- The Football League 1978-79
The Football Leaguein season 1978/ 1979.
Bob Paisleywon his third league title at Liverpool as his conquering side fought off competition from the likes of Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion to achieve their triumph. Albion were in their first season under the management of Ron Atkinson, and during the season pulled off a famous 5-3 away win over Manchester United. Albion's playing staff included some of the most competent young players in the league, including Bryan Robson, Brendan Batson, Cyrille Regisand Laurie Cunningham.
Down at the other end of the table, the three relegation places went to Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Chelsea. QPR had declined since the departure of
Dave Sextonin 1977 and were relegated just three years after coming within a whisker of the league title. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Danny Blanchflowerpaid for Chelsea's shortcomings by losing his job.
Money dominated the headlines during the season:
Trevor Francisbecame England's first million-pound footballer after joining Nottingham Forestfrom Birmingham City. Liverpool became one of the first English clubs to have a shirt sponsor when they agreed a sponsorship deal with the Japanese hi-fi manufacturers Hitachi. By the end of the season, more and more English clubs were signing money-spinning sponsorship deals with commercial firms as the sporting world became even more obsessed with advertising.
Crystal Palace won the Second Division title, followed by rivals Brighton & Hove Albion (in the top division for the first time) and third-paced Stoke City, to achieve promotion to the top flight. Going down were Sheffield United, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers.
Shrewsbury Town were crowned champions of the Third Division. The other two promotion spots were occupied by Watford and Swansea City, who within a few seasons would make their mark on the First Division. Peterborough United, Walsall, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City were relegated to the Fourth Division.
Reading, Grimsby Town, Wimbledon and Barnsley occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. The success came for Wimbledon in only their second season as a league club and within a decade they would be an established First Division club, but things would get worse before they got better. For the second season running, the re-election system voted in favour of the league's bottom four clubs and there were no departures or arrivals in the league.
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
1978-79 in English football
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Football League — This article is about the English football league. For the Greek football league with the same name, see Football League (Greece). The Football League Countries England Wales Confederation UEFA … Wikipedia
The Football League — Das seit 2004 verwendete Logo der Football League Die Football League bildet im englischen Profifußball den Unterbau der höchsten Spielklasse, der autonomen Premier League. Sie setzt sich aus den Ligen League Championship, League 1 und League 2… … Deutsch Wikipedia
The Football League 1990-91 — Statistics of The Football League in season 1990/1991.Overview First Division Arsenal took their second league title in three seasons despite a season during which it often looked as though the good points would be outnumbered by the bad points.… … Wikipedia
The Football League 1977-78 — Statistics of The Football League in season 1977/1978.OverviewFirst DivisionBrian Clough s Nottingham Forest side took on the First Division by storm, by winning the League Cup on 22nd March and confirming themselves as league champions the… … Wikipedia
Scottish Football League 1978-79 — Statistics of the Scottish Football League in season 1978 ndash;79.cottish Premier Divisionee also*1978 79 in Scottish footballReferences … Wikipedia
Turkish First Football League 1978-79 — Statistics of Turkish First Football League in season 1978/1979.OverviewIt was performed in 16 teams, and Trabzonspor won the championship.League StandingsReferences* [http://www.rsssf.com/tablest/turkhist.html Turkey List of final tables… … Wikipedia
Football League — Die Football League bildet im englischen Profifußball den Unterbau der höchsten Spielklasse, der autonomen Premier League. Sie setzt sich aus den Ligen League Championship, League 1 und League 2 zusammen. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Spielbetrieb 2… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Football League Championship — The Championship redirects here. For the rugby union competition, see RFU Championship. For the rugby league competition, see Championship (rugby league) Football League Championship Countries England … Wikipedia
Football League One — Countries England Founded … Wikipedia
Football League Fourth Division — Countries England Wales Founded 1958 Folded 1992 … Wikipedia