1988–89 Football League Cup

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The 1988–89 Football League Cup was the twenty-ninth season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 29 August 1988 and ended with the final on 9 April 1989.

The final was contested by First Division teams Nottingham Forest and Luton Town at Wembley Stadium in London.

1988–89 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Nottingham Forest
Runners-up Luton Town

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Chester City 30 August 1988
Bournemouth 1–0 Bristol Rovers 30 August 1988
Bristol City 1–0 Exeter City 30 August 1988
Bury 2–1 Wrexham 30 August 1988
Cambridge United 1–2 Gillingham 30 August 1988
Cardiff City 0–1 Swansea City 30 August 1988
Carlisle United 1–1 Blackpool 30 August 1988
Colchester United 0–0 Northampton Town 30 August 1988
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Lincoln City 30 August 1988
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 Darlington 30 August 1988
Fulham 2–2 Brentford 30 August 1988
Grimsby Town 0–1 Rotherham United 30 August 1988
Hartlepool United 2–2 Sheffield United 30 August 1988
Hereford United 0–3 Plymouth Argyle 29 August 1988
Leyton Orient 2–0 Aldershot 30 August 1988
Notts County 5–0 Mansfield Town 30 August 1988
Port Vale 3–2 Chesterfield 30 August 1988
Rochdale 3–3 Burnley 30 August 1988
Scarborough 1–1 Halifax Town 31 August 1988
Scunthorpe United 3–2 Huddersfield Town 30 August 1988
Shrewsbury Town 2–2 Walsall 30 August 1988
Southend United 2–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 August 1988
Stockport County 0–1 Tranmere Rovers 29 August 1988
Torquay United 0–1 Reading 30 August 1988
West Bromwich Albion 0–3 Peterborough United 31 August 1988
Wigan Athletic 0–0 Preston North End 29 August 1988
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–2 Birmingham City 30 August 1988
York City 0–0 Sunderland 30 August 1988

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 0–0 Leyton Orient 6 September 1988 0–2
Birmingham City 1–0[1][2] Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 September 1988 3–3
Blackpool 3–0 Carlisle United 6 September 1988 4–1
Brentford 1–0[1] Fulham 6 September 1988 3–2
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 Southend United 7 September 1988 0–3
Bristol Rovers 0–0 Bournemouth 7 September 1988 0–1
Burnley 2–1 Rochdale 6 September 1988 5–4
Chester City 3–1 Bolton Wanderers 7 September 1988 3–2
Chesterfield 1–1 Port Vale 6 September 1988 3–4
Darlington 2–0 Doncaster Rovers 6 September 1988 3–1
Exeter City 0–1 Bristol City 7 September 1988 0–2
Gillingham 3–1 Cambridge United 6 September 1988 5–2
Halifax Town 2–2[1][3] Scarborough 6 September 1988 3–3
Huddersfield Town 2–2[1] Scunthorpe United 6 September 1988 4–5
Lincoln City 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 7 September 1988 3–2
Mansfield Town 1–0 Notts County 6 September 1988 1–5
Northampton Town 5–0 Colchester United 6 September 1988 5–0
Peterborough United 0–2 West Bromwich Albion 7 September 1988 3–2
Plymouth Argyle 3–2 Hereford United 6 September 1988 6–2
Preston North End 1–0 Wigan Athletic 6 September 1988 1–0
Reading 3–1 Torquay United 7 September 1988 4–1
Rotherham United 1–0 Grimsby Town 6 September 1988 2–0
Sheffield United 2–0[1] Hartlepool United 6 September 1988 4–2
Sunderland 4–0 York City 6 September 1988 4–0
Swansea City 0–2 Cardiff City 20 September 1988 1–2
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Stockport County 5 September 1988 2–1
Walsall 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 6 September 1988 5–2
Wrexham 2–2[1] Bury 6 September 1988 3–4

