1989–90 Football League Cup

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The 1989–90 Football League Cup, known as the Littlewoods Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 30th season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with the Littlewoods.

The competition began on 21 August 1989, and ended with the final on 29 April 1990 at the Old Wembley Stadium. The cup was won by Nottingham Forest who beat Oldham Athletic one-nil in the final, who regained the trophy after winning it the previous season. This was the second time that Nottingham Forest had won the trophy in successive seasons, having won previously in 1978 and 1979.

1989–90 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Nottingham Forest
Runners-up Oldham Athletic

First round[edit]

A total of 56 teams took part in the First Round. All of the Third Division and Fourth Division sides entered, with eight of the Second Division clubs also starting in this round. The eight clubs consisted of the three teams promoted from the Third Division and the five teams finishing 17th to 21st in the Second Division from the 1988–89 season. Each tie was played across two legs.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City 2–1 Chesterfield 22 August 1989
Blackpool 2–2 Burnley 22 August 1989
Brighton and Hove Albion 0–3 Brentford 23 August 1989
Bristol City 2–3 Reading 22 August 1989
Bristol Rovers 1–0 Portsmouth 23 August 1989
Cambridge United 3–1 Maidstone United (1897) 22 August 1989
Cardiff City 0–3 Plymouth Argyle 22 August 1989
Colchester United 3–4 Southend United 22 August 1989
Crewe Alexandra 4–0 Chester City 22 August 1989
Exeter City 3–0 Swansea City 23 August 1989
Fulham 0–1 Oxford United 23 August 1989
Gillingham 1–4 Leyton Orient 22 August 1989
Halifax Town 3–1 Carlisle United 22 August 1989
Hartlepool United 3–3 York City 23 August 1989
Huddersfield Town 1–1 Doncaster Rovers 22 August 1989
Hull City 1–0 Grimsby Town 22 August 1989
Mansfield Town 1–1 Northampton Town 22 August 1989
Peterborough United 2–0 Aldershot 23 August 1989
Preston North End 3–4 Tranmere Rovers 22 August 1989
Rochdale 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 22 August 1989
Scarborough 2–0 Scunthorpe United 22 August 1989
Sheffield United 1–1 Rotherham United 22 August 1989
Shrewsbury Town 3–0 Notts County 22 August 1989
Stockport County 1–0 Bury 21 August 1989
Torquay United 1–0 Hereford United 22 August 1989
Walsall 1–2 Port Vale 22 August 1989
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Lincoln City 22 August 1989
Wrexham 0–0 Wigan Athletic 22 August 1989

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 6–2[1] Peterborough United 29 August 1989 6–4
Bolton Wanderers 5–1 Rochdale 29 August 1989 6–6
Brentford 1–1 Brighton and Hove Albion 29 August 1989 4–1
Burnley 0–1 Blackpool 29 August 1989 2–3
Bury 1–1 Stockport County 29 August 1989 1–2
Carlisle United 1–0 Halifax Town 29 August 1989 2–3
Chester City 0–2 Crewe Alexandra 29 August 1989 0–6
Chesterfield 1–1 Birmingham City 29 August 1989 2–3
Doncaster Rovers 1–2 Huddersfield Town 29 August 1989 2–3
Grimsby Town 2–0[1] Hull City 29 August 1989 2–1
Hereford United 3–0 Torquay United 30 August 1989 3–1
Leyton Orient 3–0 Gillingham 29 August 1989 7–1
Lincoln City 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 August 1989 0–3
Maidstone United (1897) 0–1 Cambridge United 30 August 1989 1–4
Northampton Town 0–2 Mansfield Town 5 September 1989 2–1
Notts County 3–1 Shrewsbury Town 29 August 1989 3–4
Oxford United 3–5 Fulham 30 August 1989 4–5
Plymouth Argyle 0–2 Cardiff City 29 August 1989 3–2
Port Vale 1–0 Walsall 28 August 1989 3–1
Portsmouth 2–0[1] Bristol Rovers 29 August 1989 2–1
Reading 2–2 Bristol City 29 August 1989 5–4
Rotherham United 1–0 Sheffield United 29 August 1989 2–1
Scunthorpe United 1–1 Scarborough 29 August 1989 1–3
Southend United 2–1 Colchester United 29 August 1989 6–4
Swansea City 1–1 Exeter City 29 August 1989 1–4
Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Preston North End 29 August 1989 7–4
Wigan Athletic 5–0 Wrexham 30 August 1989 5–0
York City 4–1 Hartlepool United 29 August 1989 7–3

Second round[edit]

