We’re almost at the end of November 1980 in our story of the 1980/81 football season, and this morning we kick off with four matches from the last week of that month. We start with the UEFA Cup match between Ipswich Town and the Polish club Widzew Lodz from Portman Road, a macth which eneded in an extremely comfortable win for the home team, before going on to three matches from the following weekend’s First Division fixtures. First up is a match from Roker Park between Sunderland and the champions, Liverpool. Sunderland had been promoted at the end of the previous season and went into the match in fourteenth place in the table, while Liverpool had dropped to third place in the table behing the two clubs who would come to define much of the remainder of the seaosn in this division, Aston Villa and Ipswich Town.

Our second match comes from the middle of the First Division, between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion. Spurs went into the match in mid-table in the division, apparently unable to fnd any consistency in their performances, especially away from home, whilst West Bromwich Albion went into the match in fifth place and with every chance of achieving European football by the end of the season. The final match comes from the wrong end of the First Division table. Crystal Palace had been promoted at the end of the previous season, but had been having a wretched time of things with just four wins from their nineteen league matches to that point. Their visitors that day, meanwhile, were Manchester City, who had stabilised under John Bond after the sacking of his predecessor, Malcolm Allison.

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