1971 Football League Cup Final

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1971 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1970–71 Football League Cup
Date27 February 1971
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJim Finney (Hereford)

The 1971 Football League Cup Final took place in February 1971 at Wembley Stadium. It was the eleventh Football League Cup final and the fifth to be played at Wembley.

It was contested between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Tottenham Hotspur were riding high in the First Division (as the top level of league football in England was then known) and Aston Villa, the most successful club of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras and a traditional heavyweight, were in the Third Division (then the third tier of English football), a level to which it had never previously sunk.

This match signalled the reversal of a long period of decline for Villa. Ten years later they were champions of England and the following year they had become the champions of Europe.

Players and officials[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur2–0Aston Villa
Chivers Goal 78, 82'
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: J. Finney
1 Northern Ireland Pat Jennings
2 Republic of Ireland Joe Kinnear
3 England Cyril Knowles
4 England Alan Mullery (c)
5 England Peter Collins
6 England Phil Beal
7 Scotland Alan Gilzean
8 England Steve Perryman
9 England Martin Chivers
10 England Martin Peters
11 England Jimmy Neighbour
12 England Jimmy Pearce
England Bill Nicholson
1 England John Dunn
2 England Keith Bradley
3 Scotland Charlie Aitken
4 Wales Brian Godfrey (c)
5 England Fred Turnbull
6 England Brian Tiler
7 Scotland Pat McMahon
8 Scotland Bruce Rioch
9 Scotland Andy Lochhead
10 England Ian Hamilton
11 England Willie Anderson
12 Scotland Dave Gibson
Wales Vic Crowe

Road to Wembley[edit]

Home teams listed first.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Round 1: Bye

Round 2: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Swansea City

Round 3: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sheffield United

Round 4: Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 West Bromwich Albion

Quarter final: Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Coventry City

Semi final, 1st leg: Bristol City 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur

Semi final, 2nd leg: Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Bristol City (after extra time)

Tottenham won 3–1 on aggregate

Aston Villa[edit]

Round 1: Aston Villa 4–0 Notts County

Round 2: Aston Villa 2–0 Burnley

Round 3: Northampton Town 1–1 Aston Villa

Replay Aston Villa 3–0 Northampton Town

Round 4: Aston Villa 1–0 Carlisle United

Quarter final: Bristol Rovers 1–1 Aston Villa

Replay Aston Villa 1–0 Bristol Rovers

Semi final, 1st leg: Manchester United 1–1 Aston Villa

Semi final, 2nd leg: Aston Villa 2–1 Manchester United

Aston Villa won 3–2 on aggregate

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