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Season 1978-79

The 1978–1979 season was the 79th completed season of The Football League.

Bob Paisley won his third league title at Liverpool as his conquering side fought off competition from the likes of Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion to achieve their triumph. Albion were in their first season under the management of Ron Atkinson, and during the season pulled off a famous 5-3 away win over Manchester United. Albion's playing staff included some of the most competent young players in the league, including Bryan Robson, Brendan Batson, Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham.

Down at the other end of the table, the three relegation places went to Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Chelsea. QPR had declined since the departure of Dave Sexton in 1977 and were relegated just three years after coming within a whisker of the league title. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Danny Blanchflower paid for Chelsea's shortcomings by losing his job.

Money dominated the headlines during the season: Trevor Francis became England's first million-pound footballer after joining Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City. Liverpool became one of the first English clubs to have a shirt sponsor when they agreed a sponsorship deal with the Japanese hi-fi manufacturers Hitachi. By the end of the season, more and more English clubs were signing money-spinning sponsorship deals with commercial firms as the sporting world became even more obsessed with advertising.

Crystal Palace won the Second Division title, followed by rivals Brighton & Hove Albion (in the top division for the first time) and third-placed Stoke City, to achieve promotion to the top flight. Going down were Sheffield United, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers.

Shrewsbury Town were crowned champions of the Third Division. The other two promotion spots were occupied by Watford and Swansea City, who within a few seasons would make their mark on the First Division. Peterborough United, Walsall, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City were relegated to the Fourth Division.

Reading, Grimsby Town, Wimbledon and Barnsley occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. The success came for Wimbledon in only their second season as a league club and within a decade they would be an established First Division club, but things would get worse before they got better. For the second season running, the re-election system voted in favour of the league's bottom four clubs and there were no departures or arrivals in the league.

Source: Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Season 1978-79 matches (grid view)

LiverpoolNottingham ForestWBAEvertonLeeds UnitedIpswich TownArsenalAston VillaManchester UnitedCoventry CityTottenham HotspurMiddlesbroughBristol CitySouthamptonManchester CityNorwich CityBolton WanderersWolverhampton WanderersDerby CountyQueens Park RangersBirmingham CityChelsea
LiverpoolLiverpool2:02:11:11:12:03:03:02:01:07:02:01:02:01:06:03:02:05:02:11:02:0
Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest0:00:00:00:01:02:14:01:13:01:12:22:01:03:12:11:13:11:10:01:06:0
WBAWBA1:10:11:01:22:11:11:11:07:10:12:03:11:04:02:24:01:12:12:11:01:0
EvertonEverton1:01:10:21:10:11:01:13:03:31:12:04:10:01:02:21:02:02:12:11:03:2
Leeds UnitedLeeds United0:31:21:31:01:10:11:02:31:01:23:11:14:01:12:25:13:04:04:33:02:1
Ipswich TownIpswich Town0:31:10:10:12:32:00:23:01:12:12:10:10:02:11:13:03:12:12:13:05:1
ArsenalArsenal1:02:11:22:22:24:11:11:11:11:00:02:01:01:11:11:00:12:05:13:15:2
Aston VillaAston Villa3:11:20:11:12:22:25:12:21:12:30:22:01:11:11:13:01:03:33:11:02:1
Manchester UnitedManchester United0:31:13:51:14:12:00:21:10:02:03:21:31:11:01:01:23:20:02:01:01:1
Coventry CityCoventry City0:00:01:33:20:02:21:11:14:31:32:13:24:00:34:12:23:04:21:02:13:2
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur0:01:31:01:11:21:00:51:41:11:11:21:00:00:30:02:01:02:01:11:02:2
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough0:11:31:11:21:00:02:32:02:21:21:00:02:02:02:01:12:03:10:22:17:2
Bristol CityBristol City1:01:31:02:20:03:11:31:01:25:00:01:13:11:11:14:10:11:02:02:13:1
SouthamptonSouthampton1:10:01:13:02:21:22:02:01:14:03:32:12:01:02:22:23:21:21:11:00:0
Manchester CityManchester City1:40:02:20:03:01:21:12:30:32:02:01:02:01:22:22:13:11:23:13:12:3
Norwich CityNorwich City1:41:11:10:12:20:10:01:22:21:02:21:03:03:11:10:00:03:01:14:02:0
Bolton WanderersBolton Wanderers1:40:10:13:13:12:34:20:03:00:01:30:01:22:02:23:23:12:12:12:22:1
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers0:11:00:31:01:11:31:00:42:41:13:21:32:02:01:11:01:14:01:02:10:1
Derby CountyDerby County0:21:23:20:00:10:12:00:01:30:22:20:30:12:11:11:13:04:12:12:11:0
Queens Park RangersQueens Park Rangers1:30:00:11:11:40:41:21:01:15:12:21:11:00:12:10:01:33:32:21:30:0
Birmingham CityBirmingham City0:30:21:11:30:11:10:00:15:10:01:01:31:12:21:21:03:01:11:13:11:1
ChelseaChelsea0:01:31:30:10:32:31:10:10:11:31:32:10:01:21:43:34:31:21:11:32:1

Season matches ordered by date

1.clubNameLiverpool
2.clubNameNottingham Forest
3.clubNameWBA
4.clubNameEverton
5.clubNameLeeds United
6.clubNameIpswich Town
7.clubNameArsenal
8.clubNameAston Villa
9.clubNameManchester United
10.clubNameCoventry City
11.clubNameTottenham Hotspur
12.clubNameMiddlesbrough
13.clubNameBristol City
14.clubNameSouthampton
15.clubNameManchester City
16.clubNameNorwich City
17.clubNameBolton Wanderers
18.clubNameWolverhampton Wanderers
19.clubNameDerby County
20.clubNameQueens Park Rangers
21.clubNameBirmingham City
22.clubNameChelsea

Full standing - Home, Away, Total

HomeAwayTotal
#ClubTWDLGDPTWDLGDPTWDLGDP
1.LiverpoolLiverpool21192051:4021116434:12042308485:1668
2.Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest211110034:10021108327:160422118361:2660
3.WBAWBA21135338:15021116434:200422411772:3559
4.EvertonEverton21127232:17021510620:230421717852:4051
5.Leeds UnitedLeeds United21114641:25021710429:2704218141070:5250
6.Ipswich TownIpswich Town21114634:2102195729:280422091363:4949
7.ArsenalArsenal21118237:1802166924:3004217141161:4848
8.Aston VillaAston Villa2189437:2602177722:2304215161159:4946
9.Manchester UnitedManchester United2197529:2502168731:3804215151260:6345
10.Coventry CityCoventry City21117341:2902139917:3904214161258:6844
11.Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur2178619:2502167829:3604213151448:6141
12.MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough21105633:21021551124:2904215101757:5040
13.Bristol CityBristol City21116434:19021441313:3204215101747:5140
14.SouthamptonSouthampton21910235:20021361212:3304212161447:5340
15.Manchester CityManchester City2195734:2802148924:2804213131658:5639
16.Norwich CityNorwich City21710429:19021013822:380427231251:5737
17.Bolton WanderersBolton Wanderers21105636:28021261318:4704212111954:7535
18.Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers21104726:26021341418:420421382144:6834
19.Derby CountyDerby County2185825:25021261319:4604210112144:7131
20.Queens Park RangersQueens Park Rangers2149824:33021241521:400426132345:7325
21.Birmingham CityBirmingham City2159724:25021111913:390426102637:6422
22.ChelseaChelsea21351323:42021251421:500425102744:9220