1979–80 Football League Cup

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The 1979–80 Football League Cup was the 20th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The winners qualified for the 1980–81 UEFA Cup, if not already qualified for European competition.

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the competition by defeating the reigning holders and European champions Nottingham Forest 1–0 in the final on 15 March 1980. This was their second League Cup success, after winning in 1974.

1979–80 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
Runners-up Nottingham Forest

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 two-legged affairs, with the away goals rule being applied after extra time where necessary. If teams could still not be divided, penalties were taken. Games were staged on 11/13 and 14–15 August 1979.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Blackpool 1–1 Rochdale 11 August 1979
Bradford City 0–2 Darlington 11 August 1979
Bury 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 11 August 1979
Chester City 2–1 Walsall 11 August 1979
Chesterfield 5–1 Hartlepool United 11 August 1979
Colchester United 2–0 Watford 11 August 1979
Gillingham 3–0 Luton Town 11 August 1979
Grimsby Town 2–0 Scunthorpe United 11 August 1979
Halifax Town 2–2 Shrewsbury Town 11 August 1979
Hereford United 1–3 Exeter City 11 August 1979
Huddersfield Town 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 11 August 1979
Leicester City 1–2 Rotherham United 11 August 1979
Lincoln City 2–1 Barnsley 11 August 1979
Mansfield Town 1–0 York City 11 August 1979
Newport County 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 11 August 1979
Northampton Town 2–1 Millwall 13 August 1979
Oxford United 1–5 Reading 11 August 1979
Peterborough United 3–1 Charlton Athletic 11 August 1979
Portsmouth 1–2 Swindon Town 11 August 1979
Port Vale 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 11 August 1979
Sheffield United 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 11 August 1979
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Hull City 11 August 1979
Southend United 2–1 Brentford 15 August 1979
Stockport County 2–1 Wigan Athletic 11 August 1979
Swansea City 4–1 Bournemouth 11 August 1979
Torquay United 1–2 Bristol Rovers 11 August 1979
Wimbledon 4–1 Aldershot 11 August 1979
Wrexham 1–1 Carlisle United 11 August 1979

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 1–2 Wimbledon 14 August 1979 2–6
Barnsley 2–1[1][2] Lincoln City 14 August 1979 3–3
Blackburn Rovers 3–2 Bury 14 August 1979 6–2
Bournemouth 0–0 Swansea City 14 August 1979 1–4
Brentford 1–4 Southend United 21 August 1979 2–6
Bristol Rovers 1–3[1] Torquay United 14 August 1979 3–4
Carlisle United 1–2 Wrexham 14 August 1979 2–3
Charlton Athletic 1–1 Peterborough United 14 August 1979 2–4
Crewe Alexandra 1–3 Huddersfield Town 15 August 1979 2–5
Darlington 0–3 Bradford City 14 August 1979 2–3
Doncaster Rovers 3–1 Sheffield United 14 August 1979 4–2
Exeter City 2–1 Hereford United 15 August 1979 5–2
Hartlepool United 2–1 Chesterfield 14 August 1979 3–6
Hull City 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 14 August 1979 2–3
Luton Town 1–1 Gillingham 14 August 1979 1–4
Millwall 2–2 Northampton Town 15 August 1979 3–4
Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Newport County 14 August 1979 2–1
Reading 2–1 Oxford United 15 August 1979 7–2
Rochdale 0–1 Blackpool 14 August 1979 1–2
Rotherham United 3–0 Leicester City 14 August 1979 5–1
Scunthorpe United 0–0 Grimsby Town 14 August 1979 0–2
Shrewsbury Town 1–0 Halifax Town 14 August 1979 3–2
Swindon Town 2–0 Portsmouth 14 August 1979 3–1
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Port Vale 15 August 1979 3–1
Walsall 0–0 Chester City 14 August 1979 1–2
Watford 2–1 Colchester United 14 August 1979 2–3
Wigan Athletic 0–0 Stockport County 15 August 1979 1–2
York City 3–2[1][3] Mansfield Town 14 August 1979 3–3

