1974 Football League Cup Final

The 1974 Football League Cup Final was the final match of the 1973–74 Football League Cup, the 14th season of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in The Football League. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on 2 March 1974, and was contested by two First Division clubs, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves won the match 2–1 with goals from Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards. Colin Bell had equalised for Manchester City. This gave the Midlanders their first major silverware since lifting the 1960 FA Cup.

Steve Bruce, the future Manchester United defender and manager of Sheffield Wednesday, was a ball boy during the match he was thirteen years old

1974 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1973–74 Football League Cup
Manchester City Wolverhampton Wanderers
1 2
Date2 March 1974
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeDave Wallace (Crewe)

Match details

Manchester City1–2[1]Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bell Goal 59' Hibbitt Goal 44'
Richards Goal 85'
1 Scotland Keith MacRae
2 England Glyn Pardoe
3 Scotland Willie Donachie
4 England Mike Doyle
5 England Tommy Booth
6 England Tony Towers
7 England Mike Summerbee (c)
8 England Colin Bell
9 England Francis Lee
10 Scotland Denis Law
11 England Rodney Marsh
12 England Frank Carrodus
England Ron Saunders
1 England Gary Pierce
2 England Geoff Palmer
3 England Derek Parkin
4 England Mike Bailey (c)
5 Scotland Frank Munro
6 England John McAlle
7 England Alan Sunderland
8 England Kenny Hibbitt
9 England John Richards
10 Northern Ireland Derek Dougan
11 England Dave Wagstaffe Substituted off 83'
12 England Barry Powell Substituted in 83'
England Bill McGarry

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • H. Williams (Sheffield)
    • R.G. Sheppard (Dunstable)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes only
  • Replay (at Stoke City) if scores still level
  • One named substitute
  • Maximum of 1 substitution

Road to Wembley

Manchester City

Round 2 Walsall 0–0 Manchester City
Round 2 (Replay) Manchester City 0–0 Walsall (a.e.t.)
Round 2 (2nd replay) Walsall 0–4 Manchester City
Round 3 Carlisle United 0–1 Manchester City
Round 4 York City 0–0 Manchester City
Round 4 (Replay) Manchester City 4–1 York City
Round 5 Coventry City 2–2 Manchester City
Round 5 (Replay) Manchester City 4–2 Coventry City
Semi-final (1st leg) Plymouth Argyle 1–1 Manchester City
Semi-final (2nd leg) Manchester City 2–0 Plymouth Argyle
(Manchester City won 3–1 on aggregate)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Round 2 Halifax Town 0–3 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 Tranmere Rovers 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Round 3 (Replay) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Round 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 Exeter City
Round 5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool
Semi-final (1st leg) Norwich City 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Semi-final (2nd leg) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 Norwich City
(Wolverhampton Wanderers won 2–1 on aggregate)


  1. ^ "Classic Match Manchester City 1 Wolves 2 League Cup Final March 2 1974". Express and Star.com.
Rodney Marsh

Rodney William Marsh (born 11 October 1944) is an English former footballer and football coach; he later worked as a broadcaster. A forward, he won nine caps for England between 1971 and 1973, scoring one international goal.

Brought up in the East End of London, he played youth football for West Ham United before he made his professional debut with Fulham in March 1963. He scored 22 goals in 63 First Division games before falling out with the management and taking a £15,000 transfer to Queens Park Rangers in March 1966. He helped the club to the 1967 League Cup and to consecutive promotions through the Third Division and Second Division. In March 1972 he was sold to Manchester City for £200,000. He featured in the 1974 League Cup final defeat but his time in Manchester was largely disappointing and he left the UK the following year to play for American club Tampa Bay Rowdies.

He had a successful career with the Rowdies and went on to coach the club from 1984 to 1986 after previously having brief spells coaching New York United and the Carolina Lightnin'. In the 1990s he began work as a broadcaster on Sky Sports, before he was sacked in January 2005. Since that time he has appeared on numerous reality television shows, and helped to run a US-based property development company with his son.

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