1968–69 Football League Cup

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The 1968–69 Football League Cup was the ninth season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition ended with the final on 15 March 1969.

The final was contested by Third Division team Swindon Town and First Division side Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London. Roger Smart gave Swindon a surprise lead in the first half but Bobby Gould equalised for Arsenal in the 85th minute. In extra-time, Don Rogers scored twice for Swindon, leading them to a 3–1 victory.

1968–69 Football League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 91
Champions Swindon Town
Runners-up Arsenal

First round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 2–4 Brentford 14 August 1968
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–6 Southend United 13 August 1968
Bradford City 3–2 Hartlepool 14 August 1968
Bradford Park Avenue 0–3 Darlington 13 August 1968
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Oxford United 14 August 1968
Bristol City 2–0 Newport County 13 August 1968
Bristol Rovers 0–2 Swansea Town 13 August 1968
Bury 1–1 Stockport County 13 August 1968
Chester 0–0 Tranmere Rovers 13 August 1968
Colchester United 2–0 Reading 13 August 1968
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Northampton Town 14 August 1968
Derby County 3–0 Chesterfield 13 August 1968
Doncaster Rovers 0–0 Peterborough United 14 August 1968
Gillingham 2–2 Orient 14 August 1968
Grimsby Town 0–0 Notts County 14 August 1968
Halifax Town 0–3 Hull City 14 August 1968
Lincoln City 2–1 Mansfield Town 14 August 1968
Luton Town 3–0 Watford 14 August 1968
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Exeter City 14 August 1968
Preston North End 1–1 Oldham Athletic 14 August 1968
Scunthorpe United 2–1 Rotherham United 13 August 1968
Southport 2–2 Barrow 14 August 1968
Swindon Town 2–1 Torquay United 13 August 1968
Walsall 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 13 August 1968
Workington 2–1 Rochdale 14 August 1968
Wrexham 2–0 Port Vale 14 August 1968
York City 3–4 Barnsley 14 August 1968

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barrow 1–3[1] Southport 19 August 1968
Crewe Alexandra 1–0 Northampton Town 21 August 1968
Exeter City 0–0[1] Plymouth Argyle 21 August 1968
Orient 3–0 Gillingham 20 August 1968
Notts County 0–1 Grimsby Town 21 August 1968
Oldham Athletic 0–1 Preston North End 21 August 1968
Peterborough United 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 19 August 1968
Stockport County 1–0 Bury 19 August 1968
Tranmere Rovers 2–2[1] Chester 21 August 1968

Second Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Plymouth Argyle 0–1[1] Exeter City 26 August 1968
Tranmere Rovers 1–1[1] Chester 26 August 1968

Third Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Chester 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 28 August 1968

Second round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Sunderland 4 September 1968
Aston Villa 1–4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 September 1968
Barnsley 1–1 Millwall 3 September 1968
Birmingham City 0–1 Chelsea 3 September 1968
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Stoke City 4 September 1968
Bradford City 1–1 Swindon Town 4 September 1968
Brentford 3–0 Hull City 4 September 1968
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Luton Town 4 September 1968
Bristol City 1–0 Middlesbrough 4 September 1968
Carlisle United 2–0 Cardiff City 4 September 1968
Colchester United 0–1 Workington 4 September 1968
Coventry City 2–0 Portsmouth 3 September 1968
Crystal Palace 3–1 Preston North End 4 September 1968
Darlington 1–2 Leicester City 4 September 1968
Derby County 5–1 Stockport County 4 September 1968
Everton 4–0 Tranmere Rovers 3 September 1968
Exeter City 3–1 Sheffield Wednesday 4 September 1968
Grimsby Town 1–1 Burnley 4 September 1968
Huddersfield Town 0–0 Manchester City 3 September 1968
Ipswich Town 2–4 Norwich City 3 September 1968
Leeds United 1–0 Charlton Athletic 4 September 1968
Orient 1–0 Fulham 3 September 1968
Liverpool 4–0 Sheffield United 4 September 1968
Nottingham Forest 2–3 West Bromwich Albion 3 September 1968
Peterborough United 4–2 Queens Park Rangers 4 September 1968
Scunthorpe United 2–1 Lincoln City 3 September 1968
Southampton 3–1 Crewe Alexandra 4 September 1968
Southport 0–2 Newcastle United 2 September 1968
Walsall 1–1 Swansea Town 3 September 1968
West Ham United 7–2 Bolton Wanderers 4 September 1968
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Southend United 4 September 1968
Wrexham 1–1 Blackpool 4 September 1968

