1980–81 Football League Cup

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The 1980–81 Football League Cup was the twenty-first season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 8 August 1980 and ended with the final replay on 1 April 1981.

The final was contested by First Division team Liverpool and Second Division West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London and replayed at Villa Park.

1980–81 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Liverpool
Runners-up West Ham United

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 2–0 Wimbledon 9 August 1980
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Huddersfield Town 9 August 1980
Bournemouth 1–1 Swindon Town 9 August 1980
Brentford 3–1 Charlton Athletic 9 August 1980
Bury 2–2 Halifax Town 9 August 1980
Carlisle United 2–0 Rochdale 9 August 1980
Chester City 1–1 Stockport County 9 August 1980
Chesterfield 1–0 Darlington 9 August 1980
Colchester United 0–2 Gillingham 9 August 1980
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Mansfield Town 9 August 1980
Exeter City 1–1 Bristol Rovers 9 August 1980
Grimsby Town 1–0 Notts County 9 August 1980
Hereford United 1–0 Newport County 9 August 1980
Lincoln City 5–0 Hull City 8 August 1980
Northampton Town 0–2 Reading 9 August 1980
Peterborough United 3–2 Fulham 9 August 1980
Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Portsmouth 9 August 1980
Port Vale 2–3 Tranmere Rovers 9 August 1980
Rotherham United 1–3 Bradford City 9 August 1980
Scunthorpe United 0–1 Barnsley 9 August 1980
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 Sheffield United 9 August 1980
Southend United 1–0 Oxford United 9 August 1980
Torquay United 0–0 Cardiff City 9 August 1980
Walsall 2–3 Blackpool 9 August 1980
Watford 2–1 Millwall 9 August 1980
Wigan Athletic 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 9 August 1980
Wrexham 1–3 Burnley 9 August 1980
York City 2–1 Hartlepool United 9 August 1980

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnsley 2–1 Scunthorpe United 12 August 1980 3–1
Blackpool 3–1 Walsall 13 August 1980 6–3
Bradford City 0–0 Rotherham United 13 August 1980 3–1
Bristol Rovers 1–1[1][2] Exeter City 12 August 1980 2–2
Burnley 2–1 Wrexham 12 August 1980 5–2
Cardiff City 2–1 Torquay United 13 August 1980 2–1
Charlton Athletic 5–0 Brentford 12 August 1980 6–3
Crewe Alexandra 2–2[1] Wigan Athletic 13 August 1980 3–4
Darlington 1–2 Chesterfield 12 August 1980 1–3
Fulham 1–1[1] Peterborough United 12 August 1980 3–4
Gillingham 2–1 Colchester United 12 August 1980 4–1
Halifax Town 0–1 Bury 12 August 1980 2–3
Hartlepool United 0–0 York City 12 August 1980 1–2
Huddersfield Town 1–1[1][3] Blackburn Rovers 12 August 1980 1–1
Hull City 0–2 Lincoln City 12 August 1980 0–7
Mansfield Town 2–1[1] Doncaster Rovers 12 August 1980 3–2
Millwall 0–2 Watford 12 August 1980 1–4
Newport County 5–0 Hereford United 12 August 1980 5–1
Notts County 3–0 Grimsby Town 12 August 1980 3–1
Oxford United 2–0 Southend United 13 August 1980 2–1
Portsmouth 2–1 Plymouth Argyle 12 August 1980 3–1
Reading 2–3 Northampton Town 13 August 1980 4–3
Rochdale 1–1 Carlisle United 12 August 1980 1–3
Sheffield United 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 12 August 1980 1–3
Stockport County 1–0 Chester City 11 August 1980 2–1
Swindon Town 2–0[1] Bournemouth 12 August 1980 3–1
Tranmere Rovers 0–1[1][4] Port Vale 12 August 1980 3–3
Wimbledon 4–1 Aldershot 12 August 1980 4–3

