1977 Football League Cup Final

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1977 League Cup Final
Event League Cup 1976–77
Date 12 March 1977
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 100,000
Replay
After extra time
Date 16 March 1977
Venue Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 55,000
After extra time
Date 13 April 1977
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 54,748
1976
1978

The 1977 Football League Cup Final was played between Aston Villa and Everton and required three games to decide the winner, the only time this has happened in the League Cup.[1] The first match took place at Wembley Stadium on 12 March and the game ended in a dull goalless draw.[1] The first replay on 16 March was only marginally better as the teams again played out a draw, this time at Hillsborough the home of Sheffield Wednesday. Both teams at least managed a goal apiece on this occasion although both were scored by Everton players with Bob Latchford's last-minute equaliser[1] nullifying Roger Kenyon's earlier own-goal.

The second replay took place at Old Trafford on 13 April. The game is probably best remembered for a 40-yard goal from Villa centre-half Chris Nicholl, and in a 2010 poll this was voted in the Top 25 of all-time League Cup moments.[2] Brian Little scored his second of the match in dramatic fashion during the dying seconds of the game to give Villa a 3–2 victory. Mick Lyons and Bob Latchford scored for Everton.

Road to Wembley[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Villa defeated top-level teams Manchester City and Norwich City in their first two games, before a 4th round victory over Wrexham moved them into the last eight. Here they defeated second level Millwall 2–0. In the first leg of the semi-final they drew 0–0 at Queens Park Rangers, with the second leg also drawn (2–2), thus setting up a replay. Villa won this game 3–0 on 22 February (at Highbury) courtesy of a Brian Little hat-trick.

Everton[edit]

Conversely Everton's first two victories came against fourth level teams Cambridge United and Stockport County before a 3–0 fourth round victory over First Division Coventry City. In the quarter-finals they enjoyed a 3–0 win at Manchester United, resulting in a semi-final clash with second level Bolton Wanderers. After drawing the home leg, Everton won 1–0 at Burnden Park on 15 February to book their place at Wembley.

Final[edit]

Match details[edit]

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

Replay[edit]

Match details[edit]

16 March 1977
19:45 BST
Aston Villa 1–1 (a.e.t.) Everton
Kenyon (o.g.) Latchford
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Gordon Kew (Leeds)
GK 1 England John Burridge
DF 2 England John Gidman
DF 3 England John Robson
DF 4 Wales Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl
MF 6 England Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 England John Deehan
MF 8 England Brian Little
FW 9 Scotland Andy Gray
MF 10 England Gordon Cowans
FW 11 England Frank Carrodus
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
GK 1 England David Lawson
DF 2 England Mike Bernard
DF 3 England Terry Darracott
DF 4 England Mick Lyons
DF 5 Scotland Ken McNaught
MF 6 England Andy King
MF 7 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 England Roger Kenyon
FW 9 England Bob Latchford
FW 10 England Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 England Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
FW 12 Scotland Jim Pearson
Manager:
England Gordon Lee

For the first replay Villa replaced Cropley with Gordon Cowans, whilst Everton replaced Jones with Mike Bernard and Dobson with Roger Kenyon. Additionally Jim Pearson came on as a substitute for Hamilton.[3] |}

Second Replay[edit]

Match details[edit]

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

For the second replay the line-ups were as the original game except for Villa Ray Graydon and Gordon Cowans played instead of Gray and Carrodus, and Gordon Smith came on as a substitute for Gidman. Everton were as the original match except Neil Robinson replaced Jones and Jim Pearson replaced McKenzie, whilst Steve Seargeant came on as a sub for Pearson.[3]

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