 19 60 53 +7 41
14 Orient 42 12 17 13 48 54 -6 41
15 Cardiff City 42 16 8 18 41 48 -7 40
16 Wrexham 42 16 6 20 40 49 -9 38
17 Notts County 42 11 15 16 51 52 -1 37
18 Watford 42 12 13 17 39 46 -7 37
19 Bristol Rovers 42 11 13 18 50 64 -14 35
20 Fulham 42 11 7 24 42 74 -32 29
21 Burnley 42 6 15 21 39 73 -34 27
22 Charlton Athletic 42 6 10 26 39 78 -39 22

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Grimsby Town 46 26 10 10 73 42 +31 62
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 25 9 12 58 36 +22 59
3 Sheffield Wednesday 46 21 16 9 81 47 +34 58
4 Chesterfield 46 23 11 12 71 46 +25 57
5 Colchester United 46 20 12 14 64 56 +8 52
6 Carlisle United 46 18 12 16 66 56 +10 48
7 Reading 46 16 16 14 66 65 +1 48
8 Exeter City 46 19 10 17 60 68 -8 48
9 Chester City 46 17 13 16 49 57 -8 47
10 Swindon Town 46 19 8 19 71 63 +8 46
11 Barnsley 46 16 14 16 53 56 -3 46
12 Sheffield United 46 18 10 18 59 66 -7 46
13 Rotherham United 46 18 10 18 58 66 -8 46
14 Millwall 46 16 13 17 65 59 +6 45
15 Plymouth Argyle 46 16 12 18 59 55 +4 44
16 Gillingham 46 14 14 18 49 51 -2 42
17 Oxford United 46 14 13 19 57 62 -5 41
18 Blackpool 46 15 11 20 62 74 -12 41
19 Brentford 46 15 11 20 59 73 -14 41
20 Hull City 46 12 16 18 51 69 -18 40
21 Bury 46 16 7 23 45 59 -14 39
22 Southend United 46 14 10 22 47 57 -10 38
23 Mansfield Town 46 10 16 20 47 58 -11 36
24 Wimbledon 46 10 14 22 52 81 -29 34

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Huddersfield Town 46 27 12 7 101 48 +53 66
2 Walsall 46 23 18 5 75 47 +28 64
3 Newport County 46 27 7 12 83 50 +33 61
4 Portsmouth 46 24 12 10 91 49 +42 60
5 Bradford City 46 24 12 10 77 50 +27 60
6 Wigan Athletic 46 21 13 12 76 61 +15 55
7 Lincoln City 46 18 17 11 64 42 +22 53
8 Peterborough United 46 21 10 15 58 47 +11 52
9 Torquay United 46 15 17 14 70 69 +1 47
10 Aldershot 46 16 13 17 62 53 +9 45
11 Bournemouth 46 13 18 15 52 51 +1 44
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 15 14 17 62 63 -1 44
13 Northampton Town 46 16 12 18 51 66 -15 44
14 Scunthorpe United 46 14 15 17 58 75 -17 43
15 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 13 19 50 56 -6 41
16 Stockport County 46 14 12 20 48 72 -24 40
17 York City 46 14 11 21 65 82 -17 39
18 Halifax Town 46 13 13 20 46 72 -26 39
19 Hartlepool United 46 14 10 22 59 64 -5 38
20 Port Vale 46 12 12 22 56 70 -14 36
21 Hereford United 46 11 14 21 38 52 -14 36
22 Darlington 46 9 17 20 50 74 -24 35
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 13 22 35 68 -33 35
24 Rochdale 46 7 13 26 33 79 -46 27
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

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