1974 Football League Cup Final

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1974 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1973–74 Football League Cup
Date2 March 1974
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDave Wallace (Crewe)

The 1974 Football League Cup Final was the final match of the 1973–74 Football League Cup, the 14th season of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 2 March 1974, and was contested by two First Division clubs, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves won the match 2–1 with goals from Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. Colin Bell had equalised for Manchester City. This gave the Midlanders their first major silverware since lifting the 1960 FA Cup.

Steve Bruce, the future Manchester United defender and manager of Aston Villa, was a ball boy during the match he was thirteen years old

Match details[edit]

Manchester City1–2[1]Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bell Goal 59' Hibbitt Goal 44'
Richards Goal 85'
Attendance: 97,886
Referee: Dave Wallace (Crewe)
1 Scotland Keith MacRae
2 England Glyn Pardoe
3 Scotland Willie Donachie
4 England Mike Doyle
5 England Tommy Booth
6 England Tony Towers
7 England Mike Summerbee (c)
8 England Colin Bell
9 England Francis Lee
10 Scotland Denis Law
11 England Rodney Marsh
12 England Frank Carrodus
England Ron Saunders
1 England Gary Pierce
2 England Geoff Palmer
3 England Derek Parkin
4 England Mike Bailey (c)
5 Scotland Frank Munro
6 England John McAlle
7 England Alan Sunderland
8 England Kenny Hibbitt
9 England John Richards
10 Northern Ireland Derek Dougan
11 England Dave Wagstaffe Substituted off 83'
12 England Barry Powell Substituted in 83'
England Bill McGarry

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • H. Williams (Sheffield)
    • R.G. Sheppard (Dunstable)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes only
  • Replay (at Stoke City) if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of 1 substitution

Road to Wembley[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Round 2 Walsall 0–0 Manchester City
Round 2 (Replay) Manchester City 0–0 Walsall (a.e.t.)
Round 2 (2nd replay) Walsall 0–4 Manchester City
Round 3 Carlisle United 0–1 Manchester City
Round 4 York City 0–0 Manchester City
Round 4 (Replay) Manchester City 4–1 York City
Round 5 Coventry City 2–2 Manchester City
Round 5 (Replay) Manchester City 4–2 Coventry City
Semi-final (1st leg) Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Manchester City
Semi-final (2nd leg) Manchester City 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
(Manchester City won 3–1 on aggregate)

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Round 2 Halifax Town 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 (Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Round 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Exeter City
Round 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool
Semi-final (1st leg) Norwich City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Semi-final (2nd leg) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Norwich City
(Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–1 on aggregate)


  1. ^ "Classic Match Manchester City 1 Wolves 2 League Cup Final March 2 1974". Express and Star.com.