1981 Football League Cup Final

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

The 1981 Football League Cup Final was played on Saturday 14 March 1981 at Wembley Stadium[2] between Liverpool and West Ham United, with both clubs appearing in their second League Cup finals.[3]

The original game ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time with Alan Kennedy scoring for Liverpool and Ray Stewart equalising from the penalty spot for West Ham United. The game went to a replay played at Villa Park, Birmingham on Wednesday 1 April 1981[2] in which West Ham took the lead through a Paul Goddard goal, but Liverpool came from behind to win 2–1 with goals from Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen.[4]

Match details[edit]

14 March 1981
15:00 GMT
Liverpool 1–1 (a.e.t.) West Ham United
Alan Kennedy Goal 118' Ray Stewart Goal 120'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Clive Thomas
1 Ray Clemence
2 Phil Neal
3 Alan Kennedy
4 Colin Irwin
5 Ray Kennedy (c)
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
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]

Match details[edit]

1 April 1981
19:30 GMT
Liverpool 2–1 West Ham United
Kenny Dalglish Goal 25'
Alan Hansen Goal 28'
Paul Goddard Goal 10'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,693
Referee: Clive Thomas
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
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

Road to Wembley[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool started slowly and lost the first leg of their 2nd round game with Bradford City, before scoring four goals in the return leg at Anfield.[5] They then scored a total of 12 goals in home ties against Swindon Town, Portsmouth and Birmingham City.[2] In the semi-final they won their first leg at Manchester City, before a home draw allowed them to reach their second League Cup Final.[2]

West Ham United[edit]

West Ham United played three Third Division sides in Burnley,[5] Charlton Athletic and Barnsley to reach the quarter-final. Here, they beat First Division Tottenham Hotspur 1–0. In the semi-final they recovered from losing the first leg to Coventry City to win the tie 4–3 on aggregate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ a b c d League Cup Results 1960 to 1996 – RSSSF
  3. ^ "Football Statistics Results article". Archived from the original on 7 May 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Shea, Julian (10 May 2006). "BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup flashback". BBC News. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "English League Cup 1980–1981 : Second Round". Statto. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 

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