1969–70 in English football

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Football in England
Season1969–70
Men's football
First Division Everton
Second Division Huddersfield Town
Third Division Orient
Fourth Division Chesterfield
FA Cup Chelsea
League Cup Manchester City
Charity Shield Leeds United
  1968–69 Flag of England.svg 1970–71  

The 1969–70 season was the 90th season of competitive football in England.

Contents

FA Cup

Chelsea won the cup by beating Leeds United 2–1 in a replay at Old Trafford after a 2–2 draw at Wembley Stadium. In the replay Leeds took the lead through Mick Jones before an equaliser from Peter Osgood forced the replay to extra-time. David Webb then scored the winner in the 104th minute to give Chelsea a first ever FA Cup triumph.

Manchester United beat Watford 2–0 at Highbury in the first ever third-place playoff, held the day before the final.

A number of non-league clubs made it to the Third Round i.e. Brentwood, Hillingdon Borough and South Shields as well as Sutton United who reached the Fourth Round before losing 6–0 to Leeds United.

George Best scored six goals for Manchester United in their 8–2 victory over Northampton Town in the Fifth Round. He received a match ball signed by all of the opposition players as a souvenir, and later donated it to the club's museum.

League Cup

Manchester City won the League Cup by beating West Bromwich Albion 2–1 after extra time. Second Division Carlisle United enjoyed a run to the semifinals of the competition but lost to Albion. In the other semi Manchester City beat local rivals Manchester United.

Star players

The FWA Footballer of the Year was awarded to Billy Bremner who was the outstanding player of the season despite the failure of Leeds to win any trophies. Jeff Astle of West Bromwich Albion finished the season as Division One top scorer by netting 25 goals. Albert Kinsey of Wrexham was overall league top-scorer, hitting 27 goals for the Fourth Division outfit.

Star managers

National team

England took part in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, qualifying from their group after beating Romania and Czechoslovakia but losing to Brazil. The team then went out in the quarterfinals after losing 3–2 (after extra time) to West Germany. Preparations had been damaged after star defender Bobby Moore was arrested in Bogotá over later disproven allegations of theft.

Honours

CompetitionWinnerRunner-up
First Division Everton (7*) Leeds United
Second Division Huddersfield Town Blackpool
Third Division Orient Luton Town
Fourth Division Chesterfield Wrexham
FA Cup Chelsea (1) Leeds United
League Cup Manchester City (1) West Bromwich Albion
Charity Shield Leeds United Manchester City
Home Championship Flag of England.svg  England , Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland & Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

Football League

First Division

Everton, one of the English game's dominant forces during the 1960s, had a strong start to the 1970s as league champions by a nine-point margin ahead of runners-up Leeds United, who had gone into the final stages of the season in contention for three major trophies but had failed to win any of them. They were beaten in an FA Cup final replay by Chelsea, who lifted the trophy for the first time in a season where they finished third. Derby County's return to the First Division after many years away saw them finish an impressive fourth under the management of Brian Clough. Liverpool completed the top five, while Coventry City recorded their best finish yet by finishing sixth under the management of former Manchester United captain Noel Cantwell.

Manchester United finished eighth under their new manager Wilf McGuinness, who had succeeded the retiring Sir Matt Busby in the close season.

Manchester City managed only a mid table finish but lifted the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland finished the season relegated.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Everton 42298572342.11866Qualified for the European Cup
2 Leeds United 422115684491.71457Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Chelsea 422113870501.40055Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
4 Derby County 422291164371.73053 [lower-alpha 1]
5 Liverpool 4220111165421.54851Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
6 Coventry City 4219111258481.20849
7 Newcastle United 4217131257351.62947
8 Manchester United 4214171166611.08245
9 Stoke City 4215151256521.07745
10 Manchester City 4216111555481.14643Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup [lower-alpha 2]
11 Tottenham Hotspur 421791654550.98243
12 Arsenal 4212181251491.04142Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup [lower-alpha 3]
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4212161455570.96540
14 Burnley 4212151556610.91839
15 Nottingham Forest 4210181450710.70438
16 West Bromwich Albion 421491958660.87937
17 West Ham United 4212121851600.85036
18 Ipswich Town 4210112140630.63531
19 Southampton 426171946670.68729
20 Crystal Palace 426152134680.50027
21 Sunderland 426142230680.44126Relegated to the Second Division
22 Sheffield Wednesday 42892540710.56325
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. Derby County were banned from the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup due to financial irregularities.
  2. Manchester City qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as the trophy holders.
  3. Arsenal qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup as the trophy holders.

