1980–81 Alliance Premier League

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The Alliance Premier League season of 1980–81 was the second season of the Alliance Premier League. Altrincham were the winners of their second Alliance Premier League title.

New team(s) in the league this season[edit]

Final table[1][edit]

Alliance Premier League
Season 1980–81[1]
Champions Altrincham (2nd Alliance Premier League title)
Promoted to the Football League None
Runners-up Kettering Town
Relegated to
Level 6
Bangor City,
Nuneaton Borough,
Wealdstone
Promoted for the next season Dagenham,
Dartford,
Enfield,
Runcorn,
Trowbridge Town
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1048 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorer Ray Williams (Northwich Victoria), 26 [notes 1]
Biggest home win Kettering TownFrickley Athletic 6–1;
AP LeamingtonTelford United 5–0;
Bath CityAP Leamington 5–0;
Frickley AthleticBarrow 5–0
Biggest away win Yeovil TownWeymouth 0–5
Highest scoring Bangor CityAltrincham 4–5
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Altrincham 38 14 2 3 40 21 9 6 4 32 20 72 41 + 31 54
2 Kettering Town 38 13 4 2 38 12 8 5 6 28 25 66 37 + 29 51
3 Scarborough 38 10 7 2 25 11 7 6 6 24 18 49 29 + 20 47
4 Northwich Victoria 38 12 4 3 32 13 5 7 7 21 27 53 40 + 13 45
5 Weymouth 38 11 4 4 30 18 8 2 9 24 22 54 40 + 14 44
6 Bath City 38 9 6 4 23 8 7 4 8 28 24 51 32 + 19 42
7 Maidstone United 38 12 4 3 42 18 4 5 10 22 35 64 53 + 11 41
8 Boston United 38 10 4 5 39 30 6 5 8 24 28 63 58 + 5 41
9 Barrow 38 10 3 6 25 18 5 5 9 25 31 50 49 + 1 38
10 Frickley Athletic 38 10 4 5 36 22 5 4 10 25 40 61 62 – 1 38
11 Stafford Rangers 38 10 4 5 34 22 1 11 7 22 34 56 56 ± 0 37
12 Worcester City 38 10 4 5 33 25 4 3 12 14 29 47 54 – 7 35
13 Telford United 38 7 6 6 25 23 6 3 10 22 36 47 59 – 12 35
14 Yeovil Town 38 9 2 8 37 30 5 4 10 23 34 60 64 – 4 34
15 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 8 4 7 26 21 5 4 10 22 34 48 55 – 7 34
16 AP Leamington 38 6 7 6 29 26 4 4 11 18 40 47 66 – 19 31
17 Barnet 38 8 5 6 27 26 4 2 13 12 38 39 64 – 25 31
18 Nuneaton Borough 38 6 5 8 27 31 4 4 11 22 34 49 65 – 16 29 Relegated to Southern League
19 Wealdstone 38 6 8 5 27 19 3 3 13 10 37 37 56 – 19 29 Relegated to Southern League
20 Bangor City 38 5 6 8 25 34 1 6 12 10 34 35 68 – 33 24 Relegated to Northern Premier League
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Points were scored until the 1981–82 season as follows: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
  1. ^ Williams' goals include also goals scored in the League Cup.
Key
Alliance Premier League Champions, no promotion
FA Trophy winners (Bishop's Stortford, Isthmian League Division One)
Alliance Premier League Cup winners, see Altrincham
New club in the Alliance Premier League
Relegated to Level 6

Results[1][edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALT APL BAN BRN BRW BAT BOS FRK GRN KET MAI NOR NUN SCA STA TEL WEA WEY WRC YEO
Altrincham 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 4–3 4–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1
AP Leamington 2–4 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–4 0–0 2–2 4–1 3–3 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0
Bangor City 4–5 1–0 4–2 2–6 0–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–5 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2
Barnet 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–5 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–2 4–4
Barrow 0–4 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 5–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1
Bath City 0–1 5–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 3–0 2–1
Boston United 1–1 2–3 1–1 3–0 0–2 4–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 0–3 2–2 5–3 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–1
Frickley Athletic 0–2 0–0 4–0 3–0 5–0 2–1 0–1 2–4 1–1 2–1 0–1 4–3 1–0 3–2 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1
Gravesend & Northfleet 0–2 4–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2
Kettering Town 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 6–1 2–0 3–0 3–3 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 4–0
Maidstone United 1–2 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 1–3 1–1 4–1 3–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 4–2
Northwich Victoria 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–2
Nuneaton Borough 0–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–0 0–4 2–2 3–3 2–0 1–4 2–3 3–0
Scarborough 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 2–1
Stafford Rangers 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–3 3–3 2–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Telford United 3–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 5–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
Wealdstone 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–2 1–1
Weymouth 0–0 3–2 4–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1
Worcester City 0–0 3–3 1–1 4–0 2–4 0–2 1–4 3–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 4–1 2–1 0–1
Yeovil Town 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 5–3 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–2 5–1 0–0 3–4 1–2 4–0 0–5 3–0

Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1981–82. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1982.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Topscorers[1][notes2 1][edit]

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 Williams Northwich Victoria 26
2 J. N. Evans Kettering Town 25
3 Graham Heathcote Altrincham 19
= John Rogers Altrincham 19
= Graham Withey Bath City 19
6 Frank Ovard Maidstone United 17
7 Clive Green Yeovil Town 16
8 Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 15
9 David Mather Telford United 13
10 D. Gardner AP Leamington 12
= Hickton AP Leamington 12
= Aniello Iannone Weymouth 12
= Mick Wadsworth Frickley Athletic 12
= Woodall Frickley Athletic 12
  1. ^ The number of goals is the sum of league and league cup goals.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

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Relegated[edit]

Election to the Football League[edit]

As winners of the Alliance Premier League Altrincham won (for the second season running) the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1980–81 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Tranmere Rovers 21st (Fourth Division) 48
Hereford United 22nd (Fourth Division) 46
York City 24th (Fourth Division) 46
Halifax Town 23rd (Fourth Division) 41
Altrincham 1st (Alliance Premier League) 15

As a result of this, Altrincham did not gain membership of the Football League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rollin, Jack (ed.): Rothmans Football Yearbook 1981–82, p. 902–904. Queen Anne Press, MacDonald Futura Publishers, London, 1981.

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