1981–82 Football League Cup

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The 1981–82 Football League Cup was the twenty-second season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 31 August 1981 and ended with the final 13 March 1982.

The final was contested by First Division teams Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London.

1981–82 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Liverpool
Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 0–0 Wimbledon 1 September 1981
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Oldham Athletic 1 September 1981
Bournemouth 0–1 Fulham 1 September 1981
Bradford City 3–1 Blackpool 2 September 1981
Bristol City 2–0 Walsall 1 September 1981
Bury 3–3 Carlisle United 1 September 1981
Cardiff City 2–1 Exeter City 2 September 1981
Chester City 1–1 Plymouth Argyle 8 September 1981
Colchester United 2–0 Gillingham 1 September 1981
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Bristol Rovers 2 September 1981
Darlington 1–3 Rotherham United 1 September 1981
Doncaster Rovers 0–0 Chesterfield 1 September 1981
Halifax Town 1–2 Preston North End 1 September 1981
Hereford United 1–1 Port Vale 2 September 1981
Huddersfield Town 3–1 Rochdale 1 September 1981
Leyton Orient 1–1 Millwall 1 September 1981
Lincoln City 3–0 Hull City 2 September 1981
Northampton Town 2–0 Hartlepool United 1 September 1981
Oxford United 1–0 Brentford 2 September 1981
Peterborough United 2–3 Barnsley 2 September 1981
Reading 2–2 Charlton Athletic 2 September 1981
Scunthorpe United 0–0 Mansfield Town 1 September 1981
Sheffield United 1–0 York City 1 September 1981
Southend United 0–0 Portsmouth 2 September 1981
Torquay United 2–3 Newport County 2 September 1981
Tranmere Rovers 4–2 Burnley 1 September 1981
Wigan Athletic 3–0 Stockport County 31 August 1981
Wrexham 3–2 Swindon Town 1 September 1981

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnsley 6–0 Peterborough United 15 September 1981 9–2
Blackpool 0–0 Bradford City 16 September 1981 1–3
Brentford 0–2 Oxford United 15 September 1981 0–3
Bristol Rovers 1–0[1] Crewe Alexandra 15 September 1981 2–1
Burnley 3–3 Tranmere Rovers 15 September 1981 5–7
Carlisle United 2–1[1] Bury 15 September 1981 5–4
Charlton Athletic 3–1[1] Reading 15 September 1981 5–3
Chesterfield 1–1[1][2] Doncaster Rovers 15 September 1981 1–1
Exeter City 3–1[1] Cardiff City 16 September 1981 4–3
Fulham 2–0 Bournemouth 15 September 1981 3–0
Gillingham 1–1 Colchester United 15 September 1981 1–3
Hartlepool United 2–1 Northampton Town 16 September 1981 2–3
Hull City 1–1 Lincoln City 15 September 1981 1–4
Mansfield Town 2–0 Scunthorpe United 14 September 1981 2–0
Millwall 3–2 Leyton Orient 16 September 1981 4–3
Newport County 0–0 Torquay United 15 September 1981 3–2
Oldham Athletic 4–2[1] Bolton Wanderers 15 September 1981 5–4
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Chester City 15 September 1981 2–1
Port Vale 2–0 Hereford United 14 September 1981 3–1
Portsmouth 4–1 Southend United 16 September 1981 4–1
Preston North End 0–0 Halifax Town 15 September 1981 2–1
Rochdale 2–4 Huddersfield Town 15 September 1981 3–7
Rotherham United 2–1 Darlington 15 September 1981 5–2
Stockport County 1–2 Wigan Athletic 14 September 1981 1–5
Swindon Town 0–2 Wrexham 15 September 1981 2–5
Walsall 1–0 Bristol City 15 September 1981 1–2
Wimbledon 1–3 Aldershot 15 September 1981 1–3
York City 1–1 Sheffield United 15 September 1981 1–2

