2000 Football League Cup Final

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2000 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event 1999–2000 Football League Cup
Date 27 February 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Matt Elliott (Leicester City)
Referee Alan Wilkie (Durham)
Attendance 74,313

The 2000 Football League Cup Final was played between Leicester City, in their third final appearance in four years, and First Division side Tranmere Rovers at the Wembley Stadium on 27 February 2000. Leicester became the last team to win the League Cup at the original Wembley Stadium.[1][2]

Road to the final[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Round 2, 1st leg: Crystal Palace 3–3 Leicester City

Round 2, 2nd leg: Leicester City 4–2 Crystal Palace

Round 3: Leicester City 2–0 Grimsby Town

Round 4: Leicester City 0–0 Leeds United (Leicester won 4–2 on penalties)

Quarter-final: Leicester City 3–3 Fulham (Leicester won 3–0 on penalties)

Semi-final, 1st leg: Aston Villa 0–0 Leicester City

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Leicester City 1–0 Aston Villa

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Round 1, 1st leg: Blackpool 2–1 Tranmere Rovers

Round 1, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–1 Blackpool

Round 2, 1st leg: Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Coventry City

Round 2, 2nd leg: Coventry City 3–1 Tranmere Rovers

Round 3: Tranmere Rovers 2–0 Oxford United

Round 4: Tranmere Rovers 4–0 Barnsley

Quarter-final: Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Middlesbrough

Semi-final, 1st leg: Bolton Wanderers 0–1 Tranmere Rovers

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Tranmere Rovers 3–0 Bolton Wanderers

Match summary[edit]

Scott Taylor's successful tackle on Robbie Savage forced the ball out for a corner, and Matt Elliott headed home Leicester's first goal courtesy of a Steve Guppy cross from the right. Leicester came close to scoring a second goal in the 60th minute when Emile Heskey passed the ball to an unmarked Muzzy Izzet in the penalty box, who hesitated and his shot flew wide of the goal. Referee Alan Wilkie later suffered an injury in the right leg in the 62nd minute, and was stretchered off. Phil Richards, the fourth official, was brought on to replace him.[3]

Clint Hill picked up his second booking and was sent off after a deliberate foul on Heskey in the 63rd minute. Several Tranmere players protested but the decision stood. Tranmere, down to ten men, rallied and their persistence paid off when they equalised in the 77th minute when a fine header found its way to an unmarked David Kelly who, after narrowly escaping Matt Elliott's attempted tackle, shot low to the left past goalkeeper Tim Flowers. Yet, just three minutes later, Elliott scored another towering header from another Guppy corner kick from the right, and the League Cup went to Leicester.[4]

Match details[edit]

Leicester City 2–1 Tranmere Rovers
Elliott Goal 29'81' Report Kelly Goal 77'
Attendance: 74,313
Referee: Alan Wilkie (Durham)
Leicester City
Tranmere Rovers
GK 1 England Tim Flowers
RB 3 Jamaica Frank Sinclair
CB 18 Scotland Matt Elliott (c)
CB 4 Northern Ireland Gerry Taggart
LB 11 England Steve Guppy
RM 6 Turkey Muzzy Izzet
CM 14 Wales Robbie Savage Yellow card
CM 7 Northern Ireland Neil Lennon
LM 29 England Stefan Oakes Substituted off 77'
CF 9 England Emile Heskey
CF 27 England Tony Cottee Substituted off 89'
GK 22 France Pegguy Arphexad
DF 15 England Phil Gilchrist
MF 37 Greece Theodoros Zagorakis
MF 24 England Andy Impey Substituted in 77'
FW 20 England Ian Marshall Substituted in 89'
Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill
GK 13 Republic of Ireland Joe Murphy
RB 30 England Reuben Hazell
CB 5 England Dave Challinor (c) Yellow card
CB 6 England Clint Hill Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 9', 63'
LB 33 Wales Gareth Roberts
RM 14 England Andy Parkinson Substituted off 66'
CM 15 England Gary Jones
CM 11 England Nick Henry
LM 7 Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon
CF 9 Republic of Ireland David Kelly
CF 10 England Scott Taylor
GK 1 Netherlands John Achterberg
DF 31 England Steve Yates Substituted in 66'
DF 3 England Andy Thompson
FW 16 Wales Alan Morgan
FW 29 England Michael Black
Republic of Ireland John Aldridge

Man of the Match:
Matt Elliott (Leicester City)

Assistant referees:
Paul Armstrong (Berkshire)
Wendy Toms
Fourth official:
Phil Richards (Lancashire)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ "Where are they now? Leicester City's 2000 League Cup winners". fourfourtwo. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Leicester set sights on Europe". BBC Sport. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Leicester triumph at Wembley". BBC Sport. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Leicester 2 - 1 Tranmere". Guardian. 27 February 2000. Retrieved 27 April 2017.