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1977 Football League Cup Final

1977 League Cup Final
Event League Cup 1976–77
Date 12 March 1977
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 100,000
Replay
After extra time
Date 16 March 1977
Venue Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 55,000
After extra time
Date 13 April 1977
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee Gordon Kew
Attendance 54,748

The 1977 Football League Cup Final was played between Aston Villa and Everton and required three games to decide the winner, the only time this has happened in the League Cup.[1] The first match took place at Wembley Stadium on 12 March and the game ended in a dull goalless draw.[1] The first replay on 16 March was only marginally better as the teams again played out a draw, this time at Hillsborough the home of Sheffield Wednesday. Both teams at least managed a goal apiece on this occasion although both were scored by Everton players with Bob Latchford's last-minute equaliser[1] nullifying Roger Kenyon's earlier own-goal.

The second replay took place at Old Trafford on 13 April. The game is probably best remembered for a 40-yard goal from Villa centre-half Chris Nicholl, and in a 2010 poll this was voted in the Top 25 of all-time League Cup moments.[2] Brian Little scored his second of the match in dramatic fashion during the dying seconds of the game to give Villa a 3–2 victory. Mick Lyons and Bob Latchford scored for Everton.

Road to Wembley

Aston Villa

Villa defeated top-level teams Manchester City and Norwich City in their first two games, before a 4th round victory over Wrexham moved them into the last eight. Here they defeated second level Millwall 2–0. In the first leg of the semi-final they drew 0–0 at Queens Park Rangers, with the second leg also drawn (2–2), thus setting up a replay. Villa won this game 3–0 on 22 February (at Highbury) courtesy of a Brian Little hat-trick.

Everton

Conversely Everton's first two victories came against fourth level teams Cambridge United and Stockport County before a 3–0 fourth round victory over First Division Coventry City. In the quarter-finals they enjoyed a 3–0 win at Manchester United, resulting in a semi-final clash with second level Bolton Wanderers. After drawing the home leg, Everton won 1–0 at Burnden Park on 15 February to book their place at Wembley.

Final

Match details

12 March 1977
15:00 BST
Aston Villa 0–0 Everton
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 100,000
Referee: Gordon Kew (Leeds)
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
MF 8 Brian Little
FW 9 Andy Gray
MF 10 Alex Cropley
FW 11 Frank Carrodus
Manager:
Ron Saunders
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Dave Jones
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Martin Dobson
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Manager:
Gordon Lee

Replay

Match details

16 March 1977
19:45 BST
Aston Villa 1–1 (a.e.t.) Everton
Kenyon (o.g.) Latchford
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Gordon Kew (Leeds)
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
MF 8 Brian Little
FW 9 Andy Gray
MF 10 Gordon Cowans
FW 11 Frank Carrodus
Manager:
Ron Saunders
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Mike Bernard
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Roger Kenyon
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
FW 12 Jim Pearson
Manager:
Gordon Lee

For the first replay Villa replaced Cropley with Gordon Cowans, whilst Everton replaced Jones with Mike Bernard and Dobson with Roger Kenyon. Additionally Jim Pearson came on as a substitute for Hamilton.[3] |}

Second Replay

Match details

13 April 1977
19:30 BST
Aston Villa 3–2 (a.e.t.) Everton
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 54,749
Referee: Gordon Kew (Leeds)
GK 1 John Burridge
DF 2 John Gidman
DF 3 John Robson
DF 4 Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Chris Nicholl
MF 6 Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 John Deehan
FW 8 Brian Little
MF 9 Ray Graydon
MF 10 Alex Cropley
FW 11 Gordon Cowans
Substitute:
DF 12 Gordon Smith
Manager:
Ron Saunders
GK 1 David Lawson
DF 2 Neil Robinson
DF 3 Terry Darracott
DF 4 Mick Lyons
DF 5 Ken McNaught
MF 6 Andy King
MF 7 Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 Martin Dobson
FW 9 Bob Latchford
FW 10 Jim Pearson
MF 11 Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
DF 12 Steve Seargeant
Manager:
Gordon Lee

For the second replay the line-ups were as the original game except for Villa Ray Graydon and Gordon Cowans played instead of Gray and Carrodus, and Gordon Smith came on as a substitute for Gidman. Everton were as the original match except Neil Robinson replaced Jones and Jim Pearson replaced McKenzie, whilst Steve Seargeant came on as a sub for Pearson.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b c Leaguecup50.com – links to great moments from the League Cup
  2. ^ "Tueart goal is best-ever League Cup moment". Football League Official Site. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b League Cup Finals – results and line-ups at rsssf
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