1990–91 Football League Cup

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The 1990–91 Football League Cup, known as the Rumbelows Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 31st season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 association football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with Rumbelows.

The competition began on 27 August 1990, and ended with the final on 21 April 1991 at the Old Wembley Stadium. The cup was won by Sheffield Wednesday, who beat Manchester United 1–0 in the final. A single goal from John Sheridan gave Sheffield Wednesday the victory.

1990–91 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Sheffield Wednesday
Runners-up Manchester United

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Birmingham City 0–1 Bournemouth 28 August 1990
Bradford City 2–0 Bury 29 August 1990
Brentford 2–0 Hereford United 28 August 1990
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–2 Northampton 29 August 1990
Bristol Rovers 1–2 Torquay United 29 August 1990
Carlisle United 1–0 Scunthorpe United 28 August 1990
Chesterfield 1–2 Hartlepool United 28 August 1990
Darlington 0–0 Blackpool 28 August 1990
Doncaster Rovers 2–6 Rotherham United 28 August 1990
Exeter City 1–1 Notts County 29 August 1990
Fulham 1–2 Peterborough United 28 August 1990
Gillingham 1–0 Shrewsbury Town 28 August 1990
Grimsby Town 2–1 Crewe Alexandra 28 August 1990
Halifax Town 2–0 Lincoln City 28 August 1990
Huddersfield Town 0–3 Bolton Wanderers 29 August 1990
Maidstone United 2–2 Leyton Orient 29 August 1990
Mansfield Town 1–1 Cardiff City 28 August 1990
Middlesbrough 1–1 Tranmere Rovers 28 August 1990
Preston North End 2–0 Chester City 28 August 1990
Reading 0–1 Oxford United 28 August 1990
Rochdale 4–0 Scarborough 28 August 1990
Southend United 2–1 Aldershot 28 August 1990
Stockport County 0–2 Burnley 27 August 1990
Stoke City 0–0 Swansea City 29 August 1990
Walsall 4–2 Cambridge United 28 August 1990
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 Bristol City 29 August 1990
Wigan Athletic 0–1 Barnsley 28 August 1990
York City 0–1 Wrexham 28 August 1990

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Aldershot 2–2 Southend United 4 September 1990 3–4
Barnsley 0–1[1][2] Wigan Athletic 4 September 1990 1–1
Blackpool 1–1[1][3] Darlington 4 September 1990 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Huddersfield Town 4 September 1990 5–1
Bournemouth 1–1 Birmingham City 4 September 1990 2–1
Bristol City 1–0[1] West Bromwich Albion 5 September 1990 3–2
Burnley 0–1 Stockport County 4 September 1990 2–1
Bury 3–2[1] Bradford City 4 September 1990 3–4
Cambridge United 2–1 Walsall 4 September 1990 4–5
Cardiff City 3–0 Mansfield Town 4 September 1990 4–1
Chester City 5–1[1] Preston North End 4 September 1990 5–3
Crewe Alexandra 1–0[1][4] Grimsby Town 4 September 1990 2–2
Hartlepool United 2–2 Chesterfield 11 September 1990 4–3
Hereford United 1–0 Brentford 5 September 1990 1–2
Leyton Orient 4–1 Maidstone United 4 September 1990 6–3
Lincoln City 1–0 Halifax Town 5 September 1990 1–2
Northampton 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 September 1990 3–1
Notts County 1–0 Exeter City 4 September 1990 2–1
Oxford United 2–1 Reading 5 September 1990 3–1
Peterborough United 2–0 Fulham 4 September 1990 4–1
Rotherham United 2–1 Doncaster Rovers 4 September 1990 8–3
Scarborough 3–3 Rochdale 5 September 1990 3–7
Scunthorpe United 1–1 Carlisle United 4 September 1990 1–2
Shrewsbury Town 2–0 Gillingham 4 September 1990 2–1
Swansea City 0–1 Stoke City 4 September 1990 0–1
Torquay United 1–1 Bristol Rovers 4 September 1990 3–2
Tranmere Rovers 1–2 Middlesbrough 3 September 1990 2–3
Wrexham 2–0 York City 4 September 1990 3–0

