1977–78 Football League Cup

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The 1977–78 Football League Cup was the eighteenth season of the Football League Cup, a knockout competition for England's top 92 football clubs. The competition started on 13 August 1977 and ended with the final going to a replay on 22 March 1978.

The final was contested by First Division teams Nottingham Forest and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, followed by a replay at Old Trafford.

1977–78 League Cup
Country England &  Wales
Teams 92
Champions Nottingham Forest
Runners-up Liverpool

First round[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Aldershot 1–1 Colchester United 13 August 1977
Brentford 2–1 Crystal Palace 13 August 1977
Bristol Rovers 1–2 Walsall 13 August 1977
Burnley 2–0 Chester 13 August 1977
Bury 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 13 August 1977
Cambridge United 0–0 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 August 1977
Chesterfield 4–1 Barnsley 13 August 1977
Darlington 0–0 Scunthorpe United 13 August 1977
Exeter City 2–2 Plymouth Argyle 13 August 1977
Fulham 0–2 Leyton Orient 13 August 1977
Gillingham 1–1 Wimbledon 13 August 1977
Grimsby Town 3–0 Hartlepool United 13 August 1977
Hereford United 2–0 Bournemouth 13 August 1977
Huddersfield Town 1–1 Carlisle United 13 August 1977
Mansfield Town 0–1 Lincoln City 13 August 1977
Oxford United 3–0 Shrewsbury Town 13 August 1977
Peterborough United 4–1 Bradford City 13 August 1977
Port Vale 2–1 Preston North End 13 August 1977
Portsmouth 3–1 Newport County 13 August 1977
Rochdale 1–1 Halifax Town 13 August 1977
Rotherham United 3–0 York City 13 August 1977
Sheffield Wednesday 5–2 Doncaster Rovers 13 August 1977
Southend United 2–3 Northampton Town 13 August 1977
Swansea City 1–3 Swindon Town 13 August 1977
Torquay United 1–0 Cardiff City 13 August 1977
Tranmere Rovers 0–1 Southport 13 August 1977
Watford 2–1 Reading 13 August 1977
Wrexham 1–0 Stockport County 13 August 1977

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Barnsley 3–0 Chesterfield 16 August 1977 4–4
Bournemouth 4–2 Hereford United 16 August 1977 4–4
Bradford City 1–1 Peterborough United 17 August 1977 2–5
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Cambridge United 16 August 1977 0–0
Cardiff City 3–2 Torquay United 17 August 1977 3–3
Carlisle United 2–2 Huddersfield Town 16 August 1977 3–3
Chester 1–0 Burnley 17 August 1977 1–2
Colchester United 4–1 Aldershot 16 August 1977 5–2
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Bury 17 August 1977 1–4
Crystal Palace 5–1 Brentford 16 August 1977 6–3
Doncaster Rovers 0–3 Sheffield Wednesday 16 August 1977 2–8
Halifax Town 1–2 Rochdale 16 August 1977 2–3
Hartlepool United 1–2 Grimsby Town 16 August 1977 1–5
Leyton Orient 1–2 Fulham 16 August 1977 3–2
Lincoln City 0–0 Mansfield Town 17 August 1977 1–0
Newport County 3–2 Portsmouth 16 August 1977 4–5
Northampton Town 2–1 Southend United 16 August 1977 5–3
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 Exeter City 16 August 1977 2–2
Preston North End 2–1 Port Vale 17 August 1977 3–3
Reading 1–0 Watford 17 August 1977 2–2
Scunthorpe United 3–1 Darlington 16 August 1977 3–1
Shrewsbury Town 2–2 Oxford United 16 August 1977 2–5
Southport 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 16 August 1977 3–2
Stockport County 1–1 Wrexham 17 August 1977 1–2
Swindon Town 2–1 Swansea City 16 August 1977 5–2
Walsall 1–0 Bristol Rovers 16 August 1977 3–1
Wimbledon 3–1 Gillingham 16 August 1977 4–2
York City 3–0 Rotherham United 16 August 1977 3–3

