1980–81 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1980–81
Champions Aston Villa
1981–82

The 198081 season was the 82nd completed season of The Football League.

Contents

Ron Saunders completed the revival of Birmingham club Aston Villa, as they won the First Division for the first time in 71 years. Villa competed in a two-horse race with Ipswich Town during the final stages of the season, eventually finishing four points ahead of the Suffolk side. Defending champions Liverpool slipped to fifth place, but compensated for this by winning the European Cup and their first League Cup. Manchester United failed to finish in the top five, a shortcoming that cost Dave Sexton his job as manager; he was succeeded by Ron Atkinson, who had finished fourth in the league and reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals with an impressive West Bromwich Albion side – who would suffer a rapid decline after Atkinson's departure.

Crystal Palace endured a dreadful season with just six wins, all at home. They were joined in relegation to the Second Division by Norwich City and Leicester City.

FA Cup holders West Ham United returned to the First Division by becoming Second Division champions. Also promoted were Notts County and Swansea City, the Welsh club completing a meteoric rise under John Toshack by going from the Fourth Division to the First in just four years. Both Bristol clubs were relegated, along with Preston North End.

In the Third Division, Rotherham United were champions, with Barnsley and Charlton Athletic also promoted. Hull City, Blackpool and Colchester United were relegated, as were Sheffield United, who just seven years earlier had finished sixth in the First Division.

The Fourth Division saw Southend United finish as champions, with Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers and Wimbledon occupying the other promotion places. There were no movements between the Fourth Division and the Alliance Premier League as the re-election system went in favour of the league's bottom four clubs.

Final league tables and results

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

Football League
First Division
Season1980–81
Champions Aston Villa (7th English title)
Relegated Crystal Palace,
Leicester City,
Norwich City
1981–82 European Cup Aston Villa,
Liverpool
FA Cup winners
1981–82 European Cup Winners' Cup
Tottenham Hotspur (6th FA Cup title)
1981–82 UEFA Cup Arsenal,
Ipswich Town,
Southampton,
West Bromwich Albion
Matches played462
Goals scored1,228 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Peter Withe (Aston Villa), 20
Steve Archibald (Tottenham Hotspur), 20 [3]
Biggest home win MiddlesbroughNorwich 6–1 (4 Oct 1980)
EvertonCrystal Palace 5–0 (20 Sep 1980)
Manchester UnitedLeicester 5–0 (13 Sep 1980)
Nottingham ForestLeicester 5–0 (20 Sep 1980)
Nottingham ForestStoke 5–0 (30 Aug 1980)
Biggest away win CoventryEverton 0–5 (27 Sep 1980)
Leeds UnitedArsenal 0–5 (8 Nov 1980)
Highest scoring TottenhamIpswich Town 5–3 (17 Dec 1980)
TottenhamSouthampton 4–4 (26 Dec 1980)
1981–82

Aston Villa came top of a hotly contested title race to clinch their first top division title since 1910, using only 14 players throughout the season. Runners-up Ipswich Town had compensation for their failed title challenge in the shape of a UEFA Cup triumph, and were also semi-finalists in the FA Cup, their relatively small squad struggling in the final weeks of the season as a challenge for three major trophies took its toll. Arsenal finished third, while West Bromwich Albion enjoyed another strong season and finished fourth. Liverpool finished fifth but won their third European Cup and their first League Cup.

Manchester United's failure to finish higher than eighth in the league cost manager Dave Sexton his job after four trophyless seasons in charge, and a lengthy search for a new manager saw West Bromwich Albion's Ron Atkinson named as his successor. Everton appointed their former player Howard Kendall as manager after a disappointing 15th-place finish. Tottenham, meanwhile, only finished 10th in the league but achieved a sixth triumph in the FA Cup at the expense of Manchester City, who climbed up to 12th place in the league after an upturn in fortunes brought about the October change of manager from Malcolm Allison to John Bond.