Second round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 1–0 Barnsley 26 September 1990
Bournemouth 0–0 Millwall 25 September 1990
Cardiff City 1–1 Portsmouth 25 September 1990
Carlisle United 1–1 Derby County 25 September 1990
Charlton Athletic 2–2 Leyton Orient 26 September 1990
Chester City 0–1 Arsenal 25 September 1990
Coventry City 4–2 Bolton Wanderers 26 September 1990
Crystal Palace 8–0 Southend United 25 September 1990
Darlington 3–0 Swindon Town 25 September 1990
Halifax Town 1–3 Manchester United 26 September 1990
Hull City 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 September 1990
Leicester City 1–0 Leeds United 26 September 1990
Liverpool 5–1 Crewe Alexandra 25 September 1990
Luton Town 1–1 Bradford City 25 September 1990
Middlesbrough 2–0 Newcastle United 25 September 1990
Northampton 0–1 Sheffield United 25 September 1990
Norwich City 2–0 Watford 26 September 1990
Nottingham Forest 4–1 Burnley 26 September 1990
Notts County 1–0 Oldham Athletic 25 September 1990
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 Wimbledon 25 September 1990
Port Vale 0–2 Oxford United 24 September 1990
Queens Park Rangers 3–1 Peterborough United 26 September 1990
Rochdale 0–5 Southampton 25 September 1990
Rotherham United 1–1 Blackburn Rovers 25 September 1990
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Brentford 26 September 1990
Shrewsbury Town 1–1 Ipswich Town 25 September 1990
Sunderland 0–1 Bristol City 25 September 1990
Torquay United 0–4 Manchester City 26 September 1990
Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 Hartlepool United 26 September 1990
Walsall 0–5 Chelsea 26 September 1990
West Ham United 3–0 Stoke City 26 September 1990
Wrexham 0–5 Everton 25 September 1990

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 5–0 Chester City 9 October 1990 6–0
Barnsley 0–1 Aston Villa 9 October 1990 0–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 Rotherham United 9 October 1990 2–1
Bolton Wanderers 2–3 Coventry City 9 October 1990 4–7
Bradford City 1–1[1][5] Luton Town 10 October 1990 2–2
Brentford 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 9 October 1990 2–4
Bristol City 1–6 Sunderland 9 October 1990 2–6
Burnley 0–1 Nottingham Forest 10 October 1990 1–5
Chelsea 4–1 Walsall 10 October 1990 9–1
Crewe Alexandra 1–4 Liverpool 9 October 1990 2–9
Derby County 1–0 Carlisle United 10 October 1990 2–1
Everton 6–0 Wrexham 9 October 1990 11–0
Hartlepool United 1–2 Tottenham Hotspur 9 October 1990 1–7
Ipswich Town 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 9 October 1990 4–1
Leeds United 3–0 Leicester City 10 October 1990 3–1
Leyton Orient 1–0 Charlton Athletic 9 October 1990 3–2
Manchester City 0–0 Torquay United 10 October 1990 4–0
Manchester United 2–1 Halifax Town 10 October 1990 5–2
Millwall 2–1 Bournemouth 10 October 1990 2–1
Newcastle United 1–0 Middlesbrough 10 October 1990 1–2
Oldham Athletic 5–2[1] Notts County 10 October 1990 5–3
Oxford United 0–0 Port Vale 10 October 1990 2–0
Peterborough United 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 9 October 1990 2–4
Portsmouth 3–1[1] Cardiff City 9 October 1990 4–2
Sheffield United 2–1 Northampton 10 October 1990 3–1
Southampton 3–0 Rochdale 9 October 1990 8–0
Southend United 1–2 Crystal Palace 9 October 1990 1–10
Stoke City 1–2 West Ham United 10 October 1990 1–5
Swindon Town 4–0 Darlington 9 October 1990 4–3
Watford 0–3 Norwich City 9 October 1990 0–5
Wimbledon 0–2 Plymouth Argyle 10 October 1990 0–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1[1][6] Hull City 9 October 1990 1–1

