1978 Football League Cup Final

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1978 League Cup Final
Event 1977–78 Football League Cup
Date 18 March 1978
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Pat Partridge
Replay
Date 22 March 1978
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
1977
1979

The 1978 Football League Cup Final was the eighteenth League Cup final, and was contested between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The initial match resulted in a 0–0 draw at Wembley Stadium on 18 March 1978.[1] The replay was four days later at Old Trafford,[1] and saw John Robertson score from the penalty spot after a foul by Phil Thompson on John O'Hare, which TV replays confirmed was actually outside the penalty area. Another refereeing decision caused further controversy when an equalising goal from Liverpool's Terry McDermott was ruled out for handball, despite TV replays again confirming that the decision was wrong, with McDermott controlling the ball not with his arm, but taking it cleanly on his chest before hammering a thunder-bold past future England goalkeeper Chris Woods. The contentious 1–0 score-line was enough to win the cup for Forest, who thus became the first club to achieve a League and League Cup double.

In the latter game, one of his last for Liverpool, stalwart Ian Callaghan received the only booking of his long and illustrious career for the Merseyside club, as the red mist descended, fuelled by the dubious refereeing decisions which had been made. Terry McDermott famously quoted in an interview immediately after the game that the referee "should be shot".[2]

Match details[edit]

Nottingham Forest
Liverpool
Nottingham Forest
Red shirts/White shorts/Red socks
0–0
(final score after extra time)
Liverpool
White shirts/Black shorts/White socks
Manager: Brian Clough

Team:
1 Chris Woods (GK)
2 Viv Anderson
3 Frank Clark
4 John McGovern (c)Substituted off
5 Larry Lloyd
6 Kenny Burns
7 Martin O'Neill
8 Ian Bowyer
9 Peter Withe
10 Tony Woodcock
11 John Robertson
Substitute:
12 John O'Hare Substituted in

Scorers: None

Half-time:
0–0

Competition:
Football League Cup (Final)

Date:
15.00 GMT Saturday 18 March 1978

Venue:
Wembley Stadium, London

Attendance:
100,000

Referee:
Pat Partridge

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

Manager: Bob Paisley

Team:
1 Ray Clemence (GK)
2 Phil Neal
3 Tommy Smith
4 Phil Thompson
5 Ray Kennedy Substituted off 91'
6 Emlyn Hughes (c)
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Jimmy Case
9 Steve Heighway
10 Terry McDermott
11 Ian Callaghan
Substitute:
12 David Fairclough Substituted in 91' Scorers: None

Source for team line-ups:[3]

Replay[edit]

Nottingham Forest
Liverpool
Nottingham Forest
Yellow/Yellow shorts/Yellow socks
1–0
(final score after 90 minutes)
Liverpool
Red shirts/Red shorts/Red socks
Manager: Brian Clough

Team:
1 Chris Woods (GK)
2 Viv Anderson
3 Frank Clark
4 John O'Hare
5 Larry Lloyd
6 Kenny Burns (c)
7 Martin O'Neill
8 Ian Bowyer
9 Peter Withe
10 Tony Woodcock
11 John Robertson
Substitute
12 John O'Hare

Scorers:

Half-time:
0–0

Competition:
Football League Cup (Final)

Date:
19.45 BST, Wednesday, 22 March 1978

Venue:
Old Trafford, Manchester

Attendance:
54,375

Referee:
Pat Partridge

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

Manager: Bob Paisley

Team:
1 Ray Clemence (GK)
2 Phil Neal
3 Ray Kennedy
4 Tommy Smith
5 Phil Thompson
6 Emlyn Hughes (c)
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Jimmy Case Substituted off 64'
9 Steve Heighway
10 Terry McDermott
11 Ian Callaghan
Substitute
12 David Fairclough Substituted in 64'

Scorers: None

Road to Wembley[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Forest's route to the final included victories over First Division teams West Ham United, Aston Villa and Leeds United (beating the latter 7–3 on aggregate in the semi-final). They also beat city rivals Notts County.[1]

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool were drawn at home to First Division teams in their first 3 rounds, although they needed a replay to beat Coventry City. They then beat Third Division Wrexham in the quarter-final, before edging out Arsenal 2–1 on aggregate in the semi-final.

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