Second round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 2–2 Wigan Athletic 6 October 1981
Aston Villa 3–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 October 1981
Barnsley 2–0 Swansea City 6 October 1981
Birmingham City 2–3 Nottingham Forest 6 October 1981
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 7 October 1981
Bradford City 3–4 Mansfield Town 7 October 1981
Bristol Rovers 1–2 Northampton Town 6 October 1981
Carlisle United 0–0 Bristol City 6 October 1981
Colchester United 3–1 Cambridge United 6 October 1981
Derby County 2–3 West Ham United 7 October 1981
Doncaster Rovers 1–0 Crystal Palace 6 October 1981
Everton 1–1 Coventry City 6 October 1981
Grimsby Town 1–0 Watford 6 October 1981
Huddersfield Town 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 October 1981
Leeds United 0–1 Ipswich Town 7 October 1981
Lincoln City 1–1 Notts County 7 October 1981
Liverpool 5–0 Exeter City 7 October 1981
Luton Town 0–2 Wrexham 6 October 1981
Manchester City 2–0 Stoke City 7 October 1981
Middlesbrough 2–1 Plymouth Argyle 6 October 1981
Millwall 3–3 Oxford United 6 October 1981
Newcastle United 1–2 Fulham 7 October 1981
Norwich City 1–0 Charlton Athletic 7 October 1981
Oldham Athletic 1–0 Newport County 6 October 1981
Preston North End 1–0 Leicester City 6 October 1981
Queens Park Rangers 5–0 Portsmouth 6 October 1981
Sheffield United 1–0 Arsenal 6 October 1981
Shrewsbury Town 3–3 West Bromwich Albion 6 October 1981
Southampton 1–1 Chelsea 6 October 1981
Sunderland 2–0 Rotherham United 7 October 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Manchester United 7 October 1981
Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Port Vale 5 October 1981

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 2–0[1] Sheffield United 27 October 1981 2–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–0 Huddersfield Town 27 October 1981 2–1
Bristol City 2–1 Carlisle United 27 October 1981 2–1
Cambridge United 3–2[1] Colchester United 27 October 1981 4–5
Charlton Athletic 0–1 Norwich City 28 October 1981 0–2
Chelsea 2–1[1] Southampton 28 October 1981 3–2
Coventry City 0–1 Everton 27 October 1981 1–2
Crystal Palace 2–0 Doncaster Rovers 27 October 1981 2–1
Exeter City 0–6 Liverpool 28 October 1981 0–11
Fulham 2–0 Newcastle United 27 October 1981 4–1
Ipswich Town 3–0 Leeds United 27 October 1981 4–0
Leicester City 4–0 Preston North End 28 October 1981 4–1
Manchester United 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 28 October 1981 0–2
Mansfield Town 0–2 Bradford City 26 October 1981 4–5
Newport County 0–0 Oldham Athletic 27 October 1981 0–1
Northampton Town 3–1 Bristol Rovers 27 October 1981 5–2
Nottingham Forest 2–1 Birmingham City 28 October 1981 5–3
Notts County 2–3 Lincoln City 27 October 1981 3–4
Oxford United 1–0 Millwall 28 October 1981 4–3
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Middlesbrough 27 October 1981 1–2
Port Vale 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 28 October 1981 1–4
Portsmouth 2–2 Queens Park Rangers 27 October 1981 2–7
Rotherham United 3–3 Sunderland 27 October 1981 3–5
Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 Blackburn Rovers 27 October 1981 2–3
Stoke City 2–0[1][3] Manchester City 28 October 1981 2–2
Swansea City 3–2[1] Barnsley 27 October 1981 3–4
Watford 3–1 Grimsby Town 27 October 1981 3–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Shrewsbury Town 28 October 1981 5–4
West Ham United 2–0 Derby County 27 October 1981 5–2
Wigan Athletic 1–0 Aldershot 27 October 1981 3–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Aston Villa 27 October 1981 3–5
Wrexham 0–1 Luton Town 27 October 1981 2–1

