1992 Football League Cup Final

The 1992 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 12 April 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London, to determine the winner of the 1991–92 Football League Cup. The match was contested by Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. Manchester United won 1–0 to win the League Cup for the first time, with Brian McClair scoring the only goal.

1992 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
Event1991–92 Football League Cup
Manchester United Nottingham Forest
1 0
Date12 April 1992
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchBrian McClair (Manchester United)
RefereeGeorge Courtney (County Durham)

Road to Wembley

As First Division clubs, both Manchester United and Nottingham Forest entered the League Cup in the second round. Both sides were drawn at home for the first leg, with Manchester United taking on Second Division Cambridge United and Nottingham Forest taking on Third Division Bolton Wanderers. Manchester United managed a 3–0 win in their first leg at Old Trafford, with goals from Ryan Giggs, Brian McClair and Steve Bruce, before an early goal from McClair set up a 1–1 draw at the Abbey Stadium. Meanwhile, Forest won 4–0 in their first leg match, before a 5–2 win in the second leg for a 9–2 aggregate score.

The two sides were again drawn at home in the third round, both against Second Division opposition. Manchester United beat Portsmouth 3–1 in their tie, with two goals from Mark Robins and one from Bryan Robson cancelling out John Beresford's goal for the visitors, while Forest beat Bristol Rovers 2–0. Home ties again awaited both teams in the fourth round, both against First Division opponents for the first time in the competition, with Manchester United beating Oldham Athletic 2–0 thanks to goals from McClair and Andrei Kanchelskis, while Forest could only manage a goalless draw against Southampton, before a 1–0 win in the replay at The Dell.

The fifth round saw both teams drawn away for the first time in the competition, again against First Division opposition, with Manchester United beating local rivals Leeds United 3–1 at Elland Road, with goals from Clayton Blackmore, Kanchelskis and Giggs securing the victory after Leeds took an early lead through Gary Speed. Nottingham Forest again needed a replay to make it into the semi-finals, following a 1–1 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park with a 4–2 win at the City Ground.

In the semi-finals, Manchester United drew Middlesbrough, the only Second Division side remaining in the competition, while Nottingham Forest were paired with Tottenham Hotspur. Middlesbrough held Manchester United to a goalless draw in the first leg at Ayresome Park, and then forced extra time in the second leg at Old Trafford with a second-half goal from Bernie Slaven cancelling out Lee Sharpe's goal on the half-hour mark, before Ryan Giggs settled the tie just after the half-time break in extra time. Meanwhile, Forest drew 1–1 with Spurs in their first leg at the City Ground, before also requiring extra time to confirm a 2–1 victory at White Hart Lane.



The only goal of the game came in the 14th minute; after a long passing move by Manchester United, centre-back Gary Pallister played the ball midway inside the Nottingham Forest half to McClair, who laid it off to Giggs. Giggs then drove at the Forest defence, drawing defenders towards him and away from McClair in the centre. He then slid the ball sideways to McClair, who was able to dribble into the penalty area and shoot left-footed past Forest goalkeeper Andy Marriott into the bottom-right corner of the goal.


Manchester United1–0Nottingham Forest
McClair Goal 14'
Manchester United
Nottingham Forest
GK 1 Denmark Peter Schmeichel
RB 2 England Paul Parker
LB 3 Republic of Ireland Denis Irwin
CB 4 England Steve Bruce (c)
CM 5 England Mike Phelan
CB 6 England Gary Pallister
RM 7 Commonwealth of Independent States Andrei Kanchelskis Substituted off 75'
CM 8 England Paul Ince
CF 9 Scotland Brian McClair
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes
LM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs
MF 12 England Neil Webb
MF 14 England Lee Sharpe Substituted in 75'
Scotland Alex Ferguson
Man Utd vs Nottm Forest 1992-04-12
GK 1 Wales Andy Marriott
RB 2 England Gary Charles Substituted off 23'
LB 3 England Brett Williams
CB 4 England Des Walker (c)
CB 5 England Darren Wassall
CM 6 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane
RM 7 England Gary Crosby
CM 8 Scotland Scot Gemmill
CF 9 England Nigel Clough
CF 10 England Teddy Sheringham
LM 11 Northern Ireland Kingsley Black
DF 12 England Brian Laws Substituted in 23'
FW 14 Scotland Lee Glover
England Brian Clough


The match was broadcast live in the United Kingdom on ITV, with commentary from Brian Moore and Ian St John.[1]


  1. ^ "Cup Finals on itv". Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2015.

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Brian Clough

Brian Howard Clough, OBE ( KLUF; 21 March 1935 – 20 September 2004) was an English football player and manager. He played as a striker and remains one of the Football League's highest goalscorers, but his career was shortened by a serious injury. As a manager, Clough's name is closely associated with that of Peter Taylor, who served as his assistant manager at various clubs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They achieved great successes with Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Clough is also remembered for doing frequent radio and television interviews in which he made controversial remarks about players, other managers, and the overall state of the game.

