1979–80 Manchester United F.C. season

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Manchester United
1979–80 season
Chairman Louis Edwards
(until 25 February 1980)
Martin Edwards (from 22 March 1980)
Manager Dave Sexton
First Division 2nd
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League:
Joe Jordan (13)
All:
Joe Jordan (13)
Highest home attendance 57,471 vs Leeds United (8 December 1979)
Lowest home attendance 43,329 vs Bristol City (23 February 1980)
Average home league attendance 51,557
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 1979–80 season was Manchester United's 77th season in the Football League, and their fifth consecutive season in the top division of English football.[1] They finished the season second in the league, just two points behind champions Liverpool, and qualified for the 1980–81 UEFA Cup. It was the first season at the club for new midfielder Ray Wilkins, signed in the 1979 close season for a club record fee of £750,000. However, United had gained a reputation for playing generally dull football under Sexton, and by the end of his third season as manager they had still yet to win a major trophy, as Liverpool ruled supreme in the English league.[2]

First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
18 August 1979 Southampton A 1 – 1 McQueen 21,768
22 August 1979 West Bromwich Albion H 2 – 0 McQueen, Coppell 53,393
25 August 1979 Arsenal A 0 – 0 44,380
1 September 1979 Middlesbrough H 2 – 1 Macari (2) 51,015
8 September 1979 Aston Villa A 3 – 0 Coppell, Thomas (pen.), Grimes 36,183
15 September 1979 Derby County H 1 – 0 Grimes 54,308
22 September 1979 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 3 Macari 35,503
29 September 1979 Stoke City H 4 – 0 Wilkins, McQueen (2), McIlroy 52,596
6 October 1979 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2 – 0 Coppell, Macari 52,641
10 October 1979 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 27,713
13 October 1979 Bristol City A 1 – 1 Macari 28,305
20 October 1979 Ipswich Town H 1 – 0 Grimes 50,826
27 October 1979 Everton A 0 – 0 37,708
3 November 1979 Southampton H 1 – 0 Macari 50,215
10 November 1979 Manchester City A 0 – 2 50,567
17 November 1979 Crystal Palace H 1 – 1 Jordan 52,800
24 November 1979 Norwich City H 5 – 0 Macari, Moran, Coppell, Jordan (2) 46,540
1 December 1979 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 1 Macari, Coppell 51,389
8 December 1979 Leeds United H 1 – 1 Thomas 57,471
15 December 1979 Coventry City A 2 – 1 McQueen, Macari 25,541
22 December 1979 Nottingham Forest H 3 – 0 Jordan (2), McQueen 54,607
26 December 1979 Liverpool A 0 – 2 51,073
29 December 1979 Arsenal H 3 – 0 McQueen, Jordan, McIlroy (pen.) 54,295
12 January 1980 Middlesbrough A 1 – 1 Thomas 30,587
2 February 1980 Derby County A 3 – 1 Thomas, McIlroy, B. Powell (o.g.) 27,783
9 February 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 1 51,568
16 February 1980 Stoke City A 1 – 1 Coppell 28,389
23 February 1980 Bristol City H 4 – 0 Jordan (2), McIlroy, Merrick (o.g.) 43,329
27 February 1980 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 0 McQueen, Coppell 47,546
1 March 1980 Ipswich Town A 0 – 6 30,229
12 March 1980 Everton H 0 – 0 45,515
15 March 1980 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0 – 0 30,243
22 March 1980 Manchester City H 1 – 0 Thomas 56,387
29 March 1980 Crystal Palace A 2 – 0 Jordan, Thomas 33,056
2 April 1980 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 31,417
5 April 1980 Liverpool H 2 – 1 Thomas, Greenhoff 57,342
7 April 1980 Bolton Wanderers A 3 – 1 McQueen, Thomas, Coppell 31,902
12 April 1980 Tottenham Hotspur H 4 – 1 Ritchie (3), Wilkins 53,151
19 April 1980 Norwich City A 2 – 0 Jordan (2) 24,697
23 April 1980 Aston Villa H 2 – 1 Jordan (2) 45,201
26 April 1980 Coventry City H 2 – 1 McIlroy (2; 1 pen) 52,154
3 May 1980 Leeds United A 0 – 2 39,625
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 81 30 +51 60
2 Manchester United 42 24 10 8 65 35 +30 58
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 9 11 68 39 +29 53

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
5 January 1980 Round 3 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 McIlroy (pen.) 45,207
9 January 1980 Round 3
Replay
Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 1 53,762

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
29 August 1979 Round 2
First Leg
Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 2 Thomas 29,163
5 September 1979 Round 2
Second Leg
Tottenham Hotspur H 3 – 1 Thomas, Coppell, Miller (o.g.) 48,292
26 September 1979 Round 3 Norwich City A 1 – 4 McIlroy 18,312

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Gary Bailey 42 0 2 0 3 0 47 0
DF Scotland Arthur Albiston 25 0 0 0 3 0 28 0
DF Scotland Martin Buchan 42 0 2 0 3 0 47 0
DF Scotland Stewart Houston 14 0 2 0 1 0 17 0
DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Nikola Jovanović 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
DF Scotland Gordon McQueen 33 9 2 0 2 0 37 9
DF Republic of Ireland Kevin Moran 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
DF Northern Ireland Jimmy Nicholl 42 0 2 0 3 0 47 0
DF Scotland Steve Paterson 0(1) 0 0 0 1 0 1(1) 0
MF England Steve Coppell 42 8 2 0 2 1 46 9
MF Republic of Ireland Ashley Grimes 20(6) 3 0 0 1 0 21(6) 3
MF Scotland Lou Macari 39 9 2 0 3 0 44 9
MF Northern Ireland Chris McGrath 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
MF Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy 41 6 2 1 2 1 45 8
MF Northern Ireland Tom Sloan 1(4) 0 0 0 0 0 1(4) 0
MF Wales Mickey Thomas 35 8 2 0 3 2 40 10
MF England Ray Wilkins 37 2 2 0 3 0 42 2
FW England Jimmy Greenhoff 4(1) 1 0 0 0 0 4(1) 1
FW Scotland Joe Jordan 32 13 2 0 2 0 36 13
FW England Andy Ritchie 3(5) 3 0 0 1(2) 0 4(7) 3
Own goals 2 0 1 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Manchester United Season 1979/80". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Managers – Dave Sexton". AboutManUtd.com. About ManUtd. Retrieved 9 March 2012.