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The Football League
Season 1979–80
Champions Liverpool

The 19791980 season was the 81st completed season of The Football League.

Bob Paisley's Liverpool retained their league championship trophy after fighting off a determined challenge by Dave Sexton's Manchester United. Nottingham Forest failed to make a serious title challenge but compensated for this by retaining the European Cup.

Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers were relegated after brief, uneventful spells in the First Division notable only because Bristol City’s relegation ends the last time South West England has had a team in the top tier. On the other hand, Derby County's relegation came just five years after they had been league champions.

Kevin Keegan ended his three-year spell with Hamburger SV in Germany and returned to England in a shock £400,000 move to Southampton. Lawrie McMenemy's new signing was the transfer surprise of the season. Keegan was the current European Footballer of the Year and rated as one of the best strikers in the world, while Southampton were still struggling to establish themselves as a First Division side. But this move showed that Southampton had ambition and were determined to compete with the best.

Leicester City, Sunderland and Birmingham City ended their relatively short spells in the Second Division and occupied the division's three promotion places. Going down were Fulham, Burnley and Charlton Athletic.

Grimsby Town, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday all achieved some long-awaited success by gaining promotion from the Third Division. Bury, Southend United, Mansfield Town and Wimbledon occupied the Third Division's relegation places.

Fallen giants Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth finally achieved some success by gaining promotion from the Fourth Division. Newport County achieved their first promotion since 1939 and Walsall were also promoted. Re-election results are given at the end of this article.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables and results below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] with home and away statistics separated.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is, until the season 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. From the 1922–23 season on it was required of the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South. Since the Fourth Division was established in the 1958–59 season, the re-election process has concerned the bottom four clubs in that division.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1979–80
Champions Liverpool (12th English title)
Relegated Bolton Wanderers
Bristol City
Derby County
European Cup 1980–81 Liverpool
Nottingham Forest (defending champions)
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1980–81
West Ham United (2nd Div) (3rd FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1980–81 Ipswich Town
Manchester United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1159 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorer Phil Boyer (Southampton), 23 [3]
Biggest home win IpswichManchester United 6–0 (1 Mar 1980)
Biggest away win West Bromwich AlbionNottingham Forest 1–5 (1 Sep 1979)
Brighton & HoveArsenal 0–4 (18 Aug 1979)
EvertonIpswich 0–4 (9 Feb 1980)
Manchester CityLiverpool 0–4 (27 Oct 1979)
NorwichWolverhampton 0–4 (23 Feb 1980)
Highest scoring NorwichLiverpool 3–5 (9 Feb 1980)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 15 6 0 46 8 10 4 7 35 22 81 30 +51 60 European Cup 1980–81 First round
2 Manchester United 42 17 3 1 43 8 7 7 7 22 27 65 35 +30 58 UEFA Cup 1980–81 First round
3 Ipswich Town 42 14 4 3 43 13 8 5 8 25 26 68 39 +29 53 UEFA Cup 1980–81 First round
4 Arsenal 42 8 10 3 24 12 10 6 5 28 24 52 36 +16 52
5 Nottingham Forest 42 16 4 1 44 11 4 4 13 19 32 63 43 +20 48 European Cup 1980–81 First round [notes 1]
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 9 6 6 29 20 10 3 8 29 27 58 47 +11 47 UEFA Cup 1980–81 First round [notes 2]
7 Aston Villa 42 11 5 5 29 22 5 9 7 22 28 51 50 +1 46
8 Southampton 42 14 2 5 53 24 4 7 10 12 29 65 53 +12 45
9 Middlesbrough 42 11 7 3 31 14 5 5 11 19 30 50 44 +6 44
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 9 8 4 37 23 2 11 8 17 27 54 50 +4 41
11 Leeds United 42 10 7 4 30 17 3 7 11 16 33 46 50 –4 40
12 Norwich City 42 10 8 3 38 30 3 6 12 20 36 58 66 –8 40
13 Crystal Palace 42 9 9 3 26 13 3 7 11 15 37 41 50 –9 40
14 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 5 5 30 22 4 5 12 22 40 52 62 –10 40
15 Coventry City 42 12 2 7 34 24 4 5 12 22 42 56 66 –10 39
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 8 8 5 25 20 3 7 11 22 37 47 57 –10 37
17 Manchester City 42 8 8 5 28 25 4 5 12 15 41 43 66 –23 37
18 Stoke City 42 9 4 8 27 26 4 6 11 17 32 44 58 –14 36
19 Everton 42 7 7 7 28 25 2 10 9 15 26 43 51 –8 35
20 Bristol City 42 6 6 9 22 30 3 7 11 15 36 37 66 –29 31
21 Derby County 42 9 4 8 36 29 2 4 15 11 38 47 67 –20 30
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 5 11 5 19 21 0 4 17 19 52 38 73 –35 25

