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1979–80 in English football

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



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.

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

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.Rochdale finished bottom but survived re-election by one vote ahead of Altrincham.

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

Diary of the season

6 September 1979: Manchester City sign midfielder Steve Daley from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a national record fee of £1,437,500. [1]

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.

10 May 1980: Trevor Brooking scores the winning goal as Second Division West Ham triumph 1-0 over holders Arsenal in the FA Cup final.



First DivisionLiverpoolManchester United
Second DivisionLeicester CitySunderland
Third DivisionGrimsby TownBlackburn Rovers
Fourth DivisionHuddersfield TownWalsall
FA CupWest Ham UnitedArsenal
League CupWolverhampton WanderersNottingham Forest
Charity ShieldLiverpoolArsenal
Home Championship Northern Ireland England

League table

First Division

2Manchester United42241086535+3058
3Ipswich Town42229116839+2953
5Nottingham Forest42208146343+2048
6Wolverhampton Wanderers42199145847+1147
7Aston Villa421614125150+146
10West Bromwich Albion421119125450+441
11Leeds United421314154650-440
12Norwich City421314155866-840
13Crystal Palace421216144150-940
14Tottenham Hotspur421510175262-1040
15Coventry City42167195666-1039
16Brighton & Hove Albion421115164757-1037
17Manchester City421213174366-2337
18Stoke City421310194458-1436
20Bristol City42913203766-2931
21Derby County42118234767-2030
22Bolton Wanderers42515223873-3525

Second Division

1Leicester City42211385838+2055
3Birmingham City422111105838+2053
5Queens Park Rangers421813117553+2249
6Luton Town42161796645+2149
7West Ham United42207155443+1147
8Cambridge United421416126153+844
9Newcastle United421514135349+444
10Preston North End421219115652+443
11Oldham Athletic421611154953-443
12Swansea City42179164853-543
13Shrewsbury Town42185196053+741
15Cardiff City42168184148-740
17Notts County421115165152-137
19Bristol Rovers421113185064-1435
22Charlton Athletic42610263978-3922

Third Division

1Grimsby Town462610107342+3162
2Blackburn Rovers46259125836+2259
3Sheffield Wednesday46211698147+3458
5Colchester United462012146456+852
6Carlisle United461812166656+1048
8Exeter City461910176068-848
9Chester City461713164957-847
10Swindon Town46198197163+846
12Sheffield United461810185966-746
13Rotherham United461810185866-846
15Plymouth Argyle461612185955+444
17Oxford United461413195762-541
20Hull City461216185169-1840
22Southend United461410224757-1038
23Mansfield Town461016204758-1136

Fourth Division

1Huddersfield Town462712710148+5366
3Newport County46277128350+3361
5Bradford City462412107750+2760
6Wigan Athletic462113127661+1555
7Lincoln City461817116442+2253
8Peterborough United462110155847+1152
9Torquay United461517147069+147
12Doncaster Rovers461514176263-144
13Northampton Town461612185166-1544
14Scunthorpe United461415175875-1743
15Tranmere Rovers461413195056-641
16Stockport County461412204872-2440
17York City461411216582-1739
18Halifax Town461313204672-2639
19Hartlepool United461410225964-538
20Port Vale461212225670-1436
21Hereford United461114213852-1436
23Crewe Alexandra461113223568-3335

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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