1976–77 Football League Cup

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The 1976–77 Football League Cup was the seventeenth season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 14 August 1976 and ended with the final going to a second replay on 13 April 1977.

The final was contested by First Division teams Aston Villa and Everton at Wembley Stadium in London, followed by replays at Hillsborough and finally being decided at Old Trafford.

1976–77 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Aston Villa
Runners-up Everton

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 1–1 Gillingham 14 August 1976
Bournemouth 0–0 Torquay United 14 August 1976
Bradford City 1–1 Oldham Athletic 14 August 1976
Bury 2–1 Preston North End 14 August 1976
Cardiff City 2–1 Bristol Rovers 14 August 1976
Chester 2–0 Hereford United 14 August 1976
Chesterfield 3–1 Rotherham United 14 August 1976
Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Tranmere Rovers 14 August 1976
Crystal Palace 2–2 Portsmouth 14 August 1976
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Lincoln City 14 August 1976
Grimsby Town 0–3 Sheffield Wednesday 14 August 1976
Halifax Town 0–0 Darlington 14 August 1976
Huddersfield Town 2–0 Hartlepool 14 August 1976
Mansfield Town 2–0 Scunthorpe United 14 August 1976
Millwall 2–1 Colchester United 14 August 1976
Oxford United 1–0 Cambridge United 14 August 1976
Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Exeter City 14 August 1976
Port Vale 1–1 Wrexham 14 August 1976
Reading 2–3 Peterborough United 14 August 1976
Rochdale 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 14 August 1976
Shrewsbury Town 0–1 Walsall 16 August 1976
Southend United 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 August 1976
Southport 1–2 Carlisle United 14 August 1976
Swansea City 4–1 Newport County 14 August 1976
Swindon Town 3–2 Northampton Town 14 August 1976
Watford 1–1 Brentford 14 August 1976
Workington 0–0 Stockport County 14 August 1976
York City 0–0 Barnsley 14 August 1976

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnsley 0–0 York City 17 August 1976 0–0
Blackburn Rovers 4–1 Rochdale 18 August 1976 5–1
Brentford 0–2 Watford 17 August 1976 1–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Southend United 17 August 1976 3–2
Bristol Rovers 4–4 Cardiff City 17 August 1976 5–6
Cambridge United 2–0 Oxford United 17 August 1976 2–1
Carlisle United 0–1 Southport 17 August 1976 2–2
Colchester United 2–1 Millwall 17 August 1976 3–3
Darlington 1–1 Halifax Town 18 August 1976 1–1
Exeter City 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 18 August 1976 2–0
Gillingham 2–0 Aldershot 18 August 1976 3–1
Hartlepool 1–2 Huddersfield Town 18 August 1976 1–4
Hereford United 4–3 Chester 18 August 1976 4–5
Lincoln City 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 18 August 1976 2–2
Newport County 1–0 Swansea City 17 August 1976 2–4
Northampton Town 2–0 Swindon Town 18 August 1976 4–3
Oldham Athletic 1–3 Bradford City 17 August 1976 2–4
Peterborough United 0–1 Reading 18 August 1976 3–3
Portsmouth 0–1 Crystal Palace 17 August 1976 2–3
Preston North End 1–1 Bury 17 August 1976 2–3
Rotherham United 3–0 Chesterfield 17 August 1976 4–3
Scunthorpe United 2–0 Mansfield Town 17 August 1976 2–2
Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Grimsby Town 18 August 1976 3–0
Stockport County 0–0 Workington 18 August 1976 0–0
Torquay United 1–0 Bournemouth 17 August 1976 1–0
Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Crewe Alexandra 18 August 1976 4–3
Walsall 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 18 August 1976 2–0
Wrexham 1–0 Port Vale 18 August 1976 2–1

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Carlisle United 3–2 Southport 24 August 1976
Colchester United 4–4[1][2] Millwall 30 August 1976
Doncaster Rovers 1–1[1][3] Lincoln City 24 August 1976
Halifax Town 1–2[1] Darlington 30 August 1976
Peterborough United 3–1[1] Reading 25 August 1976
Scunthorpe United 2–1 Mansfield Town 24 August 1976
Workington 0–2 Stockport County 30 August 1976
York City 1–2[1] Barnsley 24 August 1976

