Nottingham Forest leave Liverpool trailing while Bob Latchford scores four for Everton
8 October ~ Newly promoted Nottingham Forest had gone top after a midweek defeat of Ipswich four days previously and never relinquished the position. After two 1-0 defeats at Leeds and Chelsea in November they were unbeaten for the rest of the season. They used just 16 players, although only one, winger John Robertson, was an ever-present. Manager Brian Clough remained unusually low key throughout, leaving assistant Peter Taylor to handle all the TV interviews.
Kenny Dalglish and "supersub" David Fairclough, making a rare first team start, scored in Liverpool's defeat of Chelsea. The defending champions finished second, seven points behind Forest while retaining the European Cup by beating Bruges 1-0 in the Wembley final.
Manchester City had been runners-up in 1976-77, a season after winning the League Cup, which was their last major trophy until the 2011 FA Cup. They led the table briefly but fell away to fifth. Manager Tony Book was made assistant to the returning Malcolm Allison in 1979 while two of City's young stars, winger Peter Barnes – one of the scorers against Arsenal – and midfielder Gary Owen, were surprisingly allowed to go to West Brom.
Bob Latchford got four of Everton's five at QPR and went on to be the first top-level striker in six seasons to score 30 league goals, for which he won a £10,000 prize from the Daily Express. He reached the target with two in a 6-0 defeat of Chelsea on the final day as his side finished third.
Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter scored Bristol City's third goal against his old club. City had returned to the top level after a 65-year absence in 1976. Nearly bankrupt on relegation in 1980, they became the first team to be go down from Division One to Division Four in successive seasons.
Newcastle's 2-1 home defeat by Tommy Docherty's Derby was their ninth straight loss. They didn't win any of their last 19 games and finished on 22 points. But they weren't bottom – Leicester were below them on goal difference. It was to be the only season in top-level management for former Arsenal Double-winning captain Frank McLintock who was sacked once Leicester's relegation was sealed in April. West Ham also went down after 20 years in Division One following a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool in their last match.