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 for the first time in League Cup were two-legged affairs at this stage of the competition, with the away goals rule being applied after extra time where necessary. If teams could still not be divided, penalties were taken. Games were staged on 28–29 August and 3–5 September 1979.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City 2–1 Preston North End 28 August 1979
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Nottingham Forest 29 August 1979
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 Southend United 28 August 1979
Brighton and Hove Albion 2–0 Cambridge United 28 August 1979
Bristol City 1–0 Rotherham United 28 August 1979
Burnley 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 August 1979
Chesterfield 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 28 August 1979
Colchester United 0–2 Aston Villa 28 August 1979
Derby County 0–1 Middlesbrough 29 August 1979
Doncaster Rovers 3–1 Exeter City 28 August 1979
Everton 2–0 Cardiff City 28 August 1979
Gillingham 1–1 Norwich City 28 August 1979
Grimsby Town 1–0 Huddersfield Town 28 August 1979
Ipswich Town 0–1 Coventry City 29 August 1979
Leeds United 1–1 Arsenal 29 August 1979
Orient 2–2 Wimbledon 29 August 1979
Northampton Town 3–0 Oldham Athletic 28 August 1979
Notts County 0–0 Torquay United 28 August 1979
Peterborough United 0–0 Blackpool 29 August 1979
Plymouth Argyle 2–2 Chelsea 28 August 1979
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Bradford City 28 August 1979
Reading 4–3 Mansfield Town 29 August 1979
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Manchester City 28 August 1979
Southampton 5–0 Wrexham 28 August 1979
Stockport County 1–1 Crystal Palace 29 August 1979
Stoke City 1–1 Swansea City 29 August 1979
Sunderland 2–2 Newcastle United 29 August 1979
Swindon Town 1–0 Chester City 28 August 1979
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Manchester United 29 August 1979
Tranmere Rovers 0–0 Liverpool 29 August 1979
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 Fulham 29 August 1979
West Ham United 3–1 Barnsley 28 August 1979

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 7–0 Leeds United 4 September 1979 8–1
Aston Villa 0–2[1][4] Colchester United 5 September 1979 2–2
Barnsley 0–2 West Ham United 4 September 1979 1–5
Blackpool 0–1 Peterborough United 5 September 1979 0–1
Bradford City 0–2 Queens Park Rangers 5 September 1979 1–4
Cambridge United 1–2 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 September 1979 1–4
Cardiff City 1–0 Everton 5 September 1979 1–2
Chelsea 1–2 Plymouth Argyle 4 September 1979 3–4
Chester City 1–1 Swindon Town 5 September 1979 1–2
Coventry City 0–0 Ipswich Town 4 September 1979 1–0
Crystal Palace 7–0 Stockport County 4 September 1979 8–1
Exeter City 5–1[1] Doncaster Rovers 5 September 1979 6–4
Fulham 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 5 September 1979 1–2
Huddersfield Town 1–4 Grimsby Town 4 September 1979 1–5
Liverpool 4–0 Tranmere Rovers 4 September 1979 4–0
Manchester City 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 4 September 1979 3–2
Manchester United 3–1 Tottenham Hotspur 5 September 1979 4–3
Mansfield Town 4–2[1] Reading 4 September 1979 7–6
Middlesbrough 1–1[1] Derby County 4 September 1979 2–1
Newcastle United 2–2[1][5] Sunderland 5 September 1979 4–4
Norwich City 4–2 Gillingham 5 September 1979 5–3
Nottingham Forest 6–1 Blackburn Rovers 5 September 1979 7–2
Oldham Athletic 3–1 Northampton Town 4 September 1979 3–4
Preston North End 0–1 Birmingham City 4 September 1979 1–3
Rotherham United 1–1 Bristol City 4 September 1979 1–2
Shrewsbury Town 0–0 Chesterfield 4 September 1979 0–3
Southend United 0–0 Bolton Wanderers 3 September 1979 2–1
Swansea City 1–3[1] Stoke City 4 September 1979 2–4
Torquay United 0–1 Notts County 5 September 1979 0–1
Wimbledon 2–2[1][6] Orient 4 September 1979 4–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Burnley 4 September 1979 3–1
Wrexham 0–3 Southampton 5 September 1979 0–8

Third round[edit]

Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 25–26 September 1979.

Home team Score Away team Date
Arsenal 2–1 Southampton 25 September 1979
Aston Villa 0–0 Everton 25 September 1979
Birmingham City 1–2 Exeter City 26 September 1979
Crystal Palace 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 September 1979
Grimsby Town 3–1 Notts County 25 September 1979
Liverpool 3–1 Chesterfield 25 September 1979
Manchester City 1–1 Sunderland 26 September 1979
Mansfield Town 0–3 Queens Park Rangers 25 September 1979
Middlesbrough 1–3 Nottingham Forest 25 September 1979
Northampton Town 0–1 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 September 1979
Norwich City 4–1 Manchester United 26 September 1979
Peterborough United 1–1 Bristol City 26 September 1979
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Wimbledon 25 September 1979
Stoke City 2–2 Swindon Town 26 September 1979
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Coventry City 26 September 1979
West Ham United 1–1 Southend United 25 September 1979

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bristol City 4–0 Peterborough United 2 October 1979
Everton 4–1 Aston Villa 9 October 1979
Southend United 0–0[1] West Ham United 1 October 1979
Sunderland 1–0 Manchester City 3 October 1979
Swindon Town 2–1 Stoke City 3 October 1979
Wimbledon 1–0[1] Plymouth Argyle 2 October 1979

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
West Ham United 5–1 Southend United 8 October 1979

Fourth round[edit]

Ties were straight knockout games, with additional replays if required. The original games were staged on 30–31 October 1979.

