Season 1980-81

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Tottenham Hotspur 1 1 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London 99,500 aet
Tottenham Hotspur 3 2 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London 92,000 Replay
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers Hillsborough, Sheffield 50,174 aet
Manchester City 1 0 Ipswich Town Villa Park, Birmingham 46,537 aet
Tottenham Hotspur 3 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Highbury, London 52,539 Replay
 
League Cup Final 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Liverpool 1 1 West Ham United Wembley Stadium, London 100,000 aet
Liverpool 2 1 West Ham United Villa Park, Birmingham 36,693 Replay
 
League Cup Semi-Finals 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Manchester City 0 1 Liverpool Maine Road, Manchester 48,045  
Coventry City 3 2 West Ham United Highfield Road, Coventry 35,468  
Liverpool 1 1 Manchester City Anfield Road, Liverpool 46,711 agg 2-1
West Ham United 2 0 Coventry City Upton Park, London 36,511 agg 4-3
 
European Cup Final 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Liverpool 1 0 Real Madrid (Spa) Parc des Princes, Paris 48,360  
 
European UEFA Cup Final 1981 Venue Gate Notes
Ipswich Town 3 0 AZ 67 Alkmaar (Ned) Portman Road, Ipswich 27,532 1st Leg
AZ 67 Alkmaar (Ned) 4 2 Ipswich Town Olympish Stadion, Amsterdam 28,500 2nd Leg agg 4-5
Final Table for season 1980-81
First Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season First Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 6 Aston Villa 42 16 3 2 40 13 10 5 6 32 27 32 60 33,641 Rd 3 Rd 3  
2 1 Ipswich Town 42 15 4 2 45 14 8 6 7 32 29 34 56 24,619 SF Rd 4 UEFA Cup Winner
3 1 Arsenal 42 13 8 0 36 17 6 7 8 25 28 16 53 32,480 Rd 3 Rd 4  
4 6 West Bromwich Albion 42 15 4 2 40 15 5 8 8 20 27 18 52 20,331 Rd 4 Rd 5  
5 -4 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 38 15 4 12 5 24 27 20 51 37,646 Rd 4 Winner European Cup Winner
6 2 Southampton 42 15 4 2 47 22 5 6 10 29 34 20 50 21,483 Rd 5 Rd 2  
7 -2 Nottingham Forest 42 15 3 3 44 20 4 9 8 18 24 18 50 24,421 Rd 6 Rd 4 European Cup Rd 2
8 -6 Manchester United 42 9 11 1 30 14 6 7 8 21 22 15 48 45,071 Rd 4 Rd 2 UEFA Cup Rd 1
9 2 Leeds United 42 10 5 6 19 19 7 5 9 20 28 -8 44 21,365 Rd 3 Rd 2  
10 4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 9 3 44 31 5 6 10 26 37 2 43 30,724 Winner Rd 5  
11 7 Stoke City 42 8 9 4 31 23 4 9 8 20 37 -9 42 15,579 Rd 3 Rd 2  
12 5 Manchester City 42 10 7 4 35 25 4 4 13 21 34 -3 39 33,588 Final SF  
13 D 2 Birmingham City 42 11 5 5 32 23 2 7 12 18 38 -11 38 19,249 Rd 4 Rd 5  
14 -5 Middlesbrough 42 14 4 3 38 16 2 1 18 15 45 -8 37 16,432 Rd 6 Rd 2  
15 4 Everton 42 8 6 7 32 25 5 4 12 23 33 -3 36 26,112 Rd 6 Rd 3  
16 -1 Coventry City 42 9 6 6 31 30 4 4 13 17 38 -20 36 16,915 Rd 5 SF  
17 D 2 Sunderland 42 10 4 7 32 19 4 3 14 20 34 -1 35 26,479 Rd 3 Rd 2  
18 -12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 11 2 8 26 20 2 7 12 17 35 -12 35 21,551 SF Rd 2 UEFA Cup Rd 1
19 -3 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 10 3 8 30 26 4 4 13 24 41 -13 35 18,983 Rd 3 Rd 3  
20 -8 Norwich City 42 9 7 5 34 25 4 0 17 15 48 -24 33 17,502 Rd 4 Rd 3  
21 D 2 Leicester City 42 7 5 9 20 23 6 1 14 20 44 -27 32 19,489 Rd 4 Rd 2  
22 -9 Crystal Palace 42 6 4 11 32 37 0 3 18 15 46 -36 19 18,822 Rd 3 Rd 3  
Notes
For the next season 3 pts would be given for a win in the league.
Manager of the Season
1. Bobby Robson - Ipswich Town
2. Ron Saunders - Aston Villa
3. Bob Paisley - Liverpool
 
