1987–88 Football League Cup

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The 1987–88 Football League Cup, known as the Littlewoods Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 28th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs.

The competition began on 17 August 1987, and ended with the final on 24 April 1988 at the Wembley Stadium. The final was played between Luton Town and Arsenal. The match, played in front of 95,732 spectators at Wembley Stadium, was won by Luton Town by 3–2.

1987–88 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Luton Town
Runners-up Arsenal

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Blackpool 2–0 Chester City 18 August 1987
Bournemouth 1–1 Exeter City 18 August 1987
Brentford 2–1 Southend United 18 August 1987
Bristol Rovers 1–0 Hereford United 19 August 1987
Bury 2–2 Preston North End 18 August 1987
Cambridge United 1–1 Aldershot 18 August 1987
Cardiff City 1–2 Newport County 18 August 1987
Chesterfield 2–1 Peterborough United 18 August 1987
Crewe Alexandra 3–3 Shrewsbury Town 25 August 1987
Fulham 3–1 Colchester United 18 August 1987
Gillingham 1–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 18 August 1987
Grimsby Town 3–2 Darlington 18 August 1987
Halifax Town 1–1 York City 18 August 1987
Leyton Orient 1–1 Millwall 18 August 1987
Mansfield Town 2–2 Birmingham City 18 August 1987
Port Vale 0–1 Northampton Town 17 August 1987
Rochdale 3–1 Tranmere Rovers 18 August 1987
Rotherham United 4–4 Huddersfield Town 18 August 1987
Scarborough 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 19 August 1987
Scunthorpe United 3–1 Hartlepool United 18 August 1987
Stockport County 0–1 Carlisle United 18 August 1987
Sunderland 1–0 Middlesbrough 18 August 1987
Swindon Town 3–0 Bristol City 18 August 1987
Torquay United 2–1 Swansea City 18 August 1987
West Bromwich Albion 2–3 Walsall 19 August 1987
Wigan Athletic 2–3 Bolton Wanderers 18 August 1987
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–0 Notts County 18 August 1987
Wrexham 1–0 Burnley 18 August 1987

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 1–4 Cambridge United 25 August 1987 2–5
Birmingham City 0–1 Mansfield Town 25 August 1987 2–3
Bolton Wanderers 1–3 Wigan Athletic 25 August 1987 4–5
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0[1][2] Gillingham 26 August 1987 1–1
Bristol City 3–2 Swindon Town 25 August 1987 3–5
Burnley 3–0 Wrexham 25 August 1987 3–1
Cardiff City 2–2 Newport County 25 August 1987 3–4
Carlisle United 3–0 Stockport County 25 August 1987 4–0
Chester City 1–0 Blackpool 26 August 1987 1–2
Colchester United 0–2 Fulham 25 August 1987 1–5
Darlington 2–1[1][3] Grimsby Town 26 August 1987 4–4
Doncaster Rovers 3–1 Scarborough 25 August 1987 3–2
Exeter City 1–3[1] Bournemouth 26 August 1987 2–4
Hartlepool United 0–1 Scunthorpe United 26 August 1987 1–4
Hereford United 2–0 Bristol Rovers 26 August 1987 2–1
Huddersfield Town 1–3 Rotherham United 25 August 1987 5–7
Middlesbrough 2–0 Sunderland 25 August 1987 2–1
Millwall 1–0 Leyton Orient 25 August 1987 2–1
Northampton Town 4–0 Port Vale 2 September 1987 5–0
Notts County 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 August 1987 1–5
Peterborough United 2–0 Chesterfield 26 August 1987 3–2
Preston North End 2–3[1] Bury 25 August 1987 4–5
Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Crewe Alexandra 8 September 1987 7–4
Southend United 4–2 Brentford 25 August 1987 5–4
Swansea City 1–1 Torquay United 25 August 1987 2–3
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Rochdale 25 August 1987 2–3
Walsall 0–0 West Bromwich Albion 25 August 1987 3–2
York City 1–0[1] Halifax Town 25 August 1987 2–1