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

  1. ^ Nottingham Forest won the European Cup for the second year running, and thus qualified for the following season's
    competition as defending champions.
  2. ^ Wolverhampton Wanderers were this season's League Cup winners.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup, winners qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BOL BHA BRI COV CPA DER EVE IPS LEE LIV MNC MNU MID NOR NOT SOT STO TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 3–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–3
Aston Villa 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–2 0–3 0–2 2–0 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–3
Bolton Wanderers 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–4 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–4 4–1 0–0 2–1 2–4 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–0
Bristol City 0–1 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 2–0
Coventry City 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–3 3–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3
Crystal Palace 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0
Derby County 3–2 1–3 4–0 3–0 3–3 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 4–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–1
Everton 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–4 5–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–4 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–3
Ipswich Town 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–0 6–0 1–0 4–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–0
Leeds United 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 3–0
Liverpool 1–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 3–0
Manchester City 0–3 1–1 2–2 3–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–3
Manchester United 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 4–1 2–0 0–1
Middlesbrough 5–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–0
Norwich City 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–2 0–0 3–3 2–1 3–5 2–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 0–4
Nottingham Forest 1–1 2–1 5–2 0–1 0–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 3–2
Southampton 0–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 5–2 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 4–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 4–1 3–1 5–2 1–1 0–3
Stoke City 2–3 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 3–2 2–3 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–2 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 4–3 0–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 1–2 4–4 2–2 3–0 4–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–5 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 3–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–0

Source: [1] Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1979–1980

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1979–80
Champions Leicester City (6th title)
Promoted Birmingham City,
Sunderland
Relegated Burnley,
Charlton Athletic,
Fulham
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1980–81
West Ham United (3rd FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1162 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Clive Allen (Queens Park Rangers), 28 [3]
Biggest home win QPRBurnley 7–0 (27 Oct 1979)
Biggest away win CharltonSunderland 0–4 (15 Mar 1980)
LeytonWest Ham 0–4 (1 Jan 1980)
Highest scoring LeytonChelsea 3–7 (10 Nov 1979)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
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 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1980–81
First round
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

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR BRO BUR CAM CAR CHA CHE FUL LEI LUT NEW NTC OLD ORI PNE QPR SHR SUN SWA WAT WHU WRE
Birmingham City 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 5–1 3–4 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–3 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0
Bristol Rovers 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–2 3–3 1–3 2–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0
Burnley 0–0 1–1 5–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Cambridge United 2–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–3 3–3 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 3–3 2–2 2–0 2–0
Cardiff City 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Charlton Athletic 0–1 4–0 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–3 2–2 2–1 0–4 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–2
Chelsea 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–4 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–1
Fulham 3–4 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–2
Leicester City 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–3 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–0
Luton Town 2–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–3 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
Newcastle United 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–0
Notts County 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 5–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–0
Oldham Athletic 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 4–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–2 4–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3
Orient 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–7 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–4 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–4 4–0
Preston North End 0–0 3–2 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 0–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 2–0 7–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 2–2 3–0 1–4 2–2 2–1 1–3 4–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–2
Shrewsbury Town 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–1 3–0 5–2 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–1
Sunderland 2–0 3–2 5–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1
Swansea City 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
Watford 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–3 4–0 1–3 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1
West Ham United 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 4–1 0–1 2–3 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0
Wrexham 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–0

