As for the best of Czechoslovakian football, it was expected and familiar group – Banik (Ostrava), Zbrojovka (Brno), and Dukla (Prague). Zbrojovka, the champions of the previous season, were expected to be among the favourites, although it was hard to see them champions again. The club was strong and steady for some time, but lacked depth. No quality players were recruited between the seasons, so it was the same squad which won the 1977-78 championship, for good or bad. They still played well, but were not contenders this time: comfortably getting 3rd place, but 6 points behind the top two. Banik was one of the strongest and most consistent clubs during the 1970s and continued to be so – once again they aimed at the title and fought bravely to the very end. However, they were similar to Zbrojovka – with some aging stars and without influx of new blood, they had shortcomings and short bench of reserves. Yet, Banik had plenty of experience and ambition too. It was especially hard to best them – Banik finished with only 5 losses this year, nobody had a better record. Scoring was not their forte, but they collected enough points – 41. Again, no one bested that... so it came to goal-difference and the superior scoring power of Dukla won. Banik ended with +22, Dukla with +41!
Older feet were still running strong, though. Banik (Ostrava)
reached the Cup final. The other finalist was not Dukla, but
Lokomotiva (Kosice). They were perhaps the best Slovak team at the
time, enjoying their peak. Which was not all that much: Lokomotiva
never had more than 2-3 real stars and even in their best years –
perhaps no more than 6-7 solid players. Not bad for a small club, but
hardly enough for major impact. Inconsistency was the result – one
year strong, not so in the next. Lokomotiva finished third in the
1977-78 championship. In 1978-79 they were down at 11th
place. But a squad like theirs was better suitable for cup
tournaments. Lokomotiva won the Cup in 1977 – now they were playing
at the final again. To a point, they had it easier than Banik – the
national cup was played between the winners of the Czech and Slovak
cups, and with Slovak clubs in sharp decline, Lokomotiva had weaker
opposition. But never mind, the Cup final was another matter.
Lokomotiva prevailed 2-1 and won their second cup!