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Blackpool 3–0 Wrexham 9 September 1968
Burnley 6–0 Grimsby Town 10 September 1968
Luton Town 4–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 September 1968
Manchester City 4–0 Huddersfield Town 11 September 1968
Millwall 3–1[1] Barnsley 9 September 1968
Stoke City 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 11 September 1968
Swansea Town 3–2[1] Walsall 10 September 1968
Swindon Town 4–3 Bradford City 10 September 1968

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Brentford 0–2 Norwich City 24 September 1968
Blackpool 1–0 Manchester City 25 September 1968
Carlisle United 0–3 Leicester City 24 September 1968
Chelsea 0–0 Derby County 25 September 1968
Everton 5–1 Luton Town 24 September 1968
Leeds United 2–1 Bristol City 25 September 1968
Orient 0–1 Crystal Palace 24 September 1968
Liverpool 2–0 Swansea Town 25 September 1968
Peterborough United 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 25 September 1968
Scunthorpe United 1–6 Arsenal 25 September 1968
Southampton 4–1 Newcastle United 25 September 1968
Swindon Town 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 24 September 1968
Tottenham Hotspur 6–3 Exeter City 25 September 1968
West Ham United 0–0 Coventry City 25 September 1968
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Millwall 25 September 1968
Workington 0–1 Burnley 25 September 1968

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Coventry City 3–2 West Ham United 1 October 1968
Derby County 3–1 Chelsea 2 October 1968

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–1 Liverpool 15 October 1968
Blackpool 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 October 1968
Burnley 4–0 Leicester City 16 October 1968
Coventry City 2–2 Swindon Town 16 October 1968
Crystal Palace 2–1 Leeds United 16 October 1968
Everton 0–0 Derby County 16 October 1968
Norwich City 0–4 Southampton 16 October 1968
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Peterborough United 16 October 1968

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Derby County 1–0 Everton 23 October 1968
Swindon Town 3–0 Coventry City 21 October 1968

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 5–1 Blackpool 29 October 1968
Burnley 2–0 Crystal Palace 30 October 1968
Derby County 0–0 Swindon Town 30 October 1968
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Southampton 30 October 1968

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Swindon Town 1–0 Derby County 5 November 1968

Semi-finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 20 November 1968
Burnley 1–2 Swindon Town 20 November 1968

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Swindon Town 1–2[1] Burnley 4 December 1968 3–3
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Arsenal 4 December 1968 1–2

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Burnley 2–3[1] Swindon Town 18 December 1968

Final[edit]

The final was held at Wembley Stadium, London on 15 March 1969.

15 March 1969
15:00 BST
Swindon Town 3–1 Arsenal
Smart Goal 35'
Rogers Goal 104' Goal 109'
Summary Gould Goal 85'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,189
Arsenal
Yellow shirts/Blue shorts/Yellow socks
1 — 3
(after extra time)
Swindon Town
White shirts/White shorts/White socks
Manager: Bertie Mee

Team:
Wilson (GK)
Storey
McNab
McLintock
Ure
Simpson off 71'
Radford
Sammels
Court
Gould
Armstrong Substitutes:
Graham on 71' Scorers:

Half-time:
0–1

Competition:
Football League Cup (Final)

Date:
15:00 BST Saturday 15 March 1969

Venue:
Wembley Stadium, London

Attendance:
98,189

Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named subsititute.

Manager: Danny Williams

Team:
Downsborough (GK)
Thomas
Trollope
Butler
Burrows
Harland
Heath
Smart
Smith off 77'
Noble
Rogers Substitutes:
Penman on 77' Scorers:

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i After Extra Time