Second round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley 0–0 West Ham United 22 September 1987
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Liverpool 23 September 1987
Blackpool 1–0 Newcastle United 23 September 1987
Bournemouth 1–0 Southampton 22 September 1987
Burnley 1–1 Norwich City 22 September 1987
Bury 2–1 Sheffield United 22 September 1987
Cambridge United 0–1 Coventry City 22 September 1987
Carlisle United 4–3 Oldham Athletic 22 September 1987
Charlton Athletic 3–0 Walsall 23 September 1987
Crystal Palace 4–0 Newport County 22 September 1987
Darlington 0–3 Watford 22 September 1987
Doncaster Rovers 0–3 Arsenal 23 September 1987
Everton 3–2 Rotherham United 22 September 1987
Fulham 1–5 Bradford City 22 September 1987
Ipswich Town 1–1 Northampton Town 22 September 1987
Leeds United 1–1 York City 23 September 1987
Leicester City 2–1 Scunthorpe United 23 September 1987
Manchester City 1–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 September 1987
Manchester United 5–0 Hull City 23 September 1987
Middlesbrough 0–1 Aston Villa 23 September 1987
Nottingham Forest 5–0 Hereford United 23 September 1987
Oxford United 1–1 Mansfield Town 23 September 1987
Peterborough United 4–1 Plymouth Argyle 23 September 1987
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Millwall 23 September 1987
Reading 3–1 Chelsea 23 September 1987
Rochdale 1–1 Wimbledon 22 September 1987
Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Sheffield Wednesday 22 September 1987
Southend United 1–0 Derby County 22 September 1987
Stoke City 2–0 Gillingham 22 September 1987
Swindon Town 3–1 Portsmouth 22 September 1987
Torquay United 1–0 Tottenham Hotspur 23 September 1987
Wigan Athletic 0–1 Luton Town 22 September 1987

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 1–0 Doncaster Rovers 6 October 1987 4–0
Aston Villa 1–0 Middlesbrough 7 October 1987 2–0
Bradford City 2–1 Fulham 7 October 1987 7–2
Chelsea 3–2 Reading 7 October 1987 4–5
Coventry City 2–1 Cambridge United 6 October 1987 3–1
Derby County 0–0 Southend United 7 October 1987 0–1
Gillingham 0–1 Stoke City 6 October 1987 0–3
Hereford United 1–1 Nottingham Forest 7 October 1987 1–6
Hull City 0–1 Manchester United 7 October 1987 0–6
Liverpool 1–0 Blackburn Rovers 6 October 1987 2–1
Luton Town 4–2 Wigan Athletic 6 October 1987 5–2
Mansfield Town 0–2 Oxford United 6 October 1987 1–3
Millwall 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 6 October 1987 1–2
Newcastle United 4–1 Blackpool 7 October 1987 4–2
Newport County 0–2 Crystal Palace 6 October 1987 0–6
Northampton Town 2–4[1] Ipswich Town 7 October 1987 3–5
Norwich City 1–0 Burnley 7 October 1987 2–1
Oldham Athletic 4–1[1] Carlisle United 6 October 1987 7–5
Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Peterborough United 6 October 1987 2–5
Portsmouth 1–3 Swindon Town 7 October 1987 2–6
Rotherham United 0–0 Everton 6 October 1987 2–3
Scunthorpe United 1–2 Leicester City 6 October 1987 2–4
Sheffield United 1–1 Bury 7 October 1987 2–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Shrewsbury Town 6 October 1987 3–2
Southampton 2–2 Bournemouth 6 October 1987 2–3
Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Torquay United 7 October 1987 3–1
Walsall 2–0 Charlton Athletic 6 October 1987 2–3
Watford 8–0 Darlington 6 October 1987 11–0
West Ham United 2–5[1] Barnsley 6 October 1987 2–5
Wimbledon 2–1 Rochdale 6 October 1987 3–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 Manchester City 6 October 1987 2–3
York City 0–4 Leeds United 6 October 1987 1–5

