1991 Football League Cup Final

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1991 Football League Cup Final
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Event 1990–91 Football League Cup
Date 21 April 1991
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Nigel Pearson
(Sheffield Wednesday)
Referee Ray Lewis (Surrey)
Attendance 77,612

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]

Match details[edit]

Manchester United 0–1 Sheffield Wednesday
Sheridan Goal 37'
Attendance: 77,612
Referee: Ray Lewis (Surrey)
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
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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]

Yorkshire Television controversy[edit]

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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