Bond's former club Norwich City went down to the Second Division along with Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Aston Villa (C)421632401310563227+3260Qualified for European Cup
2 Ipswich Town 42154245148673229+3456Qualified for UEFA Cup
3 Arsenal 42138036176782528+1653
4 West Bromwich Albion 42154240155882027+1852
5 Liverpool 421353381541252427+2051 Qualified for European Cup [lower-alpha 1]
6 Southampton 421542472256102934+2050Qualified for UEFA Cup
7 Nottingham Forest 42153344204981824+1850
8 Manchester United 42911130146782122+1548
9 Leeds United 42105619197592028844
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42993443156102637+243 Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
11 Stoke City 4289431234982037942
12 Manchester City 421074352544132134339
13 Birmingham City 4211553223271218381138
14 Middlesbrough 421443381621181545837
15 Everton 42867322554122333336
16 Coventry City 429663130441317382036
17 Sunderland 421047321943142034135
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4211282620271217351235
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 4210383026441324411335
20 Norwich City (R)429753425401715482433Relegated
21 Leicester City (R)427592023611420442732
22 Crystal Palace (R)4264113237031815463619
Source: [ citation needed ]
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. Liverpool won the European Cup this year, and thus qualified for the following season's competition as defending champions. They also won the League Cup this year.

Results

Home \ Away ARS AST BIR B&HA COV CRY EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NWC NOT SOU STK SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 2–02–12–02–23–22–11–10–01–01–02–02–12–23–11–01–12–02–2 2–0 2–21–1
Aston Villa 1–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–10–21–21–12–02–01–03–33–01–02–02–11–04–03–0 1–0 2–1
Birmingham 3–1 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–01–11–30–21–21–12–00–02–14–02–00–31–13–22–1 1–1 1–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–11–02–24–1 3–2 1–31–02–02–12–21–21–40–12–00–1 2–0 1–12–10–21–22–0
Coventry City 3–1 1–2 2–1 3–33–10–50–42–1 4–1 0–01–10–21–00–11–11–02–22–10–1 3–0 2–2
Crystal Palace 2–20–13–1 0–3 0–32–31–20–12–12–22–31–05–24–11–33–21–10–13–40–10–0
Everton 1–21–31–14–33–05–00–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–20–14–10–20–02–10–12–12–21–12–0
Ipswich Town 0–21–05–12–02–03–24–01–13–11–11–01–11–0 2–0 2–02–34–04–13–00–03–1
Leeds United 0–51–20–01–03–01–0 1–0 3–01–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–01–00–31–31–00–00–01–3
Leicester City 1–02–41–00–1 1–3 1–10–10–10–12–01–11–01–01–2 1–1 2–21–10–12–10–22–0
Liverpool 1–12–12–24–12–13–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–21–0 0–1 4–24–10–02–03–00–12–14–01–0
Manchester City 1–12–20–11–13–01–13–11–1 1–0 3–30–3 1–0 3–21–01–13–01–20–43–12–14–0
Manchester United 0–03–32–02–10–01–02–02–1 0–1 5–0 0–0 2–2 3–01–01–11–12–21–10–02–10–0
Middlesbrough 2–12–11–21–00–12–01–02–1 3–0 1–01–22–21–16–10–01–13–1 1–0 4–12–12–0
Norwich City 1–11–32–23–12–01–12–1 1–0 2–32–30–12–02–22–01–11–05–11–02–20–21–1
Nottingham Forest 3–12–22–14–11–13–01–01–22–1 5–0 0–03–21–21–02–12–15–03–10–32–11–0
Southampton 3–11–23–1 3–1 1–04–23–03–32–14–02–22–01–01–02–12–01–22–11–12–24–2
Stoke City 1–11–10–00–02–21–02–22–23–01–02–22–11–21–03–11–21–22–02–3 0–0 3–2
Sunderland 2–01–23–01–23–01–03–10–24–11–02–42–02–0 0–1 3–02–21–20–01–10–00–1
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 2–01–02–24–14–22–25–31–11–21–12–10–03–22–32–04–42–20–02–32–2
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–01–01–02–03–11–23–12–03–13–13–03–02–12–1 0–0 2–14–2 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–20–12–00–00–22–10–14–11–31–03–03–01–41–1 1–0 2–11–0 2–0

