1968 Football League Cup Final

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1968 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1967–68 Football League Cup
Date 2 March 1968
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Referee Les Hamer (Horwich)
Attendance 97,887

The 1968 Football League Cup Final took place on 2 March 1968 at Wembley Stadium. It was the eighth final and the second to be played at Wembley. It was contested between Arsenal and Leeds United.

Leeds had been Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finalists the previous season, while Arsenal had been a mid-table side of late, and it was their first Wembley appearance since the 1952 FA Cup Final. For both clubs, it was their first League Cup Final. Leeds had conceded just three goals in six matches in their run-up to the final and their defence were on top again in a drab battle for the trophy against Arsenal. Terry Cooper scored the only goal of the game, hammering home a long range goal after 20 minutes. After that, Leeds shut up shop and a defensive performance saw them out for the rest of the match.

It was the first major trophy of Don Revie's reign at Elland Road and started one of the most successful periods in the club's history. Arsenal reached the League Cup Final the following year, only to lose again (this time to Swindon Town), but went on to win both domestic and European trophies in the following seasons.

Match facts[edit]

Leeds United
White shirts/White shorts and socks
(final score after 90 minutes)
Red shirts with White arms/White shorts/Red socks
Manager: England Don Revie

Wales Gary Sprake (GK)
England Paul Reaney
England Terry Cooper
Scotland Billy Bremner (c)
England Jack Charlton
England Norman Hunter
England Jimmy Greenhoff
Scotland Peter Lorimer
England Paul Madeley
Republic of Ireland Johnny Giles
Scotland Eddie Gray Substituted off
England Rod Belfitt Substituted in

Scorer: Cooper Goal 20'


Football League Cup (Final)

15.00 BST Saturday 2 March 1968

Wembley Stadium, London


Match rules:
90 minutes.
30 minutes extra-time if necessary.
Match replayed if scores still level.
One named substitute.

Manager: England Bertie Mee

England Jim Furnell (GK)
England Peter Storey
England Bob McNab
Scotland Frank McLintock (c)
Scotland Ian Ure
England Peter Simpson
England John Radford
England David Jenkins Substituted off
Scotland George Graham
England Jon Sammels
England George Armstrong
Northern Ireland Terry Neill Substituted in

Road to Wembley[edit]

Home teams listed first.

Leeds United[edit]

Round 2: Leeds United 3–1 Luton Town

Round 3: Leeds United 3–0 Bury

Round 4: Sunderland 0–2 Leeds United

Round 5: Leeds United 2–0 Stoke City



1st Leg: Derby County 0–1 Leeds United
2nd Leg: Leeds United 3–2 Derby County
Agg Score: Leeds United 4–2 Derby County


Round 2: Coventry City 1–2 Arsenal

Round 3: Arsenal 1–0 Reading

Round 4: Arsenal 2–1 Blackburn Rovers

Round 5: Burnley 3–3 Arsenal

Replay: Arsenal 2–1 Burnley


1st Leg: Arsenal 3–2 Huddersfield Town
2nd Leg: Huddersfield Town 1–3 Arsenal
Agg Score: Arsenal 6–3 Huddersfield Town


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