Second Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Second Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 6 West Ham United 42 19 1 1 53 12 9 9 3 26 17 50 66 27,140 Rd 3 Final European CWC QF
2 15 Notts County 42 10 8 3 26 15 8 9 4 23 23 11 53 9,551 Rd 4 Rd 4  
3 9 Swansea City 42 12 5 4 39 19 6 9 6 25 25 20 50 13,101 Rd 3 Rd 2  
4D 3Blackburn Rovers 42 12 8 1 28 7 4 10 7 14 22 13 50 11,684 Rd 3 Rd 3  
5 1 Luton Town 42 10 6 5 35 23 8 6 7 26 23 15 48 10,291 Rd 4 Rd 3  
6 D 1Derby County 42 9 8 4 34 26 6 7 8 23 26 5 45 16,682 Rd 3 Rd 2  
7D 3Grimsby Town 42 10 8 3 21 10 5 7 9 23 32 2 45 10,960 Rd 3 Rd 1  
8 -3 Queens Park Rangers 42 11 7 3 36 12 4 6 11 20 34 10 43 10,936 Rd 3 Rd 3  
9 9 Watford 42 13 5 3 34 18 3 6 12 16 27 5 43 12,996 Rd 4 Rd 5  
10D 3Sheffield Wednesday 42 14 4 3 38 14 3 4 14 15 37 2 42 18,476 Rd 3 Rd 3  
11 -2 Newcastle United 42 11 7 3 22 13 3 7 11 8 32 -15 42 16,001 Rd 5 Rd 2  
12 -8 Chelsea 42 8 6 7 27 15 6 6 9 19 26 5 40 17,897 Rd 3 Rd 2  
13 -5 Cambridge United 42 13 1 7 36 23 4 5 12 17 42 -12 40 5,796 Rd 3 Rd 4  
14 -1 Shrewsbury Town 42 9 7 5 33 22 2 10 9 13 25 -1 39 5,616 Rd 4 Rd 2  
15 -4 Oldham Athletic 42 7 9 5 19 16 5 6 10 20 32 -9 39 6,501 Rd 3 Rd 2  
16 0 Wrexham 42 5 8 8 22 24 7 6 8 21 21 -2 38 6,495 Rd 5 Rd 1  
17 -3 Orient 42 9 8 4 34 20 4 4 13 18 36 -4 38 6,156 Rd 3 Rd 2  
18 D 1Bolton Wanderers 42 10 5 6 40 27 4 5 12 21 39 -5 38 9,847 Rd 3 Rd 2  
19 -4 Cardiff City 42 7 7 7 23 24 5 5 11 21 36 -16 36 6,767 Rd 3 Rd 3  
20 -10 Preston North End 42 8 7 6 28 26 3 7 11 13 36 -21 36 7,602 Rd 3 Rd 4  
21 D 1Bristol City 42 6 10 5 19 15 1 6 14 10 36 -22 30 9,589 Rd 5 Rd 2  
22 -3 Bristol Rovers 42 4 9 8 21 24 1 4 16 13 41 -31 23 5,973 Rd 4 Rd 3  
Manager of the Season
1. John Lyall - West Ham United
2. Jimmy Sirril - Notts County
3. John Toshack - Swansea City
 
Third Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Third Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 12 Rotherham United 46 17 6 0 43 8 7 7 9 19 24 30 61 7,985 Rd 2 Rd 1  
2 9 Barnsley 46 15 5 3 46 19 6 12 5 26 26 27 59 12,800 Rd 5 Rd 4  
3 D 2 Charlton Athletic 46 14 6 3 36 17 11 3 9 27 27 19 59 7,206 Rd 5 Rd 3  
4D 4 Huddersfield Town 46 14 6 3 40 11 7 8 8 31 29 31 56 11,548 Rd 3 Rd 1  
5 -1 Chesterfield 46 17 4 2 42 16 6 6 11 30 32 24 56 7,331 Rd 3 Rd 2  
6D 4 Portsmouth 46 14 5 4 35 19 8 4 11 20 28 8 53 13,514 Rd 1 Rd 4  
7 8 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 5 4 35 18 5 9 9 21 26 12 52 6,766 Rd 3 Rd 1  
8 D 2 Burnley 46 13 5 5 37 21 5 9 9 23 27 12 50 6,469 Rd 2 Rd 2  
9 10 Brentford 46 7 9 7 30 25 7 10 6 22 24 3 47 6,752 Rd 2 Rd 1  
10 -3 Reading 46 13 5 5 39 22 5 5 13 23 40 0 46 5,439 Rd 1 Rd 2  
11 -3 Exeter City 46 9 9 5 36 30 7 4 12 26 36 -4 45 4,555 Rd 6 Rd 1  
12D 4 Newport County 46 11 6 6 38 22 4 7 12 26 39 3 43 5,675 Rd 1 Rd 2 European CWC QF
13 D 2 Fulham 46 8 7 8 28 29 7 6 10 29 35 -7 43 5,059 Rd 4 Rd 1  
14 3 Oxford United 46 7 8 8 20 24 6 9 8 19 23 -8 43 4,027 Rd 2 Rd 3  
15 1 Gillingham 46 9 8 6 23 19 3 10 10 25 39 -10 42 4,676 Rd 2 Rd 2  
16 -2 Millwall 46 10 9 4 30 21 4 5 14 13 39 -17 42 4,494 Rd 2 Rd 1  
17 -7 Swindon Town 46 10 6 7 35 27 3 9 11 16 29 -5 41 6,826 Rd 2 Rd 3  
18 -9 Chester 46 11 5 7 25 17 4 6 13 13 31 -10 41 2,875 Rd 1 Rd 1  
19 -13 Carlisle United 46 8 9 6 32 29 6 4 13 24 41 -14 41 4,064 Rd 4 Rd 2  
20D 4 Walsall 46 8 9 6 43 43 5 6 12 16 31 -15 41 4,265 Rd 2 Rd 1  
21 -9 Sheffield United 46 12 6 5 38 20 2 6 15 27 43 2 40 12,774 Rd 2 Rd 1  
22 -17 Colchester United 46 12 7 4 35 22 2 4 17 10 43 -20 39 2,645 Rd 3 Rd 1  
23 -5 Blackpool 46 5 9 9 19 28 4 5 14 26 47 -30 32 5,859 Rd 2 Rd 2  
24 -4 Hull City 46 7 8 8 23 22 1 8 14 17 49 -31 32 4,319 Rd 4 Rd 1  
Manager of the Season
1. Ian Porterfield - Rotherham United
2. Mike Bailey - Charlton Athletic
3. Norman Hunter - Barnsley
 