Maps

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1980–1981

Second Division

A year after winning the FA Cup, West Ham ended their three-year exile from the First Division by clinching the Second Division title. Notts County, who finished second, went up after 55 years away from the First Division. Third placed Swansea City completed an unprecedented four-season climb from the Fourth Division to the First Division, where they had never previously played. Blackburn Rovers missed out on promotion on goal difference, and then lost their promising young player-manager Howard Kendall to Everton.

Both Bristol clubs went down along with Preston North End.

Football League
Second Division
Season1980–81
Champions West Ham United (2nd title)
Promoted Notts County,
Swansea City
Relegated Bristol City,
Bristol Rovers,
Preston North End
Matches played462
Goals scored1,073 (2.32 per match)
Top goalscorer David Cross (West Ham United), 22 [3]
Biggest home win ChelseaNewcastle 6–0 (25 Oct 1980)
Biggest away win Grimsby TownWest Ham 1–5 (11 Apr 1981)
WrexhamChelsea 0–4 (15 Nov 1980)
Highest scoring BoltonCambridge United 6–1 (1 Nov 1980)
1981–82
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 West Ham United 42191153129932617+5066Promoted
2 Notts County 42108326158942323+1153Promoted
3 Swansea City 42125439196962525+2050Promoted, qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as Welsh Cup winners.
4 Blackburn Rovers 42128128741071422+1350
5 Luton Town 42106535238672623+1548
6 Derby County 4298434266782326+545
7 Grimsby Town 42108321105792332+245
8 Queens Park Rangers 421173361246112034+1043
9 Watford 421353341836121627+543
10 Sheffield Wednesday 421443381434141537+242
11 Newcastle United 421173221337118321542
12 Chelsea 4286727156691926+540
13 Cambridge United 4213173623451217421240
14 Shrewsbury Town 42975332221091325139
15 Oldham Athletic 42795191656102032939
16 Wrexham 4258822247682121238
17 Orient 42984342044131836438
18 Bolton Wanderers 421056402745122139538
19 Cardiff City 427772324551121361636
20 Preston North End 428762826371113362136Relegated
21 Bristol City 4261051915161410362230
22 Bristol Rovers 424982124141613413123
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BLB BOL BRI BRR CAM CAR CHE DER GRI LUT NEW NTC OLD ORI PNE QPR SHW SHR SWA WAT WHU WRE
Blackburn Rovers 0–01–02–02–02–31–11–02–03–03–00–01–02–00–02–13–12–00–00–00–01–1
Bolton Wanderers 1–21–12–06–14–22–33–11–10–34–03–02–03–12–11–20–00–21–42–11–11–1
Bristol City 2–03–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–02–21–12–12–00–11–13–10–00–11–01–10–10–01–10–2
Bristol Rovers 0–12–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–01–12–22–40–01–10–01–12–01–23–31–11–23–10–10–1
Cambridge United 0–02–32–11–32–00–13–05–11–32–11–23–11–01–01–00–23–13–13–11–21–0
Cardiff City 1–21–1 2–3 2–1 1–20–10–01–11–01–00–10–24–21–31–00–02–2 3–3 1–00–0 1–0
Chelsea 0–02–00–02–03–00–11–33–00–26–00–21–00–11–1 1–1 2–03–00–00–10–12–2
Derby County 2–21–01–02–10–31–13–22–12–22–02–24–11–11–23–33–11–10–11–12–00–1
Grimsby Town 0–04–01–02–03–10–12–00–10–00–02–10–02–00–00–00–01–01–01–11–51–0
Luton Town 3–12–23–11–00–02–22–01–20–20–10–11–22–14–23–03–01–12–21–03–21–1
Newcastle United 0–02–10–00–02–12–11–00–21–12–11–10–03–12–01–01–01–01–22–10–00–1
Notts County 2–02–12–13–12–04–21–10–00–00–10–00–21–00–02–12–00–02–11–21–11–1
Oldham Athletic 1–01–12–01–02–22–00–00–21–20–00–00–10–11–11–02–00–02–22–10–01–3
Orient 1–12–23–12–23–02–20–11–02–00–01–10–22–34–04–02–01–01–11–1 0–2 2–1
Preston North End 0–01–21–10–02–03–11–00–32–41–02–32–21–23–03–22–10–01–32–10–01–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–13–14–04–05–02–0 1–0 3–11–03–21–21–12–00–01–11–20–00–00–03–00–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–12–02–14–14–12–00–00–01–23–12–01–23–02–23–01–01–12–01–00–12–1
Shrewsbury Town 1–11–24–03–12–12–02–21–01–00–11–01–12–21–23–03–32–00–02–10–21–2
Swansea City 2–03–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–03–11–02–24–01–13–00–23–01–22–32–11–01–3 3–1
Watford 1–13–11–03–10–04–22–31–13–10–10–02–02–12–02–11–12–11–02–11–21–0
West Ham United 2–02–15–02–04–21–04–03–12–11–21–04–01–1 2–1 5–03–02–13–02–03–21–0
Wrexham 0–10–11–03–10–00–10–42–20–20–00–01–13–23–10–11–14–01–21–10–12–2