Source: [2] Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1979–1980

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1979–80
Champions Grimsby Town (1st title)
Promoted Blackburn Rovers,
Sheffield Wednesday
Relegated Bury,
Mansfield Town,
Southend United,
Wimbledon
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1422 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Terry Curran (Sheffield Wednesday), 22 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Grimsby Town 46 18 2 3 46 16 8 8 7 27 26 73 42 +31 62
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 13 5 5 34 17 12 4 7 24 19 58 36 +22 59
3 Sheffield Wednesday 46 12 6 5 44 20 9 10 4 37 27 81 47 +34 58
4 Chesterfield 46 16 5 2 46 16 7 6 10 25 30 71 46 +25 57
5 Colchester United 46 10 10 3 39 20 10 2 11 25 36 64 56 +8 52
6 Carlisle United 46 13 6 4 45 26 5 6 12 21 30 66 56 +10 48
7 Reading 46 14 6 3 43 19 2 10 11 23 46 66 65 +1 48
8 Exeter City 46 14 5 4 38 22 5 5 13 22 46 60 68 –8 48
9 Chester 46 14 6 3 29 18 3 7 13 20 39 49 57 –8 47
10 Swindon Town 46 15 4 4 50 20 4 4 15 21 43 71 63 +8 46
11 Barnsley 46 10 7 6 29 20 6 7 10 24 36 53 56 –3 46
12 Sheffield United 46 13 5 5 34 21 5 5 13 25 45 59 66 –7 46
13 Rotherham United 46 13 4 6 38 24 5 6 12 20 42 58 66 –8 46
14 Millwall 46 14 6 3 49 23 2 7 14 16 36 65 59 +6 45
15 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 7 3 39 17 3 5 15 20 38 59 55 +4 44
16 Gillingham 46 8 9 6 26 18 6 5 12 23 33 49 51 –2 42
17 Oxford United 46 10 4 9 34 24 4 9 10 23 38 57 62 –5 41
18 Blackpool 46 10 7 6 39 34 5 4 14 23 40 62 74 –12 41
19 Brentford 46 10 6 7 33 26 5 5 13 26 47 59 73 –14 41
20 Hull City 46 11 7 5 29 21 1 9 13 22 48 51 69 –18 40
21 Bury 46 10 4 9 30 23 6 3 14 15 36 45 59 –14 39
22 Southend United 46 11 6 6 33 23 3 4 16 14 34 47 57 –10 38
23 Mansfield Town 46 9 9 5 31 24 1 7 15 16 34 47 58 –11 36
24 Wimbledon 46 6 8 9 34 38 4 6 13 18 43 52 81 –29 34

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
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB BLP BRE BRY CRL CHE CHF COL EXE GIL GRI HUL MAN MIL OXF PLY REA ROT SHU SHW STD SWI WDN
Barnsley 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 1–2 1–2 4–0
Blackburn Rovers 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–2 0–3 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–0
Blackpool 1–1 2–1 5–4 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–3 5–2 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–0
Brentford 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–3 2–2 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–0 7–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–4 1–3 0–1
Bury 2–2 1–2 3–0 4–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2
Carlisle United 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–1 1–2 0–2 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–1 3–3 3–1 1–0 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–1
Chester 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 3–1
Chesterfield 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 3–1 7–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0
Colchester United 0–0 0–1 3–1 6–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 5–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–3 4–0
Exeter City 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–2 4–1 0–2
Gillingham 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0
Grimsby Town 3–0 1–2 4–3 5–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Hull City 0–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Mansfield Town 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 5–1 3–4 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1
Millwall 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 5–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–2 6–2 2–2
Oxford United 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–2 4–1
Plymouth Argyle 2–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 5–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–3 0–0 2–0 0–0
Reading 7–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–0
Rotherham United 1–1 1–3 2–0 4–2 0–2 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–0
Sheffield United 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–1
Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 0–3 4–1 0–2 5–1 0–0 3–0 3–3 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 5–0 4–0 2–0 4–2 3–1
Southend 2–1 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 0–1 4–0 0–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–3
Swindon Town 0–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 8–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 2–3 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 6–2 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–1
Wimbledon 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–0 3–6 3–2 3–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–4 0–1 2–0