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aston Villa 2–0 Millwall 31 October 1990
Chelsea 0–0 Portsmouth 31 October 1990
Coventry City 3–0 Hull City 31 October 1990
Crystal Palace 0–0 Leyton Orient 30 October 1990
Derby County 6–0 Sunderland 31 October 1990
Ipswich Town 0–2 Southampton 30 October 1990
Leeds United 2–0 Oldham Athletic 31 October 1990
Manchester City 1–2 Arsenal 30 October 1990
Manchester United 3–1 Liverpool 31 October 1990
Middlesbrough 2–0 Norwich City 30 October 1990
Oxford United 2–1 West Ham United 31 October 1990
Plymouth Argyle 1–2 Nottingham Forest 31 October 1990
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 31 October 1990
Sheffield United 2–1 Everton 30 October 1990
Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Swindon Town 31 October 1990
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 Bradford City 30 October 1990

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Leyton Orient 0–1 Crystal Palace 7 November 1990
Portsmouth 2–3 Chelsea 6 November 1990
Swindon Town 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday 6 November 1990

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–6 Manchester United 28 November 1990
Aston Villa 3–2 Middlesbrough 28 November 1990
Coventry City 5–4 Nottingham Forest 28 November 1990
Oxford United 1–2 Chelsea 28 November 1990
Queens Park Rangers 0–3 Leeds United 27 November 1990
Sheffield United 0–2 Tottenham Hotspur 27 November 1990
Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Derby County 28 November 1990
Southampton 2–0 Crystal Palace 27 November 1990

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Derby County 1–2 Sheffield Wednesday 12 December 1990

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Chelsea 0–0 Tottenham Hotspur 16 January 1991
Coventry City 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday 23 January 1991
Leeds United 4–1 Aston Villa 16 January 1991
Southampton 1–1 Manchester United 16 January 1991

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Manchester United 3–2 Southampton 23 January 1991
Tottenham Hotspur 0–3 Chelsea 23 January 1991

Semi-finals[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday moved closer to their first major trophy in more than 50 years with a comfortably victory over Chelsea, while Manchester United edged out Leeds United to book their place at Wembley for a clash against a side managed by their former boss Ron Atkinson.

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Chelsea 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 24 February 1991
Manchester United 2–1 Leeds United 10 February 1991

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Leeds United 0–1 Manchester United 24 February 1991 1–3
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Chelsea 27 February 1991 5–1

Final[edit]

Further information: 1991 Football League Cup Final
21 April 1991
15:00
Manchester United 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday
Sheridan Goal 37'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,612
Referee: Ray Lewis (Surrey)
Manchester United
Sheffield Wednesday
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 1 Les Sealey
RB 2 Denis Irwin
LB 3 Clayton Blackmore
CB 4 Steve Bruce
RM 5 Neil Webb Substituted off 55'
CB 6 Gary Pallister
CM 7 Bryan Robson
CM 8 Paul Ince
CF 9 Brian McClair
CF 10 Mark Hughes
LM 11 Lee Sharpe
Substitutes:
DF Mike Phelan Substituted in 55'
DF Mal Donaghy
Manager:
Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Sheff Wed 1991-04-21.svg
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY:
GK 1 Chris Turner
RB 2 Roland Nilsson
LB 3 Phil King
CM 4 John Harkes Substituted off
CB 5 Peter Shirtliff
CB 6 Nigel Pearson
RM 7 Danny Wilson
CM 8 John Sheridan
CF 9 David Hirst
CF 10 Paul Williams
LM 11 Nigel Worthington
Substitutes:
DF Lawrie Madden Substituted in
FW Trevor Francis
Manager:
Ron Atkinson

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j After Extra Time
  2. ^ Barnsley won 4–3 on penalties
  3. ^ Darlington won on the Away Goals Rule
  4. ^ Crewe Alexandra won on the Away Goals Rule
  5. ^ Bradford City won 5–4 on penalties
  6. ^ Hull City won on the Away Goals Rule

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