Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Seventeen – Derby & Luton Cancel Each Other Out

By Ian  |   The Ball  |   October 30, 2013  |     45

By the end of January 1981 West Ham United had pulled clear at the top of the Second Division, opening up a near unassailable seven point lead at the top of the table. Below them, however, there was an almighty rush to join them at the top of the table with just four points seperating Notts County in second place in the table from Cambridge United in tenth place. Two of the chasing pack were Derby County and Luton Town, who started the day in sixth and eighth place in the table respectively and they attracted the cameras of the BBC’s Match Of The Day to The Baseball Ground for their match. The division’s leaders, meanwhile, were at home against Preston North End and that’s our second match. Our final match comes from the First Division and features Kevin Keegan starring as Southampton played Birmingham City.

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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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