1973–74 Football League Cup

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1973–74 Football League Cup
League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
Runners-up Manchester City
Matches played 132
Goals scored 385 (2.92 per match)

The Football League Cup 1973–74 was the 14th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs.

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition by defeating Manchester City 2–1 in the final on 2 March 1974. This triumph gave them entry to the 1974–75 UEFA Cup.

First round[edit]

The 56 Football League clubs who had comprised the Third and Fourth Divisions during the previous season, plus the bottom eight of the Second Division, all competed from the first round. Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 28–29 August 1973.

Ties[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
1 Bolton Wanderers 1–1 Preston North End 17,101 28 August 1973
2 Bury 0–0 Oldham Athletic 5,534 28 August 1973
3 Southport 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 5,342 29 August 1973
4 Carlisle United 2–2 Workington 7,040 28 August 1973
5 Darlington 2–1 Bradford City 2,664 29 August 1973
6 Halifax Town 1–1 Barnsley 2,768 28 August 1973
7 York City 1–0 Huddersfield Town 6,497 29 August 1973
8 Rochdale 5–3 Hartlepools 1,836 29 August 1973
9 Chester City 0–2 Wrexham 4,791 29 August 1973
10 Tranmere Rovers 3–3 Crewe Alexandra 2,751 29 August 1973
11 Walsall 6–1 Shrewsbury Town 4,722 29 August 1973
12 Stockport County 2–0 Port Vale 3,314 29 August 1973
13 Grimsby Town 2–1 Northampton Town 7,829 28 August 1973
14 Notts County 3–4 Doncaster Rovers 7,735 28 August 1973
15 Peterborough United 2–2 Scunthorpe United 6,339 29 August 1973
16 Rotherham United 2–1 Lincoln City 3,455 28 August 1973
17 Chesterfield 1–1 Mansfield Town 6,321 29 August 1973
18 Bournemouth 1–0 Bristol Rovers 7,520 29 August 1973
19 Swindon Town 3–3 Newport County 6,873 28 August 1973
20 Swansea City 1–1 Exeter City 3,036 28 August 1973
21 Torquay United 0–2 Plymouth Argyle 6,996 29 August 1973
22 Cardiff City 2–0 Hereford United 9,821 29 August 1973
23 Reading 2–2 Watford 6,279 29 August 1973
24 Aldershot 1–1 Cambridge United 4,147 29 August 1973
25 Portsmouth 2–1 Southend United 9,652 28 August 1973
26 Gillingham 4–2 Colchester United 3,991 29 August 1973
27 Brighton and Hove Albion 1–2 Charlton Athletic 8,452 29 August 1973
28 Brentford 1–2 Orient 6,620 28 August 1973

Replays[edit]

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance Date
1 Preston North End 0–2[1] Bolton Wanderers 18,571 5 September 1973
2 Oldham Athletic 2–3 Bury 6,045 4 September 1973
3 Blackburn Rovers 3–1[1] Southport 5,342 5 September 1973
6 Barnsley 0–1 Halifax Town 4,168 4 September 1973
10 Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Tranmere Rovers 4,488 5 September 1973
15 Scunthorpe United 2–1 Peterborough United 4,472 4 September 1973
17 Mansfield Town 0–1 Chesterfield 5,711 5 September 1973
19 Newport County 1–2 Swindon Town 6,007 4 September 1973
20 Exeter City 2–1[1] Swansea City 5 September 1973
23 Watford 2–3 Reading 5 September 1973
24 Cambridge United 3–0 Aldershot 4,147 5 September 1973

Second round[edit]

The 28 first round winners were joined by the remaining clubs from the Second Division and all from the First Division. Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 2/8–10 October 1973.

