1980–81 Leicester City F.C. season

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Leicester City
1980–81 season
Chairman Dennis Sharp
Manager Jock Wallace
First Division 21st (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Melrose (9)
All: Melrose (11)
Average home league attendance 19,476

During the 1980–81 English football season, Leicester City F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1980–81 season, Leicester were in the relegation places for most of the season and were stuck in the bottom three since the beginning of November which also included only 2 wins in 16 league games from beginning of September to the end of November. Their only highlight of the season was their famous league double over Liverpool as well as inflicting Liverpool's first home defeat in 85 games on 31 January 1981 with a 2-1 win at Anfield.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 42 16 3 2 40 13 10 5 6 32 27 72 40 +32 60
2 Ipswich Town 42 15 4 2 45 14 8 6 7 32 29 77 43 +34 56
3 Arsenal 42 13 8 0 36 17 6 7 8 25 28 61 45 +16 53
4 West Bromwich Albion 42 15 4 2 40 15 5 8 8 20 27 60 42 +18 52
5 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 38 15 4 12 5 24 27 62 42 +20 51
6 Southampton 42 15 4 2 47 22 5 6 10 29 34 76 56 +20 50
7 Nottingham Forest 42 15 3 3 44 20 4 9 8 18 24 62 44 +18 50
8 Manchester United 42 9 11 1 30 14 6 7 8 21 22 51 36 +15 48
9 Leeds United 42 10 5 6 19 19 7 5 9 20 28 39 47 –8 44
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 9 3 44 31 5 6 10 26 37 70 68 +2 43
11 Stoke City 42 8 9 4 31 23 4 9 8 20 37 51 60 –9 42
12 Manchester City 42 10 7 4 35 25 4 4 13 21 34 56 59 –3 39
13 Birmingham City 42 11 5 5 32 23 2 7 12 18 38 50 61 –11 38
14 Middlesbrough 42 14 4 3 38 16 2 1 18 15 45 53 61 –8 37
15 Everton 42 8 6 7 32 25 5 4 12 23 33 55 58 –3 36
16 Coventry City 42 9 6 6 31 30 4 4 13 17 38 48 68 –20 36
17 Sunderland 42 10 4 7 32 19 4 3 14 20 34 52 53 –1 35
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 11 2 8 26 20 2 7 12 17 35 43 55 –12 35
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 10 3 8 30 26 4 4 13 24 41 54 67 –13 35
20 Norwich City 42 9 7 5 34 25 4 0 17 15 48 49 73 –24 33
21 Leicester City 42 7 5 9 20 23 6 1 14 20 44 40 67 –27 32
22 Crystal Palace 42 6 4 11 32 37 0 3 18 15 46 47 83 –36 19

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

Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

Results[edit]

Leicester City's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 1980 Ipswich Town H 0–1 21,640
19 August 1980 Everton A 0–1 23,337
23 August 1980 Liverpool H 2–0 28,455 Peake, Henderson
30 August 1980 Leeds United A 2–1 18,530 O'Neill, Henderson
6 September 1980 Sunderland H 0–1 20,638
13 September 1980 Manchester United A 0–5 43,229
20 September 1980 Nottingham Forest A 0–5 27,145
27 September 1980 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 22,616 Smith, Buchanan
4 October 1980 Arsenal A 0–1 28,490
8 October 1980 Stoke City H 1–1 14,549 Wilson
11 October 1980 Coventry City H 1–3 17,104 Lineker
18 October 1980 Crystal Palace A 1–2 16,387 Young
21 October 1980 Middlesbrough A 0–1 13,114
25 October 1980 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–0 18,133 Henderson, Young
1 November 1980 Aston Villa A 0–2 29,953
8 November 1980 Manchester City H 1–1 19,104 Young
12 November 1980 Everton H 0–1 15,511
15 November 1980 Ipswich Town A 1–3 19,892 Williams
22 November 1980 West Bromwich Albion A 1–3 17,752 Lineker
29 November 1980 Norwich City H 1–2 13,958 Young
6 December 1980 Birmingham City A 2–1 18,479 Melrose (2)
13 December 1980 Middlesbrough H 1–0 13,998 MacDonald
20 December 1980 Stoke City A 0–1 13,433
26 December 1980 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0–1 19,570
27 December 1980 Southampton A 0–4 21,886
10 January 1981 West Bromwich Albion H 0–2 17,778
17 January 1981 Leeds United H 0–1 16,094
31 January 1981 Liverpool A 2–1 35,154 Byrne, Melrose
7 February 1981 Manchester United H 1–0 26,085 Melrose
14 February 1981 Sunderland A 0–1 22,569
21 February 1981 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1 27,326 Lynex, Byrne
28 February 1981 Nottingham Forest H 1–1 26,608 Lynex
7 March 1981 Arsenal H 1–0 20,198 Williams
14 March 1981 Coventry City A 1–4 21,430 Young
21 March 1981 Crystal Palace H 1–1 15,176 O'Neill
28 March 1981 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1–0 21,694 Melrose
31 March 1981 Manchester City A 3–3 10,291 Williams, Young, Melrose
4 April 1981 Aston Villa H 2–4 26,032 Lynex (2, 1 pen)
18 April 1981 Southampton H 2–2 21,349 Young, Lynex (pen)
20 April 1981 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 21,176 MacDonald
25 April 1981 Birmingham City H 1–0 13,666 Williams
2 May 1981 Norwich City A 3–2 24,675 Melrose (3)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1980-81 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 3 January 1981 Cardiff City H 3–0 17,527 Lineker, Buchanan, Melrose
R4 24 January 1981 Exeter City H 1–1 20,996 Henderson
R4R 28 January 1981 Exeter City A 1–3 15,268 Melrose

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st leg 26 August 1980 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 13,810
R2 2nd leg 3 September 1980 West Bromwich Albion H 0–1 (lost 0-2 on agg) 17,081

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 William Gibson
- England MF Andy Peake
- England DF Larry May
- Northern Ireland DF John O'Neill
- England MF Paul Edmunds
- Scotland FW Jim Melrose
- Scotland FW Alan Young
- Scotland DF Ian Wilson
- Scotland DF Bobby Smith
- Scotland FW Martin Henderson
- England MF Mark Goodwin
- Antigua and Barbuda DF Everton Carr
No. Position Player
- England MF Neil Grewcock
- England DF Peter Welsh
- Scotland MF Eddie Kelly
- England DF Geoff Scott
- England FW Dave Buchanan
- England FW Gary Lineker
- Republic of Ireland MF Pat Byrne
- Scotland MF Stewart Hamill
- Scotland MF Kevin MacDonald
- Scotland DF Paul Friar
- England MF Steve Lynex
- Northern Ireland MF Paul Ramsey
- England DF Norman Leet

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