1971–72 Football League Cup

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The 1971–72 Football League Cup was the 12th season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The tournament started on 17 August 1971 and ended with the final at Wembley on 4 March 1972.

Stoke City won the tournament after defeating Chelsea in the final at Wembley Stadium, London.

Entry for all football league clubs became compulsory this season.

1971–72 Football League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Stoke City
Runners-up Chelsea

First round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 1–1 Southend United 18 August 1971
Aston Villa 2–2 Wrexham 18 August 1971
Barnsley 0–0 Hartlepool 18 August 1971
Barrow 0–2 Preston North End 18 August 1971
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Workington 18 August 1971
Bournemouth 2–1 Portsmouth 17 August 1971
Bradford City 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 18 August 1971
Charlton Athletic 5–1 Peterborough United 17 August 1971
Chesterfield 0–0 Mansfield Town 18 August 1971
Colchester United 3–1 Brentford 18 August 1971
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Southport 18 August 1971
Darlington 0–1 York City 18 August 1971
Exeter City 0–3 Bristol Rovers 18 August 1971
Fulham 4–0 Cambridge United 17 August 1971
Gillingham 4–0 Reading 18 August 1971
Grimsby Town 4–3 Doncaster Rovers 17 August 1971
Halifax Town 1–1 Rochdale 18 August 1971
Orient 1–1 Notts County 17 August 1971
Newport County 1–2 Torquay United 17 August 1971
Oldham Athletic 1–0 Bury 17 August 1971
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Bristol City 17 August 1971
Port Vale 0–2 Shrewsbury Town 18 August 1971
Rotherham United 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 17 August 1971
Scunthorpe United 0–1 Lincoln City 18 August 1971
Stockport County 1–0 Walsall 18 August 1971
Swansea City 0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 17 August 1971
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Chester 18 August 1971
Watford 2–0 Northampton Town 18 August 1971

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Bradford City 25 August 1971
Chester 1–3 Tranmere Rovers 25 August 1971
Hartlepool 0–1[1] Barnsley 23 August 1971
Mansfield Town 0–5 Chesterfield 23 August 1971
Notts County 3–1 Orient 25 August 1971
Rochdale 2–2[1] Halifax Town 24 August 1971
Southend United 1–2[1] Aldershot 23 August 1971
Wrexham 1–1[1] Aston Villa 23 August 1971

2nd Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 4–3 Wrexham 31 August 1971
Halifax Town 2–0 Rochdale 31 August 1971

Second round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Barnsley 8 September 1971
Bristol Rovers 3–1 Sunderland 7 September 1971
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Lincoln City 8 September 1971
Bournemouth 0–2 Blackpool 8 September 1971
Carlisle United 5–0 Sheffield Wednesday 7 September 1971
Charlton Athletic 3–1 Leicester City 7 September 1971
Coventry City 0–1 Burnley 7 September 1971
Crystal Palace 2–0 Luton Town 7 September 1971
Chelsea 2–0 Plymouth Argyle 8 September 1971
Chesterfield 2–3 Aston Villa 8 September 1971
Colchester United 4–1 Swindon Town 8 September 1971
Derby County 0–0 Leeds United 8 September 1971
Grimsby Town 2–1 Shrewsbury Town 7 September 1971
Huddersfield Town 0–2 Bolton Wanderers 7 September 1971
Ipswich Town 1–3 Manchester United 7 September 1971
Liverpool 3–0 Hull City 7 September 1971
Manchester City 4–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 September 1971
Newcastle United 2–1 Halifax Town 8 September 1971
Norwich City 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 September 1971
Nottingham Forest 5–1 Aldershot 7 September 1971
Notts County 1–2 Gillingham 8 September 1971
Oxford United 1–0 Millwall 8 September 1971
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Birmingham City 7 September 1971
Sheffield United 3–0 Fulham 7 September 1971
Southampton 2–1 Everton 7 September 1971
Southport 1–2 Stoke City 8 September 1971
Stockport County 0–1 Watford 7 September 1971
Torquay United 2–1 Oldham Athletic 8 September 1971
Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Preston North End 8 September 1971
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 8 September 1971
West Ham United 1–1 Cardiff City 8 September 1971
York City 2–2 Middlesbrough 8 September 1971