Ties[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 Bournemouth 0–0 Sheffield Wednesday 11,017 10 October 1973
2 Southampton 3–0 Charlton Athletic 10,047 8 October 1973
3 Ipswich Town 2–0 Leeds United 28,385 8 October 1973
4 Everton 1–0 Reading 15,772 8 October 1973
5 Bury 2–0 Cambridge United 6,150 9 October 1973
6 Newcastle United 6–0 Doncaster Rovers 15,900 8 October 1973
7 West Ham United 2–2 Liverpool 25,823 8 October 1973
8 Scunthorpe United 0–0 Bristol City 4,418 9 October 1973
9 Arsenal 0–1 Tranmere Rovers 20,337 2 October 1973
10 Oxford United 1–1 Fulham 7,131 10 October 1973
11 Coventry City 5–1 Darlington 8,769 8 October 1973
12 Cardiff City 2–2 Burnley 10 October 1973
13 Plymouth Argyle 4–0 Portsmouth 13,202 9 October 1973
14 Orient 2–0 Blackburn Rovers 7,374 9 October 1973
15 West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Sheffield United 10,421 8 October 1973
16 Luton Town 1–1 Grimsby Town 9,656 10 October 1973
17 Manchester United 0–1 Middlesbrough 23,906 8 October 1973
18 Walsall 0–0 Manchester City 12,943 2 October 1973
19 Derby County 2–2 Sunderland 29,172 8 October 1973
20 York City 1–0 Aston Villa 7,981 9 October 1973
21 Halifax Town 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8,222 8 October 1973
22 Rotherham United 1–4 Exeter City 2,559 10 October 1973
23 Stoke City 1–0 Chelsea 17,281 8 October 1973
24 Millwall 0–0 Nottingham Forest 8,631 10 October 1973
25 Stockport County 1–0 Crystal Palace 8,501 9 October 1973
26 Chesterfield 1–0 Swindon Town 4,639 10 October 1973
27 Queens Park Rangers 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 23,353 8 October 1973
28 Leicester City 3–3 Hull City 9,777 8 October 1973
29 Norwich City 6–2 Wrexham 10,937 10 October 1973
30 Blackpool 1–1 Birmingham City 7,943 9 October 1973
31 Gillingham 1–2 Carlisle United 10 October 1973
32 Rochdale 0–4 Bolton Wanderers 7,241 10 October 1973

Replays[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 Sheffield Wednesday 2–2[1] Bournemouth 5,883 15 October 1973
7 Liverpool 1–0 West Ham United 26,002 29 October 1973
8 Bristol City 2–1[1] Scunthorpe United 7,837 16 October 1973
10 Fulham 3–0 Oxford United 6,435 16 October 1973
12 Burnley 3–2[1] Cardiff City 12,313 16 October 1973
16 Grimsby Town 0–0[1] Luton Town 13,643 16 October 1973
18 Manchester City 0–0[1] Walsall 19,428 22 October 1973
19 Sunderland 2–2[1] Derby County 38,935 29 October 1973
24 Nottingham Forest 1–3 Millwall 9,241 16 October 1973
28 Hull City 3–2 Leicester City 16,003 31 October 1973
30 Birmingham City 4–2 Blackpool 16,880 16 October 1973

2nd Replays[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1[1] Bournemouth 8,894 29 October 1973
16 Luton Town 2–0 Grimsby Town 15,365 23 October 1973
18 Walsall 0–41 Manchester City 13,646 30 October 1973
19 Derby County 0–3 Sunderland 38,460 31 October 1973

1 At Old Trafford, Manchester

Third round[edit]

Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 30–31 October and 6 November 1973.

Ties[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 Hull City 4–1 Stockport County 13,753 6 November 1973
2 Birmingham City 2–2 Newcastle United 13,025 30 October 1973
3 Southampton 3–0 Chesterfield 13,663 30 October 1973
4 Stoke City 1–1 Middlesbrough 19,194 31 October 1973
5 Everton 0–1 Norwich City 22,046 30 October 1973
6 Millwall 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 9,281 31 October 1973
7 Fulham 2–2 Ipswich Town 8,964 31 October 1973
8 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14,442 31 October 1973
9 Orient 1–1 York City 12,061 31 October 1973
10 Carlisle United 0–1 Manchester City 14,472 6 November 1973
11 Bristol City 2–2 Coventry City 19,129 30 October 1973
12 Queens Park Rangers 8–2 Sheffield Wednesday 16,043 6 November 1973
13 Burnley 1–2 Plymouth Argyle 11,150 30 October 1973
14 Sunderland 0–2 Liverpool 36,208 21 November 1973
15 West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Exeter City 10,783 31 October 1973
16 Luton Town 0–0 Bury 8,191 31 October 1973

