Brummie Road 1980

1980’s – Games, results and tables

Following on from a 10th place finish the previous season, improvements were expected in the 1980-81 season. Albion played some neat football but they still lacked that vital spark. Ron Atkinson was being closely watched by Manchester United as a replacement for Dave Sexton and as soon as the season ended he packed his bags and left The Hawthorns for Old Trafford.

The season started slowly with only two points being collected in the first three league games, but following a league cup win over Leicester at the Hawthorns Albion went to Brighton and collected their first away win of the season. After the previous seasons exploits it was expected that the Albion would carry on and build on the work carried out by Atkinson.

A league title attempt was on the cards a good cup run expected the league cup run came to a 5th rd ended at Manchester City and the Fa cup run stopped in the fourth by Middlesborough.

The league title attempt was as good as over when a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa and a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United ended any hope of title success. A respectable fourth spot finish at the end of the season saw Albion heading for Europe the following season. However that next season would see a change in personnel.

All games – 1980-81

DateEventHomeScoreAway
16-08-1980 West Brom0-1Arsenal
20-08-1980Stoke0-0West Brom
23-08-1980West Brom1-1Wolves
26-08-1980League Cup 2nd Rd, 1st LegWest Brom1-0Leicester
30-08-1980Brighton1-2West Brom
03-09-1980League Cup 2nd Rd, 2nd LegLeicester0-1West Brom
06-09-1980West Brom3-0Norwich
13-09-1980Liverpool4-0West Brom
20-09-1980Birmingham1-1West Brom
24-09-1980League Cup 3rd RdEverton1-2West Brom
27-09-1980West Brom2-1Southampton
29-09-1980League Cup 4th RdWest Brom0-0Preston
04-10-1980Crystal Palace0-1West Brom
08-10-1980West Brom1-0Coventry
11-10-1980West Brom3-1Man City
18-10-1980Nottingham Forest2-1West Brom
21-10-1980Everton1-1West Brom
25-10-1980West Brom3-0Middlesbrough
01-11-1980Ipswich0-0West Brom
04-11-1980League Cup 4th Rd, ReplayPreston1-1West Brom
08-11-1980West Brom0-0Aston Villa
12-11-1980West Brom2-1Preston
15-11-1980Arsenal2-2West Brom
22-11-1980West Brom3-1Leicester
25-11-1980West Brom0-0Stoke
29-11-1980Tottenham2-3West Brom
03-12-1980League Cup 5th RdMan City2-1West Brom
06-12-1980West Brom1-2Leeds
13-12-1980Coventry3-0West Brom
26-12-1980Sunderland0-0West Brom
27-12-1980West Brom3-1Man Utd
03-01-1981FA Cup 3rd RdWest Brom3-0Grimsby
10-01-1981Leicester0-2West Brom
17-01-1981West Brom2-0Brighton
24-01-1981FA Cup 4th RdMiddlesbrough1-0West Brom
31-01-1981Wolves2-0West Brom
07-02-1981West Brom2-0Liverpool
14-02-1981Norwich0-2West Brom
21-02-1981Southampton2-2West Brom
28-02-1981West Brom2-2Birmingham
07-03-1981West Brom1-0Crystal Palace
14-03-1981Man City2-1West Brom
21-03-1981West Brom2-1Notthingham Forest
28-03-1981Middlesbrough2-1West Brom
31-03-1981West Brom2-0Everton
04-04-1981West Brom3-1Ipswich
08-04-1981Aston Villa1-0West Brom
18-04-1981Man Utd2-1West Brom
20-04-1981West Brom2-1Sunderland
02-05-1981West Brom4-2Tottenham
06-05-1981Leeds0-0West Brom

1980-81 Division 1 – Final table

                              P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A  Pts
 1. ASTON VILLA              42  16  3  2  40  13  10  5  6  32  27   60
 2. Ipswich Town             42  15  4  2  45  14   8  6  7  32  29   56
 3. Arsenal                  42  13  8  0  36  17   6  7  8  25  28   53
 4. West Bromwich Albion     42  15  4  2  40  15   5  8  8  20  27   52
 5. Liverpool                42  13  5  3  38  15   4 12  5  24  27   51
 6. Southampton              42  15  4  2  47  22   5  6 10  29  34   50
 7. Nottingham Forest        42  15  3  3  44  20   4  9  8  18  24   50
 8. Manchester United        42   9 11  1  30  14   6  7  8  21  22   48
 9. Leeds United             42  10  5  6  19  19   7  5  9  20  28   44
10. Tottenham Hotspur        42   9  9  3  44  31   5  6 10  26  37   43
11. Stoke City               42   8  9  4  31  23   4  9  8  20  37   42
12. Manchester City          42  10  7  4  35  25   4  4 13  21  34   39
13. Birmingham City          42  11  5  5  32  23   2  7 12  18  38   38
14. Middlesbrough            42  14  4  3  38  16   2  1 18  15  45   37
15. Everton                  42   8  6  7  32  25   5  4 12  23  33   36
16. Coventry City            42   9  6  6  31  30   4  4 13  17  38   36
17. Sunderland               42  10  4  7  32  19   4  3 14  20  34   35
18. Wolverhampton Wanderers  42  11  2  8  26  20   2  7 12  17  35   35
19. Brighton & Hove Albion   42  10  3  8  30  26   4  4 13  24  41   35
20. NORWICH CITY             42   9  7  5  34  25   4  0 17  15  48   33
21. LEICESTER CITY           42   7  5  9  20  23   6  1 14  20  44   32
22. CRYSTAL PALACE           42   6  4 11  32  37   0  3 18  15  46   19

Source: rsssf.com

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