1998–99 Football League Cup

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The 1998–99 Football League Cup (known as the Worthington Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 39th staging of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition name reflects a sponsorship deal with lager brand Worthington.

The competition began on 11 August 1998, and ended with the final on 21 March 1999, held at Wembley Stadium.

The tournament was won by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Leicester City 1–0 in the final, thanks to an Allan Nielsen goal in the last minute of normal time.[1]

1998–99 League Cup
Country  England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Tottenham Hotspur
Runners-up Leicester City

First round[edit]

The 72 First, Second and Third Division clubs compete from the First Round. Each section is divided equally into a pot of seeded clubs and a pot of unseeded clubs. Clubs' rankings depend upon their finishing position in the 1997–98 season.

Tie no Home team1 (1st Leg)
(2nd Leg)
Aggregate
Away team
1 Barnet (2-1)
(0-5)
2-6
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 Birmingham City (2-0)
(1-1)
3-1
Millwall
3 Blackpool (1-0)
(1-1)
2-1
Scunthorpe United
4 Bolton Wanderers (1-0)
(3-0)
4-0
Hartlepool United
5 Bradford City (1-1)
(1-0)
2-1
Lincoln City
6 Bristol City (4-0)
(3-4)
7-4
Shrewsbury Town
7 Bury (1-1)
(4-1)
5-2
Burnley
8 Cambridge United (1-0)
(1-1)
2-1
Watford
9 Exeter City (1-1)
(1-5)
2-6
Ipswich Town
10 Fulham (2-1)
(2-1)
4-2
Cardiff City
11 Grimsby Town (0-0)
(0-0)
0-0
Preston North End
After extra time — Grimsby Town win on penalties
12 Huddersfield Town (3-2)
(1-1)
4-3
Mansfield Town
13 Leyton Orient (1-1)
(2-1)
3-2
Bristol Rovers
14 Luton Town (2-3)
(3-1)
5-4
Oxford United
15 Macclesfield Town (3-1)
(0-1)
3-2
Stoke City
16 Northampton Town (2-1)
(1-1)
3-2
Brighton & Hove Albion
17 Notts County (0-2)
(1-7)
1-9
Manchester City
18 Oldham Athletic (3-2)
(0-2)
3-4
Crewe Alexandra
19 Peterborough United (1-1)
(0-2)
1-3
Reading
20 Plymouth Argyle (1-3)
(2-3)
3-6
Portsmouth
21 Port Vale (1-2)
(2-2)
3-4
Chester City
22 Rotherham United (0-1)
(0-2)
0-3
Chesterfield
23 Scarborough (0-1)
(0-3)
0-4
Barnsley
24 Sheffield United (3-1)
(2-2)
5-3
Darlington
25 Southend United (1-0)
(1-0)
2-0
Gillingham
26 Stockport County (2-2)
(0-0)
2-2
Hull City
After extra time — Hull City win on away goals
27 Swansea City (1-1)
(0-1)
1-2
Norwich City
28 Swindon Town (2-1)
(0-2)
2-3
Wycombe Wanderers
29 Torquay United (1-1)
(1-2)
2-3
Crystal Palace
30 Tranmere Rovers (3-0)
(1-0)
4-0
Carlisle United
31 Walsall (0-0)
(1-3)
1-3
QPR
32 West Bromwich Albion (2-1)
(0-3)
2-4
Brentford
33 Wigan Athletic (1-0)
(1-0)
2-0
Rochdale
34 Wrexham (0-2)
(2-0)
2-2
Halifax Town
After extra time — Wrexham win on penalties
35 York City (0-2)
(1-2)
1-4
Sunderland
36 Bournemouth (2-0)
(2-3)
4-3
Colchester United

1 Team at home in the 1st leg is denoted as the home team

Second round[edit]

The 36 winners from the First Round joined the 12 Premier League clubs not participating in European competition in Round Two. First leg matches were played on 15 and 16 September, second leg matches were played on 22 and 23 September.

Tie no Home team1 (1st Leg)
(2nd Leg)
Aggregate
Away team
1 Bristol City (1-1)
(0-2)
1-3
Crewe Alexandra
2 Coventry City (1-0)
(4-0)
5-0
Southend United
3 Derby County (1-1)
(1-0)
2-1
Manchester City
4 Leicester City (3-0)
(3-1)
6-1
Chesterfield
5 Middlesbrough (2-0)
(1-1)
3-1
Wycombe Wanderers
6 Norwich City (1-0)
(3-2)
4-2
Wigan Athletic
7 Q.P.R. (0-2)
(0-1)
0-3
Charlton Athletic
8 Sheffield Wednesday (0-1)
(1-1)
1-2
Cambridge United
9 Barnsley (3-0)
(1-1)
4-1
Reading
10 Blackpool (2-1)
(1-3)
3-4
Tranmere Rovers
11 Bolton Wanderers (3-1)
(3-2)
6-3
Hull City
12 Bournemouth (1-1)
(2-1)
3-2
Wolverhampton Wanderers
13 Brentford (2-3)
(2-3)
4-6
Tottenham Hotspur
14 Bury (3-0)
(1-2)
4-2
Crystal Palace
15 Fulham (1-1)
(1-0)
2-1
Southampton
16 Halifax Town (1-2)
(1-3)
2-5
Bradford City
17 Huddersfield Town (1-1)
(1-2)
2-3
Everton
18 Ipswich Town (2-1)
(2-4)
4-5
Luton Town
19 Leyton Orient (1-5)
(0-0)
1-5
Nottingham Forest
20 Macclesfield Town (0-3)
(0-6)
0-9
Birmingham City
21 Northampton Town (2-0)
(0-1)
2-1
West Ham
22 Portsmouth (2-1)
(1-4)
3-5
Wimbledon
23 Sheffield United (2-1)
(0-2)
2-3
Grimsby Town
24 Sunderland (3-0)
(1-0)
4-0
Chester City

