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Season 1979-80

The 1979–1980 season was the 80th completed season of The Football League.

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, uneventful spells in the First Division notable only because Bristol City’s relegation ends the last time South West England has had a team in the top tier. On the other hand, 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.

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. Re-election results are given at the end of this article.

Source: Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Season 1979-80 matches (grid view)

LiverpoolManchester UnitedIpswich TownArsenalNottingham ForestWolverhampton WanderersAston VillaSouthamptonMiddlesbroughWBALeeds UnitedNorwich CityCrystal PalaceTottenham HotspurCoventry CityBrighton Manchester CityStoke CityEvertonBristol CityDerby CountyBolton Wanderers
LiverpoolLiverpool2:01:11:12:03:04:11:14:03:13:00:03:02:14:01:02:01:02:24:03:00:0
Manchester UnitedManchester United2:11:03:03:00:12:11:02:12:01:15:01:14:12:12:01:04:00:04:01:02:0
Ipswich TownIpswich Town1:26:01:20:11:00:03:11:04:01:04:23:03:13:01:14:03:11:11:01:11:0
ArsenalArsenal0:00:00:20:02:33:11:12:01:10:11:11:11:03:13:00:00:02:00:02:02:0
Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest1:02:02:01:13:22:12:02:23:10:02:04:04:04:10:14:01:01:00:01:05:2
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers1:03:13:01:23:11:10:00:20:03:11:01:11:20:31:31:23:00:03:00:03:1
Aston VillaAston Villa1:30:31:10:03:21:33:00:20:00:02:02:01:03:02:12:22:12:10:21:03:1
SouthamptonSouthampton3:21:10:10:14:10:32:04:11:11:22:04:15:22:35:14:13:11:05:24:02:0
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough1:01:11:15:00:01:00:00:12:13:11:01:10:01:21:13:01:32:11:03:03:1
WBAWBA0:22:00:02:21:50:01:24:00:02:12:13:02:14:12:24:00:11:13:00:04:4
Leeds UnitedLeeds United1:12:02:11:11:23:00:02:02:01:02:21:01:20:01:11:23:02:01:31:02:2
Norwich CityNorwich City3:50:23:32:13:10:41:12:10:01:12:12:14:01:02:22:22:20:02:04:22:1
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace0:00:24:11:01:01:02:00:01:22:21:00:01:10:01:12:00:11:11:14:03:1
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur2:01:20:21:21:02:21:20:01:31:12:13:20:04:32:12:11:03:00:01:02:0
Coventry CityCoventry City1:01:24:10:10:31:31:23:02:00:23:02:02:11:12:10:01:32:13:12:13:1
Brighton Brighton 1:40:02:00:41:03:01:10:02:10:00:02:43:00:21:14:10:00:00:12:03:1
Manchester CityManchester City0:42:02:10:31:02:31:10:11:01:31:10:00:01:13:03:21:11:13:13:02:2
Stoke CityStoke City0:21:10:12:31:10:12:01:20:03:20:22:11:23:13:21:00:02:31:03:21:0
EvertonEverton1:20:00:40:11:02:31:12:00:20:05:12:43:11:11:12:01:22:00:01:13:1
Bristol CityBristol City1:31:10:30:11:12:01:30:13:10:02:22:30:21:31:02:21:00:02:10:22:1
Derby CountyDerby County1:31:30:13:24:10:11:32:21:02:12:00:01:22:11:23:03:12:20:13:34:0
Bolton WanderersBolton Wanderers1:11:30:10:01:00:01:12:12:20:01:11:01:12:11:10:20:12:11:11:11:2

Season matches ordered by date

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

Full standing - Home, Away, Total

HomeAwayTotal
#ClubTWDLGDPTWDLGDPTWDLGDP
1.LiverpoolLiverpool21156046:8021104735:220422510781:3060
2.Manchester UnitedManchester United21173143:802177722:270422410865:3558
3.Ipswich TownIpswich Town21144343:1302185825:260422291168:3953
4.ArsenalArsenal21810324:12021106528:240421816852:3652
5.Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest21164144:11021441319:320422081463:4348
6.Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers2196629:20021103829:270421991458:4747
7.Aston VillaAston Villa21115529:2202159722:2804216141251:5046
8.SouthamptonSouthampton21142553:24021471012:290421891565:5345
9.MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough21117331:14021551119:3004216121450:4444
10.WBAWBA2198437:23021211817:2704211191254:5041
11.Leeds UnitedLeeds United21107430:17021371116:3304213141546:5040
12.Norwich CityNorwich City21108338:30021361220:3604213141558:6640
13.Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace2199326:13021371115:3704212161441:5040
14.Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur21115530:22021451222:4004215101752:6240
15.Coventry CityCoventry City21122734:24021451222:420421671956:6639
16.Brighton Brighton 2188525:20021371122:3704211151647:5737
17.Manchester CityManchester City2188528:25021451215:4104212131743:6637
18.Stoke CityStoke City2194827:26021461117:3204213101944:5836
19.EvertonEverton2177728:25021210915:260429171643:5135
20.Bristol CityBristol City2166922:30021371115:360429132037:6631
21.Derby CountyDerby County2194836:29021241511:380421182347:6730
22.Bolton WanderersBolton Wanderers21511519:21021041719:520425152238:7325