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2000 Football League Cup Final

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2000 Football League Cup Final

2000 Football League Cup Final
Event 1999–2000 Football League Cup
Date 27 February 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Matt Elliott (Leicester City)
Referee Alan Wilkie (Durham)
Attendance 74,313

The 2000 Football League Cup Final was played between Leicester City, in their third final appearance in four years, and First Division side Tranmere Rovers at the Wembley Stadium on 27 February 2000. Leicester became the last team to win the League Cup at the original Wembley Stadium.


  • Road to the final 1
    • Leicester City 1.1
    • Tranmere Rovers 1.2
  • Match summary 2
  • Match details 3

Road to the final

Leicester City

Round 2, 1st leg: Crystal Palace 3–3 Leicester City

Round 2, 2nd leg: Leicester City 4–2 Crystal Palace

Round 3: Leicester City 2–0 Grimsby Town

Round 4: Leicester City 0–0 Leeds United (Leicester won 4–2 on penalties)

Quarter-final: Leicester City 3–3 Fulham (Leicester won 3–0 on penalties)

Semi-final, 1st leg: Aston Villa 0–0 Leicester City

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Leicester City 1–0 Aston Villa

Tranmere Rovers

Round 1, 1st leg: Blackpool 2–1 Tranmere Rovers

Round 1, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Blackpool

Round 2, 1st leg: Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Coventry City

Round 2, 2nd leg: Coventry City 3–1 Tranmere Rovers

Round 3: Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Oxford United

Round 4: Tranmere Rovers 4–0 Barnsley

Quarter-final: Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Middlesbrough

Semi-final, 1st leg: Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Tranmere Rovers

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–0 Bolton Wanderers

Match summary

Captain Matt Elliott lifts the cup with Neil Lennon.

Scott Taylor's successful tackle on Robbie Savage forced the ball out for a corner, and Matt Elliott headed home Leicester's first goal courtesy of a Steve Guppy cross.

Leicester came close to scoring a second goal in the 60th minute when Emile Heskey passed the ball to an unmarked Muzzy Izzet in the penalty box, who hesitated and his shot flew wide of the goal.

Referee Alan Wilkie later suffered an injury in the right leg in the 62nd minute, and was stretchered off. Phil Richards, the fourth official, was brought on to replace him.

Clint Hill picked up his second booking and was sent off after a foul on Heskey in the 63rd minute. Several Tranmere players protested but the decision stood.

Tranmere, down to 10 men, rallied and their persistence paid off when they equalised in the 77th minute when a fine header found its way to an unmarked David Kelly who, after narrowly escaping Matt Elliott's attempted tackle, clipped the ball past goalkeeper Tim Flowers. Yet, just three minutes later, Elliott scored another towering header from another Guppy corner kick, and the League Cup went to Leicester.

Match details

27 February 2000
15:00 BST
Leicester City 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Elliott  29'81' Report Kelly  77'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 74,313
Referee: Alan Wilkie (Durham)
Leicester City
Tranmere Rovers
GK 1 Tim Flowers
RB 3 Frank Sinclair
CB 18 Matt Elliott (c)
CB 4 Gerry Taggart
LB 11 Steve Guppy
RM 6 Muzzy Izzet
CM 14 Robbie Savage
CM 7 Neil Lennon
LM 29 Stefan Oakes  77'
CF 9 Emile Heskey
CF 27 Tony Cottee  89'
GK 22 Pegguy Arphexad
DF 15 Phil Gilchrist
MF 37 Theodoros Zagorakis
MF 24 Andy Impey  77'
FW 20 Ian Marshall  89'
Martin O'Neill
GK 13 Joe Murphy
RB 30 Reuben Hazell
CB 5 Dave Challinor (c)
CB 6 Clint Hill  9', 63'
LB 33 Gareth Roberts
RM 14 Andy Parkinson  66'
CM 15 Gary Jones
CM 11 Nick Henry
LM 7 Alan Mahon
CF 9 David Kelly
CF 10 Scott Taylor
GK 1 John Achterberg
DF 31 Steve Yates  66'
DF 3 Andy Thompson
FW 16 Alan Morgan
FW 29 Michael Black
John Aldridge

Man of the Match:
Matt Elliott (Leicester City)

Assistant referees:
Paul Armstrong (Berkshire)
Wendy Toms
Fourth official:
Phil Richards (Lancashire)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.
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