1979–80 Alliance Premier League

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The Alliance Premier League season of 1979–80 was the inaugural season of the Alliance Premier League – the first league outside the Football League to cover the whole of England.

Overview

Between 1979–2004 the single-division Alliance Premier League formed Level 5 of the English football league system. Since 2004 two regional divisions were added at Level 6.

The founder members of the Alliance Premier League were drawn from the Southern League and Northern Premier League, covering the country from Yeovil Town in the South West to Barrow in the far North. One club from WalesBangor City – also participated.

Teams

Final table1

Alliance Premier League
Season 1979–801
Champions Altrincham
Promoted to the Football League None
Runners-up Weymouth
Relegated to
Level 6
Redditch United
Promoted for next season Frickley Athletic
Matches played 380
Goals scored 972 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer G. J. Smith (Northwich Victoria), 29 notes 1
Biggest home win Maidstone UnitedBath City 6–0
Biggest away win Redditch UnitedBangor City 1–5
Stafford RangersWeymouth 1–5
Highest scoring

Northwich VictoriaBarrow 6–3

Kettering TownStafford Rangers 3–6
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?
Locations of the Alliance Premier League 1979–1980 London teams
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Altrincham 38 16 3 0 45 9 8 5 6 34 26 79 35 + 44 56
2 Weymouth 38 13 3 3 40 14 9 7 3 33 23 73 37 + 36 54
3 Worcester City 38 12 6 1 29 15 6 5 8 24 21 53 36 + 17 49
4 Boston United 38 11 7 1 40 20 5 6 8 12 23 52 43 + 9 45
5 Gravesend & Northfleet 38 12 4 3 36 18 5 6 8 13 26 49 44 + 5 44
6 Maidstone United 38 11 4 4 38 15 5 7 7 16 22 54 37 + 17 43
7 Kettering Town 38 9 5 5 29 26 6 8 5 26 24 55 50 + 5 43
8 Northwich Victoria 38 11 5 3 31 14 5 5 9 19 24 50 38 + 12 42
9 Bangor City 38 9 6 4 21 18 5 8 6 20 28 41 46 – 5 42
10 Nuneaton 38 12 4 2 41 16 1 8 10 17 28 58 44 + 14 39
11 Scarborough 38 8 8 3 32 14 4 7 8 15 24 47 38 + 9 39
12 Yeovil Town 38 8 6 5 26 17 5 4 10 20 32 46 49 – 3 36
13 Telford United 38 9 3 7 31 27 4 5 10 21 33 52 60 – 8 34
14 Barrow 38 10 3 6 27 18 4 3 12 20 37 47 55 – 8 34
15 Wealdstone 38 5 9 5 26 25 4 6 9 16 29 42 54 – 12 33
16 Bath City 38 7 9 3 26 21 3 3 13 17 48 43 69 – 26 32
17 Barnet 38 7 6 6 18 18 3 4 12 14 30 32 48 – 16 30
18 AP Leamington 38 5 5 9 16 27 2 6 11 16 36 32 63 – 31 25
19 Stafford Rangers 38 4 7 8 20 21 2 3 14 21 36 41 57 – 16 22
20 Redditch United 38 4 5 10 18 29 1 3 15 8 40 26 69 – 43 18 Relegated to the Southern League Midland Division
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Points were scored until the 1981–82 season as follows: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.
  1. ^ G. J. Smith's goals include also goals scored in the League Cup.
Key
Alliance Premier League Champions, no promotion
FA Trophy winners (Dagenham, Isthmian League Premier Division)
Alliance Premier League Cup winners
Relegated to Level 6

Results1

Home \ Away[1] ALT APL BAN BRN BRW BAT BOS GRN KET MAI NOR NUN RED SCA STF TEL WEA WEY WRC YEO
Altrincham 3–0 5–0 1–0 3–1 4–0 3–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 3–1 1–1
AP Leamington 1–4 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–4
Bangor City 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–0
Barnet 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–2 0–0 0–3
Barrow 1–3 6–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0
Bath City 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–4 4–2 0–4 1–1
Boston United 2–5 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 4–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–0
Gravesend & Northfleet 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 5–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 3–2 2–0
Kettering Town 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–4 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–6 3–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 5–3
Maidstone United 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 6–0 1–0 3–0 1–3 3–4 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Northwich Victoria 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 6–3 6–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Nuneaton Borough 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–0
Redditch United 0–1 3–1 1–5 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 4–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Scarborough 1–1 5–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 6–1 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 0–0
Stafford Rangers 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–5 0–0 2–1
Telford United 3–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 3–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 3–3 0–1 0–3
Wealdstone 1–4 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–4 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–4 5–0
Weymouth 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 6–0 0–1 2–1 3–2 4–0 1–2 3–0
Worcester City 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–4 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0
Yeovil Town 3–2 1–0 1–2 5–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–2

Source: Rothmans Football Yearbook 1980–81. Queen Anne Press, Macdonald Futura Publishers, London & Sydney, 1981.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion and relegation

Relegated

Top scorers1notes2 1

Rank Player Club League FA Cup FA Trophy League Cup Total
1 G. J. Smith Northwich Victoria 29
2 Tommy Paterson Weymouth 28
3 John Rogers Altrincham 24
4 Aniello Iannone Weymouth 22
5 J. P. Daubney Maidstone United 21
6 Barry Whitbread Altrincham 20
7 Bobby Brown Boston United 19
8 R. O. Gauden Scarborough 16
= David Mather Telford United 16
10 Roy Clayton Kettering Town 14
11 M. J. Neale Nuneaton Borough 13
= M. C. Wheeler Bath City 13
13 Colin Cowperthwaite Barrow 12
= J. N. Evans Kettering Town 12
= D. Gardner AP Leamington 12
= Gerry O'Hara Worcester City 12
17 Neil Cordice Wealdstone 11
= Barry Howard Altrincham 11
= N. B. Johnson Wealdstone 11
= M. D. Phelps Worcester City 11
= P. Phipps Kettering Town 11
= P. T. Wilkey Telford United 11
  1. ^ The number of goals is the sum of league and league cup goals.

Election to the Football League

As winners of the Alliance Premier League, Altrincham won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom teams in the 1979–80 Football League Division Four. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Darlington 22nd (Division Four) 49
Crewe Alexandra 23rd (Division Four) 48
Hereford United 21st (Division Four) 48
Rochdale 24th (Division Four) 26
Altrincham 1st (Alliance Premier League) 25

As a result of this, Altrincham failed to be elected to membership of the Football League, falling just one point behind Fourth Division's bottom club Rochdale.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Rollin, Jack (ed.): Rothmans Football Yearbook 1980–81, p. 939–947. Queen Anne Press, Queen Anne Press, London & Sydney, 1980.

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