1979–80 Rugby Union County Championship

The 1979–80 Thorn EMI Rugby Union County Championship was the 80th edition of England's County Championship rugby union club competition. [1] [2] [3]

1979–80 Thorn EMI County Championship
Countries England
ChampionsLancashire (11th title)
Runners-upGloucestershire

Lancashire won their 11th title after defeating Gloucestershire in the final.

First RoundEdit

Pos Northern Division P W D L F A Pts
1 Lancashire 5 5 0 0 210 42 10
2 Northumberland 5 4 0 1 109 56 8
3 Yorkshire 5 3 0 2 60 49 6
4 Durham 5 1 1 3 39 101 3
5 Cheshire 5 1 0 4 63 97 2
6 Cumberland & Westmorland 5 0 1 4 31 158 2
Pos Midlands Group A P W D L F A Pts
1 North Midlands 2 2 0 0 47 16 4
2 East Midlands 2 1 0 1 27 41 2
3 Notts, Lincs & Derby 2 0 0 2 16 33 0
Pos Midlands Group B P W D L F A Pts
1 Warwickshire 2 2 0 0 50 22 4
2 Staffordshire 2 1 0 1 37 36 2
3 Leicestershire 2 0 0 2 24 53 0
Pos London Group A P W D L F A Pts
1 Surrey 2 2 0 0 33 29 4
2 Middlesex 2 1 0 1 33 25 2
3 Kent 2 0 0 2 37 49 0
Pos London Group B P W D L F A Pts
1 Eastern Counties 3 2 0 1 71 26 4
2 Sussex 3 2 0 1 50 22 4
3 Hampshire 3 1 0 2 25 46 2
4 Hertfordshire 3 1 0 2 22 74 2
Pos South-West Division P W D L F A Pts
1 Gloucestershire 3 2 0 1 40 36 4
2 Devon 3 2 0 1 44 40 4
3 Somerset 3 1 1 1 43 40 3
4 Cornwall 3 0 1 2 35 46 1
Pos Southern Division P W D L F A Pts
1 Oxfordshire 3 3 0 0 43 18 6
2 Buckinghamshire 3 1 0 2 43 42 2
3 Dorset & Wilts 3 1 0 2 25 39 2
4 Berkshire 3 1 0 2 19 31 2

Second RoundEdit

Venue Team One Team Two Score
Moseley North Midlands Warwickshire 13-7
Woodford Surrey Eastern Counties 26-6
Oxford Oxfordshire Gloucestershire 10-36

Semi finalsEdit

Date Venue Team One Team Two Score
8 Dec Moseley North Midlands Gloucestershire 17-21
9 Dec Old Deer Park Surrey Lancashire 6-31

FinalEdit

9 February 1980
Lancashire 21-15 Gloucestershire
Try: O'Brien, Slemen, Carleton (2), Try
Con: O'Brien
Pen: O'Brien
Try: Pomphrey Try
Con: Butler
Pen: Bulter (3)
Powderhouse Lane, Vale of Lune
Attendance: 10,000 (estimated)[4]
Referee: Laurie Prideaux (North Midlands)


15 Kevin O'Brien Broughton Park
14 John Carleton Orrell
13 Tony Wright Sale
12 P Phillips Orrell
11 Mike Slemen Liverpool
10 Peter Williams Orrell
9 Steve Smith Sale
1 Dave Tabern Fylde
2 Colin Fisher Waterloo
3 Fran Cotton Sale
4 Bill Beaumont (capt) Fylde
5 Jim Syddall Waterloo
6 Roger Creed Sale
7 Tony Neary Broughton Park
8 Laurie Connor Waterloo
Replacements:
J Heaton Orrell
T S K Aitcheson Fylde
D J Carfoot Waterloo
T Simon Sale
K Pacey Broughton Park
T Morris Liverpool
Coach:
Des Seabrook
15 Peter Butler Gloucester
14 Bob Clewes Gloucester
13 Richard Mogg Gloucester
12 Alastair Hignell Bristol
11 Alan Morley Bristol
10 Dave Sorrell Bristol
9 Peter Kingston Gloucester
1 Gordon Sargent Gloucester
2 Steve Mills Gloucester
3 Phil Blakeway Gloucester
4 John Fidler Gloucester
5 Nigel Pomphrey Bristol
6 Mike Rafter (capt) Bristol
7 P A Wood Gloucester
8 Bob Hesford Bristol
Replacements:
M Priddy Gloucester
F Reed Gloucester
S Boyle Gloucester
P Johnson Clifton
B Russell Gloucester
S Baker Gloucester

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jenkins, Vivian (1980–81). Rothmans Rugby Yearbook. Brickfield Publications Ltd. pp. 125–131. ISBN 0362-02018-3.
  2. ^ "English County Championship". Rugby Football History.
  3. ^ "The County Finals". County Rugby.com.
  4. ^ "100 CLUB OF THE DAY: VALE OF LUNE RUFC". Sale Sharks.