Replays[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
2 Newcastle United 0–1[1] Birmingham City 19,276 7 November 1973
4 Middlesbrough 1–2[1] Stoke City 26,068 6 November 1973
6 Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Millwall 13,501 6 November 1973
7 Ipswich Town 2–1 Fulham 21,400 14 November 1973
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 14,839 13 November 1973
9 York City 2–1 Orient 11,152 6 November 1973
11 Coventry City 2–1 Bristol City 13,049 6 November 1973
16 Bury 2–3 Luton Town 7,827 6 November 1973

Fourth round[edit]

Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 20–21 and 27 November 1973.

Ties[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 York City 0–0 Manchester City 15,360 21 November 1973
2 Queens Park Rangers 0–3 Plymouth Argyle 19,072 20 November 1973
3 Southampton 0–2 Norwich City 14,415 21 November 1973
4 Ipswich Town 1–3 Birmingham City 12,241 21 November 1973
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Exeter City 7,623 20 November 1973
6 Millwall 3–1 Luton Town 8,777 21 November 1973
7 Coventry City 2–1 Stoke City 17,485 20 November 1973
8 Hull City 0–0 Liverpool 19,748 27 November 1973

Replays[edit]

Tie no Home team Score1 Away team Attendance Date
1 Manchester City 4–1 York City 17,972 5 December 1973
8 Liverpool 3–1 Hull City 17,120 4 December 1973

Fifth round[edit]

Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required.

19 December 1973
14:00 GMT
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool
Richards Goal 46'
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 15,242
Referee: Roy Capey (Madeley Heath)
19 December 1973
14:00 GMT
Coventry City 2–2 Manchester City
Alderson Goal Goal Booth Goal
Leman Goal
Highfield Road, Coventry
Attendance: 12,661
Referee: Malcolm Sinclair (Guildford)
Replay
16 January 1974
13:30 GMT
Manchester City 4–2 Coventry City
Summerbee Goal 65'
Lee Goal 78'80'
Law Goal 87'
Alderson Goal 35'68'
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 25,409
Referee: Pat Partridge (Mexborough)
19 December 1973
14:00 GMT
Millwall 1–1 Norwich City
Wood Goal Howard Goal
The Den, London
Attendance: 10,708
Referee: Harry New (Bristol)
Replay
16 January 1974
13:30 GMT
Norwich City 2–1 Millwall
Suggett Goal 10'
Sissons Goal 83' (pen.)
Smethurst Goal 73'
Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 7,737
Referee: Roger Kirkpatrick (Leicestershire)
19 December 1973
14:00 GMT
Birmingham City 1–2 Plymouth Argyle
Hatton Goal 9' Welsh Goal 36'
Davey Goal 38'
St Andrews, Birmingham
Attendance: 15,273
Referee: Walter Johnson (Kendal)

Semi-finals[edit]

Ties were two-legged affairs with the winners advancing to the final. Extra time and then penalties would be used in the second leg if required.

First leg[edit]

23 January 1974
14:00 GMT
Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Manchester City
Davey Goal 40' Booth Goal 65'
Home Park, Plymouth
Attendance: 30,390
Referee: John Yates (Redditch)
23 January 1974
19:45 GMT
Norwich City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Mellor Goal 57' Richards Goal 79'
Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 20,517
Referee: Gordon Kew (Amersham)

Second leg[edit]

26 January 1974
14:00 GMT
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Norwich City
Richards Goal
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 32,605

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–1 on aggregate

30 January 1974
19:30 GMT
Manchester City 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
Lee Goal 10'
Bell Goal 48'
Maine Road, Manchester
Attendance: 40,117
Referee: Gordon Hill (Leicester)

Manchester City won 3–1 on aggregate

Final[edit]

2 March 1974
15:30 GMT
Manchester City 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bell Goal 59' Hibbitt Goal 44'
Richards Goal 85'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 97,886
Referee: Dave Wallace (Crewe)

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

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