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Barnsley 0–2[1] Chesterfield 23 August 1977
Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 Cambridge United 23 August 1977
Cardiff City 2–1 Torquay United 24 August 1977
Hereford United 1–2[1] Bournemouth 23 August 1977
Huddersfield Town 2–1 Carlisle United 23 August 1977
Plymouth Argyle 0–1 Exeter City 23 August 1977
Port Vale 1–2 Preston North End 23 August 1977
Watford 5–0 Reading 23 August 1977
York City 1–1[1][2] Rotherham United 23 August 1977

Second round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 3–2 Manchester United 30 August 1977
Birmingham City 0–2 Notts County 30 August 1977
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 Colchester United 31 August 1977
Blackpool 2–2 Sheffield Wednesday 30 August 1977
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Lincoln City 30 August 1977
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–0 Oldham Athletic 30 August 1977
Bristol City 1–0 Stoke City 29 August 1977
Burnley 3–1 Norwich City 30 August 1977
Charlton Athletic 1–2 Wrexham 30 August 1977
Chesterfield 0–1 Manchester City 31 August 1977
Crystal Palace 0–0 Southampton 30 August 1977
Derby County 3–1 Leyton Orient 31 August 1977
Exeter City 1–3 Aston Villa 31 August 1977
Grimsby Town 1–2 Watford 30 August 1977
Huddersfield Town 0–2 Coventry City 30 August 1977
Ipswich Town 5–0 Northampton Town 30 August 1977
Liverpool 2–0 Chelsea 30 August 1977
Newcastle United 0–2 Millwall 31 August 1977
Nottingham Forest 5–0 West Ham United 30 August 1977
Oxford United 1–1 Bury 31 August 1977
Peterborough United 1–1 Scunthorpe United 30 August 1977
Portsmouth 2–0 Leicester City 30 August 1977
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Bournemouth 31 August 1977
Rochdale 0–3 Leeds United 31 August 1977
Sheffield United 0–3 Everton 30 August 1977
Southport 2–2 Hull City 31 August 1977
Sunderland 2–2 Middlesbrough 30 August 1977
Swindon Town 5–1 Cardiff City 30 August 1977
Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 Wimbledon 30 August 1977
Walsall 0–0 Preston North End 31 August 1977
West Bromwich Albion 4–0 Rotherham United 31 August 1977
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–3 Luton Town 30 August 1977

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bury 1–0[1] Oxford United 5 September 1977
Colchester United 4–0 Blackburn Rovers 7 September 1977
Hull City 1–0 Southport 14 September 1977
Middlesbrough 1–0 Sunderland 13 September 1977
Oldham Athletic 2–2[1] Brighton & Hove Albion 13 September 1977
Preston North End 0–1[1] Walsall 6 September 1977
Scunthorpe United 0–1 Peterborough United 6 September 1977
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Blackpool 5 September 1977
Southampton 2–1[1] Crystal Palace 13 September 1977

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–2[1] Oldham Athletic 27 September 1977

Third round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 2–0 Southampton 25 October 1977
Aston Villa 1–0 Queens Park Rangers 26 October 1977
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 Peterborough United 25 October 1977
Burnley 1–2 Ipswich Town 25 October 1977
Everton 2–2 Middlesbrough 25 October 1977
Hull City 2–0 Oldham Athletic 25 October 1977
Leeds United 4–0 Colchester United 26 October 1977
Liverpool 2–0 Derby County 26 October 1977
Luton Town 1–1 Manchester City 25 October 1977
Millwall 1–1 Bury 25 October 1977
Nottingham Forest 4–0 Notts County 25 October 1977
Portsmouth 1–1 Swindon Town 25 October 1977
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Walsall 25 October 1977
Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 Coventry City 26 October 1977
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Watford 25 October 1977
Wrexham 1–0 Bristol City 26 October 1977

Replays[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bury 2–0 Millwall 1 November 1977
Manchester City 0–0[1] Luton Town 1 November 1977
Middlesbrough 1–2 Everton 31 October 1977
Swindon Town 4–3 Portsmouth 1 November 1977

2nd Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Luton Town 2–3[1] Manchester City 9 November 1977