A total of 64 teams took part in the Second Round, including the 28 winners from round one. The remaining Second Division clubs entered in this round, as well as the 22 sides from the First Division. Each tie was again played across two legs.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–0 Plymouth Argyle 19 September 1989
Aston Villa 2–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 September 1989
Barnsley 1–1 Blackpool 19 September 1989
Birmingham City 1–2 West Ham United 19 September 1989
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Watford 19 September 1989
Brentford 2–1 Manchester City 19 September 1989
Cambridge United 2–1 Derby County 19 September 1989
Charlton Athletic 3–1 Hereford United 20 September 1989
Chelsea 1–1 Scarborough 19 September 1989
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Bournemouth 19 September 1989
Crystal Palace 1–2 Leicester City 19 September 1989
Exeter City 3–0 Blackburn Rovers 20 September 1989
Grimsby Town 3–1 Coventry City 19 September 1989
Ipswich Town 0–1 Tranmere Rovers 19 September 1989
Leyton Orient 0–2 Everton 19 September 1989
Liverpool 5–2 Wigan Athletic 19 September 1989
Mansfield Town 3–4 Luton Town 19 September 1989
Middlesbrough 4–0 Halifax Town 20 September 1989
Norwich City 4–0 Rotherham United 20 September 1989
Nottingham Forest 1–1 Huddersfield Town 20 September 1989
Oldham Athletic 2–1 Leeds United 19 September 1989
Port Vale 1–2 Wimbledon 18 September 1989
Portsmouth 2–3 Manchester United 20 September 1989
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Stockport County 20 September 1989
Reading 3–1 Newcastle United 19 September 1989
Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Aldershot 20 September 1989
Shrewsbury Town 0–3 Swindon Town 19 September 1989
Stoke City 1–0 Millwall 19 September 1989
Sunderland 1–1 Fulham 19 September 1989
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Southend United 20 September 1989
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 Bradford City 20 September 1989
York City 0–1 Southampton 20 September 1989

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 0–8 Sheffield Wednesday 3 October 1989 0–8
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Exeter City 3 October 1989 2–4
Blackpool 1–1[1][2] Barnsley 3 October 1989 2–2
Bournemouth 0–0 Crewe Alexandra 3 October 1989 1–0
Bradford City 3–5[1][3] West Bromwich Albion 4 October 1989 6–6
Coventry City 3–0 Grimsby Town 4 October 1989 4–3
Derby County 5–0 Cambridge United 4 October 1989 6–2
Everton 2–2 Leyton Orient 3 October 1989 4–2
Fulham 0–3 Sunderland 3 October 1989 1–4
Halifax Town 0–1 Middlesbrough 3 October 1989 0–5
Hereford United 0–1 Charlton Athletic 4 October 1989 1–4
Huddersfield Town 3–3[1] Nottingham Forest 3 October 1989 4–4
Leeds United 1–2 Oldham Athletic 3 October 1989 2–4
Leicester City 2–3[1][4] Crystal Palace 4 October 1989 4–4
Luton Town 7–2 Mansfield Town 3 October 1989 11–5
Manchester City 4–1 Brentford 4 October 1989 5–3
Manchester United 0–0 Portsmouth 3 October 1989 3–2
Millwall 2–0[1] Stoke City 4 October 1989 2–1
Newcastle United 4–0 Reading 4 October 1989 5–3
Plymouth Argyle 1–6 Arsenal 3 October 1989 1–8
Rotherham United 0–2 Norwich City 3 October 1989 1–3
Scarborough 3–2[1] Chelsea 4 October 1989 4–3
Southampton 2–0 York City 3 October 1989 3–0
Southend United 3–2[1][5] Tottenham Hotspur 4 October 1989 3–3
Stockport County 0–0 Queens Park Rangers 2 October 1989 1–2
Swindon Town 3–1 Shrewsbury Town 3 October 1989 6–1
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 Ipswich Town 3 October 1989 2–0
Watford 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 3 October 1989 2–3
West Ham United 1–1 Birmingham City 4 October 1989 3–2
Wigan Athletic 0–3 Liverpool 4 October 1989 2–8
Wimbledon 3–0 Port Vale 4 October 1989 5–11
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 Aston Villa 4 October 1989 2–3

Third round[edit]

A total of 32 teams took part in the Third Round, all 32 winners from round two. Unlike the previous two rounds, this round was played over one leg.