Second round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley 0–2 Wimbledon 27 September 1988
Birmingham City 0–2 Aston Villa 27 September 1988
Blackburn Rovers 3–1 Brentford 27 September 1988
Blackpool 2–0 Sheffield Wednesday 27 September 1988
Bournemouth 0–4 Coventry City 27 September 1988
Darlington 2–0 Oldham Athletic 27 September 1988
Derby County 1–0 Southend United 28 September 1988
Everton 3–0 Bury 27 September 1988
Hull City 1–2 Arsenal 28 September 1988
Leicester City 4–1 Watford 28 September 1988
Leyton Orient 1–2 Stoke City 27 September 1988
Lincoln City 1–1 Southampton 28 September 1988
Liverpool 1–0 Walsall 28 September 1988
Luton Town 1–1 Burnley 27 September 1988
Manchester City 1–0 Plymouth Argyle 28 September 1988
Middlesbrough 0–0 Tranmere Rovers 28 September 1988
Millwall 3–0 Gillingham 27 September 1988
Northampton Town 1–1 Charlton Athletic 27 September 1988
Norwich City 2–0 Preston North End 28 September 1988
Nottingham Forest 6–0 Chester City 28 September 1988
Notts County 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 27 September 1988
Oxford United 2–4 Bristol City 28 September 1988
Peterborough United 1–2 Leeds United 27 September 1988
Port Vale 1–0 Ipswich Town 26 September 1988
Portsmouth 2–2 Scarborough 27 September 1988
Queens Park Rangers 3–0 Cardiff City 28 September 1988
Reading 1–1 Bradford City 28 September 1988
Rotherham United 0–1 Manchester United 28 September 1988
Scunthorpe United 4–1 Chelsea 27 September 1988
Sheffield United 3–0 Newcastle United 27 September 1988
Sunderland 0–3 West Ham United 27 September 1988
Swindon Town 1–2 Crystal Palace 27 September 1988

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 3–0 Hull City 12 October 1988 5–1
Aston Villa 5–0 Birmingham City 12 October 1988 7–0
Bradford City 2–1[1] Reading 12 October 1988 3–2
Brentford 4–3 Blackburn Rovers 12 October 1988 5–6
Bristol City 2–0 Oxford United 11 October 1988 6–2
Burnley 0–1 Luton Town 11 October 1988 1–2
Bury 2–2 Everton 11 October 1988 2–5
Cardiff City 1–4 Queens Park Rangers 11 October 1988 1–7
Charlton Athletic 2–1 Northampton Town 11 October 1988 3–2
Chelsea 2–2 Scunthorpe United 12 October 1988 3–6
Chester City 0–4 Nottingham Forest 12 October 1988 0–10
Coventry City 3–1 Bournemouth 11 October 1988 7–1
Crystal Palace 2–0 Swindon Town 12 October 1988 4–1
Gillingham 1–3 Millwall 11 October 1988 1–6
Ipswich Town 3–0 Port Vale 11 October 1988 3–1
Leeds United 3–1 Peterborough United 12 October 1988 5–2
Manchester United 5–0 Rotherham United 12 October 1988 6–0
Newcastle United 2–0 Sheffield United 12 October 1988 2–3
Oldham Athletic 4–0[1] Darlington 11 October 1988 4–2
Plymouth Argyle 3–6 Manchester City 12 October 1988 3–7
Preston North End 0–3 Norwich City 11 October 1988 0–5
Scarborough 3–1 Portsmouth 12 October 1988 5–3
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1[1][4] Blackpool 12 October 1988 3–3
Southampton 3–1 Lincoln City 11 October 1988 4–2
Southend United 1–2 Derby County 11 October 1988 1–3
Stoke City 1–2[1][5] Leyton Orient 11 October 1988 3–3
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Notts County 11 October 1988 3–2
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Middlesbrough 11 October 1988 1–0
Walsall 1–3 Liverpool 12 October 1988 1–4
Watford 2–2 Leicester City 11 October 1988 3–6
West Ham United 2–1 Sunderland 12 October 1988 5–1
Wimbledon 0–1 Barnsley 12 October 1988 2–1