Second round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 1–0 Leeds United 27 August 1980
Birmingham City 2–1 Bristol City 26 August 1980
Blackburn Rovers 0–0 Gillingham 27 August 1980
Bolton Wanderers 0–3 Crystal Palace 26 August 1980
Bradford City 1–0 Liverpool 27 August 1980
Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 Tranmere Rovers 26 August 1980
Burnley 0–2 West Ham United 26 August 1980
Cambridge United 3–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 August 1980
Cardiff City 1–0 Chelsea 27 August 1980
Carlisle United 1–2 Charlton Athletic 26 August 1980
Chesterfield 3–1 Oxford United 26 August 1980
Everton 3–0 Blackpool 26 August 1980
Leyton Orient 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 27 August 1980
Lincoln City 1–1 Swindon Town 27 August 1980
Manchester United 0–1 Coventry City 27 August 1980
Mansfield Town 0–0 Barnsley 26 August 1980
Middlesbrough 3–1 Ipswich Town 26 August 1980
Newcastle United 3–2 Bury 27 August 1980
Newport County 1–1 Notts County 26 August 1980
Nottingham Forest 3–0 Peterborough United 27 August 1980
Oldham Athletic 3–2 Portsmouth 26 August 1980
Preston North End 1–0 Wigan Athletic 26 August 1980
Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Derby County 26 August 1980
Reading 0–2 Luton Town 27 August 1980
Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Norwich City 26 August 1980
Southampton 4–0 Watford 26 August 1980
Stockport County 1–1 Sunderland 27 August 1980
Stoke City 1–1 Manchester City 27 August 1980
Swansea City 1–1 Arsenal 26 August 1980
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Leicester City 26 August 1980
Wimbledon 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 26 August 1980
York City 2–1 Bristol Rovers 27 August 1980

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 3–1 Swansea City 2 September 1980 4–2
Barnsley 4–2[1] Mansfield Town 2 September 1980 4–2
Blackpool 2–2 Everton 3 September 1980 2–5
Bristol City 0–0 Birmingham City 2 September 1980 1–2
Bristol Rovers 1–0[1][3] York City 3 September 1980 2–2
Bury 1–0[1][3] Newcastle United 2 September 1980 3–3
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Carlisle United 2 September 1980 4–2
Chelsea 1–1 Cardiff City 3 September 1980 1–2
Coventry City 1–0 Manchester United 2 September 1980 2–0
Crystal Palace 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 2 September 1980 5–1
Derby County 0–0[1][5] Queens Park Rangers 3 September 1980 0–0
Gillingham 1–2[1] Blackburn Rovers 2 September 1980 1–2
Ipswich Town 3–0 Middlesbrough 2 September 1980 4–3
Leeds United 1–3 Aston Villa 3 September 1980 1–4
Leicester City 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 3 September 1980 0–2
Liverpool 4–0 Bradford City 2 September 1980 4–1
Luton Town 1–1 Reading 2 September 1980 3–1
Manchester City 3–0 Stoke City 3 September 1980 4–1
Norwich City 2–0[1] Shrewsbury Town 3 September 1980 3–1
Notts County 2–0 Newport County 2 September 1980 3–1
Oxford United 3–0 Chesterfield 3 September 1980 4–3
Peterborough United 1–1 Nottingham Forest 3 September 1980 1–4
Portsmouth 1–0[1][6] Oldham Athletic 2 September 1980 3–3
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Wimbledon 2 September 1980 4–3
Sunderland 1–2 Stockport County 3 September 1980 2–3
Swindon Town 2–0 Lincoln City 2 September 1980 3–1
Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 Leyton Orient 3 September 1980 4–1
Tranmere Rovers 2–4 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 September 1980 3–7
Watford 7–1[1] Southampton 2 September 1980 7–5
West Ham United 4–0 Burnley 2 September 1980 6–0
Wigan Athletic 1–2 Preston North End 3 September 1980 1–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 Cambridge United 2 September 1980 1–4

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley 3–2 Cardiff City 23 September 1980
Birmingham City 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 23 September 1980
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2 Coventry City 23 September 1980
Bristol Rovers 0–0 Portsmouth 23 September 1980
Bury 0–7 Nottingham Forest 23 September 1980
Cambridge United 2–1 Aston Villa 23 September 1980
Charlton Athletic 1–2 West Ham United 23 September 1980
Everton 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 24 September 1980
Ipswich Town 1–1 Norwich City 23 September 1980
Liverpool 5–0 Swindon Town 23 September 1980
Luton Town 1–2 Manchester City 23 September 1980
Notts County 4–1 Queens Park Rangers 23 September 1980
Preston North End 1–0 Oxford United 23 September 1980
Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Watford 23 September 1980
Stockport County 1–3 Arsenal 22 September 1980
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 Crystal Palace 24 September 1980

