1978 Football League Cup Final

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1978 League Cup Final
Event1977–78 Football League Cup
Date18 March 1978
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereePat Partridge
Attendance100,000
Replay
Date22 March 1978
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
Attendance54,375
1977
1979

The 1978 Football League Cup Final was the eighteenth League Cup final, and was contested between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The initial match resulted in a 0–0 draw at Wembley Stadium on 18 March 1978.[1] The replay was four days later at Old Trafford,[1] and saw John Robertson score from the penalty spot after a foul by Phil Thompson on John O'Hare, which TV replays confirmed was actually outside the penalty area. Another refereeing decision caused further controversy when an equalising goal from Liverpool's Terry McDermott was ruled out for handball, despite TV replays again confirming that the decision was wrong, with McDermott controlling the ball not with his arm, but taking it cleanly on his chest before hammering a thunderbolt past future England goalkeeper Chris Woods. The contentious 1–0 score-line was enough to win the cup for Forest, who thus became the first club to achieve a League and League Cup double.

In the latter game, one of his last for Liverpool, stalwart Ian Callaghan received the only booking of his long and illustrious career for the Merseyside club, as the red mist descended, fuelled by the dubious refereeing decisions which had been made. Tommy Smith famously stated in an interview immediately after the game that the referee "should be shot".

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: England Brian Clough

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

Team:
1 England Ray Clemence (GK)
2 England Phil Neal
3 England Tommy Smith
4 England Phil Thompson
5 England Ray Kennedy Substituted off 91'
6 England Emlyn Hughes (c)
7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
8 England Jimmy Case
9 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway
10 England Terry McDermott
11 England Ian Callaghan
Substitute:
12 England David Fairclough Substituted in 91'

Scorers: None

Source for team line-ups:[2]

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

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

Scorers: None

Road to Wembley[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Forest's route to the final included victories over First Division teams West Ham United, Aston Villa and Leeds United (beating the latter 7–3 on aggregate in the semi-final). They also beat city rivals Notts County.[1]

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool were drawn at home to First Division teams in their first 3 rounds. They defeated Chelsea by 2 goals to nil in round 2, and Derby County by the same scoreline in round 3. They then drew 2-2 at home in round four against Coventry City, before winning the replay 2-0 at Highfield Road. They then beat Third Division Wrexham 3-1 in the quarter-final at The Racecourse Ground, before edging out Arsenal in a two-legged semi-final, which saw Liverpool winning 2-1 at Anfield and drawing 0-0 at Highbury.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c League Cup results 1960–96 at rsssf
  2. ^ "Liverpool 0 – 0 Nottingham Forest". LFCHistory.net. Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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