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 3–1 Millwall 2 November 1988
Bradford City 1–1 Scunthorpe United 2 November 1988
Bristol City 4–1 Crystal Palace 1 November 1988
Everton 1–1 Oldham Athletic 8 November 1988
Ipswich Town 2–0 Leyton Orient 1 November 1988
Leeds United 0–2 Luton Town 2 November 1988
Leicester City 2–0 Norwich City 2 November 1988
Liverpool 1–1 Arsenal 2 November 1988
Manchester City 4–2 Sheffield United 2 November 1988
Nottingham Forest 3–2 Coventry City 2 November 1988
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Charlton Athletic 2 November 1988
Scarborough 2–2 Southampton 2 November 1988
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 Blackburn Rovers 1 November 1988
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Blackpool 1 November 1988
West Ham United 5–0 Derby County 1 November 1988
Wimbledon 2–1 Manchester United 2 November 1988

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 0–0[1] Liverpool 9 November 1988
Blackburn Rovers 1–2[1] Tottenham Hotspur 9 November 1988
Oldham Athletic 0–2 Everton 29 November 1988
Scunthorpe United 0–1 Bradford City 22 November 1988
Southampton 1–0 Scarborough 22 November 1988

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Liverpool 2–1 Arsenal 23 November 1988

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 6–2 Ipswich Town 30 November 1988
Bradford City 3–1 Everton 14 December 1988
Bristol City 1–0 Tranmere Rovers 29 November 1988
Leicester City 0–0 Nottingham Forest 30 November 1988
Luton Town 3–1 Manchester City 29 November 1988
Queens Park Rangers 0–0 Wimbledon 30 November 1988
Southampton 2–1 Tottenham Hotspur 29 November 1988
West Ham United 4–1 Liverpool 30 November 1988

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Nottingham Forest 2–1 Leicester City 14 December 1988
Wimbledon 0–1 Queens Park Rangers 14 December 1988

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bradford City 0–1 Bristol City 18 January 1989
Luton Town 1–1 Southampton 18 January 1989
Nottingham Forest 5–2 Queens Park Rangers 18 January 1989
West Ham United 2–1 Aston Villa 18 January 1989

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Southampton 1–2[1] Luton Town 25 January 1989

Semi-finals[edit]

Nottingham Forest, flying high in the First Division, had a narrow victory over Third Division underdogs Bristol City in the semi-finals, while holders Luton Town enjoyed a comfortable triumph over West Ham United in both legs.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Nottingham Forest 1–1 Bristol City 15 February 1989
West Ham United 0–3 Luton Town 12 February 1989

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Bristol City 0–1[1] Nottingham Forest 26 February 1989 1–2
Luton Town 2–0 West Ham United 1 March 1989 5–0

Final[edit]

Match details[edit]

9 April 1989
Nottingham Forest 3–1 Luton Town
Webb Goal
Clough Goal Goal
Harford Goal
Wembley, London
Attendance: 76,130
Referee: Roger Milford (Somerset)
Nottingham Forest
Luton Town
NOTTINGHAM FOREST:
GK 1 Steve Sutton
RB 2 Brian Laws
LB 3 Stuart Pearce
CB 4 Des Walker
CB 5 Terry Wilson
LM 6 Steve Hodge
RM 7 Tommy Gaynor
CM 8 Neil Webb
CF 9 Nigel Clough
CF 10 Lee Chapman
CM 11 Garry Parker
Substitutes:
Manager:
Brian Clough
LUTON TOWN:
GK 1 Les Sealey
RB 2 Tim Breacker
LB 3 Ashley Grimes Substituted off
CM 4 David Preece
CB 5 Steve Foster
CB 6 Dave Beaumont
RM 7 Danny Wilson
CF 8 Roy Wegerle
CF 9 Mick Harford
CM 10 Ricky Hill
LM 11 Kingsley Black
Substitutes:
DF Darron McDonough Substituted in
Manager:
Ray Harford

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. ^ Birmingham City won on the Away Goals Rule
  3. ^ Scarborough won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. ^ Blackpool won on the Away Goals Rule
  5. ^ Leyton Orient won 3–2 on penalties