Maps

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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1980–1981

Third Division

Football League
Third Division
Season1980–81
Champions Rotherham United (1st title)
Promoted Barnsley,
Charlton Athletic
Relegated Blackpool,
Colchester United,
Hull City,
Sheffield United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,337 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Tony Kellow (Exeter City), 25 [3]
1981–82
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Rotherham United 4617604387791924+3061Division Champions, promoted
2 Barnsley 461553461961252626+2759Promoted
3 Charlton Athletic 461463361711392727+1959
4 Huddersfield Town 46146340117883129+3156
5 Chesterfield 461742421666113032+2456
6 Portsmouth 461454351984112028+853
7 Plymouth Argyle 46145435185992126+1252
8 Burnley 46135537215992327+1250
9 Brentford 46797302571062224+347
10 Reading 461355392255132340046
11 Exeter City 46995363074122636445
12 Newport County 461166382247122639+343
13 Fulham 46878282976102935743
14 Oxford United 4678820246981923843
15 Gillingham 4698623193101025391042
16 Millwall 4610943021451413391742
17 Swindon Town 461067352739111629541
18 Chester 4611572517461313311041
19 Carlisle United 468963229641324411441
20 Walsall 468964343561216311541
21 Sheffield United 461265382026152743+240Relegated
22 Colchester United 4612743522241710432039
23 Blackpool 465991928451426473032
24 Hull City 467882322181417493132
Source: rsssf.com