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Crystal Palace 1–3[1] Tottenham Hotspur 30 September 1980
Norwich City 1–3 Ipswich Town 8 October 1980
Portsmouth 2–0 Bristol Rovers 30 September 1980

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City 2–1 Ipswich Town 28 October 1980
Coventry City 1–1 Cambridge United 28 October 1980
Liverpool 4–1 Portsmouth 28 October 1980
Manchester City 5–1 Notts County 29 October 1980
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Arsenal 4 November 1980
Watford 4–1 Nottingham Forest 28 October 1980
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 Preston North End 29 October 1980
West Ham United 2–1 Barnsley 28 October 1980

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Cambridge United 0–1 Coventry City 4 November 1980
Preston North End 1–1[1] West Bromwich Albion 4 November 1980

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
West Bromwich Albion 2–1[1] Preston North End 12 November 1980

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Liverpool 3–1 Birmingham City 2 December 1980
Manchester City 2–1 West Bromwich Albion 3 December 1980
Watford 2–2 Coventry City 2 December 1980
West Ham United 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 December 1980

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Coventry City 5–0 Watford 9 December 1980

Semi-finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Coventry City 3–2 West Ham United 14 January 1981
Manchester City 0–1 Liverpool 14 January 1981

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Liverpool 1–1 Manchester City 10 February 1981 2–1
West Ham United 2–0 Coventry City 10 February 1981 4–3

Final[edit]

1981 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1980–81 Football League Cup
Date 14 March 1981
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Clive Thomas[7] (Treorchy)
Attendance 100,000
Replay
Date 1 April 1981
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee Clive Thomas (Treorchy)
Attendance 36,693
1980
1982

Match Details[edit]

14 March 1981
15:00 GMT
Liverpool 1 – 1 AET West Ham United
Kennedy Goal 118' Stewart Goal 120'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Clive Thomas

Team Line-ups[edit]

LIVERPOOL:
1 Ray Clemence
2 Phil Neal (c)
3 Alan Kennedy
4 Colin Irwin
5 Ray Kennedy
6 Alan Hansen
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Sammy Lee
9 Steve Heighway Substituted off
10 Terry McDermott
11 Graeme Souness
Substitute:
12 Jimmy Case Substituted in
Manager:
Bob Paisley
WEST HAM UNITED:
1 Phil Parkes
2 Ray Stewart
3 Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 Billy Bonds (c)
5 Alvin Martin
6 Alan Devonshire
7 Jimmy Neighbour
8 Paul Goddard Substituted off
9 David Cross
10 Trevor Brooking
11 Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 Stuart Pearson Substituted in
Manager:
John Lyall

Replay[edit]

1 April 1981
19:30 GMT
Liverpool 2–1 West Ham United
Dalglish Goal 25'
Hansen Goal 28'
Goddard Goal 5'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,693
Referee: Clive Thomas

Team Line-ups[edit]

LIVERPOOL:
1 Ray Clemence
2 Phil Neal
3 Alan Kennedy
4 Phil Thompson (c)
5 Ray Kennedy
6 Alan Hansen
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Sammy Lee
9 Ian Rush
10 Terry McDermott
11 Jimmy Case
Substitute:
12 Colin Irwin
Manager:
Bob Paisley
WEST HAM UNITED:
1 Phil Parkes
2 Ray Stewart
3 Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 Billy Bonds (c)
5 Alvin Martin
6 Alan Devonshire
7 Jimmy Neighbour
8 Paul Goddard
9 David Cross
10 Trevor Brooking
11 Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 Stuart Pearson
Manager:
John Lyall

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r After Extra Time
  2. ^ Bristol Rovers won 7–6 on penalties
  3. ^ a b c Blackburn Rovers won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. ^ Tranmere Rovers won on the Away Goals Rule
  5. ^ Queens Park Rangers won 5–3 on penalties
  6. ^ Portsmouth won on the Away Goals Rule
  7. ^ "Match Memories Liverpool v West Ham, League Cup final, 1981.(News) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2011.