1979–80 in English football
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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.
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.
Much of the attention in the early part of the season focussed on Manchester City where Malcolm Allison had dismantled the side selling international talents such as Asa Hartford and Peter Barnes and replacing them with unknowns and the uncapped Steve Daley for a then-staggering £1.5 million. City had a mediocre season including an F.A Cup defeat by Fourth Division Halifax Town
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.
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.
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.Rochdale finished bottom but survived re-election by one vote ahead of Altrincham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Bob Paisley yielded another league title triumph for Liverpool.
- Brian Clough retained the European Cup for Nottingham Forest.
- John Barnwell took Wolves to victory in the League Cup.
- John Lyall won the FA Cup for Second Division West Ham and his and the club's second in five seasons.
- Dave Sexton came close to ending Manchester United's long wait for a league title.
- Jock Wallace achieved promotion to the First Division with Second Division champions Leicester City.
- Jim Smith's success in the Second Division with promoted Birmingham City ensured that all four midlands clubs would be playing top flight football in 1980-81.
- Bobby Robson took Ipswich Town into the UEFA Cup after they finished third in the league.
- Terry Neill took Arsenal to runners-up spot in the Cup Winners Cup and the F.A Cup.
- Howard Kendall won promotion to the Second Division with Blackburn Rovers.
- Len Ashurst clinched Newport County's first promotion for 41 years.
Diary of the season
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1 March 1980: Everton lose 2-1 at home to Liverpool in the First Division Merseyside derby, and during the game their legendary former striker Dixie Dean dies from a heart attack in the stands aged 72.
- 26 August 1979 – Sam Lawrie, 44, former Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic winger.
- c. 24 January 1980 – Terry Anderson, 35, former Norwich City winger; drowned.
- 1 March 1980 – Dixie Dean, 73, legendary Everton striker who scored 60 league goals in the 1927-28 season; died on 1 March after suffering a heart attack while watching Everton's game against Liverpool at Goodison Park.
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|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||42||11||15||16||47||57||-10||37|
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|7||West Ham United||42||20||7||15||54||43||+11||47|
|10||Preston North End||42||12||19||11||56||52||+4||43|
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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