Results

Home \ Away BAR BLP BRE BUR CRL CHA CHE CHF COL EXE FUL GIL HUD HUL MIL NPC OXF PLY POR REA ROT SHU SWI WAL
Barnsley 2–0 0–1 3–2 3–10–02–01–13–01–02–23–3 1–0 5–0 2–04–11–12–11–22–31–0 2–1 2–03–0
Blackpool 1–0 0–30–00–10–22–30–31–10–00–24–0 1–2 2–20–02–41–11–00–20–00–02–11–11–0
Brentford 1–12–00–01–10–10–13–22–10–1 1–3 3–30–02–21–00–13–00–12–21–22–11–11–14–0
Burnley 0–1 4–12–00–30–11–01–01–01–03–03–2 4–2 2–05–01–11–12–11–31–21–13–20–00–0
Carlisle United 2–22–01–23–21–23–02–64–01–12–20–01–12–02–11–40–02–00–00–00–10–32–11–1
Charlton Athletic 1–12–13–12–02–11–01–01–21–01–12–11–23–2 0–0 3–00–01–11–24–22–02–00–02–0
Chester 2–22–10–00–01–04–02–10–01–00–11–20–24–10–11–10–11–00–11–00–13–21–01–0
Chesterfield 0–03–22–13–01–00–12–03–01–00–02–02–11–03–03–22–12–23–03–22–01–02–21–2
Colchester United 2–23–20–22–11–02–01–11–11–23–22–11–22–03–01–03–02–21–01–20–01–11–01–1
Exeter City 0–10–00–00–02–04–32–22–24–01–02–11–41–32–02–21–1 1–1 2–03–12–11–13–40–3
Fulham 2–31–2 1–1 0–22–31–00–11–11–00–13–22–20–01–12–10–40–03–01–21–12–12–02–1
Gillingham 1–13–12–00–00–10–12–11–00–01–51–00–02–01–23–21–10–10–12–00–02–20–01–0
Huddersfield Town 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–10–10–02–02–05–04–21–0 5–0 0–11–42–02–00–04–11–0 1–0 0–21–1
Hull City 1–2 2–10–00–00–10–20–00–00–13–30–12–22–13–13–10–11–02–12–0 1–2 1–1 0–00–1
Millwall 1–10–02–22–23–0 2–0 1–00–23–11–03–10–02–11–10–02–11–10–02–10–11–43–10–1
Newport County 0–03–11–11–24–01–21–15–11–02–12–11–13–24–02–10–10–22–10–00–14–00–21–1
Oxford United 1–10–21–10–21–21–01–00–32–11–22–01–10–21–11–00–10–01–2 2–1 1–12–0 0–0 1–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–30–20–12–14–11–12–01–01–1 0–2 2–14–10–00–02–03–23–01–02–13–11–00–02–0
Portsmouth 0–13–30–24–22–11–02–01–02–15–01–00–01–22–12–10–01–11–30–03–11–01–02–0
Reading 3–23–00–01–33–11–33–02–31–02–10–00–12–12–04–11–1 0–1 1–12–11–11–0 4–1 2–0
Rotherham United 2–0 4–04–11–03–03–00–00–02–03–12–22–00–01–13–01–00–02–13–02–0 2–1 1–02–1
Sheffield United 1–1 4–20–00–02–23–22–02–03–03–11–20–1 2–2 3–1 2–32–01–00–01–02–0 1–2 3–00–1
Swindon Town 2–01–20–00–31–10–31–20–13–02–23–40–01–03–10–01–1 1–0 3–00–2 3–1 2–15–23–1
Walsall 1–12–22–33–14–32–22–14–33–11–31–23–32–21–10–01–00–31–32–02–20–24–42–1

Maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
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Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1980–1981