During his playing career with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Clough scored 251 league goals from 274 starts, making him the third most prolific scorer in the league, with a conversion rate of 91.61%. He also won two England caps, both in 1959. Clough retired from playing at the age of 29, after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage. In 1965, Clough took the manager's job at Fourth Division Hartlepools United and appointed Peter Taylor as his assistant, the start of an enduring partnership that would bring them success at several clubs over the next two decades. In 1967, the duo moved on to Second Division Derby County. In 1968–69, Derby were promoted as Second Division champions. Three years later, Derby were crowned champions of England for the first time in the club's history. In 1973, they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. However, by this point, Clough's relationship with chairman Sam Longson had deteriorated, and he and Taylor resigned. This was followed by an eight-month spell in charge of Third Division Brighton & Hove Albion, before Clough (without Taylor) returned north in the summer of 1974 to become manager of Leeds United. This was widely regarded as a surprise appointment, given his previous outspoken criticism of the Leeds players and their manager Don Revie. He was sacked after just 44 days in the job. Within months, Clough had joined Second Division Nottingham Forest, and he was re-united with Taylor in 1976.

In 1977, Forest were promoted to the top flight and the following season won the league title (the first in the club's history), making Clough one of only four managers to have won the English league with two clubs. Forest also won two consecutive European Cups (in 1979 and 1980) and two League Cups (1978 and 1979), before Taylor retired in 1982. Clough stayed on as Forest manager for another decade and won two more League Cups (1989 and 1990) and reached the FA Cup final in 1991, but could not emulate his earlier successes. Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1993, after which Clough retired from football.

Charismatic, outspoken and often controversial, Clough is considered one of the greatest managers of the English game. His achievements with Derby and Forest, two struggling provincial clubs with little prior history of success, are rated among the greatest in football history. His teams were also noted for playing attractive football and for their good sportsmanship. Despite applying several times and being a popular choice for the job, he was never appointed England manager, and has been dubbed the "greatest manager England never had".

Darren Wassall

Darren Wassall (born 1968) is an English football player and coach, who played as a defender. He has been academy director of Derby County since 2009; he was also the club's head coach on a temporary basis during 2016. He played for Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Birmingham City and Burton Albion, and also had loan spells with Hereford United, Bury and Manchester City, making a total of 177 Football League appearances.

History of Nottingham Forest F.C.

The history of Nottingham Forest Football Club covers the history of the club since its formation in 1865. For general information about the club, see Nottingham Forest F.C.

John Williams (footballer, born 1968)

John Nelson Williams (born 11 May 1968) is an English former professional footballer who played as a forward from 1990 until 2009.

He notably played in the Premier League for Coventry City. He played in the Football League for Swansea City, Notts County, Stoke City, Wycombe Wanderers, Hereford United, Walsall, Exeter City, Cardiff City, York City and Darlington, as well as in Non-league for Cradley Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Bath City, Redditch United, Evesham United, Weston-super-Mare, Stourbridge, Willenhall Town and Boldmere St. Michaels.

Lee Glover

Edward Lee Glover (born 24 April 1970) is an English-born Scottish former footballer and football manager.

A forward, he started his career with Nottingham Forest in 1987. He spent seven years at the club, and also spent time on loan at Leicester City, Barnsley, and Luton Town. He moved on to Port Vale in 1994. Two years later he signed with Rotherham United, and stayed with the Millers until 2000. He then played for Macclesfield Town and Mansfield Town, before moving into non-league football with Burton Albion and Corby Town. He travelled to Wembley three times: in the 1991 FA Cup and 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup finals, and was also an unused substitute at the 1989 and 1992 Football League Cup Final and the 1992 Full Members Cup Final.

After retiring as a player, he managed two non-league clubs: Corby Town and Grantham Town, and also spent time as assistant manager of King's Lynn.

Nottingham Forest F.C.

Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. They are currently the oldest club in the Football League.Forest have won one League title, two FA Cups, four League Cups, one FA Charity Shield, two European Cups, and one UEFA Super Cup. Their most successful period was under the management reign of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor between 1976 and 1982.

In Clough's last decade at the club Forest won the 1989 and 1990 League Cups, before a loss to Tottenham in the 1991 FA Cup final and then ultimately got relegated in 1993. Upon an immediate return, Forest finished third in the Premier League in 1995, before the club got relegated again in 1997 and once more in 1999 after a brief return, the club having not returned to the Premier League since. The club have mostly competed in the top two league tiers during their history except for five seasons in the third tier.

Forest have contested the Nottingham derby with their city rivals Notts County, although Forest have predominantly played in higher leagues, so their meetings have only been sporadic. Their main rivalry is with Derby County.

Nottingham Forest F.C. 1–8 Manchester United F.C.

The 1998–99 season match between Nottingham Forest and Manchester United at the City Ground took place on 6 February 1999. Manchester United won the match 8–1, thereby recording the largest away win in the history of the Premier League. Substitute Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored four of Manchester United's eight goals, setting a record for the most goals scored by a substitute in one match. This is also one of the rare occurrences when United played a football match on the anniversary date of the Munich air disaster.

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