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Norwich City 10 November 1981
Barnsley 4–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 10 November 1981
Blackburn Rovers 0–1 Nottingham Forest 11 November 1981
Everton 1–0 Oxford United 11 November 1981
Ipswich Town 1–1 Bradford City 10 November 1981
Leicester City 0–0 Aston Villa 11 November 1981
Liverpool 4–1 Middlesbrough 10 November 1981
Manchester City 3–1 Northampton Town 11 November 1981
Oldham Athletic 1–1 Fulham 10 November 1981
Queens Park Rangers 3–0 Bristol City 10 November 1981
Sunderland 0–1 Crystal Palace 11 November 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Wrexham 11 November 1981
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Colchester United 10 November 1981
Watford 2–2 Lincoln City 10 November 1981
West Ham United 2–2 West Bromwich Albion 10 November 1981
Wigan Athletic 4–2 Chelsea 11 November 1981

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 2–0 Leicester City 25 November 1981
Bradford City 2–3[1] Ipswich Town 2 December 1981
Fulham 3–0 Oldham Athletic 17 November 1981
Lincoln City 2–3 Watford 25 November 1981
West Bromwich Albion 1–1[1] West Ham United 24 November 1981

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
West Ham United 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 1 December 1981

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 0–0 Liverpool 1 December 1981
Barnsley 1–0 Manchester City 2 December 1981
Crystal Palace 1–3 West Bromwich Albion 15 December 1981
Everton 2–3 Ipswich Town 15 December 1981
Nottingham Forest 2–0 Tranmere Rovers 2 December 1981
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Fulham 2 December 1981
Watford 4–1 Queens Park Rangers 1 December 1981
Wigan Athletic 1–2 Aston Villa 1 December 1981

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Liverpool 3–0[1] Arsenal 8 December 1981

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 19 January 1982
Ipswich Town 2–1 Watford 18 January 1982
Liverpool 0–0 Barnsley 12 January 1982
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Nottingham Forest 18 January 1982

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley 1–3 Liverpool 19 January 1982

Semi-finals[edit]

Holders Liverpool defeated Ipswich Town – who were also competing with them for the league title – over the two legs to reach the final. Fellow title contenders Tottenham Hotspur won the other semi-final against relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Ipswich Town 0–2 Liverpool 2 February 1982
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 3 February 1982

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Liverpool 2–2 Ipswich Town 9 February 1982 4–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 10 February 1982 1–0

Final[edit]

1982 Football League Cup Final
Event 1981–82 Football League Cup
after extra time
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
1981
1983
13 March 1982
15:00 GMT
Liverpool 3 – 1 (aet) Tottenham Hotspur
Whelan Goal 87', Goal 111'
Rush Goal 119'
Report Archibald Goal 11'

Team Line-ups[edit]

LIVERPOOL:
GK 1 Bruce Grobbelaar
RB 2 Phil Neal
LB 3 Alan Kennedy
CB 4 Phil Thompson
LM 5 Ronnie Whelan
CB 6 Mark Lawrenson
ST 7 Kenny Dalglish
RM 8 Sammy Lee
ST 9 Ian Rush
CM 10 Terry McDermott Substituted off
CM 11 Graeme Souness (c)
Substitute:
ST 12 David Johnson Substituted in
Manager:
Bob Paisley
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK 1 Ray Clemence
LB 2 Chris Hughton
CB 3 Paul Miller
CB 4 Paul Price
RM 5 Mickey Hazard
RB 6 Steve Perryman (c)
CM 7 Osvaldo Ardiles
CF 8 Steve Archibald
LM 9 Tony Galvin
CM 10 Glenn Hoddle
CF 11 Garth Crooks
Substitute:
MF 12 Ricardo Villa
Manager:
Keith Burkinshaw

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n After Extra Time
  2. ^ Doncaster Rovers won on the away goals rule
  3. ^ Manchester City won 9–8 on penalties