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Arsenal 30 October 1979
Bristol City 1–1 Nottingham Forest 30 October 1979
Grimsby Town 2–1 Everton 30 October 1979
Liverpool 2–0 Exeter City 30 October 1979
Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 October 1979
Sunderland 1–1 West Ham United 31 October 1979
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 Norwich City 31 October 1979
Wimbledon 1–2 Swindon Town 30 October 1979

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 4–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 November 1979
Norwich City 3–0 West Bromwich Albion 7 November 1979
Nottingham Forest 3–0 Bristol City 14 November 1979
West Ham United 2–1 Sunderland 5 November 1979
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 6 November 1979

Fifth round[edit]

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

4 December 1979
Arsenal 1–1 Swindon Town
Sunderland Goal (pen.)' Tucker Goal
Highbury, London
Attendance: 38,024
Referee: J. Hunting

4 December 1979
Grimsby Town 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blundell Park, Grimsby
Attendance: 23,115

4 December 1979
West Ham United 0–0 Nottingham Forest
Upton Park, London
Attendance: 35,856

5 December 1979
Norwich City 1–3 Liverpool
Goal Johnson Goal Goal
Dalglish Goal
Carrow Road, Norwich
Attendance: 23,000

Replays[edit]

11 December 1979
Swindon Town 4 – 3 (a.e.t.) Arsenal
Walford Goal (og.)'
Mayes Goal
Hollins Goal (og.)'
Rowland Goal
Brady Goal Goal
Talbot Goal
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 21,795
Referee: A. Hamil

11 December 1979
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Grimsby Town
Gray Goal
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 28,455

12 December 1979
Nottingham Forest 3 – 0 (a.e.t.) West Ham United
Birtles Goal
O'Hare Goal
O'Neill Goal
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 25,462

2nd Replay[edit]

18 December 1979
Grimsby Town 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Hibbitt Goal (pen.)'
Richards Goal
Baseball Ground, Derby
Attendance: 16,475

Semi-finals[edit]

Ties were once again 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]

22 January 1980
Nottingham Forest 1–0 Liverpool
Robertson Goal 89' (pen.)
City Ground, Nottingham
Attendance: 32,234

22 January 1980
Swindon Town 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rowland Goal 13'
Mayes Goal 86'
Daniel Goal 26'
County Ground, Swindon
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: A. Robinson

Second leg[edit]

12 February 1980
Liverpool 1–1 Nottingham Forest
Fairclough Goal 89' Robertson Goal (pen.)'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 50,880

Nottingham Forest won 2–1 on aggregate

12 February 1980
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Swindon Town
Richards Goal 53'73'
Eves Goal 59'
McHale Goal 62' (pen.)
Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 41,031
Referee: N. Midgley

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 4–3 on aggregate

Final[edit]

15 March 1980
15:00 GMT
Nottingham Forest 0–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Gray Goal 67'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 96,527
Referee: David Richardson (Great Harwood)
Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers
NOTTINGHAM FOREST:
1 Peter Shilton
2 Viv Anderson
3 Frank Gray
4 John McGovern (c)
5 David Needham
6 Kenny Burns
7 Martin O'Neill
8 Ian Bowyer
9 Garry Birtles
10 Trevor Francis
11 John Robertson
Substitute:
12 John O'Hare
Manager:
Brian Clough
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS:
1 Paul Bradshaw
2 Geoff Palmer
3 Derek Parkin
4 Peter Daniel
5 Emlyn Hughes (c)
6 George Berry
7 Kenny Hibbitt
8 Willie Carr
9 Andy Gray
10 John Richards
11 Mel Eves
Substitute:
12 Colin Brazier
Manager:
John Barnwell

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
    • M.J.R. Barker (Oswestry)
    • B.A. Champion (Bristol)
  • Reserve referee: B.H. Daniels (Brentwood)

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay (at Manchester United) if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of 1 substitution

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l After Extra Time
  2. ^ Barnsley won on 4–3 on penalties
  3. ^ Mansfield Town won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. ^ Aston Villa won on 9–8 on penalties
  5. ^ Sunderland won on 7–6 on penalties
  6. ^ Wimbleon won on 5–4 on penalties