1981 Football League Cup Final

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1981 Football League Cup Final
Event 1980–81 Football League Cup
Date 14 March 1981
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Clive Thomas[1] (Treorchy)
Attendance 100,000
Replay
Date 1 April 1981
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee Clive Thomas (Treorchy)
Attendance 36,693
1980
1982

The 1981 Football League Cup Final was a football match between Liverpool and West Ham United on 14 March 1981 at Wembley Stadium, London. It was the final match of the 1980–81 Football League Cup, the 21st staging of the Football League Cup, a competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. Both teams were appearing in their second final, and had both lost their first finals in 1966 and 1978 respectively.

Both teams entered the competition in the second round. Liverpool's matches were generally comfortable victories, with the exception of the semi-final against Manchester City, which they won 2–1 over two-legs. West Ham's matches were generally close affairs, they only won by more two goals once, when they beat Burnley 6–0 over two-legs in the second round.

Watched by a crowd of 100,000, the first 90 minutes was goalless and the final went to extra time. Liverpool opened the scoring in the 118th minute, when defender Alan Kennedy scored.The goal was hotly contested as the shot passed over Sammy Lee of Liverpool in an offside position, obstructing the view of the West Ham goalkeeper, Phil Parkes. Controversial referee, Clive Thomas, bizarrely allowed the goal to stand, based on his opinion that Lee was not interfering with play. After the game, the usually placid West Ham manager, John Lyall, uncharacteristically expressed his anger to Thomas and said he "felt cheated". This was later misrepresented by Thomas as Lyall saying that "Thomas had cheated". The Liverpool lead lasted two minutes, as West Ham equalised courtesy of a Ray Stewart penalty, after a Liverpool handball on the line blocked a goal bound header from Alvin Martin. With the final score 1–1, the match was replayed on 1 April, at Villa Park, Birmingham. West Ham went ahead in the opening minutes, when Paul Goddard. However, their lead was short-lived as goals from Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen gave Liverpool the lead. No further goals were scored in the second half and Liverpool won the final 2–1 to win the competition for the first time.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 1980–81 Football League Cup.

Liverpool[edit]

Liverpool started slowly and lost the first leg of their 2nd round game with Bradford City, before scoring four goals in the return leg at Anfield.[3] They then scored a total of 12 goals in home ties against Swindon Town, Portsmouth and Birmingham City.[4] In the semi-final they won their first leg at Manchester City, before a home draw allowed them to reach their second League Cup Final.[4]

West Ham United[edit]

West Ham United played three Third Division sides in Burnley,[3] Charlton Athletic and Barnsley to reach the quarter-final. Here, they beat First Division Tottenham Hotspur 1–0. In the semi-final; they recovered from losing the first leg to Coventry City to win the tie 4–3 on aggregate.

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

14 March 1981
15:00 GMT
Liverpool 1–1 (a.e.t.) West Ham United
A Kennedy Goal 118' Stewart Goal 120'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Clive Thomas
1 England Ray Clemence
2 England Phil Neal
3 England Alan Kennedy
4 England Colin Irwin
5 England Ray Kennedy (c)
6 Scotland Alan Hansen
7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
8 England Sammy Lee
9 Republic of Ireland Steve Heighway Substituted off
10 England Terry McDermott
11 Scotland Graeme Souness
Substitute:
12 England Jimmy Case Substituted in
Manager:
England Bob Paisley
1 England Phil Parkes
2 Scotland Ray Stewart
3 England Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 England Billy Bonds (c)
5 England Alvin Martin
6 England Alan Devonshire
7 England Jimmy Neighbour
8 England Paul Goddard Substituted off
9 England David Cross
10 England Trevor Brooking
11 England Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 England Stuart Pearson Substituted in
Manager:
England John Lyall

Replay[edit]

Details[edit]

1 April 1981
19:30 GMT
Liverpool 2–1 West Ham United
Dalglish Goal 25'
Hansen Goal 28'
Goddard Goal 10'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,693
Referee: Clive Thomas
1 England Ray Clemence
2 England Phil Neal
3 England Alan Kennedy
4 England Phil Thompson (c)
5 England Ray Kennedy
6 Scotland Alan Hansen
7 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
8 England Sammy Lee
9 Wales Ian Rush
10 England Terry McDermott
11 England Jimmy Case
Substitute:
12 England Colin Irwin
Manager:
England Bob Paisley
1 England Phil Parkes
2 Scotland Ray Stewart
3 England Frank Lampard, Sr.
4 England Billy Bonds (c)
5 England Alvin Martin
6 England Alan Devonshire
7 England Jimmy Neighbour
8 England Paul Goddard
9 England David Cross
10 England Trevor Brooking
11 England Geoff Pike
Substitute:
12 England Stuart Pearson
Manager:
England John Lyall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Match Memories Liverpool v West Ham, League Cup final, 1981.(News) | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". Business.highbeam.com. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Shea, Julian (10 May 2006). "BBC SPORT | Football | FA Cup | FA Cup flashback". BBC News. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "English League Cup 1980–1981 : Second Round". Statto. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b League Cup Results 1960 to 1996 – RSSSF

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