Source: [3] Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1979–1980

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1979–80
Champions Huddersfield Town (1st title)
Promoted Newport County,
Portsmouth,
Walsall
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1460 (2.64 per match)
Top goalscorer Colin Garwood (Portsmouth / Aldershot), 27 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Huddersfield Town 46 16 5 2 61 18 11 7 5 40 30 101 48 +53 66
2 Walsall 46 12 9 2 43 23 11 9 3 32 24 75 47 +28 64
3 Newport County 46 16 5 2 47 22 11 2 10 36 28 83 50 +33 61 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1980–81
First round
4 Portsmouth 46 15 5 3 62 23 9 7 7 29 26 91 49 +42 60
5 Bradford City 46 14 6 3 44 14 10 6 7 33 36 77 50 +27 60
6 Wigan Athletic 46 13 5 5 42 26 8 8 7 34 35 76 61 +15 55
7 Lincoln City 46 14 8 1 43 12 4 9 10 21 30 64 42 +22 53
8 Peterborough United 46 14 3 6 39 22 7 7 9 19 25 58 47 +11 52
9 Torquay United 46 13 7 3 47 25 2 10 11 23 44 70 69 +1 47
10 Aldershot 46 10 7 6 35 23 6 6 11 27 30 62 53 +9 45
11 Bournemouth 46 8 9 6 32 25 5 9 9 20 26 52 51 +1 44
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 6 6 37 27 4 8 11 25 36 62 63 –1 44
13 Northampton Town 46 14 5 4 33 16 2 7 14 18 50 51 66 –15 44
14 Scunthorpe United 46 11 9 3 37 23 3 6 14 21 52 58 75 –17 43
15 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 4 9 32 24 4 9 10 18 32 50 56 –6 41
16 Stockport County 46 9 7 7 30 31 5 5 13 18 41 48 72 –24 40
17 York City 46 9 6 8 35 34 5 5 13 30 48 65 82 –17 39
18 Halifax Town 46 11 9 3 29 20 2 4 17 17 52 46 72 –26 39
19 Hartlepool United 46 10 7 6 36 28 4 3 16 23 36 59 64 –5 38
20 Port Vale 46 8 6 9 34 24 4 6 13 22 46 56 70 –14 36
21 Hereford United 46 8 7 8 22 21 3 7 13 16 31 38 52 –14 36
22 Darlington 46 7 11 5 33 26 2 6 15 17 48 50 74 –24 35
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 6 7 25 27 1 7 15 10 41 35 68 –33 35
24 Rochdale 46 6 7 10 20 28 1 6 16 13 51 33 79 –46 27

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
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup, promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BOU BRA CRE DAR DON HAL HAR HER HUD LIN NPC NOR PET POR PTV ROC SCU STP TOR TRA WAL WIG YOR
Aldershot 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 3–3 0–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–3 2–2
Bournemouth 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 0–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0
Bradford City 2–0 2–2 4–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 6–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2
Crewe Alexandra 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–4 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–0
Darlington 0–0 0–1 3–4 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 5–0 1–1 5–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0
Halifax Town 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 3–3 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1
Hartlepool United 1–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–1
Hereford United 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–1
Huddersfield Town 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 5–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 5–0 0–0 1–3 7–1 5–1 2–1 5–0 4–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2
Lincoln City 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Newport County 4–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 5–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–0
Northampton Town 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0
Peterborough United 1–3 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–3 1–2 2–1
Portsmouth 1–3 4–0 4–1 1–1 4–3 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 4–1 4–0 0–2 6–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 6–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 5–2
Port Vale 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–0 0–1 2–3 5–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–2
Rochdale 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2
Scunthorpe United 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 6–1
Stockport County 0–4 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–3 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–5 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–0
Torquay United 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 4–0 2–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–5 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 4–3
Tranmere 1–2 0–5 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 5–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–3 1–2
Walsall 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 3–0 2–4 5–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Wigan Athletic 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 4–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–1 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–5
York City 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 0–4 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2

Source: [4] Soccerbase
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fourth Division maps[edit]

Election/Re-election to the Football League[edit]

Winners of the Alliance Premier League, Altrincham, won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom teams in the 1979–80 Football League Division Four. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Darlington 22nd (Division Four) 49
Crewe Alexandra 23rd (Division Four) 48
Hereford United 21st (Division Four) 48
Rochdale 24th (Division Four) 26
Altrincham 1st (Alliance Premier League) 25

As a result of this, all four Football League teams were re-elected, and Altrincham were denied membership of the League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1979–80". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.