1976 Football League Cup Final

The 1976 Football League Cup Final took place between Manchester City and Newcastle United on 28 February 1976 at Wembley Stadium. It was the sixteenth final and the tenth Football League Cup final to be played at Wembley. Manchester City won the match 2–1 to win the competition for the second time. The match is best known for its winning goal, an overhead kick by Dennis Tueart.

1976 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1975–76 Football League Cup
Manchester City Newcastle United
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Date28 February 1976
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeJack Taylor
Attendance100,000

Road to Wembley

Manchester City

The 1976 final was the third time Manchester City had reached Wembley in the competition after winning the competition in 1970 by defeating West Bromwich Albion, and finishing runners-up to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1974. Manchester City made a slow start to their cup run, the second round tie against Norwich City went to two replays, Manchester City winning the second replay 6–1 at Stamford Bridge. A 2–1 home win against Nottingham Forest in the third round set up a Manchester derby against local rivals Manchester United. City beat their neighbours 4–0 to reach the quarter-finals. A 4–2 win against Mansfield Town secured a two-legged semi-final against Middlesbrough. City lost the away leg 1–0, but a comfortable 4–0 win at Maine Road took them through to the final.

Newcastle United

1976 was Newcastle's first League Cup final appearance. Their previous best in the competition was reaching the quarter finals, achieved the preceding season. Their 1975–76 League Cup campaign started with a 6–0 demolition of Fourth Division Southport in the second round. Newcastle required a replay to overcome Bristol Rovers in the third round, and then beat Queens Park Rangers 3–1 at Loftus Road to reach the quarter-finals. A 1–0 win at home to fellow Magpies Notts County secured a semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur. The first leg of the semi-final resulted in a 1–0 defeat, but Newcastle overcame the deficit in the home leg by winning 3–1.

Match summary

Manchester City fielded a line-up unchanged from their previous match, a 3–0 home win against Everton in the league. Colin Bell was absent through injury, having suffered what later transpired to be a career-ending injury in the fourth round derby. Dave Watson was an injury doubt due to a slipped disc, but was selected despite his inability to train in the preceding week.[1]

The opening goal was scored early in the match. Newcastle's Glenn Keeley fouled Joe Royle in the middle of the Newcastle half. The resulting free-kick was hoisted into the penalty area by Asa Hartford, where it was headed across goal by Mike Doyle. Teenage winger Peter Barnes then scored to give Manchester City the lead. Newcastle equalised in the 35th minute, Alan Gowling finishing from a Malcolm Macdonald cross. At the start of the second half a Manchester City attack led to the winning goal, scored by Dennis Tueart, who had supported Newcastle as a boy.[2] A ball by Willie Donachie to the far post was headed across by Tommy Booth. Tueart, with his back to goal, performed an overhead kick that bounced beyond Mike Mahoney into the bottom left corner of the net.[3] After the match Tueart described the goal as "the greatest of my career".[4] No more goals were scored in the match, though Royle had an effort disallowed. City captain Doyle lifted the trophy, and Tony Book became the first man to win the competition as both a player and a manager.[3]

Match details

Manchester City2–1Newcastle United
Barnes Goal 11'
Tueart Goal 46'
Gowling Goal 35'
GK 1 England Joe Corrigan
DF 2 England Ged Keegan
DF 3 Scotland Willie Donachie
DF 4 England Mike Doyle (c)
DF 5 England Dave Watson
MF 6 England Alan Oakes
MF 7 England Peter Barnes
MF 8 England Tommy Booth
FW 9 England Joe Royle
MF 10 Scotland Asa Hartford
FW 11 England Dennis Tueart
Substitute:
DF 12 England Kenny Clements
Manager:
England Tony Book
GK 1 England Mike Mahoney
DF 2 England Irving Nattrass
DF 3 England Alan Kennedy
DF 5 England Glenn Keeley
DF 6 England Pat Howard
MF 4 England Stewart Barrowclough
MF 8 Northern Ireland Tommy Cassidy
MF 11 Scotland Tommy Craig (c)
FW 7 England Micky Burns
FW 9 England Malcolm Macdonald
FW 10 England Alan Gowling
Substitute:
FW 12 England Paul Cannell
Manager:
England Gordon Lee

References

  1. ^ James, Gary (2006). Manchester City – The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-512-0. p135.
  2. ^ Penney, Ian (1995). The Maine Road Encyclopedia. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-710-1. p195
  3. ^ a b Struthers, Greg (13 January 2008). "Caught in time". London: The Times. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
  4. ^ Manchester City – The Complete Record, p136
Ged Keegan

Gerard "Ged" Keegan (born 3 October 1955 in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) is an English former footballer who played as a right-back. He joined Manchester City as a trainee in 1973 and made his debut in March 1975 in a 2–1 defeat against Carlisle United. He made a total of 37 Football League appearances for the club, scoring two goals. However his most memorable game for them was in their 1976 Football League Cup Final victory. He also played in the first ever England under-21 match. In 1978, he was transferred to Oldham Athletic where he made 144 League appearances (scoring 5 goals) before moving to Mansfield Town in 1983. After a short spell here he moved on to Rochdale, and then to Altrincham. As of 2008 he was working as a car-parking attendant at Manchester Airport.

Kenny Clements

Kenneth Henry Clements (born 9 April 1955 in Middleton, Lancashire) is an English former footballer who played as a defender in the Football League for Manchester City, in two spells, between 1971 and 1979 and between 1985 and 1988, Oldham Athletic, Bury and Shrewsbury Town, and was briefly player-manager of League of Ireland club Limerick. He made 282 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions, scoring twice. He was an unused substitute when Manchester City won the 1976 Football League Cup Final.

After retiring from football, Clements opened a driving school in the Oldham area, and resumed his interest in painting. He now works as a chauffeur for Manchester property tycoon Aneel Mussarat at MCR Property Ltd in Rusholme, Manchester, UK.

Newcastle United F.C.

Newcastle United Football Club is an English professional football club in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside, that plays in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, they have played at St James' Park since. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,354.The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but three years of the competition's history, spending 86 seasons in the top tier as of May 2018, and has never dropped below English football's second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. They have won four League Championship titles, six FA Cups and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup, the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club. The club's most successful period was between 1904 and 1910, when they won an FA Cup and three of their First Division titles. The club was relegated in 2009 and 2016, but returned to the Premier League for the 2017–18 season.

Newcastle has a local rivalry with Sunderland, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club's traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their crest has elements of the city coat of arms, which features two grey seahorses. Before each home game, the team enters the field to "Local Hero", and "Blaydon Races" is also sung during games.The club has been owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, succeeding long-term chairman Sir John Hall. The club is the 17th-highest revenue producing club in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating €169.3 million in 2015. Newcastle's highest placing was in 1999, when they were the fifth-highest revenue producing football club in the world, and second in England only behind Manchester United.

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