Fourth round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 5–1 Hull City 29 November 1977
Bolton Wanderers 1–3 Leeds United 30 November 1977
Bury 1–0 West Bromwich Albion 29 November 1977
Ipswich Town 1–2 Manchester City 29 November 1977
Liverpool 2–2 Coventry City 29 November 1977
Nottingham Forest 4–2 Aston Villa 29 November 1977
Sheffield Wednesday 1–3 Everton 29 November 1977
Wrexham 2–0 Swindon Town 7 December 1977

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Coventry City 0–2 Liverpool 20 December 1977

Fifth Round[edit]

Ties[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Bury 0–3 Nottingham Forest 17 January 1978
Leeds United 4–1 Everton 18 January 1978
Manchester City 0–0 Arsenal 18 January 1978
Wrexham 1–3 Liverpool 17 January 1978

Replay[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Arsenal 1–0 Manchester City 24 January 1978

Semi-finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date
Leeds United 1–3 Nottingham Forest 8 February 1978
Liverpool 2–1 Arsenal 7 February 1978

Second Leg[edit]

Home Team Score Away Team Date Agg
Arsenal 0–0 Liverpool 14 February 1978 1–2
Nottingham Forest 4–2 Leeds United 22 February 1978 7–3

Final[edit]

1978 League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event League Cup 1977–78
Date 18 March 1978
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Replay
Date 22 March 1978
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
1977
1979

Match Details[edit]

Nottingham Forest
Liverpool
Nottingham Forest
Red shirts/White shorts/Red socks
0 — 0
(final score after extra time)
Liverpool
White shirts/Black shorts/White socks
Manager: Brian Clough

Team:
1 Chris Woods (GK)
2 Viv Anderson
3 Frank Clark
4 John McGovern (c)Substituted off
5 Larry Lloyd
6 Kenny Burns
7 Martin O'Neill
8 Ian Bowyer
9 Peter Withe
10 Tony Woodcock
11 John Robertson
Substitute:
12 John O'Hare Substituted in

Scorers: None

Half-time:
0–0

Competition:
Football League Cup (Final)

Date:
15.00 GMT Saturday 18 March 1978

Venue:
Wembley Stadium, London

Attendance:
100,000

Referee:
Pat Partridge

Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named substitute.

Manager: Bob Paisley

Team:
1 Ray Clemence (GK)
2 Phil Neal
3 Tommy Smith
4 Phil Thompson
5 Ray Kennedy Substituted off 91'
6 Emlyn Hughes (c)
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Jimmy Case
9 Steve Heighway
10 Terry McDermott
11 Ian Callaghan
Substitute:
12 David Fairclough Substituted in 91' Scorers: None

Replay[edit]

Nottingham Forest
Liverpool
Nottingham Forest
Yellow/Yellow shorts/Yellow socks
1 — 0
(final score after 90 minutes)
Liverpool
Red shirts/Red shorts/Red socks
Manager: Brian Clough

Team:
1 Chris Woods (GK)
2 Viv Anderson
3 Frank Clark
4 John O'Hare
5 Larry Lloyd
6 Kenny Burns (c)
7 Martin O'Neill
8 Ian Bowyer
9 Peter Withe
10 Tony Woodcock
11 John Robertson
Substitute
12Steve Elliot

Scorers:

Half-time:
0–0

Competition:
Football League Cup (Final)

Date:
19.45 BST Wednesday 22 March 1978

Venue:
Old Trafford, Manchester

Attendance:
54,375

Referee:
Pat Partridge

Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named substitute.

Manager: Bob Paisley

Team:
1 Ray Clemence (GK)
2 Phil Neal
3 Ray Kennedy
4 Tommy Smith
5 Phil Thompson
6 Emlyn Hughes (c)
7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Jimmy Case Substituted off 64'
9 Steve Heighway
10 Terry McDermott
11 Ian Callaghan
Substitute
12 David Fairclough Substituted in 64'

Scorers: None

References[edit]

General[edit]

Specific[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j After Extra Time
  2. ^ Rotherham United won 6–5 on Penalties