Second round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 3–2 Carlisle United 31 August 1976
Aston Villa 3–0 Manchester City 1 September 1976
Blackburn Rovers 1–3 Stockport County 1 September 1976
Blackpool 2–1 Birmingham City 31 August 1976
Bradford City 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 1 September 1976
Bristol City 0–1 Coventry City 31 August 1976
Bury 2–1 Darlington 1 September 1976
Cardiff City 1–3 Queens Park Rangers 1 September 1976
Chelsea 3–1 Sheffield United 1 September 1976
Chester 2–3 Swansea City 31 August 1976
Crystal Palace 1–3 Watford 31 August 1976
Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Derby County 31 August 1976
Everton 3–0 Cambridge United 30 August 1976
Exeter City 1–3 Norwich City 31 August 1976
Fulham 1–1 Peterborough United 31 August 1976
Gillingham 1–2 Newcastle United 1 September 1976
Ipswich Town 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 31 August 1976
Orient 1–0 Hull City 31 August 1976
Liverpool 1–1 West Bromwich Albion 31 August 1976
Manchester United 5–0 Tranmere Rovers 1 September 1976
Middlesbrough 1–2 Tottenham Hotspur 31 August 1976
Northampton Town 0–1 Huddersfield Town 31 August 1976
Rotherham United 1–2 Millwall 1 September 1976
Scunthorpe United 0–2 Notts County 31 August 1976
Southampton 1–1 Charlton Athletic 31 August 1976
Stoke City 2–1 Leeds United 1 September 1976
Sunderland 3–1 Luton Town 31 August 1976
Torquay United 1–0 Burnley 1 September 1976
Walsall 2–4 Nottingham Forest 31 August 1976
West Ham United 3–0 Barnsley 1 September 1976
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 31 August 1976
Wrexham 1–0 Leicester City 1 September 1976

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 Ipswich Town 7 September 1976
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Southampton 7 September 1976
Peterborough United 1–2 Fulham 7 September 1976
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Liverpool 6 September 1976

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 2–1 Norwich City 21 September 1976
Blackpool 1–1 Arsenal 21 September 1976
Charlton Athletic 0–1 West Ham United 21 September 1976
Chelsea 2–0 Huddersfield Town 20 September 1976
Derby County 1–1 Notts County 22 September 1976
Fulham 2–2 Bolton Wanderers 22 September 1976
Manchester United 2–2 Sunderland 22 September 1976
Millwall 0–0 Orient 21 September 1976
Newcastle United 3–0 Stoke City 22 September 1976
Nottingham Forest 0–3 Coventry City 21 September 1976
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Bury 21 September 1976
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Watford 21 September 1976
Stockport County 0–1 Everton 20 September 1976
Torquay United 1–2 Swansea City 22 September 1976
Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 Wrexham 22 September 1976
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 Brighton & Hove Albion 22 September 1976

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 0–0[1] Blackpool 28 September 1976
Bolton Wanderers 2–2[1] Fulham 4 October 1976
Notts County 1–2 Derby County 4 October 1976
Sunderland 2–2[1] Manchester United 4 October 1976
Orient 0–0[1] Millwall 12 October 1976

2nd Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–0 Blackpool 4 October 1976
Fulham 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 18 October 1976
Manchester United 1–0 Sunderland 6 October 1976
Millwall 3–0 Orient 19 October 1976

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea 26 October 1976
Aston Villa 5–1 Wrexham 27 October 1976
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Derby County 26 October 1976
Everton 3–0 Coventry City 26 October 1976
Manchester United 7–2 Newcastle United 27 October 1976
Millwall 3–0 Sheffield Wednesday 27 October 1976
Swansea City 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 26 October 1976
West Ham United 0–2 Queens Park Rangers 27 October 1976

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers 5–1 Swansea City 2 November 1976
Derby County 2–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 November 1976

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 2–0 Millwall 1 December 1976
Derby County 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 1 December 1976
Manchester United 0–3 Everton 1 December 1976
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Arsenal 1 December 1976

Semi-finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Everton 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 18 January 1977
Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Aston Villa 1 February 1977

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Date
Aston Villa 2–2[1] Queens Park Rangers 16 February 1977 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Everton 15 February 1977 1–2

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Queens Park Rangers 0–3 Aston Villa 22 February 1977

Final[edit]

12 March 1977
15:00 BST
Aston Villa 0–0 Everton
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
ASTON VILLA:
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
MF 8 Brian Little
FW 9 Andy Gray
MF 10 Alex Cropley
FW 11 Frank Carrodus
Manager:
Ron Saunders
EVERTON:
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Dave Jones
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Martin Dobson
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Manager:
Gordon Lee

First Replay[edit]

16 March 1977
19:45 BST
Aston Villa 1 – 1 AET Everton
Kenyon og Latchford
Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 55,000
ASTON VILLA:
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
MF 8 Brian Little
FW 9 Andy Gray
MF 10 Gordon Cowans
FW 11 Frank Carrodus
Manager:
Ron Saunders
EVERTON:
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Mike Bernard
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Roger Kenyon
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
FW 12 Jim Pearson
Manager:
Gordon Lee

Second Replay[edit]

13 April 1977
19:30 BST
Aston Villa 3–2 Everton
Old Trafford
Attendance: 54,749
ASTON VILLA:
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
MF 8 Brian Little
FW 9 Ray Graydon
MF 10 Alex Cropley
FW 11 Gordon Cowans
Substitute:
DF 12 Gordon Smith
Manager:
Ron Saunders
EVERTON:
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Neil Robinson
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Martin Dobson
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Jim Pearson
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
DF 12 Steve Seargeant
Manager:
Gordon Lee

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j After Extra Time
  2. ^ Millwall won 5–4 on penalties
  3. ^ Doncaster Rovers won 4–2 on penalties