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Cardiff City 1–2 West Ham United 22 September 1971
Leeds United 2–0 Derby County 27 September 1971
Lincoln City 4–1 Blackburn Rovers 15 September 1971
Middlesbrough 1–2 York City 14 September 1971

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 4–0 Newcastle United 6 October 1971
Blackpool 4–0 Colchester United 5 October 1971
Bolton Wanderers 3–0 Manchester City 5 October 1971
Bristol Rovers 2–1 Charlton Athletic 5 October 1971
Crystal Palace 2–2 Aston Villa 5 October 1971
Gillingham 1–1 Grimsby Town 6 October 1971
Liverpool 1–0 Southampton 5 October 1971
Manchester United 1–1 Burnley 6 October 1971
Norwich City 4–1 Carlisle United 6 October 1971
Nottingham Forest 1–1 Chelsea 6 October 1971
Oxford United 1–1 Stoke City 6 October 1971
Queens Park Rangers 4–2 Lincoln City 5 October 1971
Sheffield United 3–2 York City 5 October 1971
Torquay United 1–4 Tottenham Hotspur 6 October 1971
Watford 1–1 Preston North End 6 October 1971
West Ham United 0–0 Leeds United 6 October 1971

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 2–0 Crystal Palace 13 October 1971
Burnley 0–1 Manchester United 18 October 1971
Chelsea 2–1 Nottingham Forest 11 October 1971
Grimsby Town 1–0 Gillingham 12 October 1971
Leeds United 0–1[1] West Ham United 20 October 1971
Preston North End 2–1 Watford 11 October 1971
Stoke City 2–0 Oxford United 18 October 1971

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 0–0 Sheffield United 26 October 1971
Blackpool 4–1 Aston Villa 26 October 1971
Chelsea 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 27 October 1971
Grimsby Town 1–1 Norwich City 26 October 1971
Manchester United 1–1 Stoke City 27 October 1971
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Bristol Rovers 26 October 1971
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Preston North End 27 October 1971
West Ham United 2–1 Liverpool 27 October 1971

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers 0–6 Chelsea 8 November 1971
Bristol Rovers 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 2 November 1971
Norwich City 3–1 Grimsby Town 3 November 1971
Preston North End 1–2[1] Tottenham Hotspur 8 November 1971
Sheffield United 2–0 Arsenal 8 November 1971
Stoke City 0–0[1] Manchester United 8 November 1971

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City 2–1 Manchester United 15 November 1971

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bristol Rovers 2–4 Stoke City 23 November 1971
Norwich City 0–1 Chelsea 17 November 1971
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Blackpool 17 November 1971
West Ham United 5–0 Sheffield United 17 November 1971

Semi-finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City 1–2 West Ham United 8 December 1971
Chelsea 3–2 Tottenham Hotspur 22 December 1971

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
West Ham United 0–1[1] Stoke City 15 December 1971 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 Chelsea 5 January 1972 4–5

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City 0–0[1] West Ham United 5 January 1972

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Stoke City 3–2 West Ham United 26 January 1972

Final[edit]

The final was held at Wembley Stadium, London on 4 March 1972.

4 March 1972
Stoke City 2–1 Chelsea
Conroy 5' Goal
Eastham 67' Goal
Osgood 45' Goal
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 97,852
Referee: N. Burtenshaw
STOKE CITY:
GK 1 Gordon Banks
DF 2 John Marsh
DF 3 Mike Pejic
MF 4 Mike Bernard
DF 5 Denis Smith
DF 6 Alan Bloor
MF 7 Terry Conroy
MF 8 Jimmy Greenhoff Substituted off
FW 9 John Ritchie
FW 10 Peter Dobing
MF 11 George Eastham
Substitutes:
MF 12 John Mahoney Substituted in
Manager:
Tony Waddington
CHELSEA:
GK 1 Peter Bonetti
DF 2 Paddy Mulligan Substituted off
DF 3 Ron Harris (c)
MF 4 John Hollins
DF 5 John Dempsey
DF 6 David Webb
MF 7 Charlie Cooke
FW 8 Chris Garland
FW 9 Peter Osgood
MF 10 Alan Hudson
MF 11 Peter Houseman
Substitutes:
FW 12 Tommy Baldwin Substituted in
Manager:
Dave Sexton

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

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