The 1979-80 season
was the 100th season of competitive football (soccer)
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.
and Birmingham City
ended their relatively short spells in the Second Division and occupied the division's three promotion places. Going down were Fulham
and Charlton Athletic
, Blackburn Rovers
and Sheffield Wednesday
all achieved some long-awaited success by gaining promotion from the Third Division. Bury
, Southend United
, Mansfield Town
occupied the Third Division's relegation places.
Fallen giants Huddersfield Town
finally achieved some success by gaining promotion from the Fourth Division. Newport County
achieved their first promotion since 1939
were also promoted.
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.
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.
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.
'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
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points