Fourth Division

Football League
Fourth Division
Season1980–81
Champions Southend United (1st title)
Promoted Doncaster Rovers,
Lincoln City,
Wimbledon
Failed re-electionNone
Matches played552
Goals scored1,364 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Cork (Wimbledon), 23 [3]
1981–82
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion
1 Southend United 46194047611393225+4867Division Champions, promoted
2 Lincoln City 461571441110852214+4165Promoted
3 Doncaster Rovers 46154436207882329+1056
4 Wimbledon 461544421785102229+1855
5 Peterborough United 461184372161073133+1452
6 Aldershot 461292281165121530+250
7 Mansfield Town 461355361574122229+1449
8 Darlington 461364432365122236+649
9 Hartlepool United 461436422266112239+349
10 Northampton Town 461175422676102341249
11 Wigan Athletic 461346291657112239447
12 Bury 461085382173133241+845
13 Bournemouth 46986302175111727145
14 Bradford City 46995302457112336744
15 Rochdale 4611663325391127451043
16 Scunthorpe United 468123403138122038942
17 Torquay United 461328382653151737841
18 Crewe Alexandra 4610762820371320411340
19 Port Vale 4610854023271417471339
20 Stockport County 4610582925621515321339
21 Tranmere Rovers 4612564124151718491436Re-elected
22 Hereford United 46887292035159422435
23 Halifax Town 4693112832291216392734
24 York City 46102113123271416431933
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ALD BOU BRA BRY CRE DAR DON HAL HAR HER LIN MAN NOR PET PTV ROC SCU STD STP TOR TRA WIG WDN YOR
Aldershot 0–01–11–02–02–11–02–12–14–00–01–00–00–00–00–00–01–23–02–13–20–12–01–1
Bournemouth 0–24–02–20–03–31–22–11–01–00–10–10–04–10–02–12–22–10–11–11–03–00–11–1
Bradford City 1–01–10–22–23–01–10–02–00–11–20–23–11–12–12–10–02–11–12–00–33–32–01–1
Bury 0–03–02–21–31–22–00–00–02–11–14–11–21–12–13–16–11–20–13–02–20–01–02–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–00–21–02–21–10–02–12–05–00–31–23–11–00–01–01–01–12–00–13–01–20–31–1
Darlington 1–21–22–12–12–15–03–13–02–10–02–21–02–01–14–40–10–22–21–02–03–14–10–0
Doncaster Rovers 1–02–12–01–01–12–00–01–25–10–12–11–10–42–01–21–01–02–12–01–01–12–13–2
Halifax Town 1–01–22–04–21–01–20–31–20–01–30–20–12–32–22–01–01–52–02–11–10–10–13–1
Hartlepool 1–01–02–21–26–22–01–03–02–02–00–12–31–13–02–22–01–31–00–23–03–12–31–0
Hereford United 0–01–04–00–10–00–11–30–13–00–22–14–11–12–33–02–10–02–00–11–11–11–11–1
Lincoln City 0–12–01–12–12–11–01–13–02–01–01–18–01–11–03–02–22–11–05–02–02–00–01–1
Mansfield Town 1–21–11–02–04–11–01–10–10–14–02–02–02–15–02–21–00–11–01–11–13–11–00–1
Northampton Town 2–00–10–15–34–12–20–22–13–10–01–10–12–25–13–23–32–00–11–03–11–11–12–0
Peterborough United 0–01–02–22–02–11–00–12–21–13–01–01–03–01–12–20–25–21–21–34–10–01–13–0
Port Vale 0–10–22–11–32–24–23–00–01–14–00–10–01–11–11–12–21–02–03–15–13–02–32–0
Rochdale 2–00–00–22–12–00–02–21–11–10–01–01–40–12–32–14–00–22–12–13–13–02–03–2
Scunthorpe United 2–21–11–02–21–13–01–12–23–33–12–22–00–21–11–11–12–12–00–22–04–41–23–2
Southend United 3–02–13–11–03–01–00–05–14–02–00–02–00–01–05–11–12–02–03–12–01–01–03–0
Stockport County 1–02–11–21–21–30–12–11–10–20–00–02–11–23–42–12–22–01–04–11–00–10–02–0
Torquay United 2–02–02–03–11–00–22–31–02–10–11–21–13–32–04–02–02–10–31–22–12–02–31–2
Tranmere 3–10–11–13–10–13–11–12–02–22–10–01–03–21–21–23–11–22–21–01–02–33–05–0
Wigan Athletic 1–00–10–12–10–03–13–04–10–31–00–22–03–01–11–00–11–10–12–12–01–11–01–0
Wimbledon 4–02–02–22–42–01–11–03–05–00–00–12–11–02–11–04–12–20–11–21–02–11–03–0
York City 4–14–00–30–12–01–20–11–10–11–21–02–01–21–24–11–21–00–11–00–04–12–10–1

Maps

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Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1980–1981

Election/Re-election to the Football League

Altrincham won the Alliance Premier League for the second season running and earned 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:

ClubFinal PositionVotes
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, all four Football League teams were re-elected, and Altrincham were denied membership of the League.

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References

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