1 Team at home in the 1st leg is denoted as the home team

Third round[edit]

The 24 winners from the Second Round joined the 8 Premiership clubs participating in European competition in Round Three. Matches were played on 27 and 28 October.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Barnsley 2–1 Bournemouth 27 October 1998
2 Charlton Athletic 1–2 Leicester City 27 October 1998
3 Liverpool 3–1 Fulham 27 October 1998
4 Luton Town 2–0 Coventry City 27 October 1998
5 Northampton Town 1–3 Tottenham Hotspur 27 October 1998
6 Norwich City 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 27 October 1998
After extra time — Bolton Wanderers win 3 – 1 on penalties
7 Nottingham Forest 3–3 Cambridge United 27 October 1998
After extra time — Nottingham Forest win 4 – 3 on penalties
8 Sunderland 2–1 Grimsby Town 27 October 1998
9 Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Newcastle United 27 October 1998
10 Birmingham City 1–2 Wimbledon 28 October 1998
11 Chelsea 4–1 Aston Villa 28 October 1998
12 Crewe Alexandra 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 28 October 1998
13 Derby County 1–2 Arsenal 28 October 1998
14 Leeds United 1–0 Bradford City 28 October 1998
15 Manchester United 2–0 Bury 28 October 1998
16 Middlesbrough 2–3 Everton 28 October 1998

Fourth round[edit]

Matches were played on 10 and 11 November.

1998-11-10
Bolton Wanderers 1 – 2 Wimbledon
Jensen Goal 52' Gayle Goal 16'
Kennedy Goal 63'
Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 7,868
Referee: Andy D'Urso

1998-11-10
Liverpool 1 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Owen Goal 81' Iversen Goal 2'
Scales Goal 20'
Nielsen Goal 62'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 20,772
Referee: Gary Willard

1998-11-10
Luton Town 1 – 0 Barnsley
Gray Goal 81'
Kenilworth Road, Luton
Attendance: 8,435
Referee: Steve Bennett

1998-11-11
Arsenal 0 – 5 Chelsea
Leboeuf Goal 34' (pen)
Vialli Goal 49' Goal 73'
Poyet Goal 65' Goal 80'
Highbury, London
Attendance: 37,562
Referee: David Elleray

1998-11-11
Everton 1 – 1

(a.e.t.)
4 – 5p

Sunderland
Collins Goal 74' Bridges Goal 29'
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 28,132
Referee: Mike Reed

1998-11-11
Leicester City 2 – 1 Leeds United
Izzet Goal 88'
Parker Goal 90' (pen)
Kewell Goal 17'
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 20,161
Referee: Paul Durkin

1998-11-11
Manchester United 2 – 1 Nottingham Forest
Solskjaer Goal 57' Goal 60' Stone Goal 68'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 37,237
Referee: Rob Harris

1998-11-11
Newcastle United 1 – 1

(a.e.t.)
2 – 4p

Blackburn Rovers
Shearer Goal 9' Sherwood Goal 30'
St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 34,702
Referee: Neale Barry

Quarter-finals[edit]

The four matches were played on 1, and 2 December.

1998-12-01
Sunderland 3 – 0 Luton Town
Johnson Goal 40' (og)
Bridges Goal 89'
McCann Goal 90'
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 35,742
Referee: Eddie Lomas

1998-12-01
Wimbledon 2 – 1 Chelsea
Earle Goal 20'
Hughes Goal 75' (pen)
Vialli Goal 85'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 19,286
Referee: Graham Poll

1998-12-02
Leicester City 1 – 0 Blackburn Rovers
Lennon Goal 67'
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 19,442
Referee: Alan Wilkie

1998-12-02
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Manchester United
Armstrong Goal 48' Goal 55'
Ginola Goal 86'
Sheringham Goal 71'
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,702
Referee: Peter Jones

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-final draw was made in December 1998 after the conclusion of the quarter finals. Unlike the other rounds, the semi-final ties were played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The first leg matches were played on 26 and 27 January 1999, the second leg matches were played on 16 and 17 February 1999. It was a narrow victory for Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at the hands of Wimbledon and Sunderland respectively, giving Tottenham the first chance of their major trophy - and place in Europe - for eight years, while Leicester had reached their second final in three seasons.

First leg[edit]

1999-01-26
19:45
Sunderland 1 – 2 Leicester City
McCann Goal 75' Cottee Goal 30' Goal 62'
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 38,332
Referee: Graham Barber

1999-01-27
20:05
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Wimbledon
White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 35,997
Referee: Steve Dunn

Second leg[edit]

1999-02-16
20:05
Wimbledon 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Iversen Goal 39'
Selhurst Park, London
Attendance: 25,204
Referee: Gary Willard

Tottenham Hotspur win 1-0 on aggregate


1999-02-17
19:45
Leicester City 1 – 1 Sunderland
Cottee Goal 54' Quinn Goal 34'
Filbert Street, Leicester
Attendance: 21,231
Referee: David Elleray

Leicester City win 3-2 on aggregate

Final[edit]

The 1999 Worthington Cup Final was played on 21 March 1999 and was contested between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham won the game 1-0 thanks to a last minute Allan Nielsen header.

1999-03-21
15:00
Leicester City 0 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Report Nielsen Goal 90'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,892
Referee: Terry Heilbron

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nielsen nicks it for Spurs". BBC Sport. 1999-03-22. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 

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