1979–80 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1979–80 season
Chairman Dennis Sharp
Manager Jock Wallace
Second Division 1st (champions)
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Young (14)
All: Young (15)
Average home league attendance 18,636

During the 1979–80 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League Second Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1979–80 season, Leicester were promoted as champions of the Second Division for the sixth time in the club's history. From start of the season, the Foxes scored in every game until their 2-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic in mid-December. The only negative part of Leicester's season was a shock FA Cup exit against non-league Harlow Town. It was the first time the Foxes lost to a non-league team in a cup competition since the 1914-15 season. Despite that, after a 2-1 win at Filbert Street against Charlton, Leicester were all but assured of promotion and on the final day of the season, the Foxes beat Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road and with Sunderland only picking up a point, Leicester were crowned champions.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Leicester City 42 12 5 4 32 19 9 8 4 26 19 58 38 +20 55
2 Sunderland 42 16 5 0 47 13 5 7 9 22 29 69 42 +27 54
3 Birmingham City 42 14 5 2 37 16 7 6 8 21 22 58 38 +20 53
4 Chelsea 42 14 3 4 34 16 9 4 8 32 36 66 52 +14 53
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 9 2 46 25 8 4 9 29 28 75 53 +22 49
6 Luton Town 42 9 10 2 36 17 7 7 7 30 28 66 45 +21 49
7 West Ham United 42 13 2 6 37 21 7 5 9 17 22 54 43 +11 47
8 Cambridge United 42 11 6 4 40 23 3 10 8 21 30 61 53 +8 44
9 Newcastle United 42 13 6 2 35 19 2 8 11 18 30 53 49 +4 44
10 Preston North End 42 8 10 3 30 23 4 9 8 26 29 56 52 +4 43
11 Oldham Athletic 42 12 5 4 30 21 4 6 11 19 32 49 53 –4 43
12 Swansea City 42 13 1 7 31 20 4 8 9 17 33 48 53 –5 43
13 Shrewsbury Town 42 12 3 6 41 23 6 2 13 19 30 60 53 +7 41
14 Orient 42 7 9 5 29 31 5 8 8 19 23 48 54 –6 41
15 Cardiff City 42 11 4 6 21 16 5 4 12 20 32 41 48 –7 40
16 Wrexham 42 13 2 6 26 15 3 4 14 14 34 40 49 –9 38
17 Notts County 42 4 11 6 24 22 7 4 10 27 30 51 52 –1 37
18 Watford 42 9 6 6 27 18 3 7 11 12 28 39 46 –7 37
19 Bristol Rovers 42 9 8 4 33 23 2 5 14 17 41 50 64 –14 35
20 Fulham 42 6 4 11 19 28 5 3 13 23 46 42 74 –32 29
21 Burnley 42 5 9 7 19 23 1 6 14 20 50 39 73 –34 27
22 Charlton Athletic 42 6 6 9 25 31 0 4 17 14 47 39 78 –39 22

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18 August 1979 Watford H 2–0 15,772 Young (2)
21 August 1979 Cambridge United A 1–1 6,042 Young
25 August 1979 Queens Park Rangers A 4–1 13,091 Peake (2), May, Goodwin
1 September 1979 Luton Town H 1–3 16,241 May
8 September 1979 Notts County H 1–0 16,595 Young
15 September 1979 Newcastle United A 2–3 26,443 Smith (2, 1 pen)
22 September 1979 Fulham H 3–3 21,447 Young (2), Smith
29 September 1979 Swansea City A 2–0 15,104 Rofe (2)
6 October 1979 Shrewsbury Town A 2–2 9,045 Goodwin, Byrne
10 October 1979 Cambridge United H 2–1 15,960 Young, Wilson
13 October 1979 West Ham United H 1–2 22,472 Williams
20 October 1979 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 10,297 Young
27 October 1979 Sunderland H 2–1 19,365 Lineker (2)
3 November 1979 Watford A 3–1 14,743 Smith (2, 1 pen), Peake
10 November 1979 Burnley H 1–1 17,191 Young
17 November 1979 Preston North End A 1–1 10,038 Lineker
24 November 1979 Wrexham H 2–0 15,316 Strickland, Henderson
1 December 1979 Birmingham City A 2–1 25,748 Smith, Henderson
8 December 1979 Leyton Orient H 2–2 16,303 Henderson, Goodwin
15 December 1979 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 6,717
21 December 1979 Cardiff City H 0–0 12,877
26 December 1979 Chelsea A 0–1 25,320
29 December 1979 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 20,743 Rofe, Henderson
1 January 1980 Bristol Rovers H 3–0 21,579 Smith (2), Goodwin
12 January 1980 Luton Town A 0–0 14,141
19 January 1980 Notts County A 1–0 14,859 Strickland
2 February 1980 Newcastle United H 1–0 22,549 Smith (pen)
9 February 1980 Fulham A 0–0 8,691
20 February 1980 Swansea City H 1–1 17,597 Henderson
23 February 1980 West Ham United A 1–3 27,762 Young
1 March 1980 Oldham Athletic H 0–1 16,991
8 March 1980 Sunderland A 0–0 29,487
15 March 1980 Shrewsbury Town H 2–0 15,391 Young, Edmunds
22 March 1980 Burnley A 2–1 7,173 Edmunds, Young
29 March 1980 Preston North End H 1–2 15,293 Kelly
5 April 1980 Chelsea H 1–0 25,826 May
8 April 1980 Cardiff City A 1–0 10,291 Smith
12 April 1980 Birmingham City H 2–1 26,075 Wilson, Young
19 April 1980 Wrexham A 1–0 10,023 Kelly
23 April 1980 Bristol Rovers A 1–1 8,205 Smith
26 April 1980 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 23,875 Young, Smith
3 May 1980 Leyton Orient A 1–0 13,828 May

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1979-80 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 1980 Harlow Town H 1–1 21,302 Henderson
R3R 8 January 1980 Harlow Town A 0–1 9,723

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st leg 11 August 1979 Rotherham United H 1–2 11,210 Young
R1 2nd leg 14 August 1979 Rotherham United A 0–3 (lost 1-5 on agg) 5,179

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Mark Wallington
- Scotland DF Tommy Williams
- Scotland DF Gregor Stevens
- England DF Larry May
- Scotland DF Ian Wilson
- Republic of Ireland MF Pat Byrne
- Scotland MF Eddie Kelly
- Scotland FW Alan Young
- Scotland FW Martin Henderson
- Scotland DF Bobby Smith
- England DF Dennis Rofe
- England MF Andy Peake
No. Position Player
- England MF Mark Goodwin
- Scotland MF Alan Lee
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- Scotland FW Derek Strickland
- England DF Peter Welsh
- England FW Gary Lineker
- England MF Mick Duffy
- England FW Dave Buchanan
- England DF Geoff Scott
- England MF Paul Edmunds
- Antigua and Barbuda DF Everton Carr

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