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Season 1980-81

The 1980–1981 season was the 81st completed season of The Football League.

Ron Saunders completed Aston Villa's revival, as they ended their 71-year wait for the league championship trophy. They competed in a two-horse race with Ipswich Town during the final stages of the season before pipping the Suffolk side at the post. Liverpool slipped into fifth place but compensated for this downfall by lifting the European Cup and their first-ever League Cup. But Manchester United failed to make the top five and this shortcoming cost Dave Sexton his manager's job. He was succeeded by Ron Atkinson, who had just finished fourth in the league and reached the UEFA Cup quarterfinals with an impressive West Bromwich Albion side — who would suffer a rapid decline after Atkinson's departure.

Crystal Palace endured a dreadful season with just six wins. They were joined in the Second Division by also-doomed Norwich City and Leicester City.

FA Cup holders West Ham United regained their First Division status by lifting the Second Division championship trophy. They were joined by Notts County and Swansea City, completing a meteoric rise under John Toshack, from the Fourth Division to the First in just four years.

Both Bristol clubs were relegated from the Second Division in 1980–81. They were joined in the drop zone by Preston North End.

Rotherham United, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic occupied the promotion places in the Third Division. Hull City, Blackpool and Colchester United were joined in the Third Division drop zone by Sheffield United - who just seven years earlier had finished sixth in the First Division.

Southend United, Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers and Wimbledon occupied the four promotion places in the Fourth Division. There were no movements between the Fourth Division and the Alliance Premier League as the re-election system went in favour of the league's bottom four clubs.

Source: Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia

Season 1980-81 matches (grid view)

Aston VillaIpswich TownArsenalWBALiverpoolSouthamptonNottingham ForestManchester UnitedLeeds UnitedTottenham HotspurStoke CityManchester CityBirmingham CityMiddlesbroughEvertonCoventry CitySunderlandWolverhampton WanderersBrighton Norwich CityLeicester CityCrystal Palace
Aston VillaAston Villa1:21:11:02:02:12:03:31:13:01:01:03:03:00:21:04:02:14:11:02:02:1
Ipswich TownIpswich Town1:00:20:01:12:32:01:11:13:04:01:05:11:04:02:04:13:12:02:03:13:2
ArsenalArsenal2:01:12:21:01:11:02:10:02:02:02:02:12:22:12:22:21:12:03:11:03:2
WBAWBA0:03:10:12:02:12:13:11:24:20:03:12:23:02:01:02:11:12:03:03:11:0
LiverpoolLiverpool2:11:11:14:02:00:00:10:02:13:01:02:24:21:02:10:11:04:14:11:23:0
SouthamptonSouthampton1:23:33:12:22:22:01:02:11:11:22:03:11:03:01:02:14:23:12:14:04:2
Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest2:21:23:12:10:02:11:22:10:35:03:22:11:01:01:13:11:04:12:15:03:0
Manchester UnitedManchester United3:32:10:02:10:01:11:10:10:02:22:22:03:02:00:01:10:02:11:05:01:0
Leeds UnitedLeeds United1:23:00:50:00:00:31:00:00:01:31:00:02:11:03:01:01:31:01:01:21:0
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur2:05:32:02:31:14:42:00:01:12:22:11:03:22:24:10:02:22:22:31:24:2
Stoke CityStoke City1:12:21:10:02:21:21:21:23:02:32:10:01:02:22:22:03:20:03:11:01:0
Manchester CityManchester City2:21:11:12:10:33:01:11:01:03:11:20:13:23:13:00:44:01:11:03:31:1
Birmingham CityBirmingham City1:21:33:11:11:10:32:00:00:22:11:12:02:11:13:13:21:02:14:01:21:0
MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough2:12:12:12:11:21:10:01:13:04:13:12:21:21:00:11:02:01:06:11:02:0
EvertonEverton1:30:01:21:12:22:10:00:11:22:20:10:21:14:13:02:12:04:30:21:05:0
Coventry CityCoventry City1:20:43:13:00:01:01:10:22:10:12:21:12:11:00:52:12:23:30:14:13:1
SunderlandSunderland1:20:22:00:02:41:22:22:04:11:10:02:03:00:13:13:00:11:23:01:01:0
Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers0:10:21:22:04:11:11:41:02:11:01:01:31:03:00:00:12:10:23:00:12:0
Brighton Brighton 1:01:00:11:22:22:00:11:42:00:21:11:22:20:11:34:12:12:02:02:13:2
Norwich CityNorwich City1:31:01:10:20:11:01:12:22:32:25:12:02:22:02:12:01:01:13:12:31:1
Leicester CityLeicester City2:40:11:00:22:02:21:11:00:12:11:11:11:01:00:11:30:12:00:11:21:1
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace0:11:22:20:12:23:21:31:00:13:41:12:33:15:22:30:30:10:00:34:12:1

Season matches ordered by date

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

Full standing - Home, Away, Total

HomeAwayTotal
#ClubTWDLGDPTWDLGDPTWDLGDP
1.Aston VillaAston Villa21163240:13021105632:27042268872:4060
2.Ipswich TownIpswich Town21154245:1402186732:290422310977:4356
3.ArsenalArsenal21138036:1702167825:280421915861:4553
4.WBAWBA21154240:1502158820:2704220121060:4252
5.LiverpoolLiverpool21135338:15021412524:270421717862:4251
6.SouthamptonSouthampton21154247:22021561029:3404220101276:5650
7.Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest21153344:2002149818:2404219121162:4450
8.Manchester UnitedManchester United21911130:1402167821:220421518951:3648
9.Leeds UnitedLeeds United21105619:1902175920:2804217101539:4744
10.Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur2199344:31021561026:3704214151370:6843
11.Stoke CityStoke City2189431:2302149820:3704212181251:6042
12.Manchester CityManchester City21107435:25021441321:3404214111756:5939
13.Birmingham CityBirmingham City21115532:23021271218:3804213121750:6138
14.MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough21144338:16021211815:450421652153:6137
15.EvertonEverton2186732:25021541223:3304213101955:5836
16.Coventry CityCoventry City2196631:30021441317:3804213101948:6836
17.SunderlandSunderland21104732:19021431420:340421472152:5335
18.Wolverhampton WanderersWolverhampton Wanderers21112826:20021271217:350421392043:5535
19.Brighton Brighton 21103830:26021441324:410421472154:6735
20.Norwich CityNorwich City2197534:25021401715:480421372249:7333
21.Leicester CityLeicester City2175920:23021611420:440421362340:6732
22.Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace21641132:37021031815:46042672947:8319