1977 Football League Cup Final

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 goalless draw.[1] The 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. The game ended 1-1 with both goals 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.

1977 League Cup Final
Event1976–77 Football League Cup
Aston Villa Everton
Aston Villa Everton
0 0
Date12 March 1977
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeGordon Kew
Attendance100,000
Replay
Aston Villa Everton
1 1
After extra time
Date16 March 1977
VenueHillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
RefereeGordon Kew
Attendance55,000
2nd Replay
Aston Villa Everton
3 2
After extra time
Date13 April 1977
VenueOld Trafford, Manchester
RefereeGordon Kew
Attendance54,748

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

Aston Villa0–0Everton
GK 1 England John Burridge
DF 2 England John Gidman
DF 3 England John Robson
DF 4 Wales Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl
MF 6 England Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 England John Deehan
MF 8 England Brian Little
FW 9 Scotland Andy Gray
MF 10 Scotland Alex Cropley
FW 11 England Frank Carrodus
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
GK 1 England David Lawson
DF 2 England Dave Jones
DF 3 England Terry Darracott
DF 4 England Mick Lyons
DF 5 Scotland Ken McNaught
MF 6 England Andy King
MF 7 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 England Martin Dobson
FW 9 England Bob Latchford
FW 10 England Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 England Ronnie Goodlass
Manager:
England Gordon Lee

Replay

Match details

Aston Villa1–1 (a.e.t.)Everton
Kenyon (o.g.) Latchford
GK 1 England John Burridge
DF 2 England John Gidman
DF 3 England John Robson
DF 4 Wales Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl
MF 6 England Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 England John Deehan
MF 8 England Brian Little
FW 9 Scotland Andy Gray
MF 10 England Gordon Cowans
FW 11 England Frank Carrodus
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
GK 1 England David Lawson
DF 2 England Mike Bernard
DF 3 England Terry Darracott
DF 4 England Mick Lyons
DF 5 Scotland Ken McNaught
MF 6 England Andy King
MF 7 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 England Roger Kenyon
FW 9 England Bob Latchford
FW 10 England Duncan McKenzie
MF 11 England Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
FW 12 Scotland Jim Pearson
Manager:
England 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

Aston Villa3–2 (a.e.t.)Everton
Nicholl
Little 2
Latchford
Lyons
GK 1 England John Burridge
DF 2 England John Gidman
DF 3 England John Robson
DF 4 Wales Leighton Phillips
DF 5 Northern Ireland Chris Nicholl
MF 6 England Dennis Mortimer
MF 7 England John Deehan
FW 8 England Brian Little
MF 9 England Ray Graydon
MF 10 Scotland Alex Cropley
FW 11 England Gordon Cowans
Substitute:
DF 12 Scotland Gordon Smith
Manager:
England Ron Saunders
GK 1 England David Lawson
DF 2 England Neil Robinson
DF 3 England Terry Darracott
DF 4 England Mick Lyons
DF 5 Scotland Ken McNaught
MF 6 England Andy King
MF 7 Northern Ireland Bryan Hamilton
MF 8 England Martin Dobson
FW 9 England Bob Latchford
FW 10 Scotland Jim Pearson
MF 11 England Ronnie Goodlass
Substitute:
DF 12 England Steve Seargeant
Manager:
England 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". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Tueart goal is best-ever League Cup moment". Football League Official Site. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b League Cup Finals – results and line-ups at rsssf
John Deehan

John Matthew Deehan (born 6 August 1957) is an English former footballer who in recent years has had several spells in coaching and management. He is most well known for his spells as a striker for Aston Villa and Norwich City, Deehan went on to manage both teams as well as a successful spell at Wigan Athletic where he won the Division Three title.

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