1991 Football League Cup Final

The 1991 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 21 April 1991 between Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday. It was the first of two years that the competition was sponsored by Rumbelows.[1]

Despite the previous season's FA Cup winners, Manchester United, being favourites to lift the trophy, Second Division side Sheffield Wednesday won the match 1–0, the winning goal scored by John Sheridan, giving the Owls their first League Cup title in a season when they also won promotion back to the top flight. The match is regarded as one of the most memorable League Cup finals of all time.[2][3]

The trophy was presented to Wednesday skipper Nigel Pearson by Rumbelows employee of the year Tracy Bateman.[4][5] Pearson was also named man of the match.[6]

1991 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1990–91 Football League Cup
Manchester United Sheffield Wednesday
0 1
Date21 April 1991
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchNigel Pearson
(Sheffield Wednesday)
RefereeRay Lewis (Surrey)

Match details

Manchester United0–1Sheffield Wednesday
Sheridan Goal 37'
Manchester United
Sheffield Wednesday
GK 1 England Les Sealey
RB 2 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
LB 3 Wales Clayton Blackmore
CB 4 England Steve Bruce
RM 5 England Neil Webb Substituted off 55'
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
CM 7 England Bryan Robson (c)
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CF 9 Scotland Brian McClair
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11 England Lee Sharpe
DF 12 Northern Ireland Mal Donaghy
MF 14 England Mike Phelan Substituted in 55'
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Sheff Wed 1991-04-21
GK 1 England Chris Turner
RB 2 Sweden Roland Nilsson
LB 3 England Phil King
CM 4 United States John Harkes Substituted off
CB 5 England Peter Shirtliff
CB 6 England Nigel Pearson (c)
RM 7 Northern Ireland Danny Wilson
CM 8 Republic of Ireland John Sheridan
CF 9 England David Hirst
CF 10 England Paul Williams
LM 11 Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington
FW 12 England Trevor Francis
DF 14 England Lawrie Madden Substituted in
England Ron Atkinson

Man of the Match
Nigel Pearson (Sheffield Wednesday)[7]


Reserve official

Yorkshire Television controversy

The broadcast of this League Cup final caused controversy in the Yorkshire region, as instead of showing the post-match celebrations (as London Weekend Television did), Yorkshire Television decided to cut the broadcast short to show a programme titled War of the Monster Trucks. Sheffielders often cite this event as a demonstration of the station's bias towards West Yorkshire, Leeds and above all Leeds United.[3] The incident inspired the name of the Sheffield Wednesday fanzine War of the Monster Trucks.[8]


  1. ^ "League Cup History". The Football League. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Top Ten: League Cup finals". Sky Sports. 17 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  3. ^ a b "XI at 11: The best League Cup finals". Setanta Sports. 22 February 2008. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  4. ^ Adams, Tom (21 April 2011). "Ferguson's Black Wednesday". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ "1991: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Manchester United 0". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/AlanHardakerTrophyWinners/0,,10794~1354852,00.html Archived 21 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "The Football League Cup". Soccer Mistreal. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  8. ^ Smith, Martin (13 October 2003). "Football Diary: Friendless England". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 April 2008.

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Carlton Palmer

Carlton Lloyd Palmer (born 5 December 1965) is a former professional footballer, manager and football television pundit.

As a player, he was a midfielder from 1984 to 2005, playing in the Premier League for Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City. He also played for West Bromwich Albion, Watford and Dublin City. He was capped 18 times by England, and went into management in 2001 when he was appointed player/manager of Stockport County, later holding the same position at Mansfield Town from 2004 to 2005.

John Sheridan (footballer)

John Joseph Sheridan (born 1 October 1964) is a football manager and former player. He is the manager of National League club Chesterfield.

A midfielder, he began his playing career with Manchester City and then moved to Leeds United, where he scored 47 league goals in 230 appearances. He played for Nottingham Forest briefly, under the management of Brian Clough, and then joined Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he scored the winning goal in the 1991 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. Near the end of his time with the club, he played for Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers on loan before joining the latter permanently. Sheridan made 199 league appearances for Wednesday and scored 25 goals. He won the Football League with Bolton in 1997.

Sheridan played for Doncaster Rovers after leaving Bolton and then joined Oldham Athletic, where he spent the last six years of his playing career, scoring 14 league goals in 144 appearances. He played international football for the Republic of Ireland, for whom he won 34 caps and scored five goals over a seven-year period. Having been included in the Republic's squad for UEFA Euro 1988, Sheridan went on to play one game at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and four in the 1994 tournament.

He became Oldham's manager in 2006, having served as caretaker twice during his time as an Oldham player. Sheridan left the club in 2009, having spent more than ten years there as a player, coach and manager. He joined Chesterfield later that year, where he achieved success in league and cup competition. Sheridan resigned after three years in charge and became Plymouth Argyle's manager at the beginning of 2013. His brother, Darren, also played for several clubs in the Football League.

Ronnie Starling

Ronald William Starling (11 October 1909 — 17 December 1991) was an English footballer whose career lasted from 1926 to 1946. Starling was an inside forward who made 413 appearances in all competitions, never a high scoring inside forward he was a player who created chances for other players, notching a modest 65 goals throughout his career. His ball carrying ability earned him the nickname of "The Man with the Fluttering Feet".

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