Fourth Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Fourth Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1D 3Southend United 46 19 4 0 47 6 11 3 9 32 25 48 67 6,083 Rd 1 Rd 1  
2 5 Lincoln City 46 15 7 1 44 11 10 8 5 22 14 41 65 4,596 Rd 2 Rd 2  
3 9 Doncaster Rovers 46 15 4 4 36 20 7 8 8 23 29 10 56 5,412 Rd 3 Rd 1  
4D 3Wimbledon 46 15 4 4 42 17 8 5 10 22 29 18 55 2,486 Rd 4 Rd 2  
5 3 Peterborough United 46 11 8 4 37 21 6 10 7 31 33 14 52 4,137 Rd 5 Rd 2  
6 4 Aldershot 46 12 9 2 28 11 6 5 12 15 30 2 50 2,989 Rd 1 Rd 1  
7D 3Mansfield Town 46 13 5 5 36 15 7 4 12 22 29 14 49 3,428 Rd 3 Rd 2  
8 14 Darlington 46 13 6 4 43 23 6 5 12 22 36 6 49 2,537 Rd 1 Rd 1  
9 10 Hartlepool United 46 14 3 6 42 22 6 6 11 22 39 3 49 3,115 Rd 1 Rd 1  
10 3 Northampton Town 46 11 7 5 42 26 7 6 10 23 41 -2 49 2,196 Rd 1 Rd 1  
11 -5 Wigan Athletic 46 13 4 6 29 16 5 7 11 22 39 -4 47 4,244 Rd 1 Rd 2  
12D 3Bury 46 10 8 5 38 21 7 3 13 32 41 8 45 2,748 Rd 3 Rd 3  
13 -2 AFC Bournemouth 46 9 8 6 30 21 7 5 11 17 27 -1 45 3,380 Rd 2 Rd 1  
14 -9 Bradford City 46 9 9 5 30 24 5 7 11 23 36 -7 44 2,859 Rd 1 Rd 2  
15 9 Rochdale 46 11 6 6 33 25 3 9 11 27 45 -10 43 2,460 Rd 1 Rd 1  
16 -2 Scunthorpe United 46 8 12 3 40 31 3 8 12 20 38 -9 42 2,357 Rd 2 Rd 1  
17 -8 Torquay United 46 13 2 8 38 26 5 3 15 17 37 -8 41 2,050 Rd 3 Rd 1  
18 5 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 7 6 28 20 3 7 13 20 41 -13 40 2,909 Rd 1 Rd 1  
19 1 Port Vale 46 10 8 5 40 23 2 7 14 17 47 -13 39 2,738 Rd 3 Rd 1  
20 -4 Stockport County 46 10 5 8 29 25 6 2 15 15 32 -13 39 2,335 Rd 1 Rd 3  
21 -6 Tranmere Rovers 46 12 5 6 41 24 1 5 17 18 49 -14 36 1,901 Rd 2 Rd 2  
22 -1 Hereford United 46 8 8 7 29 20 3 5 15 9 42 -24 35 2,441 Rd 2 Rd 1  
23 -5 Halifax Town 46 9 3 11 28 32 2 9 12 16 39 -27 34 1,924 Rd 1 Rd 1  
24 -7 York City 46 10 2 11 31 23 2 7 14 16 43 -19 33 2,163 Rd 1 Rd 2  
Notes
Tranmere Rovers, Hereford United, Halifax Town and York City re-elected to league.
Failed election to Fourth Division
Altrincham. Wycombe Wanderers withdrew application.
Manager of the Season
1. David Smith - Southend United
2. Colin Murphy - Lincoln City
3. Billy Bremner - Doncaster Rovers
 
Outstanding Manager of all divisions for the season Bobby Robson - Ipswich Town