Second Division

Huddersfield Town clinched the Second Division title by a comfortable margin to secure their return to the First Division, and were joined by Blackpool as runners-up. Leicester City just missed out on an immediate return to the First Division, while Middlesbrough's recent upturn in fortunes meant that they came just three points short of ending their lengthy absence from the top flight. Swindon Town, the previous season's surprise winners of the League Cup, recorded their best finish yet by finishing fifth in the Second Division.

Aston Villa and Preston North End, two clubs with illustrious histories and a host of major trophies between them, went down to the Third Division for the first time. Watford, a side with a much more modest history, won their battle against relegation but most impressively reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Huddersfield Town 422412668371.83860Promoted to the First Division
2 Blackpool 422013956451.24453
3 Leicester City 4219131064501.28051
4 Middlesbrough 4220101255451.22250
5 Swindon Town 421716957471.21350
6 Sheffield United 422251573381.92149
7 Cardiff City 4218131161411.48849
8 Blackburn Rovers 422071554501.08047
9 Queens Park Rangers 4217111466571.15845
10 Millwall 4215141356561.00044
11 Norwich City 4216111549461.06543
12 Carlisle United 4214131558561.03641
13 Hull City 4215111672701.02941
14 Bristol City 4213131654501.08039
15 Oxford United 4212151535420.83339
16 Bolton Wanderers 4212121854610.88536
17 Portsmouth 421392066800.82535
18 Birmingham City 4211112051780.65433
19 Watford 429132044570.77231
20 Charlton Athletic 427171835760.46131
21 Aston Villa 428132136620.58129Relegated to the Third Division
22 Preston North End 428122243630.68328
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division

Orient and Luton Town went up from the Third Division as champions and runners-up respectively.

Stockport County, Barrow, Southport and Bournemouth went down to the Fourth Division.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Orient 462512967361.86162Promoted to the Second Division
2 Luton Town 462314977431.79160
3 Bristol Rovers 4620161080591.35656
4 Fulham 4620151181551.47355
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 462391457431.32655
6 Mansfield Town 4621111470491.42953
7 Barnsley 4619151268591.15353
8 Reading 4621111487771.13053
9 Rochdale 4618101869601.15046
10 Bradford City 4617121757501.14046
11 Doncaster Rovers 4617121752540.96346
12 Walsall 4617121754670.80646
13 Torquay United 4614171562591.05145
14 Rotherham United 4615141762541.14844
15 Shrewsbury Town 4613181562630.98444
16 Tranmere Rovers 4614161656720.77844
17 Plymouth Argyle 4616111956640.87543
18 Halifax Town 4614151747630.74643
19 Bury 4615112075800.93841
20 Gillingham 4613132052640.81339
21 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4612151948710.67639Relegated to the Fourth Division
22 Southport 4614102248660.72738
23 Barrow 468142446810.56830
24 Stockport County 466112927710.38023
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Fourth Division

Chesterfield climbed out of the Fourth Division as champions, and went up along with Wrexham, Swansea City and Port Vale.

Bradford Park Avenue were voted out of the Football League and replaced by Cambridge United. In February, Swansea Town were renamed Swansea City after Swansea received city status. [1]

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Chesterfield 462710977322.40664Promoted to the Third Division
2 Wrexham 462691184491.71461
3 Swansea City 462118766451.46760
4 Port Vale 462019761331.84859
5 Brentford 4620161058391.48756
6 Aldershot 4620131378651.20053
7 Notts County 462281673621.17752
8 Lincoln City 4617161366521.26950
9 Peterborough United 4617141577691.11648
10 Colchester United 4617141564631.01648
11 Chester 462161958660.87948
12 Scunthorpe United 4618101867651.03146
13 York City 4616141655620.88746
14 Northampton Town 4616121864551.16444
15 Crewe Alexandra 4616121851511.00044
16 Grimsby Town 4614151754580.93143
17 Southend United 4615102159850.69440
18 Exeter City 4614112157590.96639
19 Oldham Athletic 4613132060650.92339
20 Workington 4612142046640.71938
21 Newport County 4613112253740.71637Re-elected
22 Darlington 4613102353730.72636
23 Hartlepool 4610102642820.51230
24 Bradford Park Avenue 466112941960.42723Not re-elected
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Top goalscorers

First Division

Second Division

Third Division

Fourth Division

European football

Arsenal won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup final, beating R.S.C. Anderlecht 4–3 on aggregate. Manchester City won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, defeating Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2–1 at the Prater Stadium in Vienna to complete a double triumph. Leeds United reached the semi-final of the European Cup, but lost 3–1 on aggregate to Scottish champions Celtic. [4]

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  2. 1 2 "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. 1 2 "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
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