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 3–0 Bournemouth 27 October 1987
Aston Villa 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 28 October 1987
Barnsley 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 27 October 1987
Bury 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 27 October 1987
Charlton Athletic 0–1 Bradford City 27 October 1987
Ipswich Town 1–0 Southend United 27 October 1987
Leeds United 2–2 Oldham Athletic 28 October 1987
Liverpool 0–1 Everton 28 October 1987
Luton Town 3–1 Coventry City 27 October 1987
Manchester City 3–0 Nottingham Forest 27 October 1987
Manchester United 2–1 Crystal Palace 28 October 1987
Oxford United 0–0 Leicester City 28 October 1987
Peterborough United 0–0 Reading 28 October 1987
Stoke City 2–1 Norwich City 27 October 1987
Swindon Town 1–1 Watford 28 October 1987
Wimbledon 2–1 Newcastle United 28 October 1987

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Leicester City 2–3 Oxford United 4 November 1987
Oldham Athletic 4–2[1] Leeds United 4 November 1987
Reading 1–0 Peterborough United 4 November 1987
Watford 4–2 Swindon Town 3 November 1987

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 3–0 Stoke City 17 November 1987
Aston Villa 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 18 November 1987
Bury 1–2 Manchester United 18 November 1987
Everton 2–1 Oldham Athletic 17 November 1987
Ipswich Town 0–1 Luton Town 17 November 1987
Manchester City 3–1 Watford 17 November 1987
Oxford United 2–1 Wimbledon 18 November 1987
Reading 0–0 Bradford City 18 November 1987

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bradford City 1–0 Reading 24 November 1987

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Luton Town 2–0 Bradford City 19 January 1988
Everton 2–0 Manchester City 20 January 1988
Oxford United 2–0 Manchester United 20 January 1988
Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 Arsenal 20 January 1988

Semi-finals[edit]

Defending league champions Everton, still yet to win the League Cup, had their dreams of winning the trophy ended when they were well beaten over the two legs of the semi-final by holders Arsenal. In the other semi-final, 1986 winners Oxford United were ousted by Luton Town.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Everton 0–1 Arsenal 7 February 1988
Oxford United 1–1 Luton Town 10 February 1988

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 3–1 Everton 24 February 1988 4–1
Luton Town 2–0 Oxford United 28 February 1988 3–1

Final[edit]

Match details[edit]

24 April 1988
Luton Town 3–2 Arsenal
Stein Goal 13'90'
Wilson Goal 82'
Hayes Goal 71'
Smith Goal 74'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 95,732
Referee: Joe Worrall
Luton Town
Arsenal
LUTON TOWN:
GK 1 Andy Dibble
RB 2 Tim Breacker
LB 3 Rob Johnson
CM 4 Ricky Hill
CB 5 Steve Foster
CB 6 Mal Donaghy
RM 7 Danny Wilson
CM 8 Brian Stein
CF 9 Mick Harford Substituted off
CM 10 David Preece Substituted off
LM 11 Kingsley Black
Substitutes:
DF Ashley Grimes Substituted in
FW Mark Stein Substituted in
Manager:
Ray Harford
ARSENAL:
GK 1 John Lukic
RB 2 Nigel Winterburn
LB 3 Kenny Sansom
CM 4 Michael Thomas
CB 5 Gus Caesar
CB 6 Tony Adams
RM 7 David Rocastle
CM 8 Paul Davis
CF 9 Alan Smith
CF 10 Perry Groves Substituted off
LM 11 Kevin Richardson
Substitutes:
MF Martin Hayes Substituted in
Manager:
George Graham

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i After Extra Time
  2. ^ Gillingham won 5–4 on penalties
  3. ^ Darlington won on the away goals rule