Ties[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Liverpool 25 October 1989
Aston Villa 0–0 West Ham United 25 October 1989
Crystal Palace 0–0 Nottingham Forest 24 October 1989
Derby County 2–1 Sheffield Wednesday 25 October 1989
Everton 3–0 Luton Town 24 October 1989
Exeter City 3–0 Blackpool 25 October 1989
Manchester City 3–1 Norwich City 25 October 1989
Manchester United 0–3 Tottenham Hotspur 25 October 1989
Middlesbrough 1–1 Wimbledon 25 October 1989
Newcastle United 0–1 West Bromwich Albion 25 October 1989
Oldham Athletic 7–0 Scarborough 25 October 1989
Queens Park Rangers 1–2 Coventry City 25 October 1989
Southampton 1–0 Charlton Athletic 24 October 1989
Sunderland 1–1 Bournemouth 24 October 1989
Swindon Town 3–3 Bolton Wanderers 24 October 1989
Tranmere Rovers 3–2 Millwall 23 October 1989

Replays[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Bolton Wanderers 1–1[1] Swindon Town 7 November 1989
Bournemouth 0–1 Sunderland 7 November 1989
Nottingham Forest 5–0 Crystal Palace 1 November 1989
West Ham United 1–0 Aston Villa 8 November 1989
Wimbledon 1–0 Middlesbrough 8 November 1989

2nd Replay[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Bolton Wanderers 1–1[1] Swindon Town 14 November 1989

3rd Replay[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Swindon Town 2–1[1] Bolton Wanderers 20 November 1989

Fourth round[edit]

A total of 16 teams took part in the Fourth Round, all 16 winners from round three. Once again this round was played over one leg.

Ties[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Derby County 2–0 West Bromwich Albion 22 November 1989
Exeter City 2–2 Sunderland 29 November 1989
Manchester City 0–1 Coventry City 22 November 1989
Nottingham Forest 1–0 Everton 22 November 1989
Oldham Athletic 3–1 Arsenal 22 November 1989
Swindon Town 0–0 Southampton 29 November 1989
Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 22 November 1989
West Ham United 1–0 Wimbledon 22 November 1989

Replays[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Southampton 4–2[1] Swindon Town 16 January 1990
Sunderland 5–2 Exeter City 5 December 1989
Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Tranmere Rovers 29 November 1989

Fifth round[edit]

The eight winners from the Fourth Round took part in the Fifth Round. Once again this round was played over one leg.

Ties[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Nottingham Forest 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 17 January 1990
Southampton 2–2 Oldham Athletic 24 January 1990
Sunderland 0–0 Coventry City 17 January 1990
West Ham United 1–1 Derby County 17 January 1990

Replays[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Coventry City 5–0 Sunderland 24 January 1990
Derby County 0–0[1] West Ham United 24 January 1990
Oldham Athletic 2–0 Southampton 31 January 1990
Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 Nottingham Forest 24 January 1990

2nd Replay[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
West Ham United 2–1 Derby County 31 January 1990

Semi-finals[edit]

As with the first two rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs. Holders Nottingham Forest narrowly defeated Coventry City, while West Ham United bowed out in the semi-finals for the second year running, this time at the hands of Oldham Athletic 6–3 on aggregate.

First leg[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date
Nottingham Forest 2–1 Coventry City 11 February 1990
Oldham Athletic 6–0 West Ham United 14 February 1990

Second leg[edit]

Home team Result Away team Date Agg
Coventry City 0–0 Nottingham Forest 25 February 1990 1–2
West Ham United 3–0 Oldham Athletic 7 March 1990 3–6

Final[edit]

Further information: 1990 Football League Cup Final
29 April 1990
Nottingham Forest 1–0 Oldham Athletic
Jemson Goal
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 74,343
Referee: John Martin
Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic
NOTTINGHAM FOREST:
GK 1 Steve Sutton
RB 2 Brian Laws
LB 3 Stuart Pearce
CB 4 Des Walker
CB 5 Steve Chettle
CM 6 Steve Hodge
RM 7 Gary Crosby
CM 8 Garry Parker
CF 9 Nigel Clough
CF 10 Nigel Jemson
LM 11 Franz Carr
Substitutes:
Manager:
Brian Clough
OLDHAM ATHLETIC:
GK 1 Andy Rhodes
RB 2 Denis Irwin
LB 3 Andy Barlow
CM 4 Nick Henry
CB 5 Earl Barrett
CB 6 Paul Warhurst
RM 7 Neil Adams
CF 8 Andy Ritchie
CF 9 Frankie Bunn Substituted off
CM 10 Mike Milligan
LM 11 Rick Holden
Substitutes:
FW Roger Palmer Substituted in
Manager:
Joe Royle

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes
  • Maximum of 2 substitutions.

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o After Extra Time
  2. ^ Blackpool F.C. won 5–4 on penalties
  3. ^ West Bromwich Albion won on the away goals rule
  4. ^ Crystal Palace won on the away goals rule
  5. ^ Tottenham Hotspur won on the away goals rule

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